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edojinMay. 19, 2015 - 05:11PM JST
So far, most of Japan's promises made in winning the bid to host the 2020 Olympics have gone up in smoke. One thing that still sticks out is Prime Minister Abe's declaration that there's "no problem" with the devastated nuclear facilities in Fukushima Prefecture. Since then the Tokyo Olympic picture has produced a bunch of myths.
No matter what, however, the games will go ahead as scheduled. Hope they will be "safe," as promised by the Japan Olympic Committee.
Posted in: Masuzoe fumes over Olympic stadium demands by gov't
edojinMay. 14, 2015 - 05:40PM JST
I've been to the museum at Chiran. Very impressive. Spent a couple of hours looking at the many items on display.
I believe the mayor of Minamikyushu and others associated with the project have good intentions in registering the document collection as a UNESCO “Memory of the World” exhibit to help ensure it will convey the horrors and suffering of the war to future generations. If you should happen to visit the museum perhaps you might come away with the same feeling.
Also at the museum, and placed outside on open grounds, is quite a collection of old aircraft. This in itself is worth seeing.
Posted in: WWII kamikaze base to seek UNESCO recognition for pilots' documents
edojinMay. 12, 2015 - 05:23PM JST
As expected, that place is still rocking. Hope everyone rode this big one out successfully.
Posted in: At least 24 killed as M7.4 quake hits devastated Nepal
edojinMay. 12, 2015 - 05:20PM JST
It's not Mad Max without Mel Gibson. A must-see on my list of things to do ...
Posted in: Cast, old and new, unite at 'Mad Max: Fury Road' premiere
edojinMay. 11, 2015 - 04:18PM JST
Drones are "in" in more ways than one. Two of the books I have read so far this year featured drones in their plot ... "The Kill List" by Frederick Forsyth and "The Kill Room" by Jeffery Deaver.
In real life, in actual war-like conditions, using drones seems safer than sending in live pilots to do the wipeouts.
Drones are with us now ... and apparently forever. We just have to get used to them.
By the way, both books mentioned above are good reads. I gave them to friends to enjoy ...
Posted in: What do you think about the increasing use of drones?
edojinMay. 11, 2015 - 04:07PM JST
My annual request for the traffic cops is to please get those drivers who go through yellow and red lights at high speed. And get those drivers who insist on talking on their cell phones while trying to steer their vehicles. But, I guess, as usual, these traffic violators will be allowed to go on their merry way ...
Posted in: Spring traffic safety campaign begins nationwide
edojinMay. 06, 2015 - 05:11PM JST
As Sioux Chief pointed out above ... the boy is too young to even get a driver's license. So the "driving without license" bit was not necessary in the story. Now ... hope the kid never gets a license ... he's already proven he's dangerous behind the wheel.
Posted in: 5 injured after 15-yr-old boy, driving without license, crashes into truck
edojinApr. 29, 2015 - 04:36PM JST
Saw Paul and his three partners perform at the Budoken in 1966. Still have the tickets ... and the good memories ...
Didn't make it this time, however ...
Posted in: Paul McCartney returns to Budokan
edojinApr. 29, 2015 - 04:33PM JST
Seems as if surgery lies somewhere down the road. If so, may as well get it done with, go through the recovery stage, then see how to adapt to the newly made arm. Otherwise he's going to have to do a lot of sitting out while the ailing arm tries to recover.
Posted in: Yankees pitcher Tanaka out at least a month with tendinitis
edojinApr. 27, 2015 - 01:53PM JST
In reality, most of the LDP wins are supported mainly by Soka Gakkai voters. During the campaign period, Soka Gakkai members were busy urging everyone in sight to vote for Komeito ... or Komeito/LDP candidates. One asked me to ask my friends to vote for the LDP/Komeito ticket, and I countered by saying "I'm fed up with rising prices caused by Abenomics." He replied with something like, "Well, be sure to vote for Komeito because we do the right thing." Yeah, I replied, like supporting Abenomics. I heard another SG member start her request for a Komeito vote by saying, "Abenomics is great ... vote for us." Geez ...
Anyway, as has been reported before, the LDP wins come with strong SG support. If there were no SG votes for the LDP, this governing party would lose in a big way.
