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Posted in: Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Ghosn, 3 Americans over his escape See in context

What a circus... Where are the prosecutors who should indict Abe for clearly and admittedly using tax-payer public money for his party and its own benefits with the Sakura-miru-kai and related - that is supposed to be a 'public event' -while the list and the data of the participants are said to by a privacy-issue? Why is he not indicted formally and prosecuted by authorities for evident misconduct?

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Posted in: Anime voice actor fired for 'inconsiderate comments,' possibly that women shouldn’t drink sake See in context

He is totally correct in his statement. Also men should drink less. Society too shouldn't advertise it, like for tobacco. Paradoxically alcoholics get you dependent more than light drugs... and certainly makes you fat, beside butting nice girls into a very bad light.

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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

I believe people need to get used to the idea that Fukushima will not be the same and enjoy the same image as before at least for a hundreds years or even more. Radiations and memory last longer than human life. There is a physical and a psychological effect to radiation contamination. Artificial radionuclides are there even if not displayed on geigers (penetrated deep into the ground, into forests and places not cleaned and treated, etc). We still discover now in Europe hotspots of the Chernobyl era (not dangerous, because most of times in areas not easily accessible, like mountains or forests... wild animals from woods). The psychological effect also is relevant: that is the same reason for in Japan standard salami and cheese are not sold like in Europe, i.e. if they are not sealed in plastic they look dirty because of the mold and the color that the aging produces. Government did not pay any effort to clear up in a internationally recognized way and in a nationally and generally accepted way also from the victims the contamination areas and the compensations. So everything related to the name Fukushima remains stained by radiation. There is little to do, IMO. That si simply the price you pay for choosing the nuclear way. It is an option for countries with large territories... space that can be sacrificed in case something happen, it is not something you can clean up and go on like before, like a fire. Everybody should wake up.

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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context


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Posted in: Hot water: Pressure to move Olympic open-water venue from Tokyo Bay See in context

BackpackingNepal... it is triathlon. It is not swimming for fun in a no-man-land river...

Hosting the Olympics in Tokyo in summer was itself an insane decision from the start. People do not want to stay outside and try to take shelter in kombini and commercial centers every 100 meter because of the eat, while elderly hardly venture outside during day hours if it is not strictly necessary for risk of fainting, as it happens already to kids and younger folks doing sports outside. Beside the average Japanese are already pissed off and freak out when tourists crowds streets in groups, or trains with luggages, and occupy whole shops to eat right now. I have students - adults - already worried for their commuting to the office, which is placed in station that leads to Olympic venues... Moving competitions outside is the wisest thing they could come up. After all they have been spending an awful amount of public taxes to build up mostly only Tokyo, and just to fit it structures for spots that after it, nobody will ever care about... (Badminton and Trampoline at the Olympic...?!! Are we serious? Really!?)

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Posted in: Japan's households tighten purse strings as sales tax, typhoon hit See in context

You're gonna see the crisis. It has just started. These folks really do not get it... If they want money, they need to get it where it actually goes... on fat stipends not on daily consumption. Particularly in a consumeristic place like Japan. I myself even changed supermarket because I found myself spending about 300-500 yen more for daily groceries... which is unbearable. Many shops like restaurants act also badly, having applied a 10% over the previous price, which was already including 8% tax, so instead of paying a 2% more you are actually paying more than 10% now.

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Posted in: Radiation 'hot spots' near Olympic torch relay in Fukushima: Greenpeace See in context

I think that nothing international should be done anywhere close to Fukushima. Hot spots don't kill you, not give you any noticeable effect (unless you stand on a piece of a crude reactor bar). Yet, you never know and never can know. TEPCO and the government never did it, and still do not say everything about it now. Would you eat an apple, if I tell you that now it is clean because I washed it very well, but previously I dropped it into the the sewage? I doubt it . And that it is not because it is stinky or dirty.

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Posted in: Starlight Garden See in context

Pt some lights... and you have Christmas. Pull them away, all finished. lol

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Posted in: Nissan's new CEO reaffirms alliance, promises revival See in context

Yeah, that is easy to say after foreigners did the dirty job and get a kick in their bu**! Like in the past for Olympus. Usual Japanese hypocrisy. Shame on you Nissan.

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Posted in: Fukushima melted fuel removal to begin in 2021 See in context

I wanna see that...!

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Posted in: Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents See in context

Totally agree with Wobot.

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Posted in: Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents See in context

I think it is total idiocy. What about enforcing traffic laws for bicycles riders... If bicycles are regarded just like vehicles - like in the rest of the world - you will have no accidents with pedestrians. No more damn bicycles going up and down the sidewalk, no more red light disrespect, no more crossing on the stripes, no more riding against the one only direction... Safe walking and safe riding.

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Posted in: Saitama man arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain See in context

If you have a call service, you answer and provide the service! And you shut up!

If you have an issue like this, you call the guy to the office and solve the situation face to face. Nobody has to apologize to anybody. If the owner of the phone is unsatisfied with the service, the company cancel his contract and he goes to another company. A phone company that calls the police because one of their customers calls too many time, is weird and unethical. Complain is legitimate. If they have problems with the call center, they should increase the employee. What if 59 different people called the center all at once that day to complain about a broken line or service? Did they call the police for that? Said that, I find ridiculous that many people in Japan waste their life to obtain excuses for any sort of petit lack of service (described or not in the contract). Just like the excuse would make up for the damage. Very childish.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

These folks are insane...I'd say. Why don't we have people wear badges indicating how much of a stipend they earn, which area they live, which handicap they bear. We could start with a mandatory hut for those with influenza or a cold... who knows.

