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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

A tent a bus some staff, outside a busy station, city hall drop in centre. Visit your local doctor, supermarkets car park. Why the need to make it complicated with a booking system.

Are problems not almost guaranteed if it's up to the recipient to take the initial action, whether calling by phone, going online, or visiting your local doctor? The activity is unpredictable in all situations like this.

Here where I live in Scotland, they used a different approach for over 65s and under 65s. Over 65s received a phone call from the local health centre telling them when and where to go for the vaccination. Under 65s received a letter telling when and where to go. In both situations, the initial action was taken by the providers and not the recipient. No online activity at all for the recipients. (That may have been prompted by a cock-up with an online booking service for flu vaccines last autumn. It seems they learned from their mistakes.)

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Posted in: Nissan trims annual net loss See in context

As you can see there is no Nissan,no single model in TOP NINE.

How about in other countries? The link below shows the Nissan Qashqai as the 3rd top selling model in the UK in 2021 (I'm assuming up till April based on the article's date.).

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/best-selling-cars-uk

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Posted in: 7 students, 1 teacher shot dead at school in Russian city of Kazan See in context

 School shootings only happen in America. Right?

They can happen wherever nutcases have access to guns. I guess the frequency is a combination of ease of access and the crazed determination of the perpetrator.

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Posted in: Cautious cuddling? England to OK hugs as lockdown eases See in context

For some people, sex was banned when they lived in separate households.

Only for those with multiple partners in multiple households (hmmm, Johnson perhaps). Single partner couples could form an "extended family" arrangement and visit each others' houses.

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Posted in: 4 Central Europe countries seek Japan's support for infrastructure plan See in context

Facts aye.

Even if they were manufactured in Japan, I still don't get your point.

Some facts: the other day I drove my Japanese-company manufactured car into town. It worked fine. I had my eyes tested with some Japanese-company equipment. The optician seemed happy with it. I then drove past a Japanese pharmaceutical company's UK facilities - I noticed no cracks in the walls.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

I had heard that Japan, as host country, had the final say.

I'd like to think the buck stops with Tokyo and not Japan. It is the Tokyo Olympics, not the Japan Olympics. People elsewhere had little say in hosting it. Why should they suffer from the mess?

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Posted in: Sturgeon: Scotland independence vote matter of when, not if See in context

Scotland costs the rest of the UK (well, southern England if we are going to be honest) 15 billion pounds a year. 

I'm not sure that's a useful argument. If true, presumably the north of England also costs the south of England (or perhaps the south east would be more accurate). So why doesn't the south east seek independence? Is it out of altruism or because the north is a source of cheap labour and supplies that can be exploited when needed and dropped when not?

Knowing that you're not paying your way and also that you are not realising your potential are probably strong incentives for achieving independence. For some anyway - how many may be found out in the next referendum.

I'm a supporter of an independent Scotland. But, like most in Scotland I think, I'm not a flag waving nationalist nutter. I'm just thinking about what would bring about the best potential and future opportunities. Being able to deal with Ireland , Norway, Denmark and other nearby countries on our own terms doesn't sound too bad.

On the other hand, if the UK capital was switched from London to say Newcastle or Runcorn, I might reconsider things.

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Posted in: 4 Central Europe countries seek Japan's support for infrastructure plan See in context

Maybe look at the high speed trains Hitachi supplied the UK before committing.

I take it you were referring to the cracks found on a number of trains in the UK over the weekend. I understand those trains were made in County Durham. Hitachi UK supplied them to UK rail network companies. It seems very much a UK issue.

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Posted in: 4 Central Europe countries seek Japan's support for infrastructure plan See in context

Maybe look at the high speed trains Hitachi supplied the UK before committing.

I take it you were referring to the cracks found on a number of trains in the UK over the weekend. I understand those trains were made in County Durham. Hitachi UK supplied them to UK rail network companies. It seems very much a UK issue.

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

God knows where Faslane is going after IndyRef2. 

Why should it go anywhere? It's ours, isn't it? :-)

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

One recent putative scheme out of Westminster is a UK spaceport. This is planned to be in Scotland, which would be awkward, post-Independence.

Is this not planned to be a commercial venture, and so could continue (if viable) under any government?

(But I guess Johnson would miss out on the photo ops.)

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Posted in: Should you add wasabi to your soy sauce at a sushi restaurant? See in context

Try telling my wife not to mix wasabi and shoyu. You are likely to get a mouthful of abuse.

With Mayonnaise, even better taste.

She would probably go along with that too for certain dishes.

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

I never met a single Scot who liked the English.

If you said you'd never met a Scot who liked English toffs, I might believe that. Most Scots don't like Scottish toffs either. My parents, both from the north of England, lived in Scotland for about 25 years, and made many lifelong friends.

I am vehemently opposed to political unions

But in this modern world, countries have to work together, and so I think "unions" of some kind are unavoidable. Of course, unions come in various forms. While I don't like all the EU has to offer, I find it far less controlling than the UK.

This is why Johnson must bite the bullet, call Sturgeon/SNP out, ASAP, move and call a independence referendum to be held within 60 days.

Don't you think it should be the Scottish parliament that gets to call when a referendum is held? But if Johnson were to call a referendum for England to leave the UK, that might be more interesting.

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Posted in: Paul McCartney gets own set of Royal Mail stamps See in context

I would have liked a stamp with Mick Jagger on

It seems there are many. Although I can't find any from the UK post office.

Example:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/congo-circa-2006-postage-stamp-printed-144716536

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Posted in: Paul McCartney gets own set of Royal Mail stamps See in context

Why not all the Beatles?

There was a Beatles stamp issue in 2007.

