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Posted in: 9-year-old girl dies after being hit by train Gunma Prefecture See in context

Very sad and heartbreaking for the family and the grandfather will be inconsolable. Why are railway lines not fenced in Japan they are in the UK.

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Posted in: Japanese company uses 'crow language' to keep them away from garbage See in context

We have a similar problem in my town with European Herring Gulls, and their population is continually growing, not helped by tourists feeding them. They have become unafraid of humans, snatching food from your hand by flying from behind and swooping over your shoulder. They are a protected species here in the UK and are large birds too.

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Posted in: Shizuoka governor to resign after gaffe insulting vegetable sellers See in context

Why are Japanese people in authority mostly elderly men? Is it a Japanese thing?

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Posted in: Discover the serene beauty and cultural significance of mosques in Japan See in context

Once they start building Mosques it's a slippery slope before they'll start to demand other rights and claim that they're suffering from Islamophobia.

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Posted in: It doesn’t get any fresher than raw-egg pudding See in context

You are safe to eat raw eggs in the UK and Europe as it's against the law to wash eggs the protective layer that the chicken leaves on them when laid is not washed off, making the eggs naturally protected and there's no need to refrigerate them. In the USA however I wouldn't eat eggs raw as they are washed, you only need to see the national figures for salmonella food poisoning to see that. They even wash their fresh chicken in chlorine because of low farming methods.

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit quake-hit Noto Peninsula in March See in context

After the Aberfan disaster in South Wales where a school was buried by a landslip of mining waste. 144 people were killed included in that number were 114 children. Our Queens husband Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh visited the very next day. The Queen under advice visited 8 days later, in hindsight she is said to have bitterly regretted the delay.

Without wanting to appear rude why hasn't the Emperor and Empress been to convey their support and sympathy to the people of the affected area. Or did they have a lot on that they couldn't put off for a couple of days.

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Posted in: Digitalization drive proving tough for Japanese school teachers See in context

This article shocked me as I assumed that computer science and the use of technology would be common practice in Japan, just as it is taught in western European countries. But I guess in a country that still uses fax machines and floppy disks both items being obsolete and never seen anywhere for well over 15 years.

My eldest granddaughter have started college last September at the age of 16 was required to have a laptop computer to complete her work and carry out assignments at home.

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Posted in: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry finally stops using floppy disks See in context

Oh no where will it end, fax machines next! I don't think I've even seen a fax machine since the early 2000's and as for floppy discs that was so last century. At work we use a VPN and company based server and fingerprint enabled USB's for personnel office storage.

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Posted in: Black-bun Squid Devil Burger set to shock Japan with 'tokusatsu'-inspired delicious evil See in context

Didn't Burger King have something similar a few years ago which was called Black Pearl burger.

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Posted in: Take a stroll over the oldest stone bridge in Japan See in context

Anything that is rebuilt is not old even if most of the original stone is used, it is purely a copy.

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Posted in: Foreign English teacher in Japan calls student’s ability garbage; says it was an 'American joke' See in context

Nobody understands American humour as they don't have any.

I would ask why an American is teaching English when they speak and spell a version that is only used in the USA. The UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada amongst others use the pure form of the language.

No pupil should be ridiculed when praise has a much better outcome. Ridiculing a pupil should only be used to belittle a bully or a thief to embarrass them in front of their peers.

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Posted in: Survey reveals the top 10 most popular ice creams in Japan See in context

My favorite when I visit Japan is the one the young man is holding in the first picture. Lovely flavour and mess free, it's my go to treat whilst returning to the hotel after a long sight seeing day.

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Posted in: Cold Stone Creamery Japan’s special year-end takeout box is perfect if you have a sweet tooth See in context

I'm not a great lover of American cakes and confectionary, mostly over sweet with lots of additives and chucks of biscuits and cake that don't belong in ice cream. I just don't get Oreo biscuits and Graham Crackers at all, I much prefer wafers and traditional ginger or brandy snap cones. Fruit and fruit sauces go well with ice cream though.

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Posted in: Genetically modified crops aren’t a solution to climate change, despite what biotech industry says See in context

There is no way I would ever eat GM crops, and even if they were allowed they would always need to be labelled so their potential ill health effects could be monitored. Fortunately after Brexit the UK can ignore whatever the EU decides.

Companies testing their own products never end's well, Boeing testing their own 737's for safety resulted in many hundreds of passenger deaths, also car airbag faults didn't go well either.

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Posted in: JAL flew some domestic flights without required checks See in context

I'm afraid JAL has been in decline for a few years now. I recently cancelled our flights as they changed our long haul flight times so much so that we had only 45 minutes to deplane go collect cases then transfer by shuttle bus to another terminal, check in and bag drop go through security and then immigration and walk to gate to board international flight. It defies logic as the JAL website says check in closes 45 minutes before departure.

We've re-booked with Etihad which was also 70,000 Yen cheaper.

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Posted in: ASEAN reception See in context

I'm afraid the world has moved on from Covid and Japan is trailing along way behind. It's very rare to see anybody wearing a mask in the UK. All social distancing and perspex barriers have all been removed from the majority of places in shops restaurants and all public transport.

