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    Bee stings are not trivial. As a tennis player a bee sting in the arm can cause serious swelling that can affect a players performance in play. DO YOU want to be the one that loses the game because a bee sting caused swelling and you could not effectively control the racket?

    In addition, bee stings can cause serious allergic reactions resulting in death in some people.

    Posted in: Venus Williams outlasts bee, Date-Krumm at U.S. Open

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    Bee stings are not trivial. As a tennis player a bee sting in the arm can cause serious swelling that can affect a players performance in play. DO YOU want to be the one that loses the game because a bee sting caused swelling and you could not effectively control the racket?

    In addition, bee stings can cause serious allergic reactions resulting in death in some people.

    Posted in: Advantage bee

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    High heat, scattered thunderstorms, Sunday and 10am. Not the best representation in my opinion.

    Posted in: Business is bad

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    I suspect this guy will be captured shortly. I'm pretty sure I would remember a shirtless guy running past me.

    Posted in: Train groper escapes along tracks at Ebisu station in Tokyo

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    The cost is not that great in the grand scheme of transportation building. Kansai Airport for example, cost over $20 billion to build. Train lines are not exclusively like airports for point A to point B, but intermediate passengers as well. Many train lines cost a lot of money but serve a necessary service to the communities as well, in addition helps relieve traffic off other lines. Sure it's 10 minutes shaved, but 10 minutes, direct, relieving the need for transfers at crowded stations such as Shinagawa or Hamamatsucho.

    Posted in: JR plans 3 new train lines linking Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shin-Kiba to Haneda airport

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    Line names are subject to change, however it needs to be named something in the planning stages. For example the Fukutoshin line before completion was known by many names, including the "Yurakucho New Line" for a time being, before the full completion of the Fukutoshin line.

    Posted in: JR plans 3 new train lines linking Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shin-Kiba to Haneda airport

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    OH snapp, he was on my recent flight to Seoul! I guess this is why he was on that flight. At first I was thinking "cool it's Bob Sapp" but he and his wife/girlfriend kept having loud arguments in the terminal from the business class Lounge strait onto the airplane (I'd rather not say what about, but it would be things I certainly wouldn't say loudly in public), it actually made me uncomfortable that I didn't even ask for a photo.

    Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

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    Remember that Japan regularly sets defense spending equal to about 1% of it's GDP, since Japan's GDP is the world's third largest, 1% is a big amount.

    Posted in: Firepower

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    I ate a cup ramen a year past it's sell by date and didn't notice anything different at all. Still around and kicking.

    Posted in: Skymark Airlines under fire for selling items past their expiration dates to passengers

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    I think even the actors of Bones, CSI and NCIS could have made a more narrow yet accurate determination!

    Yeah and you watch too much of those TV shows. Those shows are not represented of REAL LIFE forensic investigations.

    Posted in: Woman's body found in cardboard box

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    It is out of respect. Not are they only bowing to an empty train (there's staff in the train) the train and train staff successfully carried passengers to their destination in safety.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese cleaning crews bow at trains?

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    A middle-aged man in the town told public broadcaster NHK that he went out to see a river in the neighborhood late Wednesday as he heard what sounded like “an earthquake”.

    ....

    THIS IS HOW PEOPLE GET THEMSELVES KILLED. Stay indoors during a typhoon/tropical storm etch etc. Don't go outside!!

    Posted in: Tropical storm dumps rain on Kyushu

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    This guy not only needs to be fired, he needs to be ARRESTED.

    Posted in: Teacher disciplined after slapping and pushing student down stairs

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    Truthfully speaking, MOST young Japanese people have no dreams to join the SDF. Unlike Korea or China, where mandatory military service is required by males, Japan has no such system, and is unlikely to adopt such a system. Japan's SDF if they want to expand and attract talent pool would need to increase salaries of SDF members and provide much more benefits for them to join. In the US, members have the GI bill which would pay for college if a service member successfully completes their tour of service.

    Posted in: Pacifist no more? Experts discuss Japan's military

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    Nothing in this article explaining why they're suddenly asking for help 18 years later?

    Are aren't "suddenly asking for help". This is done every year, for the past 18 years. Usually police in Japan will appeal to the public on the anniversary of an unsolved crime. In the USA they used to do it on TV shows like "America's most wanted", Japan is no different. Since the crime happened on July 7, 1996, and yesterday was July 7, 2014, the police were out on the anniversary.

    One day, someone somewhere might have their memory triggered and remember something, or they will feel too guilty, it's happened in the past.

    Posted in: Police appeal for help to solve 1996 abduction of 4-year-old girl

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    Besides the various JR lines, you have the Keio main and Keio New line, the Toei Shinjuku line, the Oedo Line has two stations (Shinjuku and Shinjuku Nishiguchi station) in the Shinjuku Station area, Marunouchi Line, main Odakyu Lines, and the nearby Seibu Shinjuku Station a new minutes walk to the north.

    Posted in: Shinjuku remains JR East's busiest station in Tokyo

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    In the airline industry AA is usually "AMERICAN AIRLINES" Air Asia is more identified as AK or AXM.

    Posted in: AirAsia announces Japan comeback with Rakuten

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    Heard they were aiming at Nagoya Chubu Airport. That alone is doom to failure. If they flew into Kansai or Narita/Haneda then the have a chance, but not Chubu. So first you pay a cheap ticket into out of Japan, you just go to get to/out of Nagoya first.

    I was reading about this in another web forum, someone bought some cheap Air Asia flight into Nagoya, then they also needed to buy another ticket (non Air Asia) to Tokyo (Shinkansen, bus, another airline etc).

    Flying cheap in and around South East Asia is one thing, however the Japanese market demands more level of service in my opinion. I'm not Japanese and I flew an LCC, last time I did that. No leg room, nothing is free, even a seat reservation cost money, checked bag, more money. At the end of the day, the price difference from a "traditional airline" was minimal.


    For those complaining about the cost of using AA for flights to and from Japan, could that have been due to the prior >relationship with ANA? Could it be that it will be cheaper now?

    AA is partners with JAL not ANA. ANA is partners with UNITED.

    Posted in: AirAsia announces Japan comeback with Rakuten

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    This article is incomplete; if you live abroad, your bank must only report on you if you have **$200,000 or more

    There are two reporting procedures. 1. The overseas bank 2. The individual tax payer

    For the US-Japan memorandum, banks must identify those who's assets are over 50,000 USD.

    For individual reporting, if you are a bonafide resident, then you fill out a form if it is over 200,000 USD.

    There's a third element known as FBAR, which has been in effect since 1970, which requires tax payer to fill out an FBAR if their accounts exceed 10,000 USD.

    The main purpose of FATCA is not about individuals reporting, but rather forcing banks to reveal US indivudal accounts so they (the IRS) can check if the US individuals have been reporting properly.

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

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    If my bank gave up my banking info to the US government without my permission I'd sue them.

    And it'll be tossed out by a Japanese court, they have no option.

    Any case, if you read the FATCA agreement, those who do not wish to divulge their information then you will be subject to a 30% withholding tax.

    Note that FATCA applies to those with $50,000 USD in assets. In addition, FBAR, which has been in place since 1970 requires you to report any assets in banks totaling 10,000 USD or higher. That's been in place for over 40 years.

    Also I suggest people read FATCA agreement and see how banks are to identify US individuals. Essentially a database search to see if you have any US transactions. Harder to track if you didn't use your residence card to open an account (I always use my health insurance card). Harder if you had accounts established before FATCA.

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

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