Posted in: LDP set for strong showing in local polls: media
edojinApr. 25, 2015 - 02:39PM JST
An interesting thing about this incident is, if he did get the radioactive sand from Fukushima Prefecture, as reported by some press outlets, then how much more radiation is there in that radioactive-wasted area? Abe-san and his ilk keep saying that Fukushima is safe ... but if a mere citizen can swoop in and collect nuclear waste in the contents of some sand, this man is showing that Abe and his cronies are feeding us a bunch of lies.
The drone landing on the prime minister's unguarded roof is just a minor thing as compared to what is going on at that destroyed nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture ...
Posted in: Fukui man arrested for landing drone on roof of Abe's office
edojinApr. 22, 2015 - 05:12PM JST
According to TV reports, the roof had not been checked in about a month ... so it is not known exactly when the small drone landed there. Anyway, drones are changing security systems everywhere ... surely even here in Japan now that this incident happened. And surely the terrorists are getting more & more ideas about how to carry out their activities with the aid of drones. Just more things to worry about ...
Posted in: Camera-equipped drone found on roof of Abe's office
edojinApr. 20, 2015 - 02:40PM JST
Sorry, but I'd rather have a human being at the controls. Suppose the artificially intelligent pilot decides to take a downward route at high speed ... who's there to stop it ... another robot?
Posted in: After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots
edojinApr. 18, 2015 - 05:10PM JST
Good news ... so guess the nuclear power plants aren't really needed at all.
Posted in: 9 power companies say they will be able to meet electricity demand this summer
edojinApr. 18, 2015 - 05:08PM JST
What the heck do the Chinese expect? They keep intruding in Japanese air and sea space ... which creates all kinds of tensions in the concerned areas. If the Chinese would stop such intrusions there would be no such "safety risks."
Posted in: China complains Japan's air, sea surveillance raises safety risks
edojinApr. 16, 2015 - 06:45PM JST
It's simply censorship ...
The LDP is doing all kinds of things illegally, why not controlling the press, too ...
Posted in: LDP panel summons media bosses over news programs
edojinApr. 08, 2015 - 05:01PM JST
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda quit the Major Leagues to return to Japan and try to win a championship with the Hiroshima Carp. Well, looks like he's wasting his time here. The Carp just can't hit. And Kuroda lost his last outing 3-0. Last night the Carp blew a 1-0 lead and fell to the Giants 2-1. Already the Carp are six games under .500. Although this is still early in the season, their future this year looks bleak ...
Posted in: Japanese baseball results
edojinApr. 08, 2015 - 04:33PM JST
Tried to dodge the snowflakes in Kichijoji ... and seek a place with warmth ...
Posted in: Kanto area experiences rare light snowfall for April
edojinApr. 02, 2015 - 06:23PM JST
I go to the public sento every night, have traveled through the Seto Inland Sea islands, eaten all kinds of fish at the Tsujiji fish market and walked along terraced rice paddies. Too bad they are disappearing. Still haven't seen the Ama pearl divers ... although I've been in their areas ... gotta see them before they, too, become history.
As for the public baths ... they are vanishing too rapidly. Their clientele is decreasing rapidly as cheap apartments with no baths are being replaced with the ultra-expensive mansions that have their own private baths. So it goes with modernization ... Will continue to enjoy my hot baths in big tubs as long as they exist ...
Posted in: Vanishing Japan: Five things to see before they disappear completely
edojinApr. 02, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
Went through the above and clicked on a whole bunch of "good" comments. Too bad Abe and his LDP cronies can't see this ... but then, even if they do, they could care less. That 2% inflation target must be met no matter how high the price increase percentages are ... That, my friends, is Abenomics ...
Posted in: Prices of food items rise from 4-13%
May. 23, 2015 - 05:18AM JST
I was referring to all of the scientists who disagree. Now obviously you seem…
Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions
May. 23, 2015 - 05:13AM JST
I build an extension on my house, I dont tell people I built a new house,…
Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island
May. 23, 2015 - 05:08AM JST
Glad they got the scumbag, now lock him up! But where are all the people who…
Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing 14-year-old girl in Himeji
May. 23, 2015 - 05:02AM JST
Kazuaki: "Well, Korea, you have just lost the points you gained in my eyes for doing…
Posted in: Appeals court frees Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case
May. 23, 2015 - 04:40AM JST
Wouldn't it be hypocritical for Japan to bother complaining about this? There are Japanese movies with…
Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene