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Posted in: Young entrepreneur sees rosy future in farming See in context

She grows her plants hydroponically, avoiding soil so as not to require chemicals or pesticides

Of course there are chemicals involved in hydroponics. I think the writer meant to say, so as not to require herbicides or pesticides.

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Posted in: Japan begins collecting departure tax to fund inbound tourism promotion See in context

"It will be necessary to check that the funds are not being used on less productive measures, but in ways that taxpayers find convincing," 

Amen to that.

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Posted in: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' wins at Golden Globes; Close beats Lady Gaga for best actress See in context

I don't watch but I do check the lists of winners for ideas of things to watch. A film about Dick Cheney wouldn't have been on my radar, but I'll now know to watch for it.

Glad to see that Rami got the acting award. (Not sure who else was nominated among the leading men). He was brilliant as Freddie.

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Posted in: Crammed in See in context

Big ol' bag of nope, here, too.

I'd only be praying to get me the hell out of there.

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Posted in: Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions: WEF See in context

proxyToday  10:44 am JST

What does these folks suggest doing with grains that are not fit for human consumption? Burn it all?

Why not simply stop planting it? Plant food that we can eat, instead?

I don't think everybody needs to drop meat all together. Reducing consumption would be an easier suggestion for many people to take. Start with Meatless Monday. (Growing up old-school Catholic, we always had meatless Friday, so that doesn't seem like a strain). Give yourself some time to learn some no-meat or low-meat recipes.

Anyone else here tried the Beyond Meat burgers at A&W? Carl's Jr. is now offering them as well. I like them, and surprisingly, so does every meat-eater I've heard from who's tried them.

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Posted in: 'Crouching Tiger' star Chow Yun-fat vows to donate fortune to charity after death See in context

Nice as well as handsome and talented. Good to know.

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Posted in: More than 186,000 apply to be Tokyo 2020 volunteers; 37% non-Japanese See in context

Who are all these foreigners who are volunteering? Do they all live in the Tokyo area? How are they able to devote so much time to these Olympics? I think these are fair questions.

Why is the Tokyo Marathon oversubscribed every year - both for runners and for volunteers? Why is the Rugby World cup volunteer program oversubscribed? Why does anyone volunteer for anything?

Having been to other international sporting events myself, including Olympic games, and having volunteered at many sports events at all levels, I'll say, all kinds of people enjoy volunteering. Many students, housewives, retirees.

I use my personal vacation days. I love certain sports and want to help make them happen. It's great to get to go behind the scenes and experience work I don't get to do in my day job. It's a great learning experience and lots of students should be free during the summer games. One of my best memories (and best set of photos) from my last Olympics, was after the final event on the last day - I was among the last group leaving and was thanking the venue volunteers and they were all taking pictures of themselves and each other and we, the international spectators. They'd had an absolute blast and made great friends. (And got their souvenir uniforms).

That said, I'm not volunteering for these Olympics. I aim to be out of town. I was disappointed when Tokyo got the Japan bid. It should have been Fukuoka or Sendai. Tokyo still benefits for the infrastructure boost of the 1964 games. Not fair.

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Posted in: Trump vows no end to shutdown until he gets $5 bil to fund border wall See in context

HE is our President for another 2 years even if you don't like him. 

He doesn't have to be.

He could resign.

He could be impeached.

He could be 25th amendment-ed out.

So many possibilities.

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Posted in: Trump vows no end to shutdown until he gets $5 bil to fund border wall See in context

"vowed Tuesday he would not reopen the government until he gets $5 billion" 

He's simply holding federal employees jobs/income hostage for a 5 billion ransom. Mwah haahaa haaa. ((Pinky in corner of mouth, Dr. Evil style))

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Posted in: Former Nissan exec Kelly released on bail; being examined in Ibaraki hospital See in context

A Christmas miracle. Nice for his family.

Now, how's he going to get his spinal surgery if he's not allowed to leave the country?

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Posted in: Shop selling sharkskin products hoping to revive tsunami-hit city See in context

Thanks for the link, OsakaDoug. I see that the Blue shark is listed as "Near Threatened", rather than actually "Threatened". (But that's close enough for me to avoid these shark products. I already avoid fin soup.)

Regarding the use of the whole animal, I have trucks at parking areas in Tohoku selling shark nuggets. (Tried it once. That was enough). There do seem to be attempts to use the whole animal.

I do also wish the media here would attempt to provide the bigger picture, rather than just puff pieces.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese movies and dramas to watch over the holidays See in context

Thanks for the suggestion, papiguilio. I'm not impressed enough with the article's first suggestion to bother clicking through for their other four.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief Mattis quits, citing policy differences with Trump See in context

Sounds like another job opening for Jared.

I wonder how many hats that head can wear all at once.

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Posted in: Trump's demand for wall moves government closer to shutdown See in context

SuperLibToday  

So Trump started off the meeting with Schumer trying to blame him for the shutdown, then does a 180 minutes later to take ownership, then he changes his mind about the shutdown, then he changes it back?

StrangerlandToday  

The guy has more flip-flops than Venice Beach.

