Tessa's past comments

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    Tessa

    Well done, Ken Watanabe!

    Posted in: Review: O'Hara shines in mostly wonderful 'The King and I'

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    Tessa

    The "Monde Selection" awards are not in any way a true series of awards. Companies pay to submit their products to the company, they are rated based on taste / quality and then given a "gold" "silver" or "bronze" rating which the product company can display on future packaging.

    the application fee alone is one million yen.

    Posted in: Fukushima bottled water wins Gold Quality Award in Monde Selection

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    Huh. We can discuss the pros and cons of brown vs. white rice until the cows come home, but the fact is that the Japanese are the longest-lived and healthiest people in the world (with the lowest rates of obesity), so they must be doing something right.

    Having said that, it doesn't surprise me one bit that they rank so low on the international scale of rice consumption. One of my favourite classroom activities is to ask my students to describe a typical Japanese breakfast. They will eagerly reply in detail (rice, miso soup, pickles, fish, green tea), along with the usual obligatory comments about the healthfulness and deliciousness of Japanese cuisine.

    Then I'll ask them to tell me what they usually eat for breakfast themselves. Surprise surprise, only about one in ten eats rice in the morning. More typically, they breakfast on bread, fruit, and yogurt, washed down with coffee.

    And has anyone else noticed that the rice section of the supermarket is getting smaller and smaller all the time, whereas the bread and pasta sections are expanding?

    Posted in: Japan ranks No. 50 in world rice consumption

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    Tessa

    He's 86, he will never go to jail.

    Actually, it seems that some elderly Japanese people commit crimes precisely so that they will go to prison.

    Posted in: 89-yr-old woman fatally stabbed in Osaka home; suspect tries to kill himself

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    Tessa

    Good grief, what a terrible idea! Let's turn that around, and change it to "The government is encouraging unemployed workers to become child care workers because there is a chronic shortage in that field." Now how does it sound? Would people leave their own children in the care of desperate, pressured, underpaid and barely qualified workers? If not, then why would they inflict that standard of care on their parents?

    Posted in: The government is encouraging unemployed people to consider becoming health care workers because there is a chronic shortage in the nursing care business. Do you think that is a good idea?

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    Tessa

    He can do whatever he likes, just don't expect me to pay for it.

    Posted in: What do you think about the Japanese photojournalist who wants to go to Syria and Iraq?

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    Tessa

    They do what theyre told to do, but nothing else.

    Back home I worked in an airport duty-free store over the holidays. We hired people from all over the world, and by far the biggest complaint from managers was that the Japanese staff had absolutely no initiative at all. They would just stand around like automatons, waiting to be given orders. We all worked on commission, and they brought in the lowest sales of all (fortunately the sheer numbers of Japanese tourists buying dozens of keychains, pens, and chocolate bars each made up for the shortfall). On the other hand, they never complained about being ordered to work through their lunch hours when we were short-handed. The other staff members used to quit over stuff like that!

    Especially if the new or potential employee is an employee who is married to a foreign spouse or who has lived and worked overseas (especially America) where they may have picked up some of the American attitude and thought and don't show reverence to some older Japanese employees.

    Yup. I especially don't like checking into hotels (in Japan) with staff like that. Sure, their English is perfect, but their attitudes need some work. They don't usually last very long, though.

    Posted in: 5 ways to bug your older Japanese coworkers at a new job

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    Tessa

    Infuriating. do they think it's the work of the same person/s? I recall a few years ago some nutter was going around vandalising churches and other places of worship in the Kansa region.

    Posted in: 24 temples, shrines in 6 prefectures vandalized by oily liquid

  • 0

    Tessa

    Japanese rice is the best rice in the world.

    If that's true, then why is the domestic market for rice getting smaller and smaller? I do a headcount of my adult students who eat rice on a daily basis ... they are decreasing all the time.

    Posted in: Head of Japan's powerful farming lobby to resign in August

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    Tessa

    I might buy one for my four-year-old nephew.

    Posted in: Jump in my car

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    Tessa

    PND doesn't always kick in right after birth. It can take time to show up.

    The baby in this case was only two and a half weeks old.

    The test that I translated for healthcare workers is administered to mothers on home visits six weeks post-partum.

    What ever fools call post natal depression an "excuse" have never experienced it nor understand mental health troubles at all. It is a very destructive force in a woman's mental health.

    Agreed. In the UK, a mother cannot be charged with the murder of her baby less than a year old, in recognition of the enormous physical and emotional upheavals that new mothers experience.

    Posted in: Mother jumps from roof while holding 17-day-old baby

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    Tessa

    Wonder how many other guys have done that and other things and women have just not reported it.

    I wouldn't know where to begin. Let's just say that I've had worse stuff done to me on public transport.

    There are some sick puppies in this country.

    Yep.

    Posted in: Man arrested for throwing bodily fluid on girl's skirt

  • 3

    Tessa

    Many Japanese people are under the impression that Japanese men don't look good bald, but they are wrong.

    Posted in: Ken Watanabe on 'The King and I'

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    Tessa

    I've just finished translating the Edinburgh questionnaire for healthcare workers in a nearby municipality.

    https://psychology-tools.com/epds/

    As far as I know, just about every new mother in Japan is given this test.

    Posted in: Mother jumps from roof while holding 17-day-old baby

  • 1

    Tessa

    Really? Public high school and public university fees in Japan are actually cheaper than back home.

    Posted in: What should the Japanese government do to help working mothers?

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    Tessa

    Most Americans have no clue about international economics and are not well informed on these issues.

    Or geography, for that matter. I have many friends, and a few relatives living in the US. Most of them think I'm living in Hong Kong! Or even Singapore (which is apparently the capital of Tokyo, China).

    Posted in: U.S., Japan trust each other but both wary of China: poll

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    Tessa

    If babies are as cheap as some here are claiming, then why is the birthrate so low?

    Posted in: What should the Japanese government do to help working mothers?

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    Tessa

    Entire Japanese families, sitting next to us and slurping spaghetti.

    Oh yeah, that one. I love the way they try and explain it by saying "it's hot, we have to slurp it down like that to avoid burning our mouths" and then do exactly the same thing with chilled somen noodles! Or any other kind of food for that matter.

    On the other hand, I really dislike the way westerners lick their fingers after handling food. I bet that looks pretty nasty to Japanese diners, too.

    Posted in: What behavior by diners at buffets bothers you?

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    Tessa

    I'm fortunate in that I've not seen any truly horrendous behaviour in Japan, but one thing that bugged me was when a young lady took all of the seafood out of the seafood salad bowl and left only the vegetables. I thought that was very inconsiderate.

    Oh, another time at a crab restaurant an elderly lady pulled out a plastic bag and shoved some crab legs into it. I couldn't stop laughing!

    Posted in: What behavior by diners at buffets bothers you?

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    Tessa

    Elderly people definitely do hoard under-the-mattress money at home. They are nervous, they remember when times were tough, and they don't entirely trust the banks. I would say an average amount is 1,000,000 yen, based on what people have told me themselves (I've had to beg certain older students to not discuss these things openly) or what their children/grandchildren have discovered while cleaning out the closets. Personally I have a bad habit of hoarding pin money in savings accounts that I barely use. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone!

    Posted in: It's like an iceberg – it just won't melt. It will just sit there, immobile and frozen in time.

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