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Posted in: Crown prince, 6 other imperial members to attend Abe state funeral See in context

This is a mistake and legitimizes the right wing who are using the funeral for political purposes

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Posted in: The Japanese government plans to launch a nationwide travel discount program in October to support the hotel, restaurant and transportation industries hard hit by the pandemic. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Now is not the time to discount but to rake in the rewards of an open Japan. You want this to be sustainable not based on constant subsidies

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Posted in: Japan eases COVID-19 border controls but tourist surge doubtful See in context

if you can't open, just stay closed. Stop wasting everyone's time

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Posted in: Opposition CDPJ asks Kishida to explain Abe's state funeral See in context

It's clear his death is being used for political purposes and the public know it as well. Good on Azumi to call Kishida's game. Only thing missing is the other half of the story... The religious group in gov't angle as well. None of which would have come out unless the killer accusation against Abe made the news. Serious enough for Kishida to shuffle his cabinet, only to fail again as the new cabinet still have religious broup affiliation. Leading to a questionaire, which Kishida himself didn't answer... Hooyboy, what a disaster for the LDP and Kishida.

This funeral is actually growing into a national embarrassment not the send off the public are being lead to believe, which they can see. The veil is off the LDP, at last, for all to see. Who is fooled?

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Posted in: Energy crisis spurs nuclear comeback worldwide See in context

*surprise, misses an r

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Posted in: Energy crisis spurs nuclear comeback worldwide See in context

countries were too late / lazy in converting and transitioning to greener energy sources from warnings decades earlier so suprise suprise the inept nations are going back to fossil fuels. Nuclear isn't a future, it's a legacy to the pollution generations that just can't get off the sauce

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Posted in: Two surprising reasons behind the obesity epidemic: Too much salt, not enough water See in context

also how many sweet potatoes do Americans even eat versus Japanese? Lots of places to find inspiration

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Posted in: Two surprising reasons behind the obesity epidemic: Too much salt, not enough water See in context

hard to say how this jives with Japanese food being very salty. Maybe all those vending machines are really saving the country via hydration?

Looking at a wikipedia list from 2016, nation obesity rates, USA came in 12th, my own Canada 26th, Japan 185th.

Maybe look at the Japanese diet (non Western foods) intead of rats. Plenty of nations to learn from

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Posted in: Japan reports 180,138 new coronavirus cases; 17,126 in Tokyo See in context

John Hopkins tally for Japan ( https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html )

Last Updated at (M/D/YYYY) 2022-08-27, 2:20 a.m

Total Cases 18,194,170

Total Deaths 38,565

Total Vaccine Doses Administered 311,980,293

28-Day Cases 5,834,895

28-Day Deaths 6,139

28-Day Vaccine Doses Administered 15,786,570

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Posted in: Britain to see 80% spike in energy bills as crisis worsens See in context

Terrible building design for summer. Black rooftops with brick walls. Brick retains heat and releases it over time. This is why a house baked all day long then releases its heat at night making a home hotter inside than outside! Those 2nd and third floors would be pretty brutal. Great if you wanted to retain heat in winter, but couldn't ask for a more perfect air conditioning nightmare in the summer heat. Unlike other nations that are used to heat, UK generally doesn't have AC because it wouldn't normally be this hot in summer.

Paint the rooftops white is a cheap solution to reflect sun off the house and thus prevent the solar thermal brick problem. Can't paint it? the building design there looks square or at least L shaped, could put a white sail across it all and have it propped up like a large tent to reflect the summer sun. Some holes to prevent wind damage and allow rain through.

5 metres down it's 10C. There's their air-conditioning, if someone wanted to drill for it and use a thermal heat pump to thermal syphon it all around. Cities and governments can do that because they pay off over the lifetime of the building, no the occupant. So in the long term it's cost effective.

Ironically in terms of green retrofitting, the building design here is perfect, has the most potential as it's 3 stories spread out. Great surface roof area and great land area for the localised geothermal mentioned. Perfect balance of number of people to split the bill and not too many people to overwhelm the energy demand required. Better than any 5+ 15+ 35+ storey condo/apartment building. Those have no future. Funny enough, moderm green design is like this, less than 5 stories.

Unfortunately with poverty no one seems to realize the postive outcome potential of investing in these areas. UK Conservative government saving money by helping the poor would be so off brand

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Posted in: Kevin Hart opens new plant-based, fast-food restaurant in LA See in context

Cool vegan eating scene in LA so that's not a surprise.

Also many African Americans are lactose intolerant, so going plant based will be the way to go to get away from the milk corporations, which will improve health outcomes for anyone embrasing this type of diet.

