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    albaleo

    the issue that is really responsible for the majority of inner city murders

    And that is?

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    albaleo

    Like the marxist japanese univ. students in the 50's & 60's? That didn't work out too well.

    In what way didn't out work out well? If you consider that movement as part of a wider movement worldwide, social progress appears to have continued in Japan. Universal healthcare, etc.

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    albaleo

    Can we all agree that children should not be harassed

    I hope so. Thanks, Farmboy. To me this stands out as the most important thing.

    Posted in: Korean schools in Japan brace for harassment after rocket launch

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    albaleo

    @warispeace

    I don't follow your reasoning. This hardly represents a model that Japan is opting for. It appears to be a single company selling a solar plant in a novel way. It's not clear why they are taking this approach, but if their business is building solar plants rather than operating them, it may be that by selling, they can then build more. To have a community energy model, surely the community has to build or buy the infrastructure. I don't see how this necessarily goes against such an idea.

    Posted in: Japanese firm to auction 500kW solar plant on Internet

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    albaleo

    Come on, kids. Mary Hinge used the word "correlation" in her post when she should perhaps have written "connection" or "link". Not a major crime.

    Correlation is usually used in a statistical context, describing a numerical relationship between two sets of occurrences or behaviors or 'things'. So you might ask if there is a correlation between the occurrence of earthquakes in Taiwan and those in Japan. And to answer, you would need to hunt out data on many earthquakes in each place. But you can't make a correlation between a single earthquake in each country.

    There may well be a correlation between the number of Clamenza posts you see in a thread and the number of Strangerland posts in the same thread.

    Posted in: M4.6 quake rattles Kanto area

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    albaleo

    The largest most recent eruption, in January 1914 had very large pre-eruption earthquakes.

    But probably no larger than other earthquakes that are anticipated in the area. I don't think the proximity of Sakurajima is the highest risk facing the Sendai nuclear plant. I agree with Fadamor's view that earthquakes are a valid concern. At Fukushima, the earthquake was not the accepted cause of the disaster, but the subsequent tsunami (there are opinions that differ about this). To date, the biggest real test of modern buildings' earthquake resistance in Japan has been the 1995 Hanshin earthquake. Most modern structures stood up well. Nuclear plants are built to at least the standards of any building in the Hanshin area.

    [lighten up time - it's Friday] I once worked with some engineers from Chugoku Electric's nuclear plant in Shimane. They explained how it could resist earthquakes, plane crashes, etc. One guy asked if it could resist a missile attack from North Korea. Another answered that Shimane would never be the target. Such missiles would be aimed at Tokyo. A third wondered about the risk of a North Korean missile aimed at Tokyo but hitting Shimane instead. That spurred everyone to get out their calculators. (I love engineers.)

    Posted in: Sakurajima volcano erupts explosively in southern Japan

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    albaleo

    He may be a creep, but it affects us all if you can be extradited to one country and then be arbitrarily extradited to another.

    Sweden said it has no such plans.

    So why didn't it offer a concrete guarantee to that effect?

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    albaleo

    But don't forget how angry they get and threaten international bodies when something they don't like is nominated for and/or gets status, like sex-slave letters.

    I don't recall any sex slave letters being nominated for world heritage status. Are you not thinking of the Nanjing massacre documents?

    Posted in: Japan to drop bid for world heritage listing of Nagasaki sites

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    albaleo

    As part of the GNU (open-source) Linux agreement Apple must allow a "open/free" version of OSX which is called XNU.

    @badsey, in the XNU article you link to, there is no reference to GNU or GPL. XNU is part of Darwin, which is also released as open source by Apple. But there are no GPL requirements about this. Some people have suggested that Apple violates the GPL by including elements such as the bash shell with OS X. But I understand that Apple's license agreement has provision for making the source for those elements available.

    Posted in: Microsoft wants you using Windows 10, like it or not

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    albaleo

    OSX is Linux under the hood btw.

    Not really. There are similarities, but one is Unix and the other openly declares it is not Unix. (Full name is GNU/Linux, with NU standing for 'Not Unix').

    Posted in: Microsoft wants you using Windows 10, like it or not

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    albaleo

    Had no problem putting up the Buddhist or Shinto temples or shrines

    But not the Nintoku Tomb in Sakai, which is probably Japan's most interesting ancient structure. Interesting mainly because it's a mystery with little known about it. And so I guess it would also fail UNESCO's informational requirements. Shall we speculate on why we know so little and why no excavations have been conducted?

    Posted in: Japan to drop bid for world heritage listing of Nagasaki sites

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    albaleo

    And the rest of the world yawns.

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    albaleo

    If you really want the past to be put in the past

    But some of us would like to know how it really was.

    I don't recall any historical account of US soldiers killing infants for fun.

    You should read more widely. Headline from five years ago: "US soldiers killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies" (It may not be true, but isn't that the issue?)

    We're talking about events from 70 years ago when in the most advanced nation in the world black people were treated as dirt and rape was only a crime if accompanied by physical violence.

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

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    albaleo

    @Triring

    I once worked at an office like that. But we got our chocs from the Sumisei lady. She weighed a good 90 kilos, so none of the 'alliance' were going to do much about it.

    Posted in: What do you think about the way Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan?

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    albaleo

    well for one the drill doesnt even simulate what a real zebra would react like

    Probably true, but the funny thing is that I would trust the guys and gals in the photo to handle a real situation over your good self. I suspect they know better than us how far from the real thing the drill is. I also suspect the main purpose is to generate interest in the work of the zoo. I respect people who are willing to embarrass themselves to achieve such a goal. As nakanoguy said, lighten up.

    Posted in: Great escape

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    albaleo

    @moonraker

    he can afford to have people attend to his wife's every need

    And he can afford not to. With a few million in the bank and ranked No. 2 in the world, I suspect he has more mental fortitude than we can dream of.

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    albaleo

    I like to think the reason he doesn't directly apologize is that he believes that apologies on behalf of others are meaningless and insincere. Expressions of sorrow and regret are the most he can offer. If we consider what has happened since Murayama's apology, it might be better if others took the same attitude.

    Posted in: Emperor honors Japanese war dead in Philippines

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    albaleo

    opinions from foreigners mean nothing because they have no dog in this fight

    Don't dismiss us. Some of us meet with Americans all the time, and with our elegant and persuasive prose can have more of an influence than you might imagine. I suggest to all my US friends and acquaintances that they vote for the candidate with the most vowels in their surname. Many of them were taken with the idea.

    Posted in: Republicans debate as no-show Trump taunts from afar

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    albaleo

    Feel free to search the archives for their Je suis Charlie moments,

    You'll find me there.

    I found Hasumi's refugee cartoon interesting - a change from the the almost saintly status that some seem to give to refugees. It seems more topical with Denmark's recent plan to seize wealth from refugees to pay for their care. It's a very difficult problem, with many points of view. I like to hear them all. Anyway, je suis Toshiko aussi.

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    albaleo

    Aren't tunnels underground by definition?

    A distinction is probably made between tunnels through mountains and those that are built underneath urban areas. Perhaps pedantic, but the engineering challenges are usually different.

    Posted in: JR begins construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa

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