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jpntdytmrowDec. 06, 2014 - 09:13PM JST
I'm not necessarily an anti-vaccine person but I do wonder at the flu hype.
I have had it over the years, and kids got it but we were strong enough to get through it
with aches and pains and soup and rest and not going out.
One year, I was so sick that I actually did go to the doctor, but the waiting room was so full of elderly
filling prescriptions that I just went back home, stopping to buy Aquarius on the way.
I don't like the flu, who does, but feel it works better to keep one's strength up before it comes.
The end of the year is ripe with people working overtime, sleepless because of countless bonenkai,
and school events, including exams, etc so people are run down.
One year sticks in my mind when one member of our family got the flu vaccine. That same person was the only one to come down with a different strain of the flu that same season!
Please stay home if you "might" have the flu or are not really over it. Companies should tell workers that they will be punished if they come to work sick.
"No heroes welcome. Be a wuss. Stay home!"
jpntdytmrowDec. 02, 2014 - 07:46PM JST
Some high schools have eliminated the listening portion of mid-term and end of term English exams.
When asked, I was told that the students did not need "listening skills because they were not college bound."
Interesting to note that if foreign workers come to Japan, many of them will be working alongside Japanese laborers from Japanese schools that did not provide listening or speaking skills in English.
They are graded only on writing the letter from the multiple choice questions.
On the other hand, other schools are being groomed for producing better English speakers with more classes with more skills.
I think it should be mandatory that students have rudimentory English ability to graduate whether or not they intend to go onto higher academic levels.
Some train stations have excellent bilingual maps and train line explanations. I was really impressed. At other stations, I see tourists send people run up and down the stairs to confirm what platform they are to be on only to have them get to another platform but come back because trains have been suddenly rerouted. No announcements in English. Like a cartoon. Pretty funny to watch but not fun to experience!
Buses!! I won't even touch that subject with some boarding at the back, paying as you get off, and others paying a flat fee when boarding from the front!
Just some random ideas.
I like the idea of cheaper flights to Okinawa also from major airports.
Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen?
jpntdytmrowNov. 18, 2014 - 11:29PM JST
Thank you JT for articles like this.
At least we have a place for discussion.
I don't care how tall or big the person is, as someone wrote, shooting is no substitute for the law and the right to a fair and unbiased trial.
We are not supposed to have police officers who gun down people, except in self defense.
An 18 year old young man was killed.
I do not accept for a moment that there could be different degrees of justice based on race or demographics for citizens of the United States of America.
Laws are meant to protect all citizens, equally.
If not, we have some serious introspection to do.
Is it possible that within the USA, some people as the saying goes are, "more equal than others?"
We need to spell that out if it is the case that laws do not apply to all people equally.
Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting
jpntdytmrowNov. 10, 2014 - 11:26PM JST
@ BertieWoosterNov. 10, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
I miss the kissaten of the 80's.
Coffee was expensive, but it was excellent and you could stay as long as you liked.
There were specialised kissaten. There was a jazz cafe in Kichijoji that I spent hours at, listening to jazz on an amazing hifi system.
I sometimes reminisce about that jazz cafe in Kichijoji! Was really fun. No one was allowed to speak. We could request albums by writing on pieces of paper!
I also want to have the PacMan coffee tables!
Now, I just go to conbini for 100 yen, brew my own or, I go to get the DRIP coffee from SB, because they give you a refill receipt that I either use or find someone who may enjoy it .
Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"
jpntdytmrowNov. 10, 2014 - 11:03PM JST
Just a political cartoon type poster. Not offended at all.
J-WAVE radio had some US Election Eikaiwa lesson the other night
like all listeners need to be able to talk about the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users
jpntdytmrowNov. 07, 2014 - 11:54PM JST
Surely the country issuing his passport has information on him by now (today?).
I have been following this on social media and glad Japan Today furthered his
"fame". Thanks for sharing the Change.org petition, Scott Ackerman.
Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests
jpntdytmrowNov. 04, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
A mother was bringing her daughter to kindergarten. The little girl was crying and having a rough start to her day.
I read the mother's Enlish sweathirt aloud. This time the English was right on the money, but the mother had no idea of the message. When the little girl understood that, she cheered right up!
