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Posted in: Streaming along See in context

Full 櫻

こい - a bit limp and early

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Posted in: Korean automaker Hyundai makes 2nd effort to penetrate Japanese market See in context

Probably end up ‘same old same old’ in Japan with identifiably Korean cars.

In Australia Korean cars at a par with Japanese give or take, but cars from a bevy of Chinese makers - some pretty good - make it complicated.

One overlooked point is the huge surge in electronic vehicles from China, many kei-sized. Realising the existence of those would send lots of rats up the trouser-legs of Japanese and Korean car marketing people.

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Posted in: Period poverty lowers quality of life; women in 20s hit harder: study See in context

Of course if blokes had regular wiping or plugging issues, such ‘poverty’ would be far more addressed.

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Posted in: A large solar storm could knock out the power grid and the internet See in context

is only a matter of time before the Earth is hit by another geomagnetic storm

つちょう passbooks are useful

Cash is good

Gold is ‘golden’

And cryptocurrencies would not exist both actually and hypothetically

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Posted in: Tom Cruise heading to Cannes for 'Top Gun' sequel premiere See in context

the utterly unique and singular trace he is leaving on the history of cinema"

Well expressed

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Posted in: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says travel restrictions have little to no long-term impact on the spread of the coronavirus. Do you agree with its view? See in context

Any travel or No travel.

Since ‘No travel’ isn’t going to happen, we are stuck with travel, if we hadn’t noticed.

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Posted in: Do you think the surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world poses a growing threat to democracy, free speech and other civil rights? See in context

Elections: people vote for people to make decisions for them. If they even vote.

Athens - women and slaves excluded had its yes/no stone system and Switzerland has its Canton-based referendum system for voting on issues.

And Australian states re-discovered their actual pretty authoritarian powers to close borders (even international ones) lock down citizens with threats of fines which can be taken straight from bank accounts all without recourse to debate. Not to mention self-righteous media which claim a voice of people but have money and clout to tell governments what to do on their front pages. At least compulsory voting makes some semblance to a democratic ideal, if enforced.

Democracy? Ideal and reality have never really coalesced or even coexisted.

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Posted in: Pattinson suits up for macabre new 'Batman' See in context

Who do they wheel out for Alfred?

Daniel Craig?

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Posted in: Today’s commute to Yokosuka was my first train ride as Ambassador. #Japan’s world-class rail system is worthy of a world-class country. It did not disappoint. See in context

JNR Yokosuka line Green Car, took it from Zushi in early 1987, for the hell of it.

Green Car to myself, wider but harder seats that reclined.

Keikyu line was always better, cheaper, faster, more regular. Wondering why it requires the traditional JR class treatment

But I wonder what the US Ambassador was doing taking the train there - hope he didn’t need to take a bus to the base.

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Posted in: Do you think Russia is going to invade Ukraine? See in context

Dress rehearsal for Taiwan

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Posted in: Floating hologram registers coming to Japanese convenience stores See in context

also has the potential to reduce the workload of staff in future

And reduce staff.

Oh well, I suppose they can retrain for the maintenance demand

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Posted in: Kochi seeks to become anime, manga hub See in context

In spite of competition from places like Tokyo, a good initiative and Good Luck!

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Posted in: S Korea says North Korea test-fired 2 cruise missiles See in context

Poor NK!

With COVID-19 and Ukraine these days, not getting enough attention.

Perhaps likely they’ll use up their stock of missiles in ‘tests’.

Even so, vigilance is prudence.

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Posted in: 'Game changer' e-moped batteries spread from Taiwan across Asia See in context

Battery swapping- good innovation

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Posted in: Europe on the precipice in 'Munich — Edge of War' See in context

… misses the moment


With current and recent machinations around Ukraine’s eastern frontier, and perennial Quixotic European obsessions over nations and nationals - current release of this film seems rather timely.

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Posted in: 42,000 rapid antigen tests snatched in Sydney heist See in context

Good LUCK fencing.!

Like, some guy in the dimly lit back corner of the public bar offering,

Psss, do you want to buy a RAT?

Or online, on EBay traceable- good LUCK!!

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Posted in: One view on dealing with the coronavirus is that we have to learn to live with it. What does "live with it" mean to you? See in context

What does ‘living with’ it mean?

Think ‘ virulent flu variety’ without stirred up naïve paranoia we live with now.

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Posted in: Australian judge overturns Djokovic's visa cancelation See in context

Circuit court judge


Actually (Australian) Fedeal Court Judge.

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Posted in: Do you find Christmas a stressful time of year? See in context

December is stressful, and expensive.

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Posted in: Smart city driverless vehicle pilot project planned for Kamakura & Fujisawa areas See in context

Vehicle looks like a gruff おじいさん

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Posted in: If you do not live in Japan, once the country reopens its international borders without restrictions, would you like to visit? See in context

Until predictability extends beyond a few weeks, it’s not worth the effort and grief, strong reasons withstanding

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Posted in: A growing number living alone in their 90s: How do they spend their time and money? See in context

Routine -eg. Weekly chat with driver.

Hmm - looking forward to needing fewer responsibilities and things and all the crap necessary for maintaining them. Just now envying Shima-san and Fujioka-san

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Posted in: Coldplay gets galactic with airy album 'Music of the Spheres' See in context

“…a spacy 12-track collection with waves of synth and airy melodies …’

Nothing new here: try Hawkwind ‘Space Ritual’ from 72.

And ‘music of the spheres’, a line from ex-Hawkwind Nik Turner’s 2006 Space Ritual group album ‘Otherworld’.

At least Chris Martin’s ex-wife’s film husband spent some time in space in one of those Avengers movies.

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Posted in: Report touts benefits of second jobs for workers, firms See in context

The telling bits come at the end -

employers’ concerns and limits regarding overwork

Mitsubishi Estate using online monitoring of employees at their ‘second jobs’

Labour shortage withstanding, encouragement to do something besides work surely also needs to be considered.

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Posted in: Kishida, wife maintain closeness despite long distance See in context

Son as Dad’s secretary say all I need to know about this marriage.

What has love got to do with it?

Even so, may even be so.

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Posted in: China has submitted an application to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal? Do you think they should be accepted? See in context

TPP started with Singapore, Chile and New Zealand.

Now it is a monster.

Keeping bellicose tarif-ridden would-be members out can maintain some balance and civility.

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Posted in: What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? See in context

One is more the last resort of a scoundrel

The other is the first resort of a fascist.

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Posted in: Australian watchdog blocks Qantas-Japan Airlines deal See in context

Reduced competition in air route travel that is not happening anyway!

can’t knock the companies for trying to get something ready.

But the market is getting used to not traveling on flights that cost 5-figure sums one-way (back) to Australia.

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Posted in: Now that the Paralympics have ended, are you glad that Japan went ahead and hosted them and the Olympics? See in context

Yes - now we can stop hearing about them

Anyway, what’s done is done.

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Posted in: Facebook and Ray-Ban debut 'smart' shades See in context

Just because we can, should we?

A moot question when someone like a Zuckerberg just will.

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