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Posted in: Irish gymnast slams 'slippery' pommel horse after virus case at worlds See in context

Wouldn't it be better to test all the athletes and get the results before starting the day's competitions?

That Columbian athlete shouldn't have been competing.

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Posted in: Australia branded worst climate performer ahead of U.N. summit See in context

Burning coal?

Basically Australia is a massive dessert where the sun shines almost every day. Plenty of wind too. You'd think they would be world leader in renewables.

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Posted in: Auto sector shifts gear toward recycling parts, batteries See in context

So battery disposal is one less argument the anti-EV crowd can use.

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $3.4 bil in U.S. battery production See in context

@albaleo

I think we need a way to store excess power produced from renewables rather than switch them off.

Precisely! That is what millions of EVs with their large batteries will be able to do: just plug them into a smart grid. The technology is already here.

Hydrogen will require a massive new infrastructure. A Toyota running on hydrogen cannot be refilled from a wall socket.

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $3.4 bil in U.S. battery production See in context

@Desert Tortoise

Nobody is talking about batteries replacing power stations.

Their role is to smooth out the large daily fluctuations in load. Currently power companies have to have capacity available to exceed the highest foreseeable load, even though their average load is much smaller. EV batteries on a very large scale will allow these companies to reduce their maximum load capability.

Nuclear power is completely unsuitable to make up temporary shortfalls as reactors cannot just be switched on and off and do not have "volume controls". This is why places like Kyushu throw away solar power because it would overload their grid with its high nuclear base load.

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Posted in: Toyota to invest $3.4 bil in U.S. battery production See in context

@Wolfpack

You don't seem to have heard about renewable energy, which is the perfect complement to EVs with large batteries connected to a smart grid: store the energy when there is a surplus, put it back into the grid when there isn't.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for greater military capability, spending See in context

@RWP

Precisely which items in your cherry picked list will change if Japan doubles its defense spending?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for greater military capability, spending See in context

You simply can't believe anything Kishida says. He has already contradicted almost everything he said during his leadership drive.

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Posted in: Former PM Suga visits Yasukuni Shrine See in context

"I came here as a former prime minister," Suga told reporters.

Speaks volumes about this poor, hopeless man.

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Posted in: First and foremost, politicians must abandon the unrealistic and optimistic premise of Abenomics that Japan can cure all ills just by reflating nominal growth. See in context

@JeffLee

It was not just personal income that did not improve under Abenomics, it was all aspects of wealth for 90% of the population.

Nagai's blog:

https://blog.oxfordeconomics.com/content/japan-why-abenomics-failed-to-reflate-household-wealth

According to the survey, from 2014 to 2019, average household wealth in Japan fell by 3.5%. Only the top 10% wealthiest households enjoyed an increase – their net wealth grew 8.2%.

Real estate, which dominates household wealth, rose by 3.5% on average. But only the wealthiest 20% enjoyed growth, highlighting the polarisation between prices for expensive properties and the rest as demographics and investment drove demand for luxury residencies in cities, especially apartments.

Financial assets declined for nearly all households, amid diminishing disposable income.

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Posted in: Kishida urges S Korea to do more over wartime row to improve ties See in context

OK, Kishida, this is your famous 'dovish' compromise:

First Korea has to agree they were wrong about everything and that Japan was right. Then Japan will sit down and negotiate with them to improve their relationship.

Once a colonialist nation, always a colonialist nation.

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Posted in: LDP seeks defense spending boost beyond 2% of GDP See in context

&Richard Gallagher

A+

Thanks for taking the time to completely destroy the case for increased military spending by Japan.

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Posted in: LDP seeks defense spending boost beyond 2% of GDP See in context

Kishi and Tanaichi are big trouble hardline nationalists. Tanaichi wants to install intermediate range missiles in Japan, and so on.

If doubling the defense budget is so important why didn't Abe do it years ago? The situation around the Sentakus was much worse then.

Japan is never going to win any arms race with its 200%+ national debt. It could easily bankrupt itself, but it won't bankrupt China.

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

One of the more farcical touchs at yesterday's diet Q&A was when LDP bigwig Amari read out his question (why does he get a turn?) and Kishida read out the response Amari's staff had already kindly prepared.

Either Monty Python or the CPP. Or both.

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

Unless there is growth there is nothing to distribute

Kishida looked suitably embarrassed when he read out this rubbish. Want to redistribute income? Try this:

-minimum wage 1500 yen

-top income tax rate 60%

-capital gains half of income tax rate

-basic personal exemption 10 million yen

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

Do Australian troops training with the US troops in the US under the ANZUS security treaty get such an exemption?

