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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors to launch Minicab EV electric commercial vehicle in Japan in December See in context

I really want an electric kei van. I live in Takamatsu. 200km to Hiroshima. 200km to Ōsaka. 250km to Tottori. I’m gonna need at least 300km range. And faster charging too. Oh well.

Come on Japan! And, let’s get some charging too!

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Posted in: French man says sister missing in Japan since 2018 a victim of crime See in context

Sorry for your loss. Can a bear attack be ruled out?

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Posted in: Police investigate report of someone spreading white powder on street in Hyogo See in context

There is an international running group called the Hash House Harriers. Thhey are active in many countries around the world. They have been active in Japan at least since I was stationed here in the ‘80s.

A person designated as the hare, will mark the route using flour. The rest follow this course. Shouting, “On on.”

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Posted in: U.S. transition to electric vehicles faces delays See in context

Who knows? Maybe the legacy manufacturers are correct. Maybe they can slow their roll and still survive by timing the market correctly.

OTOH, we are starting to enter the more vertical phase of BEV adoption and I fear that they may be left behind if they don’t have their supply chain sorted and product in the pipeline. Tesla is hardly slowing down. And, will build out Mexico and maybe announce another GF location. They are continuing to ramp Germany and Texas. They will hit 1.8 BEV vehicles this year. Hyundai/Kia is aggressive. And, the Chinese are coming.

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Posted in: Use of AI-based robots on the rise in Japanese agriculture See in context

I’d like to see supermarkets grow local produce on their roofs. That would be so cool.

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Posted in: ‘The Marvels’ melts down at box office See in context

Too much over saturation. Non compelling stories. Generic characters. I can’t even make it through some of these on streaming. They just don’t grab me. And, I grew up on comic books in the ‘60s. I used to go to the movies every week until Covid.

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Posted in: Can EKGs read by AI save lives? It's possible, researchers say See in context

Hopefully all EKGs will connect with the AI analysis automatically at some not too distant time in the future.

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Posted in: Elon Musk issues warning about 'humanoid robots' in AI 'age of abundance' See in context

The neo-liberals won’t let any dividends trickle down. Get serious.

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Posted in: Actor Robert De Niro's ex-top assistant cites his courtroom outburst as example of his abusive side See in context

She makes a pretty good salary.

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Posted in: Booking a hotel room? Beware of differences between Japanese and foreign sites See in context

The hotel has a rack rate. This is the highest rate they want to sell and that’s what you get as a walk in. I’ve been advised by desk staff to book online and I have actually done that in the hotel lobby before I save. The BAR is the best available rate. Perhaps online booking sites will have these rates.

One thing to watch out for is dark patterns used by these booking sites. Apple product users get offered a higher price for example. Only 1 room left. Bumping the price the second time you view.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant starts 3rd release of treated radioactive wastewater into sea See in context

Blue = potable water

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant starts 3rd release of treated radioactive wastewater into sea See in context

Why are the pipes blue? I thought that was not for potable water.

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Posted in: Are EVs (electric vehicles) good for the environment? See in context

Riding a bicycle, I would much prefer all traffic to be electric so I don’t get gassed. Looking off into the distance and seeing the brown smear of pollution, yeah I won’t miss that.

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Posted in: Go-kart ride See in context

This does look fun if dangerous. A little expensive. ¥17,500 for a couple hours. These are using 2-stroke engines, which are pretty dirty. Would be better if electric.

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Posted in: Bedbugs? Damn -- Japan's got 'em too See in context

My exterminator friend told me he kills them with heat. Turn on the furnace. Radiant heaters. Hair dryers. He said it’s hard to get it hot enough to get them all. Retreatments are common.

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Posted in: Japan's inflation slows to 2.8% in Sept as energy impact lessens See in context

Prices seem much higher and with shrinkflation as well. Feels closer to 30%.

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Posted in: Gov't to offer shopping points to promote contactless delivery See in context

Delivery has to be one of the worst jobs.

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Posted in: Gov't to offer shopping points to promote contactless delivery See in context

even being living with foreigners neighbors as I am, never had a problem,

Are foreigners more likely to steal packages?

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Posted in: Gov't to offer shopping points to promote contactless delivery See in context

leav in front of your door and let the thieves take it away. No thanks

Amazon is already doing this in my building.

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Posted in: Mayor of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward again asks Halloween partygoers to stay away See in context

Shibuya should close the streets and have a matsuri. With the city running things, safety can be planned for. Sanitation and ports-potties.

Also, they could have some bands. Halloween costume contests. Street food. It would be an awesome event. Tourists would love it.

Another option would be Yoyogi park.

The point being that there are a options besides just trying to shut it down.

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Posted in: 4 people attacked by bear in Akita Prefecture; two others in Toyama, Kanazawa See in context

Plant more oaks is a good idea.

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Posted in: Nozomi shinkansen bullet train abolishes low-priced unreserved tickets during peak travel seasons See in context

Taking the Shinkansen without reservations from Shin-Osaka to Shinagawa, the platform was totally full of people. We estimated a 3 hour wait to board a train and decided to take the Kadama with no wait to board. It was quite a bit slower. But, was quicker without the crowding.

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Posted in: Tokyo scraps gender quota for public high school admissions from 2024 See in context

Will this force more boys into private High Schools?

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Posted in: Kishida tells fisheries minister to apologize for calling Fukushima wastewater 'contaminated' See in context

Why are they using blue pipes?

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Posted in: Hacker group attacks Japan nuclear websites over Fukushima water release plan See in context

Weirdly, I wonder why they can’t just let it evaporate?

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Posted in: Critics of Tokyo redevelopment plan accuse city government of ignoring residents' wishes See in context

Of course. Start with the cutting down of trees next Friday. Protesters are too late.

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Posted in: Does passive smoking on streets bother you? See in context

At least the smoking section isn’t the next table with an ashtray anymore…

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Posted in: No more needles? A daily pill may work as well as Wegovy shots to treat obesity See in context

How about eating less and exercising more

Semaglutide causes your stomach to empty more slowly. This physically reducing the ability to eat with becoming very uncomfortable. It also makes a lot of food unappetizing. You don’t get as hungry. And, eat smaller portions.

That said, you will still need to exercise by at least walking, yoga or something.

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Posted in: Toyota announces battery electric vehicle initiatives See in context

From another user's post on Electrek:

"Headlines I found from recent years:

2014: "Toyota to Offer High Performance Solid-State Batteries in 2020"

2017: "Toyota’s new solid-state battery could make its way to cars by 2020"

2020: "Toyota's Quick-Charging Solid-State Battery Coming in 2025"

2023: "Toyota to roll out solid-state-battery EVs as soon as 2027"

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