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Posted in: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong walks free; calls on leader to resign See in context

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Joshua Wong - the international poster 'child' of the Hong Kong protestors.

Lam released him to appease the mounting resistance to China's clawback on freedoms there.

These protests were highly, intelligently and, may i add, aggressively organized and funded.

It took Xi Jinping and his puppets in Hong Kong by surprise.

He though he could checkmate Hong Kong.

But there is something beautiful and indomitable about the Chinese spirit !

Lets pray it doesn't become another Tiananmen.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

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haloerika : Doesn't matter whether it's beneficial or not. Different countries have different laws. Plain simple

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Yes. Good point!

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

@ Vernon Watts: Cannabis has been proven to relieve pain and lessen the effects of Parkinsons

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Indeed.

THC-free Cannabis has a wide range of medical benefits- some which you mentioned, including the treatment of MS

[I have a relative that uses the spray and capsules to mitigate symptoms and slow the disease progress.}

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

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Marijuana production is raking in HUGE money, so a lot of information is suppressed.

There is good data available, - non biased - based on clinical research that provides a through discourse on the impact of the drug on the human body..

Below are some links.

Does Marijuana Kill Brain Cells? Harmful Effects

https://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/the-harmful-effects.html

The Truth About Marijuana | MARR Addiction Treatment Center

https://www.marrinc.org/the-truth-about-weed

20 Years of Marijuana Research: What We Have Learned

https://www.livescience.com/48171-marijuana-research-health-effects-review.html

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

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Yubaru : And just how many people a year die from drunk-driving accidents vs those that smoke pot?

Cannabis/Marijuana has not been legalized in some parts of the western world until recently - THEREFORE we have not been able to collect sufficient hard stats that show the # of accidents contributable to cannabis use.

So it is impossible to draw comparisons, for example, motor vehicle accidents

Law enforcement has just recently come up with a device to actually measure the presence on THC in the blood.

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis ( among about 100 others) - is immensely potent and, like alcohol, impairs judgement .

Death from use of mood-altering drugs -like alcohol and cannabis- is not only caused by car or boating accidents.

The drug itself destroys body organs.

Alcohol ,for instance, will pas through the system within 24 hours.

Cannabis is fat soluble and remains in the body for over 30 days, attaching itself to fatty organs like the brain, liver, and, thus continue to destroy the these organs.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

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SMART DECISION !

Cannabis is a lethal drug.

It is far more potent than alcohol and cigarettes --- as a mood-altering drug.

It is equally addictive

And has far more chemicals that are not only carcinogenic, but also impact body chemistry and hormones.

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Posted in: Nissan slams Renault abstention on governance efforts vote See in context

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"Nissan finds Renault's new stance on this matter most regrettable, as such a stance runs counter to the company's efforts to improve its corporate governance,"

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The mistrust which Nissan and J Inc harboured has further deepened.

The wagons will be circled.

Renault ( Macron) - in its desperation - has made a serious faute pas.

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Posted in: Nissan slams Renault abstention on governance efforts vote See in context

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Renault has taken the gloves off.

Looks like Renault's mo is to bully.

THAT strategy will backfire.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO Saikawa got higher stock-linked bonus after payout date changed, Kelly says See in context

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 He (kelly) did not claim any illegality on the part of Saikawa or Nissan,

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Notwithstanding - WHY is Saikawa still at the helm ??

Is this a death-wish Nissan has .??

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Posted in: Japan's detention center gives foreign media a look See in context

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so clean!

You can see your reflection onf the floor !

Very Japanese.

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Posted in: Renault, Nissan spar over governance reforms as strains worsen See in context

Macron is desperate to keep Renault operational

Under his leadership France is in shambles - and all he is done if Renault folds.

This is Macron pressuring Renault to force Nissan's hand.

Good luck !!! :-)

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Posted in: Renault, Nissan spar over governance reforms as strains worsen See in context

@ Kenji Fujimori Its "wise" for you not to comment rubbish from reality

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Its "wise" for you to follow your own counsel! :-)

Kazetsukai has a point.

French Gov't is - not only 'backing Renault" but very involved in its survival -and in fact, OWNS 15 % shares !!!.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

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@intlobserver

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Right on!

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Posted in: What do you think of the level of care in hospitals in Japan? Tell us about some of your experiences? See in context

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Moreover Health Care costs are very fair.

1. (a) People in Japan pay on a sliding scale ( depending on salary - and there is a small service fee.

(b) You can augment that with other Insurances (like AFLAC ) which we did . And AFLAC , infact, pays you 10,000 YEN a day to cover hospital costs.

(c) YOu can also buy ACCIDENT INSURANCE that pays something 5000 YEN a day in the event of an accident

2. A person can self-refer ( not possible in many countries like Canada where one has to wait 2-3 months to see a specialist).

3. Medical tests , such as MRI, cAT Scan, Blood Tests are available the same day - or within 48 hours.

In Canada one has to wait as long a 6 months for an MRI, 4 weeks for a CAT Scan

4. Japan applies state of art medical practices- such as plastic needles - not used in many countries where steel needles are still used.

Japan's HEALTH CARE is in many respects unsurpassed

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Posted in: What do you think of the level of care in hospitals in Japan? Tell us about some of your experiences? See in context

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Excellent !

