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Posted in: Man arrested for breaking glass door at supermarket because ‘there was nothing he wanted to buy’ See in context

Trying to buy good cheese, beer or a decent sized steak in a Japanese supermarket - I totally get where he’s coming from!

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal assault of work colleague in parking lot See in context

Oh well, he'll have decades behind bars to look forward to now, to contemplate his stupidity.

Hmm, not sure about in Japan, but in the UK you’d probably be looking at around two years imprisonment for a 1 punch kill if there were no other aggravating factors. Japan seems to be if anything more lenient on anything other than drug offenses or offenses that adversely affect big business, so I doubt very much that it will be decades in prison, to be honest.

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Posted in: World champion halfpipe skier Smaine dies in avalanche in Japan See in context

And if you get trouble? Do you expect someone to risk his life to come and rescue you, just so you can have fun?

They don't risk their lives - they wait until the conditions are relatively safe before making a rescue. And, if I understand correctly, in Japan you have to pay the costs associated with the rescue. People are killed an injured in car accidents all the time - just extending the above logic - should we tell people to stop leisure trips in cars? Is it fair to put extra strain on hospitals and ambulance services just so people can go and travel in cars for fun?

Yeah right, Thats why American guy ran to the Japanese police for help. Look at the news pictures. All I saw are Japanese rescuers. I did not see any other skiers. Did you?

Strangerland is right - people involved in rescues, while not necessarily backcountry skiers, will typically be experienced mountaineers - they wouldn't have the skills and experience necessary to be going out into the mountains and rescuing people if they weren't.

They simply say "Don't go out there".

In others words, they treat you like an adult. 

Simply saying "Don't go out there" - and most ski resorts in Japan say that literally all of the time, sounds like treating people like children, not adults. Just outright banning people from doing stuff they enjoy is rarely a good strategy. As other posters pointed out, other places have done things differently including in Japan (Niseko) with a good deal of success. Snow sports have changed vastly over the years - advanced riders don't want to just ride down ice-bahns at 100 mph in fluorescent spandex outfits anymore. Unfortunately, many Japanese resorts haven't moved with the times.

Exactly! They also ignored the avalanche warning.

There is almost always some danger of avalanche in the backcountry - throughout the season, avalanche level would rarely drop below "moderate" anywhere, and when it is moderate or low, it isn't worth going out there anyway - at least not for the kind of riding these people are looking to do - deep, untracked fresh powder. In any case, avalanche is only one kind of danger out there - more people probably die through hitting trees than in avalanches. People also just get stuck in deep snow - I was skiing at Kandatsu Kogen resort a few years back and that happened to a snowboarder on an inbounds resort run while I was there - just fell in the deep snow, couldn't get up and suffocated to death. Do you want to ban skiing at resorts too? Of course, statistically going out in the backcountry is a more risky activity, but it's worth noting that for each tragedy that you hear about in the news, there are thousands of people that go out and enjoy themselves without incident.

Honestly, if some people just want to stay at home, wrap themselves in cotton wool and never expose themselves to any kind of danger, then by all means they can go for it. But please, just leave the rest of us alone - many of us are sick to the back teeth of listening to these types preach to us from their holier-than-thou high horses - especially over the past 3 years or so - think they can save the world when what they really want to do is control it. In any case, their ham-fisted efforts at trying to "protect" people by just banning stuff quite often end up doing the exact opposite.

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Posted in: 2 skiers caught in avalanche found; showing no vital signs See in context

 The use of transponders worn by each person allows the surviving people to locate the direction and distance/location of the buried person(s). These transponders have been around for years and being prepared for the worst is a good survival method.

Yep, if you are going off into the backcountry, beacon, shovel and probe are usually necessary, plus the ability to use them. There are many other sensible precautions that can be taken - buddy system, digging a pit to check for weak snow layers etc. Now, there are even avalanche airbags available! While they can certainly help, unfortunately a lot of people caught in avalanches are killed in other ways than just being buried and suffocating to death - you are probably more likely to die due to blunt force trauma, head injuries and so on.

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Posted in: Magazine warns Japanese society on verge of becoming an 'income-based caste system' See in context

Not sure how 20.6 % of households on 6.4 million yen are falling below the poverty line. I mean, I'm sure you are not going to be flush trying to support a family on that amount, but falling below the poverty line?

Anyway, most developed countries have been on this path for a while now - the last couple of decades this has just accelerated with large transfers of wealth to a smaller number of people after the 2008 financial crisis and now through the COVID pandemic (not earned btw, just transferred indirectly to them and which will be paid for by everyone else because their savings and salaries will be worth less due to inflation and increasing property prices meaning people have to pay a larger proportion of their salaries on mortgages and rent). Now the government talks about increasing the consumption tax yet again - basically a regressive tax as poor people have to spend a larger portion of their income. It is the exact opposite of what needs to be done right now.

