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shuize
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Witness wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:36 pm ↑ Haven't the owners paid the baksheesh? :BigGrin3:

Yeah, I don't know.

I heard from a foreign friend yesterday that the owner of one of our favorite small bars said she was making more money on government Wuhan-Corona subsidies than she was running the bar.

Did he understand her Japanese correctly?

Was she just joking?

If not, I don't know how that's possibly sustainable given Japan's debt situation.

I'll ask her the next time I have a chance.

But maybe all is not as it appears.
Witness
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shuize wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:44 pm But maybe all is not as it appears.
Perhaps she gets more than what she told the IRS? :twisted:
shuize
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Well, they've already lost a Ugandan athlete.

He didn't die. They just can't find him.*

Ugandan Weight Lifter Missing in Japan Amid Olympic Lockdown

Apparently he's loose somewhere in my neck of the woods.

I guess if Wuhan-Corona gets worse, we'll know who to blame.



* You'd think he might stand out. (Ha! Ha!)



https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/worl ... mpics.html
shuize
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Well, the Olympics are really starting off swimmingly.

In addition to losing the Ugandan, I just saw a Japanese news report that an Uzbekistani Olympic staff member was arrested today for allegedly raping a (presumably Japanese) woman in the stands after the opening rehearsal.

It was apparently caught on camera and the suspect is reportedly denying the charges on the grounds "She didn't resist."

[Excuse me while I put on my old defense attorney hat to say something wise]: "Hey, man, good luck with that."

Spoiler:


Oh, and this:

4 Tokyo Olympic staff from US, Britain arrested over alleged cocaine use

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20 ... na/035000c
ed
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shuize wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:22 am
[Excuse me while I put on my old defense attorney hat to say something wise]: "Hey, man, good luck with that."
You might find this amusing, or not.

My company attorney got to hear some of my "better" ideas for business development and other notions. Often as not, after I excitedly finish my plot and awaited his replay, he would grumble a bit then say "wear stripes".
solely
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The Japanese need to learn that other countries have different customs.
shuize
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solely wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:11 pm The Japanese need to learn that other countries have different customs.

Yes, and in the name of international understanding, I suspect our Uzbek friend is going to have time to learn a few things about Japanese customs as well.

Actually, this case reminded me of a news program -- maybe "60 Minutes" -- I saw many years ago.

Some Americans were arrested for something in Thailand. Lucky for them, it wasn't a death penalty case. But it was serious and when the American news reporter asked the U.S. State Department guy what was going to happen, the State Department guy answered, "Their Thai is going to get much better." (Ha! Ha!)
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Yeah.

Recall the Little Shit who vandalized cars in Singapore, I think, who learned that the punishment was canning? After "International Outrage," they agreed to reduce it from like 20 to 15 strikes.

As the State Department will tell you, they can only protest if the punishment for Americans is different as in more severe than they met out to their own citizens. If the Turks hang up their own citizens by their balls, to paraphrase the explanation, the American better get us to it.

– J.D.
Witness
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Tokyo 2020 chief Muto doesn't rule out 11th-hour cancellation of Olympic Games
  • Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and liaise with other organizers if necessary.
  • Covid-19 cases are rising in Tokyo and the Games, postponed last year because of the pandemic, will be held without spectators.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/20/tokyo-2 ... games.html

As I learned in the army: order, counter-order, disorder… :mrgreen:
Anaxagoras
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Seems far-fetched that they would cancel it now, at the 11th hour. That infections would be on the rise again right about now is something I saw coming months ago. That had to be factored into the decision they made at the time to go ahead with them. The last plausible off-ramp has already been passed. (If memory serves, the government said that a final decision as to whether to go ahead with the Olympics or not would be made in May. Hell, some events have already started.)
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No matter how many cases (or deaths) result from the Olympics, they will not be cancelled. It's cute that some people still think Japan has a say in anything.
shuize
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Good news!

They found the Ugandan.

I thought he would have trouble blending in -- if you know what I mean -- but apparently there are more Ugandans in Japan than I realized.

Nagoya is the prefectural capital of Aichi, where about 150 Ugandan people — the second-largest Ugandan community in Japan — were living as of late last year, according to government data.

Taking a tip from the man, Ssekitoleko was visiting Yokkaichi about 40 kilometers to the south of Nagoya, and found by a police officer, the police said, adding he showed no signs of resistance.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/ ... ics-found/
Witness
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https://i.imgur.com/CqOp7P3.jpg

With a fish inside.
shuize
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Witness wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:18 am
Spoiler:
https://i.imgur.com/CqOp7P3.jpg
With a fish inside.

A flying fish.*

And kelp.

Also, the English on Japanese vending machines is getting better.


