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Posted in: Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor gets up to 175 years as abuse victims applaud See in context

She has resigned yesterday.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences coldest day in 48 years See in context

Did a combini run at midnight(-5) and it felt warmish, temps feel the coldest just before/after sunrise.

Luckily no wind so realfeel is actual temp. If this keeps up I might consider looking for my thin gloves which I haven't worn in over a decade.

Watch out will be many ice-patches out there(black ice).

Recall one morning biking(CB750C) to work in SA one long nice curve, cruising at 80km/h and hit black ice drifted into next lane and laid the bike down onto an foot ankle. Still rode her home.

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Posted in: Museum opens in Tokyo, displaying documents to defend claims to disputed isles See in context


There is still a lot wrong with China and fixing that should be priority NO. 1 not Abe.

Even if they replace Abe tomorrow little will change.

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Posted in: Museum opens in Tokyo, displaying documents to defend claims to disputed isles See in context

3000yrs - correction

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Posted in: Museum opens in Tokyo, displaying documents to defend claims to disputed isles See in context


Simple reason why China wants to extend their Territory, they need resources to keep their economy growing.

Their middle class is growing and demands are outstripping supplies, China has enough man-power but resources are limited, already economy is slowing and the end of the bubble is insight.

All that talk about shared culture, 300yrs, whatever is just so much cod-swallow that don't fly outside China, my Chinese friends(who read here) agree.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences coldest day in 48 years See in context

Mornings are definitely chilly now, daytime highs are comfy.

Can't complain about the insulation in this old ap, Aircon set to 22C and room is 18-19C(one wall is floor to ceiling glass on terrace side) right now.

Looks like snow is forecast for next week just a slight dusting.

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Posted in: Museum opens in Tokyo, displaying documents to defend claims to disputed isles See in context

So SK can have a Museum but Japan can't.

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Posted in: Elton John says upcoming tour will be his last See in context

Would love to see him live again, last concert the organizers mucked up.

Grew up with his music. Pinball Wizard, Duet with Kiki Dee, etc

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Posted in: Japanese woman publishes book about being groped on trains for six years, from age 12 to 18 See in context

I find her story odd, not saying groping didn't happen. My J-Wife told me stories about what happened to her.

12-18 that would mean JHS and HS, meaning she caught the same train at same time for both schools. Can be like at Seikei Gakuen you can be a Student from primary through to Uni. But that type of schools are rare and very expensive.

Not saying more till after reading the Book.

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Posted in: Tokyo experiences coldest day in 48 years See in context

Took my daily 10km walk today, was fun watching others. Still saw many trying to cycle on Ice today.

Laying down salt is forbidden in my home-country, hurts the paws of dogs/animals.

Gravel is also no longer used as it builds up on side of the road, dangerous to bicycles.

We now laydown sawdust, rots naturally and thus no cleanup needed.

Tomorrow should be better but still same cold for a few more days.

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Posted in: 2 students dead, 13 wounded in shooting at Kentucky high school See in context

Hope everybody recovers soon.

Scary fact is that this was the 11th shooting on school grounds this year.

Restricting guns, etc won't achieve anything till the thinking starts changing, the USA had a relationship with guns that is not found elsewhere.

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Posted in: 15-year-old girl, two other teens arrested for forcing girl to jump off bridge in Fukuoka See in context

Hope she recovers soon.

Just finished reading the news, there was a story about teens convicted for cyber-bullying that resulted in a death.

Bullying and especially cyber-bullying bullying is a major problem as cyber-bullying can be 24/7.

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Posted in: In general, what do you think of foreign media coverage of the news in Japan? See in context

I find overseas coverage is good and often faster, more accurate and less biased than local media.

Local English speaking media seems to be mostly by one Company (more non-japanese topics than should be, looking at GPlusMedia here).

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Posted in: U.S. military copter makes emergency landing on remote Japanese island See in context

Reading JT you would think this is a local problem only but it isn't plenty of similar reports from overseas. Like the recent AH-64 Apache crash.

Many of those airframes seem to be dated and most likely should have been replaced with newer models.

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Posted in: Convenience stores tap into health boom See in context

Their Natural Lawson stores came and went, 100yen Lawson sold Fruit and Veggies all local stores closed now.

Somehow healthy and combini don't seem to work well together. Granted some 7-11 offer those and are supplied by local farmers.

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Posted in: Japan to nominate ancient tombs in Osaka for World Heritage See in context

UNESCO is about preserving cultural and historical sites, not about exploiting them by tourists. The status is also not permanent as many sites have been removed after alterations, etc

Add in that tourism also has destroyed many sites due to exploitation.

