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Posted in: Japan beats Spain 2-1 to advance to last 16 at World Cup See in context

Pretty good result given that they had less than 20% of possession.

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Posted in: Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages See in context

 low birth rate and falling population as factors that might erode Japan's national strength.

This is the limited mindset of the leaders - wounded ego and wanting to 'keep up with the Jones'.

Jeans population was under 85 million in the 1950.

125m is way too many - as highlighted by it's population density and quality of life issues

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Posted in: U.S. excludes oil for Japan from Russia's Sakhalin-2 from price cap See in context

@Antiquesaving Ok now tell us all which ones of these are ready now, can replace all the gasoline, kerosene, gas and diesel needed today and this winter?

So let's look at reality not fantasy, none of it is ready and will not help anytime soon.

Completely missing the point. If there was more longer term thinking, instead of the CONTINUED thinking/policies that ignore the potential of renewables - reducing energy dependence, and facing up to the reality of the climate crisis will never improve.

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Posted in: U.S. excludes oil for Japan from Russia's Sakhalin-2 from price cap See in context

important energy supply source for the resource-poor country

Japan is not resource poor.

It has more than enough tidal, wave, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar energy to be completely energy independent.

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Posted in: Japan reports 81,401 new coronavirus cases See in context

Are the media here not questioning why Japan's covid numbers are regularly posting the highest daily numbers of new infections - despite being one of the most masked up countries in the world?

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Posted in: Japan facing extended period of low growth See in context

With shrinking population why does anyone even expect the economy to grow?

Research shows the rich developed economies naturally level off (growth following an S curve) - trying to keep an economy growing infinitely is just insane. We live on a finite planet.

A steady-state economy is the only responsible path of future development.

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Posted in: Millions at risk of climate displacement in Middle East See in context

Unfortunately, this kind of story is just going to get more common, and severe. There is also the north and east regions of Africa and with the Himalayan and Andes glaciers melting, much of Asia and South America will also be facing worsening water storages and disruption.

I just hope the seriousness of climate change is reflected in COP27's negotiations and outcome.

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Posted in: Land-based climate plans unrealistic: report See in context

When the temperature soars to 45, 50, 60, 80, 100 and 200 degrees Celsius

Even during the worst mass extinction in earth's history _the end of Paleozoic mass extinction - the massive amounts of carbon that was released then didn't lead to such high temperatures. Still 99% of life became extinct.

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Posted in: Japan's fair trade watchdog launches probe into '1 yen' smartphones See in context

Good news about the investigation.

I prefer not to give these monopolistic corps my time and money - I've not had a phone now for well over 10 years.

Much less stress too.

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Posted in: Japan set to ease planned electricity bill hike for households See in context

Efficiency is the key to solving many of the energy issues we face.

If the gov't had had a sensible energy policy - especially given Japan's reliance on imports - it would have legislated for better housing standards and all new housing stock would now be well insulated and running on their own renewable energy.

We built our own house - triple glazed, fully insulated, 100% electric with solar - producing about twice the energy we use. If we can do, it the gov't should be able to help people do it - not just how around money.

And why only worry about saving energy now, and not over the last 10 or even 20 years because of the climate crisis?

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Posted in: Japan develops special sushi for pregnant women See in context

No mention of the more serious risk of mercury. Tuna, is often sold with a warning for pregnant women.

I can only guess why this is not a known issue in Japan

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Posted in: 67% of young people in Japan routinely engage in power saving: survey See in context

make power-saving efforts on a daily basis, apparently driven by Russia's war in Ukraine

Good news, but would be more positive if they had been motivated by the need to act on the climate crisis, which ultimately, will have far wider and more serious consequences than the Ukraine war.

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Posted in: 67% of young people in Japan routinely engage in power saving: survey See in context

make power-saving efforts on a daily basis, apparently driven by Russia's war in Ukraine

Good news, but would be more positive if they had been motivated by the need to act on the climate crisis, which ultimately, will have far wider and more serious consequences than the Ukraine war.

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Posted in: Crown prince, 6 other imperial members to attend Abe state funeral See in context

Crown Prince and family members should stay well away.

I'm a bit surprised they don't have a stronger moral compass/ good judgement.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for U.N. reforms to address Russian aggression See in context

@Peter14 The UN needs a complete redesign. No veto's in the Security council. No permanent members.

I agree.

So on this occasion, I have to say - well done Kishida for calling this out.

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

"Win-win"?

overcrowded destinations and public transport, continuing to ignore the critical issue of rising global emissions - when urgently and drastically need to be reduced.

