Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    I have reached the 40 mark and could not pass for anything but middle aged in appearance, but I have sharp wit and humour on my side and can normally run rings around 20-somethings. I am also have a fairly youthful outlook, and feel comfortable mixing with people of all ages.

    But when addressing women, i think it best to play it safe with terms of address - resist obasan until it would be insulting to suggest that they were anything else.

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

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    Ah_so

    As someone of Northern European stock, it is thought that my ancestors evolved the ability to digest milk thousands of years ago to survive times of shortage. Due to this evolutionary advantage that we have, it is entirely natural to drink milk.

    Milk is fine for many people, some are intolerant, but there is no reason to believe that it is harmful.

    Milk is out of fashion these days, along with wheat products, where people labour under the misapprehension that they are gluten intolerant.

    Posted in: City in Niigata drops milk from school lunches

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    Ah_so

    The figures show that for the first time ever, the number of individuals 65 years and older is approximately twice that of children under 15.

    This is a function of logeavity as much as anything else. If you reach the age of 65, your life expectancy would be about 90 for women, although many live beyond that, especially women. But it does show how far and fast births have fallen. In the post-war baby boom, it was common to have families of 6 or 7 children.

    Posted in: Japan's population marks steepest decline ever

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    Ah_so

    A description of places of natural beauty. The power stop concept is nothing more than new age mumbo jumbo.

    Posted in: Top 10 power spots in Japan

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    Ah_so

    As some have pointed out, this is an uncomfortable combinations of two things that run deep in the American psyche - race and guns.

    I wonder how different history would have been if the Loyalist forces had prevailed over the separatist forces in the colonial conflict (aka War of Independence). Slavery would have been abolished much earlier and the right to bear arms would never have found its easy into the constitution. Today America would probably be a happier less violent society.

    That's the problem with trying to run before you can walk. We ate still mopping up over 200 years later.

    Posted in: World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in U.S.

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    Ah_so

    "And once I tell her, her reaction is to cry."

    Children cry when they are told off. But I wouldn't leave a child in charge of children.

    Posted in: 17-month-old boy drowns in bath at daycare center

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    Ah_so

    "lets wait until the autopsy report has come back before we make judgements and comments"

    I am thinking the autopsy will say death by drowning. Just a hunch.

    Posted in: 64-yr-old woman drowns after getting into difficulty during open water swimming race

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    Ah_so

    The pilot actually worked at our company. It was common knowledge among all of the employees, and I have very little doubt as for the story's veracity.

    1glenn: sorry the story does not pass the smell test, whatever people wanted to believe. A Japanese plane approaching the ship in the kamikaze period would have been blown out of the sky.

    But such a case would have been documented so I would be delighted to be proved wrong.

    Posted in: Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice

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    Ah_so

    The whole Internet experience in Japan feels at least 10 years old. Even the look and feel of sites is dated.

    Coupled with the preference for physical cash and tangible consumer goods, as well as some restrictive copyright rules, it is hard for formats to change.

    Dating that, I quite like browsing CD spa and like the permanence of the format!

    Posted in: Music streaming business targets CD-crazy Japanese

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    Ah_so

    I am not sure if Tokyo is even the beat city in Japan. But I do love it. I am a Londoner by birth and feel quite at home in New York, but Tokyo can be overwhelming in its enormity. It is somewhere different, a journey in hyper reality.

    Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine

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    Ah_so

    I would be quite happy for the pulpit to take a selfie. Most crashes are attributable to pilot error anyway. I suppose we still need human pilots to help the passengers feel safe.

    Posted in: JAL reprimanded after pilot takes selfie with flight attendant in cockpit

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    Ah_so

    What is the problem with taking a selfie?

    Posted in: JAL reprimanded after pilot takes selfie with flight attendant in cockpit

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    Ah_so

    Every person who is sexually active should be getting tested before initiating a new relationship, it's just irresponsible not to.

    Really? That sounds like the sort of thing I read at the height of the panic in 1990. I do not know anyone who has ever had a pre-emptive HIV test. Hepatitis C is probably the bigger issue.

    Posted in: Manga poster guy asks something much more shocking than 'Will you be my girlfriend?'

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    Ah_so

    Well done USA.

    I think Russia would probably have got the World Cup whatever - it was about time for such as large football playing nation. But Qatar? Well, everyone knew it was down to bribery. I still think the odds are 50:50 as to whether the finals will be held there. They could still be moved at very short notice to a large number of countries. And the white elephant stadiums in Qatar will be a monument to their foolishness and corruption.

    Posted in: Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Well, it works in the UK and USA. I have been a juror and the judge is very clear in stating that he or she is the judge of points of law whereas the jurors are judges of facts.

    Posted in: This month marks six years since the lay judge system went into effect in Japan. However, Japanese people are still divided on the lay judge system. What is your stance?

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    Ah_so

    it is almost amusing how the article dismisses the fact pilots handled the situation of the Hudson river

    Good point. However, we may not have to wait too long for the AI onboard flights to make that kind of decision. The logic is surely "Can't land in preferred landing area due to engine failure switch to nearest/preferred emergency landing area land on Hudson river."

    The article is clear that computers are already better at landing than humans - the humans switch to the computers when it gets too difficult for them, so in reality, the pilot take off and landing is nothing more than a glorified in-job training. The computer can usually do it safer and better.

    Saying that, computers still go wrong. There are errors and having a human on-board can override that with the common sense that a computer can never have. We can also see what happens when you have pilots who rely too much on autopilot - the Air France 447 crash could have been avoided with sufficiently experienced staff who can see through the confused flashing lights. Air France did have that pilot, but he was asleep for nearly the whole time.

    Posted in: Full auto pilot: Is it really necessary to have a human in the cockpit?

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    Ah_so

    "I have three children, all boys. 5, 3 and newborn. I am much stronger than them and they cant break free from my hands if they tried."

    How do you do it? Baby on back and the other two in each hand with an iron grip?

    Posted in: 5 year-old boy hit and killed by minivan; driver arrested

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    Ah_so

    " Gives him more attention for his useless cook books - good luck finding most ingredients in Japan."

    His cook books are fine. It is western cooking, so do not be do surprised that the ingredients are hard to find in Japan. Bit have just leafed through one of his books and it did not appear to difficult to find the ingredients or decent substitutes in Japan.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

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    Ah_so

    My point is the education system here doesn't allow the kids to expand on their natural, god even talents. Everyone is taught equally until the end of high school. Its all about passing exams so the school looks good.

    Since1981: Your daughter clearly has talents, and they may not all be in the traditional academic subjects. However, Japan does have differentiating high schools that specialise in particular areas and do not mean that the curriculum is identical. She might benefit from attending a kougyou high school where the specialism is in practical subjects.

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

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    Ah_so

    How many more children have to die before the Japanese national and local governments start requiring children under age 12 to have adult supervision when commuting? It's insane to allow an 8 year old girl to walk alone in today's society. Mind boggling!

    When you say "today's society" I presume you mean that there are a higher number of predatory paedophiles, rather than accidents involving swollen rivers, as seems to be the case here.

    But even so, there are a handful of children that go missing at the hands of others in Japan each year, but far more die at the hands of their parents. Considering how many children go out and about by themselves, very few ever going missing, suggesting that the "stranger danger" paranoia of the West is an overreaction to the threat (the latest incarnation of this is doing the rounds with a viral video to show how children can be led away from playgrounds by the sight of a puppy).

    One or two children die a year at the hands of strangers each year.. Very, very sad for the parents, but does this mean we should change our way of life for the worse? I suggest not.

    Posted in: Body of missing 8-year-old girl found in river in Kagoshima town

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