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jpntdytmrowApr. 20, 2014 - 09:14PM JST
One day, my kids and I were driving in the hills and came across a "pretty resort" complex. Curious, we drove in and saw pairs of people scattered around the grounds.
To our surprise, the conversations were loud, shouting. I rolled down the windows to hear:
A: You are a stupid, sniveling, good-for-nothing loser and I am ashamed of you!!
B: Yes, I am a stupid, sniveling, good-for-nothing loser and I am ashamed of myself!!
Needless to say, my two impressionable young'uns decided never to enter a Japanese company.
Hope things have changed......
Posted in: Boot camps and desertion in the mountains among the ways Japanese companies train new recruits
jpntdytmrowApr. 20, 2014 - 08:39AM JST
"The manager of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan’s prime minister told the world the matter was resolved".
I am sure this is such a frustrating situation really looking at it from their perspective. I would really hate to be in their shoes at this point. That being, I have a hard time believing that "embarrassment" was the word chosen. First of all, I really do not hear adult Japanese men use the word "embarrassed" (hazukashii) but am more inclined to think he must have said "shame"or "ashamed"(haji) and it got interpreted as "embarrassed". I know that is not the point of the article except that it is the word that was chosen for the headline and the nuance is different between hazukashii and haji.
Just wondering. Knit-picking but words have power.
Posted in: Manager at Fukushima plant admits radioactive water leaks embarrassing
jpntdytmrowApr. 13, 2014 - 08:11PM JST
Teachers I know, women, often share the childcare with their spouses somehow.
Many were smart and married other teachers who know that they will be exhausted.
Some women I knew had to wake daily at 4 a.m. to get the things ready for the daycare,
futon covers, clothes, etc. to get the young child off in the morning by 6 so that the woman could be at work by 8:00a.m. and ready for a full day of home room classes, meetings, grading, coaching after school, and then race to the day care to pick the child or children up before closing time at 6p.m. stop off at the supermarket or pharmacy and get necessities on the way home, go home, make dinner and a bath, put the children to bed and plan the next day's lessons or parent meetings.
I cannot imagine any IMF or other people having to do this daily and adding heavy snow or rainfal and humidity to the rigure!!
Sorry, the cards are just stacked against a full-time employed mother or a mother wanting to advance her skills.
And, if one is living in this country and needs to "go native," then a good pair of shoes is a worthy investment!!
Foreign women are no exception, they have to do the same thing if they work and have kids.
Posted in: IMF's Lagarde urges Japan to increase women's participation in work force
jpntdytmrowApr. 12, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
Wow! This should excite me to no end!
And yet, it does not. Because policies should not come from outward in, but from inward out.
Sure, we want more open oportunities for our daughters, wives, mothers, even grandmothers who have need of employment and have good ideas and wasted energy.
Sure there are women wasting away prematurely in homes because they have little or no social interaction with the community at large.
I see many women (especially rural "oyomei-san")
who devote themselves to taking sole responsibility for aging parents, spouses, children and then grandchildren, and can never leave their home for any length of time. "I have to be home by noon to make lunch for my retired husband," some say (who is NOT disabled or ill)!!
There is also a HUGE need for women to be supported by society, for example men need to be home to share in housework and child care so that women are not only "free to pursue their careers" at the same time taking kids to and from daycare and getting days off for their illnesses, having to be on local committees, and other obligations they have.
How about decreasing the after work company drinking meetings that have fathers come home sloshed (if they make it home at all without falling onto the rails)?
But, what I take issue is that this has anything to do with the IMF at all.
The issue exists. It is a huge problem. But, it has nothing to do with the IMF.
Go on about the business of printing money and stay away from policies about women.Lagarde is amazing and a hard worker. Did the IMF help France to help her become a successful woman with opportunities?
I feel little relief thinking that my rights, my daughter's rights are in the hands of the IMF!!
I want Japan to be a better place and I want Japanese men and women, young and elderly to want to make Japan a better place from within.
jpntdytmrowApr. 04, 2014 - 10:55AM JST
"Weiss said his message to the families would be: “The risk is low. Continue life. Don’t be scared. But if you have the feeling that you need support, consult a physician who is specialised on this type of question.”
