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    sf2k

    Name a G8 summit that did anything at all? Japan is better off without them. Could be replaced with a 3 hour FaceTime call.

    Also given Russian incursion into Ukraine that should probably be renamed G7

    Posted in: Sendai joins Hiroshima as host city candidate for G8 summit in 2016

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    This is pretty simple to solve. Have two shrines; one for regular martyrs and another for the war criminals. If then no politician visits the war criminals then poof, Asia can relax. Nakasone moving the war criminals into the shrine secretly in 1988 means never ending consternation. It's not like Japan can control spirits so just make another alter and the world can see for itself that Japan is either serious about peace or war.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    Does that mean they'll speak English then? Not the "Special English"

    Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative

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    Educator60

    they can just compare to previous years students who didn't use the devices.

    Posted in: Survey shows longer periods of smartphone use can lead to lower school exam scores

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    too late... nature has a habit of not cooperating with human schedules. I expect it'll unfortunately collapse regardless of these measures. I"m remembering the same mentality that lead up to the Canadian Cod Moratorium before it was a fait du accompli .

    Japan needs to start an awareness program showing other forms of protein and the concept of vegetarian food production. While it doesn't mean the end of fish it does mean that other options need to be acceptable.

    Posted in: Japan to propose 50% cut in young tuna catch

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    can installing insulation be far behind? Oh wait.. yeah, far far behind

    Posted in: Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

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    That sucks. When you go to school it's to improve yourself and do something. Condolences to the families.

    I wonder about the Prelude though, the back seats in a coupe' are generally nothing much, so how on earth they got 8 in that thing? Late at night, only one car, and too many need a ride. I can see it happening. What a loss

    Posted in: 3 Japanese students killed, 5 injured in California car crash

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    Try out a Live-DVD of Linux before upgrading Windows again. The cost of ownership is zero but the benefits are not. It depends though on what your needs are. DistroWatch compares the popular with the specific.

    Posted in: Microsoft to unveil new Windows software

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    only if they turn into robots. I mean, c'mon

    Posted in: Japan considers building its own fighter jets

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    Doesn't look like there are any controls at all for gambling given pachinko. Probably a good idea to not only not go through with casinos but reduce other parlours as well. Victimizing people has to stop

    Posted in: Gambling, Internet, alcohol addictions rife in Japan: study

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    Would this be like a typical combined heat and power system using in farms in Europe and elsewhere? Local conditions tend to vary so I'm happy to read of this in Japan and I hope there are a lot more! Also I think it would be great if stores were designed to grow vegetables on their rooftops.

    Otherwise If buildings alone painted their rooftops white, all the heating and air conditioning savings would go a long way too.

    Posted in: JFE Engineering starts operation of vegetable plant

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    ShibuyaJay2

    I see this smartphone island phenomenon as well in college where I'm a mature student. When I was originally in school cafeterias were more animated. Now it's a lot quieter, which is good, but the blank non interaction of youth is creepy. They'll be 5 or 6 people around a table and not a sound. The screens must be obeyed. All I can think about is the Borg from STNG

    Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?

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    Onniyama

    Very true. Interestingly new Youtube channels have stars playing board games and magic cards. So we're watching other people enjoy themselves. Also some board game cafes are sprouting up. I think this is in response to the inhuman aspect of the Internet and that in the end people want to connect with other people

    Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?

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    I can't imagine a city without walkable access to libraries. Growing up and living in a city with 99 libraries it was easy for me to spend time reading sci-fi in the library or science or chemistry. With the same reverent silence of a bookstore, and being curious. I'll still browse or read in the comfy chairs if I don't feel like entering the Internet wasteland. Many people use their phones and laptops in a library though, for the free wifi. But are they reading or just browsing and playing games? While having all access to the world with Wikipedia, how many of you have looked and read anything in the last day, week or month? It seems to create a mental atrophy.

    Internet is great for facts, but reading a book is still better for learning. I suppose Youtube and video is trying to replace that. Vlogbrothers success with their teaching channels comes to mind. Khan Academy for math. MOOC's and training videos. The internal monologue of reading is being replaced with more accessible videos, but I still can read as a source of material not just for entertainment. When the power goes out there will still be books.

    Libraries turned out to be great preparation to deal with the volumes of data the Internet produces. By remaining focused with a goal even in a library of millions of books is better than giving a kid early access to any piece of data. Like it or not it developed data discipline in us and I can't see how they will develop any. They'll end up like the wifi kids not really doing much

    Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?

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    Yes, we used things called libraries and we did things called reading. Knowledge wasn't a scam and the media took their responsibilities seriously. Today knowledge is a joke, a meme.

    Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?

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    Our rice is proved to have passed the government safety standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram (a measure of radioactive contamination), and is mostly below detection levels” of measuring instruments

    Now mostly safe! They'll have to again expand the radiation limit from 100 becquerels to something else if they want to declare it entirely "safe".

    When does this facade become criminal? Also the farmers will need to be compensated out of TEPCO profits.

    Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports

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    sf2k

    sounds like drug dealers; hook them while they're young

    Posted in: Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for kids

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    This photo, what a sad display. Until people realize they don't have to go to that particular shrine (you can't control spirits yo) then the shrine might even return to it's original purpose before it was co-opted by the r-wingers. Save Yasukuni, save Japan?

    Article 9 is awesome, but it should be followed up with a German-type law that makes it illegal to publicly deny the war. Instead Abe goes after Article 9. Uyoku flourishes. How can anyone consider that good? These are not positive portents.

    Japan can be so much better, and is better than this. We know this. We meet Japanese who know this too. That's great. But its conservative base comes from Imperial Japan, and it cannot leave. Even if they do nothing by doing nothing the establishment allows this to continue. They will have to give it up. Not just be reminded of the surrender to the USA, but surrender it from themselves, and then they can be free.

    Posted in: Out of date

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    sf2k

    This is a warning that Japan refuses to learn from history, even from those who actually lived it, and the void created means youth have no idea that they are being used.

    Thank you Kanbe-san and Kagawa-san for speaking up, one can always hope people will listen.

    Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young

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    sf2k

    I love kanji. Just learn the language. Languages are not that logical as they represent humans not computers, so I'm rather glad that software can't translate it. And I'm an IT person. It reminds me it's made for human beings and those that don't want to be human beings need not learn them.

    Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji

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