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Posted in: Aichi exhibition closed over Korean 'comfort woman' statue reopens See in context


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Posted in: Abe denounces Saudi oil attacks, refrains from singling out Iran in speech at U.N. See in context

…in other climate related news

Abe, Japan, car culture, oil

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Posted in: Park place See in context

Suburban living in a city.

Ban more cars in cities.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers test fake snow to beat the heat See in context

One month ago, venue inspection and test games:

“The international rowing federation is also saying a roof is absolutely necessary, even if it is of the SIMPLEST design,”

...instead we get stupid snow.

@Oriya : "Well people stop finding fault in their efforts, this team is doing really incredible job"

- yeah right - tell that to the people who know what they are talking about ( see above).

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Posted in: Alonso acknowledges luck in back-to-back Le Mans with Toyota See in context

Kazuki Nakajima becomes the first Japanese driver to win a FIA-sanctioned world championship ever! Well done!!

Japans first motor racing world champion!

Of course European race commentators were saying this will be all over Japanese news the next morning - mmm not really, what do they know.

(note this site's article source © 2019 AFP)

Nakajima, Conway and pole-sitter Kamui Kobayashi were faster at lemans all week this year and also last year than Alsono. Although Alonso did bring some tyre "strategy" advantage to the night racing last year.

But who takes the headlines...

Conway and Kamui were really on it in the beginning of the race and built up a hard earned 1 minute lead. All that gets thrown in the air with safety cars, but that is the nature of lemans - plus why it can also be useful to not hold back.

Toyota seem to have some kind of curse, was there in their pits back in the gt-one days with Katayama.

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Posted in: Car hits preschool children, injuring two in Nishinomiya See in context

Why is this "news"

Do you know how many people are killed by drivers everyday? Do you know which age group does the most? This is not new.

Japan doesn't rank well at this.

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Posted in: Trump attends sumo; gives President's Cup to winner Asanoyama See in context

"Did he take his shoes off before entering the ring?

Moderator: He wore slippers."

...Abe wore slippers initially.

Wasn't obvious Trump did though.

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Posted in: Police checking dash cam over car accident that left 2 toddlers dead See in context

How may people have drivers killed today in Japan?

Elsewhere its at least 5 a day and that's in places with "better safety" record.

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Posted in: Covering the Ghosn saga: The art of Japanese stakeout journalism See in context

My ladder is bigger than yours!

little giant ladder seems popular.

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Posted in: 3 pedestrians hit and killed by car in Chiba Pref See in context

I wonder how many people are killed by drivers every single day whether on the main highway or sidewalk?

In other G7  countries its can be 5 a day (regardless of whether the other person is on the road or sidewalk/footway/footpath).

Every day, day after day.

After day.

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Posted in: Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men See in context

ah the consumer calendar, Halloween, Christmas, valentines, Easter.

Roll on April and real life.

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Posted in: Nissan-Renault on smoother road but speed bumps loom, say analysts See in context

Those speed bumps - If only there was some kind of system that would stop them speeding in the first place.

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Posted in: S Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan See in context

..Speak to your own South Korean government. That's where the problem is all this time.

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Posted in: IOC head Bach visits Fukushima with Abe See in context

What about Miyagio and Iwate Prefectures as that is where the vast majority of deaths (by magnitudes more than Fukushima) were from the Tohuku earthquake

... Bach spouting Fukushima shows his lack of knowledge of the recovery.

Wish they would talk more honestly about what Olympic legacy they are leaving after all this money spent and extra resources diverted to the Olympics instead of to those that needed it.

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Posted in: Osaka celebrates winning bid to host Expo 2025, despite reservations See in context

Money and precious resource wasted. If the local Osaka people can build this then fine, but if it's yet another drain nationally then not fine and selfish.

There are not enough construction workers already because too much was diverted to the Olympics instead of rebuilding after the Tohoku earthquake. How long do they have to wait. Will the Olympics(the way they are being done) even bring any health or active travel lifestyle legacy for the population.

What legacy, what cost.

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Posted in: Battery-powered face warmer See in context

"Toques were popular from the 13th to the 16th century in Europe, especially France. The mode was revived in the 1930s. Now it is primarily known as the traditional headgear for professional cooks, except in Canada where the term is primarily used for knit caps."

