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Posted in: Heat wave in Japan sends record 30,000 people to hospital in August See in context

Too much over reliance on airconditioner - it’s making people’s bodies weaker.

we don’t have any air conditioners in our house, only fans, & our whole family are perfectly fine when venturing out into the hot summer days

I totally agree and ditto ... we also have no air conditioning - just a well-designed, well-insulated and naturally cooled house.

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Posted in: Railway services to typhoon-hit Kansai airport resume See in context

 who was heading to Kyushu from the airport

This person talks about the train being most convenient way to the airport - yet is taking the time to go to an over-crowded airport, to check in go through passport control etc etc to fly the short distance to Kyushu.

Why not take the train? MUCH less hassle, more planet friendly, and more comfortable.

Flying should be only for longhaul or otherwise VERY expensive/taxed.

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Posted in: Japan resilient, but climate change making disasters worse: experts See in context

Great to finally read an article in the Japanese media that mentions the elephant the room - the clear pattern of changing weather = climate CHANGE.

This needs much more exposure in Japan to fe-focus away from the reletness desire for consumption and growth - the main drivers for the problems we face.

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Posted in: Typhoon-hit Kansai airport partially resumes int'l flights See in context

Quote from the airport in Asahi report “We geared up for a typhoon, but the typhoon was far stronger than we had expected,”

They are in the middle of the sea so they should be geared up for much worse. Relatively speaking - although it was a bad typhoon, the reality is that it was only a category 1 and it’s only a matter of time until a category 5 storm manages to sustain itself and hit Japan as a category 5.

Such stupidity at the highest level to build this airport as it is, and not be prepared for anything even remotly close to a worst case senario.

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Posted in: Businesses in western Japan reeling from after-effects of typhoon See in context

Reeling? Just 0.27% of turnover per day.

Too much concern with the money economy, growth and profit - the route of most of the probelms in today's society .

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Posted in: A controversial comeback for a highly prized tuna See in context

The cautionary priciple dictates that it should be taken off the menu. Human's should stop being so selfish and short sighted and start thinking more sustainably.

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Posted in: Fish fry: Heatwave threatens famed tuna auction See in context

This trading in an endangered species should end. Shameful it's not an issue in the media here.

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Posted in: Strong typhoon churns toward Japan; airlines cancel scores of flights See in context

sparking fears that the busy morning commute in the capital could be disrupte

Trival 1st world problem. Just stay at home ... common sense!

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Posted in: Temperature tops 40 C for 2nd day in row See in context

the meteorological agency called the deadly heat in July "abnormal."

Well they are going to have to get used to calling it the new 'normal' or are they happy to shy away from inconvenient truths too?

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Posted in: Deadly month: Japan's weather-related deaths top 300 in July See in context

The record heat reignited a simmering debate about how athletes and spectators will fare at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

but they weren't extreme enough I guess to spur the media here to even mention the growing evidence that the pattern of extreme weather could and the small issue of climate change.

OMG!

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Posted in: Japanese Finance Minister Aso wants G20 meetings to 'nip crises in the bud' See in context

"Aso said on Friday that he wanted the Group of 20 meetings in Osaka next year to focus on identifying problems in the global economy"

EASY

Problem 1 The whole economic system is based on greed and the crazy idea that growth can be infinite on a finite planet Problem 2 The system ignores quality of life and SUSTAINABLE development Probelm 3 The system is run by old men who are either crooks or controlled by crooks.

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Posted in: Toyota plans to expand production, shrink cost of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles See in context

"hydrogen will become a key source of clean energy"

This is a common mistake - coal oil gas, solar etc can all be used as SOURCES to make hydrogen. Hydrogen is just the storage medium for the energy.

To make hydrogen a meaningfully sustainable, it should be made using clean and renewable SOURCES such as solar, wind, biogas etc

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Posted in: Volunteers struggle with heat in flood-hit areas; evacuees suffering ailments See in context

More trees! Go to any SE Asian city and many of the main streets are shaded by trees - acacias etc.

