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Posted in: Japan adopts plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon emissions See in context

Let's it is straight: Nuclear power is not clean energy. It also not safe energy, It is horribly outdated energy.

Within the last 35 years we've had two catastrophic nuclear disasters. The last one, Fukushima, is an ongoing disaster. It will be ongoing beyond many of our lifetimes. Meanwhile, the release of contaminated Fukushima water will endanger sea life. Shut down nuclear power plants and erect more windmills.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka to lift nightlife curbs from Monday as virus cases plunge See in context

It is still too early to take our guard down.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

From above: "Hagarty is right that US executives and companies will think twice about doing business with Japan because of cases like this." The capitalists think twice for two minutes. Business has been good as usual during this obscene trial. The U.S. could have rounded up the usual suspects to force this trial to close. But this would have been bad for business, military relations, etc. No, like it or not, nothing is going to change no matter who says what.

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Posted in: Japan envoy pick Emanuel says he did nothing improper over Chicago teen shooting See in context

This is likely a move to get Emanuel as far away from American politics as possible.

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Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

What the schools would be teaching would certainly be teaching nationalism, not patriotism. What these nationalists (not patriots) will avoid is all the unpleasant and embarrassing realities of Japan that the LDP and its ilk have been hiding (or trying to hide) for years. Pearl Harbor has been an erased event for years. But that is only for starters. There is the murder and torture by the Japanese military in WWII and the Korean captivity under Imperial Japan. A good patriot would accept the truth; the nationalist would deny it.

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Posted in: 2,500 cases reported of sexually exploitative photos of athletes See in context

At the Olympics there are lot of nice bodies and lots of skin. There is nothing new about this. The problem is one of publication. Because of digital photography it is easy to publish athletes' photos in places they would not wish to be published. Words can be more exploitive than images.

In this age of the string bikini whatever the Olympic athletes wear is modest by comparison. Fame, unfortunately, is the real culprit. Become famous and lose yourself.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties, despite strains See in context

I will repeat that the 1965 treaty was foisted upon the South Korea people by the U.S., Japan and South Korea's dictator, a former operative of the annexed Korea's pro-Japanese Korean quasi-rulers under the Japanese colonialists. It has no moral validity.

At this point the Japan LDP rulers still see South Korea as an underling. It is in fact an equal. Its universities are better than Japan's. It is becoming a formidable industrial power. It has real political plurality.

It's for Japan to catch up on what South Korea is now.

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Posted in: Gov't to boost hospital capacity to treat more COVID patients See in context

Yeah, "wow." This is not a timely initiative. It is a belated one. It would have been timely last summer if Japan had cancelled the Olympics and ParaOlympics and concentrated on saving the lives Japanese and residents. Instead, a dark number of people with COVID-19 were sent home to die painfully in their own beds. From above: "Japan saw a surge in infections this summer when it held the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, logging a nationwide daily record of 25,867 on Aug. 20. Since then, the country has seen a steady decline in cases..." Let us hope there will be no more distractors.

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Posted in: Do you think it is a good idea to include patriotism in school curricula? See in context

In teaching "patriotism" would we in fact by teaching nationalism? George Orwell made a distinction between the two. He saw patriotism as something non-aggressive and not needing to be shoved on anyone. To Orwell patriotism was a perfect pot of tea. Nationalism, on the other hand, he saw as something aggressive and totalitarian. The latter is what is forced on people, often with the fear of punishment. This is the sort of "patriotism" that one would expect in Japan's lockstep schools.

Bernard Crick wrote that when Orwell returned to English from India he "went native in his own country." My best Japanese friend was like that.

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Posted in: Kishida urges S Korea to do more over wartime row to improve ties See in context

Kishida could do something useful. Like paid up Korean women used as sex slaves by the Japanese

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Posted in: Kishida to seek economic growth before redistributing wealth See in context

""Unless there is growth there is nothing to distribute," says Kishida. And I say this is nonsense. Japan is a rich country and there is plenty to "redistribute" without "growth." What Kishida is in fact up to is keeping the status quo, whereby the rich keep getting richer and the working class gets little in terms of wages and benefits.

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Posted in: Pulitzer-winning scholar Sherwin, who challenged support for U.S. bombing of Japan, dead at 84 See in context

The only alternative that would have been remotely possible to civilian saturation bombing and the A-bombs would have been the bombing of the Imperial Palace.

Unfortunately, that possibility would have left Japan in the hands of worse alternatives in regard to surviving leaders.

Japan's going to war was a bad idea.

