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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Part of its training and work up. Also beneficial to practice integration and joint working with allies and showing support for allies. HMS QE will be sailing through international waters around the globe, the fact that one particular area of international waterway is illegally claimed by a country ruled by a gang of unelected bullies is neither here nor there.

HMS PW where the leak was found is in the trials stage which is designed to find any glitches that need sorting out. The leak was minor and in no way endangering to the ship, the problem was identified and sorted. Reporting was blown out of all proportion by ignorant or malicious media reports.

Britain has a very real business in being there, not only showing support to a number of allies in the Indo-Pacific region but we are a major trading economy and a great deal of import-export trade goes through the South China Sea, so upholding the rule of law and freedom of navigation is very much in our interests as it is for everyone else.

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Posted in: Blossom Harmony Hibiki is Japan’s newest must-try whisky See in context

Can’t say I have tried Japanese whiskey, primarily because it is rather expensive in the UK. Looked up Japanese whiskey from a supermarket chain and the one I saw was £58.00 a bottle (approx 8178 yen) tad too expensive for something I am not sure about. Will stick to Irish and Cotswold English whiskey.

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Posted in: What effect do you think COVID-19 will have on globalization in terms of trade, commerce and immigration? See in context

Globalisation was already in retreat and will likely continue that path for many reasons some good, some not so good.

The Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic has given a boost to technological and social trends already emerging. Working from home has been proven to be practicable and while it may drop off a little once we return to some form of normality it will grow over time to become the norm for what we’re once office based jobs with the consequent social, environmental impacts as well as a change to the built environment, transport and house design around the world.

Immigration is rarely a vote winner and will become less needed by countries as the fallacy of ever expanding economic growth through a disposable culture is replaced by a sustainable circular economy. The need for the cheap labour provided by immigration will be replaced by capital intensive automation running 24/7.

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Posted in: Trump says his term is ending; transition will be orderly See in context

Order lying = underlying

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Posted in: Trump says his term is ending; transition will be orderly See in context

The now deeply rooted tribalism and intolerance of alternative viewpoints at both ends of the US political spectrum will not be easily changed. This is the order lying problem of which Trump was merely a symptom.

This is deeply troubling for the cause of liberal democracy around the world.

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Posted in: China's internet erupts in mirth over U.S. Capitol chaos See in context


The state of the US polity is both depressing and frightening for all liberal democratic countries around the world. For all their faults the USA has been a major shield and example of some of the benefits of a free, laws based liberal system of government. This debacle has spotlighted that while Trump has much to answer for inciting and countenance conspiracy theories and extremist beliefs, there is a large constituency already their to listen and react. US political life and society has become progressively tribalised and intolerant of alternative viewpoints at both ends of the political spectrum.

While there may be a degree of mildly enjoyable schadenfreude in watching the risible scenes on tv, this ultimately can have no good or benefit for us all.

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Posted in: More parks, fewer offices? How the coronavirus will change city centers See in context

How public transport moves forward is dependent on the extent to which people retain the social distancing of the pandemic or revert to normal. Concerns over global warming and the environmental heath impact of vehicles (more than just exhaust) will again start to reduce driving in cities.

Whether green areas increase in a city will depend on the culture and responsiveness of local politicians to public pressure/demands. Some cities are already quite green while others are a concrete nightmare.

In the long run, cities will evolve to meet what people require of them or cease to exist. Darwinian forces are applicable to cities as well as living organisms.

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Posted in: UK court blocks Assange's extradition to U.S. See in context

cleo, here here.

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Posted in: There are concerns about the impact of telecommuting, online classes and other activities that will reduce personal interactions and decrease marriages. Even if the virus is contained, we don’t know if the number of births will return to normal. See in context

Ushosh123, what do you mean “work environment isn’t the place......of baby making”? What do you think board room/meeting tables are for?

On a more serious note I agree with the other posters above, working at home is not a contributory factor to low birth rates, it provides in theory greater opportunity for baby making but the pre-existing social and financial constraints are still affecting people’s willingness to start families. As to meeting people; work may be the main way currently but that is probably down to the excessive number of work hours leaving little time for normal human socialising.

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Posted in: Back in 2001, what technical advancements did you think the world would have achieved by 2021 but which haven't happened? See in context

SSTO Space planes, at least testing if not operational.

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

AustPaul, are you mad! Let people have a say; let them decide things!! Dear god, you will be suggesting dangerous experiments like democracy next. Wash your mouth out!

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Posted in: Easy fix to avoid skin forming on hot milk See in context

Not to mention adding totally unnecessary empty calories to your otherwise healthy drink.

Simplest solution is to bring the milk up to heat slowly while stirring. No skin, unless you leave it in which case it will form on your cup, but the solution to that is even easier. Drink it!!

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Posted in: Japan's middle class slowly sinking into poverty See in context

The definition of middle class varies from culture to culture, not all define it solely by income.

