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Posted in: Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies held across Japan See in context

Can enyone else see the touch of irony in the picture - celebrating becoming an adult by going to an amusement park?

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Posted in: Tax hike, global slowdown threaten Japan's economy in 2019 See in context

No, the Japanese Economy is threatening the Japanese Economy. It's beenartificially propped up by Abe's fiscal stimulus packages for years - and the lucky boost from tourism.

No genuine vision or innovation. Just same old custruction company based spending.

How about taking renewables seriously and trying to catch up other countries in this growing and future proof sector. More jobs, technological innovations, sustainable development ... win-win-win

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Posted in: Rise and shrine See in context

Looks as much fun as all the others who are stuck in traffic jams for their 'holidays'.

I don't like to gloat (too much) but in comparison there were two other families and a couple of other older locals at our local Shiga shrine we walked to after lunch yesterday. A nice log fire, free sake, mame and calligraphy for the kids - all a bonus.

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Posted in: Business leaders want structural reform, innovation to move Japan forward See in context

how about getting rid of the amount of cheap junk sold in shops such as the one on the photo and reivigorate the renewable energy industry in this country which would geneuinely be good for society, the economy, and most importantly (with a little sarcasm) Japan's image.

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Posted in: Train stations, airports crowded as travelers head home, overseas See in context

looks so much fun ... as always.

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Posted in: Nikkei falls in 2018 final session, marking 1st annual loss in 7 years See in context

Decliners were led by pharmaceutical, retail, and oil and coal product issues.

And well deserved. The first industry largely unethical, retail - the illusionary face of consummerism, and oil and coal - the ultimate sunset industry that's been poisioning the planet for way too long.

Good riddance to all of them.

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Posted in: Japanese stocks plunge; other Asian markets fall after U.S. losses See in context

House of cards. Quicker this system of smoke and mirrors, motivated by nothing but greed and personal gain comes crashing down - the better.

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Posted in: Shop selling sharkskin products hoping to revive tsunami-hit city See in context

hopes it will help revitalize a northeastern Japanese city

with uninfrmed and unethical shoppers who don't care about the crisis facing most of these ancient species - sharks! This shop would not survive 5 minutes in most western countries.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc endorses tax breaks on cars, homes; fiscal reform in doubt See in context

Great timing. Just as CO24 ends and the need to cut CO2 is ever more urgent.

This government are now encouraging more people to drive and buy new houses - rather than renovate some of the 8 million homes lying empty AND as population is falling.

Beyond ridiculous.

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Posted in: McDonald's unveils plan for cutting antibiotics in beef See in context

How about doing the world a favour and cutting out the beef in the beef and replacing it with healthier more earth friendly veggie protien?

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel to trial newly-developed wooden straws, ban plastic See in context

Why is it fully abled adults have been deluded into thinking they need a straw for so many different drinks these days?

The packaged drinks industry (including all the cafe's which now churn out drinks accompanied by plastic straw/cup/lid ... is not much better than the fossil fuel industry.

Both in dire need of regulation.

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Posted in: Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election See in context

Worrying? - They should be rejoicing at the prospect. The only chance they have to get some integrety.

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Posted in: Tokyo Skytree tries new method for snow, ice removal See in context

nandakandamanda - I think you comprehensively answered your own question.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers settle on 6 a.m. marathon starts See in context

If Japan wasn't so stubborn and adopted daylight saving time like the rest of the modern world, the sun would be 1 hour lower and cooler.

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Posted in: China's plastic waste import ban pushes rich nations to rethink trash options See in context

The problem in Japan is being "eco" simply means the feel good "RECYCLE" in is a far less effective solution than refuse, reduce, repair, rethink ...

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Posted in: Thousands of Australian students skip school for mass climate protest See in context

World leaders (and in particular those such as the current Aussie PM) should be ashamed that these kids need to demonstrate to have some chance of a secure future.

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Posted in: 11-hour waiting time at Mickey Mouse attraction at Tokyo Disneyland See in context

All those going to these parks are getting ripped off. They should have a limit on the people they admit so those who pay the stupidly high prices these parks set, can get the service/product they paid for.

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Posted in: Japan to beef up Ebola testing system amid rise in foreign tourists See in context

A few words or warning concerning the import of these pathogens:

big earthquake ... many severely damaged buildings.

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Posted in: Laforet Harajuku highlights fashion & activism with special Vivienne Westwood anniversary exhibit See in context

Would love to organise a study trip there for my university classes. More activism can only be a good thing here.

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Posted in: In land of sushi, squid moves out of reach See in context

It will only take stories like this - concrete evidence that diretly effects the ECONOMY - to make governments take responsitibily for the critical issues related direcly to over consumption and climate change (which is ultimately a result of over consumption itself).

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Posted in: Abe says he won't force sales tax hike if economic conditions worsen See in context

Either the tax hikes are the right thing to do or they are not. This guy blatantly chases votes - not what is right.

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Posted in: Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption' See in context

I was going to add a comment as soon as I saw the headline but all the above comments sum up very well my own views and feelings to this news.

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Posted in: Japan retail sales growth slows See in context

Good - human footprint is already using 1.6 earth's worth of resources - any fall is consumption (the using up of resources) needs to be regarded as good news

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Posted in: Heat wave boosts April-Sept air conditioner shipments to record high See in context

talk about a vicious circle....

The house we build it carefully designed to be naturally cooled .... no need for AC. If we can do this ourselves, why can't housing companies do it?

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Posted in: Kanye West delivers surreal Oval Office show See in context

Another lunatic in the asylum.

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Posted in: Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows decline in sentiment See in context

As always too much focus on the economy and growth (greed) at the expense of all else. Japan should be happy with it's current position as an industrialized country and focus on quality of life issues - ie QUALITY not QUANTITY!!

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Posted in: 65 injured as typhoon hits Japan's mainland See in context

At windy.com VERY strong winds forecast for Tokyo bay area - sustained winds of 90kph - gusts over 150kph.

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Posted in: 7 injured after motor boat slams into quay in Hiroshima Pref See in context

We live on the lakeside of Baiwako - reulalry see idiots driving 'motor' boats. To seriously injure so many it must have been driven recklessly. And why not call it what it probably was - a 'speed' boat.

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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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