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Posted in: We raised lift ticket prices by 200 yen per adult but we can't suddenly increase it by 1,000 or 2,000 yen. We can't cover all the fuel and power bill cost increases so it’s difficult. See in context

Yeah, the average skier is decked out in 250,000 yen plus of gear. "Backcountry" types can easily go over 500,000 yen, 200,000 just for the jacket and pants. Some will give Oakley 25,000 just for goggles. If you can afford all that, any "OMG lift tickets have gone up 500 yen!" type moans from you should fall on deaf ears.

Not impossible, but that's not the case for the vast majority - I'm quite a keen skier and never spent anything like that amount - think I paid about 45K for a massive pair of powder skis (previous seasons's model) that was my biggest spend - probably wouldn't update them for 5 or 6 seasons.

Lift tickets are definitely a bargain here though - especially compared to the US where it is just completely insane unless you are buying a season ticket or months in advance. It's even cheaper than Europe and the skiing is way better - more powder and less crowds. Just no apres ski and most resorts and towns are very dated. Most likely a result of the bubble years when loads of ski resorts opened, but these days it's gone out of fashion, there's not as much money around and most of those resorts still remain meaning they can't put prices up.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

3  more months of useless masks but at least its a year earlier than I predicted.

You assume that the masks will be put away once the government makes the downgrade. I'm not so sure about it myself - I imagine that most businesses, workplaces, public transport and public buildings will continue to recommend people to wear masks on their premises regardless of the change. And even if they don't, the vast majority here will continue to wear them anyway.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

You need only gently propose that we might return to wearing masks on public transport to provoke hundreds of people on social media to bray “freedom!” and denounce you as a tyrant.

Well, here in Japan, that didn't happen - wearing of masks on public transport, public buildings, workplaces etc. is probably 99.9% (I don't think that is an exaggeration) of people even now. Yet here we our in the middle of the 8th and worst wave of infections, just as bad or worse than anywhere else that ditched mask usage months ago. Masks might have just about held back the much less transmissible earlier variants, but against the latest variants it's like building sand castles to try to stop the incoming tide.

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Posted in: Japan decides to ease medical rules on COVID-19 on May 8 See in context

As an article by a respected journalist in today’s Guardian points out, the next time you get Covid it could permanently disable you.

Well, yeah - the Guardian along with the rest of the authoritarian left have been the biggest proponents of restrictions all along and obviously some of them still won't let it go - apart from right at the very beginning of course, when Trump wanted to stop travellers coming to the US from China - that was just racist.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

Japan would be a better country with a population of around 50 million. The problem is getting there - managing a declining population over a period of probably half a century will obviously bring huge problems economically. But realistically I think this is what is going to happen - to not only slow down but reverse the declining birth rate would require the kind of radical changes that Japan either cannot or will not make and it would also cost a fortune. Japan might be better off trying to find ways to manage a declining population rather than making half-baked efforts to encourage more people to have children which more than likely won’t work.

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Posted in: Anti-monarchists plan protests at coronation of Britain's King Charles See in context

These people criticise the monarchy because the say it is unelected and undemocratic, something forced upon the populace against their will and so on. But actually, the monarchy in the UK would be toast the moment that a majority of people decided that they were against it. Any political party could come along and say that they would do away with it if they got elected - the reason that they don't is that most people in the UK want to keep the monarchy. Even Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party, a staunch republican, idealistic to a fault, a guy who couldn't even bring himself to sing the national anthem, never put forward getting rid of the monarchy in his manifesto - even he knew that it would be political suicide to do so.

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Posted in: Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status in spring See in context

Not sure it will make a lot of difference, to be honest. I think that workplaces and businesses will continue to ask people to wear masks and stay at home if they have cold symptoms etc. It will carry on like that well beyond the status change in spring in my opinion. Just like there was no change to masking outdoors when the government said it was no longer necessary, I don't think we'll see much change in the spring.

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Posted in: Pacific island nations urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste water See in context

Peter14Today 06:24 pm JST

If they are sure it is safe to release then do two tests. Dilute it with sea water in a controlled environment, to the point it would be in nature when released and then test one, those saying it is safe can swim in it. A second test to release a small number of different sea life in the controlled test and monitor them for a year for changes in DNA integrity and radiation levels against normal and see the results.

In a real release the dilution would continue over time but in a controlled test it wouldn't. If in the test it all appears safe then a release with continued natural dilution should be fine.

It isn't really necessary - they know how radioactive it is and there is plenty to compare it to - they are planning to release tritium contaminated water with a total 760 TBq over a period of decades. Sellafield reprocessing plant releases more than that in two years into the Irish sea. La Hague processing plant releases more than ten times that amount (11400 TBq) every year into the English channel. Bruce nuclear generation station releases about the same amount every year into the Great lakes etc.

