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Posted in: Junior high school students arrested over suspected cocaine use in Gifu Prefecture See in context

@stewart gale. South America?

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Posted in: Fan outcry over K-pop star's date highlights 'harsh' industry rules See in context

Just about the only beneficial use I could see for AI as a "human replacement" in the arts and entertainment would be to replace these already artificial and bogus idol personas.

Anyway dudes, you should get a real imperfect girlfriend and enjoy starting a natural family or Korea's population will drop to zero.

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Posted in: Kobayashi Pharmaceutical factory inspected over dietary supplement deaths, illnesses See in context

@lunatic - "A Review of Red Yeast Rice, a Traditional Fermented Food in Japan and East Asia: Its Characteristic Ingredients and Application in the Maintenance and Improvement of Health in Lipid Metabolism and the Circulatory System" -- ncbi nlm nih gov / pmc / articles / PMC8001704

Traditional it may be but (from the abstract)

In recent years, large-scale commercial production of red yeast rice using traditional solid-state fermentation has become possible, and various useful materials, including a variety of monascus pigments (polyketides) that spread as natural pigments, in addition to statins, are produced in the fermentation process.

in my opinion, "large scale commercial production" of supplement products opens up a whole can of germs and their byproducts.

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Posted in: School vice principal arrested for allegedly groping woman on train See in context


The video states a man sitting across from them said () he witnessed it. ( I assume to the police).

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Posted in: Ohtani says he never bet on sports; claims interpreter Mizuhara stole money, told lies See in context

Ohtani is tainted by his association with Mizuhara alone. If that's all it is, then Ohtani will recover his reputation after a few months away from him. If his performance drops, however .... . I am really hoping it doesn't.

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Posted in: Ohtani says he never bet on sports; claims interpreter Mizuhara stole money, told lies See in context

Would a bookmaker extend millions of dollars of credit to someone?

Yes. Once they know they've got a sucker they will keep on extending credit, as long as they keep getting partial payments. Because there is little risk to the bookie - the odds are on their side. Even if the borrower makes a big win, they will immediately double down and bet it all.

It's not like normal lending where the lender first hands over hard cash.

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Posted in: Japan has no 'defensive line' against yen's fall, says finance chief See in context

@Spitfire - Even Japan's once much-vaunted technological ability has become old hat.

Japan has already opened a new hosted TSMC plant, while the US is still just jawing and politicking about doing so.

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Posted in: 5 dead, 114 hospitalized from recalled Japanese health supplements See in context

Monascus purpureus (beni koji) has been used for over a thousand years in oriental fermented foods, including red kōji-kin, red yeast rice or ank-kak, rice wine, kaoliang brandy, and as the coloring agent for Peking duck.

There are a number of related molds that look similar but aren't healthy. An inevitable consequence with insufficient quality control.

I wonder if the manufacturing was outsourced abroad. First thing would be to come clean about what went wrong.

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Posted in: U.S. Justice Department sues Apple, alleging it illegally monopolized smartphone market See in context

Wrong end of the stick. Apple, with expert lobbyists, has avoided the Trump initiated import taxes imposed on other Chinese manufactured products - right from the start because Tim kept up a good relationship with Trump. Apple have also been moving more and more of their design work over to China - as reported by the NYT:

As Mr. Guthrie was delivering his warnings, Apple set about keeping the Chinese government happy. Part of that effort was new research and development centers in China. But those R&D centers complicated Apple’s image as a California company. At a summit for its new Chinese engineers and designers, Apple showed a video that ended with a phrase that Apple had been inscribing on the backs of iPhones for years: “Designed by Apple in California.”

The Chinese employees were angered, according to Mr. Guthrie and another person in the room. If the products were designed in California, they shouted, then what were they doing in China?

“The statement was deeply offensive to them,” said Mr. Guthrie, who left Apple in 2019 to return to his home in Michigan. “They were just furious.”

The next iPhone didn’t include the phrase.

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Posted in: Conditions inside Fukushima's melted nuclear reactors still unclear 13 years after disaster struck See in context

I've seen designs called "passively safe" that sit on top of a huge pit of lead, which in a case like Fukushima, would have quenched the reaction as soon as it melted downward - saving trillions of yen.

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Posted in: Ceremony held to mark 79th anniversary of U.S. firebombings of Tokyo See in context

It should be possible to honor the commemoration without requiring a replay verdict on events of 80 years ago.

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Posted in: Trump calls Oscars ceremony 'disjointed, boring and very unfair' See in context

Only 1/4 of us age 55+ are interested in oscars.

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Posted in: Palace releases altered image of UK's Princess Catherine See in context

Could have been the royal photograph polish-upper just doing their job. Thanks AP, someone's newly unemployed and now royal photograph polish-uppers everywhere are living in fear.

