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Posted in: Osaka Metro unveils new 'spaceship' design trains See in context

I hope the front window isn't glass. Imagine how it would be for the driver if two of those things collided!

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Posted in: Virus surge, by-election losses put Suga's future in question See in context

"Sports events are to be held without fans."

No air conditioning either?

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Posted in: 2 COVID-19 cases reported on Australian Open flight See in context

If the flight came from Los Angeles, I'm surprised it only had two positives on board. It has been reported that one in three people in LA have been infected.

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Posted in: ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June See in context

One measure which all airlines should implement and retain permanently is boarding the plane from the rear first. It would save so much time and avoid so much inconvenience. The system of priority boarding doesn't benefit premium and business class passengers much, as they simply have to sit in their seats for longer before the plane departs. Its main effect is to penalise economy class passengers, and presumably that is its main purpose. Considering what a dreary experience the flight itself is going to be for them, it is rather vindictive to subject them to the further indignity of having to squeeze and stumble past people who are still trying to sort themselves out before they sit down.

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Posted in: Asia deploys innovative, if invasive, tech to curb virus See in context

Perhaps, rather than being "defunded", the WHO needs to be beefed up and made more effective. Ideally it should have the mandatory authority to order worldwide measures to combat disease outbreaks as serious as this one. But, like most supranational organisations, the WHO's authority is only theoretical, because there are enough authoritarian regimes around the world that would never be prepared to cede control, while other states would be less than enthusiastic.

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Posted in: Japan's economy at critical juncture as virus risks growth, Olympics See in context

"Recession", "depression"? I don't think so. "implosion" or "collapse" would be nearer the mark this time, given that the conditions will sooner or later be the same the world over..

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Posted in: Nissan files ¥10 bil damages suit against Ghosn See in context

Seems as if they deserve each other.

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