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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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Posted in: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding to build large-size ammonia carrier fueled by ammonia See in context

I had no idea ammonia was flammable, that is if the engines combust it to power the ship. Back in high school our drafting class blueprint machine used ammonia. Whew! Smelly stuff.

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Posted in: Shinkansen makes unscheduled stop after elderly man whacks another passenger in the head with phone See in context


If there were ‘undercover police’, then they were cowards.

Police or patrols can't be everywhere all the time. If they WERE on the train, they might have been in another car. Supposedly even the driver of the train where the Joker was attacking didn't know there was a commotion going on while his train was in panic.

BTW, I saw 2 Safety Patrol officers in orange vests on the Chiyoda Line in Tokyo today. My first time in 19 years to see such a patrol.

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Posted in: Pandemic hits sweet potatoes in Japan; prices rise See in context

Besides ruining the insides, I wonder if this also causes the brown streaks on the skins on the ones that can be sold. The yakimo I have seen look terrible this year. Perhaps too long in the cooker?

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Posted in: Dementia sufferers gain purpose from return to Japan's workforce See in context

My father and mother volunteered at various places in the US to keep busy. Unfortunately, my mother was my father's long term caregiver. Stressful!

My father's dementia was a 12 year ordeal, but he could do relatively simple duties up until the last year of his torment. Only his last 2 years was he increasinly bed ridden. Sad since he had a PhD, but still, the work kept him active.

The article talks about paying them, so perhaps this is different.

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Posted in: Company to implement salad-making robots See in context

I don’t know about salad, but I could sure use a laundry robot. One where you put the clothes in and they pop out all dry and folded.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting elementary school girl in park See in context


There it is AGAIN: “Adachi-Ku”..did this happen in Kita Senju ?

I thought so too. I doubt it is Kita Senju though. I think they arrested him from a crime in August. Yahoo news in Japanese didn't list the exact location either.

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Posted in: Baldwin was told gun was 'cold' before movie set shooting See in context

With all the money in Hollywood you'd think someone could invent a prop gun that 1) looked real but was impossible to load real bullets into and 2) didn't have the potential to hurt or kill even when firing blanks.

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Posted in: 6 injured after wooden maze floor collapses at Hyogo amusement park See in context

But, in this case construction in 2013 is not that old. Seems likely there is a particular reason it collapsed, other than just its age.

But with no roof and all the humidity and rain Japan gets, wood ages quickly in conditions like this.

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Posted in: 6 injured after wooden maze floor collapses at Hyogo amusement park See in context

These mazes are a lot of fun, but I don’t know how they are legal. They seem like fire traps. If this one had a roof over it it probably wouldn’t age as quickly. But the fact that it doesn’t have a roof probably allows it to slip past some code to make it “legal”.

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Posted in: Man arrested for threatening ‘massacre’ at vaccination site in Tokyo See in context

Believe it or not, Adachi ward is not a bad place to live. I think his actions offers a clue as to why he was unable to find work, despite the virus.

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Posted in: Indonesia prison fire kills 41 inmates; 80 hospitalized See in context

Stop putting people in prison for victimless crimes you say?

Yeah, those who say drugs are a victimless crime should watch all 23 minutes of this Philidelphia video. Unbelievable and shocking to see all the people wigging out.


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Posted in: Moderna says COVID vaccines sent to Japan contained stainless steel particles See in context

Not that I'd personally want tiny steel particles injected into me, but titanium and stainless steel are used for surgical repair and support all the time. My sister had surgery for scoliosis and has been living with a stainless steel Harrington rod in her back for more than 40 years.

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Posted in: Japan wins wheelchair rugby bronze, opens strong in soccer See in context

The soccer was amazingly fun to watch. Almost more fun than watching normal soccer. More physical. The players were amazing, especially the Japan team. I have no idea how they know where they are on the field and how there aren't more bad collisions, but somehow it really works.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Note: I wouldn't just show up at the clinic I mentioned above expecting to get your high school child vaccinated there. Even our doctor said that there probably wouldn't be any cancelations. But there were. We were LUCKY. I'm not sure if her luck had anything to do with our being his faithful patients for more than 16 years. Haha. I doubt it.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

@blahblah222 You can think what you want, but I did IN FACT get my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine on July 21 at the Swimming Sports Center near Takenotsuka in Adachi-ward in Tokyo and my second shot of Pfizer just yesterday at 3:15 PM at 足立区立第六中学校 junior high school also in Adachi-ward.   I am 55 years old, so I got my voucher at the end of July. I was lucky to get both my appointments right away. They filled up within a couple days and the government soon after announced they were freezing all new appointments until mid August because of lack of doses.  

