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Posted in: More than a dozen stores close in Tokyo's high-end Ginza Six mall See in context

All selling stuff that nobody needs. Move on.

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Posted in: Aso vows to revive virus-hit economy, promote structural reforms See in context

Japan will try to realize "a transformation of the economic structure and a virtuous cycle of the economy toward a post-coronavirus period."

Does anyone ever challenge this guy to explain what he thinks he's actually talking about?

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Posted in: Japan finds COVID-19 variant in 3 people with no record of travel to UK See in context

there was no proof yet that the variant first detected in Britain was spreading in Shizuoka now

Of course there was no proof. You need to test before you can get proof.

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Posted in: No. of virus patients recuperating at home tops 30,000 See in context

Supports the story that 6000 people with Covid-19 were unable to find/refused hospital beds last week in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 mil See in context

Devastating, and I agree the numbers are probably understating the true numbers of deaths.

Here in Japan Covid deaths may be going unreported because of the reported reluctance to do autopsies

Very poignant photos.

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Posted in: Corporate bankruptcies in 2020 fall to 31-year low with gov't aid See in context

So another example off the rich being supported at the expense of taxpayer.

Obviously many of these companies were doing badly anyway - lack of innovation, sunset type businesses - that shouldn't be around anyway.

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Posted in: Int'l air passengers at Japan airports tank 97% over New Year holidays See in context

So, 3% higher than it should be.

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Posted in: Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil See in context

Why are there still travellers? And why still from Brazil? One of the worst managed and affected countries, after the US.

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Posted in: Virus emergency prompts cuts in domestic flights, bullet trains See in context

Whatever the reason, a fall in flight numbers is GOOD news for the planet - especially when we are talking about unnecessary domestic flights - and in a country with a great high speed train network.

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Posted in: Japan business leaders call for support under coronavirus emergency See in context

So when the economy is going well they call for lower taxes and less government restrictions and when times are less favourable for them, expect movement handouts.

More evidence this economic system is rigged to support big corps and their rich investors and COEs.

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Posted in: Asian shares track Wall St rally on hopes for stimulus See in context

Capitalist stock market is showing it's true colours.

Profits inflated based on the prospect of government giving handouts to corporations.

So tax payers money goes to government goes to corporations goes to financial bankers and CEOs.

Great system!

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Posted in: Beijing Winter Olympics nearing amid fears of Tokyo's cancellation See in context

with national pride at stake

The root of so many problems in the world.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea run with Vietnam coal plant despite climate pledges See in context

Disgraceful - Japan should be ashamed of itself for letting it's so called leaders continue their support and pandering of the dirty and destructive fossil fuel industry.

Weak uninformed leadership.

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Posted in: Trump urges supporters to amass on Jan 6 to pressure Congress to not certify Biden's victory See in context

What a buffoon.

The so called 'President' encouraging people to protest and disrupt the constitutional processes of his own country.

Hollywood couldn't make this stuff up.

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Posted in: SDF deployed as record snowfall blankets parts of Japan See in context

@wolfpack The planet is 4.5 million years old.

1 the earth is over 4.5 BILLION years old 2 multiple sources of accurate data (ice core, ocean core...) suggest climate has not been in the current state (ie hight CO2 concentration levels etc) since the pliocene - 4 million years ago.

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Posted in: SDF deployed as record snowfall blankets parts of Japan See in context

@Wolfpack Climate change - amazing!

Record snowfall is another example of the extreme weather expected with climate change. More heat energy in the oceans and atmosphere strengthen storm patterns making them wetter in the summer, and giving heavier snowfall in the winter.

Common sense.

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Posted in: Suga tells climate summit Japan will review efforts toward 2030 emissions-cut target See in context

contribute up to $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund for helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Until now, this that meant financing the spread of 'clean' coal plants in these countries with the generous 'help' of Japan inc. heavy industry.

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Posted in: Bird flu confirmed in Shiga, 10th prefecture this year See in context

Worrying news for those of us keeping chickens in Shiga. Very little we can do to prevent wild birds, particularly sparrows, from entering a chicken run.

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Posted in: Big carbon? Oil majors turn to nature to help plug revenue gap See in context


You don't start mopping up the floor when there's a burst water pipe. You first need to turn off the tap. It's not rocket science.

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Posted in: Trump assails vote integrity while urging turnout in Georgia See in context

The voting system is corrupt so go and vote

What a fool.

I'm guessing though it's too sophisticated for him or his minions to understand the irony of his message.

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Posted in: Speedskating competition canceled after 8 skaters get coronavirus See in context

These kind of stories where athletes who are tested and often return positive results suggests the number of Covid cases among the general (untested) population are far higher than the official figures suggest.

But this doesn't explain why the numbers of those who have died in Japan from Covid are also relatively low. Can these figures also be under reported? Each country has a different way of measuring it seems.

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Posted in: Sydney records hottest November night as heatwave sweeps city See in context

Pretty much all the predictions of the IPCC reports are being born out - records of extreme weather events falling each year - extremes becoming the norm.

Most worrying - these events are still being reported mostly as isolated events - not reflecting the seriousness of climate change and where we are heading..

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Posted in: Major floods in Manila as typhoon batters Philippines See in context

Unfortunately, all the climate predictions about tropical cyclones becoming more frequent, slower and wetter (so more destructive), and intensifying quicker, are all coming true.

I was listening to podcast only today and a scientist from MIT was saying records are now regularly being broken with regards these storms.

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Posted in: What next for Trump? Golf, Twitter and maybe another run? See in context

He will lose the keys to the White House but not his log-in on Twitter,

It's already been reported that as soon as he looses his presidential privileges, Twitter will be much less tolerant of the "alternative facts" he churns out.


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Posted in: Countryside living is cozy and affordable for residents willing to buy abandoned houses See in context

@expat - Northern Shiga?

a mountain village near Takashima.

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Posted in: Countryside living is cozy and affordable for residents willing to buy abandoned houses See in context

12 years or so ago we bought a kayabuki farmhouse in Shiga for 3.4m yen and only had to spend 1.5m on reform.

There are many more empty houses in the village but many are not for sale and end up collapsing because of lack of maintenance ... very sad.

8.3 million empty houses in Japan and still they are tearing up good farmland for cheap plastic looking houses and apartment blocks.

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Posted in: New environmental regulations considered for Seto Inland Sea See in context

is world-renowned for its ... pristine waters.

This I doubt very much.

The area is surrounded by factories and non-organic agriculture.

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Posted in: Ambitious but controversial: Japan's new hydrogen project See in context

"an expensive process that uses a lot of energy."

Japanese politicians always seems to make spectaculalry bad decisions regarding infrastructure.

From the super energy intensive MAGLEV train to this hydrogen project.

Just headline grabbing but ultimatelty increadibly inefficient.

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Posted in: Tokyo's tuna auctions resume public viewing after 8-month hiatus See in context


A market for buy/selling the carcasses of an engangered species and apex preditor - so important to the health of the ocean eco system.

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Posted in: Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan's demographic crisis See in context

...  that poses risks for economic growth 

Well, all evidence shows that economic growth and the destruction it entails poses the greatest risk to economic growth. But this narative doesn't sit well with the establishment.

So lets get more babies to keep the consumer machine working.

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