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Posted in: The Rolling Stones plan 13 U.S. live dates next year See in context

I bet it would have been a different story if they were women. 

I don't think so. If it were women renowned for their singing and music (Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey, Carole King) I would expect similar respect.

If it were men or women more renowned for their youthfulness than their talent (the Spice Girls, the Osmonds), then I expect the comments would be equally nasty.

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Posted in: The prolonged torture that is Brexit See in context

The EU is a tyrannical bureaucracy.

Let's list all the things the EU forces me to do...

(stuck already)

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Posted in: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car companies See in context

made by a tiny company in rural Japan

Otsu city has a population of over 300,000. This may be "rural" by Tokyo standards, but it sounds fairly urban to me.

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Posted in: Trump says he came to California to see fire scars See in context

A lot of talk about forest management, but I wonder if the bigger problem is allowing urban development within forests. It seem to break with the normal pattern of town-farmland-forest where there is generally a substantial break between towns and forests. That's a big over-simplification, but are there many towns similar to Paradise in California or other parts of the USA?

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

She said Japan can't have a unified view of its wartime history because of what she called media bias.

I hope that lost something in translation. Shades of 1984 - Japan has always been at war with the Asahi Shimbun.

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Posted in: KDDI to use drones to search for missing hikers on Mt Fuji from next summer See in context

I'm intrigued as to how this will work. I don't think it's so straightforward.

I think the conventional approach to lost hikers is to send out a helicopter when someone is reported missing. With nothing else to work with, human spotters are probably the best approach. The drone approach described above seems to depend on the hiker having GPS tracking capability. I'm not up-to-date on these things, but I think a mobile phone application may be able to provide that. But if hundreds of hikers are in the same general area, and they all have GPS tracking switched on, how does the drone know which signal to work with? Does the lost hiker have to initiate the search initially? If so, how reliable is such a service. Will the initial "help" signal be picked up? If it relies on others to report someone missing, how to identify that hiker's tracking signal from others?

Sorry. Too many questions. I'd be interested to know more about how this might work.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

I remember almost nothing from any school book that I read 20 years ago.

Likewise (but in my case maybe 50 years ago).

I think for many British people of my age, the history of World War 2 is what was presented in movies and TV shows and even children's comics. Germans and Japanese featured highly as the bad guys. I hear often of the ignorance of younger Japanese people of those times, but I'm fairly certain I'd face the same ignorance here about Britain's activities in the Middle East and elsewhere around the same period.

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Posted in: May vows to fight for Brexit deal as ministers quit See in context

We can't stay in the EU. It is not a democracy, it is an oligarchy.

Yet in the UK, half of the elected MPs received less than 50% of the vote in their constituencies. I think you are saying that a European oligarchy is not as good as a British oligarchy.

They have no faith in themselves or anyone around them.

Some have lots of faith in themselves. They're just annoyed that Brexit is denying them various opportunities.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

I think less crowded trains is the only practical solution. But how to achieve that?

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Posted in: 16 JAL flights since April 2017 delayed as pilots fail alcohol tests See in context

But which is preferable, a pilot that is over the limit or one that in under the limit but is dying for a drink?

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

That is your opinion.

It's mine too.

America will to hold the socialist Cuba govt accountable until they allow democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of travel (only since 2013), and property rights (just changed in July 2018!), among other human rights.

Does that include the right to medical care?

But America will happily deal with Saudi Arabia.

Franky I find it pathetic.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

Just because a company has offices here does not make it a "Japanese" company. While it is here, it is required to follow the laws of Japan but it does not make it a Japanese company.

You're right, I was wrong. A foreign company can either establish a branch in Japan or create a subsidiary (in which case it is a Japanese company, even if owned by a foreign one). I though creating a subsidiary was the only option. However I think most larger operations such as the Hilton group tend to form subsidiaries.

I've no idea of the ownership status of this hotel, but I guess it follows the pattern outlined by M3M3M3 above

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Posted in: Japan's cyber security minister admits never having used computer See in context

and more or less absolutely no knowledge concerning computers

If we accept that "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", perhaps that's not so bad. I'd hate to think that someone was making decisions on cyber security based on their experiences with Word and Excel.

On the other hand, that any government minister, whatever the department, doesn't use a computer is a bit of a shocker.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk told Kyodo News that it refused the ambassador's stay to comply with U.S. laws as an American company.

I'm fairly sure that if it's operating in Japan, it's a Japanese company and subject to Japanese laws.

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Posted in: I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion. See in context

The company is offering its non-smoking workers an extra six days off per year to offset the amount of time those who smoked took during cigarette breaks.

