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    Voting starts in one hour's time. It feels a bit like a football match. I support England against Scotland but I'd sure miss them if they leave. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyns0nxsRcU

    Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote

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    The comment and tone of the last poster Elizabeth Heath shows her absolute contempt to voters in Scotland and the democratic process.

    One thing that I have noticed is that there is quite a lot of ill feeling expressed towards no voters and supporters who if Scottish are often branded as traitors, and contemptuous irrespective of nationality. This makes me think that contra Maciandubh prediction that

    the poll's are wrong and the number of Yes supporters is far higher than stated

    it seems likely to me that people who have not felt happy with with the negativity of the yes supporters, nor wish to be the brunt of that aggressive negativity, may well vote no in the privacy of the poll booth. It is a private matter, and Scots are not pushed around. In any event I think that being nice to other side is a good idea, both politically and for the future of Scotland, whichever side one supports.

    Posted in: Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

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    Tragic in the extreme and certainly no "propaganda coup." Only a GWB crony could suggest so. Anyone with a heart, Muslims included, cannot but be disgusted. This man was a father and an AID WORKER! By this barbarism they have give Obama and Cameron carte blanche to bomb them into oblivion. Which the UK Royal Air Force will now do in regtribution for the killing of an x-RAF Scot, just ahead of the Scottish Independence referendum. How evil is this? Are we talking barbaric or right off the scale? And who are SITE?

    Posted in: Video shows beheading of British aid worker

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    I bet Liz will be pissed to lose Hollyrood and nearly 10% of her subjets. Will she be rattling her jewels at the ballot counters?

    Posted in: Why the world should care about Scottish independence

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    I hope he doesn't get whacked / die of suicide under mysterious circumstances.

    Posted in: ASKA gets suspended sentence for drug use

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    @Novenachama Yes! While in linguistic tests they come way down the list, because they are realistic I think their longevity demonstrates happiness.

    Posted in: Japan's centenarian population hits record high

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    There is a load of land in beautiful locations in the Japanese countryside and I have been purchasing some of it, but I wonder if it was a good investment since the urbanisation of Japanese in Japan continues unabated. About 20 years ago cottages and land in the French, Breton countryside could be purchased very cheaply, but then British and Germans bought it and the price went up. Some non-French live there farming or doing creative things. Others purchased cottages as holiday homes -- which tends to help destroy the community, at least so say the Welsh. Will there be an influx of holiday homers to the Japanese countryside? Will foreign writers, artists, and translators come and live there? https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=iwaya&sort=relevance&user_id=64015205%40N00

    Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas

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    Thanks Pandabelle.

    Like the Olympus, The Drift Ghost S has an app that lets me see the feed (in low resolution) on an Android.

    The Olympus 4/3 cameras have stunning picture quality, external microphones via the hot shoe, and this Casio can be attached to oneself as a sort of lapel cam, so they all have advantages, but I just bought a Drift Ghost for the rugged UK design including replaceable front lens element (I junked one Japanese HD camera by scratching the lens). Japanese seem to take more care of their stuff. I want my camera to in my pocket or backpack, with me all the time, in all weather so I can take it out and shoot when I see/do something interesting, and have external microphone (i.e. narration) audio.

    There are some "Ghost S" and "Ghost" going really cheap on Yahoo auctions Japan right now, but for the waterproof wearable form factor, if this Casio had a mike jack I might have bought it even though it is, now on Amazon, 10000 yen more.

    Posted in: Innovative separate-style EXILIM camera

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    Boils down to a blame-game...Religion is the root of much evil.

    And much good, so this sounds like more blame.

    And I blame Bush to an extent, but what I want to know is: is America is really just a policeman, or also protecting the petrodollar so it can print itself into oblivion? Maybe Americans feel that since a policemen is needed, they are being fair protecting the petrodollar, as a sort of police tax. I see it more as corruption. Policemen are okay, but corrupt policemen?

