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Posted in: Japan's exports rise as U.S.-bound shipments grow amid trade war fears See in context

Actually believe Japan will get a free pass to export away to both the US and China as the two go after each others throats.

From what the article says, the surge in exports is not because of the ongoing trade war between USA and China, but a possible trade war between USA and Japan.

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Posted in: Japan eager to be on board vertical-takeoff 'flying cars' See in context

Roads? Where they're going they don't need Roads.

With roadmap I think they mean schedule, not a road.

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Posted in: Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked See in context

Sorry, I meant 239 million yen, not billion,

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Posted in: Japan on brink of IWC pullout after commercial whaling comeback blocked See in context

As per 2017, most recently audited accounts:

Country Financial Contribution

Japan 123,482 BILLIONS



Is that in billions of yen? I've seen the table for 2015 and I get a payable sum of 1,637,951 pounds (or 239 billion yen) from all of the countries, where Japan had to pay 132,341 pounds (or 19 million yen)

Maybe there is a mistake in your units?

Because the requested sum for Japan´s 2018 Defense budget is 5,255 billion yen. I doubt Japan has to pay three more times the Defense budget to the IWC.

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Posted in: Saitama police apologize for arresting wrong man as robbery suspect See in context

If the police already had dna samples from the attacker, what was the need to have the innocent guy under pressure for 20 days?

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

Japan plans to require mobile phone service providers to unlock second-hand smartphones, enabling them to be used on any network, government sources said Wednesday.

The wording is a little strange. Doesn't secondhand mean "acquired after being used by another" or "received from or through an intermediary". Buying a new device won't turn it second hand.

Or do they mean just "used phones"?.

If they mean used phones (even by the first owner) then what's the difference with having the phone unlocked from the beginning?

If it's secondhand and I have to prove I got my phone from someone else, looks like a law with a loophole is coming...

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Posted in: Radio-controlled mowing machine to be tested at agricultural solar plant See in context

From the maker website:

It has been designed exclusively to mow grass under solar panels. It is possible to operate it and work with it flexibly using radio control in order to make it easier to mow in narrow and low places. It does not damage the posts of the mounts.

So that's what the advantage is.

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Posted in: Radio-controlled mowing machine to be tested at agricultural solar plant See in context

According to Chiba Ecological Energy, the advantage of using the radio-controlled mowing machine at an agricultural solar power plant is that, unlike normal agricultural machines, it does not need to be ridden by a human and it can be controlled with a controller from behind.

For a real advantage I'd expect it to be autonomous (like setting a coordinates grid and having the mower work inside it). I don't think having the driver behind is better than having it on top (unless it's used in dangerous environments, like mine clearance).

Or maybe there are more advantages, like reducing costs or working time, but since it's not stated in the article it is hard to tell.

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Posted in: Pyramid scheme See in context

Yes, they use molds to grow the watermelons


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Posted in: Man gropes woman, chases her for 100 meters to forcibly kiss her See in context

He chased her from Yokohamato Machida? That's way more than 100 meters. It takes almost an hour by train

Not from Yokohama, but from Aoba ward in Yohokama. It's next to Machida.

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Posted in: NHK aims to begin simultaneous streaming, with gov't approval See in context

The public broadcaster is trying to position itself as "public media" and retain viewers who are leaving them for unpaid or paid video streaming services

I guess they won't care if they have only 50 viewers nationwide after they get the green light to collect money from everyone who uses internet. Because that's the way it works, right? now we are demanded to pay for having a TV set, no matter if we don't watch their signal. Later we will have to pay if we use Internet, no matter if we have a TV set or not.

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Posted in: Emperor resumes official duties after suffering nausea See in context

It is not clear if the emperor had completely recovered, the spokesman said. 

Then it would be nice from you to, at least, find out about that. I'd guess looking after the Emperor's health is one of the duties of the IHA.

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Posted in: Diet enacts labor reform bill amid concerns over long working hours See in context

"The legislation has been enacted to allow people to have different work styles, including while raising children or caring for (the elderly)," Abe told reporters at his office following the enactment.

100 hours of OT means from 8 am to 10 pm 5 days a week, or from 8 am to 9 pm 6 days a week. Add on top your commute and dinning time (between 1 and 2 hours) and after that you can raise your children or take care of your parents. Of course, you are not supposed to sleep; that's for lazy people. Or you can skip dinner and put that time to better use.

The prime minister also pledged to push forward with work-style reforms "from the viewpoint of workers."

I wonder if he really knows what that is. My guess is he didn't have much clue about it and asked Mr. Aso...

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Posted in: 11 suspected cancer cases neglected; 1 dead at Yokohama hospital See in context

Does it not have anything to do with cheap medical fees patients pay and low salaries of university doctors in Japan?

I hope not, because medicine shouldn't be about money, but taking care of others and saving lives. Sure, they don't study that hard and pay that much to the university to earn basic wages later, but if they are going to treat people according to their wallets...

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Posted in: Suspected substandard walls found at 15 schools in quake-hit Osaka See in context

This sounds like the Fukushima disaster. They were warned by experts, but they thought they knew better and chose not to do what they had to do. So it takes people's lives for them to finally act. I wonder how many more situations like these will have to happen for them to finally understand.

