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Posted in: Protesters demand that Japan save trees by revising design plan for popular Tokyo park See in context

That this is even an issue in 2023 is shameful.

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Posted in: Bharat: Why the recent push to change India’s name has a hidden agenda See in context

Interesting. Thank you, editors, for posting this story.

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Posted in: Japanese educators want to allow students to use robot substitutes to attend school See in context

This story is brought to you by the Japan Robot Manufacturers Association

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Posted in: 'It hurts my heart': Japan's Kanto massacre, 100 years on See in context

Thanks for posting this article.

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Posted in: 40 C heat logged in Japan for 1st time this summer as nation swelters See in context

The two biggest elements that impact climate: the sun and the oceans. However, "science", governments, media blame "global warming" on humans' emissions of CO2. CO2 is 0.04% of earth's atmosphere; humans contribute 3% of CO2. Why focus on CO2? because it is easy to blame, control and tax. Govts can't tax the oceans or the sun...

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Posted in: 40 C heat logged in Japan for 1st time this summer as nation swelters See in context

Zoroto is correct: There is plenty of doubt.

Only the media do not offer ANY counter arguments. An open mind, a few hours invested in some lectures / interviews, and some critical thought and intelligence (you guys are open minded and intelligent, right?) and you will see another side. Let me start you off: google: Richard Lindzen and Patrick Moore (founder of Greenpeace). Both offer rational and informed perspectives.

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Posted in: Living near green space makes you 2.5 years younger: study See in context

An odd hypothesis. Consider humans are animals and we've spent the past 100,000 years surrounded by nature. The test ought to be: Living away from green space makes you ___ years older.

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Posted in: Japan aims to halve pollen emissions in 30 years to tackle hay fever See in context

solution: boost people's immune systems.

when one's immune system is strong and healthy, allergies diminish.

how to boost? exercise, sleep, reduce stress, eat a variety of unprocessed foods, keep your weight down, live and work where the air is fresh (not recirculated), get sunshine (vitamin D) everyday.

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Posted in: How WHO could fight future pandemics See in context

way way way too much centralization of power. this will not end well.

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Posted in: Beijing criticizes Japan, Britain over 'anti-China' G7 summit See in context

"State-backed Chinese mouthpiece". Quality journalism.

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Posted in: Chinese electric vehicle brands expand to global markets See in context

I'd rather have the VW Beetle. easy to fix, cheap to operate. nothing electronic, no chips.

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Posted in: Climate battle heats up over fate of Tokyo stadium where Babe Ruth played See in context

Yes, similar to Ise Jingu, which is torn down and rebuilt anew every 20 years, a custom spanning 1,300 years.

and

and those trees aren't either.

Far too many trees around Meiji Shrine. Sure. keep the shrine, but certainly "Harajuku Hills" or a lovely Harajuku theme park or extending Takeshita street would be great for the economy. Yup, time to move on.

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Posted in: Climate battle heats up over fate of Tokyo stadium where Babe Ruth played See in context

"Tokyo is a city in constant development, the old stadium has its days numbered..."

Yeah, you're right. they should redevelop Meiji shrine, too. Time to move on.

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Posted in: Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril See in context

Peeping_Tom

agree. it is a defensive move to limit foreign investment. once the yen eventually slides vs other currencies it will make all Japanese assets much more attractive.

as well, the difficulty and inability to set up and conduct business in Japan is by design. been happening since the Dutch traders showed up in Nagasaki centuries ago.

the problem is the bone-crushing govt debt in an aging sluggish economy exacerbated by the recent COVID situation. the debt is going nowhere but up.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan developing rapid test kit for new coronavirus See in context

I was reading this afternoon - apparently some sort of break though in Thailand in treating the virus.

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Posted in: Warm winter means lack of snow for famous Sapporo festival See in context

"Global warming has been going on for a long time and it's behind all sorts of phenomena," he told AFP. "But we can't simply hold it responsible for this season's particular, low snowfall."

Nice to see.

Weather varies. In the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, snow was lacking - was unseasonably warm. 10 years on and the city is expecting freezing temperatures and snow. So, there you go.

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Posted in: Things look bleak for Japan: Rising layoffs, AI taking jobs, crumbling infrastructure See in context

JT - Thanks for posting this story.

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Posted in: Japanese player Minamino signs for Liverpool See in context

Anyone who claims that a team with a massive room full of silverware are "underdogs" doesn't know the meaning of the word. Try supporting a team that's been relegated a few times.

I hear you. Seems weird to consider Liverpool an underdog. But for the past decade plus it's been Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal getting all the attention. LFC has the silverware but that's a while back. Relegated? Yeah, I was a huge Wigan supporter back in the day.

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Posted in: Japanese player Minamino signs for Liverpool See in context

I've been a staunch LFC supporter for many years - while they were the underdogs & long over looked.

