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    It has been pointed out that the colour scheme of Mr. Sato's emblem resembles that of Hey Studio in Barcelona. Not only do the colours seem to be very similar, the logo was Japan related, contained the red round sun of Japan, and was another letter - this time a J - for a "Rebuild Jappon" emblem https://www.flickr.com/photos/17888345@N03/5663361905

    As Luca says, we can see things and forget we have seen them.

    Of those other things that netizens are suggesting Sano's office copied, this one http://gogotsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/001.jpg where in place of the same (□ above 小) part of the character for cool (涼), an uchiwa fan has been replaced by a sensu folding fan in Sano's office's design, strikes me as being difficult to arrive at by mistake but perhaps whoever it was in Sano's office that created it, simply had the same idea.

    Someone has made a collection of more than 100 other Tokyo Olympic Emblem suggestions here http://togetter.com/li/863363 It includes two shrine gate influenced logos, which may (for all I know) have influenced my suggestion though I have no recollection seeing them。Perhaps I did and forgot.

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    BTW how was Sano's company chosen to design the logo?

    There was a selection committee consisting of famous designers, and 104 entries I believe. You can still see a copy of the original call for submissions in Japanese on this blog. The first prize seems to have been a million yen. http://d-lounge.jp/blog/2014/09/7565

    I figured a T and a Ⅱlook a bit like that icon shrine gate so may submit https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/21048054776

    Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee scraps controversial logo

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    Despite their big names

    And big bodies it seems. Alas, Depp seems to be getting porky. Even Jake Gyllenhaal too.

    Posted in: Johnny Depp the star draw; Netflix flexes muscle at Venice

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    I thought he said he was going to quit but I am glad he is not because I like his political views, including joint ownership of both territorial disputed islands. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8DruHashimoto#PoliticalViews and as far as I know he is one of the few politicians that wants to cut spending rather than print more pork.

    Posted in: Hashimoto plans to form new party in October

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    ¥4,600 for the dual tripod mount version That sounds like a lot of money for a piece of metal and two screws. They are about 1/4 from aliexpress http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Flashes-Bracket-Holder-Length-27cm-Dual-Flash-Hot-Shoe-Bracket-One-to-Two-Switcher-Holder-Bar/32219280871.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.189.oCPLtu&ws_ab_test=201407_1,201444_5,201409_3

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    In addition to the forms, the MHLW asked for the original printed prospectus of her university medical school; a detailed account of the curriculum, including modules and number of hours taught; the number of full and part-time academic staff; live births delivered; “corpses used for test autopsies”; and the size of the building in square metres.

    I guess this was to rule out degree farms.

    Posted in: Globalising Japan’s medical care

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    Upon second thoughts, while the Japanese do not identify with their self narrative, and can not define for instance their character traits (Bond &Cheung, 1983), they do pay greater attention to tone of voice (Ishii, Reyes, & Kitayama, 2003), and when they have theatrical reproductions of anime such as Anpanman or Masked Riders the audience insists upon the use of a boom box and miming characters rather than accepting a situation where the person inside the character suit providing the voice via a microphone.This is because there is greater identity, and character in the tenor and cadence of the characters voice. Thus, it is not that Japanese old people can not recognise their grandchildren so much as they are ashamed to say that they can not recognise their grandchild since it would be insulting to say to ones grandchild, "Your voice sounds strange. Is that really you?"

    Posted in: Why do 'ore-ore' phone scams continue despite so many warnings?

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    Just look at those upper arm muscles (biceps) and shoulder muscles (trapezoids)! http://www.japantoday.com/images/size/x/2015/08/urn%3Apublicid%3Aap.org%3A3c12cec8decf4ed484e273c724a2af99.jpg Back at the last Tokyo Olympics the sprinters did not feel the need to develop upper body muscles nearly so much. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/06/13/olympics/carr-starred-tokyo-games/#.Vd0T1LGLV8E

    Posted in: Bolt, Gatlin through to semifinals of 200 meters

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    Her Pon Pon Pon video where she barfs eyeballs has profound things to say about the Japanese psyche, as did songs such as Maboroshi no Inochi by her former boyfriend, Fukase who she split up with recently. I think the chef in his Anti-Hero is a spoof of the fat woman in Pon Pon Pon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC4hFK5P3g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9V5aByfeCM

    Posted in: 'Kawaii' queen Kyary Pamyu Pamyu eyes global domination

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    I did not have email relations with that CIA officer.

    Posted in: Clinton reaffirms she didn't send, receive classified emails

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    This ore-ore scam is a very interesting phenomena, that is paralleled I believe by the 419 scams that plague anglophones: "Hello Dear, you have won the lotteries, receives some inheritance, a proportion of a massive slosh fund, if you just small amount up front." Both the ore-ore scam and the 419 scam tap into a national self-deception, different in each case. Anglophones have a tendency to believe that we are going to get lucky. The Japanese it appears, have a tendency to believe that their kin are going to get themselves into trouble, and that they are destined to come to the rescue. Each depends upon a pipe-dream of self-aggrandizement, but in a different domain (Sedikides, Gaertner, Toguchi, 2003) and the Japanese version is tinged with groupism and self-denegration: Not "I'm gonna make it big!" but "our family is accident prone but we really care."

