Tessa's past comments

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    Tessa

    No offense to Takahashi, who is a credit to the nation, but I have yet to meet any woman who regards him as a "heartthrob." Some of the men might, though ...

    Posted in: Takahashi denies being victim of sexual harassment

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    Tessa

    As athletes and officials have opportunities to socialise with those in foreign teams, they “hug and kiss (each other) very naturally”, she said.

    right, blame the foreigners.

    Posted in: Magazine says Seiko Hashimoto sexually harassed skater Takahashi

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    Tessa

    What areas please? Just curious.

    During last week's typhoon, and for a few days afterwards, many areas in western Japan were subject to evacuation orders, some of them emergency. People close to me were affected, and were very grateful for the advance warning. It's obvious to me that authorities keep a very close eye on weather conditions. Why were the people in Hiroshima so badly failed by them?

    Posted in: At least 39 dead, 7 missing as landslides hit Hiroshima

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    Tessa

    What many people are not aware of is that the Japanese legally allowed limit of 100 Bq/kg is at least five times more stringent than the limits in most if not all of the European countries and even more so than the limit in the US.

    Are you talking about foodstuffs imported into Japan, or domestic produce? Japan is notorious for having extremely stringent requirements for one, but not for the other. Guess which is which?

    Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports

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    Tessa

    I imagine Ebola would spread very effectivelyl in Japan! Everyone packed close together most of the time, distinct lack of handwashing with soap after using the toilet, old guys spitting and peeing in the street, doctors who still prescribe antibiotics for viral infections or who diagnose any illness as a 'cold'....the list goes on.

    Ah, you seem to be forgetting a few things!

    I work closely with children in Japan, and just about every single day I have to admonish kids for putting their hands in their mouths, or picking their noses repeatedly, or even playing with their own private parts. It goes without saying that they cough and sneeze right in other people's faces without bothering to cover their mouths. (Actually a lot of adults do this too.)

    The public conveniences in Japan don't provide hot water or soap or towels. Most people, especially in summer, carry their own hand towels around and repeatedly use them throughout the day.

    People routinely share bathwater with others, and then use the same water for their laundry (cold wash).

    Food safety in Japan is very much hit-and-miss.

    I sincerely hope that Ebola never comes to Japan, but if it does it is sure to receive a warm welcome!

    Posted in: This is not an unknown disease, and we have a system for dealing with it, so the disease is unlikely to spread in Japan even if an infected person appears.

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    Tessa

    Very poor title... to grave? seriously!?

    On the contrary, I think it's a great title! (But then I'm from a land, like Japan, that offers cradle-to-grave care to all citizens.)

    I had a great deal of fun dissecting this article with my students today! One of them said "it's like they are putting baby food in new packages!" and I had to agree.

    Seems like pretty much everything baby related can now be adapted for the geriatric population. food, nappies, medicine and even the TV shoes which are anyway infantile.

    Well, there's a reason it's called second childhood. I'm actually looking forward to it.

    Posted in: From cradle to grave, Kewpie adapts menu to feed aging nation

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    Tessa

    I have lots of relatives in Singapore, and I don't think any of them would knowingly purchase rice grown in Fukushima.

    I'm curious about this, too. I have a good friend in Singapore who told me that women who had been holidaying in Japan during the crisis actually went as far as terminating their pregnancies, upon the advice of their home doctors. Singapore is a rich country with a vibrant food culture, and the people will not be dictated to about what and where they should eat. And Japan is going to have to learn that not every problem can be solved with money.

    Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports

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    Tessa

    I hear landslide, and I think of this dreadful incident which was related to me by my grandmother: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberfan_disaster ... and I also can't help thinking "thank goodness it wasn't a school day today."

    Why were those households not evacuated? So many other areas in western Japan were, why not there? My Japanese friends and students are in shock right now, they had such faith in the superiority of Japanese disaster prevention (against all available evidence!).

    Posted in: At least 39 dead, 7 missing as landslides hit Hiroshima

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    Tessa

    Oh come on, people. If he were doing this with cats or dogs or hamsters, he would be regarded as an animal hoader, and recommended for psychiatric treatment.

    Human babies are not hamsters!

    Posted in: Japanese suspect in Thai surrogate baby scandal hands over DNA samples

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    Tessa

    Its provenance will be marked and it will not be mixed with other produce, an official said.

