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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

It seems to me the US been a state of immigrants for a long time but Japan has not been. That is all about it. It seems nothing to do with xenophobic. Japanese people actually happily welcome thousands of foreigners coming every year.

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Posted in: Baby-crying sumo contest See in context

Babies cry at most 30 sec. during the contest. It doesn't seem cruel. In some countries baby has own room since born. Baby always sleeps in own room. Baby wakes up sometimes and cries much longer until mother comes in the baby room. Parents and baby have separate room during night. It seems to me this is cruel.

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Posted in: Learn more about O.J. Simpson: The TV, movies, books and podcasts about the trial of the century See in context

I've heard this. There were a lot of evidence to convict Simpson of first-degree murder. However, the murder case somehow had shifted to the racial discrimination to black people over time. Finally, 12 juries (9 blacks and 3 whites) gave him "not guilty". Simpson won the case.

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Posted in: Japan rail operator gives up plan to launch maglev train in 2027 See in context

The problem is not onsen, it is thought that the proposed tunnel will divert the groundwater that feeds Oigawa River. If that happens it cannot be repaired and it is an important source of drinking water.

Onsen is also groundwater heated by magma. The onsen may be diverted somewhere. So onsen owners oppose the tunnel construction. Nobody really knows until the construction is done.

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Posted in: Japan rail operator gives up plan to launch maglev train in 2027 See in context

awomdeToday  09:25 am JST

Contributing to Shizuoka’s displeasure over this 8.9 kilometer tunnel is residents’ discomfort with the fact that trains on the new maglev line will not stop in Shizuoka.

Where the track is planned there is literally no people living in that small section where it crosses through Shizuoka Province

Yes, almost no people are living there. There are major (onsen) spa resources under/around the small section that is supposed to be the tunnel. If the tunnel constructions affected the onsen flow, a lot of onsen owners couldn't get enough hot water for onsen and then they couldn't do major onsen business as same as before. That's why so many onsen owners oppose the tunnel. Onsen business is major business in Shizuoka.

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Posted in: Japan rail operator gives up plan to launch maglev train in 2027 See in context

Tokaido shinkansen have been there for decades. Why need of another shinkansen to Nagoya? Why not put Linear shinkansen in Kyushu or Hokkaido there?

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Posted in: Hydrogen vehicle filling station opens at former Tokyo Olympics site See in context

It seems hydrogen filling station business have just started. More hydrogen stations, more hydrogen cars and cheaper hydrogen in the near future. Japan seems kinda lucky about hydrogen stations because they didn't make more electricity stations all over Japan.

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Posted in: Hydrogen vehicle filling station opens at former Tokyo Olympics site See in context

It seems to me Japan doesn't want to depend on fossil fuel/crude oil (from OPEC countries) any more in the near future. Hydrogen can be made anywhere.

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Posted in: As speculation about the next Bond grows, here's how some actors have responded to casting rumors See in context

James Bond died in the last movie. That is all about James Bond thing. Why another Bond? The name should be changed if another 00x is in the new movie.

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Posted in: Biden opposes plan to sell U.S. Steel to Nippon Steel, citing need for 'American steel workers' See in context

The US steel is a private company. This is not government business. It seems to me the US steel can do whatever for the company.

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Posted in: U.S. resumes Osprey flights in Japan 3 months after deadly crash See in context

If the defect is fixed perfectly, it seems okay, but I doubt a little bit. Just wait and see.

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Posted in: U.S., Japanese forces to resume Osprey flights in Japan following fatal crash See in context

I pray for no more accident.

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Posted in: Japan's Space One Kairos rocket explodes right after lift-off See in context

Japan's Space one has just started the new rocket. The self-destruction activated as the mission became very difficult. Failure would be success sooner or later.

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Posted in: China demands Japan start Fukushima treated water compensation system See in context

China is really a troublemaker.

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Posted in: Ceremony held to mark 79th anniversary of U.S. firebombings of Tokyo See in context

This is just a memorial service that Japan swears it will not start war again and not get involved with any war. If war again, such enormous tragedy would happen again. Its pledge is working good as Japan has not had war for 79 years so far.

