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LunchboxApr. 29, 2013 - 08:56AM JST
Wearing weird plastic outfits is completely normal in Japan, now all they need is a mascot character!
Jokes aside, you make a good point, but good on them for having fun. Nothing will help change views in Japan against LBGT anyway.
Posted in: Rainbow Pride
LunchboxMar. 19, 2013 - 06:07PM JST
Nice science and the kind of thing I enjoy reading about in a book or magazine, but seriously, is there any real benefit to a government panel doing damage forecasting for a mag 9.0 earthquake? Until Tohuku 9.0 was unheard of so statistically it's just not gonna happen, so why bother. Next thing they'll be do a damage forecast for a Mag 9.8 and then use that for budget allocating. Prepare for a 8.0 and make a real effort to do so properly, instead of half-pie preparing for a 9.0 that's never gonna happen.
LunchboxMar. 13, 2013 - 08:30AM JST
That picture is way too anthropomorphic. I think we should turn their bedroom lights off.
Posted in: Mating pandas off to good start at Ueno zoo
LunchboxMar. 09, 2013 - 01:34PM JST
AIDS is almost under control, Cancer, well we are getting there too, and medical science has made a lot of progress in the last few years. Numerous scientists have received Nobels for the progress made in the battle against cancer. The problem is the media likes to sell it like there will be one single cure for AIDS, and one single cure for cancer, and the unquestioning public have bought into it. Cancer isn't a virus, it's a generic term for many different diseases that share similar characteristics, there will never be "the cure". Current medicine has given us a 60-70% decline in death rates for AIDS, the bigger problem today is education and funding in controlling the spread in poor countries etc.
Research like the above example are very important, until we do it we don't know what we are going to discover. I wish Japanese would spend more money on this kind of thing than on research for forecasting cherry blossom dates
Posted in: Scientists clone 26 generations of single mouse ... and still going
LunchboxFeb. 16, 2013 - 06:11PM JST
Anybody used Currency-Online. com to send money from Japan?
I've used them to send money to Japan and they were by far the best option.
Posted in: Shinsei Bank to begin overseas remittance service
LunchboxFeb. 14, 2013 - 05:57PM JST
Above is the result of what happens when someone who doesn't understand science writes an article about science.
Posted in: After Higgs Boson, scientists prepare for next quantum leap
LunchboxJan. 27, 2013 - 08:21AM JST
Typical Ministry response will be to build more "Guard-Rail" and put up more Tobidashi Chui Signs, instead of doing the rational thing and reducing the speed limit around schools like other developed countries did decades ago. The general speed limit in Japan is 40k/hr , which means it's ok to do 60, this should be reduced to 20k/hr in school zones, and needs to be enforced otherwise what's the point.
Posted in: 74,483 danger spots found on roads around public elementary schools
LunchboxJan. 10, 2013 - 05:49AM JST
Posted in: David Bowie readies 1st album in 10 years
LunchboxJan. 09, 2013 - 06:17PM JST
Nessie and Aisai,
If you've heard the new song, you'll realise why there is no point mentioning Bowie's old stuff. The new song is a poppy balad, nothing like the real good Bowie stuff. eg. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars!
LunchboxDec. 02, 2012 - 09:43AM JST
Is it really a robot if all it can do is talk? Surely it's just a machine or software program., kind of stretching reality a bit.
Hardly childish. Compare costs of sending a robot with sending a rent-a-date human or a commander which have to eat drink and poo and you'll soon see the financial advantage to sending robots. Nasa has now canned all it's manned space missions and has opted for robotics. China, which has the biggest space budget these days is aiming to send robots to the moon by 2020, which is currently the most exciting space mission any nation is working on. Robots are the future, this one is just has a Japanese flavour and so may appear childish to us.
Posted in: Humanoid robot to keep Japanese astronaut company on space station
LunchboxDec. 02, 2012 - 09:30AM JST
Anyone know how to find out which theatres are showing the 48fps version in Japan? I've been having no luck finding out so far. Kanto area info wanted
Posted in: Back to Middle Earth
LunchboxNov. 14, 2012 - 07:09AM JST
Cue Rage against the machine music.
It's comin' back around again,
This is for the people of the sun!
It's comin' back around again.
I'm surprised Ishihara showed up after getting put in his place by Tanaka Makiko last month.
