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Posted in: World Mobile Congress cancelled over coronavirus fear See in context


The nature of the commodity to be marketed would suggest remote digital contact and interaction rather than the real f2f.

Suggesting real world interfacing is same as it ever was.

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Posted in: Do you think online friendships can be an adequate substitute for face-to-face encounters? See in context

Different types of social dynamics.

Online mode not as fulsome, but good if proximity is not required or preferred

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Posted in: In 1964, Olympics host Japan had just started its ascent See in context

Interesting statistical comparison, esp income-related, and cost of ramen!

Actual contact with ‘outside Japan’ still indirect for most people.

Recall a Chibby Mariko-chan episode -(ser just afternoon that time) - she takes her Ojii-chan around the world - places selling spaghetti, then curry rice then chuuka.

Hmm - things have changed (except in Kochi where you still need to look around for more global variety).

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Posted in: Robot bartender starts work at Tokyo pub See in context

Repurposed industrial robot ... an attached Tablet Computer smiles ...

So retrenched factory robot gets bartender job!

Not sure if redundancy payments would have been made

Hmm -

world-first, or post(-human)-Industrial Age has begun.

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Posted in: Robot conducts human orchestra See in context

Would sentient ‘robot’ rely on humans’ repertoire?

Just toy-like Extension of people.

Ai conducting music composed by AI - now that I would inspire curiosity. Or fear.

what do machines need music for anyway?

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Posted in: How useful are face masks in helping combat the spread of flu and colds? See in context

Didn’t work on the Boston part side in 1918-19.

Don’t world I on the Tokyo 地下鉄 either:

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Posted in: Australia defends choice of remote detention center to house locals evacuated from Wuhan See in context

As if a nation as wide as Australia requires an isolated island near Java, away from proper medical facilities to quarantine people not breaking any law with 2 people (2 Sri Lankan’s plus their 2 Aussie-born kids) who ostensibly did (?) defies common sense.

Quarantine is common sense - are there no medical facilities within hundreds of kilometres of an Australian international airport?

Royal Prince Henry Hospital is 10 kms from Sydney airport, and Cairns Hospital is 3 km. Other places like Townsville, Darwin and Brisbane have copious Defence space too.

The people going would be likely to have to pay for it too - just 14 days? Hahahahahahhh!!!

Government policy to feed naive public Xenophobia and distract from bad press from flawed bushfire responses and sports club pork-barreling. Responsive but a sad, bad decision all around.

Like several of the Aussies able to be returned, taking chances on the ground in Wuhan rather than trusting decisions by a flopsy prime minister’s department ironically also suggests common sense.

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Posted in: Australia to help some citizens leave China, quarantine them on Christmas Island See in context

Quarantine Station (now Museum and ghost boarding house) just inside Sydney heads held plague, Spanish Flu, other pathogen contagious people for years.

Off-shore like this suggests paranoia, Xenophobia, desperation and a publicity stunt by a government running out of ideas and originality.

Christmas Island has a family of 2 Sri Lankan’s and their 2 Australian-born kids, only in spite of accommodation for hundreds and tax payers paying for it.

I hope the Australians evacuated ‘home’ (?) have good travel insurance, because this Australian government is not the type to do all this for free.

Take note, Japanese government, your country is an island nation too. Is there any space on former leper colony islands in the Inland Sea? Or hopefully, Japanese hospitals on shore are sufficient to provide appropriate treatment? Latter I think.

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Posted in: Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals See in context

Looks like cracker of final

Halep as underdog

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Posted in: Tokyo Tower to be lit up in colors of Australian flag on Sunday for victims of bushfires See in context

Red, White and blue! Same colours as 20% of world nations’ flags.

Just wonder if ‘Australia Day’ got a mention in English-language press today as well as the age-old Indian national occasion (the 26 Jan norm)

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Posted in: Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in 'Bullitt' sells for $3.4 mil See in context

Interesting background story, a bit less sad than what has happened to Mad Max’s Interceptor (, which also ended up being driven legally on the road.

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Posted in: Do you think Carlos Ghosn did the right thing by fleeing from Japan while out on bail? See in context

Certainly something to have been talking about.

