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Posted in: New language learning tool, Japanese Flash, launches on App Store See in context

I was hoping to download this, for use on my laptop. Please tell me that I can?

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Posted in: Obama's bow to emperor causes outrage in Washington See in context

The place of meeting is relevant. The emperor is the Emperor of Japan and they met there. Should the emperor meet Obama in the US he would give respect to the President of the US. Notwithstanding, Obama did bend just a bit low.

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Posted in: Saitama police launch new unit to prevent groping on trains See in context

Uh-uh, I think I've slipped, sorry. The officer showed the young lady her, that is the officers, phone?

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Posted in: Saitama police launch new unit to prevent groping on trains See in context

Yes a good catch - but was it a set-up? The officer knew the young lady's phone number?

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Posted in: Older men up in arms over slovenly female behavior See in context

This story reminded me an article written by Sakai Junko, an essayist who has written often, and well, with an observant eye on, amongst other things, social behaviour and public manners in Japan. In an excellent Japanese language tutor, Read Real Japanese, she wrote about young female behaviour, especially in relation to the application of makeup in trains. Now if you are "in" to studying Japanese, with a little humour, this book and the article is worth acquiring and reading. Part of the article can be read at http://randomkobe.cocolog-nifty.com/center/2007/11/post_e183.html

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Posted in: Crocodile suspected of killing Australian girl See in context

To skipthesong and cleo a message, including a reminder that living in Lambells Lagoon NT Australia is probably quite unlike anything that you have imagined. It's way out there and when it is so described in Australia I can assure you that to town or city folk, as you may be, it is so far in the bush as to unimaginable. And how do you stop kids who want to, and do, swim where it is very pleasant after the flood rains ( which is how the croc. possibly got there). An impossible thought to put a sign on every creek "don't swim" sign when there may be thousands of swim spots in their millions of hectares of total bush. Think of Crocodile Dundee. Try to read - http://www.smh.com.au/national/human-remains-found-after-croc-attack-20090316-8z2p.html

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Posted in: NTT Communications encrypts PC hard disks fast and completely See in context

When it comes to this subject I am in 'fairy-land' but I am sure someone out there will teach me by correcting my pathetic response to this news. If you twist my arm hard enough I shall give you my password and you can read my stored mail and ' the national secrets' I am carrying in the hard drive. Now I display my ignorance - should I resist and not allow you entry to my computer, by withholding that password, or by not giving you my finger for the scanner, I presume that you could not directly use my computer but if you remove my hard drive it may be installed in and read by a host PC. The next ignorance appears when I suggest that this new NTT encyption programme in fact encrypts what is on my hard drive so that it cannot be read by any means without the dedicated USB. OK, let's have it!?

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Posted in: Microsoft issuing emergency fix for browser flaw See in context

What are the symptoms of this 'virus'? Is it obvious to a PC owner? Does the new 'fix', in fact fix the virus or just prevent it from occurring again? Were the commercial anti-virus programmes, eg Symantec effective or not against the virus? I have read the announcement by Microsoft about this fix but none of the above questions were answered. Any advice out there?

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Posted in: Sanyo electric bike can recharge itself as it goes See in context

Yes congrats to Sanyo. However the price is terrible - it is possible to buy a fair battery (only ) bike for about 60,000 yen and since the users are generally mum with kids, or grandmother, I wonder whether they will step up to double the price. I guess the meaning of that bike as a combination of EN(ergy)LOOP but that name is pronounced, for the uniniated, as E NE RU-PU - a mouthful for the foreigner.

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Posted in: Obama, McCain react cautiously to financial rescue plan See in context

The news item is about the financial plan proposed and the attitude of the contestants to that. This is not to be a 79 blog history of I like Democrats/Republicans. If the readers want that tell them to go to Washington Post or NY Times.

