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Posted in: The service will be available only for small dogs and cats. During flights, they will be required to be kept in cages placed on seats at the end of the row, with their owners seated next to them. See in context

This is a ridiculous idea. Three reasons.

If safety is the airlines number one concern, then they should scrape this now. In an emergency, who's going to take care of the dog that is snapping at anyone while it panics.

People have allergies to cats and dogs. When you board a Delta flight and there is another passenger with a peanut allergy, there are no peanuts served on the flight.

Who's going to pay for the dry cleaning when fido does a number 1 on the seat? Or sprays the passenger across the aisle?

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Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk? See in context

Three things.

Disable the phone when it is moving. Change the culture of the world. Let Darwinism take its course.

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Posted in: Why it's hard to give computers something you take for granted: common sense See in context

Common sense = the least common commodity on the planet.

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Posted in: If you have or had a Japanese spouse, how would you describe your relationship with your Japanese in-laws? How has it changed over the years since you got married? See in context

Pretty much the The Kubler-Ross Change Curve.

Anger -- Avoidance -- Blame -- Acceptance -- Self-awareness.

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Posted in: Emperor's Olympic opening declaration mirrors divided public See in context


Yes you are correct, the needle has moved significantly. I suspect (pure speculation) that Yahoo pre-loaded the survey with positive results to get the thing started. Otherwise it makes no sense on why the needle would move so far in 24 hours.

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Posted in: AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air See in context

There's an airplane somewhere in the Indian Ocean that needs finding.

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Posted in: Emperor's Olympic opening declaration mirrors divided public See in context

Did anyone else notice that PM Suga was asleep when the Emperor started his speech? Had to be nudged by a handler to standup.

Did anyone else notice that there is zero international news about this, yet Japanese twitter has 100s of 1000s of tweets?

Did anyone else notice the survey on Yahoo that says that 80% of Japanese found the opening ceremony the best ever? And that very few international news agencies have published any pieces.

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Posted in: June has no national holiday in Japan. If there were to be a national holiday, do you have any suggestions what it should be for? See in context

Summer solstice, estival solstice or midsummer.

June 20 or 21.

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Posted in: Tokyo bar offers 'babysitting' service for annoying husbands and boyfriends See in context

They are not the first. 80's Kitchen in Nagoya has a similar concept, but a much easier system. You can see a photo of the blackboard sign out the front on Google Maps. For those that can't find it, it states.

"Is He Getting Under Your Feet?

Why Not Leave Him Here While You Shop?

FreeCreche Just Leave Beer Token!"

There is no cover charge or prepaid system. You simply pay for what you consume. A standard 中生 is ¥300

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Posted in: How vaccine passports for global travel will work See in context

These apps are short term solutions.

The long term solution is to put all vaccination information into your Government issued passport chip.

For those that are old enough to remember, all the information on the WHO International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis should also be placed on the chip. Since a chipped passport will be required for entry into many countries within the next 10 years, this automates and simplifies the whole immigration process.

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Posted in: Review: A new collection of stories by Haruki Murakami See in context

I still talk to every cat that walks near me.

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Posted in: We have done work to change attitudes at government offices, but this is a huge organization and it appears there are some employees who haven't been able to change their way of thinking completely. See in context

Not good enough.

Suspended without pay for three months.

Demoted to one level below the employee he harassed.

Placed in the baby name registration department until the employee comes in and registers her new baby. And he has to do it.

So that should be 3 months suspended and then 9 months on the name registration counter. 12 months should be enough to remind him to be human.

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Posted in: Back in 2001, what technical advancements did you think the world would have achieved by 2021 but which haven't happened? See in context

Computing world

IT Infrastructure

Secure DNS

No more Viruses (computer versions not C-19 variety)

No more Malware

Enterprise automated OS install

Enterprise automated OS patching

PC as a Service for consumers


Secure certificate signed (getting there)

Secure certificate connections (getting there)

Single packaged applications for all OS (getting there)

Workflow standardization methodologies

* *IT Security

100% secured connections between all devices.

Respect for personal privacy (that was a dream turned into a nightmare by facebook)

Secure communications and collaboration tools

No more passwords (getting there)


Real World

Driverless trains (yes, but not as many as I thought)

Digital assistant (yes, but I though much smarter. My Psion was as smart as the current iPhone, so not much has moved actually)

Maglev to Nagoya (thought they would hurry it up, but it ran into troubles)

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Posted in: Japan draws up action plan to boost farm exports See in context

I was genuinely asking for the source.

