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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

The data on this 'live' radar map comes from, I believe, Geiger counters on normal vehicles as they drive around. Searching for Samegawa in Kanji on the map, I see that it has the same level as the part of Tokyo I live in. https://safecast.org/tilemap/?y=36.941&x=140.131&z=9&l=0&m=0

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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

I wonder if changing the name of the prefecture might help? The name Fukushima is forever tainted just like Chernobyl. Are you going to buy Chernobyl milk? No one would visit Kiev, Ukraine if the nuclear plant had the same name. Fukushima is a BIG prefecture and the way the prevailing winds are, most of the area is radiation free. I wish this couple luck.

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Posted in: New study shows wildlife thriving in areas evacuated after Fukushima nuclear meltdown See in context

Go back up and read that last paragraph. ;) The study was not about genetic mutations. "Thriving" probably means the animals are not dying off in mass numbers. From the photos the animals look healthy on the outside, but like the article says, "Only time can tell" those affects on the animals.

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Posted in: Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective See in context

@N30N0M3N 

For those of you making jokes about this:

Nobody was.

Yeah they were, and their posts got removed by the moderator.

I still don't understand how some people don't know how to swim. 

She was caught in a rip tide it sounds like which sweeps you out to sea. The natural reaction is to swim back to sea, against the very strong current, which in no time at all will tire the strongest swimmer. Do YOU, N30N0M3N, know how to get out of that situation?

Answer: Swim perpendicular to the current, or in this case, parallel to the coast, until you are out of the current. You WILL die if you fight it, thus the "near death" comment she made. I am sure she felt the her life was threatened.

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Posted in: Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective See in context

For those of you making jokes about this:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/texas-tourists-drown-turks-and-caicos

I dare say if she didn't have that paddleboard, we'd be reading far more grim headline. It can happen to the strongest swimmer.

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Posted in: Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective See in context

I don't know, sounds terrifying to me. Did they get rescued or did they have to swim back to shore? I've heard the same thing can happen with the currents running between the Hawaiian islands.

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Posted in: Asbestos found at Tokyo Olympic water polo venue See in context

Organizers had since decided to take "emergency countermeasures", Asahi said without providing further details.

Which leaves me to wonder if it is because they are worried the IOC might move this event just like they moved the Maraton, albeit for a completely different reason. Just speculation on my part of course.

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Posted in: Police looking for man who flashed woman in Sapporo on freezing cold night See in context

@Yabaru

Only said by someone who has zero experience in living somewhere it's cold. The male body protects it's parts very effectively in cold weather by pulling up those parts that hang out, into the warmer body to protect those jewels from the cold!

No, you misunderstood what I said, which was:

If someone flashes themselves, you are going to see the same amount whether it is cold weather or not.

Perhaps badly worded, but my point was, his act of intimidation doesn't rely upon what size he is. He could be small in hot weather and still have the same affect. Pants down, bad. Pants up, good.

BTW, I grew up where we got snow in November and didn't see the grass until it melted in the spring. Plenty cold.

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Posted in: Police looking for man who flashed woman in Sapporo on freezing cold night See in context

I doubt there was much to see!

If someone flashes themselves, you are going to see the same amount whether it is cold weather or not. My wife was flashed years ago outside of the Juku she tutored at. It freaked her out. You don't know what these guys are wanting when it happens. She was pretty scared and felt like quitting her job. When I arrived in Japan, I met her after work and we rode home together. The same guy was flashing others along the street at the time. Is it a gateway to more serious crimes or a cry for help or what?

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Posted in: JAL top in passenger survey for flights from North America: U.S. study See in context

I'm not surprised at all with Delta being there. I never had any troubles and the staff has always been helpful. However, direct flights was important to me when my children were younger. I flew nonstop to Portland once or twice a year for 13 years to visit grandma and grandpa. Comfort Plus is a godsend! I actually slept 6 hours on a flight to LA. A first for me. Ha.

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Posted in: Mother asks public for help on daughter who disappeared from Yamanashi campsite See in context

So sad. I hope she is found.

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Posted in: Man arrested for shoplifting, attempted murder of convenience store owner See in context

A homeless 'salesman'? What does he sell, I wonder? And what kind of person walks around with a knife ready to use?

Must have been drunk when he said this.

Doesn't everyone know that convenient stores are bristling with cameras these days? I wonder if he was looking for a cheap, justice center retirement center?

Hope the victim heals quickly.

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Posted in: JR East unveils luxury Saphir Odoriko express with all first-class seating See in context

Here are some views of the interior, including a video tour: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/12/f26b9bdff83f-jr-east-unveils-luxury-saphir-odoriko-express.html

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Posted in: Completion ceremony held for new National Stadium See in context

"The forest theme is prevalent in the color of the stadium seating, which at first glance appear to be a random assortment of white, different shades of greens and burnt umber. Kuma envisioned sunlight filtering through the trees (the timber roof) and onto the forest floor (the seating), and as such the colors of the seats grade lighter as they move towards the top. "

@commanteer Thanks for the explanation. Not sure I get it though. Kind of a stretch for me to see that in the seating pattern. Kind of strange especially since it won't really be enjoyed if the colosseum is filled or partly filled.

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Posted in: Completion ceremony held for new National Stadium See in context

Kind of curious the purpose of the speckled seats. I wonder if it will give the illusion of a full stadium when it isn't full. Photos of the stadium from above make it look like spectators are in the seats when they are not.

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

I actually kind of like the Japanese language version of パプリカ, but this English version is terrible.

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Posted in: Japan to keep pushing coal in developing world despite criticism See in context

Some of the working conditions in these developing countries is sketchy at best. I wonder why someone hasn't connected a bunch of workers up to treadmills in order to generate energy with a scary whipper snapper on a raised podium barking orders. I am half joking, but I can just imagine a sweatshop filled with hundreds pour souls watching Zwift on their stationary recumbent bicycles all day. Of course you have to feed them and your water bill would be enormous. How much does it cost to build a coal powered plant by the way?

