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Posted in: Kyotango: Singing sand and special silk in Kyoto See in context

kohakuebisu, yes, you are thinking of Ine' Cho 伊根町

For swimming at a beautiful beach, if you have a car, try Hei in the north west of Tango Hanto (Tango Peninsula)

https://search.yahoo.co.jp/image/search?p=%E5%B9%B3%E6%B5%B7%E6%B0%B4%E6%B5%B4%E5%A0%B4&ei=UTF-8&aq=-1&oq=%E5%B9%B3%E6%B5%B7%E6%B0%B4%E6%B5%B4%E5%A0%B4&ai=.igNN77DTBCVHaqO.H8uBA&ts=21861&fr=top_ga1_sa#mode%3Dsearch

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Posted in: Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border See in context

Could not Trump foot much of the bill by using unpaid back taxes?

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Posted in: Wild boar bites off woman's finger See in context

Since speed is of the essence, in a land where guns are probably not permitted in residential areas, every town with a boar problem should have a telephone number on telephone poles showing where to call for a vet with an anaesthetic dart gun.

While waiting, I guess local folk will rush forward to corner the boar with netting, poles, knives, tasers, ie whatever comes to hand. Villagers probably used spears in times past.

I was assured here by one hunter that a boar killed with a bullet tastes bad because of the adrenaline released into the bloodstream. With a lovingly-placed blade, however, this does not happen, he said.

There, answered my own question above, "how do you stop a boar that attacks humans?" (Better than just giving a minus point, I reckon!)

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Posted in: 'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators See in context

Turkey has been extracting exquisite pleasure by their 'wait for it', and drip feed of explosive recordings to all and sundry. They are really enjoying twisting the knife into the US who refuse to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen who they would really like to murder in turn. As a golden bonus each time they seriously embarrass Saudi Arabia with whom they vie for power in the region. From the inescapably superb quality and clarity of the recordings taken inside the Saudi embassy, it would be hard not to imagine the hand of Russian special services behind Turkey in this. Everything feels as though going to the Russian plan, or is that simply too good to be true?

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo's Yamanote line to be named Takanawa Gateway See in context

Part of their thinking was that this was on the old 'Kaido' to and from Edo, so it was sort of the gateway to the old city. I guess that was why they rescued 'Gateway' even though only 36 people chose 'Takanawa Gateway'.

Last night I caught part of a talk show where guests were suggesting how it might be shortened by Tokyoites, to 'Taka-Gei', 'Taka-wei', 'Nawa-gei', etc.

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Posted in: Wild boar bites off woman's finger See in context

Watch this video of a boar attacking a man in the street in Fukuoka last month. How do you stop a boar that attacks humans?

https://breaking-news.jp/2018/11/06/045023

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Posted in: Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks See in context

Trump has cut some US 850 million in aid to Pakistan this year. Now he is asking them for help? Is this some kind of game?

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Posted in: Former marathon runner gets suspended sentence for shoplifting See in context

cla68, as my J wife would say to me, "Stop being logical! Grrrrrr......"

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Posted in: Sharp shifted some production to China before nearly 3,000 foreign job cuts See in context

They make facial recognition hardware? Not sure that I like it very much. My phone keeps recognizing me and lighting up when I am trying to slip it into my pocket. Back to old thumbprint technology please!

Seriously though, what can workers treated like this realistically do?

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Posted in: Spurs fan arrested after banana skin thrown onto Arsenal pitch See in context

Agreed. Why one banana skin has to be picked up by the media and then obliterate all the good stuff between two top teams of talented players of different ethnic backgrounds beats me. One idiot, hire someone to do the job, get his mugshots and throw him out.

As I say, I watched the whole match, and enjoyed most of it.

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Posted in: Kyotango: Singing sand and special silk in Kyoto See in context

BackpackingNepal, sadly the place I liked best, (my secret spot) was too good for parking and BBQs. By halfway through August the place had been overrun and smelled of rubbish and rotten mayonnaise. Be a little bit careful in the waters of the Japan Sea as there are some surprising creatures living there.

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Posted in: 2 shots fired at house in Toyama See in context

Agree with Slickdrifter above. It's like the Black Spot in Treaure Island. "You are marked, we know where you live, and we move outside the law. Beware."

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Posted in: Sharp shifted some production to China before nearly 3,000 foreign job cuts See in context

It's a collective shame and a scandal for Japan, and the system has built-in corners where those responsible can feign innocence, point at others, and hide at every step.

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

browny1, 'massive' compared to the statement in the article that it was a small cage *INSIDE the house, (and therefore in most commentators' minds above), in fact compared to that perhaps twenty or thirty times as large. Most people in Tokyo do not even have a garden as large as that, and most zoos here have smaller cages.

