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Posted in: UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle See in context

Tangerine2000, interesting you raise FCO 30/1048. The document broadly recognises the advantages of EEC membership and the potential to extent British influence throughout western Europe as long as the country fully participates. It recognises public anxieties masquerading as concern for loss off sovereignty, but is quite clear that the adjustments required are no more than those required to meet other treaty obligations. It also recognised the populations growing (at the time) detachment from the government and parliament.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

juminRheeJan. 11  10:26 pm JST

I'd go for a Commonwealth Union.

Assuming the nations you mention have any interest at all in a union with the UK, you would swap a union of 500m people on your doorstep for a union of small states dotted around the globe with a market size a quarter of your current one?

The future of the UK is in safe hands.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

TigersTokyoDome, I’d prefer you didnt decide what I know or understand for me. If you meant politicians from the southeast, or for want of a better phrase the “Westminster bubble”, then writing “the London-centric government” can do nothing but confuse.

London and the people that live and work there are by far the largest regional economy in the UK. Like it or not, its tax take is supporting most of the spending in the rest of the UK, Londoners too are being ignored. It’s not an issue of oppressing the Scots or Northern Irish, rather we are witnessing a power grab, a coup if you like, by Eurosceptic Tories who have seized this opportunity to turn the clock back on UK politics.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

TigersTokyoDome ****“So the London-centric government is sticking to history by ignoring the Scottish and Northern Irish.”

You're a tad misinformed there, London voted 60%/40% to remain in the EU. So the economic powerhouse of the UK too is being ignored. Although I do think Brexit is a serious threat to the Union nothing is served by perpetuating misinformation and inaccuracy.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

There’s no harm in Nakagaki teaching the original history behind the swastika symbol and it’s use in much of Asia. The people should go on using it as they have. It’s just as important to recognise that in the West the symbol is lost as a symbol of hate and nationalism. A global conflict and the murder of six million Jews will do that.

A little less arrogance and a little more sensitivity is all that’s required. Some education on “different strokes for different folks” is all that’s required.

Changing the temple mark on foreign language maps is a reasonable, sensitive accommodation. A good thing.

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Posted in: British PM May survives party confidence vote but Brexit deal still teetering See in context

With no concensus in the Conservative Party, no consensus in parliament and no consensus in the country, can people really be surprised at the chaos? And those that want a WTO rules split from the EU are naive if they think they can get all they want and ignore the 48% (if not more now) of voters who are dead set against this ill thought out nonsense. It’s like a long drawn out attempted coup by the Tory eurosceptics.

The Tories threw Britain into deadlock by going to the people. As far as I see it, the only way to break the deadlock is to go to the people again and ask if they want no deal, the deal negotiated, or to stay in the EU.

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

If these are work related deaths this would be a shockingly high rate of attrition. Each death is a tragedy but without good investigation results it’s impossible to make a comparison. In the face of years of complaints of exploitation it appears worth a closer look.

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Posted in: Try this quirky Okinawan rice 'soul drink' See in context

Surely if you wanted to do a piece on drinks from Okinawa you would go there. Commenting on someone’s trip to a local shop to try all they could find is not biting journalism. It was a waste of time though.

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Posted in: France calls for new global coalition of 'goodwill powers' See in context

Call me naive, but I like it. Much better thinking than the crude nationalism we seem to increasingly face today.

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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

maybeperhapsyes, there you go, two news articles. I’m sure there are much more scholarly articles to be found.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3587882/What-happens-tiny-fleck-paint-hits-space-station-Tim-Peake-reveals-crack-ISS-window-debris-collides-craft.html

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-shield-astronauts-and-satellites-from-deadly-micrometeorites-3911799/

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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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