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Posted in: Kishida outlines plans to tackle falling birthrate See in context

Japan is at the leading edge as far as drastically falling procreation and a lack of interest in sex.

Here are some of the 2022 fertility rates:

 Hungary 1.5

 Thailand 1.5

 Canada 1.5

 Poland 1.5

 North Macedonia 1.5

 Malta 1.5

 Serbia 1.4

 Croatia 1.4

 Saint Lucia 1.4

 Finland 1.4

 Japan 1.4

 Spain 1.4

 Ukraine 1.4

 Luxembourg 1.4

 Hong Kong (China) 1.4

 Mauritius 1.3

 Portugal 1.3

 United Arab Emirates 1.3

 Greece 1.3

 Cyprus 1.3

 Moldova 1.3

 Italy 1.3

 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.2

 Singapore 1.2

 Puerto Rico (US) 1.2

 South Korea 1.1

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Posted in: Disaster to destination: Fukushima woos tourists with snow See in context

However in reality Fukushima as a name isn't a popular destination and isn't likely to be again.

I think they need to rebrand and change the name. Maybe build a new capital in Aizu and change the prefecture's name to the "Capital District" or something similar. Moving the government there will also force it to pay greater attention to the clean-up activities and spur investments.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs ¥6.8 tril budget, including hefty defense spending boost See in context

Actually 400 isn't enough. Japan needs 6,000 ballistic missiles like Korea has in order to defend itself.

Japan will fight to the last Korean. Thank you Korea.

Japan is the weakest country in the region, this is why North Korean missiles are headed toward Japan.

North Korea has to save the majority of its missiles for South Korea and the US. It can't waste most of them on Japan.

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Posted in: Soils of war: The toxic legacy for Ukraine's breadbasket See in context

It is not just the farms. All the shelled and damaged buildings in urban areas probably have lead paint chips/dust and asbestos floating around. The environmental clean-up of Ukraine will be massive.

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Posted in: National treasure-class mirror, sword found in 4th-century tomb in Japan See in context

There was also discovered a couple of western-looking haniwa statues at these mounds.

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Posted in: National treasure-class mirror, sword found in 4th-century tomb in Japan See in context

This was a time of lots of Korean and Chinese migration, so the objects probably have roots to those countries.

There is an interesting hypothesis that horse-riding Scythians or Huns who couldn't penetrate China's Great Wall decided to come to Japan instead and built lots of kurgans. This is also why you won't find these kurgan mounds in China. Some people also think Jews mad their way to Japan along the Silk road and introduced all kinds of shinto rituals that you won't find in either China or Korea.

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Posted in: Families moving out of Tokyo to get up to ¥1 mil per child See in context

Lead by example. Move government offices to the countryside and the employees will move too.

Exactly. It is time to move the capital to Aizu.

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Posted in: Over 60% of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan unemployed: survey See in context

Why is that surprising? Not many jobs for people who cannot speak Japanese.

There are plenty of jobs available in Niseko and Zao and the tourism industry in general that cater to foreigners and don't require Japanese language abilities.

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Posted in: Public faces ¥1 bil annual maintenance bill for privatized National Stadium See in context

well hopefully the fools in charge have plans on how to rent out the facility year round.

Nothing permanent can be built in the stadium because the city wants to use the facility as an emergency shelter and staging ground for search and rescue operations when the next big earthquake happens. If you want to have the stadium generate revenue when not used for sports or entertainment, the modifications have to be on wheels or easily assembled and disassembled.

Maybe find a way to put a giant platform on the turf and:

a) use it as a public parking garage

b) a vertiport for flying cars and drones

c) an Amazon distribution center

d) modular public storage facility that can be quickly wheeled in and out

e) a combination of all of the above

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Posted in: Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them See in context

I am still waiting for a medpod but robot nurses that don't have to use PPE will be great.

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Posted in: Russia protests over Japan's firing of HIMARS in exercise with U.S See in context

The HIMARS were American property and fired by them in a display hoping to bring in foreign sales.

That is what I thought. I doubt Japanese taxpayers are paying for it. It would also be nice if the US can place some THAADS in Japan for free or lease them at low cost.

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Posted in: Views on U.S. bases shift in Okinawa See in context

If China were an invasive culture, not only would Okinawa be speaking Chinese, EVERYONE in Japan would be also and for centuries.

China under Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan but failed TWICE. It's not easy invading an island country that is mostly alpine.

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Posted in: Japanese government wants to encourage wealthy foreigners to travel deeper into Japan, NHK says See in context

I would focus the marketing efforts on glamping trips in NIseko, the Fuji five lakes, the Oki Islands and Okinawa beaches/diving.

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Posted in: Digital minister Kono asks gov't to stop using floppy disks See in context

So to modernize the equipment it is required to modernize the whole information system from scratch.

If I were Kono, I would recruit Joi Ito to head up a task force to build a digital society from scratch built around quantum networks. Bring in IBM as consultants.

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Posted in: Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate See in context

He added: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.