Posted in: Ishihara formally launches new Party of the Sun
LunchboxNov. 10, 2012 - 07:33AM JST
To join or not to join, that is thy question. I Agree with Alladin, what other choice is there? Japan's economic future is not looking very bright, it's not as if they are in the position they were 15 years ago when they could call the shots. Unless you have a unique monopolistic industry or service that the rest of the world wants, then free trade partnerships are the only option. TPP sucks, but it's already on the table, we have to sign it or miss out.
But Noda is going to have a hard time convincing the nation that TPP is done deal, not a choice. Because of Japan's mistaken 'Us & the Rest of the world' view, the average Japanese adult thinks that Globalization and Modernization are things that are only happening to Japan, they don't consider that it's an issue for most western countries at the moment. They think that Japan is being westernized but that western countries haven't changed. Hence, they think that TPP is anti-Japanese, whereas it's actually just anti national, or anti autarchic. As the debates opens up in Japan, this will just become more and more of an 'us vs gaikoku' debate.
Posted in: Japan must decide on TPP before election, Edano says
LunchboxNov. 06, 2012 - 07:18AM JST
Looks pretty impressive, but unfortunately Japan spends so much of it's energy producing gaudy random senseless displays and monuments that it's impossible for anyone to take anything seriously nowadays. To me this just looks like a massive clump of Daiso xmas lights. Wouldn't surprise me if there is a character mascot waiting around the corner.
Nature my #rse!
Posted in: Great nature
LunchboxOct. 19, 2012 - 08:03AM JST
I don't doubt the truth in your experience, but your opinion formed is Anecdotal, and goes against many of the known facts about the justice system in Japan. This case is a very important one as although it has long been known that the Japanese system of forcing/torturing (semantics) suspects into confession is flawed, this is undeniable evidence and admission of the fact. Hopefully the media and politicians will do their job now and demand an enquiry. All suspects deserve a treatment like yours, it is basic human rights. There is so much bait in this story, the media should have a field day. Unfortunately, what will probably happen is that the NPA chief will apologize and step down, and the story will fizzle into nothing, because the journalist and the politicians are useless and the Japanese people don't demand anything more of them.
Posted in: NPA chief admits wrong people arrested over online death threats
LunchboxOct. 08, 2012 - 04:28PM JST
So they were kept in custody for over a month on no evidence? Deplorable human rights.
Posted in: 2 men arrested for making mass murder threats online released
LunchboxOct. 08, 2012 - 09:35AM JST
Mistake in the article, the boy found the beetle in Ushiku Ibaragi, not the Ushiku in Chiba.
It is being displayed at Boso no Mura in (Chiba kenritsu Boso no Mura) in Narita Chiba, hence the mistake. http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/MURA/e/index.html
For anyone interested in Japanese Nature and traditional Satoyama, I highly reccomend this museum!
Posted in: Extremely rare hermaphrodite stag beetle on display in Chiba
LunchboxOct. 06, 2012 - 09:43AM JST
I think it's more incredible that She can make it to the track than him, she looks fragile enough to snap in half at any time, beautiful woman though.
Posted in: Cheer squad
LunchboxOct. 06, 2012 - 08:03AM JST
Very cool! A great resource for teachers all over the world to exploit to get their students interested in science.
A shame they had to tell us the message already though, sort of cuts the fun out of it.
Posted in: Mini-satellite to flash code from space
LunchboxSep. 29, 2012 - 07:56PM JST
I think this article is incorrect.
As I read it in the japanese news this week, Kosei nenkin will not be scrapped.
It is kosei nenkin kikin that will be scrapped.
Posted in: Labor ministry to scrap employee pension insurance system
May. 23, 2013 - 08:47PM JST
Hope for the Thai people that she's as good a PM as she is good looking.
Posted in: A visit from Thai PM
Been to these places, and they were amazing...
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Posted in: Places in Japan that made an impact on foreign visitors
May. 23, 2013 - 08:45PM JST
I wasn't referring to what you'd said but thank you for your reply anyway. I…
Posted in: Anti-Islamist protests flare after British soldier butchered near London barracks
May. 23, 2013 - 08:41PM JST
Hottest world leader ever
May. 23, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
Another psycho boy? There has to be something in the way boys are taught or raised…
Posted in: Youth arrested for hitting 16-year-old girl with baseball bat