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antiquesaving, none taken. Yes, I've been living in Japan for a long time. I have bought and sold real estate and own a standalone house in Taito ward, so I know a thing or two about building regulations here. The point is, you can't build a house / building on a street. The area in question is a street, not land you can build on. That is all.

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On the subject of nuclear accidents....

https://www.engineering.com/story/americas-worst-nuclear-disaster-was-in-california-who-knew

We used to live a few miles from America's first commercial nuclear reactor, in Los Angeles. It turns out that there were numerous nuclear meltdowns at the various plants in the area, none of which were reported to the public until a grad student accidentally found out about them decades later with her Freedom of Information Act search.

To this day the area is off limits due to radiation contamination. The meltdowns, besides exhausting radioactive material into the air, also put radiation into the groundwater.

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Over 60 percent of the slots remain vacant for two weeks through June 27,

Mass shunning of the hastily tested RNA based chemical injections.

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Over 60 percent of the slots remain vacant for two weeks through June 27, with the Tokyo site having capacity to administer 10,000 shots daily and Osaka 5,000.

In Tokyo alone, 60% vacancy would be 6,000 shots/day — enough to vaccinate Tokyo’s 40,000 police officers, its 18,000 fire personnel, and the entire nation’s 14,000 Coast Guard personnel between now and June 27. 

But will they be that efficient?

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Agree there should have been a conversation among all stake holders regarding holding the Olympics.

Not sure I agree though that the WHO and CDC should be leading the conversation,

Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

The article sounds very much like the renewed "regime change" warmongering that we were expecting from the Western swamp governments.

No. It is Turkey trying to blame the YPG to justify their ongoing genocide of the Kurds and also trying to avoid confronting the Russian Army directly. The Turks have aircraft overhead and know darn well who is shooting at their ground forces. YPG has nothing with anything close to the range necessary for these attacks. It is Russian artillery and Iranian and Russian missiles they are being hit with. You won't find any western nations supporting the Turks in Syria. None. The Turks have made a bad situation much worse. The Turks and Russians both want YPG disarmed and out of the way but the Turks do not want to yield ground to the Russian and Iranian forces. The Turks want a buffer along their border with Syria. I don't think anybody but the Turks believe this will end well for Turkey.

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he was indicted in 2019 for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.

So, what has happened with that? Was he exempt from prosecution while PM, and now that he is no longer the head of state, he can be arrested and tried (as some of the posters above are hinting)? Anyone here have an actual explanation and not just expressing what they hope to see?

You are confused. Bibi was indicted for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes. Mr. Bennett is not currently under indictment for anything.

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Surely all but a very few of the people coming to Japan for the Olympics will be vaccinated or at least quarantined. Japanese are also starting to agree to vaccination in ever increasing numbers.

Still 5 weeks to go seems like everything will be manageable. Not ideal or perfect by any means of course but not a "super spreader" event. Very possible that the number of daily hospitalizations and deaths will continue to fall. Test results are pretty much irrelevant as cannot really be trusted or compared to other countries.

Posted in: Tokyo reports 209 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 936 See in context

Not surprised at all the support the two Americans have on here, and the usual hysteria about how these two were 'tortured' by the biased and xenophobic Japanese justice system to coerce confession.

I mean, I'm pretty sure it was those two caught on camera at the Japanese airport, and I'm pretty sure there's a money trail where the two were compensated handsomely (over $1 million USD). Doesn't take an IQ of 45 to see that they are clearly guilty of what they are accused of.

I absolutely guarantee, were this a case of two Japanese citizens who somehow were able to helping one of their fellow citizens escape the U.S. justice system, the same people here who automatically side with any entity against the Japanese government, would then be angrily calling for the two Japanese citizen's heads, how dare they break the laws in America, extradite them and send them to prison for many years, etc.

Double standards and hypocrisy, always and forever.

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Don’t worry, they’ll be putting out hand sanitizer for people to use, that’ll do it!

Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

both Trump and Biden support it's removal.

I am extremely skeptical of this claim you've made. Whatever they've both professed to support, I'd bet a dollar to a donut it's not the same thing. Right-wingers have a tendency to use rhetoric to twist what was actually said into some weird distortion to push their bias. This is why no links are provided to support the assertion.

