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Posted in: 3 employees slashed in Tokyo bar See in context

The owner of the bar I used to frequent said she just shouted at them; in the face of her fury they fled.

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Posted in: Japan's Communist Party raps China in 1st platform change since 2004 See in context

Interesting to see things from this point of view, but the Chinese Communist Party will not enjoy the voice of 'truth'.

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Posted in: Three alleged neo-Nazis caught with machine gun ahead of Virginia gun rally: FBI See in context

Modified assault rifle? Were they going to fire it at Richmond State Capitol?

Three more members of this group have been arrested I see.

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Posted in: Do you think gold is a safe investment in times of geopolitical trouble, threats of war or other international crises? See in context

Somehow I feel it is better to hedge your bets. If you have extra wealth, put some of it into gold and some elsewhere. Then you can pick and choose what has highest value, and what to exchange, at any particular time.

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Posted in: 3 employees slashed in Tokyo bar See in context

Protection racket badly handled?

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas opens new hydrogen station ahead of Olympics See in context

@Do the hustle, there are private cars running on LPG here, not only taxis. There is a place in town here for example where they will do the conversion on anyone's engine for 300,000 JPY, and as you say it is cheaper in the long fun for a couple of reasons, although you do not quite get the same bang for your buck with LPG.

Back to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, though, I'd love to own a 2nd hand Mirai, or even a new one if my Takarakuji tickets would just start kicking in.

Note of surprise. These buses take 15 minutes to fill up, and they can only do 20 a day there? I see bottlenecks ahead at the Olympics.

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Posted in: EU under pressure to prepare for Libya peace force See in context

Stay out.

A military solution in Syria only 'worked' because Assad was willing to sacrifice his own people mercilessly in the process, a lesson he learned from his father.

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Posted in: U.S. to screen airline passengers from China for new illness See in context

kurisupisu, the virus is ethno-neutral and can travel happily (and free) on Japanese or any international airline out of China.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas opens new hydrogen station ahead of Olympics See in context

Opinions seem to be very split in the comments here, from encouraging to straight negative, and the article is probably not as clear as it could be, as nothisrealname says above.

I'm a hydrogen fan, even if there are hidden problems in the manufacturing process. This is not to say that I do not like EV, but EV too has hidden problems, so the world needs variety, i.e. not putting all our eggs in one basket.

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Posted in: High court orders Shikoku Electric to suspend Ikata nuclear reactor restart See in context

The decisions of these courts seem to swing backwards and forwards, but they must enjoy the power they have over otherwise almighty utility companies.

If you look at the map of Shikoku and Kyushu you can see why the plaintiffs might worry about volcanoes and earthquakes. Ikata sits on a long fault that runs under the sea and right through both islands and has the 25-km-wide caldera of active volcano Mt Aso 130 km (80 miles) to the west, one of the biggest volcanoes in the world.

Quote: "the Median Tectonic Line fault zone -- the largest-class fault zone in Japan which stretches from Shikoku to the Kinki regions -- is an extension of this line. Noting that the seismic activity in Kyushu could stimulate the Median Tectonic Line, some experts underscore the need to exercise caution."

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Posted in: 2 alleged ringleaders of Thailand-based phone scam arrested in Japan See in context

From laughing all the way to the bank, to crying all the way to the jail. Yeah... bring it on.

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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

If you can't beat them, join them. I gargle now most mornings to loosen the sticky film in my morning throat where the little aliens cling. I wear a mask where and when necessary, including on my visits to the disease magnet, er... national hospital. Any little barrier in a storm, either in or out.

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Posted in: Rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage See in context

Like the old proverb (also adapted ad for a certain salt company), i.e. "It never rains but it pours".

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Posted in: 25th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake observed See in context

We lived in Nada Ku, Kobe and had just sold the flat and moved 150 km away. My wife complained endlessly that we should not have sold the damn thing, which was irritating to say the least, as if she was somehow blaming me, but on the morning that we were woken up by that powerful jolt, and as we saw the emerging footage on TV, she suddenly said how glad she was that we had sold it.

Heard so many sad and horrific stories from people. Can’t believe it has been 25 years.

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Posted in: Three alleged neo-Nazis caught with machine gun ahead of Virginia gun rally: FBI See in context

The rally they were targeting was pushing against stiffer gun laws. Don't make no sense.

