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    SumoBob

    Gro Harlem Brundtland is truly a great world leader.

    Posted in: What are the hallmarks of a great statesman or stateswoman? Are there any current world leaders whom you truly admire?

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    "Don't s*** where you eat." is a mantra I've lived by and found to be the best policy in this situation.

    Posted in: How do you feel about workplace romances?

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    SumoBob

    A 28-year-old in the housing sector says of her section head, who is in her 40s and single, "She's a good cook, and proud of it. She has a house party once a month, and we're all invited. There'll be a dozen or so bottles of wine, and when we're all drunk she'll start, 'Why isn't so-and-so here?' Whoever it was who couldn't make it is then raked over the coals. It's like a trial in absentia. So I feel I have to go, whether I want to or not. It’s a damn nuisance. Working under my old male boss was much less strained."

    Right. All you had to worry about before was remembering to get his tea on time and putting up with a hand on your ass once and a while.

    All this crap from both men and women is just jealousy at it's worst.

    Posted in: Women execs ruin companies, magazine claims

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    SumoBob

    There is a complete lack of information here. The most likely situation is that this mother (of a nine yr. old, too) have birth to a stillborn fetus and embarrassed by the whole situation made a rash decision. The second problem in this case is the blanket law in Japan about "improper disposal of a body" which was originally designed to give police more time to extract confessions from murder suspects.

    Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping body of baby in toilet in Gunma

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    SumoBob

    Although two of the 7 reactors look likely to restart on technical grounds, the head of the local prefecture has accused the operator of "institutionalised lying" and says TEPCO cannot be trusted to operate another facility.

    Is this a direct translation from the Japanese article? "The head of the local prefecture?" What does that even mean? Way to make it seem like some kouminkan guy is whining instead of the Governor of Niigata. Sheesh.

    Posted in: Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

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    SumoBob

    Many here have brought up good points on why to treat these statistics with a grain of salt. But one more key part of the article bears repeating:

    "the number of foreigners arrested on suspicion of committing crimes"

    Arrests, NOT convictions. Why no comparisons with the number of convictions for comparison? And since police are hyper-vigilant in spotting and questioning people who appear to be foreign nationals, the data seems very questionable.

    Posted in: No. of foreigners arrested for crimes in Japan up by 8% in 2013

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    SumoBob

    First off, a few caveats that have been glossed over in this article.

    "The results are good news for a policy drive under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which is aimed at reigniting the once powerhouse economy."

    This is somewhat true, however focusing on the economy and reforming the way things are done in Japan was never Abe's idea or something he championed. His closest LDP advisors basically forced him to put on a show for it so that his nationalism agenda when implemented would receive less scrutiny.

    "The world's third-largest economy has long been locked in a deflationary spiral and price-sensitive consumers got used to paying around the same amount year after year for their haircuts, televisions, beer and sushi."

    Prices in Japan used to be sky high until the bubble burst. Normal markups for consumer goods were normally 200% or greater. The sluggish economy the past 20 years has simply forced businesses to accept normal prices like the rest of the world instead of gouging everyone as a matter of course.

    "Unemployment fell to a more than six-year low."

    We all know these numbers are always fudged. How many jobs are freeters working at Yoshinoya for 700 yen an hour and living at home? How many seniors directing traffic in shopping mall parking lots? How many marginalized people working at Fukushima-Daiichi through six layers of sub-contractors for 8,000 yen a day minus expenses?

    Posted in: Consumer prices up; jobless rate falls to 6-year low

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    SumoBob

    Abe: "President Park, it's nice to meet you." *

    Park: ....

    Abe: I thought I'd try speaking in Korean, since you're probably too young to have learned Japanese in School.*

    Posted in: Seoul unmoved as Japan hails bridge-building summit

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    SumoBob

    Remember your quote, WilliB when you can't feed or provide clean water for your grandkids.

    Posted in: U.N. scientists to deliver grim report on climate at Yokohama conference

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    SumoBob

    Perhaps some other leaders will mention to him, "Next time, please listen to the outside experts who told you not to build your backup power generators at ground level beside the ocean." and perhaps he'll take it to heart this time around.

    Posted in: Nuclear summitry

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    SumoBob

    The popcorn in a paper cup is a nice touch.

    Posted in: Tokyo Midtown celebrates cherry blossom season with martinis and Ritz-Carlton goodies

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    SumoBob

    Based of Yamamoto's comments, it clear this meeting was done out of sheer necessity rather than a true desire to bring in the best minds from around the globe to help Japan into the 21st century as far as cyber-security goes. Yet, his hints as to the group's future recommendations read like the same old, tried and true (or is that tired and true?) Japan. "Encourage" youth to take up computer science, and developing domestic software so we don't have to import it and hurt Japan Inc., etc.

    As for the first suggestion, at my school I'm the only teacher who ever has his students use the computer lab, so I don't know how this will ever be achievable in the short term to be of any use for what clearly is a pressing issue.

    This sounds just like the "recommendations" to get J-woman to give birth to more kids to repopulate the country. And we all know how well that turned out.

    Posted in: Japan holds first cyberattack drill to bolster national security

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    SumoBob

    Let me guess, this "drill" included a demonstration for the media featuring someone in a sunglasses-wearing, computer costume being chased down and surrounded by the Tokyo Police cyber squad wielding "fushisha" sasumata poles.

