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Posted in: Thai parliament opens to discuss pro-democracy protests See in context

TrevorP, agree, no longer wish to visit. At least not until things improve there.

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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

Carbon neutral by 2050? Not exactly setting them selves a demanding target are they!

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Posted in: Thai parliament opens to discuss pro-democracy protests See in context

Perhaps the Thai people should adopt the Chilean solution. They have just had a democratic vote to replace the old oppressive constitution and the new one is to be written by specially elected representatives of the people not existing law makers. Asking the current crop of Thai parliamentarians to re-write the constitution is like asking Turkeys to vote for Christmas!

Perhaps they should add another requirement to their list, that if retained the monarch must live in Thailand except for official visits abroad?

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Posted in: Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78 See in context

Interesting, no mention in the article of the 50 to 60% death duties and the prospect for a radical shake up the investors want that has caused a rise un the share price as the heirs are forced to sell holdings to pay the bill? Reported elsewhere around the world.

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Posted in: Hitachi to abolish seals for internal documents, cut paper by 70% See in context

About time.

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Posted in: Lawmakers should serve as role models in efforts to stop passive smoking. See in context

Never going to happen, sadly.

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Posted in: Use of smartphones wasting more kids' time, wrecking their brains, says doctor See in context

kohakuebisu, yes it is easier, but if the internet or your phone network were down you would still be able (albeit slower) to make the conversion, which is the point. You need to understand the underlying principles not just blindly accept what you are told by a machine. I know intelligent and apparently well educated people who are so used to using electronic devices be it calculator or phone that when it gives the wrong answer due to fault or fat finger syndrome, they accept what to me is patently wrong because I can do the calculations underlying it.

If parents are so paranoid they have to be able to contact their little darlings at all times, then give them a basic phone not a smart phone and they won’t be able to become addicted. I agree with those schools which are starting to require all phones are haded in at the beginning of the day and can be collected as the pupils leave.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

The ideal of a world without nuclear weapons is one we all would applaud, unfortunately this does nothing to achieve it. Until and unless there is agreement among ALL overt and covert nuclear states with rigorous and enforced destruction of the weapons and production capabilities anything else is just pious hot air.

Palestine is neither a nation or a state and never has been, it was an administrative area of the Ottoman Empire, a British mandate and a part of the Kingdom of Jordan but never a nation or state. It’s inclusion in the UN is purely anti-Israeli political posturing by certain states. There is far greater justification for granting recognition to Taiwan and Somaliland which are successful democratic functioning states.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

Jonathan Prin "never seen anywhere someone offering me a glass of good English sparkling wine"

English courtesy, knowing how the French react! :)

no, there isn't euivalent to Champaign, requiring 60 different local processes to be made

The traditional method, used in making Champagne is precisely the method used in making English sparkling wine and invented in England!

And we all know that cheese is hardly ever proposed at English restaurants

Not such a core part of our dining tradition as in France, though you will find it at most restaurants these days, a pity it isn't more widely done as we have a huge range of amazing cheeses!

For the rest, I leave to your imagination where to find good food (gastronomy) outside chocolate bars or fish and chips

You will find a vastly more varied range of cuisines on offer in the UK than in stuffy old insular France ;) You will even find Japanese restaurants!

And anyway what's wrong with Fish & Chips!

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

Given there is so much international concern over the proposed plan then competent, independent, international verification of the levels of other nuclear contaminants is the only way of allaying that concern.

If and only if the water is adequately filtered then sea disposal is the best solution. But that is it self dependant on how diluted it is and on a very wide dispersion. Given all that then the impact on the existing background radiation of the Pacific will be negligible to non existent. Dumping it just off shore will be an environmental and reputational disaster.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy said to be freezing development of regional jet See in context

Damned autocorrect ”aerospace infrastructure”.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy said to be freezing development of regional jet See in context

Questionable whether there would be a sufficient market for it post Wuhan virus, the highly profitable business travellers are likely to be far fewer and a declining market as firms use video conferencing more and more in the future, making considerable cost savings and virtue signalling their environmental credentials.

The cheap tourist market needs volume which this may not be best suited for and there is a question hanging over how much the market will recover not to mention an over supply of cheap second hand aircraft as airlines down size to survive (or don’t need their fleets as they haven’t).

Building an airspace infrastructure must be a commercial decision driven by cold hard economic facts not a vanity project driven by political or management ego.

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Posted in: Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era See in context

English sparkling wine can be bought in every supermarket chain in the country. It’s produced on the same geology as Champagne and by the same method (which was originated in England not France) and to the great chagrin of the French beaten Champagne in blind tastings.

British beef and British farming generally has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and regulations are not only rigorous but enforced. Mad cow disease is long gone or Japan wouldn’t allow it in.

Stilton may not be to the average Japanese’s taste, it is a bit of an acquired taste, but there is a huge range of superb local and artisan cheeses produced in the UK from the very mild to the very strong. Little known fact, but Britain produces more varieties and more varied cheeses than even France.