    Another reason for the success of the scam may be in the way in which the voice is deindividuated in Japan. That is to say Japanese do not identify with their own voices (their self speech), nor identify others by theirs. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in way in which few Japanese do not bat an eyelid at person-less voices in form of all the public announcements, loop tapes and speaking machines. Again, in the service industry, service providers are preferred if they deindividuated their voice completely, not only in a higher octave but in a squawk reminiscent of a high pitched Daffy Duck. Individuality is expressed visually (such as in architecture where there is an utter lack of Japanese harmony) whereas voices are generic. Japanese old persons may not be able to pick out their grandson's voice even if coming from the next room, let alone across low quality telephone lines.

    A related reason for the prevalence of this crime lies in the fact that it has hardly a visual aspect. The Japanese are ego-involved with their faces (c.f. Watsuji), and have an autoscopic self-conscience that prevents them from thieving, mugging, vandalism, and all flagrante delicto (Latin of "in blazing offence," "genkouhan" in Japanese) crimes which can be seen. But when a crime is purely linguistic (cartels, politics and money, corporate governance, ore-ore scams) then the criminal can appears to himself autoscopically, as exactly the same as someone being honest. An ore-ore scammer sees himself as, identical to, someone making a sales call.

    The solution is as the article suggests, technological: video phones.

    Posted in: Why do 'ore-ore' phone scams continue despite so many warnings?

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    @ nakanoguy01 There have been many deaths as a result of the Fukushima reactor falloutmainly due to the very real psychological stress of forced relocation (including suicide and murder) . However, I do agree that we do no hear enough regarding the dangers of fossil fuels, which are partly to blame for the turmoil in the Middle East, various forms of atmospheric pollution, vehicular transportation crashes, and presumably house fires. Oops...Electric stoves cause many more fires than paraffin heaters but, nonetheless, there is danger in fossil fuels which we seem to lose sight of.

    Posted in: Japan set to return to nuclear power after two-year hiatus

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    2: the number of times longer it took for Japan to react to the bombings and surrender, than was allowed them between the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombing of Hiroshima was barbarous - at most they should have bombed the Tokyo bay, or the top off Mount Fuji. The bombing of Nagasaki was gratuitously evil.

    39,000–80,000 The number of people, most of them women and children, murdered in Nagasaki.

    "The Japanese started it," even if that were relevant to burning children to death, which it is not, economic blockades are an act of war and US, Britain, and the Dutch blockaded Japan in July 1941, causing the war in the Pacific.

    Posted in: By The Numbers: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima

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    Was the bottom right designed to make it look like a "2" of "2020"? He says he has never been to Belgium but the Theatre de Liege logo is on Logopedia http://logos.wikia.com/wiki/File:THEATRELIEGElogoH_noir.jpg

    Posted in: Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo

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    massiou81 wrote

    Many stood up against evil regimes, even in Italy, even in Germany... But none of that happened in Japan.

    I thought that was was the Tokkoutai were doing. It is what they thought they were doing.

    Everybody has always a choice. They had a choice they didn't make. And it is not being insensitive to say that I do not pity them, nor the pilots, nor the handkerchiefs' girls.

    As far as I know, they made a choice such as which under similar circumstances I would like to make but fear I would be too much of a coward. My keyboard gets wet every-time I attempt to read their letters. I wonder how one can not feel pity for them.

    Japan you should be WAY ahead of all this! Decades ago!! But alas here we are & Japan still forcing itself to pay the price of its stubborn pride!

    In view of the above comments, perhaps ChIran's time is decades in the future.

    Posted in: Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

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    A link between prostate cancer and intense bicycling has been established but, as in this case also perhaps, it may be that people that go in for intense cycling are very aware of their health and at Basso's level more thorough check ups. C.f http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/testicular-cancer/risk-factors#heading-Fourteen "Any association (of testicular cancer) with testicular injury is thought to reflect recall bias or reverse causality (cancer detected incidentally during investigations for the injury).[10]"

    Posted in: Basso cancer shock overshadows Tour de France mountain battle

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    Bearing in mind also that Japanese tend to strike not lunge like fencers, even if they are sober, and that the umbrella was one of the (usually cheap clear) vinyl ones, it may be the case that the strike coincided with the colleague's advance onto the umbrella which would have been near invisible.

    Posted in: Man dies after being pierced in eye by umbrella last month

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    I have had a tough time in Paris too. Service there is a sort of duel.

    Posted in: Another Japanese celebrity claims discrimination in France; netizens not so sympathetic

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    Strangerland is right.

    Student Ryou: "I feel that I am just tired of living. Do you mind if I dye (sic)? " Teacher: "What's the matter? Are you worried about the test? Pluck up and keep going."

    RIP Ryou.

    Posted in: Boy hit and killed by train left note saying he was bullied

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    Yukari, Mayumi, Masahiro, and Shigeru, RIP.

    Posted in: Man set fire to house because wife didn't see him off properly

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