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    cleo

    A study done on a small number of people who have self-selected by reaching the age of 90. No mention of any control group....

    This protective effect was not seen in people without the high-risk gene variant.

    About 2% of the population inherits two copies of this gene variant

    So, the study shows that in 2% of the (mostly white) group of 286 people, i.e., 5 or 6 people, who have a natural tendency towards Alzheimer's, consuming a small amount of mercury-laced seafood doesn't make things any worse.

    Sounds a bit like those 'studies' that show some heavy smokers live to a ripe old age.

    Even if we accept the conclusion of this flawed study, it tells us nothing about the other effects of mercury poisoning - profuse sweating, faster-than-normal heart rate, high blood pressure, muscle weakness, kidney dysfunction, memory impairment, insomnia. And in severe cases, as seen in Minamata, paralysis, coma and death.

    Posted in: Mercury in seafood not harmful to brain: study

  • 0

    cleo

    That is one ugly-looking car. Only someone with more money than they know what to do with would buy it, I'm sure.

    Posted in: Seized Rolls-Royce Phantom to be auctioned online by tax agency

  • 1

    cleo

    The more I hear from this man, the more I think his name should begin with a Ch, not a Tr.

    Posted in: Trump calls for waterboarding, other methods in U.S. fight against ISIS

  • -2

    cleo

    I think it's telling that there's no word for "sportsmanship" in Japanese.

    スポーツ精神?

    Posted in: Japan set for rich medal haul in Rio, say analysts

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    cleo

    I wonder how many people would say the German delegate also looks cool if he shows up to the TTIP signing wearing lederhosen and a feather in his cap.

    The difference is that lederhosen is not formal wear. A better comparison would be with a Scotsman turning up in a kilt and sporran, which is always cool.

    Posted in: Dressed up for TPP

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    cleo

    I think it's quite refreshing to see Japanese people wearing traditional Japanese formal gear at a ceremonial event. Much better than when forn dignitaries are welcomed by the emperor and the whole court is dressed in penguin suits and western-style ball gowns, with tiaras and décolletage.

    Posted in: Dressed up for TPP

  • 5

    cleo

    A wedding is surely a private affair. The couple should be free to use whatever music they might listen to in the privacy of their own home, or share legitimately with family and friends.

    I can see there might be problems with some big swank celeb wedding, where they invite the press in and the whole thing is a publicity stunt; but otherwise, it's a private do.

    Posted in: It is natural that copyright holders want to protect their rights because high-quality copies can be made easily today thanks to the advancement of digital devices. However, it is also understandable that consumers find it unfair that use of legitimately downloaded songs at wedding parties is prohibited, because they don’t intend to distribute pirated copies.

  • 1

    cleo

    Off the point, arrestpaul. Tina claimed she had seen video of activists in Taiji verbally abusing children, barging into the town hall and making impolite demands. As well as 'other rude acts'. It doesn't matter who took the video, if it shows what she says it shows. But she has not been able to produce any such video, taken by anybody.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

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    cleo

    It was simple plain assault, and the teacher needs to be disciplined/retrained from scratch/put in a position where he cannot assault any other children.

    If this was his normal method of 'discipline' in class, it's no wonder the pupils slouched around with an inappropriate sitting posture.

    Posted in: Junior high teacher burns student's hair with lighter

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    cleo

    Start from here, you can find many in the right side.

    The first one I saw was 10 minutes or so of Cove Guardians pointing cameras at a couple of shady characters standing/squatting/walking around near the killing cove, asking them why they insisted on killing dolphins, did they get a thrill from the kill, if they objected to being photographed or filmed why didn't they just walk away. Not a child nor an office in sight.

    The next one was footage of the Guardians standing in a circle on the beach, praying for the dolphins that were about to be slaughtered, followed by some nutter screaming and shouting (koraya! temeira!) and waving a hinomaru who had to be escorted off the beach and restrained by five or six policemen. Again, no sign of any children being insulted or offices being barged into.

    The next one was something about a whalemeat barbecue that was about to happen on the beach. I noticed it was over an hour long and realised life was too short.

    So tina, no children, no offices, no insults (telling a man who kills dolphins that he is a dolphin killer is not an insult; telling him that he has blood on his hands is not an insult; telling him he is an embarrassment to the whole of Japan is not an insult, just the truth. Then again, sometimes the truth hurts), no threats except from the flag-waving nutter.

    You and cleo for instance are different, should be dealt differently

    You've said yourself that you cannot tell on the Internet what people are like or what they do in real life. By 'dealing with' perceived personas, you are tilting at windmills. Please address the argument, not the person.

    Many people are commiting suicide because of that kind of harassment.

    I tried googling 'Wakayama Taichi suicide' and came up with not a single reference to anyone committing suicide on account of people trying to stop the dolphin slaughter. So I tried googling 太地町 自殺 and again, no mention at all of any dolphin killers committing suicide on account of people trying to stop the dolphin slaughter. But I did find a report of a mother dolphin that may have committed suicide when she was forcefully separated from her baby. Or she may have died from the sheer stress of the hunt.

    http://banbihouse.blog69.fc2.com/blog-entry-3724.html

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

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    cleo

    Star-viking, thanks for that. I'd only seen reports of the LDP old guard (Tanigaki, Aso et al) doing the usual.

    Now in addition to sticking up for an LDP member, I have to give Abe his due. Dang.

    It'll probably rain tonight.

