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    albaleo

    When we need a special fund to support children in poverty, I think we know the system is broken.

    Posted in: I would like all of society to work together to ensure that a child’s future should not be determined by his or her family’s financial circumstances.

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    albaleo

    Strange article.

    "In the 19th century"

    One of the biggest changes in japan's history took place during this century. Is the "tiny government" idea meant to relate to the pre-Meiji or post-Meiji governments?

    As for the "civil servant" numbers, do they include health service workers? The drama of the numbers might be helped if we had a source.

    Posted in: Modern Japan - land of small government

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    albaleo

    For such a 'supposedly' smart country their energy use age seems to be really dumb!

    And yet according to the World Bank, its energy use per capita is just below that of France and Germany and slightly higher than the UK and Denmark. (And just over half that of the USA.)

    Posted in: 9 power companies say they will be able to meet electricity demand this summer

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    albaleo

    He somehow lacks the seriousness of Osaka's Kamahen Rider.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1hISw-l-oA

    Posted in: Kamen Rider defends Kitakyushu from drunk drivers

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    albaleo

    No mention of the massive earthquake which had already started the meltdowns before the tsunami hit

    Perhaps because it didn't happen that way. From the World Nuclear Association website"

    "It appears that no serious damage was done to the reactors by the earthquake, and the operating units 1-3 were automatically shut down in response to it, as designed. At the same time all six external power supply sources were lost due to earthquake damage, so the emergency diesel generators located in the basements of the turbine buildings started up. Initially cooling would have been maintained through the main steam circuit bypassing the turbine and going through the condensers.

    Then 41 minutes later, at 3:42 pm, the first tsunami wave hit, followed by a second 8 minutes later. These submerged and damaged the seawater pumps for both the main condenser circuits and the auxiliary cooling circuits, notably the Residual Heat Removal (RHR) cooling system."

    Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction

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    albaleo

    You could put your natto on brown rice for even more fibre, except that natto is disgusting....

    Are you saying it's just a matter of taste and not nutrition? That I'd agree with. :-)

    (I'm a bit of a natto addict.)

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

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    albaleo

    The lack of fibre makes it a major contributor to constipation

    Brown rice has less than 1 gram of fiber per 50 grams dry weight. It's a very poor source of fiber. Natto on white rice will provide five times more fiber than a bowl of brown rice.

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

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    albaleo

    the brown, wholesome stuff. Not the white, polished crap that is bad for digestion

    Is that just bad for your digestion or bad for everyone's? I've read that for the average person, white rice is more digestible than brown rice, but the difference is small. The overall nutritional difference is also very small. White rice is one of the most tolerated foods around the world. Personally, I can't stand brown rice. (On the other hand, I prefer brown bread over white. ) My favorite is white rice cooked with green peas (mame gohan).

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

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    albaleo

    @Alex80

    My question was for nakanoguy01 who first mentioned the CO2-cancer thing.

    Posted in: Court issues injunction to halt restart of Takahama reactors

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    albaleo

    cancer caused by CO2

    I wasn't aware of a link between cancer and CO2. It would be pretty worrying seeing that we produce it as we breathe. Could you explain?

    Posted in: Court issues injunction to halt restart of Takahama reactors

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    albaleo

    10 per 100,000 or 0.0001%

    That should be 0.01%, shouldn't it?

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy shoots, kills 1-year-old boy in Ohio

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    albaleo

    All she had to do was say loudly "No soap, no sex" - no problem

    To which the husband's retort is like to be, "No sex, go soap."

    Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet

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    albaleo

    "a very controversial issue and it is debatable"

    Exactly, but unfortunately any serious debate is drowned out by loud and extreme voices on both sides of the issue. (swivel-eyed loons versus brainwashed sheep) One thing I find interesting is that the article doesn't mention which vaccines are to be subject to this ruling. Yet people still have firm ideas on the rights and wrongs. Does it include influenza? HPV? Chicken Pox?

    I probably fall in the sheep category. My kids were vaccinated with the standard set of vaccines at the time. I didn't question it.

    Posted in: Australia to deny benefits to parents refusing to vaccinate children

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    albaleo

    "the heat would instantly destroy everything if done under the mantle"

    The expression "not even wrong" comes to mind.

    Posted in: TEPCO considers evaporation, storage of tritium-laced Fukushima water

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    albaleo

    "The Japanese language, though, has a particularly large number of phrases and speech patterns that clearly differentiate whether you’re speaking with respect or humility, "

    I'd say the opposite is true. There are a relatively small number of formulaic expressions that can be used to show respect. English is much more complex. I recall a Japanese woman recounting her experiences in the USA. At first, she thought the outward informality allowed her a lot of freedom. Some months later she found she had no good friends. Then someone told her she came over as rude and too familiar with people she had just met.

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

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    albaleo

    "I do not believe the God I worship wanted private citizens to own assault rifles."

    In that case, he should have thought the whole thing through a bit more.

    Posted in: NRA leaders warn members of looming gun-control efforts

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    albaleo

    "incinerate it in a volcano"

    I think that would be the same as evaporating it.

    Posted in: TEPCO considers evaporation, storage of tritium-laced Fukushima water

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    albaleo

    "It should be 3 syllables, not 2."

    Not according to my dictionary.

    Posted in: Pronunciation anxiety: Many Japanese people don’t want to speak English unless it’s perfect

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    albaleo

    "I wonder what they say to the passengers in this type of situation."

    Something like this?

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we appear to have lost power in one of the engines. In the highly likely event that we lose power in the other engine, we would ask you to put on your life jackets and keep your seat belts fastened. This will do you no good whatsoever, but it may help your loved ones avoid difficulties with insurance claims should the company try to shift some of the responsibility to yourself."

    (With some help from Billy Connolly)

    Posted in: JAL plane makes emergency landing after mid-air engine shutdown

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    albaleo

    @praack

    "newark has 402,000"

    While I'm sure it is more than 41 flights per day, I think that number is a little on the high side.

    Posted in: JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

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