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Posted in: Panel proposes mass evacuation of coastal areas if mega quake hits See in context

Overseas cities prone to tsunami sometimes have markers within the city indicating potential wave run up heights. If you have a clear line of sight to the ocean you can judge for yourself but having markers around coastal cities would be very useful. I've only ever seen such markers in Japan near swimming beaches or small towns.

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Posted in: GE's push to fix power turbine problem goes global See in context

@ bearandrodent

You'll find that Marubeni are deeply invested with GE turbines, and even despite this news they are continuing to fumble ahead with GE, preferring these defective turbines over proven ones from other manufacturers. Senior management perhaps think that if they choose other manufacturers they are admitting they made a mistake choosing GE. I'm not sure the exact reliability but the HAs are particularly problematic.

I see that Trump is forcing GE turbines on the Iraqis too now (Siemens had an order cut by half due to a threat to reduce rebuilding lending if they didn't buy from GE).

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Posted in: Transport ministry calls 25 airlines to meeting on pilots drinking See in context

41 incidents in 5 years is simply mind-boggling, but in fairness I'm sure it's not only pilots here. Also Singapore Air had an incident in September which resulted in complete cancellation of at least 2 flights.

Would it really be so difficult to have a central location in each airport (eg at the crew line at security or immigration area) where each crew member passing through gets breathalized? It literally takes seconds per person.

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Posted in: SoftBank mobile services disrupted ahead of IPO See in context

Will visit them tomorrow to ask for partial refund for this month. Much sucking of teeth and "eee-tooo"s expected.

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Posted in: Nissan hit by new inspection scandal See in context

Nissan is already under pressure following the arrest of its chairman

"Nissan is already under pressure after throwing its Chairman under a bus to avoid a merger with Renault"

Fixed it for you ;)

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

Given the weird Japanese rule about people not being "dead" until a registered doctor declares them so I really hope that isn't the case with the 2nd person found. 10 hours is a long time in the Pacific Ocean without a life-raft, especially in December.

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Posted in: Drunk vice principal loses job after urinating in girls bathing area on field trip See in context

“Since I was completely drunk, I have no memory of the event. I had absolutely no intention of peeking at the girls.

How would he know the 2nd part if he really had no memory of "the event"? Please tell me Japanese judges have the awareness to ask him such questions for the record.

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Posted in: Kelly denies underreporting Ghosn's salary See in context

It really says it all that Nissan have already permanently replaced him. A normal company would suspend the accused, provide all their evidence to the authorities, & wait for an official charge or confirmation of the guilt before doing so (actually, almost what Renault have done). As others have commented, that other officials "turned a blind eye for a few years" means they are in fact guilty as well. Why are they not also behind bars?

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Posted in: IOC head Bach visits Fukushima with Abe See in context

Definition of irony: IOC calling for a "clean" Olympics

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Posted in: Prosecutors weigh bringing charges against Nissan over Ghosn case See in context

So he basically brought Nissan back from the brink of ruin (which no Japanese CEO seemed able to do) but is now claimed to have been so absurdly stupid as to under-declare his salary, which he knows the company is obligated to report directly to the tax office? There is more to this story than meets the eye. I also seriously doubt he does his own tax, no doubt it is prepared by the company itself, as is done for all regular employees in Japan.

Seeing as the police have now decided to "detain" him another 10 days without officially charging him, he clearly hasn't admitted anything to them. Interesting that this may backfire on Nissan both with charges, and given that Renault are not going to do anything without strong hard evidence.

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Posted in: Japanese, S Korean trawlers collide in Sea of Japan; 13 rescued See in context

Toshihiro: I have no details of course but I wonder if this is part of the answer

The collision occurred northeast of an island known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan,

Possibly each boat thought the other was "trespassing" or something. Certainly looking at the weather it looks clear enough & you'd think fishing boats so far out would have radar or a transponder.

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Posted in: 340,000 foreigners may flow into Japan in 5 years under new visa system See in context

Abe said at the lower house plenary session that the exact figures are "being examined now" but the estimate will serve as a ceiling for the number of foreign workers to be accepted under the new system unless there is a major change in the economic situation.

I lol'd. Chance of a "major change" you reckon huh...

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Posted in: ANA apologizes for flight delays due to pilot's drinking See in context

I fly ANA almost every month for work and although the airline is good enough and generally on time, it is hardly my favourite (for quite a few reasons).

I was on a Singapore Airlines flight a couple of months ago which was cancelled due to a drunk pilot. With the lives of so many people in their hands, and given that commercial pilots only fly one or two flights a day would it be so difficult to arrange a quick breath-test before they fly? It only takes a few seconds to blow into the machine and it seems that drinking pilots is more of a problem than people would like to think. Thank goodness this one called in sick!

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Posted in: Williams to earn 50th cap, Perenara in at scrumhalf for All Blacks See in context

If they get that many I'm sure most of the middle stand seats will have been given for free to school kids, handed out by rugby unions, etc. I seriously can't see that many people forking out 20k+ per ticket - especially at that stadium where the closest seat is still 20m or more from the pitch.