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Posted in: Coke aims to recycle a bottle for each it sells by 2030 See in context

In my town Glass, Cans, PET/Plastic trays, Paper/Cardboard, Styrofoam is picked up by recycling companies, rest by the City. Strict on separating the rubbish not done correctly you get a sticker and left behind.

My city also got a campaign where they will reimburse part of a composter purchase?

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Posted in: Tokyo to encourage foreign tourists to splurge on nightlife See in context

Happens to Japanese as well.

Try as a male to collect tissue/flyers that advertise female beauty shops.

Recall once walking outside Ikebukuro Kabukicho with my wife who experienced a call of nature.

Now public toilets are well known to be short of 'white gold', so she tried to grab some tissues only to be told those advertise male entertainment.

She told him don't matter and she wants some in her Nagoya dialect, walked off with 4 packs.

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Posted in: Tokyo to encourage foreign tourists to splurge on nightlife See in context

I enjoy going to life-houses, fairly cheap(one free drink) and some good music can be had.

Shimokitazawa has some great ones, friends who play in amateur bands often use them.

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Posted in: Facing the ‘two-year mark’ in Japan: Should I stay or should I go? See in context

Tough choice, also depends on job, family, kids and more.

Having spend 30yrs overseas I can't see myself moving back to work, would be like moving to a 'new' country. Still want to retire back home though or I could sell my country property there to shore up my pension.

Said that I met my wife overseas(both were working/travelling) and we decided on Japan and start a Family.

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Posted in: Japan refutes U.S. denial about flight by helicopters over school See in context

Agree close by most likely at an angle.

AH-1 are Cobras same type as recently did an unscheduled landing due to a warning light, UH-1 aka Huey has been around for decades, many civilian owned.

Also Helicopters don't use the runway much as the usually land and take off vertically, , turning radius can also be zero compared to winged planes, hence easy not to overfly anything,

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Posted in: 2 boys arrested for pouring shampoo into onsen See in context

Age of adulthood is 20, soon to become 18.

Age of voting is 18.

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Posted in: Nobel peace laureate group urges Japan to join nuclear arms ban treaty See in context

Why Japan? It was the only country to be hit with nuclear Weapons.

All about getting rid of the weapons and applying pressure from non-nuclear Countries.

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Posted in: American scholar films documentary on Japanese school lunches See in context


Same in my City 2 centres that provide lunch for elementary and JHS, some do still cook on premises but rare now.

Truck arrives and they unload carts(1 per class incl bowls, cutlery, etc), granted keeps the cost lower.

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Posted in: Japan's retailers struggle to raise prices, even as economy gains momentum See in context

Pity Old Navy closed down.

I buy a lot of clothing at GU now no need to adjust leg length, most J-pants are too short(ditto for sleeve length). Track suits, etc are the worst for length.

Socks & Underwear I get at the 100Yen shop, local Inageya is cheap for GT Hawkins sweat shirts(like GU from 600yen upwards).

Shoes I buy in the local arcade at a Tobbaco/Shoe shop, generally between 1.200-3.000yen and they stock up to size 28(GU does as well).

Uniqlo is just not worth it anymore (j-friends agree), there is a 7story Uniqlo but hardly see customers in it.

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Posted in: In Japan, fruit is treated more as a luxury than a meal item. See in context

I get quiet a bit of fruit from my neighbours, Kiwi also grow well in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities See in context

Japan's does not have Aegis Ashore, they want it but it will take years to come online.

They ordered 2 but they 1st have to build buildings in sites to house it aka fixed locations.

Now why did the button not have a flip cover? Or how about a system check button that does everything except send the actual message.

Bad Design.

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Posted in: Old dog, new tricks: Sony unveils 'intelligent' robot pet Aibo See in context

I still recall when the original Aibo was released quiet sometime ago.

Wonder if you can still program it?

Since that time virtual pets have come and gone, they can help elderly or disabled people.

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Posted in: Regulator urges release of treated Fukushima radioactive water into sea See in context

The IAEA approved the release some time ago and was slammed on JT for it by the resident experts.

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Posted in: Seniors annoyed as Japanese convenience stores adopt touch-screen age verification See in context

Local Seiyu uses now now a mix of self checkout and Tellers, GU is either depending on store.

I don't mind touching the screen, yeah sometimes the clerk does it for me.

In my area around 15yrs ago 2 Combini were shutdown as underage clerks sold Alcohol and Tobbaco to High School Kids.

So far has anyone come up with a foolproof method to prevent under-20 to purchase Alcohol and Tobbaco.

As for Combini going without Clerks, wasn't that tried Years ago, I recall my current company cafeteria having no Staff.

But the big issue is where will all the students, housewives and pensioners find work?

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