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Posted in: Biden and Trump rack up wins on Super Tuesday See in context

I prefer Biden. However I think a ranked choice popular vote presidential election system would better serve US democracy. Fat chance.

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Posted in: Gonoi attends White House ceremony for women of courage award See in context

Nana korobi yao oki : kocked down seven times, got back up eight times. A model of Japanese resilience.

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Posted in: Theater company Takarazuka admits harassment of deceased actress See in context

The reason bullying survives is because a small enough minority is selected to be victims. Therefore quoting numbers to prove that a vast majority are not badly affected by bullying does prove anything, let alone that bullying isn't happening, or is justifiable.

If Takarazuka has an official process for dropping people who were at first accepted but turns out don't make the cut talent wise, that is one thing. But that's not this thing.

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Posted in: U.S. airman dies after setting himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington See in context

It has to be remembered that the damage from the Hamas attack was not a result of insufficient resources and inherent Isreali material weakness - it was due to hubris and ignoring multiple intelligence warnings, including some from Isreali women soldiers (some later raped-killed or kidnapped) womanning observation posts on the border who made explicit detailed reports about Hamas training for what appeared to be a border breakthrough.

The responsibility for that defensive failure rests squarely with Netanyahu and his ideology, which prioritizes permanent conflict and land grabbing in the West Bank over stability and economic development. Just like Hammas, Netanyahu is looking to conflict, death, and despair drive to their own side to depend on them, because neither have any good ideas on how to stay in power otherwise.

Security from annihilation is self defense and not a luxury. Revenge is a luxury, and it is expensive. The reason for declining support for Isreali actions in Gaza is linked to the extent that revenge is taking priority over self defense, while the cost is expected to be borne by the US and Israel's other allies - not only in terms of direct aid, but also general unrest and expanded conflict in the Middle East.

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Posted in: Japan OKs bill to make crucial economic security info classified See in context

Data related to cutting-edge technologies, critical infrastructure, or the prevention of cyberattacks is expected to be treated as important on economic security grounds, the government said.

"Data related to cutting-edge-technologies" - Surely that's already covered by existing laws, isn't it? Or perhaps it means retired engineers who are taking their working experience to a senior career chapter to China - I've read it is not uncommon. If that's what is meant, how about addressing it specifically, and maybe consider a little carrot with that stick?

"Critical infrastructure" - Sure, I could see that. I just hope the 小平市ふれあい下水道館 (Kodaira sewerage museum), a good place just to sit and think, doesn't become off limits - that would really stink.

"[info about] the prevention of cyberattacks" - A not infrequent reaction to being notified about terrible cybersecurity is to try to kill the messenger, which is ultimately scoring an own goal. In response to that, there are loosely established protocols in the US for finding security holes, reporting them, and and reacting to those reports. I'd like to here more from Kishida about an overall approach to improving cybersecurity than a pronouncement that sounds like a focus on prosecuting anybody looking into shabby security.

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Posted in: After fallout in China, Messi insists politics had nothing to do with missing game in Hong Kong See in context

Better to nurture chip development than nurture the chip on your shoulder.

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Posted in: Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to 'Rust' killing See in context

According to Baldwin, as delivered by his defense team:

"Baldwin asked Hutchins whether she wanted to see him cock the gun, as the script required. She responded yes. Baldwin tipped the gun down somewhat so that the lens of the camera would be able to focus on his hand's action on the top of the gun. While performing this action, Baldwin asked Hutchins, 'Am I holding it too far down?' and 'Do you see that?' Hutchins responded that she could see Baldwin's action from her angle. Baldwin then pulled back the hammer, but not far enough to actually cock the gun. When Baldwin let go of the hammer, the gun went off," the filing says.

According to attorneys for Hutchins' family

"Alec Baldwin once again is trying to avoid liability and accountability for his reckless actions before and on Oct 21st that resulted in the death of Halyna Hutchins"

The "Rust" production's insurance company will only pay so much. If Baldwin is convicted, that will be enough to make him liable to a civil suit. If not, a civil suit will be much harder to win.

Yes, US lawsuits and lawyers are nothing more than the OK Corral with dressed with a thin veneer of civilization, but it's still more civil than shooting it out ... leave that for the movies.

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Posted in: Charges dropped against group that allegedly broke into vending machine after Noto earthquake See in context

I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love. Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow white turtle doves.

I’d like to teach the world to sing (sing with me) in perfect harmony. I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company. That’s the real thing.

I’d like to teach the world to sing (what the world wants today) in perfect harmony. I’d like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company.

It’s the real thing. Coke is what the world wants today. Coca-Cola is the real thing. Coke is what the world wants today. Coca-Cola is the real thing.


The year was 1971 when this world shaking people binding fuzzy ball of love advertisement brought the world to knees in tears of joy and friendship. Don't feel embarrassed if you are crying now. Just send a crate to Noto.

