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Posted in: Japan to reduce plastic waste from April See in context

The Pacific Ocean seems to be full of clear cellophane plastic wrapping, the sort that used to encase cigarette packets. So, all plastic wrapping should be phased out and banned.

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Posted in: Who's next? Hong Kong media fearful after arrests, shutdowns See in context

It's awful to witness this dark Chinese fascism metastasize in Hong Kong. The democracies of the world really need to stop trading with fascists.

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Posted in: Japan one of only two countries where Twitter beats Facebook in social media market share See in context

Social media has become an integral part of everyone’s life

Not my life. I quit all social media three years ago. Best thing I ever did Been using the time I've saved to learn a language instead.

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Posted in: Beijing seals off its Olympic 'bubble' See in context

It's surprising to me, that after gifting the Covid virus to the world, China expects to hold a great big happy sports day whilst around the world people are still suffering.

I'm absolutely not going to waste my remaining life minutes watching sport on TV. And even if I was given free tickets, and travel to watch the China Olympics, I wouldn't go.

I would be too scared of disappearing into a dark prison for having a political opinion opposed to the Chinese Borg.

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Posted in: If you were to bury a time capsule to be opened 100 years from now, what items would you put in it that would give whoever found it in 2122 some idea of what life was like in 2022? See in context

A mobile phone. Plus photographs of Sir Jimmy Saville, Sir Rolf Harris and Prince Andrew. Also, a vaccination certificate. And a lump of coal.

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Posted in: Panel recommends no change to male-only emperor system See in context

Japan can not realistically expect to be accepted as a true democracy if it retains its unelected head of state. If they are serious about wanting more royals, they should have a word with the Queen of England. Her family are multiplying like rats. There are loads of them.

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Posted in: China scuttles Japan embassy event over Abe comments on Taiwan See in context

I'm sick of our so called democratic nations worrying about offending fascist dictatorships like China, and North Korea. It's time to stop trading with these monsters until they introduce real democracy.

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Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting taxi driver after refusing to pay fare See in context

Does having no recollection of the incident provide some kind of passport to freedom? It would be an interesting article if this newspaper collated conviction statistics with those arrested making that statement.

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Posted in: China lashes out at Abe over his warning on Taiwan See in context

 Wen told reporters at a daily briefing. “Anyone who dares to repeat militarism and challenge the bottom line of the Chinese people will surely be shattered in the face."

This is hate speech, and a threat of violence against Japan. China proving again it is morphing into a dangerous fascist state hell-bent on war.

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Posted in: Only 30% of Japanese drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, survey says See in context

There's no point painting the crossing markings if the rules on using the crossing aren't enforced. Drivers are already lazy and polluting, so should obey traffic laws and give way to pedestrians. The Japanese police need to enforce the laws.

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Posted in: Japan to hold off on sanctions against human rights offenders See in context

So, Japan places trade above human rights? Let's be honest, that's how all the other nations behave too. It's what has allowed China to grow unchallenged into a monster.

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Posted in: School closures reduce children’s learning opportunities, negatively affect their physical and mental development and make it difficult for their parents to leave for work in the daytime. See in context

When the first lock down happened, the local Tokyo playgrounds were packed with left at home kids that had escaped their parent at work households. They were finally enjoying their childhood unsupervised. I've never before, or since, heard as much laughter and seen such play happening amongst the youth here. Of course, that couldn't be allowed to continue. The next lockdowns really were lockdowns for the kids. And if you think those children will grow and become good adults in the Japanese school system, you have a lot to learn. Conformity and non confrontation creates stressed out, depressed children. Hence the high suicide rates of Japanese students.

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Posted in: Climate negotiators seek to resolve 4 key challenges See in context

The world needs to impose an agreed international carbon tax on the biggest polluters starting at 15% and increasing by 5% every year.. That would immediately make all the unwanted cheap plastic tat produced in China too expensive for most customers and make Australian coal too expensive to. Countries would stop shipping items from half way across the globe and begin producing locally again which would help limit transport pollution.

