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Posted in: Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin dies at 76 See in context

Tokyo-Engr,

Yes, I lived elsewhere in the State but the lure of the Bay Area was hard to resist, ha ha. Friends and I spent as much time there as we could, as often as we could. We were all poor but it was that time of “love and peace” and sharing, and we managed to have lots of good times on very little. Even when we couldn’t afford a concert ticket there was always some talented person/s with a guitar around. Never made it to Winterland or the Cow Palace.

Those of us, famous or not, who survived past youth (as many did not) are now old and dropping off one by one, but the music and some of the other influences of that time will be remembered I think.

Marty Balin had a fine voice and a way with song. One of the greats.

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Posted in: Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin dies at 76 See in context

Had some great fun in my younger years at concerts by Jefferson Airplane and others at The Fillmore and later Fillmore West.

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Posted in: Elaborate throne for next emperor arrives in Tokyo See in context

ishelToday  10:22 pm JST

“Gee, honestly, I can't believe all the mocking and derision”

Yes, it’s really rather immature and one wonders what makes them think they are so superior? And whether they are equal opportunity mockers, bashing the traditional items in other cultures, or is it just the Japanese culture?

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Posted in: Elaborate throne for next emperor arrives in Tokyo See in context

Joyridingontgetitanuc, “This passage seems to be having people up in arms for some reason,”

Not up in arms, but do expect professionals to be proficient in the language they write in.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman arrested for attempted murder of young brother See in context

“...attempted murder of young brother”

I was expecting the brother to be a child or teenager. 29 isn’t all that young. If there’s not enough room to writer “younger” it would be better to just say “attempted murder of brother”.

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Posted in: Elaborate throne for next emperor arrives in Tokyo See in context

Samit BasuToday  08:41 am JST

“Why is a new throne necessary?”

It’s definitely not new. However, these two conflicting statements are confusing:

The ..... structure..... has been used for coronations and other key imperial rituals since around the eighth century...”

“The current structure was built for his great-grandfather Taisho's coronation in 1915”

Last I checked, the eight century was quite a bit earlier than 1915.

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Posted in: Nintendo wins court battle over Mario go-karting See in context

spektralSep. 28  04:41 pm JST

“Thanks for the piece of information...I was already quite perplexed by the lack of logic...”

You’re welcome. It’s simple, you need a license, the tourists need one too, generally an international drivers license. The information is on the company’s web site.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

Attilathehungry, “Educator; if everyone who drank underage were denied employment, the world would grind to a crashing halt.”

Don't put words in my mouth. I never said Kavanaugh, or any other former underage drinker, is unfit for employment. I said he is unfit to sit as a judge in a court of law.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee tearfully denies woman's sexual assault allegation See in context

I didn’t watch, nor read transcripts of the testimony, nor do I plan to do so. I did read on the BBC site that Kavanaugh admitted to drinking while underage. To me, even if every word Dr Ford uttered was a lie, the fact that Kavanaugh is a confessed lawbreaker makes him unfit to sit on any court.

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Posted in: Nintendo wins court battle over Mario go-karting See in context

spektral,

“...most people here, specially foreigners have to go through a painstaking, time-consuming and sometimes pricey process to obtain a license, yet tourists can get here and just roam around in their little toys?”

Well, not exactly. People who drive those carts need a valid Japanese driver's license, an International Driving Permit, a SOFA License for US Forces Japan, or a driver's license and official Japanese translation of it if from Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia,or Monaco.

That said though, I believe they should be prohibited on public roads.

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Posted in: Dancing queen: Abba-period Cher has a new army of devotees See in context

Dango bongToday  06:00 am JST

“that face is stretched further than a hammock”

And if it wasn’t, you or someone else would be sure to be saying she’s a horrible looking old saggy hag. These kind of comments show more about the level of those who write them than about the level of a person’s jowls.

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Posted in: Malaysian woman to be caned for prostitution See in context

Serrano,

“I hope she doesn't get 24 very hard, wounding cuts on the bare buttocks with a large, heavy, soaked rattan.”

Why would you even be imagining that punishment when the article says the following?