We were surprised that our junior high school son and high school daughter got their vouchers the very next week, but like I mentioned above we couldn't make their appointments through our local ward, so we asked our family doctor who is a pediatrician in Adachi-ward.  

As we speak, my wife is taking our 13 year old son to get his 2nd shot.  

@Albert Our 16 yr old daughter will get her second shot on the 26th of this month at our pediatrician's second office near Nishiarai which is along the Tokyo Skytree line in Adachi-ku, Tokyo. If I am allowed, it is called Ando Clinic(at least the Takenotsuka clinic is), but he is only giving shots to 12yr olds through Junior high school kids first. My daughter got hers because of a cancelation.

My wife got her first vaccine 10 days ago through the company she works for in Kanda, Tokyo. Her second one won't be until mid September.  

This link might be useful for those younger than 39 wishing to get their vaccine: https://japantoday.com/category/national/vaccination-site-for-younger-people-to-open-in-tokyo%27s-shibuya

Also, some friends have gotten their vaccines through this link: https://b-vaccination.jp/

Moderator, I am sorry this is off topic, but I am replying to some inquiries above.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context


"Do these children have to buy tickets or its free"

My JH age son's tickets were complimentary via Meiji Dream Kids with accommodations as well. You might scroll up to read more of what I said regarding his vaccination status as well.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Adachi-ku my old stomping ground until just a bit under 2 years ago.

Then you might know the clinic. Not sure I can give names, but it's the one with the A logo near OB in Takenotsuka. Well known pediatrician.

Ok but I keep hearing about the"private" doctors that somehow have vaccine.

Yeah, he had Pfizer too!

Most of my children's friend's are in Adachi-ku all early to mid 20s and no vaccine for them available!

JT mentioned in an article last week I think that they opened a walk in vaccination spot in Shibuya. Might check that out.

If you got Moderna you are in for another day but don't take ibuprofen not recommended need to find acetaminophen it is the only one until recently tested to be safe after Vaccination. Though I haven't checked in a while to see if ibuprofen is now ok.

I got Pfizer and did a quick check with the CDC and they said it was OK as long as I don't have any medical issues with taking Ibuprofen. I take my son to the doctor for his shot today, so will confirm this. Thanks :)


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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context


Mind telling use where this place is ( AKA where you live) and how?

Our ward in Tokyo hasn't even opened for under 30 because of vaccine shortages.

Sure. I live in Adachi-ku. Our family all received our vouchers but I was the only one who could get my shots through the local ward. So, we called our pediatrician and he was giving them to kids 12 through JH. He said our 16yr old daughter could get hers if a cancelation occurred. Surpisingly there was a cancelation at their other clinic the next day.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands of children to be allowed to attend Paralympics See in context

Huh? My junior high school son who will be fully vaccinated like I am after today had won free tickets to the Para Olympics via the Meiji Dream Kids campaign, but was told he couldn't attend. They even sent us a huge box filled with various Meiji candy, 3 T-shirts some flags and hats as an apology.

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Posted in: Smoke confirmed at Hamaoka nuclear plant; 2nd time within a week See in context

It's mainly the housing for the wiring that deteriorates, so it could last much longer than 50 years if good quality.

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Posted in: Smoke confirmed at Hamaoka nuclear plant; 2nd time within a week See in context

On Thursday, the plant reported a fire in which smoke emanated from an electrical wire on its premises.

Perhaps yesterday's incident is the same. Can you imagine how much wiring a plant like this has? Wiring in homes can last up to 50 years. Not Sure about industrial wiring, but since the plant is 50 years old, one can assume there is wiring that is 50 years old as well.

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Posted in: Do you really need to wear toilet slippers when using the toilet at home? See in context

@William Bjornson

but NEVER forget to take them off before leaving the Benjo in your mother-in-law's house

Ha. Mother in laws house OR the dentist's office. When I first came to Japan I plopped myself down in the dentist's chair, kicked my feet up and noticed I had the toilet slippers on. D'oh! And they were more like toe slippers.

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Posted in: Japanese woman freed from Chinese prison after serving 6-year sentence See in context

I used to have the desire to travel to China. You couldn't pay me now. There are more than just people of "Chinese origin" being held as diplomatic hostages there. Little by little, the CCP is shooting themselves in the foot

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