BertieWooster's past comments

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    BertieWooster

    We lived with my grandparents when I was a kid for a while. Looking back at that time in the 1950's, there wasn't any waste. There were no plastic bags. Grandma or mum took a shopping basket to put stuff in. Old clothes and sheets got remade into handkerchiefs (no tissues), cleaning rags, quilts or floor mats. Leftover food went to the cat, the dog or the chickens. Vegetable peel and grass cuttings became compost. Paper and string was carefully removed from packages and saved. People took care of things, so there was hardly any garbage.

    There is, as Strangerland points out, far TOO MUCH packaging in Japan. Stuff that is already well wrapped gets another wrapping or bag and that placed in yet another bag. This all becomes garbage which has to be disposed of.

    It's great that science is researching new forms of biodegradable plastic, but on the other hand, the problem could be avoided partly by taking a shopping bag to put purchases in and refusing the unnecessary wrapping.

    Posted in: Eat your food packaging, don't bin it: scientists

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    BertieWooster

    Surely what's needed to fix the economy is to MAKE money.

    Not SPEND it.

    "My other piece of advice, Copperfield, said Mr. Micawber, you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery."

    Charles Dickens

    Posted in: Abe adviser says Japan needs Y10 trillion stimulus in each of next two years

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    Don't know why Japan spends so much time and money protecting itself against China. If China took over, it wouldn't be much different.

    This is fascism.

    Posted in: Okinawa media union protests forcible removal of reporters from protest site

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    Why all the harsh comments?

    Cleaning up Fukushima, like Abenomics, just takes time!

    There's no rush.

    (Sarcasm)

    Posted in: 10,000 tons of toxic water pools in Fukushima nuclear plant trenches

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    BertieWooster

    Please, please, don't let it be Abelimpics!

    Posted in: Let's make Tokyo best Games ever, says Abe

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    BertieWooster

    voiceinokinawa,

    Spot on!

    There were places in the East end of London where, if you parked your car, a small group of kids would suddenly appear and offer to look after your car. For a price, of course. If you didn't do this, when you came back, you would find your car windscreen smashed in, minus stereo and minus wheels.

    SOFA and the Omoiyari Budget = the Protection Racket

    On a larger scale, of course.

    Posted in: Japan to repair U.S. military base in Okinawa at heart of dispute

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    BertieWooster

    Well, if I was going to move, I wouldn't spend money wallpapering the living room and putting in new carpets, I'd start packing up my stuff and getting ready to move out.

    Doesn't look like our friends from across the pond have any intention of leaving Futenma.

    And the Japanese government has sent its heavies in to deliver the sleeve across the windpipe and make totally sure that the US military has a brand spanking new shiny base in Henoko.

    Wasn't that the plan in the first place?

    Posted in: Japan to repair U.S. military base in Okinawa at heart of dispute

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    BertieWooster

    They've just noticed that Fukushima needs cleaning up!

    Immediate, decisive action just doesn't happen when you have to appoint committees, sub-committees and go through endless meetings and reports.

    Posted in: Gov't to use state funds for cleanup of heavily contaminated Fukushima areas

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    BertieWooster

    For some reason, the punctuation got lost in my previous post. Please, dear Mods, allow me to correct it:

    If you let us build Henoko base

    Without fussing or fighting or getting on our case

    We'll give you Futenma in Ginowan

    To live on, build on, do what you wan'

    That's what Nakaima said. Can you believe it?

    Two more years and we can retrieve it

    The land that was bulldozed down to the ground

    The land that is now called Ginowan?

    Looking at the facts I seriously doubt it.

    Washington wants a rent free zone

    Tokyo says no bases near our home

    Build 'em in Okinawa, they don't care

    In love and war, nothing's fair

    If there's a war, they can take the brunts

    'cos they're just a load of silly old people (sorry, couldn't find a rhyme)

    Posted in: Japan to repair U.S. military base in Okinawa at heart of dispute

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    BertieWooster

    lucabrasi,

    It might be.

    Perhaps the rest could go something like this:

    If you let us build Henoko base Without fussing or fighting or getting on our case We'll give you Futenma in Ginowan To live on, build on, do what you wan' That's Nakaima said. Can you believe it? Two more years and we can retrieve it The land that was bulldozed down to the ground The land that is now called Ginowan?

    Looking at the facts I seriously doubt it. Washington wants a rent free zone Tokyo says no bases near our home Build 'em in Okinawa, they don't care In love and war, nothing's fair If there's a war, they can take the brunt 'cos they're just a load of silly old people (sorry, couldn't find a rhyme)

    Posted in: Japan to repair U.S. military base in Okinawa at heart of dispute

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    BertieWooster

    Japan doesn't need to pay a cent.

    It's America that needs to pay the rent!

    Posted in: Japan to repair U.S. military base in Okinawa at heart of dispute

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Police believe one of the vehicles may have swerved into the opposite lane.

    Duh . . .

    Posted in: 3 killed, 2 injured in head-on collision in Nara tunnel

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    BertieWooster

    I wonder if they had their lights on.

    It beats me why people consistently don't do this.

    Your headlights serve TWO purposes:

    a) So that YOU can see.

    b) So that YOU CAN BE SEEN!

    Posted in: 3 killed, 2 injured in head-on collision in Nara tunnel

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    BertieWooster

    Two friends of mine who were long term heavy smokers both quit with vaping. It was, according to both of them quite painless. They just reduced the amount of nicotine until they were just inhaling water vapour. Before this, they had tried cold turkey, cutting down and nicotine patches. As a way to quit smoking, it seems to work.

    Posted in: Electronic Marlboro sucks smokers away from Japan Tobacco

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Hachikou,

    All we know is Shinzo Abe is the guy who deiceded to aplogy and pay a billion yen to former Korean comfort women in 2015

    And the same guy who, in 2007 denied that it ever happened.

    Abe doesn't do sincerity.

    Posted in: Yasukuni gathering

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Hiro S Nobumasa,

    Millions can't buy forgiveness in the absence of sincerity.

    True, but unfortunately Abe doesn't do sincerity.

    Posted in: Bronze woman

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    BertieWooster

    "We're sorry you're upset about this. Here's some money. Now get rid of the statue."

    Apology?

    Nah. Just a politician reading from a script.

    Posted in: Bronze woman

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    BertieWooster

    Yes, honour the war dead.

    Hit by a bullet, aimed or stray,

    Bombed, poisoned with gas or radiation,

    Burned with napalm, blown up by mines

    Bayoneted, tortured, beheaded.

    Why?

    So that a very few could make some money.

    Because that's what it comes down to.

    The rest is smokescreen.

    Posted in: Yasukuni gathering

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    Abe vows not to repeat tragedy of war

    Liar, liar, pants on fire!

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    BertieWooster

    I don't think many Olympic visitors are going to rent cars and drive around. What is likely to be a bigger problem is visitors trying to find their way around without any proper address system.

    The chome/banchi system just doesn't work. And what compounds the problem is that the little plates that give this information are tiny and often obscured by handmade posters.

    Give streets names and houses numbers, display these prominently and it would be easy to find your way around.

    The rest of the planet does it, why can't Japan?

    Posted in: The biggest problem in Tokyo will be traffic congestion because there are many narrow roads in the city.

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