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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

As virtually all the foreigners you see in Japan are walking around glued to Smartphones, for directions, information, photography, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook updates every few minutes, it would be hard to miss news of the typhoon. Still at least nhk tried, maybe they'll learn something from this, maybe not?

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Posted in: Kansai Electric chairman resigns over gift scandal; president to follow after 3rd party report See in context

The other form of "gift-giving" here is the 'amakudari' or descent from heaven, where a lowly paid bureaucrat or politician is promised a highly-paid job as some sort of advisor or consultant with a company, in return for taking care of them, approving their requests and smoothing their business during his working life. NRA (Nuclear Regulatory Authority) bureaucrats went to 'work' for nuclear power utilities, with the added bonus that their juniors would carry on the tradition, and approve their former seniors' further requests, as how could they turn them down. Not a bribe, just a delayed gift!

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Posted in: Kansai Electric Chairman Yagi to quit over gift scandal See in context

He'll turn up in a few months as chairman of one of their numerous subsidiaries, same salary, same benefits. J-Inc. looks after its own.

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Posted in: What do you think of so-called influencers on social media? See in context

A digital world where likes and followers is all that matters...

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Posted in: Organizers fear security staff shortage for Tokyo Olympics See in context

There are a whole group of guys with tattoos and missing a few digits who could do the security work. Smartly dressed, disciplined, and it would not be the first time that they have helped the government.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers look for advice to battle heat next year See in context

The blame is not solely on Japan for these schedule. The Olympic committees are beholden to their big sponsors, esp. US TV to hold the games in summer. There would be too many clashes with US sports if the games were to be held later, leading to reduced income for the Lords of the Rings. And that's the kind of gold and silver that they don't want to lose!

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Posted in: Int'l labor union wants Tokyo Olympic venue inspection, worker interviews See in context

@tyler stone:...300 per year (less than 1 per day) sounds like a pretty reasonable number when you've got 1,000,000's of workers...

300 per year (less than one death each day) is a very unreasonable number. The goal should be zero deaths.

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Posted in: Renault chairman narrows field of Nissan CEO candidates See in context

sorry - should have written ...poorly integrated...

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Posted in: Renault chairman narrows field of Nissan CEO candidates See in context

So they did stretch to looking at a candidate from Mitsubishi, albeit a Renault appointment. But whoever gets the job will have an uphill battle, as it is a business alliance, not a formal merger, and the 3 companies' businesses are poorly unintegrated, despite Ghosn's past efforts.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric admits execs' acceptance of gifts; president won't resign See in context

I'd love to see his plan to regain the public's trust!

Lots and lots of gifts to local media outlets, PR outlets, bureaucrats and politicians?

The circle remains unbroken.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

Too bad if you don't have a 'SmartPhone!'

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct anti-terrorism test at Tokyo Station before Olympics See in context

@david varnes - you've just described it's close relative, the disaster training exercise!

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct anti-terrorism test at Tokyo Station before Olympics See in context

Hope it is better planned than the highway congestion tests recently.

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Posted in: Japan imports Ebola virus for research See in context

It's a Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) lab, one of around 50 in the world. Started in 1981 as a level 3 lab, but upgraded in 2015 to BSL-4. There's another one at BSL-3 in Tsukuba at Riken. Historically, most of these labs are based on the UK's Porton Down and USAMRIID standards, the latter used Japan's own Unit 731 material as a start up.

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Posted in: What can newspapers still offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot? See in context

Thousands of photos and prints survived the tsunami back in 2011, digital files on computers and storage media were lost... But no newspapers, they go soggy and rip when wet!

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Posted in: IOC chief to confirm Japan's food products safe for Olympic participants See in context

The food industry has a lot of experience labelling food with the appropriate label; making sure that the origin is a safe place, regardless where it was produced, grown or caught.

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Posted in: All Blacks beat Springboks 23-13 See in context

Kiwis always start slow - the fans were quite worried abou this game. Now they can relax and down a few cold ones!