Did anybody see the old movie scarface? I can just imagine Mr. Trump in his underwear holding a cheeseburger in his hand yelling "say hello to my little friend!"

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Posted in: Japan to drop setting ceiling on next year's defense spending: Nikkei See in context

Also an emergency telecom ship or blimp or satellite that can provide emergency wifi service in the event of a natural disaster or war.

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Posted in: Japan to drop setting ceiling on next year's defense spending: Nikkei See in context

The move would open scope for the government to respond to a proposal by the ruling party to increase defense spending to 2% of Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) within five years.

Hopefully there is enough money in the budget to spend on 2 hydrogen powered hospital ships, a national vaccine production center and a couple of vertical aeroponic farms in large cities that can feed the population in the event of a blockade.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics legacy venue proving a chronic headache See in context

When they aren't using the facility for live events and sports, maybe they can modify it for use as a flying car airport. I believe the UK just built the world's first vertiport and its a matter of time before other cities follow suit.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open, citing mental health issues See in context

Gambatte Naomi-san. I hope you find peace and recover. It will be tragic if you follow the path of celebrities like Jennifer Capriatti or Britney Spears and have a public meltdown.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

The proper solution would be to increase the number and capacity of national hospitals. Unfortunately Japan has a very blase attitude towards disasters, and proactive measures like this just wont happen.

I have been saying for the past 10 years that Japan needs to build more large public hospitals and a couple of hospital ships that can handle mass casualty events like earthquakes and pandemics. It is unfathomable that a disaster-prone country like Japan doesn't have its act together when dealing with emergencies.

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son raises fresh doubt over Tokyo Olympics See in context

Is it too late to postpone it until October or November? The extra 3 months of vaccinations would help a lot and it will be a lot cooler so you don't have to worry about people being hospitalized from the August heat and humidity.

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Posted in: Kyoto families angered by new policy forcing high school students to buy tablets at own expense See in context

How many of these kids have a playstation or a nintendo? Maybe Sony should figure out a way to offer online education via these platforms and make a deal with the Ministry of Education. If I was a kid, I wouldn't mind using Sony's VR headset attached to a wireless keyboard to learn. Probably cheaper than buying an Apple Ipad.

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Posted in: Cultural Affairs Commissioner criticizes Japanese music, angering many See in context

I miss "Princess Princess" and "Southern All Stars" and the guy who did all the Lupin soundtracks.

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Posted in: Who is Rola, the hottest face in Japanese advertising? See in context

btw, Rola was doing the OK sign way before the neo-nazis in the US started doing it.

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Posted in: Who is Rola, the hottest face in Japanese advertising? See in context

Rola is awesome and her life story is incredible. I wish her luck in developing a life-style brand like the Kardassians. I wonder if she has Japanese or Bangladeshi citizenship?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics face another headache - not enough medical staff See in context

President Biden is talking about strengthening relationships with America's allies. How about the US sending its 2 hospital ships to Tokyo during the Olympics as a sign of support. The ships can even take part in the RIMPAC exercises before they arrive.

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Posted in: London 2012 chief Mills feels Tokyo Games unlikely to go ahead See in context

My thoughts on this.

It will be difficult and unfair but if you can prevent travel in and out of Tokyo for a set time before the games start and make it a priority to vaccinate Tokyo residents before the rest of the country until herd immunity is achieved and keep the city in a "bubble" then it might be possible to hold the games. It will require a lot of political guts and determination to achieve though.

As for the athletes, they are mostly young, have 0% body fat and are in peak physical condition and if they are vaccinated the risk to them should be close to zero. It would be unfair to deny them an opportunity to shine at an event that they have prepared their whole lives for.

The experience from last year showed us that the virus doesn't do well in the brutal summer heat and humidity.

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Posted in: Izakaya stagger under blow of 2nd coronavirus state of emergency See in context

and the heartbreaking thing about that is it's not that long since Japan appeared to be in a good position.

I thought so too. Either the government is lying about the numbers or the mutated super-covid virus from England that someone brought to Japan is very contagious.

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Posted in: Coronavirus third wave puts many Japanese hospitals on overload See in context

I said this before back in May but Japan needs to build a large, public super-hospital on the old Tsukiji Fish Market site and make the emergency room accessible by water to water taxis and water ambulances. To help pay for this hospital, they can build a large flat roof and turn it into a drone airport and distribution hub and lease it to the private sector. A part of the roof can also be used for flying cars/helicopters landing and taking off. Also make it a "smart" hospital with the latest information technologies like sensors and 3D printing and artificial intelligence to help alleviate staff shortages.

Tokyo needs to be better prepared not just for pandemics but also for the next great Kanto earthquake when the narrow streets will be inaccessible to ambulances and patients will have to be transported by air and water.

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Posted in: Male-only rule should be prioritized in imperial succession: Suga See in context

There have been eight female Japanese Emperors to date.

Also the shaman Queen Himiko who was banished from history books.

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