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browny1Nov. 22, 2014 - 07:49PM JST
Tinawata- thank you for your comments.
While not debating whether or not concepts are more "precise" in English, which in turn you suggest puts Japanese English learners at a disadvantage, I do believe this has little to do with ability in general basic daily conservation.
Stating "I'd prefer to eat at the Italian restaurant" or "It's a nice day, lets go to the park" is a very easily understood concept I imagine in most languages. Just that the students here in Japan in many cases, are not taught, shown, encouraged or engaged in the art of communication in a foreign language to the point of being able to use it confidently in simple situations. As I said before it's not rocket science.
And re Active Learning - you are correct - it hasn't been proven if it works in Japanese Schools, because it hasn't been implemented on a broad consistent scale. And it's use as mentioned by the ministry was to be in many subject areas - science, history, maths etc - not only English.
And I'm not sure if you can call private English Conversation Schools , often utilized part time, as examples of failed active learning. They bear little in contrast to mainstream educational institutions.
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browny1Nov. 22, 2014 - 06:29PM JST
Tinawata - you made a comment about how difficult it would be for non-native Japanese high school students to learn Japanese in their home countries, and you are correct it is difficult.
But it's interesting that my limited contact with high school students from Australia, Thailand and France who had been studying Japanese in their homelands, when homestaying in Japan could converse quite well re daily conversations. They could easily indicate their wants, needs & interests in simple, correct Japanese. People here were often amazeed that they could - shock, horror - "talk". While their knowledge of kanji and advanced grammar was limited, they could cheerfully and confidently Communicate. Why? Simply their courses of study were focussed on that - communication. No rocket science. Many in the thin air echelons of Monbusho haven't quite clued into that yet. Living Language is an active dynamic phenomena not a passive analysis of rules subject to an assay. That can happen later with in depth liguistic studies. The few dozens of overseas students I've witnessed here have taken the rare chance to communicate in living Japanese in their grasp and "gone for it". Needs to be more of a "go for it" approach here.
And I must say that Shimomura's talk about promoting the new style of learning - Active Learning - brought a cheesty grin to this dial. Actually I watched this being reported on NHK last night and the excitement over Active Learning was more surprising than anything. For those in the education field esp out of Japan, know that "Active Learning" as it is called here, has been a mainstream component of educational practices in many countries for decades & decades.
It just showed how out-of-touch they really are.
browny1Nov. 21, 2014 - 12:39PM JST
nigelboy - you asked for an alternative and one was given - no election.
Many people from all sides of the political spectrum have expressed their opinions staitnig an election is unecessary(he already has a clear mandate), time consuming and costly.
It can only be about him and his standing in the ldp. He needs it for himself to push off those eying his spot and to get another 4 years in before his poll #s decline too much.
Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now?
browny1Nov. 20, 2014 - 05:30PM JST
Timtak - thanks for the link. As you said - makes great reading.
But for me the "greatness" was the disturbing (to me) manner in which they believed in the the Divinity of the Emperor,
and the notion that their death was for a glory greater than their own insignificance.
Their heartrendering notes of filial devotion are indeed admirable, but the needlessness and emptiness of their deaths wrings no tears from me, rather a furthering of the hate of war pigs who sent them to their untimely demise.
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browny1Nov. 20, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
Mirai - I truly wonder if her bosses at NHK would have uttered a "Please be careful next time" statement or grilled, humiliated, demeaned her and forced her to generally grovel.
Seems she was expecting more than a "There, There..." and maybe feared the worst, hence her irrational drastic response.
Of course she may well be an irrational, unstable person but we don't know. I have an inkling that my 1st scenario may be closer to the truth.
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browny1Nov. 20, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
StrangerL - I get your point and partly what you say is true. But a little of Apples & Oranges.
Every summer we try to fit a 5 ~ 7 day camping holiday in. Usually beautiful beach / river location where for a few 万 all up we can enjoy a wonderful relaxing time - in Japan.
But it's a little strange to compare it to my recent Korea jaunt. Both have merit, however for starters one uses my car and one uses an international aircraft.
Travel is certainly getting cheaper here in Japan compared to 10 ~ 15 years ago, but possibly deflation created that cheapness where discounting meant survival for many small businesses. I wonder if it can be sustained or not.
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browny1Nov. 19, 2014 - 09:42PM JST
StrangerL - as others said the destination says it all - and timing. Comparing to a December trip to Hawaii is not quite the eqivalent.