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Posted in: Questions raised about more remains of war dead brought from Russia See in context

Some unscrupulous locals in the Philippines supplemented their income by supplying bodies and remains to the Japanese authorities after the war, claiming that they were the remains of Japanese soldiers, until they were exposed.

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Posted in: Police spread awareness about ban on drones to tourists at Haneda Airport See in context

During the cherry blossom viewing earlier in the year, down by Mt. Fuji, a couple of 'foreigners' were flying their drones between the trees, at a height of between 10 and 20 feet. Besides the risk of them crashing in to a tree and falling down on the people below, they were a noisy nuisance. Can do without them.

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

Every year they hold disaster drills; oyajis in crisp labourer suits with armbands displaying their role, blowing whistles and waving light-sabres as fire trucks, rescue cars and police move in an orderly fashion from behind a white line to another location, erecting a few ladders and squirting some water. However, they have spent days rehearsing this, and know exactly what is going to happen, what to do and where to go. And when it is over, they tick the box and consider it done.

With real disasters, there is no rehearsal, there is little warning, they have to think and improvise, not copy a pre-set scenario, and try to adapt their training to the real situation. Not easy for them to do.

And regarding the utility poles, besides power they also carry the local community public address system as well as NTT fibre-optic cables and telephone lines.

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Posted in: Trial of TEPCO executives over Fukushima disaster heads to conclusion See in context

They've apologised, shown a degree of remorse, however insincere it may have been; so even if they are even found guilty, expect a token suspended sentence at the most.

And even then, they'll appeal to a Higher Court which would in all likelihood dismiss the case.

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Posted in: 73,000 households still without power in Chiba 1 week after typhoon See in context

Surprised that neither Honda, Yamaha nor Subaru have exerted a bit of CSR power and offered to provide portable generators to these areas. They are the big 3 makers of 3-5kW portable generators or invertors.

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Posted in: Top doctor sounds alarm over heatstroke at Tokyo 2020 Olympics See in context

Where has this so-called 'top doctor' been for the last 4-5 years? Hiding under a stone? Why only now opening his mouth and criticising the timing and the JOC?

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Posted in: Gov't tightens rules to clamp down on smartphone use while driving See in context

Data from the UK has shown that even answering a handsfree-phone is just as distracting as using your SmartPhone - your mind is basically elsewhere as you focus on the person at the other end of the line, and not on the road.

Also, what about some action against drivers watching the TVs on their car navis as they drive along? I see this frequently on the expressways.

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Posted in: Nuclear regulator to re-investigate Fukushima nuclear disaster See in context

@Melissa - Yes, the IAEA mission is to promote the safe use of nuclear power. Can hardly see them going in depth and criticising TEPCO's flawed and earlier corrupt management.

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Posted in: Abe shakes up cabinet, bringing in rising star Koizumi See in context

Seiko Hashimoto - former speed skater who was deputy minister of foreign affairs for a short term under Okada - distinguished herself with a greater lack of activity than her predecessors. With senior staff rotating out every 3 years, and a huge complement of temporary agency workers on one year contracts, nothing got done, and no-one wanted to be responsible for anything. J-Gov at its finest!

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

@minello7 Surely the scientific comunity should have come up with a solution by now to neutralize the contaminated water...

The contaminant is radioactive material. Radiation cannot be neutralised. It just deceases over time, as it decays to other materials or isotopes, some which in turn are also radioactive, and also decay over time. Just look up 'decay series'

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Posted in: Nissan to discuss Saikawa successor at meeting on Monday See in context

They may also look for a 'suit' from Mitsubishi, or one of the other companies in the NIssan Hitachi group holdings. These 'keiretsu' or business conglomerates are heavily interlocked, and are known to support each other. A car expert may not be as important as a safe pair of hands to get over these financial issues and lack of corporate governance.

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Posted in: Tokyo cancels flights, trains ahead of typhoon See in context

The typhoon is arriving at 0400, so they cancel the bullet trains from 1800 the previous day, which would have stopped running at 2345 anyway! Makes sense?

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Posted in: Japanese scientists find bones of new dinosaur species See in context

Another potential UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site application?

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