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The coalition only has to stay together until Bibi is arrested and indicted.

Posted in: Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule See in context

No mention of Section 230

Gotta love republican dog whistles like "section 230".

They all know what it means, and they get indignant that the rest of us don't keep up on their conspiracy theories.

Yes, all fear the dreaded "section 230". Or love it. Whichever one they're proselytizing in their bubble.

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The doggie in the third photo looks like a Westie. I'll confess a bit of a fondness for them as a good friend has one and it's a neat dog. I wish they had shown a photo of Stryker the Samoyed. Our other two dogs are a male Husky and older female Husky/Malamute mix. She's the queen, the grand dame of our pack! We love the northern dogs as they have such a gentle nature about them.

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Looks like a canine Cousin Itt.

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Dogs should be bred for health, not looks.

Yes ! Look at a Scotch Collie, a tough hearty dog originally bred to herd livestock and then look at a Rough Collie, what happens when dog show types and their breeders get busy breeding for appearance. Long hair, long thin nose, etc.

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With the NBA, Hollywood celebrities, and Big Tech cashing in on China and refusing to criticize them - even apologizing for saying plan truths - it's a sure bet that the West will not be able to gain any leverage over the CCP. With even the press backing down from the Lab Leak Conspiracy Theory because they their first priority is always to claim Trump is a liar no one has the moral authority or credibility to stop them from blackmailing everyone to see things their way. biden wouldn't dare follow Trumps lead and put pressure on the Chinese - his arch-Left minions would call he a colonialist oppressor. That's the last thing an old White Democrat who used to hang out with segregationists and taught his son it's okay to use the n-word is going to do. Get used to China owning the US until the biden regime is thrown out.

Posted in: China slams G7 'manipulation' after Xinjiang, Hong Kong criticism See in context

The lancet lost all credibility? yeah sure, tell that to the hundreds of papers that reference their articles every month, it could have a hundred times more retractions and it would still be more credible than Suga and the IOC a retraction is bad for the authors, but if done quickly it is good for a journal because that is what they are supposed to do.

Posted in: British medical journal calls for global conversation on Tokyo Olympics See in context

Basic Treaty of 1965 DOES NOT COVER DAMAGES FROM WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

Sigh. The 1965 treaty settle all such claims for all time.

"The High Contracting Parties confirm that the problems concerning property, rights, and interests of the two High Contracting Parties and their peoples (including juridical persons) and the claims between the High Contracting Parties and between their peoples, including those stipulated in Article IV(a) of the Peace Treaty with Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on September 8, 1951, have been settled completely and finally."

Universal Jurisdiction only applies to the arrest and trial of individuals accused of crimes against humanity. It is not a method to sue firms and obtain damages. Example, a nation might arrest and prosecute the WWII era owner of a Japanese company that engaged in slave labor using Universal Jurisdiction but UJ cannot be used to sue firms. That is established law.

Posted in: S Korea rulings on wartime cases may reflect judges' conviction See in context

But because China in reality has nearly zero environmental controls they produce this stuff at vastly lower prices as to the point mines in Canada, Australia and the USA mostly closed unable to compete.

Look at the plant in the photo and tell us honestly, no snark, would you be willing to live downwind of it? There is merit to requiring businesses to clean up their emissions. Pollution is a real cost of production but when that pollution is allowed to blow in the wind like you see in the photo, the cost is not born by the manufacturer and customer but instead the cost is born by everyone downwind who suffers on account of the pollution. The people who buy the crops grown in contaminated soil also bear some of the cost of production as they eat a bit of the pollution from that plant with every mouthful. In effect those people downwind are subsidizing that factory by bearing part of the cost of production. In economic terms that is exactly how it works. The economically efficient solution is to find ways to internalize the costs of pollution into the price of the product. Doing so would very quickly eliminate China's competitive advantage, and save some lives.

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The best energy source to replace coal, oil, and natural gas is nuclear but they refuse to consider it - meaning they aren’t serious about saving the planet from global warming (BTW there is only nine years Left before armageddon). The don’t want rare earth mines in their backyards but demand the electric vehicles that require these substances for manufacturing.

