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    warnerbro

    Well, mate, if the BOJ's aggressive stimulus was working, I'm quite sure it would be appreciated.

    Posted in: Aso says BOJ's aggressive stimulus should be appreciated

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    warnerbro

    "There were no listings for dolphin meat." Dolphin meat can be legally labelled whale in Japan.

    Posted in: Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten halts whale meat sales

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    "suspending negotiations with Russia on easing visa requirements and would not be starting talks on a new investment accord." "additional action would include restricting visas and freezing assets.

    What bold moves! If that won't get Crimea back to Ukraine, nothing will. What happened to the Abe who met Putin five times, who established a relationship based on trust? Why doesn't he call his mate and set the bloke straight?

    What's this YuriOtani? "So Abe will you look after Japan's best interests or be an apple polisher for America?"
    But Abe wants to be a man with an army and patriotic citizens. Remember his proactive pacifism? He wants to be in charge of a nation that has a meaningful voice in the world, not just someone who decides which bully to kiss up to. What you're suggesting is that Abe choose to kiss Putin's hind quarters rather than Obama's. If that's what he wants to do, fine by me. But if Abe does so, rather than get a few insignificant islands returned (which Abe claims were taken in a similar manner to Crimea. Who does Abe fancy to populate those islands with, I wonder?), he will be lucky if he gets to keep Hokkaido.

    Posted in: Abe threatens Moscow with more sanctions over Crimea

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    warnerbro

    The Japanese judicial system when looking at divorce cases blithely overlooks frequency with which Japanese mothers inflict violence on their children.

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/oita-woman-arrested-over-death-of-7-year-old-son http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/woman-charged-with-strangling-her-8-year-old-daughte

    Posted in: Japan gives final approval to child abduction treaty

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    warnerbro

    This sounds like a case of contamination at the source. However, most schools have children ladle out food for the lunch meal with very minimal to no supervision. They are instructed to wash their hands, but there is no hot water which may be one reason this kind of virus is spreading so readily in winter. People, especially children, are loathe to wash sufficiently in cold water. There is often nothing with which to dry hands so children use the same moist handkerchief several times a day.

    Posted in: Suspected norovirus outbreak sickens over 300 students in Hiroshima

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    warnerbro

    It's a horrible crime that is approaching Japan's absurd statute of limitations, unfortunately. As for the number of officers involved, if they sent a fax (in those days) or email to every police box in the nation, as they quite probably did, and at least one officer read it and announced its arrival to others, the total number of officers involved in the case would rise considerably. The police would announce that total as to avoid appearing negligent in their inability to solve this despite what would appear to be unusually precise evidence (that may, of course, have been planted by a professional hit man or a cult, although it must be granted that hit men are unlikely to spend nearly half a day at the murder site.)

    Posted in: Setagaya family murders remain unsolved after 13 years

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    warnerbro

    These disclosures have not rattled the NSA. They've rattled everyone else.

    Posted in: Apple says it had no role in NSA's alleged iPhone hack

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    warnerbro

    Good one, Abe. Try to build your army on Japan's increasing legions of decrepit elderly. At least he wants to teach the dwindling numbers of youth better English, so some of them perhaps might escape abroad before his inferiority complex is soothed by somebody's blood.

    Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution

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    warnerbro

    China made a foolish move and the Yanks responded appropriately. Good on them. But we need to remember that what China intends at this point is to create evidence that a dispute exists, a dispute in which I take Japan's side, but a dispute the existence of which Japan denies.

    Posted in: China says it monitored U.S. B-52 air zone flights

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    warnerbro

    Japan could easily afford to continue existing coverage and expand access to new treatments if it had or were willing to import young people. The problem is the declining and ageing population. Aso's hurry up and die remarks basically express the government's stance. They want to lure wealthy Asians to Japan for advanced treatment, and make it available to plutocrats like Abe and Aso, whilst leaving the great mass of people to place their fate in the hands of ill-trained internists who cannot even diagnose an ear infection or to witch doctors and acupuncturists.

    Posted in: Abe battles doctors' lobby over 'third arrow' reform

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    warnerbro

    I doubt the Americans will send their sons to die for a few obscure rocks. They were NATO allies of us but did not deploy any men with us in the Falklands, did they? And remember that China can muster more than ten young men for every one of Japan's and still have plenty to spare. I do not wish to see Japan lose the Senkakus but a military solution is not advisable.