Well, this is the mentality behind turning cleaned up nuclear weapons plants grounds into wildlife parks and building suburban homes adjacent to land that is contaminated. This is happening all over. The children who grew up breathing contaminated air have grown up and I don't believe they are getting tested because as it says, they only test those who have grown up after Chernobyl, not the many who grew up during the testing and manufacturing or transporting of nuclear weapons during the Cold War near residential areas.
Interesting to ask where our friends with thyroid issues grew up.
Posted in: Fukushima meltdown unlikely to cause many cancers: U.N. scientists
jpntdytmrowApr. 04, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
An amazing drive up there and a chance to meet the humans behind the masks. Really puts things in perspective to see it in person. They are usually really friendly and just "hired help."
It is really (insert own adjective here) to see that this is the only choice for employment it seems.
They may not be relieved from inhaling contaminants, but they may make enough wages to eat for a few days.
They are not being taught any marketable skills at the local community college to be sure.
This has got to be dealt with!
Posted in: No-go zone
jpntdytmrowApr. 04, 2014 - 10:28AM JST
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar at his official residence in Tokyo on Thursday. "
Does it matter what is in her bag? An Iranian Vice President is meeting with a Japanese Prime Minister.
What in the world did they discuss? Any content available?
Posted in: Iranian VP visits Abe
jpntdytmrowApr. 03, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
This is really a tragedy, one of so many. It is heart-breaking that this has to or rather can happen so often.
Thoughts with the families and witnesses.
Accidental or intentional, the National Transport Ministry (I am just assuming there is such an office)
really needs to get in there and put train safety as a top priority.
Some platforms are so narrow, the trains go much too fast through them(even if speed is reduced)
the gap between platform and train door is too wide, and on and on.
What kind of reflection on Japan is it when people die on a regular basis due to trains be it again, accidental or intentional?
Lots to do before those amazing, longed-for 2020 Olympics come to fruition!!
Northern Japan people in shelters, leaking nuclear facilities, underpaid labor at said facilities, earthquake-prone cities, deadly train systems, learning English, need for foreign labor for Olympics, oh, something else but can't remember.....
Posted in: Man hit by train, flung into commuters on platform
jpntdytmrowMar. 31, 2014 - 07:52AM JST
"A worker" or "the man" or "he" or "him" was used here.
As he was an honest worker, shouldn't his name be used?
He is not a minor nor a criminal.
I would like his name to be known.
He was a person.
Too many nameless up there doing the dirty work.
Posted in: Fukushima worker dies after being buried in rubble
jpntdytmrowMar. 30, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
There's a market, an audience, people who want to watch others.
Who actually reads this? I don't. No matter who is on the cover.
It is really hard, but I have to work at trying not to utter the
names of pop culture icons force fed to the public on TV,
magazines, train adverts, the Internet, elsewhere.
What is hard is trying to have conversations about
government policies, real thinkers, books, anything
intellectual in this country or my own.
Why would people choose to talk about this type of thing
ad nauseum instead of decisions being made that are threatening the very
world we live in; the one we leave to our children?
I don't get it. I don't care about them. Would anyone buy a fashion magazine with
a dressed up impoverished couple on the cover? Perhaps one that has no money to buy food
for their baby or vaccines?
Posted in: Anna Wintour defends Kim Kardashian choice for Vogue cover
jpntdytmrowMar. 18, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
Some of the best conversations I have had in Japan were with taxi drivers.
They give great social and economic commentaries!
Some don't like to talk. But, in the recent snow storm,
my hat goes off to them for their diligence in navigating dangerous roads
to get people to their destinations safely (and hopefully off the icy roads!)
Talento are way to full of themselves here.
Posted in: Taxi drivers complain about entertainers
jpntdytmrowMar. 17, 2014 - 05:40PM JST
I give it absolutely no thought whatsoever.
Have driven many cars but I don't know why,
I just don't care about the name.
Price, maker,engine, appearance, mileage,
stuff like that, I care about. The name never
matters. Never give it a thought, somehow.
