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Posted in: Narita airport starts facial recognition trial for faster travel See in context

This is very welcome. Anything that speeds up my movement through hated airports is a winner. They already have the system in the UK. Last time I simply allowed my passport to be scanned by the automated gate and showed my face to a camera and I was in. No queuing whatsoever. Beats the old system of waiting in line for an hour then being verbally quizzed by some chimp like jobs worth natzi type border force officer.

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Posted in: Fukushima plant water release to prolong seafood safety woes See in context

Let Fukushima be a lesson to all fans of nuclear energy. Nuclear power is inherently unsafe and dangerous. Japan would do well to work towards closing all of its nuclear power stations and generating energy via solar, wind and tidal lagoon backed up by battery and pump storage.

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Posted in: China says carrier group drills near Taiwan will become regular See in context

The democracys of the world need to back Taiwan and make a stand against the great fascist Chinese bully. As soon as any Chinese ship or plane enters Taiwanese airspace or waters it should be given one warning to leave immediately. If the Chinese don't heed this warning they should be destroyed. Meanwhile, the West should stop buying Chinese and make things ourselves. Hit the bully in the pocket too.

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Posted in: Forklift driver arrested after hitting, killing pedestrian See in context

I've lived in Japan for four years now. Almost daily I witness motor vehicles driving through red lights and across pedestrian crossings whilst the green Man is lit and pedestrians are on the crossing. Yet, I have never seen the police stop any of these dangerous drivers. It's sickening. No wonder so many pedestrians are wiped out in Japan.

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Posted in: Female monarchs to be debated as Japan looks to secure imperial line See in context

Why not just let the people elect the monarch once every ten years? Any Japanese person could stand for election. The early knockout rounds would make a great reality TV show.

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Posted in: LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics See in context

Get married ?

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Posted in: U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait after admiral's China invasion warning See in context

Taiwan should make it clear to the whole world that any uninvited foreign aircraft entering their airspace will first be warned and then shot down. That will stop Chinese incursions. Freedom is worth defending. The Chinese bully needs to be taught a lesson.

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Posted in: Prince Harry: British press were 'destroying my mental health' See in context

The British Royals are more popular and respected now than ever before.

They are only popular amongst, and respected by, cap doffers and forelock tuggers. Ordinary people understand that the British monarchy is well past their sell by date and needs abolishing. Let's have an elected President Richard Dawkins or President David Attenborough instead. People with actual intelligence and talent.

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Posted in: Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

Fukushima is an example to the world of exactly why we should all transition away from nuclear. Green energy is the future.

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Posted in: Foreign convenience store employee in Japan saves elderly woman from scammers with quick thinking See in context

What a great story. Restores my faith in human kindness. This Nepalise chap deserves national recognition as a true hero. The coverage might also help alert other elder folk to these scams too.

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Posted in: 18-year-old motorcyclist arrested for attempted murder after traffic altercation See in context

If this violent, angry punk is a minor why is allowed to ride a motorcycle? Japan should join the modern world and make adults criminally responsible at 18.

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Posted in: Disney streaming services gaining ground on Netflix See in context

I'm sure this is probably great for kids, but as an adult you'd have to pay me a lot of money to watch a Disney channel.

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Posted in: 2 men hit and killed by car in Kumamoto Pref; driver arrested See in context

I wonder if this driver was watching TV as he drove? Or on his mobile? Or smoking? All illegal in my country but frequent occurances here in Japan. And so another 'King of the Road' kills innocent pedestrians. This happens far too often. When will the police here start arresting drivers for ignoring traffic signs, driving through red lights and onto pedestrian crossings when they are being used by pedestrians? I hope they put this guy in jail for decades.

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Posted in: Japan likely to hit COVID-19 herd immunity in Oct: researcher See in context

There is no such thing as herd immunity with virus because virus constantly mutate and evolve. That's why herd immunity has never been achieved for the common cold or flu.

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Posted in: Here’s why Japanese supermarkets play 'cheap' background music all day, according to Twitter See in context

I love the Don Quioxte theme tune and often sing it at home. Its usually a signal for us to pay a visit. But at the store itself a lot of the music is played so loud its distorted and in the men's underwear and sock section they creepily have the same Michael Jackson track on permanent loop also disturbingly loud. It's hard to believe it helps sales stall.

