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Posted in: Nissan seeks to block Ghosn's access to apartment in Rio See in context

This looks like Nissan is desperately trying to paint themselves as the good guys and Gosn as the evil one. After all these alleged misconducts happened for many years while someone at Nissan was in charge of filing his taxes, doubt he would be able to do it himself even if he wanted to. Now their plan to get rid of Gosn and Kelly for their high salary without severance pay etc, has backfired badly bc shareholders know its not as straight as story.

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Posted in: IOC chief calls Tokyo 'best-prepared' city for Olympics See in context

The stadium was supposed to host the finals of next year's Rugby World Cup, are they on time? And I faintly remember that they wanted to build a tunnel or so from Tsukiji, now changed to only a huge parking lot...Not exactly best prepared!

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Posted in: 'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce See in context

Love me my "Kuma" T-shirt... :-)

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Posted in: One of our islands is missing: Japan 'loses' a bit of land See in context

For this very reason, other "islands", or as saided above more accurately, outcrops, that are more important to Japan are surrounded by a concrete frame. But I don't think Japan is the only country doing this, so it's still fair game to me.

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Posted in: Wild boar attacks, seriously injures man in Tochigi Prefecture See in context

To make yourself look big when being attacked, opening up an umbrella towards the boar is very helpful

Boars are not free from disease: a kind of tick can spread, causing the boar to loose it's hair and become in so much pain it becomes disorientated and tame-looking. And the meat can get infected, so better enjoy it well-done

Ashikaga sounds like Ashitaka, the main character from Mononoke Hime, which also involves a lot of rather big boars...

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Posted in: German tourist admits to stabbing Japanese man on Nagasaki street See in context

Looks like some part got lost in translation: you are supposed to say that you don't remember anything when you go with the drunken excuse. Admitting to the charge is, in the court's eye, juxtapose to being drunk!

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of waiters in Japanese restaurants? See in context

Agree with the above. One tip: when you have food allergies, you might want to try a big-name hotel restaurant. They don't want to have their name appear in any angry twitter rant so they train their staff more detailed/have a list with allergen ingredients for every dish out of the kitchen.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic volunteers to get ¥1,000 a day for transport expenses See in context

Didn't do any volunteer work, but running marathons you see loads of volunteers at every event plus many more people lining the streets rooting for the runners. Because they know that runners sacrifice a lot of time training and traveling to the venue and running very hard to the point of painful., using just one off-day doesn't feel that big in comparison And while part of them are organized from those "neighborhood-groups", many are also volunteering freely, just because they want to be a part of it, or they want to make the runners feel welcome...

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5, then himself in southern California rampage See in context

Wait, how come this didn't show up in my FB news feed? Oh, I see, only 5 victims, and no school/kids involved, hardly news anymore, thats why.

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Posted in: Gov't starts crafting contingency plans in event of Mt Fuji eruption See in context

My first thought was at well, now? But when you read the text, it states that a previous panel talked about 10 cm of ash inside Tokyo, meaning somebody did think about some scenarios sometime before. So, why now? Is there an important election coming up for Abe? Wonder how many scenarios they will think up reg season, weather, Taifun/ earthquake etc. Whatever the outcome, I dont want to be around esp when that ash starts mixing up with rain and clogs everything!

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Posted in: Happy Halloween in September See in context

...and back in Germany, where Halloween is only an excuse to party wild until morning, shops are rolling out the Christmas sweets, nothing new

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Posted in: Vienna tops 'world's most liveable city' ranking; Osaka 3rd, Tokyo 7th See in context

Vienna: Tourist town and snobbish locals who think they deserve the title of "classic cultural capital" more then Paris. Plus, all shops are closed on Sundays (if they haven't changed the laws recently)!

Otherwise you just have to know what budget range they were looking it. Tokyo is nice if you can live on the 50th floor of a company-provided condominium around Tokyo bay area and take the taxi after the night out at a nice restaurant etc.

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Posted in: Taking it easy See in context

My guess too is that its a SUP, which would actually be quite enjoyable to do at Odaiba. If you have strong enough arms that is.

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Posted in: Gov't orders check of concrete walls after Osaka quake deaths See in context

To all commentators complaining about the blocks not being staggered: the wall fell in one piece, staggering wouldn't have made any difference at all! As mentioned above, steel rods are inserted vertical and horizontal between the blocks, which would be very cumbersome with staggered ones. These walls are not load-bearing (except maybe people leaning against them), only to block view and sound. Vertical rods embedded into the concrete below the walls are supposed to bear the side forces, but this wall's rods were too short, meaning they couldn't adequately be connected with the horizontal rods inside the wall.

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Posted in: Gov't orders JR West to probe fatal incident involving bullet train See in context

Don't see much fault with the driver. The crack (and blood) is on the side of the nose, hard to realize it was something big, esp inside a tunnel with its other noises. But the station employee should be questioned harder. Looks like he thought only about punctuality, doing his motions during that 60 sec stop as learned in the training. Which begs the question: if a customer was in trouble, would this employee spot it and act, e. g. use his brain?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon, race walking courses to go by iconic landmarks See in context

First, much more important than the route is what time is it going to take place, early morning like 5 a.m.? Otherwise its going to be very hot and humid.

