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    joyridingonthetitanic

    One would think that they could have chosen a better name.

    Have to agree with that! I'm still waiting for them to revive the Yamato name!

    Posted in: Japan's 2nd big helicopter carrier enters service

  • 1

    joyridingonthetitanic

    Looks a bit crepe to me! Lol

    Posted in: Pancakes on a stick are Japan’s hottest new food trend

  • 0

    joyridingonthetitanic

    The only country that will benefit from this deal will be Japan! It's businesses and industry will never allow the kind of open ended access the EU will be demanding and the EU and Abe both know that! However, with Brexit now a dead cert the EU will be desperate to have some good news for once and will delight in parading this so called new free trade deal in front of the UK's face during negotiations! Problem will be that with this eagerness to sign and get good news for once, the deal will more than likely be so one sided in Japan's favour the only one smiling will be Execs in Tokyo, not politicians in Brussels!

    Posted in: Abe pushes EU trade deal

  • 0

    joyridingonthetitanic

    Abe would be better off asking China for one of its "new" islands in the South China Sea, than getting Putin to agree to hand the Northern Territories back to Japan. Its never going to happen!

    From Putin's point of view, not having a formal Peace Treaty only empowers his negotiating position as he can continually use the island as a bargaining chip to his own advantage every time he wants something from Japan.

    Posted in: Abe to visit Russia for summit with Putin next month

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    A one off law is a sensible and logical solution to what is a much more complex issues than people seem to realise. Finding a balance between hard line right wing Imperial fanatics and moderate liberals has always been a problem in Japanese politics and is unlikely to ever really go away. One side cant move with our infuriating the other which never goes down well with the people in general. Regardless of their being a majority consensus that He should abdicate it will mean nothing to the traditionalists who want maintain the status quo and even increase His powers.

    By proposing a one off , once in a generation law it manages to calm the traditionalists by saying:

    "Just this once, as it is His decree to go after all, but were not going to make a habit of it"

    And also at the same time to the liberals by saying:

    "Were happy to give in to his wishes and let him retire"

    Also, a one off law avoids any complicated constitutional amendments that would likely drag on for years with limited chance of success. However I wont be too surprised, if the law passes, that some traditionalists will challenge it in the courts as not being Constitutional? Ah the joy of Japanese political wrangling!

    Banzai for The Emperor

    Posted in: Diet proposes one-off abdication law for emperor

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    People who moan about having these drill would be the first to complain about a lack of readiness in the unfortunate circumstance of an actual attack. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail! Also all this talk of it being a traumatic experience for the children, I can hardly see how a practice run would be traumatic? I assure you an actual attack would be much traumatic!

    Posted in: Missile drill

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    Exactly how is the Izumo supposed to stir up trouble? Last time I checked it contained no offensive weapons or first strike capability? It's about as dangerous as a fishing trawler?

    Posted in: China pledges firm response if Japan interferes in South China Sea

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    Maybe they could remarket the over heating battery packs as "Charmander" themed! That way at least when they catch fire they are, at the very least, Pokemon type specific?

    Posted in: Pikachu battery packs generate too much heat, causing recall

  • 9

    joyridingonthetitanic

    Not sure what all the fuss is about? Other countries and city subways have been using cameras inside carriages for years. I'm surprised that it hasn't happened sooner!

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  • 0

    joyridingonthetitanic

    Could be worse I suppose! At least it wasn't a blowfish naming competition?

    Posted in: Macaque named after British Princess Charlotte wins popularity contest for 2nd consecutive year

  • 0

    joyridingonthetitanic

    Hopefully it will be a lot better than the dreadful Resident Evil 6! What were they thinking! Although personally I'm looking forward to the remake and re-release f Resident Evil 2 in the near future!

    Posted in: 'Resident Evil' goes back to survival horror roots for new game

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    Thats amazing!! It shows that through hard work and commitment you can achieve anything! A great role model, who is motivated and ambitious yet modest and sincere in his success. Well done!

    Posted in: Kisenosato formally promoted to yokozuna

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    Better safe than sorry! It's not easy buildings from scratch a sophisticated airliner without any real experience in the field! They probably looked at the problems Boeing had with the 787 when they rushed that out to meet deadlines, and didn't want a similar situation with the MRJ! Where as Boeing could absorb the negativity, Mitsubishi in all likelyhood would struggle to do the same!

    Posted in: Mitsubishi to postpone jet delivery for fifth time

  • 0

    joyridingonthetitanic

    The panel, after interviewing constitutional and monarchy experts, agreed that allowing an abdication was the most appropriate way to meet Akihito’s request, but that setting a permanent system covering all future emperors would be difficult

    Really?

    At the moment I believe Article 2 of Chapter 1 of the constitution reads like this:

    The Imperial Throne shall be dynastic and succeeded to in accordance with the Imperial House law passed by the Diet

    Surely it could be changed or amended to read like this:

    Article 2: The Imperial Throne shall be dynastic and succeeded to in accordance with the Imperial House law passed by the Diet.

    (2) When it is deemed that the Emperor is incapacitated, ill or unable to carry out his duties in line with the provisions set out within, succession may be permitted under the provision of the Imperial Abdication Law as set out by the Diet with approval by the Imperial Household and the successor.

    (3) If such actions result in a Regency then paragraph 5 will be applicable

    (4) The Emperor, once abdicated, will continue to be afforded the full rites and customs of a former head of state yet will devolve all powers once contained and responsible for to their successor.

    (5) The former Emperor will be referred to and addressed as Emperor Emeritus

    (6) The instrument of abdication will be made public at the start of the new era in accordance with the provision of succession.

    Just a thought! And I came up with this in a matter of minutes and at no cost to the Japanese tax payer!

    Posted in: Panel issues report supporting special legislation for emperor's abdication

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    @mt9334

    In answer to your question the simple response is neither? While it is easy to say the needs of the many out weigh the needs of few you, as a human, can't put a value on human life, every life is priceless! However a computer possibly could put a value on life through the use of data and percentage chances! Because of that process it will not understand the complex moral or emotional importances we as human beings give to life! For a machine, however intelligent, the concept of the value of life is meaningless, it can't process that kind of data as it can never be broken down so easily in to a computer readable code, mainly as in a simple form it's a chemical and biological function non existent in AI!

    What Your question is a catch 22 scenario and what ever choice Is made someone looses! What I am postulating is that a machine driven autonomous vehicle will have no emotional considerations when making a choice where as a human being has that potential to put their selves above mere mathematical algorithms and act according to their conscious! A computer can not, and will not ever be able to do that!

    Posted in: For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

  • -1

    joyridingonthetitanic

    A computer will play the odds every time and will never be able to "feel" moral dilemmas! For example, If a computer controlled car was facing a situation where it was crashing into a wall it will identify all the probable options and assign a percentage chance of success to each one! So it could have the following decision to make!

    Save it's occupant from hitting the wall but that involves running over a group of schoolchildren! 45% Avoid running over the children but it and the occupant hits the wall resulting In the loss of the occupant! 40% Apply brakes and severe into a crowd! 15%

    The computer will play the odds and callously commit to what logically and statistically it considers the most likely outcome! In this case running over the schoolchildren, because in its logic that was at that moment the right thing to do statistically! Now I'm not saying that a human would not wish for self preservation and take that option as well, but it does remove the moral possibility of someone trying to avoid the children!

    Legally, who is to blame if the car takes the option of running over the children, I don't think any law exists in any country where you can sue a machine or computer! Car companies as well will be doubly sure to avoid all responsibility for autonomy software! So who is to blame? The driver who inputted the destination? The car manufacturer l? The company who supplied the software? The software programmer? Who indeed?

    While autonomous vehicles are ok they will never be truly efficient until all the cars on the road are the same and they can all talon to each other! Until then, ideally a human needs to be able to take control when necessary and be able to override the computer in an emergency! This would at least provide a sense of humanity and compassion into the mix!

    Posted in: For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    ..the main opposition Democratic Party is calling for a permanent system through revising the Imperial House Law, which does not have a provision over abdication.

    That's a slippery slope and also a pipe dream! Any proposed changes to the constitution inevitably get held up in committee and working group stages for years! Also, as is usually the case by the time anything is agreed upon a change of government is usually occurring and the plans dropped! Not to mention the delicate balancing act that will need to be employed to ensure that vocal conservatives are kept happy with out frustrating the liberal modernisers! I don't envy the legislators that have to shift through that legal and constitutional quagmire!

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    joyridingonthetitanic

    Joy! Another opportunity for the acting "elite" and their followers to get all self righteous and condemning of us mere mortals!

    Posted in: Sundance Film Festival to 'engage and provoke' with focus on climate

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    Cant blame them for being concerned! If i had billions tied up in foreign countries that were rocking the finical markets then id want some guarantees that my investment was safe!

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  • -1

    joyridingonthetitanic

    What the fools don't realize is just how humiliating to Japan this drama is as a whole. This man is supposed to be the symbol of the nation, and he is being held captive by the imperial household. They are making Japan look like a nation of buffoons around the world. And people ARE watching.

    I think humiliation is a strong word and certainly not the right one. While it is no doubt frustrating for the Emperor to have to wait and see how his suggestion pans out, he is also more than aware that unless it is done delicately and with the upmost respect for the Law and Constitution his successor could end up with a tricky start to his reign.

    Traditions are important and i can only imagine that should the government get it wrong and rush it, the same people who are complaining its taking to long to sort out would likewise be complaining they didn't spend long enough making it right in the first place. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. The Emperor knows this and would not want to interfere.

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