    Posted in: Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist

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    That is pretty cool. I was just looking into HD action camera's like this. The Drift Innovation Ghost and Ghost S (containing a Sony chip) is likewise waterproof and has a remote control photo video wrist based button but has no remote viewfinder. The Sony HDR-AS100VR has a remote with "live vision" screen (like this Casion) but it is not waterproof without its additional case which damps sound recording. I would have considered this Casio but it does not have an external microphone jack which is a deal breaker for me since I want to be able make documentary style narrated videos. The (non-logocentric) Japanese have little interest in narrating things so there is rather a dearth of external microphone functionality. Both the Ghost and Sony have external microphone ports however. The Ghost's microphone Jack is not impeded by its tripod mount, so despite the lack of remote live view, I think I will get the Ghost.

    Posted in: Innovative separate-style EXILIM camera

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    I did not realise how bad it was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-z7z9Fmm58

    Posted in: Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

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    "Japan’s immaculate streets" Lately the Japanese streets where I am are becoming pot-holled and covered in weeds. It seems the council does not have the money to pay for weed cutting, partly because when a worker is using a strimmer, there are two other workers behind him carrying a net to prevent grit being chucked in the path of cars and pedestrians, and partly because of all the public debt which exists also at a regional level. I weeded the streets by hand on the way to work.

    This may be the last time Japan aids India financially. I hope that economic cooperation works.

    Posted in: Modi promises red carpet for Japanese firms in India

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    @bass4funk ”And we want a policeman. ” Whose we? Who calls 911? In Britain we call 999, and in Japan 110. Wait, Bass4funk is an American!? Policemen want policemen?! I don't want policemen.

    Posted in: Video purports to show beheading of second U.S. journalist

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    And it turns high street stores into showrooms for online retail giants.

    Posted in: Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

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    "This society" "These people"? There is nothing in the article to suggest that this is not generally the case when large numbers of people are evacuated. If you Google "friction/tension between evacuees" or "toward evacuees," you will see that sadly, as Luca says, this is a side of human nature.

    Posted in: Fukushima fallout: Resentment of evacuees grows in nearby city

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    It is a common trope in Japanese mythology since that of Izanami, legends, manga, and horror cinema for the monster to be female, and for the monster to seem to have the ability to come out of images, and to turn people into images or to freeze them.

    Monsters used to come out of lamps and scrolls, Sadako comes out of a TV set and turns Ryūji Takayama (played by Hiroyuki Sanda) into a negative, A Juon/Grudge monster comes out of a developing photo and drags her victim back into it, and comes out of a mirror to drag her victim into it. Like the queen in this movie, the most famous Ultraman monster, Barutan Seijin (An alien from Barutan Star) freezes people. That the essence of horror is a hidden woman is shared with the oldest mythology in Japan. And yet in this movie, we have such a monster, who turns out to be loved, and lovable. This forgiving the hidden female monster trope is shared not only by this film but also by Yamanba fashion, the cutie horror of Kari Pamyupamyu, and the cute death metal of Babymetal

    Things hidden since the foundation of the world, are coming out now in Japan, and in Frozen.

    Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan

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    I agree with fxgai. 31.37 trillion yen is 300 billion USD. That is a lot of money. <http://deluxedojo.com/2014/04/1-billion-visualized/ >

    The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare thought of a clever way to announce that they are asking for so much money without anyone noticing, by having everyone (except fxgai and his up-voters on this page at least) concentrate on the drop in a bucket increase, which most Japanese will agree with anyway. Very clever. But when is Japan going to default on its debt?

    Posted in: Health ministry requests Y1.1 bil budget to deal with 'dangerous drugs'

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    When I got in touch with them about promoting a British artist's artworks in Japan they were singularly unhelpful. They are only helping 1000 companies and individuals. I wonder how many staff they have and the ratio of staff to companies helped. Only 220 people attended their annual promotion of British companies. "It has really grown!" The person I spoke to on the phone seemed to be a crystallisation of self-importance. Unless you share the same school tie, ask them for help at your peril.

    Posted in: BCCJ: Helping members promote and build their businesses in Japan

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    Here is the full list http://aene.jp/hq_ranking/ My town, Yamaguchi, does not make it into the top 50. I live on a beach and cycle to work.

    Posted in: Magazine survey picks Japan’s 10 best places to live in

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    But the firm owns a big stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba which is soon expected to list its shares in a multi-billion-dollar offering that could be a huge cash windfall for SoftBank.

    I buy many of things from alibaba's retail subsiduary, aliexpress, prefering it to amazon due to the fact that its products are half the price.

    Posted in: SoftBank still merger hungry despite T-Mobile flop

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