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Posted in: Apple debuts iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max See in context

I haven't had a phone for over 13 years. They seem a huge waste of time and money.

A good book and my MacBook Pro are perfect substitutes. .

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Posted in: Countries around the world are being increasingly hit by record heat, flash floods and droughts. Scientists say these weather variations are becoming more extreme due to global warming, which is being driven chiefly by humanity's use of fossil fuels. Do you agree? See in context

@TrevorPeace The earth has been going through cycles of heat and cold for millennia.

Sure, hothouse earth and snowball earth, which both lead to mass extinction events.

Have you even looked at the data for the period in earth's history that is particularly relevant - when humans existed and evolved?

The earth's CO2 levels (atmospheric ppm) haven't been as high as they are now for at least 4 million years.

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Posted in: Countries around the world are being increasingly hit by record heat, flash floods and droughts. Scientists say these weather variations are becoming more extreme due to global warming, which is being driven chiefly by humanity's use of fossil fuels. Do you agree? See in context

What is the point of this question? It is no longer a question of debate.

Would a similar question be valid if it were, for example, The earth goes around the sun. Agree, disagree, no sure?

Human induced climate change is a fact that can no longer be debated. The only debate should be how best to mitigate it.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth's death: Reaction from world leaders See in context

If any world leader, recently deceased or otherwise, that truly deserves a state funeral, if only based upon the longevity of their service to their country, the Queen has to be at the top of the list, in my opinion.

I agree. There couldn't possibly be a bigger contrast between the two state funerals (UK, Japan) coming up.

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Posted in: Gov't plans ¥50,000 handouts for each low-income household to fight inflation See in context

How about using the 1.6 billion (and counting) that is earmarked to be wasted on Abe's state funeral?

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon may approach southwestern Japan on Tuesday See in context

YubaruToday  05:18 pm JST

It's really not that "powerful",

Well....it was a category 5 (the highest) super typhoon, and is soon to become a category 4 typhoon again. I'd say that was pretty powerful.

http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/tracker/dynamic/main.html

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Posted in: World could save 700 mil tons of CO2 if people cycled more, study shows See in context

As with many solutions to the climate crisis, cycling is a simple win-win-win solution.

A healthier, eco-friendly, cheaper option.

Now we just need "leaders" to help make cities more cycle and walking-friendly and less car-friendly.

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Posted in: Europe facing its worst drought in 500 years: study See in context

And the US has had four once-in-1000-year weather events this summer.

Even the most die hard so called "climate deniers" cannot fail to see the dots joining up ... all as predicted for decades now.

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Posted in: Scientists warn of dire effects as Mediterranean heats up See in context

So can you tell us when exactly this "stable state of the climate" existed?

The last 12,000 years - this is practically common knowledge.

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Posted in: Greenland treads softly on tourism as icebergs melt See in context

Greenland's massive ice cap has lost 4.7 trillion tons of ice, contributing to a sea level rise of 1.2 centimeters on its own

The real threat are the tipping points which can start unstoppable cycles or warming/melting (feedback loops).

Melting in Greenland is reducing the altitude of the icesheet. The warmer temperatures at the lower altitudes will of course add to the warming process....

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Posted in: World's biggest ice sheet could cause massive sea rise without action: study See in context

"Even as recently as 400,000 years ago -- not that long ago on geological timescales -- there is evidence that a part of the EAIS retreated 700 km inland in response to only 1-2°C of global warming,"

And CO2 concentrations then were MUCH less than they are now (416ppm and rising).

Because warming follows CO2 concentrations we are already locked in for the consequences of current (and rising) green house gas concentrations.

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Posted in: Bulky boxes of wagyu beef can be yours with Japan’s rental frying pan/meat subscription service See in context

Just as tobacco became a social taboo (at least in developed countries) because of health, meat is next in line because of its impossible-to-ignore environmental impact.

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Posted in: Nearly 370 mil disposable cups used by coffee chains in Japan in 2020 See in context

Costs will be handed down to the end consumer.

This misses the point.

Polluter pays make products and services that are bad for society/environment relatively more expensive than the same products/services offered by more responsible companies.

Added to the fact that consumers may increasingly make make informed choices and buy responsibly, the eco-friendly companies will be the winners.

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Posted in: Tropical storm drenches parts of Japan as it moves north See in context

Why people still insist on calling it a typhoon? Just do a little research and you can clearly see it's a tropical storm, soon to be downgraded to a tropical depression.

There is a reliable site: http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/tracker/dynamic/main.html

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