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sf2kMay. 22, 2015 - 09:33AM JST
I agree with most of the list, I'd add the obligatory "Irasshaimase!" when walking into a Lawson or some other chain store. You really get used to that! Every employee would chime off and even though it was not really heartfelt I still always enjoyed it in spite of myself. Irasshaimase, Irasshaimasssssse, 'mase, IRAsshaimase...
14 on 4 seasons is weird. It's like Japan insisting that other countries don't exist. Forget about axial tilt. It doesn't matter what you say back. I've had to train myself to not respond to it
13 complimentary water is common.
5 only relevant to Americans AFAIK
Probably good to filter list on Unique items. Other quibbles here and there. Overall lots of good times in Japan and a pretty good list.
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sf2kMay. 22, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
if just under half have legal standing to be there thanks to the EU, then the number of thousands is irrelevant if this number isn't first subtracted and considered different in context from that of other types of migration.
This is just race baiting
Posted in: British PM Cameron announces new plans to tighten immigration
sf2kMay. 22, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
Japanese officials said came in response to foreign pressure
Japanese officials said came in response to foreign pressure
Because Japanese would never question the validity of mass killing of dolphins. This is just gaijin-ism. The reality is that many Japanese are just as upset with this but the government needs a scapegoat. Otherwise they'd have to quit their jobs or do something of value for a living
Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on
sf2kMay. 22, 2015 - 08:50AM JST
you don't seem to realize that people don't turn on the air-conditioning, at all, less they be accused of wasting electricity
Posted in: 2 dead, 480 hospitalized due to heat exhaustion in one week
sf2kMay. 22, 2015 - 08:40AM JST
Can't accept the past and can't plan for the future = Abenomics
Posted in: Japan ups ante in race to boost influence in Asia with cash
sf2kMay. 22, 2015 - 03:12AM JST
I don't need Windows to code for Android or iOS, thus no Visual Studio or anything else. No cashola going to M$. Also with Steam rolling out on Linux now, the facade that Windows alone is a gaming platform continues to disappear
Posted in: Apple, Android app makers cool to Microsoft overtures
sf2kMay. 20, 2015 - 01:45AM JST
paint the house roof white to reflect sunlight off the building so it doesn't capture and hold heat during the day so it doesn't release that energy throughout the night. Add insulation, seals around windows and doors, temperature controlled air conditioning. Since that's impossible, might as well add a geothermal heat pump. 5m down it's 10C. There's your aircon
sf2kMay. 19, 2015 - 06:58PM JST
maybe stop working at the height of the heat of the day and drink some water. It isn't rocket science. Or has the decree of Cool Biz not been sent forth throughout the land thus people will continue to wear wool and jeans until so ordered?
Unstoppable force meet immovable object
sf2kMay. 18, 2015 - 01:46AM JST
Japan should celebrate this too, with China and the USA and everyone else the end of the Nazi supported regime of that time. That would take the wind out of the sails of the right-wingers, from all the countries, who thrive on conflict. This would move all of Asia past history for once. Otherwise what is Japan defending?
Posted in: China sets Sept 3 to mark WWII victory over Japan
sf2kMay. 17, 2015 - 11:12AM JST
what a weak government. Start fining companies for violating laws, yo
Posted in: Gov't to release names of 'black companies'
sf2kMay. 17, 2015 - 10:25AM JST
there's no rehabilitation here, she's been trying to kill people for years and now has. Pretty much a serial killer mindset. Anything other than life in prison of some form puts society in danger
Posted in: Student held for murder charged with trying to poison two former classmates
sf2kMay. 17, 2015 - 04:37AM JST
a plasma vapour disposition reactor is used to make fake diamonds at high temperatures, which is used as a coating on the tips of drill bits etc. So the technique itself isn't really new, but the materials and application are. Sounds great!
This is good for specialized parts, but not likely practical for large structures. In a car for example, this may be useful for the frame if it's stronger and lighter, but not for every other part connected to it. Rarely is a large manufacturing company now a single company. Industry uptake will depend on the time and cost and how many third party suppliers use it.
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sf2kMay. 17, 2015 - 04:25AM JST
actually if the USA is any lesson, any deaths of Japanese solders overseas will be used to create the "support the troops" mantra of right wing conservatives. I've seen this in my own Canada as the PM is fond of this phrase. What it does is it calls into question the national interest of anyone who complains, and they like that just fine
The slippery slope is just getting started.
Posted in: Gov't submits security bills to Diet
sf2kMay. 15, 2015 - 11:36PM JST
@Nessie look up your local engineering association. It's not a government association either but recognized as a collection of certified and trained people who agree to abide by rules they've defined for the betterment of society.
Drones need to similarly organize themselves to provide guidance to other users and provide society a registration of users that are licensed operators. That way they may even be invited to events and provide local coverage. The analogy is like a neighbourhood cameraman with a license plate.
Your car has a license plate. Society will similarly have need of the drone community for things like insurance, not operating an unsafe vehicle, safety to the public.
Rules and licenses allow a safe society. In fact, you can't have it without them
Posted in: Organizers urge public not to fly drones over Sanja Matsuri
sf2kMay. 15, 2015 - 01:16PM JST
If there was a Japanese Drone Association, they could have been invited by organizers to live stream the event from qualified / experienced pilots. That would modernize it without plaguing it with dozens of drones and kiddy drones. Depends how noisy they are and if it detracts from the fete.
Maybe it isn't possible at all in this case, but in other cases such a scenario in future may be. It might even end up as a broadcasting channel or used more often in film production
sf2kMay. 15, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
No wonder the marriage and birthrate continue to plummet
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sf2kMay. 15, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
You can't fix crazy.
Posted in: Man says he stabbed girl on train to see if he had guts enough to kill someone
sf2kMay. 15, 2015 - 10:29AM JST
I agree. Unless Japanese have a national strike against Abe policies in particular about Article 9, which is beautiful by the way, then it will end in 2015. It is worth it for Japanese to stand up for their country. Otherwise they're going to lose it to the right wingers.
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sf2kMay. 15, 2015 - 09:41AM JST
Drone users need to start organizing themselves to create operation rules of conduct and licenses. Maybe like engineers and doctors who control their own at the behest of government but not run by government. Maybe a combination of that and a pilots license. That would encourage the industry at the same time start building on the public trust. Otherwise it's going to increasingly get weird
sf2kMay. 14, 2015 - 09:57PM JST
As a Canadian all the protections and sectors of the economy that were supposed to survive NAFTA are all but gone. Similarly, the TPP will take down whatever remains of government choice elected by the people to instead corporate choice, dictated to the world
You can't survive climate change or have environmental protection in an environment where companies can sue governments for damages stopping their activities.
This is the last hurrah of global economics when the world instead needs a new relocalization, should it wish to improve the lives of its citizens and the health of the planet.
Every government at these talks are traitors to their own people, my own included. I hate it because it benefits no one, only corporations. It's like a mental illness
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May. 25, 2015 - 06:00AM JST
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May. 25, 2015 - 05:49AM JST
More babble. Most people concerned with GMO are focused on something this "author" doesn't bother with,…
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May. 25, 2015 - 05:45AM JST
It looks like a mishmash of Batman, Kamen Rider, Godzilla, and something else I can't quite…
Posted in: New Batman figure envisioned by video game designer
May. 25, 2015 - 05:24AM JST
By the way the person in the picture is known as Panti Bliss not just Panti…
Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first
May. 25, 2015 - 05:21AM JST
Because Japan has not engaged war since 1945, there was no soul of soldiers were enshrined…
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