Richard Burgan comments

Posted in: Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan See in context

This is quite a change. It's sunny and warm in Okinawa and we have been having nice cool nights. People who live in Okinawa face this kind of typhoon every year, even multiple times. Please be safe if you live in the area affected by the current typhoon. After the storm is over, please think how you can be better prepared next time. Stay safe.

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Posted in: Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision with patrol boat See in context

Sorry that the North Koreans have to resort to enslaving fishing crews to be able to feed their population. Maybe it's a sign that they should drop the nuclear program and spend the money on taking care of the people. (I know, that's not going to happen.) Maybe Japan should use the "Tough Love" solution like Indonesia. If you illegally fish in Indonesian waters they seize your boat and sink it. The crew get a hefty bill and is sent home. Few boats illegally fish there any more.

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Posted in: Junior high school girl attacked by man while on her way to school in Ehime See in context

@zichi is right about teaching how to defend yourself. However, the solution is not with the victim. the problem is that society produces people who do these things. And, society doesn't have solutions. We need to find those solutions and implement them. Every time there is a horrible crime reported we see that there are societal failures that made it possible for a person to commit the crime. After the fact we see that if this or that had just been done it would have prevented the crime. When someone is abusing a person there are other people that know but do nothing. Lets accept responsibility for life and make society better.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile, possibly from sub; falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone See in context

So, where is NK getting the cash and materials to carry out all these weapons development programs? Must be Russia, Iran, and China.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

There are already people to remind people not to do "Unauthorized entry to homes and property damage". They even have a special number, 110, they are the Police. A phone app isn't going to discourage people who do this. Although, I have my doubts that it is common.

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Posted in: IOC chief to confirm Japan's food products safe for Olympic participants See in context

Food in Japan is safe and healthy. I'm sure Japan will get glowing reviews. This is a formality that will, hopefully, head off protests from political activists and of course, Korea.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Will the etiquette change for walking belts at airports too?

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Posted in: Typhoon heads to northeast Japan after causing some damage in south See in context

By international (WMO) definition "Tapah" is not strong enough to be classified a Typhoon. It remains a strong Tropical Storm. Certainly it has and will have the potential to wreak havoc along it's path. So, be prepared as if it were a real typhoon. (News outlets tend to exaggerate.)

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Posted in: Typhoon may bring heavy rain, strong winds to western Japan See in context

I hope everyone gets prepared ahead of time. By international standards this is a Strong Tropical Storm and does not qualify in strength as a Typhoon. Based on what we experienced in Okinawa it's pretty strong. So, call it what you want and get prepared. [The Japan Meteorological Agency, JMA, calls everything that goes round and round in summer a Typhoon and gives it a number when reporting in Japan. Now that they have international forecasting responsibilities they follow WMO norms. This has lead to two systems of numbering, naming, and strength classifications. It can be confusing!]

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

I'm really surprised at the poor construction quality of the buildings in Chiba, Japan. For a country that experiences typhoons and earthquakes on a regular basis it's pretty shocking. Further I'm surprised at the level of bureaucracy preventing quick recovery. In the US before Hurricane Dorian there were 12,000 utility crews pre-staged in Florida ready to do repairs asap after the storm. (Florida has it's preparedness issues too.) Let's hope Chiba uses this experience to get much better prepared for the next time.

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

Children of Korea, calm down and look at yourselves. You have no friends. Will you announce a boycott of the 2020 Olympics in Japan next?

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Posted in: Typhoon-hit Chiba asks for volunteers' help amid prolonged power cut See in context

Now they ask for volunteers? A week after the storm? You aren't doing your job unless you are prepared BEFORE the storm. Next question, are the volunteers going to be allowed to do anything without government permission? Can they be proactive, clear a road, fix a roof, dig a ditch, buy some food, fuel, supplies, without bureaucratic obstacles? Of course not. OK, so it's too late this time, lets start getting prepared for next time right now. Good luck everyone.

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Posted in: Top doctor sounds alarm over heatstroke at Tokyo 2020 Olympics See in context

Why don't Japanese people know how to handle hot weather? It happens every year. Surely air conditioning hasn't turned a whole nation into wimps. Okinawa has heat indexes over 38 C (100 F) virtually everyday for months in the summer. And it only cools off about 8 degrees at night. People seem to go on with normal activities dispite the hot weather. Heatstroke is very rare in Okinawa.

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Posted in: Residents grow weary over prolonged power cuts in Chiba Prefecture See in context

Being without electricty for several days is very difficult. Not having a roof or running water or cell service makes it even more unpleasant. Now is the time to look at the kinds of things that can happen and prepare yourself before it happens in the future. People know that typhoons, earthquakes, heavy rain, mudslides, and so on happen in Japan. So, get prepared, prepare your family. Look at your roof, can it stand high winds, if not fix it so it can. What happens if the power goes off for a week? How will you charge your cell phone? Get an alternate source of power in case of emergency. Generators, solar panels, backup batteries, car accessory chargers are cheap these days. Don't just wait for he city to send out people to help you, help yourself. That's the idea of self reliance, it's how you avoid being a burden on others and keep your family safe. This is certainly lacking in Japan. But that can change.

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout in Chiba reaches Day 4, affecting 330,000 homes See in context

When the power goes out you learn to appreciate having it. Lets all appreciate the line crews out there working long hours to restore our convenience. Working as a lineman is meticulous work due to the safety protocols that must be followed. Appreciate the workers at the power company. (OK, go ahead and complain about the company, but not the workers!)

