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    KnowBetter

    A total of five new runways are scheduled to be built at both Haneda and Narita to accommodate more flights in the future.

    REALLY?!? Currently Haneda has 4 full runways in operation and Narita has 1.5 runways in operation so unless they plan to wage war on the people living and still holding onto those little islands of property surrounded by taxi ways and bits of the uncompleted 2nd full runway at Narita, I'm guessing the lion's share of new runways will be added to Haneda.

    Posted in: Gov't to allow more flights over Tokyo as Haneda slots increase

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    Considering just how tightly packed the houses are to each other throughout most large cities in Japan, it was either EXCELLENT response time and fire fighting skills of the fire department(s) that showed up and/or extreme luck that it didn't get out of hand in a hurry when that plane crashed.

    Posted in: Plane crash

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    In any other part of the world this cancellation, this late in the game, would spell 'game over' for this stadium being finished in time. This is Japan so there is the slightest of chances that they 'may' pull it off BUT in the end to get it done in time it will be under-built and overcharged just to get it done. Cost for the end result will clearly show that it would have been better to have pressed on with the first 'ripoff' stadium. This 'alternative second choice stadium' will be a stop-gap just to house the 2020 Olympic events and then may not get much use after that because it won't be design for much more. Factor that waste into the savings and you're better off sticking with the first because it will end up costing the same in the end or more.

    Posted in: Japan faces Y5.9 bil loss over scrapped Olympic stadium

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    You could play nice with China but as we all know that would be like taking two steps back and then China will keep pressing its luck and then it will be another two steps back and so on. Why not just match the Chinese and start doing what they're doing and get to those oil and gas deposits before they do. China will regardless of whether Japan does or does not and it's not like Japan is swimming in natural resources like those anyways but does very much need them.

    Posted in: Japan demands China halt oil exploration in part of East China Sea

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    The kid actually looks like he's yelling "BRING IT ON!!!"... to the heat that is.

    Posted in: Cooling off

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    Great idea but for operating costs over their life time versus return, I would have picked a place that would have less of a chance of causing damage to the solar panels be it through a direct impact or by the dirt, grit and build up of road grime that would be kicked up by all that traffic whizzing by. Remember solar panels are just like windows in your home and if they get all covered up with crud whipped up by all those tires driving by, well you're going to have very dirty panels a lot more often than if you placed those panels much further away from all that traffic. They get dirty and you have a reduced power output. Cleaning them regularly will be far more expensive at that road side location. PR stunt is all that gets a gold star here sadly.

    Posted in: 500kW solar plant set up on slope of expressway

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    I listen to my music at nightclub levels with the bass way up there but not even the person sitting beside me, even if she fell asleep on my shoulder would even hear a peep out the headphones I use because they are in ear, self sealing type. I know this because my wife has the same pair and I tried to see if I could hear hers when she had them cranked up in her ears and there was nothing! Those are the best kind of headphone for public places BUT you really have to keeping an eye on your surroundings if you crank way up because the world could be coming to an end and you might not notice it. Also, it's not good for your hearing in the long term to crank it all the time but sometimes after a looooong week on ride home you just can't help it!

    Posted in: 10 train faux-pas in Japan that some men are willing to let slide

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    The police investigation has two main parts: who published this unsavoury video...

    "unsavoury video"

    Well, seriously, when you're the "Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)" and saying late Wednesday that distributing the footage was “against socialist core values”, of course you're going to say that but I'm guessing that some made a copy and took it home for 'further investigation'.

    Posted in: Five detained over China Uniqlo sex tape

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    Raining season is over and now we have hot and humid days to deal with for another 4 to 6 weeks... um, no thanks. Roll October please! At least then riding the train to/from work won't be so sweaty and GROSS!!!

    Posted in: Rainy season over

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    Googling current news for the town name finds: It was a '12.7mm bullet (x 60mm length) heavy machine gun, 6.5 km max range, 3.5 km from the house in question', and photo of the bullet in question: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201507170056

    Heavy machine guns used by SDF are (or include) shooting 12.7x99mm cartridge: M2 (tripod mount) or M85 (turret mount, max range 6,702.6 m).

