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Posted in: New exhibition at Stonehenge probes Japan's prehistoric cultures See in context

The Jomon arrived long before Japan became Japan and they were not Japan's ancestors either !

Somewhat similar to the people that built Stonehenge not being England's ancestors. But in both cases, they are partial ancestors. I've read that about 10% of typical Japanese DNA is from Jomon people.

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Posted in: New UK coins featuring image of King Charles revealed See in context

@Antiquesaving,

The credit card statistic is not so useful. In the UK, most people use debit cards. (about 1.8 debit cards per person and about 1 credit card per person)

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Posted in: Digital minister aims to drag Japan out of analog doldrums See in context

Japan ranked 28th among 64 nations in digital competitiveness in 2021

How is this possible? There are still offices using floppy disks!

I guess it depends on how it is measured. For example, I think there's a big difference between offices and manufacturing facilities in Japan. The IMD study covers a broad range of factors. Japan ranks quite high in some of them, for example in robot distribution.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

What do the police do with all the raincoats/panties/bras/rackets/slippers etc l

An old Ronnie Corbett line comes to mind.

Osaka police announced tonight that they wish to interview a man wearing high heels and frilly knickers, but the Chief Constable said they must wear their normal uniforms.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader accuses government of trashing economy See in context

Starmer also said at the conference, "We can't work with them. We won't work with them. No deal under any circumstances." He was talking about the Scottish National Party (SNP). The Labour Party currently have one Westminster seat in Scotland. The SNP have 44. (Out of a total of 59 seats.) It's odd, as apart from the independence issue, Labour and the SNP hold a fairly similar political position. (Most SNP voters in Scotland are former Labour voters.)

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Posted in: Conspiracy theories are dangerous even if very few people believe them See in context

The Earth orbiting the Sun was once condemned as a conspiracy theory

You sparked off a lot of comments with that one. But I'm not sure it was condemned as a "conspiracy theory" so much as just being wrong or hard to believe for those who had learned differently. Was it not more of a scientific paradigm shift? Much has been written about such shifts in scientific thought. (Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions comes to mind.)

I tend to think that the basis of conspiracy theories is the idea that "they're out to get us", whether alien lizards, rich bankers, or politicians from the other side.

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Posted in: Mayweather easily beats MMA fighter Asakura in Japan exhibition See in context

Why did that funny haïr styled guy authorized to enter the ring for handing flower only?

I heard that he paid for the privilege through some kind of auction. I don't know the details.

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Posted in: NASA gears up to deflect asteroid, in key test of planetary defense See in context

And science in general only costs a lot of resources and money better used for other purposes in society. Most of the research is kind of destructive or bringing more demerits than merits, only to name atomic bombs or chemistry, militarily endangering or having polluted the whole planet, for example.

Without science, I guess we wouldn't be reading your post. So you may have a point.

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Posted in: More kids showing signs of premature aging See in context

Something else is going on here, something that keeps kids indoors and away from healthy physical activity, and most of it involves slavery to a screen

Perhaps slavery to a screen, but I guess lack of access to outdoor playing spaces could also be an issue. I'd be interested to know whether there was any data on such access. I'm thinking of when I was young and we'd play outside on the street after school. That's not generally approved of these days.

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Posted in: Young women in Japan want only one child or none at all: survey See in context

It was different in my day.

I hope you were being sarcastic.

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Posted in: Micronesia denounces Japan's plan to release Fukushima water into Pacific See in context

@Samit Basu,

The only acceptable way of handling Fukushima radioactive water is evaporation.

And allow the the tritium to float in the air?

Your link is from a few years ago. It also says, "The government official says the Fukushima water will be "repurified" to meet regulatory standards for these nuclides".

My understanding is that the "repurification" has been done, at least for the water that is to be released. Do you know anything different?

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Posted in: Micronesia denounces Japan's plan to release Fukushima water into Pacific See in context

If Japan dumps it into the water, all exports from Japan of seafood and other marine products should be banned by all nations.

Should that ban apply to other countries that release tritiated water into the sea?

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Posted in: Japanese household assets stand at ¥2,007 tril as of June See in context

Thanks, Wallace. Maybe I should go back to school.

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Posted in: Japanese household assets stand at ¥2,007 tril as of June See in context

 2,007 trillion yen

My calculations may be wrong, but is that not about 15,000 yen per person? Is that a lot or a little? (Brain hurting.)

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Posted in: Kishida calls for U.N. reforms to address Russian aggression See in context

UN contributions by Country:

Are those not figures for the UN peacekeeping budget?

The overall figures I've seen are these are these:

USA 22%, China 12.005%, Japan 8.564%, Germany 6.090%

(Not so different, I guess)

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Posted in: Hitachi develops touchless operating panel for elevators See in context

I thought it would be a voice activated panel when I read the title.

