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Posted in: Judge loosens Apple's grip on app store in Epic decision See in context

Superb headline.

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Posted in: Yokohama withdraws bid to host casino resort due to local concerns See in context

Oh well.

I suppose I'll have to continue paying the highest city taxes in the country to the most wasteful politicians Japan has on offer. And that's saying something.

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Posted in: Man arrested for indecent behavior with high school girl See in context

"The man's a pedophile."

Is he?

Paedophile: an adult who experiences sexual attraction to pre-pubescent children.

Hebephile: an adult who is sexually attracted to pubescent children.

Ephebophile: an adult who is sexually attracted to mid to late adolescents.

Pedant: an adult who feels the need to explain the above (possibly).

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

The Afghan section of UnoCal's TAPI pipeline (from Kandahar to Herat) was finally completed earlier this year and the Taliban have agreed on a price for gas from Turmenistan to transit their territory.

Mission accomplished folks. Time to go home.

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Posted in: Toyota launches all-new Aqua hybrid electric-only compact car See in context

The rest of the world knows this car as the Prius.

The Prius "c" overseas.

The first model used previous generation Prius running gear to keep costs down. That was almost a decade ago so I'm sure the full fat Prius has come on a bit since then. I'd imagine they've followed the same mantra with this one: sub- 2M Yen is a bargain.

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Posted in: Olympic Village safe place to stay, Games organizers insist See in context

Churmans got their towels on the balconies first I see.

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Posted in: Japan prepares for a surreal Olympics, and plenty of questions See in context

the disconnect between sports and sickness, rhetoric and reality, visitor and local will be hard to miss for many here

Bravo. An excellent article.

Thank you Mr Klug.

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Posted in: Honda changing course; will build its own electric vehicles See in context

Headline is misleading.

Honda are already building the "e" for Japan and Europe (but not N. America) in Saitama. And they've been building hydrogen electric vehicles in Tochigi since 2008 - years ahead of everyone else bar Toyota.

Anyone who can see Honda in the rear view mirror is about to get lapped.

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

Going via Suez or Panama would make sense. But I wonder if they'll go round Cape Horn, for old time's sakes.

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor chairman to retire in June after over 40 years See in context

He DID groom a successor (his son-in-law obviously) but said prodigy selfishly died of cancer way too early, just as Osamu was ready to grab the golf clubs. I get the Japanese dinosaur bashing; I often do it myself. But this case is a bit different.

I wish Toshio luck. He's got big shoes to fill.

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

Don’t blame him. I wouldn’t want to pay the key money either.

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Posted in: Johnson under fire as UK again faces onslaught of COVID-19 See in context

I had three Zoom calls with three different companies in the UK on Friday. All were in their offices, but not one of them was wearing a mask.

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Posted in: Worry, frustration, uncertainty as state of emergency looms for Tokyo, neighboring prefectures See in context

"Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's "suggestion Monday that the government may* soon declare a state of emergency"

"Opposition parties criticized the decision as too little, too late"

Decision? What decision??

"Suga's pledge at a press conference Monday that the government will consider issuing such a declaration"

This is stretching vocabulary, let alone credibility, to the very limit.

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Posted in: Japan to let in 250 foreigners per day from Australia, NZ, Thailand, Vietnam under eased travel curbs See in context

The United States??? Are you kidding me?

MontyToday  04:28 pm JST

Depending on the situation, the government will expand the list later to other countries, including China, South Korea and the United States.

China??? Are you kidding me?

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

If the govt. guarantees a percentage of salaries, as is happening in other nations, things will change. Until that happens they can request that people stay home till they're blue in the face; folks will still go to work.

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Posted in: Virus-striken Diamond Princess leaves Yokohama Port See in context


The headline is a tad misleading seeing as it just sailed just 1 km across the bay to Honmoku (still very much in Yokohama).

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Posted in: Non-infected Americans from cruise ship in Yokohama to be taken back to U.S. See in context

Is this evacuation mandatory for the US citizens on the Diamond Princess?

