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Posted in: Osaka celebrates winning bid to host Expo 2025, despite reservations See in context


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Posted in: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin act their age for laughs, tears See in context

I binge watched all 8 episodes. It's good. Too many prostate gags, but great acting and, overall, a good script. Laughed out loud several times per episode.

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Posted in: It’s predicted that crimes committed by foreigners will increase. We want to resolve the shortage of interpreters as soon as possible so that our investigations will not be seriously hindered. See in context

I believe this is the most recent national data on crime by foreigners. My Japanese isn't good enough to read it. Perhaps someone could determine the extent to which "the number of investigations into crimes by foreigners across Japan has increased".

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Posted in: President Claire Underwood takes charge in 'House of Cards' See in context

I watched the first two episodes of the new season. Surprisingly, I didn't miss Spacey, much. Diane Lane, still smoking hot, and Claire offer some frenemies exchanges that are LOL smartly written.

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Posted in: AI robots may lend hand in Japan's English classes See in context

I recall hearing how English teachers would be replaced by interactive programs on a new thing called CD-ROMS.

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Posted in: Alan Alda to get lifetime achievement award See in context



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Posted in: Japanese artist sues association over goldfish-filled phone box See in context

“In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.” 17 U.S.C. §102(b).

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

A large boat broke loose and ran into the bridge that connects Kansai airport (KIX) to the mainland. Doing significant structural damage as I write this.

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Posted in: Night lights See in context

Nice photo.

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Posted in: Need for foreign language disaster alerts for travelers rises in Japan See in context

Kintetsu line in Kansai now has conductors carry and plug in an ipad-type device that has different announcements in different languages. The conductor is free to select a short or long message before each stop in multiple languages. I have seen them vary the messages based on the presumed makeup of passengers. Adding emergency announcements in multiple languages would be relatively inexpensive.

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Posted in: Whenever you read about random knife attacks in public places, does it make you more attentive to what people around you are doing when you are walking along the street, waiting on train platforms or shopping? See in context

Two decades in Japan made me overly complacent. I took a vacation to Italy and drastically increased my awareness of people in public places. I kept it up after I got back to Japan. It is amazing, really - entire train cars and platforms where nearly everyone staring at their phones, oblivious to the rest of the world.

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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

The Herbis Plaza Ent Building houses the 1200-seat Osaka Shiki Theatre on the 7th floor. I'm guessing this sign directs performers to a special entrance so they can take an elevator directly to the backstage area.

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Posted in: Cup Noodle releases new Rare Species Mystery Meat flavor See in context

One of the links above has the answer.

“We mix pork and soybeans together with a vegetable extract, and then freeze dry the pieces,” the forthcoming Nissin employee elaborated.

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Posted in: King Jim releases new model of Pomera mobile text input device See in context

This seems to be going after the same market segment that the Neo2 by Alphasmart targeted. But King Jim's product is foolishly overpriced.

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Posted in: Regular cup noodle bowls not enough for you? Try this 2,000+ calorie instant yakisoba instead See in context

I tried the smaller size Peyoung instant yakisoba. Not recommended. I like real yakisoba, but my stomach was not happy at all with the Peyoung instant stuff.

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Posted in: 'Pregnancy rotas' add to working women's woes in Japan See in context


Despite the lack of maternity leave in America, the birthrate is still high

The birth rate in the US is at a 30-year low.

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Posted in: There has been a lot of discussion in the media that the Tokyo Olympic women's marathon (Aug 2, 2020) and the men’s marathon on Aug 9, will be particularly grueling for runners and spectators because of how hot it usually is in Tokyo that time of year. Do you think some people are overreacting or is it a valid concern? See in context

Valid concern. But historically the low temperatures on those days are 23 degrees. Civil twilight starts around 4.20 am. Beginning the marathons at first light would help significantly.

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Posted in: Thermos world See in context

They do not look particularly happy to be there.

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Posted in: Police arrest graduate students for Kyoto intersection 'kotatsu' stunt See in context

Dangerous to drivers as well as themselves.

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Posted in: Japanese bullfighting lifts 'men-only' rule See in context

the ring, which is ritually purified before matches with salt and Japanese sake.

...and then the bulls poop on it.

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Posted in: Trump says on Twitter he does not like TPP for U.S.; too many contingencies See in context

I thought this was an old picture. It is not. Here is the one from 2017.

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Posted in: 'NYPD Blue,' 'LA Law' creator Steven Bochco dead at 74 See in context

Great shows. I watched many seasons of his work, including the very odd Cop Rock.

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Posted in: Introducing Tokyo University’s exclusive 'Infinite Destroyer' sandwich from Subway See in context

Herculean? Infinite Destroyer? Please. In Chicago or New York, they simply call a sandwich with this much beef a "beef sandwich."

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Posted in: Crown Prince turns 58; vows 'self-improvement' ahead of accession See in context

Good to see Masako looking genuinely happy.

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors hits record for Jan, but growth rate slows See in context

What was the "growth" rate for non Korean, non Chinese visitors?

Here you go.

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Posted in: Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo opens See in context

They key part of the marketing here is location - busy downtown areas - hence the name Centric. From the interiors, Centric seems to be competing with Conrad and perhaps cannibalizing some customers from Andaz, which is slightly more upscale. Grand Hyatts are usually larger, and Park Hyatt a bit more old-fashioned by comparison.

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Posted in: Annual New Year's Fire Review held at Tokyo Big Sight See in context

Men dressed as Edo era firemen performed acrobatic stunts on top of bamboo ladders.

Fires, overcome with delight, extinguished themselves.

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Posted in: Teacher slanders student in Twitter posts, using another pupil's name See in context

On Twitter?

Wouldn't that be libel, not slander?

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Posted in: Media get first look at construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa See in context

In comparison, for 5.5 trillion Japanese yen, you could buy 493 Airbus a320 aircraft, about 25 times the number of planes Peach currently owns.

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Posted in: Japan eyes imposing departure tax ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

40 billion yen divided by, say, an annual salary of 4 million yen per full-time employee would be 10,000 new immigration/customs officials. Yes, some of that money would be used for multi-lingual signage, but still, the tax revenue seems excessive and wasteful.

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