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    cleo

    There is a deep-seated sense of entitlement among many women in Japan that they deserve a life of leisure once the kids have hit junior high school.

    In my experience, it's when the kids hit junior high school, the kids are out of the house for longer and education bills start rolling in and/or the cost of private high school/university starts to loom that mothers start to look for work to help boost the family finances.

    Providing work opportunities for these women who have been 'out of the loop' for upwards of a decade and who at present have a 'choice' between working the till at the local supermarket and working the till at the local conbini, would do a lot to help the women of Japan. Lifetime career spots and tenure on the board of directors for the few, with kids needs must shoved into day care, not so much.

    Posted in: Abe tells Harvard he's trying to improve status of women in Japan

  • -11

    cleo

    None of the professions listed would bother me particularly, except perhaps the doctor, and it would depend what kind of doctor. I wouldn't want my man spending his days up to his elbows in blood and guts, then coming home and hugging me and the kids. For more or less the same reason, vivisectionists, military types, slaughterhouse workers, animal farmers/hunters, fishermen, medical researchers.

    Dunno what Novenachama has against police officers. My sil is a police officer, and he's lovely, a wonderful husband and father.

    So ... they want a salary-man? Yuck. Just kill me already.

    The only alternative to a pilot, a teacher or a small business owner is a salary-man, right.

    Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what professions they don’t want to date

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    cleo

    ??? are you a nostradamus? you could predict it would be 20m high? noone expected a tsunami and certainly not a 20m high one.

    There have been tsunamis in the past that were way over 20m. One in 1896 topped 38m. The Okujiri tsunami in 1993 topped 31m. Tsunami marker stones can be found miles inland throughout Tohoku. If it's happened before, it can (and probably will) happen again. No need for predictions.

    Posted in: Sendai court upholds ruling bank not responsible for employees' tsunami deaths

  • 4

    cleo

    Japan Yesterday - you could look here

    http://www.satoya-boshu.net/keisai/d.htm

    Posted in: Officials close Tokyo pet shop for poor practices in 1st such case

  • 4

    cleo

    Have kids...they are far more important than some cultured beasts.

    They go together. There is nothing more beautiful than watching a child and his dog grow up together. It doesn't have to be a 'cultured beast' or a 'pricey pet'. Most of our dogs, and both of our cats, have been rescues, and they have enhanced our family, adults and kids alike, and now grandkids too, more than any amount of money ever could.

    And from what I saw of this establishment on the telly last night, I doubt anyone shopping there would be in search of a 'pricey' pet. It was a pretty nasty, disgusting hovel.

    If you say you don't get enough affection from your family, you are doing it wrong.

    No, you're the one getting it wrong. Pets are not so much for getting affection from as giving affection to. Why not give affection to a child instead? I hear you say and to that I counter, Why not give affection to both? If you don't have enough affection for both, you are doing it wrong.

    I do agree though that pet shops that allow anyone with the ready dough to walk out of the shop with any puppy or kitten they want should not be allowed to operate. They are nothing but outlets for puppy mills. Get your pet either from a reputable breeder, adopt from a shelter or take in a stray.

    Posted in: Officials close Tokyo pet shop for poor practices in 1st such case

  • 0

    cleo

    literally coming out of thin air; that's what rain is

    And another (admittedly rather feeble) attempt at lighthearted humour on my part takes off like a lead balloon.

    Forgot to say it before, but commiserations to all the people who lost their homes and/or cars, and especially to the three people who lost their lives.

    Posted in: Wild weather smashes Australian state for third day

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    cleo

    are you saying that man-made global warming causes drought as well as flooding?

    Of course it does. Where do you think the extra water for the flooding comes from? Out of thin air?

    Posted in: Wild weather smashes Australian state for third day

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    cleo

    Will they be wearing little ruminant hard hats?

    They probably have to make do with their little ruminant hard heads. :-)

    Posted in: Weeding test begins with sheep, goats at solar plant

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    cleo

    So, producing more methane.

    The animals will be producing the same amount of methane whether they're packed into cramped sheds with a thousand other animals eating imported feed, or allowed to wander outside around the solar plant nibbling fresh greenery.

    I imagine they'll enjoy the freedom more than the shed.

    Pity about the 996 animals left in the sheds. Hopefully this experiment will be successful, and they'll all find jobs on solar farms, too.

    Posted in: Weeding test begins with sheep, goats at solar plant

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    cleo

    Absolutes are flat out bonkers.

    In the abstract, maybe. On the personal level, I think we all have terms and conditions that would sound the death-knell for a relationship. Otherwise it wouldn't matter who we marry, would it?

