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    jonobugs

    I thought snakes only took planes.

    Posted in: Snake on bullet train causes unscheduled stop in Shizuoka

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    It would have been nice if they had mentioned what record they are actually trying to go for.

    Not sure if this wasn't shown when you read it, but it appears they want have the record for the most variety of parfaits available.

    ...applying to achieve recognition for their menu by applying for a Guinness World record.

    Posted in: Japanese love hotel makes plans to apply for Guinness World Record

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    Hey pretty much missed Fukuoka, fortunately.

    Posted in: Powerful typhoon lands on southwestern Kyushu

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    I have a friend back home, smoked for 25 years, and for the past two years has been vaping only. Same thing - cut the nicotine down to zero over time.

    I just worry that vaping will turn out to cause cancer in even higher numbers than tobacco does.

    I have no idea on the efficacy of e-cigarette smoking as a means for quitting smoking but if it does work then it wouldn't matter too much if long term usage causes cancer as the whole idea is to quit. In the process of quitting they are not affecting others around them nearly as much, so it's an added bonus. I also doubt that it would be worse than tobacco as they are controlling which drugs are introduced (ie. pretty much only nicotine, right?) whereas cigarettes have many different substances that have been shown to cause cancer.

    Posted in: Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking method

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    jonobugs

    Wow, everyone knew the meaning of this except for me. tingbudong

    Not necessarily, but it's extremely easy to look it up...like I just did with tingbudong :-)

    Posted in: Last-minute cancellation by Chinese tour groups driving businesses crazy

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    jonobugs

    I completely agree with theFu. I love tech gadgets but the main reason I have stayed away from smartwatches is because of the battery life. I just don't see a time when a smartwatch can last as long as a regular watch, but if it ever did I can see them becoming popular.

    Right now, they are in their infancy. I am looking forward to seeing them several years from now. Perhaps someone will make a breakthrough, but I strongly suspect that it will take much longer than a few years.

    Posted in: Smartwatches: For fitness freaks and tech geeks only?

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    I actually do believe that Trump has a plan, but I also believe that his plan would most likely bring us all closer to war rather than a peaceful resolution to the matter.

    Posted in: Trump won't reveal North Korea plan as tensions mount

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    jonobugs

    While outwards appearances may not seem to have changed, there is now more awareness among casual riders. My co-worker for example stated that she won't ride while holding an umbrella because it's against the law. Previously she was unaware that there was any laws concerning bicycle safety. Those that still confine to ride in an unsafe manner are oblivious or are purposely ignoring the laws.

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    It doesn't appear that the caretakers abandoned anyone. It even stated that one resident died in the caretaker's arms. They knew there was a typhoon but I doubt they would have known there would be a chest high flood within 10 minutes. It would be very difficult to evacuate the residents when the typhoon was raging on even if the facility was fully staffed.

    At most I would say that the person in charge of the facility (not the lone worker) might have been negligent in having only one staff member there when they knew a typhoon was coming.

    Posted in: At least 11 dead, 3 missing after typhoon floods northern Japan

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    jonobugs

    Having the study that shows the efficacy of a single flossing is just silly. If anything, these studies have shown that many people do not know how to floss properly and need to be shown.

    Posted in: Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

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    jonobugs

    Yesterday, I went to renew my driver's license and when I finished, I realized I forgot my keys at home. I have a bicycle lock that doesn't require a key to lock, but you definitely need one to open it up.

    I wasn't allowed to leave my bike at the registration office so I ended up carrying it back home (about 5km). Along the way you can probably imagine all the stares I got. A foreigner carrying a locked bicycle (not super expensive, but it's definitely NOT the cheap kind).

    I passed by one group of hard core cyclists that eyed me for a whole block, but not one person stopped me, or even asked what I was doing.

    I passed by several kobans and one marked car with it's lights going and I passed through all that without being stopped.

    Although I've never been stopped I'm not under any delusion that there is no racism going on. In fact, if anything, my situation even strengthens that argument. Why the heck was I NOT stopped carrying a locked and expensive (looking) bicycle?

    If I were an officer, I would definitely have stopped someone doing that just to make sure things were on the up and up.

    Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?)

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    jonobugs

    I agree with Cleo. I don't think that's 5000 meters in the video shown as the volcano is just over 1000 meters so it would have to at least 5 times higher. Also, I saw a photo of a smoke plume that was said to be about 3000 meters which looked much higher.

    It was pretty cool though. I never knew lightning was involved!

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    There seems to be a conflict in their article. A school found a way to keep their students in Japan by finding more work than they were allowed yet they claim that the goal is to attract more foreigners. Sounds like they need to look at the VISA requirements as well as the shady schools.

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    I marked the top of my stamp with a black marker. I guess I just saved myself a whole lot of money.

    Posted in: Japanese firm develops 'previewable' seal

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    I hope he is treated or put away soon. I imagine that he will only become more aggressive as time goes on.

    Posted in: Man arrested for forcibly kissing woman admits to 10 similar crimes

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    Given that Japan has been trying to get citizens rescued from North Korea, I can't see them treating this fellow poorly. Of course they have to check out his story and figure out what should happen, but I think that even if he is North Korean and not Japanese, they may try to find a solution.

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    If this game continues to be popular or just level out, I foresee that the developers will be able to make a ton of revenue to have companies, etc. to set up meeting points in or near their stores. While ultimately it should remain the responsibility of players to be sensible and careful when they venture out in search of Pokemon, I think the creators would be wise to be careful about having their Pokemon lurking about in dangerous areas such as near traffic, in rivers and on private property where owners may not appreciate trespassers.

    Posted in: Property owners: Get off my lawn, Pokemon!

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    jonobugs

    Yes, I believe this story has already been covered but I think they re-wrote it to fill in some of the missing data.

    The story isn't that complicated. This person has a gender identity issue and has taken steps to change identities. However, the employee works at a company where everyone has known him as a man and he didn't want to suddenly come out as a woman to avoid harassment and lengthy explanations to people who have no business needing to know.

    Unfortunately, this was not a possibility as the company basically forced her to explain to everyone her situation. While some western countries are now becoming more tolerant and flexible in these matters, it appears that Japan is still playing "catch up".

    Everyone has problems and issues, but most people can keep their issues behind closed doors and nobody else needs to know about them. This is not the case for the unfortunate Yakult employee.

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    jonobugs

    It's really nice to get a "follow up" story that's positive. I believe that the parents really did not intend to lose their child and perhaps were trying (very poorly) to teach him a lesson and ended up learning a big lesson themselves.

    I think that punishing the parents with jail time would be a waste of energy and money, however. I think that instead, they should be forced to undergo training for parenting (at their own expense, of course) and be monitored rather than what others here have suggested.

    I also think that they should be somewhat accountable for the time and money that it cost to find their child, but it would do the boy no favours if they forced the parents into poverty because of this situation.

    Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days

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    jonobugs

    I was thinking that iPhones MUST have some sort of feature to make them traceable once they are activated. However, by then the thieves won't have them anymore. A hapless buyer will have it by then. You can easily get an iPhone that is unlocked. I bought mine that way.

    Posted in: Thieves steal 104 iPhones from Wakayama store

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