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  • 1

    cleo

    You make it sound like folding up a stroller is this huge chore when it really isn't

    It isn't the folding up of the stroller that's the problem. It's holding onto folded-up stroller, child (possibly sleeping, possibly multiple), baby bag and shopping/work bag while at the same time holding onto the strap so that the whole thing doesn't topple over when the train swerves, rattles or comes to a sharp stop.

    Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport

  • -2

    cleo

    That just bullshit.

    Couldn't agree more. It's religion - no logic/reality/common sense allowed. I'm sure most of it is made up as they go along.

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

  • 0

    cleo

    Just remove the war criminals name from the shrine.

    Apparently the shrine says that isn't possible; names can be removed from a list of course, but the spirits of the dead, once admitted, become one with the whole (they say). Demanding that they be removed once they're gone in is like asking for the removal of 14 drops of ink that have been swirled into a bucketful of water.

    Posted in: 146 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

  • -2

    cleo

    they should be shouting from the rooftops how great their stuff is

    But they can't, because of ignorance

    Rubbish. Anyone else marketing any kind of product, no matter how worthless or similar to the competitors, hires a marketing team to inform the world why we the public should be buying their New Improved chocolate bar/toothpaste/mobile phone service/room freshener/deodorant. What stops Monsanto and pals doing the same and telling us all how wonderful GMOs are? Why don't they explain in TV ads and newspaper pullouts how good their product is, like other manufacturers do? Why don't they try to make us want their product? Maybe because what they are trying to sell has less appeal to the consumer than yet another toothpaste that's just the same as all the others.

    People, out of ignorance, assume that GM food somehow harms their bodies due to being genetically engineered

    I can't speak for all people, but a good number of us assume that there's something suspicious about GMO because of the way the very people who should be explaining its advantages to us and trying to sell it to us are instead trying to sneak it into our shopping baskets without our knowledge.

    Who's unevening the playing field

    I don't see anyone putting out advertisements claiming that their product is better than GMO.

    But allowing those "frankenfoods" into the Japanese market will allow the Japanese people (and me.) access to cheaper, equally healthy foods.

    No it won't, because without labelling you have no idea what you're buying, the manufacturers want to mix it in with conventional products and charge the same price. There is no benefit to the consumer from GMO, only a higher profit margin to the manufacturer. (The manufacturer being the huge agribusinesses , not (e.g.) the ordinary farmers who get sued by Monsanto when the wind blows GMO seed into their fields, nor (e.g.) the Indian farmers caught in a debt trap and driven to suicide through the high price of the GMO seed that they signed up for with promises of increased yields and are now forced to buy every year - with little to no increase in yield).

    And we haven't even started on the effects of GMO crops on the environment, another reason more information, not less, may put folk off GMOs..

    The issue is not with GMO foods per se; if I have the choice, I can choose whether to buy it or not, just as I can choose whether to buy white sandals or brown boots; but I'm not going to buy from a merchandiser who sells just 'footwear' and refuses to let me know whether I'm buying sandals or boots. I need to have the ability to make a choice, and that includes proper labelling.

    Posted in: Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage TPP pact

  • 1

    cleo

    Is the meat part of the whale? Yes. So does Article VIII REQUIRE the meat to be processed? Yes.

    The meat is only part of the whale. Processing only the meat is not processing the animal as far as is practicable. It's just taking what the whalers set out to take in the first place, for the table (well, for the deep freeze). Commercial whaling.

    The ruling was specific to JARPA II.

    • and the ruling was that the programme was not being planned and carried out for the purpose of research. Any tweaks they make to come up with JARPA III will do nothing to change the fact that the 'research' is for the purpose of taking whales, not the other way round.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

  • 1

    cleo

    the same Article VIII from 1948 REQUIRES the meat to be processed

    No, it doesn't. It requires any whales taken under these special permits to be processed. Not just the meat. The whole animal. The way pro-whalers always focus on the meat and nothing but the meat is a dead giveaway.

    The ruling was against the JARPA II program not against research whaling.

    The ruling was against whaling not carried out for the purpose of research. It doesn't matter how many 'deficiencies' the icr tries to 'correct', it doesn't change the fact that the 'research' is being done for the sake of the whaling, not the whaling being done for the sake of research.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

  • -3

    cleo

    the ignorant fog of lies the anti-GMO crowd feeds you.

    As opposed to the hi-tech fog of lies the pro-GMO crowd feeds you?

    If GMOs had a selling point, the manufacturers/producers should be falling over themselves to splash it all over their products, they should be shouting from the rooftops how great their stuff is, not muttering in a corner about the temerity of folk wanting to know what they're buying. Instead we get mealy-mouthed 'It's no different/it's just the same as the other stuff'. Right, then let me buy the other stuff.

