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Posted in: Kaieda asks local gov'ts to restart nuclear plants after safety steps confirmed See in context

So everything at the other reactors is now hunkey-dorey and safe. All supplied with well-protected secondary and tertiary power sources (that was quick) and hazard suits and extra dosimeters, trained personnel and emergency rations... ...until the next quake, and then we find out what wasn't really ready.

Did anybody else read about the damaged pipes that were found at the Hamaoka reactor while it was being shut down. And the water in the basement there? What else will they find around the country?

I know Japan needs power badly, but I feel very uneasy at this quick approval and resumption.

@Frungy -- I see your point, but the risk in Tokai is far from "Close to zero".

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Posted in: Disconnecting in a too-connected world See in context

Lovely idea, but recently I want my phone near me just in case of an earthquake. Probably not anything a New Yorker worries about. Nothin' like Living on the Fault Line...

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Posted in: What sort of scenes in movies make you want to throw things at the screen or yell at the characters for doing stupid things? See in context

When a character (usually female) goes into her apartment - at night/after hearing suspicious noises/after being stalked or something, and DOESN'T TURN ON THE LIGHTS!

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

When I first saw the geometric avatars show up, I thought a whole bunch of quilting fanatics had suddenly joined!

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Others have said this too -- I find the page size too big (on a Mac). It feels clipped off at the left side -- prints and photos start immediately at the left, so it's hard to look at. Isn't that fixable?

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Testing to see if I have an avatar now. Thanks guys for the info about how to get one...

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Posted in: New York Rep Weiner admits posting crotch photo, but won't resign See in context

@taj: Well said!

Serious lack of common sense on the part of an elected official.

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Posted in: Goddess of Mercy See in context

I have to admit that concrete statues don't have as much appeal to me as stone, bronze, or wood, but that's the era we're in. And I did think the face was a bit manga-ish (yes, cute). Would like to see the whole statue, is it just a head? ]

Christian churches in the west are getting quit accepting of casual attire, it's either that or lose the young generation.

But the seated Buddha in Kamakura really can't be beat for elegance and impressivenss.

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Posted in: Poster girl See in context

Maybe she'll get the Miss Photoshopped of the year award.

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Posted in: 68-year-old Sendai woman stabbed to death; son missing See in context

Sendai... This should probably be counted as one more death resulting from the earthquake/tsunami disaster. One more family destroyed by the stress.

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Posted in: Does Fukushima show a split in philosophy between Asia and Europe? See in context

There may be a valid point somewhere in this article but the logic is muddled and it is marred by bad writing.

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Posted in: Man falls to death from platform at Akihabara Station See in context

@stevecpfc I think the reasoning behind the policy is that if the would-be suicider knows that s/he will bring distress, expense and thus "shame" down on their family's heads, it might stop the person from jumping. Very Japanese thinking.

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Posted in: 89-yr-old man held for strangling 85-yr-old wife to death See in context

I'm disappointed at reading some people's flippant comments. This is seriously tragic. There is a lot of elder abuse in this country, and there is a lot of dreadful lack of care of senile people. I imagine there is a long and sad story behind this little news brief. It could be a kind of almost double-suicide behavior -- the old man so desperate that he'd just as soon go to jail as have to continue to care for his wife.

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Posted in: Man stabs female volunteer worker at Ishinomaki Red Cross hospital See in context

Yes, it's got to be well nigh unbearable living in those evacuation shelters. Or, seeing that this happened at a hospital -- perhaps it was someone who seriously needed medication that he hadn't gotten recently. Would like to hear more. Good that the nurse was not badly injured, the last thing they need is violent attacks on volunteers.

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Posted in: Parents charged over death of 3-month-old baby in January See in context

And to think that they used to say that child abuse didn't happen in Japan... This is SO sad.

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Posted in: Norika Fujiwara touts kiwifruit See in context

And how is this headline news?

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