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Posted in: Japan gov't launches 1st survey on 'overtourism' See in context

To address the problem of litter why not put more bins out? You see the odd bin near a vending machine or outside a convenience store, but there are no street bins. People are forced to carry their litter around with them until they get home/back to their hotel.

Parking... how many tourists hire cars in Japan? If I were to hire a car I would need an international driving licence... how many tourists to Japan have one?

I've been going to Japan for my holidays since 2006 and always in May or November, outside of the main tourist seasons... Japan is relatively quiet at those times (except for Golden Week in May)... but even so, when I go to popular spots I see 99% Japanese people... very few non-Japanese.

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Posted in: China says internment camps are 'free vocational training' See in context

They are having a laugh... this is the sort of story that's usually a parody... except this is real. Seems like the tiger can't change it's stripes

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Posted in: Built for young families, minicars attract a huge following among elderly drivers See in context

Wish we had Kei cars here in the UK... I drive the smallest Honda available here, a Jazz (Fit) and it's not that small. A friend of mine in Japan has one of these and despite the external appearance inside it has a surprising amount of room.

I want one :)

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Posted in: Tokyo named world's best city for 3rd year in row outside U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler poll See in context

Hardly a global poll, but well done Tokyo.

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Posted in: Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice See in context

Why does the supreme court need politically motivated judges? Surely they should have zero political allegiances?

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Posted in: Zookeeper dies after being mauled by white tiger See in context

@Nyi Yan Moe Htet

Euthanize the tiger.

Why? Because the keeper was where he shouldn't have been?

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Posted in: Increasingly human-like robots spark fascination and fear See in context

I would rather use robots or other technologies as customer service than the pathetic humans. E.g Mcdonalds on Motorways (there aren't healthy food shops on highways in Europe, so when starving or out of homemade food, have to take fast food, what can i do, but at least i don't have to deal with the human staff)

Here in the UK we have motorway service stations which are more like petrol stations combined with supermarkets or shopping centres... you can get whatever grub you're after. Maybe it's different in mainland Europe...

The Erica bot is certainly attractive, but she isn't realistic. If you saw her in a crowd with real women she's stand out as more like a game character.

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Posted in: Japan to skip naval event after S Korea protests over flag See in context

It's just a flag... the Union Flag of my country can be seen as the symbol of oppression for those people that suffered under the Empire in centuries past... but I don't see people demanding that the Royal Navy stops flying the full colours or the White Ensign.

The Rising Sun was used by the Imperial Navy before the war... as least as far back as WW1 (when they fought alongside the Royal Navy as allies in the east).

Germany's pre war and wartime colours of red, white and black have since been altered with the replacement of the white with yellow... but the Luftwaffe and Bundeswehr still have black crosses outlined in white on their AFVs and aircraft (more akin to their WW1 shape than WW2 admittedly).

Should the JMSDF have a new ensign? Or just fly the white flag with red circle... although SK would probably complain about that too.

I fly a little rising sun flag from my Honda's roof aerial... hope I don't offend anyone... bit late, being doing that for years :)

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Posted in: Japan to revise northern Pacific sei whaling program See in context

So they also hunt endangered whales? So much for the excuse that they only hunt non-threatened species.

Following large-scale commercial whaling during the late 19th and 20th centuries, when over 255,000 whales were killed, the Sei whale is now internationally protected, although limited hunting occurs under a controversial research program conducted by Japan.  As of 2008, its worldwide population was about 80,000, less than a third of its pre-whaling population.

Disgusting!

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Posted in: Trump says threat of auto tariffs made trade talks with Japan possible See in context

He basically bullied Japan... like he bullies everyone. Loathsome, vile man-child

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Posted in: Decapitated, limbless body found in Chiba estuary See in context

RIP to this poor woman... and the bloke who found her must be in a state of shock... what a horrible thing to do to anyone.

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Posted in: Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh rejects 'false accusations' See in context

Remember this was the 80s. I was also a teen at that time, and the world was not like today. More freewheeling, less restrictions, very hedonistic. Also remember that while Kavanaugh went to an elite prep school, so did Ford. They both enjoyed the same privileged upbringing and displayed the same entitled bratty behavior. Whether or not that led to anything else is still to be determined.

So you're basically saying that because it was the 1980s it was fine? This isn't some hedonistic Brat-Pack film starring Matthew Broderick where everyone's doing drugs and booze, and engaging in meaningless sex while still at high school... this is real life.

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Posted in: Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall See in context

I wonder if, when he came up with the idea of his wall Trump had been reading a Judge Dredd comic? A giant wall around Mega City One, keeping the riff-raff and muties from the Cursed Earth out: a totalitarian regime. Replace the muties with Mexicans and the Cursed Earth with Mexico and I think we have a possible idea where the idea came from... in my mind anyway.

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Posted in: Five shot, including a girl, 8, in Syracuse See in context

Anywhere else in the world would be classified as a dangerous country, but it's Merica.

I'm now no longer surprised at these mass shootings.

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Posted in: Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit See in context

I meant DAVID Cameron of course hahaha

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Posted in: Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit See in context

Don't rip Britain apart, May appeals to fellow EU leaders on Brexit

Too late for that... the Eurosceptics, Farage and ultimately former PM James Cameron have already done that by holding a Brexit referendum.