Went to Seoul not so long ago 3 nights 4 days pretty good business hotel ￥49,000 all up each(tickets, transfers, meals & 1 tour). Wife had a one day aesthe (massage, skin rub, body hair etc etc) for less than 10,000. We ate well too. Impossible to do something similar in Japan - impossible.
Ski season starts soon and the highway fees & gas will suck up ￥20,000+ to travel 600ks round trip. I'd like to stay longer and go more often but just can't afford it. But the skiing is cheap!
The reality for most of Japan outside the large commercial centers (about 90 million people) is they are doing it hard. Forget all the nonsense about Roppongi, Ginza etc seeing growth. Forget about all the pumped companies giving higher winter bonuses. Forget about the snaky salary rises. Most Japanese are not on that planet and a considerable % are doing it real hard.
Abe / Aso and the spooner society know diddly.
browny1Nov. 15, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
My thanks to both Joe & Fad for explaining all the details.
My original post was simply to question the legality of the search and to state I thought the show of strength was way over the necessary force required to investigate.
But as you have both pointed out the extreme danger of the group and their threat to modern society (not 1970's) I will agree with you and accept that 120 paramilitary officers in full regalia was needed.
Also I will accept my failings to clearly understand the true intent and threat to our society of the evil communists with their agenda of civil disobedience (which will lead to anarchy, riots and revolution for sure) and now am aware of those concerns you both so pointedly described. Thank you.
And I wish you'd point all of this out to the decidely conservative Abe leaning Yomiuri shimbun, who while supporting the said actions of the "goodies" appear to question the nature, protocol manner and necessity of the raid. They need some enlightening too.
Thank you again from a now-I-feel-safe-reformed-commentator on Japan.
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browny1Nov. 14, 2014 - 06:47PM JST
Joe Bigs - you bandy the word terrorist around like it's a plaque that sticks to all with whom you disagree.
Yeh - I know the groups history - but please save me the platitudes re how monsterous these individuals were/are.
A lot of monsters operating in this country never see the flash of a shield or the crash of a baton or the smash of a gun, even though there monstrous action go on daily.
Why was the policeman originally undercover on campus?
In the case of an unknown strange person filming on campus are students allowed to be suspicious of the said persons actions and detain the person until clarification is obtained?
What was the nature of the original "attack" on the police? What levels of violence were used and what injuries were sustained?
Because you have an opinion at variance with the govt in power does that necessitate the use of of the para-military in an obvious hyper overeaction. I'd say yes in China, Myanmar, N.K and elsewhere - but Japan? Better tell my daughter to not speak out as she may get her head crushed in by the Forces of Democracy.
browny1Nov. 14, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
I may be wrong - but I always had the immpression that the police couldnot enter public universities grounds without permssion.
If so, was the original under-cover policeman there illegally and carrying out illegal actions by filming?
And, no matter which way you look at this, the masses of para-military that massed, was way over the top. Abenomics pays well.
browny1Nov. 13, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
An interesting aspect in all of this is the incredible foot-dragging by Takata over announcing, acknowledging and fixing the problem. The media here have been basically "kind" to the company and it's officiandos.
I can't help but recall the frenzy of media activity a few years ago when Schindler elevators(german co) were publicly crucified for their seemingly slow response to the death of a child in one of their elevators. The blame was plastered on and the "bad" elevator was eventually replaced by a "good" Japanese one.
Skip to the present and the silence - in comparison - is deafening. Takata needs to be grilled and re-grilled over this and it should be constant headlines in the media until satisfactory explanations and decisions to remedy are given.
If this doesn't happen then I'm afraid the suspect coziness that is Japan Inc, Govt, & Big Media will never reform.
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browny1Nov. 11, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
Yeah - as i said on another post - in the enlightened world of 21c sports, head injuries are put to a concussion evaluation that will take time. Obviously he would have failed any real sports doctors analysis. (he fell 5 times in performance). Also he had a sprained ankle. Did they miss that one??? Good checking!
And it is not the athletes call.
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browny1Nov. 11, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
The mystery in all of this to me is, why was he allowed to continue?
His coach said he seemed fine and made a joke!!! Wow - that's scientific.
These days - in contact sports especially - any head injury would require as standard, a concussion evaluation carried out by certified medical officers. It's NOT the athlete's call. Such an evaluation will require time and if there's any doubt at all the person will not be allowed to continue.
Concussion is a real life threatening situation, not a bit of a bump on the head, ganbatte bull. Dropping dead mid-performance wouldn't make anyones day.
