The Japan Times – Japan, Russia to discuss territorial row

The Japan Times - Japan, Russia to discuss territorial row

The Northern Territories (or the Southern Kurils from Russia) are another disputed territory claimed by Japan.  The Japanese and Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers will be meeting about the islands.  There probably still won't be a treaty, but there might at least be some progress.  Protests, on the other hand, are less likely.  My guess is that Noda and Putin would like to show strength and calm and are more interested in Vladivostok and Hokkaido in the context of a regional economy.

(When I was in Sapporo in January 2004, the lady in the bathhouse mistook me for a Russian.  Her inadvertent remark to my wife - that there was a big, hairy Russian in the male bath - was wrong in only one particular.  Everywhere else in Japan they think I'm American.)

Latest fill-up – 4.56l/100km

Fuel consumption settled on 4.56L/100 km.  Quite pleasing given the circumstances.Pros: warmer weather, grill blocking (for the last 150 km) and generally smooth driving helped provide a reasonable result.Cons: mornings are still very cold and my wife drove about a ¼ of the distance.  Her approach to acceleration is fairly brutal.  This is not always a … Continue reading Latest fill-up – 4.56l/100km

Prius Mods part 3.4 – DEFA SafeStart finally installed!

I have finally installed the DEFA SafeStart permanently.  We left the story at Prius Mods part 3.3 – DEFA SafeStart WarmUp cable installation with the cable attached to the coolant overflow bottle with a cable tie.  To warm the engine I had to open the bonnet (hood) to fit and remove the power cable.  Not … Continue reading Prius Mods part 3.4 – DEFA SafeStart finally installed!

More Slipshod Reporting from The Onion

  Not for the first time I find myself taking issue with The Onion on its journalistic standards and understanding of basic grammar. In the article entitled Chloë Sevign̈y Approved For Second Umlaut, not only is the capitalisation non-standard, but the diacritics for e and n are wrongly described as 'umlauts'.  It's a f***ing diaeresis. But … Continue reading More Slipshod Reporting from The Onion