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30% of mostly aging bridges in Japan need safety fixes

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Japanese infrastructure becoming dangerous?

A lack of labor?

A lack of funding?

I haven’t noticed toll fees being reduced.

Nor have I noticed much progress in allowing foreign migrant workers a fair deal

Drivers here pay thousands of yen a time to drive 30 minutes or less in some cases-it’s not cheap

The labor problem is and has been known

for many years, if not decades

When people begin to suffer and die due to bridges collapsing and tunnels caving in then the situation will change.

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Some 32 percent of 41,395 mostly aging bridges supervised by local municipalities in Japan need safety improvements, but these essential measures are still pending

As these measures have not been implemented as of March due to shortages of skilled labor and funding

Not only Skilled labor but cheap skilled labor that Japan want to get from overseas.

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30% of mostly aging bridges in Japan need safety fixes

Which means 70% dont need safety fixes.

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It takes more than just a labourer and his boss to repair or replace a bridge. Japan's problem is it lacks the highly skilled steel and reinforced concrete contractors and the engineers that can put those problems to rest. Those problems won't go away because of the country's seriously aging population and the desire of its young people to move to other countries for much better opportunities. Or has anyone forgotten how many professional women get trod upon when they try to advance their careers???

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Chat GPT on the translation here.

Does "30% of mostly aging bridges" mean "30% of bridges, most of which happen to old"? Is it supposed to mean "bridges composed of mostly old parts"? You would not call an old house with a new front door a "mostly aging house".

For some reason, the bridges are again referred to as "mostly aging" lower down.

On the actual topic, lots of bridges I've seen look like they could do with at least repainting.

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A Mozart with words

30% of mostly aging bridges in Japan need safety fixes

Which means 70% dont need safety fixes.

Did you do that in your head without a calculator? Impressive, but irrelevant, as the ones not needing repair are of no concern right now.

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This is not just a Japanese problem, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association concluded that 81,000 U.S. bridges need to be replaced, and over 46,000 are structurally deficient. Repairing and replacing all these bridges, ARTBA estimated, would take 40 years and cost $164 billion.

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Of course this isn't great news, but with all the problems facing humanity it's hard to get worked up about this one. Every country has it's own story, and naturally we all get to hear a lot about the USA. From what I've read in recent years about the situation over there, my impression is that the figure would be quite a bit higher than 30% for them.

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30% of mostly aging bridges in Japan

What does this mean? Poor writing.

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