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Posted in: OPEC, Russia to nudge up oil output after hit from pandemic See in context

This is yet another good argument for all of the renewable energy pushes, as well as electric car pushes from countries around the world. As well as the private sector yes.

Especially with solar panels, because you don’t have to worry about the economy, when the sun produces all of its solar radiation for free, regardless of the world economic status.

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Posted in: 18% of Olympic tickets sold in Japan to be refunded See in context


Return the Olympic Game to its natural home, Athens, and honor once and for all…                      

'No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in the Olympic areas'

Chapter 5 of the Olympic charter.

Return the Olympics back to Athens, now there’s an interesting thought. I mean, with what the games have become in recent decades, I’m not entirely opposed to this idea. And with this pandemic, there is another good argument for it.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to make coronavirus vaccines free to residents See in context

In the event that vaccination causes serious side effects, the revised law states the government will cover medical expenses and disability pensions as part of relief measures and shoulder damages on behalf of the vaccine suppliers.

Wow, this is even better than I expected! I’m from the US, for now anyways, and I am not used to seeing or reading stuff like this. Not in my own country anyways.

This is a real sight for sore eyes, that’s what I’m trying to say.

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Posted in: UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use; 1st in the world See in context

Great! This is the first part of the final step of finally eradicating this pandemic. Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long before the rest the world can see vaccines like this.

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Posted in: Enka singer Shoji Koganezawa arrested for drunk driving See in context

You know, I’m a bit surprised to see this sort of stuff in Japan. I mean with all the subways and Shinkansen and stuff, you figured that if people were going out drinking, they wouldn’t even think about getting behind the wheel. I mean, I guess what makes sense if a few people did that, but still for celebrity to do that?

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Posted in: Fathers' participation in parenting key to larger families: survey See in context

"While many couples opt to have their first child regardless of a husband's involvement in housework, a woman's attitude toward having another child can depend on the level of support she receives," Takita said.

This of course, makes perfect sense. I mean, why would you want to have another child, if you don’t get adequate support from your partner with the first one?

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Posted in: Abe's office suspected of discarding receipts for hotel functions See in context

The scandal could deal a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who served as chief Cabinet secretary under Abe before replacing him in September.

Yeah, I knew this would be bad for Suga, I just didn’t realize how bad for him it would be. And even know that he was Abe’s right hand man, he was looking to break a little bit from him initially, at least in a few areas. This will definitely set that back quite a bit, at least in terms of image anyway.

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Posted in: Japan pledges $720 mil for Afghan reconstruction at int'l conference See in context

You know, despite the economic slowdown because of the pandemic, I’m glad that Japan and other nations are doing this. Because as bad as we may have it, Afghans have it much worse, believe you me. I mean, at least when you get on a bus or something, you don’t have to worry about it being blown up. Or if you drive, you don’t have to worry about insurgents or whoever.

Plus, Japan is not stepping aside, and letting China alone have even more influence around the world. So that’s an added bonus as well.

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Posted in: China, Japan to cooperate in reviving virus-hit economies See in context

As much as I understand why Japan is doing this, I would be a bit more cautious in terms of dealing with China, matter what the economy is like. Because first of all, the virus originated from China, no matter how you believe it started. And secondly, there’s a history of them not honoring their promises and agreements with other countries, get another reason to be careful. Not to mention human rights issues in Hong Kong and especially with the Uighurs.

Just tread carefully Japan with dealing with China, that’s all I’m saying.

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Posted in: Millions of U.S. Thanksgiving holiday travelers defy COVID-19 warnings See in context

Donnalie Hope, 78, of Petersburg, West Virginia, is planning to make fresh cranberries, mash potatoes and her famous corn pudding for Thanksgiving, which she will spend with her visiting daughter and a neighbor.

That’s basically what me and my family around my local area are doing. There’s just gonna be a few of us, and one close friend that we know and trust. No frills, no one from outside the area. Maybe not the perfect plan, but we will definitely be exercising a lot of caution just like this lady will be.

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Posted in: Japan eyes post-marital title for female imperial family members See in context


Though It's a compromise to the orignal plan of establishing female branches within the imperial house, I think it would still be acceptable so long as married women can engage in public duties in royal capacity.