    Posted in: Japan holds first cyberattack drill to bolster national security

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    SumoBob

    @jumpultimatestars

    Let's put aside for the moment the criminal abduction of Megumi and realise for a moment that whatever the truth, both sides have been playing the parents and the public as dupes in an ongoing geopolitical PR battle.

    Lest we for get that the bone fragments handed over by North Korea were handled in the most slipshod manner possible as to defy belief. To quote:

    "An interview in the 3 February 2005 issue of Nature revealed that the DNA analysis on Megumi's remains had been performed by a member of the medical department of Teikyo University, Yoshii Tomio. Yoshii, it later transpired, was a relatively junior faculty member, of lecturer status, in a forensic department that had neither a professor nor even an assistant professor. He said that he had no previous experience in the analysis of cremated specimens, described his tests as inconclusive, and remarked that such samples were very easily contaminated by anyone coming in contact with them, like "stiff sponges that can absorb anything". The five tiny samples he had been given to work on (the largest of them 1.5 grams) had anyway been used up in his laboratory, so independent verification was thereafter impossible."

    And a rebuttal by Nature magazine after complaints by the Japanese Government:

    "Japan is right to doubt North Korea's every statement. But its interpretation of the DNA tests has crossed the boundary of science's freedom from political interference. Nature's interview with the scientist who carried out the tests raised the possibility that the remains were merely contaminated, making the DNA tests inconclusive. This suggestion is uncomfortable for a Japanese government that wants to have North Korea seen as unambiguously fraudulent. ... The inescapable fact is that the bones may have been contaminated. ... It is also entirely possible that North Korea is lying. But the DNA tests that Japan is counting on won't resolve the issue. The problem is not in the science but in the fact that the government is meddling in scientific matters at all. Science runs on the premise that experiments, and all the uncertainty involved in them, should be open for scrutiny. Arguments made by other Japanese scientists that the tests should have been carried out by a larger team are convincing. Why did Japan entrust them to one scientist working alone, one who no longer seems to be free to talk about them? Japan's policy seems a desperate effort to make up for what has been a diplomatic failure ... Part of the burden for Japan's political and diplomatic failure is being shifted to a scientist for doing his job—deriving conclusions from experiments and presenting reasonable doubts about them. But the friction between North Korea and Japan will not be decided by a DNA test. Likewise, the interpretation of DNA test results cannot be decided by the government of either country. Dealing with North Korea is no fun, but it doesn't justify breaking the rules of separation between science and politics."

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MegumiYokota#DNAcontroversy

    Posted in: Parents of abductee Megumi Yokota meet N Korean grandchild

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    SumoBob

    "My guess it was carried out by a female who works as a researcher and is hard up financially," Tobimatsu speculates. "'The Diary of a Young Girl' contains passages about Anne's expectations of love even while she was forced to live in hiding. These days university instructors subsist on low wages and are hassled to engage in research. They have no chance get married, let alone enjoy romance. I think we can't rule out the possibility that the perpetrator feels envy toward Anne Frank and is defacing the books out of a sense of unjustified resentment."

    Way to go, Tobimatsu-kun. Your misogynistic bias is showing, now that a middle aged, homeless man has been arrested for the crime. I so wish these so-called experts would stop talking out of their asses. 100 percent incorrect.

    Posted in: Experts speculate on likely Anne Frank book vandal

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    SumoBob

    This is a good idea in theory, but the EU shouldn't be attacking the use of the name, but rather the ingredients and how it's made. If the cheese maker in the US can produce a product of similar quality they should have no problem using the real name.

    The problem is the mega corporations and their plastic, cheese-like substance. Trust me, these US lawmakers aren't really fighting for the little artisanal companies anyway, but for for the huge agra-businesses who have had decades of controlling market share such that the average American has never tried real cheese.

    Posted in: Europe wants its Parmesan back; seeks name change

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    SumoBob

    Well done. Obviously someone who's worked hard to get where he is and not just a flash-in-the-"pan".

    Posted in: Bake my day

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    SumoBob

    Save for this English language new site, Bloomburg and The Japanese language Wall Street Journal not a peep from the sheeple Japanese domestic media. Quelle surprise.

    Posted in: Boeing reports cracks in Dreamliner wings

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    SumoBob

    More media sensationalism. Next they'll be claiming that she's actually not even a woman and her research was actually conducted by a blind, ghost-scientist.

    Posted in: 'Game-changing' Japan stem-cell study questioned

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    SumoBob

    @CajunH2O & papigiulio

    You are right, various leaders have offered generalized apologies to WW2 victims, including sex slaves. The problem is, every time one is offered it is always followed shortly thereafter by a denial by some prominent politician. The country doesn't get to "sincerely apologize" then take it all back later on. Right-wing blowhards have had free reign to deny past war crimes with impunity, while the political leaders of the day quietly admonish, saying things like, "The comments were 'inappropriate' " and back up their outbursts with public visits to Yasakuni Shrine and allowing textbook whitewashing.

    There MUST be an complete, unadulterated, public apology from the Japanese government while also making it a crime to deny in any way Japanese crimes of aggression in Asia during the 30's and 40's. Then, and only then can Japan have the high road when it comes to Korea and China complaining. Jaoan should be completely honest and forthcoming for once and beat them at their own game.

    Posted in: WWII sex slavery indescribable wrong: ex-PM Murayama

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