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browny1Aug. 01, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
Jefflee - I don't think the problem is size - it's the disproportionate population demographic - the inverted pyramid if you like with the few young people on the inverted peak supporting the masses of elderly on the inverted base.
Such a social structure is doomed - at least within the scope of the world as we know it and can foresee in the near future.
Also as m3m3m3 stated - the use of the term "cool" by bureaucrat types is just so "uncool". They believe coolness is something you can be awarded, win, get or buy. lol
Posted in: Japan is a developed nation with the numerous problems resulting from a mature society, including a stagnant birthrate, aging population and financial stringency. If Japan can be the first in the world to solve these problems, that would be extremely 'cool.' I believe Japan can provide new solutions for future generations in the world.
browny1Jul. 29, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
luvjpfam - I do believe the topic at hand is the laxity in which degrees are granted in Japan - generally.
Bringing up another country's case is not to the point at all.
Those connected with the system here - as some have posted - know only too well how pathetic at times is the nancying of students here in order to create a positive spin on how good the uni is going.
There are some exceptions of course, but I've seen or known about too many weak passes to suggest it's not common.
Posted in: The number of academic degree holders produced by universities is seen as a measure of the schools’ value. Therefore, universities may grant degrees to students even if they don’t deserve them.
browny1Jul. 29, 2014 - 06:19PM JST
A sad and sorry event for all concerned - BUT no matter which way you look at it, the onus is surely 100% on the mother to keep her child safe.
I mean, for xxxxxx sake - a 1 year old, a toddler!!! It'd still be 99% negligence on the mothers behalf with a slightly more aware 3yr old. But 1 years old???????
An unbelievably painful lesson in life - kids are parents responsibility - no escape clause.
Posted in: 1-year-old girl hit and killed by kindergarten bus
browny1Jul. 26, 2014 - 05:47PM JST
The point in all of this - and it's been reiterated time and time and time again - is that the apology(ies) esp the Kono statement has been essentially spat on, by intent or indifference, by many leading Japanese politicians & prominent members of society.
If the lard heads had kept their nuanced thoughts to themselves, much of this houbrah would have never blown.
Abe's opinion is in writing and has never been personally retracted - so he & these buffooons have burnt the goodwill created by those with nouse.
What is an apology, if not only the heart is not there, but it keeps being overturned.
Posted in: Japan rejects U.N. committee's call on 'comfort women'
browny1Jul. 24, 2014 - 06:40PM JST
kchoze - your comments appear to be heavily focused on economics as if that's the be all and end all of life.
As I posted earlier the God of Convenience is more oft than not the rod by which many conduct their lives here - but that doesn't make it the most harmonious factor for quality lifestyle or is conducive to notions other than ease of effort.
Maybe we should all live in capsule hotels next to conbinis and train stations.
Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex
browny1Jul. 24, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
I love the positive spins on Japaenese town planning - rational(need a school for the poor kids - build it), flexible (need a flyover - build it), efficient(environmental concerns waste time - build it) .......
Sure, in a basically "flexible" planning system the developers get what they want - whether they be small or large scale.
But the negatives abound. Some local examples.
- a crash repair body shop (one of the most toxic industries) built opposite the university, next to a convenience store across from apartments and houses all within 1km of the prefectural govt building. Nothing like the smell of thinners in the morning. Nice, very Nice.
- 15 floor apartment built next to a small temple / kindergarten(my daughter went there) suddenly overshadowing everything. The sense of scale, intimacy, privacy, light, breezes gone. Nice one.
- an historical garden in my city that easily equals the "top 3", but can never be afforded that status because of the weak weak zoning laws which allowed for the development of many high apartments around / near the perimeter destroying the "shakkei" but making a big sales point for the sellers. Nice.
I could spend a day writing about this in just my area and never be done.
Haphazardness has taken over cities and towns planning and the public have bought into it with the suck-hole mantra of "convenience".
browny1Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
I agree with most views above, but think the standout point re costs is the coddling of the fruit.
Deliberately reducing crop yields by removing buds or young fruit forcing the trres to concentrate energy on the remaining fruit. Then hand wrapping each fruit in situ and hand harvesting one by one. Finally each individual fruit is chosen for perfect size, shape and coloring (by hand) and placed into bespoke containers.
All this costs. But is the fruit superior in taste & nutrition? I don't think so. But people believe so.
Near here in a famous olive growing area, I watched a while back pickers picking olives one by one - to make premium olive oil they said ( I think their 200ml bottles sell for about ￥3,000.) .
Not much I could say after witnessing that - except maybe mottainai.
Posted in: Why are summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, etc, so expensive in Japan?
browny1Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:11AM JST
Many excellent, but one always sticks in my mind as an example of on the edge, DIY reporting -
Posted in: Name 3 of the best documentaries you have ever seen.
browny1Jul. 23, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
Agree totally with all posters.
The lack of awareness of adults to the problems associated with high temperatures/humidity is surely the major contributing factor.
Maintaining body fluids, resting in peak heat times and dare I suggest it - cancelling events when the conditions exceed a set level.
In my city today the UV forecast is for a max of 9.5 @ midday - that's almost extreme rating- but rest assured there wiill be little change in the local schools club activities.
At my daughters closing of the term ceremony on Friday a boy who received an award on stage - and had to remain there standing for over 30mins - fainted and fell 1.5 meters to the floor below. He had concussion and a seizure. He was taken to hospital by ambulance and has now fully recovered. The conditions in the hall at the time with over 1,000 people in attendance were stifling. At no time was there a hint of even stopping or shortening the ceremony.
