Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: How dangerous is the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant today? See in context

"TEPCO and government officials say..." whatever will cover their derrieres. Their history of lies makes this untrustworthy. Let's hear from international scientific authorities. There are more than tritium isotopes in the water.

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Posted in: Symbols stand as reminder of disaster for future generations See in context

That symbolic tree died years ago and was replaced with an anime fake version. Get over it, peeps. It is the politicians looking for a symbol. A fake symbol is fake. Where is the real symbol of hope and perseverance?

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Posted in: 3.11 survivors share what items they really needed during the aftermath of the disaster See in context

Good thing these sites have pictures and icons. Is there a website anywhere in ENGLISH?

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Posted in: Fukushima fish, rice sellers still struggling to overcome consumer concerns See in context

Once again, and as usual, the JT story fails to note the crucial point. "Fukushima" is not one flat area that was completely contaminated by radiation. The mountain range that splits the prefecture meant that radiation was contained within an area. The very large area to the west was not exposed.

The answer is to clearly label all products grown from the safe western side of Fukushima. Anything not so identified should be avoided as it would logically be from the contaminated, non-trustable side.

Lay the blame on JA for its fallacious labelling.

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Posted in: It’s too hard to sell Japanese people on romance dramas nowadays, says broadcasting president See in context

Serious question about Korean dramas. Why are all the men wearing pink lipstick? Also, what's with the fluffy, bowl-shaped haircuts on the men?

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan expands rice burger menu with first-ever rice fish burger See in context

Avoid at all costs. Corporate "food" and Mcd does not care about your health, just your wealth in their pockets. Patronize all the other restaurants run by the Japanese. Help them survive. The corporations are planning to bankrupt as many of their local competitors as possible and buy up their stores to expand their corporate, climate-changing, low-wages to workers part-time employment, artificial everything, palm trees eco-system destroying, artery-clogging....It is not food. Buy real food from local businesses, which Japan is full of. Think and vote with your feet and wallet, people.

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Posted in: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Tohoku region See in context

Seems suicidal to rebuild on the same grounds overtaken by the tsunami. The real story is why entire towns were not rebuilt on higher ground. Sometimes they have. Would like to know about these decisions.

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Posted in: COVID-19 inoculations in Japan off to snail pace start due to vaccine, syringe shortages See in context

Meanwhile, more universities are pushing for a return to on-campus classes. Is this wise?

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Posted in: Sea levels were pushed up by seawater that is warmer and larger in volume. The rising trend along Japan's coast is expected to continue due to climate change. See in context

Sea walls seem like a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

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Posted in: Japan may approve 2nd COVID-19 vaccine in May: health minister See in context

May? June? The university semester will be done mid-July. Many of us will have to return to campus in early April to "teach" in COVID-19 classrooms. No vaccine. No safety. Let's go to school!

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Posted in: No. of people out and about in Tokyo up despite extended virus emergency See in context

Universities are opening back up for on-campus classes. Virus? No vaccines? No worries!

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Posted in: Graham cracker KitKats? New wholewheat biscuit variety debuts in Japan See in context

OK. I admit I am a KitKat fan and these look terrific. Two more days to my conbini hunt for them.

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Posted in: Fukushima farmers plant indigo to rebuild devastated town See in context

Ogura-san is asking the right questions, and then getting out of town, away from those "safe" bags of nuclear waste. All the best and success. WEBSITE URL? Come on, JT!

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Posted in: Supercomputer shows doubling masks offers little help preventing viral spread See in context

Waiting to hear from my two universities that have suddenly decided my classes should be face-to-face. Final decision coming. Masks/visors mean the classroom is not safe. I have sent in my objections. Wish me luck.

Zoom is the answer until Japan-wide vaccinations have been achieved.

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Posted in: 10 years after Fukushima disaster, Japan's nuclear industry stalled See in context

Never a mention of the source...massive waste and consumption.

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Finally, how does he obtain all that cat and dog food? Amazon? Kuro neko? Surely, not the local pet store, which must be may kilometers away and out of the radiation zone? This article missed a few points of interest!

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Looking at the photo...why is he "wearing" a mask? There is literally NO ONE around. At all!

Admire him for his actions, though, and agree, why hasn't he applied for subsidies and gone on social media to ask for help? A "Go Fund Me and my cats and wild boar"?

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Posted in: The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima's nuclear zone See in context

Can't the cats pee outside....?

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

I quite enjoy the soundscape where I live, including the tofu and yaki imo sellers.

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Posted in: Cafe Paulista in Ginza: Japan’s oldest existing 'kissaten' is model for coffee shops across the country See in context

Doutor continues to support smokers with enclosed rooms. Magic thinking once again that smoke stays in that fishbowl. When, oh when, is Japan going to go 100% no smoking? It is such a hassle.

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Posted in: Japan's android pets ease virus isolation See in context

She could not take off the weird mask for 5 seconds for the photo shoot?

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Posted in: Twitter considers charging users for special content, in revenue push See in context

Most of the content on those sites will be hacked, a la The Gray Zone.

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Posted in: Man killed after leaping from platform into oncoming train in Kobe See in context

I wish we would hear more....

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Posted in: Man killed after leaping from platform into oncoming train in Kobe See in context

Standard reporting. I wish we hear more about the particulars of the jumper. Why they did it, what was their unbearable situation. A help line is OK, but really does not help society understand what leads people to jump in front of that train.

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Posted in: Majority of Japanese Paralympic groups worried about Games, polls show See in context

When countries start pulling out their athletes, that should mark the end.

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Posted in: Preservation of 2011 quake devastation sites faces funding crunch See in context

In a way, are not all museums memorials to past disasters? Meanwhile, Japan has trillions of yen to dither away on the "regrettable" Olympics instead of funding reminders of the folly of building where nature is going to sooner or later roll a giant tsunami. Establish more "do not build below here" stones in the hills, etc.

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

The Imperial Pegboard, again. That is the best backdrop the Kunaicho can come up with.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

A constant stream of very low flying planes over Shinjuku station...I agree, not a good idea.

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Posted in: 2 killed, 2 injured after car plunges into Gifu rice field See in context

No seatbelts?

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Posted in: The best TV shows in Japan to study Japanese See in context

Enka TV shows are great for studying kanji. The pace is slow and there is much repetition.

Plus, the music, gesture, and outfits are hilarious.

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