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    Cos

    It's true many articles are about policemen/ cvil servants and teachers. Schoolteachers, for their antics at work and in private. And the uni professors/economists are apparently often caught doing under-skirt photography. That could be the media report it more systematically about professions that are supposed to have a higher level of morality. We read less about guys harassing hostesses, but that happens too. My guess is 80% of cases are about sararimen that drink too much, but that would be boring to report 5 identical cases in news everyday.

    he was 'good at' kendo in high school! I mean, will that make him a good police officer?

    That would be a good start. Cops need to be fit. And kendo normally brings some ethic too. That's not as if he wanted to do the job because they are good at maj jong and they want to tour the bars at night...

    Posted in: Which profession in Japan seems to be in the news the most due to deviant or unlawful sexual behavior by its members?

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    they want to create a gender-free utopia where mom can go to work and dad can take care of the kids

    The utopia is imagining those kids everywhere. 3/4 of working age J-people don't have any. The 1/4 still have a problem with childcare and fathers not getting enough possibilities to take time for them (whether women work or not). The whole system has become inefficient. Reforms are overdue.

    has anyone asked the housewives if they want to work? I'm around them all the time,

    I've been around a lot more... and I was not limiting to the 5% wealthy idle ones... Note that most of those are thinking they are too busy for work with their activities. And well, if economy is booming, these 5% will become again 20% as they were during the bubble. But most women (like 60 to 80% depending of places) want to WORK instead of what they are doing now. You think they just watch TV and do hobbies all day ? Not really, they are baito-ing for peanuts between house chores or they doing the nurse for elderly. I mean it's a total waste that women that studied, worked several years in a field and they are then ending up doing unqualified tasks or struggling with the family's elderly. Japanese companies need the skills of these women. Break the vicious circle,

    The heads of Japanese business will continue their approach of having major corporations staffed by inefficient males who...

    Exactly. They complain about the lack of English fluency of employees, but I've known thousands of women very fluent in English, often with another European or Asian language, computer literate, with other skills (not ikebana, but law, accountancy, technical skills...). They are totally able to take a job in a company. They'd do the necessary retraining and many have taken courses in hope of getting a shigoto. They can't get one. So Monday, Mrs Tanaka is preparing and taking the Alzheimer mother-in-law to the clinic, then they'll try to go shopping for stuff to sew an apron for the kid or for the dog. It's a hell as she doesn't know what to do of that MIL. She'll iron the husband's shirts and prepare him a dinner (both chores she hates but does to save a few hundred yen/day, to compensate her lack of income). The worst thing is he won't eat at home as he'll finish too late and he'll have to eat a sandwich at his desk. Why late again ? Because his office needs one more employee, someone like his wife. OK, someone has to take care of crazy granny, but that's a job that requires specific skills different from those of most housewives, and also you have to work in team, with specific equipment, facilities. So the country needs training more professional nurses (Japanese and foreigners) and more managers of elderly facilities/services.

    Posted in: IMF's Lagarde urges Japan to increase women's participation in work force

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    upset some members in the U.S. Congress and media.

    It's sad these people are so idle that they find nothing better to do in their work hours.

    Posted in: U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Emperor Akihito in Tokyo on April 24. Last time Obama met the emperor in Japan, in 2009, he shook hands and bowed, which upset some members in the U.S. Congress and media. Do you see anything wrong with him bowing to the emperor?

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    Haruko Obokata, 30, was admitted to hospital on Monday because her “mental and physical condition is unstable”,

    That's what they said about Camille Claudel.

    . if plagiarism or any other serious misconduct are found, Waseda is going

    Whatever, they'll make sure they don't find anything except against 1 or 2 persons they wanted to get rid of anyway.

    already come to light that 20 pages of her doctoral thesis were copied-and-pasted directly from a US government site.

    20 pages out of thousands ? She's just forgot the source of a quote. These days plagiarism (and they catch many) is about peeps that take hundreds of pages, if not the whole thesis. I don't say she is angel. I can believe she kind of cheated. But, that can't be as much as they all say now, I really think she is getting more trouble than usual because of her coworkers that apparently never accepted her. Otherwise, if she was one of them, fraud or not, they'd let her the benefit of doubt, just like they did with thousands of scientists that published stuff that could never be duplicated and just said "ooops, I published that a bit quickly...". In the worst case, they are told to leave the team of famous sensei and go to work in a third rank uni. And what is unfair is she has not got a yen, while it's likely most of her mentors "arrange" their results to please sponsors that fund their labs (even unis) and may even give them bribes. She should have said she could prove hunting whales was scientific or that pickled sakura could prevent all illnesses if you ate one per day all your life.

    Posted in: Obokata to leave hospital to fight data fabrication claims

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    She'll be lucky to get a tutoring position at Kumon.

