Sensato's past comments

  • -1

    Sensato

    butter at the super is about 405 yen per 200g pack plus tax ( when they have it).

    @Himajin

    Thank you for the pricing information. That would calculate out to about $7.50 (Y920) per pound — significantly closer to the U.S. supermarket per-pound price of $5(?).

    My information came from this link (since updated to 2,280Y for three 200g portions: http://goo.gl/Bd67ap

    Posted in: Japan braces for another butter shortage

  • -2

    Sensato

    A pound of butter costs roughly $5 per pound in the U.S. compared with roughly $18 per pound in Japan (Y2,929 for three 200g portions). That is an absurd price disparity.

    These numbers are based on rough calculations involving one popular brand of butter in U.S. supermarkets (Land O Lakes) and another in Japan (Yukijirushi Hokkaido Butter), sold via Amazon U.S. and Amazon Japan (now sold out), respectively.

    Posted in: Japan braces for another butter shortage

  • 4

    Sensato

    “The government plans to have butter imports on a scale sufficient for stable supply,” said Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Tuesday

    I am getting very tired of supermarkets here regularly running out of butter for days on end, and having to hoard it since much of my cooking relies on the ingredient.

    I really do wish Japan's ministry of agriculture would simply get out of the business of deciding how much butter Japan will import. Let the free market decide! The agriculture bureaucrats are doing a horrible job of ensuring "stable supply" — an advanced economy like Japan should not continually face chronic butter shortages as it now does.

    Posted in: Japan braces for another butter shortage

  • 1

    Sensato

    only five families were selected from the 17 who applied for this round

    It is hard to believe that only 17 families applied for this, especially given that job opportunities may be available through the program.

    I am always amazed at how urban centric people in Japan are and the stigma most people here attach to rural living and the farming lifestyle. In the U.S. there are a lot of people who romanticize life in the country. If this program were offered there, many thousands of people would have applied.

    Posted in: Shimane Prefecture will give you a house…but only if you promise to stay for 25 years

  • 11

    Sensato

    ...long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup

    I major element of the whole luxury coffee shop experience is to relax and unwind in the process of leisurely enjoying premium coffee. Waiting countless hours in these ridiculously long lines clearly defeats the whole purpose of that experience.

    Posted in: Coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long lines in Tokyo

  • -1

    Sensato

    Exports rose 8% year-on-year

    The 8% gain in exports contrasts with expectations for a 6.5% increase. This unexpected rise has pushed the Nikkei up 145 points so far today for a new 15-year high.

    Posted in: Japan posts Y53.4 bil trade deficit in April

  • 2

    Sensato

    Many (although not most) people I know in the U.S. actually do this, if for anything just for the sake of lightening the housework burden. Still, families that do this usually make exceptions when guests come to visit.

    Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country?

  • 1

    Sensato

    A picture would have been nice.

    @sam

    This link is even better. This is footage from a Japanese variety show featuring the building and its owner.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_B_u8_hq4I

    Posted in: Nagoya 'rubbish house' resident may boast mother of all messes

  • 4

    Sensato

    A picture would have been nice.

    @sam

    Results of a Google image search on the words nagoya and "gomi yashiki" (in Japanese): https://goo.gl/aueBHM

    I think most of these are the 3-story building mentioned in this article.

    Posted in: Nagoya 'rubbish house' resident may boast mother of all messes

  • 22

    Sensato

    a crucial part of the new system will require the government to fully support its educators

    In other words, this is bureaucratic speak meaning that the LDP is aiming for heightened intervention in the teaching curriculum along with closer teacher monitoring to make sure teachers don't stray from the script.

    Not difficult to read between the lines on this education ministry proposal.

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

  • 3

    Sensato

    Hundreds of people stage a rally

    'Hundreds of people is dismally low considering that greater Tokyo has 13 million plus people, considering how momentous the decision is to revise Article 9, and considering the implications of the change on the current and future generations of people in Japan.

    Should the lack of outrage and dialogue be marked up to apathy, or is it possible that these bills really aren't all that 'controversial' in Japan? (rhetorical)

    Posted in: A message for the PM

  • 2

    Sensato

    most shoppers are just as respectful toward the hard-working individuals who’re ringing their purchases up.

    I would have to disagree with that one.

    I am continually shocked at how rude many customers in Japan are toward store clerks, waitresses and others serving them.

