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Posted in: Arctic could face another record hot year See in context

The IPCC projections mentioned seem to already be out of date.

Several recent model-based studies, expert assessments and national assessments suggest an upper bound for 21st century global mean sea level rise in the range of 1.5–2.5 m.

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Posted in: Japan's private lodgings grow 8-fold in 1 year; half run by businesses See in context

... quo

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Posted in: Japan's private lodgings grow 8-fold in 1 year; half run by businesses See in context

Japan inc protecting Japan inc. Air B'n'B should stand by it's original purpose of facilitating the peer to peer economy, not the greedy status.

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Posted in: Sweet lemon bars with 'biwa' (Japanese apricot) See in context

Might try - we have too many of them at the moment from our trees - its seems this year was a good one for biwa.

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Posted in: Gov't to require mobile phone operators cut cancel fees by 90% See in context

Complete rip off for what is essentially an unnecessary product. I haven't had a phone for over 10 years.

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Posted in: Spreading the joy of marmalade across the sea from Ehime See in context

Luckily, we are able to make copious amounts of marmalade every year from our hasaku and yuzu trees. Superb fruits for marmalade.

But sorry, I have to say that most shop marmalade is too tame - often too sweet and not chunky enough.

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Posted in: G20 finance leaders say trade, other tensions 'intensifying,' but pledge action to counter risks See in context

And where are the rest of the women?

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Posted in: Kuroda warns of uncertainties on global recovery prospects See in context

Totally agree with JeffLee - in addition, with only GDP as the current goal of most policy makers - any slow down or fall in "growth" can only be a win for the planet when current growth just means more mindless fossil fuelled consumption.

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Posted in: Airbnb touts Japan recovery, bolstered by hotel listings See in context

Japan’s strict attitude to companies operating in regulatory grey zones has stymied the growth of “sharing economy” 

In other words - Japan inc. still does everthing it can to protect Japan inc. as the expense of innovation and a fairer distribution of economic activity.

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

I hope this is a genuine effort to clean up the planet and not just PR for the run up to the 2020 Olympics.

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

Better late than never. Bangaldesh was the first country to ban plastic bags. Japan should be bolder to catch up - follow Europe and UK and ban other single use plastic items - straws etc.

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Posted in: 2 AI robots guide visitors during test trial at Tokyo Station See in context

Just another immature gimmick.

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Posted in: Japanese firms getting serious about food waste; households lag behind See in context

The crux of the problem with is that the consumer-oriented system we've been cursed with means that everthnig is too cheap so there is less incentive to reduce waste.

Also if there was better education to encourage more people to grow their own food, more people would understand the real value of food.

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Posted in: Japan aims to cut number of dementia patients in 70s by 10% over decade See in context

How can you cut the number of patients? Is there a cure?

Seems a very misguided plan ....

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Posted in: Japan looks to prevent water shortage during Tokyo Olympics See in context

And in other news: the Japanese government is desperate to reverse Japan's falling population.

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Posted in: Japan's child population falls for 38th year, hitting postwar low See in context

Issues of overpopulation and overconsumption are are much important and it's pure ignorance of the goverment of simply trying to reverse population fall in order to blindly keep chasing economic growth.

Many quality of life issues are linked to Japan's high popualtion density.

To put everything into perspective, in 1950, not so long ago, population was 83 million (over 50 million less than now).

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Posted in: Oil industry under pressure to respond to climate change See in context

They are sunset industries which need to be consigned to history ASAP. The quicker they are gone the quicker sociaety can get on with sorting out the mess we're in.

The 1st step - meaningful carbon taxes - they we can all be rewarded wih cheaper prices when buying lower carbon intensive products and services.

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Posted in: Succession will shrink number of Japan's imperial heirs to 2 See in context

They look like nice people, but from the photo, not the most fashionable on the block.

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Posted in: Number of abandoned homes hits record high in 2018 See in context

And they are still digging up rice fields and turning them into apartment blocks and the ubiquitous plastic boxes they call family houses.

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Posted in: Gov't urged to set more ambitious goal for cutting CO2 emissions See in context

Japan government can never be serious about climate change while to continues to shamelessly toute economic growth above everthing else. Until economies are truely decoupled from fossil fuel, economic growth with equal greater CO2 emissions.

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Posted in: Japan slowly buying into cashless future despite widespread misgivings See in context

I've always been surprised by how behind Japanese banks and business dealings are. I recently sold then bought properties in the UK without every having to go there to sign anything, let alone handing over cash.

In contrast, buying and selling properties here in Japan still involves handing over wads of cash and multiple signings (hankoing) of copious amounts of documents.

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Posted in: Boulder-sized sunfish washes ashore in Australia See in context

I'm not sure I'd look as happy as these two if I were in the same photo with this dead "rare" creature. welcome to the Instagram generation.

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Posted in: Japan eyes 2020 Olympics to retake place on tech podium See in context

Driverless cars, robot volunteers and ultra high-definition TV

Ultimately, all things that are completely unnecessary gimmicks.

How about becoming a leader in technologies that are really going to matter? For example, wind, hydrogen, wave, geo-thermal or solar technologies?

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Posted in: Japan to lift ride-sharing ban to support rural transportation See in context

Incrediulous the government was stopping ride sharing - something that's been promoted for years by forward thinking responsible governments making serious efforts at tackling CO2 emissions and car conjestion.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to lower mobile phone fees in Japan See in context

I gave up my phone over 8 years ago - never regreted it and don't understand why they seem to be such a compulsory item, particulalry given the costs and negative social impacts they seem to have.

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Posted in: Okinawa base referendum may deal nationwide electoral blow to Abe See in context

The headline is just wishful thinking - unfortunately nothing will change.

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Posted in: Youth strike for climate change movement reaches Japan See in context

The fact that there were only 20 students reflects the state of awareness in this country fueled by government and media lack of urgency in covering the issues that really matter.

Climate change and biodiversity crises that have finally managed to make world healines, are regulalry ignored, glossed over, or relegated to minor stories here.

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Posted in: Japan aims to build unmanned hydrogen charging stations by 2020 See in context

Good news, but only if the hydrogen is produced using excess renewable energy, not dirty fossil fuels.

This is a crucial point so often left out of articles on hydrogen.

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Posted in: Memories of Fukushima crisis rapidly fading, warn civic groups See in context

May be better to read "LESSONS of Fukushima Crisis Rapidly Fading".

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

"I'll retract the remark if it's caused any misunderstanding." So the retraction is conditional and puts the blame on other's not being able to understand him and nothing to do with the fact that his comment was simply uninformed, insensitive, ignorant.

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