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caffeinebuzzFeb. 16, 2014 - 03:26PM JST
David Foley, I can see where you're coming from and often it's good to have some healthy competition to spur things along- but cultures, like endangered species can definitely be worth preserving as something unique and enriching to everyone overall. For this reason I support such measures to defend against being swamped.
Posted in: China dashes Hollywood's hopes for greater access in 2014
caffeinebuzzFeb. 15, 2014 - 03:22PM JST
I'm usually good at picking faces- bad at names, like a lot of people; but even I got momentarily confused when the media had a chuckle at the company which accidentally ran a tribute of Nelson Mandela using Morgan Freeman's face. A friend of mine with a Vietnamese mother told me she still has problems picking Caucasians out from each other, even though she's lived among them for 30-odd years. I think the reaction in this case was overblown and I can sympathise with the hapless reporter- despite the sensitivity surrounding race relations in the U.S.
Posted in: Jackson outburst shows problems with 'other' faces
caffeinebuzzFeb. 15, 2014 - 07:34AM JST
Both Japan and China should restrict the type and quantity of US films because : (1) The violent crimes rate per 1000 people in US is much higher that of Japan or China. Movies should be banned because of their violent content not based on true stories, like those about gangsters. (2) US produces a lot of "trash" movies. (3) Both countries should protect their movie industry.
There is so much about this that defies the real-world. Violent (or any other) American movies are hugely popular in countries with miniscule crime rates- and indeed in countries where crime rates have been in steady decline. On top of this, I've seen plenty of Japanese, Chinese and assorted movies where the protagonists and their enemies all lie dead in pools of their own blood at the end. Back to the main topic, I think countries have every right to quotas as a buffer for cultural reasons (China, France, Australia etc), to keep local content from being flooded by cheap mass-productions from overseas. The quality of U.S entertainment is in the beholder of course, but if you don't like it then feel free not to watch it and keep your kiddies away from it until they're mature enough to handle the context.
caffeinebuzzFeb. 01, 2014 - 12:17PM JST
Eminem hit the nail 100% on the head with the song "We made you". Everytime I see a celeb scandal or someone going off the rails in the media, I get this song in my head...
Posted in: Bieber is latest child star to battle public fall
caffeinebuzzFeb. 01, 2014 - 12:14PM JST
Btw I'm cool with tattoos, don't have myself and being a whitey in an onsen over there was already enough of a put off for some of the elder locals (never mind that I followed the rules that they didn:t/wouldn't- but that's a whole different story) :p
Posted in: Female Osaka school clerk's pay docked over tattoos
caffeinebuzzFeb. 01, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
You can still find this kind of debate in Australia- a country where every second cafe worker or restauranteur sports a sleeve tatt or something noticeable on exposed areas. In that sense, we seem to be coming a full circle on tattoos where now not being inked at all is just as expressive, but opinion can be pretty divided in the press even though we don't associate tattoos with organised crime to anywhere near the extent that Japan does...I guess that's a bit of a tangent, but what I'm getting at is that we all know how Japan is, especially when it comes to the presentation of civil servants- and that even though the average person on the street might say 'What's the big deal?', that Japanese people as a group would probably agree that conformity on this issue is either important or understandable. As Alex Kerr pointed out; the education system in Japan is just as geared towards bringing kids up Japanese as it is towards tests and grades. I'd say it's unfortunate to the worker involved, but she should have known better in the job that she had. I was once called by my boss in Japan to tell me off for crossing the road the wrong way, so even as a foreigner I knew how picky people could be!
caffeinebuzzJan. 27, 2014 - 06:03PM JST
This is pretty sad, and an unfortunate wake-up call after other similar incidents where people have either died or
passed out after closing windows and firing up the yakiniku grill. Personally, I wouldn't have guessed that tents were that airtight (especially with winter winds), so it's a tragic reminder for people that simpler methods like rugging up, using hot water bottles or heat pads is a far better option for beating the cold.
Posted in: Couple die on Aomori fishing trip; carbon monoxide poisoning suspected
caffeinebuzzJan. 18, 2014 - 07:25AM JST
I'm fairly active and couldn't shake my excess weight until I started to take note of what I was eating, and made some modifications to my diet which became completely normal and unnoticeable to me: switching white bread for wholewheat bread (debates over wheat aside, you're doing yourself a huge favour with a change to wholewheat); cooking up brown rice; reducing salt and sugar (especially sugar in my case as I was unaware how much a couple of teaspoons in each coffee were really stacking up over a day; and getting plenty of sleep. Studies are only just starting to show that gut bacterium respond and in different ways to the foods you eat, and can have a huge influence on weight loss or gain- so ideally just moving enough during the day and ditching bad habits will go a LONG way in getting to your goal. As a bonus, you'll be surprised how much more you enjoy the occasional treat- whereas you'll notice more and more how people nowadays are overindulging and turning what used to be standard meals into something resembling Christmas/Easter/Thanksgiving feasts. At the risk of rambling on, in Australia as a kid, fast food meals were a rare treat and dinner was fairly low key...Fast forward to now and it's amazing how binge eating has become a past time, and people don't seem to notice how much food they're stuffing themselves with (not to mention boozing!).
