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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.

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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.

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

This link is better:!/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.

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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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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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