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Posted in: Japan says Sakhalin energy projects do not contradict Russia sanctions See in context

NadrewToday  12:21 pm JST

Japan does not need to be energy dependent. National security is enhanced when we stop depending on fossil fuels and go 100% renewable. This is a good investment for the future. And, should include battery storage and pumped hydro storage.

Far out, eco-submarines for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

How does that work exactly? 20 DIESEL powered submarines can suddenly become...?

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

GWToday  10:37 am JST

Another scary thing is that the ""bank"" likely has a computer/drive that uses floppy disks

The use of cassette tapes wouldn't have completely surprised me, still at least we're safe from Russian hackers, who've probably been alerted to the possibility of large handouts from Japan.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

8TToday  10:07 am JST

"He’ll probably spend half on bar girls and alcohol, the other half he’ll just waste.2

What else should he do with it? Save it for a rainy day?

@Random

Bit of George Best-ing is more than likely on the cards.

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Posted in: Japan says Sakhalin energy projects do not contradict Russia sanctions See in context

thepersoniamnowToday  07:47 am JST

Japan must secure its own energy and food sources in an ever more uncertain future.

We are fortunate to have one of the largest and most powerful Navy’s on earth. Maybe second most powerful.

Not even close to No.2 in the world Navy list. No.4 at best. What's more, Japan has no ballistic or nuclear subs, choosing, rather unfortunately, to run it's sub fleet on diesel.

Any brush up with Russia, and that would become real a problem.

Any brush up with China and food would become a problem.

Japan can ill afford to turn away Russian oil or gas, being just as, if not more reliant on them than Europe. Hence the need to toe the line with Russia in regards to the Sakhalin project.

Japan would be wise to view the situation the EU finds itself in now, and belatedly start planning for a, literally, darker future.

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Posted in: Japan freezes assets of Russia's Sberbank, Alfa Bank See in context

Now, did Japan give these banks ample time to transfer their assets back to Mother Russia and sell up anything nontransferable , I wonder.

It's all in the timing... isn't freezing point 0?

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Posted in: Voting opens in France runoff between Macron and Le Pen See in context

Matthew HopkinsToday  04:48 pm JST

"hoist the Swastika once again"

Lets be a bit more careful and call it a 'Nazi Swastika' because this is a forum run in Japan and I see plenty of swastika's around where I live everyday.

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No, you don't. I think you're confusing a swastika with a sauwastika, or manji in Japanese: They run counterclockwise, as opposed to a swastika running clockwise.

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Posted in: Police appeal for help 7 years after arson-murder of woman in Kanagawa See in context

zichiToday  03:25 am JST

0rei0

look at the video.

I did, before I commented, in fact- Seemed apt.

Thanks for presuming otherwise.

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Posted in: Police appeal for help 7 years after arson-murder of woman in Kanagawa See in context

zichiApr. 22  02:53 pm JST

It is easy to see from the photos and video, that the suspect is a male.

Have you been studying Japan police methodology again? Now if the suspect had looked foreign, They might have had to do their own job rather than lazily throw it out to the general public...

2700 people questioned? Really?

" Seen this fella?"

"Nope."

"Thanks for your help."

kaimycahlApr. 22  10:11 pm JST

new investigative techniques 

Riiight, in Japan. A different way to plaster up 'Wanted posters' perhaps?

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Posted in: 55% of Japan firms based overseas impacted by Ukraine crisis: poll See in context

(France) As the only European country included in the survey

Well that was a valuable and insightful survey, what with the war actually being in Europe. Wouldn't want to give too much on the ground negative information, would we. It was an online survey: How hard would it have been to broaden the scope?

Worth every penny, I'm sure.

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

vic.MToday  07:52 am JST

All those that villify Putin and Russia need to go and learn History and the past agreements between Russia and Ukrain which still stand today.

Right, so those that DON'T 'vilify' (think that's the word you were looking for) Putin and Russia and support him, don't need to learn any history.

Sounds about right, after hearing Putin's rant on Ukrainian history.

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Posted in: War fears mount as Ukraine mobilizes; Russia evacuates diplomats See in context

Russia evacuates 'Diplomats'; first chuckle(not) of the morning.

Russia and diplomacy: Never the twain shall meet.

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Posted in: Japanese court orders damages over forced sterilization for first time See in context

Awarding exactly half of the 55 million they were seeking...

Isn't this the system tacitly implying " You didn't wholly win, and we didn't lose either".

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Posted in: Britain beats Japan 10-3 to win Olympic women’s curling gold See in context

lolozo79Today  06:41 pm JST

"Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure...by Japanese media"

No, it won't. Japan has more than proven itself in the women's speed skating.

