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    senseiman

    An interesting article. It is at least heartening to know that such a strong line is being taken against this type of behavior.

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    I find most stuff to be quite cheap in Japan actually. I visited Australia recently and just looking at what stuff in convenience stores costs down there (about double what most stuff in Japanese conbini costs) blew my mind.

    Outside movie tickets and some high quality produce, prices here are almost uniformly less than what they are in other developed countries.

    Posted in: The top overpriced products in Japan

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    The website will be really effective in attracting disaffected social outcasts from 1997 to their cause.

    I feel like I should be using dial up to access it. Or maybe we need one of those AOL CDs that used to come in magazines?

    Posted in: Yamaguchi-gumi launches website with song, anti-drugs message

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    It will be a real shame if the results cannot be replicated as this was (or at least seemed to be) a breakthrough that could have had amazing benefits for all of us. The question of interest to me is whether these manipulations actually mean that the underlying research is of no value or not.

    Posted in: RIKEN says stem cell research was falsified

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    I can`t help but feel that Abe and the LDP have nobody to blame but themselves for this. He and his political appointees waste a ton of time flirting publicly with historical revisionism that seems designed to deliberately antagonize China and Korea, then act all hurt and complain when China takes the bait.

    Posted in: China, Japan spar over Xi's comments on Nanjing Massacre

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    Never mind my past, but throughout human history. There have been thousands of apocalyptic predictions, every era has them...and none have ever materialized. That's, erm, pretty convincing, if you ask me.

    So you live in a world in which all those people who (for example) warned of the dire consequences of allowing Fascism to spread unchecked in the 1930s were proven wrong? Ditto for the people who warned of the impending financial crisis in 2007? 1929?

    You are staking out an extreme position for yourself if you are actually saying that terrible predictions never come true.

    I do believe that global warming is happening. But the problem with the predictions is that they don't account for countervailing factors. The scientists who predicted famine in Asia, for instance, never foresaw the benefits globalization, making their predictions irrelevant.

    Are you saying this because you have actually read the scientific papers and know that they have excluded these variables or is this just some hunch you have? Because the works I have read do take into account such factors and find that even in the best case scenarios are quite concerning.

    You are correct that we live in a society which is capable of adapting and changing, but there are limits to our ability to do so. It really depends on what type of change you are talking about. If we are talking about making changes now that will allow us to avoid the worst effects of climate change by reducing our emissions, unfortunately the nature of the problem and our institutions makes that very difficult.

    If on the other hand you are talking about changes after the effects of climate change have already manifested themselves we can probably make those simply due to the fact that we are forced to. But the costs of doing so at that point will be much higher than they would be if we were to act now.

    We might not in the end be faced with a doomsday scenario involving the end of civilization, etc, but in all likelihood this will be a harmful experience for a lot of people if something is not done. Hence my comment that the dismissive meh, well adaptisnt a particularly useful observation.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    Rather, I think it is evidence that some of us folks who grew up in the 70's and 80's remember all the panic surrounding the events mentioned by JeffLee that never happened. We learned from these events that science is not exact and hardly objective.

    I grew up in the 70s and 80s too but it seems ludicrous to me to base your opinion on issues of global concern on the fact that as a child somebody told you something would happen and, in the end, it didnt. This is literally as sophisticated as the argument you are putting forward goes and it really sounds less like an actual argument to be taken seriously than it does some dismissive talking point intended to obscure the fact that the person making it really doesnt understand the substance of the issue being debated.

    To the extent that the argument is worth refuting (and really it isnt, but Ill bite anyway) its worth noting that one of the reasons some of those scenarios didn`t come true (ie dire predictions related to the hole in the ozone layer) is that people actually took the science seriously and took measures which prevented them from happening.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    *It sure is. In my lifetime, I've been taught as gospel truth (in schools, etc) about a dozen doomsday scenarios, from the world's petroleum running out (by the late 80s), to acid rain destroying half our forests, to famines throughout East Asia. This was taught as truth, not speculation, either. We were actually tested and graded on these subjects!!!

    Anyway, not a single doomsday scenario...not one....has ever occurred. That's pretty compelling evidence, wouldn't you say?*

    So because you have in the past been told that bad stuff would happen which did not occur you feel you can logically deduce that every time someone says something bad will happen it will not?

