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Posted in: Ginza subway station in Tokyo renovated to show elegance See in context

Looks a bit bubble boomer era

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Posted in: 7 rules to follow in order to keep safe while cycling in Japan See in context

@Bjorn

"Stay in single file." "Do not hold up traffic."

The above does not keep you safe. Refer to close passing elsewhere in the world.

In fact it's promoted as being more courteous and safe to ride side by side as there is a shorter group to overtake and drivers should changing lanes anyway.

Drivers are subsidised too, they don't pay their way by a long shot and are just licensed guests, so we don't need to worry about their journey too much.

But Japanese laws are written by those with little experience in this area.

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Posted in: Olympic flame to be carried by car instead of torchbearers See in context

Japan Olympic Legacy =

Less active travel and health.

More driving.

They can't see the irony.

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Posted in: Helping hand See in context

Probably better to donate to climate activism/action/awareness considering Australian politics and behaviour which derails cop25 and the environment.

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Posted in: U.N. calls for truce around next year's Tokyo Olympics See in context

Ever since Tokyo was announced as the host I thought SK would/should be required to especially read out the Olympic oath at the beginning of the event.

Maybe a special translation provided to athletes before they even leave SK and pack for their travels.

Forget the last year, they have form at “sporting” events going back years.

Que the first stunts at Narita; confiscated political equipment, etc.

(obviously they have already started)

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Posted in: Usain Bolt brings his e-scooter to Japan despite regulatory road bumps See in context

How many people do drivers kill every day in Japan alone? day after day.

Whats the impact of scooters by comparison.

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Posted in: EVs, short-range cars take spotlight at Tokyo Motor Show See in context

Still going to be stuck in a traffic jam.

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Posted in: At least 15 injured in 7-vehicle collision in Aichi See in context

AbsentDriver reporting

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Posted in: Man runs toward car on street and smashes windshield See in context

The #WarOnCars, too many of them, takes another turn.

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

Art?

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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.

"researchers"

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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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