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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
jpntdytmrowSep. 06, 2014 - 08:25PM JST
In case you haven't seen this clip of the No Frills Airline from Carol Burnett, things have been pretty bad in economy for about.....40 years!
This says it all! I remember United trying to stuff my 7 month old baby into a bassinet under the seat in front of me!!
When I asked for "infant meal" I got a jar of pureed carrots. Could have brought that with me. The same airline had put my 2 year old toddler 7 rows BEHIND me, the mother!! I was told, "He can handle it. My kid flies alone all the time!" ...a two year old!?
Response from a flight attendant when called is "WHAT!?"
I loathe flying. I understand it is a difficult job, probably a thankless one. I try not to recline. Ever been stuck in the middle of 5 seats? Better hope you never have to use the restroom or that others to the left or right will allow you the one trip to the restroom trying to maneuver the reclined seats as you contort your way to the aisle.
Other countries have pretty good service and are more comfortable and hospitable I have been told.
Posted in: 'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped
jpntdytmrowAug. 28, 2014 - 03:02PM JST
Brother and family visted few years back. They headed straight for the unbeaten paths speaking NO Japanese at all and had a blast ordering and fending for themselves.They picked up some words and had great experiences. Completely avoided English speaking areas.
Daughter just returned from a visit to a country with a completely unfamiliar culture and two languages spoken and hardly any English. Had the time of her life with local people and was really happy to try to adapt to their culture and traditions. Picked up some basic greetings and money-related words.
People go to other countries to learn something and see something different. Why travel if everything is familiar and like the "shopping mall" back home?
Zones.....didn't Japan already do this in the early 1900's with Tsukiji, and Yokohama "Zones" for foreigners and later Karuizawa for foreigners in Japan during WWII? I am leary of Zones for certain types of people.
I will opt to "zone out" in 2020 as much as possible!
Hope it works out for everyone, though.
Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative
jpntdytmrowAug. 27, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
Confused. How would anyone even know there is such an exhibition unless they are into art exhibitions?
And most people go to exhibits that are attractive and stimulating, not ones that are going to offend them or rub them the wrong way. I can't imaging long lines of activists beating down the doors to see photos of people they find offensive.
On the other hand, walking past magazines of sad young women with heavy breasts on the covers is not a choice. We have to see them on the way to the conbini restrooms. And I have to drive or walk by various lonely naked women statues scattered about the country, in mountains, on bridges, in parks, at stations. Not even a little bird on their shoulder to comfort them in the snow. Where are the police on that issue providing a blanket or cover?
Posted in: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint
jpntdytmrowAug. 26, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
Our university daughter is travelling in a country that is primarily Islamic with people of other cultures living there from way back. She is safe and having a great time meeting a variety of people, some dressing traditionally, Western, with hajibs, etc. and learning about the influences of the Silk Road. I have always enjoyed conversations with women from Central Asia, South Asia, Middle East, no matter what they were wearing. Very clever and interesting and it would have been my loss to ignore them based on outward appearances, just like choosing not to talk to a woman (we seem to be focusing on women here) because she had a pierced belly button or nose or wore only black make up or raw meat like Lady Gaga. What saddens me is that when telling family or friends about her journey, inevitably people ask, "But, is is she safe?" I do not want to judge any group based on what I am told. Murders and crimes happen and there are dark histories worldwide. I still want to believe that people are the real peace keepers if we choose to have open minds.
I don't want to be afraid to listen to others based on outward appearances, including fashion or race.
Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?
jpntdytmrowAug. 25, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
Who draws the lines?
Head or body garb, tattoos, pierced body parts, manicures, pedicures, lingerie-like clothing, dyed or straightened hair...the list goes on and on. Even some women are not allowed to wear their hair in its natural form in the military...they must have it straightened and treated in an unnatural way to keep within the uniform requirements,which costs a lot of money beyond just having their hair bobbed or in the case of men, shaved and that is completely secular, but still enforcing a code of acceptable attire or appearance on women and men.
I am in favor of tolerance. I expect to receive tolerance and I try (though admittedly hard at times) to be tolerant.
jpntdytmrowAug. 25, 2014 - 10:00AM JST
In a video of a visit to the families of the victims of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado,
President Obama says, "I come to them not so much as president, but as I do as a father and as a husband..."
"...my main task was to let them know that we are thinking about them at this moment and will continue to think about them each and every day..."
"It reminds you that even in the darkest of days, that life goes on, people are strong, people bounce back and people are resilient."
This may seem off topic, but surely a similar visit and a similar speech or a different speech is warranted in Ferguson?
Maybe it is easier to visit the seen of the shooting when the shooter is a lone individual, and not a man of the law and when there are large numbers of those being shot, like unsuspecting students or theater patrons?
Should he go to Ferguson? I don't know. Interested to see what others think.
Posted in: Obama walks fine line on racial issues
jpntdytmrowAug. 22, 2014 - 09:05AM JST
TessaAug. 21, 2014 - 08:38AM JST
"As athletes and officials have opportunities to socialise with those in foreign teams, they “hug and kiss (each other) very naturally”, she said."
right, blame the foreigners.
This is completely the same line given to me in earlier years when an Asian man in Japan started cuddling up to me and kissing and hugging during a meeting. He used the Olympics as an example of mutual tactile affection.
Posted in: Magazine says Seiko Hashimoto sexually harassed skater Takahashi
Oct. 21, 2014 - 10:27PM JST
While anti Korean racism is reprehensible, that fact that there are so many pro Pyongyang schools…
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
Oct. 21, 2014 - 10:23PM JST
I bet Disney will crank out several sequels. They will be milking this one for all…
Posted in: 'Frozen' fans who can’t ‘let it go’ have something to look forward to in January
Oct. 21, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
12 to 15km a YEAR? That's averaging about 3 to 4 meters a day.
Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi
Oct. 21, 2014 - 10:20PM JST
No doubt... a professional gambler should be able to deduct losses as long as he/she has…
Posted in: Osaka man wipes away millions in owed taxes by deducting losing horse race tickets
Oct. 21, 2014 - 10:19PM JST
Isn't it a sad thing for government officials to be so involved with petty protocol which…
Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan