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albaleoMar. 07, 2014 - 06:22PM JST
I misread the headline at first.
Serial underwear thief operated on three premises. Firstly, actions toward physical objects ascribe meaning to those objects. Secondly, the ascribed meaning is a product of social interactions and heuristic objectivity. Thirdly, social encounters are an interpretative process expressed in actions.
An interesting defense.
Posted in: Serial underwear thief operated in three prefectures
albaleoMar. 04, 2014 - 06:04PM JST
People are quick to dismiss this in the same way they might dismiss astrology. But do you never wonder what is the cause of different personalities? Is it something we're born with or something we "learn" as we grow. And if it's something we're born with, does it have a physical cause or is it something we were given by a creator? Blood types represent a physical difference among humans, so it seems reasonable to consider it might have some effect on our behavior. It should also be easy enough to find out. For example, is there a notable difference in blood type distribution among certain professions than among the general population? Some studies say no, others say yes.
I know of one Japanese company that , while not necessarily believing in this, made sure they recruited a complement of B and AB employees every year. Just in case. So it's not your normal kind of discrimination. All personality types are valued.
Posted in: Japan’s curious obsession with blood type and personality
albaleoMar. 02, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
"No one would dare change the name of a novel "
It happens. Laurie Lee's "Cider With Rosie" was named "Edge of Day" in the US.
Posted in: Hollywood movie titles lost in translation
albaleoFeb. 25, 2014 - 01:09AM JST
"Scottish EU membership has been pretty much ruled out."
Really? There have been various statements by various people, but nothing is very clear.
"A Scottish pound with no central bank to back it up?"
Scottish banknotes are already printed by three commercial banks. Is it such a big task to regulate their issuance in a different way from now? Scotland is probably better placed than most to become independent. Government administration has long been handled separately for most government functions (education, health, transport, local government, policing, etc.). It has a separate judicial system from the rest of the UK. Taxation, foreign policy, defence and driving licenses are the main outstanding functions that are currently handled by the UK government.
Posted in: British cabinet to meet in Scotland amid independence fears
albaleoFeb. 24, 2014 - 07:27PM JST
"Because very few people live near the base"
Zichi, half the population of Scotland lives within 60km of the base.
albaleoFeb. 24, 2014 - 05:53PM JST
"The Trident nuclear submarine base is also based in Scotland and the English have no other safe location to move it to."
Zichi, I'm not sure how its current location is any "safer" than any other location. Unless you mean "safer" for the residents of London and the home counties.
albaleoFeb. 24, 2014 - 05:33PM JST
"Gettting older is a natural part of life and nothing to be ashamed of."
But it's not for sissies.
Posted in: Stones roll into Japan
albaleoFeb. 24, 2014 - 05:23PM JST
“While the UK’s broad and diverse economy is able to absorb this volatility, this equates to more than one third of Scotland’s health budget or two thirds of Scotland’s spending on education.”
Some strange logic there. That's only the case if you treat all the oil revenues as income out of which current government costs have to be met. With a population of only 5m, Scotland is better placed to rely on a smaller proportion of the oil revenues for current spending, and place a considerable portion into a sinking fund. Look at how Norway has managed it.
"Independent Scotland makes little sense". Do Denmark, Singapore, Finland or Paraguay also make little sense as independent countries?
albaleoFeb. 18, 2014 - 04:52PM JST
Is it really so bad for people to ask if you can use chopsticks? My mother was very glad to be asked on the occasions she visited Japan. She had difficulty using them, and was happy when offered a fork. (She was a bit mystified sometimes when offered a spoon.) She was also the type who had no concerns about asking Japanese visitors (usually my in-laws) whether they could use a knife and fork, and they didn't seem offended by the question.
Posted in: Foreign visitors get a taste of Japanese culture through home-cooked meals
albaleoFeb. 11, 2014 - 07:03PM JST
In the early 1980s, I met a former kamikaze pilot in Kyushu. He was introduced by an English friend of mine. He was one one of my friend's English students. Naturally, I asked him how come he was still alive. He explained that he was 19 at the time right at the end of the war, and they preferred to send the younger pilots (16 year olds). So although he was trained, he was never sent on a mission. Apparently, the younger ones were more likely to hit their targets. The older boys had a tendency to ditch in the sea and perhaps be picked up by a US ship. (I guess wisdom comes quicker in war time.) His general attitude was that it was a time of madness, but he strongly suggested we visit the Kamikaze museum near Ibusuki, perhaps so we would learn how insane it was. We did visit the museum, and we learned it was insane. Don't send your children to war.
Posted in: China angered by Japan's U.N. bid for kamikaze pilot letters
albaleoFeb. 10, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
"regular tea no, its a stimulant"
It's also a muscle relaxant, and can be effective in relaxing the body. Ask any Japanese mother whose baby won't calm down.