    She doesn't need a baito, she has the talent to become a Prime Minister.

    With all those involved at RIKEN and only Obokata is reponsible?

    I agree, she has not published the discovery on her twitter, they knew she was going to drop that bomb and they had the option of delaying the publication to check her work before. They have instead given her the green light so she could get her 15 minutes of worldwide fame and then public ridiculing.... I don't know what they were thinking, but they have used her.

    Posted in: RIKEN says stem cell research was falsified

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    Meanwhile, every year, they are thousands of rolls of 1 man notes that vanish from the budget of every major public project in Japan. Why are they not checking that sh*t instead ?

    taxes

    Precisely, as a taxpayer I don't want to pay useless salaries for idiots that spend the day counting tissues that cost 1 yen per taxpayer in a lifetime...

    Posted in: Tokushima City wages war on toilet paper bandits as 900 rolls go missing from public restrooms

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    Cos

    Osaka’s casual snack food, and the Dōtombori Arcade is...

    The biggest tourist trap in Asia.

    Posted in: Unusual dining in Osaka

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    Cos

    Go to bed at 8 p.m. ? That's really becoming a country exclusively for grandpas. I can understand the need of regulating excesses (the space war is ridiculous, organize a reservation system like for the tennis court). It's normal to try keeping neighborhoods quiet... most of the time. But... If they can't even make an exception to the curfew of hanami or the odd festival/matsuri... Then, they want to host the Olympics ? The recent excessive regulations is simply making partying impossible. No more music, no more dancing, no more gathering on the beach... Roughly, what is left ? Shochu bars and soaplands.

    Posted in: Unattended tarps will be removed and parties should end by 8 p.m.

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    Cos

    What he hopes is many local shops get out of business, so he can recuperate the market share.

    maybe some companies cheat and don't do sales tax

    Maybe ? It's Amazon's specialty and the reason they are at war with tax services of a number of countries. But I don't think Rakuten can escape the law when they sell to Japanese customers from shops in Japan.

    Posted in: The percentage of online shopping will grow and accordingly, I'm hoping that it will increase our absolute transaction volume. This may be a turning point for online shopping industry in Japan.

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    Why get married if you believe in the notion of 'living your own life.'

    It's a tweet to her fans. That means : "My private life is not your business". Not clear enough ? She considers she doesn't need to let you know why she got married and why she divorces and she doesn't need to explain why she put her career on the back burner.

    Posted in: Miho Nakayama reportedly to get divorce after 12 years

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    developers say is modeled on Paris’ Champs-Elysees.

    Dunno what they smoke. Can we get some ? Omotesando has already the cloned line up of luxury shops of the Champs.

    Posted in: Street modeled on Champs-Elysees opens in Tokyo

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    12 years is a long stint for a celeb marriage.

    He wanted a trophy wife

    Why not she a "trophy hubby" ?

    she wanted a husband who was in a position to further her career she got to act the role of dam to his child.

    Your weird interpretation. She already had 2 decades as one of the most successful singer and actress in Japan. No way she counted on the professional connection of a guy much less known than herself. To boost her career, she would have married someone really famous abroad. It seems the 2 agreed well on their semi-retirement as Parisian bobos and on having a child after several years of marriage. Then, they are the kind of people that can afford all the help available whenever they find childcare a burden.

    Posted in: Miho Nakayama reportedly to get divorce after 12 years

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    It was obviously an accident and they do happen at any work site in the world,

    Could be. But given the abominable record of the company, it's not exaggerated to ask if they had the necessity safety equipment and measures for this task.

    there but blaming TEPCO for this seems a bit unfair

    It's 300% their responsibility. It's TEPCO's worksite, the person worked for their benefit, so responsibility is normal. Besides, the work was necessary due to their wrongdoings. And they don't even have the decency of contracting directly their workers nor send their regular employees. You can bet they have not provided these temp workers with the necessary insurances for high risk situations. And as usual that company will pay nothing or just pennies to the relatives of the victim.

    Posted in: Fukushima worker dies after being buried in rubble

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    Is Hong Kong digested and consumed by china?

    Already 30% digested. And that's precisely what the youth in Taipei are fearing. Becoming the next HK, or the next Ukraine, or the next Tibet.

    Trying to draw parallels with Hong Kong is just a mistake. Taiwan is and always has been in a far stronger position than that,

    Or the contrary... I mean Hong-Kong was British and still gets the UK support. That protects them, as even if they are really big and could invade in one afternoon, China can't afford offending the Europeans and will never do any big abuse there (small ones, they do on a daily basis). Taiwan is alone on earth, the US, Japanese and European supports are very informal. If they get invaded tomorrow, Wednesday, Abe and Obama will announce they will slap China on the tip of the their fingers.

