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Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing? See in context

While I/we remain tactile, and autonomously mobile, or until have physiological digital interface, the way we are is the way we are - switched off unconnected until we decide to have a device, switch something on and connect.

In the end, humans are still detached till they choose not to be.

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Posted in: What's the best onsen facility you have been to in Japan? See in context

Furusawaya in Niigata-ken on the way to Aizu.

Full-on early Showa, old style, labyrinthine, well maintained, usually empty with wonderful rotenburo overlooking river bend, so often just you.

Or オーベールジ土佐山 above Kochi City, on side of valley with 60-degree+cedar-covered slopes, newer, but wooden rotenburo planks deteriorating since I first went in mid 2000s.

Or ‘ラミネート’ onsen somewhere in Oita, with weird bubbles of nitrates or something all over skin, fizzily tingling.

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Posted in: Australia to speed up purchase of sea mines to boost maritime defense See in context

Ships had to be demagnetised after WW2 to avoid all the magnetic mines (still) left in the seas.

If crisis starts, these forgotten weapon-types will be cried out for.

Seems like someone is planning contingencies (too much).

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Posted in: Japan to allow unlicensed electric scooter riding from July See in context

Strongest evidence yet of implicit public policy to even out youth-aged demographic balance or just stymie population growth.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off now than you were this time last year? See in context

Yes.

I got a job,

which sucks.

Now for a Plan B.

Or C

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Posted in: When you were a teenager, did you think much about issues concerning the environment, such as climate change, pollution, recycling, energy and water conservation and so on? See in context

Pollution was the thing then

That being said, climate change acceptance or denial regardless, action leads to cleaner environment on the whole.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro adds platform display showing where least crowded parts of the next train will be See in context

Still trial - complicated.

Complicated yet if can be done, great!

Till next complication.

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Posted in: What advantages does marriage offer that a single lifestyle doesn't? See in context

Association

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Posted in: Petrol stations' days may be numbered See in context

Developing countries are markets for so many used internal combustion engine vehicles that until their current supply dries up gas stations will be around.

Big, open developed countries the same. Smaller affluent car producing markets shifting to electric are still not the main markets.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

What about fabric?

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Posted in: Are you making fewer phone calls than you used to, preferring instead email, texting, FaceTime, Snapchat or other social media? See in context

I am older, many video calls overseas, fewer locally, so not a good person to ask.

Better to ask who still use FB or WhatsApp -lots of channels coming and going in the social media world

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Posted in: Federer, Nadal to team up in doubles at Laver Cup on Friday See in context

Blast from the past before moving on.

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Posted in: SoftBank launches used car subscriptions as telecom growth slows See in context

Been a spike in costs of cars in Tonga recently - 95%+ are mid to late 平成 Japanese models in reasonable to wheels-falling-off condition. Lots of Voxys

Maybe Mr Son’s and other used car ‘subscription’(!!) ventures have had this effect.

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Posted in: Did anything you learned at school prove useful for you in the adult world? See in context

Latin - for English and other languages

Times tables to 13 and mental arithmetic

That after school you are suddenly without input, just what you get on your own.

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Posted in: Is a completely cashless society desirable? See in context

System goes down and we’re back to barter - until a medium of exchange is established and we start again

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Posted in: Europe prepares for a winter without Russian gas See in context

European lifestyle support wake-up call.

Like oil in 1970s, things change.

Adapt, Europe, and btw, welcome to the future.

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Posted in: Is the world becoming more divided politically, socially and economically? See in context

Yes, social media help

nothing new here though

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Posted in: Do you think marriage will continue to be a key social institution in the future? See in context

Yeah - link to traditions, custom, even if reimaginedand even if the so-called institution becomes downplayed.

Then there are also attitudes, policies, processes and rules of that more tangible institution called government.

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Posted in: Do you think G7 and NATO summits, being held this week, ever achieve anything tangible? See in context

Besides tangible ‘appearance’ - for instance not too long ago Putin would rock up too when they toyed with ‘G-8’. Not there now.

Yet, things get achieved, people/contacts are met.

But so much of that is never revealed or seen by punters like you and me - which makes unseen thereby intangible.

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Posted in: Japan is a partner nation of NATO, along with South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

‘North Atlantic Treaty Organization’ OR

’North Pacific Treaty Organization’ OR

‘West Pacific Treaty Organization’??

Well, only the first has a mutual defence clause and trigger. And the US has bi-partite treaties with all the other listed nations anyway - for what they are worth.

Post-1945 Japan traditionally prefers softer solutions than regional sabre-rattling. However underlying that, they prefer to be linked to all options, including military links, and keeping good relations with partner nations is even more important than facing off would-be adversaries.

So, in the end, the question just reflects strategic business-as-usual for Japan.

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Posted in: What do you think of China's zero-COVID strategy? See in context

Pandemic as coercion excuse - basically a reminder of who is boss.

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Posted in: China and the U.S. blame each other for escalating tensions over Taiwan. Who do you think is more at fault? See in context

Taiwan is, or has

Autonomous:

currency and economy

polity

defence force

jurisdiction

international recognition (albeit mostly unofficial)

and so on.

And a significant indigenous native demographic, not that KMT or anyone else would let them get in the way

Meanwhile the world’s biggest producer of microchips gets on which ameliorating the current worldwide shortage.

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Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us again with prequels, sequels, remakes and spinoffs from past films? Do you tire of these sorts of films? See in context

Continuations OK

Adaptions of vid games too, to a point

Otherwise no originality any more.

Disney live action remakes of its animated works epitomise the state of Hollywood - though MeToo fallout over a remake of Snow White would be interesting to watch.

Plus the sucking up to the Chinese market.

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

In Japan, yes.

Best to ask the insurance companies for their data first

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Posted in: Earn money in Japan just by walking with new backpack advertising part-time job service See in context

Already happens with brand labels on items. Think Ralph Lauren, and even Coca Cola.

’Cup Noodle’ backpack anyone? sorry, not so simple: ‘Cup noodle’ Stchar backpack anyone?

Um, we pay Stchar or Stchar pay us?

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Posted in: What are your views on parents hitting their young children as a means of punishing or disciplining them? See in context

Physical pain as punishment; violent disposition as power display.

Hypothetically just one more mode in a repertoire, if the most lacking in reason.

Point is loss of rational and emotive control by instigator. Then some empty justification rooted in past practice and tradition.

Bottom line is it didn’t work so well then, and is likely not to now.

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Posted in: Life in the shopping 'slow lane' helping aging Japan stay independent See in context

one or two hours every Thursday afternoon

Some places here have first hour every morning for aged or handicapped only. This seems more suited to preference for more often than weekly shopping.

Good idea though

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Posted in: The Russians (or Chinese, or North Koreans) are coming! What to do: Fight or flight? See in context

People’d come around.

Sth Korea at 70-odd%! Not surprised at that. A reality and daily part of the culture (eg. In Japan for comparison, think ‘earthquake’)

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