cleo's past comments

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    cleo

    Has the government / local authorities looked into possible alternatives for those who might not be able to afford funeral costs?

    The alternatives are in place. Local authorities do cover the cost of disposing of the remains of those who cannot afford a funeral. The families of people who have been living on social welfare, etc., can claim the cost of a simple funeral from the authorities.

    http://葬儀費用1.com/entry18.html

    'I can't afford a funeral' is no excuse for leaving your Dad to rot at home.

    Posted in: 54-year-old man arrested for abandoning father’s dead body at home

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    cleo

    I bet we see that iconic giant paper lantern at the 2020 Opening Ceremony.

    Posted in: Orlando Bloom visits Japan to promote British Airways' 787-9 Dreamliner flights from London to Narita

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    cleo

    Why the condescension. Here is why. I grew up in a desert.

    Well then that determines your own take on things. Most people here didn't grow up in a desert, they grew up in a country with plentiful rainfall; no need at all for rain butts, except in places like Okinawa, especially the islands, where'll you'll see a huge metal tank perched on the top of almost every building, public and private. People in Okinawa know how to conserve water.

    The problem in Japan is not people moving to places that are 'nicer' or watering tomatoes with filtered water. The problem, if there is one and I'm not sure yet that there is, is the potential for global climate change to alter rainfall patterns drastically. But just as one swallow does not a summer make, one summer with unusual rainfall is not a Chicken Little situation.

    Autumn last year brought widespread flooding to large areas of Kanto, so it is obviously not an ongoing or developing 'chronic water shortage' situation.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

  • 8

    cleo

    did you pull that out of thin air?

    Yup.

    Posted in: Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home

  • 6

    cleo

    If drugs had been involved the men and their wives would probably be serving prison time.

    If the men had been sporting beards/turbans and/or if their wives had been burqua'd they would definitely be serving time.

    Don't we get to know the names of these freedumb-luvvin' Texan geniuses?

    Posted in: Canada to U.S. tourists: Please leave your guns at home

  • 8

    cleo

    I'm no fan of Abe. My dislike of him is almost visceral. I disapprove of his policies, his party, what he says and the way he says it. I don't like him. Almost anyone (apart from the other dinosaurs of the LDP) would make a better PM. My 5-year-old cat would make a better PM.

    But Abe Mario, this was good.

    Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan

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    cleo

    It was a tropical storm, this was never a typhoon.

    I don't care what you want to call it, it did a very good job of flattening the garden and fitting my allotment out with horizontal tomatoes. It also blew my daughter's car port away and uprooted a few of her trees. The winds were plenty strong enough.

    Posted in: Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon makes landfall in Chiba

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    cleo

    Wolfpack: Are you saying that worship of your country's flag is on a level with religious fanaticism leading to terrorism? Quite a few people would agree with you, I think.... the 'respect' some insist must be given to a piece of cloth is a bit creepy.

    Lots of people (count me as one) are able to love their country without needing to bow down to a piece of cloth. That's not what loving your country is (should be) about.

    I very much doubt the athletes whose first reaction on winning is to grab the flag are the ones whose 'country does not mean much' to them.

    Posted in: Mighty Mo seals distance double; Centrowitz claims 1,500 shock

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    cleo

    On the whole Japan is blessed with a very generous water supply. On the whole, there is more than enough precipitation to meet all needs. On the whole, there is little incentive (apart from the water bills, because yes, the water supply is metered, one reason why people like to use the bath water for laundry) for people to worry overmuch about water shortages.

    So when there is a localised or temporary shortage, caused by an abnormally dry rainy season, failure of enough wet typhoons to hit land or whatever, it's seen as a big thing because, well, it is a big thing. And it's normally a localised thing.

    I remember when I had not been in Japan all that long (so, in the late 1970s), there was a particularly severe water shortage in Hokuriku when our well dried up and we were reduced to melting snow (luckily there's plenty of that in Hokuriku in winter) to wash in and getting plastic tanks of water delivered from the sushi restaurant up the road, who had a deeper well than we did, for cooking and drinking.

    Then fifteen or twenty or so years ago (can't remember exactly) a friend who had moved to Shikoku when her husband was transferred there came back with the kids after a couple of weeks to stay with her in-laws, because a severe water shortage over there meant they got a trickle of water from the tap for just a few hours each day, while here in northern Kanto we had plenty of water.

    My impression was that we had roughly the same amount of rain in June/July this year that we get every year, but how much rain falls on my garden/allotment isn't the issue; the rain needs to fall where it can gather in the reservoirs, which this year it apparently didn't do. We had notices sent out in mid-July asking people to be economic with water because if we didn't get more water in the reservoirs, rationing might be necessary. Hopefully today's typhoon will have helped sort that one out.

