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browny1Jan. 27, 2015 - 12:19PM JST
Quality control (or lack of) of Chinese agricultural processes and products certainly is worrying and I try to avoid purchasing in most cases.
However the blind belief that Japanese agri-products are "safe & natural" is actually also worrying. In comparison to China, yes - probably the level of contaminants is much lower.
However, according to a report - OECD Pesticide reviews 2002 - (a little dated I know) Japan was the largest user of pesticides per unit area in the world. 7X USA & 2.5X France. In 2007 EU began strict control of organicphosphorous pesticides, but as far as I know, the same concerns have not been voiced here by the Agric ministry or JA.
This is just one example, and other areas of farm chemical usage (fertilizers, herbicides...)has been scrutinized by concerned groups, but it seems the bottom line is - bureaucracy rules.
But all things considered I'd rather take my chances with Japan produce and try to source my vegetables etc locally from known or reputable growers.
Posted in: Japanese rice: the new, safe luxury food in China
browny1Jan. 25, 2015 - 08:18PM JST
One day long ago on the Shinkansen to Okayama, seated next to the most-beautiful-girl-in-the-world, and sadly at my stop, left my heart on the seat.
It was never returned.
Posted in: What’s the oddest left-behind item you’ve ever seen on public transport? Have you ever lost something on a train, and did it find its way back to you?
browny1Jan. 25, 2015 - 07:02PM JST
sangets - many hard workers that keep society going that don't share your thoughts.
In fact most worlds are oiled by the workers.
BOJ Kuroda and his ilk just play cards.
Posted in: Bank of Japan's Kuroda praises 'big decision' by ECB
browny1Jan. 25, 2015 - 06:56PM JST
edojin - it's his job to work around the clock on issues like this.
In fact if he didn't then we'd all have a duty to complain.
Posted in: Sad Sunday
browny1Jan. 22, 2015 - 08:45PM JST
thero - I mentioned endo twice - obsession - ha, ha!
But I did mention him because he is the senior most experienced player on the team and arguably commands the most respect from players, officials and general community.
And I didn't hear him complaining - altho he may have - but I didn't hear about it.
Posted in: Honda blasts Asian Cup schedule
browny1Jan. 22, 2015 - 01:07PM JST
Jordan - thanks.
Actually Japan played on Tues night and plays again on Friday night giving them what I'd call a 3 day break.
But that's beside the point - with my main point being - get over it and get on with it and stop complaining. All teams have similar pressures and some get a little more luck than others - witness the "easier" draw that Japan had.
It's part of competition and as I said, I didn't hear Endo complaining.
browny1Jan. 22, 2015 - 09:15AM JST
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
browny1Jan. 22, 2015 - 09:08AM JST
All such tournaments have tight schedules and sometimes one team is slightly favored over another.
Honda should stop whinging and get on with it. The Japanese team has hardly been extended yet and if professionals at the world elite level can't perform at the world elite level - then don't.
Imagine playing a 4 - 5 hour match in heat at the Australian Tennis open and then be expected to perform again the next day. World Level = World Level.
Honda appears to be covering his back with excuses - lose I told you so, win we tried hard. You never hear the true soul player of the team Endo carrying on.
browny1Jan. 22, 2015 - 08:54AM JST
In my realm - before that eventuates - pigs might fly.
Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding
browny1Jan. 22, 2015 - 08:51AM JST
Yes - a sad state of affairs. Close friends of mine - a Japanese couple - tried for years to adopt. They have money, beautiful home and were loving respected people in the community.
They visited an orphanage many times and established a friendship with a 6 year old girl. Over a couple of years this developed into a deeper relationship with day trips and overnight stays. The girls parents were not alive. They tried desperately to formally adopt her, but were rejected by the girls aunt. The reason - she couldn't bear the thought of "foreign blood ie. not family" raising her niece so she wouldn't give the necessary family consent.
So - disillusioned my friends gave up on the whole idea of adoption and the little girl remained institutionalized. She would be an adult now. I often thought how cruel a system this was.
Posted in: No. of long-term orphanage residents on the rise
browny1Jan. 17, 2015 - 10:58AM JST
CH3 - "tell so to Galileo" - A beautiful strawman deflection . Irrelevance epitomized.
I'm going to use that in my next uni course with law students as how to not debate successfully.
Please attempt to reply to my comment that suggested Abe is not looking at the whole picture and dragging down Japan's positive image esp those of it's citizens.
This whole fiasco, of foreign ministry diplomats - representatives of Japan - trying to convince a private publisher of note in the usa, to rewrite words to match a part of world history created in their(Japan) own image and not shared by others, was surely doomed to fail. Now Japan has attracted more negative international press coverage and the hole is getting deeper & deeper.
Thanks Abe, but no thank you.
Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook
browny1Jan. 16, 2015 - 03:33PM JST
CH3 - the only bandaids being applied are those by the Japanese govt & sympathizers on the festering sore that is this problem of comfort women.
