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Posted in: Virus-prevention measures tested at near-full baseball stadium in Yokohama See in context

Good experiment sure but no one is coming next year, they'll still be reeling from multiple waves of COVID. Japan would know this as well if it only did the requisite testing. So it can test 32,000 here but not test more than 3000 everywhere else. Fugaku indeed

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Posted in: Safe containing ¥22 million stolen from home in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

20-30 kg? that's too light. Should be crazy heavy and a floor safe, so it could not be moved

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Posted in: 3 youths arrested for stealing ¥6 million from porn film actress at her condo See in context

was the money returned? seems an odd omission

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Posted in: Lawmaker Anri Kawai released on ¥12 mil bail after 4 months in detention See in context

It took 6 people to release her, some paperwork and a hanko at each stage of release (my guess)

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Posted in: YouTuber, 2 others sent to prosecutors for stunt at Shibuya crossing See in context

what a nuisance. Glad to see shopkeepers not taking it

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Posted in: 'Healing robots' help ease COVID-19 isolation See in context

Coming up seven months for me, never needed a healing robot.

Unless they are sanitized extensively they become another transmission vector

Just call your mom

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Posted in: 13,670 bear sightings reported in Japan in April-Sept period See in context

reforestation and designation of park status the only way to stop the encroachments

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

I should note they have a lot of investors so it's not that direct but it's certainly volatile

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

Some form of deterrent is of benefit. Just what that could be without nuclear arms is unclear.

Economic. China is failing as it's running out of US Dollars. USA blocked banks for dealing with China and anything that uses a bank (lots of things) are drying up.

https://youtu.be/dQ8qFhq7pXQ China Uncensored: China is Running out of US Dollars

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

The mayor of Hiroshima should be pleased, as every year they send out a letter to end nuclear weapons. Now that letter has the weight of a worldwide UN treaty and 50 nations added to the cause. That's pretty significant.

But not Japanese central government. In the years it has taken to get this treaty signed Japan has since become an arms dealer under Abe in 2014.

It's going to make for a weird museum display update.

Meanwhile instead of crying crocodile tears every year in Yasukuni shrine, they should be celebrating a hard fought win in Hiroshima park.

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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

Also given the oceans rising, nuclear isn't movable. There will be many cities that might not even be viable in 30 years. Wasting money on wasted solutions isn't the way to go. Check out http://flood.firetree.net/ . Modular approaches will be required and nuclear isn't it. Renewables go where people go.

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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

 All OECD nations should now follow Japan and make this commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and save future generations from even more man-made warming. 

Some nations are already green, so this notion of following Japan is funny. Countries didn't wait decades but made the investments. Event states within nations, ie: NSW in Australia might be carbon free before 2030 in spite of a coal/gas muddled national government.

Renewables scale and are cheap now, so any investment in nuclear is just a waste of money, in the tens of billions each reactor, not to mention the waste that lasts tens of thousands of years. By that metric it is the most fraudulent, polluting, and the most criminal. Put the same money into renewables and you'd have it done in the 2030's.

Japan is an island nation on the ring of fire, and as such has a lot of opportunities that other nations do not have. It's closest comparison would be New Zealand. NZ's target? Carbon Zero by 2050.

Do you want to bet that NZ will meet that target before Japan? That NZ is passing laws and energizing its population to find ways to do so?

Japan can too, but the lethargy of inaction and indecision will have to be swept away, today, to get there

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Posted in: As teen suicides rise, 21-year-old Japanese student starts online message counseling See in context

Sure, but isn't it sad that most people feel they need to be paid to do something or to help society?

This would be a good example of where a Universal Basic Income would support volunteer efforts that would benefit society

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Posted in: Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050 See in context

Note that nuclear is not carbon neutral. Also Japan would have to forgo wrapping every little thing in its own plastic wrapper. End kerosene heaters. Have insulation. Go full bore on actual renewable-non-waste-creating energy.

Sure it can be done, but given an asterisk beside everything here and it comes up empty

It was weird when Japan didn't even join the Kyoto protocol. This just feels like lip service to kick the can down the road to another oyagi administration

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Posted in: High stakes for Earth's climate future in U.S. election See in context

All the Repubs who are fighting action should be sent to the front lines of the fires

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

Also you don't need to bomb anyone, just wipe out their economy. China is running out of US Dollars without a shot fired, for example

Totalitarian nations need to be removed from the world economy.