    Your first link goes on about how GM foods 'pose no greater risk' than other foods - I should darn well hope so. Foods that pose a risk shouldn't be in the shops anyhow. That isn't the point.

    It also claims that GM labeling initiatives are being advanced by “the persistent perception that such foods are somehow ‘unnatural,’” as well as efforts to gain competitive advantages within the marketplace.

    Well yes, when you go splicing genes and slipping bits of insects/bacteria into plants, then by definition that's not natural. I'm surprised they would even try arguing that one. As for the competitive advantage in the marketplace - from what I gather the advantage of GMOs is that they are easier to grow - require less chemicals, less labour, less water. To my mind that translates as cheaper at the point of retail. But the manufacturers/producers want to mix their cheaper produce in with conventional, i.e. more expensive, produce with no notice to the consumer. As far as I can see, that is GMO trying to gain a competitive advantage - trying to unlevel the playing field by hiding the true cost of their products and charging as much for their cheaper products as the conventional producers need to charge to cover costs.

    Your second link goes on about how there isn't enough food to feed the world's growing population, and how GMOs are needed to keep us all from starvation. No one in Japan is starving to the point of needing to eat frankenfoods, and it's in America - where one in three of the population are considered to be obese - that we have all this fuss about labelling GMOs. It would be hilarious if it weren't so pathetic.

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  • -2

    cleo

    As for the market, it's like iPhones. No one knew they wanted iPhones until iPhones were available. Until the commercial whaling moratorium is abolished it's all just speculation as to how much people would actually eat.

    Mmm, no. I've been in Japan from long before the moratorium went into effect, and even back then there was no market for whale meat. When I first arrived, the locals delighted in feeding me all kinds of local delicacies, especially seafood, that they thought I would love/be grossed out by. Not once - not once - did anyone ever offer me whale meat among all the squid, octopus, eel, sea urchin, shellfish and other stuff I found disgusting even when I was a meat-eater.

    Being at the time a young curious meat-eater eager to get to grips with this new culture, I did at one point during my travels find a very small tin of sliced whale meat cooked in soy and sugar, what they call yamato-ni. It had the approximate texture of beef that has been boiled to death, and the taste was overwhelmingly soy and sugar - from which I took it that even the locals who did eat whale could take it in only very small quantities (it was a tiny tin) and with the taste heavily disguised. And they did not consider it enough a part of their traditional food culture to put it in front of a young furriner with all the other food culture stuff I was being offered.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

  • 8

    cleo

    Japan said it would redesign its Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific

    Tantamount to an express admission that the 'research' is for the purpose of continuing the whaling; the whaling is not for the purpose of research.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

  • -2

    cleo

    Why poor bear and not poor man who was just minding his own business and got attacked without provocation. It's fair to assume without provocation since he was old, alone, gathering edible plants and with no chance against the "beast"

    Poor bear because it was likely a young animal looking for food that is in short supply this year in its usual territory and was startled by the man skulking about in the undergrowth. The bear was probably as afraid as the man, if not more so.

    Not poor man because at his age (though 64 is not 'an old man') he should have known better than to go wandering around alone in the woods paying more attention to getting free food than to his surroundings, in an area where there were known to be bears.

    From the local Niigata Nippo newspaper - http://www.niigata-nippo.co.jp/news/national/20140418107243.html

    民家に近い場所での目撃例が続いており、市は看板を立てるなどして注意を呼び掛けている。 村上署によると、市内では6~18日、少なくとも6件のクマ目撃情報があった。

    (There has been a series of sightings in areas close to private homes, and the city authorities have been putting up noticeboards to warn people to be careful. According to the Murakami Police, between the 6th and the 18th there were at least 6 bear sightings reported in the city.)

    市は防災メールや防災無線を使って注意喚起を続けている。

    (The city authorities are continuing to alert the public to the danger via the emergency email system and radio announcements.)

    新潟大学農学部の箕口秀夫教授(森林生態学)は「県の目撃情報などから、一昨年にクマの子どもが多く生まれている。親から昨年独り立ちしたクマが、雪の少ない市街地に餌を求めて下りてきた可能性がある」とみる。

    (According to Prof. Hideo Miguchi of the Agriculture Faculty (Woodland Ecology) of Niigata University, "From sighting reports in the prefecture, it seems that the year before last large numbers of cubs were born. It's possible that bears that left their mothers last year have come down from the mountains in search of food in urban areas where there is less snow.")

    Posted in: Hunters kill bear after it attacks man in Niigata

  • -3

    cleo

    it's hard to buy decent (almost impossible) whole wheat bread in Japan

    Easy (and cheap) to make your own.

    Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Avocado Beef, Chicken, and Shrimp burgers look surprisingly good

  • 1

    cleo

    it is a reasonable expectation to put the company first within hours

    Teachers in Japan typically put in lots and lots of time with the students (not to mention admin stuff) outside hours. Most people don't mind and are understanding of a desire/need even on the part of teachers to occasionally put themselves and their own families first when the situation demands.

    if some people are unsympathetic, well, they are not wrong

    Not wrong perhaps, but certainly self-centered and unsympathetic. And not very nice.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

  • 4

    cleo

    When I read the headline, I had a sinking feeling - I imagined a 'just for an afternoon'-type of arrangement, where the animal is treated basically like a living toy. Glad to see that that is not the case, and the cats are being given stable, loving homes. It's a good idea.

    I'd take in another cat or two if Mr Cleo and the resident neko-himesama would agree.

    Posted in: Lonely? Rent a cat

  • 5

    cleo

    accept Japanese ways for what they are or leave, because it will drive you mad otherwise

    Then maybe the folk who complained should either shut up and put up, or leave Japan if they are unable to accept that it was a Japanese teacher who decided it was the Japanese way to ask for time off (and who handled her absence in a Japanese way, writing a letter for the parents and students to read on the day), and a Japanese administrator at a Japanese school who decided to allow her the time off, and the vast majority of the Japanese parents saw nothing to complain about.

    If you are a teacher, your students are 1st priority. If you are the captain of a ship, safety of passengers is 1st priority.

    If you are a parent, your children are your 1st priority, by a long way.

    Apparently at this school, there is little taught about family values and the importance of family

    Quite the opposite. It was the school that allowed her the time off and passed out her written greeting. It was one other parent, an assemblyman and some members of the BoE who complained. The school did right.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

  • 2

    cleo

    the figure for the list compiled from the moms’ responses add up to way more than 100%, so it looks like some are expecting more than a single present from their offspring.

    Or it could be some Mums have more than a single offspring?

    I tell my kids I don't want cut flowers - they die too quickly. A potted plant (preferably some kind of orchid) is nice, if they want to go down that route. Other welcome gifts are toiletries from my favourite brands, chocolates (ditto), alcohol (ditto). Can't say that gadgets rank very high, though an iPad would be nice....

    Best of all is the kids coming over for a meal and spending time together.

    I hope they're reading this. :-)

    Posted in: Gadgets before flowers – Japanese moms reveal what they really want for Mother’s Day

  • 1

    cleo

    There are more than enough cops in Japan and they work 12 hour shifts in my area.

    My daughter and sil are both officers and I know for a fact that young recruits and those on koban duty do 30-hour shifts. After promotion sil is now on basically 9-5, 5 days a week, but he still has to do his share of night duty (following a full day on duty) and weekend duty.

    There are not enough cops, which is probably why some losers get through the net.

    Posted in: Drunk police officer arrested for intruding in store

  • -6

    cleo

    I'm amazed at all the thumbs-down people are getting for pointing out that you're supposed to pay and that you're technically a thief if you don't. Also a bit surprised at all the thumbs-up my post got. Maybe because I said we cancelled. Well when we got a new telly, we started paying again. So now all those of you proud that you don't pay and are gratuitously rude to the collectors can thumb me down.

    Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees

  • 8

    cleo

    I am curious if anyone who has been a part of paying this fee has ever been able to cancel that payment. I have never heard that anyone has.

    When broadcasting switched over to digital, lots of people who hadn't bothered/gotten around to buying new tellies cancelled their NHK subscription. We did. All it took was a phone call, which was handled very politely, and a week or so later the unused part of our subscription fee was returned to the bank account it had been paid out of.

    Posted in: NHK tags house of man who refuses to pay fees

  • 2

    cleo

    it needs protecting from rude people who are Korean that are posting vile evil stickers

    What's vile and evil about giving the directionally-challenged directions?

    Sticking up notices saying that the stickers are vile and evil and telling people to remove them, just because they're Korean, seems more vile and evil to me.

    I'd be more interested in seeing a photo of the Korean sign than the Japanese one.

    Mister Google is your friend. :-)

    http://doumin.exblog.jp/18760786/

    I can't see anything objectionable in the round stickers. The square one seems to be a bit bigger and has 'Korea' printed on it in English, I can't really see the point of that.

    Posted in: Anti-Korean stickers posted at several points along Shikoku pilgrimage route

  • -1

    cleo

    Why is it silly to pay 300,000 yen for a couple mangoes, but oh so cool to pay 300,000 yen for a bottle of wine?

    It could be argued that the bottle of wine will keep, and in a couple of years can be sold off at a profit to some other fool who hasn't realised that wine is for drinking, while in less than a couple of weeks the mangos will be compost. Or manure.

    Posted in: Pair of mangoes fetch Y300,000 at auction

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