And still some may wonder why Japan does so poorly in the world Happiness Index rankings.
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@Andrew Crisp (Coal) ...safer than Nuclear power stations
May be you need to check the statistics that show how many thousands of people die from coal mining, air pollution, water and soil pollution from toxic sludge from coal mines before you claim coal is safer than nuclear.
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Tell me more about how electric cars are "zero emission"
Very simple - charge them using renewable energy - it's not rocket science.
And besides, even dirty fossil fuel sourced electricity with centrally produced emissions can be much cleaner than fossil fuel burned and emitted by regular cars - especially in congested cities.
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A good illustration of one of the many positive effects of a falling population - in general, if managed by pogressive 'leaders' can result in many opporunities to increase quality of life in Japan.
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Really? Just like Japan has diversified away from its reliance on the construction industry and stimulus packages, and a wonderfully diversified and resilient agricultural sector....
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The very rliable Tropical Storm Watch website dowen't even show a tropical depression, let alone a typhoon. Where did information on this no-existant "typhoon" come from?
And yes, the forecasts here in recent months have constantly been way off.
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Careful - you don't want to spook the sponsors ... Coca cola and such.
Own drinks? Using "my" bottles ... what next? Free public water fountains convenienly placed to even further reduce the milions of PET bottles that are needlessly used everyday.
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The headline sums up these leaders and meetings very well - all retoric and image is everything - no substance on the things that matter - tackling inequality, climate change, reducing the power and reach of the global corporations.
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For more context see the baffon Balmer laughing off the launch of iPhone ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eywi0h_Y5_U
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Good news, but as usual japan has a lot of catching up to do.
And if they stopped giving away plastic bags with every purchase large or small they'd save a lot more the 260 tones mentioned in the article.
AND sell take out coffee in similar plant based plastic or even better, customers' own mugs - not even an option as far as I know.
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May be ticket sales in other countries were lower because the people were more cynical/less gullible to the hype and commercialism of the games.
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The IPCC projections mentioned seem to already be out of date.
Several recent model-based studies, expert assessments and national assessments suggest an upper bound for 21st century global mean sea level rise in the range of 1.5–2.5 m.
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Japan inc protecting Japan inc. Air B'n'B should stand by it's original purpose of facilitating the peer to peer economy, not the greedy status.
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Complete rip off for what is essentially an unnecessary product. I haven't had a phone for over 10 years.
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Luckily, we are able to make copious amounts of marmalade every year from our hasaku and yuzu trees. Superb fruits for marmalade.
But sorry, I have to say that most shop marmalade is too tame - often too sweet and not chunky enough.
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And where are the rest of the women?
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Totally agree with JeffLee - in addition, with only GDP as the current goal of most policy makers - any slow down or fall in "growth" can only be a win for the planet when current growth just means more mindless fossil fuelled consumption.
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Japan’s strict attitude to companies operating in regulatory grey zones has stymied the growth of “sharing economy”
In other words - Japan inc. still does everthing it can to protect Japan inc. as the expense of innovation and a fairer distribution of economic activity.
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I hope this is a genuine effort to clean up the planet and not just PR for the run up to the 2020 Olympics.
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Better late than never. Bangaldesh was the first country to ban plastic bags. Japan should be bolder to catch up - follow Europe and UK and ban other single use plastic items - straws etc.
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Just another immature gimmick.
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The crux of the problem with is that the consumer-oriented system we've been cursed with means that everthnig is too cheap so there is less incentive to reduce waste.
Also if there was better education to encourage more people to grow their own food, more people would understand the real value of food.
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How can you cut the number of patients? Is there a cure?
Seems a very misguided plan ....
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And in other news: the Japanese government is desperate to reverse Japan's falling population.
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Issues of overpopulation and overconsumption are are much important and it's pure ignorance of the goverment of simply trying to reverse population fall in order to blindly keep chasing economic growth.
Many quality of life issues are linked to Japan's high popualtion density.
To put everything into perspective, in 1950, not so long ago, population was 83 million (over 50 million less than now).
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