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Posted in: G20 to tackle ocean plastic waste as petrochemical producers expand in Asia See in context

When I was a kid (1970s), laundry detergent came in a cardboard box, soda came in a (refundable) glass bottle, juice came in a big metal can, toothpaste came in a metal tube, milk came in a cardboard container, so did ice cream, soap came in a bar and water came from a water fountain. All of this, except the water, was placed in a grocery bag that was made of paper.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling to restart July 1 after 3-decade hiatus See in context

Has anyone seen the results of the "research"?

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Posted in: No. of newborns in Japan hits record low in 2018 See in context

Really? Well for the ones that are born, parents have no problem bringing them to restaurants and izakayas at 8-9-10pm with zero consideration for others.

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Posted in: Japan to buy 105 F-35 U.S. stealth warplanes: Trump See in context

What's he going to buy them with?

Option 1: US will lend them the money.

Option 2: It's getting harder and harder for Japanese govt to borrow domestically. They'll have to look outside. Let's see, which country has money they can lend Japan? ....China?

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Posted in: In Japan, Trump leaves allies, enemies and staff guessing See in context

and promised to buy 105 F-35 warplanes.

And there it is. The real reason the US encouraged Japan to modify its constitution regarding (self) defence: to create a new customer for the US military industrial complex.

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Posted in: Man City, Liverpool vie for title in Premier League finale See in context

It's a week of upsets... COME ON BRIGHTON!!

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Posted in: Japanese women’s magazine’s list of traits for an ideal man is both understandable and baffling See in context

"Is into beetles"?

The insect, VW Beetles or The Beatles?

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Posted in: Japan's 10-day break to fete new emperor may breathe life into economy See in context

Yes, people spend more when on holiday. Ok, let's extend this thinking: give (require) workers to take full weeks off through out the year. Keep the "boost" going. Let's see, you'll need to build more hotels, theme parks, resorts, restaurants... gosh, sounds like a whole new industry.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

A shout out to JT Editors: Thanks for publishing this story on your site. I quite enjoyed it - including the great commentary - and would likely not have read it elsewhere. :-)

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo See in context

Hope you like your dystopian police state folks, this is just the beginning. These will likely be in place and mandatory to go through by 2020 and laws will be put into effect for "Olympic safety"

Agree, paradoxbox. Once installed, it never goes away.

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Posted in: Gov't to conduct body scanning experiment at subway station in Tokyo See in context

So, if this testing is a result of problems on the Shinkansen...why are they doing scanning on Tokyo Metro? Why not scan passengers traveling on the Shinkansen? And, why Kasumigaseki Station? It's likely a "showcase" for the polies, though no high-ranking politician is taking Tokyo Metro.

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Posted in: Fire breaks out in under-construction Tokyo high-rise building See in context

Hopefully no injuries.

Good news: it'll give all the news programs and their helicopters something to fixate on for the entire weekend. Thankfully the heli's will hover endlessly over a business area and not inhabited areas.

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Posted in: Osaka to host 2025 World Expo See in context

Great! You what this means? More mascots! ya-a-a-ay!

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Posted in: Ghosn to be detained for another 10 days; Nissan board to vote on his dismissal See in context

How could a foreigner who isn’t fluent in spoken or written Japanese accomplish such a crime at a Japanese company in Japan ?

Insane Wayne - you're not so insane. that's a good point.

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Posted in: Ghosn to be detained for another 10 days; Nissan board to vote on his dismissal See in context

SaikoPsyco - "Giving the property to Ghosn.... that was Nissan's escape clause for if and when the need arose. You ever wonder why no large Japanese manufacturer has ever been bought by a foreign company..... because once fully purchased, all the dead skeletons in the closet could be found and the real dirty laundry comes out."

This happened with Olympus back in 2011 or 2012. It was not a purchase by a foreign company, rather a British -CEO- came to the helm and Pandora's Box was opened.

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Posted in: Taiwan grandpa catches 'em all playing Pokemon Go on 15 cell phones See in context

Have we reached "peak nerd"?

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

It's all staged for the publicity. Do you think every move these guys make isn't orchestrated? Do you think they have ANY say in what they wear? No.

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Posted in: Plastic piling up in Japan after China waste import ban See in context

You mean all these years our plastic waste was being shipped off to China?! ...I didn't know that. Always thought that annoying over-packaging in recycling-conscious Japan was ultimately alright due to (clean) incineration. They just shipped it off to China?! I'm miffed.

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Posted in: Toyota announces new recall of 2.4 million hybrid cars See in context

This gives me greater motivation to restore my '78 VW Beetle.

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Posted in: Going, going, gone! Tsukiji market holds last tuna auction before move See in context

Am guessing the new one will have a gift shop, mascot, soft cream and many announcements and recorded messages in four languages.

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Posted in: Anti-Aging Fair in Odaiba See in context

technologies exist to retard aging but i'm certain you'll find none of them at this event.

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Posted in: Defense Ministry requests record budget of ¥5.3 trillion See in context

No surprise. Trump told them to do it. And, US arms contractors are first in line. Likely, not even in line. Just there. Thanks for the money!

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Posted in: AI robots to help teach English in 500 classrooms next year See in context

This idea is beyond stupid. I didn't need to read the story, just the headline and the photo is all I need to see.

THIS is the best use of AI? Better idea: Use AI to come up with more useful ideas for AI.

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Posted in: Japan to raise maximum age for new recruits to boost dwindling military ranks See in context

No need to extend the age range. They need to improve the marketing. Mascots!! A whole new array of mascots, I say!

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Posted in: Supporters, opponents hold rallies over constitutional amendment See in context

It's all about the money. It's always about the money. Likely there is pressure from the US to make this revision. Change a few words in the constitution and instantly all the major US weapons manufacturers have a new customer.

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill to lower age of adulthood from 20 to 18 See in context

End game: As an adult, earlier contribution to national pension, payment of residence tax and likely a loss of other tax deductions. It's all about the money.

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Posted in: Dentsu's 'power harassment hell' See in context

If an employee works more than 40 hours in a week, it is a failure of management.

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Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?' See in context

The snub heard 'round the world. Stories of the cold shoulder that many foreigners are receiving, and will continue to receive will spread through stories and social networks. This marks the beginning of the younger generation's view of Japan's xenophobia and their lack of cultural sensitivity toward foreigners.

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Posted in: TEPCO dismissed important scientific evidence in planning nuclear plant's defense See in context

good call moondog.

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Posted in: The freefall of Japan’s anime industry See in context

I'm with whiskeysour.

Even as a child I thought Charlie Brown and Looney Tunes were great. still do. How cool is the jazz music in "A Charlie Brown Christmas"? When I watched Speed Racer [mahagogo] as a child I wondered why the animation was so strange and poor - had no idea it was from Japan. If ever I watch animation from Japan, I still feel the same way. I don't get it.

Now, I think I'll have a whiskeysour.

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