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Posted in: 'Let's see them aliens': 1.3 mil people sign up to storm classified Area 51 See in context

It’s far away from anywhere in the desert in the summer. No one will try to get in. Reporters will outnumber the couple hundred people who came to watch other people get arrested. It’s a joke and everyone knows it. Biggest danger is a traffic jam of media. But there will certainly be some fun interviews with alien believers.

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Posted in: Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japanese eat whale See in context

Not even one in ten of my university students have ever even tried whale, and none of those said they really liked it. No one wants it except nostalgic old people who ate it when it was a necessity after the war. The fact that the subsidy for "research whaling" has ended means the industry will have to pay for itself.....I think Abe has found a face saving way to let whaling die naturally.

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Posted in: Kyoto mayor posts letter to Kim Kardashian on Facebook,explaining what kimono really is See in context

Good lord, mayor, relax. She trademarked "Kimono" as a name for a line of shapewear (whatever that is) and nothing else. Just as Kimono condoms trademarked as a line of condoms (to no huge backlash, unless I missed it.) Just as Kimono Labs trademarked it for their software company.

I despise the Kardashians, but this is ridiculous.

If she changes the name, please be so kind as rename all those "mansions" and stop eating the "pan" appropriated from the Portuguese. And we'll ask the Chinese and Koreans to come up with a short list of things they'd like Japan to stop enjoying because they did it first.

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Posted in: Court upholds 'sterilization' rule for gender change See in context

No one is being forced to have any surgery. They are simply reserving recognition of a sex change to those who have had the surgery. A pregnant "man" with a "female" father is what they want to avoid, along with "last year I was male, now I'm female, so I want to change back".

Sex and gender are the same thing, no matter how many times you chant the mantra.

Japan is simply using the definition of sex that everyone has agreed on for the past...hundred thousand years? Good on them.

Let's work on getting gay and lesbian marriage legal, not this nonsense.

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Posted in: Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear See in context

It seems that for twenty years I have seen these stories...”the scarily lifelike robots that are going to replace humans”. And then I see the video. A flat, dead, mask-like face, it’s stiffly moving mouth spouting vague, generalized responses to statements and questions. The Uncanny Valley gets deeper every year. Put these systems in something like R2D2 with a childlike voice and it’s cute. Its failure to seem human is expected and somehow endearing. But the researchers are so desperate to create SF robots that they keep turning out creepy mechanical zombies.

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Posted in: Japanese navy spots suspected Chinese ship next to N Korean tanker See in context

Navy? Did I miss the repeal of Article 9?

I know, it was just a translation mistake. Right?

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Posted in: Love it or not, Facebook launches dating service See in context

And I'm sure they will be just as protective of the details about your intimate desires as they have been about the rest of your data.

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Posted in: Major Japanese companies turn their eyes to LGBT consumers See in context

Two friends of mine who are gay came over last week and I served them the same beer as everyone else...did I offend them?

Probably not, unless you were asking questions like these.

Should I have used gay glassware? Should I have provided gay game controllers?

No.

Guess we do need a sarcasm tag.....that was the point. They don't drink gay beer or require products geared to their sexuality. They're just some guys I game with, not special needs people.

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Posted in: Major Japanese companies turn their eyes to LGBT consumers See in context

Two friends of mine who are gay came over last week and I served them the same beer as everyone else...did I offend them? What is the gay beer brand? Should I have used gay glassware? Should I have provided gay game controllers?

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Posted in: Hundreds of police search for escaped thief See in context

So is he a thief (sneaking in and stealing stuff) or a robber (stealing face to face, usually with a weapon or threat of violence)? The latter is a lot more likely to be dangerous, but this story uses both. Having planned and executed an escape, he obviously has a lot more gumption than the average policeman here, so the hundreds-to-one ratio seems about right. Fortunately he chose an island, so at some point he'll turn up.

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Posted in: Japan eyes new residency status for foreigners amid labor shortages See in context

I know of Vietnamese and Nepali students who fit in beautifully, make tons of friends quickly, speak Japanese and are hard workers....but will be barred from settling here. Idiocy.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s iconic 109 department store designated most likely building to collapse in earthquake See in context

And with multiple owners unable to agree on mitigation, no one will be held responsible if it does collapse. Each owner can claim they had a plan but others blocked it. They can just bow and apologize and retire in luxury....I mean "disgrace".

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Posted in: Japan eyes steps to avert medical issues with foreign tourists See in context

As to why foreign residents were asked to pay, we're all from "Gaikoku", so we're obviously responsible. Let's hope we aren't taxed extra to pay for problems csused by our "fellow" non-Japanese during the Olympics.

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Posted in: Amazon to quiet Alexa's cackling See in context

This laugh is a good remindee not the Alexa is plotting against you, but that she's an open mike in your house listening to everything you say and beaming it to corporate.