    That isn't actually compelling evidence of anything.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    *Global warming is real, but humans - including scientists -- are notorious bad at predicting the future. Humans nearly always find ways to adopt. Eskimos should have never been able to survive, according to the mindset above. *

    Except that unlike the Eskimos of centuries past we now live in a complex global economy with 7 billion people to feed. Most of our food sources are based on large scale investments we have made which assume a given climate pattern and if that gets disrupted the cost of adopting to the new climate will make us all worse off, and possibly lead to millions of deaths.

    While it might make rice easier to grow in some places, the consensus seems to be that the net effects of climate change will be quite negative on our ability to produce food, particularly in the tropics.

    So just saying "we can adopt" is not a particularly useful observation. Of course we can, the question is how we can adopt in a way that will minimize those human and financial costs associated with adoption.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    senseiman

    Are they going to actually plant trees on this street? I just saw a video of it on TV and it looks like any other generic wide street in a Japanese city - a sweltering sea of asphalt without any shade or anything else to recommend it.

    Also Nagoya already has a Japanese-fake- Champs-Elysees in Hisaya Odori. Nowhere near as impressive as the real one, but at least it has a lot of attractive, mature trees and some nice cafes on the sidewalk in hte warmer months.

    Posted in: Street modeled on Champs-Elysees opens in Tokyo

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    It is refreshing to hear that demand for whale meat is tanking, at some point one would hope that reality would break through and force the abandonment of the whole program. Not just for the whales but because it is an obscene waste of taxpayer money which only employs about 200 people and doesn`t really have any benefits for Japan.

    Posted in: Biggest threat to Japan whaling: Declining appetites

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    senseiman

    Kind of a silly question, but why is the fact that the report uses roman numerals even worth mentioning? And is it really necessary to give an example of a roman numeral to illustrate that fact?

    Other than that, seems like an accurate list.

    Posted in: U.N. panel: 8 reasons to worry about global warming

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    senseiman

    I have never seen the argument in favor of abolishing the mandatory NHK fee system more convincingly put.

    Posted in: Even if viewers threaten to cancel payment because of my remarks, they still have to pay if they own TVs.

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    senseiman

    The cries of communism in the comments are pretty far fetched. The government has not passed any laws forcing companies to do anything, all it is doing is releasing information to the public that for the most part is probably already in the public domain anyway.

    The government has an obvious motive for what it is doing, but I fail to see what is nefarious about a government doing something to try to boost the wages of its citizens. The only real problem with it in that regard is how weak and ineffective a mechanism it is - most companies probably dont care if they are on the list or not since it wont really affect them.

    Posted in: Ministry to name firms refusing to raise wages

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    Its a very interesting story. I hope the guy was able to learn something from the experience that he could use to turn his life around.

    Posted in: Man arrested after traveling 1,600 kms on stolen bikes

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    Getting caught up in the numbers misses the point: regardless of whether it was 50,000 or 300,000 it was still an inexcusable atrocity.

    The right wing politicians who keep denying that it ever happened or otherwise trying to dismiss it are just preaching to a choir of fellow domestic nut-jobs while totally ruining Japans international position. This is a no-win issue for Japan. If they would just shut their mouths and show some basic decency about this world opinion on the overall Japan-China situation would be much more favorable to Japan. Instead these idiots just keep giving China all the ammunition it needs to paint Japan as a dangerous country bent on re-arming itself and invading its neighbors. Comparing Abe to Hitler, as Chinese officials done, would seem like laughable communist propoganda that everyone could easily dismiss but for the fact that some of Abes closest political allies are almost daily issuing statement defending fascist war criminals.

    Posted in: China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan

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    senseiman

    Not sure abou Okinawa, but Kyushu is litered with the remnants of ill-advised amusement parks. The idea of them bulldozing some pretty mountainside to build another eyesore that will probably go bankrupt a few years down the road doesn`t make me feel too good.

    Posted in: USJ to build new amusement parks in Kyushu, Okinawa

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    senseiman

    Perhaps we should form a support group of aggreived Hulu Japan users!

    I am feeling more empowered to cancel my account after reading the comments.

    Posted in: Hulu Japan offers not just movies, but a little education and awesome customer service too

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