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Posted in: A sad Oden Day in Japan as stores seem to be steadily stopping self-service pots See in context

Never a fan. its kinda gross to think about all the dust and whatever that may have made it into the soup that’s been out all day

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Posted in: Lunch lineup See in context

Even after being here close to 20 years I still don’t understand why people wait in line for ages in all sorts of weather when they could get something just as good around the corner without the wait

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Posted in: Earthquake shatters New Year calm in Japan See in context

I wonder how many people here have really experienced a strong earthquake, and would like to share what they remember of such experiences ?

was at home in Toyama where it was a strong 5. There was a smaller quake just before the big one so we had earthquakes on our mind. We hid under the table but ran out the front door when it got stronger as there are rice fields across the road so no danger of stuff falling on us. Many of the neighbors ran out side too and the older ones said it was the first time to experience such a quake. It was surprising to see how much our cars were rocking. No real damage to the house - just a few things fell out of cupboards

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Posted in: Rakuten's mobile misadventure: From ambitious plan to millstone See in context

I use Rakuten because of the price. The only coverage problems I have are in supermarkets. Don’t know why but I never get service in the two close to where I live. No problems when hiking in the mountains though

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Posted in: Tour operator fined over 2019 deaths of Japanese teens in Australia See in context

How would you explain the low number of people who can swim in Japan then?

None of my Japanese family (6 people) can even keep their head above water.

many can swim, just not that well. And as for your family, a family with parents who don’t swim is far more likely to have kids who can’t swim

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Posted in: Japan planning to establish zones to give vacant homes new life See in context

J-TV could help by not broadcasting Tokyo 24h a day, whole Japan wants to move here (even people from Kobe, Osaka, etc.)

who wants to live in Tokyo?? Couldn’t think of anything worse. Fun place to visit for the weekend but live there? No thanks

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Posted in: Heavy snow warnings issued for parts of Japan; flights canceled See in context

Blizzard conditions here in Toyama. Digging the car out in the morning won’t be fun

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Posted in: Jetstar resumes Tokyo-Cairns flights See in context

My wife was on the Wednesday flight back to Japan. She said there wasn’t even 50 people on the plane and whole sections had no one

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Posted in: Ikee vows big performance at Tokyo Olympics See in context

as someone who has survived cancer and been through all that treatment, shouldn’t she be against holding the olympics during a pandemic? Cancer patients going through treatment are gonna have a much harder time if they catch Covid

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Posted in: Cars stranded, trains affected by continued heavy snow across Japan See in context

I’m in Toyama and it’s been crazy this weekend. I’ve had to help three cars out the front of my place coz they tried to drive through deep snow and got stuck. Saw many vehicles stuck and abandoned on my walk to the supermarket. And yeah, it does look pretty amazing outside now that the sun has come out

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Posted in: Milo sales suspended for winter after demand surge causes shortage See in context

It’s an Aussie product but the stuff you get over here is slightly different. I like the Aussie stuff better, made with half milo and half milk. It has pictures of people playing sports on the packet

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

Did anyone see on tv last night they had one of those shows that talk about crimes and such. They had a story of a Japanese uni student who was framed for being the head of one of those ore ore scams. Was totally innocent but was kept in jail for over 100 days and was just not let out after his mum proved he was innocent. Prosecutors did nothing and assumed guilt from the start. They even slept while interrogating him. Took over 400 days from arrest to be able to prove his innocence in court. They had an interview with the man and he talked about the harsh conditions. No heating, lights on all night, long useless interrogations etc

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Posted in: Man goes missing in Northern Alps See in context

Even down in Toyama city the weather was rainy and very windy on that day. Can’t imagine what it was like more than 2000m up in the mountains...

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Posted in: Japan's alpine sightseeing route featuring snow walls opens See in context

I can see where it is from my bedroom window and can make out the car park with binoculars. The mountains make for an amazing view

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Posted in: Tired Ghosn recovering, as lawyer works on defense See in context

I wonder what the first thing he ate was after all that prison food

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Posted in: 7 die as influenza epidemic hits Hyogo nursing home See in context

My family (wife and 2 kids), sister in law, and I all got it even though we had all been vaccinated. Must be a different strain to the vaccination that’s doing the rounds. Knocked me out for a few days with a painful cough, 40C fever, no energy etc Can’t imagine what it would have been like to be 80 and go through it

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Posted in: City hires a hawk to chase occupying army of crows away from city hall See in context

Here in Toyama all the crows come into the city centre just before sunset and sleep on the tops of buildings. Thousands of them. We call it ‘Karasu no jikan.’ Come morning they all fly back off to different areas for the day

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