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albaleoJul. 25, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a young Japanese woman back in the early 80s. She was telling me about how she was treated at work (usual stuff - tea making, expected to fawn to the guys, etc.). I said it must be terrible to be a woman in Japan. She looked around the train at the sad looking salarymen and said, "Yes, but it's much better than being a man."
Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief
albaleoJul. 24, 2014 - 01:32AM JST
"Will China blame Japan for this as well?"
I don't want to stir things up, but it wouldn't be too difficult to make a case. According to Wikipedia, "in 1940, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service bombed Ningbo with fleas carrying the bubonic plague."
Posted in: Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
albaleoJul. 19, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
None of the median, mean or modal values alone will tell you much about relative poverty within the population.
Generally speaking, the median is the income that 50% of the population are above and 50% are below. But you need to know about the spread below that value before making comments about relative poverty. For example, the 90th percentile value as a proportion of the median value might be used as an indicator of how much poorer those towards the bottom end of the scale are.
Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high
albaleoJul. 19, 2014 - 08:53AM JST
"but windows computers contain a folder that shows every website the computer has been to "
I didn't know that. What is the name of this folder?
Posted in: Police raid apartment of 'crying politician' Nonomura
albaleoJul. 14, 2014 - 07:36PM JST
I also thought the number was high. But as a crude comparison, the number of recorded crimes in Scotland in 2012-13 (12-month period) was 273,053. That's with a population of 5 million. So one crime per 18 people. There is a police clear-up rate of 50%, so with a conservative estimate of one person arrested per two crimes, that seems far higher than Japan.
The number in the article is for arrests, and I guess if someone is arrested for multiple crimes (or multiple charges for the same crime) the same people may be counted more than once.
Posted in: Crime declines for 12th consecutive year; monetary fraud up
albaleoJul. 14, 2014 - 07:20PM JST
"I'm curious to know if this hack is a result of the administration still using XP on the networks."
I shouldn't think so. If Benesse's explanation is correct, it's a straightforward theft of data by someone who had legitimate access.
Posted in: Benesse struggling to deal with massive theft of customer data
albaleoJul. 11, 2014 - 01:27AM JST
"Smoking is stupid beyond words."
Absolutely. Give up smoking and you will be healthier and have the power of knowing what's best for other people.
Posted in: Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto diagnosed with throat cancer
albaleoJul. 05, 2014 - 02:12AM JST
Apologies if my memory is a little weak. But it was the software that didn't work, not the missiles. If I recall correctly, the software was concerned with detecting missile attacks, and then triggering a counter strike.
This is Japan Today. I'm not sure I need to show proof of anything. I did add the 'nostalgia alert' warning. Some may interpret that as 'senility alert'.
Posted in: Mitsubishi Electric eyes F-35 missile deal with Europe's MBDA
albaleoJul. 04, 2014 - 09:40PM JST
I'm reminded of a course I did with engineers at Mitsubishi Electric in the early 90s. At the end if the course, the engineers had to give a presentation in English about a product they were involved with. One guy gave a very good explanation of the software that was designed to control a missile defense system. (At the time I wondered whether he should be talking about this.) Anyway, after his talk, one of the others asked the question, "The SDF have purchased a system from the USA and not ours. What is the main weak point of our system?" The guy, as calm as you like, replied, "It doesn't work."
albaleoJul. 04, 2014 - 06:36AM JST
" you get a nation that finds the unexplained scary and attributes unexplained events to superstition rather than seeking logical explanations"
I've found that if you always put your pants on before your socks, you will never rely on superstitious belief.
Posted in: Rumors swirl after girls mysteriously collapse at Fukuoka school
albaleoJul. 04, 2014 - 06:07AM JST
"More Americans will die in car accidents over this summer than all the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 13 years."
Perhaps, but the annual road death rate in the US is 10 per 100,000 of population. The equivalent for fatalities among US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is about 430 per 100,000 (based on number of troop-years of 1.5 million). And the troops still face the risk of road accidents when they get home.
Posted in: There is a possibility you could get shot at. Your life will be put on the line.
albaleoJul. 03, 2014 - 04:29PM JST
Meanwhile in Belgium, fans are ashamed that their players Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku put two goals past the savior of the universe. "How dare they," said Mrs Peeters from Bruges.
Well, perhaps not, but we'd never know unless we read The Hindu or some other English language news outlet that reports on world news.
"I told you so," was the tweet from the Belgian Prime Minister to the President of the United States.