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Posted in: EU calls on U.S. to push exports to counter vaccine shortage See in context

Further note... I received my second Pfizer-BioNTech shot yesterday here in the UK. I understand that it was imported from the EU, either from Belgium or Germany.

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Posted in: EU calls on U.S. to push exports to counter vaccine shortage See in context

Instead of taking action within the EU to waive patent protections she whines that the US should give them vaccines instead.

Is she really asking that the US give vaccines to Europe? That's not my understanding. Is she not asking for the US to export vaccines to other countries. As the article says, the EU already exports vaccines to other countries.

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Posted in: Philippine police arrest suspect in murder of 82-year-old Japanese man See in context

but how do they know he was 82 years old? Am I missing something?

I don't know how these things work in the Philippines, but I guess he may have been registered in some way locally, and that's the age they have. I don't think there is any requirement for Japanese overseas to register with the Japanese embassy (but not sure about that).

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

Still waiting on that list of socialist success stories....

I guess we may get bogged down on definitions of socialism. But, for example, in the UK in the period between 1920 and about 1955, millions of council houses were built and a national health service was created. My mum told me these things were hugely significant. And then we had all those other public services: road building, education, electrification, gas grid, ports authorities, whatever. Those were not delivered by capitalists.

But I'd still suggest reading Marx more for his analysis of capitalism and less for his ideas of communism. His understanding shared a lot of things with Adam Smith's.

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Posted in: More young Japanese look to Marx as pandemic, climate crisis magnify economic inequalities See in context

I think it's important to distinguish between Marx's analysis of the problems of capitalism and his and Engels' proposed solution. The article focuses on his analysis of the problems and I think it's a good idea for people to explore that. We seem to face many of the issues today that he described back then. But I'd be interested to hear ideas for what changes we should make going forward, and how to avoid the mistakes made in various communist regimes over the last 100 years or so.

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Posted in: Quiet airport See in context

We often see pictures like this where it looks like Fuji-san is right next to Tokyo landmarks

Perhaps too many. I'd love to see a bigger variety of photos from around Japan. JT, why not ask readers to submit photos for display? The BBC does this on their site, and they can be very good. Below is a link to an example of readers' photos from Scotland.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-56886707

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Posted in: King to kingmaker: Liverpool can seal English Premier League title for Man City See in context

Interesting protest. Some fans are really angry.

From the BBC:

Another fan protesting at Old Trafford told BBC Sport: "When they [the Glazers] came in 2005, the club wasn't in any debt, a few years later you're talking £400m in debt."You look at the stadium, it's a beautiful stadium but there is rust, it's falling apart and they just don't care at all, there's no communication with the fans."

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Posted in: 'Plus-size' boy band in China seeks to inspire fans See in context

we hope to use the term ‘plus-sized band'

Are we sure they are referring to their stomachs? Their female fans may have more to say about this. (But if so, I have little to contribute.)

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Posted in: Noguchi, 3 other astronauts return to Earth from space station See in context

American technology and ingenuity at its finest.

What's with the nationalism? Is it not better to see it as human ingenuity? (And it would save us the bother of checking out the nationality and origins of the contributing scientists and technology.)

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Posted in: Wakayama: The land of the gods See in context

Maybe, just maybe, the most beautiful place in Japan.

It could be. Perhaps it's not a good idea to focus on only Wakayama as that whole southern Kii are has many interesting places across Wakayama, Nara and Mie prefectures.

For those in Osaka without the time to go deep into the area, there are also interesting walking routes along the mountain range that separates Osaka and Wakayama.

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Posted in: Altercation between train otaku leaves one with fractured skull, other in custody See in context

The big question in my mind is why did they choose Nishi Kawaguchi station for trainspotting. Maybe it has changed, but it used to have a bit of a reputation for interesting activities on one side of the station.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court hears case on student's free speech See in context

I would like to ask the teachers/administrators who enforced this rule, if they would like the same scrutiny on THEM. 

I think teachers are subject to similar rules. A teacher behaving badly outside of work is likely to face consequences. Of course, what constitutes "bad behavior" is always up for discussion.

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Posted in: Man, teenage girl found dead in hotel room in suspected joint suicide See in context

Problems are temporary and can usually be solved. Talk to your friends!

Wise words.

most major religions discourage and some even prohibit suicide, I am not sure what Buddhism say about it!

I'm sure all Buddhist sects discourage it too. But I'm not sure religious prohibitions are helpful. They tend to rely on the idea of an afterlife. You will be rewarded/punished based on what you do in this life. I'm not comfortable with that viewpoint. It rests on the idea that life has meaning or purpose. I find it easier to think that life can make you feel good and feel bad, and the goal is to feel good. Good feelings are many: hugging your child, seeing a view from a mountain top, solving a problem at work, having your hand squeezed by a new girl/boy friend, scoring a goal at football, eating a bacon roll, saving someone's life, etc.

Stories like the one in the article are upsetting. Was there not something that could have made them look forward to something, however trivial?

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

not sure about the Indians but the Chinese have sailed to Australia before and often sit off our EEZ during exercises.

DesertTortoise, AustPaul, thanks for your replies.

I accept that the Soviets, China, whoever, sail their navies close to various countries. But I'm still wondering whether the purpose is linked to protecting maritime trade. That idea was what prompted my comment.

I can see that US naval ships in the Persian Gulf might have a connection to protecting maritime trade. But not so much Chinese ships close to Australia.

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

A nation that depends on maritime trade has every right to deploy a navy around the world to protect its maritime interests.

That's an interesting point. But would it mean that China or India or wherever has the right to deploy their navies right up to Europe or America?

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