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Posted in: Number of voice actresses in Japan hits record high, but is that a good thing? See in context

It seems to me that a lot of the overdubs for major movies are done by the same actors.

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Posted in: Japanese salted plum industry in dire straits, according to umeboshi company’s tweet See in context

Sounds like a great item for export! Japan could do really well with this. Umeshu, Black Umeshu, and umeboshi. I heard onegiri are starting to become popular in some places.

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Posted in: Billions still exposed to toxic trans fat: WHO See in context

Since this is Japan, where does Japan sit in adoption of banning these? Food labels could be improved here as well. Many just list Fat.

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Posted in: Electric car batteries could be key to boosting energy storage: study See in context

Another interesting solution is DC housing. No conversion necessary.

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Posted in: Electric car batteries could be key to boosting energy storage: study See in context

Tesla is experimenting with the Virtual Power Plant (VPP). It seems successful already just using Power Walls. I’m hoping they add V2G capability soon!

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Posted in: Netflix soars to 230 mil subscribers; co-founder steps down See in context

Seriously, all the cancelled shows that I have invested in. No brand loyalty to Netflix.

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Posted in: Japan to allow unlicensed electric scooter riding from July See in context

I was cycling on 246 in Tokyo, heading for Odawara. A policeman stopped me and told me to ride on the sidewalk!

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Posted in: In an increasingly partisan media environment, do you believe journalists have lower ethical standards than in the days before social media? See in context

Not sure how far left the left has drifted. Bernie is a centrist. Politics in the US has shifted quite far to the right. I couldn’t vote for Hilary even though we got Trump.

Neo Liberal policies, Big L Libertarian think tanks, and Neo Cons. And, Obama and Hillary. Biden’s the same.

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Posted in: U.S. warship sails through sensitive Taiwan Strait; China angered See in context

They can actually pass within the 12 nautical mile limit. It’s called innocent passage. China has done this off the coast of Alaska. No big deal.

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Posted in: Airlines slam 'ineffective' COVID tests for China travelers See in context

I’d rather NOT catch Covid on a flight.

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Posted in: China's COVID policymaking under scrutiny as infections soar See in context

This is crazy. Should we lock down all travel too and from China? Start with the 10 day quarantine for everyone returning from China. And, how is Hong Kong any different?

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Posted in: Japan's 'Little Trains that Could' battle for survival See in context

I think the Linear Motor train can get going if they decide to make a station in Shizuoka. Also. For shorter runs, it’s cheaper than flying. And, faster. I, for one don’t enjoy the airport at all

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Posted in: Japan's 'Little Trains that Could' battle for survival See in context

It’s possible.

With some leadership. Like building destinations along train lines. Revitalizing shotengai around the stations. But, short sighted planning has led to this.

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Posted in: Kremlin says Biden, Zelenskyy ignoring Russia's concerns See in context

There is no way forward, and no way out. Vladimir Putin will have to go before we see any change from the Russians. By the time this is through, the Donbas will be reduced to rubble. Perhaps the Crimea too.

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Posted in: Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them See in context

grow more acute

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Posted in: Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them See in context

I think that general purpose AI coupled with general purpose humanoid robots would have unlimited applications. I don’t think Sony has the AI chops. How about this - health care. Seems to be a shortage of qualified nurses that will only grow more accrue as the Japanese population is rapidly aging.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa picks K-pop star TOP, DJ Steve Aoki to join SpaceX moon trip See in context

Also, space is worthwhile. A lot of tech spin-off. I don’t think poverty is a matter of money as much as a political problem. So, it’s not necessarily a zero sum game.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa picks K-pop star TOP, DJ Steve Aoki to join SpaceX moon trip See in context

Artemis just did a pretty good mission around the moon. I think this is technically feasible if SpaceX gets the green light for expanding the flight test envelope. They’ve had some pushback getting flight authorization in TX. They need to get orbital, get their orbital refueling depot operational and, of course manned flight authorized. They have the NASA contracts for the moon lander, so a lot of this development will is already roadmapped. Was hoping that after the Artemis has flown the US regulatory agencies would lighten up a bit. Let’s see if they can get it off the ground 2023.

