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Posted in: British PM Johnson breaks tax pledge to fund new care for elderly See in context

PM Johnson lies pretty much every time he speaks. The only difference this time is that it will directly cost people money in an easy-to-understand way written on their payslips, so this lie is being taken seriously.

As Zichi says, most care homes in the UK are privately run with varying standards and cost to the taxpayer for subsidized residents. With the exodus of EU workers and resulting staff shortages, I'd expect those standards to be even lower and the cost to the taxpayer higher.

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Posted in: Japan’s oldest McDonald’s worker defies age barriers, inspires everyone at the age of 93 See in context

To quote the post-Lionel Ritchie Commodores.

Gonna be a long night, it's gonna be all right, on the nightshift

If I can still digest a McDonalds when I'm 93, never mind work there, I'll be well chuffed.

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Posted in: China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion See in context

it immediately drew criticism from locals on the Internet, leading to a temporary closure of the facility from 30 August.

Hmm, who are these "locals"? There was massive criticism of the Tokyo Olympics on the Internet from Japanese "locals" but it wasn't closed down because the Japanese government ignored it. This has been a Chinese government decision for whatever their reasons are. Criticism on the Internet on its own achieves nothing.

If there is a cultural problem with this, one wonders how it got permission to be built?

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Posted in: Parts shortage will keep auto prices sky-high See in context

The average price of a new vehicle sold in the U.S. in August hit a record of just above $41,000

41k USD, 4.5 million yen average on a new car. Wow, so much money. A very quick Google say 85% are bought with financing, some kind of loan or lease. That's going to be a good chunk of money, likely to be 70,000 yen plus every month, just for one car. Stop paying and it gets repo'd.

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Posted in: British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth makes 1st port call in Japan See in context

My preferred use of a British aircraft carrier in September 2021 would be to go to Afghanistan and collect some of the people the UK has abandoned there. People with UK citizenship and others who have assisted the UK in its operations there over the years. These people have been left to the Taliban who will see them as collaborators. The way the UK has betrayed people, while even airlifting out some pets for good PR, disgusts me.

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Posted in: ANA, JAL plan to launch drone services to remote areas See in context

I'm sure this will work in some configuration, but as lifelines go, its a very precarious one.

This testing also sounds like something 100% funded with our (taxpayer) money. It might be wiser to allow drone tech to mature further before writing blank cheques to ANA and JAL to play with them in nonsensical experiments that carry raw fish to posh restaurants.

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Posted in: Senior police officer arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

Police said 53 seconds of footage of the woman was found on Matsushita’s smartphone.

Police said Matsushita, who was on his way to work at the time, has denied the charge

If he's going to deny it, the punishment should increase every time someone in law enforcement, probably male, has to watch the evidence.

I hope the woman sues him as well.

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Posted in: British aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth makes 1st port call in Japan See in context

If it stopped off in China on the way back, they could fill it with goods, to make up for the stuff we can no longer get from the EU.

That's a good idea. It wouldn't help with the turkey situation, but at least the bairns would get their toys at Christmas.

This visit is getting the desired publicity in the press, and harks back to the glory days of very old, even long before I was born. However, one carrier means very little in military terms. The planes can fly off and throw some bombs in the general direction of people we label "insurgents", but that usually seems to make things worse.

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Posted in: Osaka smashes racket in U.S. Open loss; says she is considering taking break from tennis See in context

The French Open is played on clay, a surface she struggles on, so her behaviour there could be partly explained by it, feeling extra pressure etc.

The Olympics and now this are on hard courts, and if she is struggling this badly on her preferred surface, she must be in a bad place. I have some sympathy for her, she must be the only person ever booed to her first Grand Slam title thanks to that Serena Williams debacle, but really needs to turn this around. Looking at the match stats, she hit 36 unforced errors vs. 24 from Fernandez and only got 63% of her first serves in, a measly 53% in the deciding set. That makes it very easy to lose a tennis match, but is not such a difficult thing to fix, compared to long-term injury or having an inferior all-round game to your opponents. The danger is that something simple like problems with her serve are being amplified in her head and ruining her whole game.

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Posted in: Breathing wildfire smoke can affect the brain and sperm, as well as the lungs See in context

As with most environment articles, lots of information that is probably peer-reviewed and well researched but destined to be ignored and dismissed because its not what we want to hear.