Yeah, I hear you. I would love for female members who marry outside the family to be able to retain their full imperial rights, but obviously this is better than what we have now.

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Posted in: Remote Japanese island 'getting energy' from Vietnamese students See in context

Now, this is something that can definitely be called a win-win situation. Hopefully a lot of these kids will end up working or even staying in Japan. But no matter what though, this is still definitely a win-win situation for everybody.

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Posted in: Suga tells G-20 Japan will lead international efforts on climate change See in context

Suga has already said that Japan will aim for net-zero emissions by 2050, making a green society one of his key policy priorities.

Well, this is a great change in attitude in terms of Japanese leadership. Because we certainly don’t remember Abe making such commitments as this.

And I visited Japan in December, and at the hostel I was staying at, there was big-time recycling going on there. (“sorting your garbage” and all) So this isn’t an all out 180 on behalf of Japan.

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Posted in: Japan aims to expand regional free trade pact as UK, China eye membership See in context


The UK is in fact active in trade with its commonwealth economies on the Pacific side.

Yeah, it’s kind of like what I was referring to before. It might be a bit of a stretch, saying that their training with their former colonies on the Pacific side, that constitutes why they should join a free trade pact with that nations on the Pacific side.

But for one other reason why they should be able to join a free trade pact like this: considering Brexit and all, which will take full affect at the beginning of next year. That and that former colonies bit, could constitute a legitimate reason why. If they do still have some island counties in Asia Pacific region, then that would definitely constitute a legitimate reason.

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Posted in: Japan aims to expand regional free trade pact as UK, China eye membership See in context


NO Communist China thank-you. And the last time I checked, UK was not in the Pacific region, so a big NO to them too. 

How about free, democratic Taiwan instead?

The part about the UK there would be one minor correction I would make. It’s in the fact that still has several island colonies around the world, wouldn’t that include the Asia-Pacific region as well? You know like a Falkland islands, or a Gibraltar or something like that. If they don’t, I fully agree with you. As well as with everything else you said in that post.

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Posted in: Koike urges Tokyo residents to eat and drink in small groups See in context


people in their 20's. Meaning, they won't listen.

People in their 20s never listen to anything what the government or parents are telling them....for them it is cool not to wear a mask or not to do any prevention, because they are not getting seriously sick.

But weren't we the same when we are in our 20s?

Yeah, that’s a very good point there, Monty. I mean, I don’t think that I myself would’ve gone to quite that level, but I did do some of that stuff myself when I was in my 20s.

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Posted in: Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise See in context

@Desert Tortoise

I think nature will take care of this in time. If you read "Diplomacy" you know there have already been instances of subsidence where big chunks of these man made islands have collapsed requiring emergency repairs. The Chinese built them on top of live coral reefs. Now that the reefs are buried they are dying and collapsing causing the islands built on them to subside. it's kind of like building on a land fill. A couple of big typhoons would be their end since they are only sand piled up on a submerged reef. Nature may very well do what the nations of the free world refuse to do. Just be patient.

That’s a very good point. I didn’t realize that the Chinese made their islands like that. But considering how a lot of Chinese products are made to be quite frank, it’s not surprising.

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Posted in: Japan's October exports almost back to pre-pandemic levels See in context

Initially, I was surprised to see such a big turnaround for last month. But then again, that was before all the resurgences of Covid. And I’m pretty sure that this was before the new lockdowns that were introduced in European countries as well. So that would obviously explain it. I mean, we’ll just see what next months report are for this month, to get a better picture of this.

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Posted in: Nikkei ends at 29-year high; nears 26,000 mark on Japan's GDP growth See in context


How is it that with almost every business is reporting losses, layoffs, and bankruptcies that the GDP and the Nikkei is skyrocketing?


It used to be that the stock markets were a barometer of the real economy. No longer. Share prices are completely detached from how businesses are running. Now brace yourselves for a big crash.

That’s what I was afraid of when I saw these numbers. I guess it’s not just America where the stock market is no longer a barometer of the real economy. I guess that’s why people refer to the stock markets around the world, because of the connotations that it had historically. You know, because of what it used to mean when the stock market went up or down.

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Posted in: Princess Mako expresses strong resolve to get married See in context

Yes, I support this whole heartedly. The only thing I wish would happen, which may end up happening anyway, is the revision of that 1947 imperial family law. Because seriously, the last thing the royal family needs is a lose any more members, and shoulder even more burden upon the remaining ones.