It read, "If we only look down, we will never see a rainbow" on the back
and "A smile brings sunshine" on the front.
She wears the shirt to take her daughter to kindergarten when she feels "down."
Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?
jpntdytmrowOct. 20, 2014 - 08:38PM JST
Again, written in past tense.
Perhaps JT could add an "announcement" section in Features where readers could inform one another of upcoming events like drills that might save lives should one gargantuan, deadly volcano erupt in addition to earthquake activity.
Readers reading and speaking Japanese would be encouraged to read their local bulletins and post any events they find that might be of interest to other readers not in-the-know.
I am sure there are not enough JT staff members to read every government announcement so we could help one another.
Just a suggestion to help us all live here as active members of society.
Simple announcements with online links.
Posted in: 4,000 take part in Mt Fuji eruption drill
jpntdytmrowOct. 17, 2014 - 03:44PM JST
I have a great respect for these elders and people involved in this exchange.
My own landlord had his home leveled by the B-52s in Shinjuku (all of the station area, he said) but he rents to me without any hate. My elderly neighbor carried her siblings over and around dead bodies in Hachioji after the air raids then. She has the biggest heart and was the most open of neighbors when I moved to our current home. Both of these people were jr. high schoolers. She can still remember eating the potatoes that were scorched from the bombing.
Great article. Would love to have heard the talk at Temple University!
Posted in: Ex-U.S. POWs visit Japan, recall horrors of war
jpntdytmrowOct. 15, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
I have visited this amazing facility and was extremely impressed by not only scale but that it can save the below sea level areas of Tokyo from being flooded by the 5 rivers that flow from other prefectures. The bus tour showed us the raised banks that protect areas along the rivers, too, and we were told about the various drills among citizenry in case of floods and tsunamis. There were boats in boxes that could hold 4-5 passengers and collapse again after use. Extremely impressive. On the surface of the protective banks, kids play soccer and people fly remote controlled airplanes. Pretty beautiful area.
I'd love to visit again.
Posted in: A man-made cave of wonders: the world’s biggest underground storm drain in Kasukabe
jpntdytmrowOct. 13, 2014 - 02:55PM JST
DeDe MiuraOct. 12, 2014 - 08:29PM JST
Thank you Kong productions for your simple and informative video. It's much appreciated!!
To quote DeDeMiura...
What a great contribution Kong Productions. I think I am informed and try to navigate the JR and Meteorological
Agency websites and translate, but this HUGE RED video on typhoon articles (and other disasters from now on no doubt) is very helpful. THANK YOU!
Posted in: 40 injured as strong typhoon batters Okinawa
jpntdytmrowOct. 12, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
How would an article on 10 types of white men according to white women be percieved, or white women according to white men, or whatever race or culture one chooses, I wonder?
Posted in: 10 types of Japanese men, according to Japanese women
jpntdytmrowOct. 08, 2014 - 10:42PM JST
She was somebody. She seemed to go beyond being "a woman politician" and was seen someone who had the possibility to lead Japan. I think they could have found more to write about her than that short article.
I remember enjoying her articles. She was on TV a lot as I recall. Some shows I didn't think were worthy of her participation. Wow....85. Time flies.....
Posted in: Takako Doi, former head of Social Democratic Party, dies at 85
jpntdytmrowOct. 08, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
@ everyone who has taken the time to write experiences and observations. As usual, the comment section is the place to start my morning! Thanks for the article to get the conversation going. I have learned a lot.
I would like to think that members of the BOE and many JTEs would be reading this, as well. Wouldn't it be great to print this out and take it to a meeting of mind where JTEs, ALTs, and JETs could discuss the strengths and weaknesses ad nauseum? That is not likely to happen. Which is one of the problems outside the classroom I see.
People show up to work and have to get a job done without a plan. I cannot imagine a lot of sailors, trained or not, showing up to drive a nuclear submarine around the ocean without a map of the final destination. One is in charge of mopping, another in charge of the periscope, another in charge of the barely existent budget. Every year the role changes. "I'm not in charge of the periscope this year." "Who is?" "I'm not sure."