And I think you missed my point: Japanese MEDIA- Not the Japanese: the media who've been touting them as de facto gold medallists. THEY won't want to admit they've yet again overplayed their hand, so will more than likely 'Commiserate' on the ladies' team's behalf.

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Posted in: Britain beats Japan 10-3 to win Olympic women’s curling gold See in context

Congratulations to the British ladies team from Scotland.

Unfortunately this will be deemed somewhat of a failure, no doubt, by Japanese media; Kind of ironic as they clearly put untenable prior pressure on the Japan team, as they so often do with Japanese athletes in international sporting events, to win.

Can't just cheer them on now, can you...

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Posted in: Razzies add 'Worst performance by Bruce Willis' category See in context

starpunkToday  12:33 pm JST

expatToday  12:02 pm JST

He's become a meme, just as so many other Hollywood "actors" have. Most of them are incapable of meeting even the minimum criterion for acting, which is to portray a person other than yourself believably.

He's been portraying the same lunkheaded roles for so long.

Yeah, think he probably got his fingers burnt on 'Hudson Hawk': A movie they quite literally made up the story of on the spot, whilst filming- It certainly showed. No wonder he returned to what he does, ahem, 'Best'...

Richard E. Grant's biography has some interesting insights into the man, around that time.

Seem to remember 'Under the boardwalk' was his one hit in the UK.

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Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi See in context

Peeping_TomToday  04:16 am JST

1) "Health benefits of mochi

When you combine rice and seaweed, mochi is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol.

This is true, and for the nori seaweed too.

It is also a good source of Vitamins A, C, E (Alpha Tocopherol), and K, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Phosphorus. It’s also a very good source of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese."

This is disingenuous : All those benefits are from the nori seaweed wrap, not the mochi itself, which has negligible vitamin or mineral content. Why, surely you could just eat the nori and get the same benefits.

Nice try. Nice googling, too.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

@Zichi

I think you mean Universal Basic Income.

Children shouldn't need to be needed or used for the past imprudence of older generations.

The elderly continually voted in and continue to vote in aged, incompetent politicians, for the sole purpose of safeguarding their contributions and guaranteeing a comfortable return: It's not the fault or responsibility of future generations to prop up a decrepit system that frittered away the nations wealth with no forethought.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

zichiToday  05:40 pm JST

The country needs all the children it can produce. Falling birth rates.

The country doesn't- The safeguarded members of the unbending and unrelenting system do, to put off overhauling their superannuated approach to the modern world, maintaining their positions at the expense of the rest of the country, present and future.

For single parents, it's a double whammy: They can see the future hardships ahead for their children.

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Posted in: 50% of single-parent households in Japan struggle financially: study See in context

longfortherideToday  09:10 am JST

I wish there is a way to find some of these people. I would personally help 1 or 2 of the families that can not afford food. Sadly because of the embarrassment involved they stay very quiet. If anyone knows of a site or place I could do that please post it. Not looking to donate to a charity that takes salaries but rather 1 or 2 individuals to directly help out.

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Really find it hard to believe some cold- hearted person had the gall to down-vote you for that- Well done, whomever you are: Your anonymity shines bright.

Japan has to be one of the least generous, charitably-minded nations I've ever been to. Happy to throw money into the boxes at temples and shrines and pay for ceremonies held by the mercedes-driving priests, whilst holding the manifestly false belief that the govt. take care of those in need.

Catch 22 connivance on a nationwide scale and, as the last couple of years has demonstrated, it's a slippery slope.

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Posted in: 3 members of K-pop sensation BTS diagnosed with COVID-19 See in context

Sindhoor GKToday  07:52 pm JST

Foreign artists do get to no.1 in Japan.

Find me one: you can't in the last 25 odd years, apart from CoVID-19 champs BTS ('fellow' East Asians: Japan can play nice if enough money is involved) of course. Oh, you must be a 'Flashdance (what a feeling)' fan. The Nolans? Daniel Boone? Ring any bells?

"This is a list of songs that have peaked at number-one on the Oricon Singles Chart, the preeminent singles chart in Japan, which was created in 1967, and monitors the number of physical single purchases of the most popular singles."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oricon_number-one_singles_of_1991

How about the Billboard, then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_artists_who_reached_number_one_on_the_Japan_Hot_100

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Posted in: 3 members of K-pop sensation BTS diagnosed with COVID-19 See in context

publicly calling out anti-Asian racism

East Asians crying 'Racism'- Pot, kettle, black.

Getting to No.1 repeatedly on the official charts in the US and a host of other western nations hardly smacks or racism. Do foreign groups get to No.1 in South Korea- Oh, I forgot, Korean artists are set apart from the foreign competition, who are excluded- same in Japan. Heaven forbid a level playing field like western nations have.

And do foreigners with or without COVID-19 get to travel around the world freely like BTS, and enter South Korea unhindered- No.