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Posted in: What's your opinion of what Elon Musk has done so far with Twitter since buying it? See in context

Elon is doing a great job. Cleaned house and cut dead wood. Starting to hire again. Making intelligent decisions on adding new services. Please bring back Vine!

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Posted in: Taylor Swift hits out at 'excruciating' Ticketmaster tour chaos See in context

If Taylor Swift wants to do something about excessive demand, maybe she should take up residency at various locations in the world. Perhaps a two weeks stand or a one month stand? Or, a more lengthy stay if warranted. Then move on to the next venue. It would probably be easier on her and the crew than criss crossing the world in the same amount of time.

Addressing the way in which tickets are sold would also help. No one has any love for Ticketmaster.

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Japan Today, please fix your website.

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Posted in: Trial of English-speaking test for Tokyo high schools face opposition from some parents See in context

Seems like the Philippines manages to turn out English speakers that are good enough to work as ALTs in Japan. Maybe the Japanese should just copy their methods?

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Posted in: Musk gives ultimatum to Twitter staff: Work intense, long hours or lose your job See in context

Twitter has a higher than average compensation plan according to Glassdoor. Something like $70,000 - $432,000. He will continue stock options similar to SpaceX.

A lot of tech companies have been laying off. Twitter planned a rif even before Musk bought it.

But, firing Rahul Ligma and Daniel Johnson was a mistake. Glad they are back.

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Posted in: Why are "Christian-style" weddings so popular in Japan? See in context

Born Shinto, Marry Christian, Die Buddhist.

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Posted in: Halloween revelers fill Shibuya with security tight after Seoul disaster See in context

Why don't they just close off the intersection to traffic? Forest for the trees.

Totally agree.

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Posted in: Halloween revelers fill Shibuya with security tight after Seoul disaster See in context

On the news it’s all doom and gloom when it comes to Halloween in Japan. Where is the celebratory spirit? We heard nothing of the clubs in Shibuya. I really think the media missed out on a bunch of feel good stories. I hope this changes.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya on high alert for return of Halloween crowds See in context

Yoyogi koen could handle a rather large event. Food vendors, concerts, dancing. Weren’t they going to run a major even there during the Olympics?

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya on high alert for return of Halloween crowds See in context

Shibuya should actually run an official Halloween event. Maybe a street concert. Fun for everyone. With proper event security. Surely, Japan has some experience running outdoor events? 40,000 doesn’t seem excessively large. The Stones played a free concert to 1.5 million people in 2006 in Rio.

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Posted in: Musk says SpaceX cannot fund Ukraine's Starlink internet indefinitely See in context

Musk the billionaire can more than afford to pay it himself. $240 million for one year. Tax write-off.

Musk’s assets are not liquid, being tied up in his stocks. But, if he personally assumed the expenses and wanted to restate his personal tax returns for the past few years? I’m thinking this is possible. He just paid the highest ever amount of taxes from any individual in history. He would be due a refund proportional to taxes paid. Seems possible. Near in mind he only pays taxes when there is a taxable event. Although, you can carry forward losses to some extent. I’m not an accountant. It’s just my lay understanding.

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Posted in: Moderna asks Japan's health ministry to approve BA.5-tailored vaccine See in context

Got our Updates in August. Totally going to miss the bivalent omicron 1 booster. Got Moderna because it seemed a little better with Omicron 1&2.

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Posted in: Japan's big mobile carriers say roaming needed during network outages See in context

Works fine in the US. As long as the phones are capable of working on the other networks. Just charge a higher per minute fee as “Roaming Charges.” We were cycling near the border of Gunma and Nagano last weekend. We had no service. But, I heard that Docomo had service. I really wanted that roaming service to make hotel reservations.

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