We're coming to Japan on holiday next year and although we'll bring a supply of face masks left over from when we had to wear them in 2020, we don't plan on using them very often, maybe on public transport more from peer pressure than any perceived need to protect ourselves from a disease from the past..

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Posted in: Can factory chicken really help save the climate? See in context

Battery chicken meat doesn't taste of anything, we pay for better quality chickens that have been allowed to forage outside. It's sold in supermarkets under the right to roam welfare process. Any old chicken meat is good enough for fast food restaurants as its the batter that gives the taste,

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Posted in: How the Christmas pudding, with ingredients taken from the colonies, became an iconic British food See in context

It's traditional to make a wish whilst stirring the ingredient's when making a Christmas pudding. Also during the year extra brandy is added which ensures a good flavour and of course has a preserving effect.

As a child my father would always ensure each child received a hidden coin he'd buried in the pudding.

My favourite is brandy butter, made with brandy, butter and sugar and served along with cream, and of course warm bandy is poured over it and set on fire just before serving along with a sprig of holly. If you weren't tipsy before pudding you would be after especially as a child.

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Posted in: 3 ex-SDF members found guilty of sexually assaulting female colleague in landmark case See in context

I believe this should have been classed as attempted rape as force was used and pressure applied to the groin.

Women throughout the world must be protected and treated as equals by society whatever the religion.

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Posted in: When is St Nicholas Day? And how did this Christian saint inspire the Santa Claus legend? See in context

Here in England he is more commonly called Father Christmas although Santa is becoming more common, mostly because of the influence of Hollywood.

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Posted in: Tokyo makes high school free for all families, even the rich ones See in context

I find it truly strange that a modern manufacturing country that surely must rely on a stream of well educated workers to charge for the education of 15 to 18 year olds. Although I believe tuition fees to attend university are significantly lower than most other modern countries.

Here in England 30 hours of free childcare is available for working parents for 3 to 4 year olds and all education is free from Infants at 4 years old to 18 and universities tuition only fees are capped at £ 9250 (1720500 Yen) which the students can burrow from a government sponsored scheme, interest is charged.

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Posted in: Canned seafood moves beyond tuna sandwiches in pandemic trend that stuck See in context

Here in the UK we have lots of different canned seafood, from smoked oysters to sardines which are available in several different sauces, oil, tomato and spicy tomato or plain salt water. My favourite is mackerel in curry sauce although there are many different flavours of sauce available. Of course pink or red salmon and tuna plain are the main staples. Portugal is well known for many different seafoods in cans.

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Posted in: Japan detects season's first bird flu case; to cull 40,000 birds: NHK See in context

Bird flu news in the UK has gone quite recently and eggs are plentiful in the shops, although for some unknown reason a lot of eggs are now white whereas traditionally in the UK people prefer their eggs to be any shade of brown and free range or barn eggs. The days of caged birds are numbered.

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Posted in: Osaka gets its very own Starbucks Frappuccino for limited time See in context

I'm not a great lover of Starbucks anywhere in the world, I don't know about the branches in Japan but they are usually top of the list for sugar content and their coffee always seems overly bitter due to to higher roast. I stick to artisan coffee shops. Doutor and Tully's make better coffee.

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Posted in: U.S. approves highly anticipated Eli Lilly weight loss drug See in context

If you don't put it in you don't put it on. Just stop eating to many of the wrong food, cut carbs especially pure carbs like sugar, white rice, pasta and white bread and not forgetting potatoes. There's no way I'd inject some drug just because I can't control my greed.

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Posted in: Kishida rules out dissolving lower house this year See in context

Only 17 trillion yen! more debt added to the nation. So 17 trillion yen on top off 1.30 quadrillion yen. One day you'll have to pay this back or sell your souls.

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Posted in: Trying Häagen-Dazs Japan’s Brûlée Brûlée Brûlée See in context

I don't like overly sweet ice cream full of bits like cookie dough and crunchy bits. I like ice cream made with proper cream maybe with an added smooth flavour like vanilla or strawberry without using chemical flavours or artificial sweetener or unnatural additives like glucose or corn syrup

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Posted in: Heat pumps can't take the cold? Nordics debunk the myth See in context

It would take me 17 years to recoup the initial cost of fitting a heat pump, larger circulating pipework and larger radiators not to mention a new hot water storage tank and the plinth to mount the unit outside. This time scale doesn't include any maintenance cost or the potential renewal of component's That would make 83 before I could expect any repayment on my investment.

I think I'll give it a miss.

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Posted in: Kishida struggling to show leadership See in context

When the country is the second highest indebted country in the world after Venezuela per head of population maybe not a good idea to cut your income stream just to make you look better for a minuet.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils ¥17 trillion stimulus package as poll numbers slump See in context

I was surprised to see that there are only 48 women elected to the Japanese parliament compared to 225 in the UK. The weakness of our parliament is the number who have no real business experience having been to university and the worked as researchers and aids for ministers.

What I do know it was a massive mistake in the UK to print money to subsidise big institutions with quantitative easing and furlough payments at the start of the pandemic. And last year domestic fuel payments.

It would appear Japan has made similar mistakes, spending what they don't have.

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