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Posted in: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland See in context

Maybe he is investing in snow and ice, before everyone runs out of it.

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Posted in: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland See in context

Well, China has claimed the dark side of the moon, and maybe Trump is now starting to give up on making North Korea his own exclusive market, so possibly not so far-fetched. Name your price, Denmark.

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Posted in: Tropical storm crosses southwest Japan; 1 dead, dozens injured See in context

The article does not say that the old man died, but I am guessing so. Poor guy.

So many leaking windows suggests the wind blew from some unusual directions.

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Posted in: Epstein autopsy report finds broken bones in neck: Washington Post See in context

Not possible. They told us he had specially weak sheets which would rip, i.e of no use for hanging.

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

Educator60, this too is true. Thanks for the new angle on it.

To weigh it down I have tied the garage uprights to the car inside, and also to surrounding trees... if the old car lifts away we’ll know how strong the winds are!

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

We lost some large roof tiles last summer, including one of those massive oni-gawara 鬼瓦. Although everyone in the valley was given evacuation orders, the 'collapsing' local dam held up, and the house is on relatively higher ground besides, so we were very lucky.

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Posted in: U.S. says it's consulting allies on Asian missile deployment See in context

OK, that’s the sales blurb. Got it. And we know how China regards these proposals.

Silence from the parties mentioned though, suggests a lack of enthusiasm, despite the glowing terms used by Andrea Thompson.

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Posted in: Study debunks Japanese belief in link between deep-sea fish, quakes See in context

We do hear of rise and fall in well water levels connected to tectonic stresses, and reports of fish and animals behaving strangely shortly before earthquake events.

Perhaps they could add these to their fact or fiction mythbusting list of future projects.

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

Thanks zichi. Very clear. Although rented property, the garage itself is something I put up many years ago. It definitely needs junking. Gives me kittens every typhoon season.

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

My old garage is made of rusted pipe and cracked and holed vinyl. Someone told me that if it gets lifted up in a strong gust and blown onto the highway I could be liable for any accidents caused. I have tied everything down, but I wonder how far such liability goes...

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Posted in: Tropical storm on course to hit western Japan See in context

Smith, I was simply answering Tommy63, who cares.

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Posted in: Man arrested over threat to kill woman after garbage dispute See in context

Be careful obeying the rules on trash folks! One thing sure to get people riled up.

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Posted in: Hunters, police search for bear spotted multiple times in Sapporo See in context

Expat:

“How do they know it's the same bear?”

Unusually, it is spotted.

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Posted in: Tropical storm on course to hit western Japan See in context

‘Swath’ is more American usage.

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Posted in: Man accused of killing woman and wounding another in Sydney See in context

Does this guy look ‘Caucasian’ as described in the article above?

https://news.sky.com/story/sydney-stabbing-woman-killed-after-knife-wielding-man-targets-bystanders-11784216

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Posted in: New Michael Moore-backed documentary tackles alternative energy See in context

In what way is biofuel better for the environment?

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Posted in: Tropical storm on course to hit western Japan See in context

This is in the same area which was seriously flooded last summer. Let us hope that people are ready and some newly-strengthened river banks will hold up to what is threatening.

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Posted in: U.S. attorney general cites 'irregularities' at jail where Epstein died See in context

In the absence of any facts, conspiracy theorists have been gifted freedom of the house.

(Hopefully only temporarily.)

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Posted in: U.S., Turkey begin work to create Syria buffer zone See in context

Looks very much like an exercise in futility, all parties having bitterly opposing agendas. And the deal to be done on Syrian land.

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Posted in: 1 cyclist killed, another injured by car going wrong way on national highway See in context

Not to excuse this driver in any way, but many cyclists chose not to use lights at night. Line of least resistance?

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Posted in: New Michael Moore-backed documentary tackles alternative energy See in context

Interesting and thought-provoking, and about time someone took a long hard look at this. Looking forward to seeing it, if they ever show it in Japan.

In the same way that most people eat meat but allow some distant organization to do the slaughtering for us, by driving an electric car we could be assuaging our own individual or family or business conscience, merely hiding the responsibility elsewhere though, actually doing almost nothing more for the planet.

Well, whichever way the truth really lies, it is important to go round the back of the rosy glow and dig out the real facts. Good on Mr Moore.

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Posted in: Should Japan send Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels to the Strait of Hormuz to escort tankers bringing oil to Japan? See in context

Not the first time a Japanese tanker has been attacked there. Quite sensible to place an escort in the area, although probably wise not to join the US's gang just yet.

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Posted in: Man indicted over umbrella assault that left victim without sight in one eye See in context

Unbelievably good news that they caught the guy, and that he admits his own umbrella could have caused the wound. Horrible incident. Hoping he gets some serious reflection time.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 6 injured in Shizuoka traffic pile-up; truck driver arrested See in context

Trucks rule the highways at night. Once I was hitch-hiking in western Japan and the truck driver told me that it is common for them to curl up and sleep inside the truck for three hours a night. Three hours is the maximum that they can allow themselves, but the minimum that the body can get by on.

Strong, tough truck drivers. Their biggest enemy on the roads? The powerful desire to sleep, he said.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant out of space for radioactive water See in context

Overcrowding? If your city is covered in small houses, land is at a premium and you are out of space, you clear them away and build high-rise apartment blocks.

Fukushima Daiichi is dotted with thousands of small tanks. If they need land space, why do they not build fewer but much larger tanks?

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Posted in: Japan's ivory registrations surged ahead of July rules change See in context

Having met many antiques dealers in Japan, my impression is that they are generally allergic to it, well aware of the problems surrounding ivory, or should I say, they know that records must be kept and there is no serious money to be made in dealing with it. Difficult to move on. That is not to say that there is not nefarious stuff going on behind the scenes, though. The legal situation is not as absolute as in the United States since Obama, obviously, perhaps being more on a par with Europe. I have been offered pieces surreptitiously, by dealers hoping that I might be Russian or something, probably wanting to clear their decks without taking too hard a hit.

To suggest that ivory sales are still totally lax and free would be quite wrong, despite the odd stall in the corner of some antiques market in Tokyo for example. The police would not come down publicly and heavily on some small shop as they have done in the States, but in general folks have got the message.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for leaking 3D map of Japan to China See in context

Death penalty in China for similar act.

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Posted in: 4 injured as patient with knife escapes from hospital in western Japan See in context

Tom, without sources we have to take your statement as a personal opinion.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 6 injured in Shizuoka traffic pile-up; truck driver arrested See in context

6:00 am means he, like thousands of others, had been driving all night. Many are fighting against an overpowering desire to sleep; it is common to see their trucks weaving left and right.

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Posted in: China orders Cathay Pacific to suspend staff backing Hong Kong protests See in context

China has already forced Qantas, Cathay etc. to declare Taiwan to be part of China, or lose their permission to operate into China, so this is part of a bigger pattern.

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