This agreement should be a huge opportunity for both country’s.

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Posted in: Japanese craft brewery saves pears damaged by bad weather and makes delicious Pear Weizen See in context

While I praise their using what would otherwise be wasted it raises the question that has been asked around the world; why is so much food wasted on purely aesthetic grounds? Blemishes do not affect the flavour. Supermarket chains in the UK have been forced in to changing their policy by massive public complaints and action over the issue.

Why not produce a Perry instead of a beer or as well as?

Kohakuebisu, there is no such thing as pear cider, it is a contradiction in terms. Cider is made from Cider apples. Fermented pear juice is Perry.

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Posted in: British and Irish Lions to play Japan in Scotland next June See in context

Hope it happens, look forward to seeing them play.

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Posted in: Japanese elementary teacher busted for hiding students’ shoes; writing 'die' on their belongings See in context

If this is the result, why is no one looking in to the cause? What have his co-workers done to drive him to it? There are two sides to every story.

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Posted in: 6 doctors referred to prosecutors over death of 2-year-old boy in 2014 See in context

Waivers may exempt them from civil liability but I doubt if it exempts them from criminal liability.

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Posted in: 5 South Koreans die after getting flu shots, sparking vaccine fears See in context

Smith, suggest you go back and check your facts on how a vaccine works. In no way will it boost the viruses strength.

Having had influenza 30 years ago and never wishing to be that unwell again I gladly accept the free vaccine I have each year. Yes some times they get the strain wrong (only once I think in recent years) but given the process it is impressive how often they are right. As to it’s effects, most years little more than itching and reddening of the injection sight and sometimes a little aching and a slight general feeling of”bleagh”, but compared to the effects of full blown influenza absolutely nothing.

Freedom to choose as a generality I am all in favour of but when that “choice” endangers the health and life of others there have to be limits. All freedom within human society is relative, there can be no absolute freedom without anarchy, in which case society and civilisation collapses and your “free” life becomes nasty, short and brutish.

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Posted in: Win the vote but still lose? Behold the U.S. Electoral College See in context

A system designed by the (wealthy, land owning, elitist) founding fathers to ensure democracy had no say in it and power remained in the hands of the “right” sort of people, that is the wealthy elite.

To this day, money buys the election.

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Posted in: UK says no to more EU trade talks See in context

The Scots are a canny crew who know which side their bread is buttered, they love making a brouhaha but when push comes to shove they know independence would be an economic disaster for them.

God help any MP who votes to undermine the UK food safety regs. Bear in mind that it has been calculated a trade deal with the USA would benefit the UK by a massive 0.16% per annum. Hardly worth destroying British agriculture for.

The EU has always behaved as if it has all the cards but the reality is far different, there are 27 nations with differing agendas that they have to balance and once faced with a PM with the resolution to walk away (unlike May who was a remainer and didn’t want the negotiations to succeed or Cameron, the man who asked for little and got less) they have been forced ever so reluctantly to negotiate in some semblance of reality.

Had the EU negotiated honestly like Japan did, the process would have gone equally smoothly and we wouldn’t have had to out up with this farrago of dishonesty and disrespect from them.

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Posted in: Japanese manners debate: Is it OK to tell your coworkers 'I’ve found a new job?' See in context

Why in any sane world is it wrong for a person to seek to better them selves and their position by seeking a better paid job or a promotion by moving company? And in what way is it a reflection on the existing employer, except where they react badly but that is their failing and demonstrates why their staff might wish to leave.

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Posted in: What's fake, what's not See in context

If you can’t tell the difference, it shows how grossly over priced the originals are for no appreciable benefit. Agree it’s your money spend it how you want and if you want to buy products and provide someone’s with free advertising that is up to you.

As above, a fool and his money! Or the old carny saying, one born every minute.

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Posted in: Gal Gadot 'whitewashing' row sparks Cleopatra history debate See in context

One of the most pathetic squeals of fake/ignorant outrage over a non issue that I have had the misfortune to come across.

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Posted in: Man arrested for posting libelous comments about mother of missing girl See in context

So defamation of character is a criminal offence not civil in Japan? Interesting side light if true.

If he has proof of a scam show it, otherwise best to keep silent.

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Posted in: Ginza subway station in Tokyo renovated to show elegance See in context

Looks claustrophobic ill lit and tacky, but that is just one photograph!

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Posted in: Japan to sign agreement allowing arms exports to Vietnam: Nikkei See in context

Perhaps Japan could sell them some submarines to creep around the fake islands and worry the hell out of the CCP navy?

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Posted in: First collection of Shakespeare's plays sells for almost $10 million See in context

Fascinating, wish it was mine !

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Posted in: First-ever foot-operated vending machine appears in Japan during pandemic See in context

Great, now you have a legitimate excuse to kick the machine when it doesn’t work! ;)

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Posted in: All participants in Osaka 'orgy party' arrested See in context

As far as I can see, his crime was not paying tax (legal and corrupt) on his income. The rest would have been ignored but for that.

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