Agreed that a bear needs to be in the wild, and that 'massive' enclosure is a tiny compared to the hills and woods where it would naturally roam, but that is not what I was talking about.

*Until the article gets updated. Compare the article: "The 15-year-old Asian black bear was owned by a 70-year-old man who kept the animal in a cage in his house," with the linked photo by Bintaro above. Thank you.

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Posted in: NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor See in context

Hmmm.... good question! 9/10

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Posted in: 'What we're eating is killing us' - global nutrition report See in context

Nuts

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Posted in: Kyotango: Singing sand and special silk in Kyoto See in context

Spent many happy weekends in the beautiful scenery around there when I was younger and freer. The sands are white, the sea is translucent blue and the vegetation is a lush green.

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Posted in: 'Sodane' (that's it) selected as top buzzword of 2018 See in context

Apparently it is standard Japanese in Hokkaido dialect and the north of Japan. Since they were discussing their next move in the curling competition, picked up so clearly on the speaker, it was a phrase of agreement, like, yes, yes, that's a good idea, mmm... yeah that's right, ok, let's do that, yes, OK, right....

But it was also something about the lilting northern tone to it, a sort of musical agreement, that somehow brought the players, and their audience, and the whole of Japan, and the gold medal together.

It was this light touch that seems to have tickled the nation's fancy.

I can hear some of you going "Nanda!"

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

From my primary school days. (On the nature of bears.)

Algy met a bear.

The bear was bulgy.

The bulge was Algy.

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Posted in: Pet black bear kills caretaker See in context

Quote: "The 15-year-old Asian black bear was owned by a 70-year-old man who kept the animal in a cage in his house."

Bintaro's video (thanks) shows a massive structure in the garden, not a small cage inside the house.

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Posted in: Former President George H W Bush returns to capital to lie in state See in context

Strangely moving article.

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Posted in: Spurs fan arrested after banana skin thrown onto Arsenal pitch See in context

Watching the match last night and two thirds of it was superb.

There was some ugliness with the crowd, and indeed between the players, but it was not clear to me what it was about, and no banana peel was shown. The 'smoke canisters' mentioned above could have been a couple of those phosphorus flares that you find in Japanese car footwells, but I remember wondering how people in the vicinity could breathe that stuff.

Anyway this London Derby was a riveting match between these two north London clubs. Just a pity that so many Spurs fans lost hope and started walking home well before the end of the match.

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Posted in: Fearful of bias, Google blocks gender-based pronouns from new AI tool See in context

Most European languages have male and female nouns and some even have neuters. Not quite so easy to make gender completely transparent there, or is this just for people and not for objects?

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Posted in: Man pleads not guilty over death of husband, wife in road rage accident See in context

This guy was on TV today, yawning repeatedly and laughing during the reconstruction of the accident. A reporter sent a note to the prison asking him for an interview, and he demanded 300,000 JPY in return.

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Posted in: Argentina coach Ledesma pushes back against scrum rule change See in context

Stopped watching Rugby many years ago for this very reason, even though I played it when young. Repeatedly collapsing scrums, whatever the reason, are not fun to watch, and the human body is not designed to withstand the forces inside there.

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Posted in: Honda sparkles as Victory light up A-League See in context

Super scary Honda sending fear into the hearts of his opponents, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Posted in: French, German leaders take Putin to task over Ukraine See in context

Not the first military confrontation since 2014, as fighting has been continuing along the land borders on and off, and the Russians are said to be massing tanks there right now, but it is the first naval confrontation. 

It was reported back in August 2018 that the Russians were imposing a semi-blockade in the Kerch Strait to heavily slow down legitimate international shipping to and from Mariupol. Tensions have been bubbling and boiling since then, and there have even been mutterings about blowing up Russia's new bridge connecting to Crimea. Since the Russians have taken the Crimea, they are saying that this changes all previous international treaties and thus the Azov Sea is now theirs, to do with as they please.

From Kiev's point of view, the seas off Crimea are still theirs, despite Russia's de facto new rule, and despite Russia wanting to establish that the Kerch Strait is now completely Russian waters.

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Posted in: Relatives of victims mark 6th anniversary of Sasago tunnel disaster See in context

Following this tragedy, highways authorities throughout Japan removed these flat hanging concrete ceiling panels, and most tunnels reverted to their actual rounded or oval shape once again.

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Posted in: Hostess club manager arrested for running prostitution racket See in context

Zack, there are degrees of service offered, priced accordingly, but in theory girls are not supposed to go all the way with customers.

The law will be tighter or more relaxed depending on where you are in Japan.

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Posted in: Kazuo Ishiguro says he wants to visit Nagasaki in letter to residents See in context

Just jump on a plane and go! They'll be pleased to see you.

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