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Posted in: Two workers find love among the ruins See in context

What is it they say in Japanese? 不幸中の幸い

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Posted in: Yukina Kinoshita announces end of blog See in context

I "love" how a "commenter accused her of failing to satisfy her fans". As if blogging is a duty included in her talent contract? Hello?!?

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Posted in: Sony unveils tablet to compete with Apple offerings See in context

Also, my guess is that Android 4.0 will be in the works as well. Outdated from the start.

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Posted in: 2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake See in context

I just bought it for my kindle after reading that 100% of the proceedings will go to the quake victims. Even if the writing is not to my liking, the purchase reason is what counts. I am finding a variety of ways to donate money to various sources (eg. through Google to Red Cross, at the office, buying books, paying for local goods, etc.). I hope to continue to do so.

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Posted in: Farmers protest in front of TEPCO's Tokyo headquarters See in context

There is a reason why The Japanese government and Tepco refuse to accept the "global" standard of 50mi/80km zone. Anything in that area, they would have to take responsibility for.

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Posted in: Hundreds detained after bloody Syrian crackdown See in context

The Arab nations are toppling like dominos, one after another. This is going to be a HUGE change in the history of the world, and it's happening not in our textbooks, but in our lives.

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Posted in: Sony unveils tablet to compete with Apple offerings See in context

If Sony uses their stupid proprietary music format like they have on so many of their mp3 players, I'm outta here!

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Posted in: Japanese sci-fi short 'Mozzman Episode 3' to premiere in Hollywood See in context

I think the title itself is very unusual. THAT should grab some attention across the waves.

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Posted in: Vets to enter evacuation zone to deal with abandoned animals See in context

I am glad to read that a coordinated effort is now being undertaken to take care of another of the things that need to be done. I hope that a coordinated effort will be undertaken also to rescue the pets that were not taken because either the evacuation centers did not allow pets, or the people were told they could return in a few days, so their pets would be safe.

However, the way this article is written, it sounds as if the farmers were irresponsible when they "hurriedly fled". From other articles posted, people were angry that they were "misled" and told by the officials they could return in a few days (of course the gov couldn't really know how bad this would turn in advance, nor would they want to spread mass hysteria).

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Posted in: All gone See in context

... and probably no food is to be found. Poor dog. I bet all these poor fellows are really missing human companionship; they are, after all domesticated.

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Posted in: Evacuation zone widened beyond 20 kms from nuclear plant See in context

"people who enter the zone will now be subject to fines of up to 100,000 yen or possible detention for up to 30 days."

This does not bode well for all of the volunteer groups who are attempting to get access to the area to rescue pets.

If only the fiasco that occurred after Katrina with respect to pets that were left behind became a lesson to the rest of the world, then maybe the pets that everyone is responsible for would have a better chance.

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Posted in: Theta Music Technologies unveils 3 new ear training games for music lovers See in context

Wow! This may be exactly what I need. Thirty years ago I quite playing the guitar after 8 years of training because I could never learn to play by ear, and all of the sheet music was of score that did not interest me (classical, rock, etc.). I regretted quitting, of course.

Last week I bought a used acoustic guitar and decided to "step into my fear" and chop one "regret" out of my life by re-learning the guitar. If this system helps me to learn to hear the music better, then I'm willing to invest!

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Posted in: Amazon failure takes down sites across Internet See in context

Cloud Computing is the future, but we still have a ways to go in security and reliability. When your computer crashes, you have total control over what happens next; when a cloud server crashes you wait for the IT gods in the cloud to resolve the issue. It will get better. We are just at the start of all of this cloud mumbojumbo.

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Posted in: Y6 billion bid for Yoshiki's piano See in context

Wow that was a big jump from the previous bid announced on the news. And WHAT!?!? They are suspending the bidding? That's not fair! I wanted to bid TEN billion yen for that piano!

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Posted in: Once the nuclear crisis is brought under control, should TEPCO executives face criminal charges at some point in the future? See in context

Wanderlust - You make it sound like we live in a doomed nation, of backward-minded people who are mindless, and completely apathetic to improvement. That is just so not true.

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Posted in: Once the nuclear crisis is brought under control, should TEPCO executives face criminal charges at some point in the future? See in context

CEO means CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, and that position takes CHIEF RESPONSIBILITY. This is why the Sarbanes-Oxley law was enacted; so that all executives sign-off on all policies, thus preventing them from shirking their duties. J-SOX also exists therefore if the CEO and other top executives do not take responsibility for this disaster, who should?

If the courts determine that criminal acts were committed by the company then the company must face those charges. As a court cannot "throw a company in prison", they need to choose individuals who represent the company. That would be the CEO and other top management.

The US is trying very hard to make pharmaceutical top management responsible for their companies criminal activities in this same way. Someone needs to take the responsibility.

With CEO and COO comes great reward; however with great reward there is also great responsibility attached.

