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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of shorter hospital stays (in most Western countries) vs longer hospital stays in Japan? See in context

Not being in hospital.  Being in the comfort and familiarity of one's own home.  Cost.

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Posted in: Hippies young and old keep the 'real Woodstock' flame alive See in context

Nostalgia for a bygone era.  The mysticism that folks associate with Woodstock is a bot overdone.  It was a festival is all.  Spawned plenty of others, but look at what they have become.......

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Posted in: Violence poses conundrum to Hong Kong protest movement See in context

Strange article at this time.  Massive and wholly non violent march on the weekend seems to indicate that the violence is being ramped down and not up.

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Posted in: JR East aims to launch ferry route linking Haneda with central Tokyo See in context

I like water transport.  Not sure the view from Haneda is that great but still.   Yes this is likely to be expensive and also take longer than current options.   Still, worth a try.

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Posted in: Short look See in context

I think the furore around this flag is overdone.  and yes it is a good looking flag.

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Posted in: Elvis fans remember his death 42 years ago with vigil See in context

I'll be having a Big Mac and cheese with a large shake and fries to commemorate the day.

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Posted in: Japan surpasses China as largest non-U.S. holder of Treasuries See in context

With rates where they are they should sell them and take a capital gain.  But imagine what that would do to dollar/yen..........

Whole system is failing slowly.

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Posted in: As trade war rages, central banks ponder radical steps See in context

Bugle

A bank in Denmark (Jyske) are doing precisely that.  Mortgages at negative rates.  They pay you to take one out.

This is all such a signal that the "capitaklist" system and sassociated economics may be coming to some sort of crisis.  Japasn was the canary in the coalmine but now one by one other m,ajor economies needing to resport to desperate measures.  couple with currency wars.  And social distress.  Means normal measures just don't help any more.

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Posted in: Epstein autopsy report finds broken bones in neck: Washington Post See in context

Must be Trump.  Everything bad that happens in America is his fault.

Apparently Epstein had a picture of Bill Clinton wearing high heels and blue dress hanging in his home. 

clearly lots of big cheeses may have had good reason for wanting him to keep his secrets.

Next Ghislaine Maxwell will go the way of her father.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions See in context

Yes lots of people have died in past wars and colonial oppressions and political "movements" (great leap forward, cultural revolution, Khmer Rouge, and so on).  Not sure what people generations after apologizing over and over again for those past bad deeds actually achieves beyond prolonging this endless debate about whether it is enough or heartfelt or whatever.

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Posted in: 23 dead, 13,000 people hospitalized in week in Japan due to heat See in context

Find these numbers surprising every year.  In hot countries like Singapore and other ASEAN places people survive just fine.  Why do the locals drop like flies the moment it gets hot?

Although frankly we see similar reports of people dying from the cold in winter too.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead See in context

Are the staunch nationalists really right wing?  what exactly does right wing mean in this context.

The old dudes dressing up in WW2 uniforms is a bit bizarre though.

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Posted in: Tourism in trouble: Hong Kong demos hit economy See in context

Drop in property prices might be seen as a good thing.  all the empty apartments (or some occupied by HK second wives) make it impossible for younger folks to buy.  and rentals crazy high also.

Masinland money flooded into HK precisely because of the perception that it is safer there from Chinese government action.  That may soon go out the window.

Poor people reliant on tourism.  Must be tough.  Have heard LKF and Wanchai and all are pretty empty right now.

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Posted in: South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day See in context

They left it a bit late to start commemorating (??) this issue.  Only 20 of them left now.

Seems a bit like flogging a dead horse.  but I guess any historical grievance is good enough for both Japan and its neighbours.

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Posted in: The future of Tokyo and of Japan as a whole will be dependent on the success or failure of the waterfront improvement. See in context

Ridiculous statement.  Like an Olympic development would ve crucial to the success or failure of an entire country.  Evidence from past Olympics and World Cups is that the are more a burden on the host countries than providing any kind of lasting benefit.

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Posted in: Surge in arrests of foreign teachers in China See in context

quercetum

You are comparing this to Singapore?  I am not aware of any similar "crackdown" in Singapore of foreign nationals.  Not even with its very draconian anti drug laws does Singapore do random testing of foreigners.

This is another example of China reverting to a more authoritarian and nationalist form of government and system.  Many foreign companies in China are going to learn that the state still runs things and can shut them down at will.

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Posted in: China says protesters like 'terrorists' as Hong Kong airport reopens See in context

Edging ever closer to full scale crackdown.   Like China gives a hoot what the rest of the world thinks.

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Posted in: Tokushima’s famous Awa Odori festival kicks off See in context

Looks like it might rain on their parade.

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Posted in: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth to separate: media See in context

Beats me why so many celebs even bother with marriage.  So many of them seem destined to fail.  This one was one of those.  At least Miley is being honest when she says she doesn't think she is marriage material.

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Posted in: High-yield rice seen as savior to Japan's rising food costs See in context

Surely allowing more food imports is the solution to this problem?

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Posted in: U.S. attorney general cites 'irregularities' at jail where Epstein died See in context

He was probably pretty practised at autoerotic asphyxiation.  He could easily have done himself in with the bedsheet.

That or the Clinton or the British Rotal family had him offed because of the sordid tales he could have told of their behavior.

Makes more sense that DT doing him in.

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Posted in: Tending bar See in context

Don't like smoking or the "uniform" then don't go to this type of place.  Looks pretty crummy anyway, so not missing much.

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Posted in: K-pop superstars BTS to take 'long-term break' See in context

The entertainment world will be poorer for their short break.........

Bulletproof Boy Scouts.   A bit at odds with their actual image.

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Posted in: 1 cyclist killed, another injured by car going wrong way on national highway See in context

How does a driver end up going down a national road the wrong way?  Drunk or stupid.

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Posted in: How do you think the planned increase in the sales tax in October will affect your spending habits? See in context

not at all.  2% isn't going to break the bank on my spending.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader urges calm as protest tensions rise See in context

Neither side backing down, more and more violent incidents.  feels like a crackdown is coming.

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Posted in: 28-year-old man dies while sunbathing in his home garden See in context

Should have worn SPF 70.

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Posted in: Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths See in context

Drug companies must be loving this.  Sell one high priced drug to counteract the bad effects of all of the other high priced drugs people are OD'ing on.......

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