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Posted in: Regulator urges background checks on students, researchers working at reactors See in context

Too busy carrying out similar checks on the reactors themselves? Oh, no, I forgot, they skipped most of those too.

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Posted in: Three heroes honored for miracle intervention in a highway accident in Chiba See in context

Great heart-warming heroic story.

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Posted in: Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a redesign? See in context

Most tourist guide books have a page illustrating the coins in circulation.

The majority of foreign visitors come from Kanji background countries, ie Korea, Taiwan, China etc., so the 五円 coin is no problem for them.

People flying in from the west who have not done a stroke of homework might raise their eyebrows for a second or two over a 5-yen coin, but there is really no need to change anything for them.

*Add an Arabic numeral 5 if it's easy. 

One thing though, it might be worth telling visitors that Japan is still a cash-oriented society, where cards are accepted but not always so easily as in the west.

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Posted in: 'It's a girl!' - Tokyo zoo announces baby panda's sex See in context

BB Athough of the female sex bodily, it might grow up with gender issues, requiring a sex change.

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Posted in: Friend of former S Korean leader jailed for three years See in context

elephant200. She = Park? What part would you suggest that she had in it?

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Posted in: Investigators obtain data recorder in U.S. warship collision See in context

Anyway this has all the makings for a good conspiracy theory and cover-up. (Except that all they have to do is check the GoPro dashcam.)

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Posted in: 'It's a girl!' - Tokyo zoo announces baby panda's sex See in context

One thing is sure, it does not look like a boy.

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Posted in: Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia See in context

Good on him. I trust he will prove to be a good choice. (Interpersonal relations could be a test though.)

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Posted in: Lecture by Japanese psychiatrist Kayama canceled due to threats See in context

She went to the police apparently but they simply advised her to cancel the event. When asked directly why they were cancelling her speech, the welfare council continued to repeat 'for safety reasons'.

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Posted in: Friend of former S Korean leader jailed for three years See in context

Only three years! That means they must be leaving themselves an option of leniency with (former) President Park.

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Posted in: Investigators obtain data recorder in U.S. warship collision See in context

Stuart, take it as a badge of honour. Look on the bright side, you got 2 pluses too! There are (grumpy) people here who vote on other things, not just the central idea in a post.

I got voted down last week for saying that judging by the damage, the ships must have come together, containership portside to Aegis starboard, allowing for either a same-speed or overtaking collision scenario.

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Posted in: Investigators obtain data recorder in U.S. warship collision See in context

It happened early Saturday, so it has taken five days to get the log book off the container vessel?

People died in this collision, so faced with the possibility of legal action, some reluctance to comply immediately with an investigation is understandable from the standpoint of the two ships concerned. Cover your ass first.

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Posted in: Lecture by Japanese psychiatrist Kayama canceled due to threats See in context

Put banana skins on the floor in the main entranceway.

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Posted in: Couple arrested for setting up groper on train in Osaka See in context

Ah, all was revealed!

Haha, simples... see, all it takes a is a little detective work.

(Er, a little bizarre, the whole thing, surely.)

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Posted in: N. Korea calls Trump a 'psychopath' See in context

Ooooh.. this name-calling is getting nasty.

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Posted in: Teacher apologizes after making LGBT comment to scold student in class See in context

Dan: "the child who was offended should feel happy that there was another person in "their" group, not offended."

There wasn't anyone else.

Just the one kid who probably felt the teacher was obliquely alluding to him/her.

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Posted in: Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate' See in context

WilliB, I read that it was a seminal Sunni mosque, which is why IS chose to base itself there.

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Posted in: Emperor's daughter becomes supreme priestess at Ise Jingu shrine See in context

Atsuko Ikeda lives just down the road from here. She will be glad to have someone take over, I can guess.

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Posted in: Honda halts production at Sayama plant after cyberattacks See in context

Long shot, but I wonder if this is partly why Honda could not provide the upgrade for McLaren at the Canada Grand Prix?

Someone sent me an unofficial link to keep my old XP PC plugged into MS's upgrades, but shortly afterwards I discarded and bought into new systems anyway. US cash machines were said to be still running on XP, so behind the scenes MS could never abandon them.

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Posted in: Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate' See in context

Quote: "Baghdadi has left the fighting in Mosul to local commanders and is believed to be hiding in the border area between Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. and Iraqi military sources."

Surely the Russians killed him last week?

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Posted in: Kia tops new car quality survey for second straight year See in context

Oh, this is just in the USA... for a moment I was surprised, imagining it was in Japan.

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Posted in: Extreme heat grips northern hemisphere See in context

Would have been nice to get a respected scientist from each side to comment here.

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Posted in: Honda halts production at Sayama plant after cyberattacks See in context

Actually Microsoft does continue to support it, but not officially.

Future war scenarios used to describe such attacks on computer systems, but perhaps war has already started.

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Posted in: U.S. flies supersonic bombers over Korean Peninsula in show of force against North See in context

What does 'compound' imply in this sentence?

Quote: "Analysts say his death will likely ...compound efforts by South Korea's new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, to improve ties with the North."

Confound? Frustrate?

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Posted in: Carcass of decapitated cat found in Mitaka apartment parking lot See in context

Since no-one has commented, may I say that the death of a cat is a sad event for me.

My second emotion is anger, and a wish to stop or prevent the perpetrator from doing this again. Let us really hope the police have some luck in the hunt.

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Posted in: Teacher apologizes after making LGBT comment to scold student in class See in context

Maybe the kid is either L,G,B or T, but surely not (yet) a member of the LGBT 'community', or are people automatically a member even if they have not yet met another, and do not even realize there is such a varied community? Automatic membership?

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Posted in: M5.0 quake hits southwestern Japan; no tsunami danger See in context

Yes, there is a fault line running across Kyushu, connecting Ashikita, Kumamoto and Oita, going under the sea and running along through Shikoku. This was one of the concerns, whether the whole thing was shifting, and whether it would eventually cause the dreaded Nakai Trough shake that Laguna mentions with 350,000 projected fatalities.

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Posted in: Belgium investigates station bomber shot dead by troops See in context

No, kurispusu, it's just a fashion, like the clothes and the beard.

And 'Allah' (meaning 'the male deity')  is only one of the names that different languages and religions use to indicate an intelligent power that some people sense and others do not.

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