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Posted in: 5 killed after minivan crashes on Nara bridge See in context

a police patrol car discovered the minivan which was completely destroyed

Sounds like even if they were wearing seatbelts they wouldn't have survived.

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Posted in: Discord erupts at FCCJ over news agency accreditation See in context

4000 twitter followers? I have almost that many, and I don't think anyone would call my little twitter account a news agency.

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Posted in: Natto allergy caused by jellyfish stings, says Japanese study See in context

Allow me to have doubts against the "scientificity" of this study .

I doubt it's designed to be scientific, it's only a sample size of 18 after all.

It sounds more like this doctor was providing anecdotal information, that's all.

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Posted in: Japanese companies tend to push current employees to work overtime rather than increase hiring when they get busy. Labor shortages are forcing firms in some industries to have employees work longer. See in context

"Voluntarily." Yeah.

Yes, in my office, voluntarily. Many choose to not work overtime and go home at 1700 or 1730. Some choose to work later and are paid for that time. There isn't much pressure to work late and the department head always leaves at 1730 or at the latest 1800.

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Posted in: Overweight in teens boosts middle age bowel cancer risk See in context

I hate seeing results like this published in mass media.

I think the thought behind promoting such results may be "hopefully this encourages young people to lose weight to avoid problems later in life," but I think for many people there is a different effect. That is, "I screwed up when i was young, so no point in getting healthier now as there's nothing I can do."

Depression is a big problem with overweight people, and that feeling of inevitable health problems sure contributes to it. It's a vicious cycle......

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Posted in: Natto allergy caused by jellyfish stings, says Japanese study See in context

Natto is lovely. I honestly can't understand why so many foreigners hate it.

It both tastes really good and is quite healthy.

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Posted in: Japanese companies tend to push current employees to work overtime rather than increase hiring when they get busy. Labor shortages are forcing firms in some industries to have employees work longer. See in context

I believe that's called wage theft, exploitation and greed.

Most Japanese salaried employees get paid for that overtime, don't forget. There are those that do not, but most do.

All in my office do, which is why many voluntarily work late.

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Posted in: Taiji fishermen vow to continue dolphin slaughter See in context

Nice, balanced headline there.

(go ahead and rain your thumbs down on me, you know who you are)

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Posted in: Coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long lines in Tokyo See in context

If you swirl some instant coffee in cold water first, then pour in the hot water, you will not be able to tell the difference between that coffee and something the baristas would have you think is something sacred.

Absolutely no way. Maybe won't tell the difference between bad beans and instant but not with decent beans/drip. No chance.

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Posted in: Coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long lines in Tokyo See in context

Put a cup of that stuff next to a cup of instant coffee and do a blind taste test. I dare you to be able to tell the difference.

You can't tell the difference between INSTANT coffee and decent brewed coffee? Really?

If you had said cheaper Doutor, sure, maybe. But instant coffee is just bad, bad. Doesn't taste like regular coffee at all.

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Posted in: Coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long lines in Tokyo See in context

Always nice to have more options for good coffee (that is, not Starbucks)

I like Hoshino Coffee, personally.

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Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan See in context

Wish they were demonstrating against the state secrets law.

The ability for Okinawa to decide for itself to what degree it wishes to take on the burden of hosting foreign military bases is a far more fundamentally important issue than the state secrets law.

The hub-bub about that law is overblown anyway, most people complaining about it can't even describe what it does with any accuracy.

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Posted in: Has Google's dominance already peaked? See in context

Cut down your use of Google products and use other browsers and search engines. Or don't and don't worry about the fact that some people out there know everything about you and could do harm but are most likely just selling that information onto hundreds of others for profit so they can do whatever please them.

It's kinda quaint that you think in 2015 cutting Google out of your life increases your privacy.

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Posted in: Shiro Yamada’s craft beer for Japanese tastes See in context

The problem with J-craft beer is that too many makers think it's a license to charge astronomical prices.

Economies of scale, mate. Yo-Ho is a heck of a lot larger operation than Baird.

YonaYona is fantastic. If you can find the YonaYona Real Ale it's even more fantastic.

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Posted in: Has Google's dominance already peaked? See in context

Interesting that this article claims Google's dominance may be slipping due to mobile, when Google is the prime mover behind by far the most widely adopted mobile ecosystem.

Self-driving cars are very much an up-and-coming thing, too.

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Posted in: 6 police officers indicted in death of Baltimore man See in context

Shootings by criminals in Baltimore has had almost a 50% increase since the lawless riot.

As opposed to shootings by non-criminals? What exactly are you talking about?

Who in their right mind would accept police shooting at random or recklessly? Silly statement.

Go talk to Tamir Rice's family.

These police may or may not have been the factor of this death, I don't know.

