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Posted in: Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert to highest level; 165 new cases reported Wednesday See in context

Unless you test, you do not know how big the problem is. Unless you are rigorous in recording all deaths associated with the virus, you do not know the impact of the problem. Without accurate information you can not set relevant and meaningful policy to tackle the problem. Japan has not tested or recorded deaths accurately; no one, most especially policy makers has any real idea what is actually going on so they are groping in the dark.

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Posted in: Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a U.S. debate See in context

Now been made mandatory in all public transport, shops and supermarkets. Not in offices which is probably a mistake.

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Posted in: Sleep deprivation wiping out Japan’s productivity See in context

Sleep v Netflix? If they weren’t over worked there would be time for both!

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Posted in: Violators, beware: Police finally put some teeth in cycling laws See in context

Cyclists should be licensed not the vehicle, anyone riding a bicycle should be required to wear a hi-vis vest with their individual licence number front and back. Then they can ride legally any bike. Also should be insured. That way the minority who break the rules can be identified and prosecuted and not must ride off unidentified.

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Posted in: Have you lost your job or has your income dropped because of the coronavirus? See in context

Yep, approximately a quarter.

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Posted in: Peace and quiet See in context

If they are a couple living together then this is a classic miss use of masks, and even if they are not then they could easily practice social distancing and be able to see each other’s faces.

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Posted in: Pandemic exposes scientific rift over proving when germs are airborne See in context

Quite agree there needs to be more research to determine if and to what degree there may be transmission by aerosol.

Knee jerk reaction is not helpful and can be actually damaging.

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Posted in: Japan may still build Aegis Ashore despite reports of cancellation See in context

First strike is clearly unconstitutional. The Aegis system does not appear to be particularly capable for the money, easily overwhelmed by not very many simultaneous launches let alone dummy and low flying missiles. While there undoubtedly is a need for a defensive system, this does not appear to fit the bill.

Pacifism as has been shown in the last century, does not work with aggressive, militarised dictatorships and unfortunately for Japan they have three in close proximity.

The Swiss are not a valid comparison, they as said above have a tradition of everyone being ready to fight invaders and have spent centuries turning a naturally defensive position in to a fortress so it is far too expensive to conquer though not undoable.

Japan is not in the same position, the population and liveable space largely is on the coastal plains which are easily over run, or if you don’t intend to invade, simply obliterated with nuclear missiles.

Not a comfortable place to be in if you are tasked with defending the country and it’s people.

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Posted in: Skin trouble on rise as face masks become essential See in context

Kohakuebisu, there is a difference in the way the two viruses operate. Wuhan virus can have a prolonged period when the infected person does not exhibit symptoms so can be shedding virus and so infect others without knowing. Influenza does not have this long period so the infectious stage is more noticeable. Ergo the current advice to wear a mask where social distancing (still the best method with hand washing) is not possible. The Japanese habit of wearing it to prevent catching influenza is risible precisely because most masks and the way they are worn simply will not stop you catching the virus (and that goes for Wuhan virus as well if it is suspended in the air (for which there is starting to be some evidence in limited circumstances) what the wearing does is to help prevent the spread by the infected (which would also be true for the flu, but as it does not have the same period without symptoms a more effective method for that disease is to stay at home), so it is very much horses for courses and different circumstances require different advice.

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Posted in: Kim's sister says no need for another U.S.-N Korea summit See in context

No need to meet the US president because he is a lame duck until the election is over as they all are in their fourth year..

That picture wasn’t posed, I think we are seeing the real person not the carefully crafted public image, and she is a cold blooded killer.

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Posted in: Dog days See in context

Face off? Hardly, more like they want to sniff and play.

My family have had two Jack Russells, both gentle, bouncy, friendly dogs who didn’t constantly want to start fights, but leathal in disposing of rats. It’s down to upbringing.

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Posted in: European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules See in context

Doesn’t affect me personally, but on the basis of justice and equity, here here.

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Posted in: Rescuers scramble to reach thousands trapped by floods See in context

If flooding is a regular occurrence why build houses that are easily damaged? Japan is short of flat land so I understand it isn’t possible to avoid areas likely to flood but it is not beyond the wit of man to build flood resistant buildings and easily cleaned ones so as to minimise the impact of the event. It’s called forward planning, it’s one of the characteristics purportedly differentiating humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.

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Posted in: Fujitsu to halve office space in three years as it changes work style See in context

So now you provide the office space at your expense and their considerable saving, in your crowded home environment and you can not get away from work.

Can’t see any problems with that.

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Posted in: Government Pension Investment Fund posts record quarterly loss of ¥17.71 tril See in context

What goes down also goes up.