    The PRC does not claim the Korean peninsula as part of its sovereign territory

    Not recently... But well, I think that's where Taiwan should go back. 19th century situation, when China "protected" Korea and then Japan "protected Korea and Taiwan". Today's Japan is not into colonization. But both Taiwan and Japan would beneficiate of a solid bilateral treaty. And Koreas too, just like all other small countries in the area. I mean they should forget the dispute over war memories. The current problem is China, its lunatic regime (that is not all bad, but not reliable) and its gigantic size. They can eat any country in one bite. But facing a union of country, they'd have to behave.

    Posted in: Taiwanese police use water cannon on protesters to retake gov't HQ

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    Megumi Yokota ... may know its secrets—which possibly explains why the regime is refusing to let her go.

    Or she is a super-hero that lost the power to take back her human appearance ? We know what that regime does with ppl they don't trust anymore. I have no idea what happened to her, but well, I doubt they have had her alive in NK since the time they gave back the other hostages. Otherwise they could show her in a video or make her write a letter to say she wants to stay there and not hear from Japan again.

    Posted in: Yokotas call meeting with grandchild 'miraculous'

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    "Authorities" necessarily say all that they know ? Either the plane dislocated and really nobody knows where... or it went somewhere on this planet, and there are necessarily people that saw it pass over their territory if it kept flying 7 hours as they say.

    Authorities say there were no phone calls, ....after it was apparently diverted.

    And before there were any ? At night, a plane can possibly change of route without passengers or crew noticing anything weird... for a while (not more than 2 hours in this case, as after they would wonder why they are not arriving yet !). That would be if the pilots diverted it. But why would they do that ?

    Posted in: Why do you think that passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines plane didn't make mobile phone calls when they realized something was wrong? Authorities say there were no phone calls, Twitter or Weibo postings, Instagram photos or any other communication from anyone aboard the aircraft after it was apparently diverted. Any theories?

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    Cos

    Yes, Parmesan is a bad example. That never was the name of an Italian cheese. That's a French word that doesn't correspond to any French cheese, so you can sell paper paste whatever. Now that's true that Americans make a use of actual foreign brands that are abusive. Try to invent a drink made of daikon juice and sell it under the name "Coca Cola" , design red packages, and call your company Georgia America K.K.... Copy-cat ? No, no, that's all the contrary, it's because the US Coke is such an inspiration that we insist on the references to our idol ! Even if you sell it only outside the US, and they will unleash their pittbull lawyers over brands, copyrights, whatsnot.

    International Patent law and it has all been pro-U.S. stuff.

    Exactly. I don't get why they are surprised to see others imitating their policies. Surely the Europeans have hired a herd of mercenary US patent experts...

    I love capitalism free market

    The others too, so why couldn't we have a Japanese "Coca-Cola" if they can have American "Brie", American "Neufchatel", countless cases where they just stole an established foreign brand to sell their own crap ? And why does the US bans imports of European real cheeses like Casu Marzu and good old black Brie ? Stop the double standard. Make it free market for everybody.

    Posted in: Europe wants its Parmesan back; seeks name change

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    I am my own boss.

    You're that guy in Cuba or the one in North Korea ?

    The only limits I have are determined by my willpower

    So you don't need customers, that's the advantage of being a commie dictator. Wonderful, because for the other entrepreneurs and business owners, this pest (the market !) is a capricious boss. Make most those potential clients poorer of just 3%, or simply depress them with Abenomics, and the marketplace gets deserted.

    i'm one of the innovators helping Japan recover and grow.

    At best, you're just grabbing a bigger share of the cake, while the Japanese cake gets smaller.

    Posted in: Taxzilla's coming! What to do?

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    , if EVERYONE on the streets of Tokyo was vaping, would I no longer be threatened by their thoughtless clouds of cancerous chemicals?

    We'd be 99% less threatened. Smokers and non-smokers, everybody benefits if e-cigs replaces classic cigs. Only ciggy industry is threatened. By bankruptcy. So they use the 1% of remaining nuisance to lobby against it.

    How is the second hand "vapor" on this stuff?

    It's mostly vapor, which means water. That's comparable to using after-shave or perfume. That could affect allergic people if they are too close, so certainly vaping shouldn't be allowed in hospitals, trains, schools, etc. Smoking generates smoke with lots of toxic dust, that stays hours suspended in the air, and even weeks deposited in the room, on clothes, bedsheets.

    Posted in: E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors?

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    Cos

    32.3 millions is slightly more than 15.9 millions. Now I wonder how they count people, how they know who is a tourist and who is not, who visits or who just passes through the transport hub (even more the case for Bangkok). I've heard that the biggest Parisian tourist trap got a very bad 2013 year, losing more than 1 million visitors compared to 2012.

    Posted in: Paris still the world's No.1 tourist destination

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