Clinically thorough, highly professional, precise, clean, and state-of-art medical applications.

{Broke/ fractured the tibia requiring a 2 months stay in the hospital . Also had colonoscopy)

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Posted in: In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk See in context

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In fact,Japan is one of the few countries ,, along with Norway & Germany, who have efficient HEALTH CARE and ELDERLY CARE services - though the pension program In Japan i needs to be revamped.

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Posted in: In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk See in context

@Kentarogaijin

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What an inane, unexamined, flippant, pejorative remark

Did you READ the article?

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Its is OECD chief Angel Gurria who sounded the alert .....saying: (there is ) ... a very large portion of mankind that is aging ..... the G20 in particular are ageing faster. These are trends that will continue, I am afraid. It's not something you can suddenly stop."

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This is a trend in France, Germany, Scandinavian countries, USA, Australia, etc etc etc- - -and EACH country is expressing concerns about HOW to address the issues @ HEALTH CARE and PENSION SUPPORt.

One day it will hit you too - but of course, yu won't be a 'crybaby' when it does. LOL

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Posted in: In historic first, G20 weighs aging as global risk See in context

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It is the exorbitant cost of living that is rising exponentially that reduces the buying power of pensions. and edging middle class elderly into poverty.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

@ wtfJapan.  the smaller companies will have to merge to survive with the big players like VW Toyota GM.

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You make a valid point.

I wonder, though, if Nissan as it unravels its alliance with Renault (bc Nissan does not profit from Renault) and perhaps look to staying with Mitsubishi.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

@GW:  so they need to shut or put up!

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Not really. They can dissolve the alliance.

I think that is what Nissan ( which is actually a J Govm't operation) will do.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

@bullfighter: Nissan contributes billions each year to the Renault bottom line. Renault contributes very little to the Nissan bottom line

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That's very true.

Without Nissan, Renault is finished.

Not to mention that Nissan's technology is state of art.

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That's why F/C withdrew from talks with Renault. They noted Nissan was not interested , and Renault is hardly operational.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

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@ kwatt

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Yes. Exantly.

Renault is in financial trouble - and offering up shares is clearly an act of desperation.

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

@ Kobe White Bar Owner:

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Your logic does not hold.

Ghosn actions as CEO have nullified his credibility.

He is no hero.

Besides he pulled Nissan together by firing 20,000 employees and

selling company property and assets.

Its elementary to 'fix' financial problems by selling assets and reducing overhead ( via firing employees)

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Posted in: France ready to cut Renault stake to shore up Nissan partnership: finance minister See in context

@kazetsukai :All they want is Nissan's technology which Renault and Fiat both wanted.....Nissan should never consider such a partnership again..

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Yes. Indeed.

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Posted in: I understand that I should not be ashamed of my daughter. I know that I should not keep it secret. But I do all the time because I’m afraid my daughter will cause trouble outside the home. I have been depressed, hating myself. See in context

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It is heart breaking.

This mother reflects the heart of many parents, who tend to blame themselves when their kids don't come through socially and professionally.

However, this phenomenon in japan is a symptom of a deeper disease i n J society - the deepening alienation between generations and Japanese as a people group.

One thing, that is certain, Japanese basically still do not grasp the effectiveness of therapy - via psycho-therapy counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, support groups.

They feel they would be 'exposed' in some way and loose face.

if this pattern of hikikomori could be identified earlier in a person, intervention could help the individual move forward ( and thus contribute to society as well as optimize their talents).

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Posted in: Obamas to produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify See in context

"Michelle Obama says she hopes they can help people connect emotionally and open their hearts and minds."

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.... sounds like a lot of the old '60's 'group feel-good' mantra.

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Posted in: Former Empress Michiko to undergo heart examination See in context

@ Laguna.

Agreed!

Her quintessential inimitable grace,elegance and innate beauty are missed as Empress.

However, given the health risks , perhaps it is a good thing she has stepped away from the intense spot-light and all the responsibilities that Office entails.

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Posted in: Toyota speeds up electric vehicle schedule as demand heats up See in context

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There you go !

Akio Toyoda - brilliant consistent leadership keeps Toyota at the cutting edge.

Never has he been flamboyant or excessive - like some the former ceo's of other automakers.

There is a lot to learn from how Toyota runs its company !

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Posted in: Nissan had tech that drove Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger idea See in context

@ Kenji Fujimori: AND Carlos introduced those Electric Cars Nissan that you deflect the true credits behind the production of..

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Please do not overstate ghosn's "contribution".

The electric car was already conceptually introduced decades ago in France, UK and Germany

Later, near the end of the 20th century, AMA and GM, as well as Honda and Toyota produced some early models.

However quantitative manufacturing of "electric" vehicles was largely kaiboshed by the oil monopoly in those days.

Ghosn was just going with the flow - in step with other cutting edge manufacturers, like Toyota, etc.

if he had not introduced it to Nissan - someone else would have.

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Posted in: Tokyo expressway to have variable tolls during 2020 Olympics See in context

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Sure.

That is another way of covering the immense, waste of moneys put into this overblown event , called the Olympics.

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