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    Ah_so

    The appropriate choice nowadays, with modern understanding of earthquake resistance, is wood or reinforced concrete.

    I am sure you are right - I was rather trying to highlight that there are cases that do not conform to the standard Japanese response, which justifies why they live is badly insulated, badly made houses.

    Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction

  • 7

    Ah_so

    Japan needs one type of house - one that is warm in winter and cool in summer. What I don't want is a hundred excuses about why this is not possible, which is what i normally get.

    The reason for this is that the Japanese have historically used wood for building — making homes and other structures that are vulnerable to earthquakes, typhoons, floods and fires.

    Italy is a country that has built buildings about of brick and stone for thousands of years (many still standing), despite have earthquakes. Stone is also good for warmth in winter and coolness in summer if thick enought and also quite fire resistent!

    Posted in: Cultural lessons in housing and construction

  • 1

    Ah_so

    Frungy, I think you need to come with something better than a road rage incident in which someone died. Dragging someone along the street until they die is excessive. Kicking someone in the nuts if you are in imminent danger is a very different matter.

    Posted in: Self-defense tip: Dealing with unwanted 'kabe-don'

  • 1

    Ah_so

    KnowBetter - has Facebook ever used your photos for its financial gain? Its TOS caused a bit of a fuss a couple of years ago, but everyone just shrugged their shoulders and carried on. I am already sharing the stuff with multiple people anyway - I am hardly bothered if the medium which carries the photo has a right to use it (which it never want to anyway).

    You call it greedy, but it is a private company, aiming to make money. As it offers a subscription free service, it only has advertising as a source of revenue, so it needs to have sufficient advertising to make a genuine profit.

    Posted in: Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines

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    This is referred to as the "Gaijin effect" when a Japanese person will not hear the fluent Japanese spoken to them and will simply assume that anything coming out of your mouth must be English as you are a foreigner.

    This is has happened very rarely to me, but the person has never answered in English - individuals who assume you must be speaking English have never climbed high enough up the educational ladder to know any themselves. OK, they might muster up, "No Engrish!", but nothing else.

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

  • 3

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    Sadist. I hope they lock him up for a long time.

    Posted in: Man arrested for forcing 1-year-old daughter to sit on kerosene heater

  • 2

    Ah_so

    I asked them why the radio was left on on all night: They said it was to keep the bears away!

    Great story. I guess the radio does not work too well.

    Posted in: 74-year-old apple grower killed by bear

  • 2

    Ah_so

    For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:

    Matthew 25:35

    Posted in: Florida man arrested for feeding homeless in public park

  • 6

    Ah_so

    I normally set the heating to 20c in winter. Anything more and I'm too hot.

    No doubt that's because I have a slice of ginger every day. Scientifically proven to keep you warm. ?

    Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan

  • 21

    Ah_so

    It took place Ossanamerica, but not by the Japanese. Japan has never genuinely accepted any guilt for the war and the atrocities it committed.

    The events of the war happened much like an earthquake. An unfortunate catastrophe that no one was really to blame for.

    Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility

  • 4

    Ah_so

    Japan makes some excellent whisky and is getting recognition overseas, but you have to pay up for it.

    It is sad to see japanese drowning good whisky with a gallon of water.

    Posted in: Japanese single malt whisky named world's finest

  • 0

    Ah_so

    I wonder how they came up with that name? Truely innovative. No doubt the movie will be highly original too.

    Posted in: 'Fast and Furious 7' retitled 'Furious 7'

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Pity it's not the traditional British Hallowe'en but the Americanised version.

    Not sure what you are talking about. Halloween in the UK is the Americanised version. Halloween was virtually unknown in the UK until a few decades ago. Yes, it did originate in pagan festivals from the British Isles, but that was a long time ago.

    Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?

  • -2

    Ah_so

    The noise of children playing is probably the only thing in Tokyo that is not louder today than it was 50 or 100 years ago.

    Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids

  • 1

    Ah_so

    How do poorly-paid nighttime economy workers get home? If you are slaving away in an izakaya till 1am it must be tricky to get home without a bus.

    London, which already has a successful night bus service, will introduce an all night subway service in a few years. It will not be every line, but a few routes that will get you in the right part of town.

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  • 0

    Ah_so

    Repackage Windows 7 and call it Windows 9. Everyone will be happy.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

  • 1

    Ah_so

    I buy CDs - the first thing I do with it is upload to the computer and then onto itunes. The CD itself is largely redundent, but that is no problem. I can sell it. In fact, I have bought quite a lot of CDs on ebay and can sell them back on ebay for what I paid for them - postage the only difference.

    I know that if Apple goes bankrupt and a virus hits my computer, I will still have a CD collection to fall back on.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

  • -4

    Ah_so

    Could Fuji be next?

    Of course it could!

    Will it be next?

    No.

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  • -3

    Ah_so

    Ahh, the myth of trickle down economics being regurgitated once again.

    @Strangerland: are you saying that the ordinary population of a country has never become wealthy from an export-led economic expansion? Japan used to be the classic example of this, but has subsequently been joined by S. Korea and large parts of the rest of East Asia.

    Also, the theory of "trickle down" economics has never been put forward by economists - I can only give you a wiki link because Google is full of left-wing criticisms of a theory that never existed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trickle-down_economics

    As for home FX trading, the Mrs, Watanabe's, are all playing a zero sum game, and they are playing against professional banks and trading houses. Overall they will lose, so I am sure that the idea of all these housewives generating extra income from home is a myth.

    Posted in: Mrs Watanabe jumps on yen-selling bandwagon as tide turns

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    Ah_so

    Michael, I suspect you did not read the article properly - it refers to British composers, not classical music played in Britain. Well known British composers would be Elgar, Purcell, Handell, Britten, Vaughan Williams.

    There are few Australian composers, but plenty of Austrians!

    Posted in: Japanese violinist aims to bring British classical music closer to Japan

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