    Posted in: Aso compares Senkakus dispute to Falklands

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    warnerbro

    I would hope that armed conflict may be avoided. China can lose ten soldiers for every one of Japan's and still prevail handily. Japan's population is ageing and declining rapidly. China has nuclear weapons that would take Japan years to make and the population is less densely distributed, making it less vulnerable to nuclear attack than Japan. Compared to today, Japan was much stronger militarily than China in 1937. How, pray tell, did Japan's role as a main player work out for it then? Learn from the past and survive, Japan.

    Posted in: Japan could be 'main player' if Asia conflicts break out: defense minister

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    “This would avoid sending confusing messages to the media and the public on a possibly long series of INES-rated events at the lower levels of the scale, for the duration of the entire recovery operation”,

    Yes, that is precisely what it would do. IAEA wants to avoid the truth at all costs.

    Posted in: Japan should stop sending 'confusing messages' on Fukushima: IAEA

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    "the electric grid throughout Japan seems to have made it through the summer without a single blackout, brownout or obligatory conservation measures, such as the rolling power blackouts that crippled parts of the greater Kanto region in the immediate wake of the March 11, 2011 disaster."

    The fact is that Japan has plenty of generation capacity without the nukes. The government was desperate to hide that from the public, which is why it concocted the conservation measures. That said, Japan should use less, as warispeace astutely notes. If people had to pay the full cost of electricity from conventional and nuclear sources, they would use less and reduce the consequent environmental damage.

    Posted in: Utilities perform high-wire balancing act to avoid shortages

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    warnerbro

    "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to the world his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of highly radioactive water at Fukushima."

    Fair enough. Give us the bad news first. Now what's the good news?

    "The IAEA cautioned against the frequent use of INES evaluations in the future, saying this risked clouding the issue in the public mind."

    Quite the reverse, mates. The IAEA is concerned that the issue will become clarified in the public mind.

    Posted in: Abe pledges greater government role at Fukushima

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    warnerbro

    The device they were using cannot project the substances high enough to be of any use, according to a meteorologist quoted on TV. The rain that did occur was forecast before they employed the device. There is considerable controversy about the extent of this method's utility, even when done from the air. If it were that easy to make rain, it would be done much more often.

    Posted in: Tokyo gov't tries cloud seeding to cope with water shortage

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    warnerbro

    The BoJ has doubled the money supply and the effect has been slight at best.

    Posted in: Japan economy may have bottomed out in late 2012: government panel

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    warnerbro

    The Soviet Union did not immediately initiate a monitoring regime under which an increase in cancer could have been detected, so it is unclear when the incidence actually increased. Four years seems to be commonly mentioned. But such a figure emanates from data collected and then permitted release to the world by the government of the Soviet Union. Some sources, using Soviet data that the WHO cites, suggest evidence of an increase from the third year:http://www.rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/NSRG/Chernobyl/JHT/JHT9602.html

    Regarding the supposed threshold exposure for cancer in children:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/chernobyl-still-causing-cancer-in-british-children-475263.html

    "And scientists have found rates of thyroid cancer in children in Cumbria, the worst-affected part of England, rose 12-fold after the catastrophe - and blame fallout from the radioactive cloud that spread from the stricken reactor. This confounds government assurances at the time that the radiation in Britain was "nowhere near the levels at which there is any hazard to health".

    Posted in: Thyroid cancer risk for 2,000 Fukushima workers: TEPCO

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    warnerbro

    An eruption could easily bring traffic in Tokyo to a halt, clog all manner of air filtration devices, damage electronic equipment throughout the Kanto region. And one might add that the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges have been united just in time to ensure maximum damage to Japan's and the world's economy in such a scenario. The danger has been known for centuries. Do the people in charge of anything have a plan for this?

    Posted in: Major eruption could cause Mt Fuji’s new life as Cultural Heritage Site to be short lived

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    warnerbro

    "The temperature of the container was about 38 degrees." And the temperature of the very humid air outside the container was what, 30 degrees or higher? That doesn't sound like a steam producing situation.

    Posted in: Steam seen in Fukushima No. 3 reactor building

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