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Posted in: Tokyo sightseeing boat firms fear damage to business during Olympics See in context

How comfortable, uh? Change job, then...!

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Posted in: Japan grapples with serving Fukushima food at 2020 Olympics See in context

It is not a problem if it is safe or not, the issue is people are free to chose. If I propose you two apples, bot beautiful, both throughly washed, but I tell you that the left one earlier fell into my latrine, which one do you pick?

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Because the government is expert of nuclear things, isn't it?

As I said before, they should bottle it and sell it or give it for free to next year Olympics visitors and tourists. After all it is safe, isn't it? Fukushima mineral water... rich in oligoelements.

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Posted in: Emperor completes secretive key succession ritual See in context

I totally agree with those who filed a lawsuit! If I knew about ti I would subscribe to it too. Shinto is not a state religion, nor Japanese are true Shinto believers. The same Shinto religion is managed privately (temple owners are privates who not only have no specific duty or rules from a central religious authority to abide to, but even do not even pay taxes). Why should the government pay for a religion/belief that involves only the imperial family? It is pure absurdity. Those money should be given to the people that suffered the damages of the typhoon and of Fukushima disaster (which is government responsibility for sure). If they want to keep up with that tradition - which benefit themselves only - they should pay from their pocket, as any other royal family around the world does.

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Posted in: SpaceX sends up 60 mini-satellites with plans for thousands more See in context

Who give them the right to flood the orbit with private property stuff without any regulation? Then another company could send into space a craft or a device that collides with them or that willingly hit them. In that case what is the regulation? I mean, I find the thing pretty absurd. It would be just like a private company starts building uncontrolled and unregulated a networks of tunnels underneath our houses, cities without any responsibility taken whatsoever...

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

Nobody want to go cashless except banks, card companies, companies involved with the remote payments tools, large markets and the government (to track your expenditures for the taxes). Cashless is the most expensive and technology requiring way of making business. It requires tools, know-how, running costs. And it exposes you to be seen by anybody involved with any one of those systems. And in a disaster afflicted country like Japan, it does not offer any certainty in case of emergency (I myself experienced it during 2011 quake, when I remained for days without the possibility of taking cash from the machine because there was a prolonged blackout).

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers accuse prosecutors, gov't officials, Nissan execs of collusion See in context

Why nobody is surprised and only Japanese newspapers present it as something incredible?

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Posted in: Foreign dignitaries treated to Japanese traditional arts at banquet See in context

I have to agree with SEMPERFI comment: in another age, perhaps all this was OK. But considering the fact that they have to represent and protect the tradition of Japan - as they declear (because they have no other function) - I think that the astronomical amount of money paid for the ceremony and the treatment of guests from abroad was better spent in a donation fund for the disaster hit areas. I understand that it is not their job to support financially the reconstruction, but I find it really a waste throwing away money in flight tickects, first class hotels and expensive obento (because at the end, to feed so many people at once, the only thing you can do is to prepare obento-like style stuff). Times changes , traditions too...

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

Endless dramatizations and, as usual in this anzen-boke country, overreactions. Particularly on TV and particularly based on Tokyo, where nothing really happens (other areas have far more legitimate concerns). I am not minimizing the effects, but I have hardly seen foreign country being so doomed in their daily activities without certainty of an event occurring...

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Posted in: Organizers fear security staff shortage for Tokyo Olympics See in context

There are really so many people going to watch the Olympic performances, yes? I don't get it. It has really no appeal to me. You see them far better from home on TV. Why bothering enduring all that mess?

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Posted in: Japanese cattle farmers fear U.S. trade deal will be death knell See in context

Better be so... Japanese meat is freaking expensive and full of fat. Totally un-meaty... The problem is that American meat is no way better: steroid based. But eventually you got to eat something and in this city there is nothing really eatable: raw stuff, fried crap and shovels over shovels of rice. No cheesa, no ham, no pizza, vegetable and fruits at stellar prices...

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

What a nonsense... while TEPCO tops have just been declared innocent.

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Posted in: Malaysia bans Jennifer Lopez movie 'Hustlers' See in context

I do not even understand why other countries bother distributing cultural products there...

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Posted in: Test marathon gives Tokyo a taste of what to expect at 2020 Games See in context

I am totally against this sort of events held in the middle of the city, with everybody held hostage and restricted in their movements for more than half a day, without flexibility for daily needs. People have a life to get on with and Tokyo is not a provincial town where everything stops in the weekend. These suckers do not let you even cross the street independently if there are athletes coming or not. I had endless fight with police officers in the past for that.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

Why they do not bottle it and make mineral water to sell or distribute during the Olympics...

If it is diluted, as they are going to say, until underneath the minimum, they can even earn money by it. Isn't it the same? The same works also for plutonium and all the rest of the radioactive crap they have there? Beside tritium will be absorbed by bodies and it will not get dispersed into the environment. Once dead, ashes and bodies are stored in cemeteries (for which others pay the bills...). That would certainly be a more viable solution.

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Posted in: Huawei plans high-end phone launch under cloud of Google ban See in context

Tom... that is the battery. I had the same problem. I had that changed by a private service since here in Japan for the Hua Wei store it was too old and unsupported. 25$. Now it works flawlessly.

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