SwissToni comments

Posted in: 'Unprecedented' super typhoon approaches southern Japan See in context

@memoryfix around 80 lost to heatstroke this year.

The potential for 500mm of rain in a single day is a real cause for concern. I hope you won’t mind too much if they treat the storm seriously and take precautions.

Keep your heads down people.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

It’s dreadful but true, targeting civilians is an inevitable consequence of Total War. Whole populations get turned to support the war effort and any attempt to weaken such an enemy makes them a military target.

So yeah, use of nuclear weapons is a war crime now. But in the context of the time, I’m not qualified to judge. It’s crucial that the horrors of World War 2 are remembered as we’re headed the same way again.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Not a politician I was much in agreement with but there is no place for gunplay in a democracy. My sympathies to his family.

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Posted in: Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill See in context

KariHaruka - considering that the wages of the lowest paid (Rail travel assistants) is £33,310

Not true I’m afraid. Quick look on indeed.uk gives the salary of a Gateline Assistant at London Waterloo as £19,497 pa. No doubt there is a £2k or so London allowance on top of that but it falls far short far short of the riches you seem to think they get. That’s no salary for an adult trying make a life for themselves in London, regardless of the cost of living crisis.

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Posted in: Omicron less likely to cause long COVID: UK study See in context

Reckless, if you’ve never tested positive for Covid but have experienced symptoms that would give anybody cause for concern, you should talk to your doctor.

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Posted in: Osaka's mental health discussion resonates at French Open See in context

Whining and complaining at someone with a mental health condition is as irrational as the behaviour of the person in question. Negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. Perhaps it’s time some of you spend a little less time in keyboard combat and start to talk about the problems that have laid you so low.

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Posted in: Do you think Ukrainians who have come to Japan because of the Russian invasion of their homeland should be referred to as "evacuees" or "refugees." In Japan, "refugees" can be granted long-term residency, while "evacuees" are viewed as people who will eventually have to leave. See in context

Well they’ve fled war in their home country and stopped running in Japan, so refugees.

As to their long term status that should depend upon their wishes and the situation at home. I imagine that once hostilities have ceased many will want to return home. For those that wish to remain, I hope that Japan would give a little helping hand to those that want to stand on their own two feet and make a good life for themselves.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,048 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 40,500 See in context

Still wise to take sensible precautions and practice good hygiene, especially in crowded spaces. But with hospitalisations at manageable levels, unless you’re vulnerable it’s probably good for all of us to get back to as near normal as possible.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi to work with Shell in producing green hydrogen See in context

Intriguing comment Sven Asai, but there’s nothing to get to grips with. Can you explain yourself?

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Posted in: Rural Japanese town overrun with elderly zombies in attempt to control wild boar population See in context

Disappointed. I was hoping to learn that wild boar respected, nay, feared a zombie. Bugger!

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Posted in: Waterproof and recyclable cardboard boxes in Japan safely transport liquids See in context

Presumably it’s an insulator rather than having an active cooling effect. Unless there’s some sort of evaporative process in missing? Also, as the polyester film must be bonded to the cardboard, are the boxes recyclable?

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop case against mother whose 1-year-old daughter, left in car, died of heatstroke See in context

On the face of it, it would appear there’s nothing to be gained by prosecuting the mother. What a tragic story.

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Posted in: Remove your tattoos, Beijing tells Chinese soccer players See in context

For those of you that wish western democracies were a little less tolerant, maybe this will open your eyes. The price of freedoms is the toleration of other peoples.

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Posted in: Tokyo police admit to losing 38 citizens’ personal data…that was stored on floppy disks See in context

Not sure I’d be happy with the local authority doing a criminal record check off the back of a housing application at all, let alone using an insecure format.

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Posted in: Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men protest against Christmas on streets of Tokyo See in context

This is a good news story. So few demonstrators.

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Posted in: Omicron spreads faster and weakens jabs but causes less severe symptoms: WHO See in context

First Omicron hospitalisations and a death reported in the UK today. It’s still early days, the jury is still out. In the meantime, with the UK evidence a booster vaccination increases it’s effectiveness markedly getting third jab early is a no brainer, even if it is ‘just in case’.

