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CoffeeHulkJul. 10, 2013 - 12:36PM JST
It's currently between 30 and 33 degrees in my classrooms. I honestly can't imagine trying to make my kids do much of anything in class.
Posted in: Heatwave kills 3, hospitalises 2,500 across Japan
CoffeeHulkJan. 30, 2013 - 10:30AM JST
So rather than correcting the broken system and improving education, they're just going to try and make these kids more patriotic. Thus keeping them loyal to the party. The population remains less educated but more patriotic. That's a dangerous path.
Posted in: Gov't to review statements on wartime history, revise textbook guidelines
CoffeeHulkJan. 09, 2013 - 12:58PM JST
The official later added, "I can't wait to see my office after its refurbished with a large flat screen tv and minibar!"
Posted in: Japan to boost defense budget by more than Y180 bil
CoffeeHulkDec. 12, 2012 - 01:12PM JST
They're great at test taking, but their ability to take that knowledge and apply it in a creative, constructive way is somewhat lacking. Take for example, English. Many people here do have a large vocabulary but are unable to apply that and actually speak the language. I see many many students sleep their way through school only to study when it comes test time. They're not actually learning the subjects, they're just learning how to pass.
Unfortunately this style of teaching is starting to spread in the US. Thanks No Child Left Behind!
Posted in: East Asian students top in math, science, reading: studies
CoffeeHulkNov. 29, 2012 - 03:54PM JST
Red herring: something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.
It seems to me that countries that have real economic problems and trouble taking care of their people, always want to throw money at their military. Raise national pride but never really solve any problems. Just create more...
Posted in: Ishihara-Hashimoto party seeks bigger defense spending
CoffeeHulkNov. 26, 2012 - 03:29PM JST
Winter is coming...
Posted in: Pure white crow spotted in Shimane
CoffeeHulkNov. 24, 2012 - 08:02PM JST
Almost spilled my beer. Lucky me I had quick reflexes and was able to pick it up and continue drinking.
Posted in: M4.9 quake jolts Tokyo, Kanagawa
CoffeeHulkNov. 22, 2012 - 02:35PM JST
Only two years? That whole episode was a pretty miserable time in my life as well as many others. We did eventually get our money, but many people left the country and so it has made getting the cash back more difficult for them.
I remember in the final days we were getting faxes almost everyday saying money was coming. Most of the Japanese staff were pretty happy, but the foreigners kept telling them it was just lies.
In the end though, it did lead me to getting a better job in a better location.
Posted in: Nova founder's 2-year prison sentence upheld
CoffeeHulkNov. 20, 2012 - 10:46PM JST
Zen, who knows. Isn't interesting how the atmosphere of a place can change just by traveling a few streets over? But from what nandakandamanda is saying, looks like I could be far from the truth.
Posted in: Body of man found in Yokohama park
CoffeeHulkNov. 20, 2012 - 08:36AM JST
I'm working in Tsurumi, which is actually just down the road from Kawasaki, and I can tell you, it's a rough neighborhood. Yakuza were most likely involved.
CoffeeHulkSep. 07, 2012 - 11:07AM JST
I'm not sure what some of you guys are talking about when you say People don't know about Halloween. It's become very popular in the cities. Kawasaki has a large costume festival and there is a parade in Omotesando. I go to multiple parties each year and I don't even scratch the surface of what is offered. Sure they don't know history behind it, but the same goes for many people back home. And the same can be said for Christmas, St. Valentine's day and so on. I'm just happy I can celebrate my favorite holiday a little longer than I would in my home country.
CoffeeHulkAug. 31, 2012 - 11:03AM JST
That place is awful. Putting meerkats and groundhogs in small dirty cages and then displaying them all night is just wrong. I wonder how legal that even is...
Posted in: Animal welfare laws tightened to regulate buying and selling of young pets
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:14AM JST
Agreed. The sempai/kohai system has to go. The teachers at my daughter's junior high school use…
Posted in: 7 high school students face charges over suicide of classmate
Has anyone seen this in the news in Japan? I haven't.
Posted in: Japanese girl mauled by dogs in NZ was bitten 100 times
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:11AM JST
Should this also be in the news? do we really want to hear about her? More…
Posted in: Lady Gaga to hold first stadium concert in Japan
Mar. 08, 2014 - 11:02AM JST
Not sure how they can charge people over suicide. Assult? I get. Suicide? How?
Mar. 08, 2014 - 10:55AM JST
You have to ask why? I'm not denying her talent, but have you listened to some…