It's not about exact numbers, hard cut you're right you're wrong - it's about Abe & Co being able to see it from a world perspective and understand that their view will never be wholly accepted. It's that simple. There is too much doubt around their argument for others to about face.
Any leader worth his or her salt would be able to comprehend this reality, and go about making the necessary tough statements, in order to allow the common people of Japan to gain respect and not be tainted by bigotry.
Abe's pride will be the downfall of him and his comfort women agenda as it exists now with a decidely anachronistic slant, will be the propagator of such.
browny1Jan. 16, 2015 - 08:46AM JST
With Jerseyboy on this - simply & honorably.
If it does eventuate and he uses it as another gallivanting photo-op to esp score domestic browny points(sorry brownies), then the media should out him.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Pearl Harbor in spring as part of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. It would be the first visit to Pearl Harbor by a Japanese prime minister. Do you think this is a good idea?
browny1Jan. 15, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
Thankfully the headline used the term "removed" concerning organs for transplanting.
Unfortunately the decidely inappropriate (imo) expression "harvested" appeared further down.
I can think of no more cold and disparaging term than that, to describe the act of taking donated organs from a deceased person in order to save another life.
When did this aberration first appear and what cruncher thought it's use was suitable?
Posted in: Organs from brain-dead child removed for transplant operations
browny1Jan. 10, 2015 - 09:46AM JST
From all reports a classy first up win for the ozzies, but very disappointed that the opening of the Asia Cup & opening game was not shown on tv.
As I understand Asahi tv has the rights & I now assume only Japan's games will be shown, until the finals. I hope I'm wrong.
In world sporting events, Japan needs to embrace the "Sports" as a whole, and not just the Japanese "Sports", especially in this case where Japan is the current Asian champion and Favorite. It could be said that Japan has a duty to promote the event widely instead of narrowly.
Posted in: Host Australia beats Kuwait 4-1 in Asian Cup opener
browny1Jan. 10, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
Japan through it's 70 years of ongoing peace, has been in an almost unique world position to show how a country can grow strong without playing the international arms game.
But now Big business & Big politics has decided money, power & pride are more important than the values of millions over the past decades.
Any possible threat to the Security of Japan will not be quelled by tanks, warplanes, ships & missiles.
One man/woman, one computer, one gun can through a country into chaos.
Posted in: Japan seeks to sell sub-hunting jet to UK as Abe pushes arms exports
browny1Jan. 09, 2015 - 04:57PM JST
As MGi suggested - get out of the big cities and into the countryside, and not to just see old Japan, but to see how most Japanese live in regional cities, towns, villages and inaka.
So much more rewarding(IMO) than spending 90%+ of your time in the human colonies.
Posted in: What are some must-see places or must-do experiences you would recommend to visitors coming to Japan?
browny1Jan. 08, 2015 - 06:57PM JST
A secular society with a long history of satire, built on revolution and human rights struggle, has no obligation to pander to the needs of religiosity and it's inherent dogma.
Posted in: Police strengthen patrols around French Embassy, other buildings
browny1Jan. 08, 2015 - 09:07AM JST
Frungy - actually in my prefecture the elderly are clearly the highest fatalities group. And the trend is very worrying to authorities as the % shows no signs of falling. The police awareness programs re aged / demented drivers is failing.
Part of the cause is the unwillingness of family members to pressure their elderly parents/relatives to quit driving.
In a discussion on this with a friend whose father is in his 90s and drives daily (albeit rural roads), I said he must be a good driver and her response was that he is terrible, but she was worried if he was forced to quit driving he'd lose his freedom and joy of doing things. I said if he died in a crash he'd lose those too. Also I suggested he was endangering others. She agreed, but felt powerless to do anything about it.
Posted in: 83-year-old man with dementia killed in car crash while driving wrong way on expressway
browny1Jan. 07, 2015 - 05:02PM JST
chloroform on a cloth.
Posted in: How should airlines deal with unruly and inconsiderate passengers during a flight?
Jan. 28, 2015 - 03:32PM JST
Her parents, friends and family didn't recognize that she was mentally unstable?
Posted in: 19-year-old girl arrested for killing 77-year-old woman in Nagoya
McCain, a Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the kingdom was emerging “as…
Posted in: Obama meets new Saudi king to shore up ties
Jan. 28, 2015 - 03:26PM JST
what the heck is yomping
Yomp (Your Own Measured Pace) an army march in full kit.…
Posted in: Organizations for karate, squash, snooker and 10 pin bowling are lobbying for their inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Which of these, if any, would you like to see included, and which current Olympic sports would you like to see dropped?
Communist love prancing around showing off their antiquated cheap weapons of war. But, all those weapons…
Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'
Jan. 28, 2015 - 03:24PM JST
If it's not Godzilla, it's a giant ape. Life in Tokyo must be rough.
Posted in: Going ape