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Posted in: Sounds of Tokyo train station visualized in trial for hearing impaired travelers See in context

Good idea, but most train stations in Japan already have visual notifications of what is broadcast on the public address system, including in emergencies.

It would be a great mobile app for the hearing impaired, so it could be used anywhere.

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Posted in: Leading Japanese pizza chain Pizza La now delivers…for your dog See in context

Declaring that your food is fit for dogs will likely decrease its brand equity.

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Posted in: Return of the Mac: Burger King’s former rival in Akihabara is back and bigger than ever See in context

I read this thinking there must be some national, or at least regional ramification to what appears to be a very local news story. There is not.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

Better now: internet access replaced English news primarily being available from 18-hour old Japan Times (in Kansai), AEON shopping malls replaced much of the sea of small, often outdoor-adjacent mom and pop shops, Universal Studios Japan brought world-class amusement to Kansai, Skype and Zoom replaced 10,000 yen phone card calls from International public phones, most railway signs are now available in English, Starbucks replaced many of the tiny smoke-filled coffee shops, new structures are far more earthquake resistant, larger clothes are more commonly available, Google maps lessened the strain of finding locations in Japan's address system, the gap or lag in health care between Japan and the US has decreased. In general, it is far easier to live here now than in 1990.

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Posted in: Jan 6 committee prepares to go public as findings mount See in context

the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries,

Well, I guess it depends on how your measure an attack.

On March 1, 1954, three men and one woman entered the visitor’s gallery above the chamber and quietly took their seats.  Around 2:30 p.m. they indiscriminately opened fire onto the House Floor and unfurled a Puerto Rican flag in a violent act of protest meant to draw attention to their demand for Puerto Rico’s immediate independence.

Five Congressmen were wounded in the shooting.

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada announces new album, streaming concert See in context

I like it, even though it sounds nothing like Conrad Birdie's song.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

If a foreigner return lost item to koban they'll be interrogated for almost one hour while they'll be asking to fill many form of papers.

This is untrue, based on personal experience. It only took a few minutes and the paperwork I filled out allowed me to keep the 20,000 yen I found after it was unclaimed.

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Posted in: Osaka pachinko parlor used as vaccination site See in context

Within a week, Japan's per capita vaccination rates will surpass those of the United States.

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Posted in: Mizuho Bank suffers 5th Japan-wide system failure of 2021 See in context

Mizuaho.

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

Where are the other sites for the rest of the 492,431 daily doses?

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/how-to-coronavirus-vaccinations-japan/

"Vaccination venues vary with each municipality. The vaccination voucher sent from local governments will list the available venues. Municipalities are planning to use public facilities and gymnasiums, for instance, as large-scale vaccination centers. Local clinics may also offer shots as well."

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Posted in: Mass vaccinations in Tokyo, Osaka get into full swing; Kobe opens large center See in context

15,000 doses per day is a small portion of the total daily doses.

For example, 497,431 doses were administered in Japan on Thursday, May 27.

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Posted in: Vaccine chief Kono blames drug approval system for slow inoculation drive See in context

Meanwhile, Kobe will dump 960 coronavirus vaccine doses after a storage temperature error, and in Ikoma, Nara, a hospital mistakenly gave a saline solution shot instead of COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine roll out itself is a logistical embarrassment, which has nothing to do with the approval process.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 399 coronavirus cases; record-high 719 in Osaka See in context

Kyodo reports Osaka Pref. has a record 719 new Covid cases.

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Posted in: In landmark ruling, Japanese court says same-sex marriage ban 'unconstitutional' See in context

Details, as reported elsewhere...

"In the landmark ruling, Presiding Judge Tomoko Takebe sided with the couples who claimed the government was violating Article 14 of the Constitution that ensures the right to equality, describing as "discriminatory" the government's failure to implement legal measures to offer "even a degree" of marital benefits to same-sex couples."

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Posted in: Fly me to the moon: Billionaire Maezawa seeks 8 passengers for lunar trip See in context

Didn't 27,722 women waste their time with Maezawa's previous contest, which Maezawa then called off?

https://twitter.com/yousuck2020/status/1222716367033421825

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Posted in: Finding a home doesn’t have to be a pain. Foreigner-friendly OUCHI.com can help See in context

I see. Ouchi.com is not located at Ouchi.com. Why would you name your company after a domain name that you do not own?

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Posted in: Finding a home doesn’t have to be a pain. Foreigner-friendly OUCHI.com can help See in context

The site seems to be dedicated to the sport of soccer, not housing.

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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context

120 million doses, starting in February, from Pfizer would be enough for 60 million people, or roughly enough for every person in Japan 55 years and older.

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Posted in: Nissan rolls out new electric crossover to boost image See in context

Ariya-derci, Nissan.

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Posted in: Snow White manners See in context

The most dangerous thing on this train, besides the poisoned apples, is the absence of hand straps.

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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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