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Posted in: Cosplay clean-up See in context

When I imagine 'Cosplayer trash-picker'

it is not Spiderman that pops into mind...

Am I a bad person?

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

I looked at the photo again, and realized that he's not apologizing! He's thinking,

"Grey bricks are so AMAZING and COLOURFUL, and they SMELL so NICE!"

Look at the photo again, you'll see what I mean...

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

Hi from Vancouver, where marijuana is legal!

I just wanted to add my opinion.

Umm... What was the topic again? Can't seem to focus...

Actually, I don't care either way! PEACE&LOVE to everybody.

Enjoy the weekend.

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

Who said that AI was involved? This line opened in 1989, long before AI existed. An automated train moving along on a guideway does NOT use AI. This accident is probably mechanical or electrical, based on sensors/motors/gears etc. Cars that use autopilot functions to make complex 'decisions' about braking and lane changes (e.g. Tesla) us AI to evaluate changing highway situations and respond. The automated SkyTrain system in Vancouver has operated safely for more than 30 years without problems, and is a far more complex system (53 stations/80km) than this short Yokohama line (14 stations/11 km).

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

"eating 246 cocaine packets"?

That would be worse than airline food...

How about we revise that to "swallowing 246 cocaine packets"?

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Posted in: Bill banning parents from physically punishing children to be enacted See in context

Physical violence against kids makes me so mad that I better not write what I'm thinking...

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

OK...

President Abe Lincoln

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

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Posted in: Over 20% of Burger Kings in Japan suddenly vanishing this month See in context

Burger King merged with the Canadian company Tim Hortons some years ago, as Restaurant Brands Int'l Inc.

A Brazilian company, 3G Capital, owns 51% of the operation.

Tim Hortons recently announced a major expansion into Asia, particularly China, with a goal of expanding to 5,000 shops there. If Tim Hortons is also going into Japan, it would not make sense to compete with themselves in BK. (But Tim Hortons doesn't sell burgers, so does target a different market than BK.)

It would be a simple matter to convert a Japanese BK location into a Tim Hortons location...

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Posted in: Whale watching See in context

Too close! Whale watching vessels are required to stay at least 200m away for 'orca' killer whales in British Columbia, and 400m from a resident pod with diminishing members. Ships have to be 400m away.

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/ships-must-keep-400-metres-away-from-killer-whales-off-b-c-coast

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

senkan, thanks for the info.

It seems the writer of this Ghosn article should have said 'Leaf is the top-selling', for total sales,

rather than 'best-selling', which refers to popularity/annual sales... where Tesla is #1.

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Posted in: Questions loom for Nissan in post-Ghosn era See in context

Leaf, now the best-selling pure electric car

It seems that Leaf is actually #3, after Tesla Model 3, and a Chinese vehicle...

https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/22/18236707/tesla-model-3-2018-best-selling-ev-global

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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs Japan recommends ice cream with tomato and avocado See in context

Seems odd, but from a botanical perspective tomatoes and avocados are both 'fruits', and both 'berries'! So no different than strawberries or blueberries on your ice cream. But I don't eat from a botanical perspective, so maybe not...

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Posted in: Imperial envoys See in context

Somehow I find these recent images of the rituals rather empty and sad... as if even the participants are simply 'going through the motions', and it all means nothing even to those involved.

In the fussy observer department, not too fond of the black leather shoes/spats with hakama, or the venetian blinds in the background...

That firm vs. limp feather issue may be related to the age of the men... no fun becoming an older male!

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Posted in: Frappe produced by a former SMAP member See in context

Cheesecake-flavored x 2 + cheese-flavored x 1 = no thanks!

They should call it 'SMAPpe'...

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Posted in: 2 teens arrested after woman on moped injured by rope across road See in context

Obviously stupid behaviour by the teens, but the charge of 'attempted murder' is nonsense. It is entirely believable that they were a couple of losers looking for a laugh, nothing more sinister than that. Is this childish behaviour equal to a yakuza enforcer slitting the throat of a rival and leaving them to die in a pool of blood? That would actually justify an 'attempted murder' charge.

