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Posted in: 5,400 residents in western Japan evacuated as WWII bomb defused See in context

romulus3 - Please Google "e_080707.pdf"

If you can get the above pdf, this is the one, right? I think you should call the number 06-6313-9734 or visit the ward office, and ask and complain why you did not get the notification. I believe the Kita-ku word office is behind the Ogomachi Park from the Hankyu Higashi-dori Street, or right across the Tenjinbashi Street from JR Tenma station. (Opposit side of the K-1 gym.)

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Posted in: What drink do you recommend to help cope with hot, humid days? See in context

Mango smoothies (芒果冰沙)

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy falls to death from 7th floor apartment in Osaka See in context

The article does not even clearly mention that the baby went through or over both or either the crib railing bars or balcony railing bars. Even if the baby went over the crib bars, a baby usually cannot go over balcony wall.

I suspect there might have been negligence on the part of the architect. I’ve seen many residential apartments in Osaka which use balcony railings that have wide gaps between the upright bars. If the architect used such wide open railing bars on the 7th floor, I think the architect should be held liable. I don’t know if this is such case. I am just guessing.

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Posted in: Dog meat off menu during Beijing Olympics See in context

I believe people are generally very ethnocentric about food. I do not think telling others to stop eat it will solve the problem even if it’s repugnant to many other’s sense of values. In my opinion, the total ban will just cause illegal activities like we have seen in Japan. It may also cause health and hygiene problems. Some people, including myself, tend to become emotional over this type of topic. JT seem to pick any topic to earn more clicks recently.

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Posted in: 12-year-old boy assaulted by knife-wielding man in Osaka See in context

I like this one better than collateral attackers as I’ve seen many as personal provocations.

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Posted in: 12-year-old boy assaulted by knife-wielding man in Osaka See in context

The man fled and the boy was injured slightly, police said.

It’s really surprising his kind of incident become a news in Osaka. I have a feeling Osaka become safer than 90s.

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Posted in: That's why I think it's a good thing that Japan lost World War II. If Japan had won, so many others would have lost their language and culture. See in context

I like Mr. Onishi’s original article on the NYT. According to the article:

in recent months, Canada and Australia have offered apologies for mistreating their indigenous populations in the past, and New Zealand transferred about 435,000 acres of plantation forest and forest rents to seven Maori tribes. Shiro Kayano, director of the Nibutani Ainu Museum here, said the Japanese government should follow other governments’ examples and offer the Ainu a broad apology, though he was pessimistic.

I sincerely hope Japan would follow the steps of Canada, Australia and NZ. I also hope China would do the same for the Tibetans.

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Posted in: Hyundai Motor workers strike over U.S. beef imports See in context

Many recent events in East Asia make me feel like I’m reliving history. I hope the Koreans stop acting like the Japanese in 1930s when they started to blame the foreign country for their own bad economy. There are also suicidal aspects. I do not see why they attack thier own company or even country to the point they give fatal damages to it.

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Posted in: Kuidaore See in context

Why so many people here hate this doll. Doll basing is a crime against doll being. Let’s go doll watching. I wish this doll could have jumped high over the ocean.

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Posted in: Why don't Japanese speak English better than they do? See in context

I wish I could have learned phonics when I was a kid.

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Posted in: Shiseido sues Chinese firms for trademark violations See in context

Improved on it, and what??? “Shidoas” is not a big deal. Leave them alone. There is always an unstated presumption that everything has been created by the Westerns. This is all the same as what’s been happening in American classrooms. When foreign students (Japanese/Chinese/Korean etc) work very hard and get a good grade, they are imitators, while American students are always creators/inventors. MP3 players were invented by the Americans, right? Can’t wait to see Apple re-create Eee PC.

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Posted in: Documentary on forced confessions screened in Tokyo See in context

Once J-cop put the recording procedure in their interrogation manuals, they will perhaps mechanically conduct recording. Come to think about it, it’s scary if they start conducting interrogations in the manner Makudonaldo’s clerks would do.

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Posted in: Fishing See in context

At least, I found some places have regulations for reasonable recreational fishing.

http://www.ashinoko.or.jp/asi_rule.htm (Hakone Ashinoko) - sorry, no translation

http://www.kamikatsura.info/yugyokisoku.htm (Kyoto Arashiyama)

When I went camping in Nagano, they did not require fishing license.

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Posted in: Fishing See in context

Environmental terminators in Hokkaido? Perhaps they are from Tokyo or Osaka.

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Posted in: Rescuers dig for thousands buried in China quake as death toll nears 12,000 See in context

So far, it is obvious the CCP has been doing a lot better job than Japan did at the time of the Hanshin earthquake. Right after the Hanshin earthquake, the Hyogo governor was so slow to ask for the SDF’s help.

This time, the scale of the disaster is so immense that China alone may not be able to handle this massive disaster. I hope the CCP will ask for the help of other countries and the UN, and let foreign rescuers in if they haven’t done so.

