Makoto Shimizu comments

Posted in: China says it is against supply chain decoupling See in context

Despite all negative news the FDI Foreign Direct Investments is China in the last 2 years are bigger, around 2 trillion dollars, than in the years previous to the covid pandemic, so, China still is the main destination of international investments. This is good, as an intense commercial trade is a way to create reciprocal dependency and so minimize risks of sudden breaks and violent disputes.

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Posted in: China coast guard says it warned off Japanese ships in disputed waters See in context

I strongly believe that both countries, China and Japan have grown up people who could sit, talk, discuss, find a peaceful solution where both parts, all parts, reach an agreement, cooperation, understanding that would cost no lives, no casualties, but wealth for both. It is time to start sharing, dividing, cooperating instead of fighting, creating more tension, rage, dispute. Thousands of years of battle must be part of history, the past, not anymore room for silly and deadly war.

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Posted in: Japan to join multinational project to clear mines in Ukraine See in context

There should be an international agreement, policies, that all costs be charged against the agressor country, this applies to this case, all Russian exports and imports should have some extra tax to cover these costs of land mines removal and also the damages caused by their attacks in Ukraine.

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Posted in: Yamanaka Castle ruins See in context

It was a real total destruction of the castle, even paintings or drawings are not available by using search engines.

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Posted in: China calls for independent monitoring of treated Fukushima water See in context

It is a fair and reasonable request.

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Posted in: Turkey faces competing pressures from Russia and the West to pick a side on war in Ukraine See in context

Turkey is a NATO member and most of its relations are with Europe and US. If Turkey wants to be the next target of Russia has just to deny the support to Ukraine that is a victim of Russia, as simple as that.

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Posted in: Small group learning key to survival of Japan's least populous city See in context

It is a question that can be resolved only by clever people with political will and power. If the ideal size is at least 50,000 people, 2,700 are far from this number, and what is easier, to move those 2,700 to complete 50,000 of other cities or to recruit 27,300 from elsewhere to go there? Is there infrastructure for 50,000 people? If not, it is necessary to publicly discuss this within the province, and take action. Are there urban planners? Are there think tanks to work on issues, challenges like this? It is necessary that brained people be involved in sorting this out, nothing more depressing than cities that are dying.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. and Japan hold first-ever trilateral aerial exercise in face of N Korean threats See in context

DW, the German News has asked how many war fronts can the USA hold simultaneously? Currently there is the support to Ukraine and now, Israel in the Middle East. This could be the opportunity to China attempt to recover Taiwan? To North Korea's Rocket Kid to improve his madness?

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Posted in: Brazil's 'Fukui Village' celebrates 60th anniversary See in context

Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan, some estimate in over 2 million descendants, there is more than 100 years of immigration history. Brazilians admire Japan's culture, technology. There are over 200,000 Brazilians in Japan. There should be more cultural exchange between both countries.

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Posted in: Kishida to deliver policy speech as gov't maps out new economic stimulus package See in context

Lots of men in dark suits looks more that they are attending a funeral than an event to promote sales. None of them are with a shopping cart or a basket. Very sad picture indeed.

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Posted in: Man says he tried to steal woman’s bag so he could get money to stay in internet cafe for night See in context

In the end he got his objective, to get free accommodation and meals, shelter, protection.

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Posted in: Gov't to offer shopping points to promote contactless delivery See in context

Most of my online purchases are via Amazon due to the convenience of ordering at any time and receiving in my delivery box or front door. Delivery used to be so silent that I use to know that the delivery was done when I check my email! So far, along more than 4 years in Japan, even being living with foreigners neighbors as I am, never had a problem, 100% deliveries had been successful.

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Posted in: Israel says it won't allow aid to flow to Gaza Strip until Hamas releases hostages See in context

Article 33 of Geneve Convention clearly states that Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. So, it is a war crime to cut supplies of water, electricity, food to the civilians in Gaza Strip, Palestine. One crime does not justify another.