What bothers me more is that the government is considering raising the unit rate for energy so that more revenue will go to Tepco to help them pay for the rebuilding of the Tohoku. Paying higher taxes, and raising the sales tax is a way for the government to offset what Tepco can't pay for the recovery costs, and I have no qualms with that; however increasing Tepco's profits through the consumer pocket is not a reasonable (IMHO) path to take.

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Posted in: Yakuza Moon: The Manga Edition See in context

It looks good. It's too bad that Amazon.co.jp is not offering it.

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Posted in: Ozawa shows his disloyalty to Kan See in context

An excellent article, written in a very professional way that gives the reader a good glimpse at how fickle the Japanese political areana really is.

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Posted in: Google's rapidly rising expenses crimp earnings See in context

I love it! Finally a major player is thumbing his nose at the "short term big return" investors who often push companies into doing things that destroy the company in the long run (and make the CEOS and the investors very rich in the short run).

Even Jack Welch, the guru of "short term return thinking" for businesses admitted that this kind of thinking is damaging to companies in the long term, and it is advisable that companies and investors take a longer term look at the companies, and their investments.

Excellent!

Go Google!

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Posted in: Assistant prosecutor arrested for allegedly groping woman on train See in context

"Police say Negishi has denied the accusation. Later on, Negishi claimed not to remember the incident, police said." - Priceless! "I deny it. No, wait... that won't do. Um... I don't remember it!" <-- that way he can't perjure himself, I guess.

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Posted in: Summer movies: Wizards, pirates, superheroes See in context

There are a lot of good themes coming to the theatres this summer. Let's hope that most of them have a good plot and good acting; that is, after all key to enjoying movies. The "Cowboys & Aliens" looks interesting to me. I've always enjoyed westerns & Harrison Ford would fit right in. Wouldn't it be cool if Tommy Lee Jones had a cameo appearance as an alien drinking canned coffee?

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Posted in: TBS drama 'Jin' to be broadcast in 80 countries See in context

They were showing an episode on the TV in the lunch room yesterday... it was actually QUITE good. I was surprised because I normally don't like Japanese TV drama shows. I bet the world will like this one. I hope they translate it to English and offer it on DVD as a series.

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Posted in: Tully's Espresso See in context

I've been in Japan for so long now that when I go overseas and cannot find canned coffees or teas in the vending machines (or can't find vending machines!) I go into a semi-withdrawl. Though whenever I tell people overseas about canned coffee they think it is a dumb idea. And yet, when I send canned coffee to those naysayers, they are shocked at how much they like it and some have even become converts. I have a few videos I have made showcasing the benefits of the vending machines with coffee that can be purchased hot or cold.

Having said that, though, what baffles me is that although canned tea tastes like tea, and the different varieties, canned coffee, no matter what the brand always seems to have this same... strange... taste to it that I do not particularly like. I can't figure out why they cannot get rid of that unusual taste, and also why all makers seem to have that taste.

Have you noticed that Starbucks Viva instant coffee is actually pretty good as far as instant coffees go? I'm rather impressed.

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Posted in: DV camera for bikes See in context

I've been making bicycling videos for over five years now. I even bought a Japanese waterproof camera on a cable specifically for the purpose of mounting it on my helmet so that I didn't have to ride the gnarly trails and mountains one-handed (very scary). The PROBLEM was that the format is a Microsoft format that NO editing software can handle. So I spent JPY 110,000 for camera that I cannot use, as, to this date I still have not found any programs that will accept the format.

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Posted in: For many Japanese cancer patients, a trip to Tamagawa Onsen offers one final hope See in context

I am posting nothing but praise for this onsen, and the system is blocking my comment by saying it contains potentially offensive content. Well, if praise for the onsen is potentially offensive, I don't know what else to say.

Moderator: The spam filter blocks URLs and words like "shipping," for example.

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Posted in: Microsoft attacks Google over security See in context

Well, until someone else comes up with a viable, reliable, SECURE cloud system, all we have is Google and MS. I can't see Facebook coming up with anything any time soon.

Let them duke it out, fist to virtual cuff. It only benefits us, the users in the end.

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Posted in: 'Boss' Yuki Amami cheers up Japan with new TV drama See in context

Japanese TV drama just doesn't do it for me. It feels ... overly melodramatic, in a very European way that doesn't seem to mesh well with my North American TV programming brainwashing of my youth.

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Posted in: Cirque du Soleil resumes Kooza performances See in context

Jobseeker - Cirque du Soleil is Canadian, but they perform around the world. They are so popular here in Japan that they have built their own permanent building for their performances.

I like that Cirque du Soleil is collecting, but I would like it even more to hear that they are donating a portion of their earnings of each show.

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Posted in: Dog days See in context

Did the government make the 20-30km zone a "voluntary evacuation zone" so they wouldn't have to foot the bill? Somebody should tell those dogs to evacuate!

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Posted in: Japan's disaster becoming contagious abroad See in context

Smith - Shame on you for trying to take meat from one country to another. It's illegal and will be confiscated unless you smuggle it in, and lie at the customs check when they ask you if you have any meat, dairy, seeds, drugs, etc. (I make sure to eat all of mine before I get to the customs check people).

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