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Posted in: Toyota to assemble Lexus in Canada: Trudeau See in context

Cambridge, Ontario is my home town... and my Uncle lived in 'nearby Woodstock'!

Cambridge is now famous for Toyota, new resident Justin Bieber, and me!

Thanks, Toyota, good decision.

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Posted in: 90-year-old woman arrested after body of 52-year-old son found at their home See in context

Let's not be too harsh, folks... She may have dementia and simply been unable to deal with the fact that her son stopped responding at some point. It's a sad situation, regardless of what happened.

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Posted in: Taste of Japan in Rome See in context

Reminds me of the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Japanese..."

Maybe not.

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Posted in: Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking See in context

Marketing opportunity! Change the name to 'Galaxy Break', and charge an extra $200 for the 'newest' version...

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Posted in: Train overruns platform by 240 meters due to drowsy driver See in context

"driver became drowsy" is Japan-speak for "driver fell asleep"...

We all know that a Japanese driver would never fall asleep on the job!

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Posted in: Character references See in context

Several examples are in hiragana ('yorokobi'), so this photo shows off 'calligraphy', not 'kanji'.

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Posted in: JR East to test driverless train on Yamanote Line See in context

The SkyTrain commuter rail system in Vancouver has been fully automated and driverless since 1986. It is now about 80km long, compared to the 35km length of the Yamanote Line... but better late than never!

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Posted in: Deer me See in context

These deer have all shed their antlers. They were hoping to get French horns to replace them...

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Posted in: Hanyu to miss Grand Prix Final for 2nd straight year See in context

Too bad that Hanyu will miss the final in Vancouver. His coach is Canadian, so it would have special significance. I work for a Japanese tour company in Vancouver, so will be busy with Japanese media and visitors during the Skating Final!

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Posted in: NASA's InSight lands on Mars for unprecedented seismic mission See in context

Great new photo from NASA, showing the lander clearly on Mars. The solar panels have successfully deployed, which was a crucial step: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7294

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Posted in: NASA's InSight lands on Mars for unprecedented seismic mission See in context

Great job by NASA and all involved! I went to a 'live' viewing event in Vancouver today. (One of the scientists involved in the research teaches at the University of British Columbia.) A few months ago NASA invited members of the public to submit their names, which would be included on the InSight lander. Last week I received an email from NASA confirming that my name was included in the 2.5 million names! So I'm on Mars now... forever. The names are not just as data, but are actually micro-printed in tiny type on a cylinder.

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Posted in: Japanese cheese factory aims to cut it in face of foreign competition See in context

"Blessed are the cheesemakers" - Monty Python

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFPIGNua5WM

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Posted in: Mother, 2 young children killed in 4-vehicle crash in Hyogo; trailer driver arrested See in context

Tragic story... For reference, a first-time 'distracted driving' offence in Vancouver, B.C, results in a fine of about 46,000 yen + 4 demerit points. Police do strictly enforce this law, and even touching your mobile phone while driving is considered 'distraction'. Offences after the first will basically double in terms of penalty. Even so, I regularly see drivers talking on their phones while driving...

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Posted in: 20 killed in limousine crash in upstate New York See in context

This article doesn't mention it, but four of the victims were sisters... R.I.P. American friends.

I often drive a 24 PAX tour bus in Vancouver (for Japanese visitors),

and can't imagine such a terrible scene. Here's a link to CBC Canada:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/limousine-crash-schoharie-apple-barrel-country-store-1.4854020

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Posted in: Japanese space probe launches new robot onto asteroid See in context

hooktrunk2, thanks for the video link. 

Interesting to note that the surface of Ryugu in the German video from May is rather smooth, almost like gravel. One of the big surprises upon arrival at Ryugu was that the surface is much rougher than anticipated, with boulders, as can be seen in the actual photos/video from the asteroid.

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