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Posted in: Echizen knives sought after by chefs overseas See in context

diagonalslip san,

I agree with your basic arithmetic calculations. But what about " machine assisted " handcrafting? The machines do the heavy weight lifting and the handcrafters inspect and add the final touches.

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Posted in: Echizen knives sought after by chefs overseas See in context

Rodney san,

if you pamper your eyes using the famous Echizen eye glasses then you can realize how good Echizen cooking knives are.

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Posted in: Volunteers taking outsized role in Japanese language support See in context

One can learn many languages free of charge. I repeat free of charge.

A few days ago there was a long article in "Japan Today" about the "Duolingo".

The said organization offers lessons in many languages free of charge. If one likes one can offer a donation to them.

Among other languages there are also Japanese lessons free of charge.

Since I am a neophyte in this nice country I am using it on a daily basis for a couple hours with excellent results.

Why don't you give it a try ? I also improved my English using it.

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Posted in: BlockFi files for bankruptcy; latest crypto company to fail See in context

"Back in February, BlockFi settled with the SEC over its crypto lending products, agreeing to pay $100 million in fines and penalties."

Was not that a major red flag for investors to withdraw their funds and move on to a legitimate exchange?

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Posted in: BOJ plans to experiment digital yen with megabanks next spring See in context

Blockchain technology and bitcoin showed us the way. The future is all digital. Nothing can stop it.

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Posted in: Tsundere beer now on sale in Japan, but it’s not like she brewed it for you See in context

I would never pay Yen 700 or more for a bottle of beer.

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Posted in: One of Japan’s biggest convenience store chains testing walk-through cashless payment system See in context

I just learned how to turn on/off a laptop. Next week I am going to buy a cell phone. My friends say life is easier if you have a cell phone.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap current non-digital health insurance cards in 2024 See in context

As a foreigner in Japan I want to have 4 separate cards: Residence, Driver's, My number, medical insurance. This way I feel safer even in case one of my cards is hacked.

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Posted in: Alipay+ partners with over 1 million merchants in Japan to create seamless travel experiences for international tourists See in context

Most of the 2 million visitors of USJ park in Osaka are from Asian countries where the AliPay is used widely.

Sooner or later it will be also adopted by the average Japanese company.

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Posted in: Why crypto's big 'merge' is causing big headaches See in context

And why is it bad to use electricity for 'mining' crypto coins when electricity is widely wasted on so many useless ways?

As for tying a cryptocoin to a real currency (fiat), then a 'stable' coin is created. Up to now we have enough 'stable' coins. Do we need more?

As for the number of cryptocoins more than 21,000 different ones had been created by the middle of 2022 and the number is daily increasing . I am curious to see what will happen with them within three to five years from now.

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Posted in: Four bikers dressed as Spider-Man arrested in Saga City See in context

Let the kids play!

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Posted in: U.S. Marine arrested over assault in Okinawan bar See in context

The drunk sergeant needs a few days in jail to cool off.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors' all-new Outlander wins 2022 Australian Good Design Award See in context

It has a very cool design!

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Posted in: Ethereum blockchain completes 'monumental' overhaul See in context

Etherium was designed from the beginning to use PoW temporarily. Going from PoW to PoS is a step in the right direction as the energy consumption is greatly minimized.

However, we will have to wait for a long time more for the next four upgrades (Surge,Verge,Purge and Splurge) to be implemented, before we see our invested capital to grow.

And I love the epilogue, informing us that the ''wider crypto sector is beset by flaws and scams'' as if the rest of the economic sector is a perfect valley of sincerity and integrity.

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Posted in: Drunk driver arrested after head-on collision kills 2 women See in context

K-cars should be made with same impact specs like the standard cars. Period.

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Posted in: Nissan keen to leverage U.S. tax credit on electric vehicles See in context

Practically talking, Nissan or not the 2020 - 2030 is the decade of the hybrids.

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Posted in: 60-year-old man arrested after scuffle in Sapporo supermarket See in context

That's why I never walk in supermarkets with a rucksack on my back.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in internet cafe parking lot See in context

Driving is an art that requires the full attention of the driver. I have driven in many countries and cities and I know by my own experience how careless are the drivers in this world.

In such a developed and highly motorized country, Japanese experts should create a new training and examination system based on the recorded knowledge of everyday lethal traffic accidents.


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Posted in: Has blockchain found a use beyond crypto trading? See in context

''The blockchain emerged from a 2008 white paper on bitcoin, which was conceived as an alternative to fiat currency.

The opening line reads: "A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution."

And fourteen years later I can receive crypto-coins from people in other countries in seconds, but to convert them in fiat (Yen) I have to go through ''Kraken Exchange'' in Tokyo, which is a financial institution. What a disappointment!

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Posted in: Thinking of taking a float to the beach? Japan Coast Guard warns about dangers in PSA videos See in context

From May this year, I go almost every day to a beautiful beach in Yurihama, Tottori prefecture.*

I have been to very many beautiful beaches and islands all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

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Posted in: Abe shooter says he tried to make bomb: police See in context

It is obvious that the ''Safe Japan'' concept is the reason that no body-guards were deployed around the late PM.

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Posted in: 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' creator’s body found floating in ocean off coast of Okinawa See in context

You never go scuba diving or snorkeling alone. Always with two - three friends and a boat.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting and killing 6-year-old girl on bike See in context

The driver is 100% responsible for killing the little girl. No details of the accident and no witnesses are needed. A driver has the obligation to keep a distance of at least two meters from a pedestrian or a bike on the road. Moreover, If you see little riders ahead of you slow down or stop and be extra careful. The driver said ''I thought I hit a bicycle'' Yes bloody old jiji you did.

Now spend a few years in jail and never drive again.

RIP little one.

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Posted in: Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens See in context

Bitcoin started at a value of a few cents. Within 5 years it went up to almost US$ 20,000. Some smart friends of mine became millionaires. Then it went down to US$3,000 and everybody was selling. Not long ago in November 2021 it went over US$68,000. Now it's going down and it is expected to go lower before the next high jump. All smart people get ready.

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Posted in: Police officer driving patrol car arrested over fatal accident in Sapporo See in context

@ vic.M

Right on spot.

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Posted in: Putin claims victory in Mariupol despite steel mill holdouts See in context

It is a very small war and it will be forgotten very quickly. Even the great wars (Hiroshima-Nagasaki) are not in memory anymore.

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Posted in: Japanese sightseeing train offers amazing luxury…for prices starting at ¥1.3 million per room See in context

Finally, a decent train.

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Posted in: Law enacted to create cybercrime bureau See in context

It's better late than never.

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Posted in: Japan to toughen crypto rules to make sanctions on Russia effective See in context


I am also equally surprised.

There is a free book on the internet: 'The Satoshi revolution'. One can download it and learn a lot without paying a dime.

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Posted in: Truck driver gets 14 years in fatal drunk driving case See in context

The silent co-workers and their silent manager deserve a few years of jail time each one. Silence kills.

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