“Sentencing the divorcee to six strokes of the cane and jail time, judge...”

“Caning under Islamic laws is carried out with a thin rattan cane on a person who is fully clothed.”

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Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

talaraedokkoToday  09:44 am JST

“Do they need a doctors note certifying a mental disorder?”

The answer is in the article.

“a person in possession of an official welfare document certifying their condition.”

This has got me wondering about how they currently handle cases for physical disabilities involving travelers from overseas who wouldn’t have the Japanese shougaisha techo booklet for disabled that entitles them to various discounts. And how this new discount will (or perhaps not) be extended to non-residents.

DisillusionedToday  08:57 am JST

“All these people stating it will be dangerous have failed to realise that many of these mentally ill people are already using these airlines without discounts.”

Exactly. It’s not like they’ve all been locked away and are suddenly going to be unleashed onto the planes to cause havoc. And flight crews already have training for suddenly ill passengers, drunks, terroists, etc. There shouldn’t be any particularly noticeable difference.

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Posted in: Hokkaido town refuses to pay bear patrol hunting club as animals spotted on streets, at harbor See in context

wanderlustToday  06:13 pm JST

“30,000 per bear, and 11.65 million owed? Does that mean around 380 bears have been killed? What are the associated fees?”

I think they are not using the word “dispatch” with the meaning of “kill” but with the meaning of being dispatched to patrol. So it’s ¥30,000 for each time they are sent out to keep an eye on things?

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh rejects 'false accusations' See in context

“Human memory is fragile and often inaccurate, and easily influenced. That is why corroborating evidence is so important when accusing a man of a crime committed when Reagan was president.”

Speaking of Reagan and memory, in support of Ford, President Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis, has some pertinent words to say about what one might and might not remember after such an incident, based on her own experience being raped some decades ago. It was in the Washington Post a few days ago.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan adds purple shakes to their menu See in context

And for any doubters, here’s a couple of terms to do google image searches for the glorious purple sweet potatoes and things made of them. 

紫芋

 紫芋パウダー

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan adds purple shakes to their menu See in context

Reckless, you really need to read beyond the headline.

“The new McShake is actually flavored with murasaki imo (literally “purple potato”), a type of Japanese sweet potato with a vibrant violet hue.”

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Posted in: Man turns himself in over fatal hit-and-run See in context

I googled it and will answer my own question. Sankei news says it was a prefectural road 県道 (kendo).

SlickdrifterToday  09:44 am JST

“He stepped up and turned himself in.”

Yes, he did, after many hours, probably hoping to get his alcohol level down.

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Posted in: Man turns himself in over fatal hit-and-run See in context

So the article says it was a national road and Forzaducati says it was a prefectural road. Which is correct?

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Posted in: Osaka a role model, says former Miss Japan See in context

“She is tri-racial (Japan, United States and Haiti), a world athlete.”

United States is a race? Haiti is a race? Japan is a race? Is that really what Matsuoka said, or just a very bad translation?

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Posted in: Drone delivery of newspapers tested in Hokkaido See in context

Bubblegum, “So this drone carries 1 single newspaper....”

See above comments (or even the article) to check the accuracy of that number.

Steve SinSep. 22  10:00 pm JST, “So for me it is impossible to imagine the case where disaster hits Hokkaido, Hokkaido Shimbun can print the newspaper, but cannot convey it to local people.”

It’s certainly not impossible for me. Power outtages don’t necessarily cover all areas and there’s also a thing called generators or independent electricity systems. Case in point, the morning after 3.11 when our power was still out, the local newspaper, which is normally about 20 pages, delivered to us a one-page issue that had been printed overnight using generators and delivered on their regular routes by people using up the last of the gas in their motorcycles with no prospects of getting more soon. Luckily the roads around here were not damaged.

However, it’s very common for mountain villages and such to become cut off after an earthquake because the roads have become impassable. It’s difficult to predict exactly which areas will be isolated ahead of time and to me, having the option of drone deliveries is a good thing. That doesn’t mean I want to see them doing the regular daily newspaper deliveries in congested areas.