His following performance indicates all was not well and in addition he had a sprained ankle.
Serious lack of medico nouse on show.
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browny1Nov. 01, 2014 - 10:08AM JST
The stand-out for me in this story is 7,000,000 pigs dead in US and 400,000 here in Japan.
I've only read snippets about PED here and there, but the scale of the disease and death surely has escaped me.
Is this being under-reported by main stream media or have I just missed it all???
I did read a brief account yesterday stating that the pig industry uses high protein supplements made from plasma extracted from slaughtered pigs blood which brings back memories of the good ol' mad cow days.
It seems the "husbandry" has long disappeared from "animal husbandry" and truly replaced by "factory".
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browny1Oct. 30, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
Hidingout - the world financial collapse impacted the world not just Japan.
And I see little connection between world financial collapse and gross nepotism, cronyism, pork-barrelling et al.
eg The shocking mismanagement of the Pension Fund - almost too ridiculous to believe.
Construction industry run amok operating as a private govt within the govt.
The farcical monitoring of the Power Industry esp nuclear.
The failure to establish long term workable education goals for 21st c (flip flop every few years)???
etc etc etc
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browny1Oct. 30, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
Hiding out - while you make much of Abe's glowing report card over the past couple of years, he had a lot to work on didn't he?
The ailments of Japan were brought on not by an acknowledged sloppy DLP, but the very same party Abe presides over - the gob-smackingly incestuous LDP with all it's pockets of vested interests festering over the decades.
Japan didn't suddenly fail when DLP took power ( blundering naivety and arguably the greatest natural disaster in modern history surely aided the confusion), but the die was cast long long ago. Abe and his minions are just faithfully carrying on the work of their predecessors.
And the greatest problem to deal with, while not directly LDP's cause - the ongoing Tohoku calamity - is a sad sad indictment of the inadequacies of Abe co.and how collusion clouds clarity.
browny1Oct. 29, 2014 - 06:55PM JST
hidingout - the ldp are the masters of "cheap political gamesmanship" and have used it to full advantage to rule the country for the best part of 6 decades. Research and you'll stuff in abundance.
The ldp's relentless attacking after losing power over minor bits of fluff was puerile in the least.
I'm all for sticking it to them - no sympathy from me for gilded spooners set up for life's calling.
browny1Oct. 27, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
Nenad - thank you for your comments.
Firstly - Nowhere did I complain Kurosawa butchered King Lear. I posed a question for comment - NOT a complaint.
And it was posed as a response to your suggestion about the butchering of 47 Ronin - which I suggested has a well worn history of flexible adaptations - some of them far from the truth. Please research. And are you privy to some secret data stating whether "Japanese" wanted to or didn't want to see K Reeves?
And before commenting on Big Hero I'll wait untiil I've seen it. I'm always wary of those who comments are critical of films even before viewing. Like all art forms, movies are subjective in nature and will appeal to some and not to others, but we really need to experience the work in order to truly comment.
And I agree, as millions of others do, "Frozen" & "BigHero" appear to be different films with different characters, different story lines, different empathies etc so I suspect they will not have the same appeal.
And I also can see numerous examples in daily life here that do agree do with you on your final comment - there is no seperation between kids and grown ups.
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browny1Oct. 26, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
Coco - no probs!
Nenad - 47 ronin has a history of being a base story for a multitude of interpretations, often playing loosely with the historical account. In fact a whole industry has developed over the years - almost exclusiovely in Japan - so K Reeves movie was nothing out of the ordinary. Did Kurosawa butcher King Lear?
And I think many Japanese animation fans will enjoy the Big Hero. It appears to have elements pleasing to most, so I hope to seee it soon.
browny1Oct. 26, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
Great Game for Tiger fans. Just all coming together now these past few weeks.
JT - how about an update or game review. I'm sure many are interested.
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Nov. 23, 2014 - 01:30PM JST
As soon as I saw the headline, I knew he was going to have have stuffed…
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Nov. 23, 2014 - 01:27PM JST
The word you used was "embrace" for that's the reason why I countered. He accepted it…
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Nov. 23, 2014 - 01:26PM JST
Mexico? Why did I have to read a Japanese news site to find this out?
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Nov. 23, 2014 - 01:23PM JST
Simple! It's Ayhddwallhk backwards....
Obvious when you think about it ; )
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Nov. 23, 2014 - 01:10PM JST
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