Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    Can anyone tell me how long it would take to have a thorough look at every part of the Castle?

    I think the tour took an hour or so. But after a while, one vast empty room of tatami mats begins to merge into another. However, definitely worth doing.

    Posted in: Himeji Castle reopens after 5 1/2 years of repair work

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    Media reporting on other media is never good, these audio recordings are held and analyzed at the highest security levels, not even the CEO of the company is allowed to hear these recordings.

    Really? The black box transcript of Air France 447 that crashed in 2009 has been published Ending with the words: "Damn it, we're going to crash... This can't be happening!"

    Posted in: Report says one pilot locked out of cockpit before Germanwings crash

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    No, sue the individual

    smithinjapan: there is nothing for the school board to sue him for - it has not suffered a financial loss for which it needs compensating. He needs sacking, but we do need to understand exactly what we thought he was doing. If there was really no home or hope for these kittens, they should have been despatched in the kindest way possible, pas devant les enfants.

    Posted in: Chiba school apologizes after teacher buries kittens alive

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    Ah_so

    Smithinjapan: discipline the teacher yes, but cannot see what a law suit would achieve. Are you suggesting that the the prefectural board should effectively sue itself? And for what financial loss?

    Posted in: Chiba school apologizes after teacher buries kittens alive

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    As to temperature, Fahrenheit is Also base 10 and more granular. Every 3 degrees of F is one in Celsius making it a better base 10 scale. Moderately ridiculous to arbitrarily decide a scale must be based on the freezing point of water and the boiling point must be 100 units higher. at least the kelvin scale starts at absolute zer, Celsius is pointless because two better alternatives exist.

    Todd Topolski - The ratio of F to C is approximately 2:1, not 3:1 as you state.

    The arbitrary nature of Fahrenheit is that it is based on the freezing point of sea water (0F) with 100F measured against the human body (later refinements have seen this change slightly).

    Imperial still has some very odd uses, such as US stock prices. Why measure in fractions? The dollar is already in a perfectly good metric system, so why price a stock as $55 1/8? An eighth of a dollar? Come on, this is 2015.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    If anyone is liable, it is the school. A child is not judged responsible and the child could not be supervised by his parents while at school. The school was in loco parentis at the time.

    But this is all an accident. Why it is at court?

    I will never understand the Japanese legal system. But these cases are always a good reminder that Japan is not a Western nation based upon European philosophy and notion of the individual. It is a very foreign land.

    Posted in: Parents of schoolboy liable for Y15 million after wayward soccer ball leads to man’s death

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    Radical Islam is the religion of "they have more than us so let's kill them."

    Does this explain why the ideology is most fertile in Saudi Arabia?

    To reduce radical Islam to nothing more than inequality seriously underestimates the threat. It is not one that can be bought out with money - any more than you can persuade the Amish to join modern society with an offer of a light bulb. This is an ideology, a way of life and death.

    Posted in: Australia a hotbed of Islamic State recruiting

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    Sounds like the front seats contained the father and eldest son. No doubt they had seat belts on, those in the back did not.

    As kiwiboy mentions, there seems to be little understanding of the risks of not belting up in the back. They would probably certainly still be alive today if they had.

    Posted in: Mother, son killed in Niigata car crash

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    Lucabrasi - what are they studying and what level university are you at?

    The fact that you are at a university says a lot about your sample size. But I doubt you could say to history majors that most of the books on the reading list were in English only and assume that the class could just get on with it. In many countries in Europe, this would be expected - a university level student would be expected to be fluent in English, much as they would be expected to ride a bike or know how to swim.

    In Japan, having some English fluency is usually seen as unusual, particularly if gained from only six years of study. It is not an expectation.

    I appreciate that it is not fair to compare European and Japanese English ability, but I am always struck by the lack of ambition.

    'English is difficult. Japanese cannot learn English. We must perfect our Japanese first before we try and learn another language. Japanese do not need English. '

    The list of excuses for not succeeding is ingrained before they start learning. They expect to fail. What chance have they got?

    Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?

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    NO I believe the European imperial colonist like Britain, Netherland and France was doing all the bullying in South East Asia at the time.

    SamuraiBlue: this is just poorly informed whataboutism.

    Posted in: A simple comparison of Japan and Germany is inappropriate. The two countries differ in terms of what happened during the war, under what circumstances they engaged in post-war settlements, and which countries they have as neighbors.

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    I would never have guessed that they would make a sequel of a popular anitmated film. Disney must employ a marketing genius.

