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Posted in: Hayao Miyazaki’s 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind' to become live-action kabuki play See in context

Bewilderingly convoluted story, one wonders how on earth they will be able to get even a twentieth of that onto the stage!

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Posted in: One of Khashoggi killers said 'I know how to cut' on audio, Erdogan says See in context

Turkey has stretched this out until it looks as if they are flogging a dead horse. Even though this cold-blooded murder is blatantly wrong and unforgivable, the world has somehow lost interest and moved on.

Oh, and "I know how to cut" can mean different things depending on the context and stress.

Example one:

Agent A: "What the hell are you doing? Give that thing to me!"

Agent B: "Get your hands off it. I know how to cut."

Example two:

Agent A "Bloody hell, look what we've done! We've gone and killed him! How will we dispose of the body? Anyone got any ideas?"

Agent B: "I know how to cut."

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Posted in: Ruling bloc endorses tax breaks on cars, homes; fiscal reform in doubt See in context

The smaller the engine the bigger the tax break, on a sliding scale, but not for those already owning such a car, my wife says.

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Posted in: Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police See in context

Well, the truth will lie within these two sentences somewhere.

Quote: "Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him. He turned to fire on them and they shot and killed him, Castaner told reporters."

The guy must have know he would be forcing their hand. Maybe he even thought that Allah would be pleased to see him. And therein lies the tragedy.

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Posted in: Officer on duty was watching porn on smartphone when prisoner escaped from police station See in context

jumin, he was using his smart phone.

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Posted in: Officer on duty was watching porn on smartphone when prisoner escaped from police station See in context

True, Speed, or 追 (Oi) 'Chasing' to remember all the wasted time this year searching for escaped criminals.

(Would not want to mention Keystone, though.)

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Posted in: LA mural seen as symbolizing Japan's wartime army to be removed See in context

Whether you like this artist's work or not, it has to be said that there is zero connection with Korea or Japan.

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Posted in: LA mural seen as symbolizing Japan's wartime army to be removed See in context

Why now?

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Posted in: Five foreigners arrested in Bali drug sweep See in context

Why? It’s party time in Bali for many, so the demand is high.

You keep making good money, you keep bringing it in.

Until you get caught.

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Posted in: Foreign couple detained after newspaper set on fire at Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Why on earth would he sincerely apologize, Jonathan?

He came from Hong Kong with the intent to do wave his flag and protest the day before the 81st anniversary of the Nanjing massacre, he is an active member of a protest group re the Senkakus, and he admits to the charges. Can a leopard change his spots? Even if in the unlikely chance he did apologize in order to be freed, there is no way it would be sincere. This guy took a calculated risk, and he will take whatever comes.

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Posted in: What is rape? Despite #MeToo, few really know See in context

If the guy feels any regret the next morning, what it is?

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Posted in: Panel proposes mass evacuation of coastal areas if mega quake hits See in context

Magnus, you are correct. The latest update on this was explained on TV last night, with helpful maps. The area affected by a Nankai Trough mega-earthquake would be the coast of Honshu, from about Shizuoka to Wakayama/Osaka, the south coast of Shikoku and the east coast of Kyushu. Here is a steel structure erected recently in Shizuoka.

In the past such a mega-quake has happened first in about half of the total area, followed about a week later by the other half. This is the main warning that the government is looking at issuing.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 12 wounded in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting See in context

Quote: "The attack revived memories of a new millennium terror plot targeting Strasbourg's Christmas market. Ten suspected Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison in December 2004 for their role in a plot to blow up the market on the New Year's Eve ushering in 2000. The Algerian and French-Algerian suspects — including an alleged associate of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden — went on trial in October on charges they were involved in the foiled plot for the attack.They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to nine years."

Nice short, cushy sentences. Not enough to put others off, I reckon, including this latest disaffected criminal tosspot.

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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

From what I have heard the majority of the in-coming F35s will be the land-based A version. Goes without saying, though.

The F35B carrier version is not designed for long-range stealth bombing; that sounds pretty defensive to me, for a land of islands. The J Diet resolution yesterday specified that the carrier version F35Bs would not be permanently deployed on the Izumo, only when/as necessary.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist in Thailand lured by travel freebies into smuggling meth See in context

So who was waiting at the other end in China?

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Posted in: Vast, zombie-like microbial life lurks beneath seabed See in context

Agreed. But a bit scary, and "waking up" sounds like the beginning of a horror movie. Let's hope what wakes up is all benign!

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Posted in: Reaching for the universe See in context

Not to be confused with Miss World Japan, Kanako Date, descended from Date Masamune.

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Posted in: Is he that busy, or does he not want to meet with me? Listening to someone who has a different viewpoint from his own is what it takes to be a real leader, doesn't it? See in context

..."Isn't it?" or "Doesn't it?" She is assuming that they will disagree, before they have even met. I would not want to meet with someone like her, on any subject. I wonder what she wanted to tackle him about?

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Posted in: Takanawa Gateway, new JR Yamanote Line station name, fails to resonate with Tokyoites See in context

Nope, doesn’t resonate with anyone really. The name is fine, even though only 36 people voted for it, but like a piece of machinery running on rails, somehow boring.

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Posted in: PM Ardern apologizes to family of British tourist killed in New Zealand See in context

With a human Prime Minister too, it would seem.

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Posted in: 23 years sought for man over fatal road rage accident See in context

Quote: "The defense counsel has argued that the charge is not applicable to Ishibashi as he was not behind the wheel when the accident occurred and thus there is no causal link between his actions and the couple's death."

No causal link? Er, hello? Is anyone home?

He drove his car in front of the family's car, repeatedly braking until finally forcing them to stop on a blind curve in the overtaking lane of an expressway. If that is not dangerous driving, I do not know what is. His actions contributed directly to their death and it is a miracle that they were not all killed.

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Posted in: Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers See in context

Only three or four commentators have stressed the importance of communication with the nursing home residents around which the whole system revolves; they have to be worth at least 50% of the equation.

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Posted in: Chinese poster for 'Totoro’s' first theatrical release in country has a beautifully subtle secret See in context

No mention of why the mother is not with them though, which could account for some of the sadness mentioned. 'Theatrical' in the title made me think they were putting on a theatrical, er, stage play of Totoro.

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested for placing small rock on train tracks See in context

Boredom can cause kids to do crazy things.

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Posted in: Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers See in context

PS To joke along, but also to sing along, to get patients cooperative.

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Posted in: Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers See in context

Another problem is that you need flexibility in the Japanese you learn. You will need to have a basic fluency in Hyojungo standard Japanese for staff meetings, but then you will want to be able to understand the local dialect if you work outside of Tokyo.

When I was in hospital here I was surprised at the heavy dialect used by aged patients, especially males, who expected to be understood and waited on hand and foot as if by their wives. Often a single grunted sound, picked up miraculously by visiting family. Some of the Japanese nursing staff replied in kind, a sort of coded language, but I could hear others gently asking the patient to repeat.

How quickly will such overseas staff become professional in standard Japanese, yes, but also able to joke along in local lingo?

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Posted in: Paris under siege: Tear gas, fury on the Champs-Elysees See in context

Saw one protestor holding a placard with Frexit written on it.

One of the frustrations in Britain was the amount of bureaucracy and corruption and waste in Europe and the feeling of inability to do anything legally about it. It is possible that this kind of deeply suppressed impotent anger is also a factor driving these demonstrations.

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Posted in: Founder of Japanese supermarket chain arrested on charges of receiving prostitution revenue See in context

Why target this one? Other supermarkets in the area feeling the pinch where every last yen matters, wanting to remove the 'unfair' competition at last?

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