We have a woodstove in our home, they are very trendy, and it is emerging that the official pollution testing of them is worthless and more rigged than the testing of diesel cars was. This includes EPA testing in the USA. Most reported figures are from the manufacturers themselves. In independent tests, every stove produced huge multiples of the reported PM2.5 and unburnt hydrocarbons. You also get a cloud of PM2.5 every time you open the door to refuel. Since woodstoves are popular and the flames are lovely, our stove has a huge window displaying them, I expect this research to be ignored.

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Posted in: Japanese police struggling with growing number of 'CAN invaders' used to steal luxury cars See in context

I don't know if it still is, but the Prius used to be the most stolen car in Japan. Not because of high-end demand for it, but because it was very easy to steal. It was the first mass market car Toyota put keyless entry plus push-button start in, and someone cracked all the codes on the key.

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Posted in: Small Hokkaido furniture firm proud creator of Olympic medal cases See in context

+1 for the comments about the lack of a photo. You can see one here. The case looks like a makeup compact.


We have a Hokkaido Mingei dining table and chairs that are really well made. They are like Arts and Crafts-style antique wooden furniture, so made by craftsmen but relatively unadorned and easy to use in many interiors. The chairs are super comfortable and draw many complements. I got the set for about 1/10 of the original price second-hand on Yahoo Auctions.

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context

This is just the tip of the iceberg of the waste at the Olympics. I've already seen a Facebook post about steel frames and LED panels, seemingly from a scoreboard, asking if anyone wanted them. They are all heading for the trash on Friday. Loads and loads of other stuff will have been bought and now is going to be dumped or sold off for pennies on the dollar.

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Posted in: Some people think leisure is a waste of time: Here's what I found See in context

As BigYen says, the article is confused and seems to lump "chilling is a waste of time" in with "leisure is a waste of time". Chilling is a form of leisure with a low activity level

I do both. I like to active leisure, such as hiking and cycling up mountains or see cultural stuff in places that have it, but I also like to sit on my backside and post comments on Internet forums like this.

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Posted in: Nikko Style Niseko Hanazono Hotel to open in 2024 See in context

234 rooms means whatever they build is going to be imposing, but that's a hard and unsympathetic design for such a natural location.

Pray for snow (and open borders)!

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Posted in: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, reggae and dub wizard, dies at 85 See in context

RIP, what a legend. That's a fine obituary too, written by someone who knows reggae.

I'll stick "Super Ape" and "Heart of the Congos" on today.

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Posted in: Japanese packaging company crafts eco-friendly domes for both outdoor fun and disaster relief See in context

Cardboard, which is easily recycled, avoids one of the big problems with domes. They are composed of triangles and building materials come in rectangles. This means lots of waste.

Most people don't think about it, but building materials like plywood and plasterboard come in sizes that mean no cutting is usually required. The material is sized for the module size of building designs. Cutting material means extra work and extra waste.

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Posted in: Record-low number of children on day care waiting lists See in context

Personally I think this is what is needed, a reduction in demand for under threes childcare. Covid 19 is a very bad way to achieve it, but it can be done in a positive way and that is with UBI for parents of under threes. You pay a parent to look after the child at home, instead of paying massive subsidies for low-paid strangers to look after the child. Many women in Japan do low paid jobs while using childcare, many will deliberately limit their income to 100,000 yen a month to retain spouse dependency (common sense in inaka), so its not as if the UBI would have to be very high. The reality is that hundreds of thousands with small children are leaving them in taxpayer-funded childcare just so they can earn small amounts of money. This is hardly not something the taxpayer should be promoting. There are much better routes to female emancipation.

Under threes who attend childcare have elevated levels of cortisole, the stress hormone. It will also be (or should be) stressful for parents to leave their kids.

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Posted in: High blood pressure doubled globally in 30 years, study shows See in context

I wouldn't have guessed the UK would be low, given the number of people who are overweight.

The analysis found that in 2019 there were 626 million women and 652 million men living with hypertension. This represented roughly double the estimated 331 million women and 317 million men with the condition in 1990.

That's a huge difference, and something must have changed in our diets and lifestyles. My own suspicion is processed food.

