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Posted in: Toshiba develops way to accurately detect 13 types of cancer from drop of blood See in context

Very good news.

But I hope this does lead to anxiety and useless treatments

I have heard we all may have some kind of cancer cells just sleeping, but this will not develop into a cancer. So this could create false positive

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

If the marathon was a paying event, they won’t bother arguing, otherwise it would be a pain to refund tickets. Why not moving other events. It will be the same problem for many outdoor sports.

But in the first place, rather than arguing about the marathon , why not about the timing of the Olympics?

Anyway, Tokyo was chosen and the marathon must stay in Tokyo.

Assume ypur choice guys

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Posted in: Rescue efforts continue after heavy rains kill 9 in east Japan See in context

I live in Mobara, one of the city affected. Trains stopped yesterday and could not be back. On the way back home now, trains have restarted since noon. I am not close from a river but our parking lot was under 50cm of water. My car should be fine but I am not sure yet.

The river caused floodings in the city, which I have for sure never seen before. though it was some smaller scale flooding a few years back.

One month ago, we already had a long power blackout after typhoon 15.

That’s Mother Nature.

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

@No BusinessToday 07:06 am JST

The overreaction is ridiculous, even by Japanese standards.

I live in Chiba. 1 month ago, typhon n15 caused blackout and a lot of damages. 1 day blackout in my place, many days or weeks for others. Many people fear the same or worst this time. No overreaction. Just be prepared

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Posted in: Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years See in context


You are right.

But for me, there is a big difference between what we can reproduce or not.

Over 99% of the meat we eat is reproduced with the human input, the animal is not wild.

That is not the case for many fish, and also whales. And the risk is as you know the depletion of species by overfishing.

It is a different story for meat

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Posted in: 11 dead, 5,600 sent to hospitals last week due to heatwave See in context

150km on m’y bike last Saturday. It is always difficult on the first hot day. The heat was bearable but after 100k, I really felt down and my body could not cool off well. I had an extra stop for water before ending, which in a normal way I won’t do. But many roads in Kanto do not have shade, and adding the heat from the ground, ouah.....

Here in Japan, I am sure some people have pride to keep doing things even if it is hot, it is like a warrior coming back from the field, I am a bit like that on my bike, but otherwise, as it is hot anyway, if we wanna do outdoor activities and keep training, not much choice.

But for kids, I think they should stop all sports during the summer vacations, let the kids having a real time out, and that will avoid heatstroke, But the kamikaze spirit is still here

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

Is that for Japanese residents or residents in JJapan.

I am a resident here but a foreign resident, in Japan. Am I out???


because tickets are never put all on sale in once. The JOC keeps some , adding with some later resale.

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Posted in: 2 riders kicked out of Tour de France after altercation See in context

@TigersTokyoDome @Nandi


Do you know anything about road race cycling or do you do yourself some cycling ?


They shook hands afterwards as they had to, just to show a good face and apologize. But I am not sure they will smile together for their next race.

This was bad, malicious, intentional and not acceptable.

Rowe pushed first Kruijswijk and Kruijswijk’s teammate Martin revenged. Pushing and sometimes altercations do happen, but trying to viciously close the passage and make the guy falling is not part of cycling, as Martin did this time, and it should be punished. This was done accordingly.

It has nothing to do with trying to help Alaphilippe or Pinot. Reports outside France were also supportive of the decision.

At worst, if Rowe would have felt doff the bile, and it was a very close call, and been injured, it could have been a criminal issue.

Moscon was also expelled last year after trying to do some boxing. Moscon is known to be a bad guy. And the same the year before for 2 riders in the Giro.

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Posted in: Campaign encourages commuters to stand still in two lines on escalators See in context

JR East did the same campaign last year. It was mostly unnoticed and did not change anything.

it will be the same this year.

During my commuting , not much time to loose so I make sure to get out first from the train to get first in the escalators and walk up fast

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Posted in: Pinot, Alaphilippe boost French hopes at Tour de France See in context

Kudos to De Gendt

He did resist after 200mb a furious group chasing him where nobody pas laughing

A great performance that will make history

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Posted in: 2 tankers with Japan-related cargo attacked in Strait of Hormuz as Abe visits Iran See in context

I believe attacks are common there and just not reported. No direct link with Abe’s visit.