Posted in: Goalkeeper Tim Howard: the new Captain America
albaleoJul. 02, 2014 - 11:04PM JST
As a seasoned World Cup neutral (from Scotland), I found it a strange game. I imagine Belgium fans were frustrated with their forwards. Complete domination in the second half but they were unable to score. And while Howard played a stormer, Belgium's shots on goal were pretty mundane. I can understand US fans picking out Howard for praise, but I imagine many are wondering why the rest of the team were so bad in the second half. Belgium should have won by about five goals. I think both teams have things to worry about.
Posted in: Belgium holds on to beat U.S. 2-1 in extra time
albaleoJun. 29, 2014 - 09:43PM JST
"it was clearly a goal"
Opinion on the internet seems divided. To me, it appeared to touch his upper arm. But is was far from clear.
Posted in: Brazil beat Chile 3-2 on penalties; Colombia down Uruguay 2-0
albaleoJun. 24, 2014 - 09:22PM JST
'At 43 what is she doing......?"
Posted in: Despite first-round loss, Date-Krumm, 43, won't rule out Wimbledon return
albaleoJun. 24, 2014 - 09:19PM JST
As clear as mud. I'm getting a headache working out if the headline is correct or not.
Posted in: Japan certifies 26.5GW of solar power plants
albaleoJun. 22, 2014 - 05:45PM JST
"emits only water vapor and heat"
Does anyone know of studies of the possible climate effects of emitting more water vapor? I know that water vapor is a more significant greenhouse gas than CO2 in terms of its overall contribution to global temperatures. But as it doesn't generally accumulate in the atmosphere in the same way as CO2, it isn't considered a significant driver of increased warming. But I'm wondering whether increased water emissions from human activity will reduce ocean evaporation, and if so, what possible effect that might have. I've googled a little, but can't find anything that addresses that specifically. (Perhaps because my thinking is nonsense. I'm not even sure that hydrogen fuel cells produce more water vapor than conventional burning of fossil fuels.)
Posted in: Japan plans ample support for fuel cell car technology
albaleoJun. 22, 2014 - 05:11PM JST
"to help prepare mentally"
I hope they made good use of the opportunity. At times, the players look a little uptight, and play with a kind of schoolboy sincerity, which can be nice but a little naive. "We want to play our own game", they say. Don't we all. I like to think the day's activities involved some cross-dressing, followed by light spanking from the Patriotic Wives of Japan. It works wonders for rugby players. Anyway, time for my medication.
Posted in: Japan no longer has World Cup fate in own hands
albaleoJun. 16, 2014 - 12:59AM JST
@Sir_Edgar "Cote d'Ivoire is ranked 23, Japan is ranked 46. Do the math."
Japan should take a tip from Scotland. Scotland are currently ranked 27. This is no doubt because they have never been beaten in a World Cup finals game since 1998. Prior to that, between 1974 and 1990, they crashed out at the group stage of every tournament. We were laughed at, humiliated, and had to take the usual stick from our southern cousins. It seems we have learned that to avoid humiliation, it's better not to take part.
Should Japan take the same approach? Of course not. Every Scottish football fan would give their left testicle (or their husband's) to see Scotland in the world cup finals again. And who cares if we are laughed at when we crash out. To see Japan taking stick for losing is great. That's part of the game. Dreams of winning the world cup colour the thoughts of every football player from age seven upwards. But the most important game is always the next one. And so I envy the Japanese fans.
I hope some of the above made sense. I suspect I've been influenced by the Colombian game, or perhaps just the native amber bead.
@Sir_Edgar, sorry, my post had nothing to do with what you said. But just so you know, I agree with you totally.
Posted in: Japan fans curse 2 nightmarish minutes and Drogba
albaleoMay. 12, 2014 - 02:23AM JST
About 'elderly' people, I appreciate your sentiments. However, as someone who is now 59, I am kind of looking forward to receiving any benefits that materialize when I become 60. Bus passes, discounts on haircuts, whatever. And I'm about to start my worldwide campaign for discounts on tobacco and alcohol for the over-60s. Helen Mirren, however cute, is still 69. She deservers cheap booze and ciggies like anyone else of that age. So I'd appreciate it if you keep those views more low key. (to the moderators, I have a 16 year-old cat so am qualified to speak on this topic.)
Posted in: Beloved cat lost in Tohoku disaster comes home over three years later
Jul. 29, 2014 - 07:30AM JST
I know more murders happen in other countries, but at least they are over money, drugs,…
Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone
•it is not a "law" - it is administrative priority.
Yes, I know his…
Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue
Jul. 29, 2014 - 07:29AM JST
No, you are all WRONG! Mr.Abe is no idiot, he not not going at this alone,…
Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia
-"The suspect also told police that she bought the tools she used to kill Matsuo a…
Jul. 29, 2014 - 07:26AM JST
Let's see how the Japan-loving China-haters spin this one.
Posted in: Nissan's quarterly profit soars 37% on strong China demand