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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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    So, your point?

    MY point is that Saitama has a lot of weird crime. YOUR point is that Tokyo and Saitama have the same crime rate.

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

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    SaitamaRefugee,

    Your definition of crime rate is correct. I wasn't thinking. That said, the following is interesting;

    http://area-info.jpn.org/CrimPerPop110001.html

    Saitama, Omiya ku seems to have the top crime rate, at least on this list. It was the latest I could find.

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

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    In the interests of scientific research and rational discussion, here is a search on this site for "kill" and "saitama." You will notice that ALL the results are slightly weird and twisted. http://www.japantoday.com/search?q=kill+saitama

    As for comparing Saitama to Tokyo, in the interest of rational discussion, if "There is virtually no difference in Tokyo and Saitama's crime rate," then, since Tokyo is bigger and has many more people, isn't that odd? Are you reading what you are writing?

    In any case, nobody here wants to be limited to rational discussion... that would take all the fun out of it.

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

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    Another kinesthetic learner from Saitama? I do support experiential learning, but some things have to be imagined, and other things don't need to be imagined. Years later, we'll find out that some environmental hormone is triggering all this weirdness.

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

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    Japan has a decent healthcare system, some good organizers, some good researchers, and some good clinicians. What is lacking is someone to give these people the money, power, and time to deal with Ebola and Dengue in a creative and intelligent way. Right now, one Ebola victim at an inauspicious time, and in the wrong place, would create a small disaster.

    Posted in: Gov't to strengthen countermeasures against infectious diseases

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    Japan would have to be crazy to go for theTPP. Any nation that loses control over its food-production is one that won't be around long. In this case, US agribusiness, and politicians who play ball with them, are the only parties that benefit.

    Posted in: U.S. encouraged by progress with Japan on TPP, but tough issues remain

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    This is fine, but really, let's think about the situation in Japan. After filling out a form, people with flu or whatever are all sitting in a room at the hospital together. A nurse comes out to check temperature, which is high in, let's say, one-fifth of the patients. The nurse then checks blood pressure, and then the patient sits around, hacking and coughing and sweating and whatever until called into the doctor's office. How would an Ebola patient be noticed under this system?

    Posted in: Gov't to strengthen countermeasures against infectious diseases

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    I can't wait to see the itsy bitsy spider drones...

    Posted in: Japan’s weapons-makers now open for business

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    USGS places it in Nicaragua, but I guess it was felt everywhere in the region. Still waiting to hear from a friend who lives in that area of the world.

    Posted in: M7.3 earthquake strikes off El Salvador coast

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    I understand that Korea and China view attendance at Yasukuni as a re-visitation of the ideas that created a militaristic Japan, but really, does anybody in either of those countries really think souls of the war dead are bound to Yasukuni?

    If not, why not take the view that such visits are delusional, rather than go through all this every time? Most of the LDP folks, if they are religious, do not believe that the spirits of the war criminals can actually be separated from the rest of the war dead in any case, but they do believe they have a responsibility to visit the other war dead. Therefore, there is no real resolution to this unless the Shinto groups who mention an available ritual for separation of the spirits get more power in politics.

    Posted in: Dozens of lawmakers expected to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Friday

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    I agree with senseiman. Money from the government ought to go directly to NHK, especially since there is no opting out. That alone would save on hiring people to be annoying recorders and collectors of payments, which neither NHK nor the general public wants to be on either side of.

    Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs

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