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Posted in: AI, captain! First autonomous ship prepares for maiden voyage See in context

will the human element , the "SAILOR" be made redundant in 2100 with unmanned MERCHANT NAVY SHIPS being a reality and not mere science fiction of 2021 ?

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Posted in: Man City ousts PSG to reach first Champions League final See in context

My bets are it will be a " ALL ENGLISH TEAM " finals with Chealsea beating " Real Madrid".

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Posted in: Egypt court upholds seizure of Japanese ship that blocked Suez Canal See in context

Having worked as a " Marine Engineer" on various ships from 1983 to 2006 have transited the Suez Canal numerous times .Amazed at this freak accident that brought the importance of transport of goods through shipping and the Suez Canal into World headlines .The compensation demanded is as long as the length of the " EVER GIVEN " and how will the owners pay the same ? Could definitely put the company into bankruptcy and seems a lengthy court battle is in progress and only hope the ship doesn't become junk in the process.

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Posted in: Fewer people traveling during Golden Week amid virus spike See in context

How is " Covid -19" actually transferred among humans is still a unsolved mystery.I live in Mumbai and at present the " Covid 19" pandemic has hit India like a Tsunami claiming the lives of people from various strata's of society.Is the pandemic virus transferred through " HUMAN TOUCH" or "HUMAN BODY FLUIDS" from a infected person and most important is the virus transmitted through air ?

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Posted in: Prestige, pride riding on PSG v Man City clash See in context

My bets are on PSG winning and hope I am not wrong.Ahoy !

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Posted in: Japan's tallest skyscraper, 'Torch Tower,' to be built in Tokyo See in context

In 1995 had visited Tokyo on a freighter ship on which i was employed as a "Marine Engineer". During my off-duty hours ventured ashore and was amazed on viewing the designer buildings although not very tall .Tokyo didn't have tall buildings but beautifully and uniquely designed buildings. My home city of Mumbai in 2020 has some of the tallest buildings in India .The "Tokyo Olympics" have been postponed to 2021 and "Tower Torch" is a name that matches the city.

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Posted in: Sushi chef using shirtless bodybuilders for delivery to buoy virus-hit business See in context

Having visited Nagoya in 1980's on board a freighter ship was charmed by the city.A real bold innovation in direct competition with the Geisha World. Ahoy !

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary See in context

Having visited the port city's of Yokohama,Nagoya and Tokyo was fascinated of the Japanese economic miracle post World War -2 nlear annhilation.Hope the World never again experiences another " NAGASAKI" or " HIROSHIMA" in the future history of mankind although since 1945 wars across the Globe has been causing misery to mankind as well as nature.LONG LIVE PEACE AND THE DOVE. Ahoy .

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Posted in: Japanese actor Haruma Miura, 30, dies in suspected suicide See in context

Is the "CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC -2020 LOCKDOWN" responsible for a spate of suicides among young actors across the Globe. In my country India it was shocking to see young actors and actresses commit suicide, people whom average citizens consider demi-gods and star quality with tons of money. Haruma..Miura definitely seems to have achieved stardom in Japanese society as also wealth and hence this suicide at the young age of 30 years is baffling.R.I.P Haruma.Miura.

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context

As a "Marine Engineer" employed on Merchant ships had the privilege of visiting the Japanese ports of Nagoya,Yokohama and Tokyo in the 1980's and 1990's. As a Middle class Indian Indian brought up in socialist India was astounded by Japanese orderliness, cleanliness and technology.Still vividly remember young Japanese kids busy playing computer games at a time when such machines were a Utopian dream to average Indian middle class children.In 2020 i am surprised reading this article stating that the average Japanese worker is not accustomed to handling "Digital Technology" unlike the average Indian worker, something unbelievable as the World looks up to Japanese electronic technology and work culture.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers find high bacteria levels at open-water swim venue See in context

Had docked in Tokyo harbour in 1995 and found the bay water absolutely clean with locals fishing in the harbour. Since it's a open sea unlike a enclosed swimming pool it's definitely difficult to maintain the water purity standards to Olympic standards.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes banning entry of gambling addicts to pachinko parlors See in context

Have visited Japanese ports of Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo in the 1980' S and 1990'S during my employment in the Merchant Navy. What struck me most was the Pachinko parlours that were quite common as also video games parlours filled with young children. Gambling as a addiction is disastrous and I have written blog on " GAMBLING ADDICTION AND ITS CURE ".

