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edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 05:59PM JST
See ... this is what has been predicted in numerous articles on the Japan Today site concerning the ongoing radiation problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Those predictions: the cancer rate will rise in the affected areas ... especially among the younger ones who are more prone to serious affects down the road.
Despite soothing words from the government concerning radiation concerns, I believe the above article tells a more frightening story.
Posted in: Incidences of thyroid cancer on the rise among Fukushima children
edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 05:54PM JST
Yubaru's comments above ring some memory bells in my noggin concerning gambling on Okinawa. When I lived there, through my line of work, I encountered a group of Okinawans who were calling for an independent country there (this was prior to Reversion). Their main form of income, they said, would come from legally operated casinos. They envisioned a gambling enclave similar to what was going on in Macau, which was Portuguese-controlled at the time. They felt that this idea could succeed. However, the Japanese government merely said "nonsense" to the whole scheme ... giving such excuses as that the Okinawan yakuza would control the gambling operations.
Posted in: Implications huge for Japan if casino legislation passes
edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 05:15PM JST
Nothing new here. Anybody living overseas who sends e-mails to the U.S. surely knows that their messages are being read by government agents looking for terrorists. The same can be said for telephone calls. We have been living in "1984" and the Big Brother era for quite a while now. Get use to it ... no choice ...
And if you haven't read George Orwell's "1984," I'd advise that you do it. Then when you look in the mirror ... you can relate to the main character in the story ...
Posted in: Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother'?
edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 05:08PM JST
First thing the TV studios should do is to get rid of those "native-English" speakers who speak English with a heavy accent. Sometimes when a "native-English" speaker appears on TV, such as in a drama, I can't understand a word they are saying. Their Japanese is much easier to understand ... so guess that is why the TV studios use them ... thinking if they have mastered Japanese, their English must be perfect.
Either get rid of them ... or insist that they speak understandable English ... if they can ...
Posted in: NTT showcases technology which can 'correct' Japanese people’s English pronunciation
edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 05:02PM JST
Saw bits & pieces of the TV show. Can't wait for the ratings to drop in future shows so that such "tearjerkers" can be stored in the dustbin. After all, as has been said before, it's just a huge PR gimmick to make the girls that much more popular.
Posted in: Sashihara voted most popular AKB48 member
edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 04:59PM JST
From what I have been told, Japan already has casinos ... but they are all underground and operate illegally. And, from what I hear, big money is being passed around steadily at these places. So making them legal would be a no-brainer. That way the government could put some kind of controls over casino-type gambling ... and, hopefully, keep the gangsters and ( I guess you would call them this) con-artists from dipping into the till.
edojinJun. 09, 2013 - 04:53PM JST
Right on, Yubaru ... Seems as if Abe is throwing around all kinds of promises in order for his party to win big in the forthcoming election. I'm sure more Abe promises are in the making ...
Posted in: Abe names July 21 as election date; hints at tax hike delay
edojinJun. 07, 2013 - 04:15PM JST
Without a doubt ... Sanma. There are others ... but he tops the list ...
Posted in: Who gets your vote for the most annoying comedian in Japan?
edojinJun. 05, 2013 - 04:48PM JST
She was hitchhiking in India? That's gotta be one of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman to ride her thumb. I'm a man ... and I sure wouldn't go hitchhiking there ... even with someone.
Posted in: American woman gang-raped in Indian town
edojinJun. 05, 2013 - 04:02PM JST
Japan had better increase its level of play if it wants to do well at the World Cup in Brazil. It looked bad on its corner kicks and set plays Tuesday night ... it must start scoring from the field again ... not only on PKs. Japan's strikers had better practice over and over again in learning where the goal posts are. The object of the game is to get the ball between those posts. After all, that's where the goals are ...
Posted in: Japan becomes first team to qualify for 2014 World Cup
edojinJun. 05, 2013 - 03:55PM JST
Wonder what Abe will be saying after next month's House of Councillors election? Right now he is spewing out election talk, promising this, promising that. All of these promises bode well for a huge success for Abe and his LDP in the forthcoming election. But then what? Will he continue to try to talk up the economy, will everything once again go kaput, or, hopefully (for the sake of my meager income), if he is lucky, will Japan begin prospering again? These are nail-biting times ...
Posted in: Abe outlines reform strategy; pledges to raise incomes by 3%
edojinJun. 01, 2013 - 05:29PM JST
One thing I liked about the old typewriter was when frustrated I could as much as toss it and not break it. With the computers I have to treat 'em like a baby ... can't get mad at 'em 'cause they are delicate ... plus they cost a lot of money to either repair or replace. Moreover, my fingers were stronger thanks to the spring system in the typewriter. They are still strong, but I can't go around banging down on the computer keyboard anymore 'cause this causes problems in the wrist & forearm area as there is no spring system there anymore.
