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Michelle Klein-HassJul. 18, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
Major Kusanagi Motoko, to the white courtesy phone, please...
Posted in: Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future
Michelle Klein-HassJul. 14, 2014 - 11:05AM JST
Tim_Fox: no, you can't do this in the US. Haven't you read about the difficulties the mother and father of the Isla Vista Mass Murderer had getting help for their adult son? You have to be an IMMEDIATE DANGER TO SELF OR OTHERS in order to get committed for a 72 hour 5150 observation. And that has become a very high bar to jump.
I have an uncle who for about 20 years lived under pack rat conditions in a house without water, power or telephone service. It's a long story. We are attempting to relocate him to an assisted living facility. The first one was not to his liking so he basically ran away. Hopefully the next one will be more to his liking and he'll be able to settle down. We cannot FORCE HIM to live there. We have to prove that he is entirely unable to handle his own affairs, in front of a judge, in order to force him to stay someplace. It is exceedingly hard to prove a person is incompetent here in the US. I don't know about Canada, I only know about my own experiences here.
Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older
Michelle Klein-HassMay. 12, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
Japan, don't let Sheldon Adelson anywhere near your country! He's horrible. To use a Yiddish turn of phrase: he's a Gonif. A thief.
Do this right. Restrict casino ownership to Japanese citizens, and keep the authentically Japanese flavor of the gaming. Pachinko? Yes. Mah-Jongg? Yes. Poker and Roulette, Craps and Blackjack? No way.
And maybe reconsider the locale you are going to open to casino development. Kansai is doing just fine without gaming. What about Tohoku? Tohoku needs investment and a new economic model because fishing and farming are next to impossible right now. Think Sendai, not Osaka.
Posted in: U.S. casino billionaires place bets in Japan's tale of two cities
Michelle Klein-HassApr. 26, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
Why does Axis Powers Hetalia come to mind when I see this? Could it be the overwhelming buffoonery?
Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary
Michelle Klein-HassApr. 19, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
Good to see "Daddy" Choo is following his son's lead and doing good things for Japan. The whole Tohoku region is full of great artisans who just need a little help in rebuilding their workshops and getting their goods out to market. Good to see Choo the Elder doing this.
Posted in: Jimmy Choo creates Fukushima shoe line
Michelle Klein-HassJan. 17, 2014 - 01:41AM JST
Either way, this is fat shaming and wrong. People forget that High Fructose Corn Syrup was invented in Japan, and Japan, along with the US, puts it in a huge swath of processed foods and sauces. The Japanese traditional diet, which is very healthy, is being pushed aside in favor of an embrace of the Standard American Diet that would make even Americans embarrassed. Check out some of the super-sized entrees at Japanese fast food places! It's insane! The Japanese are also far more disinclined to exercise than even Americans...my friend Stu Levy is trying to change that with his "Super 40" videos on YouTube, and there are others trying to get Japanese people to get up and go. But it's slow going. It is only a matter of time before a higher percentage of Japanese become "Chubbies." For those curious about Super 40, here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydBVd_LNyLMtAWndY8aSNQ (Note: in Japanese, no English subs)
Posted in: Japanese TV show fills us in on 'the right and wrong kind of fat woman'
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 30, 2013 - 12:58AM JST
I think perhaps there should be a shrine to the memory of these Unknowns, and they should be lain to rest on hallowed ground...perhaps on as high of ground as can be found so that a future tsunami cannot disturb their rest. It's almost 3 years since 3/11. It's pretty clear their families will never be found. It's time to deal with them in a dignified and respectful manner.
Posted in: Remains of 104 Tohoku disaster victims still not identified
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 17, 2013 - 02:33AM JST
Wreck-it Ralph was called Sugar Rush in Japan.
Posted in: 13 surprising Japanese translations of American movie titles
Michelle Klein-HassDec. 11, 2013 - 02:11AM JST
Here in California we have a state-wide Safe Surrender law. A mother can bring a newborn to a hospital, fire station or a clinic, no questions asked, completely anonymous. We had a "dumpster baby" epidemic for a while, and this law stopped that trend in its tracks.
A friend of mine's story was very similar: he was born in Korea with a birth defect that tickled local superstition. He was left on the doorstep of a Catholic Church -- kind of rare in Korea, but there are a few. He was adopted by an American serviceman and his Korean wife, and is an amazing person.
Posted in: Newborn boy left in front of orphanage with money and 'Onegaishimasu' letter
Michelle Klein-HassAug. 08, 2013 - 11:28AM JST
Posted in: Japan's unsponsored marathon man eyes world title
Michelle Klein-HassJul. 30, 2013 - 01:47AM JST
Ishinomaki actually has both a real animal mascot and a character mascot: they're both called KoKo-chan. The mascot KoKo-chan is a pretty pink girl rabbit, and is based on the real bunny KoKo-chan who was and still is a therapy animal working with survivors of the Tsunami. The real KoKo-chan is featured in the movie "Pray For Japan" along with her pet parent Manabu Endo. I don't know how official she is at this point but she should be, she's super-kawaii.
