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    borscht

    Myanmar (Burma) had a major earthquake on the 14th, I believe. So, a big (6.9) in Burma, two 7.0 earthquakes in Japan, one 7.8 in Ecuador. Earth is stretching itself.

    Posted in: Earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador

  • 1

    borscht

    I ike the one of the fan done by the guy or girl after the original was not so original.

    This one: the second one down.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34125046

    Posted in: 4 candidates for 2020 Olympic logo

  • 4

    borscht

    What should Kanazawa University's new nickname be, then? 金沢大学 (Kanazawa Daigaku) is often shortened to 金大 - Kindai. But never Kindai University or Kindai Daigaku.

    Besides, many Kinki Dai students I've met were either proud or amused by the name and it's English meaning.

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  • 6

    borscht

    Shonanbb,

    No, the opposite. When it comes to females in executive positions, Suriname and Azerbaijan have More than Japan.

    Posted in: Japan stumbles over baby steps to encourage working moms

  • 4

    borscht

    Good plan, especially about using rivers when roads are blocked. What will a tsunami do to this plan?

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  • -1

    borscht

    The infrastructure isn't there? You mean, roads?

    Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars are desirable?

  • 4

    borscht

    I'm looking forward to my car driving me to work, going back home to pick up the wife for her job, and then the kids to school before parking itself somewhere. At the end of the day I punch up a Pick Me Up order on my smart phone and viola! I have a ride home.

    Also looking forward to getting some work done when I have to go out of town - an hour or so one way - before arriving at the client's office. Why waste two hours watching for crazy drivers when I could be working? No parking available at the client's building? No problem. Tell the car to go hibernate somewhere.

    Not to mention my alcohol intake might increase on longer road trips.

    Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars are desirable?

  • 1

    borscht

    Wolfpack,

    These people are protesting the lack of city-run daycare centers. For a city-run daycare center to be built, the city has to approve. If they want to start their own privately-run daycare center, they still need city approval but won't get the money or subsidies so fewer people will use them.

    Plus, since 2004, the national and prefectural subsidies for city-run daycare centers stopped and the city now must provide 50% of the subsidies (before 2004 it was 25%). If the city can't afford it? No new daycare centers.

    Also, many parents already have jobs; indeed most of the men probably have careers and can barely afford food, housing, insurance, and education as it is. And you want them to quit and build a privately-run daycare center? In Tokyo? Where land prices are a bit high? A daycare center that will take at least a year before any profit, if any? Not a risk I'd want to take.

    https://www.jetro.go.jp/ext_images/en/reports/market/pdf/2005_69_p.pdf

    Posted in: Rally for more daycare centers

  • 7

    borscht

    Burning Bush is why self-driving cars have had accidents - millions of miles driven and a crazy human driver crashes into them.

    Also, BB, remember that autonomous cars will have people in them. Some of whom might be drunk and have some form of weaponry. And they can switch the car from autonomous to manual. Just a thought.

    Posted in: Autonomous cars aren't perfect, but how safe must they be?

  • 5

    borscht

    What kind of mother would willing abdicate the responsibility and pleasure of raising their own child to a stranger

    The kind who needs the money - the kind who wants Abe's vow to incorporate more women in the work place to succeed - the kind who has a career and wants a child - the kind who leaves work at 5:00 to be with her child - the kind who would rather raise her child but whose family business needs her help...

    Most women in the world raise children and work. In richer countries, they have the option of paying for others to raise the child in a healthy nurturing environment; in poorer countries, the babies get strapped to mon's back while she does the work needed to survive.

    Posted in: Rally for more daycare centers

  • 0

    borscht

    Indecent images and sculptures are not art.

    Definition of "indecent images" needs to be better defined. For example, the rumored-to-be-gay Michelangelo sculpted many - Many - naked men and slapped religious-oriented names on them (David). Indecent?

    On the other hand, what is with some in Japan who persist and insist on pedophilia in manga, anime, and music?

    Posted in: It is regrettable that the court failed to understand the value of my artistic activities.

  • 0

    borscht

    When people say No One Else, do they mean no one else in Japan or no one else in the World? Other famous sites in the world flip their lights off on Earth Hour (Not week, not year, just an hour) including the Eiffel Tower.

    If they mean no one else in Japan... Welcome to Japan.

    Posted in: Earth Hour

  • 16

    borscht

    Futaro Love it or Leave it.

    Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, in the US during protests against the Vietnam War. It's what those in favor of the war bumper-snickered on their cars: America: Love it or Leave it.

    Personally, I would hope to improve where I live rather than be constantly on the move looking for a pre-made utopia. When my apartment is too cluttered and dirty, I don't love it. I also don't move. I work to clean it up.

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  • 1

    borscht

    I have an audio player that allows me to listen without putting anything in my ear in my car.

    I hope what Sony is hinting at isn't that white dog collar around her neck.

    Posted in: Sony developing audio player that delivers music to you without putting a device in your ear

  • 9

    borscht

    Is this true? If Person A takes any time off (half a day, one day or one week), A's work falls to B.

    In a company I work part-time for, I asked a number of employees and their answer was, "No, I just have more to do when I get back. To catch up."

    When a woman takes maternity leave the company does something remarkable: they hire a temp. Amazing thinking, eh?

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

  • 14

    borscht

    There should be the All of the Above option to make this a valid poll.

    Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy?

  • 8

    borscht

    With over 10% of the population of Japan living in One city, this is what you can expect. If only the government would follow up on its 30-year study of moving some offices out of Tokyo. And if businesses would get away from the Prestigious Address Syndrome and move to the hinterlands.

    I've lived in six cities in Japan. Only One has this kindergarten problem. Of the five others, one was actually closing down kindergartens because there weren't enough kids.

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  • 6

    borscht

    If the yakuza just killed their own, it would be no problem. However, evidence from the 80s gang war indicates the yakuza are very bad shots. In my little town in Fukuoka, the gangs had a shoot out. Police estimate about 100 shots were fired for about 20 minutes (?). Number wounded: 0. Number killed: 0. Walls hit: Many. Bulldozer blades hit: One. If people had been walking by at the time, I'm sure civilians would've been hit.

    So, being the poor shots they are, a gang war will lead to civilian casualties.

    Posted in: Police set up unit to stop yakuza 'civil war'

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    borscht

    In the 80s the yakuza used the police to wage war on their rivals. In one case, an "anonymous" tip lead the police to arrest a car for speeding and discovered a few pounds of drugs in the trunk. A day later shots were fired at a police station and the police made the assumption Gang A did it based on the getaway car. They raided Gang A's branch office; naturally Gang B did the shooting with a stolen Gang A car.

    Bloodbath: 20 people were killed in the 80s gang war; not all were yakuza.

    Posted in: Police set up unit to stop yakuza 'civil war'

  • 3

    borscht

    Renho. Or someone else who has an internationally receptive mind; one that doesn't push Japanese uniqueness in a world that is so interconnected as the one we are living in - even Japanese people are living in.

    Posted in: Who would you like to see replace Shinzo Abe as Japanese prime minister

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