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Posted in: Indonesia defends rail project after Japan expresses anger See in context

@Tiring You are right. Los Angeles it is. Thanks for correction. Will it be built entirely with the private sector initiative? The announcement was timed to precede Xi JIn Ping's U.S. visit. It's admirable if they can build it without any public sector involvement. It also means the Chinese side is taking a lot of risk as, even if it does not go beyond the drawing boards, it's a lot of planning stage investment wasted, not to mention the risk of making Mr. Xi lose face.

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Posted in: Indonesia defends rail project after Japan expresses anger See in context

The U.S. also decided to employ the Chinese high speed rail system to be constructed between SF and Las Vegas. There probably is not as far vast a technological edge for the Japanese system as many Japanese like to believe. China's high speed rail system is a lot more extensive than Japan's and naturally they are accumulating expertise through actual operational experience everyday. If the Chinese system works fine in the litigious U.S. (meaning rigorous screening), it will hugely boost the credibility of the Chinese rapid rail system and many other countries will follow suit in adopting the Chinese system. Doesn't bode well for Japan's infrastructure export strategy.

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Posted in: Why phones break: Screens get stronger, yet we demand more See in context

Apple has received a patent for using internal motors to rotate a phone as it drops so that the glass part doesn’t hit the ground.

Wow, the phone that flips itself mid air. Like a cat? Impressive...if they can incorporate the feature without significantly adding to the phone's weight and thickness.

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Posted in: Abe: Japan must fix domestic problems before taking in refugees See in context

Typical copout excuse. As if other countries don't have domestic problems to take care of. The very artlessness and inaneness of it is comedic.

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Posted in: Beyond Volkswagen: 8 companies that have behaved badly See in context

And there are many more companies that haven't been caught. Volkswagen execs must be gnashing their teeth thinking, 'Had it not been for that goddamn West Virginia University emission study!'

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Posted in: U.S. admiral signals wider role for Third Fleet in western Pacific See in context

China basically wants to challenge the existing world order as the U.S. as the top dog. But they don't do it as stupidly as Japan or Germany before WWII. China does it only to a degree that does not risk a military clash with the U.S. This is to validate their territorial claims in the long run. They well know the ultimate basis of power is economy.

China has flexed its economic muscle with the recent record purchase of Boeing passenger jets. But it's nothing compared to what they will be capable of if they can grow at above 7% rates annually for they next two decades. From the Chinese point of view, they need to keep insisting on their territorial rights for the day they become so dominant economically. Then, other countries will give up on their conflicting claims of their own volition as not doing so will be so detrimental to their vital economic ties with China.

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Posted in: Conveyor belt sushi chain taking bold, eco-friendly step of getting rid of all its conveyors See in context

What does this mean for Ishikawa prefecture companies that produce virtually 100% of these sushi conveyers? I hope they produce the sushi rail system as well. Otherwise, if this conveyer-less trend takes hold, they are goners. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conveyor_belt_sushi

I also feel a bit sorry for the employees there as they must work harder and harder to cater to individual needs for a measly price of 108 yen per plate. I heard these sushi restaurants' ingredient cost portion is a lot higher than other restaurant business categories. Hopefully the reduced cost from dispensing with conveyers and smaller waste will contribute to higher salaries for employees, but I'm skeptical.

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Posted in: Residents of Russian-held isles await diplomatic resolution See in context

@Yoshitsune

The main thing the islanders really need is regular ferry connections.

I wound't count on it. For the J government to allow ferry connections is tantamount to endorsing the status quo vis-à-vis the territorial dispute with Russia.

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Posted in: Residents of Russian-held isles await diplomatic resolution See in context

As for the R v.s. J territorial dispute, my imaginary Ainu friend in my head is grumbling, "A pot calling a kettle black."

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Posted in: Residents of Russian-held isles await diplomatic resolution See in context

If I were a resident, I would look to China for business ties. Chinese tourists have deeper pockets and are more likely to be equipped with requisite curiosity to visit this off-the-beaten-track destination. Why bother with Japan with which the issue always has to come back to territorial claims?

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Posted in: Man arrested for burying his mother in backyard See in context

Many in Japan are getting poorer and the number of the old just keeps increasing. I'm not surprised if more people resort to this type of illegal 'private' burial down the line. Of course some will do it for pension fraud, but yet others probably do so feeling overwhelmed by the cost. Here's one example of what it costs for a simplest form of 直葬 direct burial. (no funeral ceremony)

coffin ¥55,000 dry ice(for one day) ¥ 7,000 car to carry the body(within 10km)¥15,100 mortician's fee ¥40,000 total payment to the mortician. ¥117,100 (plus tax)A

cremation fee ¥59,000 urn ¥11,865 storage fee(one day) ¥ 3,675 total payment to the crematory ¥74,540(plus tax)B 

grand total (A+B) ¥191,640 (plus tax)

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Posted in: Some trains to ease cell phone restrictions near priority seats — but not during rush hour See in context

I've been there, kitzrow, and I don't really mind the noise. If your don't like it, you can just wear earbuds. Singapore, Taiwan, other Asian cities are much more lenient on cell phone use than Japan. Across-the-board ban is Japan's forte. Putting folks in a straitjacket is soothing to many a bureaucratic Japanese mind. They later find out the groundlessness of the rule as is the case with this one. Cell use was totally banned before. It's now easing. Ban first and ease the rules at a glacial pace. That's pretty much the mentality here.

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Posted in: Some trains to ease cell phone restrictions near priority seats — but not during rush hour See in context

'Don't use cellphones on the train.' 'Don't walk up escalators.'