    Suuuuure!

    Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports

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    Tessa

    :-o I cannot believe some of the responses I'm reading here. Can you not see how exploitative the whole scenario is?

    Imagine if your sister (or female cousin, or BFF) fell on hard times, and received an offer from a very wealthy person to borrow her womb for a year in exchange for a large sum of money. Would you be all like "yeah, sounds like a great deal to me!" Why not just advise her to sell a kidney, and be done with it?

    Posted in: What is your stance on surrogate births?

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    Tessa

    But I don't value it as useful information; my own opinion is that classroom chinwags have a distorting effect both on teacher and student.

    I totally agree with you. But I did not state that every single Japanese adult that I converse with is a student ... some of them are friends. And not all of those friends even speak much English, or have any interest in doing so! In fact, I can trust their opinions the most, because I'm absolutely certain they are not adapting them to my Western sensibilities.

    But have you ever considered that the type of people you are talking to (English students) are not representative of Japanese people as a whole?

    I think that's a good point. But for the most part, they (my students, friends, and acquaintances) are solidly middle-class people from middle-class backgrounds - in fact, if you wanted to paint a picture of the average educated Japanese suburbanite, you'd probably need look no further than one of my "friends" here. You are aware that most Japanese people regard themselves as middle class, aren't you?

    Posted in: Shabu-shabu restaurant mislabels beef on menu at 3 locations

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    Tessa

    A very similar death (from a lower floor) ocurred just the other day in New York. Unfortunately the Japanese have no monopoly on inattentive parenting...

    That is very true. Unfortunately, they do have a monopoly on incredibly low birthrate. Japan needs all the babies it can get, and can't afford to lose them in such a careless fashion.

    Posted in: 1-year-old girl falls to her death from 8th floor apartment

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    Tessa

    Violence of this type in Japan shocks me more than in other countries because the Japanese take such pride in being a socially/racially homogenous society, in which 90% of citizens regard themselves as "middle class" (whatever that means).

    Posted in: Woman, 3 minors arrested after girl's body found in apartment

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    Tessa

    Is Hollywood doing enough for troubled stars?

    Sorry, but those stars aspired for Hollywood in the first place. Let them take care of their own troubles - they can certainly afford it.

    Posted in: Is Hollywood doing enough to help troubled stars?

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    Tessa

    Whatever became of the Lacoste vs. Crocodile brand thing? I see quite a few Crocodilians around here, mainly housewives with pretensions.

    Posted in: French clothing brand LACOSTE carving out niche for itself in Japan

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    Tessa

    @Strangerland: in an average working week I speak at length with around seventy Japanese adults, and get to elicit and hear their opinions on a wide variety of matters. Believe me when I tell you that on an average day I get told that Japan's (fill-in-the-blank) is the safest, most delicious, most advanced, most (fill-in-the-blank) in the world. I do not think that my students/friends are atypical of Japanese people in general, in fact I think they are quite average. How many average Japanese people do you talk with in an average week?

    Posted in: Shabu-shabu restaurant mislabels beef on menu at 3 locations

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    Tessa

    Strange from her parents part , they did not report her missing only after 22 days ...!!!!

    According to updated reports, the girl was a chronic runaway, so I suppose it's understandable that her parents assumed that she'd done another runner.

    Posted in: Woman, 3 minors arrested after girl's body found in apartment

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    Tessa

    @borscht: Ha! you might just be right, and you've reminded me of a case a few years back when a restaurant in Hokkaido was found to be serving lower-grade beef to Chinese tourists. Some of my Japanese friends assured me that this would never happen to Japanese customers (way to blame the victim!) because of their more delicate palates. It was great fun to remind them of their words when the whole "giso" thing blew up in Osaka.

    Daily? Who exactly are you talking to, and what kind of conversations are you having that you would hear this daily?

    Do you even live in Japan?

    Posted in: Shabu-shabu restaurant mislabels beef on menu at 3 locations

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    Tessa

    @Himajin: if I had been old, infirm, or in charge of a baby or two (I am none of these things, which I hope it obvious to the average service provider) then I would've greatly appreciated the assistance. My point is, it's frivolous and unnecessary, and I doubt very much that the sales assistant did it in the true spirit of service; most likely she did it because it was in the manual and nothing more.

    Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service

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