taj's past comments

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    Great way to double up the use of existing space. Well done Orix.

    Posted in: Orix starts up 2.5MW of solar systems on roofs

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    Misleading headline. The return of Sherlock is not up in the air; just the date.

    Posted in: 'Downton Abbey' to return for Season 5 on Jan 4; 'Sherlock' date up in the air

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    available in Japan?

    Posted in: Amazon launches unlimited e-book subscription plan

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    "with little air conditioning"... That's also going to make it a challenge to hire and keep good talent or to get the best our of the people they have!

    Posted in: Public pension fund to move to new office

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    There is no way this woman could have lived through the past 20 years without hearing the many tales of kids dying in hot cars in Pachinko parking lots. I can only assume she went out that morning with this plan in mind. Similar to the case currently happening in Georgia, where both parents have been found to have done pre-death research on heat-deaths in cars, this woman should be charged with premeditated murder.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    Storm, “Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected"

    Perhaps it was deliberate tampering with the feed. Perhaps it was contamination. Only trace amounts are needed to fail a drug test. As with athletes, there's always a risk of malicious spiking.

    Posted in: Queen's race horse fails drug test

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    Daniel.

    "major religions (the only major religions?) that do not make alcohol and drinking a "evil thing"."

    Of the big 5, only Islam makes alcohol an evil (forbidden) thing. In Christianity it is a sacrament and the first miracle of Christ. Not surprising, as wine is also quite central to Judaism. Hinduism is OK with alcohol as part of "enjoying life." It's off-shoot, Buddhism, is the same. It 's up to the individual.

    Abhorsenaube, If you are in Tokyo, there is a Bozu Bar in Arakicho (near Yotsuya san-chome), run by monks. Nice little place. Makes a big impression on visiting guests.

    Posted in: A visit to Kyoto’s monk bar for some spiritual spirits

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    "Cant we just boycott anything edible from China." That's the trouble, isn't it. There's no label on your Starbucks chicken salad sandwich, bought in Tokyo, that says, "meat sourced from China".

    You can try to avoid anything edible from China, but that means avoiding pretty much anything pre-prepared, processed, or served in restaurants (especially chains).

    Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

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    Toshiko, that Nevada restaurant doesn't sound like "fast food" or a place where busy people in a rush go for a quick lunch, so it may not be the best comparison. Better would be the cheap noodle or dumpling shops in Chinese cities and there you may also find that you're eating noodles in "surprise soup" and dumplings packed with "mystery meat" and maybe a dash of ground cardboard.

    This report doesn't mention any evidence. What was the Dragon TV report based on? A whistle-blower at Husi? Was there evidence? Or is this just an anonymous tip called in by who-knows-who?

    Posted in: McDonald's, KFC in China face new food scandal

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    Kokuzi, was she from the north of the country? I have found that with the heating limited to only a few rooms, and the kitchen not being one of them, many households leave food covered on the counters, which I instinctively wanted to put in a fridge. It took some getting used to, but really, it's cold enough half the year, just in the kitchen.

    Good to hear that no one was too seriously injured in this incident. only 300 out of a possible 3700 participants. I wonder how many bentos came from that same one place.

    Posted in: 300 suffer food poisoning at Nagano sports tournament

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    Is this related to the Tokyo Bozu Bar in Arakicho?

    Posted in: A visit to Kyoto’s monk bar for some spiritual spirits

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    The way this is written, it seems like it's still accusation / allegations, and one would hope the Ministry of Justice has just suspended the person while they properly investigate.

    Perhaps there were plenty of corroborating witnesses or video, that weren't mentioned here?

    Posted in: Shizuoka chief public prosecutor to be dismissed over sexual harassment

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    More important than jail time (which costs the general public) the actual punishment is the end to his career. As a convict, he won't be able to work again in the banking sector.

    Posted in: Ex-Deutsche Bank salesman gets suspended sentence for bribery

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    IF it's work or starve, at least the work should be regulated.

    Posted in: Bolivia legalizes child labor for kids from age 10

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    Sped, perhaps those expensive burgers just serve to make the 350 yen burger you bought look reasonable (and help people forget they used to get a burger for 100 yen, not to long ago.

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    Should be a permanent feature.

    Posted in: Monster in the park

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    Crazy Joe:

    The man should file a civil suit against the girl if possible.

    No, it's the first prosecutor who should be sued. He (or she) should have examined the video evidence at that time and known not to prosecute in the first place. Sloppy investigating and devastating for the falsely accused.

    Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court

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    A politician should know better, but it seems that Twitter can get the better of anyone. Glad to see that the JCP has higher standards than the LDP politicians, who regularly come out with worse, but don't bother to resign.

    I must say, I do agree with Kaneko's sentiment.

    Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

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    84 metres below the surface!?! Do all commuters use an elevator? Or are there 20+ stories worth of escalators? It would be a challenge to get heavy cutting equipment down and the many injured up. Just the stretchers going up and down would be a nightmare.

    Posted in: Rush-hour Moscow subway derails: 21 dead, 136 hurt

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    Some low margin companies (Watami, etc.) can't afford to pay living wages. Instead of importing foreign workers for them, workers who will not be able to thrive and participate in society on those wages, those companies must be allowed to wither and disappear. If they can't find a way to operate in society as it is, let them fail. Others will flourish in their place. Places that charge more and pay more.

    Posted in: Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

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