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Posted in: Thin skin: Japanese firm develops ultra-fine spray-on face mask See in context

In the future, Uchiyama said it could be used to cover scars or to create an invisible medical patch.

Does this mean it can be used for burn victims or cancer patients needing skin grafts, or would such procedures still be needed. It says 'patch' not replacement. Sometimes a patch can be permanent, as in a clothes patch, a rubber inner tube tire patch, a software patch, etc. What does it mean in this case?

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Posted in: JR East eyes introduction of walk-through ticket gates in few years See in context

I wonder how many people will be accidentally passing through their proposed no barrier gates without knowing it? I can imagine a long line to talk to the gate attendant, "I didn't know there was a gate! Can I get a refund?" Or being charged and not even knowing it. I think there are many hurdles to cross before this becomes reality. As it is now, my phone using the Suica app has trouble being read if it is in a leather pouch for instance.

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Posted in: Anime studio arson-murder suspect undergoes unprecedented skin grafts See in context

Besides the doctors' "duty" to treat this guy, obviously they are hoping to learn something from his treatment. In that way at least something good can come out of such a monstrous deed. It's still hard to believe someone can do what he did.

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Posted in: Harajuku Station will be demolished after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics See in context

@nakanoguy01

Moving old beloved buildings is nothing new. Amazingly, it is done more frequently than you may choose to believe. As for the location, look at google maps, I think if it weren't for it visually blocking the Meji Jingu Torii, they would hover the new station over the car entrance to the park, closer to Olympic Bridge and create a bigger roundabout on the backside of said station where the current drop off for the park is near Cafe Mori no Terrace.

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Posted in: Harajuku Station will be demolished after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics See in context

I am sorry to be negative, but what an unimaginative, bland, nondescript design the replacement station is. Too bad they can't move the new station a few meters south and restore the old station and repurpose it as a teahouse, visitor center or what not. If fireproofing is their excuse, there are ways to fix that problem. As it is, the land is too narrow for a station. They should borrow some of the park entrance to make a real station. I am not against progress, but it just seems that we are destroying too much history when remodeling for continued use is a viable option, especially for a beloved structure such as this.

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Posted in: 36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam See in context

Great job of international cooperation! I wonder if this will even put a dent in the scamming?

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Posted in: 8 types of men you’ll meet on Japanese dating sites See in context

First off, I am a man. A foreign man and I have heard the complaints before that most foreign guys are taken and the Japanese guys are, well, like you mention above. I have heard that online dating is the thing these days, but I don't know. I see plenty of Japanese men taking part in hiking clubs, cycling clubs, working out at gyms, having coffee in coffee shops, eating by themselves in restaurants, that are probably no.1's as listed above. The question is how to meet them. I met my Japanese wife the boring way, in an empty Starbucks in the states on a rainy day where we were both taking shelter. Somehow we started talking about what I was working on and after an hour, I realized the place was full and I had to go, but I knew I met someone special. You can't ever know that by pursuing photos online. Get out there, sign up for classes, workshops go to art galleries, whatever and wherever the kind of person you want to meet might be. Find a way to make eye contact, flirt, start up a conversation. That's how it's done. It must still work.

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Posted in: Power line trouble seen as possible cause of Okinawa castle fire See in context

@JeffLee Have you never seen an electrical short circuit? Shorts create bursts, which would be hard to call flames, which are particularly bright and hot. Of course it would be picked up on a thermal sensor. These are just clues. Give them time to do their job. They'll figure it out. Since many fires are caused by electrical problems it only makes sense to investigate. Just because the article is lacking in facts, doesn't mean the folks investigating this are inept. Be patient. We'll find out soon what happened.

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Posted in: Power line trouble seen as possible cause of Okinawa castle fire See in context

@JeffLee Did you miss this?

A surveillance camera captured flashing light at the left backside of the burned-down Seiden main building...When the fire broke out, a thermo-sensitive sensor at the building activated, and the police sources said other security camera footage showing a flame flaring up on the first floor has been obtained.

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Posted in: Police say body may be hiker who fell on Mt Fuji while live-streaming See in context

People climb mountains with snow and ice all the time. They are called Mountaineers. But sadly it seems this fellow didn't properly prepare with a GoPro camera mounted to a climbing helmet and I am guessing wasn't wearing crampons on his boots. I have friends who are really good at climbing mountains and one of them skied down Fujisan a couple years ago, but they have all the right gear. Still it doesn't make you immune to accidents if you aren't paying full attention to what you are doing. Poor guy.

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Posted in: Tokyo eyes starting Olympic marathon at 3 a.m. to counter IOC plan to move race to Hokkaido See in context

Usually the maximum nighttime temp is around 27c. That's way better than 37c. Perhaps they should move more of the events to morning. So what if people have to change their sleep schedule. It already gets light at 4:30am in the summer.

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Posted in: 90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov't support See in context

You don't have to build right next to a river to be in danger of flooding. Adachi city put out a flood risk map and the river we live nearest is less than 1 km away, but there is no danger from that river. We live 5 km from the Arikawa and one other to the west and supposedly we could get inundated with 5 meters of water if those rivers flood. Almost the whole Kanto plain, with the exception of the hilly parts of downtown Tokyo, are in this same situation.

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Posted in: 90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov't support See in context

Egads. Can you imagine having just 1 cm of disgusting flood water soaking your floors and sub flooring? Even that amount might cause buckling of flooring, depending on the material, and if the water is contaminated with sewage and chemicals, couldn't just be dried out. Insurance companies run the same kind of sham with customers.

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