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Posted in: Olympic officials reassure sports federations about Tokyo Games cuts See in context

Was the budget directed to construction companies cut?

I think most of the cost increase comes from that sector, as usual

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

Ask first your own citizens in city and government offices, banks, etc, to write correctly and in order the name of foreigners in Katakana.

For example, on my number card, the order is family name/first name in alphabet, but the opposite in Katakana. This is just one example. But it is also in different orders depending on the banks and this creates problem when doing some money transfers.

This is common I guess to every foreigner

Foreign medias will never change the order to please him. Has first Kono any popular support here for that change? I am sure most J-people do not care at all.

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

For some reason, my Japanese skill really worsens whenever the NHK guy shows up.

Same here.

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Posted in: Tokyo court orders car owner to pay NHK fee See in context

In the first place, why this women filed the suit ? Did someone from NHK saw her watching TV in her car and ask for fee? Impossible, illogical.

Thousands of people can watch TV from their cars, starting with the official cars from the government. So NHK would or should first ask the government to pay.

A few years ago, an association fighting for the benefits of users filed the broadcaster about payment for cellphones viewers. I think the suit was filed by the responsible himself of the association in order to protect users and prevent NHK to start asking for fees. I do not think the responsible was himself a target. It did result in a court order in favor of NHK. My point is that as long as NHK does not require anything, just keep quiet. No need for any preventive action.

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Posted in: Two of Ghosn's former aides escape indictment through plea bargain See in context

Wasn’ Carlos arrested in November, therefore after the plea bargain agreement, or just before

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Posted in: Consumption tax hike may be delayed depending on June data: PM aide See in context

Nippori NickToday 08:24 am JST

8% to 10% is not a big increase

Actually, it is ...25% to be exact.

How long does it take someone in Japan in a typical job to earn 25% more in wages?

The tax itself increases 25% but the price will increase by a mere 1.85%.

 This 10% tax has been decided a long time ago, already been delayed, and instead of doing it in once from 5 to 10%, doing it in 2 steps, 8 then 10%.

When the Jiminto took again power from Minshuto, Abe promised not to change the plan, but he did and already delayed it. A PM must keep its promise and not change to gain votes. It is a question of trust and power. Certainly citizens approve a delay as they just see their wallet, but for me, a lack of trust toward a government. This story has been on for years, and an increase from 8 to 10% is not a big deal. It is more symbolic to reach the 2 digits than anything else.

In my country, VAT is 20%.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

@Do the hustle

In nearly 20 years here, I have never experienced any discrimination as you mention.

The only time I felt it was when in a camping ground in the middle of nowhere and nearly empty, I was asked for my ID while my Japanese wife not. I complained and the guy replied he was asked because foreigners made some noise and have trouble before.

One of my friends was telling me people do not want seat close to him in the train. Well I did not feel the same. I do not mind if they do not want to seat. Maybe, it is just the lack of space or something else, my friend was thinking too much I guess.

But never seen anyone leaving the seat in the train after I seat, never been refused in any shops, etc. If not the adult industry or any “member clubs or member shops”, no problem.

As long as we can speak a decent Japanese, no issues.

And for small issues, better to let it go and just put the blame on ignorance.

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Posted in: Researchers discover Japan's oldest rock dating back 2.5 billion years in Shimane See in context

And it was possibly part of the Asian continent before separating to become part of Japan

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Posted in: Researchers discover Japan's oldest rock dating back 2.5 billion years in Shimane See in context

Under intense tectonic. heat and pressure, granites are transformed into gneiss. or anatectic rocks, I suppose rocks around are not from the same age formation, or if from the same age have been transformed too much so dating will be different

If rocks deposited around/over the granite are sedimentary rocks, they will be younger and possibly eroded.

The article does not mention the importance of this granite but it is possible only a small part has been well preserved.

