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Posted in: Smartphone camera used to estimate taste of vegetables See in context

Interesting - I'm sure there will be more applications like this soon.

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Posted in: Las Vegas massacre probe turns to gunman's girlfriend in Philippines See in context

Comments like GOP bought by NRA are emotional responses to the disaster; they are not based on data. I'm not an NRA member but my understanding is that they are not one of the top contributors of $ to the various elected officials. They are powerful, but it's due to their numbers, not their contributions. If someone has data that shows this to be wrong, I'd be happy to see it.

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Posted in: Nissan suspected of forging inspection documents See in context

This is Seriously bad news for the company and even the country. I hope they perform corrective action that may help to undo the damage that has been done to their reputation. Personally, I will probably not make a decision to buy a Nissan next year because of this.

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Posted in: Starbucks You Are Here Collection expands to Japan with Mt Fuji mugs See in context

The mugs look gaudy.

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Posted in: Osaka may end San Francisco sister city ties over 'comfort woman' statue See in context

@Laguna: Calling SF 'tolerant' is not accurate at all. Once upon a time, when I used to visit UCB free speech was the norm worth fighting for; now it is not. At least for now, SF is definitely not 'tolerant'.

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Posted in: To shoot down or not? N Korean launch brings up intercept issues See in context

Weasel - as much as I detest NK, their missiles traveled through international airspace; not simply 'over' Japan. Not to mention the low probability that anyone could shoot them down at that height.

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Posted in: Fashion on upward curve: Bigger is beautiful See in context

Bigger is Not beautiful - it is just bigger.

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Posted in: Trump may visit Japan in early November See in context

I hope he has a great experience here in Japan. There are still many of us who believe capitalism is one up on socialism.

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Posted in: What is femininity? Western and Japanese women weigh in See in context

I regret to say that 'thepersoniamnow' was spot on. Western women (I'm thinking American) just never grew up in an environment where true feminism existed and hence, never picked it up. They certainly have other attributes but being feminine is not one of them.

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Posted in: Japan wakes up to N Korean missile warnings See in context

It seems that a military response from the US will be required. An endless amount of talk and sanctions simply have not worked. At some point one has to 'say' No! If there was any other way to stop him, that would be preferred, but I think he has shown everyone that he will continue provocative actions until more 'serious' actions are taken against him. When you know you are confronted by evil, you must be rid of it. Most of us do not want violence, but sometimes the circumstances give us no choice. I know that military action is very serious and will have serious consequences - but I don't wish to give a free pass to NK to continue their current ways.

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Posted in: 9 dead, 6 missing in water accidents across Japan See in context

That's just sad! RIP you young boys.

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Posted in: Something fishy about Abe's new cabinet appointee See in context

And this is news?

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Posted in: It's time for liberals to fight back around the world See in context

The statement - Trump is a standing affront to the ideals and practices of democratic statehood, which have had the adherence, more or less, of liberals, conservatives and social democrats in the post-war West.  - is simply wrong.

Liberals are not seeking anything close to democracy - they are seeking power only - their way or no way.

Freedom is simply not a key concept to them currently - it used to be, 50 years ago, when I was a liberal in college.

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Posted in: University student saves abused child after chance encounter in the rain See in context

He's a good human being and deserves all the positive statements people have made about him. Perhaps his parents also deserve some accolades for helping to bring up such a fine young man. I'm sure his greatest pleasure will come from knowing he has really helped someone in need. Well done!

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Posted in: Germany hosts difficult G-20 talks on trade, climate See in context

It's curious that Reuters chose a rather negative photo of Trump, considering they probably had hundreds to choose from.

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Posted in: Ishikawa governor retracts call to drive N. Koreans to starve See in context

YankeeX - Your point is right on the mark. What a sad thing to read about coming out of Japan.

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Posted in: How Comey's 'smoking gun' could kill the Trump presidency See in context

A hit piece without any facts. 'Smoking gun' makes for a nice headline but fails the fact test. I understand that people don't like Trump's personality and or his demeanor, but he won the election - so get over it - please.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japanese immigration detention end two-week hunger strike See in context

It's always about votes - and the ruling party doesn't see any, or much, negative effect from the current situation - so why change it?

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Posted in: Minister resigns after saying 'it was a good thing' 2011 quake happened where it did See in context

I really wish that a story could reflect the whole of what was said, not just the part that makes for a sensational headline. Nobody doubts he never should have said what he did, but we don't need to be told that he said something that he did not say - by simply grabbing a subset of his speech and reporting on that.

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Posted in: Miso Ginger Cup Noodle from Nissin See in context

Sounds really nice - but - I wonder what not so wonderful additives they put in it, like MSG and friends.

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Posted in: Trump collides with reality on Russia See in context

What is known for sure, and is a felony, are the leaks of classified information. They must find out who did these things.

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Posted in: America first? Not so fast See in context

Just another anti-Trump opinion piece devoid of any real data to back up its premise of 'globalization is good, nationalism is bad'. I'm pretty sure Trump cares more about USA's well being than the IMF does.

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Posted in: Ito, Takanashi dominate closing leg of women's World Cup season See in context

Yuki-san - I hope to see you at Okura this summer. Well done!

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Posted in: Elephant kills trainer with trunk at Wakayama zoo See in context

Jumping on the anti-zoo bandwagon because of a news blurb sorely lacking in details is not so .. Why the elephant did what it did, we'll probably never really know. Someone lost his life - that is too bad.

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Posted in: Media the enemy? Trump is sure an insatiable consumer See in context

I agree with yankinhokkaido (from another yank in hokkaido). This AP piece was just another MSM hit piece. So much for 'news' reporting.

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Posted in: New solar panel helps snow slip off roof See in context

This article appears more like an advertisement than a report. How efficient are the panels compared to before? How many years of energy savings will it take before the cost 'break-even point' is reached? Bottom line - they've made improvements to some degree but are they worth purchasing?

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Posted in: Media struggle for balance in covering hostile Trump See in context

I disagree that the media is struggling to find a balanced approach to reporting on Trump. MSM is obviously just trying to bring him down. Criticism is healthy, criticism is always needed - but 97% criticism ( or so ) is not balanced.

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Posted in: Cool Japan Ambassador Paul Christie talks about plans to highlight a different side of the country See in context

What would be 'cool' is if they came up with another name for 'cool Japan'. There is so much beauty in Japan, surely someone can come up with a better description than 'cool'.

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Posted in: Advances in imaging could deepen knowledge of brain See in context

The sentence - 'Another area of brain exploration involves a technology that can remotely activate or fire neurons from a distance using radio waves or magnetic fields' - all I can say is "WOW" - I imagine the Generals of all countries are salivating at having such a tool.

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Posted in: For Ivanka-brand goods, Nordstrom's loss is Japan's gain See in context

American women are generally fat compared to the Japanese or most other Asians.

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