    Posted in: I think there are more important things for him to do as a Diet member than taking child-care leave.

  • 1

    cleo

    I'm gobsmacked that the breastfeeding rate is so low in the UK. Never realised.

    Posted in: Breastfeeding is best for babies, mothers and economy: study

  • 2

    cleo

    Anyone want to make a bet that sooner rather than later, Zika will turn up in Japan despite "stepped up measures ?"

    Cases are being reported in the US (Texas) and Australia. The Texas case is particularly worrying as it appears to have been transmitted human-to-human, not via the mosquito. The person infected is the partner of someone who had recently been in Venezuela.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35478778

    Posted in: Japan to take steps to combat Zika virus threat

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    cleo

    As a Diet member, maybe. In addition to being a Diet member though, he is a husband and now a father. Both of those positions are way more important than a mere job/profession and will define him for the rest of his life, not just possibly until the next election. Apparently he's entitled to a year off, and he's taking just a month. Maybe the professor should just shut up, it's none of his business.

    Never thought I'd be sticking up for an LDP member, but well done, that father.

    Now let's see Abe-kun come out and back him up for doing what he, Abe, says he wants men to do - close the gender gap and make it easier for new mothers to get back in harness. (Incidentally Miyazaki's wife is also an MP in the lower house).

    Posted in: I think there are more important things for him to do as a Diet member than taking child-care leave.

  • -1

    cleo

    You are telling the Japanese to drop thier perception and adapt yours

    No one is telling 'the Japanese' to do anything.

    People who hate to see innocent animals tortured and abused are telling people who regularly engage in the torture and abuse of innocent animals to drop the perception that torturing and abusing innocent animals is OK.

    I don't care what nationality a person is, I don't care what colour their skin is, I don't care what colour their passport is, I don't care where they live. Abuse of the innocent is wrong and indefensible.

    Rick O'Barry is fighting to stop abuse, whether it's in Japan, in the Faroes, in the Solomon Isles, wherever.

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

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    cleo

    If my Japanese Teacher could not speak English, I would not know what a verb is nor understand the SOV formula.

    John-san, I understand what you are saying, and I know a lot of people might agree with you. But ask yourself: how many parents teach their children to speak by telling them all about verbs and subjects and objects? The analytical stuff comes much later in school (if at all), when the kid is already fluent in his native tongue.

    You need to know the native dialect and English to teach a native English.

    No, you don't need to. It's one method, but not the only one, and not the best one. Go to any of the hundreds (thousands?) of English Schools in London and you'll see native English speakers teaching English to classes of students who are a mix from all over the world; no one speaks anybody else's language, and they all get by through the medium of English. And it works, much better than the Japanese teach English in Japanese method.

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    cleo

    John-san, a good teacher doesn't need X is not the same as a bad teacher is one who uses X. (A good cook doesn't need an automatic bread maker doesn't mean that it's impossible to make acceptable bread in a bread maker, does it?) Your use of the word lapse is telling, indicating that you do feel using Japanese because English isn't getting through is indeed a failure of intent. Otherwise I'm not sure what you're saying (your grammar is .... unusual...) other than that you disagree with me. Fair enough, but I do hope you're not an English teacher.

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    cleo

    she never truly abandoned him. Makes the headline and the opening sentence pretty contradictory.

    It's lost in translation, is all. The Japanese word used in these cases is 遺体遺棄 (itai iki). 遺棄 can mean to abandon as in to leave in a place and walk away; it also means in this context to leave a body not properly/officially dealt with and disposed of, e.g. by cremation. I can't think of an English word that adequately covers both meanings. In a headline I suppose abandon takes up less room than fail to contact the relevant authorities and see to it that a corpse is properly disposed of - which would equally apply if the body was dumped in the woods..

    Posted in: 69-year-old woman arrested for keeping dead husband’s corpse at home

  • -1

    cleo

    A good English teacher doesn't need to speak or understand the language of his students. If the English lesson keeps on lapsing back into Japanese, the students never learn the knack of using context and/or getting people to rephrase what they are saying so that it's understandable. The reason (one of the reasons, there are many...) English education in Japan is so dire is that the school lessons are basically carried out in Japanese, and the students never learn to 'let go' of Japanese and let the English flow over them. Learning a language is like learning to swim; you start off holding onto the edge of the pool and kicking your legs in the water, then you progress to a float that allows you to move around in the water; but to really swim you have to let go of the flotation aids and be happy putting your head under the water occasionally.

    This of course is the good thing about learning a language in a country in which it is spoken; not only is there little to no chance of everything being translated for you if you look puzzled enough, but everything is in context so it's easier to understand how and when a particular expression is used. The beginner might initially feel all at sea, but eventually it starts to come together.

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    cleo

    I'll hear that shoe ALL DAY

    I know American idiom can fall short of real English at times, but what on earth does that mean? What kind of noise do your shoes make?

    But when illegal lawless animals hop the border to "shoot" (commit other crimes) americans on their own soil is even more unacceptable.

    Are you trying to tell us that when an American (or a bunch of them, mass shootings seem to be less than unheard of) gets killed, his family aren't so upset if it was an American bullet that killed him? And it's better if he was killed in a normal, random all-American mall-rage shooting than if he was targeted in a drive-by fuelled by American greed for drugs?

    I think a wall would probably benefit Mexico more than it would benefit the US.

    Posted in: Weekend shootouts claim at least 18 lives in Mexico

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