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    Nessie

    Thanks for the heads-up, Cleo.

    Link below. (Not safe for work if you live in Saudi Arabia.)

    http://forward.com/sisterhood/348382/seriously-what-orthodox-women-wear-to-the-beach-is-no-different-from-a-burk/

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

  • 1

    Nessie

    Microseism S waves are so faint that they occur in the 0.05 to 0.5 Hz frequency range.

    Non sequitur.

    Posted in: Japanese scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

  • 0

    Nessie

    We're really on the same page this week, Stranger. It's sad to see how quickly people abandon principles like equality under the law and freedom of conscience.

    Lest anyone think the law is being applied equally, here are some nuns in full-penguin at a French beach...

    http://globalnews.ca/news/2903036/people-share-photos-of-nuns-on-the-beach-in-response-to-burkini-ban-in-france/

    ...And some veiled Christian Orthodox women at a French beach. (Although you'll notice these hussies have one button open at the neck.)

    http://globalnews.ca/news/2903036/people-share-photos-of-nuns-on-the-beach-in-response-to-burkini-ban-in-france/

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

  • 3

    Nessie

    Yeah, veg prices are out of control. It's like midwinter prices in midsummer. And this is in Hokkaido, Japan's breadbasket.

    Posted in: Consumer prices fall for 5th straight month

  • 1

    Nessie

    So why should French locals tolerate Islamic wear on their beach?

    Because the answer to religious irrationality and authoritarianism is Enlightenment rationality and freedom, rather than secular irrationality and authoritarianism.

    If France wants to be more like Saudi Arabia and dictate public behavior even when no-one is infringing on anyone else's ability to enjoy life, it won't end well. I'm shocked that so few posters don't see the problem with dictating dress codes as a response to dictated dress codes.

    Posted in: The burkini, the veil, the niqab: what French law says

  • 2

    Nessie

    Once again: What in heck are these teachers with a predeliction to negotiate in English after? Job security? Bonuses? Money? More vacations? Massages in the lounge?

    The substance of the negotiations is irrelevant, unless you don't believe workers have a right to negotiate with employers.

    Posted in: Panel bans Tokyo university's Japanese-only labor talks policy

  • 14

    Nessie

    Good. A genuine apology with no hemming and hawing.

    Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge

  • 1

    Nessie

    The workers contracts are all in English, their work orders are in English, and their work rules are in English.

    I think we can see what the university's next step might be.

    Posted in: Panel bans Tokyo university's Japanese-only labor talks policy

  • 3

    Nessie

    And they were likely honourable people who probably never imagined that a reasonable article allowing for the occasional killing of whales, the frequency and number to be restricted by the government responsible, would be twisted by an unscrupulous government to allow a national enterprise to kill hundreds of animals every year, with no end in sight to the 'research'.

    The people who founded the IWC probably never imagined that an organization whose express purpose was to safeguard whale stocks for the purpose of commercial whaling would be hijacked by unscrupulous environmentalists dead-set against any whaling, sustainable or otherwise

    The IWC is using a loophole of its own by not acknowledging that minke stocks have rebounded and that the whale can be sustain ably hunted. Until that loophole is closed, Japan is justified in using whatever loopholes of its own it can find.

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd to battle on after Japan whaling court deal in U.S.

  • 0

    Nessie

    Just to amplify Zones2surf's point, "depopulation" refers to declines in population. It doesn't mean the places are tubleweeded ghost towns devoid of inhabitants.

    Posted in: Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

  • 1

    Nessie

    Not necessarily. I have a business loan through the government (日本政策金融公庫う) - no banks involved. I had to prove the validity of my business plan to get it. The banks charge a much higher interest rate than I pay.

    In other words, it could have been financed through the banking system, but you chose not to go that route.

    Which is why I also wrote "The government is involved because the banks don't want to shoulder the risk, the borrower doesn't want to pay the market rate for borrowing, or both." In your case, the borrower (you) doesn't want to pay the market rate, so you took the government handout, which may be sound business policy for you, but not sound lending policy for the government. Essentially, the banks are saying your too risk an investment for their return. The government is saying it doesn't care as much about the risk and return.

    Posted in: Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

  • 0

    Nessie

    The government is providing a loan to JR. The loan must be repaid. So you can't really say that government resources are being used on the maglev.

    If the loan made sound business sense, then the government wouldn't need to be involved; it could be financed through the banking system. The government is involved because the banks don't want to shoulder the risk, the borrower doesn't want to pay the market rate for borrowing, or both.

    Posted in: Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

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    Nessie

    If this is primarily a for-profit venture by private companies, the govt should not invest public funds, but let the market determine whether the cost of development will be recovered based on projected traffic.

    Haven't been in Japan long, eh, mate?

    Posted in: Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

  • 2

    Nessie

    If you have something dangerous to ship in Japan you can do it now without a drone. Send it by takyubin (parcel delivery). Unless the package is ticking or smells of petrol, you can ship just about anything by takyubin.

    Does Takyubin deliver to the roof of the prime minister's office?

    Posted in: Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

  • 6

    Nessie

    Depopulated? So... were the citizens of the island removed for some reason?

    No, they died or moved to more populous areas. The vast majority of municipalities in Japan have seen depopulation over the past ten years, and the trend will intensify.

    Posted in: Japan eyes drone delivery service in depopulated areas in 2018

  • 0

    Nessie

    I just saw this pool on the news - wow. I've never seen a pool that packed. It looked like a bowl of human cheerios (cereal).

    Honey Nut Cheerios

    Posted in: 8 women slashed at amusement park pool in Tokyo suburb

  • 1

    Nessie

    The original claim:

    No guns doesn't mean no crime, whether Japan or China.

    Oldman's strawman:

    people do indeed say that no guns means less violent crime.

    This is called moving the goalposts. Here's a global comparison of homicide rates.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate#/media/File:Map_of_world_by_intentional_homicide_rate.svg

    It's obvious that Japan has a low homicide rate by any standard. Lest I be accused of shifting the goalposts myself by using only homicide rates, here are figures for other violent crimes (PDF).

    http://www.civitas.org.uk/content/files/crime_stats_oecdjan2012.pdf

    And here's a more thorough discussion that shows that crimes rates in Japan are low and falling. (We can assume that demographic aging has a lot to do with the current decrease.)

    http://www.nippon.com/en/features/h00068/

    Thanks to Strangerland for keeping it real with fact-based posts. To Oldman and Japan_T: The plural of anecdote is not data.

    Posted in: 8 women slashed at amusement park pool in Tokyo suburb

  • 6

    Nessie

    If you are muslim they are not supposed to serve pork nor alcohol (i.e. mirin in tamagoyaki)

    The prohibition is against intoxication. If you're going to fuss about mirin, then you'd need to avoid ripe fruit, which also has alcohol.

    Posted in: Muslim man goes on hunger strike after being served pork at Yokohama immigration center

  • 3

    Nessie

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    Posted in: 2 U.S. swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd one fined

  • 4

    Nessie

    After the initial draft, many Japanese scholars in fact wanted to make many changes are were simply "not allowed" by MacArthur and company.

    The "initial draft" (the Matsumoto Commission draft) was a "same ol' same ol'" document written by the Japanese side and binned by the Allied Occupation just after the ink was dry and just before the Allied laughter had died down.

    The final constitution was mostly written by two American soldiers with legal experience. This "McCarthur draft" was slightly modified by the Japanese side before being enacted.

    Posted in: Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows

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