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Posted in: Japan lagging world in introducing livestock welfare standards See in context

"???? Maybe it has something to with Geography? 80% of Japan is mountainous. Hard to have a farm on a mountain."

'High on a hill a lonely goat herder' Switzerland and the alpine regions of Europe seem to manage to farm, along with Welsh sheep on the welsh mountains and Aberdeen Angus cows in Scotland. Me thinks commenter's are making excuses to avoid change.

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Posted in: Japan lagging world in introducing livestock welfare standards See in context

Here in the UK the general public expect all animals to be respected and their 5 freedoms are provided for.

Also there are very strict controls in place, no animal is given growth hormones or routine antibiotics, chicken is not washed in chlorine and eggs are unwashed. It is quite common to have a feather in a box. When a chicken lays an egg a protective layer is applied by the chicken naturally, this allows the egg to breath but blocks bacteria. Eggs are not refrigerated in shops as there is no need to.

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Posted in: Having top 4 teams face each other in quarterfinals highlights absurdity of early draw for pool stage See in context

It's simple really make the Six nations Eight nations and get the potential additional european nations play off against each other for one of the available two places. Also Japan, Samoa, Fiji ect should start a similar contest to improve their games.

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Posted in: We get a taste of Starbucks Japan’s new coffees and sweets, including one that’s here to stay See in context

I do hope that Starbucks products are not as sweet as they are in the UK and USA. They are mostly at the top of the lists when it comes to sugar content. I personally would only buy unsweetened coffee in Starbucks, but that's rare as I find their coffee over roasted and bitter with a slightly burnt aftertaste. But each to their own.

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Posted in: Unseasonal flu surges across Japan See in context

My wife and I have got ours on the 7th of October at our local medical centre. It's walk in jab walk out.

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Posted in: Is Japan’s new Asahi Super Dry beer better or worse than the original formula? See in context

Here in the UK all Japanese beers are brewed here so I'm not sure they taste the same as original Japanese ones. My preference is Sapporo, followed by Kirin Ichiban and lastly Asahi which to me reminds me of weak tasteless American beers like Budweiser and Coors.

Next time I'm on holiday in Japan I will try some craft beers especially as they aren't available in UK.

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Posted in: Brave Blossoms wither against all too predictable England See in context

For me being English I find England's recent form of kicking all the time boring in the extreme. I was a little disappointed with the amount of foreign second rate players in the Blossoms, I would much prefer to see the style from the 2019 Blossoms who don't forget beat South Africa. I actually attended that game and brought a Blossoms shirt, the atmosphere was amazing and the majority of crowd were routing for the Blossoms.

I hope to see the Brave Blossoms get through to the next round!

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Posted in: Attestation ceremony See in context

That's an unusual looking chair, it doesn't look very comfortable and a little to big.

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Posted in: Kishida revamps cabinet; record-tying 5 women appointed ministers See in context

Why are Japanese ministers all so old, some younger blood might have appealed to the general voter. Politian's should be forced to retire at the same age as everyone else. Parliament should not be old peoples day care.

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Posted in: Introducing Panasonic’s compact, palm-sized shaver See in context

That's a lot of money I think I'll stick to my disposable razor blades.

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Posted in: Slumping England heads to Rugby World Cup with big players suspended and as a title outsider See in context

England's games are so boring, kicking the ball away so the opposing team can charge back with the ball using numerous set piece moves. Meanwhile England's indiscipline gives penalties and scrums away time and time again. I don't hold out much hope for advancement out of the pool games. Borthwick needs to pick young blood, at least they'd get experience of playing on the world stage to advance their career's.

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Posted in: Burger King Japan’s new Crown The One Pounder is like a cheeseburger on steroids See in context

I would never knowingly eat beef from the USA as it's full of growth hormones and anti-biotics. It is totally banned within Europe including the UK. Now if it says meat reared in Japan I would find that safe to eat!

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Posted in: Royal sport See in context

Here in England we're so glad he lives in the USA as he's not wanted here, what with his constant whinging and whining about the British way of life and history.

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Posted in: Japan gets U.N. nuclear watchdog approval for Fukushima water release See in context

An political science graduate and an Argentinian that has no nuclear industry of merit and yet he's raised to the top of the IAEA because he's a diplomat. I hope he's got a good team of scientists working below him.

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Posted in: Does passive smoking on streets bother you? See in context

Over the years because the amount of people smoking has declined the smell becomes an irritant, I always hold my breath as I pass a smoker.