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Posted in: TEPCO struggles to restore power after typhoon See in context

Learn from Okinawa how to build to survive Typhoons. Miyako Island just got hit with a (CAT 4 equivalent) super typhoon. Yes they had some damage and power was out for a short time. But, it's not a big deal and all will be back to normal in two to three days. Okinawan's don't have anywhere to evacuate to so they have to be self-sufficient. People around the world could learn a lot about how to survive typhoons from Okinawa. Hope they get the damage in Japan repaired quickly.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

When you make a change like this you end up with some names written " First Last" and some written "Last First". How can you tell which way is correct? In most cases you can guess based on what you think are common family and given names. But, how would you do that with a computer? To resolve the problem you can simply add a comma after family name like this: "Last, First". That is the common way to do it in English. Using the comma resolves the problem completely. People named "First Last" generally don't like it if you call them "Last First", But if you simply add a comma they understand. It gets a bit more complex if you add a "Middle" name. My Japanese drivers license has "Last First Middle". I constantly get called by my middle name if someone refers to my drivers license.

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Posted in: South Korea calls for ban of 'rising sun' flag at 2020 Olympics See in context

How about a ban on stupid people at the Olympics? South Korea is acting just like a child that started a temper tantrum and no doesn't know how to end it. SK should get back to what's important like making friends with all of it's neighbors again. It seems to have alienated all of them thus far.

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Posted in: New prosecutor defends handling of Ghosn case See in context

Prosecutor Sogi says he "really doesn't understand the meaning of: Hostage Justice". In that case I wonder if he understands the meaning of "Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". Japan should remove the admisabiliy of confessions in court. Confessions have proven unreliable especially when obtained under duress.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

Why does the Police department need a Navy of it's own. Why not let the Navy do it? Maybe the Police should specialize in police work and let the Navy do the navy stuff.

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Posted in: Whaling town Taiji begins dolphin hunt See in context

Japan should know that the MAJORITY of the world hates this. It is a black mark on an otherwise respected country. The same can be said for whaling. Both of these practices are allowed only to placate a relative few people.

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Posted in: South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past See in context

It's time for the US to TELL Mr. Moon to settle the issues with Japan immediately. He must realize that the US relationship with Japan is more important than with South Korea. Since the US is virtually the only country defending and propping up South Korea, making the relationship difficult is really stupid. What will South Korea do if the US backs off its support (even a little bit)?

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japanese ambassador as export trade curbs take effect See in context

Every day Mr. Moon digs the hole deeper. South Korea seems to be stuck with past memories. The world is moving on. Come back when you get over it. Maybe North Korea will help.

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Posted in: Japan to revoke S Korea's trusted trade status Wednesday as planned See in context

Hey SK got any friendly neighbors? No? You had one in Japan. Now, you only have a chance to make friends with NK. Hope that works out for ya.

Seriously, SK seems to be trying to mess up the SK-US-JP alliance. Certainly the US and JP will stick together. Where does that leave SK? The US is its only protector. If SK doesn't get the message soon it will be time for the US to start re-evaluating the SK-US alliance. Trumps deal with NK doesn't seem to be going well. The US may decide to cut its losses if it perceives SK as an insincere partner.

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Posted in: Trump says G7 leaders are getting along well See in context

No, no, you are interpreting Trump's statement all wrong. When he says "they are getting along well" he means he is getting ready to change that. These world leaders have figured out how to play Trump. Look out for what's coming.

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Posted in: S Korea says it will share military intel with Japan through U.S. See in context

@kwatt No one has a spy satellite over North Korea. It doesn't work that way. Satellites are either in geostationary orbit over the equator or in synchronous orbits that pass over North Korea periodically. You cannot place a satellite over North Korea and keep it there. That's how the Physics works. The US, Japan, and South Korea all have satellites in space. And, they all have many other sources of intelligence. North Korea probably also receives satellite intelligence from Russia, China, and others. Sharing is important, it allows verification and collective interpretation which add tremendous value. GSOMIA is mostly about trust and the expedience of sharing.

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Posted in: Abe says S Korea canceling intel deal damages trust See in context

South Korea previously had one friend in it's local neighborhood, Japan. Now Mr. Moon seems to want to go it alone. He also seems to be a very good friend of North Korea. Maybe he thinks North Korea will be a better friend? The US has propped up South Korea militarily for many years. If South Korea wants it that way it is time for the US to pull out. That shoulld help relations between North and South Korea. The US can move ahead and strengthen its relationship with Japan.

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

Mr. Moon's temper tantrum will only hurt South Korea and isolate it further. By the way who are South Korea's neighbors and friends? Oh, they don't have any? That's not normal. The Japanese don't care about SK not sharing intelligence they can get it through the US. It was SK that benefitted the most from the GSOMIA agreement anyway. Often, right before people cmmit suicide, they give away their stuff and isolate themselves. Is that what's about to happen here?

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Posted in: Japan again approves shipment of high-tech material to S Korea See in context

South Korea is doing all it can to alienate it's only friendly neighbor country. Now SK is playing games with the relationship. Every time Japan and SK meet Japan just says, remember that treaty we signed back in 1965 and all that money we paid? Well the treaty still stands and, by the way, what did you do with the money? Then the two representatives talk past each other for a while and give up and return home. I doubt much will change until SK backs off and returns Japanese Corporate assets. Unless SK decides it really doesn't need any friends...

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea rift may change regional economic, security structures See in context

South Korea has managed to allianate its only neighboring friendly country, Japan. Apparently Mr. Moon thinks he can take on the PRK without any friends. He must be pretty stupid. Time for the US to get the heck out of South Korea. They don't need to be the sole guarantor any longer.

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