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Posted in: Discovery of London cannabis farms raises child slavery fears See in context

Madverts it’s easy to make rash accusations sans evidence. Governments, democratically elected ones at least, are a reflection of their people. I’m no expert but even I can see people everywhere are divided on the subject of decriminalising drugs. It’s an ongoing moral and ethical debate, not an indication of criminality at the highest level. There are no simple solutions, calm down.

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Posted in: Discovery of London cannabis farms raises child slavery fears See in context

Well that appears pretty callous, and uninformed. The trafficked child slave may well be unknown to the Home Office, or as the article says, refused asylum. They clearly aren’t being given leave to remain.

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Posted in: Scientists highlight dangers of increasing CO2 on Japan's marine life See in context

Chop Chop that’s not quite true. The biggest factors are natural, ocean release, decomposition and animal emissions. It’s just that the increase in human emissions overpowers the natural CO2 sinks found in nature. Deforestation and change in land use only account for a realitively small percent of human emissions. But it does reduce the CO2 sinks. In fact fossil fuel CO2 emissions count for almost 90% of humanity’s additional gas contribution.

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Posted in: Scientists highlight dangers of increasing CO2 on Japan's marine life See in context

Gokai, the effects are well known. Death or displacement by adverse weather be that heatwave, flood, drought, blizzard, crop failure, infrastructure collapse, you name it were seeing it. Set to get worse with the release of methane from the permafrost.

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Posted in: In wake of book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife' See in context

This is representative of the depths to which our liberal democracies have plunged. The leader of the free world name calling in public. Doesn’t matter what the issue is, if our leaders can’t rise above childishness and conduct themselves (and politics for that matter) properly, they aren’t fit to lead. These modern populists are dragging us down a dark path. We deserve better.

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Posted in: MH370 families hope for answers from official report See in context

This is the saddest part of this story, there just aren’t going to be any answers for those family members. Very hard indeed.

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Posted in: 5 die, 40 injured in fire at construction site in Tokyo suburbs See in context

Hot working close to flammable materials is not acceptable. Even fire resistant foam insulation is not fire proof, it will burn and when is does it produces high temperatures and masses of toxic black smoke. The stories of lack of safety information at induction are also very worrying. Management failings, lack of risk assessment, lack of safe working methods, lack of enforcement will be the root cause of this. Site management should answer to the families of the victims but I guarantee there will be some swift arse covering going right now.

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Posted in: 130,000 head for San Diego Comic-Con See in context

There’s no need for that.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

I’m confused by the Chinese chaps case. Would the old fella not require residence here to be considered a dependant?

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Posted in: Trump vows 'great' trade deal with UK; has tea with queen See in context

Wants to make his ‘kin mind up doesn’t he!

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Posted in: Transgender professor fails to win mayoral election See in context

This is remarkable because it’s new. As we get used to any situation it becomes less newsworthy.

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Posted in: Demand for foreign workers may soften Japan's immigration rules See in context

Temporary workers and migrants are very different beasts. Those with a limited time in Japan will not invest in the nation and ship their earnings out of the country. Yes it will support some businesses but not the nation as a whole. Migrants will want to settle and build lives. They will invest in the country and help create a more sustainable future for it. There will be cultural friction and some people’s attitudes will harden to immigration, but those European nations some are criticizing have largely made a success of it. What they’ve lost in homogeneity they’ve more than regained in productivity and dynamism. I find it hard to understand how current migrants to Japan , who came here seeking a different life and new ideas, can openly spout intolerance.

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut, 2 colleagues return to Earth from space station See in context

Maybeperhapsyes, interested to know your thoughts on where the parachute was if it wasn’t in the parachute compartment?

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut, 2 colleagues return to Earth from space station See in context

how did they get it so exact?

Orbital mechanics. Orbits, rotation of the Earth, thrust, atmospheric drag etc are all predictable. If the engineers get their sums right and the systems aren’t broken, everything goes according to plan.

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Posted in: More building blocks of life found on Mars See in context

Pretty sure I’ve seen news of dust damage to the ISS. It remains unabilterated and available to view on a regular schedule. Seen it myself. And if you want to see a picture of the whole Earth from space take a look at the feed from the Himawari 8 satellite, all free from NASA interference.

Its easy to sow dissent and makes claims without evidence. Much harder to send robots to Mars in search of the origins of the solar system and possibly even extra terrestrial life. I choose to ignore the white noise from failures, I support those who make an effort to see where actual evidence takes them. More good news from NASA who’s data will continue to be independently scrutinised and verified. Good on yer, keep it up.

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Posted in: JR Central employee overcharged foreigners for bullet train tickets See in context

Doesn't matter the race, nationality or financial disposition of the passengers, this employee has stolen from them. JR Central is wrong, it’s not poor customer service, it’s a Police matter.