Posted in: Do you think fad diets are effective in helping to lose weight?
caffeinebuzzDec. 18, 2013 - 10:00PM JST
Seconded on the bubblewrap on windows; or you can get the rolls of stick-on plastic insulation from a home hardware center for about 700 Yen each. Weather strips are only a few hundred yen and really do a good job of plugging leaks of air coming in and out. Insulating curtains make a huge difference- and look for the ones that reduce sound and are good for use in summer as well. A fan running on the lowest setting on top of a shelf can cycle the warm air back down from ceiling level and will make a noticeable difference.
Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep warm in winter?
caffeinebuzzNov. 19, 2013 - 09:18PM JST
The opposition Labor Party should not be trying to score any points out of this either, as surveillance towards
Indonesia has most likely occurred for years or decades under successive governments. Indonesia is probably feeling pressed about the whole asylum seeker issue which is one of Abbott's hardline themes and is now capitalising on leaks which highlight what would otherwise be seen as the unwanted but standard conduct among nations. Nobody in their right mind should be surprised (and I agree that the phone-tapping has probably gone too far), but this situation is going to require some delicate face-saving, public backing down and diplomacy by both sides.
Posted in: Indonesian, Australia leaders trade jabs over spying allegations
caffeinebuzzNov. 13, 2013 - 08:57AM JST
How utterly boring.
Posted in: Use your smartphone as a projector to create a dazzling 3D light show at home
caffeinebuzzSep. 03, 2013 - 10:01AM JST
Globalwatcher, my understanding is admittedly vague, but what I understand is that the radioactive particles are mostly attached to larger particles in the water, which can be filtered and extracted relatively easy.
Posted in: NRA says tainted water may have to be released into ocean
caffeinebuzzAug. 12, 2013 - 11:13PM JST
"Do not depend on religion , but on reading the BIBLE .The bible is complete guidance for human being ."
"Do not depend on religion , but on reading the BIBLE .The bible is complete guidance for human being ."
I agree on not depending on religion, but a definite no to the last bit. Every single person who I've met with the same opinion on following mostly or only the bible, have all been very, very fruity. At the very least, an educated mainstream follower or theologian (Catholic or otherwise), could point out verses in the bible which are open to interpretation and aren't to be followed literally etc. If we are to assume there is a God, I could never believe he plonked us on this planet with our brain capacity to only follow the written word of his bronze-age adherents and hold ourselves back.
Anyhow, as for fundamentalists, I'll let Colonel Kira from Star Trek Deep Space Nine sum it up: *"I've always found that when people try to convince others of their beliefs it's because they're really just trying to convince themselves."
Posted in: Pope's revolution - not all are pleased
caffeinebuzzAug. 12, 2013 - 09:20PM JST
Trying to contain China either overtly or by subtle means is inflammatory and ultimately cements existing xenophobic attitudes. I've been interested in China's rise for a while, but it is telling when Chinese friends of mine have been saying for a few years that Western media have been blowing the rise of China completely out of proportion- Now media outlets are slowly waking up to the fact that China could have its own series of "lost decades", ala Japan. I think it's more important that China balances out domestically with regards to its internal markets and the political situation; and can replace its ambitions with a focus on consolidation and improvement of its lot.
Posted in: No-one can contain China, says analyst
caffeinebuzzJul. 17, 2013 - 08:45PM JST
I think the ice cream companies should be forced shut pending an official investigation, and the offending convenience store worker executed for his actions- I say this as a faux Japanese neighborhood biddy with 10 imaginary cats.
Posted in: Lawson store closed after employee puts photo of himself in freezer on Facebook
caffeinebuzzJul. 02, 2013 - 10:56PM JST
Posted in: Panda back on view after being confirmed not pregnant
Urgh Combinibento, I'd never stoop to an awful pun like that. Although I did hear that asked for the "meal of the day", staff at the Zoo's cafeteria replied "pan da!"
caffeinebuzzJul. 02, 2013 - 06:43PM JST
Abe's translator is smirking to herself and updating her status: "LOL in a LAME meeting, but Facebook rep can't trawl my written data FTW!!"
Posted in: Facebook time
caffeinebuzzJun. 15, 2013 - 07:48PM JST
"Hello Europe! Well you see, it's like this; It's kind of like a pyramid scheme but uniquely Japanese. You wouldn't understand. Thank you".
Posted in: Abe leaves for Europe to explain 'Abenomics' at G8 summit
caffeinebuzzMay. 29, 2013 - 06:08PM JST
At least with this technology you could have some control over where is appropriate for wearing these devices. I'm pretty sure the movie industry will lead the way in having them banned outright from cinemas, and other establishments will automatically follow suit. There is a fair bit of a media beat-up about Google Glass, but some of it is fair- like facial recognition technology which borders on scary considering its potential use for stalking and possibly picking people out of a crowd. That said, a major supermarket chain in Australia recently ran into trouble over the sale of video recording pens; and video recording watches can easily be bought online. Iffy websites that owe their existence to voyeur material are going to be even bigger winners.
Posted in: Google's wearable Glass gadget: cool or creepy?
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:16PM JST
now all the US courts have to do is get Australia to impose its rulings on…
Posted in: Anti-whaling activists found in contempt of court in U.S.
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:10PM JST
But, unfortunately, that kind of "thinking" is not all that rare in Japan.
That's right. I…
Posted in: 'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
Having flubbed the final opportunity to redeem herself, the fraudster should now be subject to the…
Posted in: Japanese scientist resigns after stem cell research discredited
Dec. 20, 2014 - 11:06PM JST
Even if it is "only" 60% effective, that makes it a very good bet against a…
Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan
I would have said "repeat" but I got stopped in Ikebukuro by the Police and asked…
Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?