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Posted in: U.S. Air Force grounds Ospreys over safety concern, including in Japan See in context

Overall, the Osprey has a lower incident/flight hours ratio than every other rotary wing in the US military, and China Airlines.

It just wouldn't be a normal discussion about the Osprey without someone (typically US or former military) defending the aircraft and comparing it to others in developing countries.

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Posted in: Unification Church followers in S Korea protest negative Japanese media coverage See in context

Doing what they've been told. Even the signs have been made for them. When people make their own signs, you know its a real bottom-up grass roots protest. This looks more cult-like. Even their hats/visors have been supplied for them. Probably cost a bit of money. They've got lots I image.

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Posted in: Putin blasts U.S. 'hegemony,' predicts end to 'unipolar' world See in context

Ukrainian forces will be able to continuously bomb and hit Russian forces with long range artillery for years until Russia either surrenders or their is a negotiated settlement. Think of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and how long that has gone on. The Israelis have had to build a wall, occupy all of the West Bank and barricade the Gaza Strip, and still violence continues. Sure, its a much smaller piece of land we are dealing with in Israel/Palestine, but that will make things even harder for Russia to annex the parts of Ukraine it wants.

Still, the Ukraine could surrender too if it simply loses the ability to defend itself. Its hard to say how much fight they have left.

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Posted in: Drunk police officer falls asleep on street, losing case documents See in context

Japanese police officers are prohibited from taking investigative materials outside the workplace without permission. 

Same goes with politicians that take classified materials home without permission, its prohibited. I doubt we'll get an apology though from u know who.

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Posted in: Public elementary school in Aichi offers rare English-immersion program See in context

asked a female teacher from the Philippines

Now things become a little clearer. Cheap, foreign labor being used to plug gaps again.

Come on David, I think those "asked a young male from Europe/America" days are long gone. Sure, maybe the salary isn't what it used to be, but that aside, good luck getting any foreigner from a Western country to go live in Aichi prefecture. Huge labor shortage right now in the West, especially in education. No point coming to Japan, especially with all the mask mandates. But just from my experience, if you want a hard working, long term employee, you can't go wrong with hiring a Filipino.

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Posted in: Japan’s 'station closest to the sea' lives up to its name See in context


Thanks for the response. I drove to Suzu last week from Saitama and explored the Noto Peninsula. Such a beautiful area and coast line. So many small fishing villages and interesting architecture and houses. I came across that school as I was driving around. Imagine being a student or teacher at that school and having a beautiful view of the ocean during class. I think I would become distracted very easily.

I hope to explore more of Japan, but I get bored and lonely very easily travelling by myself so I often just stay at home.

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Posted in: Japan’s 'station closest to the sea' lives up to its name See in context

I was just in Ishikawa prefecture and there is a school that overlooks the ocean like that. Its called Suzu Shiritsu Otani JHS.

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Posted in: Kishida shaken as list of lawmakers linked to Unification Church grows to 20 See in context

Watch them squirm.

We'll see how deep this goes, but don't forget, we're still looking for the passenger lists on the Lolita Express.

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Posted in: 1,000 peaches stolen from Fukushima orchard See in context

Well, isn't that the pits!!! No pun intended.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holidays in full swing with lack of COVID restrictions See in context

As I type this, I'm waiting for the spa/onsen to die down at the hotel I'm staying at in Kanazawa. Evertime I go into use, its jammed packed with fem boys blow drying their hair and just being absolute jerks, standing in my way. Might be midnight before its quiet enough. Last thing I want is to be in the sauna with these immature jerks yelling at each other.

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Posted in: As inflation bites, Japan's PM finds unlikely ally in labor unions See in context

Not sure Japan's "life long employment" culture fits in with significant wage increases since typically the longer you work at a company, the higher your wage is supposed to be. That means those that need it most are often left out, and the wage increase goes to those in their 50s and 60s who are already making decent bank, probably already own a home or have some assets. Meanwhile, the workers in their 20s and 30s are given scraps.

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Posted in: 4 South American nations launch joint bid for 2030 World Cup See in context

This is good. I'd like to see more countries and or cities team up to host the Olympics. IOC needs to be more flexible.

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

it blamed an “inward-looking and conservative culture” at the company that led to a lack of involvement and solidarity among the employees.

Sadly, this is quite widespread among Japanese companies. But, also in global companies like Amazon and Starbucks where there is a lack of solidarity.

