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Posted in: Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan's demographic crisis See in context

...  that poses risks for economic growth 

Well, all evidence shows that economic growth and the destruction it entails poses the greatest risk to economic growth. But this narative doesn't sit well with the establishment.

So lets get more babies to keep the consumer machine working.

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Posted in: Asian shares, U.S. futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate See in context

As Biden alluded - focusing on shares and share prices has no bearing on the majority of people - just the elite. And it has no tangible benefits for the quality of 'real' people's lives.

How about media reports more on things that really have an impact - air quality, global CO2 concentration (currently around 412ppm), rates of equality, average wages ....

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Posted in: New tomato yoghurt divides opinions in Japan See in context

Why not - tomato is a fruit. People are naturally wary of any new food.

We have goats and people always love the milk when they try it. But if we tell them it's goats milk before trying it, they are always hesitant.

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Posted in: Couple in A-bombed Hiroshima photo identified 74 years on See in context

Err... where is the photo?

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Posted in: Typhoon expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds over weekend See in context

It's a catergory 1 typhoon, soon to downgrade to a tropical storm, and is not going to make landfall.

Relatively speaking - not a "powerful typhoon"

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Posted in: Toyota, Hitachi, JR East to jointly develop hydrogen-powered trains See in context

Don't Japanese trains run on electricity?

Just get this electricity made from clean renewable sources as it should be. This would be far simpler and much more efficient that using it to create hydrogen.

Save the hydrogen for aircraft or boats that are more difficult to move over to electric.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to boost catch limits of prized bluefin tuna See in context

And Japanese are always so proud to say their culture is so in tune with nature.

Further depleting the oceans shows no respect for nature at all - just selfishness towards future generations that will have to deal with a depleted over-polluted world.

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Posted in: Typhoon injures 20 in Kyushu as stronger storm approaches See in context

Haishen is now rapidly intensifying to category 5. http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/tracker/dynamic/main.html

Seems common now to have storms reach this maximum category.(e.g. Hurricanes Michael, Dorian and 3 typhoons in 2018)

I predict there will soon be a higher category 6 added to the Saffir–Simpson scale.

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Posted in: To prevent heatstroke and COVID-19, Ibaraki vending machines dispense free cold water to students See in context

Bring back free drinking water fountains and water filling stations.

There is a great app that shows where free water is available mymizu https://www.mymizu.co/home-ja

And reduce energy wasting trash producing vending machines - Japan has 1 or every 25 people - mental!

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Posted in: Japan eyes 'energy forests' for woody biomass power generation See in context

resource-poor Japan

I hate this term - Japan has huge amounts of energy - solar, wind, geo-thermal....

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Posted in: Japan eyes 'energy forests' for woody biomass power generation See in context


Use city garbage and food waste to fuel biomass plants.

Then stop growing sugi which is an environmental disaster and instead use Japan's forest areas for growing quality hardwoods - oak, walnuts etc native to Japan and also revive the traditional charcoal sector.

Then Japan - stop sponsoring the deforestation of tropical forests in SE Asia for cheap BBQ charcoal and housing material imports.

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Posted in: Households face high prices for in-demand Pacific saury See in context

Japan has been spearheading an effort to address fishery resource depletion 

Really? Well how about starting with an awareness campaign? - I teach sustainable development and there is virtually no awareness of sustainable issues regarding fish consumption of maguro, ebi etc.

And still, it's very difficult to find MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) sustainably certified fish in supermarkets in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to send help as Mauritius races to contain massive fuel oil spill See in context

Another example of the external costs (externalities) that are not included in the price of fossil fuels.

This compny should FULLY compensate for the cleanup and lost tourist revenues.

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Posted in: Toyota group leads global vehicle sales in Jan-June See in context

Seems people are starting to bet of the future of the car industry as being electric and TESLA is ahead of the curve on this compared to Toyota

And may explain why TESLA is valued higher than Toyota at the moment despite its sales being 10 times lower than Toyota.