"Kabukilover," above, writes that "one mistake and you had to retype the whole page" on a typewriter. Well, using a typewriter taught me NOT to make mistakes. Thus I can now sit down and type perfect page after perfect page if I concentrate properly.
Had to get rid of my typewriters 'cause they rusted away ...
Posted in: Typewriter aficionados in U.S. revisit history
edojinJun. 01, 2013 - 05:11PM JST
The word "but" in the headline & first paragraph is the key word here. The IMF is hoping that Japan will return to prosperity so that it can milk some more money out of the nation's depleted money tanks ... but ... as explained in the article above ... the overall picture is still rather shaky.
Abenomics ... with the word "but" hanging above it ...
Posted in: IMF backs Japan's 'Abenomics' but warns of risks
edojinMay. 31, 2013 - 06:23PM JST
Thank you Mr. Abe. Now I have even less money to spend on other things ...
By the way .... hasn't your 2% inflation target been surpassed already? Now what ... even more inflation?
Posted in: 14 electricity, gas companies to hike rates in July
edojinMay. 28, 2013 - 06:21PM JST
Japan pledges to tighten nuclear safety measures ... Again? Such pledges seem to be a neverending process ...
Posted in: Japan pledges to tighten nuclear safety measures
edojinMay. 27, 2013 - 05:57PM JST
The way things stand right now, Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will win big in the forthcoming elections. Why? There is no longer any opposition party that is strong enough to put up a serious fight. Minshuto, which ran Japan for the past three years, has self-destructed and is now a shell of its former self. The Hashimoto/Ishihara party is also self-destructing, thanks mainly to Hashimoto's stupid remarks on the comfort women issue. And the other parties are too small and too weak to pose any challenge to the LDP.
So after the election Abe will probably have free run in his effort to rewrite the constitution. If and when he does this, things will surely get pretty interesting around this island nation.
Posted in: The deeper agenda behind Abenomics - constitutional change
edojinMay. 27, 2013 - 05:49PM JST
As "nandakandamanda" wrote above: There is some grumbling among the general public, apparently, wanting to know why they should trust this place, according to the vernacular press." From this arises the question: Should the general public trust anyone in this country who is handling/working around radiation facilities? Seems as if there are way too many "accidents" involving the handling/operation of such facilities.
Where are the experts ... you know ... those who actually know what they are doing, and about what is happening?
Posted in: Tokaimura lab accident affected 30 researchers: agency
edojinMay. 27, 2013 - 04:56PM JST
Is this all the foreign press could get out of Hashimoto? I thought there would be more to it. The above article sounds much like news items that have been written since he first opened his yap about this issue.
If this is it ... then perhaps the foreign news agencies should start looking for better correspondents to cover the local scene. He should have been taken over the coals ...
Posted in: Hashimoto apologizes for comment on U.S. troops, but not 'comfort women' remarks
edojinMay. 26, 2013 - 04:04PM JST
The penultimate sentence "The farmers are using fertilizer containing potassium to help curb radioactive cesium absorption by rice plants" isn't encouraging at all.
I think I'll let my wife continue to buy rice from elsewhere ...
Posted in: Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
edojinMay. 26, 2013 - 03:03PM JST
Somebody has to stand up against China's aggressive actions. Can't let them continue running around saying "this is mine" ... "that is mine" when everybody knows it isn't theirs.
Posted in: I think there is an argument that Japan and other countries should form an alliance to stand against China. This makes the situation worse.
Jun. 19, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
English teacher salaries are always stagnant, bro. Find a new gig.
Posted in: Japan's May trade deficit widens on import costs
Jun. 19, 2013 - 08:35PM JST
Blame it on overpopulation. Do you know Nigeria has 170 million people? It is the…
Posted in: 9 students killed in attack on Nigerian school
Jun. 19, 2013 - 08:29PM JST
selling less. It is a very good move in terms of the PROFIT of the exporting…
Jun. 19, 2013 - 08:27PM JST
why in their house ? hmm she is not clever really. head shakes.
Posted in: Wada says Mari Yaguchi should apologize over illicit affair
Jun. 19, 2013 - 08:26PM JST
I wonder how many Syrians really want Baby Assad to continue to be their mis-leader.
Posted in: G-8 discuss Syria, hostage ransoms, tax evasion on last day of summit