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Posted in: North Korea says it put military spy satellite into orbit on third try See in context

The sooner North Korea becomes a peaceful trading partner to the world with abundant resources, the sooner would its launchings be valued to help take down the asteroids that must eventually fall to Earth.

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Posted in: Tochigi Prefecture ordered to pay damages over fatal 2017 avalanche See in context

This was a totally unnecessary tragedy. This was my favorite spot for cross-country skiing. Everyone knew that after a rain, frost, and snow, an avalanche would occur. No one skis there in early March. They were warned not to have a taining course, but because it was the only vacation date, they held it anyway. I cry on that date every year.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils new measures to reverse declining birthrate amid election rumors See in context

How about pushing for a 3% birthrate, so the population reaches 250 million by 2047 and 500 million by 2075.

Noone asks what the sustainable population might be for Japan. In 1948, the government sought ways to reduce the population growth.

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Posted in: Student in Tokyo arrested for giving illegal haircuts to thousands See in context

uaintseemeJune 13 06:32 pm JST

They arrested him for $15 dollars on that day...wow.

They couldn't find the evidence for the purported 2,999 other haircuts.

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Posted in: Japan's fertility rate drops for 7th straight year in 2022 See in context

In 1948, the Japanese Government was under pressure to reduce the birth rate, since they felt 80 million was not a sustainable level. Did anyone ask the current government what they consider a sustainable level? If growth is pushed every year, what is the limit?

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Posted in: 'Don't blame women': Japan birth rate drive sparks online debate See in context

What is a sustainable population for Japan? It has been estimated that the number is about 80 million. Since that has been passed, Japan will have to find reasonable ways to manage while the population declines. If more labor is needed, then enlist healthy seniors and more women who may wish to join the workforce at a fair wage after taking care of their children.

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Posted in: Japan's birthrate policy could be funded by gov't bonds, says LDP official See in context

I will be happy if the government supports birth control, but not to have children. Japan's population for sustainability is about 80 million. It went past that mark and must endure some discomfort until it falls back to that level. Older people are quite healthy and many would prefer to work rather than sit around retired. In addition, skilled women, especially after children have left the nest, can adequately reduce worker shortages.

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

It takes 20 years for the baby to contribute to the workforce. It seems, that for the past 80 years there has been four cycles of HOW DO WE REDUCE the population to HOW DO WE INCREASE the population. A sustainable Japan is about 80 million, so we have a few more years to reduce the birthrate and have old folks die. The problem is that Japan overshot the sustainable level and now has to go through a difficult time until a balance is met. Meanwhile, improved health care and longer active lifetimes allows those over 65 to contribute to the workforce as well as women whose children have left the nest.

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Posted in: 3 teachers indicted over deaths of 8 in avalanche in 2017 See in context

This was a totally unnecessary tragedy. This area was my favorite

for country skiing. Everyone around there knows that March is

very dangerous. I stop in mid-February because of unstable

snow, especially after there is rain, freezing and then a heavy

snow layer on top of the icy slope. I feel very sad for the loss

of lives and for the families.

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Posted in: Ex-nurse goes on trial for killing 3 elderly patients at Yokohama hospital See in context

The question might resolve around the concept of murder versus

assisted suicide with consent. In several countries, assisted suicide

is both moral and legal. Whether or not the medical practitioner

agrees to assist or not is an ethical one and up to the individual.

As the aged population increases, the question of assisted suicide

may be open for general discussion and assisted death with consent

for terminally ill patients may not be punishable.

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Posted in: Novak Djokovic '50-50' on whether to play at Tokyo Olympics See in context

I agree. Stay fit and healthy. Don't come.

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Posted in: 5 cultural tips for taking photos in Japan See in context

Churchill used the "V" sign to signal victory against Germany. It was then used to signify victory against Japan in WW II.

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Posted in: Misguided safety assumptions key factor at Fukushima: IAEA See in context

Misguided safety assumption ???? Like 40 years ago when they were warned that they should put the emergency units higher up on the hill. This would cost an extra $2 million, so they didn't.

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Posted in: China says it hopes Japan will stay on 'path of peace' See in context

A path of peace can be a bit smoother if China volunteered to rein in North Korean in exchange for Japan maintaining its path of peace.

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Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines See in context

Add some fabric and make the skirts into culottes.

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Posted in: Renowned photographer Leslie Kee arrested in Japan over obscene photos See in context

In this case, it is the law which is pornographic, which is defined as "serving no useful social function."

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Posted in: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Japan Ltd See in context

Mr. Hankinson: sp2265 seems to be playing a very bad prank. Is he trying to get a free set of knives? After you have a chance to evaluate the alleged faulty knives, kindly post here or on your website as to what is going on. It is very hard for me to imagine that the complaint is real and not a dig by a competitor.


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Posted in: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Japan Ltd See in context

Great cutlery.

Do you give lessons on how to sharpen knives? Knives are a macho think like being able to talk about wine. Once a guy can be an "expert" about sharpening stones, angles, and different kinds of materials and blades, you can't get him to stop. He will have a conversation with the sushi chef to impress everyone around. You will have a lifetime supporter and very vocal spokesman (and ad hoc salesman).

With regards, Sid

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Posted in: Tokyo remains top gourmet city in Michelin Guide See in context

I suggest that one try the Tokyo French restaurants for lunch, for the same service and ambiance, but at half or less the cost of dinner.

Chez Matsuo and Hiramatsu are fantastic, but for about one sixth the cost, you can go to Fuyotei in Inokashira Park and pay 2500 Yen to 3500Yen for equivalent service, quality, and ambiance, and be able to take a walk in the park. Also, remember that this includes tax in Tokyo and there are NO TIPS, so that Tokyo comes out really inexpensive compared to Paris.

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