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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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Posted in: Britain to build Europe's first nuclear plant since Fukushima disaster See in context

Decommissioning Sellafield is costing an unknown amount of money, and will take an unknown length of time, yet their building another one? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-21298117

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Posted in: Taxi, anyone? See in context

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is not "natural gas" and the jury is out as to whether it is a cleaner fuel than petrol or diesel. It is cheap though, thanks to vastly reduced taxes, which is why those in the know convert their cars to run on the stuff...

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Posted in: China polluting Mount Fuji: Japanese study See in context

"Pollution levels on Fuji have been monitored annually since 2007"

Good job they didn't do that in the '70s and '80s when you couldn't see your hand in front of your face in Kawasaki and Tokyoites reminisced about the days when you could see Fuji from Shinjuku in winter...

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Posted in: Bureaucrat suspended for insulting elderly tsunami victims on blog See in context

Way to blur the message Goto-san. As GG2141 says, it's not like the man isn't speaking the truth. Many of the towns on the Sanriku coast were ghost towns before the events of 3/11 and there has been more than a bit of opportunistic pork barrel profiteering by local govt.s and construction co.s since. But now everyone will focus on his captioned pic. of the old dear.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor slams Fukushima coverage on eve of 2020 vote See in context

the tsunami and the earthquake was an event that only takes place once every 1000 years, the last time being in 869

Noooo.... Massive earthquakes and tsunamis hit the same region in 1896 and 1933.

Fact and basis should be reported.


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Posted in: Critics savage Diana film after London premiere See in context

one affair as an unhappily married woman

Err... James Hewitt, Will Carling, Barry Mannakee, James Gilbey, Oliver Hoare... And those are just the ones on court records.

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Posted in: Mother ordered to pay Y95 mil after bicycle-riding son collides with elderly woman See in context

I have taken out insurance for injury and damage my kids might cause... by being kids. It's quite reasonable, but I'll be checking the maximum amount payable tonight - I've got a feeling it's not 100M

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Posted in: Sato sets IndyCar pace as 500 looms See in context

Good luck Taku. You deserve it.

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