Posted in: The major cause of heatstroke is abnormal weather, but children’s lifestyle of playing games in air-conditioned indoor settings has likely contributed to the increase.
browny1Jul. 23, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
What a sad state of affairs. I've been there a good many years ago with a uni group. A delightful oasis, incorporating many of the classical aspects of japanese garden design.
It's extraordinary that the city or ken could not take over the garden and maintain it for posterity.
Sadly I've seen this time and time again over the years. People wet themselves over places being awarded world heritage status ( and consequently flock there in numbers devaluing the very status), but when it comes to preservation of minor historical heritage sites the lack of action is at times striking.
Governments and citizens need to become much more pro-active in conservation and an institution similar to National Trust with teeth and laws needs to be developed.
So many wonderful places already lost, but it's not too late.
browny1Jul. 21, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
toshiko - "you can not blame him for things happened in Japan before 2012".
Well not everything - but as a former prime minister and as a senior silver spoon member of the ldp for decades, we can surely point the finger.
Abe has currently the most sophisticated PR machine afforded by any leader in Japan on board. It's purpose is to keep the ldp in power at all costs, and will never miss an opportunity to milk as much credit from a situation as it possibly can.
Abe is not alone in this, but the experts of experts are on his payroll.
Posted in: Abe says Japan willing to help in Malaysia jet crash probe
browny1Jul. 21, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
Cortes Elijah - I'm afraid your post contains far too many common sense initiatives.
As such, they would surely fall on the publics deaf ears.
Posted in: 3-year-old girl hit and killed by car in Osaka; driver arrested
browny1Jul. 20, 2014 - 09:47PM JST
semperfi - why all the shouting?
And many countries have offered assistance - nothing special about abe's offer(more a media beat up).
And in the world of political wink - winks, nothing is ever lost by playing the game.
And abe is in(as are others).
browny1Jun. 05, 2014 - 09:54PM JST
Many posters are focussing on manga, whereas the new legislation is for photographic&video child porn - which brings me to the BIG question - why has it taken so many years and so much external pressure to introduce this legislation, when it has been clear that real life childrens rights have been abused and violated? Why the hold up? Why the foot dragging with the sexualization of real kids?
I shudder to think of the real answer.
Posted in: Japan to ban possession of child porn, but manga, anime exempt
browny1Jun. 05, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
el - I too have often wondered about Japanese censors fixation with pubic hair/genitals and their need to pixelate such images to protect social morals.
A few years ago, a long thought lost original, historical footage(1920's) of native Papuans first contact with outsiders was unearthed and shown on nhk I think. To my disbelief the naked natives genitalia were blurred.
But the exploitation of children through degrading images, to satisfy the lustful urges of men(mainly) is ok.
browny1Jun. 04, 2014 - 09:37PM JST
90 years ago - but when? The 3rd of June or Mid August?
This year Hokkaido has already experienced 30+ deg. weeks ago in what should be still early spring.
I'd suggest that this current bout is unprecedented.
Posted in: Hokkaido experiences highest temperatures in 90 years
browny1Jun. 04, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
I'm with Magnet - I thought OC was short strayt talk for Obsessive Compulsive.
And there's plenty of that to go around - esp on Youtube.
Posted in: OC Desu: It’s what all the cool kids are typing nowadays
browny1Jun. 04, 2014 - 07:24PM JST
JLee - Riken's integrity is already under question for their irresponsible manner in which this affair was monitored and administered.
Since when do recently appointed junior associates have seemingly no-bounds criteria for publishing research. I say no bounds because Riken as the controlling supervising institution, apparently gave open license to Obokata - or - were delinquent in their expected senior supervisory & monitoring role. Either way, the buck stops with Riken.
Riken certainly has lost face in the science world, due purely to it's own inadequacies.
Posted in: Obokata agrees to retract stem cell papers: RIKEN
browny1May. 28, 2014 - 12:02PM JST
Alphaape - A well connected political family - er the Bush family readily comes to mind.
Unfortunately Aso's many, many "gaffes" over the years are still tolerated by the media and the people (or they display little show of disaffection) and strangely so, because often it's the "people" whom he slights.
Has there ever been a strong move to have him removed over his statements? In many democracies he would not have survived this long.
Posted in: I'm 73, going on 74, and I've never had a long stay in hospital. It's not fair that the tax I pay covers all the medical expenses of slouches.
browny1May. 28, 2014 - 08:48AM JST
The Masterpiece of Masterpieces - "Allegro non Troppo"
Then the game changer "Akira"
And for it's scope, drama and fun the "Toy story series"
Posted in: What are your three favorite animated films of all time?
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:46PM JST
How do you know she wasn't being beaten too ?
If she was beaten too, she…
Posted in: Father arrested after 14-year-old son commits suicide
China and the US will never fight, otherwise Walmart would be empty.
And how long could…
Posted in: China confirms new generation long range missiles: report
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:40PM JST
Go Japan....maybe those Yankies occupying your country with 3 military bases can actually earn their salt…
Posted in: Japan names islets in disputed area, around nation
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:37PM JST
Poor, poor boy. When life should have been opening up to him his own father drove…
Aug. 01, 2014 - 06:36PM JST
What an ass...the mother should be arrested too for letting the abuse happen