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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


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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:


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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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Posted in: Police officer cleared of indecency charges after riding train with pants’ zipper open See in context

Maria, "his meat and two veg"...

I was going to refer to the old blues classic "All That Meat and No Potatoes", but checked the meaning and found that it refers to a 'shapely woman with small breasts'!

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Posted in: 45-year-old man arrested over murder of 32-year-old ex-wife in Aomori Pref See in context

Why does the headline emphasize their ages so much?! Ages 45 and 32 are totally irrelevant to the story... Better to concentrate on his name, is it 'Sasawatari' or 'Sawawatari'? RIP, Keiko-sama.

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Posted in: Foaming bottom soap: An eco-friendly alternative to wet wipes See in context

Nobody noticed that the containers say 'sorp' instead of 'soap'?!

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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

Too easy! Electric Vehicle charging restricted to just "The Three Tenors"... they didn't update the sign after Pavarotti passed away.

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Posted in: Zen cats See in context

'spade' = 'spayed'... autocorrect is our friend

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Posted in: Zen cats See in context

kawabegawa198, the cat that is farthest away clearly has a little 'V' clip made in the tip of its left ear, which is a sign that it was at least been spade or neutered. My stray cat friend in Tokyo was caught, spade, clipped, and released. But he kept coming back to me, and now lives with me in Canada!

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Posted in: 3 Taiwanese women get suspended sentences for smuggling gold in bras See in context

Everybody makes mistakes... just 'rack' it up to experience.

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Posted in: California couple waterboarded 10 kids, authorities say See in context

commanteer, I obviously meant that the kids are safe from their parents... Nobody suggested that it would be a fairytale life from now on. The CBC article mentions that they have a maternal grandmother, so it is unlikely that they will go into the foster care system, or be separated. There is something to feel good about here, their evil 'parents' have been arrested!

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Posted in: California couple waterboarded 10 kids, authorities say See in context

Sad story, but at least the kids are safe now... CBC Canada site has photos of the 'parents'. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/california-prosecutors-say-kids-were-shot-with-crossbows-waterboarded-1.4666178

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Posted in: Travolta family's mob film to finally hit the screen See in context

Amazing that Travolta is 64 years old... looking good! Good luck with the film.

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Posted in: Airlines team up to go the extra mile for business travellers See in context

Aircraft windows on the left look too big... photoshop? And that 'glass' of wine looks too small!

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Posted in: Pyeonchang gold medalist Hanyu greeted by big hometown crowd in Sendai See in context

mmwkdw, "Hanyu donated 5 million yen EACH to Miyagi and Sendai", which is an even more sizeable amount!

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Posted in: 7 women caught smuggling gold from S Korea concealed in their bodies See in context

I've heard of 'Buns of Steel', but 'Bums of Gold' is a new one...

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Posted in: Victims of massive cryptocurrency theft eye suit against Coincheck See in context

Tom, your wish is my command... 50 Cent earned big money, but it's worth less than a week ago. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/01/25/50-cent-accidentally-became-a-bitcoin-millionaire_a_23343494/

Not sure I like the combination of 'theft eye suit' in the title, but it does have meaning.

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Posted in: Japan launches world's tiniest satellite-carrying rocket See in context

Mee again: Feb 7, not Jan 7!

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Posted in: Japan launches world's tiniest satellite-carrying rocket See in context

If JAXA can build a rocket using just commercial components, so can lots of others... so seems to have limited commercial potential for JAXA. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy is scheduled to launch during a 3-hour window starting at 3:30AM on Wed Jan 7, Japan time (Tues 6, 13:30 EST local time in Florida). Mission updates can be seen here: https://spaceflightnow.com/category/falcon-heavy/ But SpaceX is also making a much larger rocket for Mars, called the 'BFR': https://www.space.com/38393-spacex-bfr-mars-colony-rocket-name.html

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Posted in: Microsoft issues update to disable Intel's buggy Spectre patch See in context

English is a bit buggy also... "prevented computers to reboot unexpectedly"?

Must be "caused computers to reboot unexpectedly", because "prevented computers from rebooting unexpectedly" doesn't make sense.

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Posted in: Japanese smartphone attachment trims your nose hairs See in context

Six problems with main promo photo: 1. guy is wearing lipstick 2. collar is curled, nobody will even look at his nose 3. sloppy tie from 100-yen shop 4. arrow showing 'way in' for nostril is condescending 5. guy shaved his eyebrows with device by mistake 6. Samsung phone shown beside 'lightning' plug for iPhone

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Posted in: 2nd anniversary of fatal bus crash in Nagano marked See in context

GW, the article says "traveling downhill for about one kilometer with hardly any engine or foot braking", so your suggestion that the brakes were 'worn out' doesn't make sense. Also, there is a common misperception that brake pads wear out and cause a crash, but bus crashes on hills are usually caused by 'brake fade'. Overuse of the brakes creates friction, which causes the steel brake drums to expand. This increases the distance between the brake pad and the brake drum. Eventually the brake pad can no longer exert enough pressure against the brake drum to actually slow the bus, because of the increased distance... so a crash occurs. (I have a tour bus/air brake license. Automatic transmission buses are particularly at risk, although some 'engine' braking is possible even with an automatic transmission.)

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Posted in: Man arrested over death of 84-year-old mother See in context

Better not to think about the details... 'beat his bedridden mother... several times between Dec 26 and Jan 6'. Not even the usual lost his temper when drunk excuse. He's 60, so will die in prison. Eventually there will be a positive ending to this story...

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Posted in: Canadian charged with trying to smuggle Y630 mil worth of stimulant drugs into Japan in guitar case See in context

Customs Officer: Why is this guitar case so heavy?

Daniel: I'm a heavy metal guitarist.

Customs Officer: Thank you. Enjoy your stay!

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Posted in: Tokyo airport to be 'scattered' with robots for 2020 Olympics See in context

'Scatter'brained waste of money... It would cost less and be more beneficial for Japan and visitors to hire Japanese language students as cultural envoys. (My personal 'fluffy cat mascot' was a wretched stray in Tokyo, but is now a spoiled indoor cat in Vancouver!)

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Posted in: JAL invests $10 mil in supersonic jet project See in context

Elon Musk recently proposed city to city rocket travel as an alternative to jets of any kind... Check out this article if you're interested in the concept: https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/29/16383048/elon-musk-spacex-rocket-transport-earth-travel

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Posted in: Only 35.8% of toilets at high schools are Western-style: survey See in context

"handicapped people"? How about writing "disabled individuals' instead...?

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Posted in: Pet deaths in Japan: Dignified but dog-gone expensive See in context

The Jikkei-in Temple, located not far from Kichijoji/Kokubunji/Fuchu, has a very reasonable group cremation service for pets. The temple is for pets only. Maybe about 10,000 yen donation is standard. I've taken 3 adopted stray cats over the years, and was glad to have a memorial site to visit. I think they save a small amount of the pet's ashes for beneath the memorial stupa, and scatter the rest in a bamboo grove. If you take the body of a stray cat/dog friend who died, I think they will waive the fee. http://www.jikeiin.jp/

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Posted in: Man hit by train injures 2 commuters on platform at subway station in Tokyo See in context

"mild injuries"? Maybe "minor injuries" would be good...

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