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Posted in: Osaka Metro unveils new 'spaceship' design trains See in context

It’s alright, anything to add interest to a flat plane has to be good. I think the forward/rear facing seats are a backward step though and reduce seating capacity.

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Posted in: Man arrested for forcing his pet cat to swim See in context

Our last cat was an indoor/outdoor cat and lived to 22. He got to exercise his natural behaviours, or at least most of them (we had his pockets picked early). He, judging by the times he joined, appeared to love a warm bath or shower.

Unless this man was causing real distress to the animal, the calls for severe retribution are way over the top.

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Posted in: Tokyo restaurant’s bright idea: Lantern pods for you to sit in while you eat See in context

I hate that.

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Posted in: 11 children drown, 10 rescued in Indonesian river cleanup See in context

Kids fall into rivers everyday, it’s a foreseeable hazard. On the face of it, this appears to be an avoidable tragedy.

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Posted in: Want to live forever? Theoretically, you could, study says See in context

If medical science can slow the degenerative process, I’d be happy to take everything I can get. Active and compus till 130 sounds like the dream. I want to be able to live as long as I want to live.

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Posted in: Couple in their 70s found dead at home in suspected murder-suicide See in context

It’s a sad situation. As long as the police satisfy themselves no malice was involved, the details are nobody’s business but the family’s. Hopefully the parents can have some dignity in death and the younger ones can be left alone to grieve.

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Posted in: Under the current circumstances, where it is difficult to interact with neighbors and get together with friends for hobbies due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to prevent isolation by keeping in touch with family members and acquaintances more often. See in context

pandemic or not, knock on the neighbours door and say hello. I’ve only been told to sod off once.

And keeping in contact with regular video chats with beer, snacks and friends isn’t the same as an izakaya but it really helps avoid going stir crazy.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Doesn't matter what your opinion of Japanese justice is, fleeing the criminal justice system is a crime. Albeit for what he thought were justifiable reasons, Ghosn has admitted he fled the country. Aiding and abetting is also a crime. The Taylors crime, or at least their part in Ghosn’s crime was demonstrated to the US’s satisfaction otherwise they would not have been extradited.

The Taylors sentences were well within the tariff for this type of crime. I am concerned by their failure to have time served included in their sentence. The judges comment that the extradition process wasn’t directly related to this case must be factually incorrect. It seems unnecessary to have the Taylors serve their time from day one again.

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Posted in: Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid See in context

They did well enough with the Commonwealth Games. With clear skies and a fair wind (no pandemics, social upheavals etc) there’s every reason to expect Brisbane should see some decent benefits out of the Olympics.

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Posted in: Toyota launches all-new Aqua hybrid electric-only compact car See in context

Is it hybrid or electric-only?

The headline is slightly confusing but it means that the car is available as a hybrid only. There appear to be no ICE only or EV versions in the model range. I can’t find any information on whether the car is available as a plug in either. A car at this price is unlikely to have larger batteries and a charger so I presume it’s a self charger with limited (if improved) EV mode capability.

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Posted in: Australia's second-largest city to exit two-week virus lockdown See in context

Absolute insanity

Tell that to the dead. Australia’s strategy of early, severe action clearly saves both lives and livelihoods.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

That's some "narrative" all its own.

Yes Paul, quite the narrative. Yours though, again.

If there’s one thing the pandemic has demonstrated, it’s that facts have far more power than fiction. Science is proving far more efficacious than politics.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

Pretty sure you forgot to finish your sentence.

No, didn't forget anything.

I was employing irony to mild comic effect. Of course I suspected you were editing the information to suit your narrative.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

‘South Africa resold their stocks of the AstraZeneca/ Oxford University vaccine, they reported 9, yes 9% efficacy’

Pretty sure you forgot to finish your sentence. It’s well publicised that the AstraZeneca vaccine is not very effective against the South African variant. So hardly surprising they’d move on vaccines that are ineffective against their dominant Covid strain.

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