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Posted in: Worker dies after falling through roof of station building in Yokohama See in context

Thought Japan was better than that .... UK construction health and safety; Work on or near fragile roof surfaces requires a combination of stagings, guard rails, fall restraint, fall arrest and safety nets slung beneath and close to the roof. Fragile roofs: all roofs should be treated as fragile until a competent person has confirmed they are not.

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Posted in: Weekend hunting boom as rising number of city people acquire licenses See in context

Bring back the wolves - Japan has such a large area of forested land. Hiking is growing rapidly again and does not mix well with guns. Several times we met a hunting club around the Nikko area and received a few kilos of fresh venison but the quality varies greatly depending on the sex, age of the animal, and the cut.

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Posted in: Man stabbed, robbed while walking home in Kanagawa See in context

Knew someone in Japan who left a bank book and card on the seat of a car with the PIN number written on the card :-P

They were stolen and by the time it was reported they had taken over a million yen. The account supposedly had around 80 million yen in it.

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Posted in: Man stabbed, robbed while walking home in Kanagawa See in context

May have been watching people at the cash machine if that is where he got the money. Could be other places where it is quite easy to see people getting cash.

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Posted in: Family of missing French woman renews call for Japan to do more See in context

Accidental hiking deaths with no body found occur in mountainous areas quite often around Tokyo but that does not seem likely in her case. Although reports claim she had epilepsy, given her age she was managing it well. There are a lot of quiet mountain road tracks that lead into very wild forest and dense bamboo so it would be very easy to hide a body in that area, or use as a location for suicide (suggested unlikely by family).

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Posted in: Record 3,506 people stranded on Japanese mountains in 2022 See in context

Most people already know they have to pay the full cost of rescue... they just do not think it is going to happen to them. There is no voluntary rescue service like the UK and people have always had to get insurance to pay for mountain rescue in Japan.

It is not cheap though. Most services want annual cover costs and lots of people go hiking less than 5 times a year. The Post Office used to offer an easy over the counter insurance for the weekend but that might have finished. I hiked 30-45 weekends a year in Japan for over 20 years but rarely got insurance except for tossing a 5 yen coin into a shrine collection box. We were experienced but as they say in Japan, 'even monkeys fall out of trees'. We did a lot of difficult trips.

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Posted in: Japan declares war on hay fever See in context

And I heard it is cheaper to buy cedar from China than pay workers in Japan to cut down and process the timber :-P

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Posted in: Japan declares war on hay fever See in context

The prescription meds do not stop or greatly reduce it or they wouldn't be losing billions in productivity... they do help some symptoms though.

I had a maximum score on the allergy test and the only way to get through the season was avoiding going out as much as possible and using a HEPA filter in the bedroom. Drying washed clothes inside rather than outside, Coats and clothing that had been worn outside kept near the main door and away from other rooms - especially bedroom. Try and keep the bedroom like a silicon wafer factory clean room and wash your hair before bed otherwise sleep was difficult. Going outside the effect of pollen was delayed so that by that night and into the next day I was worse - blocked up, eyes puffed up.

They promised to release sublingual allergy drops through the national health system but backtracked on that. They do work and help most people but I guess the private medical system cost is at least 6,000 yen per month and it takes at least 18 months of treatment.

The cedar planted on so called 'barren' mountains were not barren at all. You can see natural re-growth when sections of cedar plantations are cut down. Power companies planted a lot as they are better at controlling erosion near streams and rivers that flow into man-made lakes - dams and hydroelectric schemes. Those dense cedar forests have very little else living in them compared to natural forests.

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Posted in: Japan reports 8,327 new coronavirus cases See in context

Latest UK data from the office of national statistics has 1 in 40 people being infected.

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Posted in: Japan reports 8,327 new coronavirus cases See in context


Wow! Wow! Wow!!! It really isn't going down!

Same in most places that it is never going away (completely) - not seasonal like flu and much more infectious. It is always going to be there 365 days a year.

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Posted in: 'Feedback loops' worsening climate crisis: report See in context

We have already released more CO2 than there has been in the atmosphere for nearly half a million years. Now that is causing a feedback loop releasing methane stored below oceans and under permafrost. More heating and more methane release ... It is worrying that it might be too much to reverse.