Secondly, wtf are 3 turns doing in an Olympic course. These people run at a pace of about 20km/h and then have to do a full turn 3 times, totally getting off the rhythm!

Third, are they going to change the course of the annual marathon in February (again), as well?

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

Wow, thats close to were I live. FYI, its a new "mini" highway, only the first 25 km are open yet, without crossings etc, only one lane per direction, with those orange/white poles as dividers in the middle. Meaning, also upcoming cars are close, its not that easy to sway into the opposite lane...

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Posted in: Trash talk: A guide to garbage disposal in Japan See in context

Japan produces a lot of waste with its love of packaging, so its only fair. The problem so is that this recycling tends to let people forget the only way to be eco-friendly: which is to reduce the amount of trash, including recycable ones!

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Posted in: Fatburger opens in Tokyo, and we do battle for the throne with its huge Kingburger See in context

I am all for simplicity when it comes to burgers, don&t need no avocado, shrimps, or other fancy stuff. But this looks disgusting! Esp for that amount of money. And how comes its cheaper than the double, but more expensive then the triple, gram-wise?

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Posted in: Mountaineering in spring is popular because climbers can enjoy seeing fresh greenery, cherry blossoms and other flowers, but the weather near mountain summits is the same as in winter. See in context

Puzzled by mention of "cherry blossoms", never seen those up in the mountains....I would rather guess that most hikers go up the higher peaks to see snow without the challenges of a long winter hike, but underestimate the situation.

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Posted in: Is it coffee or tea? What you need to know about Japan's new 'tea coffee' drink See in context

Had it many years ago in Singapore, was called Yin-Yang, at a cafe and tasted actually quite good. But then, their way of making it looked much more sofisticated and thought-out than just mixing to beverages.

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Posted in: Japan's Yuki Kawauchi surges to win men's Boston Marathon See in context

2min25seconds faster than the next runner, that is quite a feat! Congratulations.

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Posted in: Alpine sightseeing route featuring 17-meter snow walls opens in Toyama See in context

Much more impressive to see would be the machinery they use to blow the snow up to 20 meters high, must be quite powerful!

And for those who haven't realized it yet: this wall is a built-up of snow removed from the road. If you could use a drone to look above and beyond this, there will probably be 'just a few meters' of naturally fallen snow behind it.

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Posted in: U.S. military parachute falls on Tokyo school grounds See in context

On a more serious note, I once stumbled across what I first thought were the remains of a parachute inside a mountainside forest. Luckily it turned out to be some vegetable field covering, that sometimes get blown up high into the air from strong gusts of wind or during a Taifun.

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Posted in: U.S. military parachute falls on Tokyo school grounds See in context

Better a parachute without a person dropping, than a person without a parachute.

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Posted in: Burger topped with a whole apple is one of trendy Tokyo’s best-looking sandwiches See in context

I think I'd rather go with the "slices of apple on a burger" type, rather than risking to unhinge my jaw. Maybe caramelized apple would be interesting...

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Posted in: 3 dead after 7 climbers fall from mountain ridge in central Japan See in context

I have hiked and climbed in the Yatsugatake range a lot, summer as winter also not this particular peak.Those mountains at the far south side are very difficult, the wind is very strong up there. This season saw very little snow and my guess would be that last week's heavy snowfall created a thick but unstable top layer, rather disconnected from the ground...

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Posted in: How old is too old for a boy to go into the women’s hot spring bath in Japan? See in context

Whenever a kid gets into an accident on his/her way to school, most commentators here are fast to complain its too dangerous. But here, nobody seems to care about a kid drowning in the dimly lit outdoor onsen...

I have been working since 6 years in a restaurant of a resort hotel and onsen, so I got to use the onsen for free most of the times, except for high seasons and weekends. And I took my 2 kids, now 7 and 4, nearly once a week, esp in winter. When my daughter, now 1st grade, says she wants to go alone to the womens bath, yes, I will let her go, but still worry more about her having an accident, more than some jerks looking at her in the mens bath because its dark outside, sometimes not many people. Not for nothing is water called "the silent killer". Than again I think she might feel strange if one of her classmates suddenly showed up. Commuting to school is dangerous too, of course, but the kids got training for it, instinct is more developed there ( I hope).

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Posted in: 77-year-old man arrested after road dispute with another driver See in context

Yes and No: 30 km section in the curvy first part deserves to be followed. But 40 km for the later one, with yellow middle line, 50 is ok and probably what most would drive.

As for above comment: if you drive 10 below limit on a wide road, normal weather, you make me impatient because I am not here for sightseeing, a just want to get from A to B!

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly driving sports car at 235 kph on highway See in context

While I think highways in Japan are inferior to German Autobahn, it states that he probably did it more than once, meaning he knows the road and where its ok to go fast. he even knows where the cams are installed...

As for killing innocent people as commented above, if you drive 70km in the inside lane of (probably) 3 lanes, its your own fault if you are being hit from behind.

Me, I drive limit+10km on normal roads, +20 on highways, which still feels slow comparing to many cars. Most other drivers, including my wife, always drive the same speed regardless of limits or weather. That is whats making it dangerous...

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