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    CraigHicks

    @sfjp330

    "According to the Institute of Medicine, between 1993 and 2003, emergency room visits in the U.S. grew by 26 percent, while in the same period, the number of emergency departments declined by 425.[15] Ambulances are frequently diverted from overcrowded emergency departments to other hospitals that may be farther away. In 2003, ambulances were diverted over a half a million times, not necessarily due to patients' inability to pay.[15]"

    Sorry the stats are a decade old. It would be nice to think things got better since then but ...

    Posted in: U.S. trade rep to visit Japan to break stalemate in TPP talks

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    Focusing on this woman's character is missing the point; both on the way up and the way down.

    Posted in: Stem cell controversy sets back Japanese science

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    @Mister Ed ... Destroy Japanese agriculture and you will destroy the already challenged countryside. "Rice" is not just about taste, it's about supporting individuals who maintain the countryside.

    Excellent point. I would venture that rural Japan has a higher birthrate than urban Japan; the countryside is also better at growing children.

    Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries?

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    @davestrousers ... Default on the government debt, and hit rock bottom ...

    That's pretty dramatic and difficult to control what happens ... could get pretty ugly. Trying to hold long term inflation at 3% using Quantitative Easing (printing money) would devalue the debt and hence open up the future. The would be losers and winners to be sure, but overall might help to keep Japan's wheels spinning.

    Posted in: What changes are needed in Japanese society to stem the falling birthrate?

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    Passage of the legislation represents a significant victory for vocal campaigners among Virginia’s 82,000 Korean-Americans, who greatly outnumber the state’s 19,000 ethnic Japanese.

    This sentence implies a rivalry, but I do not believe that such a rivalry exists, and no evidence (a poll) is provided. What would Daniel Inoue have said? (ok, he was from Hawaii not Virginia).

    Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia

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    Every questioning must be required by law to be visually and audio recorded, or nothing will change. (Self evident truth applicable worldwide).

    Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan

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    Ordinary looking enough to appear mortal and accessible, yet actually way too high level for anybody on this discussion list.

    Posted in: Ayame Goriki joins Japanese voice cast for new 'X-Men' film

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    London has long played host to political exiles of all stripes from around the world.

    It's part of Britain's long historical legacy as one of the worlds most important incubators of democracy and a fair system of law (albeit somewhat muddied by militant imperialism).

    Posted in: Britain orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood

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    The shared fuzzy warmth of the shared joke has long served as the trojan horse to carry prejudice through the city gates. This is not an over reaction, just a straightforward honest reaction. A comedian who makes a living being insensitive about others ought to be able to take the heat from the fire he starts - he'll get through it.

    Posted in: Outrage as U.S. comedian mocks Asian-Americans

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    @Fadamor

    You could argue that because Malaysia Airlines decided not to purchase the navigation option that continuously transmits the plane's position to satellites that its decision has hindered locating the aircraft, but that would only have been of use AFTER the plane crashed and had nothing to do with CAUSING "the disaster of Flight MH370

    Quite so, and not only that, the technology exists to transmit transmit to "the cloud" (no pun intended) all the info that gets stored in the black box, so that even if the black box gets lost, the cause COULD be known. And it wouldn't be difficult to add into the realtime transmission a cockpit audio/video which would show if someone unexpected had entered the cockpit. Of course to get it done "right" wouldn't be cheap, so in this day and age of razor thin airline profit margins (or enormous deficits) its not going to be a popular idea with the airlines.

    Posted in: Storms ground MH370 search after new debris sighting

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    The goal is to nurture a country in turmoil through a difficult period to stability; it is questionable whether raising the price of life essential commodities by 50% would work towards that goal. Especially in exchange for pouring billions through a new and unstable government where a lot of it might just get siphoned off. IMF thinking may be too narrow here.

