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    ReformedBasherSep. 30, 2014 - 03:25PM JST Where do you work? I might have a beef with some employees at time, or vice versa, but except for real bad cases, we work together to get work done. Been like that at most places I've worked at, here or anywhere else.

    You obviously don't work in a typical Japanese office. I've seen them. No personal space, no partitions to limit sound, florescent lighting, everyone watching you all the time, boss siting with visibility of the whole room so even if you've finished your work you can't relax for a moment, and there are 40 other people in the room ... at least one of whom you'll find has an irritating tic, like clearing their throat or clicking their pen, or any of a hundred other things that seems okay on day 1, but by day 1001 has you ready to rip their throat out... except in Japan you're not ALLOWED to just walk over and say, "Hey, Tako-kun, could you please stop clicking that pen, it is really distracting", because the emphasis on harmony in Japanese business culture means that Tako-kun should have picked up on the subtle hints (like people hiding all his pens, and glaring daggers at him - but some people are KY - they don't pick up on hints, subtle or otherwise)... and if you make it an issue YOU'RE the bad guy, because you're disrupting the harmony by bringing the issue up.

    Of course as a foreigner you were probably the KY person, the person who didn't notice you were a pariah for asking that person not to bring natto for lunch every day because it made you want to barf, but in an entirely Japanese office the dynamic is very different, and very, very toxic.

    Its almost as if someone went down a list and ticked EVERY SINGLE box on the "How to make a toxic, unproductive workplace" list.

    Posted in: Do you think teleworking will gain wide acceptance in Japan?

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    NovenachamaSep. 29, 2014 - 10:32AM JST Telework or working from home is not for every employee

    Agreed, but it would cover more than 50% of the jobs in most Japanese workplaces.

    and especially when you consider that interpersonal relationships are so important in the business culture of Japan.

    Thank you for making me laugh. Have you been in a Japanese office recently? People rarely talk to each other and they're emotional hotboxes, with everyone sitting on top of each other and often just one wrong comment away from someone snapping and blood on the walls.... which is probably why silence is golden.

    Most people want to meet live because it's the only way to establish trust, read the signals and non-verbal cues that are offered by everyone in all conversations, exchange emotions and passions, and grasp whatever tacit understandings are on offer.

    ... so you're saying that Japanese communication is so poor that they cannot communicate effectively without the advantage of body language? I disagree. I communicate regularly with my colleagues by email and there are very rarely misunderstandings.

    When one is not present, one can't bond or make any rooted connections with others which can produce some pretty negative results for ones career. No executive ever got where he or she is by telecommuting or working exclusively from home. It is not a viable road for anyone's advancement.

    You do understand that advancement in Japan is pretty much solely on the basis of attendance and seniority. That's it. And your suggestion that brown-nosing SHOULD be the model for career progression... well, that is ridiculous.

    Bring on tele-commuting! Stop the brown-nosing!

    Posted in: Do you think teleworking will gain wide acceptance in Japan?

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    jeff198527Sep. 28, 2014 - 07:05AM JST I honestly don't know what will defeat radical Islam? How do you fight IEDs and suicide bombers with a conventional army? How do you destroy an idea or a belief system?

    You can't.

    And here's the kicker, I think that the US Army generals know this very well, after all this is their area of expertise. Therefore the question becomes, "Why are they doing this if they know it'll do nothing except create more bloodshed and suffering at the cost of their own citizen's lives?".

    I think we all know the answer.

    Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?

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    1. Offer free state-funded funding for those who want help controlling their attraction to children, because:

    a. It stops the crime BEFORE it happens and BEFORE a child is scarred for life (trials in Germany and Canada have shown this)

    b. It costs a lot less than prison time, which results in a net decrease on the burden on society

    c. It sends a message that the person isn't evil, but the act is evil (i.e. they're pedophiles ... not so great, but rather than telling them they're automatically evil and therefore entitled to act in an evil way let's focus on treating them like people with a problem and help them to control the problem)

    d. When a child does go missing the police can get a list of likely suspects in a rush and do a quick check on those people first. I'm not talking about victimising these people, but they would have to accept this as a condition of the counseling and know that if a kid went missing they and everyone in their counseling group would be questioned. This would actually help them to watch each other.

    1. Start requiring "proof of age" (i.e. proof of identity like a driver's license) for sales of child-oriented manga in Japan - and give the list to the local police to keep and check in case of a missing child.

