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Posted in: Abe vows to protect people from N Korean missile threat See in context

If, as paradoxbox says, over 60k feet is uncontrolled airspace, I wonder why U-2s, which fly at 70k+, have been shot down in the past. Wouldn't shooting down a missile be equally legitimate?

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Posted in: Gyoza the great See in context

giaozi > jiaozi :rolleyes:

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Posted in: Japan to pay $3.1 bil to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa See in context

The presence doesn't have necessity, but it has its plusses.

I guess nobody is too worried about the senkaku islands these days.

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Posted in: iPhone rolls out with 1-km-long line of fans in Ginza See in context

Yeah, samsung is selling more units, but a look at web traffic stats shows iOS users dominate, in spite of their smaller numbers. So iOS people actually use their silicon in comparison.

Also, for who is 'winning', look up the pareto principle. Tho it may change (and probably will) apple has the profitable part of the market cornered, while android covers the commoditized part.

And also also, maybe android should not be viewed as a single entity. Because they don't number them, you get things like jelly bean, ice cream sandwich, and gingerbread. Another way to look at android is that "it" is really several different operating systems, that are so customized along the way that an upgrade will be anything but easy, if even possible. You're better off buying a new phone/tablet, and even then you may not get the latest android os, or be able to easily upgrade to it.

Meanwhile, iOS7 is available for immediate download on a range of older apple devices. Sure, that range of older devices could/should be bigger, but at least it's there, and almost automatic.

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Posted in: Japanese nationalists return after sailing near disputed islands See in context

Perhaps this a naive question, but instead of these right-wing groups, how about if the islands were "settled" by some typical Japanese?

A group of retirees who could camp and be supported there by whoever?

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Posted in: Widow of famed painter Hirayama concealed assets to avoid tax bill See in context


I generally agree part of your comment--good that she got caught, and shame on her. But the fine/penalty does seem really excessive.

Also, I'm not a math whiz, but I think a billion yen (at today's rates) is about $10 million, not $100m.

Greedy governments? How about greedy rich widows? With $100 million in assets, she can't pay her share of taxes? Leave the tax burden to those of us with 0.2% or 0.3% of her assets? Shame on her. I'm glad she was caught!

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Posted in: 1 boy killed, 1 injured after being run over by car See in context

I have some chinese uni students with cars who have admitted to me that they don't have private insurance...!

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Posted in: All Japanese citizens to be issued ID number See in context



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Posted in: Crown princess leaves on first official overseas trip in 11 years See in context

I truly sympathize with the poor woman.

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Posted in: Pottery shows hunter-gatherers had a home on the range See in context

Dr. Craig says, “In Japan this has been known for a long time, but raises the question: why would these mobile hunter-gatherers invest time in heavy, fragile pots?

“Our research shows that [hunter-gatherer] pottery was associated with processing fish—we suggest that these resource-rich water-edge environments meant that they could be slightly less mobile, thus freeing up time to invest in pottery production.”

Instead, I would offer that these were effectively fish-farmers, not mobile hunter-gatherers, living off a water resource, in the same way a farmer lives off the land. Same thing the US pacific NW, where for the indigenous there, the easy takings were from the water and not the land. Why spend time digging in the dirt, when the water is so bountiful?

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Posted in: Spent fuel cooling system back up at Fukushima No. 3 reactor See in context

Deja vu: I think I'll still be reading articles like the 25 years from now...

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Posted in: How healthy a food is sushi? See in context

My Dad's a long time mid-westerner, who's major life traumas were a smoking habit he finally ditched about 1980 and 19 months as a POW in Germany.

I don't think he's ever had, nor could I could get him to eat sushi, and he's now 94. It's not all about the fish.

Friday dinner is our temaki day. I'm stingy with the rice, generous with the fish and veggie toppings, and then switch about halfway thru to just eating the fish (as sashimi).

btw, buri is the best fish in the world, not tuna.

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Posted in: U.S. deploys stealth fighters from Okinawa to S Korea See in context

The kid, who has only been there a year, is a puppet. He doesn't have the background to be doing this himself.

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Posted in: Umbrella for 2 See in context

And when it's windy...?

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Posted in: Flexible endoscope See in context

This looks like it would be really fun to use and explore things with.


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Posted in: Leonardo DiCaprio finds extra work hawking whiskey in Japan See in context

Lost in Translation...?!?!

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Posted in: Okinawan gov't complains after PET water bottle falls from Osprey See in context

Anything falling out of an aircraft on take-off or approach would seem to be pretty unusual.

How is it that this water bottle has been ID'd as having come from a plane?

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Posted in: After Psy, S Korea dreams of conquering music world See in context


Who cares.

The umpteenth article about how this one-hit wonder might change the world.

Has it happened yet?

No, I didn't think so. (And don't hold your breath.)

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Posted in: 'Gangnam Style' earns $8 mil for YouTube: Google See in context

I also take pride in never having seen it.

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Posted in: NHK debate program wants your opinion on major issues See in context

And of course, to make this global, debate that versus what happens in other countries.

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Posted in: NHK debate program wants your opinion on major issues See in context

Let's debate the NHK "fee"/subsidy...!

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Posted in: 5-year-old girl in serious condition after being hit by car at crossing in Chiba See in context

Yes, the driver is a negligent ass, but a five-year old, somehow separated enough from other members of her family, enough that a car can hit her and not the others...?

As a parent of two I find this surprising.

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Posted in: Cashing in on Gangnam Style's YouTube fame See in context

This guy's a jerk.

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Posted in: Turning the hiring world upside down See in context

In spite of the criticism in other comments, I do think what he's offering has at least reasonable validity. Companies use meyers-briggs all the time, and this seems to be an extension of that.

So, Chuck, good luck!

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Posted in: U.S. military to begin patrols during curfew hours in Naha See in context

And how do these patrols harass/question non-military civilians who might be out at that time of night?

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Posted in: N Korea still snatching foreigners, Japanese NGO tells Geneva event See in context

So this "still snatching" claim informs the DPRK aspect of things, while the farmers (a sliver of the economy) keep pointing at the trans pacific trade pact.

Japan is kind of mis-directed these days, and priorities for all kinds of stuff need to be re-established.

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Posted in: Sun rises in East, retires in West for expats: survey See in context

As for pensions, for citizens of at least some countries there is a reciprocal recognition agreement--e.g., a japanese person who has worked long-term in the U.S. (or U.S. person who has worked in Japan), can have that credited in the other country's pension system. Also, a U.S. person eligible for social security can retire to any country they want (inc. japan) and still collect that pension.

That leaves health care. I think anyone who achieves most any residency status longer than "tourist", is required to buy that, and the cost is based on income rather than some risk assessment of the insured person. This is a superb deal. As another JT article describes, Hokkaido is somewhat of a medical tourism destination for Chinese.

I'm in a smaller city (about 450,000) and the cost of living is cheaper than many places in the U.S., while the food is better quality and there's more variety.

Tho it wouldn't apply to first-time buyers, as a good driver my supplemental car insurance is down to about ¥22,000/yr. Try finding that deal anywhere else in the world. (my vehicle isn't insured, but that's max/unlimited for everything else)

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Posted in: Man steals over Y3.3 mil from woman in Saitama See in context

Paying salaries in cash???

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Posted in: Wider study questions blood-clot claim for statins See in context

Unless you're in your 60s or older, balancing the risks/benefits of these lifestyle drugs.

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Posted in: Summer power-saving period ends in three regions See in context

And while I offer my comment about letting the newer ones restart or continue to be built, anything older should be left "off" and decommissioned.

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