Posted in: Electric blankets no help for good night's sleep in winter
albaleoFeb. 08, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
I've laughed so many times watching Anpanman. Thank you.
Posted in: Farewell event held for late Anpanman creator Yanase
albaleoFeb. 06, 2014 - 06:24AM JST
On 15 November 2007, an appellate court sentenced him to a €5,000 fine because he had characterized "the Jews" as "slave traders" after being attacked in le Théâtre de la Main d'Or
On 26 June 2008, he was sentenced in the highest judicial instance to a €7,000 fine for his characterization of Holocaust commemorations as "memorial pornography".
You say yourself that he goes too far. When it isn't clear whether we're condemning a religion or condemning people because of their cultural roots, then common sense should tell us it's best to be quiet. Otherwise we won't be welcome. I tend to agree that Jewish people get special treatment, as do American Indians and Australian Aborigines. The reason is that they were massacred in the not so distant past in circumstances that leave people of European origin uncomfortable and embarrassed. It may not be rational, but it's perfectly understandable.
Posted in: Dieudonne answers British ban with 'quenelle' to Queen Elizabeth
albaleoFeb. 04, 2014 - 06:04PM JST
"I much prefer the US stance, where freedom of speech is absolute"
Even if that allows the Westboro Baptist Church to exercise their freedom of expression at the funerals of your loved ones?
"Who is spreading hate merely by their presence in a country?"
Apparently, Dieudonne is. His anti-Jewish remarks are well-documented. These are not just anti-Israel or anti-Zionist comments which would be seen as merely political opinion. On the other hand, I tend to agree with your comment that "it lets us know who the idiots are". But it's worrying when public figures such as Anelka give credence to their views. You and I may know he's just a professional footballer so probably has the brains of a piece of tofu. But kids look up to these people.
albaleoJan. 27, 2014 - 05:55AM JST
"Toyota sales being less than Hyundai are kind of self explanatory,right?"
I suppose so, but I don't see the relevance. The list shows that Toyota is the biggest selling Japanese brand in Germany.
Posted in: Toyota remains world's top selling car maker for 2nd year
albaleoJan. 25, 2014 - 09:33PM JST
"Toyota is the worst selling Japanese brand in Germany"
Not according to the figures at the link below.
albaleoJan. 25, 2014 - 07:17PM JST
What people are describing as a loophole seems to me to be a fundamental safeguard. The interests of the child should be foremost in the deliberations of any court. No child should be 'automatically' returned anywhere, and the court should satisfy itself that they are not placing the child into possible harm. I understand that this could be abused, but only if a court deliberately takes sides in the matter. Unfortunately, that is the nature of international disputes, but it's a little too early to pre-judge the Japanese courts on this matter.
Posted in: Japan gives final approval to child abduction treaty
albaleoJan. 20, 2014 - 07:44PM JST
"choosing a spouse"
If that's what people do, I'm not surprised things go bad. It suggests they have expectations like when choosing a car.
This year will by our thirtieth anniversary. On paper, we had little in common when we married, and probably still don't. But we share a similar sense of humor, enjoy a beer or glass of wine, and love each other's families (even the grumpy members on both sides). Our main dispute is where we should live out our old age. I'd prefer Japan while she'd prefer Scotland. (The kids might suggest we both go home to Mars.)
Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife
albaleoJan. 15, 2014 - 07:20PM JST
" I don't think its very likely that a super fast missing person's report would have led to tragedy."
But I don't see how it would have done much good either other than to generate public interest and media headlines (and possibly many false reports from far away). Isn't the local neighborhood the most likely place to seek information? House-to-house calls, interview the missing person's friends and acquaintances, posters in local stores and stations, search of local open spaces and possible hiding places, etc.
Posted in: Missing girl says she can't remember anything of past four days
albaleoJan. 14, 2014 - 06:20PM JST
@Frungy "a couple of kgs of snow sitting on the towers will cause them to collapse"
The problem is generally with ice accumulating on the power lines. Depending on conditions, this can add a huge weight. Tons rather than kilograms. It's not unusual to read of electric towers collapsing from heavy snow falls in Europe and North America.
Posted in: Tokyo can't handle heavy snowfall
Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:44AM JST
“You can tell exactly what your neighbor is doing next door, taking a bath or using…
Posted in: Patience running out among Japan's disaster refugees
Mike O'BrienMar. 11, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
@Frungy, from your link
So the authors clearly DON'T…
Posted in: Children of Fukushima battle an invisible enemy
That may have been true, but . . . .
Posted in: Man arrested for strangling girlfriend's father to death in Ibaraki
Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:42AM JST
If Abe would only focus on the economy and Japan's best interest, Japan would have definitely…
Posted in: Japan racks up record deficit; lowers growth estimate
Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:41AM JST
Alex80Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:09AM JST Germany's conduct in Europe isn't perfect, she has not a…
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan