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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

So we can't use the term Manual Labor? Or are some of these 'interns' the highly skilled nursing staff that take care of the elderly?

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Posted in: Tokyo Skytree tries new method for snow, ice removal See in context

Just looking at the photo I can guess how far the strong winter winds must blow that ice. Yikes!

Man, looking at this vast, concrete sprawl, I sure am glad I don't live in a Japanese city.

@kawabegawa198 That's a shame because Tokyo is an amazing city! Plus, there are mountains way higher than the 600m Skytree just an hour and a half from downtown.

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Posted in: Wild boar bites off woman's finger See in context

I wonder if the use of batons and knives had something to do with the boar being cornered in a residential area and near a school.

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

Can you imagine having a big bear in a cage in your home? Was it a rescued bear or unable to forage in the wild on its own? Questions abound.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed while walking along street in Chiba Pref See in context

@Do the hustle

However, being a middle aged man, my only fear at night is missing the last train. None of these cowards are gonna pick on me.

While I mostly agree with you, to your last comment I would say that it is hard to defend yourself against something that you have no idea is coming your way. If you were always prepared, you would be a pretty tense, twitchy guy. I hope you stay safe and thank goodness this woman didn't die.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't ordered to pay damages for noise at U.S. Yokota air base See in context

I realize that usable space is precious in Japan, but is amazing to me that they have allowed development so close to bases. I suppose it was unavoidable, but still I wouldn't have moved in next to a base. I am blaming the victim aren't I. I think the prudent thing to do is to pay for sound proofing. That's what Tri-met does in Portland, Oregon when they put in a new line, at least they did this for the line going through the West Hills. But the scale of such a thing around Yakota would be massively expensive because of the airplane traffic.

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Posted in: French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific See in context

he wasn't swimming across the Pacific anyway he was swimming bits and pieces of the Pacific

Of course he was. Even cyclists who bike around the world or across America need rest and food, yet no one says, "Oh he wasn't actually riding across America because he wasn't continually pedaling 24 hours day." The human body has limits.

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Posted in: Japan snow crab recognized by Guinness as getting most expensive bid See in context

I miss Dungeness crab.

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Posted in: Forest management worker shot dead by hunter in Hokkaido See in context

It would have to be a high caliber rifle. You don’t hunt deer with shotguns. Shotguns are for fowl.

Yes, ordinarily this is the case, but rifles are hard to come by in Japan. I was mountain biking in Yamanashi and we came across a couple park rangers hiking along the trail with shotguns open and draped over on their arms. We asked what they were hunting and they said they were culling deer because the area had too many deer. It is a watershed area and the deer were damaging the trees. Anyway, they were using shotguns not rifles. I have seen tons of deer in this area and quite close up, so I suppose the shotgun would do its job sufficiently.

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Posted in: Forest management worker shot dead by hunter in Hokkaido See in context

130 meters seems an awfully long distance for a shotgun. He must have been one of those rare rifle owners here in Japan. Even at this distance with a rifle, I am thinking he must have been aiming very slowly and carefully to be able to hit something. Go to good maps and mark out 130 meters along the street in front of you home. Pretty far, huh. Should have been more patient. Deer will often give you a good long look before bounding off. No reason to not wait to see what you are shooting at. SMH.

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Posted in: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car companies See in context

To give the Saudi's some credit, they might be using the masks as security decoys to foil assassination attempts.

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Posted in: 87-year-old man dies in fall from mountain in Yamanashi See in context

@progressive I don't think Serrano was being specific. Dying while doing what you love to do seems like a better way to go than let's say being murdered, or taken out by a drunk driver or dying of boredom or a broken heart inside a senior facility or countless other ways. Although, falling 10 meters doesn't sound fun. RIP

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Posted in: Yanagita hits 'sayonara' home run to lift Japan over MLB See in context

That was sure an exciting finish. I thought the MLB had it in the bag, but then boom, he hits this on perhaps the last possible pitch of the game. This was my son's first time to see a professional game. What a great introduction! I'm sure the MLB players were disappointed to lose, but the atmosphere at this game was amazing. Much different than a game in the US. Something I'm sure they'll remember.

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Posted in: 21-year-old driver, going wrong way on expressway, killed in collision with truck See in context

Expressways can be confusing here, but if you don't pass through an ETC gate when you enter, it's a good indication that you are going the wrong direction, right?.

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Posted in: Man arrested over lewd act with minor in car See in context

What is it with creepy guys and cars. Once one evening when I went to Tsutaya to get a movie for my kids, as I was getting back in my car, I notice a man in the car next to me. I glanced a couple times because I noticed he kept looking at me giving me a strange look. Then I saw what he was watching in his car...and he was surrounded by apartment buildings! Some people's sexual problems can consume them.

