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KabukiloverAug. 23, 2014 - 02:57AM JST
School systems are black companies. Teachers are exploited in Japan and yes the supposedly left wing teachers union is either ineffectual or with the boards of education. With all the overwork no real education goes on. I is all for some high stakes examination. Unfortunately, this disease has spread to my country.
I agree, that rotten board of education ought to apologize for driving that teacher crazy.
Posted in: Chiba teacher arrested for threats to blow up government buildings because of Saturday classes
KabukiloverAug. 22, 2014 - 04:28AM JST
This teacher obviously went crazy working for what amounts to something like a black company. His case is not unusual. What is unusual is the exotic way he chose to crack. Teachers who are out of their minds often crack by beating students or bullying their fellow teachers.
KabukiloverAug. 20, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
There also no personal computers, only typewriters. Remember those days fondly. No way.
Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?
KabukiloverAug. 19, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
This is the sort of insensitive and discriminatory crud we have come to expect from LDP politicians, particularly from municipal assemblies. What this remark proves is that Yasuyuki Kaneko is an ignoramus with particular malicious bend. When a person like that complains about people "exercising their rights" you know that he is not a mere simpleton but a direct danger to democracy. He should be kicked out of the Sapporo assembly.
Posted in: Even if there are Ainu, they are no more than Japanese who are descended from Ainu. All they do is insist relentlessly on exercising their rights. It's absurd, and I can't explain it to the taxpayers.
KabukiloverAug. 18, 2014 - 03:40AM JST
War is good for business. That is one major reason we have wars.
Posted in: Most people wish, hope and pray for peace in the world. So why are there still so many wars going on?
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:09PM JST
The Soviet Union did not declare war on Japan on its own initiative. It agreed to do so at Yalta in cooperation with the UK and US.
Posted in: Japan protests Russian military drills on disputed islands
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 03:20PM JST
Japan played the imperialist game and lost. It is time to move on.
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Agreed. I wonder if I could give my remaining frequent miles from the airline I no longer fly to charity. I once tolerated that abusive and sloppy airlines for its frequent flier program, which has now become horrid, on top all else already horrid. I now fly a great airline which is reasonable and renders angelic service. That they have a modest frequent flier program is secondary.
Posted in: What do you think of airlines' frequent flyer programs?
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
"Eternal heroism" my aunt. Wilfred Owen call it dolce decorum est, the old lie. He knew war and died in it. Were it not for his poetry he would have been forgotten like millions of his fellows. I knew a kamikaze pilot. After the war he went Left.
Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
And watch sales drop in Japan. The international Japanese corporations will likely weather it through exports. It will be the domestic centered businesses that will suffer. Watch for a rise in unemployment and early retirement.
Posted in: BOJ minutes - Prices to rise on output gap, inflation expectations
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:31AM JST
Note that the so called output gap is for Jan. to March, before the tax hike in April.
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
I also see a lot of self delusion in the capitalists' thinking. Consumer spending in Japan has become more conservative since the tax hike and prices increases. The steadiness of high end produce sales is old news and not particularly noteworthy because people who buy high end produces can absorb price hikes. Very likely this is dwelt on because of the slump in overall sales. Also, as a consumer of high end products I know you buy them at generous discounts and get fringe benefits. The bottom line is that you can print just so much money to boost inflation before there is blowback. The blowback of reduced overall consumer spending is going to last a long time. It might become permanent, and thus a new norm.
Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 08:06AM JST
Predicting this was like sleepwalking. The inevitable was obvious. Should spending continue to be conservative watch for discounts amidst the price hikes.
Posted in: Japan's economy shrinks after sales tax hike
KabukiloverAug. 14, 2014 - 07:17AM JST
Mrs Doubtfire, from start to finish.
RIP Robin Williams.
Posted in: What are your favorite film memories of Robin Williams?
KabukiloverAug. 11, 2014 - 08:51PM JST
To repeat myself, welcome to Japan's highly urbanized society. In the countryside children are workers from an early age. In urban society children are expensive pets. In rural society the care and nurturing of children is communal. In urban the nuclear family is on its own. Urban society is hedonistic. There are lots of fun things to do and these are best done without children. In countryside you tell stories and listen to the crickets. This where the existence of children can be a source of fun, their use value as workers aside.
The urban couple has a choice. Have children and be miserable or be childless and have fun. It is happening in other urban societies. If it is extreme here it is because of the extreme stresses put on couples with children.
Posted in: Lowest number of elementary and junior high school students ever as birthrate continue to decline
KabukiloverAug. 10, 2014 - 09:42PM JST
A folksy way of saying we are in another war without a foreseeable end.
Posted in: Obama says ending Iraq crisis could be 'long-term project'
KabukiloverAug. 10, 2014 - 09:24PM JST
This is cheerleading and nothing else. What happened at RIKEN is a national disgrace. It is natural that scientific research in Japan should be scrutinized at this time.
Posted in: One thing that should not be lost in all this is that Japan produces outstanding science. People in the scientific community here are paying attention to this, and hopefully that will lead to the kind of training that will avoid an outcome like this happening again.
KabukiloverAug. 08, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
Blake's"Jerusalem' (as it is currently referred to) is a beautiful fanciful poem but I not see how it relates to the Holy Grail legend.
Posted in: British police raid pub in search for "Holy Grail"
KabukiloverAug. 08, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
Don't go there.
Posted in: Malaysian suspects admit killing British students: police
KabukiloverAug. 08, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
The NRA being filled with Abe lackeys, this crazy idea of dumbing "scrubbed" radioactive water into the sea will certainly be approved. We ought to demand that TEPCO executives drink a pint of every gallon that goes into the ocean.
Posted in: Fukushima operator unveils newest tainted-water plan
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
weighed about 42 kilograms and had been wire bundled
Yep! Only true professionals rely on fencing…
Posted in: Steel beam falls at construction site, killing 2 workers
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:20PM JST
I wonder how many more Palestinians must die before Hamas stops firing rockets…
Posted in: 18 Israel 'collaborators' executed in Gaza
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:17PM JST
Japan will not whine about it.
You whine about Korea all the time on here. As…
Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:15PM JST
As much as we'd like it to continue tomorrow, today was it.
Posted in: Samba carnival
Aug. 23, 2014 - 10:03PM JST
Noda is a flipping idiot. Really just, No-duh! He could lose twenty kilos of useless flesh…
Posted in: Ex-PM Noda says failure to raise sales tax would pose big risk