    2. Stop teaching little girls that being cute and shy are good things. They have a pair of lungs and they should use them if anyone bothers them. Scream first, worry about crying wolf later. Same goes for boys, stop trying to be "tough" and don't be afraid the scream their lungs out. Worst case scenario the grumpy Ojiichan will come outside to tell them to shut up and will scare off the pedophile.

    Posted in: What can be done to better protect children from child predators?

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    WilliBSep. 27, 2014 - 02:22PM JST

    " My point is that this guy lost it because he'd been fired for doing something that his Christian colleagues do every day. He's still nuts for deciding that the solution was to kill random people "

    Well, you could turn that around and point out that Christian nutters do not usually behead people when they feel upset.

    And that would be an entirely false comparison because Christian nutters are privileged. They know that they won't be fired for their nutty religious statements.

    Just look at the anti-abortion "Christians" standing outside clinics yelling death-threats at women and girls, and the police do NOTHING.

    This guy was fired, and that's a scary level of discrimination... more than enough to set off someone with underlying mental issues.

    samwattersSep. 27, 2014 - 03:14PM JST

    "My point is that this guy lost it because he'd been fired for doing something that his Christian colleagues do every day."

    According to the report by ABC Nolen also threatened violence to people who refused his attempts at conversions.

    Have you walked outside an abortion clinic? You don't have a point. Those "Christians" threaten violence against dozens of people every day, and have carried out murders, kidnappings, assaults, and bombings.

    You don't have a point.

    Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked

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    Mirai HayashiSep. 27, 2014 - 07:00PM JST The evidence found are all circumstantial...not enough to convict for murder. They'll need to either find the murder weapon, or the girl's DNA somewhere on him, or his DNA somewhere on her to call it an open and shut case

    Everyone here knows that I'm normally the most liberal and concerned about abuses of police power, but in this case there is more than enough evidence to secure a conviction.

    Video footage places him near the girl before the murder.

    The cigarette butts (with his DNA on them) and ID card in the bags place him at the scene when the girl was being dismembered and put into the bags.

    The backpack places her in her apartment in the interim.

    It doesn't exclude the possibility that there was an accomplice, but it puts him with or near the girl before, during and after the murder.

    ... unless this is another case of the prosecutors and police manufacturing evidence (as they have done in the past), but I find that highly unlikely, there's simply so much evidence here, and some of it (like the video) would be hard to fake without involving experts and the convenience store employees and simply way too many people.

    I think that in the opinion of any reasonable and objective observer there is sufficient evidence here for a conviction. They do not have to produce the blood-stained knife, nor where the murder took place, they have him before, during and after the murder with the girl.

    Posted in: Murdered girl's rucksack found in suspect's apartment

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    So this guy was fired for being a Muslim and trying to convert others... wow, I can think of a half dozen of my American colleagues who would be out of a job for trying to convert me if the same logic was applied to Christians. I've been "invited" to their churches about a hundred times (and I've gone to about a dozen of these events because I like these people and I can understand that their religion is important to them).

    My point is that this guy lost it because he'd been fired for doing something that his Christian colleagues do every day. He's still nuts for deciding that the solution was to kill random people, but there's an underlying issue here that discriminating against Muslims seems okay in the US playbook right now, just like it was okay to discriminate against Russians during the Cold War. In that sort of environment, where someone is subjected to daily stress and discrimination just because of their religion it is inevitable that someone will crack.

    Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked

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    Noor FarukSep. 26, 2014 - 09:42PM JST It might deteriorate the whole situation. Alternative option, thus, should come forth- political dialogue with the affected country with all stakeholders. It requires unearthing the reason behinds of such crucial birth of IS. Then, find solution to the problem.

    The reason for the birth of the IS? That's easy. Try 70 years of the US systematically funding terrorism and radicals in the region, followed by a decade of US-led war in the region that created both a massive power vacuum and an anti-Muslim US agenda that created a logical and entirely predictable Muslim backlash at their perceived persecution.

    The answer in short? The US messed up the region good'o.

    Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?

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    Liberty Joe LoweSep. 26, 2014 - 10:26PM JST Some countries have a shallow topsoil covered over hard rocks and the rocks are not feasible to cut through to bury cables. Is this the case in some parts of Japan?

