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Posted in: Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today See in context

I'm confused. The article says, "...there was no evidence of it having been manufactured after World War II" and then, "A can found at the site, marked as produced in 1993, indicates that the burial did not take place before then."

Is it talking about the same substance that made Ryuji sick? This is so sad and worrying that it might occur again someplace.

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Posted in: Japanese public broadcaster issues apology for calling a train a 'train' See in context

Much Ado.

I don't know, if it was an English mistake like saying Electric engine instead of Diesel engine, I'm sure even non train otaku would point it out to the moderator on JT.

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Posted in: Digital minister Kono asks gov't to stop using floppy disks See in context

...prompting Kono to exasperatedly remark: “I’m not sure where people are even supposed to be able to buy floppy disks anymore.”



And they are in stock!

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Posted in: Outgrown or unwanted? See in context

I can just imagine how dirty it still is inside.

I remember watching a show on TV here where the hosts helped clean up the home. In many of the rooms the trash reached the ceilings.

As the dumpster was about to be hauled away, the owner came running out and said there was money in one of the bags. Needle in a haystack, but they found it. I can't remember how much, but it was a LOT!

I hope this person gets some help.

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Posted in: Green sofa See in context

Looks hot.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy drowns in river in Oita Prefecture See in context

So sad to hear. Brings back memories of the summer I graduated from HS. A friend and I swam across a similar sized river. I was in the best shape of my life, but I was shocked at how powerful the water was. It looked slow moving, but I was exhausted by the time I reached shore. I was lucky. RIP

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Posted in: Here are the best ways to kill roaches, according to Japanese experts, and some ways to avoid See in context

Peanut butter(not cream) mixed with poison dabbed in strategic locations--under the toaster/stove, in any holes in the wall, near pipes and appliances and drippy water sources.

When I lived in an apartment in the US, an exterminator used this as his "secret weapon" after his spraying twice was ineffective. The roaches were gone in less than 3 days!

Supposedly the peanut butter masks the smell of the poison(sorry I don't know what kind of poison). A bit messy, but better than having roaches.

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Posted in: Kishida blames inadequate police protection for Abe's death See in context


Why was Abe endorsing a candidate on the streets?

Because that's how all candidates do it in Japan. Grass roots. He should have at least been standing with a big bus behind him so his back was covered.

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Posted in: Police apprehend the 'Lego Kid' and accomplices See in context

I'm guessing it's Nishiarai Ario. The windows in the video see familiar. Adachi-ku is the poorest of the wards in Tokyo. Sad to start out life with a police record.

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Posted in: Tokyo Skytree marks 10 years as symbol of capital's skyline See in context

I love the Skytree! Responding to several above...

-No it doesn't cost ¥40,000 for a family of six. ¥16,000 at the most.

-The Skytree was tested well during the 2011 Tohoku quake. Didn't fall down. I wouldn't want to be in it either during a big quake tho.

-Yeah, Tokyo is a concrete jungle, but it's fun. The rest of Japan is super green.

-Sure the view from the Tokyo Metropolitan building is great, but nothing compares to the Skytree, especially on a clear day or when there are big puffy Laputa clouds. It's like being in a stationary airplane.

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Posted in: Western multinationals congratulate Hong Kong's new leader See in context

Brown nosing comes to mind.

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Posted in: Beijing loyalist John Lee elected as Hong Kong's next leader See in context

How can you have an "election" with one candidate? What a sham.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya refused to let 'foreign' student attend recruitment event See in context

I'm confused by the title. Shouldn't it read:

"Yoshinoya refused to let Japanese student of foreign descent attend recruitment event",


"Yoshinoya refused to let Japanese 'foreign-looking' student attend recruitment event",


"Yoshinoya refused to let Japanese student with 'foreign' name attend recruitment event"?

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Posted in: Harris positive for COVID-19; Biden not 'close contact' See in context

The vaccines were only meant to prevent you from developing serious symptoms, not prevent you from being infected. You can still pass it on to someone else too which is why she is isolating.

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Posted in: Nissan ending production of Datsun brand vehicles See in context

@Thomas R Mountcastle Yeah, the '63 Bluebird sure was cute. Classic for sure. But I was thinking more of the '68-'73 510 Bluebird which was boxier. Something sad happened in the 80's and the Bluebird turned into a grandpa car.


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Posted in: Nissan ending production of Datsun brand vehicles See in context

Instead of the uninspiring Datsun redi-GO, Datsun should have revived a sportier version of the 510 in a nod to those who tricked them out. Just a spoiler makes them look cool. Redi-go? Pffft. No wonder Datsun is gone again.

