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    Go Go Yubari!!! Is it the killer looks and flavour of that forbiddingly pricey fruit that makes some go mental thus fetching a ridiculous sum of cash at auction?! I mean, it's just a pair of nice juicy ripe melons...

    Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction

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    Navy Rear Admiral John Alexander said at a dockside news conference before the ship departed. “I would say when other countries are building an aircraft carrier, they’re doing it for a reason,...

    Please, that reference to other countries when we damn well know he means China is a joke. China is living 70 years in the past and is just now building up its naval forces for a war that no one wishes to have anything to do with. It can't even copy a DC-9 and mass produce it when it STOLE two complete tool sets on loan from McDonnell Douglas over a decade ago. China has built an aircraft carrier that it has no aircraft that can land on or take off from, that's planning for you. China will self implode at the current rate of corruption so if we all just sit back, grab a bucket of popcorn and ignore their saber rattling, it will be the best entertainment for the next decade or so.

    Posted in: U.S. Navy's Japan-based aircraft carrier heads home

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    Yup, now I've just about seen it all. A bra that chats you up and helps you do 'somethings' as if pushing up and making the twins look perky and inviting wasn't enough...

    Posted in: Concept bra will give you pep talks, help you take perfect selfies

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    @ 'Harry_Gatto'

    These toilets cannot be installed in many countries because electrical regulations do not allow power outlets in bathrooms or have other similar prohibitions.

    Um, NOT true because those countries have a solution for that, it's called a GFI breaker or that safety can even be built into the receptacle as a GFCI receptacle

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residual-current_device

    We have them installed in homes on both sides on the big pond.

    Posted in: Japan proud of its high-tech toilets

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    This is just sickening to see and read. Humans pretty much seeking a better life and being treated as 'objects' that are traded in at a Pawn Shop in hopes that they can pay it back before the due date comes or else. Sadly, this would make for a great movie script to shed light on the whole disgraceful act of human trafficking. Angelina Jolie, are you reading this?

    Posted in: Of smugglers and kingpins: Southeast Asia's big money trade in humans

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    Learning to be a teacher and teaching can be two different things IF you don't have the life skills to deal with children in the first place. In simple terms, two people go to Uni, one takes all the courses to become a teacher and the other to be an IT professional. Both pass but if both have anger issues, only the children will be the real losers in this case. Sure, a few monitors and PCs will get slapped around but I'm sure there won't be any long term effects as they'll be outdated in half a decade, the poor children that suffer at the hands of that so called teacher's anger outbursts, well, they might just have issues later in life.

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

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    This picture gives hope that if we could all just learn to stop fighting and killing each other, all that money could go to feeding everyone and exploring ways to make life on earth and beyond better for all on earth. Yeah, I am currently wearing those rose coloured sunglasses as I make my way to work. ;)

    Posted in: Spacemen

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    Sometimes when I've dozed off on the Chuo-sen and then woken up, I've had that gut wrenching feeling that I was asleep for far to long and I've ended up in the country side when all you can see out the window was green, green, and more green and then I remember I'm on the Chuo-sen inside the Yamanote-sen loop still. This part of Tokyo is so relaxing in the summer because of all the green that sometimes when I feel burned out from work and seeing all that glass, steel and concrete, I take the Chuo-sen to get to where I'm going even though the ride would be faster using another route on JR.

    Posted in: On a roll

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    Sadly the glasses kind of ruin the whole effort otherwise pretty cool.

    Posted in: Back to the Heian Period

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    I have eight UPS units in my home to keep lights, the fridge, water heater ignition, computers and a few other items safely powered during a blackout or while the system (grid) is having some unstable delivery which happens far more often than you're aware of. This set of eight UPSs sets me back over 472,000yen so that big Tesla battery system currently projected at $3000 to $3500USD for a whole home system already sounds like it's on target in it's pricing for the future. Believe me when I say that you will NEVER fear a blackout again for the food loss and other basic needs when you have a battery backup system. We have flashlights at home but even when the power has gone out they were only needed when we had to go out of the building and beyond the home's UPS power grid.

    Also, because our entire home is lit with LED lighting, the UPS units now don't even break a sweat and have yet to shutdown during a blackout because the batteries went flat. We are all just a typhoon or an earthquake or driver taking out a powerpole, etc. away from being without power for a few hours to a few days. Solar panels and this new home battery system would be an awesome solution to that and power savings down the road as well!