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Posted in: South Korean court orders Japan to compensate 12 former sex slaves See in context

In this modern world, with all its difficulties, it is stressful to have this issue raise itself. However, upon reflection the Japanese have apologised and paid cash many times. So, despite their wounds, it seems that the Koreans' should reflect upon why their own government hasn't directed previously paid Japanese compensation to the victims that Japan has twice now acknowledged? Did the Korean government steal it? Is it not now the time to stop playing the victim and grow up?

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy pushing baby stroller hit and killed by car at intersection See in context

Who is surprised by this? Japanese drivers believe they have right of way when they turn left even if there is a crossing there controlled by the green man. I see this happen all the time on Yamate Dore Avenue.

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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

Mochi, the most boring bland food of all. Hard to believe it is even a food. Best avoided in my experience.

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Posted in: World closes borders to Britain as new coronavirus strain breeds panic See in context

Don't worry, Johnson's world beating track and trace system will save the day! Oh, wait a minute.

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Posted in: Do you think the media reporting details of suicides, especially by celebrities, causes an increase in suicides among the general public? See in context

Reporting a suicide is not a problem and probably doesn't cause a rise in copycat suicides. However, it is the way some of the media report celebratory suicides that causes the problems. Too often there is a media circus around a celebratory suicide. It is over reported and milked for the advertising dollar without even furnishing the audience with the number of the Samaritans or a suicide help line.

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Posted in: Gov't urges 'quiet' year-end, but will continue Go To Travel campaign See in context

Suga is right. I've had a three day Christmas holiday go to travel trip booked for months now. I need a break from this depressing virus and work. And I fully intend to take all necessary precautions so as not to catch or spread the virus. So why shouldn't I go on the trip? I'm exposed every day at work and on public transport anyway so what's the difference? Permanently shutting down, and ruining, the economy to slow the virus is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. People just need to socially distance etc.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

What an utterly pathetic attention seeking A hole. I hope the airline at least charged him thousands for delaying the flight. And I hope the hotel have given him a life ban.

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Posted in: Spike in calls from empty houses to fire department in Akita City baffles authorities See in context

This is a simple case of crossed wires. That's why the british police use 999. That would require 27 pulses. The japanese fire brigade number of 119 requires only 11 pulses and the police number requires 12.

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Posted in: Japan's aid agency to launch support body for foreign workers See in context

They should stop japanese employers from getting rid of staff just because they' are approaching working for five years. Staff who work hard and have a good sickness record and no warnings or disciplinarys should not be disposed of like used tissues. Even if they were only given a five year contract. It's wrong if they are good employees. In fact, every employee in Japan should be entitled to an automatic permanent contract after completing a successful probationary year.

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Posted in: Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan's demographic crisis See in context

There are billions of people already living on this planet who would happily move to Japan and make a life there. Japan should start inviting more of these people to its shores and make it much quicker and easier for law abiding foreigners already working in Japan to obtain permanent residency. That would solve the population crisis. Much better than trying to bribe people to have children that they dont really want.

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Posted in: Ardern wins landslide victory in New Zealand See in context

The latter vote could make New Zealand only the third country in the world to allow the adult use and sale of cannabis nationwide, after Uruguay and Canada.

What about the Netherlands (Holland) and Portugal ?

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Posted in: Wrongful convictions: U.S. police withhold evidence in many cases, study shows See in context

In the U.K all evidence has to be disclosed to the defense team. Is it not the same in the U.S.A? There should be harsh penalties for non disclosure, that would stop bent police and prosecutors as they faced jail time themselves.

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Posted in: Typhoon unleashes rain, strong winds on southwest Japan See in context

Good luck to everyone in Kyushu. I hope you are all okay.

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Posted in: 75 years later, Japanese-American man recalls bitter internment in U.S. See in context

Almost everybody involved in war, and on both sides, are victims of it. Their experiences are as meaningful and important as anybody else and deserve to be told and listened to. The only guaranteed winners in wars are rich capitalist arms manufacturers and they would love to silence all the victims of wars. Articles like this help people remember the victims of war and the horrors people faced. In that respect it's an interesting article and it's good to hear about this man's experiences.

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