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Posted in: Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country See in context

If the customer is King then they should remember “noblesse oblige”.

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Posted in: Anxiety about Wuhan's isolation mounting among Japanese firms See in context

Japanese firms should not be so self centred, yes have concerns for your staff (hopefully their health not their productivity) but there are wider issues at stake.

fighto, no the Japanese residents are not a special case, they are as likely as any Chinese citizen living there to be carrying the disease and so must be treated no differently than any other. I hope the Chinese government manages this well for the benefit of all those resident in the locked down cities.

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Posted in: From Taiwan to Moscow reshuffle, Xi and Putin face their limits See in context

Sincerely hope both men and their repressive systems are crushed in a tide of popular revolt. The only hazard is the easy way to distract their populations is foreign adventurism which could lead to a major conflagration, but when it comes to sacrificing their own people or facing their own demise for their prior evil acts we all know what they will choose.

Most especially in China where they are already committing horrors on non ethnic Chinese on a scale comparable with the Holocaust. Forcible rape and marriage to Han chinese to destroy their culture and identity having first sent the menfolk to concentration camps for “job training”; organ harvesting without anaesthetic (because live organs keep better) for party officials in need of a transplant or for sale to Western hospitals (Israel has banned import from China once they discovered this).

If this seems far fetched look up the UN Human Rights Council report lead by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC who prosecuted Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes

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Posted in: Couple dreams of revitalizing Fukushima with Jersey milk See in context

Jersey milk is delicious, and I applauded their dreams but I fear they face an uphill struggle to overcome some ignorant assumptions.

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Posted in: Taking the U.S. as an example, how can a democracy function if half the people hate the elected leader -- a state of affairs which usually continues until the next election cycle before repeating itself? See in context

Hate is rather an overstatement for most countries, USA? I don’t know but the media does like to portray it as an implacable divide.

So is the threat to democracy the politicians or the media, discuss.

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Posted in: UK issues commemorative coin celebrating rock band Queen See in context

Changing times, the Beatles and Rolling Stones were too early, in those days it would never have even been considered.

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Posted in: Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result See in context

They found a correlation not a causation, this work is interesting and shows more detailed research is necessary, but let’s not jump to conclusions on limited facts. The fact that some people are not eating an adequate or balanced diet, while concerning is also more nuanced as there are undoubtedly a number of reasons/factors involved, so again jumping to simplistic solutions to complex problems is not called for.

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Posted in: Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste See in context

A good pratical step though as the article highlights not the ultimate answer, first we need to stop dumping waste thoughtlessly, second we need to wean our selves off the plastic habit.

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Posted in: War thriller '1917' bags top PGA award ahead of Oscars See in context

Hmmm, we will see, going to see it this afternoon.

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Posted in: How crime suspects are treated by police and prosecutors is unknown to many Japanese, who tend to trust authoritative figures and assume anyone who gets arrested is guilty. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

Yes, but perhaps things need to change.

Stormcrow, interesting and may have a degree of truth, but are they saying that in an open and fair trial a Japanese jury presented with evidence contradicting the prosecution would ignore it?

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Posted in: Costs for managing Japan's nuclear plants to total ¥13 trillion See in context

So they are putting in to place the measures already normal elsewhere, talk about horses and stable doors! This is why Nuclear is currently so intrinsically expensive to build, the layer upon layer of safety measures required to control an intrinsically unsafe design of reactor originated to create weapons grade material or as a quick solution for nuclear submarines then “sold” to the public as unlimited and almost free electric.

There are systems which were ignored as they don’t produce weapons material but have been known for 60 odd years but only now being developed. We have no choice but build base load generation to compliment any renewable sources, so nuclear will be a part of the mix but it doesn’t need to be so inherently unsafe or costly. Further the cost of “safe” disposal and decommissioning is never borne by the private company’s so the profits are privatised and the costs socialised, where as LSR can actually burn safely the “waste” fuel rods from the legacy reactors so removing the most long lived and radioactive problem.

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Posted in: Japan looks to protect intellectual property in wagyu beef cattle See in context

To try and classify a living product, the DNA as an intellectual property may well run in to difficulties internationally and while any law however misguided can be enforced domestically it will not be anywhere else and could have a negative impact on general trade if it is seen that Japanese laws are arbitrary, restrictive and at variance to accepted international norms.

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Posted in: Neo-NEETS: Living on other people’s money See in context

Basically parasites, but I have some sympathy with jeancolmar's view above.

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Posted in: Do you think gold is a safe investment in times of geopolitical trouble, threats of war or other international crises? See in context

commanteer is right, if things have gone so bad that gold has no value then most of us will be dead or will be shortly. Otherwise, gold has a long history of retaining value, people still have a psychological attachment to it. Fiat currency is backed by a politicians promise and the perception it is worth something, though that value has been continuously trashed by politicians world wide since Tricky Dickie took the US Dollar off the link to gold. For example, since the UK came off the gold standard the pound's value has been devalued by politicians to such an extent it is now worth about 3 farthings.

A gold sovereign is still a gold sovereign.