The clip below shows how that might work out in some places.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMS2VnDveP8

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Posted in: When someone uses that trite expression of telling you to think outside the box, how are you supposed to know what the box is? See in context

Is it trite? It's often associated with the nine-dot puzzle (link below). I remember struggling with that and then cursing myself when I saw the solution. So I guess "the box" is whatever you are currently focused on, and if struggling, it may be worth expanding your view.

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

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Posted in: With Queen Elizabeth's death, republicans sense their chance See in context

Charles the second, brother was a Catholic,it did not stop his ascension as King

But it did stop him keeping that position for long - deposed after three years. We still see the ugly results of those times in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland. I don't think even the Moonies could have caused more hate than Christianity. (Perhaps Charles III will convert to Buddhism - we can hope.)

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Posted in: U.N. says Taliban has harassed its Afghan female employees See in context

It's their country 

How to define "their"?

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Posted in: Small nuclear reactors emerge as energy option, but risks loom See in context

The article compares size and the cost and time of construction, but it doesn't compare how much electricity is generated. It would be helpful to know.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

Some corrections:

out of a country of just over 3,000,000 people

Scotland's population is about 5.5 million.

Got to love the simple fact that in 1707 the Scots gave up their independence willingly

Most Scots had no say in the matter. The decision was made by 110 people.

Scotland has always been an independent country, setting most of it's own agenda regarding budgets, tax, education and even laws

There has only been a Scottish Parliament since 1999. Before that, all laws affecting Scotland were passed at Westminster.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

What are they going to do, join the EU? Then what?

Perhaps try to be like nearby and similarly sized countries in the EU, e.g. Denmark, Ireland, Finland. And if that happens, the bigger question might be what England is going to do. Will it rejoin the EU in some fashion? I think many in England would like that.

the ever growing under current of anti English sentiment.

I think you'll find it more of an anti-Spectator-type sentiment. Probably shared by most people in the north of England.

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Posted in: New monarch gives fresh impetus to Scotland's independence debate See in context

Nicola sturgeon governing Scottish National Party have alienated the English, with a brand of nationalism that reeks of abhorrence and loathing.

I find that a ridiculous statement. I can't think of any anti-English comment made by Sturgeon or the SNP. Many of its members are English-born. From my own experience, there was more anti-English sentiment back in the 1960s. I say that as an English-born person who lived in Scotland from the age of one.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth II's coffin takes long road through Scotland See in context

300-400 miles.

I70 miles, I think. (The procession didn't enter Perth - it just passed nearby.)

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Posted in: U.N. panel urges Japan to end segregated education of disabled kids See in context

There are many people who have severe disabilities and live at home.

I know some myself. But sadly, there are some who can't live at home. I used to live near a facility where severely handicapped people (both physically and mentally) were housed. At the local park, we would often see them being taken out in wheelchairs by their carers. It was very sad.

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Posted in: Japan reports record high 207,000 child abuse cases in FY2021 See in context

Better to compare to other western nations such as Canada, the UK NZ etc.

Re the UK (actually England and Wales):

It is possible to identify 227,530 child abuse offences recorded by the police in the year ending March 2019.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/childabuseinenglandandwales/january2020

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Posted in: U.N. panel urges Japan to end segregated education of disabled kids See in context

What's wrong with having an institution specifically designed for handling special needs?

The article is a little short on detail. I'm assuming such institutions will still be expected to exist for those with severe disabilities. I think the focus is on those with disabilities that don't require they be housed in such institutions. The article implies the numbers being kept in such places has been increasing.

I don't get the reference to the Sagamihara incident. That was a place for adults. One criticism of the authorities at the time was that little information was released about the victims.

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Posted in: Human skin stood up better to the sun before there were sunscreens and parasols, says expert See in context

Weird how skin cancer is more common now than before given supposed improvements in medicine etc

But the link you provided says that rates are declining in younger people (under 30s). Should we be surprised that as people live longer, cancer rates in general will increase among the older population?

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Posted in: Death of Queen Elizabeth II: What happens next? See in context

 In Celtic mythology the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power.

Thought to be the strongest of all animals and thus the symbol of Scottish kings. It could only be overpowered by a female virgin, so there was little danger to kings in Scotland.

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Posted in: With the passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, do you think there is a role for monarchies in any country in this day and age? See in context

I think a non-political head of state is a good idea, and I guess most western monarchies fit that role. But I like to think there is a better method. My own idea, in a UK context, would be to first reform the House of Lords. But instead of holding area-based elections, the idea would be to elect "the wise" (i.e. lords of something), perhaps through professional groups. (e.g. physicists, chemists, lawyers, plumbers, farmers, nurses, school teachers) with enough groupings that everyone in the country belongs to at least one of such groups, and such groups would choose their "wise" representative. They would perhaps serve for 5 years. And the head of state would be chosen by these "lords", perhaps selecting from a former member of this house of lords. That head of state might server for 8 years.

Is it possible?

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