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Posted in: 4 dead, 4 hospitalized after 4-car accident in Aomori Pref See in context

One of the dead was a Daiko driver, driving either the customer’s car or the Daiko company car, not sure. Another fatally injured was the female customer who worked at a bar and most likely hired the Daiko service to go home from work. Two others (a male and female) have the same surname and town, and from their ages probably a married couple or perhaps siblings, possibly some other relationship.

stepoutsidetheboxSep. 22  06:00 pm JST, “I don't understand why this is news some days, but most days its never mentioned. Over 3700 people a day die in Japan in car accidents. Thats over 10 a day.”

Surely you you mean over 3700 a year? Accidents with multiple fatalities or unusual circumstances tend to be reported nationally. But no, as with anywhere I’ve ever lived, not all get equal amounts of media attention. Same goes for murders etc.

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Posted in: Drone delivery of newspapers tested in Hokkaido See in context

“impaired or not, newspapers are old news and of no value to anyone”

When peopke have been cut off from information by a power outage, even the somewhat dated news in a newspaper is new news to them.

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Posted in: Drone delivery of newspapers tested in Hokkaido See in context

HawkeyeToday  11:23 am JST

“Did anyone notice that the drone can only carry one newspaper on one flight.”

As Harry Gatto already pointed out, you have that number wrong. I would also say that in a disaster situation, it might be more important to get ten copies delivered to an isolated evacuation point where they can be shared and posted on a bulletin board, rather than deliver one to every household.

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Posted in: Drone delivery of newspapers tested in Hokkaido See in context

Steve SinToday  12:55 pm JST

“A mere advertisement. Most part of Hokkaido has resumed its operation back to normal. Local people already get news from TV and internet almost without restricting electricity usage.”

Notice that it says:

“a view to bringing news to people in the event of a disaster.”

not, “in this disaster”.

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

“I'd be more shocked to see a commercial with a man helping the wife do housework.“

Commercials showing men doing housework, shopping, etc are actually quite common in Japan these days. Which is perhaps one reason the one mentioned in this article struck such a wrong chord.

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

Since1981, “As one with weekdays off,”

And it’s the equivalent of seeing someone in your position at the shopping center and concluding “that man’s at the shopping center on a weekday. He must be a slacker who doesn’t work.”

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Posted in: Japanese ad showing mom doing all the housework and childcare has people steamed at dad See in context

Since1981, “As one with weekdays off, I always see shopping centers full of at home wives/mothers enjoying their free time while dad is at work and kids at school.”

These kind of comments strike me as purposely slanted. Sure, every day you can see women enjoying lunch or whatever at the mall. But is it the same women every day? I’m sure there are some who go out frequently. But most of the stay-at-home mothers I know only enjoy lunch out once or twice a month.

And while you can observe them at the mall, what you don’t see are when they are up at 5:00 AM making breakfast and lunches and doing the laundry, or when they spend a couple hours cleaning the house in the morning, when they are out doing the grocery shopping and other household related errands, when they are taking kids to the doctor or lessons or helping them with their homework. when they are fixing dinner and cleaning up after, when they’re working on the household budget, when they are still up after midnight doing household chores etc.

And that’s the short list.

You have very selective vision and it tells more about you than the women you see at the shopping center.

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Posted in: Drone delivery of newspapers tested in Hokkaido See in context

sf2kToday  08:09 am JST

“Doesn't Hokkaido have Internet??”

Of course it does. Maybe you missed this part:

“with a view to bringing news to people in the event of a disaster.”

You know, like when the power and phone lines are out and stuff.

Dango bongToday  07:29 am JST

“newspapers? hahaha who reads news printed on paper the night before?”

Actually I know a lot of people who do every day. Anyway, again, this is about times of disaster when some of those newfangled devices for getting news might be useless for a period of time.

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Posted in: Three arrested for robbing empty murder scene house See in context

To say the House was unoccupied, rather than empty, since the murders would have been less confusing for some. Obviously the house has been empty of residents, but not empty of things. The coupje’s possessiobs had been left as is.

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