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Posted in: New York schools urged to refer to Sea of Japan as 'East Sea' too See in context

Having lived in Tottori for the past 30 years, I have never heard it referred to as the “East Sea” but always the “Sea of Japan”. The local newspaper, 日本海新聞, is, interestingly, owned by an ethnic Korean. I support the idea of using two names according to perspective. Or come up with a neutral name like 中海 - Middle Sea. A local cable TV company calls itself 中海テレビ but in this case I think they are referring to the lake, なかうみ that borders Sakaiminato City, Shimane Peninsula, and parts to Tottori and Shimane Prefectures on the east and south.

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Posted in: High-yield rice seen as savior to Japan's rising food costs See in context

NZ2011, I don't know what kind of organic farming you are talking about, but the ones I know never use insect repellents. They also use non-chemical fertilizers. Otherwise, they wouldn't be able to consider themselves organic. There are other methods for getting high rice yields like SRI (system of rice intensification). Whether the rice is organic, chemically treated, or GMO manufactured, there are ways outside of rice method that can produce higher yields. Most farmers don't want to deal with that; they'd rather just buy seed that is a guarantee. Fukuoka Masanobu warned about this but he told his son and grandson to use conventional methods because they have to make a living as rice growers, and going against the grain can cause all sorts of problems. It seems to be the pressure of commerce and society in general that directs how we grow our food. I hope the ingestion of GMO rice will not be a detriment to human health. That's what is wrong with it - we really don't know the long term effects. Mr Fukuoka surmised that eating food whose seed can't regenerate will eventually make humans sterile. Some people laugh at this. He trained as an agricultural researcher, quit and created a method of growing rice that surpassed yields of neighboring rice fields. Should people laugh at the opinion of such a person? "You are what you eat" may be closer to the truth than we think.

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Posted in: Journalist Ito says she was 'desperate to protect' herself from rape See in context

Please everyone, read girl_in_tokyo’s rundown of the news reports. (above) And if you have the inclination, go a bit further and study the news yourself. (English and Japanese) The case needs to be seriously reconsidered.

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

My only weakness is a list of crime

My only weakness is well never mind, never mind.

Original song lyrics?

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Posted in: Renault, Nissan end standoff over post-Ghosn governance See in context

Fiat-Chrysler . . . that conjures up some strange images.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly killing taxi driver See in context

Here’s a link to the English news article from Cambodia, photos and a little more detail. It seems they didn’t intend to kill the guy but things got out of hand unfortunately. https://cne.wtf/2019/03/18/japanese-pair-murder-taxi-driver-in-bungled-robbery/

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Posted in: White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall See in context

Why don’t they hire all those people who want to come in to build it. Pay them a fair wage and give them a limited work visa after a certain amount of hours worked. An endless stream of people moving North, paid minimum wage to contruct “The Grand Wall” - El Pared Grande - right next to El Rio: a beautiful wall full of colors and surprising dimensions that will surpass Disney World. A new tourist attraction with giant food courts, movie theaters, sports stadiums, museums. Trump thinks big but not big enough.

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Posted in: Crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs See in context

This is the first time I've seen all comments on an article with no negatives. :)

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Posted in: Trump warns of missile against Syria; lays into Assad ally Russia See in context

I think it would be in the US' best interest to announce support for the Syrian government. This could solve a lot of the problems all parties are facing. Then, possibly all parties could work together to see a better future for that country including banning chemical weapons and giving the Kurds and other smaller groups some say in their own future. Constant fighting and war is not making it.

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Posted in: Japan pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival See in context

Good on you, Alfie Noakes.

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Posted in: Facial recognition gates for Japanese launched at Haneda airport See in context

Yeah, your Residence Card, the one they keep asking for when I'm leaving: 外人カードを下さい。

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Posted in: 87-year-old woman in wheelchair dies after attack by swarm of hornets See in context

I've chased them off spraying water from a hose. In a panic situation it's hard to know what to do though and whether water is available or not. I'm hoping she didn't feel pain or fear too long, God resther soul.