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Posted in: S Korean union calls on ex-Japanese civil servant to apologize for brawl See in context


You have to understand that the people who make comments about "not seeing it on Japanese TV dont really "watch" or pay attention to Japanese TV unless it's in English

I have been long enough in Japan, and also reading JapanToday, to understand things well. No need for such assertion.

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Posted in: S Korean union calls on ex-Japanese civil servant to apologize for brawl See in context


Just type 竹田 厚生労働省 in google news and a lot will appear


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Posted in: S Korean union calls on ex-Japanese civil servant to apologize for brawl See in context


This news was on the topic last Thursday in Japan, it’s already a few days old.

Saw it on TV for at least 20mn during daytime and the video was properly showing. It was also on Japanese websites on that day. No hiding or anything from Japan

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Posted in: Closing time? Japan's convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid labor crunch See in context

24 hours shop is like being connected to the net. It became a norm though it did not exist such a long time ago. The new generation cannot get away without being connected, but 20 years ago mobile phone did not exist (oh it was just the start).

As for the conbinis, it became a norm to open 24 hours, but it was a time when this what not the case and people could really accommodate too. In my country, no convenient stores, and supermarkets do close quite early in my city, between 7 and 9pm. People adjust their schedule according to.

Here in Japan, it is convenient until the last train, but who goes in the middle of the night at 3am. For an urgency to get medicines maybe, or for alcohol. I used to go late just to buy alcohol, to get more drunk than what I was, but do not drink anymore.

Anyway, close the conbinis at night. Leave staff sleeping. Late opening is only useful in the busy districts of major cities.

And as for the strategy, all the 3 majors open of a lot of conbinies along roads to, to close some (quite a lot) of them a few years later if no benefits, after killing off the land/rice paddy that was there. It leaves the premise empty and most of them are not used anymore (some by dental practitioners or soft massage places).

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Posted in: 7-Eleven store owners submit request for shorter business hours See in context

Opening 24 hours a day makes non sense for most of the conbinis, except for a few ones in busy districts of major cities.

Back to the old days when it was closed, and people will get used to it anyway

In my city 80km from Tokyo in Chiba prefecture, I am quit sure nobody goes to the conbinis in the middle of night, except beer lovers

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Posted in: Pilot drinking again delays ANA flight despite new rules See in context

A beer 6 hours before should not be a problem. But adding a spirit is certainly what made him over. It is said it takes 2 hours for the alcohol from a can of beer to disappear from the body.

Alcoholism is a problem in Japan still underestimated. Had a business dinner this week at a Nomihodai place. A lot of alcohol, all of Japanese coworkers drinking Highball, I went for beers, One guy could not drink , his liver being not good recently.

An other coworker drinks every evening but does not consider as addicted

Like tobacco, health issues are underestimated

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Posted in: Extended Golden Week loses luster for working parents See in context

People know what to do during their time off. The article is about what doing if you hav kids and must work.

A problem I see is that by having a 10 days off, many employees will refrain more than before to take their due paid holidays, knowing that next year Shogatsu will also be a 9 days off period

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Posted in: Global coal phase-out raises viability questions about Japanese plants See in context

Nuclear is rather the best option for Japan.

Japan can go solar or wind, which as been the case recently.

But as I too often see here, it is also at the expense of existing forests, I have seen many exemples of trees being cut to build a solar energy plant/unit. Not used land or old rice fields should be used in priority.

As for the wind, I was ready to invest in a project but learned the windmill will be à the top of a mountain, and building a road through the forest is necessary

Nuclear is not the best but the most viable low carbon emission energy

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Posted in: Deer-related injuries in Nara reach record number already this year See in context

Leave the deers alone and feed them with appropriate food

Saw so many people acting like if it was a cat or a pet and giving them junk food. And still having the food in their hands, the deers were chasing them

Not surprising some people get in return what they are looking for : making a deer angry !

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Posted in: Man cons woman out of ¥6.35 mil in romance fraud See in context

Could be a grey zone

But he did not intend to go into a deep relationship, lied about his personal life, job and intention to get money, therefore he will be punished

Can not believe he is married. Was his wife aware of ?

Anyway, I always do not understand why people give so much money. Did he promise to marry her or something like that.

Some people can get scammed very easily

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