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Posted in: Japan seeks Saudi cooperation in stabilizing oil markets See in context

Why isn't Japan cloaking every south facing building with solar cells? Harnessing it's geothermal energy? Building H.E.P dams on its major rivers? Creating reservoirs with pump storage abilities in its numerous mountains? And creating electrical generating tidal lagoons around its vast coastline to harness the power of the twice daily tides? Then, it wouldn't need to worry about the world oil price. Or deal politely with autocratic nations.

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Posted in: Gov't considers extending COVID quasi-emergency in Tokyo, 12 prefectures See in context

Quasi Emergency? What emergency? Schools all open, trains packed like sardines. Everybody all starting and leaving work at the same time. Nothing has changed. Virus spreading like wild fire in schools, and on public transport. Oh and as usual the government hasn't prepared enough people to give boosters, or readied the medical system. Literally, nothing has changed.

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Posted in: 'Give us a refund': China's latest World Cup flop sparks fury See in context

Maybe stop spending all your energy on coveting other nations territories, and disappearing any opposition. Then, you might have a bit more energy left to focus on sport improvement.

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Posted in: Another Beijing Olympics with human rights still a major issue See in context

If the democracies of the world really want to get tough on China, they need to stop trading with it. Boycotting an Olympic games is pathetic and won't make any difference.

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Posted in: Trump dangles prospect of pardons for Jan 6 defendants if he becomes president again See in context

Trump is a gangster.

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Posted in: China envoy warns of conflict if U.S. promotes Taiwan independence See in context

China is a fascist state. It will never be allowed to win against democracies.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson plans to visit Japan in mid-February See in context

Is he still PM?

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Posted in: Japan's skiing population continues its downward trajectory See in context

The Shinkansen is too expensive, that's why I didn't go skiing. All my money would disappear on travel costs.

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Posted in: Ex-PMs Koizumi, Kan call on EU to choose zero nuclear power path See in context

It is the only reliable baseload power source other than those that burn fossil fuels.

I guess you never heard of tidal power?

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Posted in: In Texas, driverless trucks are set to take over roads See in context

Who is responsible, and who pays, when the inevitable happens and one of these trucks rides over a family car, or misses a corner and ploughs into a school?

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Posted in: Japan's imports hit record highs on surging energy prices See in context

If Japan encouraged it's motorists to use electric cars, and generated the electric power via solar, wind, tidal and geothermic it could massively reduce its reliance on imported oil.

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Posted in: Trickle of residents return to Fukushima's last deserted town See in context

Those who persist in advocating more nuclear power need to reflect upon Fukushima. The massive clean up costs of a disaster, and the associated human misery and relocation, are often not factored into calculations when deciding upon the suitability of building new nuclear plants.

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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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