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    taj

    "The 30-square-kilometer backwater... "

    That's a bit of cheek and rather rude! Yonaguni is a dive destination. Cool formations on the seabed.

    Posted in: Japan to send 100 SDF troops, radar to remote western island

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    LBW2010, I'm with you on most of those things. When I take hot baths, it's generally communal. And I do all the bath things too, except perhaps #4. What are you referring to as "material goods"?

    Posted in: What do you do in your day-to-day life to conserve energy and protect the environment?

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    Mirai, I was also surprised that it was only a 4.7 and so deep as well. It felt bigger or closer in my house.

    Posted in: M4.7 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert issued

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    Solar panels at home, natural light as much as possible. Avoid buying bottled water and drinks.

    And sometimes, I use "saving the planet" as an excuse to do things like: eat straight from the pot / can / pizza box. Fewer dishes to wash = less soapy water down the drain, right? (o)

    Posted in: What do you do in your day-to-day life to conserve energy and protect the environment?

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    I hope a lot of those people have been picked up by the various small vessels involved in the rescue and just haven't been counted yet. Godspeed to the rescue divers, working in the dark and murk. There must be plenty of air pockets within the ferry.

    Posted in: 4 dead, 291 missing after South Korean ferry sinks

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    I like and respect Elizabeth Warren.

    I have also liked and respected Christie, at least right until the bridge gate business. I'm not sure if he indeed set that kind of thug tone for his team, or if that's just endemic in NJ and not his personal fault, but I'm a touch wary. Still keeping an open mind to him.

    Perry is a nutter. Cruz too, and he was born in Canada, wasn't he?

    Posted in: 2016 presidential race off to an early start

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    You know the guy, Storm?

    Posted in: 5 stabbed to death at Calgary house party

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    Considering, the human population is falling, land used for farming is decreasing, humans are moving from the rural areas to major urban centres, this is not a problem of humans encroaching on animals dwindling territory.

    We could reintroduce wolves, but I don't see that happening. Ever.

    More hunting by bipedal predators is necessary. Controlled for overall health of the population. Hunting at night though, seems a bit mad.

    Posted in: Gov't discusses measures to stop crop damage by wild boars, deer

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    jojotoday

    Is this even going to be released in cinemas over here? Probably straight to DVD. Quietly.

    CrickyAPR. 15, 2014 - 11:01AM JST

    A story based on fact!, will never be released in Japan...unless AKB 48 are in it, starving and beating prisoners to death.

    Wow. Lots of pre-judging going on here. Prejudice you might even say,... Thanks for the review of the book, Nandakandamanda

    Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness

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    " Japan only wants the NPPs back on line because the power companies are going into the red, and the government has major investments in them."

    And we want better air quality than China. There's that, too.

    We all hope renewables will be able to meet the needs of our cities and factories in the very near future. But we're not there yet. In the meantime, it's coal & oil + hydro + nuclear in some sort of proportion. Coal & Oil suck, too. Dams are also at risk of earthquakes, torrential rains, and old age.

    Posted in: Kyushu town rallies for nuclear plant restart

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    " nonchalantly checking his hair in the mirror with one hand while holding a trash bag allegedly containing his dead son in the other."

    There's more wrong with this guy than a simple gaming addiction.

    Posted in: S Korean gamer arrested after son starves to death

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    "Why? If these plants are so safe!"

    Now one is claiming anything is ever 100% risk free. Common sense says plan for the worst while working to ensure risks are constantly evaluated and minimized.

    If these people vote to restart, it can't be said that they don't know the risks.

    Posted in: Kyushu town rallies for nuclear plant restart

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    Hobo marks! What does that one mean? - Not paying yet. Try here again! (actual NHK guy) - Man lives here. (Someone posing as NHK while they scope out the neighborhood).

    Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees

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    who got into hot water recently over offensive language about Asian Americans

    I missed that wee tempest in a teapot. Did see the original redskins / chingdong bit though, which was a good laugh.

    Congratulations, Stephen! Will miss being able to freely watch your show via internet.

    Posted in: Colbert to succeed Letterman

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    Was this announced on Tuesday of last week, by any chance?

    Posted in: Comic book character Archie to be killed off

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    Will this just be for voting in national referendums ? Or is this for sufferage in general?

    What is the logic behind lowering the age for voting? Will they also change the "seijin" age?

    Posted in: Bill submitted to lower house to change legal referendum voting age to 18

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    Reuters put the spin on this a little differently. Their headline is that China 'gave Hagel an earful'.

    Hagel was sharply questioned by Chinese officers at the National Defense University. One of them told Hagel he was concerned that the United States was stirring up trouble in the East and South China Sea because it feared someday "China will be too big a challenge for the United States to cope with."

    "Therefore you are using such issues ... to make trouble to hamper (China's) development," the officer said.

    Posted in: China tells Hagel it won't 'stir up trouble' with Japan

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    When I first read his testimony, I was moved.

    Then I heard it. The long, long pause while his lawyer waits for him to get round to his line about waking up to the smell of blood. The lawyer seemed to know what was coming. As if the lines had been prepped in advance.

    That said, I have not yet seen the testimony. Perhaps Oscar was waving at the lawyer to wait while he composed himself to continue.

    Without being in the room it's hard to be convinced, but I'm leaning heavily toward thinking he's a mediocre actor.

    Posted in: Pistorius testifies at his murder trial

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    FightingViking: 1) all the victims of the disaster were already re-housed (it's been three years after all) 2) (usually it's trucks, not trains, that are used to carry people's belongings back "home")

    It would appear that you haven't visited the area. If you had, you'd probably say, It's ONLY been three years after all. Rehousing in some areas requires literally moving mountains to make high ground available upon which to build permanent structures. That said, there are still people living in the area in both temporary housing and their original homes. Kids still need to get to school. Old people still need to get to hospitals and shopping areas and still need to be able to get around to visit family and friends.

    The Ofunato line still runs from Ichinoseki (shinkansen station) and Kesenuma. From there, the BRT bus runs up to Sakari on a combination of public road and BRT only (paved over track bed). Some parts of that line (around Rikuzentakada in particular really would've taken a lot of cash to rebuild. It's pretty efficient but I do wish it ran more frequently. I can't see that being replaced by train unless the area in between rebounds strongly and repopulates.

    The train line from Sakari northwards includes some tunnels and bridges that weren't damaged and it probably would have cost more to remake them into BRT roads than to just repair bits and get the train going again. I haven't seen the situation between the north and south rias lines to know what their situation or likely solution would be.

    It's all well and good to make uninformed pronouncements about how money should be spent. I'd suggest you all give a little more credit to the folks in the area making the decisions. Sometimes, perhaps, they know a little better about what's best for them you do.

    Posted in: Full service resumes on tsunami-hit Iwate train line

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    HelloWork is for people who are out of work. This new hotline is for people who are employed, but are having some difficulties with their boss, company, etc. and need a consultation.

    Thanks for posting this, JT.

    Posted in: Consultation hotlines open for foreign workers in Japan

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