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

  • -1

    cleo

    anything less than 50% for the bread winner minus all child expenses is flat out bonkers

    Anything less than 100% effort from both sides is a recipe for a short marriage.

    But, it's good for a man to state his money-related hangups (and any other hangups, too) early on in the relationship, before things get too serious. Such men can then be avoided.

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

  • -1

    cleo

    My biggest concern is that a TTP agreement with America would open the way to imports of unlabelled GMOs, hormone-laced meat and dairy, and HFCS in everything. We've seen how the big guns like Monsanto have pulled out all the stops in America to try and prevent the clear labelling of products, claiming it would 'confuse' the consumer. Would Japan be prevented from informing consumers about what is going into their shopping baskets, if proper labelling was declared to be an illegal impediment to 'free trade'?

    By all means open the market to produce from overseas; Japan cannot produce enough food to feed itself. But leave consumers the choice, and give them the information they need to be able to make a meaningful choice. I would not like to see the day when I cannot buy a block of tofu because it probably has GMO in it but I have no way of knowing, a bag of sembei because it probably is made from arsenic-rich imported rice, or even a biscuit because it probably has a hefty dollop of HFCS in it.

    Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.

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    cleo

    this is the price one pays for marrying a Japanese man

    No, it's the price one pays for marrying a man whose lifestyle and aspirations do not match your own. I know plenty of Japanese men, of all generations, who do not spend every waking hour either working or frequenting hostess bars, who do not spend every weekend playing golf, who are not strangers to their kids and who do not treat their wives like unpaid housekeepers. And then there are the non-Japanese, so-called modern men, who actually and amazingly seem to be proud of their inability to share (It's my money, I earned it, snarl snarl)

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

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    cleo

    many of those wouldnt be a problem if women went back to work after having children

    Yeah, coz we all know raising kids isn't work. Jes' shove 'em in a corner, chuck a couple of ready-meals at 'em once in a while, and in 18 years hey presto, they's fully growed and ready to take on the world.

    you dont need a degree to be a house wife

    But a better-educated mother makes for better-educated kids.

    Gotta agree with fishy, all this Japanese this and Japanese that is tiresome. If you're not a match, you're not a match, and blaming it on your partner's nationality/ethnicity/gender is nothing but a feeble cop-out.

    The answer to all 12 pre-marriage whines is - You're with the wrong person. Go find someone more suited to your own personal taste. Sort out these 12 and know the person you're marrying before you tie the knot, and the post-marriage problems shouldn't arise (though we all know some of them do even so - but if you're with your soulmate rather than some generic 'Japanese/Insert-any-other-nationality-here person', you'll be able to talk through the problem and find a solution that suits you both.) Applies to both men and women.

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

  • -16

    cleo

    If you are with a women where more than a couple of those are true, then you are with the wrong woman.

    If you are with a woman where you perceive more than a couple of those to be true, she's with the wrong man.

    No one likes a whiner.

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

  • 0

    cleo

    If it was not good then China would have over a billion diabetics.

    China has the world's largest diabetes epidemic, and it continues to grow at a fearsome pace.....the most recent research found that China has overtaken the USA in terms of diabetes prevalence: according to the latest data, 11.6% of Chinese adults have diabetes. The Chinese diabetes population stands at some 114 million people - about a third of all people with diabetes.... the study also found that out of 99,000 people surveyed, half had pre-diabetes blood glucose levels

    http://www.idf.org/BRIDGES/map/china

    That's not to say it's all down to white rice alone; modern economic development has brought about increased obesity as a result of increased food intake (especially of Western-style refined foods), less physical activity and increased stress levels.

    Posted in: Japan ranks No. 50 in world rice consumption

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    cleo

    what size is the cup?

    The link says 195 g, 'bout the same as slumdog's cup.

    Posted in: Japan ranks No. 50 in world rice consumption

  • 1

    cleo

    How imminent?

    In Japan the next one is always imminent.

    Posted in: Mass beaching fuels fears of imminent quake

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    cleo

    One cup of cooked brown rice has:

    Calcium 19.5 mg Iron 0.82 mg Magnesium 83.85 mg Phosphorus 161.85 mg Potassium 83.85 mg Zinc 1.23 mg Manganese 1.76 mg Selenium 19.11 mcg

    Also fibre 3.51g, protein5.03 g, carbs 44.77g

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=135

    Posted in: Japan ranks No. 50 in world rice consumption

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    cleo

    No beheadings or heads stuck on fences in that incident...

    Posted in: Man, inspired by IS video, threatens to behead ex-girlfriend

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