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Posted in: Japan's population projected to shrink 30% by 2065 See in context

The population used to be this small. 30% fall in population is a great chance to improve peoples quality of life - more space, less congestion, less work more family time etc etc.

Rating: 15 ( +21 / -6 )

Posted in: California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump See in context

only need to drive 20,000 miles or so before you've saved youself the extra purchasing cost through lower fuel costs. we've saved millions of yen by running our car on WVO. a bit different but a little forward thinking can pay genuine dividends. And less prone to the oil shocks coming in our future....

Rating: 2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe See in context

Even Trump could lie his way out of this one ..... fingers crossed this is the final straw for Abe and his gang.

Rating: 7 ( +12 / -5 )

Posted in: Troubled Toshiba See in context

Obviously not contrite enough to not take advantage of the press meeting to advertise their company name and slogan.

Rating: -1 ( +2 / -3 )

Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results See in context

hoped that people would devote some of the extra time to consumption, stimulating the economy by shopping or engaging in other types of leisure pursuits.

... a good idea in line with many European countries, but the government here as totally missed the point - narrow minded pursuite of pointless consumption rather than focusing on improving quality of life - more social and family time, reduced stress etc etc

Rating: 6 ( +7 / -1 )

Posted in: Publisher of some of Japan’s most popular anime suddenly restricts exports of its Blu-rays, DVDs See in context

people still use DVDs?

Rating: 1 ( +4 / -3 )

Posted in: Aviation takes baby steps toward sustainable fuels See in context

This is the most difficult industry to make sustainable, with very difficult technological and logisitcal problems (land use, food Vs fuel etc) to overcome. A bolder way forward would be to research and invest in a trans-continental network of next generation fast trains that run on renewably produced electricity.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Twitter has influence - but that's not luring users See in context

Being endorsed by that dangerous oaf in the White house can't be doing much for Twitters popularity.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Boosting tourism: Creating a world-class Integrated Resort in Kansai See in context

The whole concept is anothr example of capitalism and those that unfortunately make the big decisions desperately trying to cling on to the delusioned goal of infinite growth

Rating: 5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan considers buying more U.S. energy as Abe prepares to meet Trump See in context

A no-brainer - more commitment to renewables needed - solar, bio mass, geothermal, off-shore wind, tidal etc etc And with existing technology upgrade the national grid to a smart grid that can make the best use of renewable energy once it's made.

Rating: 6 ( +6 / -0 )

Posted in: Japan's 'space junk' collector in trouble See in context

Seems like the the collector itself is destined to become space junk - how ironic.

Rating: 12 ( +12 / -0 )

Posted in: Artist says latest sticker graffiti aimed at Trump See in context

Not confusing at all. Japan needs more people like him. And I would be interested to see any of his Abe-inspired works.

Rating: 9 ( +14 / -5 )

Posted in: Consumer prices in Japan fall for 1st time in 4 years in 2016 See in context

with falling population, isn't it natural that consumption should fall? Why econonomists and polititians are blindly infatuated with growth, no matter what the cost?

Rating: 4 ( +5 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan pledges patrol vessels, $1.1 bil aid for Vietnam See in context

sorry to so cynical - but the roads and bridges there paid for by Japanese ODA = easier access to rainforest timber. New patrol boats = access to shrimp/tuna etc?

Rating: 6 ( +8 / -2 )

Posted in: Ready for Valentine's Day See in context

Another example of consumerism and the desperate attempts to keep the economy going by convincing people to buy more crap they just don't need. More people should learn to buy things when they really need them, not just for the sake of consuming and because they have been told to consume.

Rating: 2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: Takata agrees to guilty plea in U.S.; will pay $1 bil for hiding defect See in context

As is often the case - those with power and money, are fined, which to them is no big deal and probably just be paid off with company funds. The rest of the 99% get jail sentences, often for much less serious crimes.

Rating: 2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: Breakfast at Duterte's as Abe samples Philippine leader's simple style See in context

I imagine they would make good friends - given their moral backgrounds, policies and priorities.

Rating: 4 ( +9 / -5 )

Posted in: 'I Like Orange Juice!' Piko Taro releases new single See in context

Take a look at the hilarious clip below.

no thanks, I've got a life.

Rating: 8 ( +9 / -1 )

Posted in: Yoyogi Park Christmas See in context

nice but when they let in the 100s of thousands of selfie-crazed onlookers...

Rating: 0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: 5 festive facts about Japanese Christmas cakes See in context

Strawberries at Christmas - huge carbon footprint and tacky ....

Rating: 0 ( +2 / -2 )

Posted in: New start-up wave challenges Japan's aversion to risk See in context

"... Japan’s long-stagnant economy"

  • media and government always describe anything but growth in negative terms. The forward thinking and rational among us will see "stagnant" economy as "steady-state" which indeed should be the goal of any responsible government.

Infinite growth is an impossible promise and the quicker we get used to the idea of zero growth the better.

Rating: 2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan swinging into 2017 with Trumped-up good luck charm See in context

hopes that painting his face on a traditional good luck charm will make the whole planet a better place in 2017

how ironic given his appointments and views on climate change.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan's frugal millennials a bad omen for economy See in context

Frugality used to be considered a trait - when people were valued for their true worth, not simply by their selfies and how much they consume.

We should learn from the past and stop following this consumption orientated trainwreck.

Rating: 6 ( +7 / -1 )

Posted in: Climate change film 'An Inconvenient Truth' gets a sequel See in context

Good news - people such as Kyronstavic really need to understand the seriousness of this issue which unfortnately has been both politicised and hijacked by corporate lobbyists.

Rating: 2 ( +9 / -7 )

Posted in: Panasonic promotes 'Beautiful Japan towards 2020' for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games See in context

Well it should be easy for Japan to improve on this year's performance - 54th in the Paralympics.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan ratifies TPP trade pact that Trump plans to dump See in context

Didn't himself say only the other week that TPP was dead without US ratification?

Rating: 4 ( +5 / -1 )

Posted in: Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study See in context

A simple building regulation that rewards new residential builds that have solar installed would show the Government was serious about tackling climate change. Especially given that that houses in Japan are rebuilt on average every 22 years. We had solar installed when we built our house and produce over double the amount we use.

Rating: 3 ( +4 / -1 )

Posted in: Voting begins for 'moe' global warming prevention campaign characters See in context

All the energy, effort, paperand plastic that will be 'wasted' on this campaign - the irony. This is a serious problem that needs serious effective policies - not tocken campaigns.

And the media in this country needs to get real to and start printing serious stories about what's really going on - arctic at the moment up to 20c warmer than average, 2016 to be the hottest year ever recorded, this century already - the hottest 15 years on record etc etc ....

Rating: 5 ( +6 / -1 )

Posted in: Oil firms and carmakers diverge in costly debate See in context

The quicker the car companies divorce themselves from the oil companies the better. These oil companies have too much money, power, government protection and influence yet continue to create enormous social and environmental costs. They should be allowed to wither and die as they deserve.

Rating: 5 ( +6 / -1 )

Posted in: X-Japan musician Yoshiki promises his support for Cool Japan See in context

Only yesterday the headlines were about Japan's support for nuclar and coal rather than renewables.

Cool Japan is a another one of Abe's platitudes.

So called celebrities would be doing more good by stepping up and critisising these misguided policies and political gimmicks.

Rating: 2 ( +5 / -3 )

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