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Posted in: With Ghosn in rear-view mirror, Nissan faces new tests See in context

At least Nissan has experience building electric cars with the Nissan Leaf. And Renault's side has built a number of electric cars, too. As such, Nissan leaping into building a lot of electric cars isn't a major leap in terms of technology.

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Posted in: Hachimura thriving as No. 3 Gonzaga's go-to player See in context

Hachimura-san has the good fortune to play for one of the VERY few college basketball programs that can compete against Duke, mostly because Gonzaga has a good number of experienced players.

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Posted in: 'Fruits Basket' manga to finally receive a complete anime adaptation next year See in context

I'm sure the animation style will be more "modern," though it may closely resemble the original manga. I do hope for a long run as an anime series, since there is so much to cover story-wise.

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Posted in: Samsung sets new Galaxy device launch for October See in context

Could it be the long-rumored foldable screen cellphone that has been talked about for over a year?

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Posted in: Attention shifts to flood risks as heavy rains increase in Japan See in context

Tokyo has a very sophisticated flood control system due to the fact much of the city is essentially built on a river delta. Much of Tokyo used to frequently flood during heavy rainstorms until those flood control measures were built. Now, similar flood control systems will be needed for Nagoya and Osaka.

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Posted in: Apple iPhones get bigger and pricier; Watch turns to health See in context

I still think Apple will reveal probably early in 2019 the successor to the iPhone SE. The iPhone XR is a hint of what the iPhone SE successor will be like, but in a size not much bigger than the iPhone SE. I expect the iPhone SE successor to be primarily aimed at the Indian and Chinese markets.

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Posted in: Arguing, booing overshadow Osaka's U.S. Open final win over Williams See in context

The sad part is this is NOT the first time Serena Williams had temper issues during the US Open tennis tournament. Look at what happened in 2009 and 2011. Which is too bad because it mars otherwise a truly stellar career in that sport.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open after Serena Williams penalized a game See in context

Unfortunately, this is NOT the the first time Serena Williams has done this. It's kind of a open secret among Women's Tennis Association (WTA) circles that Serena has a bad habit of throwing tantrums when things don't go her way.

Poor Naomi Osaka--she was going to win anyway but what happened in this match will sadly overshadow Osaka-san's accomplishments.

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll reaches 11; thousands being transported from Kansai airport See in context

I've seen quite a bit of damage to overhead wiring and occasional flooding on various rail lines in the Keihanshin region. It could be quite a while before JR West, Hankyu, Hanshin, Keihan and Nankai train services return to normal.

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Posted in: 2 dead, many injured as typhoon hits western Japan, shuts down Kansai airport See in context

JR West has essentially shut down all train services. I've been monitoring the live web cam pointed at conventional train tracks at Shin-Osaka Station and I didn't see one train go by for nearly 20 minutes.

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Posted in: Discovering Tottori’s Mount Daisen through its quirky community and food culture See in context

Be aware, though, that getting to the Mt. Daisen area is not that easy nowadays. The closure of the JR West Hakubi Line due to the recent very heavy rains has made it more difficult to reach that area, even with bus service.

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon on course to hit western Japan late Thursday See in context

Unfortunately, I wonder how this has affected JR West's ability to reopen the San'yo Main Line west of Himeji all the way to Shimonoseki?

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Posted in: Deadly month: Japan's weather-related deaths top 300 in July See in context

It's been very hot in most of Japan. Even Odate northeast of Akita in northern Tohoku reports temperatures in the low 30's C during the day.

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Posted in: Temperature soars to 41.1 C in Kumagaya; highest ever in Japan See in context

It is dangerously hot in Japan right now because these high temperatures also include over 75% humidity. That type of heat can actually cause serious medical issues.

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Posted in: At least 11 more dead as heat wave continues to grip Japan See in context

The big problem with this heat wave: the 70-plus percent humidity plus temperature in the mid to high 30's (Celsius). And it's not just central and southern Japan; someone I follow on Instagram is living in northern Akita Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region and are reporting daytime highs around 31 degrees C., very warm for that part of Japan.

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Posted in: Volunteers struggle with heat in flood-hit areas; evacuees suffering ailments See in context

A major issue now is just getting relief supplies to the most affected areas. With the major expressways closed now and the JR West San'yo Main Line not fully operational until circa middle August 2018, it will be difficult to get relief supplies into Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures. Even deliveries by sea isn't of much help when much of the ground transportation is not usable.

