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Posted in: Chinese students hit by U.S. visa rejections See in context

I don't understand whey the Chinese students want to study in the US, especially tech students. China is more advanced than the US in several areas of tech, and China is the future. The US is sinking and Japan should strengthen its ties with China.

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Posted in: Japan to begin discussions on 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shots this week See in context

As long as this virus keeps mutating, we are going to need to get new vaccines (unless they find target that is common to all mutations).

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Posted in: 2 dead, 4 injured after taxi veers onto sidewalk in Tokyo See in context

NHK just announced that the driver also died.

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Posted in: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez make romance official in Venice See in context

Women want men to stop viewing them merely as sex symbols, and yet they dress like this. (PS I'm totally gay so I'm not directly involved in this.)

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Posted in: Night and the city See in context

That's Ochanomizu Station.

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Posted in: Takaichi joins race to be next PM; outlines 'Sanaenomics' policy See in context

Nationalist?? She is a fascist! Woe for Japan if she is made PM.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers ATM glitch; 7th system failure this year See in context

I'm only concerned that I may go to Mizuho and find that my account is empty.

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Posted in: IAEA team arrives in Japan to help prepare Fukushima water release See in context

COVID, massive floods, massive forest fires. What else could go wrong?

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing woman’s underwear from laundry See in context

We live in a country where THIS makes the news. Nothing like the stuff you read about other countries. Did you see the news from the USA this morning?

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Posted in: Ohtani hits MLB-high 43rd HR as Angels beat Texas See in context

Babe Ruth's record is about to be broken!

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Posted in: ANA, JAL plan to launch drone services to remote areas See in context

When I saw the headline, I thought that they would be flying people in drones.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

My comment above got +9 and -9, so there seems to be a definite split of opinion here.

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Posted in: ABBA announces comeback album, London show after decades apart See in context

Will there be a Japan tour?

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

Suga should stay for stability. Other LDP members are even more questionable than Suga.

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Posted in: 90-year-old ex-elite bureaucrat gets 5-year jail term over fatal Tokyo car crash See in context

That picture of the mother and daughter he killed should be placed in his prison cell for him to look at everyday.

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Posted in: The 'wadokei': the old way of measuring time in Japan See in context

In 1634, the Dutch were given an island, Dejima, in Nagasaki harbor. One of the first gifts the Dutch gave to the Emperor when they visited was a clock. The Emperor and court were fascinated by the clock, but as mentioned in this article, the length of an hour depended on the season (long hour in summer, short hour in winter). So craftsmen were assigned to fix this, and in no time, they did. I think of this as showing the cleverness of these people with mechanical devices. And even now, we are good at making things.

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Posted in: Pool power See in context

The swimmers are lucky that, in all this heat, their sport is in water. I envy them.

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Posted in: Station in Tokyo becomes first in the city to install an inclined elevator See in context

So just to be sure, passengers are not standing at an inclined angle, right?

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Kabukicho district isn’t just about the nightlife – it has traditional festivals too See in context

Can I add that one thing that visitors to Hanazono Shrine are always surprised about is that there is a small shrine with a rather large statue of a phallus (wood carving).

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Kabukicho district isn’t just about the nightlife – it has traditional festivals too See in context

 "新宿十二社熊野神社, which is in Kabukicho 1-chome, on the west side of the Yamanote line tracks".

There is no Kabukicho 1-chome on the west side of the Yamanote line tracks. It is only east of the Yamanote line tracks. The address shown is 西新宿, West Shinjuku, which is not Kabukicho.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers 5th Japan-wide system failure of 2021 See in context

I wonder if I'll go to the bank one day and find that all the money in my account is gone.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s Kabukicho district isn’t just about the nightlife – it has traditional festivals too See in context

Informative article. But as the address indicates, Kumano Shrine is not in Kabukicho, but over in West Shinjuku. I'm not trying to be picky.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry to seek over ¥5.4 tril defense budget with China in mind See in context

Yes, because the US will leave as soon as China attacks, as we have learned recently.

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Posted in: U.S. a destination of choice for hard-up Japanese sex workers See in context

Many may be surprised that women in their 50s are involved. Totally-gay-gokai can tell you that in the gay world, there are what is known as "fuku-sen", which are young guys who are attracted to grandpa figures.  I guess it is the same for straights.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

Yes, surprisingly, there are anti-vaxxers in Japan. I was surprised to see an anti-vaccination demonstration in front of Shinjuku station on Sunday. I didn't see it reported on the news. There were probably 50 people.

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Posted in: Shinjuku: The humble beginnings of Tokyo’s most dynamic sub-city See in context

PS "biggest train station in the world". Is that correct? I know Shinjuku Station is the busiest train station in the world with more than 3 million people going through on a single day. But is it the biggest? I've read that Nagaya Station is physically bigger than Shinjuku in terms of floor space, but I don't really know how that works.

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Posted in: Shinjuku: The humble beginnings of Tokyo’s most dynamic sub-city See in context

@kohakuebisu, Yes, if you look at aerial pictures of Shinjuku in the 50s and 60s, you can see large lakes in West Shinjuku. This was a huge sewage treatment plant (although I like your "water processing plant" expression better). It was closed in the mid-60s and moved out to the Higashi Murayama area when the population of Shinjuku increased. It was called the "Yodobashi Purification Plant" (淀橋浄水場).

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Posted in: Shinjuku: The humble beginnings of Tokyo’s most dynamic sub-city See in context

Nice story! Less well known is that Shinjuku was closed for nearly 50 years in the 17th century because its unlicensed red-light district was taking too much business away from the licensed district in Yoshiwara.

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