They can sit in a tin can, breathing recycled air, with 190 other passengers in extreme proximity for the 10 hour flight back to the US; then restart another 14 days of quarantine on a military base. Alternatively, finish quarantine on the luxury liner and be free as a bird, possibly as soon as next Wednesday. Hmmmmm.

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Posted in: TEPCO to decommission Fukushima Daini nuclear plant See in context



It will cost $90bn (and rising) to decommission a NPP in the UK


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Posted in: New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes: Japan See in context

The official line is that these new facilities are for air-sea rescue.

So what's to stop US and Japanese ships and planes using them? Just send a couple of C2s down to set up a Japanese coastguard station, "in the spirit of international cooperation".

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Posted in: Japan overturns midnight dancing ban See in context

But after decades of turning a blind eye to the clubs, a police crackdown began following the 2010 death of a 22-year-old student after a fight in an Osaka club.

Codswallop. The ban was widely enforced before 2010 in Osaka, Fukuoka, Yokohama and Tokyo.

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Posted in: British actor Christopher Lee dead at 93 See in context

Somewhere in London last night there was a very worried night watchman in a mortuary.

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Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015 See in context

I'll be honest and state that I have not read all the posts above; the first 30 did my head in.

But the folks who don't understand the 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 should know that: I'm half English, a quarter French and a quarter Dutch. My girlfriend is half Okinawan, a quarter Italian and a quarter French but has Peruvian nationality.

So, a question to the "Double Brigade": Am I triple? Is she triple plus one? Quadruple? If we have kids, what will they be?

As I said, this is doing my head in.

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Posted in: Jaguar Land Rover drives to success in Japan See in context

As the Ozzies say, If you want to drive in to the Outback, get a Land Rover. But if you want to drive in to the Outback and drive back out again, Get a Land Cruiser.

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Posted in: Gov't considers revision of 'comfort women' apology See in context

And they like to accuse Korea of fixating on this subject... What possible good could come of this?

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Posted in: Fashion magazine model arrested for shoplifting See in context

The same Anri Takeda who claimed to be a descendant of Shingen Takeda, despite Takeda being a stage name - her real name is Suzuki. Real live wire that one.

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Posted in: Japanese TV show fills us in on 'the right and wrong kind of fat woman' See in context

FrungyJAN. 16, 2014 - 03:49PM JST

Metabolic rate is influenced by factors such as caloric restrictions (they tend to slow down the metabolic rate), sleep , ...... Another consideration is the conversion of excess energy into fat, which is regulated by chemicals such as insulin. Insulin levels vary widely depending on a range of factors such as sleep ......

Newsflash. Sloth makes you fat.

Nothing wrong with what OccupyTheMoon said, or this article. I'd take an active big eater over a low-cal couch potato any day.

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Posted in: Traffic deaths See in context

Downward trend has a bit to do with demographics but more to do with the improved safety of the cars on the roads. 20 years ago Japanese cars were made of tin (and a lot more fun to drive for it BTW) but now they have high tensile steel in the door frames and scuttle, proper crumple zones and bristle with airbags, ABS, ASC and now even automatic braking systems.

What I want to see is not the fatality rate, but the accident rate.

I very much suspect that there are now more accidents on Japanese roads per day than 20 years ago, but that less people are getting killed in them.

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Posted in: China's parliament: Japan has no right to criticize air defense zone See in context

So, the Chinese parliament now has no right to criticize South Korea's new ADIZ. Way to back yourselves in to a corner guys.

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Posted in: Tempers flare in Diet over state secrets bill See in context

Following the Snowden and Manning revelations nations around the world are forcing their governments to rein in the special powers they were afforded during the knee-jerk days following 9/11. Meanwhile, Japan gleefully marches in the opposite direction.

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Posted in: Japan triples Philippines aid package to over $30 mil See in context

The UK (both government and grass roots) sees Japan's $50,000,000 is raises the stakes to $130,000,000. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24970066 Almost 100 times more than the Greatest Power in the Region. Well done Great Britain.

Big numbers until you remember that JP Morgan is giving $4,500,000,000 (nearly 3000 times more than China's donation) to a bunch of investors who gambled and lost.

Priorities people. Priorities.

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