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Posted in: Pacific island nations urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste water See in context

Just to put some perspective on this - the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima released in a fraction of a second 10,526,315,789 times as much radiation as that contained in all of the water to be released from Fukushima over a period of "decades", according to my calculation. In addition, tritium (as tritiated water) does not tend to bioaccumulate, as most organisms are continually taking in and excreting water.

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Posted in: Pacific island nations urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste water See in context

There is a solution to take care of radioactive water problem, called evaporation.

With this, only pure water is evaporated into the air while radioactive materials are left behind to be collected.


Your absolutely correct and thankyou for that as i had said that numerous times before.

The radioactive materials in the water are undilutable because they are suspended .

Much the same as a mud puddle.

What happens when the water evaporates from a mud puddle ?

Your left with mud !

Exactly !

However i would recommend a giant evaporation apparatus to collect the water vapor as i don't trust they effectively filtered all the water soluble elements.

A large swimming pool perhaps would be sufficient as the surface area is expanded for more rapid evaporation.

This is just completely wrong! The situation is not like a muddy puddle where you can just evaporate the pure water and be left with the solid mud - in the case of the Fukushima water, the water is radioactive because some of the water molecules themselves are radioactive! It has already been processed to remove anything radioactive that is dissolved or suspended in it. Evaporation will not separate the non-radioactive water molecules from the radioactive ones - the radioactive water will evaporate at almost the exact same rate as the non-radioactive water.

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Posted in: Pacific island nations urge Japan to delay release of Fukushima waste water See in context

Why not just pump all the radioactive water into volcanic craters and let the molten lava neutralizecit?

Radioactive nuclei are not affected by heat - you could heat it up to a million degrees and, while the chemical composition might change, you wouldn't change the level of radioactivity. Pumping it into a volcano at a temperature of maybe 1000-2000 degrees, it would just come straight back out again in the form of radioactive steam, presumably to then fall back to the ground as radioactive rain!

Roy is exactly right - most of the other heavier radioactive isotopes (e.g. uranium etc) have already been removed and all that is left is tritium (basically a hydrogen atom with two neutrons added to the nucleus making it radioactive), which will be in the form of tritiated water molecules (some of the H atoms of H2O replaced by tritium giving TOH or, to a much lesser extent T2O). There is pretty much no practical way to separate tritiated water molecules from normal water, certainly not on the vast scale required anyway - no chemical processes will work and most physical processes - evaporation, filtration etc will have no effect. There really is very little that can be done with it short of dumping it into the vast ocean.

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Posted in: Davos organizers: Musk wasn't invited despite what he says See in context

It's difficult to interpret a statement like "You will own nothing and be happy" as anything other than a malign threat.

If it wasn't meant in that way, then an organisation that released such a statement as part of their PR blurb must be incompetent and out-of-touch beyond belief.

In either case, they shouldn't be entrusted with anything.

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Posted in: Repairing shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 bil See in context

Finland has taken the lead on its storage of nuclear waste deep underground. Japan needs something similar.

Not much chance of that in Japan, unfortunately. One of the requirements is that you need to put it somewhere where the rock isn't going to change for millions of years, or that the storage facility is not going to crack, erode or be split apart by an earthquake. Over the thousands of years that this stuff has to be stored, land becomes sea and sea becomes land. Japan being one of the most earthquake-prone countries on the planet with very mobile crust beneath it, probably makes it a poor choice of place for burying nuclear waste to say the least.

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Posted in: Repairing shoddy nuclear waste storage site to cost Japan ¥36 bil See in context

This is exactly the problem with nuclear - looking after the waste that will often remain radioactive for thousands of years - it will have an enormous cost to the economy for centuries to come.

Renewables obviously can't cope with all of our energy needs right now, but other countries have done better at harnessing wind and solar energy than Japan has. Also couldn't this country use all of that geothermal energy that lies just below the surface here a bit more?

I'm sure Japan could do a lot better, but as usual it's the same old dinosaurs looking after the same old vested interests.

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Posted in: Japan to continue collecting expressway tolls almost indefinitely See in context

The toll fee should be refunded in the case of heavy delays. Would pretty much make it free for most on weekends and holidays.

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Posted in: Japan to continue collecting expressway tolls almost indefinitely See in context

The road situation here is atrocious - in the UK, motorways are free and the majority of them are three lanes both ways. As well as the motorways they also have A-roads and trunk roads that are very often dual carriageways with very few traffic lights, so you can actually cover some distance on them in a short time. In fact, many simple A-roads are better than the expressways in Japan. Here, we have to pay some of the most expensive tolls on the planet to use expressways that are quite often simply not fit for purpose - most of them are only dual carriageways - there is one point crossing a bridge at Ryugoku where a supposed expressway is narrowed to one lane either way! Go out anywhere on a weekend or public holiday, you run into multi hour traffic jams caused through no other reason than the fact that two lanes simply is not enough to cope with the amount of traffic using them.

