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Posted in: High school girl killed, likely after being dragged 5 km by car See in context

They are questioning the man on a voluntary basis.

Would be nice to know conditions for the police changing mode to questioning "on a voluntary basis".

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Posted in: Man arrested after fatally hitting mother, child with car in Tokyo See in context

Automatic transmission Jaguars of that era connect their gear stick to the transmission via a steel cable which if stretched too far or drawn too tight, will align the transmission with the adjacent position to the P-R-N-D letter on display. This is a difficult adjustment that needs to be monitored very carefully. If the cable had been tightened a tad too much and the tech selected N and revved the engine moderately the car would shoot backwards in the way that has been reported in this accident.

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Posted in: Is the Japan Rail Pass worth it? See in context

Recently used the kosoku bus from Kobe to Fukuoka for Y8,400, it was great! Three seats across the whole bus, everyone gets a curtained compartment. Needed to be in the waiting room off Kobe centagai by 1140 pm, arrived Hakata station before 8am. Two drivers, two 15 minute parking area/konbini stops on the way. Hakata arrival terminal has wide choice of breakfasts (I chose pancakes and coffee) and includes a nice onsen.

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Posted in: Part of SDF helicopter wreckage recovered from seabed See in context

Catastrophic damage, wreckage seemingly retrieved from one place points to intact collision with the surface at high speed.

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Posted in: Japan dismisses speculation of China link to SDF chopper accident See in context

Note a couple of days later two US Air Force F-16 fighter jets declared an emergency and landed at Miyako Shimojishima airfield.

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Posted in: Will you really catch a cold if you sleep under a Japanese kotatsu table? See in context

Wife has burn marks on the back of each leg from the kotatsu.

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Posted in: Letters of fallen WWII Japanese soldiers found in U.S. See in context

A pity the letters were not onforwarded immediately after the war. Even then, Japan's "koseki" system should have ensured they reached their destinations.

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Posted in: Four Seasons to launch fleet of luxury yachts See in context

The ultra-high incomes of such "discerning yacht guests" will basically reflect such things as excessive profits extracted from the rest of humanity and perhaps unfair or illegal exploitation of taxation systems. Couldn't these individuals be encouraged to find more constructive and humane ways to expend these funds rather than on themselves?

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Posted in: China heightens warning to U.S. over possible Pelosi visit to Taiwan: Financial Times See in context

As Speaker of the House of Respresentatives Pelosi is surely entitled to meet her equivalents across the ocean, even at a provincial level.

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Posted in: Sony ex-CEO Idei, who led brand's global growth, dies at 84 See in context

Sony was notorious for being siloed, with little cooperation between divisions.

Sony was origially all audio-visual hardware, until the late-1980s. As others gained in hardware it sensibly moved into to software and entertainment and under Idei this has become the mainstay.

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Posted in: Sony ex-CEO Idei, who led brand's global growth, dies at 84 See in context

With consumer hardware, Sony was originally very well placed to be what Apple became. But not enough imagination and creativity in the area of user interface and needs. Steve Jobs made the difference.

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Posted in: Japanese man, 83, becomes oldest to sail nonstop solo across Pacific See in context

He was arrested in the USA, not Japan. Japanese were regular travelers, and they were not prohibited from leaving Japan at any time in modern history.

From at least 8 December 1941 until 31 March 1964 ordinary Japanese living in Japan could not obtain passports for purposes such as tourism. Passports were usually designated for single-use, such as for leaving the country for emigration. When Horie sailed from Japan in May 1962 he therefore did not have a passport and his departure was illegal, as was his arrival in San Francisco.

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Posted in: Japan to start 4th vaccine shots for elderly, at-risk groups from May 25 See in context

So I suspect I have frequently been exposed to the virus but that the infection never went very far, because my immune system did what it is supposed to do...

Fine for you, but if you are a carrier without symptoms you may infect a person like myself with serious existing and potentially fatal conditions.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context


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Posted in: Who left the tap on? Teacher in hot water for pool bill See in context

you'd think that somebody would have mentioned it in a teachers meeting or something!

