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Posted in: Warning over surge in demand for cosmetic surgery in Japan See in context

"What is "double eyelid surgery"?"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Asian_blepharoplasty

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Posted in: Restricted viewing See in context

It's difficult to tell from the photo, but it looks like they are forcing everyone to walk on the concrete roads, rather than in the open areas, which would be the opposite of social distancing.

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Posted in: Batman stage show coming to Tokyo with Batman Ninja battling Joker Daimyo See in context

"Huge hit"? It reportedly had only $3,691,235 in sales.

https://m.the-numbers.com/movie/Batman-Ninja-(Japan)-(2018)#more

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Posted in: Yomiuri to play pre-season games in empty stadium over weekend See in context

Pre- season, not pe- season.

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Posted in: Kyoto starts new 'Empty' tourism campaign to attract tourists during coronavirus outbreak See in context

"a drop in tourists so dramatic that local shop owners say they haven’t seen anything like it in 30 years."

The early 90s was a great time to live in and visit Kyoto.

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Posted in: Virus death toll in China rises as U.S. prepares evacuation See in context

Not yet peer reviewed, but informative.

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.23.20018549v1.full.pdf

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Posted in: Woman’s body found in love hotel room in Saitama Pref See in context

Erotic asphyxiation is very dangerous.

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Posted in: Model home provides model wife and model daughter so you can feel the joy of family life See in context

Selling point: Regardless of your height, you can cut your head open on one of the six 90 angles built into our steel staircase.

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Posted in: Mother of 7-year-old girl missing since Sept 21 asks public for help See in context

Wouldn't it be better to have a picture of the missing child, rather than one of the mother?

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Posted in: If you live in Japan, do you know where you need to evacuate to in the event of flooding or an earthquake? See in context

I didn't know for sure, and this questions prompted me to check.

Unsurprisingly, my evacuation center is the elementary school down the street.

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Posted in: Do you have an emergency survival kit for use in the event of an earthquake or some other natural disaster? See in context

Yep. Food, drinks, extra water to flush the toilet. I learned from my friends after the Kobe quake.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup, F1 and typhoon: What could happen? See in context

A very windy Saturday night predicted for Tokyo.

https://www.windfinder.com/#8/35.7034/139.3378/2019-10-12T15:00Z

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

Minister of the Environment Shinjiro Koizumi should work diligently on a solution that is "cool" and "sexy".

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Posted in: AKB48, Japan’s biggest idol singer group, apologizes for selling 'Date Tickets' See in context

It literally was compensated dating.

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Posted in: Pager services to end Tuesday in Japan after 50 years See in context

"Pager"? I think the phrase is "Pocket Bell".

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

Make more space. So much undesirable land thanks to TEPCO's incompetence. Buy it up and use it.

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Posted in: Top talent See in context

They dress like guys eating at Sukiya after a losing day of off-track betting.

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Posted in: Nearly 600,000 advised to evacuate as tropical storm makes landfall See in context

Eighty people have died from the heat in the two weeks from July 29, with 31,100 taken to hospital.

Counter-intuitively, this relatively weak typhoon may actually be saving lives.

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Posted in: Being forced to change your name is nothing more than a violation of human rights. See in context

Don't you mean, "...nothing LESS than..."?

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

The profit margin on theme park food is so big I'd hope theme parks would just charge one price for food items and take the 2 percent from their profits, if the customer sits down.

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Posted in: Hard Rock Cafe opens in Kyoto, featuring unique menu items and merchandise See in context

The refined, traditional beauty of Gion is the antithesis of Hard Rock. Overall, I am a fan of the WDI group, but they seem to be overextending the brand with this location.

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Posted in: He was like a father to us. He was the No. 1 person in the entertainment world. We will inherit his spirit and act brightly and happily. See in context

Higashiyama is speaking of the world of entertainment within Japan.

There are likely dozens of people more influential to the actual world of entertainment than was the late Johnny Kitagawa.

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Posted in: Asian-American rom-com 'Always Be My Maybe,' ethnicity is secondary See in context

It's good - significantly better than I expected. Kind of Slumdog Millionaire meets typical romantic comedy with some social commentary thrown in. Laughed out loud several times.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

200 tablets would be about 2200 grams, according to Popular Science. So closer to 17,600,000 yen, given mph-1212's valuation of 8000 yen per gram.

https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/how-much-cocaine-can-you-fit-your-body

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Posted in: Petition launched to stop forcible hair dyeing from natural color to black in schools See in context

Well done, P&G.

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Posted in: Toyota robot can't slam dunk but throws a mean three-pointer See in context

Toyoto has a robot that often hits three pointers with the stated intent of making its engineers feel good about themselves.

Meanwhile, Boston Dynamics created two-wheeled robots that load multiple SKUs onto pallets, doing real work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iV_hB08Uns

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Posted in: Kyoto University remains top of Japanese university rankings in 2019 See in context

This link is better:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2019/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

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Posted in: Kyoto University remains top of Japanese university rankings in 2019 See in context

In the annual global rankings, The University of Tokyo ranks 42nd, and Kyoto University ranks 65th.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/world-university-rankings-2019-results-announced

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs big-scale hotel requirement for casino resorts See in context

Osaka, I think, would be a strong possibility. Especially since the area they seem to be talking about will be next to the 2025 International Expo. I'm surprised Tokyo isn't interested.

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