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Posted in: OnlyFans reverses sexually explicit content ban See in context

I have a lot of sympathy for GW's opinion. OF isn't the only form of temptation out there, but it is an unhealthy one. While some people may use OF income to finance a law degree, an ecohouse, or some other worthy cause, they will be vastly outnumbered by those using it for easy money. Even at the high end where it can be good money and little degradation, selling yourself messes with your ego and sense of self-worth. Anyone attractive enough to get good money on OF will be attractive enough to be preferentially employed in lots of regular jobs, some of which also pay well. Good-looking people generally get on well in real life too.

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Posted in: What ticks off drivers in Japan? New survey reveals top 3 causes of road rage See in context

Mine is people driving right up to stop signs on side roads at high speed and then braking heavily. This annoys me both when I am driving and even more when I'm on my bike, where you've got to be defensive.

Almost everyone hits the brakes before indicating, but I'm used to that now. Like people driving through the first few seconds of red, I don't expect anyone to flag it as a problem in others because they all do it themselves.

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Posted in: Seven-Eleven to expand home delivery to 20,000 stores by FY2025 See in context

With all the stories in recent years about convenience store operators being overworked from not being allowed to close overnight, I wonder how they feel about this. It is potentially a lot of extra work, and potentially gifts customers a lot of extra entitlement.

Its not uncommon for people to be 5km or more from their nearest 7-11 in inaka. Does that mean they have to do a 10km round trip for 300 yen when someone fancies another beer at midnight?

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Posted in: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80 See in context

What a legend. RIP.

(I wouldn't say his playing was "muscular". It was more an understated sophistication happy to stay at the back)

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Posted in: We cannot survive unless we become an eco-friendly mode of transport. See in context

explaining why airlines are turning to cleaner energy sources

I would argue that the "why" is not an act of survival but of PR greenwashing. There is only a tiny amount of waste vegetable oil sitting there unused and ready to turn into eco-friendly Jet A.

People, especially rich people who do it by far the most, like flying and for that reason it will continue.

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Posted in: Japan to oblige businesses to reduce 12 disposable plastic items See in context

Cup Noodles have come in cups containing enough biomass to be marked as "paper" since 2008. If they are capable of holding noodles in boiling water, presumably they could be used to replace plastic trays. They will still be single use, but won't break down to produce as much microplastic. They are probably also less damaging when incinerated.

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Posted in: KFC Japan releases official ramen recipe, other Japanese-inspired cooking ideas See in context

The idea of making broth from Kentucky bones that would normally go straight in the bin is a good one. My son likes Kentucky a lot, so I'll try that one.

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Posted in: Extreme teleworking ... from Mount Fuji See in context

I've not climbed Fuji, but 1500m of vert in two and a half hours is fast, especially at altitude. I'm in my fifties now and can still get up pretty quick, I cycle a lot, but I increasingly feel my age on the descents. Hiking down steep trails gives your legs a pounding. Japan has great mountains, a real highlight of the country, and hiking boots and shoes just get better and better, barely different to sneakers now in comfort. It's not like the old days where you'd have to break them in and were always on the watch for blisters.

Mountain huts are one of the easiest places in the world to get talking to other people and share some stories, so it would be a waste to tap away on a computer in one.

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Posted in: Number of private lodgings in Japan falls with demand lost due to virus See in context

I personally thought the "minpaku" regulatory framework was pretty doable.

Yes it is. The rules only stop the worst excesses, like people letting out clearly residential apartments in the city, screwing over their very proximate neighbours in the process. Other cities in other countries have cracked down on Airbnb for exactly the same reason.

If you have a house in a nice town or near a beach somewhere, its pretty easy to set it up.

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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

"My hobby is sleeping" is American English, amirite?

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Posted in: Number of private lodgings in Japan falls with demand lost due to virus See in context

Other tourism-related businesses are suffering too. Companies that took Asian visitors around inaka in buses, for example. Lots of onsen hotels became dependent on Asian tourism.

I can't quite recall the timing of the crackdown, but would the April 2019 to March 2020 period used as a benchmark here also include some months when AirBnb was still listing unlicensed properties? The crackdown on them removed thousands of places from AirBnb and caused a fall in people using that site in Japan even before Covid-19. I can't remember exactly when the crackdown was, but it was definitely 2018 or 2019.

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