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Posted in: In Japan, parents still must single-handedly shoulder all responsibility for raising children. Our country’s philosophy and basic approach toward child rearing are wrong. See in context

Want more children? Want social services for families? Want decent schools with smaller classes and real vacations? Kick the LDP out of power.

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Posted in: Bureaucrat's widow asks Kishida to look into scandal that led to suicide See in context

Guaranteed Kishida would be worse than useless in this matter.

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Posted in: Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah awarded Nobel literature prize See in context

Well, that two Nobel Prizes in Literature for Kent University.

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Posted in: Anti-virus measures stop legal return of thousands to New Zealand See in context

Unconstitutional and inhumane. Who would have imagined this coming from New Zealand?

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Posted in: Japan's largest labor organization Rengo gets 1st female chief See in context

This lady rose up from the ranks. She'll make the capitalists shake in their custom leather shoes.

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Posted in: Tourism minister to consider when to restart Go To Travel campaign See in context

Right. Go to spread the corona virus. Have things gotten that dull after the Olympics?

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Posted in: Japanese abductees' families urge Kishida to resolve issue with N Korea See in context

Remember in 2002 the then dictator announced that North Korea had indeed abducted Japanese. What followed should not have followed: idiocy.

First, abductees were released with the understanding that they they be returned to North Korea. The Japanese government said okay and then did not return the abductees, which was quite right. Score one idiot point for North Korea. But things could still have been mended if the LDP politicians did not rant and rave and curse North Korea. North Korea clamped up after telling likely lies about the missing abductees. Score one idiot point for the LDP.

And that is where we are today. A sad business dragged out of political theatrics.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers grill Facebook on spiking teen mental health fears See in context

Facebook should be broken up into three or four companies.

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Posted in: Princess Mako diagnosed with PTSD; to marry Kei Komuro on Oct 26 See in context

Princess Mako is a trooper !! Yes she is !

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Posted in: New enrollments at 46% of private Japanese universities not filled in 2021 See in context

I meant to write "demographic."

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Posted in: New enrollments at 46% of private Japanese universities not filled in 2021 See in context

The problem is first and foremost democratic. There are not enough 18 year olds. The current steep decline started with the crash of 1990 (along with other factors.). To make a long story short, the result of a drop in the number of child who were either near born or aborted.

Now the pandemic. Thanks to ZOOM you now have students studying through the Internet.

For students who want brick and mortar universities there are a lot to chose from and the competition is not a stiff. Students will likely go for state schools which are cheaper and often better than private schools.

There are still the bottom feeders universities that will take people if they simply able to sign their names.

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Posted in: Tokyo protests S Korean court order to sell assets for WWII compensation See in context

Nice thoughts, but the U.S. would be the worst choice. South Korea was established as a "banana" republic after the war, using the old colonial Japanese and turncoat Koreans who ruled Korea after annexation. Ironically the U.S. shunned the liberators of Korea and sided with the ex-colonialists.

Considering the damage Japan did to Korea Japan should pay up and shut up.

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Posted in: Tokyo protests S Korean court order to sell assets for WWII compensation See in context

What goes around comes around.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi asset sale in wartime labor case See in context

For "wartime labor" read "slave labor." That's what work without pay it and that is what the Japanese imperial government gave Korean workers.

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Posted in: Panasonic to cut over 1,000 domestic jobs in planned structural reform See in context

Very likely Panasonic will being setting up factories in South East Asia where labor cheap. Nikon, Japan's flagship camera company, has relocated in Thailand.

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Posted in: Suga tells U.N. Olympics were symbol of global unity See in context

The Tokyo Olympics were not a symbol of global unity but the stark reality of local misery.

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Posted in: 'Who the hell are you?' Japanese man asks bear while it’s attacking him See in context

I believe the presence of a bear in town suggests he was foraging for food. This is indicative of a loss of habitat. Kobe has a similar problem with wild boar--only that the wild boar are often the offspring of domestic pigs.

Anyway, the bear in question was probably young. Cannot imagine winning against a full grown bear barehanded.

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Posted in: 2 PM hopefuls favor nuclear fusion, small modular reactors See in context

Welcome the LDPs its itsy-bitsy-yellow-poka-dot modular nuclear reactor. No matter the size they are still dangerous. They require uranium to be dug up and processed.

All this reminds me to a Walt Disney TV program where a deep and manic voice proclaims the "friendly atom" is America's future--everything from atomic canon to atomic factories and atomic cars.

It's high time to leave the uranium in the ground and proceed with solar pawer.

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