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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

Japanese cities have taxis every double-arms distance, so I personally prefer the convenience of those (and suspect that most Japanese do, too). Rural areas are a completely different story, esp. with declining population and resulting elimination of bus service.

To me that’s Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Tokyo. It’s hard to get a taxi from Shinagawa station east exit, long lines. Same with Hanzomon, Iidabashi, and other minor stations.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs 1st anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial See in context

The new national law bans indoor smoking at schools, hospitals and government offices. Smoking will be allowed at existing small eateries, including those with less than 100 square meters of customer space, which includes more than half of Japanese establishments. Larger and new eateries must limit smoking to designated rooms.

Smoking is allowed in more than half and larger restaurants will have smoking rooms.

In Chiyoda ward, it’s a ¥2000 fine for smoking outside.

You can smoke inside but you can’t smoke outside. Makes sense.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

Re-read my message. By virtue of being a part timer, one gets zero pension, health, or other social insurance support from one’s employer. Do you dispute this? Is your fall back position to argue that part timers should all become full timers?

The difference is in one case (full timer) the employer deducts pension and health insurance fees from his salary, and in the other (part-timer) the employee must apply and enroll in the both programs by himself. Health insurance and pension are available for both types of workers.

I could be wrong, but you seem to think pension and health insurance are free for full timers. You are paying for it trust me. Ask any full timer to show you their pay slip and you’ll see proof.

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Posted in: Producers plan movie about Thai cave rescue See in context

The local people might appreciate the film if it is done in good taste.

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Posted in: Classmates of missing boy help mother search for him after landslide in Hiroshima See in context


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Posted in: Japan faces more frequent disasters See in context

These are the areas of studies that might contribute to minimizing landslides. They have to do with trees and their different root systems; some are interlocking and hold soil better than others.

It is said that cedars and other quick growing conifers are overplanted in Japan. A grove of beech trees (橅 ブナ) - slow growing - would not slide off the side of a mountain easily, arborists have hypothesized.

In short, cedars are tall trees, if miniaturized, look like a negi (ネギ) or a leek/green onion. The roots are fibrous and shallow. An oak with a tap root like a carrot goes down deep into bedrock. The roots of some trees are gnarled and crack the bedrock.

Areas of studies:

1) Root System Architecture of Trees Growing on Different Sloping Conditions

2) Using Three-dimensional Plant Root Architecture in Models of Shallow-slope Stability

3) Mechanical Resistance of Different Tree Species to Rockfall

4) Desirable Plant root traits for protecting natural and engineered slopes against landslides

Nature is nature but we have the capacity to limit its damages.

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Posted in: Classmates of missing boy help mother search for him after landslide in Hiroshima See in context

Oh my God

What would that be in Japanese?

My heart goes out to mother who raised him on her own

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Posted in: Trump pursues hardline trade policies, despite costs See in context

China has stopped buying US soybeans and canceled orders for 1 million tons. Then they eliminated tariffs on soybeans from their neighbors, and increased purchases from Brazil and Canada. That’s a loss of $14 billion — and about 1/3 of their sales — for American farmers. I don’t see any winners this trade spat.

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Posted in: Bunch of premium table grapes fetches ¥1.1 mil at auction See in context

Those grapes are probably sour anyways.

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Posted in: Japanese supporters' habit of cleaning up at World Cup spreads to other countries See in context

Give credit where credit is due. They cleaned up after themselves and the other fans.

That said do they clean up after themselves at Ajinomoto and Yokohama stadium?

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Posted in: Foreign and domestic tourists in Kyoto are complaining about overcrowded tourist sites, not enough bus services, traffic jams, while local residents complain about the bad manners of some visitors. What can be done about this problem? See in context

I was in Kyoto in late November to see the changing of the leaves back in 1998. It was so crowded and a taxi driver tried to drive through a street full of tourists. Someone gave a look of disdained as he honked his kurakushon and he shouted obscenities. Must be much worse now.

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Posted in: Justice minister says she ordered Aum executions after 'careful consideration' See in context

05:43 pm JST

There is now ample data from around the world to prove definitively that executions do not work as a deterrent. 

