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Posted in: Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success See in context

They probably just wound down the number of cycles on the PCR,

Who are "they"?

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Posted in: What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? See in context

At what point does the mask become saturated? More than a day I would think.

If that's the case, then it's probably not an issue. But I'd still to find some data on this. I imagine that as moisture accumulates on the mask, there is a bigger risk of transmission, and perhaps even a point where a saturated mask is worse than no mask. Which is why I tend to only where a mask when entering shops, etc. and try to avoid wearing one when outdoors. But as I don't generally walk in crowded places, it's not such an issue for me.

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Posted in: What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? See in context

Recently, some people have stopped wearing them on the streets but they are still worn in the stores and other places.

That's generally been the pattern where I live, although it's a fairly quiet place with not so many people on the street. But it raises the question I've been trying to find an answer to. If a person is infected, how does the effectiveness of the mask change in relation to the length of time it is worn. So for example, if an infected person has been wearing a mask for two hours before entering the supermarket and another infected person put on the mask just before entering the supermarket, is there a big difference in the risk they pose? If anyone has a link to such data, I'd be interested to hear.

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Posted in: 11-year-old boy dies after falling from 10th-floor apartment balcony See in context

There is more to this. 

Considering the article consists of only five sentences, I'm pretty sure there is more to this. But speculation is pointless.

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

except if somethings happen in the UK, then all the non-conservatives tell us it's Brexit's fault

Do those non-conservatives include the Road Haulage Association?

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Posted in: Some governments are thinking of imposing a carbon tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions. What do you think? See in context

If such taxes are introduced, please call them carbon dioxide taxes (or carbon gas taxes if methane emissions are also to be covered). The expression "carbon tax" gives carbon a bad name. Yet if some genius could devise a practical way to produce carbon from the atmosphere, they'd be considered the savior of the world.

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Posted in: Key U.N. biodiversity summit to open in China See in context

China is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide gas in the world

Tokyo City is the No 1 emitter of CO2.

These are total numbers. Is the amount her head of population not more significant? For China, it is 7.38 tons per person. For comparison, the USA is 15.52 and Japan is 9.7.

I'll let someone else search out the city numbers.

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Posted in: Time Out reveals the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods right now See in context

Coolest appears to be a euphemism for gentrified.

Very likely. I smiled seeing Leith at No. 4. I don't think it would have got that position when I was a kid. But there are many reason to like the place, not least this song.

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Posted in: Pulitzer-winning scholar Sherwin, who challenged support for U.S. bombing of Japan, dead at 84 See in context

The use of nukles against Nagasaki and Hiroshima was to test a new weapon in a build up civilian area.

This topic crops up from year to year. What was the reason for dropping the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? To test the the weapon, to stop the Soviets advancing into Japan, to save the lives of American soldiers who would otherwise have been pushed into direct conflict, or simply to end the war. There is an element of truth to all those reasons - we don't require a single cause to explain something. What I do know is that many Japanese were somewhat thankful for the end of the war - an end to madness. And we also know the victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were part of that madness.

With the current Taiwan problem likely to affect all of us, but principally the people of Taiwan, maybe best to remember the madness and that ancient advice - don't send your children to war.

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Posted in: Russia hits new virus death record as autumn surge persists See in context

Everybody gets what they want and no mandates are necessary.

But what about nurses, electricians, cleaners, school teachers, the police, bus drivers, etc. whose jobs require they come into contact with others? Images of all those jobs being taken up by those not concerned about the virus - not a pretty picture.

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Posted in: China's Xi says reunification with Taiwan must happen See in context

Abraham Lincoln once said the cession of the South must be prevented by all means, even at the cost of slavery liberation. Can the China-Taiwan relation be construed in exactly the same context?

It's a valid question. The views on secession of today's US leaders and leaders of other major powers is not clear. Would the US allow California or Texas to secede if their residents voted to do so? There was little criticism of Spain when it took steps to prevent a referendum on Catalonian independence. The UK's Johnson has said he would not agree to a referendum on Scottish independence, even if the Scottish government chose to hold one. And in the case of Crimea, there was strong criticism of Russia "annexing" of Crimea, but I don't recall any world leaders saying it should be up to the people of Crimea.

Article 1 of the UN Charter includes this part: "To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples"

I'd like to hear more world leaders strongly pointing this out to China, and telling them plainly that it's up to the people of Taiwan. Then see how China reacts.

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Posted in: Twin panda cubs at Tokyo zoo named Xiao Xiao, Lei Lei See in context

Names for pandas born in Japan are proposed by the public, selected by the committee under Tokyo gov. There is no intervention from Beijing.

From the article:

*the Tokyo government chose the names from more than 190,000 entries sent from around Japan *and after consulting with the Giant Panda National Park in China

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Posted in: Microsoft: Russia behind 58% of detected state-backed hacks See in context

Thanks for the link, Skeptical.

I'm wondering how they determine what is a "nation state" action as opposed to a private action of some kind. I couldn't find that info in the document, but I may have missed it as I only skimmed through it. Does anyone know?

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Posted in: EU unveils strategy to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe See in context

They are Orthodox Jews, found in places like Stamford Hill in London.

Right. But I find it a little odd that it's typically photos of Orthodox Jews that are used in the media (in the UK anyway) when the story is about Jewish people in general. It's not my image of Jewish people - thinking of those I played with at school and have gone drinking with since.

