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    borscht

    Suga quoted Abe as telling officials to “make preparations so (the government) can swiftly decide (to tighten the) sanctions our country imposes (on North Korea).”

    Shouldn't those preparations have been made earlier? Like Friday, so that the government could swiftly decide.. Wait, didn't Abe just decide to tighten the sanctions? Yes, he did. No need to swiftly decide, then. Just implement. And, uh, shouldn't those preparations have been made earlier, like Friday? So that the sanctions would be in place moments after launch?

    Posted in: Japan may tighten sanctions in wake of N Korean rocket launch

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    She learned about Sadako from a textbook her son brought home from school? But she lived in Japan from birth, right? I mean, I wasn't born here but I learned about Sadako within the first six months of being here. Around August, if I recall.

    I'm sure it's a fine film, though.

    Posted in: Japanese director makes film inspired by Hiroshima 'paper crane' girl

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    borscht

    Thalidomide's short-term effects were known within a year; Frances Oldham Kelsey (FDA pharmacist) held off approving thalidomide for five years and viola, never used in the US. Other countries approved it after receiving various bribes from the company (in West Germany) that made it.

    However, you'll be happy to know that the The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) does not endorse egg freezing for the “sole purpose of circumventing reproductive aging in healthy women.”

    Plus the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), a membership organization representing roughly 500 fertility clinics in the U.S., lifted the “experimental” label from the procedure, but stressed that its decision was not an endorsement for healthy women to freeze their eggs for future use.

    Err is being placed on the safe side.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/120077/dangers-and-realities-egg-freezing

    And

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ex-Miss-World-gives-birth-from-egg-frozen-for-8-years/articleshow/50554334.cms

    Posted in: Japanese woman has baby through egg freezing, defying expert guidance

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    First, why does it take some International Event (like the Olympics or World Cup) to drag Japan into the 20th century? Next thing we'll hear about will be making train stations accessible to people in wheel chairs. Not for Japanese citizens in wheelchairs, mind you, but for the Paraolympics.

    Second, I believe schools and gov't buildings are completely smoke-free now as smokers must stand outside in designated areas in order to smoke. Hospitals... Depends on the owner, I believe, but the major hospitals in my town have a smoking room that opens into the waiting area. Every time a smoker exists the smoking room, a few tons of smoke follows him into the waiting area. Very... Efficient?

    Posted in: Public facilities such as hospitals, schools and government buildings could be made completely smoke-free, while restaurants and hotels used by the general public could be required to have separate smoking areas.

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    borscht

    AsianGaijinYesWeExist,

    Rather than Kyushu, I think Tokyo should shoulder the defensive burden. Tokyo, Yokohama, Saitama... That area should have MORE military bases.

    Posted in: Voting under way in Ginowan mayoral election

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    borscht

    Oh gawd no. DIarrhea of the keyboard will ensue with even worse posts than now. If they want to increase the number of characters, limit it to maybe 300. If you can't say it in 300, you need to do some rethinking. Most people couldn't possibly write 10,000 in one week let alone one post.

    Posted in: Tweets too short? Twitter mulling 10,000 characters

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    borscht

    Why didn't the warring factions in the Middle East think of that before? Hey, let's talk it out. Sure. Hmmm, wonder why that hasn't worked over the last, oh I don't know, 3,000 years?

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    borscht

    Inside job?

    It doesn't take a criminal genius to figure out most stores have a bunch of cash on hand at the end of the business day. Hours are posted on the door.

    Some busy shops in the US have the manager take the money to the bank almost hourly or at least more than once a business day thereby limiting loss in case of robbery. This is not so true in safety Japan - once at the end of closing for most businesses, I suspect. Although one shop I worked for left the money in the store overnight for the day manager to deposit.

    Posted in: Two men rob discount store of Y1.2 mil

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    What insurance company would give insurance on cash? "Sure, for 45 million we'll insure your cash horde of 45 million - Hey, Doc, take it to a bank." For an insurance scam the doctor would have his hospital/home burned down while taking the money with him.

    How do you escape from debts by staging a robbery of all your money? The loan shark/bank says "Oh, you've been robbed? Well, we'll cancel your debt, then."

    70 years old and their tax-free nest egg has vanished. I feel sorry for them, but then again, he knew banks existed. Didn't he? He has other investments, I hope. I.e. Stock in Toshiba... Oops. Or Sony er... Takada?

    Posted in: Y45 mil stolen from house while owners away on holiday

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    borscht

    Kohaku devoid of talent? Didn't you see the 80s star Macchi? And Nokko? And Seiko-chan? All that was missing was RC Succession. (Because Imawano's dead.)

    Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with 'Kohaku,' prayers, shopping and snow

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    borscht

    Best is to not drink too much and alternate with a non-alcoholic drink. Then, upon arriving at home, drink some water. Cheaper than spending a ton on 'cures' of dubious efficacy.

    Posted in: 'Tis the season for Japan's handy hangover cures

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    borscht

    Including MONEY SPENT as income. I realize the government is paying their cohorts in the construction business a lot of money, so I guess it can be considered income. However,

    10 Trillion on the stadium? That's a bit more than the one they scrapped, isn't it?

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    borscht

    Didn't they do this last month or is JT recycling news?

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    borscht

    Unemployed or retired?

    I can understand his panic, but for six days?I hope I'm never in that situation.

    Posted in: Man arrested for abandoning twin brother’s body

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    borscht

    With all those problems I'm surprised it hasn't been started up already.

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    borscht

    An expressway curve so tight a policeman can't see far enough ahead to see a body in the road? Possible, especially in the dark. But also possible if the policeman were going too fast for conditions, which I doubt because police never seem to break the speed limit. All in all, what a way to commit suicide.

    I hope the mother and daughter recover physically and emotionally.

    Posted in: Man fleeing after beating ex-wife hit, killed by police car in Aichi

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    borscht

    Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hokokawa

    I don't believe Japan has ever had a Hokokawa as prime minister. Perhaps JapanToday is thinking of Ikeda? Hatoyama the elder? Fukuda the elder?

    Moderator: That was a typo. Hosokawa is correct.

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    borscht

    If you are homeless, a newspaper is reading material, a source for jobs, a blanket, and a jacket. Very essential if Abenomics is going to take effect. Food and a newspaper: essentials for the homeless.

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    borscht

    Nearly every Boeing jet was delayed starting with the 707 because they were creating new and untested technologies. The 777 was the most delayed because of the new technology and the outsourced style of construction.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy delays delivery of made-in-Japan jet by a year

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