    Posted in: Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?

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    cleo

    Patriotism is helping the home economy (that's my excuse) by treating myself to a nice bottle of 25-year-old Scotch for my birthday, or treating a friend to a bottle.

    Nationalism is insisting everyone else do the same. And pay for my share while they're at it.

    Posted in: What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? For example, how would you classify the rightwing groups and lawmakers who visited Yasukuni Shrine on Monday to mark the 71st anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II?

  • 1

    cleo

    I’m worried that absence of the event will mean the absence of something through which we can promote our community,

    You want to promote your community as an animal-abusing community?

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    cleo

    1 they're not all in that one tank

    There are obviously far too many in each of the tanks. One fancy goldfish requires over 35 l of water, which these fish are obviously not getting.

    2 In the wild, fish love to hang out in schools, sometimes by the millions depending on the species

    Goldfish don't exist in the wild. In the wild, some fish depending on the species do hang out in schools, but that's in the wild not in a crazy-shaped, crazily-lit tank from which there is no escape; and what happens with wild fish has no bearing on the needs of domesticated fish.

    3 Do you have any idea how long they were in there? If it was only a day or two, so what?

    You would be amazed how much ammonia and other toxins a goldfish can produce in a day or two. They're one of the most difficult species of fish to keep clean. They also need higher levels of oxygen than other tank fish; no oxygen appears to be being added to those awful tanks.

    4Do you see any fish floating upside down?

    So as long as they don't actually die (or the exhibition staff scoop out the dead ones before photos are allowed), you can do whatever you like? Do you support waterboarding, too?

    Posted in: Art Aquarium

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    cleo

    sensei - been there, done that, there was a thread abut it on JT not too long ago.

    Your point?

    Posted in: Art Aquarium

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    cleo

    I'm with Moonraker. This is not art. It's abuse of 8,000 little lives.

    Posted in: Art Aquarium

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    cleo

    Why there aren't any lifesavers in the beach

    Because it was supposedly closed to swimmers.

    He should have been wading with her and holding her hand at all times.

    He should have been teaching her that 遊泳禁止 means that you don't go in the water.

    Posted in: 8-year-old girl, grandfather drown at Ibaraki beach

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    cleo

    If you are swimming where there are no surfers or other people and you lack a knowledge of safe swimming areas on the beach you are very foolish

    Or maybe you are 8 years old and don't know the dangers. Or what to do to get out of danger. It was the adults who allowed her to go in the water who were very, very foolish. Though the word I would choose is not foolish but culpable.

    Posted in: 8-year-old girl, grandfather drown at Ibaraki beach

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    cleo

    the beach has a sign warning swimmers of strong rip currents

    Those signs are there for a reason. Even strong swimmers have trouble with riptides. A kiddy and a senior, neither should have been in the water at that beach. The vernacular news is saying that at the beach in question swimming is prohibited because it's known to be dangerous.

    Very, very sad that they lost their lives, and sadder still that it could and should have been avoidable. What was the grandfather thinking, letting the girl go into the water when there are 'No swimming' signs up?

    http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160812/k00/00m/040/079000c

    Posted in: 8-year-old girl, grandfather drown at Ibaraki beach

  • 0

    cleo

    I think the objectivity horse left the barn (on all sides)

    On all sides?

    Sounds like the barn has collapsed.

    Posted in: Trump acknowledges his presidential campaign is facing challenges

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    cleo

    WHAT IS THE FIRST THOUGHT THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD “AMERICA”? DESCRIBE THE COUNTRY AS YOU SEE IT

    Big. Modern tech. Old-fashioned ideas. Bad spelling.

    TALK ABOUT ONE EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD WITH AMERICA OR AN AMERICAN

    Individuals I've met (in Japan); most of them have been quite nice, open, friendly. A few not so, but there are bad apples in any barrel.

    Individuals on JT seem to be much more stereotypical, a few (not all) of them quite arrogant (going on about how they won the war and saved the world) and a bit fanatic about politics, with even the so-called lefties tending to be right-leaning.

    WHAT MAKES AMERICANS AMERICAN? OR WHAT IDENTIFIES AS AMERICAN TO YOU?

    The passport.

    Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

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    cleo

    Had no idea people still watch it.

    Maybe you should watch it. You might learn something. It gets bashed equally by the right and the left, which would seem to indicate that it is pretty middle-of-the-road and not ludicrously biased towards either side.

    Posted in: Clinton blasts Trump for 'casual inciting of violence'

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