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Posted in: Humans enjoyed blue cheese and beer 2,700 years ago: study See in context

Nah, its WINE and CHEESE. Every time.

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Posted in: Starbucks unveils new Roasted Sweet Potato Frappuccino in Japan See in context

It is sickening (literally) how much sugar is contained in these. Starbucks, etc should be mandated by law to put health warnings and the amount of sugar contained in these concoctions.

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Posted in: Omi starts Instagram account for open dialogue about COVID-19 See in context


"Instagram - A simple, fun & creative way to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages with friends & family" (Instagram).

Don't know anybody who uses it as a Q&A platform. Good luck with that, Mr. Omi.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,362 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 16,012 See in context

45 million work or commute daily to Tokyo, over 14 million living in Tokyo...

Say What????

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Posted in: TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water; gov't to buy marine products See in context

Two birds with one stone, takes care of the Fukushima issue and since there are virtually no spaces left to concrete on land, they decided to start concreting under the ocean now. Got to keep that concrete and contruction industry going since the LDP needs those votes from the Inaka. Brilliant from TEPCO.

But seriously, WT?????? This demands an international outcry.

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Posted in: Rakuten to launch online supermarket platform See in context

Bring it on! Amazon doing it in central Tokyo only and haven't bothered to expand. Would love to be able to buy groceries online. Can't stand supermarkets, even more so during the pandemic.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,405 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,876 See in context

Like what do they need a hanko approval before confirming someone is dead!

Actually, yep. Read about that some time back. They called it a 'privacy" issue and decided to get permission from deceased familes before including in the death mimbers. I kid you not! If no permission gvien to include in the count, then it not included.

It's farcical.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,386 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally hits record 23,917 See in context

The numbers are out of control.

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context


It is a pity, because Japan is highly respected in a lot of these countries.

Suggest you look up Tetsu Nakamura for a start. You'd be surprised. And yep, Japan is highly regarded, known as a peaceful country with great technology and expertise in a variety of fields. Here is an excellent documentary:

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context


It is a pity, because Japan is highly respected in a lot of these countries


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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

I know its a complicated situation, but perhaps Japan should try and work something out with the Taliban, because if they don't the Chinese will.

It is a pity, because Japan is highly respected in a lot of these countries.

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Posted in: Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure See in context

I don't think anyone is surprised by the resurgence of the Taliban... but I think we were expecting Kabul to fall over a period of months, not days.

Probably within hours. According to the AP, Taliban negotiators are already at the presidential palace in Kabul to prepare for a peaceful transfer of power.

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Posted in: Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure See in context

Droll QuarryToday 04:45 pm JST


Russia tried and failed.

USA tried and failed.

China, can't wait to see them in the quagmire.

Droll: you can add to that, the British, The Mughals.... and keep going back. Not known as the graveyard of Empires for nothing. The Chinese are quite smart and will use soft power to fill the void. Can see Afghanistan becoming strategic for them as they continue their belt and road initiative.

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Posted in: Woman infected in Japan's 1st Lambda variant case linked to Olympics See in context

Here it comes. I remember when they were saying in the media that Delta was just a thing overseas and that there were just one or two cases in japan and they could control it. Oh, they said the same about the variant before that, and about the original. Who remembers the DP ? Things haven't changed since this pandemic began. Best prepare yourselves for Lambda.

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Posted in: Japanese companies to be banned from locking cell phone SIM cards See in context

Saw this in the Japanese media. About time. eSim all the way.

But these ba.....tards will find loophole for sure. Always do.

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Posted in: Biden orders 1,000 more troops to aid Afghanistan departure See in context

Have images of Hueys evacuating personnel and refugees from the embassy.

Sai... Kabul will fall within days

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Posted in: Drunk customer who threw coins at Tokyo bento shop arrested See in context

"Throw the book at him!"

Original Japanese, please?

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Posted in: Bring the sunshine into your home with these CARRY THE SUN solar lights See in context


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Posted in: Tens of thousands urged to evacuate as heavy rain hits western Japan See in context


Somehow in Tokyo we always escape these disasters. Probably one reason they chose Edo as capital.

Gosh no. Most of Tokyo is below sea level. Used to flood and displace people all the time, pretty much every rainy season actually. During the Meiji, they did work to tame the rivers through rerouting and put up those huge levees you see all over the place. Go to Akabane, a few mins from the station to see Tokyo Waterworks Historical Musuem. Good meaaures in place, but should a major typhoon or major rainfall occur, Tokyo is pretty much toast, which is actually expected. Very few parts of the cify are above sea level.

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Posted in: Farewell See in context

Goodbye (wave).

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Posted in: Japanese research group to explore food production on moon See in context

Thought I was on The Onion for a moment, but then reality hit.

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Posted in: To shake hands or not? An age-old human gesture now in limbo See in context

Alcohol, shake, alcohol.

What's the issue?

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Posted in: Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin washed away during typhoon in Japan See in context

"What a monstrosity!", said a little boy as the emperor with no clothes passed by.

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Posted in: Sydney hits new COVID case record as outbreak spreads See in context

Smallpox and coronaviruses are very different beasts.

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Posted in: Kenyan Jepchirchir beats heat in Sapporo to win women's marathon See in context

The Kenyans runners mostly live and train up in the cool highlands. In no way are they prepared for furnaces like on what was on offer in Sapporo, so to pull off 1st and 2nd was something!

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Posted in: Bach says Tokyo Olympics have 'far exceeded' his expectations See in context

I guess that means Bach made his millions. Objective achieved.

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Posted in: 10 passengers stabbed on Tokyo train; suspect detained See in context


A violent crime committed by someone CARRYING a weapon.

The perpetrator was carrying a phone. How are you trying to spin this?

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Posted in: Soccer defenders more at risk of dementia in later life says new research See in context

During the game is not the main issue. It's the constant practice that will do it. As a young 'un I used to practice headers for hours and hours with my mates, as did all young football fans. And the young still do.

And later on in life (not that late, even), memory loss is not the only problem. A bigger one is major changes in personality, and there had been much documented on this.

I think it's time for heading to be consigned to the rubbish bin of history.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 5,042 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,263 See in context

Cases are going to the moon.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics CEO says COVID cases at Games 'within expectations' See in context

Nah they will spin it like this:

The zero risk was based on calculations which we did using Fugaku, but these calculations were according to the original variant. It is highly regrettable that the Delta variant has caused a few isolated cases, but overall it is not that we can't say with certainty that the games haven't been a huge success and haven't shown that humanity has the potential to beat this virus and promote world peace and (etc).

Ummm I think I messed up the double negatives....

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