What with all these rules that are nonexistent in other countries? Japan loves, adores, cherishes and worships meaningless rules. But did you know that without these suffocating rules many Japanese can actually asphyxiate for lack of rules?

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Posted in: One Direction announces album after split speculation See in context

Oh, Backstreet boys. The name sure brings back memories. I miss their eBay song. "I bought it on eBay." Remember?

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Posted in: Boeing announces record Chinese order worth $38 bil See in context

A big souvenir from Mr. Xi. Japan needs to match this to stay on the good side of the U.S., but it's a tall order for ailing and aging No.3 economy. China is playing by the U.S. capitalist rulebook and making it increasingly difficult for the U.S. to side with Japan, especially for things like worthless rock piles along Japan-China border. At this rate, it won't be long for the U.S. to abrogate its security treaty with Japan in its entirety. Mr. Xi is letting his money do the talking and the U.S., much to Japan's chagrin, responds well to that kind of incentive.

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Posted in: Frustrated fans See in context

Trying to catch lightening in a bottle twice.

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Posted in: One Direction announces album after split speculation See in context

Girls around me are getting weary of their tunes and losing interest. What they need in Japan: pressing the flesh and holding elections. Time tested AKB success formula.

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Posted in: U.S. says more active role for Japan's military no threat to China See in context

U.S. assuring China not to worry about Japan taking up more active military role is as convincing as Russia assuring Japan not to worry about China getting more active militarily.

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Posted in: Autumn traffic safety campaign kicks off Monday See in context

@25years in Japan I've seen people using the umbrella holder you referred to. That looks good for light rain on a not so windy day. But here's the thing. I currently use a raincoat which is hooked up to the handlebar and front basket. This protects my legs and feet from rain as well. Wouldn't This holder become an obstacle when you want to wear that type of raincoat with its upward projection? If I have to remove the thing each time I use my raincoat, it would be too much of a hassle. If not I want to use it.

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Posted in: Autumn traffic safety campaign kicks off Monday See in context

The National Police Agency (NPA) is also urging cyclists to observe the rules of the road.

Caution to myself: Do not ride the bicycle holding an umbrella open especially till the end of this month. Recently introduced no-umbrella-on-the-bike rule is really cramping my style.

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Posted in: Big win See in context

Superbly done, team Japan. Great photo capturing the moment of exhilaration.

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Posted in: Rent a hot guy to make you cry, then wipe your tears away See in context

Creepy with a capital C.

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Posted in: More than 300 bags of decontaminated waste swept away by floods in Tochigi See in context

I'm alarmed by the sparsity of information about this. This sounds so scary but not much information is out there. How dangerous are they? How come the media response on this so muted and matter-of-factly? I don't want to touch any produce from the area

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Posted in: You’d never guess this strange bubble house village is located in Japan See in context

Looks like some kooky religious commune. The density of it is alarming. Why do they have to be so close to each other in the countryside where land is abundant?

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Posted in: Japan to step up help for Vietnamese maritime security See in context

Vietnam is a major bully for the neighboring Cambodia and much hated there for their strength and for their mean lean efficiency. If the Vietnamese really get into a fighting mode, they are probably one of the strongest soldiers in the world pound for pound. Even the US couldn't defeat them. China also has bitter experience fighting Vietnamese. Some analysts say that China sees Vietnam as its enemy No.1. Supporting Vietnam is a clever move for Japan to keep China busy. Helping the Philippines is a lost cause but Vietnam is a force that really packs a punch. Japan and Vietnam getting closer can exert a considerable psychological pressure on China.

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Posted in: Facebook working on long-sought 'dislike' button See in context

I want 'ambivalent' button.

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Posted in: Japan set for historic defense policy shift See in context

As the big bear US looking increasingly busy and tired fighting smaller but nimble, fierce, elusive wolverines in different parts of the world, and presently middle sized bear inhabiting next to Japan growing bigger at an alarming rate and becoming more and more aggressive, the US wants Japan to transform itself into some kind of carnivore, not a passive herbivore, loyal only to the US. And when the big bear wants something, it gets it, be it creating a military-force-renouncing constitution, forging a military force in that very country, or making that country's lackey leader to do whatever reinterpretation is necessary to suit the big bear's desire.

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Posted in: Japan urges N Korea to refrain from provocative action See in context

Provocation is the only industry North Korea has.

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Posted in: To rip off people, all you need is a good idea See in context

Kaynide, thanks for educating me. Perhaps you are right. But I'm not entirely convinced. In the article, "I just have a synthetic diamond made here for a few million yen.” This doesn't sound like he just buys readymade stuff. "Have one made" doesn't preclude the possibility of pet ashes actually incorporated in one way or another? The quote, "the supposed dog-become-diamond..." Yeah, "supposed" can imply untruthfulness but it might also indicate the writer's subjective skepticism. I googled dog ashes / diamond, and found so many sites both in Japan and abroad offering this type of service. This business seems like quite well established. Not such a novelty. Is the writer sought out a fraudulent operator for the purpose of this article? Then, yes, he is a fraud. Well, too much thinking for nothing. Thank you guys for input, anyway.

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Posted in: To rip off people, all you need is a good idea See in context

@ADK99 The article says,

but how many would have had Yamamoto’s subsequent brainwave: that of offering himself as an intermediary between mourners and a company in Switzerland that allegedly turns pet ashes into synthetic diamonds? “Actually,” he smiles, “I don’t ship the ashes to Switzerland at all. I just have a synthetic diamond made here for a few million yen”

Fraud in this case is for not sending ashes to Switzerland? Pet owners had their pet ash diamond made anyway right? Is sending ashes to Switzerland so important to owners? Is Switzerland connection an entire fabrication or is Yamamoto a franchisee of a Swiss-based business?

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