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Posted in: Ginza subway station in Tokyo renovated to show elegance See in context

Yeah, the low ceiling height is bothersome, but you have to keep in mind that it's a very old station, and there's stuff just above that ceiling (pipes, cables, the tracks when you cross under them, lots of other underground stuff). Raising the ceilings (and everything behind them) is an easy way to turn a $200 million project into a $400 million project.

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Posted in: Swimmer Seto to sit out rest of year as punishment for affair See in context

When you live on the big stage, your indiscretions become a big deal. It goes with the territory.

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Posted in: Honda goes small with first all-electric car See in context

Maybe if it were 2.5 million yen.

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Posted in: Raytheon lobbying Japanese lawmakers to replace Lockheed Martin as radar supplier See in context

What do you call a political-economic system where the government and 'private' industries are so closely linked?

It's called "business as usual"

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Posted in: Shimonita: the Geopark off the beaten track See in context

It looks like an interesting place to visit!

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Posted in: Japan Sumo Association cancels summer tourney See in context

I'm glad to see they're making the responsible decision.

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Posted in: Rickshaws, kimonos, but no tourists - Tokyo's Asakusa hit by coronavirus See in context

Well.... no one get get into the country (at least, not without the requested 14-day "self quarantine"), and everything's closed. So yeah, Asakusa (and pretty much everywhere else) is closed. It's going to be a lean couple of months.

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Posted in: Japanese ramen restaurant chain brings out noodles with cola dipping sauce See in context

This is one of those occasions when you can guess that maybe they were more interested in press than making something that people will like. This sounds kinda disgusting.

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Posted in: Japanese baseball clubs ban balloons over virus fears See in context

They'll have to resort to throwing zabuton.

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Posted in: Mausoleum visit See in context

The emperor’s trousers are a bit dodgy as well.

He's wearing a morning suit. They come with striped trousers.

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Posted in: 177 kgs of cocaine found on cargo ship in Aichi port See in context

Ship impounded? Captain and crew detained? Ship owner's assets frozen? Anything?

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Posted in: Leader of all-male pop group Tokio engaged to TV personality See in context

Twice her age. Whatever.

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Posted in: A grave new world: The tomb of Emperor Nintoku See in context

This is a great visit from Osaka or Kyoto, but the only elevated place for viewing is the Sakai City Hall Observation Deck. Even from that vantage point, you'll have a hard time seeing the keyhole shape of the burial mounds. You'll just see large green areas that stand out from the surrounding buildings.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for leaking 3D map of Japan to China See in context

It's not clear what law has been broken here.

The article says that the data was sold under a contract that prohibits its sale to a third party. So if he accepted money for transferring the data to the Chinese, he's guilty of breach of contract (at the very least).

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Posted in: M6.2 quake hits off Fukushima; no tsunami warning issued See in context

Felt it slightly where I live.

Telling us where you live would make this comment a lot more worthwhile.

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Posted in: Japanese company offers working space for just ¥100 per hour in downtown Tokyo See in context

I'm going to just shut up - my first comment was correct. No mention of free wifi at Spacee.

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Posted in: Japanese company offers working space for just ¥100 per hour in downtown Tokyo See in context

Oops. My bad - mentioned in the first paragraph that there's free wifi.

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Posted in: Japanese company offers working space for just ¥100 per hour in downtown Tokyo See in context

Ok, you get a place to sit down and plug in your chargers. No mention if there's wifi available.

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Posted in: Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown See in context

It's mind boggling that they can plan and carry out a mission with such precision. Well done to the team!

To get at those crucial materials, in April an "impactor" was fired from Hayabusa2 towards Ryugu in a risky process that created a crater on the asteroid's surface and stirred up material that had not previously been exposed to the atmosphere.

Asteroids don't have an atmosphere. The only thing these materials will not have been exposed to is solar wind and the odd speck of dust.

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Posted in: Magical mushrooms See in context

Kyodo could have done a much better job of telling us where and when to see them. They mention an island, a mountain, and 4 prefectures, then say a "local group" will host tours..... somewhere. No link, no nothing. Not even the name of the group.

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Posted in: Rocket launched by start-up firm reaches outer space for first time See in context

The story states that it's the first commercially developed Japanese rocket to reach orbit, and then it says it flew for 10 minutes. I think someone at Associated Press needs to google "orbit".

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Posted in: Pair of mangoes goes for record ¥500,000 at season's first auction See in context

You don't spend 500,000 yen for two mangoes, you spend it to get mentioned in numerous media outlets. It's big advertising at a pretty low price. Except..... they didn't mention the name of the "local produce wholesale company" that bought them.

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Posted in: U.S. Osprey makes emergency landing at western Japan airport See in context

The US Marines have wanted a large, fast troop carrier with VTOL capability for decades. The V-22 is the best thing they've come up with so far, but it's a fundamentally flawed concept. Anyone who has ever played with a gyroscope knows that pivoting two engines/props turning at high speed is causing very high stresses on all the parts involved. Many billions of dollars thrown away by the US on the development/deployment of an aircraft that doesn't provide much better payoff than the existing large troop helicopters.

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Posted in: IHI admits to aircraft engine inspections by unqualified workers See in context

That entire facility should be decertified immediately. If I was in control of either Boeing or Airbus - the two largest passenger aircraft manufacturers in the world, with their reputations at stake - I would demand it.

I agree about decertifying the facility, if not the whole company. But neither Boeing nor Airbus has a stake in this - they don't make engines, and they don't dictate what maintenance facility the airlines should use to maintain them. Engines are specified by the airline that originally ordered the airplane, and they can select from one of several manufacturers (General Electric, Pratt & Whitney or Rolls-Royce for large planes).

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Posted in: Have a seat See in context

Are those outlets between the seats? Handy if they are...

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Posted in: 'Fear' and 'favor' chill newsroom at Japan Times after 'forced WWII laborer,' 'comfort women' changes See in context

to increase advertising revenue from Japanese companies and institutions

There's everything you need to know about the editor's reasoning. Follow the money.

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Posted in: Grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo See in context

That's a damn shame. My heart goes out to him.

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Posted in: Honda recalls 1.4 million cars in U.S. to replace air bag inflators See in context

I wish they had mentioned the models and years. Otherwise, this news is pretty worthless.

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Posted in: High court rules dike floodgates in southwest Japan to remain closed See in context

The high court said that opening the gates at this time will "heavily affect" the lives of the people who have engaged in farming for more than 20 years on the reclaimed land.

I'd be willing to bet constructing the dike and closing the flood gates "heavily affected" the lives of the fishermen whose fishing grounds were destroyed.

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Posted in: Vinyl Museum See in context

Museum? Vinyl?

Sets for staging selfies. I looked it up - 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station, 1,500 yen for 45 minutes. I guess I'm too old to get it.

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