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    Of course, this is the second time it has doubled in five years. No doubt it will balloon into some astronomical amount in the future. These estimates they come up are only conservative estimates based on current conditions. They have not figured in the cost of decontaminating the tens of thousands of gallons of highly radioactive water around the plant nor have the figured in the cost of storing the waste from the site and surrounding areas that were contaminated. Everything they have done are only temporary fixes because they have no idea of how to handle the irradiated materials in the future. This fact alone makes the estimate a bunch of hogwash that is sure to balloon into a few more zeros.

    Posted in: Fukushima costs to double to Y21.5 tril: government

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    I have to completely agree with the above posts. The problem is not Pokemon Go. The problem is a culture of inattentive drivers. The other day I saw a young woman narrowly miss rear-ending the car in front of her while steering her K-car with her knee because she was busily putting on make-up during peak hour on a major route. The list of distractions for multi-tasking drivers is extensive and it's not just a few drivers. It is the majority of drivers. Nearly every accident that makes it to the news involves a driver that 'Took their eyes off the road' and ended in a fatality. There is no point in getting angry at the cops because they are not gonna change. The fine is ¥50,000, which should be a sufficient deterrent, but only if it is enforced. Calling for stiffer penalties will not do anything towards preventing this irresponsible driving culture.

    Posted in: Crane driver in fatal crash in Kyoto was playing Pokemon Go

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    I'm actually quite interested to see how this pans out for Japan. It's either going to be a huge economic success or a huge social experiment failure. Sadly, I fear the latter will be the reality though. Gambling is illegal in Japan, but they already have one of the highest rates of addicted gamblers in the world. They gamble on everything from Pachinko to horse racing, bicycle racing, those stupid little boats, sumo, baseball and marjong in a country where it's illegal? How does that work? The real tragedy is, there is no help for these problem gamblers because, officially, gambling is illegal in Japan.

    I'm also curious about how far this legislation will spread. Will the little momma and papa hotel resorts be able to put gambling tables and slots into their client entertainment areas? Will it go as far as Vegas with slots in toilets at gas stations? I'm pretty sure that Abe and his cronies have no idea how big the can of worms they have opened. Yeah, it may very well create more direct jobs, but it's going to create a lot more work for counsellors, hospitals, paramedics and police as well.

    Posted in: Abe says casino resorts would create jobs, rejecting opposition

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    Strangerland - Say what? Rote learning is necessary for biology, but maths and pretty much every other science are not memorization of facts and figures at all.

    Maybe in the country you come from, but not in Japan. Both math and science are taught by rote. Have you ever seen (or sat through) a Japanese math test? The questions are exactly the same as in the textbook with copied equations and structures. And by the way, in case you weren't aware, biology is a science.

    Posted in: Japanese students maintain high science, math scores, but drop in reading skills

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    Yep! Rote learning is perfect for math and science, especially when the test questions are copied straight out of the textbook. No mention of other core subjects like, world history, geography and the humanities. So, the students can remember facts and figures to pass a test. What exactly does that prove?

    Posted in: Japanese students maintain high science, math scores, but drop in reading skills

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    Did he give it to him as a gift or sell it to him? There is a huge difference under Japanese law. I'm also wondering how far up the tree the trail of dobbers will go.

    Posted in: University student arrested for supplying powder mixture of stimulants, cocaine to 17-year-old

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    Sssssnnnnnnaaaaapppp! Lock him up and keep many rooms open for the rest of them.

    Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing nurse at Iwate hospital

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    They are once again addressing the symptoms and not the cause.

    Posted in: Revised law increases police powers against online stalking

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    The little girl died in July and they arrested the grandmother six months later?

    Posted in: 66-year-old woman arrested over fatal abuse of 2-month-old granddaughter

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    How did he cut off 35cm of hair without her or anybody else noticing on a crowded train? I think this guy has a future as a magician - after he gets out of prison, of course.

    Posted in: Man arrested for snipping women's hair on trains

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    The cost of this disaster should be split between all the nuclear power cartels in Japan and not paid for by taxes and increased tariffs. They are all susceptible to the same disaster and should share the burden equally.

    Posted in: TEPCO may stay nationalized to deal with disaster bill: gov't

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    @ disillusioned, let's not embellish the situation in oz. Gambling has a massive impact on families and individuals here too, ppl 'forget' the kids in the car while playing the pokies, gamble money they should use for kids' education and food, bet the house, lose their job, commit suicide etc. Oldies waiting for the RSL club to open at 9am so they can spend their small pension on pokies is something I'll never get used to.