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Posted in: Okinawa pub posts 'Japanese only' admission sign based on some shaky logic See in context

Disgusting prejudice against foreigners. How can a business owner be unable to use a free Google Translate? There are lots of translation devices, like PokeTalk, etc. Provide an English menu is easy and simple. How can this type of discrimination be accepted by law and authorities? It is a big shame, totally against the image of Japanese people being welcoming and polite, civilized.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors eyes ending production in China See in context

Japanese yen has been weakening, close to 150 to a USD, so, for Mitsubishi, producing in China may not be so advantageous as it was when yen exchange rate was under 110 to a USD. Brazil has 20 automakers, and Ford decided to close all its factories there, their facilities were sold to Chinese, Korean makers. That is the worldwide market. Some places in the world will never be attended by EV only vehicles. Mad Max movie demonstrates it.

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Posted in: Fewer 'I dos' ruin the party for China's $500 billion wedding industry See in context

It is nonsense to spend lots of money in a few hours event if the couple does not have a fully paid apartment or house. A simple ceremony to celebrate, a simple style cooperative party where each invited guest brings some food and the marrying couple's families provide the beverages and drinks would be a warmer community event, no show-off is necessary.

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Posted in: China's Xi welcomes summit with Japan, S Korea at proper time: report See in context

It is of utmost importance that these meetings be held, and all issues be openly discussed, questions be frankly asked to each other in a diplomatic manner, it is the civilized way to resolve disputes. It will be better if North Korea and Taiwan participate too. Why not to create educational programs to allow young students of China, Korea and Japan to study for a period in each neighbor country? This will incentive the friendship among the future generations, inspire peace and cooperation, and mutual respect.

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Posted in: Japanese prison to become luxury hotel managed by country’s premier resort company See in context

That is great good news to transform prisons into hotels! There in Brazil unfortunately they have to build more prisons, and due to the lack of interest in the religious life, there are at least two convents that have been converted into hotels in Rio de Janeiro. The first is the Convent of Santo Antônio, located in the city center. The convent was founded in 1623 and housed an order of Franciscan friars. In 1979, the convent was vacated by the friars and was converted into a luxury hotel. The hotel, called Hotel Santo Antônio, has 120 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, a spa, and a swimming pool.

The second convent that was converted into a hotel in Rio de Janeiro is the Convent of Santa Teresa, located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. The convent was founded in 1757 and housed an order of Carmelite nuns. In 1985, the convent was vacated by the nuns and was converted into a boutique hotel. The hotel, called Hotel Santa Teresa, has 40 rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, a bar, and a terrace with views of the city.

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Posted in: Solomon Islands leader 'appalled' at Japan over Fukushima water release See in context

This event has been exploited by dirty politics. The impact will be measured. Bard AI Google is the source of information: "a variety of scientific instruments that can be used to measure the radioactivity impact of Fukushima wastewater in the sea close to Japan and up to other countries, such as China, Korea, Russia, and the Solomon Islands. These instruments include:

Geiger counters: Geiger counters are portable instruments that can be used to detect and measure gamma radiation. They are commonly used for monitoring radiation levels in the environment and for personal protection.

Scintillation counters: Scintillation counters are more sensitive than Geiger counters and can be used to detect a wider range of radiation types, including alpha and beta radiation. They are often used in laboratory settings for research and analysis.

High-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors: HPGe detectors are the most sensitive type of radiation detector and can be used to measure very low levels of radioactivity. They are often used in environmental monitoring and nuclear medicine.

In addition to these instruments, there are also a number of other methods that can be used to measure radioactivity in the environment, such as water sampling, sediment sampling, and biological monitoring.

To measure the radioactivity impact of Fukushima wastewater in the sea, scientists would typically use a combination of these instruments and methods. For example, they might use a Geiger counter to get a general idea of the radiation levels in a particular area, and then use a scintillation counter or HPGe detector to take more precise measurements. They might also collect water and sediment samples for analysis in a laboratory.