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Posted in: Workers struggle to restore water supply to flood-hit towns See in context

I think an even more major issue now is to get ground transportation links restored in western Honshu. JR West said they are working around the clock to restore the San'yo Main Line, but full service may not be available until middle August 2018. At least getting that restored will allow goods transportation into that area on a larger scale.

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Posted in: Why buy barbecue sauce when you can design your own? See in context

If you can get access to a Japanese-oriented supermarket here in the USA, you could even attempt to make your own tonkatsu sauce. I've known of several people in Hawaii who actually tried this with surprisingly good results.

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Posted in: Gov't speeds up reconstruction efforts after torrential rains See in context

JR West should prioritize re-opening the San'yo Main Line from Shimonoseki to Himeji, since once that line reopens at least essential goods can be moved by train. They also need to get the San'yo and Chugoku Expressways reopened, too.

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Posted in: ANA to cancel 176 more domestic flights for engine inspections See in context

From what I've read, the only fix for the Trent 1000 Package B and C engines is to redesign the critical components to make essentially a near-new engine. If that's the case, ANA won't be able to get their 787 fleet back into full operation until past 2020!

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Posted in: Rescuers search for survivors as death toll from floods, landslides rises to 157 See in context

I know that parts of the San'yo Main Line suffered landslide damage, especially between Hiroshima and Aioi west of HImeji My guess is that JR West will prioritize reopening the San'yo Main Line at the earliest opportunity, since there is a lot of JR Freight and local passenger traffic on that line.

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Posted in: A handy guide to sake - Japan's national drink See in context

First things first: find out where the best nihonshu come from (in general). Some say start with Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture, around Akita in Akita Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture.

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Posted in: At least 73 killed, 63 missing after torrential rain in southwest Japan See in context

The flooding damage is a bit shocking, to say the least. Kurashiki was hard hit because the Takahashi River (and the Oda River north of Kurashiki) way overflowed their banks. It could be quite a while before train service on the San'yo Main Line is restored because there have been several landslides on the route in the Okayama area.

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Posted in: Two more dead as record heavy rain hits Japan See in context

The scary part is many rivers in western Honshu from Shiga Prefecture west are now raging torrents--and road/railroad bridges are threatened because the level of those bridges are often not much higher than the top to the river bank.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

It's very likely all train services in the Keihanshin (Kyoto/Nara/Osaka/Kobe) region will not start up until tomorrow (18 June 2018), given the fact the earthquake was 6.1 on the Richter scale and only 13 km below ground level. JR West, Hankyu, Keihan, Hanshin, Nankai, Osaka Subway and Kyoto Subway lines will have to be inspected for the rest of today.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

An update: according to the US Geological Survey website, the earthquake (Richter scale 5.3) happened about 1 km south-southwest of the town of Takatsuki, and the epicenter depth below the ground was only around 15.4 km below ground level. We may see visible damage in Takatsuki and Ibaraki, another Osaka suburban community southwest of Takatsuki.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

May want to check around the town ot Takatsuki, which was very near the earthquake epicenter. Takatsuki is a major stop for JR West and Hankyu commuter trains and also a substantial bedroom community for Osaka itself.

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Posted in: Tokyo's taxi industry undergoing some radical changes See in context

I would LOVE to see Toyota develop a version of the new JPN Taxi specifically for the US market. The new taxis in New York City based on the Nissan NV200 commercial van is just way too big a vehicle for a taxi, in my opinion.

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Posted in: 2 killed in head-on collision in Nagano Pref See in context

@Disillusioned, if I were living in Japan right now and could own a car, my car of choice would be a Honda Fit 13G. Almost the same size as the larger Kei-car models, the car has enough power for Japanese driving conditions, seats four comfortably and is vastly safer than most Kei-cars (it's gotten good crash ratings even on the stringent EuroNCAP crash tests). I should know--I drive the US-market Fit EX here in the USA and love the car. In fact, you wonder has any Japanese media company been bold enough to write stories about the potential crash dangers of Kei-cars recently or even in the past.

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Posted in: Narita airport to expand LCC terminal to address congestion See in context

I think the problem is that the Tokyo to Sapporo and Tokyo to Fukuoka routes are proving to be a lot more popular than people think since the Hokkaido Shinkansen to Sapporo won't open until 2035 (!) and a lot of people don't wan't to be stuck on a Shinkansen train for five hours between Tokyo and Hakata stations. No wonder why Narita Airport is expanding, and they may need more expansion at Haneda, too.

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