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Posted in: Reckless bicycle riding endangers lives See in context

Lastly: no umbrellas, earphones or smart phones while cycling, on pain of being fined up to 50,000 yen.

A simple way to cut down accidents would be for the police to actually enforce these rules. Riding with an umbrella is just plain dumb and an accident waiting to happen.

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Posted in: 38,000 take part in Tokyo Marathon despite rain See in context

Very well done to all those who finished yesterday. Some friends who ran compared it to the very first back in 2007 that bucketed down prior to the starting gun.

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Posted in: 3,000 people being transported out of typhoon-hit Kansai airport See in context

Does anyone know if Itami still has Customs and Immigration facilities? Clutching at straws here.

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Posted in: 3,000 people being transported out of typhoon-hit Kansai airport See in context

"The figures could increase as an airline source said the airport will remain closed on Thursday, even though the government set up a taskforce at the prime minister's office aimed at quickly getting it back up and running."

There goes my flight out tomorrow. Unless Abe-kun can waive his magic wand and get it open.

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Posted in: JRFU still hoping big crowd will watch All Blacks, Wallabies in Yokohama See in context

In 2009, when Tokyo last hosted a Bledisloe Cup game, a last-minute rush on tickets (both complimentary and bought) saw the crowd at the old National Stadium boosted to 44,000.

And even with that number the stadium sold out of beer before half time. The same happened again at last year's game between Japan and the Wallabies at Yokohama. They better get this right before the RWC. Lots of thirsty rugby fans won't be happy if there is no beer. Unless they run out of beer on purpose in the name of "crowd control"......

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids develop jellyfish sting cream See in context

Good for them. But as Alex Einz says, SafeSea works and is already on the market.


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Posted in: Japanese helicopter carrier to tour South China Sea, Indian Ocean for two months See in context

Ganbare Japan. You need to do some research before slagging off on Australia. Oz has two similar vessels to your "destroyers". The aircraft carriers you have when you don't have aircraft carriers.


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Posted in: Public to name new station on Tokyo's Yamanote line See in context

The locals have been campaigning for the name to be Takanawa for couple of years already. There are posters up in shops etc.

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Posted in: Kyoto to tax users of hotels, private lodging services See in context

It is normal in Japan for cities to impose an accommodation tax. Tokyo has had such a tax since 2002. Osaka started from Jan 2017. So Kyoto has been slow to implement it. It's easy for hotels to administer and collect this tax, it can just be just programed into their property management systems. But good luck to the city to try and collect this tax from private operators. Regulating minpaku stays is already proving to be nightmare. And this is before the new laws come into effect from next year.

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

One death will shut this down. Not that I hope this happens.

They need these to make them basically safe to drive: helmets, seat belts, flags and roll bars.

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Posted in: Kipsang eyes world record at new-look Tokyo marathon See in context

Ain't gonna happen,

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Posted in: 4 Australian family members found after going missing while skiing in Nagano See in context

I was at Nowawa on the weekend. Was dumping snow with very poor viz. Lots of warnings in English over the ski field PA about the perils of going BC. And there were many signs warning that if you went off piste and got into difficulty then you would have to pay for your rescue. Was pretty darn clear to me.

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