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    “always acted in the interest of the country and in accordance with the law.”

    And she believes it. All the rotten banks in the US, UK, etc, have saved under the same mantra... and all the small people that lose their shop in Greece or their house in America are just let down. The "interest of a country", according to the IMF is the interest of the 1%.

    Where will it all end?

    When IMF rule ends. What Lagarde did in that case is not different from what she does day after day as her job.

    Posted in: IMF chief Lagarde charged in French corruption case

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    This has less to do with the economy and more to do with changing infrastructures .

    It's a fact. Let's say 20 yrs ago, the shopping malls and 24/24 supers were not there yet, the shotengai was the market where everybody would shop. In Osaka, most shotengai, except the touristic ones, have become just for elderly, both owners are grandpas that started in the 50's and 60's and should retire, but they want to keep the shop open to get something to do of their days, and the few customers are their buddies that visit more to chat than to buy. Many rest on Sundays, open later, close earlier, open irregularly. The new centers have taken most of the business from shotengais and depatos. And even the quality food shops, like nice bakeries have moved out of shotengais to be independent and avoid the "community"... well, you know how a shotengai works. The station galleries are having problems too it seems.

    Several of my favourite shopping streets in Osaka and neighboring prefectures are full of shutters,

    Your fav's of the 90's, it's pre-history. But you've haven't seen Costco, the farmer's market or Tennoji Q's shopping mall that empty ? I don't think so. That will come and too soon, but not yet. The wheel turns, and Japan tends to have shift of "trendy" areas much quicker than European countries. That doesn't mean business is good, just that shops moves instead on renovating on the same location.

    I'm actually really surprised to see that so many people refuse to believe that this is real

    I can believe it's real, I can't believe that means much. Most shotengais died between years 1995 and 2005. Photos like this one are no longer a sign of anything. That said, I am not surprise the volume of sales of everything are still dropping in Japan. I would not believe if you said the contrary. Who would buy ?

    Posted in: Business is bad

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    Almost everything his company sells is a processed food,

    Exactly. Kombini junk, with one or two zero added on the price tag.

    Well, for example, I eat almonds. One could choose almond milk,

    And one can make it from these almonds. That takes 1 minute of your time with basic equipment.

    It may be organic,

    Unlikely because the liquid contains additives for preservation and it sits months in a package that progressively releases chemicals that are not in the organic range.

    rather than giving consumers what they want which is safe, healthy food grown in ways that don't harm people or the planet?

    I think carrying useless tons and tons of water infused with token amounts of organic produce is harming the planet. And evidence are accumulating to demonstrate how drinking from those packs day after day is detrimental to people's health.

    but that's a band-aid that mostly serves to make the consumer feel better about his purchase.

    Exactly. They are really selling to super snobs. There is a market of nonsense hipsters in Japan, but with less and less means.

    So I gather you only eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and nothing which comes out of a bottle or carton?

    That could be. But no. I buy oil and few products in (preferably glass) bottle. There is a huge middle way between eating only fresh local organic produce and stupidly wasting money on products like the first and only I checked on this site : "Peruvian coffee". It's the ground coffee with long shelf life (translation : stale coffee, beans are good within an hour after grinding and within 10 days after roasting). Oh that's a brand I know, as we can get it for 3~4 euros in French supermarkets (which is expensive since non-organic equivalent is 0.5~2 euros). Here it's priced as :

    exceptional organic food

    Take a seat : about 1300 yen ! For 250 g, that means over 5000 yen per kg. For the price, you could get freshly roasted Blue Mountain, here it's just old stale Peru robusta. That gets expensive just because the beans have a stylish French label retranslated in Japanese and the product traveled all the way over the world... And you will say :

    I actually prefer [that crap] to any Japanese version,

    That demonstrates that all you know about Japan is Lawson and Aeon and you've never been to one of the many coffee roaster's. And we can take 90% of the offer of this shop and get to the same conclusion.

    Posted in: Organic food movement in Japan progressing slowly

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    met a group of junior high school girls at a school festival..... He joined the girls’ chat group

    He got their contact from the school ? Already creepy at that point.

