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    SumoBob

    Police are currently investigating how the deceased driver ended up in the wrong lane.

    This isn't hard to figure out. The police allowed a 90 year old man to have a drivers license.

    Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision

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    SumoBob

    What a ridiculous article. What's clear is that emergency food has been organized and delivered quickly: full stop. As a survivor of the 2011 earthquake, I can speak first hand about what food is available in those rural communities until power and supplies are re-established. Kanpan being "hard as a rock?" Of course, they are nutritious dry biscuits intended to provide vital nutrition without expiring in the can for five years or more. That's why they exist, to survive the first few days of disaster. And 'cold' onigiri? Sounds like a typical salaryman's lunch. Again, I know first hand, these are not terrible conditions, so need to stop blaming officials by suggesting that they're not doing enough.

    Posted in: Cold rice balls, no flush toilets at quake-hit shelter

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    SumoBob

    Japan has been at the leading edge in robotics for a long time now, but Google's Boston Dynamics lab is about to leave Asimo the ball-kicking toy in the dust with their Atlas robot.

    Posted in: Ball skills

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    SumoBob

    As a parent, I think this is something that has been sorely needed for a long time. Video rental shops have a separate area closed off for those looking for adult videos. It should be the same for magazine racks as well. But since space is an issue the slip-on covers are the appropriate choice.

    Posted in: Publishers protest agreement to cover up adult magazines in convenience stores

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    SumoBob

    Japan is demanding the European Union revise the regulation, claiming it constitutes a “nontariff barrier.”

    Japanese officials clearly must have stumbled over finding the translation for "hi kanzei shōheki" since it's a concept never before seen on the Japanese archipelago.

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    SumoBob

    Although the law is silly and outdated with all the technology around to prove paternity, one has to understand that the underlying reason for this rule isn't about whether the "correct" father is identified, but rather as a tool to prop up the byzantine system which is the koseki (family register) system. What's most important to the conservatives in power is that the family unit, not the idea of the individual is upheld.

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    SumoBob

    I'm surprised they passed up the chance to malign the "nanking mame" (ie. peanuts) from China during setsubun that children usually eat. A far more popular legume in Japanese households during this event.

    Posted in: Authorities warn parents of Setsubun soybean choking risks for children

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    SumoBob

    New headline:

    "The world tells U.N. it has found no evidence of Japan being able to act like a responsible country"

    Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

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    SumoBob

    **

    What has Narita Airport Corporation to do with the entrance denial decision of the Immigration Dept.?

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    Because it's hard to DDOS fax machines and email printouts stored in paper binders that is the norm in a Japanese government office.

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    SumoBob

    Utrack "I do not see where there is a crime really..... I think a textbook should be reviewed prior to printing by teachers who would most likely use the textbook" . I agree. The only crime here is Monkasho's chokehold racket the textbook approval.

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    SumoBob

    Nagatacho sounds about right.

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    SumoBob

    "According to officials, the increased estimate is a reflection of soaring costs that include increased terror countermeasures. When pressed further, they admitted that the increased 'costs' were actually projected lost revenue due to the Japan Olympic Committee's new terror countermeasure plan which involves prohibiting any foreigners from entering Japan while the Games are being held."

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    SumoBob

    For the love of god, English media in Japan, stop calling the dish "beef bowl." It's completely nonsensical to use the literal translation. "A bowl made of beef?", tourists will say. Gyudon is gyudon in English, as is sushi, miso, onigiri, tsunami, karaoke and countless other dishes. They are perfectly logical Japanese gairaigo.

    Posted in: What does 3 months of Yoshinoya beef bowls do to your body? Medical study announces results

  • 2

    SumoBob

    Seems these Japanese business scandals keep piling up.

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    SumoBob

    Of course, the real problem here is the fact that the ministry officials were cut out of the process. Getting wined and dined at expensive restaurants for discussions with publishing companies is a Ministry perk.

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    SumoBob

    Tax more, but designate the funds to be used exclusively for weaning people off tobacco.

    Smoking is a habit that I hope some day may come to an end. But unlike other things (fatty foods, alcohol consumption) that may harm the body, smoke from cigarettes directly affects other people's health with negative consequences. To quote someone a while back, "No one ever died from a second-hand pat of butter.", and that, is the difference.

    Posted in: A tax raise of 1 yen per cigarette could generate more than 100 billion yen.

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    SumoBob

    "Now Abey, Abey don't you give me My Number,

    'Cause I'm not anywhere that you can find me..."

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    SumoBob

    This design makes a lot of sensu.

    Posted in: Folding fan emblem proposed for 2020 Olympics soars in popularity

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    SumoBob

    Suspicion among Abe’s critics that the proposed legislation to ease limits on the military is a step toward gutting not only the charter’s pacifist Article 9, but basic principles such as respect for human rights.

    This is a laugh. There is no "suspicion". The fact that the LDP wants to gut the constitution is right on their homepage.

    Among the most egregious revisions:

    Changing Article 97 (fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for all time inviolate) to an imposed set of "duties" (The people must respect the national flag, national anthem, and this Constitution.).

    Eliminating a constitutional provision forbidding the appropriation of public funds **"for the use, benefit or maintenance of any religious institution or association." **

    Freedom of speech would be curtailed: "engaging in activities with the purpose of damaging public interest or public order, or associating with others for such purposes, shall not be recognized."

    Allow the prime minister's cabinet to inact law without the Diet: "The Cabinet may enact cabinet orders having the same effect as laws," and all persons must comply with the directives of national or other public institutions.")

    What many Japanese realize is that the constitution was written for them, the regular people by transforming the country from a militaristic, theocratic autocracy where the average Japanese had little to no say over their lot in life into a (somewhat) democratic system of equality and individual rights. And for those who lost power (ie. the samurai families, royalty and business oligarchs) have been quietly seething ever since, for they truly don't believe in individual rights and liberties. They want to bring back the old days, when the people knew their place and did what they were told. And if the people of Japan aren't more proactive about it, the old boys may just get their wish.

    Posted in: Security bill debate masks deeper divide over pacifist constitution

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    SumoBob

    Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam all have strong economic growth potential, and are promising destinations for Japanese exporters of railway systems.

    Said without the slightest hint of irony. Eric Lomax must be rolling over in his grave.

    Posted in: Japan pledges Y750 bil to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

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