That would be confrontational and is avoided in Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Shaping underwear from Uniqlo better than a diet and only costs ¥990 See in context

Surprised at the use of the word "underwear" in the headline and text. Uniqlo strongly prefers the term "inner wear", which is used throughout its advertising.

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Posted in: Yuzu and pomegranate lamb chops: A recipe perfect for Easter and other special occasions See in context

But fish on Good Friday...

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Posted in: Drill to catch attacker See in context

In the US they would fire off a taser or even multiple gunshots aimed generally toward his upper torso.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges huge COVID relief package if he wins LDP leadership vote See in context

The money would be disbursed through private sector interests known to be supportive of the LDP.

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Posted in: What ticks off drivers in Japan? New survey reveals top 3 causes of road rage See in context

the number one cause which puts more quick tempered drivers (in Japan) into a blind fury is getting passed

Doubt if this is number one in other countries. Does not impact at all on one's driving, in the way the second and third causes do.

The reason this is number one in Japan has to do with the group mentality and the taboo of breaking the group consensus.

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Posted in: Suga asks Bach to ensure Olympics will be safe, particularly for Japanese public See in context

The point is simply a vote getter for Suga for the upcoming general election.

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Posted in: Japan should have scrapped domestic COVID vaccine trials: Kono See in context

A rough calculation - average 25 per people per day have died in Japan from Covid 19 since the start of 2020. The trials caused a delay of perhaps one month. Assuming ultimately 100% of the population is eventually vaccinated (unrealistic, I know), the delay caused perhaps 700 extra deaths...

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Posted in: China cautions G7 that 'small' groups don't rule the world See in context

What very "small group" - a single country in fact - tries to dictate to countries like the members of ASEAN, countries that have joined the Belt and Road initiative, to South Korea and even to Australia?

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Posted in: Record low number of pregnancies reported in Japan in 2020 See in context

I wonder about the definition of "pregnancies" when it suggests the official pregnancies number of 872,227 would lead to perhaps fewer than 800,000 live births. According to Wiki, in 2001, 341,588 legal abortions were carried out in Japan, a 2.5 percent increase from 1998 to 2001. However, in 2007 the figure had decreased to around 256,000.

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Posted in: Shinkansen driver leaves controls for toilet while train running at 150kph See in context

The articles mentions existing rules for dealing with the absence of a driver, presumably in cases of indisposition such as this.

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Posted in: Chinese envoy to Japan calls Quad grouping 100% outdated See in context

The ambassador, however, defended China's military buildup, saying it is necessary to address the increasingly severe security environment surrounding the country

Increasingly severe?? Admittedly the late 1940s and the 1950s there was a severe security environment surrounding China including in the Taiwan Straits. But the 1960s to the 2020s? The only thing that has become "increasingly severe" is the PRC's unstoppable buildup of offensive capabilities it does not require.

the Japan-U.S. alliance "must not undermine the interests of a third country."

Hmm. Indeed, some would say the relative strategic military superiority of the US and its allies in the Pacific has now diminished to the extent that the imbalance is now starting to threaten the interests of a number of parliamentary democracies, which typically have thriving economies.

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Posted in: A visit to Zenpukuji Temple in Azabu to see the oldest tree in Tokyo See in context

Nearby Zojoji is almost as famous - the first tree planted in Japan by a (former) American President - Ulysses S. Grant in 1879.

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Posted in: Yokozuna Kakuryu retires after missing fifth straight tourney See in context

Rules to promote to Yokozuna must be stricter. Kakuryu was not qualified.

He was qualified and he won six tournaments. Who out of all the current wrestlers (excluding Hakuho) looks like winning six tournaments?

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Posted in: Mori resigns over sexist remarks: Hashimoto being considered to replace him See in context

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had asked Mori if there was either a younger or a female candidate to succeed, but Mori recommended Kawabuchi

Hello, Mori, is there someone inside that head of yours?

Bet you Kawabuchi would have reliably looked after the spare money.

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Posted in: France could start trial of Chilean man over Japanese woman's murder in fall See in context

 'Autumn' would have cleared up any ambiguity.

It's now summer (January 23) where I'm writing from.

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