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Posted in: Japan to replace cedars with low-pollen trees to tackle hay fever See in context

These sugi ("cedar") plantations are monocultures. Nothing like natural forest.


Cutting down yet more trees!

The miserable looking stumps with a few straggly leaves in my town remind me that Japanese people truly dislike nature and greenery.

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Posted in: Japan's tax revenue from int'l travelers likely to have tripled in FY2023 See in context

Need to use it to speed up departures/arrivals procedures at Haneda! Last time I was there the line for security check was around 1km long...

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Posted in: Trump tries to move past his guilty verdict by attacking the criminal justice system See in context

Poor Trump. Sounds like he's about to cry.

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Posted in: Biden OKs Ukraine to use U.S.-supplied arms to strike inside Russia near Kharkiv area See in context

This is not even a new policy if you believed, as the Kremlin and it's supporters do, that the illegally annexed Ukrainian oblasts were officially part of Russia.

Two pieces of good news in one morning!

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Posted in: Macron urges a green light for Ukraine to strike targets inside Russia with Western weapons See in context

If Western countries sell these weapons to Ukraine, it should be fine for them to use as they see fit. So sell them to Ukraine for next to nothing.

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Posted in: World's island states meet to confront climate, fiscal challenges See in context

What happens to water after it evaporates? It cools in the atmosphere and falls down again as rain or snow.

The seas will stop rising and start descending, because the evaporation of the water will outbalance the melting of the ice.

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Posted in: Wi-Fi, drones and sharp blades on Japan's whaling mothership See in context

Yeah, I'm convinced that the only way to convince the Japanese that whaling is bad is to show them how much tax money is spent subsidizing it.

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Posted in: We want to distribute the money to the generation that is struggling and promote this in our recruitment activities. See in context

How many supermarket employees have debt from student loans? It would make a bit more sense if this was a tech or engineering company.

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Posted in: Gaps remain between what's known about obesity and how it's being treated See in context

This statistic is so sad.

More than 40% of U.S. adults live with obesity,

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Posted in: Japan cannot make CO2 disappear just by exporting it. Plans for overseas storage must involve taking permanent responsibility. See in context

Why would they need to export CO2? Wouldn't it defeat the whole purpose of reducing emissions if they ship it off somewhere? I can't imagine that this plan will ever be implemented.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. move ahead in co-developing hypersonic weapons interceptor as regional threats grow See in context

If you think the people of Russia/China/NK are winning, then I'd hate to see what losing looks like.

The friendship with Russia/China is more convenient for Japan than that of an old and decadent regime disguised as "democracy and good will"...

You have to be on the side of the winners..


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Posted in: A step by step ALT escape plan See in context

I think it would be fun as a job to do after retiring. I did it for one year and it was great. Got out because the salary wasn't good though.

Sage advice. I, too, did the ALT thing for many years. While I enjoyed the classroom experience, it is a dead-end career track with virtually no opportunity for advancement. Living hand-to-mouth is no way to raise a family...

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Posted in: Trump increasingly directing personal attacks against independent rival Robert F Kennedy Jr See in context

A few of these insults, Trump can speak from experience on. I imagine these two would get along well with one another.

Among the recent jabs, Trump this past week posted a roughly four-minute video online in which he called Kennedy “fake,” a “Democrat ‘Plant'” and “Radical Left Liberal who’s been put in place” to help the Democratic president. Trump railed against Kennedy's family as “a bunch of lunatics.”

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Posted in: Philippines calls for expelling of Chinese diplomats as South China Sea row escalates See in context

Could be easily faked using AI.

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Posted in: 1 in 5 people aged 65 or older in Japan predicted to have dementia by 2060 See in context

Headline says 1 in 5, but the article says 1 in 5.6 (round up to 6). The article also says there will be fewer people with dementia in 2060 than previously estimated due to medical and lifestyle improvements. This new estimate might be reduced again in the future.

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Posted in: EU reaches tentative deal on Ukraine aid coming from profits of frozen Russian assets See in context

It sends a powerful message. Why should Russia be paid interest on frozen funds?

