JeffreyK comments

Posted in: Japanese milk cartons adopting plastic caps amid pandemic See in context

Great, even more plastic waste!

Just a piece of information: drink cartons like those for milk aren't just paper - the drink wouldn't stay fresh very long and the carton would start leaking as well.

They are a hybrid material of paper, plastic and in some cases aluminium which all need to be separated in order to recycle them and as such they can't be just processed along the plain paper. You should check with your local recycling collection if they accept those together with regular cardboard/paper recycling...

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Posted in: U.N. chief urges Japan, others to meet goals on climate change See in context

Bjorn

The U.N. is a corrupt joke much like The WHO & UNICEF all full of corrupt people filling their pockets running scams & molesting children.

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Posted in: Japan Post to temporarily stop accepting international mail due to coronavirus See in context

It's now the end of August and there is still no air mail to the US, Australia and many other countries.

By now it's unacceptable that no other solution has been found to ensure air transport. Covid19 will not disappear anytime soon - how are companies who rely on air mail supposed to operate? Big companies who aren't affected as they mostly use private courier and cargo companies and have good deals with them. It's the small manufacturers and vendors who get hit disproportionately not only compared to the big companies, but also compared to their international competitors. Other countries' postal services can send to the USA, why not Japan? Also, the USPS can send to Japan as well!

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine; 4 ministers visit See in context

"We are purely paying respects to our war dead, like every other country around the world."

No, most definitely not. Imagine the outrage if something like that happened in Germany for instance.

Remembering the war and the war dead? Absolutely. But including war criminals and warmongers, but no thought about all the other non-Japanese victims of the war? No thank you.

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Posted in: Do you think the Japanese government should impose another state of emergency for all of Japan to try and contain the coronavirus, and if so, how should it be different from the last one that ended on May 25? See in context

It doesn't really matter how you call it. We won't have the kind of "lockdown" as other countries had because of the legal situation. And I don't think a full "lockdown" would be helpful either. It might again flatten the curve somewhat but current hospitalisation and mortality numbers indicate that is not really needed (for now) and could cause much more harm in other ways.

What is needed are:

mandatory mask wearing

much stricter policing of distance rules

control of late night establishments

more advice and practical guidance to businesses on how they can improve and update their work practices

Most importantly: do all this with conviction, decisiveness and, if necessary, force of the law to drive it home.

Will that happen? I doubt it :)

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic protest held in Tokyo See in context

Everyone has the right to protest, but it's sad that, perhaps in this country in particular, the meaning of the Olympic Spirit seems to have been lost on people.

I'm not a sporting fan, I don't support any kind of sports, just not interested.

But the Olympics always draw me in hugely, I love the spirit of it, the coming together, even just of minds around the world. The original idea of actual peace around the world during the time of the Olympics may no longer actually hold, but I think the spirit still means something. People from around the world watching the same thing. world leaders coming together, not for a political summit but to watch a sporting event together has some power. it can bring healing and a bit of mutual understanding.

Especially in times like this ripe with nationalism, populism, fear etc. a coming together in peace is more needed than ever. Of course, if the virus is not under control by then it has to be canned, there's no other way. But as long as there's a chance to hold the Olympics in some form or another it should go ahead. it's worth the expense beyond the pure economic value.

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Posted in: No to Ospreys See in context

So what exactly is their problem?

Taking it out on the aircraft when actually they want to make a political statement?

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Posted in: 'Help!' cry British musicians, warning of crisis in live music industry See in context

Music, as well as other arts and culture are essential, they belong to life. We are human beings, not robots. Music soothes the soul, eases tensions, in particular in tough times as these.

Music has already been facing tough times - digital media has brought down the record industry and property development has been threatening small, grass-roots musiv venues. With both lines of traditional income revenue now severed the existence of the art from joined with an industry full of very highly talented and skilled people is under thread.

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Posted in: 19-year-old girl sent to reformatory for stabbing classmate See in context

"juvenile reformatory", "juvenile reformatory"

That sounds more like North Korea to me....Scary! Almost worse than the stabbing itself...

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Posted in: Tom Petty's family tells Trump not to use late rock star's songs for 'campaign of hate' See in context

TP repeatedly said that the "Southern Accents" phase with its confederate symbols was a mistake and he regretted it.

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Posted in: Japan's farming industry faces falling demand, labor shortage See in context

I've heard it being reported before that the lack of school meals has reduced demand for produce. This baffles me though - does this mean that those children aren't getting any meals at home instead?? At the same rate that school meal producers lost business sales quantities in grocery stores and supermarkets as well as their suppliers should have gone up.

If that really wasn't the case then this should be taken as a serious warning sign about poverty...

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Posted in: Australia says borders likely to stay closed until 2021 See in context

People seem to be forgetting that it's not all about tourism. International travel also means business travel (there are things you can't do with Zoom and WhatsApp) and, most importantly for me, international mail.

I really hope that at least for international mail there will be some sort of solution. I can't operate my business without it and there are thousands and thousands of similar small businesses who suffer in the same way.

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Posted in: Crisis-hit airlines scramble to convert empty cabins to cargo See in context

About time, been wondering about that exact idea for weeks. I hope this will finally help clear the mail backlog and enable us sending mail again. Japan Post has currently a list of nearly 200 countries it doesn't accept mail for.

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