But you are right, I do ask that question, but only on a subject I have extensive knowledge. When someone posts something I have not found, or believe is different from my understanding, then I wish to follow-up, learn and see why there is a discrepancy.


And I will continue to ask the question. All I want it the poster to give a credible reference or citation on their source of information, unless they are actually stating an opinion.

If you are looking for facts on this subject, I suggest not google but here:


The Japanese Government Official e-Statistic site, in English.

Or may be even here.


If you want to get really interesting, try using the data from the Self-sufficiency ratio for food in calorie base report and see if you can find a positive correlation between its decline and the decline in the population or the Gross agricultural product report or the No of people engaged in fisheries report.


Or go here to see the same source data in another way from an independent source.


You can even download the original data and import into a statistical analysis program like IBM's SPSS Statistics

Or Microsoft Excel if you have to.


Now, how about that source?

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Posted in: Japan draws up action plan to boost farm exports See in context


When I arrived here 30 years again, food security was about 60% now down to about 40%.

Would you please let me know where you got that information? Thank you

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Posted in: Japan draws up action plan to boost farm exports See in context

@Peter Neil

Japan has one of the lowest food self-sufficiency rates among major world economies

Would you please let me know where you got that information? Thank you

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Posted in: Sapporo Christmas See in context

Oh no. An Elf just killed a baby Reindeer.

Don't they know you can't put up a Christmas Tree before December without baby Reindeer


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Posted in: Tokyo sunset See in context

ANA InterContinental Tokyo Hotel

1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo

Facing west to towards Shibuya.

Appears to be on a floor between 15 and 25.

The building on the left is the ARK Hills Building.

The building on the right is the Hills Front Tower.

Tallest building in the center background is Roppongi Hills.

The freeway below is the Shuto at Tanimachi Junction 谷町JCT.

Route C1 goes left.

Route #3 Shibuya Line, goes to the right towards Shibuya.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Does no one remember some past US President saying almost the exact same words about 20+ years ago. One of the Bush's I think. Really! Almost word for word.

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Posted in: First tickets for 2019 Rugby World Cup to go on sale See in context

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Posted in: Nissin develops fork that covers up sound of slurping noodles See in context

Two questions come to mind to see if this product will succeed.

How many Japanese that slurp, use a fork to eat noodles?

How many foreigners that eat noodles using a fork, slurp?

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Posted in: Tourists can (finally) make shinkansen reservations from overseas with new app See in context

If you are unaware, the Japanese version of this app is out now. Has been for about 6 weeks now. Heavy advertisements on some TV channels. The fact that they are releasing an English version is wonderful. Am somewhat curious as to why they would limit the markets though. If it's English and uses a credit card, then why the limit?

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Posted in: Panel falls from plane in Japan; 2nd such incident in a week See in context

@wanderlust. Where did you get that information from? The would be most interested as they track all commercial flight happenings. Can you please post your reliable sources?

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Posted in: Twitter user comes up with ingenious new way to eat popsicles See in context

Sorry folks, false (but still true) news. This is not new. I have been drinking Gari Gari Kun with a variety of Japanese alcohols for more than 20 years.

How to:

Take one Beer joki glass and fill 1/2 with

Get a Gari Gari Kun and put into joki.


There's a Kushiage place on the east side of Nishi-Nippori with this on the menu.

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Posted in: Electronic device checks launched by Japanese airlines See in context

@editor. Slightly off topic.

The photo is of an MD 11. JAL retired the fleet in 2000 after having them in service since 1991. A more appropriate photo for 2017 might be one of the variations of B777 (40) or B787 (29).

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Posted in: Starbucks in Aomori is hot topic right now because of its architecture See in context

@genjuro "...Starbucks burnt beans coffee." Couldn't have said it better. I thought I was the only person in the country that hated Starbucks. Apparently not. I'm assuming there's a facebook group for us to join.. oh no wait, I don't have facebook....

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Posted in: China says it has every right to drill in East China Sea See in context

Why not just build a Japan platform on the Japan side of the line and suck out as much as possible? Surely, someone will then want to have meaningful talks about the situation then.

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Posted in: Critics on left and right slam Greece debt 'coup' See in context

Good. Finally they have to pay for years of financial irrisposibility.

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Posted in: South Korean to drop Sony film in North by balloon See in context

Just to be clear about the amount of Internet access out of North Korea. There are currently 1024 IPv4 addresses, no known IPv6.

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