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Posted in: Beyonce to remove offensive lyric after disabled community outcry See in context

If Beyonce were disabled, then it would be ok. Just like its ok for blacks to use the "n" word, but not whites. On that note, I wonder if its ok to use the word "coma" for singers that aren't comatose.

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Posted in: Japanese soccer team fined ¥20 million because fans’ cheering violated COVID-19 guidelines See in context

Japan really needs a truckers protest or something similar to protest these mask mandates and restrictions. I'd like to know when the last person under 50 in Japan had died from Covid. That said, if you are over 50 or 60 , can't you get a vaccine and booster? Learn to live with Covid already.

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Posted in: Japanese life expectancy sees 1st decline in 10 years amid pandemic See in context

I noticed a group of about 50 or so seniors playing gate ball at the park this morning in 30+ degree weather and close to 100% humidity. All of them wearing masks of course. Then they all took a break in the shade and took their masks off to eat or hydrate. This mentality that Covid-19 is more life threatening than heat stroke is absurd.

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Posted in: Japanese city alarmed by biting, clawing, attacking monkeys See in context

monkeys that are trying to snatch babies

I bet North Korea is behind this.

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Posted in: Osaka to raise COVID-19 alert to highest level amid record cases See in context

How is it that unmasked Canada had a total of 1,200 total new cases yesterday, and Japan with 99.9% of the country constantly masked are raising alerts and talking about healthcare collapses?

Remember, it was almost the opposite last year with cases surging during the Delta era in Canada and the US with Tokyo under 500 daily cases. Some people were calling it "the Japanese miracle"

So what is going on now?

I suspect people who caught Delta in Canada developed an immunity to Omicron and in Japan, fewer people caught Delta and this new variant of Omicron is more transmissible.

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Posted in: Japanese police raid home of Tokyo Olympics executive See in context

The look on his face says it all. Reminds me of a Yakuza boss. You can tell he is hiding something.

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Posted in: 50% of Japanese women think work hampers married life: survey See in context

An Unhappy wife,is an Unhappy life

It used to be that a woman would be happy staying home and being a housewife, but these days with social media and instagram, even that doesn't cut it.

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Posted in: Pope in Canada to apologize to Indigenous groups See in context

Firm handshakes, no masks. I guess the pope isn't a big fan of fist jabs or elbow bumps.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for filming up girl’s skirt See in context

Imagine being the parent of one of this guy's students and being told the reason why Mr. Imai (fictional name) isn't employed at the school anymore. Makes you wonder what other stuff this guy has been into. Who knows, maybe the school will suddenly figure out why girl's clothing items have gone missing in the past.

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Posted in: Angels rebuff calls to trade star Ohtani See in context

Trade him for what? Magic beans? Thats what draft picks and prospects are, in baseball even more so than the NBA or NHL. You'll never get another Trout or Otani in a hundred years. Yes, Otani will break the bank but perhaps Mike Trout is who the Angels ought to get rid of. Trout has turned into an injury prone player, but Otani might be just as fragile in future years given how much he plays. The Anthony Rendon acquisition was a huge mistake too.

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context

I've saved thousands on gym fees by just buying my own gym equipment. I've got a bench, dumbbells, barbells, some kettle bells, swiss ball, and I even made a decline ab platform. I know, part of the "enjoyment" of going to the gym is the potential to meet a cute girl but I have dating apps for that.

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Posted in: Tokyo begins 4th vaccinations of medical workers amid 7th wave See in context

I'm kinda looking forward to the 7th and 8th dose days ahead. Like, won't it just seem a little ridiculous at that point? I assume that they'll just call them "boosters" at that point and not give them a number.

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Posted in: Over half a million yen in cash comes floating down river in Toyama See in context

I'm pretty sure the money will be safely stored in a filing cabinet at the police station and after a few years when everyone has long forgotten about this story, a corrupt police chief will just give himself an early bonus.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizing exec allegedly received ¥45 mil from sponsor See in context

Is anyone surprised? Probably just the tip of the iceberg and you can bet corrupt oyajis in Sapporo are already buying up land, bribing officials, and getting construction contracts for the 2030 Games.

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

What is the criteria for increasing the number of tourists or even just going back to normal? Covid is not going to disappear anytime soon. Its not going to make a difference not allowing tourists.

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Posted in: MLB moving ahead with uniform ads for 2023 See in context

I wonder if players can refuse though, like if its a company they don't like or agree with. Like Amazon or some oil company.

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Posted in: Cases of people getting unwanted crabs skyrocketing in Japan; salmon too See in context

Until I reached the word "salmon" in the title, I was under a completely different impression as to the meaning of this....

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