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    albaleo

    minello7,

    In some ideal future, we can imagine that having to work will be an option. Yet we are still stuck with the mindset that unemployment is a problem. Switching that thinking would require huge political and social changes. But your notion of taxing robots is interesting and not completely crazy. I've read some ideas that suggest paying everyone a minimum wage whether they work or not. This would replace current welfare benefits and state pension schemes. It would require a large change in current taxation systems and wealth distribution. Such changes might include taxation on production, which is perhaps not so different from your idea.

    Posted in: Robotics, automation helping alleviate labor shortage

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    albaleo

    In case anyone was wondering what I was talking about above, I meant to say "xxx no o-chan" where xxx is my daughter's name. (Don't use angle brackets in posts.)

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

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    albaleo

    A school district in Japan alters its lunch menu and we feel a great disturbance in the force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror...

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

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    albaleo

    Is the question about what constitutes middle age or how to address people who are older than yourself?

    I got both a shock and a thrill when first referred to as no o-chan by the neighborhood kids. An introduction to middle age perhaps, but I'd never been paid that kind of respect before (or since).

    Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?

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    albaleo

    A lot of the "anti-milk" posters here seem bizarrely overzealous.

    And looking at the down votes, there was me thinking we had some milk fundamentalists around.

    Anyway, I went through school in Scotland without ever being served milk at lunchtime. We got it in the morning, just as it looks they plan to do in Niigata.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

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    albaleo

    The article isn't clear about what Google has to remove from its search results. There are similar cases in Europe over "right to be forgotten" laws. In Europe, I think only searches on the person's name have to remove results linking to certain web pages that associate the person with a particular event. But a search on details of the event that don't include the person's name in the search query can include the same links in the results. (Please correct me if I'm wrong on this.)

    Posted in: Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest

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    albaleo

    @jeff

    It may be they can live side by side. I think the distinction is between battery powered cars and fuel cell powered cars. Both use electricity to drive electric motors. The difference is the source of the electricity. (I'm no expert, so please correct me if I'm wrong.)

    Posted in: Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells

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    albaleo

    almost all hydrogen is produced by burning fossil fuels

    I don't think so. Burning fossil fuels such as natural gas produces mainly water and CO2. Most hydrogen is produced by steam reforming of methane.

    The rest of your post doesn't make much sense either. These numbers are changing rapidly, but according to a number of reports, Japan already has more electric charging points than gas stations.

    Posted in: Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells

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    albaleo

    Now wait for 18 years...till it recovers 20,800.- level (!)

    Some of us are still waiting for it reach the 39,000 level before we step outside again.

    Posted in: Nikkei drops to more than 1-week low as Greek crisis batters global markets

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    albaleo

    The IS just made some more enemies.

    Easy to say, but it's possible they also gained more recruits. I'm absolutely sure I don't know what it's like to be young and raised in a Muslim society. However wrong or misguided, the hatred is real. We have some learning to do yet.

    Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia beach resort massacre

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    albaleo

    @Illyas

    I don't think those figures support the idea that "blacks are more racist than whites". The same FBI data shows that intra-racial murders (black murdered by black, white murdered by white, etc) far exceed interracial murders - over five times more among both black and white offenders. A cynic might argue that even violence is segregated in the USA.

    FBI data on racially motivated hate crimes suggests 66% were victims of anti-black bias and 22% were victims of anti-white bias.

    Posted in: It's time to take down a symbol of white supremacy

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    albaleo

    @The Tiger

    no one give a damn about Chinese people

    You were heavily downvoted for your comment, but it generally matches my perception of how China has been treated. In my education in the UK, amongst all the glorification and myth-making of WWII history, I don't recall hearing of how we fought alongside our Chinese allies. Even today, when Japan's barbarity is discussed here in the UK, it only seems related to the treatment of 'Allied' prisoners. It's as if blinkers blind some to the treatment of the local populations where Japan invaded. And while I may not completely agree with you, you have a view worth addressing.

    Posted in: China slams Western misconceptions of its role in World War II

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    albaleo

    rocking cell blocks for 15 years

    That's quite something. I'm impressed.

    Posted in: Jailhouse rockers play to captive audiences

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    albaleo

    The monied classes largely reside north of that road; the plebs in Hirakata and along the Keihan line.

    And south of Hirakata?

    Posted in: Headless body of woman found in river

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    albaleo

    There's a definite North/South divide in Osaka, the main 171 route between Kyoto and Nishinomiya being the dividing line.

    That's a strange division. There's not much of Osaka north of that.

    Posted in: Headless body of woman found in river

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    albaleo

    This will also reduce the death, disease, and health care cost caused by tobacco use creating a positive impact on public health and save lives

    Right, so long as under-21s do what they're told.

    Posted in: Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to raise smoking age to 21

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    albaleo

    If it weren't for the U.S. invasion in 2001, the Taliban would still be in control of the whole country.

    And if it weren't for US and Saudi funding in the 1980s, they wouldn't have gained control in the first place.

    Posted in: Roadside bomb kills 9 Afghan children, 10 adults

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    albaleo

    The Kii peninsula. So much to see.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the most beautiful scenic spots in Japan?

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    albaleo

    Murphy's (and the Pig & Whistle) seem to occupy a lot of my memories. Sure sign of a misspent adulthood. Thank you Messrs Mori and Miyachi.

    Posted in: Finding freedom and happiness in Japan's floating world

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    albaleo

    A steering system failure, bad weather and a sense that “things weren’t going right” has ended an American woman’s attempt to cross the Pacific by rowboat.

    That and a burning desire to come and give JT readers a kick in the nuts.

    Posted in: Steering failure, bad weather ended rower's Pacific crossing attempt

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