Posted in: Green men pitching a tent: the mascots of Japan
Michelle Klein-HassMay. 11, 2013 - 09:52PM JST
Actually she might have been drunk. The translation mentioned she was "wobbly" according to witnesses. In any event, whether it was a suicide attempt or a drunk woman's accident, it suggests a deeper psychological problem may be involved. Remember, the folks in Sendai did experience the Great East Japan Earthquake as well, even though they got away less damaged than places further North. Are the people in Sendai able to access the same kind of services as people in, say, Ishinomaki? Is counseling available for people suffering from PTSD? This only piques my curiosity about this incident.
Posted in: Woman hit by bullet train at Sendai station
Michelle Klein-HassMay. 07, 2013 - 10:53AM JST
Aichi Prefecture should send their IT guys to this conference:
One distribution that has its origin in Japan is Turbolinux. However, it charges for licenses (!) and is not kept up very well.
Actually, if they can't afford to send IT people to Linuxcon Japan, they should contact these guys:
This is the Tokyo Linux User Group. They've been at it since 1994. I'm sure they'll have some geeks who can help them make the switch.
Michelle Klein-HassMay. 07, 2013 - 10:44AM JST
Linux, Linux, Linux. I wonder if there is a Nihongo-friendly distribution out there?
Michelle Klein-HassMar. 23, 2013 - 09:19AM JST
The blooming is early here in LA too...Beilenson Park's 2,000 Sakura trees are blooming now.
Posted in: Tokyo cherry trees reach full bloom
Michelle Klein-HassFeb. 07, 2013 - 10:34AM JST
Ahem. Grumpy Cat's name is Tardar Sauce, with a D instead of a second T.
Posted in: Internet cat stars scratch the surface for fame
Michelle Klein-HassOct. 21, 2012 - 11:04AM JST
Windows 7 forever. And then when they finally stop with the security upgrades, I'll put Linux on my lappie and remain happy. 8 looks like a Vista-style train wreck. 7 is the best OS out of Redmond since 2K.
Posted in: Early look at Windows 8 baffles consumers
Michelle Klein-HassSep. 20, 2012 - 10:04AM JST
And people don't realize that a lot of ethnic Koreans have been born in Japan, to parents who were born in Japan, and who have grandparents who were born in Japan. Yet they can't become citizens unless they take a Japanese name and renounce whatever claim they have to Korean citizenship, either in the North or the South. This has been the case for a long long time. And now it's going to get worse for them. There are some advantages to being in a country that believes in birthright citizenship. Except for President Obama, who still is dogged by people who believe he's a Kenyan Muslim in spite of his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and his repeated assurances that he's a Protestant Christian.
Posted in: Nationalists converge on Shin-Okubo's Koreatown
Michelle Klein-HassJul. 06, 2012 - 11:22AM JST
And the Japanese panda craze kicks up to the next level. Panda! Go Panda! ^_^
Posted in: Panda born at Tokyo zoo for 1st time in 24 years
Michelle Klein-HassJun. 30, 2012 - 10:10PM JST
OK Creationists...whose creation myth? There are thousands and thousands. In fact, the Bible has not just one but two. Which one is scientific fact? The one where God creates lots and lots of people, both males and females, or the one with the mud and the rib and the animal naming?
Judaism, some mainstream Protestant Christian denominations, and Catholic Christianity, even most of the uber-traditionalist strains, accept Evolution as the "how" of creation, but God as the "why." They also are willing to say a lot of the Bible is metaphor and should not be taken literally. There are super-pious "fringe" groups like the Haredim and the Pius X Society who argue for a literal reading of the Bible and reject anything having to do with science. But they are not mainstream in those religions. Protestant Evangelical Christianity, especially of the scary "dominionist" stripe, however, are mainstream in the US, and somewhat so in places you might not think like Africa and South Korea.
Unfortunately there are also elements of Islam, once the keeper of the Greek Fire of science and philosophy and voracious translators of scientific literature from the ancient world from Greek to Arabic, which are rejecting science and also advocating a literal reading of the Quran as received truth about the world. Between them, the Haredim of Israel who are becoming violent recapitulations of their Islamic enemies, and the Protestant "dominionists" are tearing down science in favor of their stripe of religious fundamentalism.
They all seem to hanker for a return to the Dark Ages, where small religious distinctions (does the Holy Spirit descend from the Father alone or both the Father and the Son?) flare into real wars with real weapons and real casualities. The Founders of the United States intended a wall of separation between Church and State because the Hundred Years War and the Thirty Years War in Europe was not ancient history, but a fresh memory with open wounds. Sort of like the Civil War remains here in the US, 150 years hence.
Posted in: The end of the evolution debate
Aug. 31, 2014 - 07:28AM JST
Maybe they should call this service Skynet.
Posted in: Google tests drones to deliver goods
Aug. 31, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
Is this an imaginary competition?
Posted in: Air guitar champion