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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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Posted in: Emperor resumes official duties after suffering nausea See in context

I'd guess looking after the Emperor's health is one of the duties of the IHA.

I'd like to believe that, but I think their only duty is to perpetuate the imperial household, and their jobs.

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Posted in: Federer faces ID crisis in switch from Nike to Uniqlo See in context

Nike's logo is not a "swish." It's a "swoosh." Always has been.

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Posted in: Japanese teen Harimoto upsets world and Olympic champion Ma See in context

It's great to see young athletes develop and get respect from their heroes.

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Posted in: Ohtani pushing limits of Angels’ conservative approach See in context

Lostrune, I agree with everything you said except for your comment about "many day games." MLB teams play very, very few day games anymore. Sunday games are sometimes played in the afternoon (maybe about 50%), Saturday games are usually played at night unless they will be Fox's "Game of the Week," and there are maybe 4 weekday day games all season. The owners figured out long ago that they'll make more money if the games are played in "prime time."

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Posted in: Xerox ends merger with Fujifilm in victory for shareholders See in context

Not to say it doesn't happen elsewhere, but it seems like "accounting irregularities" are a pretty common occurrence in major Japanese corporations.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympics may spell disaster for Tokyo's commerce and industry See in context

That's rather an alarmist and reactionary headline and article. Businesses will make allowances for the disruption caused by the Olympics and many will take advantage of the large international audience flooding into the country. It's certainly not the end of the world.

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Posted in: 91-year-old actress continues 50-year fight for inclusive society See in context

If ever a person were worthy of the title "Living National Treasure"....

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Posted in: Big tech must be regulated, says inventor of world wide web See in context

Watch as my comment is downvoted into oblivion by the legion of left wingers, no doubt I'll soon be labeled a Trump fanatic as well..Heaven forbid people actually took a neutral, centrist point of view for once.

You're the one who brought up the left-vs.-right thing. Aside from that, fake news and hate speech are not subject to a left-vs.-right debate. Hate speech, as far as Germany is concerned, has apparently been defined by the government and courts. And fake news isn't a partisan issue - if it can't be proven with verifiable facts, it's fake news, no matter who posted it.

Mr. Berners-Lee makes good points about commerce and privacy, but just saying these things should be handled better doesn't really amount to much. Big Money will continue to control the biggest social media platforms, as long as it gives them the opportunity to sell to us and to further enrich themselves.

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Posted in: After snowfall, Tokyo barely dodged a power blackout See in context

In other words: "PLEASE let us turn the nukes back on!!!!!"

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Posted in: Romanians apologize to Japan's prime minister over visit See in context

Nice of the Romanians to apologize as they have. The whole situation is a little bit embarrassing, but I don't expect it'll have any effect on relations between the two countries.

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Posted in: Man arrested for choking woman’s baby on train See in context

I'm looking forward to hearing what the guy has to say for himself. I'm willing to bet it will be one of these three:

A: "I was drunk"

B: "I've been under a lot of stress at work"

C: "I wanted to find out what it would be like to kill a baby"

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Posted in: Hakuho suffers first loss on day 3; Kakuryu remains unbeaten See in context

where in the hell in the sumo ring, are there any straw bales?

The perimeter of the ring is defined by little straw bales embedded in the clay.

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Posted in: 4 Chinese ships enter Japanese waters around Senkakus See in context

...because it's the only thing they can do.

Unless they build a settlement on the island. Then they can say there can be no argument against it being Japanese sovereign territory, and can defend it as such.

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Posted in: Big jump See in context

I've watched this sport for decades and it still amazes me.

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Posted in: S Korea favors visit by emperor before he abdicates, if conditions ripe See in context

"In Japan's long history of involvement in Korea, it is regrettable that some were caused hardship. We look to move beyond these things that hinder our cooperation and form a stronger relationship to our mutual benefit."

Wanna bet that's as much as he could get away with?

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Posted in: TEPCO's reactors soon to clear major safety hurdle to restart See in context

They're not going to clear safety hurdles, they're going to clear inspection hurdles.

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Posted in: Matsuyama announces marriage and fatherhood, surprising Japan See in context

It's near miraculous that the press didn't find out about this. At least he had a few months to enjoy flying under their radar.

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Posted in: Americans and guns: It's complicated See in context

The 2nd Amendment was written for a fledgling country with no standing army, to ensure that it could rapidly conscript citizens (who would bring their own guns) when necessary. It has little relevance in a nation with the most lavishly armed military in the world. It has nothing to do with ensuring that citizens can "fight back against government tyranny." It does not enumerate the type or number of weapons that a citizen may own, because there weren't so many to choose from in 1789.

I'm all for citizens being allowed to own 1 bolt-action hunting rifle and 1 pump-action shotgun. That's all anyone logically needs. Handguns are unnecessary.

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Posted in: Illumillion lights See in context

Every year, JT posts a pic of a nice illumination somewhere around Japan, and every year, at least one grouchy person complains about the waste of energy, and and least one other grouchy person complains that the lights aren't red and green, the "real" colors of Christmas (in the U.S., at least).

Much like KFC created a Christmas tradition in Japan, JT has created one with the annual illumination photo. It gets me "in the spirit" every year.

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