Gone but obviously not forgotten. - yet.

if you want attention do something outrageous or at least unexpected.

so it happened, and after the former CEO’s press conference this week we shall ignore it and god or bad will make no difference to most people.

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Posted in: Why housewives refuse to visit their in-laws during holidays See in context

Not only in Japan. Just more formalized.

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Posted in: 12 dead, several missing as Australia counts cost of devastating bushfires See in context

Far worse than ever, and season is only half over.

Initiatives at local, mid and ground level only.

Political leadership lacking.

Still most people not effected because they stay in the cities where this year lots of smoke haze - with one identifiable cause.

Sadly a few more seasons of that are needed before most people move beyond sympathy, and occasional inconvenience of a fire ban stopping their barbecue plans.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Employed now as opposed to unemployed then.

Skill? No, got lucky!

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Posted in: What is your mood usually like during the time between Christmas and the New Year? For example, do you feel flat or is it a quiet time of reflecting on the past year? Or something else? See in context

Too busy to think about this question.

Ihara Saikaku wrote a series of anecdotal short stories about this very question (This Scheming World in English) 350 years ago though

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Posted in: Do you enjoy spending the Christmas-New Year period in Japan? See in context

Glad Xmas in Japan closes down about 23rd, though starting in shops in October, which is fine.

KFC or a one-night stand on the 24th I can miss though.

Glad to work on Xmas Day.

Glad to avoid and not think about the guilt, fights, debt, nostalgia, gluttony and hangovers rels in the home country willingly suffer together.

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Posted in: The 10 best Japanese hot spring resorts locals want to go back to again and again See in context

Locality image-based list only - confirmed with the Dogo Onsen inclusion

Iya in Tokushima, Ubusuki in Kagoshima, a few in Nagano and Niigata I have been to again and again.

Dogo onsen - baths did not filter water (lots of little floating bits); lots of guys looking mean with the same types of tats together, tour of Showa imperial family's section with graphic description of how the old Showa Tenno took a dump down a hole in a small room in 1952.

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Posted in: Australia's PM defends climate stance amid wildfire disaster See in context

Morrison’s electoral area is bathed in smoke from fires around Sydney while he has been on holiday with family, in Hawaii!!

Then his deputy stepped outside party lines to admit there is a climate emergency.

Australia is leaderless without Morrison as much as with him.

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Posted in: Women turn to apps, podcasts to explore sexuality through sound See in context

The sound of raw fish.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

From the standpoint of cost performance, Aisekiya will often work out cheaper even for guys, with one hour amounting to under 4,000 yen

Certainly better value than the Philippine place round the back, and no need to practise bad English.

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Posted in: The dark side of night life in urban Japan See in context

No mention of guns

So not as bad as ...

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Posted in: Robotics solution stamps hanko and signs contracts See in context

There is always the signature.

Even digital in PDF it works better than inkan do.

Still have my 印鑑しょうめいしょ from Tokushima City Office from 1985 though - anyone even know what I am talking about

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Posted in: 'Keanu Reeves day' as Matrix, John Wick sequels set for May 21 See in context


Yeah, I’m thinking (he’s) back

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Posted in: Japanese beer exports to S Korea fall to zero See in context

Wonder the extent to which there are zero imports of Korean beer to Japan anyway.

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Posted in: Kyoto by the sea: An unexpected side of Kyoto See in context

Yes, overlooked.

Actually has a freeway through the area - about 40 km shorter than the other way if you are going up Hokuriku.

Worth a few stops (and better seafood than in Kochi)

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Posted in: Manga about 40-something man’s relationship with daughter’s schoolgirl friend sparks controversy See in context

... or of course,

... about 40-something (WO)man’s relationship with SON’s schoolboy friend ....


... (DAUGHTER'S ) school(GIRL) friend ...


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Posted in: Sniff... sniff... does Japan have a problem with odors? See in context

Japan and US mentioned .... um, I can think of a lot stinkier places to be, and have been there too.

Part of life though, for instance, chewing gum after 焼肉 anyone?

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Posted in: American-Japanese model Kiko designs 'morning cleavage' bra for lingerie brand Wacoal See in context

The targeted advertising missed its target with me.

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