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Posted in: EU unveils strategy to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe See in context

I'm a little intrigued by the photos depicting Jewish people (adults and kids) with orthodox hairstyles. How common is this? I'm asking because when I went to primary school in Scotland, about a quarter of the kids in my school were Jewish. None of them or their parents had such hairstyles. (A local Rabii who sometimes visited the school had a bushy beard.) Later when I lived in Japan, I met and worked with a number of Jewish people from the States. None of them had orthodox hairstyles. These days, when I visit the neighbourhood I grew up in, I see some Jewish men with orthodox hair and clothes - not many, but I saw none when I was young. So is there a trend towards orthodoxy in Jewish communities?

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Posted in: Wakayama water outage See in context

I read elsewhere that the bridge was reinforced about 5 years ago to increase its earthquake resistance. Monthly visual inspections are also carried out apparently and no abnormalities had been reported. As the cause has yet to be determined, I guess we can speculate for now. A Chinese submarine, an angry whale, someone digging a tunnel to escape from the local prison, a faulty screwdriver?

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Posted in: Lot of work to be done before climate summit, host Britain admits See in context

It is definitely a thing that some on the far left are starting to push for.

I find the right-left thing quite difficult to understand in the area of global warming. I place myself somewhere on the left in the sense of hoping to reduce the wealth/opportunity gap between rich and poor. But I don't see what this has to do with global warming. There are opportunists on all sides in the global warming debate. I see various companies seeking to push their "low carbon" technology, and they seem as capitalist as any other company - make a buck wherever.

It would be good to limit the debate to the climate. How serious is the problem? What effect would reducing CO2 in the atmosphere have? Can it be done? How?

And then my leftish views will kick in - can it be done without destroying the hopes of so many poor people around the world?

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Posted in: 2 men on motorbike sought after woman in her 80s killed in hit-and-run See in context

This kind of accident "hit and run" happens very often in Japan

Don't you mean this kind of accident is reported very often in Japan Today? It happens where I live too, but I can't find any data that compares different countries. If you know of any such data, please let us know.

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Posted in: Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? See in context

People who have a healthy, naturally functioning immune system that has not been artificially altered, have much less to fear from a corona infection

I don't fully buy that. How to define "healthy" and "naturally functioning"? Is it not in relation to known diseases and conditions? New diseases surely add a new factor, and it's quite possible what might normally considered healthy (or unhealthy) is quite different in relation to a new disease.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth reflects on 'deep' affection for Scotland See in context

I hadn’t realised that it’s SNP policy to retain the monarchy.

There is probably a range of opinions within the SNP. I think the SNP want to keep that issue out of any independence debate. Probably a wise position. After achieving independence, I guess Scotland would initially be in a similar position to Commonwealth countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Malawi, etc. Then take it from there. (Some might argue that Scotland should head the Commonwealth given the history of the monarchy, and that England be a member state. :-) )

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Posted in: Some Japanese KitKats just got bigger… but still the same size they were a year ago See in context

Is Japan's fascination with western sweets a healthy step . . . . or better to return to more health conscious tradition diet, which only uses natural sweets such as manju or yokan?

I think you should ask whether it's a fascination or a simple co-development. The Meiji chocolate company is over 100 years old, founded around the time that chocolate KitKats were first made.

Returning to "traditional" diets is as relevant to "western" countries as it is to Japan.

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Posted in: Rock and roar: Iwate region's riff warns of bear attacks See in context

never turn your back and run away

You don't have to outrun the bear, just the person you're with. So youngsters, take precautions. Never go into the woods without your grandad.

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news? See in context

In the UK, we have a satirical magazine called Private Eye, the likes of which would never ever be allowed to be published in Japan.

Have you looked around for such a publication in Japan? Here in the UK these days, most people don't know Private Eye exists.

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Posted in: More guns, pandemic stress created perfect conditions for homicide spike in 2020 See in context

COVID-19 likely did have an impact.

If so, you might expect to see a similar increase in other countries. A quick look at data for Germany and England and Wales shows no similar increase. (Small increase in 2020 for Germany, a fall in England and Wales - although the time period is slightly different - April through March).

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Posted in: With army on standby, Johnson says UK fuel crisis improving See in context

Please read because this is another underlying cause for the chaos. Not Brexit.

A survey of the Road Haulage Association puts Brexit slightly higher than IR35 as a reason for the driver shortage.

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Posted in: 'The Big Delete:' Inside Facebook's crackdown in Germany See in context

Censoring opinion is wrong...

When done by the state for sure. But other types of organizations censor stuff all the time. You can't post anything you want on the notice board of a local shop or church or sports center or even on Japan Today. Is Facebook so different?

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Posted in: Germany heads into unknown as rivals scramble to lead next government See in context

The Chancellor isn't elected by the voters. Who becomes Chancellor is part of these multi-party negotiations. Seems too close to the CCP-Chinese method of elections for my taste.

Is it no more like parliamentary democracies such as Japan and the UK? It can be argued that it is more democratic than directly electing a president who is given substantial power for a number of years.

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Posted in: 20 years after 9/11, the men charged with responsibility are still waiting for trial – here's why See in context

 If the priority is to protect the CIA’s secrets, the death penalty should be taken off the table and plea bargain negotiations for life sentences should begin.

Does that not pre-suppose their guilt? Would it not be better to simply disallow any evidence whose source was from those interrogated under pressure by the CIA?

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Posted in: Germany heads into unknown as rivals scramble to lead next government See in context

Again, where do you get your figures from? Germany alone took in closer to 5 million

Where do you get your numbers from, and what time period? The numbers I've seen (dating from 2010) match those given by itsonlyrockandroll.

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Posted in: Japanese curry shop pleasing palates of New Delhi residents See in context

As for the "coals to Newcastle" argument (is this a well-understood expression out of Britain?),

Not sure it's all that well know in Britain either, the term 'selling snow to Eskimos' or 'sand to Egyptians' is what gets used more often.

It's a fairly common expression in Britain, at least where I live (in the land of Haggis Pakora).

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