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Posted in: Japan sees 1st 40 C day this summer as heatwave persists See in context

I come from a cold place, so I love cool temperatures. Now I live in the hot south of Japan and my air conditioning is set to 27 C. Only in the room I'm in at any one time. It's totally okay. I don't understand people who leave the air conditioning running when they're not even at home and then wonder why it costs so much. The same with the cars. Leaving the engine and air conditioning running even though nobody is in the car. What nonsense.

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Posted in: U.S. surgeon general declares gun violence a public health emergency See in context

What a joke the USA has become in so many ways over the last few decades. I'm actually pro-America, but as an outsider I can only shake my head at what's going on. Quo vadis, America?

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Posted in: Japan seeks more visitors despite overtourism problems See in context

Why doesn't anyone mention Kyushu here? You can just visit Kyushu and you've seen and experienced almost everything that is Japan. I'm not a fan of hordes of tourists, but a little more internationality would do South Kyushu, where I live, good. At the moment, it's mainly Asians who come here, but I've also met groups from France. The only thing I fear is that things will become more expensive then. Salaries here in the city are extremely low.

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Posted in: U.S. Marines' transfer to Guam from Okinawa to start in December See in context

I am not an American, I am European. I like the international feel of Okinawa, which is also based on the Americans present. I live in southern Kyushu, there are times when I don't see any Westerner for weeks. That's why American-influenced Okinawa is a good place for me to travel to sometimes.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gov Koike declares intention to run for 3rd term, setting up showdown with Renho See in context

It's none of our business, the Japanese will decide their own fate. However, Renhō has something sinister about her. Would fit in well as an alien in "Men in Black".

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Posted in: Japan Association of Translators condemns AI manga translation See in context

The automation wave has come for graphic designers, illustrators, translators, coders.

I'm a graphic designer and I tell you, I'm lucky to be at an age where it doesn't matter to me if AI completely erases my field of work. But I feel sorry for the young people who have chosen such a career out of passion and now have to watch as AI takes over with pseudo-creativity.

I'm not necessarily against AI, but people need to realize that it will destroy much of what makes a person an individual. Welcome to monotony.

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Posted in: Toyota, Mazda, Subaru to develop new engines in hybrid push See in context

My 13-year-old Honda Hybrid isn't showing any signs of age yet, the concept is convincing. I hope for many more years. I think it's more sustainable not to change your car every few years than to follow trends. I'm not against electric cars at all, but my next and therefore last car will also be a hybrid. It is wise that the domestic carmakers are not switching completely to electric yet.

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Posted in: Rally for Gaza in Nagoya See in context

I would support it if the same group would also speak out vehemently against Hamas. But they don't, so no sympathy from my side.

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 153 range against dollar for 1st time in 34 years See in context

I'm not from the US, my exchange rate is 167. This sucks on so many levels.

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Posted in: Happy ABBA-versary! Fans mark 50 years since 'Waterloo' took the world by storm See in context

I saw the victory live on TV when I was 12. I wasn't a big fan of the music myself, but ABBA were one of the pop superstars of the time. It was a great time.

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Posted in: Kiss sells catalog, brand name and IP to Swedish company See in context

KISS were big when I was young and I still listen to the music from back then and not all the crap that's out there today. But I never understood why all these old legends can't let go with dignity and want to destroy their status.

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Posted in: Hit them in the pocket: How cities are going after SUVs See in context

To each his own. I don't drive a tractor like that, but I find the mid-range SUVs quite interesting. It would help everyone if SUV drivers drove a little more moderately than usual. If you own such a monster, there's nothing wrong with behaving more considerately in traffic.

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Posted in: 3 foreign-born residents sue over racial profiling by Japanese police See in context

I am a white, older guy and have lived in Miyazaki for 10 years. I have never been checked by the Japanese police, although I don't always follow the rules exactly. I think racial profiling has to do with big city life. As one of the few western foreigners living in Miyazaki, there are no problems here, even if I were black and young.

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Posted in: Facilities for disabled face serious labor shortages in Japan: survey See in context

I'm not young anymore and I've been living in Japan for a while and it will probably stay that way. But one thing is certain: if one day I need such a facility or need care for the elderly, I will leave the country if nothing changes in this area.

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Posted in: Political funds scandals may signal early end of Kishida gov't See in context

I am from a country governed by multiple parties. These one-party governments are like aristocracies. And the party landscape in Japan in particular is not worthy of a first world country.

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Posted in: Denmark adopts law making it illegal to burn Koran or other religious texts See in context

Religion is the root of all the mess going on in the world.

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Posted in: Death penalty sought for man over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson-murders See in context

There's no reason to keep this guy alive. In this case a death sentence is correct.

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Posted in: A look back at 50 years of Kiss-tory as the legendary band prepares to take its final bow See in context

“Destroyer” was the first record I ever bought. I saw them twice about 45 years ago when I was a teenager. It's true that they didn't sound particularly great in concert, but they put on a badass show. I rarely listen to KISS these days, but they are legendary. Much more impressive than today's music from untalented lip sync business slaves.

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Posted in: South Korea to ban eating dogs See in context

I come from Europe. As a little boy, I spent my holidays on my great-grandparents' farm. When the neighbor's dog died, they cooked and ate it. A long time ago. When I tell Japanese people that we eat rabbit, they look shocked.

I think many Asians don't really care about animals. Keep dogs in cages in their 1 DKs while they go to work or chain them outside no matter the weather. Or look at agriculture in Japan: you rarely see cows outside.

I'm not saying you have to give up your eating habits or keeping animals, but at least treat them in a decent way. It's not that difficult. Sometimes you see pitiful things here.

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Posted in: Japan announces sanctions on Hamas-related individuals, company See in context

Correct! There is no place for terrorist sponsors and friends in this world.

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Posted in: Each day, you leave digital traces of what you did, where you went, who you communicated with, what you bought and much more. Does this concern you? See in context

Anyone who tracks me is wasting their time and resources.

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Posted in: What's that bar band playing 'Jumpin' Jack Flash?' Oh, it's the Rolling Stones See in context

Love them or hate them, these guys are a legend that few can match.

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Posted in: After blast kills at least 500 at Gaza hospital, Hamas and Israel trade blame as rage spreads in region See in context

This was probably a Hamas rocket because they never really cared about their own people. All they really care about is spreading their hate agenda.

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Posted in: Israeli envoy says Japan should be vigilant with its aid to Palestinians See in context

They like to receive lots of money from the nations they hate. On-site support, sure, but no money without knowing exactly where it ends up. The Islamic states are happy to step in… Not.

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Posted in: 'Every Hamas member is a dead man,' Netanyahu says as strikes devastate Gaza See in context

I read today that 50% of residents in Gaza are 15 years old or younger.

Yes, and they are all taught to hate Jews and never look forward...

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Posted in: 'Every Hamas member is a dead man,' Netanyahu says as strikes devastate Gaza See in context

Get rid of Hamas? That’s right…

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Posted in: Stand-with-Israel rally See in context

I would join…

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Posted in: Buffaloes clinch 3rd straight PL pennant See in context

My favorite team in Japan for a decade. Well done Buffaloes…

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