None of, these measures appear to have worked. And the adverse consequences for many of the EU countries have been real. My guess is that this will further damage the integrity of the global financial system. And do little to improve the prospects for Ukraine in the war.

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Posted in: Ohtani's ex-interpreter to plead guilty over $17 mil fraud See in context

Some people see a conspiracy in everything... The US justice system has eaten a lot bigger fish than Ohtani.

Ohtani, too big to fail?

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Posted in: World's record-breaking temperature streak extends through April See in context

Translation: too long, didn't read.

To think we would have any chances or influence beyond of that is completely irrational. We just don't set the standards, limits or speed here. The universe and the planet set them.

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Posted in: Russia announces nuclear drills after Western officials talk of deepening involvement in Ukraine See in context

Lol, the Moscow regime is the one that's not invited to Ukraine.

all uninvited guests will be eliminated. The corpses of French and other foreign military personnel will not be sent home. those are the rules.

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Posted in: China-friendly Manele elected as Solomon Islands PM See in context

China has a friend? Wow.

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Posted in: Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’ among teenagers? See in context

Yes, I was way more anxious as a teenager, and didn't have a smartphone then.

Teenagers of all generations are always anxious. Nothing new.

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Posted in: What is the average salary in Japan in 2024? See in context

Pretty low except for electricity/heat/water. Not sure what jobs these are, but it looks like it might pay better to be a handyman than a salaryman?

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Posted in: McDonald's plans to step up deals, marketing to combat slower fast food traffic See in context

McDonald's is not for someone wanting a good meal. It's there when you want something quick and cheap. Mos is much more expensive and not very good either. Freshness burger is decent. Beef at the supermarket is relatively cheap though, so it's best to just make your own burger if you want a good one.

Forget McGarbage..

MOSBurger is WY better..

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Posted in: G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but give Japan some flexibility See in context

Not defending China, but that's not a good excuse for G7. It's like children arguing that they don't have to eat veggies because one of their friends doesn't.

Don't worry, China gets plenty of criticism for their coal use.

Ummm - such a hypocritical double standard !

What about China !????

Though NOT a G7 country - but hey - WHERE is the International censor on China's massive use of coal for energy ?

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coals .

Her use has almost QUADUPLED since 1990 - so to date 56% of China's energy is Coal

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Posted in: 'Deadpool & Wolverine' almost ready to shake up Marvel Cinematic Universe See in context

Deadpool is the complete opposite of woke.

If the story is good, fun, or interesting. All is good! if it is junk, too woke, or inappropriately woke. I'll give it a miss. Some woke is great, but some don't work

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Posted in: Ukraine putting pressure on fighting-age men outside the country as it tries to replenish forces See in context

Many people don't want to go to war for any reason. It's the same in every country.

The people of the country being assaulted dont see this as a worthy or winable cause. Is it shameful that those people dont want to die for this?

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Posted in: Ukraine putting pressure on fighting-age men outside the country as it tries to replenish forces See in context

Not good news no matter how you look at it. Ukraine needs to think of some very clever ways to use their newly resupplied weapons to degrade the Moscow regime's capabilities without wasting manpower.

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Posted in: Europe is fastest-warming continent, at nearly twice the average global rate, report says See in context

Lol, maybe life was better near the poles. How about the rest of the globe?

Yet, it's still significantly cooler than when Greenland was actually green and Norsemen grew grapes there, and again cooler than during Medieval Warm Period. Humans thrived during the warm periods.

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Posted in: Kishida to unveil measures to protect Amazon rainforest during Brazil visit See in context

Loss of forests is everyone's problem.

So many problems here that are unsolved

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Posted in: Since the new academic year started in Japan this month, social media posts have appeared from parents struggling with young children who don't want to go to school. What advice would you give them? See in context

It sounds nice, but probably doesn't work for some children/some cases. Especially if they're facing bullying or other problems at school.

OR -- You could do what my wife and I did. We read to model it for our daughter so that she would want to read herself when she got old enough. We let her play with her friends so that she socialized with the idea of having even more friends in school. We were both teachers and discussed how our classes were doing so that she would also want to experience classroom activity. We talked often about how fun school is so that she would want to see it for herself.

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