The 7k I paid (for seats behind the dead ball line no less) was a big enough rip off considering that stadium...I have a friend who paid equivalent of 10k JPY for halfway line seats at NZ vs Sth Africa a month ago and much closer seats to the pitch to boot

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Posted in: Robot station security guard unveiled to media ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

I'd like to see this security wine bottle try & maneuver its way through Shinjuku Station (or any other major station). It might be able to avoid stationary obstacles but how about the added factor of 10,000 moving humans?

It will either bump into someone (causing outrage, deep bows, and it gets canned) or it will end up remaining stationary for large parts of the day (useless).

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Posted in: Trump reluctant to abandon Riyadh over missing journalist, wants evidence See in context

Trump would probably believe even such an excuse as "he accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach while shaving" as long as there was a dollar in it for him...

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Posted in: 88-year-old woman in coma after being hit by cyclist See in context

To be honest, I really dislike those lights. The design is horrible as they don't shine down but directly in the face of oncoming traffic. Blinding!

It's because a lot of (mostly middle-aged) cyclists here point their lights up instead of down to the road where they are supposed to be pointed. I am reeeaaally sick of being blinded by such extremely bright LED bike lights. It's quite difficult to bite my tongue sometimes and not give them a serve.

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Posted in: ANA’s Paris branch manager assaults passenger after consuming 6 glasses of wine See in context

having to resign from a management job at ANA after 30 years is a pretty big punishment.

For an assault which caused a cervical sprain? Do you know the force required to cause such an injury?

He deserves jail, not simply being "forced" to resign.

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Posted in: Mai Fujimoto brings crypto to the masses See in context

Bitcoin Jesus lmao...he supports BCash and has been a pariah in the Bitcoin community for some time now. Please do some research before posting copy/paste articles.

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Posted in: Real estate redevelopment in an aging society See in context

During the same time, the number of daily users of Ginza Station has increased by 7,400.

Unsure of the total daily users of Ginza Station but 7,400 would probably fall within the margin of error for a regular survey. Even assuming this is a mechanical ticket count, 7,400 still seems like a pathetically small increase and given that tourist numbers have multiplied several times over during the same period you'd think if Ginza 6 had any impact at all it would have increased much much more. Strange statistic to quote.

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Posted in: All Blacks show ominous strength in depth one year from World Cup See in context

Another back, Karl Tu'inukuafe, was perhaps New Zealand's best player on the night, further underlining their strength in depth.

He is, in fact, a prop...not a back. He's called "Big Karl" for a reason.

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Posted in: U.S. to cut $25 mil in aid to hospitals serving Palestinians See in context

@Texas: Yes it's quite clear that the USA, which provides billions to Israel each year and is now stripping even humanitarian aid to hospitals on the Palestinian side, is not an independent arbitrator.

When a person (or a country) who is not truly independent tries to force the party they do not support to take a bad deal, that is called bullying. In this case, it is bullying of the very worst kind. If the USA wish to be honest about the Palestine situation, let them come out and openly admit they are for Israel and against all Palestinians, including the moderates and innocents.

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Posted in: Aso says initial budget requests for fiscal 2019 likely to reach record high ¥102 tril See in context

Don't worry, Premium Friday will save us all !!


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Posted in: China's $100 mil rugby competition plans stalled See in context

Please don't write an article about rugby union using the word "league" because rugby league is a completely different sport.

Why rugby never grew in Japan is because the professional teams are all owned by companies. To truly grow a sport you need grassroots level support and local teams flowing into semi-pro or fully professional provincial teams. Sponsorship is fine but personally I couldn't care less about any sports team which is owned and run by a company rather than a club/union.

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Posted in: Abe vows further efforts to attract 40 mil foreign visitors by 2020 See in context

It's easy to think more is better when whenever Abe visits anywhere he gets a police escort on the highway & crowds at his destinations are strictly controlled. 40m is waaay to many given the current infrastructure. Unless large numbers of people start coming in through Nagoya and other 2nd tier airports I doubt they can even bring in such a number let alone give them an acceptable experience.

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Posted in: Yamato admits intentionally overcharging for moving services See in context

Rather than a pay cut at the top, which is rather meaningless seeing as executives receive large salaries, I would prefer to see the direct managers responsible all fired en masse, together with anyone above them who did or should have known of the discrepancies. Seriously, what is it with Japanese companies and this kind of fraudulent activity? It seems to happen every week.

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Posted in: U.S. accuses China of 'super aggressive' spy campaign on LinkedIn See in context

Reckless: I've had a few like that (although usually from "western" accounts), claiming to be from subcontractor agents and asking things totally unrelated to me scope of work as published on Linkedin. I would say that more than half the unsolicited requests I get there are from Chinese manufacturing companies...could be legit but some of the accounts have very strange histories etc. and my company is probably fairly attractive for industrial espionage type activities.

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Posted in: JRFU still hoping big crowd will watch All Blacks, Wallabies in Yokohama See in context

oops, it's 20k in fact!

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Posted in: JRFU still hoping big crowd will watch All Blacks, Wallabies in Yokohama See in context

The ticket prices are crazy considering it's now a dead rubber and the stadium is so large. I would love to go but it's a big ask to pay 17,000 yen for the privilege of sitting ahead of the try lines rather than behind them.

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Posted in: Drones offer high-tech help to Japan's aging farmers See in context

kurisupisu, you forgot that the govt will hand out massive subsidies to farmers, the way they buy them lots of other equipment already. Gotta keep those food prices artificially high!

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