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    as_the_crow_flies

    This is only an option in your own place, but it makes a huge difference. We had windows with thermal glass installed on the inside of our old, leaky, heat trap aluminium windows. Then we had reflective film installed on those aluminium windows. We could as a further step shade the windows with sudare or vinyl screens. Inside the house is a comfortable temperature so far with just a fan to ensure air circulation. I haven't checked actual temperatures, but it's probably about 27 on a hot day. The windows didn't come cheap, but they have transformed a west facing heat trap into something very livable.

    Posted in: Seeking power conservation measures while battling summer heat

  • 0

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    This sounds like a valuable and much needed service, particularly for all the people who suffer workplace accidents while working in nursing care or other places where the chances of injury are high.

    Dealing with a workplace issue at the moment, I really know how useful it would be to have someone help me draft everything in Japanese.

    It should make clear though if this is basically an advert for a private service, or if this a low cost or free service. One of the biggest issues facing foreign workers who have this type of problem is whether the organisation is legit and really working in their interests.

    Although it does sound above board, a proper article (rather than an ad) should be independent and make this absolutely clear.

    Posted in: English counseling for disability pensions and worker’s accident compensation available

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    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that he was unaware of the newspaper report.

    He hasn't read the newspaper report, therefore the accusations of bribery are clearly totally unfounded. Obviously.

    “I am confident that our bid was conducted in a clean manner,” Suga said, adding that should Tokyo be approached by French authorities on the matter, it would cooperate.

    If deflection was an Olympic sport, Suga would be a dead cert for a gold.

    Posted in: Suga confident Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid was clean

  • 0

    as_the_crow_flies

    Conventional thinking is to design houses so that windows are shaded from direct sunlight most of the year to prevent overheating.

    I'm actually still shocked by the number of windows you see on Japanese buildings without any shading provided. No wonder so many buildings are like greenhouses in summer. I'd also like to know if this technology is on the market yet for people to retrofit home windows with.

    Posted in: Power-generating glass windows installed at facility in Yokohama

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    as_the_crow_flies

    .....and our results show?? What?

    Erm ... a scientific, evidenced based response. If they show consistently low levels, that's good news, as it means that the threat to human health is limited.

    And if they turn up some high readings, there will be scientific evidence that will enable the community to take the appropriate action to protect human health, whether that is making a specific area out of bounds, calling on the local government to decontaminate this specific area, or carry out health checks on those who have been in that area, for example.

    A wilful refusal to carry out consistent scientific testing and to make the results gathered easily accessible is criminal negligence. On the other hand, funding an advertising agency to get a bunch of talento to put on fluffy rabbit suits and dance in front of a camera with fruit and vegetables from the area and say "Delicious! Eat!", on the other hand, is not scientific.

    Posted in: We cannot feel safe without data on soil contamination because children play with earth, wipe their mouths with their dirty hands and inhale dirt blown up by wind, exposing themselves to possible internal radiation exposure. If local officials could not bother to measure soil contamination, we decided to do so on our own.

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    as_the_crow_flies

    anti-corruption summit hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the matter.

    Change that "have" to "has" and you have the nub of this. Most of those at this meeting should be under the spotlight themselves. They have plenty of "direct knowledge".

    Posted in: Japan to announce action plan to curb tax evasion at G-7 summit

  • 4

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    "she’s going to be so bad on jobs that wages are going to go down for workers,”

    "I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal. And if the economy was good it was good, so therefore, you can’t lose."

    Just when you think the level of debate and the proud stupidity can't go any further, he outdoes himself. Truly disturbing. How much lower can it go by the time the election comes?

    Posted in: Obama tells Trump: 'This is not a reality show'

  • -1

    as_the_crow_flies

    Fluke is exactly the word to describe the near miss at Onagawa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu81n4QuxB0

    Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    If Fujimori is elected, stand by for an amnesty for criminals to spring daddy. She wouldn't have the nerve to spring him alone, so she'll spring lots of others. Here's hoping daddy stays where he deserves, and Peru gets a fit leader with real policies, and clean hands.

    Posted in: Keiko Fujimori likely to win 1st round of Peru election

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    as_the_crow_flies

    The government, meanwhile, *hopes *to *eventually *ease rules for the so-called “homestay” type of minpaku accommodation, in which guests stay together with the home owner.

    And is anything stopping them from doing it right now? Why do they "hope " to?

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    as_the_crow_flies

    The fact is, a mother cannot take leave without her work falling on someone else. On who? On non-mothers, of course.

    The. Fact. Is. Not. When there's a shortage of staff, for whatever reason - illness, increased orders, maternity leave, just hire temp staff already. Like they do on Planet Earth.

    Posted in: Friction between working moms, working non-moms can get complicated

  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    Hey Becky, read this! Still I Rise

    You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries?

    Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard.

    You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? ...

    I rise I rise I rise. Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

    Posted in: Becky remains secluded at home following enforced leave from show biz

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    as_the_crow_flies

    How is this "beyond understanding"?

    Perhaps it means "considering the amount we shelled out, we expected them all to keep their mouths shut. Wasn't that the deal?"

    Well, these are turning out to some interesting Fun and Games! This one looks like turning into the juiciest scandal yet. I wonder if Japan will be able to keep up this rate of scandals and cockups to keep us all entertained for the next four years. The organisers, if they can be called that, are certainly setting the bar high. I feel so sorry for all the people here who had such high hopes for these games, who are going to keep on seeing Japan's name dragged through the mud.

    Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee puzzled by reference to IAAF payment

  • 3

    as_the_crow_flies

    How odd that any of the Japanese political elite or anyone in the Japanese construction industry would openly behave like yakuza ... who'da thunk it?

