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Posted in: New Zealand introduces climate change law for financial firms in world first See in context

Taking climate change as seriously as it should be taken. Well done NZ.

However, the ultimate tool to fight human induced climate change is still a robust carbon tax.

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Posted in: The global race to develop 'green' hydrogen See in context

How about first focusing on consuming less energy. Then as a second priority, switching over to the growing sources of viable renewables becoming available.

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Posted in: Japan suspends new aid to Myanmar over coup See in context

Japan, which has strong economic ties with Myanmar and long-standing relations with its military, has opted not to take more directly punitive measures.

This should be the headline - given that it is the most significant point.

Japan can't risk losing a good source of tropical hardwood or other "valuable" resources.

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Posted in: Yellow sandstorm blankets part of western Japan See in context

AQI site shows parts of China and Korea with AQI index literally off the charts at 999. Over 100 is unhealthy. Using my own AQI gadget this morning in Shiga it was reading 156.

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Posted in: Climate change will deepen rich-poor global divide, top economists warn See in context

"There seems to be extremely high concern about the risks of climate change,"

Unfortunately this concern is still not reflected in government policy. Most western countries are still focused on getting their populations out shopping and flying around the post pandemic globe rather than creating green economies.

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Posted in: Fukushima hopes Olympic torch relay will show world it is not 'nuclear wasteland' See in context

Fukushima hopes Olympic torch relay will show world it is not 'nuclear wasteland'

How? Who's going to waste their time watching a meaningless touch relay?

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Posted in: Thousands to be evacuated as Sydney faces worst floods in 60 years See in context

climate change in action.

Unbelievable that comments like this still get thumbs down. The evidence in undeniable even by those who don't want to acknowledge the inconvenient truth about climate change because of their politics or financial links with fossil fuel etc.

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Posted in: JAL to let flight attendants choose fewer work hours with salary cuts See in context

This should be the future where people choose quality of time (more free time) over pointless consumerism (constantly working to spend). It's already an increasing trend in Europe.

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Posted in: Buyers of Olympic village condos left out in the cold after delayed Games See in context

I agree with the above - who'd want to live in such a depressing housing environment? Is that the best they can do?

Green spaces should the the number one priority if people are to be expected to live in such small spaces. But then again, quality of life doesn't seem to be a priority of the government, planners or indeed the majority of people.

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

the government will also have to review its growth strategy, given that expectations for inbound visitors to revive the Japanese economy were high

And there we have it ... the Olympics is treated by 'leaders' as a money making scheme to continue the illusion the Economic Growth (getting more money!) is more important any anything else.

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

the government will also have to review its growth strategy, given that expectations for inbound visitors to revive the Japanese economy were high

And there we have it ... the Olympics is treated by 'leaders' as a money making scheme to continue the illusion the Economic Growth (getting more money!) is more important any anything else.

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Posted in: Nikkei plunges over 1,200 points to below 29,000; biggest drop in 4 years See in context

With all the serious problems affecting society and the world, too many humans still fixated on money and all associated measures of money - stocks, GDP ...

It's no wonder there're so many looming crises.

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

I completely support any efforts to reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned. But I'd still like to see some sort of generally agreed to method of life cycle costing

I completely agree. However, the project is off to a bad start if it's going to be build on farmland, or worse, forested/natural land.

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Posted in: Gov't, TEPCO ordered to pay damages over Fukushima nuclear crisis See in context

Headline should read "TEPCO ordered to pay damages on behalf of taxpayers and to get the refund later."

And only to only 43 people?

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Posted in: Quake knocks out 20% of Japan's refining capacity See in context

due to the global warming winter freeze. 

Yes - high artic temperatures cause a destabilising of the jet stream which in turn leads to polar vortexes heading south - expect many more record breaking cold spells in Europe, US over the coming years.

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Posted in: Quake knocks out 20% of Japan's refining capacity See in context

the pandemic led to the evaporation of crude demand over the last year.

... 743,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil-processing capacity has been idled

Good news for the planet.

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Posted in: Autoworkers face uncertain future in an era of electric cars See in context

Retraining?

New jobs and opportunities. EV cars still need to be made, serviced etc.

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Posted in: 1-month state of emergency extension may cut consumption by ¥3.6 tril See in context

less consumption = less pointless waste.

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Posted in: Electric cars, fewer cows in New Zealand's climate change plan See in context

With the US now showing real leadership in Climate Change, the EU's Green Deal, and other countries like NZ acting responsibly, it seems a tipping point for governments treating climate change as the emergency it is, things may finally be looking hopeful.

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Posted in: The end of the pay phone? Japanese government considering getting rid of them See in context

And for people like me who don't have or want a mobile phone?

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Posted in: IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic See in context

Waste of time and paper ... given that they probably won't happen.

Need leaders to lead and make bold decisions - when doing down the wrong past be strong enough to stop turn around and take a new path. That simply doesn't seem to happen here much.

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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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