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Posted in: Wages finally rising in Japan, as inflation eats away at consumer gains See in context

UK minimum wage for over 23 years of age is £10.42 an hour , that's 1823 yen an hour but I suspect the cost of living is higher in the UK. It's quality of life that really maters and happiness. The average working week is around 40 hours with a government minimum paid holiday entitlement of 5.6 weeks.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists pick top 10 inconveniences about traveling in Japan See in context

I love that I can't use English everywhere and things can sometimes be a challenge, but that is part of the fun of traveling. Now days of course your mobile phone is your friend with speaking and written translation Apps available. Wi-Fi is not a problem if you plan ahead and buy a data only sim card which is delivered to your home address. As for rubbish I either deposit at the same chain of convivence store that I purchased it at you take it back to our hotel.

The one thing I always try to do is be polite and not cause offence.

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Posted in: Japan declines to comment on Macron's objection to NATO's Tokyo office See in context

France is a member of NATO but not a precipitant in any military exercises, don't forget President Bush called them, "Cheese eating surrender monkey's", they always try to protect their own country by doing their invaders bidding.

A NATO office in Japan will enable the Japanese to have an oversight on how it works for mutual protection.

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Posted in: Pizza Hut Japan’s new Wiener Coffee Pizza tastes as crazy as it sounds See in context

Please keep having these weird foods in Japan it's what makes visiting so much fun. All pizza's pretty much taste the same especially American pizza pie type which doesn't compare to a 90 second oven baked Italian pizza. But this one is a pass by me.

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Posted in: Apple is expected to unveil a sleek, pricey headset. Is it the device VR has been looking for? See in context

Facebook changed it's name to Meta because of all the legal problems they were having at the time and the damage done to the Facebook reputation so they changed to Meta to reset their image.

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Posted in: VR tour peers into Hiroshima's past See in context

Looking backwards at history doesn't help with the future but lessons need to be learnt. No mention is ever made here about the reasons for the dropping of the bomb. I do agree there was no need to drop a second one. More time should have been given for the full impact of the first bomb to be analysed by the leaders in Japan.

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Posted in: Which country's pension system (if any) do you think works well for its people? See in context

After having paid 12% of my salary to cover National Insurance which cover all benefits, health costs and old age pension. I receive approximately 165,000 Yen a month and my wife receives the same amount and of course we still get free health care till we die. The UK has one of the lowest pension rates in Europe.

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Posted in: 5 fresh and light Japanese sweets to welcome spring See in context

Japanese sweets are an acquired taste for the western palate, although I do like the reduced sweet taste given many of the sweet products in Japan

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of a 4-day work week which is being talked about in some countries? See in context

I've worked a 40 hour week over 4 days for 17 years and it has been a great advantage and also healthier. I've been able to book dental and medical appointments when I've been off along with deliveries and gas boiler maintenance. As my wife still works 5 days a week it has also given me the benefit of some me time!

There are cons though, mostly down to training commitment's as half the workforce has Monday's and the rest of us Friday's so sometimes you have to swap your days off, but it's rare you have to do this.

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Posted in: In U.S., 'tip fatigue' raises questions about sacrosanct habit See in context

Tipping is dying out in UK as everyone has the minimum wage or the higher living wage. Tipping is mostly confined to the better restaurants and some of them have a service charge already included in bill. Also as cash is dying out if you give an electronic tip there's a good chance the workers will not receive it.

The USA should pay their servers a proper wage.

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Posted in: The 5 Great Sakura Trees of Japan See in context

Cherry blossom is beautiful no matter the age of a tree. All those pieces of wood supporting a tree detracts from it beauty. Let nature take it's course and replant several tree to replace it.

I have noticed in Japan that it's quite normal to support and prop up old trees when I see tree's like this it is not natural and spoils the overall effect. If you want old tree's plant Yew that live for thousands of years or even European or Mediterranean oak

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Posted in: One life to live after losing 6 family members in 3/11 disaster See in context

He is a very brave and courageous man and must go on living so that his memories of his family lives on. I salute you sir.

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Posted in: Italy faces new drought alert as Venice canals run dry See in context

The low level of water in Venice is nothing to do with low rain fall or global warming as the Venice lagoon is open to the Mediterranean ocean. Of course if global warming was true the ocean's would actually be higher!

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Posted in: Most baby formula health claims not backed by science: study See in context

Here in the UK baby formula is not allowed to be advertised only follow on milk used when weaning your baby.

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Posted in: Sample best of Japanese cheese at Hokkaido Local Cheese Fair in Shibuya Hikarie See in context

Coming from a country that prides itself on the varieties of it's cheeses in the UK. I would have loved to taste the best of Japan's cheese.

Would they be able to match the Queen of the worlds cheeses, namely Stilton. I really hope they can.

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