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma See in context

Nippon Kaigi militaristic influence in the LDP means it doesn't want a treaty even though the world has signed one. Conventional weapons are effective enough, you don't need "tactical" nukes. Unlike other nations, Japan with Article 9 and this treaty it would help Japan even more though but they can't see it

There's an opportunity here to change course and embrace peace through world cooperation.

Maybe instead of visiting Yasukuni, leaders should instead visit Hiroshima park, and ring that bell for peace.

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Posted in: Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas See in context

why doesn't Japan just extend their visas? They're clearly needed and employers are employing them, so should be automatic

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Posted in: Pence's chief of staff tests positive for coronavirus See in context

by protocol Pence has to quarantine until at least the 7th.

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Posted in: Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations' See in context

They are called sponsors and some are in the millions of $..

So you confirm it's about money not humanity

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Posted in: Olympic chief says Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations' See in context

They know Boycott China 2022 and anything else China is coming, and THIS is the response? Also Boycott the Olympics in general, it's not for humans striving for freedom and fair play, it's only for corporations

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Posted in: Viewership for 2nd Trump-Biden debate drops to 63 million See in context

Now the Trump playbook is to try to release information just before the election just like Hilary's emails that worked in 2016. Hunter's harddrive doesn't work because people are so clueless about technology that's a step too far for sheep to grasp.

Thus prepare for more declarations, revelations, and vacuous scandals galore. Distract, evade, muddle the playing field

Unlike 2016 though millions of people have already voted. The same game won't work twice or will work less. Russia / China and other players may try things too.

Trump's own 60 min interview hoist upon his own petard. Borat to the rescue. Social media to the rescue. The novelty of complaining replaced with the tired boredom of a whiner.

Not looking good for Trump and I hope he doesn't win, but USA is going to need a lot of help

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Posted in: U.S. breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 84,000 new infections See in context

What happens the day after a Biden win? Does Trump get arrested by every state AG? Do they take turns? Does the Mueller report kick in since he said Trump could be charged if he wasn't in office? How about headhunters for his $400 million in defaulted loans? Do civil cases occur for compensation for all the dead?

He wanted to be a reality tv star, he'll have a second act for his own trials.

The fact that this is still a close race, and so many vote and think Republican just defies all common sense. Turns out USA was really stupid full of people who know the cost of everything but the price of nothing.

It'll be a wonder if USA can turn it around from these self inflicted disasters. These issues of right wing radicalism were present for decades and Trump merely set them loose. The rot was already there

Generally when a patient is ill there's a notion that they want to get well.

I don't see that here. Advanced nations reduced their religiosity, only USA increased it. Kuch brothers funded misinformation tv stations, camps, and people for decades. Now they reap what has been sown.

USA tears itself from within by the notion that a dollar matters more than human life.

That entire notion has to change if change is to occur.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic swimming venue opens; now comes the hard part: COVID-19 See in context

without a high level of testing there's no way to know the current situation. 3000 to 5000 a day is laughable low and cannot be taken seriously.

If you're trying to persuade a world this isn't how to do it.

Obviously they don't want to know because they'd have to make a decision which would undermine the Olympics, but by doing nothing it already does.

It's a shame that the lives of Japanese keep taking a back seat to convenience and businesses

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Posted in: Gov't puts off decision to release treated Fukushima water into sea See in context

There's a physical limitation so eventually it'll have to be dumped. Then refilled, then dumped again, over and over for how many decades? At least a generation until these non decisions can have a decision

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Posted in: Tokyo government provides coronavirus home recuperation sets with instant ramen, curry, and more See in context

do they have choices of packages like no meat? That would be easier that bartering away others from having vegetables. When Japan was closed to the world it was mostly vegetarian so not a bad time to revive it for health reasons.

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Posted in: Trump promises pandemic will end soon after Biden blasts his handling of crisis See in context

Biden can sweep out the governance issues but the nation will still be stuck with the stupids.

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Posted in: Gov't calls for longer New Year holiday to curb virus spread See in context

the holiday would have to be months long, another day or two isn't going to do much.

Better to focus on increased testing from less than 5000 a day to 50,000 a day for just Tokyo, and ten times that a day for the entire nation. Strangely absent is the real work of science versus quite literally symbolic gestures aren't going to be that useful

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Posted in: China vows retaliation if U.S. proceeds with Taiwan arms sale See in context

ban China

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Posted in: Japan had record 610,000 school bullying cases in FY2019 See in context

My god

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