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Posted in: Is it rude to eat when your food arrives first at a restaurant? See in context


But it is also good manners for others to suggest you start without them lest your food goes cold. Good manners is a two way street.

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Posted in: When you first heard about the coronavirus, did you think it would escalate into a global crisis that would still be with us as the new year begins? See in context

Not until the WHO stopped countries banning flights from China. After that it was obvious what was going to happen.

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Posted in: Man subdued by police after trouble at apartment dies See in context

Too little information in the article, too much speculation in the comments.

Facts are all.

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Posted in: Wisconsin pharmacist arrested on charges of sabotaging COVID vaccine doses See in context

No he didn’t forget, this wasn’t the only batch, read the article.

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Posted in: Pilot killed in helicopter crash in central Japan See in context

Poor sod. Very sad for his family.

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Posted in: Fireworks for hope See in context

Zichi, I suppose the Chernobyl solution of concreting it over and leaving it isn’t even possible with the ongoing water contamination problem?

What the solution is I honestly don’t know. Looks like Japan is saddled with a costly long term containment problem without final solution.

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Posted in: Golden temple See in context

It certainly looks extremely beautiful in the picture.

Classic perception of tourist picture postcard Japan.

Just realised that last sentence sounds critical, it’s not. Highlights some of the beauty Japan has to offer the tourist.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

The logistical problem limiting the programme at the moment is the need to keep the vaccine at such a low temperature, this constrains transport and limits the number of places where it can be stored prior to use. As it is in batches of I believe over 900 this requires people arriving at a central point for vaccination or they will be wasted. In seeking to vaccinate the elderly and most vulnerable first this is a problem as they often can not leave the home and getting the vaccine to them is difficult.

If/when the Oxford vaccine is approved and rolled out a lot of the current constraints will disappear as the UK runs an annual flu vaccination programme so there is a lot of infrastructure in place which can be easily added to as refrigeration to the level required is easily available. Two million a month should be quite achievable, always supposing the research this article references doesn’t fall at the peer review stage.

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Posted in: Japanese are very cautious about vaccines because historically there have been issues about potential side effects. The government has been involved in several lawsuits which adds to people's deep caution. See in context

And when countries around the world require evidence of vaccination they will not be able to travel or they will have to rush to catch up anyway!

If an irrational fear promulgated in the face of the evidence is indoctrination then yes the Japanese ere indoctrinated.

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Posted in: Chinese vaccines are poised to fill gap, but will they work? See in context

There have been reports from Africa where workers at Chinese companies have been given the vaccine and still caught the virus in significant numbers.

So even without that, in light of the serious lack of transparency and information it would be folly of any government to permit its use on their citizens without carrying out their own tests and validation or at least demanding the relevant information from the manufacturer for assessment.

Mr Kipling, not anti Chinese bias, just sensible caution.

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Posted in: Princess Kako turns 26; carries out duties online See in context

Happy birthday to the traditional birthday song I learned in primary school.

Happy birthday to you,

squashed tomatoes and stew,

bread and butter in the gutter,

happy birthday to you!

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Posted in: Are you financially better off than you were this time last year? See in context

Quarter of my income disappeared for six months, only some of it has returned but prices have rocketed. Eg. weekly food shop used to average between £40 and £60.00 now hovers around £100.00 for the same shop.

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Posted in: Fewer travelers returning to hometowns for New Year holidays See in context

@backpacking, Japan is part of the civilised world.

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Posted in: Top court allows retrial for 'longest' death row prisoner See in context

The death penalty is state murder.

In this case it is barbaric that he should be sentenced to death in the first case, that he be mentally tortured with the threat hanging over him is unconscionable, but to drag that out for half a century of mental torture is beyond inhumane.

It is unbelievable they a country that is in many ways culturally, socially, economically and politically advanced should still continence this archaic dark age barbarism or a police/judicial system better suited to a backward repressive dictatorship.

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Posted in: Unplanned pregnancies occurring among teens, young women during pandemic See in context

And who said teens never get off their phones?

Sex education is a must; teenagers will have sex. Our society may seek to stop them but Mother Nature thinks otherwise and she always wins!

As to the predatory assaults increasing in lockdown, that highlights an underlying societal problem which both government and society at large needs to first recognise and then address to change attitudes and ensure adequate punishment for the perpetrators.

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Posted in: From his home, Attenborough shows viewers 'A Perfect Planet' See in context

Looking forward to this. @sunfunbun, to a degree I agree with you but enlightened self interest can be a powerful motivator for humans, and as you say we are the ones who need to change our ways lest we destroy our selves, the world will survive, it’s ecological diversity may be damaged by our irresponsible actions but would recover as it has from far worse depredations.

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Posted in: What is Christmas going to be like for you this year? See in context

Quieter, only one Christmas dinner as all the social groups who would normally hold one obviously are not this year. No going down to the village pub Christmas’s eve and we decided to be less indulgent on the food and treats front. For the dog no different except as we are here he can’t steal anything while we are out!

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