    It may be business as usual domestically, but even the most compromised bureaucrat or politician must know that playing out this kind of act on the international stage, specially after the spotlight is on other international sports corruption scandals like the one currently engulfing FIFA, must know that their knickers are very publically showing. Do they really think they can get away with ignoring serious warnings, tearing up a contract, trying to gag someone, and extortion, without it all coming back to hit them in the face?

    Posted in: Hadid says Japan trying to take her Olympic stadium design copyrights

  • 10

    as_the_crow_flies

    “I don’t feel the need to respond to each reckless remark made by a shameless lawmaker,” foreign ministry spokesperson Cho June-Hyuck told a regular press briefing, stressing the issue is understood internationally to have marked a “grave human rights violation” against the women.

    “What is important at this point is ensuring the victims are not scarred again and creating a mood to steadily implement the agreement.”

    That is statesmanship. The LDP circus could learn from the example of their Seoul counterparts.

    And the govt could relieve him of these posts, to show he's not in line with government policy:

    Director, Committee on Rules and Administration Member, Committee on Fundamental National Policies Member, Deliberative Council on Political Ethics Deputy Chairman, Diet Affairs Committee of LDP Board member of the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020),

    He can keep his job as political adviser to the Pachinko Chain Stores Association (PCSA).

    Posted in: LDP lawmaker says 'comfort women' were prostitutes

  • 13

    as_the_crow_flies

    The BOJ said the sporting events are projected to lift Japan’s gross domestic product by around 1% by 2018, the peak year of its direct impact on the economy, corresponding to about 5 trillion yen to 6 trillion yen.

    Am I the only one who thinks that calculations saying that an increase in tourists before 2018 has anything to do with the Olympics are a touch squiffy? I mean, who am I to say, but does anyone say. "Ah! the Olympics are going to be held there in 4 or five years, so I think I'd like to visit the place" ? Is it not just that the yen is cheap, so Japan is on the map for shopping trips and general excursioning? Are people flocking to see where the bicycle helmet was going to be planted, but won't any more?

    “It is rough calculations,” so the figures are subject to change, a BOJ official said.

    Ah, well that explains it then...

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  • -1

    as_the_crow_flies

    "What is sensitive in Japan about chocolate? What is sensitive about spaghetti?"

    Obviously Sig Petriccione misunderstands, and needs to "be explained" to for a further 20 years that in the case of food: 1. Japanese digestive systems are different than foreign ones 2. In the case of spaghetti, it's our culture. 3. Japanese customers demand exacting standards, which only Japanese chocolate makers can satisfy.

    "But if you look into dairy products, where’s the problem in Japan for cheese?” 4. Well, what will the Japanese cows do if they lose their livelihood? 5. Shortages are part of our culture. 6. If supply matches demand, customers will no longer appreciate the unique Japanese flavour. 7. Japanese milk is delicious.

    Posted in: EU's top negotiator urges progress in trade talks with Japan in 2016

  • 3

    as_the_crow_flies

    Some 80% of London’s current population, Okabe writes, is comprised of people originating from overseas. According to national census figures, UK-born Caucasians now account for just 44.9% of the entire population.

    What does that even mean? I can't believe Okabe has really lived in the UK, otherwise he'd know that Caucasian is a meaningless term to use. Are Poles and Lithuanians "Caucasians"? There are over 700,000 Polish people in the UK, and most arrived in the last 10 years. But they look more "Caucasian" than me. At least they're blonder and bluer eyed.

    And so what? Does this have anything to do with journalists writing comments critical of Japan? The lack of logic from someone who seems to consider himself a journalist is scary. Just embarressing

    Posted in: Columnist suggests language tests for foreign journalists

  • 3

    as_the_crow_flies

    A recent Japanese tourist to Italy said that she was surprised that vendors in the streets selling umbrellas, selfie sticks, etc. (who also appeared to be foreigners) greeted her with “Nihao” instead of “Konnichiwa.”

    Earth to Japan: if you are a tourist in Italy, you are the foreigner. Which somewhat sends a coach and horses through the premise of this article. Though it probably gave readers a laugh.

    Furthermore, at a restaurant in Rome, her family was seated in a section with other Asians rather than among tourists of all nationalities. “It reminded me of the now famous incident with Gackt, at a French hotel,” she said.

    Maybe it's out of consideration, as Japanese like their mealtimes quieter than the average Roman. Maybe previous tourists from Asia had complained about noise. Or maybe the locals got tired of busloads of camera toting tourists, and didn't care whether they were from China, Japan or Korea. Or maybe they didn't know that Japanese consider themselves superior to Chinese and Koreans and therefore felt insulted.. Whatever.

    Agree that this Nihonjinron narcissism gets very old. Amy, I'm sure it's not really your fault, as you don't get to choose the topics you write about, but this one is so lame, maybe you should have turned it down. I also used to enjoy your other columns on other sites, but this one is just sad.

    Posted in: 8 things you should never say to a Japanese person

  • 2

    as_the_crow_flies

    Don't make me laugh. Like they're really going to do what needs doing. People should move off flood plains, so how about starting with most of Tokyo, and half of Yokohama, Kawasaki, maybe Osaka/Kobe? Perhaps while they're at it, they can jack up all existing coastal nuclear plants up at least 17m into the air, to allow for mega tsunami the size of 3.11 to pass underneath, outlaw school sports events when the outside temperature exceeds 29 degrees, um ... concrete all existing river banks up another 5m, install floodgates at least 10m high at all vulnerable canal/river mouths e.g. in Yokohama, where the station is just metres from a canal and a large part of which is already well below sea level, build tsunami towers with capacity for the daytime and nighttime populations of their respective areas, plan drainage of wetlands that will make good mosquito breeding grounds ...

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