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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

Tuna and all fishes are now becoming scarce due to dolphins preying on them

I think you will find that tuna are becoming scarce because the Japanese have eaten most of them.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs limiting health insurance coverage to Japan residents See in context

The cabinet also approved a bill to amend legislation so that people could present national ID cards known as My Number cards in place of standard health insurance certificates

How will that work, I wonder? Every adult can have a My Number card, but not every adult pays the medical insurance premiums.

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Posted in: Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal See in context

Simply attach a copyrighted document to an e-mail and forward it to a politician. When the politician opens the attachment he will have broken the law.

It's hard to see how they can enforce this law when they are not allowed to monitor communications, nor block web sites. It's still worth using a VPN though, to avoid any unnecessary grief.

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

It will be amusing to see what "logic" the courts use when dismissing this suit (and it's 100% guaranteed that they will dismiss it). Will they argue that dolphins are not mammals? Will they perhaps state that a long, slow, agonising death is consistent with the duty to "minimize pain"? Whatever incoherent drivel they come out with will be yet another fine example of the inadequacy of the Japanese "justice" system.

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Posted in: Japanese beauty product prints English backwards on package so women can take better selfies See in context

Great: even more plastic packaging to throw in the bin.

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Posted in: U.S. national debt hits new milestone, topping $22 trillion See in context

It's interesting how republicans only care about the national debt when democrats are in power.

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Posted in: Olympics minister apologizes for saying he was 'really disappointed' over Ikee's leukemia See in context

This guy (the olympics minister) also said he hasn't read the olympic charter either. After apologising he came out with the usual "I will do my best" drivel, but it's clear to most people that his best isn't good enough. He should resign, or Abe should sack him.

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Posted in: Flamboyant 'Prince of Green Juice' arrested for alleged tax evasion See in context

It's time to shut up and stump up.

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Posted in: Nissan cuts forecast in first earnings report since Ghosn's arrest See in context

Nissan said it was accounting for this under-reported salary -- technically owed to Ghosn -- although Saikawa said that "I personally don't think that we will reach a conclusion to pay this money."

There you go: Saikawa admits that Ghosn's retirement pay was not fixed and therefore Ghosn cannot be convicted on charges of not declaring his income.

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Posted in: Bezos, world's richest man, shows won't be pushed around See in context

If the Enquirer has been engaged in phone hacking, or other illegal activity, it is going to cost them huge sums; it might even put them out of business. Let's see what Bezos can find out.

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Posted in: Shimizu begins construction of 1.9MW biomass power plant in Nagano See in context

These wood chip burning power plants are terrible for the environment: their emissions are higher than coal-fired power stations, the particulates they release are similar to diesel cars, and burning wood releases CO2. Despite all the damage they do the government still pays a massive subsidy. These things should not be allowed.

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Posted in: From Gucci to Prada, fashion mistakes evoke racist imagery See in context

I'm a bit confused: does this mean anyone wearing a black balaclava is now automatically a racist, to be immediately despised, criticised, fired and demonised?

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Posted in: Japan household spending rises slightly in December See in context

Are those real wage figures the true numbers, or the finance ministry fiddled values? Consumption is unlikely to rise when real wages are falling.

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Posted in: Toyota profit plummets despite moderately solid sales See in context

The profit of 180.9 billion Yen is equal to $1.64 billion, not $12.6 billion.

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Posted in: In defense of the tourist tax: Sector backs new levy—if it is well spent and not wasted See in context

most countries—including the United States—the government covers all security-related costs.

If this is true, why does my last flight to the US have a "US security fee" added to the cost? There are 8 taxes and fees in addition to the base fare and fuel surcharge, shared between the Japanese and US sides. The new departure tax isn't listed, even though I left in January.

Spending the "tourist tax" on facial recognition systems seems unlikely to promote tourism in any way. I'm sure lots of bribes will be paid in order to win the over-inflated contracts to provide these systems. The money will be frittered away with no discernable benefit.

