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ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 07:01AM JST
Jeff, you are wrong, 2 acres = 8094 Sq Meters. look at a conversion site. But it doesn't matter the size. Something this old and nice should not be developed to put cash in someone pockets. It is just wrong. The greens space is more valuable and it the build is also that old, then it should be maintained for future generations to know how some one of Ikeda's class used to live. There are small shines all over Japan, some no bigger than an alley way. I don't see developers going after them. Probably it is not a good idea to mess with Kamis.
Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
I just don't see what is in it for Putin. Eastern Ukraine is a basket case. I understand why he would want the Crimea but eastern Ukraine? These separatists can't do anything right without a Russian adviser. They are loosing against Ukraine. But it seems that Russia as learned from MH17. They are doing direct artillery support from the Russian side of the boarder. It may be separatists but can't see Russia allowing that. Still can not see what Russia has to gain, this part of Ukraine is just a financial drain. The militia seems to be idiots, so why is Putin pushing so hard. Probably he just wanted to stick it to Ukraine but now it seems a little out of control.
Posted in: First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands; 2 Ukraine warplanes shot down
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 06:22AM JST
Isn't 1/2 of a 1/2 a quarter? As long as a term like Haafu is used, Japan as a long, long way to go. Nothing has changed.
Posted in: Rola changing DNA of Japanese pop culture
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
Life span of fleas have nothing to do with it. But the Bubonic Plague been around and a long time and still pops up from time to time. Some people have a genetic immunity. Since the plague is spread by fleas, it doesn't have to be rats, it can be your cat.
Posted in: Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
There is no way any will ask Japan for help related to MH17. Japan is not an interested party. The carrier is Malaysia, the manufacturer is US, most of the victims are Dutch(193)/US (1 dual),Malaysian (43), Australian (27), Indonesian (12), British (10)/SA dual (1), German (4), Belgium (4), Filipino (3), Canadian (1), and New Zealand-er (1). Ukraine is the country were this happened. Japan has no part of this. So to offer help is a useless gesture. The Dutch and UK are taking the lead. Do not see anything that Japan can offer that these two countries can't do. This is not a weather event, this is a crime. There is no way that you can get 100% evidence since the crime seen was contaminated, possibly deliberately. Even with proof that the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK with a Soviet 9M38 or 9M317, it will be impossible to know who ordered it or who fired it. Japan can't offer anything that can clear this up. The only thing Japan can offer is to go along with more sanction on Russia as Europe seems about to do.
Posted in: Abe says Japan willing to help in Malaysia jet crash probe
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
The world is no more and no less dangerous than it's ever been. An the has been wars in some part or multiple parts of the world for centuries. No different now. You don't get a civilian airline shoot down often but there has been several. You go into a war zone, the odds of getting kill will go up. And in any war zone, civilians are the most to die. It is a bit mind boggling when you look at all the wars for the past 2 centuries. Look it up on wiki.
Posted in: Do you think the world is more dangerous today than, say, 10 years ago?
ka_chanJul. 24, 2014 - 05:41AM JST
I never will understand why Japanese houses are neither properly insulated nor centrally heated and cooled. I read in a health article that you should sleep with a room temperature below 65 F or 18 C not that I do that but I can. My home stays at 78 F or 18 C even when the outside temperature is 112 F or 44 C. It does cost but it's only for a few months. Never understood the slow adoption of A/C in Japan. But then Japan doesn't have grounding of electricity nor is there a uniform electric supply. It is insane that 1/2 of Japan is on 100 V / 60 Hz and the other half is on 100 V / 50 Hz. I would love to build a modular home from Norway and power with wind, solar, and maybe geo and live off the grid. With geo, I can even have my own onsen.
Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20
ka_chanJul. 23, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
He made something like 60 movies including, "The Great Escape", "Hour of the Gun", "Pink Jungle", "Support your local Sheriff","Support you local Gunfighter", "Victor Victoria", "The Americanization of Emily", to name a few. He also was the voice of Shazam. He served in Korea in 1951 and served as a "scrounger" for his company and received two Purple Hearts. In both the Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily, he played a scrounger. RIP
Posted in: 'Maverick,' 'Rockford Files' star James Garner dies at 86
ka_chanJul. 23, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
It is sad to lose history especially for a Condo. The city father have no sense. Ikeda must be spinning in his grave.
ka_chanJul. 22, 2014 - 09:13AM JST
Not sure it this sequence in appropriate since this is when Elsa decides to live alone and abandon her people and country thinking the she is protecting them from her powers. But this is not true, when Ana tells her that Arendelle is being smothered in snow and cold. The point being, is this a good example for parents. Abandon your responsibilities so you can free your abilities? Think that like in the movie, you will get bad results. Maybe the Ana character is better, just clumsily bungling along believing is good results. Seemed to work, after all people will always make mistakes but should be able to rise above them. No one is perfect and perfection is impossible.