Here parks, car parks, streets are often devoid of trees or any trees there are are so severly cut back they only provide little shade.

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Posted in: Japan household spending drops sharply See in context

Great news - less trash, waste and pollution.

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Posted in: Unlicensed lodgings remain listed on Airbnb after new law takes effect See in context

Thanks to this article now all Air B'n'B hosts now know how to creat a false registatration number :-) the debacle continues....

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Posted in: Japan's antitrust watchdog sees 4-year payment plan for smartphones as problem See in context

Or just save yourselves all the hassle that seems to come with phones by not having one. I lost mine 9 years ago, realised i didn't need one, and have never replaced it.

Looking around on trains at all the phone zombies and the content consumed on phones - was the best decision ever.

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Posted in: Pet insurance market in Japan expanding due to rising vet bills See in context

Our goats are well looked after and have healthy environment - not pampered and kept inside all the time - and so far have never gotten ill or needed a vet.

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Posted in: Hokkaido melons fetch record Y3.2 million at season's 1st auction See in context

The only thing that would make these rediculous stories acceptable is if the money raised went to charity.

Otherwise - just another example of crass capitalism.

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Posted in: Only 1% of Japan's biggest coral reef healthy: survey See in context

Another piece of the climate change mozaic that politicians are still ignoring or at best just paying lip service to when it suits them.

Climate change is here and is only going to get worse - just how much worse until real effective action is taken is anyones guess.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to offer free iced coffee — for 5 days only See in context

More trash for the system.

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Posted in: Tourists deface iconic bamboo trees in Kyoto's Arashiyama See in context

Trees? Isn't bamboo a type of grass? will renew themselves in a couple of years.

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Posted in: Number of foreign visitors to Japan in January-April tops 10 million See in context

With all these extra flights and consumption - where does the small issue of carbon targets and impeding runnaway climate change figure in all this?

.... Co2 already at around 410ppm - the last time it was this high is estimated to be 4 million years ago when the sea level was 20 meters higher than its current level.

Priorities???

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Posted in: Japan real wages rise in positive sign for consumption See in context

Still so backward looking with increasing spending and consumption the only goals over everything else.

More spending/consumption = more resource use = more waste + more earth degradation

Cronic denial still from polititians, economists and us consumers.

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Posted in: No. of children in Japan falls for 37th year to new record low See in context

@commanteer "have more babies, so they will grow up to give most of their wages to us government folk, so we can keep living high."

Yes, exactly.

We need sensible policies that focus on quality of life - not simply focussing on supporting the destructive GDP-based treadmill.

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Posted in: Giant robot transforms into car See in context

Complete waste of money. They need to grow up and develop something useful.

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Posted in: Out of this world: Inside Japan's space colony center See in context

Sorry, but this looks like such an outdated picture ... not very inspiring.

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Posted in: Japan to place renewable as major energy source in long-term plan See in context

While most progressive nations have stopped keeping their heads in the sand, and are now including renewable energy as a major part of their SHORT-term plans.

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Posted in: Nikkei tumbles as Trump's tariff plan fuels trade war fears See in context

Cracaphat Might just find out who has the bigger pluck

Doesn't China control 97% of the world's rare earth industry on which most hight tech industries rely on?

Then again, Trump is only interested in supporting dying sunset industries such as the fossil fuel industry, so will not recognise this as a problem.

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Posted in: Apple, Google see reputation of corporate brands tumble in survey See in context

It would be nice to think Tesla is ranked higher because of it's great efforts at getting renewable energy into the mainstream. Not for the gimmick (albeit very clever) of putting a car into space.

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Posted in: An escape to Shiga See in context

We moved on to the shore of lake biwa 5 years ago. Living in the countryside sandwiched between lovely mountains and the lake but only 45 minutes from Kyoto station Perfect balance. Lots to do and see here if you like a quieter pace of life. For those who might be interested here is a link to the Eco House that we built here: https://ecohouse66.wordpress.com

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