* Something I did not know. Apparently flying fish are only called 「あご」("ago") in Kyushu and on the Sea of Japan side. At least, that's what Japanese Wiki says. Japan is not that big, but there are lots of regional variations.
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https://i.imgur.com/Ewln1Hd.jpg

Cat shrine.
shuize
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The ones I can read are prayers for their cats to live long and healthy lives.
Witness
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Just for the title: Olympics-Officials confident they can keep swimmers clear of sewage

:mrgreen:
shuize
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Well, here's something you don't see every day.

"Japanese police sergeant arrested."

He's accused of knocking down and injuring a woman outside a train station.

He was also involved in that "Don Juan" (rich old man, much younger wife) poisoning case mentioned above.

https://www.msn.com/ja-jp/video/news/%E ... d=msedgntp
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"Anti-sex beds" in the Olympics athlete's village? Maybe not:

Video of Israeli athletes breaking cardboard Olympic village bed goes viral
A video of nine Israeli Olympians jumping on the so-called anti-sex bed in the athletes' village until it breaks has gone viral, Israeli local media reported.

According to reports, the now-deleted video in which the athletes test the strength of the recyclable cardboard bed frame was uploaded by Ben Wanger, a U.S.-born baseball player on the Israeli Olympic team, to his TikTok and Twitter accounts on Monday.

In the video, one, then two, then three, up to a total of nine athletes jump on a single bed until it breaks. The beds were designed to support weights of up to 200 kilograms, according to manufacturer Airweave.

The video has since been deleted but has drawn angry responses in Japan. According to local reports, it was removed at the request of the Israeli Olympic Committee.

"It's not funny at all. As a Japanese, it makes me very sad," said one internet comment.

"I don't understand why anyone would destroy something belonging to someone else," another said.

Many other athletes have taken to social media sites to share their opinions on the now infamous bed.

American distance runner Paul Chelimo wrote on Twitter on July 17 that the beds were "aimed at preventing intimacy among athletes." Chelimo, among others, dubbed them anti-sex beds.

The following day, Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan debunked the rumor that the beds easily break by filming himself doing a test jump on the bed on Twitter.

"In today's episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti-sex. They're made of cardboard, yes. But they are apparently intended to break under sudden movements. It's fake news," McClenahan says in the video that has been viewed more than 3.8 million times.
I can think of other reasons though. The athlete's village is only meant to be used for a couple of weeks during the Olympics, and then those rooms are supposed to be repurposed as condominiums. Some people have have already bought the units. (And they had to wait an extra year to take delivery because the Olympics was delayed for a year: Buyers of Olympic village condos left out in the cold after delayed Games)

As such, temporary beds that would only be intended to be used for a couple of weeks and then recycled make sense. No need to assume that it was for "anti-sex" reasons. Although, I have heard that too. For example, they decided to not distribute free condoms to the athletes, which was done at previous Olympics.
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I didn't know about the buyers of condos. Good plan by Japan to reuse facilities. Sucks that people had to endure all this waiting.
solely
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Those Japanese are always thinking, we should keep a close eye on them.
Witness
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Japan successfully tests rocket engine propelled by new technology

Japan on Tuesday successfully tested a rocket engine that was propelled by new technology using shock waves produced by burning a mixture of methane and oxygen gases, with the aim of applying the propulsion method to deep space exploration in the future, the country’s space agency said.

The No. 31 vehicle of the S-520 sounding rocket series, measuring 8 meters in length and 52 centimeters in diameter and carrying the engine, lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture at around 5:30 a.m., according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

It reached an altitude of 235 kilometers four minutes and four seconds after the launch and landed in the sea southeast of Uchinoura about eight minutes later, with JAXA retrieving a capsule containing test data in nearby waters.

JAXA is currently developing technology that will allow it to utilize a rocket engine just one-10th of the current size that can also stay in space for extended periods.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/ ... gine-test/ (meh video at the link)
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I'm pretty sure the germans were using a pulsejet engine in 1941
shuize
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So the guy engaged to the Japanese princess has said he plans to stay in the United States for employment after the New York bar exam.

I still wonder if he went to the States as a way to ease out of the engagement.

I'd be surprised if her family is onboard with their princess (ex- princess after the marriage) living among the barbarians.

小室圭さん、米国での就職意向 司法試験結果は12月に

Translation of the Japanese headline:

Kei Komuro Intends to Work in the U.S. Bar Exam Results Due in December

https://www.msn.com/ja-jp/news/national ... d=msedgntp
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U.S. urges Japan to shoulder more of costs for hosting American troops

The United States has urged Japan to shoulder more for hosting American troops during preparatory talks on a fresh cost-sharing agreement from fiscal 2022 and onward, according to diplomatic sources.

The two allies will launch full-fledged, working-level talks in early August in the United States to conclude the multiyear agreement as Tokyo seeks to convince Washington it cannot greatly increase its burden due to strained finances, the sources said Wednesday.

The United States is urging Japan to increase its burden as it seeks to raise the presence of the U.S. military in the Indo-Pacific region in the face of China’s military expansion, according to the sources.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/ ... ops-cost//