People finally seeing this failed casino-owner / multiple-bankrupt real estate developer in the White House as the fish out of water that he is. Flopping all over the place.

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Posted in: Nissan scraps rule that gave Ghosn power to decide executive pay See in context

Ipanema Beach

In all civilized countries in the West, CEOs are allowed to decide their own and other executives' pay however they see fit without any silly meddling from shareholders or employees and does not even need to be made public to anyone. This is common sense, but not here in Japan unfortunately

Have you never heard of a board of directors? (Perhaps you were being sarcastic and if I missed that, sorry).

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Posted in: Trump starts pulling U.S. forces from Syria See in context

Huh. Fox isn't taking it's eye off the ball.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she won’t vote to reelect Trump if no progress has been made on the U.S.-Mexico border wall by 2020.

"Well, I’m not going to sugarcoat it," conservative columnist Michelle Malkin told Fox News on Wednesday. I’m not going to spin it. I wish I could but I can’t. This is a cave. This was a blink."

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Posted in: Trump starts pulling U.S. forces from Syria See in context

Is this sudden announcement just meant to distract from his climb down on getting a wall built?

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Posted in: Japan to pull out of IWC to resume commercial whaling See in context

Following Norway, you mean. If the "Whaling" body opposes any and all whaling, there's no point in paying the membership fees.

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Posted in: Japan to stop charging extra for pregnant women's hospital visits See in context

Found it. Kato Katsunobu. He was in charge of the ministry at the time this tax came into force. Look at the roles he's held (clearly without knowing or understanding ANYTHING AT ALL!). Argh!

2015

Minister for Promoting Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens

Minister in charge of Women's Empowerment

Minister in charge of "Challenge Again" Initiative

Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue

Minister in charge of Building National Resilience

Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate

Minister of State for Gender Equality

2016

Minister for Working-style Reform

Minister in charge of Women's Empowerment

2017

Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

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Posted in: Japan to stop charging extra for pregnant women's hospital visits See in context

I see that Takumi Nemoto only became the Minister in charge in October of this year. Good on him for getting rid of this tax on pregnancy.

I haven't yet figured out who was Minister when the tax was concocted and implemented. Anyone here know?

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Posted in: Japan to stop charging extra for pregnant women's hospital visits See in context

The additional fee system was introduced in April ...

... it does little to support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy of promoting more births

Jesus wept! How stupid are the people in charge? Why am I still here? Ahhh! I think my head might explode!

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Posted in: Naked woman dies after being beaten in hotel room; suspect leaps from window See in context

Deadforgood

5th floor? Must have been on something to think he could make that drop...

Or he thought he'd killed her and decided the risk was worth it to escape one way or the other. Sorry for his family, but the world may well be better off if he doesn't make it. Sure hope she does.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing at least 100 metal grates from roadside gutters See in context

Not really. Such thefts of whatever metal the perpetrators can get their hands on without regard to the cost, danger, and inconvenience caused to the public, have been going on for years.

2006-2007 was particularly crazy as the world economy was healthy, real estate development was overheated and there was a huge building spree, especially in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics.

Road-side gurders and playground equipment was being stolen for scrap.

The crash of 2008 helped bring down prices of scrap metal - a small flash of a silver lining.

I think browny1 has it

"There scrap value would be neglible, but serious pocket money for companies who had been contracted (and paid) to use newly sourced ones.

I hope the police keep investigating it til they find the buyers.

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Posted in: NRA disappointed as Trump administration bans bump stocks See in context

Good decision. Good start.

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Posted in: White House cites 'options' for funding U.S. border wall See in context

If Mexico won't actually be paying for it as promised, go-fund-me is a great option. Let the supporters put their money where their mouths (or here, fingertips) are.

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Posted in: Polled economists say Japan should raise sales tax above 10% to fund welfare costs: See in context

Cut the number of Diet members by half. Think of all the savings. Their salaries, their staff salaries, all the housing allowances in Tokyo for members and staff, their transportation and other expenses, their cushy pension plans, etc, etc, etc. ...

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Posted in: Japanese electronics firms look to re-engineer their design mojo See in context

South Park's latest episode last night, Season 22 ...

Season 22.

Man, I feel old.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing at least 100 metal grates from roadside gutters See in context

Thanks Disillusioned. I wasn't thinking about the fact that the 110,000 would refer to the original purchase price, rather than the scrap price. Those things have to be very heavy duty (and are heavy), so I'm not surprised at the manufacturers price.

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Posted in: 'Tattoo OK' hot spa map released for Rugby World Cup host in Japan See in context

Nice to see that at least one region is taking this idea of "omotenashi" seriously and recognizing that when you bid to host an event, that means you are inviting visitors and you need to treat them as guests.

(I've had this argument where I'm told, visitors need to respect the local culture and the local culture says tattoos are bad. Ok. I'll give them that on a day to day, tourists, but not when hosting an international event and inviting people from elsewhere. You can't treat guests like crap.)

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Posted in: Merry Midtown See in context

I was there a couple weeks ago. Nice enough, but not exactly newsworthy.

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