I find the schools like this. "Here, teach this today." "Okay." Some classes have students with level pre-one in the class with barely passable 4 levels. Some high schools have reading libraries and presentations and school trips abroad and school exchanges. Other high schools don't even have the budget to buy dictionaries for students and trips are to historical Japanese places like Hiroshima and Kyoto (where junior high schools go). Some JTEs have access to computers, printers, paper for making props,etc. Other schools don't make anything or do anything but turn the page of a really tedious text with Japanese written everywhere.
Some JTEs try to speak English as much as possible and are really into the "team teaching" . Other JTEs will translate "Good morning" into "o-hayou gozaimasu" and no classroom English is encouraged.
Outside the classroom, I have noticed a huge discrepency between the amount of money given to schools in the same school disctrict. The better the budget, the better the curriculum and staff and the more attractive the school is to the better students.
Some schools are a joy to be in. Other schools are pure torture and a philosophical experience. That may be very true in every country.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
jpntdytmrowOct. 01, 2014 - 07:21AM JST
"Shizuoka Prefecture is preparing for the possible rude awakening of its star attraction with an emergency procedure for local residents posted online.
It has also created an interactive website that simulates various paths red-hot lava might take in an eruption."
Details please: Where can readers go to find the "emergency procedure posted online" and the "interactive website that simulates various paths tha red-hot lava might take in an eruption." ?
Found out last night that 3 of the victims were from a neighboring town. I was told that the dust had been found in Kofu.
An acquaintance who works in a hospital said that the rules of
apply to any emergency.
Very sad event.
jpntdytmrowSep. 16, 2014 - 07:19AM JST
The Jetson's lifestyle.
Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?
jpntdytmrowSep. 16, 2014 - 07:16AM JST
No. And I do not want to listen to someone tell me about the one they have.
Enjoy it on your own watch.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
jpntdytmrowSep. 12, 2014 - 07:06AM JST
I will do what I can to watch out for visually impaired or otherwise physically impaired people and elderly and small children and guide dogs and stray cats and homeless and othered people when I can and others will, too, and pretty soon the streets will be safe for all anywhere, any time.
(There are stations that have more visually impaired people due to there being a "school for the blind" nearby. I went to one for shiatsu treatments years ago).
Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama
jpntdytmrowSep. 10, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
Thank you papigiulio and Fish Forest for your information!! Really appreciate it!
papigiulioSep. 09, 2014 - 02:18PM JST
@farmboy:Here ya go: Yoyogi Park, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan | Dengue | Humans Tokyo Metropolis, Japan | Dengue | Humans Osaka Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Aomori Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Niigata Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Ehime Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Chiba Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Okayama Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans
unfortunately doesn't show detailed locations.
FishForestSep. 09, 2014 - 04:04PM JST
@Farmboy, this map shows where the cases were reported - in Japan and around the world:
Posted in: 81 dengue fever cases reported in 15 prefectures
jpntdytmrowSep. 07, 2014 - 09:09PM JST
Let's see now, the first time I became a target of a "chikan" was in my home country. I was.... THREE years old!! I was a quiet, imaginative little girl who liked to play outside and was often alone and unattended. The perp was a "respected neighbor." I can list more...move to Japan and the "chikans" were usually on the subways or in the launromats. I was in my early 20's and wore relatively mild clothing. I think my unassuming attitude and my inabilty to speak Japanese was a real factor. Not that the blame rested with me, but certainly learning to become more assertive and more cautious led me to be targeted less. The pervs just went elsewhere.
But, another thing that happens in other countries is where men do cat calls and whistle at women. If they do not respond, they get called "b...h." This is also annoying and intimidating.
Posted in: Women who attract 'chikan,' and women who don’t: An illustrated guide
Dec. 20, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
Good job and justice is served, now lock em all up if they do not pay…
Posted in: Anti-whaling activists found in contempt of court in U.S.
Dec. 20, 2014 - 04:46PM JST
"If you don't like the smell, fine (neither do I!!) but there are many many more…
Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance
Dec. 20, 2014 - 04:42PM JST
@fds, true story
@nigelboy, it's what pro-koreans here don't understand
Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia
Dec. 20, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
why does every body work such long flipping hours? i don't its about time workers said…
Posted in: Commercial reminds Japan’s tired commuters about drawbacks of living far away from work
Dec. 20, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
I polled 6 Japanese friends at lunch today about their bonuses, all of them work in…
Posted in: BOJ strikes more upbeat view on economy, holds off fresh measures