    Saw a photo on Google Maps of an SDF Type 74 battle tank giving rides to civilians at the facility. Maybe the shell was fired from a tank.

    Japan Type 90 tank (latest) and Type 74 tank (replaced by Type 90) both use "M2HB" 12.7mm heavy machine guns (according to wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M2_Browning

    Photo comparing 12.7x99mm rounds to smaller rifle rounds (5.56mm / .223in) and 0.500 pistol round: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:50BMG_Rounds.jpg

    Thanks 'turbostat' for the in depth and correct information! Scary to think what that round could have done.

    Posted in: Home struck by bullet fired at nearby SDF training ground in Shiga

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    And here I thought that they had banned all Li-Ion bulk battery shipments on passenger flights because we as passengers were banned from checking in Li-Ion batteries and we could only carry on in hand carry, a limited amount by Watt hour capacity for our Camera(s), etc. WOW, this makes you think twice now about what you're sitting on as you fly.

    Posted in: Boeing warns airlines against flying battery shipments

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    What's China planning on doing to its neighbours that it would like Japan to stay out of? China thinks it's soooo smart and it thinks it's fooling everyone as to the real reason. Okay, who am I kidding, even China doesn't believe that they're fooling anyone but yet like complete idiots, they march on anyways with their pathetic attempt to distract everyone from their real agenda. I for one am glad that China still fears Japan enough to play this stupid game and demand that Japan stay home a mind its own business. Without the US and Japan in the area, China would F%#K up everyone in the area in no time to get their way. Just look at Tibet.

    Posted in: China says Japan complicating regional security with new bills

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    Time will tell that the Iranians were lying through their collective teeth. Just look at who the Iranians do business with for weapons sales. As in they, the Iranians are selling weapons to. Would you seriously trust someone who does weapons business transactions with North Korea?

    Posted in: White House seeks support at home and abroad for Iran deal

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    I think China is putting up a big act to pretend that it's scared of Japan and that Japan will return to its old ways should they get a taste for battle...

    In reality, China is so full of shite that even when I travel to Canada, I can still smell the BS way across the Pacific.

    So then why is China building airfields in the middle of the South China Sea so close to other countries for? Oh, now I see why China wants Japan NOT to have a force that can come to the aid of others...

    Posted in: China warns Japan against 'crippling regional peace'

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    Forget all about the colourful language and threats, the fact is, Australia has very strict importation laws in place for a very good reason that have been in place for decades and the two dogs were brought in illegally. That is the only point to be looking at, if those dogs didn't enter illegally then there would not be any story. End of.

    Posted in: Johnny Depp's wife charged with smuggling dogs into Australia

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    You'd never really think about it [elephants going for a leisurely swim] but now this image is stuck in my head and is causing a big smile. Thanks JT!

    Posted in: Big swimmer

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    Maybe they just wanted to 'get the hell outta Dodge'. Just sayin'...

    Posted in: S Korea fires warning shots at North soldiers

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    The rainy season ends and now comes the humid sauna bath for another month or so... not amused.

    Cooler October days can't come soon enough!

    Posted in: Kanto region experiences hottest day so far this year

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    Could this be the beginning of the meltdown that so many for the last 8 or so years have been saying was coming from the Chinese House of Cards? I mean when they have well over 15 MILLION empty, unsold condos in areas where there is barely a population that can afford them, one has to ask, what were they thinking? Cities like Vancouver are an example of rats leaving the sinking ship which in this case is China. Housing prices in the area have seen a MASSIVE spike and the main buyers are mainland Chinese which will buy and keep the place empty as a way to get their money out of China and have a place to land when the shite hits the fan in China.

    Posted in: China auto sales down 2.31% in June

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    And long before 2021, China's economy 'might' implode and take most of the world economy along with it. Sadly these days a little country like Greece can cause the 'Euro' to become unstable and cause crude oil prices to fall by as much as 14% due to speculation of a possible Euro zone meltdown. When China, which is in trouble already and seems to be gearing up for some kind of confrontation by shoring up its military, building airstrips in the middle of the south China seas and pretty much bullying everyone in the region finally gets to its tipping point then Japan's 2021 predicted recession will be the least of anyone's worries in Japan.

    Posted in: Japanese should take heed of Greece's woes

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