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Posted in: 8th time lucky for adoptive mother and actress Jun Sena See in context

Adopting a 20-30 year old? Wtf?


There's more detail about the practice in that link (though I haven't checked the sources).

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Posted in: Japanese airports short of safety inspectors See in context

One reason why wages are kept low is that airline operators outsource recruitment to inspector companies. As competition to win airport orders is severe, bid-winning prices tend to fall, analysts said.

So they know what the problem is but... Can't the airline operators define a minimum wage for inspectors in the bid conditions? That way inspector companies would have to cut other costs (let's say, the money the top levels are going to pocket) and inspectors would have a more attractive option.

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Posted in: Niigata's anti-nuclear governor resigns over magazine article See in context

He is single. He treated women as if they are prostitute. There may be. some reasons he is single.

Sounds like being single is a sin. Or a crime.

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Posted in: TEPCO in talks to form joint venture to cut procurement costs See in context

I really hope the jobs they want to create are in line with work legislation and comply with all they have to. Because Tepco's "cut procurement costs" and "saving several billions of yen" in the past has turned Fukushima into the disaster zone it is now.

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Posted in: Aso says Japan must avoid bilateral FTA with U.S. See in context

Most US foods are GM produce,and Japanese chose Organic.

Speaking of this, there is and acticle from 2014 in JT stating

About 45% of the global organic food market is in Europe and about 45% in the U.S. The rest of the world accounts for the remaining 10%, and Japan itself just 2%.

The US has around 320 million people and four years ago consumed 45% of the global organic produce, while Japan, with around 30% of that population, consumed 4% compared to the US.

The is another article, an old one too, about organic farming in Japan (https://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id027809.html)

With this background, organic produce presently accounts for only 0.1 percent of total farm production and cropland area in Japan. It accounts for only 1.65 percent for green tea, but this is the highest organically-grown percentage for any product, Organics account for a mere 0.12 percent of rice, Japan's leading crop (all data from FY 2004).

So, how have things changed in all these years? I know options for vegetarians and vegans are improving, slowly, but improving. How is it for organic food?

Additionally, if non gmo is important (and it's important to note that "non gmo" is not the same than "organic"), the Japanese government could demand that as part of a FTA. I remember reading news a few years ago about Japan rejecting a shipping of gmo wheat from the US.

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Posted in: 11-year-old girl killed after wheel loader hits kids with impaired hearing See in context

FizzBit - a good point. I do not see an excavator in the photo and one would typically not have a license plate - it would be transported atop a trailer pulled by a truck.

The article improperly says excavator; from the picture it's a loader. And the plate place is hidden by the traffic pole, so it's hard to say if it's not allowed on the road.

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Posted in: Toshiba gains shareholder approval for crucial chip unit sale See in context

Toshiba execs will eventually comit suicide if they’re unable to turn things around or be brought up on Stock Exchange fraud because they will not be able to bare the shame or finical burden placed upon them or their family and company.

I wouldn't be so sure about that, if other companies execs can be taken as an example. The best exmaple of them all are the guys from Tepco. Because of their arrogance and greed many people lost their homes, health and some even commited suicide. And from the last trial, wwhere they denied responsibility arguing that nobody could have foreseen that tsunami, it seems to me like they can sleep well at night.

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Posted in: Japan's anti-conspiracy law takes effect See in context

Does this mean Yakuza groups will be targeted then?

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Posted in: Japan wrestles over smoking ban as Olympics loom See in context

I don't smoke and I live in a small town. So there are mostly small restaurants.

"I believe Japanese people really are considerate of others," she said. "It's more important for us to trust people than enact a really repressive law."

From personal experience I doubt about Japanese being considerate of others when it comes to tobacco. People light their cigarretes before and after they eat, but most of the times they don't care about me (or others, for that matter) eating next to them when they light up their cigarretes. So I have to move to another table. That makes me look for different restaurants to eat, because only the chain restaurants ban smoking inside and most of those don't cook the food small restaurants cook.

I think if the food is good and smoking is not allowed or partially allowed, smokers will make the "sacriffice" of waiting to light up their cigarrettes until they have finished eating and leave, because that is not going to affect the way they preceive food, supposedly. But when it's the opposite situation, no matter how good is the food: if it comes with tobacco smoke non smokers won't get in. So it seems to me that making a place full smoker is going to lead to lose more customers than banning smoking completely or partially.

But who knows.

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Posted in: Woman killed in hit-and-run in Ibaraki See in context

I usually see every morning people doing a shortcut through a sweets store parking lot on my way to work. They should close it while the store is closed.

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Posted in: Consumer prices in Japan fall for 1st time in 4 years in 2016 See in context

The BoJ had hoped that consumers would spend more if prices were rising

How does that work? I thought it was the opposite. If I keep earning the same and prices keep rising, shouldn't I save as much as possible or buy only the necessary ?

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Posted in: Woman rescued after being stuck beneath car for 3 days in Hokkaido See in context

Reminds me a scene from Tokyo Godfathers.

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