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Posted in: More Japanese regions brace for storms as Typhoon Khanun heads west See in context

This typhoon is being replaced soon by a stronger typhoon. Typhoon Lan. This one is going right towards central Japan. Watch for the media to get on this very, very soon.

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Posted in: More Japanese regions brace for storms as Typhoon Khanun heads west See in context

You beat me to it!

Right, 144 mph equals 90 miles per hour, not 40. Stupid mistake, reporter! Learn to be more careful with important details.

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Posted in: Thousands in Haiti march to demand safety from violent gangs as killings and kidnappings soar See in context

I wonder if it’s worse than Venezuela? People don’t talk of “going in there”. Why is there the need for other countries to go in to stop it. That’s saying they can’t take care of themselves.

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Posted in: From Killer Mike to Fat Joe, hip-hop stars talk about how first rap song resonated with them See in context

Young generations will never know James Brown, Billie Holiday, John Lee Hooker and more. Great blues and funk music legacy destroyed because of rap and hiphop dominating the spotlight. And people are afraid to say so and criticize because of what they will be called if they do.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed outside Osaka apartment See in context

By intent usually means they have a target? Are they hunting for a victim, or are they carrying a knife just in case somebody frustrates them that day? It’s weird.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed outside Osaka apartment See in context

Why so many people carrying knives? Are more people actually carrying knives with them routinely? Wtf.

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Posted in: Japanese life expectancy falls in 2022 for 2nd straight year See in context

I don’t see how coronavirus is “largely responsible”.

If the Japan population is about 125,000,000, and the life expectancy dropped by nearly half of one percent, then 47,000 Covid deaths is not nearly enough. It would have to have been Covid deaths in the several millions.

Correct me if my calculating is wrong.

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Posted in: BOJ's move to ease yield curve control points to tricky road ahead See in context

I’m wondering if the prospect of raising interest rates will soon be seen as too risky. And when financial markets sense that, the yen will get even weaker. Maybe quite a lot weaker. Just wondering. BOJ might intervene in that case but that may not work eventually. I’m imagining a situation where the yen could utterly collapse. Just a thought.

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Posted in: BOJ's move to ease yield curve control points to tricky road ahead See in context

This level of economy language is over my head. Just wondering what it means for the yen up ahead.

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Posted in: BOJ eases grip on ultra-loose monetary policy See in context

The market players internationally just do not understand the Japanese. When the BOJ says they may take action, they actually believe them!

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Posted in: Tony Bennett, masterful stylist of American musical standards, dies at 96 See in context

A really wonderful guy. It makes me so sad to think of how far down we have gone in the entertainment world of today. He represented a world of some truly respectable entertainers, in which he was a standout.

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Posted in: 89-year-old man arrested for indecent behavior in elevator See in context

Not enough information here to justify full-on outrage. We don’t know all the facts, but yet we do know the man’s name. And that is not fair.

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Posted in: Number of COVID patients in Japan rises for 9th straight week See in context

A pandemic should never last this long. Policies were poor. We are only lucky this disease was not as lethal as historical pandemics because otherwise we’d have been in even worse trouble. We human societies in 2023 that like to think we are so advanced! What a sad joke we are! Hopeless and helpless.

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Posted in: 3 schoolgirls drown in Fukuoka river on 1st day of summer vacation See in context

I guess there’s a mixture of who are responsible. But something is very wrong that this can happen. All these girls in the river alone by themselves. It’s really tragic news. We can only hope the country as a whole will take note and remember. Very sorry.

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Posted in: Russia strikes Ukraine's critical port facilities in Odesa after halting grain deal See in context

It’s scary that a lot of people on here don’t seem too worried about a world war. I think compromise is the best way, the only way. Your principles are one thing but safety for the world of people not even involved is beyond it all.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift sets women's record for most number one albums See in context

Isn’t Taylor Swift kinda like denouncing white supremacy yet milking it for all it’s worth at the same time?

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Posted in: Record heatwaves sweep world, from U.S. to Europe and Asia See in context

Regarding above: Death Valley, California reaching 55C ( 131F). It could happen, but a normal summer day there is 47C (117F), so temperatures approaching the 55 do occur in some summers - say, 52 or 53. A summer with no 50C ( 122F) there would be rather unusual. By the way, the official record for Death Valley of 57C(134F) occurred long ago in 1913, although its accuracy is somewhat contested.

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Posted in: Kyoto merchants want city to install more trash cans to fight litter in historic neighborhood See in context

I always think that the “take your trash home with you” comes from a time long ago when cities were smaller, and there were no fast food outlets or convenience stores. It’s very easy to see that Japanese would continue to recite this throughout the generations, as reciting old sayings is what they like to do.

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Posted in: Death toll from torrential rain in southwestern Japan rises to 7 See in context

“over here”?

Media.

This happens in one place or another over here ( meaning, Japan) especially SW Japan, practically every year.

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Posted in: Death toll from torrential rain in southwestern Japan rises to 7 See in context

Means leave them out of your political propaganda. You are accusing me of being insensitive to their lives when I am merely respecting their right to live as they choose. Leaving people to live as they wish = leaving them alone. You get it?

