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Posted in: Synthetic fossil fuels made from light, water, and CO2 in the air tested in Osaka See in context

Synthetic fossil fuels made from light, water, and CO2

This is fossil light, fossil water and fossil CO2, is it?

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan changing ingredients in Chicken McNuggets See in context

In a country where there is such good food, why do people eat this fast food garbage?

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Posted in: Boris Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike See in context

If I had had a missile, I'd have threatened Boris with it. What a bumbling idiot!

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Posted in: Japan to join U.S. efforts to curb high-end chip exports to China See in context

America commands and puppy dog Japan wags his tail and does just as he's told. I'm surprised at the Netherlands, though.

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Posted in: Japanese judge ordered to pay damages over social media posts See in context

Much as I love Japan, I cannot ignore the fact that there is something VERY wrong with the "justice" system here. That includes the police and the judges.

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Posted in: Japanese makers of Tropicana fined ¥19 million for '100% Melon' juice with only 2% melon juice See in context

I hope they get started on the dubious Japanese “dairy” products too. Watery "yogurt" that contains a whole cocktail of "stuff." I even found a "Greek" yogurt that contained flour, presumably to make it look like it had been drained. Most commercial "yogurts" list "nyu seihin" (milk products) as well as "nama nyu" (milk,) but we don't know exactly how much milk there is in it and what these dubious "milk products" are. My guess is that it is whey left over from cheesemaking. This goes sour quickly, so they lace it with sucrose. One popular brand boasts a 17 day shelf life. There is NO natural yogurt that will last that length of time.

Processed cheese is sold as natural cheese because it CONTAINS natural cheese, not because it IS natural in a similar way to the carton above which implies that it IS melon juice, but in fact only contains a trace.

If you want real yogurt, make your own. If you want 100% fruit juice, buy the fruit and squeeze it.

That way you know what's gone into it.

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Posted in: Japan posts record trade deficit of ¥19.97 trillion in 2022 See in context

And Kishida wants to splash out on US arms!

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Posted in: Acquittal upheld for ex-TEPCO execs over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

And the money set aside for repairing the damage that could have been avoided if the above three hadn't ignored the warnings is going to be use by Kishida to buy US missiles to protect Japan from the evil Chinese and North Koreans.

Thanks LDP!

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Posted in: Japan's opposition parties unite to take on Kishida over tax hike plan See in context

Building up the military is good only for those who benefit from it. Puppy dog Kishida sits, begs and rolls over for his master. Biden says, "Buy US arms" and Kishida says, "Woof!" The US builds up its military presence in Southeast Asia and North Korea panics and starts slinging bombs around and China builds up their military.


No. This is not the way of peace.

This is the way of war.

And there are those who benefit from that too!

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Posted in: Russian ex-President Medvedev says Kishida should disembowel himself See in context

Kishida had shown he (Kishida) was "just a service attendant for the Americans".

Well, he got that right.

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Posted in: Japan’s cherry blossom forecast for 2023 is here! Tokyo among cities to see sakura first See in context

Cherry blossoms are in bloom in Okinawa NOW, 14th of January. I don't know why four people voted minus!

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Posted in: Prosecutors indict Yamagami for murder of Abe See in context

Abe, one of Japan's most influential and divisive politicians

There are many things you could say about Abe-san, but divisive and influential he was NOT!

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Posted in: 15 people injured in 20-vehicle expressway pileup in western Japan See in context

Roundabouts would work well for bozosoku. Try going round one at 100kph and see what happens! Roundabouts naturally force people to slow down. The only difficulty people have with roundabouts is the large two or three lane ones. If a driver doesn't have the confidence to go round a one lane roundabout, he shouldn't be behind the wheel.

There should be better tests that is true, but prior to that there needs to be instruction and a logically laid out course. At the driving school I attended in Musashi Sakai, many of the instructors read from the manual - the same manual as we all had on our desks and, when he came to a particularly meaty sentence, he would write it - exactly as he had said it and as it was in the text book in front of us - on the white board.

Poor instruction and poor road design are behind many of these accidents. These things could be corrected.

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Posted in: Historian relates story of Japan's 'comfort women' during early postwar occupation See in context

There doesn't seem to be any mention of Nakasone who started the euphemistic "comfort stations" and who served as PM of Japan and who was working as an LDP politician until recently:

TOKYO (AP) _ In a World War II memoir, former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone describes how he personally set up a brothel for his troops while he was a navy sub-lieutenant.

