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Posted in: Snow crab fetches record ¥5 mil at auction in Tottori See in context

5 mill yen a crab! Holy Crab! LOL!

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

If you only flush the toilet once a day you will save a lot of water.

Very true, mate. However, it is a bit hard to do. In Australia, we have dual flush toilet which allows you to flush using half or full tank of water. Funny thing is the design was developed by Japanese sanitary product manufacturer TOTO in 1960.

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Posted in: Canada's Trudeau to remain in power but with minority government See in context

Looks like some JT readers does not know what "minority government" is. Below is from Wikipedia:

A minority government, minority cabinet or minority parliament is a cabinet formed in a parliamentary system when a political party or coalition of parties does not have a majority of overall seats in the parliament. It is sworn into office, with or without the formal support of other parties, to enable a government to be formed. Under such a government, legislation can only be passed with the support of enough other members of the legislature to provide a majority, encouraging multi-partisanship. In bicameral parliaments, the term relates to the situation in chamber whose confidence is considered most crucial to the continuance in office of the government (generally, the lower house).

A minority government tends to be much less stable than a majority government because if they can unite for the purpose, opposing parliamentary members have the numbers to vote against legislation, or even bring down the government with a vote of no confidence.

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Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall on Izu Peninsula; one dead, at least 50 injured See in context

Looking at the pic above. I think those who said people are overreacting needs to eat humble pie now.

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Posted in: 'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship See in context

Well, they generally disparage non-Chinese. They make a LOT of Americans especially look like imbeciles. It was good propaganda for them....until the sights were leveled squarely at China.

I am sure early in season 1 or 2. There is an episode in which the kids play dodge ball for their school and become local champion. Then they go on to play in an international competition. However, all other teams pull out because one team is so powerful with their tough training and the use of drugs that always beat the hell out of their opponents. Guess what team is it? China. The Chinese kids are drawn having small eyes and wearing straw hats. I wonder maybe they pull that episode and allowed others for viewing.

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Posted in: 'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship See in context

This does not surprise me. However, I was surprised that "South Parks" was allowed access in China being the kind of cartoon it is.

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Posted in: Japan's first free water refill app, MyMizu beta version, now available for download See in context

I am curious. Are the water just tap water or filtered or else? By the way is tap water in Japan safe for drinking? Do Japanese usually boil the water before drinking? Here in Australia, many drink straight from the tap. I am one of them, too. However, my wife insist boiling the water first. My younger brother in Hong Kong only drinks bottled water.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Instead just pushing through, Is it very difficult for Japanese to say 'Excuse me'? This happens to me a few times when a person in a hurry find me blocking his way on escalator.

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Posted in: Man forgets wallet with ¥2.8 million in it on Yamanote line; cleaner who found it nabbed See in context

So much for all those fanciful stories about people leaving their wallets and other valuables accidentally behind in Japan and random strangers returning it.

Don't believe the hype.

I was holidaying in Osaka 2 years ago and stupidly left my handbag on a JR West train. Luckly someone handed it to the Lost Property counter. When I got my bag back, I found my passport, the rental wifi router, my old digital camera and other items were inside. However, the ¥2,000 cash I put away for the airport train was gone. There are always good and bad people outhere.

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

Part of the problem lies in the fact that power lines in Japan are largely above ground.

It is true that underground powerlines are better against typhoon. However, underground powerlines are more difficult to mainten, repair or replace since you have to dig up the ground and then repath it. I read an article in the past and it says power poles have an interesting advantage in Japan. They provide easy space for street signs, community notice etc.

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Posted in: Japanese court hears case on 'paternity harassment' See in context

Just curious. Do workers in Japan get compassionate and bereavement leave or long service leave?

In where I live employees are entitled to eight and two thirds weeks of long service leave upon the completion of at least 10 years of continuous employment with their employer. On top of this, they are entitled to four and one third weeks for each additional five years of service after the initial 10 years.

My wife has worked for the same company for over 20 years. She can take a very long 4 month holiday (if approved by her boss) when she use all her annual leave and long service leave together!

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Posted in: Typhoon pummels Kanto region; one reported dead, 40 injured See in context

Just curious. Do people still need to go to work or schools? In some countries, eg Hong Kong, schools and offices are closed and people are not required to attend or if they are already there they are sent home when a typhoon has caused severe disruption (this is determined by what warning signal the weather bureau has put up). How about in Japan?

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Posted in: Letter threatening to hunt Koreans sent to S Korean embassy in Japan See in context

The people with their heads in the sand are the ones that read about one nutcase on JT and think that represents the average citizen.

You are right. So are those who sees the thriving of Korean district in Japan and brags about how Japanese has high tolerance for foreigners. If so why the immigration intake of Japan is so low for fear of high intake of immigrants can cause social problem.

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Posted in: Tokyo ranked world's safest city for 3rd consecutive year by EIU See in context

low crime levels (both violent and petty), infrastructure designed to withstand natural shocks and low risk of computer malware."

By category, Tokyo saw the strongest performance in digital security, coming in first. But it came in second, behind Osaka, in health security, fourth for infrastructure security and also fourth for personal security, with the report pointing out that the city is still plagued by corruption and organized crime.