Posted in: Japanese NPO creates 'Let It Go' parody for serious cause
ka_chanJul. 22, 2014 - 08:51AM JST
It doesn't matter what this stupid poll says, the world is safer. The worst was October 1962. The Israel-Palestinian hasn't change is decades. Just the same thing about every 6 years. Russia every few years tries to bully is former Soviet states. Last time was Georgia. Japan and China has not gotten along for over a century now. It just ebbs and flows. Today Central American is the most dangerous region in the Americas and it used to be South America. There is more chaos in the world with Syria, Iraq, and Libya as failed states. But compared to 1962 when the world was so close to WWIII, this is just background noise. As populations age, crime should drop. The most unpredictable areas are still Russia and China. Neither country has been test by a true economic collapse. Japan's economy is unrealistic with over a 200% debt ratio to GDP. There are people who say that the economies and world standards will get worse over the next 1500 years. But this will not affect anyone who is living. So the standard of living will go down but no one alive will feel the worst effects. To enjoy life. You are more likely to die by some accident than any of the recent events. There hasn't be a terrorist attack on a flight to or from Japan since 1994.
ka_chanJul. 19, 2014 - 06:59AM JST
It's hard to promote a country when Japan doesn't know who they are.
Posted in: Brand building: Why Japan plays catch-up with regional competitors
ka_chanJul. 19, 2014 - 06:28AM JST
Responsibility goes to Russia. The Buk can fire different missiles. The new missiles can reach 25K or 82,000 ft. The missile that flies at Mach 3 doesn't have to hit the target. It's a radar control device with a fragmentation warhead. Probably somebody made a mistake to give the rebel such a missile. Planes still flies over "conflict zone" since such powerful weapons are not in the hands of the combatants, ie terrorists. Planes fly over Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. The ICAO can recommend not using an air route but until now, it wasn't an issue. Interestingly. MH17 was in communication with Russia air traffic control since they were about to go into Russian air space.
Now the question is what will Europe and J-gov do? Both have agreements with Russia for natural gas and petroleum. The German Chancellor squarely put the blame on Russia. But will they really hit Russia with real sanctions? So far all the sanctions on Russia is very light.
Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet
ka_chanJul. 19, 2014 - 05:35AM JST
This is really really stupid. Adoption is adoption and has nothing to do with who is the biological father. This denies biology, biochemistry, and science in general. If the court just defends the law no matter who out dated or stupid, then they are not needed. If the law does not evolve with the times then what is ABE trying to do with re-interpreting article 9? Based on this, he not allowed. The law is the law. This is the answer for people who do think or care about the society.
Posted in: Supreme Court rules DNA test results cannot revoke paternal status of child's father
ka_chanJul. 18, 2014 - 04:56AM JST
Not that familar with twitter but the google translation is:
Donetsk Republic @ dnrpress
Donetsk Republic @ dnrpress
Self-propelled anti-aircraft missile systems "Buk" in the territory of anti-missile defense regiment A1402 take control of the DNI. pic.twitter.com/bTI9BZCB1N
Polite Source ♻ @ ER_Insider Jun 29
Now is the "Jun 29" mean that it was twitter on June 29th? So this wouldn't have anything to do with ML17. But it does say "BUK" which can take down an aircraft at 45K feet.
Posted in: Russia says new sanctions over Ukraine unacceptable; threatens retaliation
ka_chanJul. 16, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
The user can turn off the Apple tracking feature but I sure the Chinese government still traces any phone with GPS ability anyway via the telecoms.
Posted in: Apple iPhone a threat to national security: Chinese media
ka_chanJul. 16, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
But the statue (copy of Manneken Pis) in Hamamatsucho is ok. Maybe if it was a copy of Jeanneke Pis, it won't be. Also all those "Onna hole" toys are ok? Where is the line? What is the line? Arbitrary police action?
Posted in: Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free expression protest
ka_chanJul. 12, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
It is really hard to judge the scope of what is here. In one part they say that he said,"We must not repeat the horrors of the war". Well, the "horrors of the war" and "horrors of war" is not really the same thing. This may be a translation issue. Also it is not clear when he address the war dead who he is really addressing. Japanese is a very evasive language compared to English. Since "all" was not included, it leaves room for doubt. So I'm more in the camp with New Zealand where they seem to doubt Mr. Ave.
Posted in: Abe says horrors of war must never be repeated
ka_chanJul. 11, 2014 - 09:51AM JST
Wow how good...correct that bad is Japan's cyber security. Do they know who did the hacking? The US seems to know who did some of the hacking on them and their companies.....
Posted in: Cyberattacks on Japanese gov't sites surge
ka_chanJul. 11, 2014 - 07:08AM JST
You do know that this is a domestic violence case.
Posted in: Texas gunman kills 6, including 4 children
Jul. 26, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
How can you be so blind and believe whatever is said without looking outside a box?…
Posted in: U.S. says Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military
Jul. 26, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
This is where I think many liberals get in the weeds as to being confused…
Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up
Jul. 26, 2014 - 10:01AM JST
Israel withdrawal from Gaza appears to be a mistake.
Posted in: Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire plan as death toll nears 850
Jul. 26, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
Would it be completely naive for me to find all this surprising?
Posted in: McDonald's Japan halts sales of Chinese chicken items
Jul. 26, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
I'm guessing by now that anyone who whimsically say that Chinese cities are anything like Japan's…
Posted in: China executes Japanese man for drug offenses