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Posted in: Rescuers dig for thousands buried in China quake as death toll nears 12,000 See in context

Reminds me of the early morning of 1.17.1995. I hope roads and railways are, at least in part, still functioning, and cell phone still working. As long as people stay there, they will suffer the shortage of food, water, doctors, and shelters. The lesson I learned from the Hanshin earthquake was that moving away from the devastated area ASAP.

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Posted in: Dumping Fukuda won't solve LDP's problems See in context

Perhaps they can consider offering Hillary a job as PM.

Good idea. Japanese can learn non-violent surprise attack.

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Posted in: Japan is a disposal ground -- a toilet -- and if a foreign design turns out to be poor, the foreign architect can just go back to their own country and forget about it. See in context

Local government has the authority to regulate both zoning and building codes. The governments of Nara, Kanazawa, and many others have detailed restrictions to regulate the look of the buildings and the whole area .

I know that Mr. Mitsui has his offices in Tokyo and Osaka, and I have to agree both cities are toilets. However the lack of building restrictions is the responsibilities of the local governments. I wander why Mr. Mitsui does not want to blame the local governments?

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Posted in: Dalai Lama envoys prepare for China talks See in context

What happened to the Last Emperors of China and Korea will be likely to repeat again. East Asians tend to think history is cyclical. The religious reader (Dalai Lama) want to change this old set of thinking. The political leader (Hu) want to keep this old way of thinking.

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Posted in: More bull over U.S. beef See in context

When I was a child, I wanted my father to go camping and fire the grill in this coming season of the year. Cheap and good beef over the grill can really make Japanese kids smile.

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Posted in: DJ Ozma See in context

Kimoi!

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Posted in: Beach See in context

Wow, no one is really smiling, and they are kids. This place (Shirahama) is not supposed to be this crowded. If tourists are coming back, it’s a good news.

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Posted in: More bull over U.S. beef See in context

In the political system of Japan, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the right wing extremists who engages in construction business (typically demolition company as their legal business), and the farmers in the courtsides who has vey strong lobbying power. I believe average Japanese people like US beef. But their opinions just do not count.

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Posted in: Being surrounded by angry junior high school students after warning them for hanging around convenience stores late at night, and that sort of thing, has become just a regular day-to-day occurrence. See in context

Those Saitama cops should get trained with the Fourth Investigation Unit of the Osaka Police Department (aka- the Anti-organized crime unit).

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Posted in: Osaka's symbol Kuidaore doll on sale See in context

In fact, this restaurant is a tourist place. Locals usually do not eat at this place. Their neighbor (Dotonbori Street) is rather famous for tako-yaki and ramen. I personally like restaurants along the Suo-machi street (周防町筋) in Shinsaibashi. I believe Nova’s oldest school used to be on the Suomachi.

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Posted in: Ueno Zoo's giant panda Ling Ling dies See in context

No problem. I will go to Wakayama when I want to see giant pandas in Japan. They have six giant pandas there. I believe the panda place (白浜パンダ館) is directly operated by the Chengdu Panda Center.

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Posted in: Osaka's symbol Kuidaore doll on sale See in context

It appears the owner’s son do not want to continue retiring daddy’s business. I wonder why they don’t sell the business to a third person to continue the restaurant operations.

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Posted in: Do you support or oppose protesters who try to disrupt the Olympic torch relay? See in context

Wow, Chinese care so much about GDP, wages, public education, scientific research, infant mortality, life expectancy, and so on. In the end, they might make Tibetan people as happy as Japanese salarymen who are the happiest people in the world. Without China’s help, Tibetans will be as miserable as South East Asian Buddhists who are always smiling. Those people are protesting because they know that, unlike Japanese and Chinese, Tibetans do not subscribe to Western values such as GDP.

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Posted in: Sunset in Shiga See in context

The song goes "Biwako ohoonseeeen......" for Kansai locals. Mmm, I sometimes cannot recognize old posters in different names.

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Posted in: Olympic torch concludes topsy-turvy tour of San Francisco See in context

Among the supporters of those pro-Tibet protestors included the Tibet Justice Center (aka International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet) in Berkeley CA, which is one of the oldest Tibet support group in the United States. They provide detailed report of human right abuses in Tibet that caused the grievances of the Tibetan protestors in San Francisco. Their investigations revealed "large-scale introduction of prostitution in Tibet in recent years, which is having a devastating effect on Tibetan culture." The report says "There is evidence that condoned or supported prostitution is being instituted in areas with great cultural or religious significance for Tibetans, such as the streets immediately below the Potala Palace in Lhasa."

http://www.tibetjustice.org/reports/women/v.html

This type of insult to cultural and historical significance always causes utmost outrage to the local people. It is worth recalling that an opening of an American coffee shop in the Chinese Imperial Palace (Forbidden City) caused massive anger in Beijing.

http://archives.cnn.com/2000/FOOD/news/12/11/china.starbucks.reut/

Given the absence of democracy in Tibet, those protests are the only means to make a political stand for the protestors. If this means of venting Tibetan’s anger were denied, it might cause more serious disaster in Lhasa.

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