Brian Nicholls comments

Posted in: 3 Japanese schools to introduce genderless swimsuits with unisex two-piece design See in context

As someone living in the country with the highest skin cancer rates in the world (Australia), I have to say these swimsuits make a lot of sense. The top section is basically a Japanese version of the high sun protection rash vests that most Australian kids now wear, and anything that reduces skin damage is welcome, regardless of the arguments about de-sexualisation.

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Posted in: Fukushima region invests in renewable future after nuclear disaster See in context

Here in Australia the cost of power generated by solar and other renewable energy sources is considerably cheaper than fossil fuel power (we don't have nuclear,) so I am puzzled by the claim that solar is more expensive. I can only assume that fossil fuel and nuclear power in Japan are subsidised in some way and solar is not, or that the price calculation does not include the cost of pollution or nuclear decommissioning. When all lifetime and secondary costs are included, solar and other renewables are always cheaper.

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Posted in: Chocolate maker thrives with many disabled staff in workforce See in context

Yes it's good to see a business in Japan employing more people with disabilities. However, in many other countries, including here in Australia, paying them half the minimum national hourly wage would be seen as exploitative and probably illegal.

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Posted in: Dispose of cooking oil efficiently with Japanese microfiber named after 'The Rose of Versailles' See in context

There are various ways to recycle bottled used cooking oil. This product not only makes it impossible to recycle the oil, but also adds yet more plastic microfibre pollution to the planet. Hardly environmentally friendly.

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Posted in: Japanese company develops life-sized reactionary anime girl hologram store guides See in context

I assume you mean "reactive." "Reactionary" has rather different connotations.

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Posted in: Rice made out of soybeans is coming See in context

At a time when vast swathes of forest are being destroyed around the world to grow soy beans, the last thing the planet needs is more soy products

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Posted in: Japan to ease requirements to indicate maiden names on passports See in context

After more than 20 years of being stopped and questioned about the "name discrepancy " on her passport literally every time we went on an overseas holiday or returned to Australia, my wife finally made the difficult decision to renounce her Japanese nationality and become an Australian just to avoid the problem. This change is decades overdue.

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