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Posted in: Volcanic alert level raised for Mt Hakone in resort area near Tokyo See in context

@hooktrunk2

I can't say for sure whether that's more steam than usual as I went to Owakudani back in 2013 and haven't been able to make a trip back that way since. But I do remember that we weren't gagging as we took the ropeway over that area. That was only limited to the hiking trails that lead up to where they boiled the black eggs.

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Posted in: M6.3 quake jolts southern Japan; no tsunami warning See in context

I put the news on as soon as the alert came through on my phone.

I was relieved when there was no reports of serious injuries or damage to property. And that there's also no reports of tsunami warnings or irregularities at the nearby Sendai Nuclear plant.

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Posted in: Teacher’s verbal abuse, threats blamed for 15-year-old girl’s suicide See in context

A teenager commits suicide after suffering abuse & bullying. The higher ups bow and apologise without actually learning and acting on improving the flawed system. So it becomes rinse and repeat.

It won't ever change here in Japan

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Posted in: Japan in celebratory mood as Reiwa era begins See in context

I wonder if I am the only one feeling this way... Currently chilling back at our home looking up at the sky. Everything feels the same. But at the same time it all also feels oddly different being in a new era?

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Posted in: 160 kms of Hanshin Expressway to be closed during G20 summit in Osaka See in context

I'm surprised that these idiots didn't think about holding it around let's say Golden Week or Obon. They could've crippled Osaka's traffic even more if they did that!

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Posted in: Giga Big Mac returns to McDonald’s Japan, along with Grand Big Mac and new Big Mac Jr See in context

I'll stick to my ramen shop thanks... Can't remember the last time that I tried a Mcdonalds.

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Posted in: How many cherries in frozen pie? FDA may soon drop rules See in context

When a worrying percentage of Americans think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, I doubt that they will really care about the percentage of cherries that can be found in a cherry pie.

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Posted in: NHL playoff matchups set See in context

Let's see if the Bolts can remain hot and win the Stanley Cup...

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Posted in: Woman arrested for stealing ¥10,000 from sleeping passenger’s bag on train See in context

Rare example of a police officer being in the right place at the right time.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese teenagers found drowned in Australian lake See in context

Theoretically you could drown in a puddle as long as its deep enough to cover your mouth and nose... So one shouldn't take a calm lake for granted. Especially as there could be a number of factors involved that resulted in their deaths from cramping up to simply not being able to swim.

Regardless of speculation to what happened. Two young boys have lost their lives and my thoughts are with their families and friends in this very difficult time.

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Posted in: Hooters goes bust in Japan See in context

Never been to a Hooters in Japan and by the sounds of things I wasn't missing out on much.

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Posted in: YouTube denies report of plans to cancel high-end dramas, comedies See in context

I wish that they cancelled the channels of idiots such as Logan Paul who get paid a lot of money through Youtube..

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit railway in Iwate resumes full operation See in context

Amazing news for the local communities who are still affected by the Tohoku Earthquake & tsunami 8 years on...

Hopefully it will also help towards a boost in local tourism by encouraging both Japanese and foreign visitors to visit this region.

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Posted in: Railways to extend operating hours during 2020 Tokyo Olympics See in context

I wish that the trains ran to 2am all the time.

It can be a logistical and expensive nightmare when you've got a 6:30am flight from Haneda...

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Posted in: K-pop Big Bang member to retire after alleged sex bribery case goes viral See in context

I've been following this case over the recent days and it is a very serious ongoing issue that includes not only Seungri, but multiple male celebrities.

And what they've allegedly been accused of isn't only related to using prostitutes as bribery. But also a group chat between Seungri and the other celebrities where they shared illegally taken hidden sex cams and talked about these women in very degrading and disgusting ways.

As well as allegations of police bribery which is why the journalist and whistle blower went one higher up than the police department because of the group chat which contained conversations that hinted at police participation.

Seungri and Jung Joon Young who is another one of the named accused are both blocked from leaving the country, and more celebrity names will be announced in the coming days.

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Posted in: No survivors as Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes with 157 aboard See in context

Surprising that so new an aircraft should fail so devastatingly, for it to mace the creator described ir had to come in at a fairly steep angle, so it wasn’t an attempted crash landing after something went wrong, this was fairly catastrophic failure. Or I suppose we have to consider as at least a possibility until they get the black box, that it was flown in to the ground deliberately.