And although the scary title mentions possession of a machine gun, they are not being charged with that. The only charges look fairly flimsy, including the 'alien' label for the Canadian :

Quote: The three men are accused of interstate commerce of weapons, harboring illegal aliens, an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and aiding and abetting. The FBI also said in the court filing that the men had attempted to manufacture DMT...

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Posted in: Court defers ruling on fatal car accident after driver's remarks See in context

No-one deliberate crashes in situations like this. She thought she could make it, as she always turns right there and she knows the average speed of cars on that stretch. Her brain was probably in default mode. The other driver was likely going much faster than she expected, leading to her error of judgement. The fatal accident was further down the chain, where speed would still have been a factor.

With this niggling at the back of her mind, I can imagine she was somehow hoping that the judge might take this into consideration.

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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

Hah, 20,000 airheads, or should I say space heads?

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Posted in: Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China See in context

The fabled screening which we were assured would protect us all failed with this first patient. He says he took medication to reduce his temperature.

Thus he did not show up on the thermograph.

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

We had one here in the west of Japan many years ago, but drivers ignored the convention and pushed their way in, jamming everything solid. Eventually the authorities gave up and installed lights. Is it a cultural thing?

The outline of the circle is still there, with four flowerbeds. The crossroads still has the name 'Rotary' in it.

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Posted in: Iran makes arrests in plane shootdown; police crack down on protests See in context

They've arrested someone accused of filming the missile hit. (Buried in the article).

Quote: "A person who posted a video online last week of a missile striking the plane has been taken into custody by the elite Revolutionary Guards, the semi-official Fars news agency reported."

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Posted in: Spent MOX fuel removed at Ikata nuclear plant; 1st time in Japan See in context

The problem they had was reported on Saturday but the news did not make its way to this site.

It took their workers about 5 hours to get the fuel rod back in again. That worked, but they are scratching their heads as to why the weight sensor alarm did not go off when the rod was initially pulled up by mistake.

In Japanese, 12 January. The video does not seem to work for me, but the article is still there.


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Posted in: M5.0 quake jolts eastern Japan, including Tokyo See in context

No guarantees on what the earth wants to do.

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Posted in: Connected cars moving targets for hackers See in context

Look at that photo. What an exciting future we have designed and chosen for ourselves. Join the chain! Get taken for a ride.

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Posted in: Man beats fast food worker because one chicken nugget was missing from his combo meal See in context

Those processed nuggets are full of scary stuff. Must have gone to his head.

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Posted in: Volcano erupts on southwestern Japanese island See in context

Yesterday evening I spent some time watching the live feed and the smoke billowing sideways from the summit. A bit scary for the islanders. Reminded me a little of Stromboli.

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Posted in: New questions rise after Iran says it downed Ukrainian plane See in context

So many lovely people in Iran, a place full of history, beauty and heart. The problem lies with the mouth of the government, any government. Can the people, can the world trust what they say? The old saying that 'a man is as good as his word' applies to countries too. It is a long struggle for every country to gain a measure of respect and get people to pay attention. We fail, we fall, we have to get up again.

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

Used to go to the Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe as an exhibitor. Loved the event. Great for all the family. Not obvious from the photo above, but there were plenty of unusual things to see.

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Posted in: Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner See in context

Sad indeed. All blame aside, a very sad event for the poor crew and passengers and relatives involved.

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Posted in: At least 15 dead in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing See in context

A little background can be found on Arabnews.

Quote: "Daesh issued a statement on Friday night claiming responsibility for the attack, saying that it had targeted the Afghan Taliban. It was carried out by a suicide bomber, the group said, named Abu Jarrah Al-Balouchi. Two Afghan Taliban members confirmed that the mosque and an attached religious school belonged to Taliban chief justice Sheikh Abdul Hakeem, who is considered an influential leader in the organization’s hierarchy. The Taliban said that Hakeem’s brother was killed in the explosion and his son badly injured. “The brother of Sheikh sahib and four or five other people have embraced martyrdom. Maulvi Abdul Ali, son of Sheikh sahib, is critically injured,” a Taliban leader said in an audio message in the Pashto language that was sent to Taliban members, a copy of which was obtained by Arab News.

However, Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousaf said: “None of the Taliban leaders was present in the mosque. No meeting was taking place there. Any reports suggesting so are untrue.”

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Posted in: Will bootleg N Korean 'missile fuel' find its way to Japan? See in context

Sounds like free advertisement for the North's equivalent to what China and the South have been selling for years. You can even buy several varieties at Incheon, and the size of the crowds attests to their interest. I guess the North is looking for new sources of income.

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