BTW I have a Toyota ... that we've been running on WVO (waste veggie oil) for 14 years. Still going strong.

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

This is good news and was always unfair, but the timing is strange given the record numbers of cases being reported around the globe - including Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to build more offshore wind farms See in context

This is good news but should have happened 10 or so years ago.

As is often the case Japan is playing catch up and will probably need to rely on Denmark etc for the cutting edge offshore technologies.

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Posted in: Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Koike says See in context

Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus

So no consideration about the realities of how the pandemic might play out - just continuing with the rhetoric and catch phrases to keep investors and sponsors happy.

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Posted in: Japan to limit financing of overseas coal power plants See in context

"There are developing nations in the world that can only choose coal as an energy source," 

And many developing countries - Kenya, for example, get nearly all of their primary energy from renewable energy.

It's just a case of policy priorities. Until now, Japan has simply favored the established industries of coal and nuclear.

No vision.

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Posted in: Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game See in context

If they were smart - just add CGI crowd to th live footage - am sure the technology is there to do that and much less wasteful.

The cardboard cut out crowd reported the other week was even more stupid/wasteful.

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Posted in: Nearly 40 feared dead as torrential rains continue in southwestern Japan See in context

This happens every year! 

Well yes, sadly so, but research shows that incidence of extreme rainfall over the past decade in Japan has increased by nearly 1.4 times more frequent that previous averages. THIS needs to be addressed.

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Posted in: JAL to resume all domestic flights as early as October See in context

The government should put actions first - rather than rhetoric about tackling climate change.

Domestic flights should be taxed and long distance high speed trains subsidised.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales fall 12.3% in May from a year earlier See in context

I don't know where you live but where I live, there is brown rice, organic,

We live in the countryside - in Shiga - surely a place where local organic, brown rice SHOULD be readily available. We can get it but not in any supermarkets. Shopping in Kyoto is no different - no variety.

Go to any modern city anywhere in SE Asia or Europe, and you can easily find numerous varieties of rice - brown, black, jasmin etc etc ... that cannot be said for supermarkets here in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales fall 12.3% in May from a year earlier See in context

@magnet: I miss Japanese supermarkets... So much better than the ones we have here in Australia.

Then they must be pretty bad.

I find Japanese supermarkets so depressing - no organic, fair trade options - not even brown rice ... or other healthy options.

The best we've got in japan for healthy organic options - ironically - is Costco.

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Posted in: JR Central to delay planned start in 2027 of maglev train service See in context

This project is just a ego boosting project.

It is a complete waste of money and is extreemely inefficient, using huge amounts of enery compared to regular high speed trains.


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Posted in: Microsoft to permanently close all retail stores See in context

Will anyone notice them gone?

While I don't think their software is much good - it's faired much better than their hardware ventures - zune etc which have been largely disastrous.

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Posted in: Japan baseball season starts Friday night without fans See in context

What a colossal waste of paper and later no doubt a colossal amount of trash.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st-quarter GDP shrinks less than initial estimate but still faces deep recession See in context

This continued blind obsession with GDP...

This is a terrible measure of "progress" which even the person who created it said it shouldn't be used to measure progress.

And besides - shouldn't we be expecting a GDP fall anyway given that population is falling?

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Posted in: Japanese companies developing cool face masks for summer See in context

As with those unecessary heating pads for the winter, more use of toxic chemicals I'm sure to produce such a mask. No thanks.

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Posted in: From wagyu beef to melons, Japan's ¥234 tril virus rescue piques struggling firms See in context

Anyone who boasts about consuming any kind of beef - however "prestigious", is out of touch. Beef is a product that is increasingly being grouped with other economic bads such as fossil fuel, international travel, tobacco ...

And any government that supports these and other luxury products is also clearly out of touch.

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Posted in: Get your hands on an environmentally friendly DIY daruma set See in context

Always good to have products made that consider the environment.

As an even more eco-friendly alternative - paint some stones using paints you already have.

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