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Posted in: Man dies after being beaten on sidewalk in Yokohama See in context

Sometimes it is a case of just 'wrong place, wrong time'. I was waiting to meet someone near the north exit of Koiwa JR station when a yakuza car pulled up. Looked like the boss was walking someone important into the station. The driver (thug) was waiting at the car then decided I was suspicious and walked over. Fists ready and glaring nose to nose. I just waiting then said in Japanese I was just waiting for a friend. He didn't back off. He was as big as the biggest sumo wrestlers I have seen but solid muscle. I do a lot of hiking, badminton, squash but his arms were bigger than my thighs. He was an oversized gorilla. Then the boss came back and struggled to pull him away. The police box wasn't far away but probably in their pockets. Looked the type that really enjoyed his job threatening and beating people up. Only happened the once in many years and it is not worth escalating situations.

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Posted in: Anti-insect laser gun turrets designed by Osaka University; expected to work on roaches too See in context

Another weapon ready to be repurposed by Skynet.

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Posted in: Anti-insect laser gun turrets designed by Osaka University; expected to work on roaches too See in context

Maybe the insects that survive will pass on genes to generate more unusual flight patterns that might be harder to track, or evasion by sensitivity to a laser lock on before firing. Different behaviour patterns etc. Moths have evolved similar tactics against bats.

Hope they do not start fires or hit someones eye behind a target in the line of fire. Or a software glitch that turns it on full blast on flamable material.

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Posted in: 2 bodies found at site of landslide in Yamagata Prefecture See in context

Most of Japan is probably a danger zone for landslides. It does not need to be a steep place to happen. When the big ones hit Kanto and Tokaido there will be landslides everywhere.

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Posted in: Japanese MSDF captain suspected of leaking state secret See in context

Photo looks like the tower scene out of Westworld where all humans are controlled - not far off in real life.

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Posted in: 8 boars drop dead around Japan’s Killing Stone See in context


owever, there’s also a lot of hydrogen sulfide and sulfurous acid gas that seeps out of the ground in the area around the Killing Stone.

Boars have good noses, right? Wouldn't the smell of the gases have kept them away?

Look it up... usually taught in early year science class as the poisonous gas that smells like rotten eggs and the smell ' disappears' after about 20 minutes. You lose the ability to smell it so it has not gone and is still poisoning you as you breate it in without knowing. Also heavier than air so can sit in pools of low lying land (as above).

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Posted in: Japan reports 43,555 new coronavirus cases See in context


Japan reports 43,555 new coronavirus cases

Giant numbers. And will continue to rise, as infections are in an upward trend.

Huge positivity rate in this highly vaccinated country.

Singapore is seeing a huge increase - also a highly vaccinated country. XBB strain is beginning a rapid take over.

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Posted in: Season's 1st snow on Mt Fuji See in context

SeawolfToday 09:15 pm JST

Meanwhile Chamonix has already seen 30cm of snowfall...

Uhm, Chamonix is in the middle of a large alpine mountain range crossing several countries and about 1,000km further north than Fuji.

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Posted in: Woman falls to death while rock climbing in Hyogo Prefecture See in context

"An eyewitness said she was attempting to retie the rope when she fell..."

This should not happen if the knot is tied properly - grave error on her part and any other person that might have been next to her who should have checked.

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Posted in: Japan reports 37,143 coronavirus cases See in context

Talk about twisting facts...

JTC Today 12:43 am JST

I am not "vaccinated" against COVID, and I stand-by, my own personal reasons for not being vaccinated against this virus.

Take Malaria as an example... it exists in Japan, not common place, though exists apparently... we have a lot of mosquitos here....


And if you look at the US based CDC web page of inoculations they recommend for visitors to Japan ...


(But not... Malaria)

Because domestic cases of malaria are extremely rare... read the report you quoted about how people were infected in Japan. Even if 1 case then you could say every disease exits in Japan... but not common place. Should we me vaccinated for every possible disease a vaccine protects from - no, of course not. Is Covid extemely rare... no. Are you at risk in Japan - yes. Just because you claim it is mild for you does not apply to everyone else.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6,922 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 49,733 See in context

Mask wearing and basic hygiene have been good in Japan (as always) and they have escaping the worst effects of the earlier virus versions. New strains are so much better at spreading that I do not think it can be stopped as easily - example Shainghai. All people need to be fully vaccinated to protect the health service.

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Posted in: What not to do when hiking in Japan See in context

The writer's advice:

If you find yourself lost or in danger:

Call emergency rescue by dialing 119.

