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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.

Madness!

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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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Posted in: Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation See in context

New Zealand is promoting the idea of a 4 day working week and staycations to boost home tourism.

Why can the Japanese govenment ever promote well thought out policies.

Its answer to everything is borrow, and mindlessly throw money around in its misguided attempts to "boost the economy".

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Posted in: Severe storm lashes vast expanse of west Australian coast See in context

So in the past week we've had once in a 500-year flooding event in the US, 27C temperatures in the arctic, the strongest ever recorded cyclone in the Bay of Bengal and this once in a decade storm in Western Australia.

While the COVID-19 have been dominating the headlines the existential climate crisis continues on its way.

Governments take note.

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Posted in: Nikkei erroneously says Fuji Rock Festival canceled See in context

Me getting old too then - I've not heard of these bands.

Last year we went - saw 2 bands I've followed for DECADES! - the Cure and Chemical Brothers.

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Posted in: Japan's top business lobby calls for 4-day workweek in virus fight See in context

Good news. But it would be better news if they were being truely progressive and urging the move for general quality of life - work-life balance..

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Posted in: Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world See in context

So long as the hydrogen is produced using clean, renewable sources of energy.

Our house produces over double what we use. With the right technology and proper support and commitment from goverment, houses such as ours could be used to power mini hydrogen producing units.

But cost and efficiency of the technology needs to match other clean technolgies..

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Posted in: Pandemic sets Japan on course for deep recession as spending, services plunge See in context

This pandemic has clearly shown us that modern economies depend on huge amounts on non-essential consumption.

I hope lessons are learned and we don't go back to the sensless spiral of working to earn enough, just for the sake of feeding the consumption treadmill.

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Posted in: What are the most popular Japanese TV shows? See in context

OK, that covers children's TV. How about the other programmes or channels that for grown adults?

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Posted in: Robots on hand to greet coronavirus patients in hotels See in context

This is why Japan is way behind with important technology - online banking, education, business - their pre-occupation in what are mostly cute useless robots.

Looks like there is one Robot to greet, and 3 staff to take care of the Robot.

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Posted in: Coronavirus tally rises to 91 on cruise ship in Nagasaki See in context

So now we have to endure the numbers of infected from this ship AND the numbers from the Diamond Princess being tagged onto the end of every mention of covid-19 numbers in Japan.

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Posted in: As people stay home, Earth turns wilder and cleaner See in context

It would be nice to imagine the rampant and pointless growth - regardless of the immense social and environmental costs will be reassessed and the world resets.

Hopefully people are realising that spending more time with family, working less, consuming less - ultimately offers a better quality of life.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers, IOC clash over who will pay for delay See in context

The Olympics - bringing people together!

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Posted in: Japan enters 1st weekend under nationwide state of emergency See in context

Japan media - we no longer care about Diamond Princess.

It's now completely irrelevant.

Stop mentioning it PLEASE!

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Posted in: Japanese airlines keep most domestic flights despite few passengers See in context

They deserve then to go under - why would they continue polluting AND flying nerly empty loss making flights? Mad.

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Posted in: Taiwan donating 2 million face masks to Japan See in context

If more people made their own masks and stop using the stupid disposable ones there would be plenty of masks.

And Abe; instead of wasting tax payers money on sending 2 to every household - all packaged in plastic no doubt - why not have a campaign for making home made masks?

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Posted in: Abe pressed to pay out more cash as coronavirus hits economy See in context

I'll not be taking his money - would rather give it to charity.

This government has no foresight to see beyond getting people to spend money - like it's a golden egg.

No thought to how the money should be spent to attain a better quality of life, fair and just society, and protected environment.

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Posted in: Traditional Japanese seal system hampers telework for some See in context

Sorry ... LOL!!!

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