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    They are not just pro-Russian forces, but real Russian troops who have infiltrated Ukraine and are trying to capture towns in the east of the country.

    Posted in: Ukraine launches operation against pro-Russian forces

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    That the politicians haven't yet made a decision is a message to Kyodo Senpaku to stump up the bribes.

    Posted in: Japanese whaling group says it intends to resume hunts

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    Why do they even bother with school entrance and leaving ceremonies? We never had either.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

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    Just stating that the solution is "immigration" isn't helpful. For example, the government propose to bring in construction worker "trainees" from overseas, but such people will hardly pay any taxes as their salaries will be too low. There are plenty of idle people in the country who could be brought into employment first, such as many women, but the government's daft tax system and workplace discrimination discourages many women from working full time.

    There is a skilled worker scheme for high-income migrants but it has failed to attract many people. Besides, isn't it a bit of a cheek for the government to basically say "come to Japan and help pay our pensions, but make sure you leave before you can claim yours"?

    Raising the retirement age to 70 will also help to solve the problem. With the Japanese loving to spend every waking moment in the office it should be quite a popular move.

    Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%

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    It's exactly the same in the university: we have to spend everything by the end of March. We also bought some new office furniture (not Italian), although I declined the offer of a new chair in favour of a top-of-the-range computer.

    It also depends on the source of the funds and how you receive them. If I ask a company to make a "personal donation" (via the university) I can keep the money until I need it. If the company pays it as some sort of collaborative research funding then I have to use it by the end of the financial year.

    The companies don't really care one way or the other, so I can build up a stockpile of cash through "personal donations". But if you get a government grant you have to use it within the fiscal year.

    Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine

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    The Russian foreign ministry accused Ukraine’s leaders of “waging war against their own people”

    Isn't that just what Assad is doing in Syria, wholeheartedly supported by Russia?

    Isn't it strange that Russia supports Assad in his fight against "terrorists", but rejects outright the idea that the Ukrainian government might use force to regain control of the east from Russian agitators?

    Posted in: West, Russia lock horns on Ukraine at U.N. crisis talks

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    Someone needs to paint some quotation marks on the whaling ship so it reads "Research".

    Posted in: Japan says it has made no decision on 2015-16 whaling

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    The Chinese military also has the job of murdering Chinese citizens who protest the unelected Chinese dictatorship. The Chinese dictatorship is keen that we do not forget past events, so let's remember that it is almost 25 years ago now that the Chinese army massacred Chinese civilians in Tiananmen Square.

    Posted in: China's booming military spending belies caution

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    “Doctors don’t know everything,” said the 42-year-old recruiter

    But they know a good deal more than an ignoramus recruiter.

    When the children of these dunces fall ill with whatever diseases they have not been vaccinated against do they take them to a doctor for treatment, or do they just sit around watching nature take its course?

    In some places schools will not allow unvaccinated children to attend; maybe that should be more widespread.

    Posted in: In U.S., vaccine denial goes mainstream

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    Japanese Ph.D examinations are not as rigourous as elsewhere. For example, there are no external examiners and no thesis, or only a rough thesis, is prepared before the pre-examination which, here at least, is a 45 minute presentation and 40 minutes of questions. No matter how many questions there may be you have to stop after 40 minutes. The schedule is more important than a rigourous examination.

    The thesis is prepared before the final exam, but usually at the last minute and from what I've seen I doubt any of the examiners reads it in detail, if at all. The final exam (presentation + questions) is more a formality than a proper exam, the pre-examination having already decided if the work was good enough, or not. Note that these exams are only held twice a year so people rush to meet the deadline, rather than spend time writing a nice thesis.

    This is how Obokata was able to get away with cut-and-pasting large sections of her thesis: nobody read it.

    For comparison, I was an external examiner for a Ph.D. student in the UK last year. I had several weeks to read the thesis, the examination had no time limit (it took over 3 hours) and the problems identified with the thesis had to be corrected and checked before the Ph.D. was awarded.

    Posted in: Waseda to review all science and engineering dissertations in wake of Obokata scandal

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    No verb conjugations and no plurals are other things that aid learning Japanese.

    Posted in: Four ways Japanese isn’t the hardest language to learn

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    I'd like to know how Watanabe plans to pay back a Y500 million loan given his salary is something like Y20 million a year. If it's not really a loan it should be treated as income and he should pay tax on it.

    Posted in: Your Party leader Watanabe resigns over Y800 mil loan scandal

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    It's interesting to compare this case with the case of our former university president.

    In both cases the same figures were used in different papers with different captions. In both cases important results could not be repeated.

    In the case of our former president the laughable claim was made that samples and key data had fell off a ship transporting them to China and were now at the bottom of the sea.

    Despite a four year campaign by other academics, the former university president managed to keep his job, ride out the storm and has now retired. The case has been reported in the media and on local TV, but to nothing like the extent of the Obokata case. You might think that alleged misconduct by a university president was more newsworthy than that of a young researcher, but apparently not.

    Still, I think that the Obokata case by itself will only have a minimal impact on Japanese science. We have seen similar things in other countries where a young "superstar" researcher manages to publish a paper every month until it turns out the data have all been made up. I was reading the other week about a study that showed an increasing number of papers could be attributed to automatic paper generation software such as SciGen, so we can expect more of these scandals in the future.

    Posted in: Stem cell controversy sets back Japanese science

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    It won't be policed and the rules will be openly flouted with no penalty whatsoever.

    Japanese companies employing Japanese workers routinely ignore the labour standards law and are not punished, apart from the threat (never carried out) that they will be named and shamed. Why should the government care more about foreign slave labour than they do about their own citizens?

    Posted in: Japan moves to expand controversial foreign worker scheme

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    It's interesting that Microsoft are now giving away their OS after many years of claiming that piracy increases the cost of software.

    The truth is, and always has been, that piracy and free alternatives decrease the cost of software as companies like Microsoft are denied a price-gouging monopoly and are forced to be competitive.

    Mind you, they will still need some revenue to defend the lawsuits that Apple will bring claiming various patent infringements.

    Posted in: Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature

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    The socialists are turning nasty now that they have destroyed the economy and wasted the oil revenue. The next step is mass murder and the disappearance of opposition members. It's the same story every time with socialists.

    Posted in: Venezuela blocks opposition lawmaker in violent clash

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    nigelboy: From a cost performance perspective, strict non-lethal method is simply inefficient.

    Publishing only two peer-reviewed papers in nine years is my definition of inefficient. I would be sacked for such poor performance, despite receiving just a tiny fraction of the money the Japanese wasted on whale "research" over the same period. Why aren't the clowns responsible for the whaling "research" being fired?

    Posted in: Australia, NZ fear Japan may try to sidestep whaling ban

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    When I first went to the barber here I asked for it to be "mijikaku", which he found rather amusing. I still go to the same guy; he's about 80 now but does a good job, although he's getting a little bit shaky with the cut-throat razor.

    Posted in: Getting a haircut in Japan: A survival guide

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    The unelected Chinese dictatorship hates having its sneaky, land-grabbing activities exposed to the world. It shows up their repeated claims of "peaceful development" for the lies that they are.

    Posted in: China says Manila provoking trouble in seas ahead of legal case

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    My wife said the dry cleaners was full of people yesterday handing in piles of clothes in order to save 3%. This morning we got a leaflet from the same cleaner: "50% off".

    A leaflet from the supermarket also shows many goods still priced at Y98 and Y198 (tax included).

    It looks like those who didn't panic buy may be able to pick up some good deals over the next month or so as shops try to keep people coming in.

    Posted in: Sales tax goes up for first time in 17 years

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