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Posted in: China says military exercises intended to threaten Taiwan See in context

Haruka - Taiwan actually is very strong and has the ability to attack and take over the mainland if they really wanted.

Daft. Taiwan simply doesn’t have the men and armour for that., let alone the logistics. They could no doubt give the PLA serious pause for thought.

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Posted in: Flying high: Finnair cements its place as a leader in Europe–Japan travel See in context

Flown this route to London a couple of times. Only added an hour to the journey times at a very compelling price. Helsinki airport is small (but expensive) and makes the change of aircraft easy.

If you’re on a budget it’s a viable alternative to Aeroflop.

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Posted in: Terminally-ill British toddler at center of legal battle dies See in context

Don’t be ridiculous! The parents bear no shame, they were trying their best for their loved one. Shame on those that manipulated the parents.

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Posted in: Terminally-ill British toddler at center of legal battle dies See in context

Bass4funk “Then that would be a clear indication that I’m not changing my opinion.”

I can see you wish to appear implacable. Instead you’ve backed yourself into a corner. Support for parental rights and independence is perfectly laudable but as always ideals must be balanced with reason. You’ve seen state interference where there is none, this was not a criminal case. I hope you would have the humanity to step in when you come across cruelty however inadvertent.

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Posted in: Terminally-ill British toddler at center of legal battle dies See in context

Bass4funk, you’ve repeated yourself many times. When are you going to understand that these poor parents were desperate to save their child and were prepared to do anything. They were incapable of making good decisions. Are you truly saying that it’s any parents right, as long as their intent be pure, to inflict unnecessary suffering on a child? I hope not.

The withdrawal of baby Alfie’s treatment was a humanitarian act. The court was not acting for the state, it was asked to step in and make a difficult decision in the best interests of Alfie. There has been an awful lot of review of this case. I dare say the decision taken was the right one.

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Posted in: Russian bid for joint inquiry into England spy poisoning fails See in context

Burning Bush, the take home message from the abstainers is that they don’t want to be involved. Those with an opinion have made it clear.

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Posted in: 7 fetuses found under floor of unoccupied Tokyo house See in context

Goodlucktoyou, you’re correct about zygotes but technically a foetus a foetus until birth. If, as the Police believe, they are stillborn or aborted there should be an audit trail. Given the unusual circumstance of the foetuses discovery, it’s perfectly reasonable to speculate as to why they should have fallen outside the system of management of biological materials produced by the obstetrics clinic. Its feasible that the foetuses have been preserved without permission, it certainly warrants further investigation.

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Posted in: 7 years after tsunami, Japanese live uneasily with seawalls See in context

Agree the sea walls don’t look good. And it must be very oppressive living near to one. But, these walls will be the result of a hazard and cost/benefit analysis. As expensive as they are, it is simply cheaper to design and build sea defences rather than relocate a whole population including all its infrastructure.

The defences wont be designed to defeat every possible situation, just those events experienced and any reasonably foreseeable ones. Japan has more technical ability than any other nation in the design of earthquake and tsunami defences. So as long as the structural engineers have got their sums right and the contractors have built to the design spec, the sea walls will do what they are designed to do.

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Posted in: Sakura House: 25 years of helping foreigners stay in Japan See in context

Sakura House Hotel Guest Relations, on the issue of safety and security please explain yourselves a little more thoroughly. Once a guest has arrived and verified their identity by Passport or Residence Card, how does keeping a copy aid you in providing utmost safety? Secondly in these times of rampant data and identity theft, it appears doubtful that keeping hardcopies of guest documents improves security at all. Can you provide some reassurance that you are complying with data protection and privacy regulations in taking only the data you are required to?

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Posted in: Britain's EU days are over, French foreign minister tells Japanese firms See in context

I’m in no way a supporter of Brexit but Le Drian’s comments are a bit too previous. No one knows what the future UK-EU relationship will be. And there’s at least three years before any impact can be felt so plenty of time to decide whether to sit tight or flit.

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Posted in: No drill See in context

Don’t see what’s to be gained from protesting a drill. I suspect there’s some feel good factor from taking positive action, however futile.

Theres pretty good statistical evidence to suggest that people who make some preparations, even just practicing an escape route in the imagination, have a greater chance of surviving a calamity.

As daft as these drills often seem, there is some value to them.

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Posted in: London mayor attacks decision not to challenge release of black-cab rapist See in context

Itsonlyroclnroll, I’m pretty sure the parole board make no guarantees. Like the court, they do the best they can with the information they have.

It’s important you mention the victims. They’ve been kept completely in the dark and that is unforgivable.

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Posted in: Japan now has potato chip-covered chocolate See in context

For me this works better than the frankly disgraceful idea of a chocolate dipped chip. I haven’t tried them but imagine the depth of flavour will be improved in the same way caramel is transformed with a bit of salt.

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