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Posted in: Peruvian man sentenced to death for 6 murders in Saitama See in context

I don't care if he is crazy, put this monster down. If I were that father I'd want to do it myself.

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Posted in: Japanese Embassy in U.S. : No human meat consumption in Japan See in context

Not that being a cannibal seems to bother Japanese authorities. This dude killed and ate a Dutch woman and is now living in public housing in Japan.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issei_Sagawa

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Posted in: More charges added to American man arrested over dismembered body See in context

His dad was Bulgarian, and his mom was Ukrainian. She divorced his dad and became an "internet bride". Moved when he was 10 to Texas, mom divorced again and moved to NY when he was 15. Shy but not apparently crazy. Ex-stepfsther surprised. Don't know why this info is so hard to come by in Japanede media.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/long-island-man-cuffed-japanese-woman-murder-dismemberment-article-1.3844847

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Posted in: Mutilated remains of rabbits stolen from kindergartens found in parks See in context

His dad was Bulgarian, and his mom was Ukrainian. She divorced his dad and became an "internet bride". Moved when he was 10 to Texas, mom divorced again and moved to NY when he was 15. Shy but not apparently crazy. Ex-stepfsther surprised. Don't know why this info is so hard to come by in Japanede media.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/long-island-man-cuffed-japanese-woman-murder-dismemberment-article-1.3844847

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Posted in: More charges added to American man arrested over dismembered body See in context

Sadly, if he keeps silent he'll just serve a sentence for abandoning a body. Unless he confesses, they won't have enough evidence. Cops here are terrible about spoiling crime scenes.

And yes, he's American, although his name suggests a complex heritage...Russian and Turkish. Don't yet know where/how he was raised.

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Posted in: Mitsuoka unveils fully restyled Himiko convertible See in context

Not my cup of tea, but I love that they are still around, adding their quirkiness to a pretty bland car market. There is a Himiko in my neighborhood driven by a dapper old gentleman who keeps it immaculate. It always makes me smile....I wish I loved my car as much as he loved his.

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Posted in: Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks;' considers other steps after Florida shooting See in context

There were probably a couple dozen guns, many semiauto, in the gun racks of trucks at my rural high school in the early 80's, and somehow we never had a shooting. Nearly every house has multiple guns, yet our town had exactly one murder from 1952-2011. Those semiautos were no less dangerous than AR15s (more powerful rounds in many cases). The culture has changed, not access to guns.

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan over nontariff barriers against American cars See in context

Well, there are actually a lot of barriers to non-Japanese cars (where can I buy a Hyundai outside of Tokyo?), but they are mostly theoretical for the US in the absence of any appreciable demand for less reliable cars that are mostly too big.

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Posted in: 9-year-old girl dies after pileup caused by senior driver See in context

Mandatory reflex and motor skills/situational awareness tests after 65. I'll be there very soon myself and I'm all for it. Really hoping we have self-driving cars within a few years.

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Posted in: Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities See in context

So now if a real attack warning comes it will be ignored.....nice work.

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Posted in: Japan says ties at risk if S Korea tries to revise 2015 'comfort women' deal See in context

Even if Japan's apology wasn't "heartfelt" (a condition conveniently only to be judged by the Koreans....after they have signed the nth agreement and the nth pile of money has arrived) it simply doesn't matter. "Han" says that the pain and hurt are forever....it's an endless cycle of "Ok, we accept your apology and your money.....oh wait, no we don't because you're such awful people, please try again." Give it up and let them stew.

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Posted in: Japan says ties at risk if S Korea tries to revise 2015 'comfort women' deal See in context

Study the Korean cultural element called "han" and you will see that no reconciliation is possible. Grievances are eternal and can never be forgotten. The mass suicide of Japan would still not be enough. Don't give another yen.

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Posted in: 3 missing climbers die after being found unconscious on Yamanashi mountain See in context

Not exactly sure why, but when they find recently dead people this is how they report it. It has sonething to do with paramedics not being allowed to say people are dead.

To be clear, they were almost certainly dead when found.

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Posted in: American tourist arrested for scrawling graffiti in Shibuya See in context

I'm no fan of graffiti, but was this drawn on the temporary white-painted plywood surrounding the site? The one that is removed and resprayed for each project (the construction company next to my office lines them up and sprays them against their fence in the equipment yard below my window). If so, all this talk of jail time is idiotic. 50,000 yen fine and kick him out of the country.

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Posted in: Seoul: N Koreans fired 40 shots at defector; hit him with 5 See in context

And spare a thought for those SK soldiers who rescued him under real danger of getting shot.

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Posted in: Japan should be capable of building nuclear weapon: LDP's Ishiba See in context

This is rhetoric aimed at China. The subtext is "Work to solve the NK problem or find yourself in a neighborhood where you aren't the only nuclear power. I think this is a line beyond which the Japanese voter would actually sit up and take action.

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