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Posted in: Climbers to pay ¥2,000 fee on popular Mount Fuji trail from July 1 See in context

10,000 yen is okay to me. By the way I've heard to climb Mt. Everest costs at least 1,000,000 yen. Matterhorn is about 500,000 yen. I know these mountains simply can't compare with Fujian.

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Posted in: Masked shooters kill 4 people and injure 3 at outdoor party in California See in context

 America would still have a large number of homicidal maniacs.

I've heard something about why there are a lot of maniacs/psychopaths in America. A long long time ago, before the Independence of America, European countries used to send so many criminals to the Continent (North America). Those criminals' DNA have been inherited from generation to generation for hundreds of years until today. That's why America has a large number of homicidal maniacs. Is that true?

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Posted in: Masked shooters kill 4 people and injure 3 at outdoor party in California See in context

Shooting that happens somewhere seems just another day. No one can stop random shootings. It seems to me America is cursed by guns. It is reported that thousands of people are killed by guns every year.

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Posted in: Japan to revise official romanization rules for 1st time in 70 years See in context

Japanese use romaji on their passports.

In this case, better use Hepburn style on the passports, because much easier to pronounce/call them for foreigners, but Kunrei-shiki style is going to be gibberish overseas and hard to understand Japanese names.

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Posted in: Japan to revise official romanization rules for 1st time in 70 years See in context

@kohakuebisu

Agreed with you. Romaji is for foreigners, not for Japanese. They usually never use Romaji for each other.

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Posted in: Japan to revise official romanization rules for 1st time in 70 years See in context

I can see Huzisan from our house in Tôkyôto, where I live.

Huzisan is supposed to be word "Fujisan". Tôkyôto is supposed to be pronunciation and its word is "Tokyo".

It seems foreinghers mixed up words and pronunciations.

Ohtani- its pronuciation is originally "outani". Tokyo - pronunciation is "toukyou". Osaka - "ousaka".

Japanese words originally don't have "nobasu marks" or liquid pronunciation. If you listen to very old Japanese movies/dramas maybe 50 years ago, today's pronunciations are different from 50 years ago. Original Japanese pronunciations sounded like a little bit Chinese speaking. That's I noticed.

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Posted in: The eagle has landed See in context

@kwatt, it does not suggest that they are living there. Probably more like a temporary fishing platform.

I know it. Those eagles are there in short time. But probably those birds are there for 1 - 2 weeks to eat a lot of fish.

I should have commented, "I didn't know those eagles fly to very cold Hokkaido." I thought eagles like mild climate/weather.

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Posted in: Japan to revise official romanization rules for 1st time in 70 years See in context

Japanese people are using the Hepburn rules all the time today. The Kunrei-shiki rules that Govt decided 70 years ago seem a little weird/gibberish to me sometimes.

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Posted in: The eagle has landed See in context

I didn't know those eagles are living there on ice.

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Posted in: New visa rules to allow more foreign students to find jobs in Japan See in context

Wage/salary is not good at all, rather much lower. I doubt more foreigners would come to Japan.

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Posted in: Baseball superstar Ohtani announces marriage to Japanese woman See in context

Good for Ohtani. His wife cooks very good for him.

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Posted in: Gov't to extend extra ¥100 bil for quake relief in central Japan See in context

It looks like Kishida's face says, "100 billion yen. You all people owe me (LDP) one. Give me it back on next year election day."

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Posted in: Japanese volunteer in Ukraine See in context

Why j-navy flag?

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Posted in: Emperor turns 64; mourns Ishikawa quake victims See in context

As I said before, Tenno is just Tenno. Forget the word emperor, then use the word Tenno instead of emperor. Many Japanese words became English words in the past. I can find Japanese words in the English dictionary.

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Posted in: Emperor turns 64; mourns Ishikawa quake victims See in context

Emperor usually has absolute power of anything. Japanese Emperor has no power. He even can't comment on politics. Tenno is just a symbol of the country. Can't be Emperor.

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