If you have any doubts checkout https://www.nutritionfacts.org .

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Posted in: 72% of survey respondents say border controls reason for not visiting Japan See in context

From NHK:

" the government will continue to deny entry to individual travelers who don't make arrangements through travel agencies."

So it's still useless. You still won't be able to just go

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Posted in: Xi, Putin to attend G20 summit in Bali in November; Ukraine's Zelenskiy also invited See in context

Obviously yes, all war criminals. Via the Hague. Americans will have to look that up

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Posted in: Record high number of ambulances struggling to find hospitals in Japan See in context

It's so weird that dispatch and hospitals are separate! Even the USA can do it

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Posted in: Japan marks 77th anniversary of end of World War II See in context

As long as the class-A's are on the list at Yasukuni on this day, it sadly muddles Japan's future and will remain robbed of true change and progress

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Posted in: Cheaper, changing and crucial: The rise of solar power See in context

By getting bought up by a compliant gov't, TEPCO has dodged the losses that solar and other green technology would inflict and allowed cover for the gov't to keep supporting nuclear.

If you take Japan from a green energy perspective not a liquid fuels perspective it's actually energy rich. An island nation? Majority of cities on the coastlines? Geothermal and mountainous areas? It's silly how productive Japan could be versus other countries. If only it weren't held back by the oyagis

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Posted in: Over 100 Japan lawmakers had links with Unification Church: survey See in context

Kishida did not reply to the questionnaire.

Well, THAT doesn't create confidence. Is the other shoe going to drop that he also has ties to the church?

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Posted in: Japan remains open to dialogue with China: Hayashi See in context

creepy creepy dialogue

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Posted in: Keep calm, cut the air con - Japan's energy saving is model for Europe See in context

If you keep seeking more power when design is most of the problem then it just makes things worse in terms of energy need and production as the planet gets hotter and hotter.

Another example is from Iran with tall ancient cooling towers that use airflow to cool off the building below. Nice!

It's not for lack of human invention, we just need to put it to use and stop pretending more electiricty and blind Elonism is the answer to everything

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Posted in: Keep calm, cut the air con - Japan's energy saving is model for Europe See in context

Japanese homes are hugely inefficient given the lack of insulation and drafty homes from poor wall joints or poor window design, single pane windows?

Some neat traditional designs like Kyoto Machiya have high ceilings and windows to allow airflow but was not put in modern homes or apartments. Could have been put in the unused lanes between houses and also done in low rise apartment blocks in main hallways for example.

Paint the roof white to reflect summer sun also helps.

There are a lot of things that can be physically done before the aircon is turned on

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Posted in: Japan industry minister adds role as 'Green Transformation' minister See in context

Doing something means not 100% doing nothing

True story

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Posted in: Japan industry minister adds role as 'Green Transformation' minister See in context

2050 is ridiculously too late, a copout, too far away . Like waiting for all the interfering oyagi to die off. Very cynical when action can be done today.

Just ban all the excess and individual item plastic wrapping. Turn off excess lighting. Replace kerosene heaters. Add solar panels. End nuclear.

Done. Super easy, barely an inconvenience

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Posted in: Accused Abe assassin to start mental competency evaluation before indictment See in context

LDP should give him a medal for making everyone vote LDP as a sympathy vote, then lock him up

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Posted in: Opinions are divided over the government's decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What's your stance? See in context

No that's over the top. It will be used against people as a way to glorify the state.

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Posted in: Do you support Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's desire to revise Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution? See in context

If your friends cannot support your peaceful laws then they're not really your friends are they?

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Posted in: Do you support Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's desire to revise Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution? See in context

Nope, No, Never, Not at all. Article 9 is special and unique and must be maintained. It's one of the major things keeping the Nippon Kaigi from destroying Japan

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Posted in: Ex-TEPCO execs ordered to pay ¥13 tril in damages over Fukushima crisis See in context

Finally a win. Funny it's after an election though

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Posted in: Kishida vows to push for Constitution reform, build on Abe's legacy See in context

I don't get why Abe's death lead to a sympathy vote. Are people goldfish? Do they not understand that Article 9 is saving Japan?

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Posted in: Do you think more nuclear power plants should be reactivated in Japan to avert a power shortage? See in context

@gkamburoff, that's great, any local opposition to the solar panels? Any incentives?

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Posted in: Do you think more nuclear power plants should be reactivated in Japan to avert a power shortage? See in context

Nope. It won't be in time. Meanwhile Deep Water exchange cooling (see Enwave deep lake water cooling) is how you get aircon everywhere without nuclear for an island nation with all its major cities along the coasts

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