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Posted in: Train attacker says he targeted Tokyo in hopes of increasing kill count See in context

Guys like this with a death wish should be able to get a suicide pill from their doctor and end their own life in peace. It would stop the crazy behaviour they resort to, in orfder to get hung.

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Posted in: M5.2 quake hits northeastern, eastern Japan See in context

Was shaky enough to wake me up in Shinjuku. Is the big one coming?

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Posted in: Nuclear power advocates say it is a necessary energy source that will buy the time needed to develop cleaner and safer alternatives. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

Nuclear is toxic. An island nation like Japan needs to pursue tidal lagoon energy. Guaranteed electrical generation twice a day whatever the weather. And combine that with pump storage.

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Posted in: Suspect in Tokyo train attack says he adores Batman villain Joker See in context

Give this loser what he wants as soon as possible. Hang him from the neck until he is dead. And good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Posted in: 83 million unused 'Abenomasks' remain in storage in Japan See in context

I still have two unused at home. They serve to remind me how politicians rarely let a good crisis go to waste, and shovel as many public funds as they can to their rich friends.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite places in Japan to view the beautiful autumn foliage? See in context

Going to Hakone tomorrow. Hoping to see some beautiful tree foliage.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

But how ? How do you fix a justice system ?

In the U.K you have 72 hours to charge or release a suspect. Japan could introduce the same rule.

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case See in context

My friend was arrested on suspicion of a crime here in Japan. They held him for the maximum time of almost a month before releasing him without charge. Clearly they were hoping for a confession by simply holding him in solitary confinement.

I visited him everyday and they hated it. And I wrote him everyday and they hated that too. And at weekends, he wasn't allowed any letters or visitors. It seems the whole system is designed to make people confess to something they haven't done just to escape the solitary oppression of isolation.

Worse still, despite never being charged, my friend's detention has also affected his job opportunities as simply being arrested and held in custody in Japan is considered a stain on ones reputation.

And remember that is even when he was charged with nothing! It's incredible the Japanese don't understand how medieval, backward and unfair their so called justice system is. It stinks.

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Posted in: Kyoto Animation murder suspect to undergo additional psychiatric tests See in context

He's clearly nuts and driven by anger and a sense of superiority. So, hang him quick. Then, we can all move on.

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Posted in: 5 found dead in minivan in suspected group suicide in Niigata Prefecture See in context

Suicide is an incredibly selfish act. It harms all those people that cared for, and loved the person committing suicide. Society must do everything it can to help people feeling suicidal as the knock on effects are huge.

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Posted in: Japanese celebrities urge young people to vote in general election See in context

Could you link us to the video, so I can send the link to a few young non voters that I know?

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Posted in: Police crackdowns fast making hot-rodder spectacles a fading memory See in context

Good riddance to these losers. I actually moved away from Yamato because of these loud folk constantly revving their engines at all hours of the morning. Totally selfish. I hate them.

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Posted in: Do you believe China will try to retake Taiwan by force one day? See in context

Of course, because absolute power corrupts absolutely and China's rulers are like absolute monarchs.

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Posted in: William Shatner, 3 others blast into space See in context

Space tourism will only accelerate climate change. Why are rich people continually allowed to destroy our planet for their pleasure? Space tourism should be banned.

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Posted in: Taiwan tensions raise fears of U.S.-China conflict in Asia See in context

In the modern world, the only way a small democracy can resist the attentions of a fascist dictatorship is by having a nuclear armed response. If Israel was provided with nuclear capability so should Taiwan.

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

All fries in Japan are tasteless garbage. KFC's are amongst the worst.

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Posted in: China clamps down on pop culture in bid to 'control' youth See in context

Ah...they'll be burning books in China soon. If you can escape, I recommend you do. If you can defend yourself, prepare to be attacked. And it's about time that the democracies stopped encouraging the Chinese descent into fascism i.e stop trading with China.

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