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Posted in: Oil refineries are not national security assets See in context

Most are located on coasts with deep water ports to facilitatenthe offloading of crude from tankers, and thus impossible to defend. The best way to stop them being vulnerable is to stop using fossil fuels as soon as possible. Try thinking outside your little box.

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

If she believes this, why hasn't she taken her husband's name?

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Posted in: Suzuki Motor chairman to retire in June after over 40 years See in context

I can still remember when samurai rode horses...

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Posted in: Married couple found dead at home in apparent murder-suicide See in context

Let the uninformed, ad-hoc, post-hoc speculation begin...

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

Meanwhile, back in the 21st century, life goes on... I mean, I know what life expectancy hereabouts is, but how could 50 people born during the Tokugawa jidai have lived this long?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic torch relay scheduled to begin in one month — without cheering See in context

What if they held an Olympics and nobody showed up?

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

No other country outside of China or North Korea would attempt to impose this on visitors. When the media outside JApan get wind of this, it will blow up in their faces, and they'll have wasted another 7.3 billion of our tax money on nothing.

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Posted in: Concerns mount over trace app for potential foreign Olympic fans See in context

Won't the majority of spectators be Japanese? Who's going to track them? Oh, they're not a danger? Right...

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Posted in: COVID vaccine for elderly to be distributed based on population proportion See in context

"I really hope they left room in the plans for some flexibility..." How long have you lived here?

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Posted in: COVID vaccine for elderly to be distributed based on population proportion See in context

"At present, I don't give much consideration" to the infection situation. Pretty much says it all. Nobody else in the government seems to either, except as it potentially impacts the Olympics.

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Posted in: Australian MP who promoted pandemic conspiracies quits ruling party See in context

...and I thought it would be a Pauline Hanson story...

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Posted in: One of the options is to shorten the self-quarantine period by effectively conducting PCR tests before the period ends. We should discuss new rules that are easier for those self-isolating to follow. See in context

If they have symptoms, they won't be allowed into hospital to take a PCR test. Really. There are sentries at the doors of all hospitals, now; if you're symptomatic, you're not getting in.

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Posted in: Preservation of 2011 quake devastation sites faces funding crunch See in context

Shut them down, and put the land to better use. There is no reason for taxpayers elsewhere to pay to keep the wreck of a building they call a museumin business at half a million dollars per annum per site. Every time a logal boondoggle fails, the people who planned it look to the central government for a bailout. Admit defeat, and move on.

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Posted in: Why do mass shootings spawn conspiracy theories? See in context

Because paranoid people with less information, less access to resources and less cognitive ability refuse to accept the facts presented as because they choose to believe that they have the ability to do what institutions with more information, greater access to resources and superior cognitive ability can't. Some things never change. Remember the "grassy knoll" that Oswald fired from?

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

"But Japan doesn't have an empire." Despite his grandfather's best efforts...

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Posted in: Emperor feels grateful for strength of Japanese people over pandemic See in context

What else did he expect people to do? Given the state of hospital access for COVID patients, it's not like the people had any other choice but to "persevere"...

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Posted in: COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 500,000 See in context

The Trumpandemic rolls on...

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Posted in: Japanese citizen injured in Paris acid attack See in context

What were they doing there in the middle of a pandemic?

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Posted in: Suga refuses to move into official residence despite criticism See in context

Why bother? He'll be gone in less than 6 months.

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Posted in: John Travolta selling $5 mil Maine mansion with 20 bedrooms See in context

Why tell us? We're not in the market.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

"That's shocking", said nobody. Business - or politics - as usual.

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Posted in: Marilyn Manson faces LA sheriff investigation after abuse allegations See in context

"She said - she said?

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing more than 100 slippers, shoes from schools See in context

The point being...?

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

As Lynda Boose, an English professor at Dartmouth, wrote in her essay “Scolding Brides and Bridling Scolds”: “For Tudor-Stuart England, in village and town, an obsessive energy was invested in exerting control over the unruly woman — the woman who was exercising either her sexuality or her tongue under her own control rather than under the rule of a man. … A discourse that locates the tongue as the body’s ‘unruly member’ situates female speech as a symbolic relocation of the male organ, an unlawful appropriation of phallic authority in which the symbolics of male castration are ominously complicit.”

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Posted in: Leader of political party that refuses to pay NHK ordered to pay NHK See in context

NHK already receives a huge subsidy from the government, paid with tax revenues. If they can't operate within that budget, they should either begin selling voluntary subscriptions, voluntary advertising or restructure and shed several hundred employees. It's known as an amakudari sinecure for bureaucrats, so they could start there. I saw it for the first time in literally a decade just recently, and it was like going back to the Showa era. Nothing of interest to anyone below 70 years old.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Great to have so many qualified experts contributing their substantial knowledge and experience.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

...meanwhile, back in the 21st century, the rest of the planet looks at Japan and shakes its head in disdain...

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