The owners are smart to sign this guy. Suddenly everyone in Japan will be a Liverpool fan. Other premiere teams were after him, too. Even if he never plays, the owners will make billions ¥ from jerseys, other merchandise and advertising. Watch "Yunker" show up on the sidelines at Anfield next season as it did in Seattle during the Ichiro era.

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Posted in: 2019: The year the world woke up to the climate emergency See in context

@zenzen: Thank you so much for those links to information.

You're welcome.

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Posted in: 2019: The year the world woke up to the climate emergency See in context

I am open minded. I used to believe. In the past couple of years I sought out to educate myself on the issue. I read, watched, listened objectively and with an open mind to an array of scientists and researchers who have researched, investigated, measured, hypothesized and dedicated decades to the study of climate. I encourage everyone to invest a little time to self-educate on the science of climate.

Nils-Axel Mörner - Sea-level expert. Former member of the IPCC

Patrick Moore - Founder of Greenpeace

Tony Heller - An excellent fact-checker

Lord Monckton - Aggregator of scientific information on climate science

Richard Lindzen - Atmospheric physicist at MIT

Freeman Dyson - Nobel-Prize winning physicist

William Happer - Princeton University professor of physics

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Posted in: Japan had over 8,000 deaths related to drug-resistant bacteria in 2017 See in context

the overuse of antibiotics on people and animals,

the "and animals" is the unsettling part for everyone. Eggs, chicken, milk, pork, beef, aquaculture: how much are we all impacted by antibiotics in the food system?

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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

The yen is the top safe haven currency among global investors.

For now, it is a safe haven, yes. It is safe until it's not.

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Posted in: Web inventor has an ambitious plan to take back the net See in context

Japan Today editors: thank you for publishing this story.

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Posted in: IOC apologizes for abrupt plan to move Tokyo Olympic races; Sapporo mayor not notified See in context

I'm really enjoying the wonderful comments here. They're all spot on.

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Posted in: Canadian father sues Japanese firm for paternity leave harassment See in context

Add to it that he's referred to as Canadian despite being "a resident of Japan for three decades"

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Posted in: Japan fans explode with joy after Ireland upset See in context

Toasted Heretic, fair enough.

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Posted in: Japan fans explode with joy after Ireland upset See in context

Rugby is popular in Japan? If Japan were real fans of the sport, they would be watching Russia vs Samoa in big numbers. Fiji vs Georgia will be sold out. Bars will fill up for these matches. Millions of real rugby fans in South Africa, New Zealand, France and England will be watching these matches. Will the media in Japan be broadcasting the Fiji match on network television – not some obscure cable channel? When you look over the shoulders of people in front of you on the train and see they’re all watching Fiji versus Georgia on their phone, then you can say that rugby is popular in Japan.

Of course, nations cheer for the home team. But sophisticated nations love the sport. Where rugby is truly popular fans will know the names of the players on the other teams. Ask yourself, if Japan was playing Ireland on a Tuesday night, would the same number of fans fill the streets are huddle around televisions? Think scheduling a Saturday night match up was not by design? I see they’re playing their next match on a Saturday, too. How about team Russia? Their matches are on Wednesday, Thursday, Tuesday nights.

As upset as you are at CaptDingleheimer about “tiddlywinks”, he’s right. I’ve lived in Japan long enough to experience this many times in Olympics, soccer and rugby. Good for team Japan, they’re doing well, but Japan has to just admit they only get excited when their team is playing, regardless of the sport.

Come from a real baseball, rugby, soccer, or basketball nation and you love the sport, itself. Millions of people watch even when the home team is not playing. That’s sophisticated. When Hayashi and Tanaka are at the water cooler discussing the brilliant Italian defence against Wales last night, then you’ve got a country where rugby is popular.

Likely this will receive many "thumbs down", but I had to say it. There, I feel better. Thanks for reading.

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

"Let's Climate Change!"

...now mascot...we need a mascot...

Humanity is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. This is not going to change any time soon. We, 6 billion, are here and healthy because of oil, gas and coal. India and China are constructing hundreds of coal-burning generators.

Despite what the MSM, the UN and "the science" reports there is, thankfully, a growing body of data, information and knowledge demonstrating that there is no "crisis" and that the powers-that-be have done a wonderful job over the past 20 years to mislead. The biggest impact on global climate: the sun. No mention of this. The climate change folks: focus on CO2. Why? because they cannot tax the sun. It is with an open mind that I undertook research on the issue. I encourage everyone to question and dig a little deeper.

But that doesn't matter, politician need to create problems to look important. Koizumi is a glorious distraction - well timed just ahead of the sales tax increase.

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Posted in: Nishikori ponders mixed doubles with Osaka at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Why doubles with Osaka? Nishikori is Japanese and Osaka is Haitian-American.

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