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Posted in: Detainee dies after choking on food in Saitama police station cell See in context

@Garthgoyle

Thanks for the info. If one has to time the back blows just right, it makes sense for a novice to try the Heimlich instead as it is much easier except if the person choking is rather large. I suspect it would be difficult to even attempt it. In that case it makes sense for the medical groups to recommend administering back blows.

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Posted in: Detainee dies after choking on food in Saitama police station cell See in context

@Educator60

With all due respect, I don't care who endorses back blows, I have used the Heimlich twice and seen it used a 3rd time and knows it works. It is mind-blowing and life changing to see it in action.

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Posted in: Detainee dies after choking on food in Saitama police station cell See in context

@Garthgoyle

Back blows are like shaking a bag of cereal. Whatever is in the throat will just settle down lower. The Heimlich uses pressure to like a pop gun to free the food. I have saved both of my children, once on an airplane and once at home, using the one handed Heimlich maneuver(for children) and I have seen it used first hand at camp when the boy sitting next to me was chocking on a piece of steak. Why they don't teach it here is baffling. Never hit someone on the back if they are sitting upright for sure.

Supposedly you can even do the Heimlich yourself by placing your fist on your diaphragm and thrusting yourself over the back of a chair. Never seen that in use though.

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Posted in: Schoolgirl caught stealing dozens of educational books in one night See in context

I doubt she can get school text books in the Library, especially ones she can mark up and take notes in. If this were on a local news station in The States, they might have a way for readers to help her pay for her books.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway system may not be able to cope with Olympics See in context

Is it possible to add more trains so they pretty much run continuous during peak hours? One rolls out another rolls in? I'm sure one train is pretty expensive.

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Posted in: Mother, 2 young children killed in 4-vehicle crash in Hyogo; trailer driver arrested See in context

I wonder if the truck was also tailgating?

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Posted in: 'AirDrop perverts' on Japanese trains now a thing See in context

To paraphrase my earlier post. Set AirDrop to "Contacts Only" and problem solved. No one will see your name unless they are known to you.

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Posted in: 'AirDrop perverts' on Japanese trains now a thing See in context

Supposedly if you have Airdrop set to "Contacts Only," then only those in your contacts list can see your phone.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center. On iPhone X, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen.

Press deeply or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner, then tap AirDrop. If you're using iOS 10.3.3 or earlier, tap AirDrop.

Then choose one of these options:

Receiving Off: You won't receive AirDrop requests. 

Contacts Only: Only your contacts can see your device.

Everyone: All nearby iOS devices using AirDrop can see your device

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204144

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Posted in: Trump calls on media to end 'hostility' after thwarted bombs See in context

It is scary when rhetoric turns to physical attacks. I agree with him that we should be civil, although, ahem, I am a bit suspicious of his timing. Anyway, I wish all parties could stick to issues instead of calling each other names and doling out threats. "Sticks and stones" my foot! Names hurt! My liberal friends often ask how I can stand having so many conservatives in my facebook list. I reply that they are my friends, that's how. Just as they are.

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Posted in: China eavesdrops on Trump's cell phone calls: New York Times See in context

I'd hate to have the job of translating what he is saying.

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Posted in: Quake shock absorber maker says products may have been used nationwide See in context

Nobuo Fukuwa, director of the Disaster Mitigation Research Center at Nagoya University, played down the falsification of data, saying variations in shock absorber quality was not a major issue...the most commonly used shock absorbers those used below ground - could be exchanged relatively easily.

I don't think this is as bad as skimping on structural material such as rebar inside columns or failing to sink pilings down to bedrock leading to a building's sinking like that skyscraper in San Francisco. The Tokyo sky tree made it just fine through the 2011 quake without failing. I dare say that replacing these bumpers and pistons is going to be expensive, though. I wonder if KBY corp. is going to survive financially.

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Posted in: Built for young families, minicars attract a huge following among elderly drivers See in context

ArtitsAtLarge:

You can spec a turbo version.

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Posted in: Built for young families, minicars attract a huge following among elderly drivers See in context

The Honda Fit is not a Kei-car. I drove a Daihatsu Kanto for 13 years and while easy to drive in the city, it was a terror on the highways. I also had to pull aside all the time to let cars go by because I couldn't keep up with the traffic. I would think twice about getting one of these. Your shoulders pretty much touch the side of the car. If anyone hits you, it's almost guaranteed that you will be hit as well. There is no crumple space. I am glad they are putting high tech features in them now, but I wonder if they have room even for side impact curtain airbags?

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Posted in: Japanese space probe launches new robot onto asteroid See in context

To be fair to the US media, CNN did mention the Japanese part of this mission: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/28/asia/japan-hayabusa-rovers-first-video-intl/index.html

The photograph above is from the earlier Japanese portion of the mission to this asteroid, but the article is about the European portion named MASCOT. Perhaps the US media is waiting until photos are received from MASCOT.

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Posted in: Japanese space probe launches new robot onto asteroid See in context

Here is a pretty cool video detailing MASCOT's part of the mission as well as the returning samples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H4aZX_8hMA

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