    Posted in: Tesla charges into home battery market

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    I will be a loyal customer to any company that treats me with respect by not lowering their values and quality in order to boost their bottom end. So many companies today forget about what got them to where they are now. I will pay extra when I know that something is made with more care and will preform better and last longer. Those companies that don't understand that and instead make things cheaper which in turn lowers quality and longevity of their products are doomed to go out of business. Customers that expect to save by buying cheaper, lower quality copies don't realize that in the end they will pay more because they NEVER factor in their time and travel expenses for going to get replacements and the cost of the replacements.

    Posted in: Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan

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    Load up Aerosmith - Walk This Way and play it while looking at this picture. If that doesn't break a smile across your face I don't know what will. Here's hoping that Abe and Obama succeed in their plans and keep up world peace.

    Posted in: Abe visits Lincoln Memorial

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    Well, at least Abe seems to be enjoying the moment. That smile doesn't look staged to me. Abe really looks like he having a big laugh. Is there more to this picture than just an (awkward) hug? I'd love to know what was said that made Abe laugh/smile so much.

    Posted in: Give us a hug

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    'Strangerland' maybe a picture would have put the article over the word limit... (a picture is worth a thousand words). Sorry, I just couldn't resist that ojisan joke but yeah, a picture would have been sweet.

    Posted in: Darth Vader gets golden makeover in Japan

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    Having a flashback, semi déjà vu to District 9 here with this story and pictures. Quite sad how art imitates life and we come full circle to learn we haven't learned anything.

    Posted in: South Africa deploys army to quell anti-immigrant attacks

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    Pretty cool graphics on a plane that hasn't yet been painted yet. I first saw this on Saturday at the following link and was really impressed at the fact it looks so real yet it just computer graphics of what the plane will look like.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/32346867/star-wars-plane-being-launched-by-all-nippon-airways-later-this-year

    Posted in: ANA's R2-D2 plane to spirit 'Star Wars' fans far, far away

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    "In recent years, Japanese ships and aircraft have often followed and monitored for lengthy periods and at close distances Chinese ships and aircraft, threatening the safety of the Chinese side,' it said.

    "This is the cause of the safety issue in the seas and air between China and Japan," the ministry added.

    Yes, I agree with what China is saying only in that they (the Chinese) are saying that Japan's ships and planes are NOT allowing the Chinese to spy 'safely' undetected and undisturbed to do whatever pleases them.

    Posted in: China complains Japan's air, sea surveillance raises safety risks

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    This same type of aircraft, the Airbus A320 was involved in the same type of crash on 29 March 2015 in Halifax, Canada when Air Canada flight AC624 landed 350 metres short of the runway first cutting through powerlines up on power poles on a street perpendicular to the runway just before completely trashing the ILS array. In that crash, 23 were injured however there was heavy snow and winds gusting to 101Km/h at just after midnight, the time that crash occurred.

    This Asiana A320 approach crash sounds more like the Asiana 777 SFO crash based on the weather and visual sight-lines. My question is do pilots at Asiana ever look up from the controls and have a look out front through the windscreen? Clearly ANY GOOD pilot after a few hundred landings will be able to judge during good weather whether they are too low and that altimeter should also be giving you a clue as to the fact as well not to mention the audible cockpit warnings when minimums are reached. Maybe there was a technical glitch and something failed but based on Asian's track record and Korean Pilot's culture, I am placing my bets on human error.

    Posted in: Asiana suspends Hiroshima flights for safety check

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    The capital has labelled the Seth Rogen comedy about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, a "wanton act of terror".

    I was laughing so hard at that statement that I was in tears.

    Posted in: 'The Interview' DVDs dropped into North Korea by balloon

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    "It's a shame that they have to die in the end. What encourages us to keep going through all the options is that, although they have been convicted, in this country every person has the right to life and to defend his life."

    Maybe the lesson in all this (doubtful it will ever be learned though by the next group of idiots) is that if you want to live DON'T break laws that have a death penalty. Pretty simple stuff ,no?

    It's not like someone accidentally starts up an international drug trafficking organization and doesn't know that it's against the law and punishable by death if caught in that country. What did they think would happen, they'd get a slap on the back of their hand and told not to do it again?!

    Posted in: Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal

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