    Posted in: Disney makes it official -- 'Frozen 2' on the way

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    There seems to be a myth that central heating means heating the whole house. It doesn't!

    Most units in my UK house are kept off when rooms are not in use. Two radiators downstairs do most of the hard work.

    Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had

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    The problem of kkk labour shortage is not going away, so the sooner the authorities find a long-term solution enabling foreign workers to come and work legally with dignity, the better many will be.

    This is a weak, but commonly accepted argument. You are correct that people would prefer not to have to do KKK work if they did not have to, but this is not an excuse for letting in cheap foreign labour to allow it to be done.

    In a market economy, supply and demand tend to meet. If you are unable to fill your KKK position for 650 yen p/h, it may be that the salary is not high enough. Raise the salary and you will fill the position.

    Not many people want to clean toilets for 650 yen p/h, but they would be queuing around the block for 2000 yen p/h.

    Posted in: Thai travelers being turned away in record numbers

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    Asylum applications have risen nearly four-fold since 2010, when legal changes gave re-applicants the right to work as their claims were judged.

    Says a lot.

    Posted in: Japan accepts just 11 asylum seekers from record 5,000 applications in 2014

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    Ah_so

    once wandered around security at Frankfurt airport and found myself on the wrong side of passport control.

    I know the spot at Frankfurt. It is easily done to find yourself the wrong side of passport control. I nearly did the same last year trying to find the customer enquiry counter.

    But there is always a problem of dual purpose buildings. A friend of mine accidentally wandered from the tourist part of the UK's parliament and into the bit with the offices and MPs without having her ID checked. Years ago, but it shows the inherent weaknesses of security at these buildings.

    Posted in: Japanese tourist wanders into queen’s private rooms in Windsor Castle

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    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/business-success-based-on-crossing-your-arms-2014070488252

    This is all you need to know about business success. Something Mr Okazaki clearly knows!

    Posted in: Wealth Creation brings best motivational speakers to Japan

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    Ah_so

    There was a time when the bootlegging of live concerts was a concern. However, this is no reason to prevent the odd live picture or clip. Why people want to do it is beyond me - the quality is always so poor.

    That being said, Japan has a funny relationship with copyright and intellectual property. Japanese radio stations are about the only ones in the world not to have live streaming buttons. Want to listen to Tokyo FM but are stranded in Akita? Tough. There are apps, but these do not work abroad (no doubt the rest of the world is wailing about not being able to listen to Japanese radio!).

    There is alos the difficulty of buying Japanese stuff from Amazon - if you do not have a credit card and delivery address in Japan, it is very difficult to access goods. Same goes with Kindle books if you are not in Japqan. Never understood why, but I am sure that this is something imposed on Amazon Japan, because it does not seem to affect other Amazon countries. Can anyone enlighten me?

    Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?

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    an astonishing number of St Patrick’s Day celebrations

    Come on, astonish me.

    But St. Patrick's day is a great celebration and helps raise the profile of Ireland, which tends to get overlooked in Japan.

    I do not like the other fact that Guiness has managed to make itself a key part of the festival, as if a brand of a type of beer is integral to the concept of Irishness. It is far from the best stout in Ireland and is far too thick and creamy for most beer connoissuers and a flat taste due to pasteurization.

    Posted in: 'Jump into Ireland' at Ireland Festival 2015

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    Ah_so

    So they're going to assassinate a British citizen on the basis of.... Oh, I see no actual evidence is presented in the article on how they identified him, or how sure they are of the identification, or how sure they are that it is him in the videos, or what judge or jury heard this evidence and decided that it was sufficient to pass a death sentence (which would be illegal in the U.K. anyway).

    If he is ISIS he is already a valid target, regardless of his nationality. He is a legitimate target today just as much as he was a couple of weeks ago when he was still an anonymous fighter. Yes, now there would be particular emphasis on getting him, just as much as there has been on getting previous high profile targets who were killed in drone attacks, not following trials.

    In terms of evidence (not that any is required), there does not appear to be any doubt about his identity and there is good video evidence of the crimes being committed.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

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    Ah_so

    Yes it does, as does tea and any other hot drink. The clue is in the word 'hot'. If they are not served piping hot they cool down so quickly that you either have to gulp them down or you are soon left with a lukewarm drink, which is most unsatisfactory.

    The recommended serving temperature for coffee is around 75C to 80C, somewhat lower than tea. The burnt lap case was probably at about 90C to 95C, which is way too hot and also the difference between uncomfortably hot to having 3rd degree burns. Also, if they are served in the right cups with a lid they do not cool down so quickly.

    Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs

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