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Posted in: What do you think of the phrase 'Act of God' that insurers in many countries use to deny claims in times of natural disasters? See in context

God has a lot to answer for then. Insurance take your money and then try to find ways not to pay when needed. Like putting your money into a bank that goes bankrupt.

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Posted in: Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste See in context

There are many countries which dump their plastic into rivers. Need hundreds of these boats. But also cutting down on use of once only plastics. Educating people to stop dumping plastics.

Japanese also dump plastics into the rivers. A walk along a beautiful local river with plastic waste thrown out of passing cars. That gets into the river which has many forms of wild life, birds, river fowl, fish.

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Posted in: Trump calls for more from Japan as security pact turns 60 years old See in context

From Jan 2017

According to an annual report titled Allied Contributions to the Common Defense published by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2004, Japan provided direct support of $3.2 billion (about ¥366 billion) and indirect support worth $1.18 billion, offsetting as much as 74.5 percent of the total cost.

I think the costs of the American bases is $5-$6 billion.

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Posted in: Survey ranks Japanese prefectures by how much people want to continue living there See in context

We have lived in Hyogo for nearly 20 years until the end of 2018 Kobe City but then Tatsuno City near a very beautiful beach and field's of farming. We love it here and the people are very friendly. Large house and garden. Wife lived in Chiba for about 20 years but wouldn't return.

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Posted in: Trump's impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in See in context

48% of registered republicans support the impeachment, more than 90% of registered democrats and 56% of Americans in general.

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Posted in: Costs for managing Japan's nuclear plants to total ¥13 trillion See in context

Before the nuclear disaster there was about ¥15 trillion of profits left in the reactors over a 40 year cycle. About 20 reactors will be decommissioned because the profits will be less than the costs of safety updates. Power companies will be seeking a life cycle extension for the permitted reactors. Nuclear energy will never again be a major source of power generation.

The UK is a nuclear power country at around 20% of the total but it generates more from renewable energy at about 28%.

The cost of building a nuclear plant is now too expensive at $6,000/kW.

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Posted in: Liverpool fans already celebrating title after United win See in context

We have played every team in the league and won. Chalked up 52 Anfield wins. Great header from Van Dijk and run away goal from Salah sent Man U up the East Lances Road. Van Dijk didn't foul the keeper and the Firmino goal should have stood. Unless there's a meltdown we will be having a cuppa at the seasons end.

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Posted in: Trump calls for more from Japan as security pact turns 60 years old See in context

It was the Americans who wrote the Japanese Constitution.

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Posted in: Trump calls for more from Japan as security pact turns 60 years old See in context

Japan pays 80% of the total costs of the American bases. The cost of 883 overseas American bases is about $50-60 billion which is a very small apart of the defense budget of $800 billion. Closing them down and taking the troops and hardware back stateside would only save less than half of the costs.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

The taxpayer will continue to pay Prince Harry and Meghan's £7.6million-a-year security bill. All of it will be kept secret and security details are never revealed.

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Posted in: McGregor demolishes Cerrone in 40-second return to UFC octagon See in context

Blink and you would have missed it. What did the fans pay their money for?

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Posted in: Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia See in context

Back in the 1970's a person could buy AR15 style rifles via mail order and yet mass shootings didn't happen back then.

Mass shootings have been happening for hundreds of years.

This list goes back to the 1920's

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

GW

zichi, That doesn't mean anything, I mean anything, I mean where else is the Cdn navy going to park a vessel, either on the east or west coast, the north has too much ice this time of year :)

Ships are never parked. They are moored. The Canadian naval ship is moored alongside the island where Harry and Meghan are staying. Probably at least for the duration of their stay. The navy have said the mooring isn't connected to Harry&Meghan.

How security will Canada provide and who will pay?

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

You can bury the urn at sea but I think permission is required?

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

The daughters of the disgraced Prince Andrew will now pick up the slack created by the exit of Harry&Meghan and probably join the royal purse.

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Posted in: Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia See in context

American gun homicide costs the country $1 trillion every year. Since the shooting of John Lennon 1.3 million Americans have been shot dead.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

Tokyo-Engr

Zichi...I did not know that. So in this case they will have no state sponsored security from here forward I guess.

Don't know but guess it will between 0-100%. The Canadians won't want to pay for it but at the same time if something should happen to them on Canadian soil.

Currently there's a Canadian Naval ship anchored off the place where Meghan is staying.

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Posted in: Japanese firms not well prepared for increasing floods: poll See in context

Many firms and companies have no data backups.

Following the very tragic tsunami of 2011, huge seawalls have been built along the coasts of Miyagi and Iwate which would depress the hell out of me if I lived there. Living next to the sea but can't see it. These huge walls will cause their own set of problems.

When there's a powerful typhoon with rain the water won't be able to run off and instead will be held back by those new walls.

Storing those Shinkansen trains next to a river without proper flood protections.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

The Princess Royal or Princess Anne only has security when she is on royal duty and not when she's at home on her estate or when attending a non royal function.

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Posted in: Gov't to strengthen functioning of food banks in Japan See in context

There are many active food banks, like Second Harvest in Tokyo. Cutting down on food waste and getting more food to the food banks should be a good move. Probably more food banks are needed.

More free food kitchens to feed the people. More collection points needed.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

Seems less of a problem with the Japanese imperial family when a princess decides to marry a commoner and leave the system with a payoff ¥100-¥150 million.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

We still have two urns for the wife's brother and sister because we need to travel to the family grave which is near Fuji. Probably this year we will take them.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

Some mourners at a cremation consume some of the ash in water. For an additional fee the cremation service will grind up the bones.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

Japanese "ashes" actually means selected bones of the deceased and not the "dust" from western cremations. Japanese cremations are fired at lower temperatures to preserve the bones which are then placed in a family grave. Many people just keep them at home in a box or cupboard.

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Posted in: Man City held by Palace as big teams drop points See in context

Pep Guardiola didn't get the birthday gift he wanted.

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Posted in: Putin and Xi ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West See in context

Xi and Putin are the worse type of dictators who are power addicts and believe they are the only ones to lead their countries. Russia and China are not democratic countries. Their oppositions are attested and thrown in jails or killed.

There was great hope for Russia after the fall of the Soviets.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

The cost of their security will be in excess of $10million (£7.6million) annually. The royal family will review Harry's and Meghan's position after one year.

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Posted in: Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia See in context

Lives Matter Not Guns.

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Posted in: Ikigai: The Japanese concept of finding purpose in life See in context

THE TEN RULES OF IKIGAI 

Stay active and don't retire

Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life

Only eat until you are 80 per cent full

Surround yourself with good friends

Get in shape through daily, gentle exercise

Smile and acknowledge people around you

Reconnect with nature

Give thanks to anything that brightens our day and makes us feel alive.

Live in the moment

Follow your ikigai

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Posted in: Fans remember victims 6 months after attack on Kyoto anime studio See in context

Needs to be memorial park for the victims.

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