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Posted in: Death toll from torrential rain in southwestern Japan rises to 7 See in context

Roy

Re: JMA I have no beef with them. I study the JMA every day as it is my hobby.

The lives of elderly who may act rashly in severe weather is not a case of being expendable but inevitable in cases year after year. And as a living group, they are not asking for your interference nor pity for them as a group. So leave them alone as they leave you alone.

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Posted in: Death toll from torrential rain in southwestern Japan rises to 7 See in context

JMA cannot say it’s the heaviest rain on record when a heavier rain occurred in Asakura in 2017 - and even that may not be the heaviest. Re: hottest day on record for the globe: That means absolutely nothing for any one locality’s experience. New Zealand North Island cyclone: Was not comparable to the power of cyclones experienced in the tropics. For example, no Category 3 was experienced in Auckland. Not even close. London heat: London did not exceed its own heat record. Re: deaths of victims.

Unfortunately, deaths in natural disasters very often occur among the elderly who insist on acting according to a preferred life style. But that is THEIR decision. THEY are not asking for your pity so leave them alone.

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Posted in: 5 dead, 3 unaccounted for as heavy rain hits southwest Japan See in context

I didn’t say conspiracy. I meant they are covering their a— all the time. So they will tell people to evacuate AFTER the fact, after the rain has ended. Then they will say “More rain” “Heaviest ever”. And you’re supposed to leave your house to make them look good? You don’t need scientific evidence to see this always happening. Your logic and your experience is where you should be. It’s Ike the alarm going off on your phone after the earth tremor. They are always late, late, late. But they want to say “We warned you”. Yeah, you warned us too late!

Wake up, please. And I don’t mean woke.

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Posted in: 5 dead, 3 unaccounted for as heavy rain hits southwest Japan See in context

Do you believe all media? “Experts in climate and weather” have an agenda just like with any agency that can be blamed if they underestimate. First, there’s the agencies themselves, protecting themselves and taking orders to fan the flames of alarm. Then second, the media which distorts even further the agency statements. You have to think it over more carefully. That’s all.

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Posted in: 5 dead, 3 unaccounted for as heavy rain hits southwest Japan See in context

“heaviest rain ever” did NOT happen, Norm. And by the way, that was forecast actually AFTER the heavy rain in Kurume ( As they always seem to do). And hourly rainfall in Kurume does not show 402 mm. of rain. Less, and scattered over a long time period rather than a torrential fall of rain. Actually Asakura had heavier rain. By the way, Asakura was in the northern Kyushu rain disaster of 2017 ( July of course). In that event 566 mm. of rain fell. And there may have been other similarly heavy or heavier rains in the past.

So, 402 mm. heaviest rain ever? Not at all. This is Japan in the tsuyu ( which is worst in July, NOT June). Basically, just another year.

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Posted in: 5 dead, 3 unaccounted for as heavy rain hits southwest Japan See in context

Re: hot sunshine today in Kyushu.

So, what happened to “heaviest rain ever” forecast? That was my point yesterday on exaggeration.

It’s just another summer in Honshu, folks. Dangerous heavy rains possible in the first half of July. Baking hot north and south of the tsuyu line. And then everybody calmly sweltering in the last half of July. That’s Japan, with or without climate change.

And June - contrary to traditional complaining - a rather pleasant month. Remember it?

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Posted in: One dead, 3 missing as Japan warns of 'heaviest rain ever' in southwest See in context

Elvis is here

That headline “heaviest rain ever” is over-the-top sensationalistic. They will make overly-extreme warnings to cover themselves if there is loss of life due to a flooding event and people have failed to evacuate. To get people to evacuate who would otherwise stay at home, they will exaggerate the event warning. Why would you not suspect that as a motive? Are you naive?

Of course, anything is possible. And there is a flooding danger - Again: ALWAYS in early and mid July. And I certainly would not like to come back here tomorrow and say, “This was the heaviest rain ever”. But you know what? I don’t believe I’ll have to.

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Posted in: One dead, 3 missing as Japan warns of 'heaviest rain ever' in southwest See in context

People have short memories. This basically happens every year for two or three decades now. Kanto heats up early and mid-July. Heat then centers strongest in western Japan late July and August.

Also, the real tsuyu is July - not June as people like to fondly relate to you. The greatest heat and humidity combination and the most dangerous rains. July, not June. June has been quite pleasant for decades now, but people in Japan still like to bash June because that’s what their school teachers and folklore use to tell them, and they repeat it as a “Kimari monku”.( pat complaint)

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Posted in: Mother gets suspended sentence for leaving body of newborn daughter in coin locker See in context

She left the “body”. It doesn’t say how the child died.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan’s first-ever Snoopy Frappuccino is here See in context

Starbucks leans on chocolate as a go-to for everything. Try being a bit more imaginative, please. There are a lot of fruit flavors to choose from for a break.

Reasons for the problem?

1) Starbucks Japan not as creative as Starbucks in other countries.

2) Starbucks Japan is confident the young ladies will go for anything that has chocolate. And the young lady consumers totally dominate Starbucks policy in Japan.

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