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Posted in: 10 confirmed dead after tour boat with 26 goes missing off Hokkaido See in context

"Water temperatures in the area have been around 2 C to 4 C in recent days"

"all were believed to be wearing life jackets"

I hope they had survival suits available as well. That's mighty cold water.

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Posted in: 2 anglers referred to prosecutors over damage to rare island plants See in context

If you've been hiking in Japan you probably know that trails often go straight up the mountainside with little or no traversing. Sometimes trails here can be several meters wide! These guys were building a short cut, so I can imagine there was no plan to have the trail carefully avoid trees, which they could have done.

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Posted in: Japan to join U.S., EU in blocking some Russian banks from SWIFT system See in context

Good move. Now ban their ships from the Panama and Suez and the Isthmus in Turkey.

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Posted in: Putin's giant table sparks jokes -- and speculation See in context

I saw the same table at the St. Petersburg Ikea last week.

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Posted in: Tokyo and surrounding areas brace for heavy snowfall See in context

I saw cars driving around in the rain this afternoon with chains on.

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Posted in: Watch where you ride See in context

Security guards walk with public notice signs saying in Japanese, "No bicycles allowed on the sidewalk,"

No it doesn't. It says to walk your bicycle. There is a distinction.

There are places where you can't even WALK your bicycle. Having parked my bike and gone into places to get some lunch and then eaten next to my bicycle only to be told my bicycle can't even be IN the spacious plaza. Then being stopped on my way out and told by a different security guard that I can't WALK my bicycle in that area. Madness. I don't argue, just roll my eyes and proceed to exit.

BTW, I understand completely the rules about not riding on busy sidewalks. I don't do it.

Moderator: The caption has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted in: Student turns herself in to police over alleged university exam cheating See in context

Sad she chose to do this. I don't know what to feel.

I went to Architecture school and when studying for finals in the student union, I was offered a good look at the test by the teacher assistant himself. I was shocked and a bit scared, not knowing if teacher was involved in this. I declined and said no and then got the heck out of there.

Still today I feel sick thinking about who decided to cheat on that exam which was for structures class. That's where future architects learn the math to figure out what size beams and columns are needed for buildings stay up. Engineers do the heavy duty calculating, but you still need to understand it in order to put your seal of approval on the drawings. Important stuff. In this situation, cheaters can kill people.

I hope this girl is given a second chance, but watched like a hawk in the next test.

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Posted in: Miyagi restaurant refuses to accept customers’ money after tsunami warning evacuation See in context


The customers will return and many will settle their bills. 

But foiled in their attempt.

...they returned to the store in an attempt to pay for their meal from the previous night, but were again politely refused.

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Posted in: Tokyo museum apologizes for calling 'Demon Slayer' brothel district setting a 'glamorous world' See in context

Yoshiwara is now a creepy place. The streets I have ridden my bike through are lined with over decorated questionable businesses with yak looking touts out front all while shoppers on mamacharis and elementary school kids pass by on their way home from school. The juxtaposition is nauseating.

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Posted in: NEC to introduce facial recognition vaccination check system See in context



1/1,000,000 are slim odds. Our 12 year old son was just fine.

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Posted in: Tokyo to start flagging electric scooter users for minor offenses See in context


 I constantly see them riding the wrong way on the roads

Many one way streets have the words:    を除く written on a tiny white sign right below red "do not enter" signs. This says "except bicycles". As long as they ride on the left side of the road of a a one way street, it is perfectly legal. Is this the same for e-scooters?

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Posted in: JR East opens test run of autonomous bullet train to media See in context

...as it eyes introducing trains without drivers in the future amid a labor shortage.

I know that human error is a big cause of accidents, but does this terrify anyone--not having anyone on board who can stop a train in case of any unforeseen problems?

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Posted in: World's 1st operational bus-train dual-mode vehicle to start service in Shikoku See in context

They have been shutting down and abandoning the smaller train lines servicing more rural areas. With lower ridership it probably isn't cost affective to attend smaller stations and maintain the tracks, so a "bus" like this could pick up extremely rural passengers and then just drive on to a train tracks that are still in use and maintained.

And like they say:

The DMV is lighter than a traditional train, which, according to the company, means it requires less fuel and is easier to maintain.

I'm just guessing.

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Posted in: World's 1st operational bus-train dual-mode vehicle to start service in Shikoku See in context

@ R.T.

So, what is the motivation behind this thing? Seems like a big hustle and extra cost with no critical advantages.

Reread paragraphs 5,6 and 7. This states their thinking.

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