    Posted in: Man buying porn refuses to be served by female convenience store clerk

  • 8

    Sensato

    Without knowing the complete story, I wouldn't fault the father here.

    We know that after the strangulation attempt he consulted the police, who seemingly did nothing. After that, he probably had little to no recourse.

    I know the situation, a true catch-22. If he had stayed home for the weeks/months following the incident, he would likely have lost his job. That would have created more strife in his already dysfunctional family, and a loss of employment would likely mean divorce, and in Japan being shut out of his son's life. If he had left his wife taking his son with him, he would have faced likely abduction charges. If that were to happen, he would likely have found himself completely shut out of his son's life.

    Particularly in Japan, the deck is stacked against children and their dads in these situations.

    Posted in: Mother admits throwing 5-year-old son from 13th-floor apartment

  • 17

    Sensato

    Japanese media reported that Koki’s father had consulted police a week earlier about an incident on Dec 23 when his wife tried to strangle Koki with a cord while at a hotel.

    It doesn't even surprise me anymore that the police and/or CPS didn't become involved then and there after the hotel incident. In my experience in Japan, the authorities do absolutely nothing when abuse involves mother against child, unless there are very obvious physical injures — and then only maybe.

    With no help from the authorities, the father then faces a catch-22. He has to go to work to support the family, and nobody believes it is 'that bad.' The authorities think the father is overreacting and just can't fathom that a Japanese mother would abuse her child.

    I know a father who visited the Ward office's kosodate sodan (parenting support) office. Not only did they do nothing, the person who was supposed to provide support even told an acquaintance living in the area about the father's supposedly confidential visit, and eventually word got back to the mother.

    Posted in: Mother admits throwing 5-year-old son from 13th-floor apartment

  • 9

    Sensato

    German contrition over World War Two stands in contrast to Japan’s failure to reflect on its past

    I agree with the above, but of course the irony is that Japan's denial of history fails in comparison with the Chinese Communist Party's failure to recognize the Mao regime's atrocities and many millions of deaths.

    Very obviously the CCP is training the public's attention on Japan to detract from its own shortcomings, and to provide a pretext for Chinese expansionism around SE Asia.

    Posted in: China newspaper slams Japan for lack of WW2 contrition

  • 2

    Sensato

    The volcano had become sufficiently active to spew ash deposits and rocks on surrounding areas if an eruption occurs

    That doesn't make sense to me. Does it mean the volcano has not yet spewed ash and rocks on surrounding areas, but would if it were to erupt? That seems like a no-brainer.

    Posted in: Volcanic activity continues at Hakone resort

  • 7

    Sensato

    According to Wikipedia, "The [Order of the Rising Sun] is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in the following fields: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment."

    I would be curious to know on what basis she won the award.

    She has been critical of Abe's position on the comfort women in the recent past, so she obviously didn't win it for catering to Japan's nationalist element.

    Posted in: Pelosi receives Japan award

  • 7

    Sensato

    Tip of the iceberg methinks.

    Given that Japan is known as having the longest average lifespan in the world, I wonder how much of that statistic is attributable to deaths where no death certificate was issued, where people who have passed away are still thought to be alive (although in this particular case death certificates were issued, so I imagine they mother and father were not counted as still alive in calculating Japan's longevity statistics).

    Posted in: Gifu woman held for cashing dead parents' pension for 50 years

  • 2

    Sensato

    If the documentary is made honestly, rather than as a means for Samuragochi to "rehabilitate his shattered image," then I think this could potentially make for a fascinating documentary.

    I particularly hope the documentary delves into why the public and the media was so easily, and eagerly, deceived.

    Posted in: Japan's 'Fake Beethoven' to star in documentary

  • 3

    Sensato

    if there was a historic site in the Southern U.S. -- let's say in Chalreston, S.C.-- that had ties to the American Revolution, but was also used later as a slave market, would UNESCO let that pass? I mean where do you draw the line?

    @jerseyboy

    Very well said.

    And in your example (I'm assuming hypothetical), notions of both the site's glorious past and its shameful past are essential in terms of its heritage to future generations. So, the ugly portions of the site's history are certainly not something you would think would be left out of an application for inclusion as a World Heritage site.

    It boggles my mind that whoever submitted the applications in Japan chose to do so.

    Posted in: S Korea opposes Japan's bid for heritage status of industrial sites

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