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Posted in: Verstappen blames 'irresponsible' Leclerc for collision See in context

Just had a quick look at it. This is the third time these guys have come together this year, so my immediate reaction would be, racing incident. What you say about position, pressure and cold tyres though may well be spot on, Para Sitius. Rookie mistake, perhaps, as too not coming into the pits with his front wing dragging. The stewards certainly would not enjoy burning their fingers on a red hot Ferrari!

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Posted in: U.S. could pull bulk of troops from Syria in matter of days: officials See in context

Trump will not be 'bringing these boys home', but redeploying to Saudi Arabia, I would guess. Two birdy-shaped fluffy things with one stone.

The Russians might even get to test out their weaponry (their own naturally and the US stuff which is in SDF & Kurdish hands) in a proxy fight against Turkish stuff. Win-win.

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Posted in: Verstappen blames 'irresponsible' Leclerc for collision See in context

Motor Racing

Not having seen the incident I cannot comment on that, but the gloves-off rivalry between these two young stars is exciting. Their clashes this year have already changed the interpretations of the rules, and the inner dynamics of F1.

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Posted in: Bottas wins Japanese GP; Mercedes clinch record constructors' title See in context

Sorry that other commitments this weekend meant that I missed almost everything. I used to go regularly to Suzuka to watch these. Managed to see the last five minutes of the race on an app and it looked to have been a nail-biting race.

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll rises to 40 as search-and-rescue operations continue See in context

Not sure if they are counting the lost crew of the ship that sank in Tokyo Bay during Typhoon #19, but sadly the figures are still gradually rising and likely to top 50 dead and 200 injured.

Japan's river levees are built using known rainfall figures, such as 300 mm max of rain in 24 hours, etc. On TV some are suggesting that if the climate is changing, then new levees may need to be built to withstand super typhoons.

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Posted in: NY Times: Violent parody video shown at Trump resort See in context

Do I want to see this video? No.

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Posted in: Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation See in context

I belong to a Japanese national group here which has one 'foreigner' in it, i.e. me. When someone high up complained that they had accepted someone non-Japanese, they were told, "we trust this person". The rugby story above makes me happy too.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Re: Abbey, "when is it over?"

When the 'healthy' lady sings.

Scotland played majestically against Russia, and I thought, yes, that is my image of Scottish rugby, but perhaps that kind of rugby is out-of-date now?

Yesterday was bone-crunchingly brutal. Scotland almost performed a miracle in the second half, but Japan seemed to have just enough resolve to see it through. How close it was, though, with every second seeming to take an eternity.

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Posted in: N Korea demands Japan pay compensation for sinking fishing boat See in context

This is DPRK's way of saying thank you for rescuing all 60 members of their fishing mother ship? Perhaps Japan will not be so generous next time around. I remember when they caught the 'fishermen' who stole all that equipment from a Japanese island recently, and that time too they sent the crew back home, after treating one of them in hospital. But maybe ordinary lives are cheap in DPRK, and equipment is more valuable.

We must feel sorry for the numerous crews venturing with illegal nets into far-off waters because DPRK has already sold the rights to their own fishing grounds to the Chinese.

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Posted in: Japan-Scotland Rugby World Cup game to go ahead See in context

quercetum: "East?" It must mean Hawaii.

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Posted in: Suzuka on typhoon lockdown as F1 bosses hope Japan GP can go ahead See in context

This has been done before at Suzuka. A nightmare, but not impossible.

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Posted in: Japan considering release of video showing N Korean fishing boat collision See in context

It was reported that the J ship was damaged on the port side, but the only shots we have seen are unblemished views of the bow and starboard side. Can we see pics of the port damage area, please?

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Posted in: Japan considering release of video showing N Korean fishing boat collision See in context

If 60 people on the North Korean ship were not fishing, what on earth were they doing? Surely not a cruise ship.

Why did it sink so quickly? Did the captain have orders to open the seacocks and scuttle her?

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Posted in: Toyota unveils revamped hydrogen sedan to take on Tesla See in context

160 hydrogen stations may not seem like much, but there is probably one near you. I've checked out mine!

http://fccj.jp/hystation/#list

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Posted in: 'Sesame Street' tackles addiction crisis See in context

Easy to be cynical, but if it helps a kid, why not?

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

When things go really bad, the media often later gets blamed for not having given sincere or proper warnings, cracaphat.

If things do not pan out so bad, then people take less notice next time around, so the media has to crank up the hype to keep themselves covered. "We warned you!"

I guess we roll with it, and get quietly prepared for any eventuality.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

Just talking about area covered, this typhoon is at least double the size of Typhoon 15 which badly damaged Chiba recently. See comparative maps.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20191008-00011101-weather-soci.view-001

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Posted in: Why does U.S. President Donald Trump keep mispronouncing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's name as "Abi?" On Monday, he mistakenly wished Prime Minister "Abi" a happy birthday, when in fact Monday was Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday. Abe's birthday is Sept 21. See in context

No-one around him knows or cares. Close enough, they are thinking. ‘Abi’ is surely better than nothing, etc. Maybe PM Abe takes it as his nickname(?).

And Abbey is a word in English.

(Kobe “Koby beef” is another difficult one for those who know no Japanese.)

If he wanted to learn it, he could play with the sound of Abé Maria to lock it in.

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Posted in: Iran says oil tanker struck by 2 missiles off Saudi Arabia See in context

So where is the truth if everyone denies everything? Was this company trying to hide something?

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2019/10/11/Iranian-tanker-explodes-near-Saudi-Arabia-s-port-city-of-Jeddah.html

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Posted in: 'It won't happen again' insist Ferrari's feuding drivers ahead of Japan GP See in context

The press is making a mountain out of a molehill. Both Leclerc and Vettel are still pretty cool about things. We will see if they get in each other's way again, despite the hopeful promises.

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Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

This house is not made of modern materials, thank goodness. Mostly constructed of wood, it has a heavy tiled roof. We like it.

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Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

After dead stillness all day the wind is starting to pick up now, restlessly tossing and twisting the bamboos and trees in that familiar old typhoon-approaches feeling.

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Posted in: Iran says oil tanker struck by 2 missiles off Saudi Arabia See in context

Iran are denying it was hit by missiles, saying that the fire is out and they have contained the spill.

They have apparently turned the tanker's transponder back on now after two months' of silence.

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Posted in: Iran says oil tanker struck by 2 missiles off Saudi Arabia See in context

What, so Extinction Rebellion planned this?

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Posted in: Toyota unveils revamped hydrogen sedan to take on Tesla See in context

Yes please. The estate version if possible.

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Posted in: Iran says oil tanker struck by 2 missiles off Saudi Arabia See in context

Can they not do this without spilling oil, or blood?

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Posted in: Japanese F1 qualifying pushed back to Sunday; race to go ahead as planned See in context

Well, I was planning to say if F1 can do this, why not the rugby World Cup? Granted it is the same venue, but they do have other motor races scheduled for the fans over this weekend which must have taken some mighty tight jiggling.

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Posted in: 'It won't happen again' insist Ferrari's feuding drivers ahead of Japan GP See in context

They have probably done some frantic rescheduling with all the other weekend races there.

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Posted in: When disaster strikes in the 'cashless' era, there's no substitute for old-fashioned money See in context

Great article describing reality in today's world.

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Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

The calm before the storm...

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