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Posted in: EU rebuffs May; says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell' See in context

May was saying for months that her deal was the best and only deal on offer. If that's the case she should put it to a vote once again and if it fails to pass she should rescind article 50, and resign. She can blame parliament for refusing to enact "the will of the people".

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Posted in: Japan bars journalist from going to Yemen See in context

I wonder how the government knew where he planned to go. He could use the automatic gates at the airport and not talk to anyone. Either the government has been breaking the law by going through his personal communications, or he has been blabbing about his trip when he could have kept his mouth shut. Which could it be?

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Posted in: U.S. sports leagues split on how to monetize sports betting See in context

The greed of these people never ceases to amaze. You can already bet on the NFL and whatever in other countries, but the leagues have not hired any of the myriad of people they claim they will need to hire if betting spreads around the US, which proves that such people are unnecessary.

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Posted in: Women living poverty face bleak future See in context

if they pay 800 ,work harder

A couple of days ago my wife showed me a job ad: 12 hours at Y800 per hour, with a single 45 minute break (which is probably illegal, but that doesn't matter in Japan). Anyone taking up that offer will still have to pay their medical insurance, pension, taxes etc. How much harder do you expect those people to work? 16 hour days, 7 days a week?

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Posted in: Japan's stance on Venezuela remains vague See in context

Japan will support the winner, whoever it may be.

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Posted in: Competitor says Netflix exaggerates viewership numbers See in context

Netflix should know the exact number of times it has streamed each of its programmes, whereas a traditional broadcaster cannot know how many people tune in to each programme. Landgraf seems to be arguing that Netflix should use a less accurate method of counting viewers.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man dies after falling off roof while clearing snow See in context

Why do people build houses with flat roofs in snowy areas?

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

In stopping the payments Nissan have demonstrated that the payments to Ghosn were not finalised, destroying the prosecution's case. They have also proved that Ghosn is telling the truth and Saikawa is lying.

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Posted in: UK offered Nissan Brexit assurances, 80 mil pounds for car investment See in context

I wonder if Nissan's decision was also due to the new Japan-EU trade agreement, which sees the end of tariffs on Japanese-made cars imported into the EU. Perhaps we will see more closures of Japanese car factories in the EU as a result of this trade deal.

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Posted in: Japan rally for return of Russia-held isles may avoid sensitive terms See in context

Japan maintains that all of the four islands are "inherent territories" of the country that were "illegally occupied" by the Soviet Union

Hirohito and his mates were very keen on their illegal occupation of Korea, China and the rest of Asia. There are still plenty of people in Japan today who deny that Japan did anything wrong in that. These are the same people who refer to Russia's occupation of the four islands as "illegal".

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

I do hope one of the useless opposition MPs asks Abe what he thinks about Aso's and Nikai's remarks on those who don't have children. Does Abe agree with his colleagues that such people are selfish and a problem?

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela an option; Russia objects See in context

I thought Trump was very much against sending US troops overseas? The US has no business sending troops to Venezuela (and neither does Russia or China).

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Posted in: Abe cabinet rate support rises to 45.6% despite data scandal See in context

The majority seem to oppose all of Abe's policies that they were asked about, but his party of crooks and weasels is still by far the most popular. This tells us how useless and ineffective the opposition is.

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Posted in: Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal See in context

The firm allows local residents and tourists to watch whales being dismembered at its slaughterhouse

Sound like a great day out. I hope hospitals and morgues open up their autopsies to tourists next.

Rob McIntyre: The paper by T. Endo et al. ("Mercury Contamination in the Red Meat of Whales and Dolphins Marketed for Human Consumption in Japan", Environ. Sci. Technol. 37, p2681-2685, (2003)) reported on the mercury content of whale meat sold in Japanese supermarkets. It found that mercury levels in all samples exceeded the levels permitted by the Japanese government. This shows that: (a) the Japanese government deliberately and consistently fails to enforce its own food safety laws and (b) the meat from whales in the Pacific is not fit for human consumption.

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Posted in: Gov't data show exodus to Tokyo from other parts of Japan continues See in context

Overconcentration of people and resources isn't good, as people will belatedly discover when a large earthquake strikes.

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