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Posted in: Man cuts off love rival's penis; flushes it down toilet See in context

Deepest sympathy for the 42 year old lawyer as he has to live a life without the most important organ that defines a "MAN" .He would write his biography "Survivor of a penis slaughter".He is lucky to be alive. As for Ikki Kotsugai, the 24-year-old Tokyo graduate it will be a lifetime of memories.

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Posted in: By The Numbers: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima See in context

Thanks to my employment in the "Merchant Navy' that i got to tour major Japaneses city's of Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo in the 1980's and 1990's. Was impressed by the high standard of living and the discipline and cleanliness of Japanese city's.It was difficult to believe that in 1945 entire Japan was a economic ruin as also the first and only country in the World to have two atomic bombs dropped on it.In a war although there is a ultimate victor and a loser its actually a no-win situation for both the parties involved in War.Today in 2015 numerous Country's possess "ATOMIC WEAPONS" which could trigger a accidental nuclear war and sadly hope the history of Hiroshima and later Nagasaki keeps World Nuclear powers on the alert to use their weapons only as "SHOWCASE DETERRENTS" akin to "MUSEUM ARTIFACTS". The next nuclear bomb or bombs could mean the end of Planet Earth.

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Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it See in context

Having read the "MANHATTAN PROJECT" got to understand the secrecy and the method in which "FAT MAN" and "LITTLE BOY" were manufactured.Sadly the World in 2015 has become a much more dangerous place post 6/8/1945 when the first atom bomb was detonated. Today numerous Country's possess "ATOMIC WEAPONS" and the thought of setting a "ACCIDENTAL NUCLEAR WAR" is no more a film fantasy but could become a reality with us humans destroying our own planet.

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Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50? See in context

Having visited Japan as a tourist upto the 1990's while employed on "Merchant Navy Ships" was fascinated by the wealth and orderliness of average Japanese society.Regarding age i feel its all in the eyes of the beholder as is beauty.

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Posted in: WWII battleship Musashi blew up under water, footage suggests See in context

Thanks to Billionaire philanthropist Mr Paul.Allen for discovering the wreck of the "MUSASHI" and bringing back memories of World War-2, the last and worst war the World has witnessed in history. Now in 2015 there is another type of "WORLD WAR" in progress and its a war against extremist religious fundamentalists and not a Country or Country's as in the case of "World War-2". Islamic religious Fundamentalism in the form of "I.S.I.S" is ruining the 21st century by creating a unstable Planet.When will this war end ?

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Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince See in context

Having visited Japan as well as England should say that there is a "Day and Night" difference in the culture and lifestyles of these two First World Country's and that would definitely also include its "Monarchy".

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Posted in: Montblanc to sell $4,400 pen made of 'miracle pine' See in context

Good use of a iconic tree that withstood a national tragedy as a luxury memento.The sales of the pen will also benefit the local people of the locality and hence luxury put to a good cause.

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Posted in: Nagasaki theme park to open futuristic hotel staffed by robots See in context

Is the World reaching a stage where humans themselves could be made redundant by artificial intelligence and robots. This could be possible a 100 or 200 years from today !

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Posted in: Gunmen storm Libyan hotel; 10 dead See in context

Had visited Tripoli in 1990 during a ship port stay and was highly impressed by this clean port city .Post "Qaddafi Revolution" Libya has become a war zone drifting into civil war and chaos.Personally have wonderful memories of Tripoli of 1990.

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Posted in: Buddhist monks cultivate cat haven at Fukui Prefecture’s 'Kitty Temple' See in context

Thanks to my employment on ships that i did manage to visit a few Japanese ports including Tokyo. I was amazed at the Japanese fascination for cats and in fact took a liking for cats after my last visit to Tokyo in 1995.Today i am a "Cat Man" owning two traditional Persian cats.

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