Leave the expressway, and things just get worse - the nice, free -flowing A-roads and trunk roads that we have in the UK, don't exist - the main routes are nothing but endless "stroads" with traffic lights every 100 meters - Route 17 is a prime example - it's a "stroad" pretty much the entire length from Tokyo to Gunma.

The only good point compared to the UK is that fuel is about half the price - but as soon as you get on an expressway, that you are pretty much forced to use if you need to cover any distance because the other roads are so bad, all of the savings in the fuel are instantly wiped out by the massive tolls.

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Posted in: Tokyo to make child care free for all 2nd children from October See in context

It's good, but in our case, all of the nurseries in our area are full - we would be paying the full price for our first child and about 1/3 or 1/4 or something like that for the second, but as there are no places right now, we have to pay full price for both of them in a private nursery - it isn't cheap that's for sure!

There are already waiting lists for daycare places all over Tokyo - this needs sorting out before anything else.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics cost 20% more than organizers reported: audit See in context

The pictograms performance made it all worth it!

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Posted in: Japan reports 185,694 new coronavirus cases See in context

and there is never source listed for these numbers?

They always use to list their source as toyokeizai, but recently that website closed their English language version. So maybe this being an English language publication they stopped including the link?

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Posted in: Musk restores Twitter accounts of journalists after suspensions draw backlash See in context

Please realize that not the whole world operates under US-American discourse rules where it's always one side against the other in a zero-sum game. The countermeasure to silencing one side is not to silence the other side, it's to stop silencing anyone -- something Elon as a self-proclaimed "free speech absolutionist" professed to, but clearly doesn't believe in himself

yeah, you are probably right. But he has re-instated those accounts now - I think he only did it to kind of say “see how you like it” kind of thing.

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Posted in: Musk restores Twitter accounts of journalists after suspensions draw backlash See in context

Funny, the woke mob were always quite happy with accounts being banned or shadow-banned when it was people they didn't like - it was them who set the precedent.

Now the boots on the other foot, suddenly they are all horrified. My message to them would be "it's a private company - they can run it how they like. If you don't like it, make your own Twitter."

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Posted in: Tokyo court rejects suit over Olympic village's delayed condo use See in context

The Tokyo court rejected a lawsuit filed by little people against big business interests? Well, I'm absolutely astounded - you could knock me down with a feather! I bet nobody could have predicted such an outcome!

Of course these people should be compensated - every single yen of extra rent money they have to pay, any other fees they've incurred plus compensation for the fact that they will be losing out on one year of living in a nice new place that they've paid for - all of it should be paid in full to those people. I would also suggest additional compensation should be paid because of the fact that they've made them take them to court about it, rather than just come up with an amicable settlement.

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Posted in: Tokyo makes solar panels mandatory for new homes built after 2025 See in context

I guess it is a good thing that they are at least trying to encourage adoption of solar power - the more people buy it, the more the technology will develop, panels will become more efficient, longer lasting and cheaper etc.

I would echo other comments about insulation in Japanese homes though. Ours was built buy one of the higher-end builders and it has around 4 to 5 cm of foam insulation panels in the outer walls - I don't know so much about it, but from what I saw, that is really at the low end when compared to other countries.

We didn't go with a solar panel - we wanted our roof space as an outdoor area for bbq or kids to play etc. - land is too expensive in the big cities to have a garden. Having to install solar would remove that option for people so that is a disadvantage. Most Japanese are probably not bothered about that though.

There's also the cost - it has got quite a bit more expensive to build a house in Japan recently and this will obviously add more - maybe an additional 2-3 million yen for a small solar system? Some of that will obviously be recouped in lower electricity bills.

but why wait until 2025, how about December 2023?

Most new houses being built between then and now have already had their permits approved.

Maybe for larger developments, but for individuals it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect be able to move in within 10 months of first contacting the home-builder - that includes making all the plans, signing the contract, getting the plans approved and full construction. From permit approval to complete building you are probably only looking at 6 months.

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Posted in: Southgate 'will take time' to consider future after World Cup exit See in context

I hope he stays on until at least the next Euros. The players all seem to think he's great. He's been regularly getting the team to the final stages of the big tournaments. The England team were nowhere before he took over and he's been a part of building a team that although not guaranteed to win a big competition, will at least be in with a decent chance.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't wants to give people an extra ¥80,000 to have babies See in context

Doesn’t even cover half the cost of delivering the baby - unless you have to have a c-section which makes it significantly cheaper.

Education - might just about cover the cost of a school bag (randoseru) or maybe a single school uniform. High school in Tokyo costs about 1 million yen a year. You’ll need to pay for Juku if you want to get them into a decent uni, plus the cost of uni.

This kind of single, one off payment is going to make no difference whatsoever.

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