By using these instruments and methods, scientists can track the movement of Fukushima wastewater in the sea and measure its impact on the marine environment. This information can be used to assess the risks to human health and the environment, and to develop strategies for mitigating those risks.

Here are some specific examples of how these instruments are being used to monitor the radioactivity impact of Fukushima wastewater:

The Japanese government has deployed a network of radiation monitors along the coast and in the ocean to monitor the levels of radioactivity in the water.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working with the Japanese government and other countries to monitor the radioactivity levels in the marine environment around Japan.

The United States government is also monitoring the radioactivity levels in the Pacific Ocean and is working with other countries to assess the risks to human health and the environment.

These monitoring efforts are essential for ensuring that the release of Fukushima wastewater does not pose a significant risk to human health or the environment." (by BARD)

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Posted in: Updated COVID vaccine targeting Omicron subvariant rolls out in Japan See in context

Fact, some companies have been experiencing covid-19 infection among employees and so, have been requesting the use of masks, to avoid conversation during meals, and the most convincing reason to avoid getting covid-19 is that at least for 3 days the person will receive no salary payment due to the current law, so, it hurts the pocket, and the person has to stay at home for a week, at least.

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Posted in: Japan labor market set for change as huge worker shortage looms See in context

Some weeks ago there was an article mentioning that more than 50% of unemployed people over 60 years were unable to find a job, so, this is strange to have a shortage of workers but ageism, age prejudice is much stronger than the market needs.

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Posted in: Sing your heart out at the GaijinPot Meet Karaoke Night See in context

Wow, I would love to join such meetings! Please, organize one close to Nagoya! Thanks!

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Posted in: Burger King releases Pine Tsukimi burgers for moon-viewing season in Japan See in context

Really innovative to put a slice of pineapple in a burger sandwich!

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Posted in: If you have an apartment in Japan, your 'fire disaster insurance' may also be toilet insurance See in context

Thank you, it is good to know that! So far I have been living in apartments provided by my contractor, so, never had major issues, but it is good to learn and know about insurance coverage.

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Posted in: Swarms of tourists causing crisis for Mount Fuji See in context

I agree that Mount Fuji view is beautiful from far away. In 2021 I stayed in the five lakes region and had a wonderful time seeing Fujisan from several different points of view. It is a surprise that local authorities do not have a proper planning to receive visitors, it is a shame. Hope that clever and responsible people be hired to address this challenge, to welcome tourists from all over the world to see the must see place in Japan.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant operator says released water samples within safe limits See in context

I believe that the Japanese authorities are adopting a safe path to release the hard water into the ocean, that this will be along 30 years, there is a technical validation from an accredited international institution. For sure protests and concern of all Pacific countries are legitimate, so can China and other affected countries suggest some other safer measure to do this?

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Posted in: Wall of phones See in context

WOW! This is contemporary artwork!

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Posted in: Over 50% of seniors in Japan wishing to be in work unemployed: survey See in context

Ageism. Age prejudice. In Japan, as worldwide, there is an unwritten rule, which determines that the age limit to hire a new employee is up to 45 years old unless the candidate competencies and qualifications be well above its competitors. I read news about the Japanese government requesting people and companies to work up to 75 years, with a generous increase of 86% in the retirement pension. Retirement pension is too low, it obliges many elderly people to work part-time at least to survive decently. The best thing would be the high management of companies to have some brain and heart to have in their companies, the same age profile of the country's, not too many young people, not too many up to 60 only. Who knows, the government can help, by creating higher taxes for companies that have no employees over 60 in comparison to the country's demographic profile.

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Posted in: China launches drills around Taiwan in angry response to VP's US trip See in context

When internal economy is bad the bad leaders use to start external conflicts to divert attention and engage people against a common foreign enemy. Putin has done this, North Korea and now, China. Regretable attitude

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Posted in: One person in 100 suffers from hidden mental illness, says magazine See in context

I have the impression that 1% is an optimistic figure. I'm afraid that there many more people with mental health problems here in Japan and other countries. It is a growing issue that must be carefully taken as a priority by all public and private organizations.

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