If it’s not a crystallised loss, ignore it. The overall decision making and investment policy may need a review.

This sort of article gets written all the time in most countries. It’s indicative of either economic ignorance on the part of the author or click bait.

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Posted in: Strike capability, other military options on table after Japan's Aegis U-turn See in context

Anti-missile systems are very expensive and nowhere near as effective as you would wish them to be as well as being easily overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Which leaves you with the deterant option of either preemptive strike or massive retaliatory counter strike capabilities.

Of course you could always disband all your military forces, pop on a kaftan and sandals, grow your hair long and “peace man”. Good luck with that.

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Posted in: Barber arrested for attempted murder of colleague See in context

Long blade, through the arm, between the ribs and in. Or may be it just sliced the arm the carried on to burry in the chest?

Basically we don’t know.

i@n, I did wonder about that.

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Posted in: Ex-Russian diplomat exempted from charge over stolen SoftBank secrets See in context

This article does not make it clear when Kalinin ceased being a diplomat. If on November 28th 2018 he still was an accredited diplomat then morally reprehensible though his actions may be, he is immune from prosecution under the Vienna Convention. If he no longer was then he could be prosecuted but good luck trying to persuade the Russkies to extradite him.

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Posted in: Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 U.S. presidential bid See in context

Oh goody, the best soap opera of them all (US presidential electioneering) is back.

Get out the popcorn and the hankies (tears of laughter).

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Posted in: Mother who drowned 11-month-old daughter in bathtub ruled mentally fit to stand trial See in context

Very sad, were there no family to help? Without knowing the level of help and support she received from the child welfare services it is hard to say whether they failed her or not.

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Posted in: Shooting star seems to have exploded above Tokyo See in context

Meteor strikes are nature’s way of asking “how’s that space programme getting along?”

Bernard Marks, the answer is if it’s big enough, obliteration greater than any atomic bomb we could build or the end of the majority of life on this planet (the Dinosaurs didn’t have much of a space programme!). That’s why the world needs to put a lot more in to the search and mitigation programmes to find them before they arrive unannounced and in time to do something about them, ergo the mitigation programmes.

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Posted in: Australia to increase defense spending by 40% over 10 years See in context

Just because you trade with them doesn’t mean you have to kowtow to them.

The problem lies with China, its expansionist, colonial and aggressive military actions are forcing their neighbours to greater military spending and its failure to consider anyone else’s interests are alienating even those who were friendly or had common interests.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

Remember the sustainability hierarchy, reduce, reuse, recycle.

A small step in the right direction but if the company keeps the money it just becomes another income stream with little real incentive to change. Ban plastic bags is a better solution.

Mixing 25% biodegradable plant based material with plastic is the worst possible solution as it is then unrecycleable.

Introducing it in the midst of a pandemic is probably the worst time, even in Britain the major supermarkets have gone back to delivering in disposable bags and the government recommended they only be used once.

In normal circumstances to make this measure effective, the shop needs to be made responsible for their disposal through an audited approved recycling process not just thrown away. If they become a cost to the business they will soon disappear.

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Posted in: 2 dead after shooting at California distribution center See in context

And this is news? Just another normal day in the land of the free (to mass murder).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 60 coronavirus cases; highest since state of emergency lifted See in context

She is probably only concentrating, but she really does look like a Bond baddie about to shoot the poor girl in the head with a laser!

Watching carefully but I suspect this will be a common occurrence around the world as restrictions are eased. I think an important factor moving forward will be how it is dealt with, to restrict and limit the impact. We are not going to be out of this until/if we get a vaccine.

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Posted in: Japan conveys objection to Trump's plan to add S Korea to G-7 See in context

Another of Trumps daft, politically inept twitter policy ideas. Sadly his tenure has done the USA no favours globally or nationally.

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Posted in: Throwing away the kimono-wearing rule book See in context

The Union flag used there looks bold and cool, and she even got it the right way round!

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Posted in: Post-modern tea ceremony: A lesson in tea appreciation in the heart of tea country See in context

In architecture post-modern has meaning, out side that context it is meaningless. This may be a modern or modernised tea ceremony but there is nothing “post” about it.

Having said that I found the article interesting and the use of wine glass or similar shaped tea cups makes sense, as the wine glass is designed to concentrate the scent for the nose and as we all know a major component of any taste is actually smell.

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Posted in: Kyoto cafe with unfortunate name keeps getting mistaken for e-commerce giant See in context

Perhaps he should sue Amazon and require them to change their name? :)

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Posted in: The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks See in context

Utterly ridiculous.

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