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Posted in: Parents mourn singer Sayaka Kanda after fatal fall from hotel See in context

HiroToday  08:07 am JST

Is sad they lost their only child. If and i say if she really did end herself, she could have at least written a letter to her parents instead leaving them like this with so much unanswered.

A young lady dies, in what could be a tragic suicide, and you see the problem as not writing a letter?

How many people whose lives are taken in an instant, for whatever reason, have the foresight to write a letter?

Maybe she should have put all her affairs in order to in her final moments, right?

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Posted in: How a bar in Kabukicho scammed one diner out of their money, and how it can happen to you too See in context

This is isn't just Kabuki-cho: There is more to Japan than Tokyo.

This is also standard practice in Kyoto, and rife all over Japan, especially in the cities, I'm sure. I used to be a tour guide there, and spent a lot of time an energy warning my charges against certain establishments- many, many establishments: It was more than a full-time job for one guide.

Aly RustomToday  08:12 am JST

Perhaps the cops could do a couple of sting operations and shut down those joints instead of harassing foreigners about their IDs.. Let the J cops do real police work for a change.

Thanks for the chuckles. Japan's rules on fleecing are pretty much non-existent, the cops have no interest in pursuing claims- Protecting their own 'interests', no doubt.

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Posted in: Osaka arson suspect identified; all similar buildings to be inspected See in context

Iron LadToday  10:22 pm JST

Good news!

Kishida is fixing Japan!Fixing'

Same old, same old.

INFORMAL

the illegal or underhand influencing of the outcome of something such as a race, match, or election.

So you are admitting that, with tragic occurrences like this arson, with an inexcusable loss of life and clearly preventable human cost, Japan is seriously broken, right?

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Posted in: Japan Post reveals more lost personal info affecting 290,000 clients See in context

Iron LadDec. 16  05:53 pm JST

Kishida is fixing all the corruption in Japan.

I take it you had this meaning in mind.

'Fixing'

INFORMAL

the illegal or underhand influencing of the outcome of something such as a race, match, or election.

Yeah, and I'm sure the Post office too, are fixing things right now, before any outside investigations can commence.

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

@daito_hak

Not often I find myself agreeing with you, but I certainly do with your last post.

Too many people who consider themselves superior and unquestionably right fail to understand that their condescending attitude probably does more to aggravate and abet the situation, and goad people into not following the transparently ill thought-out rules.

I'm sure this lady (and many others in similar situations) had her fair share of armchair experts opining. This is the seemingly inevitable result. If you treat people like children, they will, more than likely, act up. You're not giving them a reason not to, so as logic would go 'WTFN'.

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Posted in: Discontent with Johnson as UK virus cases hit record high See in context

GBR48Today  11:24 am JST

There is no evidence that Omicron is going to fill hospitals. The Tory rebels know how unpopular and economically damaging lockdowns are, and have one eye on the next election.

Wrong.

According to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an admission rate of 2,000-6,000 can be expected- the previous high was 3,700 WITH a lock-down.

I'll take their stats over your opinion any day, than you.

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Posted in: Discontent with Johnson as UK virus cases hit record high See in context

Mr KiplingToday  09:42 am JST

60,000 new cases a day and yet half still refuse to wear a mask and many have no vaccine. my local authority have no vaccinated in the ICU, 100% serious cases are in the un-vaccinated. Time to pull the plug on their treatment?

Cold, very cold. And pull the plug on influenza patients' treatment too, right?

If they've paid national insurance, they are just as entitled to treatment as any vaccinated person.

Reinfection with the Omicron variant is judged to be three times higher, with a surge of infections predicted in the coming weeks- I find your claim dubious, if not simply for the fact you gave no evidence and didn't even care to name your 'Local authority'.

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/science-health/955157/risk-covid-reinfection-omicron-delta

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Posted in: Shatner marvels at Blue Origin flight frenzy, 'finite' Earth See in context

starpunkToday  08:16 am JST

it's just one planet populated by 8 billion people of great diversity but one sentinent species.

Are you trying to say that allegedly having a longer intestine doesn't make you a unique species all of your own?

Good on Shatner, he never really takes things too seriously and has always had an almost childlike ability to connect with people.

He only went to 'Near space' or the lower mesosphere, more than likely. Going into space is still, indubitably, a death sentence due to the intense levels of unfiltered radiation present.

I'd like to see his programme, though.

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Posted in: Kishida sidesteps criticism of cash handout policy change See in context

YukijinToday  02:08 pm JST

Some people that are all to happy to discriminate over vaccine status seem to have a case of sour grapes now they are being discriminated against for not having children.

So only people with no children discriminate over vaccine status? I honestly didn't know the issue was so black and white- Thanks for parting with that impartial statement.

Are you receiving the any ¥ govt handout?

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