I doubt it very, very much. US troops get no such exemption.

From

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_by_the_United_States_military

The U.S. Military currently has four inmates (all men) on death row, the most recent being Nidal Hasan, who murdered 13 people and injured 32 others during the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

@gintonic

Are SDF forces training with Australians exempted?

if they are training on Australian soil and Australia doesnt have the death penalty than that explains it doesnt it?

Not what I am talking about mate.

I am talking about crimes committed in Japan that would surely warrant the death penalty in Japan. If the crime was committed by an SDF soldier and an Australian soldier together, the Japanese hangs and the Aussie doesn't.

If you don't think rogue soldiers can commit terrible crimes you have not been following the news.

Let the SDF be governed by Australian law when in Australia, and the Aussies Japanese law when in Japan. Same as the rest of us.

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

A simple solution is to become the 109th country to abolish it altogether. Lead the way in Asia!

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Posted in: Japan may exempt Australian troops in joint drills from death penalty See in context

Ok, my country has also abolished the death penalty. So can I have an exemption too?

Are SDF forces training with Australians exempted?

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Posted in: 2 women in LDP party leadership race get mixed reactions See in context

What I don't understand is what on earth Noda is doing in this right wing party. Can anyone imagine someone with her views would be a republican?

The problem is not to reform the right wing LDP, let it be Japan's republican party. People like Noda and, yes, Kono should be witjh the oppostion building the equivalent of the democrats.

Then let the Japanese have a real choice.

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Posted in: Kishida fills ruling party key posts with Abe allies See in context

It's not what they say it's what they do.

Kishida's appointments have shown that everything he said in the campaign was total BS. I supported him until the moment he told his entire faction they had to vote for him. The writing on the wall.

Let's see what he does with Abe's brother Kishi.

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Posted in: Kishida aims to narrow income gap through pay hikes See in context

"There would be no (wealth) distribution without growth. But it is also true there would be no new growth without distribution," the 64-year-old Kishida said...

Does Kishida understand the logical conclusion of his own statement? It is that neither can grow.

Oh dear.

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Posted in: Canadians released after Huawei CFO resolves U.S. charges See in context

... that concludes a case that roiled relations between Washington and Beijing.

It was Canada, not the US, that took the brunt of this and two Canadians have been locked up in China for 4 years because of it.

Thanks for nothing, Trump.

Next time the US asks Canada for a politically motivated arrest at the airport you can be sure the Canadians will ignore it.

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Posted in: China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate See in context

Takaichi said she will promote robotics and quantum computer development as Japan's future growth strategy.

Quantum computers? Can she explain which computational problems they can solve better than conventional computers and why these are important ? Doubt it.

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Posted in: Biden angers France, EU with new Australia-UK initiative See in context

@Michael Machida

So the US-UK-AUS (and others) were roundly beaten by the Taliban and sent home in total disarray.

Now these three anglo geniuses want to take on China?

That makes me laugh.

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Posted in: China submits application to join TPP free trade deal See in context

@noriahojanen

Are you really unaware that "one China" was first proclaimed in Taiwan by Chiang Kai Shek after the retreat of the Republic of China forces to Taiwan in 1949?

This claim was recognized by the UN until the 1970s.

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Posted in: China submits application to join TPP free trade deal See in context

@Big Chungus

You do know that TPP member Vietnam is a communist red menance also don't you? So much so that the US & Australia fought a war to stop the "domino" effect of communism. Well Vietnam soundly defeated the US and Australia (and the Afghans did also, with UK and the rest of Nato in too) . So those countries should be careful if they are going to take on a country which is very, very much stronger.

Trade deals trump (sic) nuclear subs.

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Posted in: Ruling party factions to allow free vote in leadership election See in context

The Kishida faction will be the only group to mandate that its 46 members vote for a particular candidate, the group's head.

Its a secret vote, so what gives Kishida the right to tell anyone else who to vote for? How will this "mandate" be enforced? Pathetic that he feels he needs to do this.

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Posted in: Hokkaido man arrested over attempted murder of woman in Tokyo hotel See in context

Akihira stole her cell phone?

What an idiot.

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Posted in: Alanis Morissette blasts documentary 'Jagged' as 'salacious' See in context

@JeffLee

Because she was vulnerable, obviously.

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