    Posted in: Osaka assemblyman in hot water for intimidating children via Line app

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    Oh, they had got consent the other times ?

    Posted in: We would never consider dumping the water into the ocean unless we received the consent of local residents.

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    2,843 people

    ... that he poisoned and could have killed... and he gets a couple of days per victim. If I was a victim I'd feel insulted.

    So what punishment was given to this company

    They've lost a brand, a year of marketing campaign...and of course, they not were punished by justice, only by the market as the shops dropped them, Still harsher than what got TEPCO,

    taint frozen food products such as pizzas and croquettes, four times... often complain about low wages

    I hope doctors will check his head at the end of his jail stint, Otherwise next time he gets something to complain about, he may step up and cut heads..

    Posted in: Ex-plant worker jailed for 42 months for tainting frozen food

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    A lot of habits of everyday life can change. The easiest ones : Shops like macdo and starbucks could disappear... unless they learn how to clean vessels instead of wasting so much single use paper/plastic cups and box for food/drinks that is not taken away. Then for take out, as many customers go there (and to supermarkets/kombinis) all the time to get exactly the same products, refilling containers should be made possible and encouraged. More vending machines could pour drinks into a cup and let the option of refilling your own container. There are already water fountains in parks, there could be some in busy streets and shopping centers. When you buy a 80 g super-phone, you should get out of the shop with only the device and accessories (and a box/bag only if you ask one) instead of getting 2 kg of explanation booklets in 20 languages (unless you want the booklets... but at this point, you have to bargain to refuse them). Single use shopping bags and double/triple packaging can be reduced greatly. Cardboard to deliver merchandises and big stuff like furniture should be taken back by delivery companies and sent back to be reused (we did that no so long ago). Printed paper and magazines should get a surtax so more people switch to electronic version.

    just about every major supermarket has refillable bottles available,

    In what country ? Not at all the case in Japan. Some wholesalers deliver drinks by boxes of 24 bottles propose a few choices (like beer or beer or even beer) in refillable glass bottles. For coops that deliver milk, you need to sign to get it delivered twice a week for months. Big globes of water for office fountains are also on inconvenient subscription deals. That's really limited. The refillable glass bottles for wine/beer/milk/soft drinks, what we had in the 70's, they could come back into supermarkets.

    begin selling in larger portions per package so a family of four does not have to buy 4 or 5 packages of ground meat....all products come in one serving packages.

    Not the case. You seem to be a newbie and/or you are feeding a family of whales... I never got a problem to buy packs of 5 kg of ground meat to make lasagna for a party, or just 50 grams for myself. That's not in the same shop. Nearly all butchers and big supermarkets sell meat in larger amounts, they propose whole fishes, half a salmon, whole watermelons, cans of 10 liters of oil, etc. And if that's not big enough, you can order easily (an acquaintance orders whole lambs, that just an email or a phone call, and at his door the next morning...). Then you get the Costco and such everywhere now. But yes, the local stores cater mostly to people buying individual portions and they have to keep doing it as that reduces waste, because most people cook for 1 or 2 (in European cities they do too, but we can't easily buy small amounts so a lot gets bad and is thrown away at home...). Pick the right supplier to minimize your packaging.

    make people PAY to have their garbage collected.

    That's already the case. Most people prefer paying the few yen more per item to get useless bags and to throw away everything so others will clean. They use it as an excuse "oh, I pay so I don't need to make other efforts..." @Yubaru, recycling is better than accumulating garbage, but that uses energy and water so that's still a waste. I'm thinking about the towel/spoon sets, catalogs, leaflets, fancy over packaging... that go into recycling without even being useful. Pure waste. People also use it as an excuse so they feel it's OK to throw 12 cans a day.

    why do so many people buy water here?