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Posted in: Toshiba retreats from coal-fired power stations See in context

"Society is moving towards carbon-neutral power," the Toshiba spokeswoman said, noting the firm has also set its own goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

Wow, looks like Suga’s pledge to make a country carbon neutral by 2050 didn’t fall on deaf ears. I mean I’m not saying that it was going to, but it’s nice to see such action so quickly, but one of Japan’s major companies.

And yes, Toshiba should scrap its current cold fired power plants, but let’s not spoil the moment now shall we?

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Posted in: Australian PM Morrison to visit Japan next week See in context

Yeah, and if Japan and Australia do make a defense pact with each other, this will mean less work for the US to do in terms of defending them, especially from China. Not bashing either nation, in fact quite the contrary. This could be the beginning of a lot more independence from the US for both nations. Or at least it seems like it.

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Posted in: Honda wins world-first approval for Level 3 autonomous car See in context

Well this is definitely a very good thing for Japan and Honda! And I didn’t realize that Tesla was foregoing a level three car, and was moving straight to level four. That’s a very good point, and it shows that Honda didn’t technically beat Tesla to level three. Since Tesla was not competing for that anyway, as one of you said.

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Posted in: 4-nation gymnastics meet in Tokyo shows how Olympics might work See in context

A handful of demonstrators outside called for the Olympics to be cancelled, but spectators shrugged them off.

This really says a lot about the actual level of public support the Olympics has in Japan. Because yes, I saw that poll that said a majority of people want the games to be scrapped next year. But that was a few months ago, and as we’re ultimately seeing, public attitudes are starting to shift somewhat. I mean, how can you explain their only being a handful of demonstrators, if the majority of the public doesn’t want the games to go on?

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Posted in: 4-nation gymnastics meet in Tokyo shows how Olympics might work See in context

Though some athletes said it had been hard to move only between their hotel and the gym, U.S. gymnast Yul Muldauer said he'd just been happy to compete again.

I think this part of the article is very important keep in mind, for those who say that the Olympics should be canceled. Earlier this year, it was a lot of athletes that were calling for the game to be postponed, before it ultimately was postponed. And they have quite a lot to lose if they get Covid as well, so like I said, keep that in mind.

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Posted in: Japan to make special allowance for entry of athletes before Olympics See in context


The reality is, we can't stop living life for 2 years. Things still have to happen. But rather than throwing up our hands and letting everyone in, or being ridiculous and letting no one in, they're minimizing the number of people who can come in.

Seems to be a very realistic balance plan. And as usual, there’s a lot of people who are even against that.

Hey, there’s no guarantee that the Olympics will happen, but you got to start somewhere. Strangerland is right, if the rules applied to everyone we couldn’t have international trade, or live in a way that make our modern society as it is.

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Posted in: Kyoto governor sued over attendance at emperor's succession ritual See in context

@JJ Jetplane

Many people nationally have been arguing about the use of tax payer money for such things. Especially when certain funds are not being allocated to tax payers because they say there isn't enough but then events like this and trips like this happen with those same limited funds.

Yeah, that’s a very good point. I didn’t think Japan had that problem, because as I said before a number of times on here, I live in the US, and I really know what that’s like. But either way, yeah I agree, that shouldn’t happen. So good on people to take him to court over it.

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Posted in: Kyoto governor sued over attendance at emperor's succession ritual See in context

Wow, I live in the US, and just when I thought that placing “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, that it was just us. Because a lot of people, not me though, think that’s ridiculous to take people to court over that. Now I see this, and I’m like “wow, it’s not just the US.”

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Posted in: Australia charges first person under foreign interference law See in context

@englisc aspyrgend

If I were an Australian in China, I wouldn’t be in China!

Sure, assuming of course you had that as a realistic option. Lotta people are over there for either business or diplomatic reasons. Not exactly all that easy to be able to back out of those.

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Posted in: Australia charges first person under foreign interference law See in context

@Ego Sum Lux Mundi

Knew this was concerning the Chinese about 0.3 seconds into reading the headline

yeah, not much of a surprise considering that the relationship between China and Australia has really deteriorated as of late. With outright sanctions being done on the Chinese side as well.

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