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Posted in: Japan's banks have $3 bil in Lehman debt See in context

Please let us have a better description of the relationship with Lehman, other than "loans".Doubtless the association is substantially in default credit swaps or some such other "sophisticated" financial paper transaction and therefore less secured, and more risky, than a straight loan 'secured'. Let's hear from the banks directly and honestly.

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Posted in: Man arrested after taking mother hostage in Tokyo See in context

Gosh if did something like that to my mother, she'd kill me, certainly never speak to me again

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Posted in: Escape the tourist mobs among Kyoto's hidden palaces See in context

Sorry, a mistake in my reply - "I have lived in both Osaka and KANAZAWA " - fourth line error, not KYOTO

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Posted in: Escape the tourist mobs among Kyoto's hidden palaces See in context

I am surprised that anyone should say Kyoto is boring. Of course if one just wanders around enough eveything becomes familiar but that is just the 'tourist' attitude - seen it once, don't need to see it again. But the intelligent observer asks, 'why is it so', or please tell me the history ( so that I can study it for myself to open my eyes. I have lived in both Osaka and Kyoto and been around Kyoto many times and find it ( like many other cities in Japan ) absorbing. There is much modern, eg the rail station, and obviously old, and many hidden 'objects' to be discovered - learn about them. ( No, don't say 'just a railway station' - look again at the architecture and engineering and practical features of that place - outstanding. Compare it with your local station, eh? ) Spend a an hour or two at the Lake Biwa Canal Museum, and then get onto the internet, to find something of the more recent, non-temple, history of Kyoto. As for the garden at Katsura, which I admit not having seen. Kanazawa garden is a delight, without the crowds, but the best in Japan, and not rated by me, is the Adachi Museum ( not in Kyoto )Garden. Click on here for a free view -http://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/ja/garden.html

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Posted in: Ayako Kawahara waiting for Mr Right with a diamond ring See in context

Now if there was a comma (,) after 'Right' I would think quite seriously about making a phone call

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Posted in: Palin mocks Obama as McCain claims nomination See in context

what you can say about the speech is that is "was a very good delivery". She didn't write it - it was firstly written weeks ago for a 'man' and had to be rewritten for the 'woman'. It has taken a week continuously, if you believe Washington Post et al of professional writers to construct it and now doubt hours and hours of practice before adjudicators to get the effects right. If you want to see her quality it has be to done in a an unrehearst setting/debate preferably with Obama. It was a political speech, please don't forget, which all the efforts of her Party put together.

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Posted in: Microsoft's newest browser may block ads See in context

Well all that above is hypothetical, and I am too sensitive to try this IE8 without someone, who has used it,telling me how it really is. Anyone out there?

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Posted in: Book retailer Yohan goes bust See in context

This not a 'free' advertisement -- but I find Amazon unbeatable. It's prices are the best, that is the cheapest, delivery is quick and payment arrangements efficient. And the variety of goods, not just books, available is considerable. When I am not in Japan I also use Amazon UK and Amazon US and I find their books well priced beating, for example, Australian prices even after freight and currency changes (excepting the time delay in delivery ). From Amazon US new books come available much earlier than the rest of the world. Notwithstanding Amazon, I have often found that Yohan and other Japanese sellers often provide cheap, and cheaply printed, English language novels which is OK for me particularly if I am eventually going to lose the book down the drainhole in the bath.

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Posted in: Idemitsu starts greenery business See in context

greenery business -

Japan Today -Is this your definition of news? Note there are no replies so the interest is obviously low. If there is a story behind this why not add it, or a bit of it, or a reference to where one might find some detail. Or have you just plucked a headline from another publication. You can do better than this

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Posted in: SDF member among 5 youths arrested for attacking residential police box in Ibaraki See in context

SDF Well there is always a bit more to the news than you can read on Japan Today but -- In my day, a long time ago, we new "SDF" members who "entered" ( loosely defined ) in 'April' stayed there for at least three months and didn't get out, on the basis that we had to get fit, and, particularly, find discipline and respect. I suspect that even the current day SDF has a similar programme so I wonder whether the news reporting is a bit loose.

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