    Posted in: Ukraine to hike gas rates by 50% for IMF loan

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    Although as a taxi driver I once made over $200 in tips driving in Boston on New Years Eve, the warmest tip I ever got was after unloading and carrying a very old ladies groceries up a lot of stairs to her front door: she smiled, thanked me, and gave me a dime. I felt good and so did she.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants in New York introduce ban on tipping

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    Compare to US airlines such as United where the stewardesses are treated as normal people and allowed to grow old with dignity and keep their jobs. That's something I find very "attractive".

    Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines

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    Although a majority of the Crimean population is currently ethnic Russian, it shouldn't be forgotten that in 1944 a number of non-Russian ethnic groups were deported from the Crimea to Central Asia by Stalin; about half of the Crimean Tartars deported died of starvation and disease.

    Posted in: Kerry, Merkel warn Russia not to annex Crimea

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    The best tribute to the Kamikaze spirit I have have seen was in the original San-cho-me-no-yuuhi comic series (from which the movie was inspried). Two best friends were both to be Kamikaze pilots, one went and completed his mission but before the other friend could take off the war ended. The survivor spent years nurturing a guilt complex while he was working as a taxi driver. Finally one day he had a near miss with a truck and drove off the elevated highway into a billboard sign; which just happened to be an ad for a war movie with a picture of a kamikaze pilot flying into a US ship. He spent a long time in hospital recovering but finally was able to escape from his guilt complex. I think that episode could be in a peace museum because humor is the best medicine of all.

    Posted in: China angered by Japan's U.N. bid for kamikaze pilot letters

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    ClippetyClopFEB ... I've climbed it 27 times so I'm registering my ass as being owned by Mt Fuji

    Wow. Many kudo's to you; I had thought my 7 times was an accomplishment but not any more.

    Climbing at night you can't see anything on the way up; but the sunrise is FANTASTIC if you are not shrouded in clouds and being rained and snowed on.

    Posted in: Who owns Mt Fuji? The answer will probably surprise (and confuse) you

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    If these game animals are living around humans I would be a little worried if the boars are eating out of garbage dumps, or the deer are eating plants covered with herbicides/pesticides. On the other hand I know that factory farmed pigs will be fed mountains of out of date bread still wrapped in plastic, so maybe it's no worse.

    Posted in: 4 Okayama schools serving wild boar, deer as part of lunch program

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    82,000 Korean Americans in a state of 8,200,000 makes 1% of the vote. And if it's an emotive topic, it will bring turnout to the polls. It costs nothing, offends almost no voters, yet can garner enough votes to win a swing election. I think if you said Koreans were selling their ethnic block vote for colored glass beads it would be about right.

    Japan’s campaign has included warnings that Japanese investment in Virginia could be hurt by a negative outcome

    Ineffective, probably untrue, and leaves a bad smell.

    Posted in: Virginia vote on Sea of Japan hands victory to South Koreans

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    Toru Hashimoto father was a yakuza who died when Hashimoto (then Hashishita) was about 8. After his fathers death, Hashimoto's mother changed (the reading of) the family name from "Hashishita" to "Hasimoto" because "Hashishita" is a Burakumin name. (There is a strong correlation between Burakumin and Yakuza). So we see that Hashimoto is both very personally associated to the Yakuza, and that escaping from that association has been a very strong part of his life and upbringing. In many ways succeeded in his escape by professionally by becoming a lawyer, media celebrity, and politician. On the other hand, in terms of his personality he has obviously not left his roots completely behind.

    To say his anti-Yakuza stance and exaggerated dislike and attack on tatoos is merely based on "authoritarianism" is incorrect. His attack on tatoos is deeply connected with his own life story, and his relationship with his father, who probably (almost definitely) had tatoos.

    Before you give me a thumbs down, I just think it is important to understand his background and where his popularity comes from, and the background behind his mentality regarding the tatoos ban.

    Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos

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    There is a world of difference between adults hard bargaining for resources and feeding these poison apples to kids.

    Posted in: Japan revises teaching manuals, says disputed islands its territory

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