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Posted in: Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection See in context

And,of course, the most ironic thing is that this happened during an inspection. What were the inspectors inspecting? The decor? The weather? The lunch menu? Surely not the cooling system !!!

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Posted in: Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection See in context

Temporary? Nearly an hour? How long before the whole thing blows? And how come, in super hi-tech Japan, alarm bells did not automatically sound instantly?

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Posted in: Prince Akishino turns 51 See in context

I too had that problem in Japan, that my knees never seemed to fit under tables.

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Posted in: Prince Akishino turns 51 See in context

That's amazing! It's just what my family does every day- sit around a table in jackets and shoes, marvelling at a tray of marbles. So cute!

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Posted in: Carrie Fisher reveals 'Star Wars' affair with Harrison Ford See in context

@Outrider, ask Mark Zuckerberg!

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Posted in: Royal visitor See in context

That soldier on the left... Ooh, you are awful; but I like you!

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Posted in: Obama disputes Trump on rigged election, tells him to 'stop whining' See in context

I wouldn't bet on Trump not winning. After all, Leicester won the Premier League!

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Posted in: What do you think of Bob Dylan's continued lack of response to being awarded the Nobel literature prize on Oct 13? See in context

Go on then, sangetsu; the suspense is killing me. Who's your uncle- Woody Guthrie? If I'm right do I get a prize? (I'll have the Nobel if Bob don't want it; worth a few "bob" on ebay, I'll bet!)

And, apropos nothing, my wife and daughter went to see the Bieber last night and said he was brill !!!

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Posted in: What do you think of Bob Dylan's continued lack of response to being awarded the Nobel literature prize on Oct 13? See in context

Good on yer, Bob. Anyway, they shoulda given the Nobel prize to Wonder Woman!

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Posted in: Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board See in context

They should have "foreigners only" carriages, just next to the "women only" carriages; and now I think of it, why not "drunks only", "girls putting on make-up only", "nose-pickers only" and "sniffers only" carriages. Oh and, of course, "people who like to complain about too many foreigners only" carriages. It's gonna be a bloody long train...

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Posted in: Halloween choco-pumpkin fries See in context

"And how are you today, Mr. Creosote?"

"Better..."

"Ah, good"

"Better fetch a bucket, I'm gonna throw up."

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

Here in the UK it is illegal not to stop at a zebra crossing if there is someone on the crossing; and most drivers here are able to anticipate when a pedestrian is about to cross and stop anyway. As far as I know, it is not illegal not to stop in Japan. And the anticipatory skills necessary to observe/rationalize/decide/act when someone is about to cross at a crossing are sadly lacking in Japan.

And as @Mike L observed above -

Driving in Japan explodes the myth that Japanese are more polite or courteous than other nationalities

Japanese people are only polite when they have to be polite. When you are in your car you are cocooned from the real world and normal behaviour, hence the huge amount of untypical, unfriendly, selfish, offensive, aggressive behaviour from drivers everywhere.

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Posted in: Anybody for a beer? See in context

I usually drink canned chuhai. But if you twist my arm, yes, I'm up for it for a switch. Bottoms up!

Anyone know where you can buy chuhai in England? I love the stuff. I used to decant the stuff from its can to a Pet bottle so I could drink it on the train on the way home from work without looking like a complete alky. Which I guess I must be, to do that.

And btw, if you're stuck in the UK, you can get three 660ml bottles of Asahi at T*sco for a fiver right now!

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Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean See in context

Took me nearly 20 years to realize that you are supposed to take the tops off "pet" bottles before you put them in the pet bottle garbage bins. Oops!

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Posted in: New film shows Beatlemania strain on Fab Four See in context

When I'm 64, I'm going to rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear, as an act of homage to the fab four. I shall scrimp and save. Hope to bump into Vera, Chuck and Dave.

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Posted in: New film shows Beatlemania strain on Fab Four See in context

I'm a 62 year-old Englishman. I recently visited the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time, during Beatleweek, and just burst into tears, overwhelmed by the enormity of what these four working class lads have given to the soundtrack of my life.

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Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan See in context

When I lived in Japan and people called my daughter or son a "half", I politely pointed out that the correct term was "double". After the customary sharp intake of breath, a few "eeeeh?"s and a brief explanation that my kids enjoyed the best of two worlds - hence "double", (yawn)- the "eeeh"s turned to "aaah"s, as a light bulb spluttered to life in their brains; albeit briefly no doubt.

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Posted in: Clinton, Trump: He's a national security danger; no she is See in context

US Presidential elections? The Brexit vote? Democracy? Bah humbug. What the people need is to be controlled, by someone who knows best. Eg Putin? That bloke in the Phillipines? Trump? Is there life on Mars?

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Posted in: Clinton, Trump: He's a national security danger; no she is See in context

After reading all of this, I still can't work out whether she is a chronological habitual liar, or a habitual chronological liar. Can you please enlighten us, Mrs President?

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Posted in: Birthday boy See in context

They look so happy and relaxed.

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Posted in: Firestorm as Trump says gun-rights backers can stop Clinton See in context

He obviously doesn't want to be president. He entered this race for a bit of a megalomaniac laugh, and when it looks like he actually might win, he's thinking, heck, I'd better say so much outrageous nonsense that they'll kick me to the kerb before voting day. And by god, if the american people are still stupid enough to elect me after all my verbal diarrhoea, well, to hell with it, I'll go down in history as, well, what? Lucifer? Words fail me...

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Posted in: Banned from working, asylum seekers are building Japan's roads See in context

@Yochim san There are more refugees in "Team Refugee" at the Olympics than there are in Japan!

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Posted in: Frau Krumm See in context

Japanese bread is the best in the world, I was reliably informed by all my students (most of whom had never been abroad) when I lived there a while back. Oiishiiii !!

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Posted in: Hiroshima unhappy atomic bomb park is Pokemon Go site See in context

Anything that gets kids out and about in traffic-free open spaces, doing something motivating and physically active, with their friends and family, has to be good, surely. And to do that in places like Hiroshima Peace Park is an added bonus: to learn about history and culture, to learn to respect for those who suffered, and to learn manners and consideration for other visitors who wish to find peace there. All good, ne?

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Posted in: Mass killing raises questions about security in Japan See in context

As the almost daily atrocities in Germany, France, USA, Japan etc show, it doesn't take much for a lone-wolf psycho, affiliated with Daesh or not, to think of a way to massacre innocent people, be it with a knife, gun, machete, bomb, lorry... God only knows what will be next. The only thing for certain is that we won't have to wait long for the next one.

Lock your doors and watch your back.

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Posted in: Shock as peaceful Japanese town wakes to knife rampage See in context

@Stickman. Did you read the article? Where does it say he tied up a member of staff? And I still fail to understand how dozens of people could be stabbed without any of them screaming (even though they were sleeping) and alerting staff (the ones not tied up, that is) who could have called the keystones.

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Posted in: Shock as peaceful Japanese town wakes to knife rampage See in context

How did he have time to stab all these people and then drive to a police station to hand himself in, before the police even arrived on the scene?

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Posted in: Holiday trip See in context

Yubaru, a purse is something you put in a handbag. It's used for carrying cash, credit cards etc. Not all English speakers use American English, you know.

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Posted in: Going my way? See in context

Got to be the most boring picture ever.

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Posted in: Tarpaulin mishap delays Japan's first military satellite by two years See in context

2 years? A tarpaulin? Is it April 1st?

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