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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

I've changed my mind on this and instead of daylight savings, I think Japan should change time zones, either to GMT +9.5 like Central Australia directly below Japan or GMT+10 like the bit of Russia directly above Japan. This would require only one disruption.

Japan has a very similar latitude to Malta, meaning a very similar length of daylight to organize the clock around. However, sunrise and sunset in Malta in winter are over twenty minutes later. This suggests GMT+9.5 would be a good fit, but GMT +10 would make things easier to calculate. Malta has summer time, but at +10 Japan wouldn't need it.

Japan is dark or near dark at 6pm for half the year. Far more people are awake and out at 6pm than before 6am, so this makes things unnecessarily miserable. Less time for kids to play, more anxiety for women and schoolgirls out on their own, less incentive for anyone to relax outside, etc. etc.

No need to say more.

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Posted in: 3 random joys of Japanese highway travel See in context

Okay, expensive to drive in Japan, and you MUST avoid holidays, but otherwise, I love driving in Japan! Have been for over 35 years, so have seen about all of it. The food. The food...love it!

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Posted in: A study by the World Health Organization reports that technological advancement has made our lives more convenient but also less active, creating a sedentary lifestyle and heightening the risk of deadly diseases because we are not getting enough exercise. Do you agree? See in context

I say yes, I agree with the statement. But, we are still responsible for how we adjust to technology. Each of us has to take care of ourselves. And it seems that all the computer work has made it a bit harder, not to mention the entertainment associated with technology. So there. Let's get outside more. I'm talking to you, myself!

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Posted in: Trump says good relations with Japan 'will end when I tell them how much they have to pay:' WSJ See in context

All I know is the U.S. economy is doing better than it has in many years. A main problem is not enough qualified people to fill so many job openings.

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Posted in: Satsumaimo chocolate truffles the sweetest autumn treat for kids See in context

This is one thing I absolutely LOVE about Japan! Going around neighborhoods sellinh ishi yakiimo, toufu, drying poles, ramen, etc. I always buy from them!

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Posted in: Russia says more trust-building needed for Kuriles deal with Japan See in context

I wonder if USA had held Okinawa would that be a similar issue? I don’t know. But I do think these are Japanese properties.

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo's Yamanote line unveiled to media See in context

I know! Call it the ShinShin Eki ( 新新駅三十番)。。。

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Posted in: Gov't conducts evacuation drill in Fukui for multiple nuclear accidents See in context

Comforting to know they will be using masks.

Wait. This is why Japan has the longest life in the world! Masks.

In other news, have I said today how I loathe EVERYTHING nuclear? Well, I'm saying it again. Hate that mess.

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Posted in: Darvish relieved cause of his pain finally discovered See in context

Doctors misdiagnose symptoms way too often. Pain is not in the brain, my pain is worse in the rain.

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Posted in: Reduce waste by squashing your trash See in context

Trash compactor, eh? These things have been in Beikoku a long time. A friend had one installed in his new house way back in 1979. He said he thought it'd be useless, but turned out he liked it better than anything he used! To me it seems a better solution would be for someone in Japan to come up with a way to stop using so much packaging, PLASTIC mess. Whew, I hate that stuff; plastic that is.

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Posted in: Japan looking for new ways to help recluses find their place See in context

I’ve done quite well for 70 years of

my life so far, but I’ve had some mental problems. Depression, PTSD from Vietnam mess, etc. So I surely sympathize with anyone who has mental issues. We need help, and it’s not easy to get. Very few people relate to depression. Especially family.

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

Thanks HenryK. I tell Japanese friendo to get that when he goes to Beikoku soon. Yoroshiku douzo.

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

2018, and still a mess. I can at least use my USA T-Mobile iPhone in Japan at 2frickenG speed! Calls for $.25 a minute. Typing on it right now. It connects to docomo or SoftBank randomly. For USA residents, T-Mobile is the way to go for international travel. For Japanese residents, yappari, a mess. BS.

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Posted in: Chinese man files suit over harassment at immigration center See in context

Good for Japan; enforcing laws.

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Posted in: Playboy polls 100 foreign 'konbini' employees See in context

It has surprised me at how many foreigners work at konbinis. Good for them

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Posted in: Would you be in favor of Japan switching to daylight saving time in summer? See in context

Living mostly in USA lately, I loathe the time changing. I wish it'd just stay one way all year. Move clock up/back, whichever, but all this dagnabbed changing messed up my body and brain (not hard to do).

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Posted in: 'Japanese Satchmo' honored in jazz birthplace of New Orleans See in context

I love Louis Armstrong! So glad to know it’s popular in Japan.

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Posted in: Strong typhoon churns toward Japan; airlines cancel scores of flights See in context

Ocean is churning real good up in Tohoku. Beach closed today and tomorrow. As they should be. Be safe!

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Posted in: British warship arrives in Tokyo as UK expands presence in Asian waters See in context

Welcome. I’m for strong democratic alliance

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Posted in: Typhoon slams into Japan; approaches disaster-hit regions See in context

Benign comments about a storm and knuckleheads have to down them. Sheesh. Hope all are well in affected areas.

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Posted in: Life on Mars: Japanese astronaut dreams after lake discovery See in context

Yeah crazy, that's what I say...

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Posted in: The popularity of baseball has now leveled out with other sports. I think it is time to reconsider what kind of appeal and benefits that baseball can offer to young people. See in context

Bertie, do you like soccer? Whew, talk about a boring sport to watch... after 30 (seeming) hours of play, the score is.... 0-0, but our team is winning.

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Posted in: Boxer Mayweather, George Clooney lead world's highest paid entertainers on Forbes list See in context

Old George a boxer eh?

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Posted in: Carrying unpacked knives onto trains to be banned under new security steps See in context

A real man always has a pocket knife.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers need more foreign help with some sports, says IOC See in context

Yep, I reckon us old geezer mouth breathers need to be penned and pastured. We ain’t worth a flip now.

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Posted in: Japanese inventors step up to offer relief from sweltering heat See in context

I need air conditioning.

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Posted in: France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup title See in context

Congratulations France! I’m 25% French, and 100% glad France won. Houligans make me embarrassed to have Bri’ish blood...

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Posted in: Are you for or against the death penalty? See in context

I voted Depends, because it seems at least in USA prisons are too nice. I'm for life sentences, but not in comfortable prisons with TV and other amenities. I think there should be different levels of punishment in prisons. Heinous crimes having not much but hard labor and basic food, with the chance of doing better as a person improves his life, which is possible. Even the New York killer, Son of Sam (David...) turned his life around and he was absolutely know to have visciously murdered several people.

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Posted in: Akita Prefecture may be glimpse of Japan's graying future See in context

Makes me sad to think of rural cities going down. I sure don’t have an answer, except to observe that so many young women don’t want to marry. They’ve really had the “good” life of money, travel, shopping, etc., but I wonder how these young women will be when they get in their 60s - 80s? A real demographic change.

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