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Posted in: Venezuela's Guaido calls for uprising but military remains loyal to Maduro for now See in context

What a strange headline, why the 'for now' on the end? Surely a better headline would have been

Venezuela's military remains loyal to government to suppress foreign-instigated coup

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Posted in: Securing the 5G future - what's the issue? See in context

The US just wants a monopoly on 5G (together with everything else)

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Posted in: Police revise wiretapping regulations See in context


Or the U.S. where the NSA 'has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001.'

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Posted in: Japan appeal after Ito, Hayata lose controversial final See in context


And your proof of this accusation is?

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Posted in: Putin says Russia may offer fast-tracked passports to all Ukrainians See in context

@ theFu

What invasion is that? Are you referring to the American-backed coup that overthrew the democratically elected government?

Considering the Ukraine regime has just passed a law banning the Russian language I would imagine that quite a few Russian-speakers will be delighted at the news.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

A lot of the problem is probably the introduction of automatic transmissions. Old people were all brought up driving manual transmissions then when they get older they are forced to change. This kind of accident is much rarer with manual transmission.

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Posted in: Man whose wife, 3-year-old daughter were killed by speeding car, puts focus on issue of elderly driving See in context

Banning elderly drivers is not an option outside the major cities as many areas do not provide regular public transport.

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Posted in: Abe, Macron discuss G20 summit, trade, Nissan-Renault alliance, N Korea, Notre Dame See in context

It is a pity that Abe doesn't worry more about rebuilding all the homes and businesses that were destroyed in the earthquakes and floods than showing off and offering to help the richest religious organization in the world to fix up their building.

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Posted in: How to vote in elections in your home country if you live in Japan See in context


This has nothing to do with May. Prior to 1985 we were not permitted to register to vote at all but then Thatcher allowed 5 years, later extending this to the current 20 years (because she thought expats would vote tory). It was later reduced to 15 years by Blair in 2000.

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Posted in: Vibram leather geta sandals See in context

No they shouldn't be called geta, they are zori

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Posted in: Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods See in context

The original sword was lost at the Battle of Dannoura when Emperor Antoku died. The sword and jewel were thrown in the sea and although the jewel was later recovered the sword could not be found.

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Posted in: France to open redesign of Notre Dame's historic spire to international architects See in context

Surely the money would be better spent on the sick and starving than reconstructing an old derelict building. At least, that is what I thought Christianity was supposed to be about.

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Posted in: Man arrested after sawing off bars at congested rail crossing See in context

In his defense, what they do not mention in the story here is that there had been accident at a nearby station and the trains were all halted for about 30 minutes, but the railway company did not bother to open the bars during that period.

Moderator: The story has been updated to reflect that.

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Posted in: Why do you think the ¥2,000 banknote, introduced in 2000, never caught on in Japan? See in context

It was not really necessary and people confused them with ¥1,000 notes. A ¥50,000 note would have been much more popular and useful.

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Posted in: Increasing the proportion of nuclear energy is the most realistic way to step up efforts against global warming. Ensuring a stable supply of electricity is a challenge for society as a whole. See in context

If Japan is facing an electricity crisis why not use geothermal energy which is plentiful but largely unused in this country.

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Posted in: Gov't lifts evacuation order in parts of Fukushima nuclear plant hometown See in context

Apart from anything else, with Japan's climate, the houses will all be uninhabitable by this time.

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

I wonder if it was oxygen deprivation which has been a problem with the F35s

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

I hope it was insured!

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Posted in: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 stealth fighter; pilot still missing See in context

@Samit Basu

A 2018 US Government Accountability Office report showed the plane had 111 Category One deficiencies that severely restricted its combat readiness, posing the risk of death, severe injury, loss or major damage so I think it is a bit unfair to try and blame it on the Japanese.

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Posted in: Emperor's abdication stirs female succession debate See in context

Succession only became limited to males with the Meiji Restoration when the Emperor became the head of the armed forces and of course, a woman could not do that.

The so-called traditionalists don't look further back than the prewar era.

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

@finally rich

Why not? My iphone has no problem with it.

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Posted in: Nostalgia, excitement as Japan awaits new imperial era name See in context


When I took the dog for a walk this morning the other dog walkers I met all wanted to get home by 11:30 in order to hear what it would be. They were quite excited about it.

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Posted in: Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English See in context

We have already been through this. Ten or fifteen years ago one of the ministries, I think it was the Education Ministry, said that we should do this—surname first in all uppercase, followed by the given name— but then as time passed things gradually reverted to the Western way of doing things.

Personally, I wish they would do this, as when writing about history it can become quite confusing.

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Posted in: Updating software, shaping history: New imperial era name looms large in Japan See in context


Actually, in Japan the Emperor is named after the era not the other way around—Emperor Meiji, Emperor Taisho, etc. It is only foreigners who call the Emperor by his given name.

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Posted in: S Korean union calls on ex-Japanese civil servant to apologize for brawl See in context

Surely the headline should read 'Japanese ex-civil servant'

Although come to think of it, he was not very civil either.

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Posted in: Syria vows to recover Golan Heights as Trump policy shift draws criticism See in context

I wonder if Trump’s move on the Golan Heights has anything to do with the fact that Cheney, Rothschild and Murdoch are on the board of Genie Energy, an American-based oil and gas company, which was recently granted exclusive petroleum exploration rights to a 153-square-mile region of the Golan Heights by Israel.


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Posted in: Japan's slowing inflation leaves BOJ fighting tough price battle See in context

I suppose it depends on what they measure inflation by. Most people feel that inflation is high while wages remain low.

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Posted in: 'Fort Trump' shows U.S. serious about making allies pay See in context

Well then perhaps now would be a good time to ask the American forces to leave.

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Posted in: The strange story of hay fever in Japan: Construction, conspiracy theories, climate change See in context

Diesel exhaust has also contributed to the rise in hayfever sufferers.

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

Abenomics in action

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