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Posted in: Kyoto study finds nearly 500 translation errors for foreign tourists; new guidelines released See in context

I think using global signage could make things a lots simpler for everyone.

It works certainly for toilets and non smoking places.

Let's get creative.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Teacher suspended after threatening to kill junior high school student See in context

Who is this guy?

Should we have a little talk with him?

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

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

Is it true that about 40,000 homes in the quake area are still without running water for drinking, bathing and toilets? Some residents have been warned that supplies may not be restored for another two months.

Mr. Kishida was very kind to promise so much in future recovery aid, but what about the many public shelters that don't have flushable toilets right now?

My heart goes out to those who are living in these less than ideal conditions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/14/japans-noto-earthquake-thousands-of-survivors-struggle-as-accusations-of-neglect-grow

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Dogs, antennas and honey for Japan's big bear problem See in context

With the help of Karelian bear dogs, Montana bear biologist, Carrie Hunt, has been training grizzlies to stay out of trouble for nearly 30 years. 

Perhaps, the dogs, bear collars, bear spray and tasers can serve as an alternative to culling all but the most aggressive and problematic bears.

Carrie Hunt seems to be following in the footsteps of animal activists, Temple Grandin and Jane Goodall.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Posted in: Osaka court recognizes more victims of Minamata mercury poisoning; awards them compensation See in context

Will they be taxed on their meager legal settlement?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Posted in: Takahama No. 2 nuclear reactor restarted after 12-year halt See in context

The nuclear plants are only 110 km. from Kyoto City.

And just 145 km from Osaka.

48 and 50 years old.

Stricter safety standards?

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Posted in: Japan births hit all-time low in 2022; below 800,000 for 1st time See in context

How about major corporations offering high quality onsite daycare for their employees?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan adopts new policy promoting greater use of nuclear energy See in context

Are they friggin' nuts?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Posted in: Foreign visitors in Japan surge after tourism reopening See in context

Good news?

I have already started having to wait in line, now, for my favorite restaurants.

Fewer seats on the buses and trains recently also.

Be careful what you wish for.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Posted in: Police to launch unified online system for lost and found items See in context

This great news.

I hope that I will still be alive in five more years for the roll out.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Police to launch unified online system for lost and found items See in context

This is a wonderful idea. Long overdue.

I'm forever leaving things behind on public transportation.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Digital minister aims to drag Japan out of analog doldrums See in context

Good luck with that.

Digital hanko?

I think not.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy, Hitachi to develop new nuclear reactors for 2030s use See in context

"It can't happen here."

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan looks to regions to mount COVID fight as variant spreads See in context

Good luck with that plan.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: Man arrested after allegedly groping woman walking home See in context

One down.

One million to go.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Posted in: Japanese man jailed for attacking Thai dissident See in context

Professor Chachavalpongpun is a Pro Democracy Advocate.

Not a dissident.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Gov't asks companies, households across Japan to save power See in context

Better late than never.

But about 45 years too late.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Posted in: William Hurt, star of 'Broadcast News,' 'Body Heat,' dies at 71 See in context

Let me suggest Eyewitness with Sigourney weaver.

They have excellent on screen chemistry.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Nadal says players should be ready for heckling after Osaka exit See in context

Tennis is a civilized sport. Players need to concentrate and focus.

This is not a boxing match or bull fight.

Hecklers need to be ejected.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Posted in: Japan to provide bullet-proof vests, other supplies to Ukraine See in context

Sorry, my mistake.

The bulletproof vest settlement with Toyobo was $66 million, not $68 million.

And I agree, helmets are also needed to protect Ukrainian citizens and military.

Yes, perhaps, hopefully, that issue has been fixed by now.

All international help is needed. And ASAP.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan to provide bullet-proof vests, other supplies to Ukraine See in context

This is a very kind gesture by the Japanese Government.

However, I find it bit ironic because a Japanese bulletproof vest manufacturer was sued by the US Justice department for selling defective vests (half could not stop bullets) to Law Enforcement Agencies in the US.

The Japanese company lost and had to pay a $68 million settlement.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toyobo-settlement-idUSKCN1GR3C9

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Posted in: Japanese institution worried after Russia seizes Chernobyl nuclear plant See in context

Ukraine has four more nuclear power plants.

We should be more concerned about them.

They are active and would be catastrophic if targeted.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: What do you give Yoko Ono on her birthday? A tribute album See in context

Give her an imaginary hammer and an imaginary nail.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Posted in: Gov't bans construction firm from accepting foreign trainees after assault case See in context

Poor guy.

Create Six Construction Company, Okayama abused him for two years.

I hope their customers boycott them in a show of support for the man.

Just awful.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Posted in: Experts to visit Fukushima plant to check water release plan See in context

A thousand tanks to TEPCO and the government.

Why not listen to the five former prime ministers and the people of the world?

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Posted in: Gov't under pressure to again declare COVID state of emergency in Tokyo See in context

Sardine-like trains.

Tortoise-like Booster rollout.

The year of the Tiger.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,051 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 22,045 See in context

About 80% of Japanese folks do believe that the vaccine is working.

Let's roll out those boosters ASAP.

Please.

2 ( +12 / -10 )

Posted in: Japan to begin COVID booster shots for general public sooner than scheduled See in context

Over 36 million.

Over 65 years of age.

Let's get them protected now. Please

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Posted in: Japan to begin COVID booster shots for general public sooner than scheduled See in context

Hurry up and wait!!

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Posted in: Kishida promises boosters, new measures against Omicron See in context

It has already been over six months since my last shot.

Where is my booster, Mr. K.?

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

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