But did they measure the productivity of the two groups?

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Posted in: This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update See in context

I thought it was 1 litre of water at a certain temperature.

I think that's how it is defined (freezing point is the temperature). But it's difficult to create as a comparable measure, thus the platinum thingy.

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Posted in: WHO maps dangerous misuse of antibiotics See in context

Nothing on where Japan is on this list?

14.19 DDD, if I understand the document correctly.

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Posted in: BOJ's total assets exceed country's GDP for first time See in context

I don't get it. Can someone explain ?

Me too. What are the nature of these assets? Who did they buy them from?

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Posted in: Spice Girls add 5 shows as ticket demand skyrockets See in context

Emma Bunton recently revealed on a TV show that the Spice Girls used to occasionally run naked around the corridors of the hotels they were staying in. It was part of some dare activity.

Just in case you were interested.

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Posted in: Citizens to file suit against use of public funds for new emperor's enthronement rites See in context

I just have a problem with the idea of public money being used to fund religious activities.

I generally agree, but I think it's arguable whether an enthronement ceremony is a religious activity. It could also be argued that Shinto is not really a religion, just a national mythology and not so different from sumo or morris dancing. Which is why I don't think using the constitutional argument is that helpful.

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Posted in: Bill Gates links up with Tokyo 2020 to tackle global development goals See in context

But I'm afraid extreme poverty is going to continue if China and India and other countries don't do something to curb their population growth.

The fertility rate of both India and China is below the world average. China's is below the level needed to sustain the current population level, India's just above.

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Posted in: Citizens to file suit against use of public funds for new emperor's enthronement rites See in context

would you also argue that prayer rooms at Japanese airports are illegal

Interesting point. I think it could be argued that providing prayer rooms actively promotes the religious freedom guarantee. The government isn't partaking in a religious activity but is allowing others to do so. And perhaps the same logic could be used for the emperor's enthronement. It's the emperor's religious freedom that is being protected (I suspect the emperor might smile at that idea).

To those that are filing a lawsuit, I suggest they campaign for a new government rather than go through the courts.

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Posted in: Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored See in context

the whole argument is a load of tosh

That sums it up for me pretty accurately.

Taking sides between politicians and journalists. No thanks.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Japan needs to loosen restrictions on US imports.

What restrictions are there on the import of US cars?

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Posted in: Japan OKs extension of tsunami-hit 40-year-old nuclear reactor See in context

Opening a nuclear power plant in Japan is so risky and reopening it is almost unthinkable.

I have to ask why. I see a lot of almost hysterical comments about Fukushima. Yet the tsunami that caused the problem killed 16,000 people and displaced many many more. The nuclear power plant issue seems almost insignificant in that context.

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Posted in: Japan OKs extension of tsunami-hit 40-year-old nuclear reactor See in context

A nuclear accident in Kansai would WRECK Japan. It has 10 times the economy of Fukushima

Not sure why you mentioned Kansai, but I think Kanden's nuclear plants are all on the Japan Sea coast, as far from Kansai's economic center as the Fukushima plant is from Kanto's economic center.

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Posted in: 'Miracle' as New Zealand baby rescued from sea See in context

What an utterly moronic thing to say when talking about an 18 month old baby.

I think in that situation, making calm and rational statements will be the last thing on any parent's mind.

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Posted in: Producing bitcoin currency could void climate change efforts: scientists See in context

so they'll use any method regardless of how ridiculous it sounds to discourage people from taking them up

I don't think the claims of energy usage for bitcoin mining are ridiculous.

It seems strange to use so much energy to produce something that has no intrinsic use.

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Posted in: Amazon's new goal: Teach 10 million kids a year to code See in context

All that time in the cubicle, not good for you.

I don't know anyone who codes in a cubicle. I do mine looking out a window at some hills and fields of sheep while chatting with people in a country half way round the world.

I don't think it can be described as boring. Frequently frustrating perhaps, and it can cause you to pull your hair out while you have any left. But you have to use your brain and solve problems. It's very satisfying when you complete a task. "Hey, it works," is not a bad outcome. Selling carpets and bathroom tiles may allow you to walk around the showroom, but I never get the impression those people are any healthier than me.

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Posted in: Disgusting Food Museum See in context

British Blood pudding should be in this museum. Truly disgusting. Why pick on natto.

Try some natto on black pudding. Seriously. It's a favorite of mine.

I don't get the jibes at the museum. The food on display is clearly considered disgusting by many people, not necessarily by the museum staff.

They ought to include macaroni cheese. That's really disgusting, especially the stuff I was forced to eat at school.

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