By the same logic, putting people in jail for life or for long periods doesn't work as a deterrent either -- so we should stop putting people in jail.

The difference is one side claims it work as a deterrent. The other side doesn’t make that claim.

You are confusing a refutation (ineffective deterrent) with a reason against the death penalty. That is faulty logic.

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Posted in: Japan's World Cup squad returns home; Nishino's time as coach over See in context

I don’t see this as a firing. The previous coach was sacked but Nishino was the interim until they could find a big name.

If he had gotten them into the elite eight then it would’ve been hard to replace him.

Thank you for the 46 days Nishino.

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Posted in: Japan's World Cup squad returns home; Nishino's time as coach over See in context

And they didn’t leave any trash.

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Posted in: University head's role suspected in bureaucrat's graft scandal See in context

So this isn’t the famous Tokyo University and its Med school?

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Posted in: Emperor's duties canceled for second day See in context

Even emperors have to work overtime.

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Posted in: Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in injury time to reach World Cup quarterfinals See in context

The crying reminded me of the Koshien losses in baseball. They should be proud.

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Posted in: Have you had any bad experiences using Airbnb? See in context

Okinawa. House 20 meters from beach. Pictures were beautiful and they always are, but it was a bachelor’s pad. His jeans and clothes were laying around and the place looked liked he just stepped out for minute; drink still in a mug, dishes on the kitchen counter and sink, mold on bathroom walls, toilet roll centers not thrown away, shoes and thongs filled the genkan, and so on.

We asked for a cancellation but he refused saying if we were expecting a hotel that’s not what Airbnb is. We filed a claim with Airbnb and sent pictures we took. They canceled the credit card payment.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's fiance to study in U.S. from summer See in context

Which law school?

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

"Truthfully Im not even from Japan but Ive seen this moves and calculative tactics employed by Europeans, Latin Americans, African and Asian countries in football matches so why the rage and long post here Im a little bit amused."

Because Japan had the "audacity" of doing what the whole world footballing community have been doing for ever.

You hit it the nail right on the head. It’s because Japan has never done that before that why. Japan had honor.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

dont defame the honor of being a samurai. why are we blue anyways.

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Posted in: Princess Mako's fiance to study in U.S. from summer See in context

It sounds like he’s going for a JD which takes 3 years. An LLM could be 1 year and is basically a decorative degree for executives.

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Posted in: Japan booed as it advances on yellow cards despite losing to Poland 1-0 See in context

I think it’s the way they were dicking around playing keep away that rubbed people the wrong way. Nothing wrong with advancing but the triangle passing were like playground bullies keeping the ball away.

What happened to the art of Tatemae? at least look like you’re playing to win even though you’re not. That’s the spirit of Japan, facade and reality.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

Lighting up will be outlawed at restaurants in the capital, regardless of size. Restaurants can set up a separate indoor smoking space but customers cannot eat or drink inside the smoking area.

How is this considered outlawed?

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Posted in: Ex-American football coaches banned from competition for life See in context

Except for bureaucrats. They do not do what the top tells them to do; e.g. Moritomo.

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Posted in: Not having children is selfish, says LDP Secretary-General Nikai See in context

It has to be convenient. That’s what this society is about. Until we can just buy babies at convenience stores, it wont happen.

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Posted in: Princess Hisako's daughter Ayako to marry businessman in October See in context

They’ll always have royal blood no matter what the House says.

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Posted in: Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw against Senegal at World Cup See in context

Does the cleanup occur at J-League games as well? Japanese fans are exemplary.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 73rd anniversary of end of World War II battle See in context

The winners of wars tend to want to keep something to show for their victory. The Philippines is an example in the Spanish American War, but the US couldn’t hold on to it. It’s time for the people of Japan to claim its own territory...73 years.

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Posted in: Fans in Japan go wild after World Cup win over Colombia See in context

Title is a bit misleading. They didn't win the world cup, they just beat Colombia.

Any win in the tournament is a World Cup win.

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