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Posted in: Japan joins others in halting funds for U.N. Palestinian refugee agency See in context

theFu: Nearly 72% supported the Hamas attacks on Israel on Oct 7.

You are deluded if you believe it is even possible to perform a reliable poll in Gaza now. Who gets to be running a poll, a journalist reporting the news there, or any job interfacing with the external world is controlled completely by Hamas on pain of death.

Don't take my word for it -

Mosab Hassan Yousef (ater Joseph, also nicknamed "The Green Prince")[1] was born in Ramallah, a city 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) north of Jerusalem. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a Hamas co-founder who spent many years in Israeli prisons. .... Yousef said he saw the light after a stint in an Israeli jail during the mid-1990s. At Megiddo Prison, he witnessed Hamas inmates leading a brutal year-long campaign to weed out supposed Israeli collaborators. "During that time, Hamas tortured and killed hundreds of prisoners," he said, recalling vivid memories of needles being inserted under fingernails and bodies charred with burning plastics. Many, if not all, had nothing to do with Israeli intelligence. "I will never forget their screams," he continued. "I started asking myself a question. What if Hamas succeeded in destroying Israel and building a state. Will they destroy our people in this way?"

He converted to Christianity and lives in the US now.

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Posted in: Rift intensifies between Philippines president and Duterte family See in context

@Fighto - Both corrupt families who have enriched themselves off the public purse to the tune of $Billions.

I'm trying to think of country that isn't like that, but coming up dry.

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Posted in: Japan joins others in halting funds for U.N. Palestinian refugee agency See in context

As Hamas militants control everything that goes on in Gaza with an iron fist, they also control who is employed by UNRWA, and futhermore distribute those UN resources in a way to further cement their own power.

The problem is not cutting off the UNRWA, the problem is that Israel and the US have not stepped up with an alternative, with the means to allow refugees to leave the war zone and take refuge in Israel in refugee camps, where they would be safe, fed, and be able to receive medical care. Doing that would have been expensive - perhaps ~10 billion USD - and logistically challenging ~2 million people for a year or two, but a bargain in the long run.

That refugee strategy, combined with initially taking control of the Philadelphi corridor (the border with Egypt) right away, would have cut off the weapon supply lines of Hamas right away, allowing Israel to rely a siege strategy. Instead Netanyahu pursued a half baked "I wish" plot to drive the Gaza population south into Egypt, all the while knowing, but not caring, such an outcome would likely turn Egypt into a Hezbollah like state, ensuring future headaches, expense, and many, many Israeli lives.

But such a refugee camp plan would also be meaningless in the long run unless Israel stops it's West Bank border creep policy. There is no way to way to cut off the flow of arms to the West Bank. Continually pulling out the rug from under Mahmoud Abbas is no different from inviting Hamas to take over the West Bank.

The sad truth is that Netanyahu and Hamas both thrive off each other. Both want to live in state of war promising victory - but only able to deliver permanent suffering.

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Posted in: U.S. investigators recover key part from Alaska Airlines 737 MAX jet See in context

The WSJ said that, according to Boeing, only planes with "less seats" had the emergency door removed and replaced with an extra row of seats. More business/marketing/political logic and less engineering and quality control from the once great. May 5, 2022 - "Boeing Co. said Thursday it will move its headquarters from Chicago to the Washington, D.C., area, where company executives would be closer to key federal government officials." Maybe the one only known as "Bob" can help.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after showing up at Saitama police station with dead baby See in context

Working in the adult industry as a woman is often like belonging to a brainwashing cult that relies on tactics like lots of humiliation of blame, with intermittent doses of fake praise and love .... and sex.

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Posted in: Japan protests reported South Korean drill at disputed islets See in context

deanzaZZRToday 08:26 am JST

For all of the China hater, look at a map! It's clearly Korean!

You talking about Ieodo, I presume.

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Posted in: Territorial disputes with Japan over, says Russian foreign minister See in context

43 kilometers across the sea from a rival for who would rather waste tens of thousands of their own soldiers lives than make good economic use of their very smart scientists and engineers, there aren't a lot of options where Japan can come out ahead on the issue of those islands. Japan is already ahead in sensibility.

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Posted in: Navy officer jailed in Japan over deadly car crash transferred to U.S. custody See in context

That man has had some good luck to follow his bad luck. I don't mean he shouldn't carry some responsibility, he should. But it is strange to compare this with todays JT news "Building management firm ordered to pay damages over death of student killed in landslide", damages of about 7000 US dollars to a family for the loss of their daughter.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant worker exposed to radiation See in context


Just to be clear, I'm talking about about the workers at Fukushima, not other plants where accidents have not occurred. Because that it the subject of this article.

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