    Japan is a country of water-logged coastal areas and high mountains... and very little in-between. If you're not trying to lay cables in water-logged borderline swamps then you're trying to cut into solid mountains.

    Oh, and I missed this:

    zichiSep. 25, 2014 - 10:14PM JST Power cables would be buried less than 60cms and all connections are waterproof. Underground water isn't unique to Japan. Water and gas pipes are also buried, usually at about 30 cm to prevent freezing. Broken gas lines would be far more dangerous than power cables in an earthquake.

    Connections are waterproof... until an series of small earthquakes result in the cable fraying or being steadily abraided by rocks in the soil or the coil being stretched and compressed too many times or a dozen other engineering nightmares.

    Oh, and many areas in Japan are less than 1m above above sea level, which means that you'd have the fun, fun, fun job of trying to dig and lay cable while the water seeped up to meet you. Yay!!

    ... seriously people, this isn't rocket science and you don't need some conspiracy about the concrete industry. A combination of water-logged coastal areas, mountainous areas and earthquakes make overhead lines a logical and defensible choice for Japan.

    The problem most of you are having here is that you're incapable of focusing on more than one factor and want an answer that either dismisses the engineers as dumb or reduces it to a single easy factor. Real life isn't like that, it is often multivariate.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    FarmboySep. 26, 2014 - 11:11PM JST I wonder if Shinchan in all his glory could be aired during the daytime in the US? I don't have a sense of that anymore, but it used to be that gory murders were fine, but butt views were censored, a least a bit.

    Exactly. They censored the bath scenes in many of Ghibli's videos (even though only body silhouettes are visible) in the US.

    ... but its okay to hate on Muslims in the current US mindset. The irony is staggering.

    Posted in: Indonesia to censor 'pornographic' Japanese cartoon

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    FadamorSep. 25, 2014 - 11:23PM JST Pfft! If the farmer or the kid were swimming and surrounded by water you might have a point, but they're not. By your own words, they're walking or working... surrounded by AIR. Air is a DAMN good insulator. A good insulator provides high resistance to current flow. Electrical companies the world-over rely on air to insulate the different phases of their high-tension lines from each other. Look it up, come back, and then you can eat some crow.

    ... NOW I understand why your comments are so ignorant, you've never actually been to Japan. You see in Japan a farmer IS wading through water in a rice paddy, and when it rains there are massive puddles.

    Well done, you've officially proven that you're posting from some other country and know jack about Japan.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    SabrageSep. 25, 2014 - 08:14AM JST

    8 a.m. - 9 a.m. continental breakfast will be served.

    At a meeting?

    I agree. How can anyone speak with their mouth full? Unless the continental breakfast is just window dressing and everyone is expected to sit politely with a croissant in front of them for display purposes and then not eat it. And how can one cater to everyone's tastes? I'd much rather if the meeting started and finished 15 minutes earlier than having a free breakfast.

    Provide tea, coffee and bottled water. These are just common courtesy.

    But a breakfast? Ridiculous, unnecessary, wasteful and disrespectful.

    Also, an 8am meeting? I prefer to get into the office, check my emails, conduct a status check on outstanding or important items, check in with key people, clear any critical items and then (and ONLY then) am I prepared to be stuck in a meeting for an hour. I do NOT enjoy meetings first thing, because I spend half the time worrying that there's something critical that is being ignored while someone wastes time grandstanding.

    Although I do agree with the author about the agenda and important information being distributed a week before. Sadly this rule is rarely ever followed.

    In my experience 90% of meetings could have been handled with an email, and the remaining 9% would have benefited from fewer participants and more planning.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Meetings still matter

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    FadamorSep. 25, 2014 - 10:29PM JST Electricity 101: Electrical current ALWAYS takes the path of least resistance to ground potential. If the cable already is IN the ground and the conductor is exposed via a break or subterranean flooding, the resulting direct short to ground will never be felt by someone standing on the surface. The current is not going to move from a location at ground potential, pass through the "kid or farmer" who is decidedly ABOVE ground potential (and I'm not talking about elevation), then return back to the location at ground potential. Current doesn't work that way. If it did, every bird that sits on an electrical wire would be instantly fried.