Stop, think and stay calm.

If there is no immediate danger, stay put.

As a last resort, follow a stream downhill.

You would be better retracing your steps and following the path back. One thing you should never do is follow a stream downhill if you do not know the terrain. In Japan the mountains are relatively geologically young, so they are steep and prone to landslides. Many stream valleys have waterfalls and big vertical drops. Unless you have local knowledge of the area, or a map and experience to judge the terrain, you should not go down a stream valley. In general, you would be safer staying on the ridge.

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Posted in: What not to do when hiking in Japan See in context

The writer warns about bears but around Chuzenjiko giant hornets are a bigger threat - the area is full of them. If you disturb them they will attack. Only place I got stung by one during my first 6 months in Japan (in 1992) when I stood on a fallen tree trunk on the lake shore for a view. I was very lucky to get only one sting as many others were emerging when I got out of the way. Leg calf swollen double size for 5 days. Not something you would want on your neck. After that (25 years) I was worried about anaphylactic shock from a second sting. Almost every time I went to wilder places around Nikko I saw them. I did a lot of bushwalking in Japan but there are risks. For most people it is better to follow the Japanese standard advice - stay on the path. Many Japanese hikers wear full length trousers and often long sleeved shirts, even in summer.

As it happened I did walk into a bear the next morning on a trail to Ashio from the lake. We were less than 3 feet apart with a bush between us. The bear looked just as shocked as I was and ran up a steep incline and into a hole. A dog could not run that fast up such a steep slope... wouldn't like to try and out run one. While bear bells are good advice you rarely see any wildlife if you carry one but you can see the advantages of using one.

Outdoor Club Japan

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Posted in: Miyakejima: Power and serenity far from central Tokyo See in context

Didn't mention the campsites which are very good and free last time I went. There was a road to one of the black beaches with a shrine nearby that got covered in pyroclastic flow last time. Hope it has regenerated. That area was always ringing loudly with the sound of suzumushi and renouned for bird watching. Cycling is a good way to spend 2 or 3 (better) days travelling around the island.

Due to rugged cliffs many places are difficult to enter the water for a swim.

Outdoor Club Japan

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context

Also, The Uk has already lost 170-200,000 people to covid but Japan less than 30,000. Even after losing 200,000 vulnerable people they are still losing 4 times as many as Japan on a daily basis adjusting for population.

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Posted in: Japan to allow up to 10,000 arrivals daily from April 10 See in context


Its true that a lot of Brits have it, but if we had anywhere near the amount of testing they do in the uk here in Japan I think you’d we are not far off the UK numbers here - we have a similar number of people dying of it as they do in the UK

The numbers dying in Japan are around a hundred a day, in the UK about 200 a day. Don't forget that the population in Japan is roughly double that of the UK. So that is a factor of 4. Japan has a quarter of the deaths compared to the UK adjusting for population. And that is with an older population as well!

Border controls are poinless now against BA.2 if it is already spreading internally and the population is vaccinated. Sadly, in the UK now it takes a week to pass the daily death rate at the peak of the pandemic and nobody seems to care - no controls at all, no masks needed. This death rate just keeps going week after week, month after month. It could stay this way for a long time.

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Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Tokyo area See in context


Lets hope thats it, and nothing follows. Hope everyone is unharmed.

Unfortunately the rock stress is irreversibly building and the big one is on it's way sooner or later. Historical analysis of data shows that regular large Japanese earthquakes that are later than expected are more powerful. Kanto is long overdue.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for border controls to be eased more See in context

When this wave recedes it is time to open up. Visitors to Japan will most likely still have to show proof of double or triple vaccination and a negative test prior to departure, a test on entry, and another several days later.

They will not make any difference to infection rates except the later risk of new variants, and current strict conditions did not stop omicron getting in anyway.

Japanese people want to travel and Japan needs visitors while the situation is good between April and the next expected wavein summer. The country cannot stay closed for good-this is not the 17th century.

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Posted in: Offshore wind farms could help capture carbon from air and store it long-term, saving money See in context

There will be no choice other than try and keep up with global warming and extract as much CO2 as possible. It is causing other greenhouse gasses to be released like massive stores of methane. All those decades of burning fossil fuels have to be reversed by putting CO2 in the gound. Just like the decommissioning of nuclear stations, storing spent fuel and contamination, there is a real future cost of cleaning up the damage done by burning petrol, oil, coal, and gas.

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