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Posted in: 5 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan urge gov't to legalize same-sex marriage See in context

But to their point, it would be wonderful to portray that positive image, and it doesn't have to be true either, i mean, look at England. They are just as exclusive and closed as Japan is, yet they have managed to portray a very positive image of themselves. Japan should definitely learn from them.

Do you mean England only or the UK as a whole? Scotland is a lot more progressive than England, more outward looking, but that's not to say we as the UK are not welcoming.

Back to the story, and I don't think the Chambers of Commerce are trying to force Japan to change - I think it's a suggestion. Japan wants to be seen as a progressive society, yes? So why not hold a national referendum? Abide by the result (whichever way it goes).

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Posted in: U.S. again slashing number of refugees it will accept See in context

Oh, and let's just ship the Statue of Liberty back to France.

Exactly... can't have that message she sends out being repeated to those tired, huddled masses:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homelesstempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

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Posted in: Obama's return: Good or bad for Democrats? See in context

It's nice to see an educated, erudite former president speaking in proper sentences without resorting to rabble rousing rhetoric and snide comments. He may not have been my country's best friend, but as a world leader he has more class in his little toe than Trump has in his entire body.

Is Obama a threat to the Democrats winning the presidency again? I don't see why.

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Posted in: SpaceX says billionaire Maezawa to be 1st passenger on rocket trip around moon See in context

I loved the whole Tesla rocket stunt... it was brilliant, and gave us a dummy in a spacesuit as a hero... but Musk the man is a git. His mini sub (too big for the cave system) is waved away and he starts making slanderous remarks about one of the divers? Is Musk a friend of Trump?

As for the moon trip... I'd love to think it will happen, but we've had these stories before. There will be delays and in the end it won't happen... same as the Virgin project.

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Posted in: X Japan leader Yoshiki says he will never stop trying to crack U.S. market See in context

To be honest if he's not made it in America in 25 years he should move on. There are other markets for light rock.

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Posted in: What are some movies or TV shows that had gut-wrenching scenes that made you cry? See in context

The opening scenes of "UP" are quite painful... and no I'm not being facetious

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5, then himself in southern California rampage See in context

This is becoming so common now that I'm no longer surprised to read reports. Shocked and angry yes, but not surprised. Aggressive or unstable people + firearms = mass shootings.

Ban the public from obtaining and owning handguns and assault rifles and THEN you might start to see the number of deaths coming down. Until you take radical action nothing will change.

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Posted in: Japan criticized over dolphin show at World Cup sailing competition ceremony See in context

And this on the day I adopted a wild dolphin.

I love Japan, love the people... but sometimes I just want to grab them by the scruff and point out that they really need to wake up to animal welfare. I'm sure one day, who knows when, a Japanese politician might wake up to the fact that people don't want to see performing animals any more.

Here in the UK we no longer have dolphinariums. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35832175

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Posted in: Times are a-changin' in London where cash is king See in context

In theory, a cashless society would be very convenient and I support this concept.

It certainly would...

Unfortunately, we cannot trust the elitists who are pushing to convince the public to embrace it. They only have thier own interests at heart, not ours.

And you lost me when you started on about elitists...

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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

If the stocks are sustainable then it makes sense. Commercial whaling in sustainable conditions is no different to hunting tuna or any other large scale fishing programme. If stocks fall back then the catch falls back? If regulated and overseen properly this could be beneficial.

Are you really comparing a sentient mammal... to a fish? Really??

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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

And I concede that much of the anti-whaling brigade tends toward racism against Asians.

Bollox... Nordic countries aren't Asian and I'm just as much against them whaling as the Japanese... as I suspect are nearly all those of us against whaling.

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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

The IWC could do the Japanese government a big favour here. If they proposed a quota of, say, 300 non-endangered whales a year (or a number based on current demand), and that the whaling industry must not receive financial government support.

Forced to fend for themselves, the whalers may possibly find their business untenable.

The main problem is that the whalers and Japanese government have proven themselves to be liars and would probably flout any guidelines.

Either way, whaling or eating whale meat isn’t going to get popular anytime soon so we only need wait a generation or so until the whole charade comes to an inevitable end.

You want to sacrifice 300 whales to prove a point? As I've said in previous discussions, in the 21st century there is no place for the mass slaughter of highly intelligent social animals. This is all about not being 'dictated to' by Western countries - nothing about whalemeat, subsistence whaling, protecting fish stocks or whatever... it's all down to national pride.

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Posted in: Pro- and anti- whaling nations brace for battle in Brazil See in context

Among Japan's proposed reforms is a rule change that would allow decisions to be made by simple majority vote, doing away with the current practice of a three-quarters majority being needed.

And look what happens when you go down that route: Brexit and Donald Trump!

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Posted in: Cruel yet popular punishment: Japan's death penalty See in context

On the other hand, what is society to do with irredeemably toxic people? Why should they be supported at great expense for the rest of their lives, after taking many lives themselves? Even more worrying is how can we guarantee that these monsters will stay in prison. Many murderers are released for good behavior, or after a successful appeal, or just to make space for more prisoners - and then go on to hurt and kill more people.

We kept the Moor's Murderers in prison for life, the Krays, Yorkshire Ripper, Fred West and his wife... all of those safely locked away, never to be released. They don't need to be executed... as has been said above, it's an act of revenge.

There is also the possibility of mistakes - Japan's interrogation system seems broken from what I've read, and I don't think they're that good that 90% of arrests lead to an accurate conviction rate.

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