## Japan

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Anaxagoras
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Japanese firm installs vending machine selling nothing but munchable insects
The machine is run by a Sasebo-based event management company that sells a fine range of deep-fried or dried crickets, grasshoppers and other insects.

The vending machine at Michi-no-Eki Konchu no sato Tabira, a roadside market and rest stop in the Nagasaki Prefecture town of Hirado, was well received, partly due to its novelty. It sells nine kinds of insects, including locusts, silkworm chrysalises, diving beetles and cicadas. All of them are bottled and refrigerated, and the prices range from 600 to 1,000 yen (about $5 to$9). The company, Art Studio Wao, claims that the buggy tidbits taste like they've been freshly fried if heated up. It will expand its insect offerings beyond the bottled lineup in the near future.
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shuize
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Japanese sumo wrestling under fire after Hibikiryu dies from head injury
The wrestler, whose real name was Mitsuki Amano, was thrown by his opponent during a bout at a tournament on March 26. Video of the bout showed he fell hard on his head and lay face down for several minutes while sumo officials watched and waited for paramedics to arrive.

I sure hope none of those paramedics were women.

Women are not allowed in the dohyo.

Think I'm joking?

In 2018, the association came under fire after demanding a nurse and other women leave the ring, which they had entered to give first aid to an official who had collapsed.

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Covid: Japan town builds giant squid statue with relief money

The 13m-long (43ft) sea creature lies in the port of Noto, where flying squid is the town's delicacy.

It reportedly used 25m yen ($228,500; £164,700) of the emergency funding to build the statue. Noto officials have told local media it is part of a long term plan to lure tourists back after the pandemic. Japan is battling another surge in coronavirus cases, and Tokyo is currently under a state of emergency - the third for the country since the pandemic began. The fishing town of Noto - which is located in Ishikawa prefecture on Japan's central-west coast - has had a very low number of cases, but it has been impacted by the significant drop in tourists. Noto received 800m yen ($7.3m; £5.3m) through the national grants, which were intended as an emergency economic boost to help regional areas affected by the pandemic, reports Yahoo Japan.

The funds did not have to be spent directly on Covid relief. Some however have criticised the town's administration for spending so much money on the giant cephalopod, especially as the pandemic is not yet over.

One local told the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper that while the statue may be effective in the long run, the money could have been used for "urgent support", such as for medical staff and long-term care facilities.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56978075
shuize
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My ex- told me that the Noto Peninsula is always used as a question for Japanese geography tests.

Now they have two claims to fame. (Ha! Ha!)

Maybe I've told this story before. Back in my English teaching days, I worked for a short time in a small village (pop. around 5,000).

In addition to two perfectly acceptable junior high school and high school baseball fields, the village built a beautiful, large baseball field worthy of any single A or AA team in the States

Something like this (but slightly bigger):

https://www.baseballpilgrimages.com/min ... ville.html

Who did they build it for? Well, that's the billion yen question. There were no pro teams, university teams, or even serious minor league teams in the area.

When the local government guy took me out to see it before it opened,* I said "Wow. It's beautiful. But honestly, just between you and me, do you think it's really necessary out here?"

Yes-man that he was, he answered "Oh, yes. Absolutely."

Apparently following the "If you build it they will come" strategy, that field was single-handedly going to solve their ever-worsening population decline and no local industry besides farming and fishing problem. **

* Why it was important to show off their new crown jewel to the only foreigner in sight, I'm not sure. But it was. I may even have gotten out of teaching duties that day.

** I guess they expected to make their money back with club tournaments. But there were no large hotels, restaurants, etc. in the area, either. And if you weren't coming by car, you weren't coming.

*** ETA: I just checked their homepage. The village population is down about 15% from when I was there. If I still worked there, I'd be sure to point out that their stadium's seating capacity is now more than the entire village. (Ha! Ha!)
Doctor X
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shuize wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 3:05 am* Why it was important to show off their new crown jewel to the only foreigner in sight, I'm not sure. But it was. I may even have gotten out of teaching duties that day.
A book by an ex-intelligence officer in WWII who studied Japanese for that reason, then lived there in the post-war period, noted an effort by Japanese to try to impress visiting foreigners in those years with how great the area and Japan in general were doing.

You probably forgot; you are pretty old.

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shuize
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Doctor X wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 7:19 am
shuize wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 3:05 am* Why it was important to show off their new crown jewel to the only foreigner in sight, I'm not sure. But it was. I may even have gotten out of teaching duties that day.
A book by an ex-intelligence officer in WWII who studied Japanese for that reason, then lived there in the post-war period, noted an effort by Japanese to try to impress visiting foreigners in those years with how great the area and Japan in general were doing.

You probably forgot; you are pretty old.

– J.D.

I'm not that fucking old.

This happened in the 1990's.

At the time, I felt like telling them, "Hey, stop acting like China. You don't need to try to impress me. I don't really give a shit and I'm leaving anyway." *

* Little did I know.

Actually, on a slightly more serious note, I believe the entire JET program is basically just a big PR program to overpay a bunch of young foreigners otherwise lacking in any marketable skills and then send them back home with a positive image of Japan. After 30 years, it sure as hell isn't to improve English language education.
ed
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I'm not that fucking old.

This happened in the 1990's.
You mean, like, 3 decades ago?

Nahhhh ... not old. Bet it seems like yesterday.
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shuize
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ed wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:52 am
I'm not that fucking old.

This happened in the 1990's.
You mean, like, 3 decades ago?

Nahhhh ... not old. Bet it seems like yesterday.

Yes. Old. But not "WWII intelligence officer" old.

Not bombed out Japan still digging itself out from under the rubble and trying to impress their GHQ masters with their progress old.

And, yes, I remember most of the conversation. I've got a pretty good memory for things I hear. Not as good in Japanese. But not too bad, either.

Of course, like other physical abilities, it worked better in my youth. (Ha! Ha!)
ed
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shuize wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:56 am
ed wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:52 am
I'm not that fucking old.

This happened in the 1990's.
You mean, like, 3 decades ago?

Nahhhh ... not old. Bet it seems like yesterday.

Yes. Old. But not "WWII intelligence officer" old.

Not bombed out Japan still digging itself out from under the rubble and trying to impress their GHQ masters with their progress old.

And, yes, I remember most of the conversation. I've got a pretty good memory for things I hear. Not as good in Japanese. But not too bad, either.

Of course, like other physical abilities, it worked better in my youth. (Ha! Ha!)
Methinks the codger doth protest too much.

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shuize
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I'm seeing news stories about Noto and its giant squid everywhere now.

So that \$228,000 they spent was certainly a much better PR investment than my old town's empty baseball stadium.*

The problem is, since Japanese government workers are not known for their innovative thinking, now every town from here to Hokkaido is going to think they should do the same.

* Which I'm quite sure cost taxpayers many times more.