    I never said it was a perfect system, but at least there has an attempt made, which I fear will not happen in Japan.

    Posted in: Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill

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    Strangerland - they just showed a long story on this on the news, and neither of the scenarios you outlined as probable actually happened.

    This time!

    Posted in: 4 injured as taxi hits pedestrians on sidewalk in Tokyo

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    I cannot count the amount of times a taxi has cut me off or just stopped in the middle of the road to change lanes. From my experience, it's quite probable this taxi just jumped on the anchors to get into the other lane and didn't give the car behind him enough time (or space) to stop. It's also quite probable the driver of the car that hit him was not paying attention, possibly playing games on his phone or iPad and struck the cab because of it. I drive every day and see so many inattentive drivers it maddens me to boiling point! I saw a middle-aged guy riding a scooter today while sucking down a large can of chu-hi! No shoot! These kinds of accidents are only going to increase until the cops get out of their kobans and onto the streets looking for these inattentive richard-heads. They should also stop wasting their time checking bicycles registrations and work towards making the roads safer for the conscientious drivers and pedestrians. Last week I saw a another middle-aged guy driving a small truck with an iPad on the steering wheel. I could tell he was playing a game, but I don't know what game. This was on route 6 during peak hour, which is the main route out of Tokyo into Ibaraki. And, don't start me on speeding and running red lights! I could also go on about pedestrian crossings as well. It's quite ironic that they have just passed the casino bill making gambling legal because, from what I've experienced, you gamble with your life every time you get on the roads!

    Posted in: 4 injured as taxi hits pedestrians on sidewalk in Tokyo

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    Does this ruling come with any support for addicted gamblers or can we look forward to a string of dead kids locked in cars or dying alone at home alone while their parents gamble their food money? In Australia there are casinos in all the major cities and slots (pokies) and card machines in all the pubs and sports clubs. Gambling on horses and dogs is also a very common pass time. However, they are strictly controlled and all the staff are trained to spot problem gamblers and do not give them change to play. There are signs everywhere for counselling services and advice warning people of gambling addiction. The car parks at the casinos are also patrolled looking for kids locked in cars and they have the right to smash any window to gain entry to a car with a kid (or a dog) locked in it. There are a few child deaths every year in Japan attributed to their parents playing pachinko. Sadly, unless gambling addiction is addressed in the casinos I see an increase in child deaths related to problem gamblers. Don't get me wrong, I think casinos are a lot of fun and would be a positive thing for Japan's major cities, but only if they are controlled.

    Posted in: Japan's lower house passes long-awaited casino bill

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    It has a powerful water cannon and is capable of outrunning the whalers, which an official at Japan’s Fisheries Agency said would be protected by a fleet of patrol boats.

    How much of the Tohoku rebuilding funds are they using this time?

    Tokyo claims it is trying to prove the whale population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting for a traditional source of food. But the meat from what it calls scientific research still ends up on dinner tables and is served up in school lunches.

    No, it doesn't end up on dinner tables! It ends up in freezers because nearly nobody wants to eat it. It's interesting to see them also mention school lunches. They are practically giving the meat to the schools to get rid of it and virtually force-feeding it to kids. If Japan could prove there was a viable market for the whale meat I might be swayed into agreeing to a strictly regulated and controlled commercial hunt of minki whales, but without it, there is no way I can agree to this farce.

    large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting for a traditional source of food.

    A traditional source of food? Yes, there were a few coastal communities eating whale prior to WW2, but it wasn't until after the war, when Japan was a desert, that large scale whale hunting became necessary as a major source of protein for its starving population. I'd hardly call this a traditional source food warranting a return to commercial whaling.

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd ships leave to battle Japanese whaling fleet

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    And, what's the most dangerous thing about nuclear power? Human error, of course. Why doesn't that switch have a tamper proof cover like the other one in the photo? Human error or a failure to pay attention to detail?

    Posted in: Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

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    Do people actually read these articles before they post utter garbage? It was a 'foreign made external battery pack'. It was neither Apple or Samsung. One would conclude that, because they are going to investigate the safety of such 'foreign made' devices it was s cheap Chinese battery pack. Please read the complete article before posting garbage!

    Posted in: JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo temporarily suspended after carriage fills with smoke

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    "If she can't have me nobody will!"

    Posted in: Stalking suspect jumps to death from condo after police approach him

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    Nicaragua's top court acquits Japanese man of murder posthumously

    Very awkward headline. The way it reads he committed the murder posthumously.

    Posted in: Nicaragua's top court acquits Japanese man of murder posthumously

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