People really need to read the whole article before making comments. There are other categories like infrastructure design, digital security etc that determines the ranking, not just crime rate. By the way Tokyo comes in fourth for personal security, it says the city is still plagued by corruption and organized crime. However, Tokyo is a relatively safe compared to many other major cities over the world.

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context

Isn't it just blowing hot and humid air in your face?

Maybe if it had some small cooler or ice compartment, maybe.

You are right. Some do have small compartment where you can put icy water it blows cold mist on you.

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context

Eh? Wouldn't this be the perfect opportunity to use non single use traditional Japanese fans and encourage eco ?

Unfortunately those fans are powered by swinging human hands which have very short life span.

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Posted in: Portable fans a breath of fresh air in sweltering summer heat See in context

These fans have been around for a very long time. However, the newer ones come with rechargeable lithium battery and better motors which gives longer battery life and better air flow. It maybe not a heat beaker but it is better than nothing.

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Posted in: Municipalities expect Tokyo Olympics to bring more foreign visitors See in context

For years I have been suggesting that countries, not cities, host these types of games

Although not a country, the IOC is going to let a region or a state to host an Olympic in the future. It was on my local news because my city is considering bidding for the Olympic. It said the change can make it more attractive to those people who worries about the cost.

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Posted in: Stations, roads packed as travelers leave for summer holidays See in context

These people will need a holiday to get over their holiday.

LOL. I wonder if their bosses will buy this.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

You do not need to write an essay or write a lot to explain it. People simply just do not like others digging up the past. Especially when it is a shameful one.

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Posted in: Dutch ban on burqas in public places takes effect See in context

It added that it was important in such public places to be recognized and seen, which besides the burqa, also bans a face-covering helmet or hood. A person could be fined 150 euros ($165).

Looks like cosplayers in the Netherlands will need to be very careful now. So are those people dressing up as mascots for events. All can now only be done in privates.

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Posted in: Japan's young eel catch in 2018-2019 falls to lowest levels on record See in context

 Is this what they teach in Ethics class at high school?

However, the great University of Society also teaches people that when business is hard to come by and you need money, ethics can go to hell.

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Posted in: New British PM Johnson wants to redo Brexit deal See in context

Johnson insisted that while he wanted a deal, it could only happen if the EU budged, especially on an insurance policy for the Irish border that has been rejected by UK lawmakers.

He already said it. Unless EU budged there will be no deal. EU will not do that. So what is he going to do? Threaten to go to war? Do something super annoying?

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Posted in: Foreign tourists warned not to fly drones during Sumida River Fireworks Festival See in context

If the headline read "Foreign tourists and Japanese citizens warned not to fly drones during Sumida River Fireworks Festival". I'd be.... nice, they included the Japanese too and didn't single out foreigners.

The article says 'The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has issued a notice in English to remind foreign tourists that operating drones in the area during the festival is prohibited.' because 'Many tourists who have been reprimand for operating unauthorized drones in Tokyo claim that they were unaware of the city’s strict regulations.' It is not singleing out foreigners. Good on the Tokyo Police doing something to solve this problem!

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Posted in: An Olympic dispute: Japan rejects S Korean anger over map See in context

China started this kind of protest. One time the Chinese authority took aim at Uniqlo, saying the map on the back of its catalogue ,which show the no. if it's stores in each Asian country, did not put Taiwan as part of China. Uniqlo apologized and withdrew the catalogue. It is just a bloody catalogue! A while ago Russia was at the kind of thing. Now it is Korea's turn. This childish protesting is spreading

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Posted in: China says it won't rule out using force to reunify Taiwan See in context

BORING! The communist Chinese government has been saying this since 1949. Maybe they forget they said it a while ago. Someone should just tell them we all knows and please try something new.

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Posted in: Man shot after pub fracas in Tochigi See in context

Unless the man left and came back with it, I highly doubt he used a shotgun. Kind of a large weapon to be slinging around in public without someone saying something.

If it was a sawn-off shotgun then it would be much easier to conceal it. However, just like other said it was likely to be a handgun.

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Posted in: Olympic robots to offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field See in context

Davd Varnes

I was being sarcastic.

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Posted in: Man shot after pub fracas in Tochigi See in context

Rival gangs of local yakuza/chimpira, according to last night's TV news.

I would imagine the weapons of choice in the fight of 2 rival Yakuza gangs are Katanas. Shame on the one who pull out a gun! Where is your pride?

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Posted in: Olympic robots to offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field See in context

Only in Japan! This will showcase the level of Robots and AI to the world, which will be a boost to tourism.

Very true. The Robot Restaurant in Kabukicho, Shinjuku,

Tokyo is very popular among foreigner tourist. Last time I was in Tokyo I want to check it out but the ticket price is around ¥8,000! Way beyond my means!

Furthermore, its safer if a Robot get hit by a discus or flying javelin in the stadium, than a human volunteer!

A very good point, from what I see in the picture it does not look like it can pick up javelins and discuses so I guess they are designing another robot to pick them up. I am sure they are not putting any human volunteer in the field.

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