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Posted in: Macron says he raised concerns with Japan over Ghosn detention See in context

Agree, if Macron really wanted his words to have impact he should have said it publicly. Behind the scenes diplomacy has its place but there are times when national leaders need to make a public stand in defence of their citizens.

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Posted in: Rights group denounces Japanese envoy for comments on Myanmar Rohingya See in context

Mike1492, what do you seek to convey by your comment?

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Posted in: Suicides in Japan hit record low in 2019; down for 10th year in row See in context

There is only one response to this, good.

Having said that it can always improve.

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Posted in: Japan hoping surprise cricket U-19 World Cup appearance is just the start See in context

Something I never thought to see, a cricket article on JT :)

Well good luck to them, Like Cricky above, cricket is a game I always thought would suite the Japanese.

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Posted in: 3 of Japan’s best whiskies about to disappear as shortages loom See in context

Interesting, sounds like they mismanaged their supply. Flog off all your inventory, then panic when you realise you are running out. Sounds like someone was being shortsightedly greedy.

If you can get Black Bush for 3000 yen (about £21.00) you are lucky, it’s about £26 here.

Recently had Cotswolds, very comparable to Irish whiskeys but alas much more expensive (difference of about 3600 yen!)

Recently there is a much wider variety of Japanese whisky in shops in the UK, perhaps they have prioritised the export market to the detriment of the domestic?

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

From considerable experience with them here in the UK roundabouts are in many cases better than lights and yes they keep the traffic moving so reduce the over all levels of pollution and especially the buildup with stationary traffic at lights. That being said, like all things they only function if used properly. In a country like Japan where they are not an everyday occurrence than where they are installed there needs to be rigorous and conspicuous enforcement of the rules as well as education.

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Posted in: Kono says SDF mission to Mideast in Japan's self-interest as crude oil importer See in context

Once your energy supplies have been cut off or disrupted is too late to act, prevention is less costly, whoever is attacking the tankers be it the Iranians, rogue elements in the various military or others in their chaotic government.

But don’t worry, it’s all ok, Tehran has denied attacking the Japanese tankers just like they denied shooting down the airliner. So that’s all right than.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

A start, not much of one but a start. If he and his government really wants to make a statement he should take a minimum two weeks completely off all in one go and the government should highlight and commend it so as to strongly sell the policy and law they passed.

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Posted in: Boeing's ousted CEO departs with $62 mil, even without severance pay See in context

Why the hired help is paid so much for achieving so little is a mystery to me. Time the shareholders (the owners of the company) changed the hiring and pay rules.

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Posted in: Warm winter means lack of snow for famous Sapporo festival See in context

The scenes of snow on British Christmas cards have always been anomalous as the normal weather pattern over that period for the last 200 years has been mild and wet. Mostly it springs from Dickens, there was a period of cold winters when he was young which he remembered and wrote in to his Christmas tales, which has influenced people’s perception ever since.

It may or may not be down to global warming, but one season is not sufficient evidence. Also the effects of warming are variable dependant where you are, it can result in colder then previous weather patterns.

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Posted in: Japan household spending falls again in November See in context

Japanese corporations are sitting on large cash reserves for no good economic reason. So they could easily feed some of that back through the economy by raising the wages of the lowest paid (it’s been shown across the world that extra money paid to the lowest paid is spent mainly on necessities which are mainly domestic, so little goes on imported luxuries but is recycled through the economy). Failure to do so shows a lack of basic economic understanding from senior managers.

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Posted in: Should confessions be admissible in a court of law? See in context

Agree with Aly above. It is very dependant upon the means and circumstances by which it is obtained and should never be the sole basis for conviction.

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Posted in: Two wildfires merge to form massive inferno in southeast Australia See in context

Maybe the government will now adopt the controlled burning that has been recommended after every major outbreak of fire since the 90’s. Apparently this has been blocked by the environmentalist lobby on the grounds that it releases carbon, totally ignoring the fact that the Australian bush evolved with periodic fires as part of its natural cycle, not to mention that you can never prevent fire from happening for ever and when it does it is vastly mort destructive of the very natural environment they purport to protect.

I am all in favour of protecting the natural environment but you have to look at the wider picture not a narrow and limited focus.

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Posted in: Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner See in context

There goes the Iranian governments credibility, “its all lies and western propaganda, we didn’t shoot it down.....ummmm well actually we did.”

”highest level of readiness” and highest level of incompetence as well it would seem

Lets not forget they have just murdered nearly 200 innocent people, many their own people.

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Posted in: 2 SDF planes leave for Middle East on intel-gathering mission See in context

If you look at what they have actually been mandated to do rather than your own bias you will see it is hardly distinguishable from the anti-piracy patrols. Iran and the other states have been briefed and Iran has made nice comments, so this is as risk free as it could possibly be.

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Posted in: Most big Japanese cities prepared to give multilingual disaster info See in context

That they are doing it is good, that it is not already in place in all areas 20 years after the 95 earthquake is indicative of a sclerotic bureaucracy. The question remains whether those “planning” to will actually achieve anything, how effective the implementation and how user friendly the end product is?

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