I tend to support nuclear power but every time I do something happens. Just today it was revealed a reactor in China has been having some sort of problem with "noble gasses" in the primary cooling circuit and a leak. The French builder and part owner were concerned enough with the Chinese majority partners inaction that they contacted officials in the US for advice. Talk about a hot potato! The possible reasons for noble gasses in the primary cooling loop creating a leak all point to some degree of material failure in the reactor core. Still, the Chinese do not want to shut the reactor down and have instead raised the acceptable limits on radiation release into the environment!

Human error, poor procedures and lousy judgement are at the root of most reactor mishaps. The staff of 3 Mile Island ignored a leaking valve for two hours allowing the core to run out of water (there was also a fatal flaw in the Babcock & Wilcox design that masked severity of the problem). The staff at Chernobyl over rode safety features leading to multiple explosions. TEPCO did a lousy job of protecting their reactors from a tsunami. If the auxiliary power generators had been on the bluff behind the plant instead of in the basement the plants would not have melted down. Now it appears the Chinese want to add their names to the nuclear walk of shame. The problem with nuclear power is that mistakes contaminate areas and make them unlivable for a very long time. It is tough to overcome the resulting fear. I don't think too many conservatives want to live downwind of a nuclear power plant either.

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New Zealand to apologize for 'racist' historic police raids in 1970s

Did she order those raids? If not, how far is this apology thing going to stretch? Are the Maoris going to apologize for the genocide of the Morioris? That would be interesting.

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Meanwhile, Republicans gave Blacks the lowest unemployment in U.S. history.

One thing does not negate all other things

That's like saying "my best friend is black" or "I have a gay relative" negates all other things you do

I know, these athletes don't get paid to use their brains

Actually, athletes do get paid to use their brains - that's why they watch film of opponents and formulate strategies

(And let's not forget that, in his own words, Trump was an athlete)

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For instance, there are large deposits of lithium in California, but the mine was shut down because of low cost Chinese product.

The mine you mention is at a place called Mountain Pass California right off I-15 on the way from Smell-A to Lost Wages. In the truth is stranger than fiction department that very same mine is now part owned by a Chinese company. The US Dept. of Defense dearly wants domestic supplies of rare earth metals but is prohibited from buying from a Chinese company. So there those mineral sit and the DoD can't buy from them until the US finds a way to entice that Chinese part owner to part with their stake in that mine.

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What visitors ????

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No mention of Section 230, both Trump and Biden support it's removal.

I think calmer heads are prevailing. If Section 230 is repealed then the internet as we know it today ends. Currently Section 230 protects Japan Today for example or the owner of any other on-line commenting site from liability of someone posts something libelous on a discussion, or incites violence, threatens someone, etc. If that protection is removed then on-line comments, consumer rating sites, etc. will either be closed or their owners will require every single comment to be moderated before it is posted, meaning heavy commercial censorship. Those agitating most for Section 230s removal want to be able to say anything they want on the internet yet at the same time they want to let these site be sued by others for the very things they might say. There is no way it can work. Repealing Section 230 will end on line discussion entirely and probably result in the removal of a great deal of current on-line content. What will be left will be as innocuous and non-controversial as possible with everyone living in fear of being sued.

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I think someone is telling more "pork-pies". Unionists have been demanding and campaigning for years that their pork and beef get the label "Irish Pork" or "Irish Beef" on packaging and advertising etc, because on the international market Irish pork and beef is considered to be the highest standard in the world. That's even though they demand that they themselves be "labelled" British. If that is not comical enough, now they demand that they cant live without "British" sausages (presumably those same meats that are of a "lessor standard" than their own "Irish" meats) or else there will be war???????? You gotta laugh. I'm laughing so much I'm breaking out in a rash here (No, I didn't say Rasher).

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Why is the message for spectators in English?

Because people can read it in English too, Clouseau !!.. lol!!..

Posted in: Message for Olympic visitors See in context

Wasabi the Pekinese... the Japanese are going to have a problem with that!

Maybe you are the only one with the problem..

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We know these kneelers are political activists doubling as athletes.

If it was truly about fighting "racism", they would be calling out the liberal politicians that have subjected Blacks to generations of poverty thru never-ending violence and failed schools in inner cities. Meanwhile, Republicans gave Blacks the lowest unemployment in U.S. history.

I know, these athletes don't get paid to use their brains, but sad to see them being used as puppets.

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