    Apparently you never got to Electricity 102. How electricity behaves in water. Look it up, come back and then you can eat some crow.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    Pukey2Sep. 25, 2014 - 08:48PM JST Why would most people want to write a batch file? That's like saying a Chinese businessman speaking to a Japanese business in English needs to know that some English words come from Latin. They do, but is it useful for him to know so? If someone NEEDS to write a batch file, they'll learn to.

    It is useful to know the etymology of words? Undoubtedly.

    You know let's add another thing to the list. The younger generation have no general knowledge. Their education has been focused on "skills", which date so quickly that after 12 years of education they come out the other end knowing nothing, because all the "skills" they learnt are dated.

    In my day you got a good general education that focused on knowing a little bit about everything so you could have a civilised conversation, and when confronted with a problem you at least knew where to start and you could unravel it bit by bit.

    Critical thinking? All but a dead art. Common sense? Dead and buried.

    Posted in: What are some skills the older generation has these days that younger generations lack?

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    slumdogSep. 25, 2014 - 02:51PM JST While Hillary's fame is definitely due to who her husband his, her election to the senate was a choice of the people in that state. It had nothing to do with nepotism. If her husband directly appointed her to the senate, that would be nepotism. That is not what happened at all.

    Except that she's a member of the Democratic party, and the Democractic party chooses which candidate to put on the ticket, not the people in the state.

    And why was she put on the Democractic ticket? Because favours are owed to her husband. That's why it is nepotism rather than just fame.

    Posted in: Gender equality discussion

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    Has anyone here considered the role of the high water table in Japan?

    Not only does it make digging expensive (in most places in Japan you're digging in mud just a few meters down), but it also means a quite dangerous electrified area of soggy ground where any kid walking by or farmer working in the fields could die.

    In addition the real worry about quakes may not be the major ones, but the constant micro-quakes (1's to 4's) that Japan experiences pretty regularly and that most of us don't even register. Free-swinging overhead cables wouldn't be affected, but underground cables in soft, muddy soil would "drift" until the stress on the line resulted in a break.

    These might be the reasons why underground cables aren't feasible across most of Japan.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    JimizoSep. 25, 2014 - 09:06AM JST Makiko Tanaka was indeed Foreign Minister. Of course, in true LDP fashion, being the offspring of a former PM was vitally important. Gender isn't the only factor in discouraging and excluding new talent from entering Japanese politics.

    Not just the LDP, and not just Japan. Bush Snr, Bush Jnr, and countless other examples in politics of blatant nepotism... including the current US ambassador who's only claim to fame is being related to an ex-President.

    Posted in: Gender equality discussion

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    Ultrasounds are just as effective as CT scans at finding kidney stones and should be used as a first step to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure, U.S. researchers say

    Half true.

    Ultrasounds should be used as a first step as it is cheap, fast and effective in the majority of cases, however, about a small percentage of kidney stones (about 5%) will not show up on an ultrasound. These include uric acid and cystine stones, which are lucent (not easily visible on x-rays or ultrasounds) as they are not comprised on calcium.

    Therefore ultrasounds are not "just as effective as CT scans". CT scans are necessarily for detecting certain classes of kidney stones.

    The main thrust of the article is correct, that an ultrasound should be the starting point, but the phrasing is misleading.

    Posted in: Ultrasounds, CT scans equal at finding kidney stones

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    I actually understand how my computer works and why. Most young people don't actually have a clue what is going on behind the Operating System, because they're so used to "dumbed down" icon-driven interfaces. They couldn't write a batch file if their lives depended on it, and if there's something structurally wrong with the machine they have no clue how to open it up and fix it.

    One of the younger guys at my office wanted to throw out his laptop because a 500yen fan was malfunctioning. I opened it up, popped out the fan, got the serial number, went down to the local computer store and got a replacement and popped it back in and 150 000yen worth of laptop was "saved". His comment? "Isn't it dangerous to open a laptop?" - only if you're stupid enough to leave it plugged in and not remove the battery mate.

    Posted in: What are some skills the older generation has these days that younger generations lack?

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    sangetsu03Sep. 24, 2014 - 08:22AM JST Sorry, the article is nonsense. The wars between catholics and protestants were not about religion anymore than the wars in the middle east are. The wars between religions were conflicts over wealth, authority, and power; religious faith was merely a charade to fool the gullible into supporting one side or the other.

    ... I actually agree with sangestu03!! OMG! Hell may just have frozen over!!

    Posted in: Avoid a classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in the Middle East

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