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Posted in: Hit or miss? North Korea's Guam strike plan See in context

@CrazyJoe Yes, thank you. Right on the head.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

Rest in peace. Condolences to the family. I can't begin to imagine the pain and misery he went through. If anybody knows for sure, why did he start taking new meds? Was there some reason he switched?

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Posted in: Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over pet dog case See in context

I like Johnny but, like me, he grew up redneck and that never leaves us. We are prone to ciminality. :)

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Posted in: Like time bombs, Takata air bags still out there See in context

It seems to me it would be better to simply remove those airbags if there are no parts available or if people are waiting on parts.

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Posted in: Mysterious yellow liquid sent to Nagoya officials with message to 'end women-only train cars' See in context

I hope the yellow liquid is only pee pee. Offensive but not dangerous.

But I have a question. Do the signs really read "Ladies Only" and not

"Women Only"?

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Posted in: Princess Mako to get engaged See in context

Arr, Captain!

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Posted in: Mel Gibson: 'It's time Hollywood forgave me' See in context

". . . Gibson said Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world.

He later apologized, blaming alcoholism . . ."

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

The departure of Hiroko Kuniya on "Close-Up Gendai" ended my interest in JTV.

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Posted in: TPP trade pact praised, panned as Obama urges approval See in context

Thank you, BertieWooster. Yes, we are all getting SHAFTED in the worst possible way.

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Posted in: Disney apologizes for tweet on Nagasaki bombing anniversary See in context

Pearl HarBOR, not HarBOUR. Can you imagine a Japanese company tweeting, in English, the same message on that anniversary?

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Posted in: Woman's body found in Kanagawa bay See in context

More on Mr Gumo. http://wikibin.org/articles/gregory-gumo.html

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Posted in: Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time See in context

Why don't they put the lab up in one of the radiated zones near the Fukushima nuclear plant?

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Posted in: Mission at Hiroshima's dome: Saving blasted bits of history See in context

We also had the benefit of 20/20 vision back then. Those people knew what they were doing and rationalized it in various ways. There were enough people in power who were against it and appalled at the thought of using the atomic bomb. The hindsight is actually finding out what those people really thought at the time. It's all covered up in glory and blood and guts.

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Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan See in context

Digging and cooking bamboo. Working in the fields and mountains. Getting in the wood-burning ofuro, then under the old kotatsu that burns charcoal, drinking atsukan and beer and eating fresh sashimi caught that day, listening to the cats fighting outside and growling at each other . . . Smoking a cigarette and taking a piss outside in the moonlight. Having whole days to do nothing at all . . .

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Posted in: 1,000 line up for Starbucks' opening in Tottori See in context

We tried . . . https://www.facebook.com/groups/201368116725307/

At least they didn't come to Yonago. :) Yet.

There are about four or five very good cafés here. Tullys just arrived not too long ago. Starbux is not needed and a lot of people I know basically don't support it. I asked the owners of some of these shops and they agreed that it was a plus to be the only prefecture without Starbux, just for the novelty, but none of them felt it was serious competition and welcomed it. This prefecture's main train line still uses diesel. There may never be a Shinkansen. The main highway is two laned with some three lane passing areas. The beaches are mainly unpoliced and there are few signs telling you what to do and not do. It's beautiful and a nice place to live.

But Tottori City IS boring as hell. :)

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Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan See in context

Tottori already has great coffee shops run by local entrepreneurs. Much better and classier than Starbucks any day. Tottori was the last holdout. I was hoping it would stay that way.

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Posted in: 14-year-old apparently jumps from 4th floor of school building See in context

Disillusioned, the word lie is an intransitive verb showing that someone or something is in a reclining position. (An intransitive verb cannot take an object, that is, a noun cannot directly attach itself to the word lie.) So, that is correct usage in the article. Your spelling leaves a little to be desired though.

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Posted in: 88-year-old love-triangle poisoner denied retrial See in context

Yeah, it musta been a love pentagle. Can you imagine? You wouldn't get any rest. :)

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