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Posted in: Japan’s cherry blossom forecast for 2023 is here! Tokyo among cities to see sakura first See in context


What about Okinawa?

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Posted in: 15 people injured in 20-vehicle expressway pileup in western Japan See in context

Road design in Japan is terrible. Roads like this need to be designed from the driver's point of view. Traffic lights are used far too much here. Roundabouts are much safer. In the U.K. most motorways exit onto a roundabout.

More roundabouts please!

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan to hike prices for third time in 10 months See in context

In a country where good, well balanced, healthy and nutritious food is easily available, why do people eat fast food burgers?

It doesn't make any kind of sense.

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Posted in: Japan's defense buildup shouldn't be seen as threat: U.S. official See in context

A number of people mention "democratic goals." It seems that that word has various interpretations. Do you realise that North Korea is actually the "People's Democratic Republic of Korea?"

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Posted in: Japan's defense buildup shouldn't be seen as threat: U.S. official See in context

Of course it's not a threat. Japan's massive arms buildup is a sign of how much they love and trust their neighbours. (Sarcasm)

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

The police in Japan have very little to do with a reduction in the number of driving fatalities. My wife got fined ¥6,000 for speaking on a cell phone while driving and every. day I see scores of people watching TV on the dashboard in their cars. Why is it OK to watch TV while driving?

Road design is terrible. Far too many traffic lights. Intersections are where the majority of accidents happen. Not surprising really when people jump the lights or there is a truck blocking your vision. There is no real address system and no indication of what road you are on. People driving along at a snail pace looking for 3 chome are a danger to other traffic and there are idiots who stop their car on a blind corner where there is a double yellow line to chat on a cell phone!

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in November at sharpest pace in 8 years See in context

With similar stories in countries around the world - higher taxes for those who actually do the work and going easy on large capital asset holders - one wonders who is pulling the strings. Huge international companies like Nestle and Coca Cola get away with murder and manipulate governments. And we just stand by and watch?

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Posted in: Japan's real wages fall in November at sharpest pace in 8 years See in context

dagon said it!

Tax those that produce and you get non-production. Easy to see what's happening.

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Posted in: Record-low 2,610 traffic-related deaths reported in Japan in 2022 See in context

They could reduce this even more with the installation of more roundabouts. Single lane roundabouts are much safer than traffic lights. At a roundabout, there is only one way to go. At a crossroads, a driver has three choices, right, left or straight forward. People can and do ignore traffic signals. You can't ignore a bend in the road. Often, turning right, you cannot see the road you are trying to turn into because of a bus or large truck. This doesn't happen on a roundabout. If you hit something on a cross road, the impact speed is yours plus his. If you are doing a gentle 30kph and he is too, running into each other gives an impact speed of 60kph. This couldn't happen on a roundabout because everyone is going the same way. Roundabouts work after a typhoon or big earthquake when there is a power out and traffic lights don't work. They force traffic to slow down. Why aren’t there more of them?

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Posted in: Kishida pledges that Japan will play leading role in diplomacy in 2023 See in context

Like so many of his predecessors, Kishida has the moral fibre of a sapling in a high wind.

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Posted in: Barbara Walters, television news trailblazer, dies at 93 See in context

Sorry, never heard of her.

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Posted in: Tech billionaires see wealth shrink amid 2022 stock crunch See in context

Federal officials have already banned TikTok on government phones and are reportedly mulling whether to force Bytedance to sell its U.S. version of the app.

OMG! Americans are such bad losers!

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. arranging summit meeting in Washington on Jan 13: report See in context

Please, please, please, Mr Kishida, don't buy any more arms from the U.S.A. We can't afford it!

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Posted in: Decision not to indict over Sri Lanka detainee's death unjust: panel See in context

There is something very wrong here.

She was taken into custody in August 2020 and died, still in detention in March 2021. Why? If she had overstayed her visa, she should have been repatriated. Why detain her for all this time?

Was she in solitary confinement? Was she told when she would be released?

If so, this is a kind of torture.

This system really needs to be looked into.

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Posted in: Kremlin says Biden, Zelenskyy ignoring Russia's concerns See in context

The Kremlin on Thursday accused Kyiv and Washington of turning a deaf ear to its concerns and charged the United States was using Ukraine as a battleground to weaken Russia.

Sounds about right.

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Posted in: Japan's FY2023 budget likely to hit another record of ¥114 trillion See in context

I'm so glad we live in a democracy where the will of the people is represented by our politicians. (Sarcasm)

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