I've just read the BBC report on this tragic incident and in their report it states that the pilot reported a technical issue to air traffic control not long after take off and was requesting a return back to Addis Ababa.

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Posted in: Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile See in context

She's also recently been liking some tweets by fans who were throwing shade at management and their dodgy practices.

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Posted in: Nissan to cancel plans to make X-Trail SUV in UK: report See in context

Its just 'Project fear'! That's what the leavers keep saying as they continue to keep their heads in the sand as Project Reality comes into fruition.

Well the people of Sunderland were very vocal in just how proud they were at voting to leave the EU. Therefore they can now face the inevitable job losses that are coming their way. Especially as the EU and Japan have just signed that free trade treaty.

But its okay. Because as the households of Sunderland are struggling to pay their bills and feed their children. These middle aged men can tell their significant other how this is all the EU's fault and that its all just project fear. But he can cheer her up because at least we've got our blue passports!

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Posted in: Earthquake rattles parts of Kyushu; no damage reported See in context

My original plans would've had me in that area. Glad that I changed them now!

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

@smithinjapan

Making more money and "needing" are not the same thing. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, DiCaprio, and David Beckham make HUGE amounts of money in Japanese commercials, but they don't "need" it. If they can make an extra buck where they can't get as much if any back home for the same, why not?

Unlike major hollywood celebrities K Pop is still a niche market around the world. Their most important market is the Japanese market and I will use SNSD as an example (as they are the group that I follow). SNSD's highest selling Korean album was around 450K at £10 per album. Meanwhile their highest selling Japanese album was just under 1 million at $50 - $60 per album. The Korean market is mainly focused on digital sales whilst the Japanese market is still focused on physical sales.

Then there are the concert venues where most groups will perform at 6-8K venues, with some of the bigger acts maybe playing in 15K venues. However in Japan they fill out massive arena and dome tours. Some of the highest grossing girl group tours of all time came from SNSD who grossed between $20M - $30M+ from their Japanese tours.

This is why K Pop needs Japan. Because they can't reach these figures in Korea.

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

International (and Korean) K Pop fans who think that K Pop groups don't need Japan makes me laugh... There is a reason why the like of SNSD, Bigbang, TVXQ, BTS, Twice etc all come to Japan for extensive tours. Its because they make a lot more money in Japanese album sales and tours than they do anywhere else.

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Posted in: Nintendo wins court battle over Mario go-karting See in context

Good! These karts are a bloody nuisance and danger. With more tourists visiting Japan you'll find more idiots on the roads in these karts rising the risk of a collision with either another vehicle or pedestrians.

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Posted in: Man suspected of terrorism attack on UK parliament after driving into pedestrians See in context

Both the Metropolitan Police & London Ambulance Service have issued statements that they believe that nobody has suffered serious injuries. Thank god!

And can I also just praise the Police on their quick reaction to this incident. Without any information on possible dangers the officers were surrounding the suspect without any concern for their own lives. These are the people who we should be respecting!

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Posted in: British warship arrives in Tokyo as UK expands presence in Asian waters See in context

AsakazeAug. 3  10:03 pm JST

I still remember when in 1997 another British ship, an aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious if I'm not mistaken, also docked at Harumi. I was a kid then, and the visit on the ship was awesome. Looking forward to see Albion.

My Father was stationed on HMS Illustrious on that visit ^^ I remember being about 6 or 7 at the time when he called me from Japan telling me all about the trip. And when he got home we showed me the photos that he took and those were the very first images that I had of Japan.

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Posted in: British warship arrives in Tokyo as UK expands presence in Asian waters See in context

"The Royal Navy is now pathetic"

But I bet that you would still come calling for the Royal Marines and all the additional support to help you out when the time comes...

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Posted in: Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth next week despite chorus of discontent See in context

I'm glad that the Trump Baby has been given the green light to flew over London during his visit!

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Posted in: UK police arrest health care worker on suspicion of killing 8 babies See in context

Lucy Letby is a evil creature and its a shame that the UK has abolished the death penalty. Child killers are absolute scum!

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

My heart jumped as the alert came through on my phone and I saw how intense and shallow the earthquake was :(

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Posted in: Britain sends warships to Asia to monitor N Korean trade See in context

The frigate is HMS Sutherland.

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Posted in: Nestle to launch ruby chocolate KitKat in Europe and Americas See in context

Or Kitkat could stop messing about and bring back the original mint chocolate Kitkat.... Its not the same since they replaced the milk chocolate with dark chocolate ¬¬

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