Oh, they are pretty clearly a factor in this man's death. I don't think anyone is disputing that.

I'll stand by the police over the uncivilized thugs who will take a life for $100 sneakers

Strawman much? You stand by cops that kill citizens with impunity?

Police in an overwhelmingly percentage do their job to protect the citizens.

Except the ones who don't, which is again, what we are talking about here. Or do you support the cop who killed Tamir Rice? Again, a 12 year old playing in the park as children do?

Do the targeted police have ANY rights?

Same rights as every other citizen. Sure with these cops would give the people they are supposed to protect the chance at due process. But no, lately it's shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot. Sure would be nice to see some good cops speaking out against the bad cops gunning down unarmed citizens, but no, we never hear that.

Another officer lost her life yesterday.

A tragedy, for sure. And you know what? I guarantee the person who killed her will get justice. Why can't the people who are unjustly killed by bad cops get the same?

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Posted in: 6 police officers indicted in death of Baltimore man See in context

Shootings by thugs that is.

The cops are the thugs - is that what you mean? Baltimore PD sure looks like organized crime.

I don't think it's unreasonable at all to expect police officers to not murder citizens. That's the absolute lowest standard they should be held to. Unfortunately, these folks couldn't meet it.

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Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country? See in context

It's disgusting to walk around a house in shoes that have been trampling through who knows what outside.

I always take my shoes off at the door of a residence, no matter where I am.

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Posted in: Five of Japan’s most beautiful and unique hidden train stations See in context

Click on the external link and you get pictures of everything.

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Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us this summer with lots of sequels and remakes, such as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Terminator: Genisys,” “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation," "Jurass See in context

Sequels and remakes aren't necessarily bereft of creativity, you know. I don't see much moaning about the lack of creativity when there is yet another Shakespeare or Austen adaptation.

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Posted in: Hand grip is telltale of heart's health: study See in context

Last sentence reads...cardiovascular disease could be eased by improving muscle tone. Not so.

Well you better have a chat with my doctor, because that's exactly what he tells me.

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Posted in: 2 dead, 480 hospitalized due to heat exhaustion in one week See in context

Better to die than upset the wa or be out of step with the rest of Japan!

FFS people. Do you really believe this?

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Posted in: Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Okinawa See in context

smith

Cancel the relocation plan and announce that the US is staying at Futenma, no ifs, ands, or buts. They will be moving Osprey and other vehicles and troops that would have been going to Heneko to Futenma, and yes, the people can thank Onaga, Inamine, and themselves for the troops and base going nowhere.

This is one of the least democratic things I have ever seen.

"It doesn't matter if you want these bases or not, you are getting them." Wow, what a thing to tell citizens of a democratic nation. Horrible.

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Posted in: M5.1 quake strikes off Fukushima coast See in context

@YongYang - VERY bad assumption. Many people mix up units. Many people don't understand the difference between shindo and Mw.

These things are important.

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Posted in: M5.1 quake strikes off Fukushima coast See in context

What is with all the thumbs down on my comment?

The quake was not a magnitude 4, it was a shindo 4. You can't just say "it's a 4" with no units.

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Posted in: M5.1 quake strikes off Fukushima coast See in context

The quake registered a 4 in Fukushima Prefecture and a 3 in Miyagi Prefecture.

Quake registered a SHINDO 4 and a shindo 3. Need to be clear about such things.

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Posted in: Cerberus cuts back Japan operations amid lack of targets See in context

its is clear Japan's approach has not worked, as it is really no better off economically than it was about 30 years ago

It's also doing no worse, which is something those hyper-critical of Japan's approaches seem to forget to mention. Still low crime. Still low poverty. Still high literacy, education, universal health care. People have been saying Japan is going in the toilet for 20 or 25 years now. Hmm.

Is this what a failed economy looks like, desperately in need of reform? Sure doesn't look that way.

And no, I don't hate ideas because they are foreign. Plenty of robust companies with global views like the two you mention. But it's not the only way to do business. You wouldn't know that from the bleating of the "experts", though.

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Posted in: Cerberus cuts back Japan operations amid lack of targets See in context

jerseyboy, we get that you feel everything done in Japan is wrong, backwards. Only foreign ideas and capital can save Japan in your eyes.

Japan doesn't need saving, and it doesn't need these sorts of vultures laying people off in the name of "turning the company around".

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Posted in: Cerberus cuts back Japan operations amid lack of targets See in context

Good. Get out and stay out.

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Posted in: Kanna Hashimoto does 'stupid-cool' tricks for commercial, requiring over 600 takes to get it right See in context

Was this taken from an Idol lovers website because I never heard of this person or group and I know music pretty darn well.

It's from RocketNews, and both she and the group have been covered extensively by RocketNews.

She's pretty popular, in several ads and such.

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