    You know well that everybody, every company, every store, all Japan has to keep an earthquake stock. And these bottles have to be renewed every year at least for PET bottles (that release too much bisphenol and such over the time). For the purpose glass bottles don't work. They could get metallic water canteens, but refilling with tap water is not great.

    if Japanese tap water is so incredibly clean, safe, and delicious

    That's impressive compared to water they are now getting in Gaza. But in first world context, it's average. Depending on where you live, there may be chemical stuff from the nearby plants (or damaged nuke power stations), rice paddies... It's not delicious everywhere and it either lacks some minerals or purity. For instance, it's not suitable to prepare good teas. Then, do you really go to drink in the toilet from the station in case you're away from home and thirsty ? Repeating it : I think there could be refill options at all levels.

    Posted in: What suggestions do you have for reducing the amount of garbage that gets thrown out each day?

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    PEople have been giving me a barrage of warning about Japan's "Imminent" collapse for a couple of decades now. One teeny problem: their predictions never come true. Never. Ever.

    Japan DID collapse. It's not a prediction.

    Posted in: Japan is a developed nation with the numerous problems resulting from a mature society, including a stagnant birthrate, aging population and financial stringency. If Japan can be the first in the world to solve these problems, that would be extremely 'cool.' I believe Japan can provide new solutions for future generations in the world.

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    Some doctors said most people would get better within a week or two whatever treatment they tried.

    If I hear that on the phone, that's OK for me, I don't go to bother a doc and a pharmacist. But,,,

    said it was too early to give up on acetaminophen

    ...that's lost business for them. In other words : "Gullible consumer, keep buying until the next hyped placebo arrives on the shelves...". That's not that I don't believe in modern medicine and its great advances, but let's be real, 1/3 to 2/3 of doctor advice and prescriptions are just theater and they make people waste a lot of money on useless treatments.

    Posted in: Bad back? Acetaminophen may not work. Try exercise

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    Knowing her name would bring nothing. The girl if she did it, or the other person if it's not her, is a dangerous freak. I don't know if rehabilitation is ever possible. What will the system do of her ? A few years of juvenile jail then set free or lifelong psychiatric internment ?

    Who knows how many 15 year olds have their own apartments in J-land.

    Not many. But I agree that's not the problem.

    Posted in: 16-year-old girl arrested for beheading classmate in Sasebo

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    Maybe hes not a stranger, which is a common thing.

    Exactly. People talking to kids are not necessarily strangers... and people harming kids are even more likely to be close acquaintances than unknown "weird guys in weird cars". I hope the girl is fine and only went on some Summer holidays in advance... meanwhile if I were the police, I'd investigate in all directions, including the family and the mother.

    Posted in: Missing girl's mother consulted police about same suspicious car in May

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    Question??????????? Are the Yokotas in denial

    Short answer : yes.

    why is it so hard to write or say in print the "grand daughter of the Yokotas"?

    During a decade, the Yokota's PR team was demanding that. But well, these people are suffering, they have the right to be irrational, to reject their grand-kid, to change their mind, to eat sushi every Saturday...just that's boring news. But the attitude of Japanese media and officials is silly. Thousands were lost in the sea after the tsunami... and the successive governments feel the need to concentrate their energy on "13 ... kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s".

    the issue has been a major stumbling block in normalizing ties between the two countries.

    A pretext. Japan, stop the circus, just say you don't want to normalize ties. Nobody will blame you for not dealing with this insane regime.

    Posted in: N Korean daughter of Japanese abductee could visit Japan this year

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    Cos

    Get your computer and phone's content scanned for free.

    Posted in: Free Wi-Fi approved for New York City's airports

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    Obama could even join 21st century. Maternal leave is obsolete. Now, modern companies have a parental leave plan, it's an insurance system that allows mothers or fathers to get several months of paid leave whenever they have a new child (by birth or adoption). That's in addition to having sick leave covered by health insurance, for all the medical care that a pregnancy may entail, and sick child leave in case the kid requires special cares.

    We don't have the funds for it.

    That could have been said about slavery. Plantation owners had surely not the funds to pay the workers.

    Posted in: Obama says U.S. should offer paid maternity leave

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    Like all extreme positions Kondo is wrong.