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Posted in: Le Mans See in context

Caption doesn't match the photo. Photos shows no#7 leading at that time.

Also drivers names are incorrect.

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Posted in: Girl on bicycle killed after being hit by drunken driver See in context

Australia is an example number 1 these days of how not to do cycling and bias. carblind. driverblind.


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Posted in: 77-year-old man arrested after road dispute with another driver See in context

In such a hurry but has so much time to stop and rant...

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Posted in: Would you like to see Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike become prime minister in the future? See in context

What has she done? she takes ages to make any decision and then doesn't - Tokyo 2020 stuff missed now because time ran out to do it now, Tokyo fish market, etc. Major tasks for her current job.

Maybe she can be a figure head, but someone else will need to make the decisions or do the real work.

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Posted in: Nissan turns over a new Leaf with more range See in context

"NZ2011Today  04:29 pm JST

Electric cars with nowhere to charge, and electricity coming from fossil fuels.."

The point is pollution at the tailpipe.

Many deaths each year are caused by this. In particular in Europe which have problems with high numbers of diesels and their high NOx emissions.

(Tokyo kind of banned diesels over decade ago - although you can by them again now - but just don't trust the manufacturers claims. What were Mazda thinking getting into diesels recently - lack of exposure and knowledge in Japan's younger public recently because of the previous "ban" i guess)

It's not "Green House" CO2 that's the problem or the issue being solved by Electric, Hydrogen or Hybrid to an extent - Its local pollution.

(pollution and green house not being the same thing)

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Posted in: Accused groper hit, killed by train after jumping onto tracks See in context

Its been recommended controversially but for good reason ( well bad reason because it a bad system) for some years now. I’m sure Jt has an article on one from several years back, let alone the more recent one you may be just thinking of.

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Posted in: Accused groper hit, killed by train after jumping onto tracks See in context

Maybe we need men only carriages, so men can ride in peace and protect men:

... from incorrect or false accusations from women,


dodgy police that can keep your for days/weeks (criticized at UN – Japanese diplomat underfire for shouting),

treated guilty until proven innocent,

loose your job in the process,

THAT’S WHY  lawyers for some time  tell you to RUN if falsely accused.

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Posted in: New hires shock Internet with their sameness See in context

just like the same old same old droids as with johnny's talent agency

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Posted in: World Rugby confident of originality of 2019 RWC logo design See in context

the logo arena is now getting like apple lawsuits – too trivial

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Posted in: Japan orders diesel car emissions probe after VW scandal See in context

"The J-gov will do anything to keep European diesels out of Japan.

The new European diesel take the Hybrids for lunch when it comes to mileage.

And don't forget that diesel fuel is 30% cheaper in Japan.

Better mileage AND cheaper fuel. It's a no-brainer."

Yeah it’s a no brainer that diesel emit so much pollution and the effects of effective ban in japan on diesel cars could be seen in the air quality levels improving. Its measurable. Its not just co2 emissions you should be looking at – its all the other nasty stuff that emitting that bad for people health.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO says it would be hard to hide effort to falsify emissions data See in context

Ban diesels in Europe like they effectively did in Japan over a decade ago and we will get better air quality in Europe ( you can check online data at places like aqicn.org). Europe will also get the hybrid models that get released in Japan but not in the Europe because they promote these dirty diesels instead locally first.

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Posted in: Japanese fans celebrate stunning rugby win over South Africa See in context

There is no way that its not going to be in Japan in 2019 regardless of how badly or well the the Japanese team does. This is from the people organizing the sport. Japan doesn't have a shortage of stadiums to use either, maybe more than the country hosting it now. So there is no real problem.

There was a lot of non Japanese people supporting Japan yesterday and even people saying that they were converting to watching more rugby after Japans match yesterday. It has really helped the sport.

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Posted in: Japan says it won't decide on AIIB until corruption addressed See in context

Ironic for some eu leaders sounding off about eliminating world corruption to start the G7 off in the wake of FIFA ....and oh I forgot ...we already joined AIIB without much consideration.

China’s corruption and pollution too far from Europe for them to be as aware as others about the negatives. Considering the distance, America is relatively more aware than Europe.

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Posted in: Tesla charges into home battery market See in context

Nothing new. There are plenty of adverts for Japanese products on Japanese tv for this kind of thing and these products have been around for a while. But well done for joining the global party and also doing it on a large scale.

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