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Posted in: Fish illegally caught by yakuza sold at Nagasaki sashimi eatery See in context

The price is 893 yen.

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Posted in: Too old for president? Health and fitness a better question See in context

The world should not be run by people with little stake in its future.

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Posted in: In high-tech Japan, cash is still king See in context

I'm mostly cashless these days, but I refuse to use PayPay because of the stupid name.

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Posted in: Marvel films to lose Spider-Man as Sony deal breaks down: reports See in context

No interest in more Superhero movies, but "The Boys" is the best series I've seen this year.

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Posted in: What's your stance on the political tug-of-war going on between the Okinawan government and the central government over the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps air base at Futenma to Henoko? See in context

I spent the first half of this month translating various reports and surveys regarding the proposed relocation to Henoko among other things. I knew very little about the subject going in, but now I think the Okinawans have a very strong case for getting rid of all US bases from their islands.

Unfortunately for them, Tokyo doesn't care what they think.

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Posted in: Bullet train runs with door open at 280 kph See in context

A lot of you seem to have read a different article. I understand this as saying the door was closed but unlocked when the train left the station. The wind then nudged the door open resulting in the warning light and the train stopping.

This is exactly what happened.

The door had been unlocked (via the "door cock" above the door) by the cleaner. He never actually opened the door in question, so he forgot to lock again it before leaving.

Once the train got up to speed, the vibrations eventually caused the door to open, and that is when the alert appeared.

E7 series trains can detect when a "door cock" has not been closed prior to departure; however, this was an E5 series train, and it was not equipped with such a system. I guess they will be retrofitted following this incident.

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Posted in: Mother of road-rage victim calls for harsher penalties See in context

 the pos miyazaki got 15 years for punching the dude

Er, he hasn't even faced trial yet.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

I had one pay me a visit the very day I got my first TV. He literally appeared about 5 mins after I turned it on, and it was visible from the door. He said, "Ah, I see you have a TV," to which I replied "Sorry....". I signed up because I thought I was breaking the law or something.

That was 20 years ago. I've been paying ever since......................

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Posted in: Kyoto temple puts faith in robot priest See in context

A church, temple or shrine is the last bastion of humanness. 

You've got to be joking.

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

If you are going to have mass protests against other countries, at least have your placards in a language they can understand.....

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Posted in: S Korean man sets himself ablaze in protest against Japan See in context

Has self immolation, in any form, ever been proven to be an effective form of protest?

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Posted in: We need to establish new qualifications for Japanese language teachers, ensure Japanese language classes are available in all parts of the country, and that there is cooperation between universities and companies to create and utilize educational programs for foreign students. See in context

Two people mention famed linguist Krashen, but both get his name wrong, and one of them writes a whole article about the teaching of English in Japan despite the statement being about the teaching of Japanese to foreign children living in Japan who will, presumably, be going through the Japanese school system (though he gets back on topic at the end).

Anyway, I guess what is needed is more teachers who can teach Nihongo rather than Kokugo, that is, teachers with experience teaching Japanese as a second language, particularly in areas that have, or will have, higher than average foreigner populations.

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Posted in: More details emerge about anime studio arson attack that killed 33 See in context

The killer will get what's coming to him, but there is no way that building was not in violation of (weakly enforced) fire safety regulations.

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Posted in: Trump says he does not have 'racist bone' in his body See in context

I believe Trump's statement, simply because racism does not concentrate in the bones.

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Posted in: Should bullying incidents at school be treated as criminal cases, and if so, at what point does bullying become criminal behavior? See in context


Anything that would be unacceptable in a workplace environment should not be tolerated in schools.

It is ludicrous that adults are accorded far more protection than children.

Obviously, the penalties should fit the offence, but there should be zero tolerance.

Unfortunately, state schools are powerless and cannot suspend troublemakers, so it is the victims who have to stay home. This needs to change.

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Posted in: Japan's disadvantaged generation seek changes in hiring practices See in context

Introducing some laws to counter the rampant age-discrimination here would help.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

Fax-based payments – it's the only solution.

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Posted in: Sailor beachwear from Village Vanguard See in context

Love Village Vanguard. One of my favourite shops.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over man’s death in Osaka bar See in context

Japanese news reveals that the "boy" was drunk and punched the old man in the face. No weapon was involved.

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Posted in: Man in Fukuoka arrested for shoplifting a 49-inch TV weighing 12 kgs See in context

Why keep going on about 12kgs? The weight of the item isn't the issue here.

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Posted in: The economics of dating in Japan: Who pays the bill? See in context

I went on a date once, and after dinner, while she was in the ladies room, I paid the bill.

When she came back she was a little annoyed because she had planned to pay all along.

On a subsequent date, after dinner, when she needed to answer the call of nature, she grabbed the bill and took it with her.

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Posted in: Antiterrorism drill See in context

In Osaka, their counter-terrorism preparations consist of standing on boxes in the station all day long.

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Posted in: Maker's Shirt Kamakura: The family business with the right business garment for the times See in context

I own a few, but hate the silly name.

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Posted in: Woman sues Tokyo medical schools over discrimination See in context

If there ever was a country that cannot afford to turn away any potential home-grown doctors, it is Japan.

There is a massive shortage and Japan doesn't have the option of importing them from overseas.

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context

Surely he'll be deported soon enough anyway.

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Posted in: UK’s diversity, innovation, skills, global culture help Hitachi revolutionise its railways See in context

Surely the US is a better market. Europe already has train technology comparable to Japan's.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

People still do this?

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Posted in: You can now buy bully insurance for your kids in Japan See in context

Some, not all, schools need you to show them that you are serious, otherwise they just try to brush it under the carpet.

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Posted in: Studio Ghibli sunglasses let you channel anime film characters from 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky' See in context

I'm currently in the market for a pair of sunglasses.

The Muska's are nice, but I don't fancy brown.

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Posted in: Man assaults wife after learning she trolled his YouTube videos for six months See in context

Misogynists out in force today it seems.

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