    He is not as extreme as the article suggests. For his books, he has researched which types of cancers could be treated with positive results and those for whom there is no amelioration with a heavy treatment, and those where you tend to survive a little longer and with less pain without the heavy therapy. He does recommends treatment in the first case. What he criticizes is that most doctors prescribe everything available even when it's useless. And recently, the trend is increasing as they do more high tech screenings, so when they find something that might someday become suspect, they treat it "just in case" and put the person on lifelong cancer-stopping drugs... but as it's ineffective, mortality rate is not lowered. For instance prostate cancer, they've done more early ops, and many more men where left impotent earlier... but not living longer. And in Japan, not only patients get no health improvement, but they pay a lot (the 30% of a cancer treatment can ruin a family) and the social security pays a lot. I've seen that with acquaintances. Roughly, the doc was afraid to say "I don't know any effective treatments for your case...." because the guy was very optimistic, not at all aware of his poor chances. So he prescribed operations, radiotherapy, chemo... Later, the patient was in palliative care in hospital, after months of tiring treatments that he did in addition of his work, so the family asked to the doctor : "So now that's the end ?...OK. And 6 months ago, you thought the treatments could work ? -Er... er... er...Well, we never know... but...but... but, you wanted to try, no ?" . The truth is they didn't know the real situation so they couldn't have an opinion. The doctor has decided for them, and particularly for the patient that might have preferred spending his last months taking a big holiday and doing whatever he liked with the help of painkillers. For instance, as he was "in treatment", his son postponed his wedding of a year to let time to his dad to recover . Had they known, he'd have advanced the party. A while ago, the doctors wouldn't let you know you had cancer, you were just told to get a series of treatments and someday, oh surprise, you had everybody around your bed crying and : curtain ! That's nearly the same.

    noone wants to lose a child to cancer and even a few extra months would be precious.

    Months of life or months of torture ? There was the really heartbreaking case of a little British girl, maybe she was 9. She went through very heavy treatment. Unfortunately, with no success, so a few months later, doctors wanted her to do it all again. She had made a petition to be allowed to not go to hospital again and wait for death at home with family and friends around her.

    The same logic applies to pets.

    No. One thing is your pet is not able to discuss it with the vet.

    Posted in: How to treat pet cancer: Do nothing, says one doctor

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    Without government intervention, how else would young couples know that starving children could lead to severe malnutrition, or in this case, death?

    There is compulsory education. The 2 KNEW well they had to feed the kids, and even give them extended care, be with them 24/24 or ask someone else to relay. Like the guys that rob a bank know well that's not legal.

    A knock on the door asking if they can help is too much bother?

    Easy to say. We don't know the background of the family. There are neighbors you just avoid for your own safety. Besides, as others said, some babies cry a lot, often... and they cry the same way for colics and growing teeth or for being left starving, and the cries from this flat were probably nothing unusual. You wouldn't go to check your next door every night.

    Posted in: 21-yr-old mother, friend arrested for starving baby son to death

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    What does "girlfriend" mean here?

    It's written it's the mother's "domestic partner". Whatever their relations, that was an adult living in the house, and she has let the kids starve too.

    Posted in: 21-yr-old mother, friend arrested for starving baby son to death

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    between the ages of 22 and 39

    Isn't the list the same as the ranking of fav dishes of primary school kids that we saw recently ?

    Posted in: 10 dishes Japanese men want their girlfriends to cook for them

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    Not all gaijin play the language clown. I know I certainly didn't.

    Well, that's not given to everybody to be a circus artist. That doesn't matter, that's not how you do your work. That's the situation before you step in... and it's still there after you, if you refuse to sing the song, they replace you by the next "clown" . Or did you succeed in making j-edu and the Monkasho change in anything ? You know well that Rola could be at the Diet and they'd take her for a clown, whatever she'd do and say, while they treat with respect Aso, Abe, and all the real jokes in that clique. I can't blame her for playing the girlie card to make a living in geinnokai. You said she could do something else ? Yes, as I said she could sew the clothes 12 hours a day. That would be wonderful if she could reverse the stereotype and make the show biz change.

    Posted in: Rola looking for boyfriend: 'That’s why I dress in skimpy outfits'

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