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    It seems that the story is a little different now, or maybe my brain my in a different dimension, but yes, it was generous of the company to offer their masks for free. It's true that they will get some good PR for doing so, but that is as it should be.

    Posted in: Japanese firm donates 10,000 high-tech masks for Ebola fight

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    to teach machines to think like people

    I would hope they would set their sites a little higher...

    Posted in: Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think

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    This is what ... the fourth urine-throwing incident in so many months? Is it a club activity or something? Something from a new video game?

    If it's a way to mark territory, it's a little lazy to throw it, in any case.

    Posted in: Man arrested for pouring urine from PET bottle on girl

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    The danger area would be the bathroom, and possibly the seats, if an Ebola victim sweats a lot. A face mask might prevent contact through a heavy sneeze, I suppose, but is more likely to protect against other, airborne diseases. Basically, Ebola is hard to catch unless you're a caretaker, a nurse or a doctor.

    Posted in: Japanese firm donates 10,000 high-tech masks for Ebola fight

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    According to police, in a five-day span, the men bought 990 packs of disposable diapers

    Maybe they have a large family and they like to plan ahead? I think such responsible fatherhood should be encouraged.

    In any case, this might open up all sorts of diplomatic possibilities for international trade (the DPP?)... maybe for world peace (Peace for Pants Initiative?).

    Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers

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    You do know that these operations are named using a random name generator using the format (adjective) (noun), right?

    No, I didn't know that. It's surprising, then, that we haven't yet hit upon, "Operation Ridiculous Eggplant" or something like that.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan to conduct joint military drill for island defense

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    In Osaka? You could get someone near the station to hand it out instead of tissues.

    Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park

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    Keen Sword

    Time for a new advertising agency...

    Posted in: U.S., Japan to conduct joint military drill for island defense

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    But the opposition, routed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the last national elections, is smelling blood.

    Here's the thing, though. Abe is a leader, and opposition has no leaders. Zip. Nada. I would certainly prefer someone who would lead away from nuclear, away from war, away from an artificially induced economic recovery, away from a lot of things that Abe is leading toward, but Japan really MUST have someone who can lead. The LDP has leaders, and the other parties don't, at least not so far.

    The things that are happening with Abe's subordinates are NOT going to hurt him. The only thing that has potential to get the LDP out is the complete failure of the economy. Things there are on pretty shaky ground, and neither the US nor Europe look like their ground is any more solid. Honestly, I don't know what the future will bring. Let's hope it brings something positive.

    Posted in: Abe's troubles may not end despite resignations of two ministers

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    Well-said! It’s time for Japan to think out of box and take bold steps to move on the negotiation, or else.

    US is offering very little that Japan needs, and is offering a lot that is not to Japan's benefit. Japan is taking the bold step of ignoring the TPP, as it should.

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

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    The Defense Department is going to want one.

    Posted in: Japanese firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future

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    Obuchi's departure won't affect nuclear reactor restarts

    And neither will the overwhelmingly opposed voting public, it seems.

    Posted in: Obuchi's departure won't affect nuclear reactor restarts

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    That's an interesting case. Was he jailed for producing the guns, or for making the video? I wonder if the latter would be protected under the law? It seems that regulating the content of videos when there is so much weird stuff out there would be difficult.

    Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer

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    Also, Q&A here. Sorry .. the first link above didn't go to English, though the map should be okay. I think this will work:

    https://www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/bosai/html/hazard_map/q_and_a.html

    Posted in: 4,000 take part in Mt Fuji eruption drill

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    that argument didn’t protect her from the heat of parliamentary scrutiny.

    Hah!

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    So far not much on evacuation information has been disseminated to foreigners or tourists.

    Some info, in English, from the north side of Fujisan here: https://www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/bosai/html

    Here's a map, in English, that is detailed but takes a long time to load: https://www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/bosai/html/hazard_map/print.pdf

    Perhaps "babies" might be best used to describe them? I imagine that a good student of Japanese at the university level would take about four years to get to the level necessary to understand most of the written information in Japanese. An average student would take longer. People who come here as adults with no Japanese, but who work in the auto industry, for instance... it depends on the person, their situation, their motivation, and how much time they have to do things besides work.

    Posted in: 4,000 take part in Mt Fuji eruption drill

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    Large amounts of lava would require 689,000 people to seek refuge and cut off the nation’s major arteries, such as a high-speed railway and an expressway, along the Pacific seaboard

    If the trains are running, I would go west. The way the winds go, they would probably blow east, and so would the gasses. Those in Tokyo might need to go north. I'd also look at a sea escape route to get people out of the area if the trains aren't running and expressways are blocked. If you're on that mountain when it goes, I would suggest just making a nice cup of tea.

    Posted in: 4,000 take part in Mt Fuji eruption drill

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    “It sounds inconsistent that a power company says it plans to restart a nuclear plant on the one hand, and on the other says it does not want solar power because there is not enough demand” to soak up all the supply, said Hisayo Takada

    Give that man a medal.

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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    Yes, it's a twisted murder, and every time we see something particularly twisted, it happens in ... Guess where?

    Posted in: Univ student stabs woman to death because he 'wanted to kill someone'

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