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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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Posted in: Nakama plays teacher of troubled kids on remote island in new drama See in context

@ Lowly Google image search: 仲間 由紀恵  水着 At your service

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Posted in: American to serve 5-10 years for murder of Irish student See in context

Utterly circumstantial, but this is what the accomplice was up to days before murder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaMxy6FF4Lk Quite a character statement.

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Posted in: Panel says there was no cover-up at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

The TEPCO official who turned away the investigators must be prosecuted. This is criminal.

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Posted in: Tsunami-hit towns still barren See in context

Cold. Heartless perhaps. But I don't support attempts to reconstruct or relocate these towns. The simple fact is that Tohoku is littered with underpopulated towns and villages with empty houses up for grabs. These communities should be encouraged to move on.

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Posted in: Japan expert, writer Donald Richie dies at 88 See in context

"When you come over here, or anyplace, and you get your eyes opened, you can never get them shut again."

Donald Richie


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Posted in: Osaka's great EV taxi experiment does a slow burnout See in context

"In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the promise of electricity as a clean, safe and non-polluting source of power vanished"

In the summer of 2011 Tepco's car parks were crammed full of the Mitsubishi iMiEVs that they'd bought for their electricity meter maids to use. Not only would it have been extremely crass to be seen burning electricity while announcing possible blackouts across the city, but it would have taken a very brave TEPCO employee to drive an EV with ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE emblazoned down the sides when everyone was watching the weather, praying that the wind wouldn't blow from the north.

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Posted in: Bodies of two missing canoeists found in Chiba river See in context

Ossan, In the 1970s I used to go to canoe school in the UK. We used what you call kayaks. What you call canoes, we called Indian Canoes. At that time, for us, a kayak was a type of canoe, not distinct from such. A quick web search proves that this is no longer the case and that they have become distinct species, but I reckon Japan had a similar understanding of the word. Back on topic, how do you know that the sadly deceased were in kayaks? They could have been in (Indian) canoes, no?

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Posted in: G-7 seeks to defuse currency war fears over falling yen See in context

"US QE is there to stimulate domestic consumption of domestically produced goods, while a weaker dollar drives up the price of imports." Fixed that for you.

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Posted in: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs See in context

“I have never seen a period where computers demonstrated as many skills and abilities as they have over the past seven years.” Well, duh. The whole study and article is an absolute waste of research, time, effort, bytes and web space. But by making it the principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has ensured that he wouldn't be joining the ranks of the unemployed for a while.

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Posted in: Japan to launch spy satellite to monitor North Korea See in context

Will the United Nations Security Council condemned this launch as a disguised ballistic missile test? After all Japan does have a huge stockpile of fissile material, and the technology to turn it in to a bomb.

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Posted in: Japan confirms seven deaths in Algeria hostage crisis See in context

"Japanese police, meanwhile, have started an investigation into the hostage crisis, said National Public Safety Commission chairman Keiji Furuya."

Uh oh. Following established procedure they'll arrest a dozen or so "Arab-looking-gaijin" on the streets of Shinjuku today. By this time next week, all will have confessed to the murders. Case closed.

Be careful out there.

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