Pinto, though, as mentioned is frightening.
Posted in: What do you think of the names that Japanese automakers give to their cars?
jpntdytmrowMar. 12, 2014 - 09:22AM JST
Bill AdamsMar. 12, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
"Oh for God's sake, let's stop trying to go against human nature.
Women are supposed to be sexy! Let's drink in their beauty and have an enjoyable flight."
Great point and good use of "God's sake"!!
Women are just objects and should be used only in the prime of their beauty and discarded and hidden away once past that designated point of being able to be eye candy for men, oh, and while you are at it, don't forget the happy-to-serve minority male stewards on cross-continental trains and shoe shine boys!! We should all return to those 19th and early 20th Century glory days where only ugly old men ruled! (note: this is sarcastic)
Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines
jpntdytmrowMar. 10, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
Surely the companies that have experience in cleaning up other nuclear facilities will be bidding.
It is worth reading about the methods and time frames they used, the expenses, the shortened periods, labor sources,etc.
How are the facilities now after the clean ups around the world? Some have become "wildlife reserves" and
have housing projects adjacent to formerly contaminated land.
Posted in: Future business opportunities seen in Fukushima cleanup
jpntdytmrowMar. 10, 2014 - 12:25AM JST
Attended this rally today. A good turnout and slogans were the usual,
but what really stood out was that a great majority of the protesters were over 60 years of age.
There were some families with children and a number of non-Japanese.
But, there really were very few (almost unnoticeble) people in their 20's and 30's it seemed compared with previous marches.
I would like to know the reason behind the police politely requesting that those carrying banners and flags fold or lower them when in close proximity of the National Diet Building. I thought showing messages on banners to people in the Diet Building was the point. hmmmm......
Of the various parties, the Minshuto and the Kyosanto parties were out to great marchers as they past the National Diet Building.
Posted in: Thousands protest in Tokyo ahead of Fukushima anniversary
jpntdytmrowMar. 08, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
Why does the Christmas song come to mind...
"I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night....
What a laugh it would have been if Daddy had only seen...."
Oh, but now we need a new song because if this is the trend,
he'd be alone in his room, hooked up to the electric 30cm thermos via his computer or smart phone with 7 different speeds
“Feel free to use at night when your family is sleeping, without worries,
(or concerns that his wife is getting thrills elsewhere)” it said.
Drop in birthrate, duh!
Posted in: Tokyo fair showcases latest sex aids
jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2014 - 11:04AM JST
Over the decades, I have rescued an Airedale Terrier, a large Japanese mix, a Pointer type abandoned hunting dog, and a starving abandoned dog that later became identifiable as a Pit Bull Terrier. I would never have gone out and bought any of these, especially the latter. But, like eslewhere, Japan has people who discard dogs.
But, they have all come into our family at different stages and ages of children and all have lived with cats. All have training and communicate with local children. I use them to teach children and neighbors how to deal with dogs. Children walk with us, but I am careful to walk them after most kids have gone to school or on routes where other dogs don't walk. I do not put them in situations where they become defensive or possessive or frightened. No one is left alone with them.
I put them away when visitors come. They are kept indoors. They, (two have died of old age), are my responsibility.
They also trained to climb rocks or snow drifts and look for people or check to see if neighbors are okay. Neighbors call them by name.
I don't recommend everyone keep a dog. I do wish people would take raising dogs seriously, though. They are not toys.
As others have mentioned, small dogs should not have bad manners either.
I would blame myself if they harmed another person. Too bad the situation in the article happened.
Posted in: 7-year-old Japanese girl mauled by 4 dogs in New Zealand
jpntdytmrowMar. 06, 2014 - 10:46AM JST
They seem very versatile and culturally adaptable. May return to Japan and join a netto-uyo website next year.
Whatever strikes their fancy at the moment. Hawaiian dancing, social dancing, military training.... hard to keep up with the latest trends. Live life and think little. Just wondered, really how these women just decided to take a tour to Trinidad andTobago?
Posted in: Revelry
jpntdytmrowFeb. 26, 2014 - 11:40PM JST
And yet, talento don't need any actual talento to be on TV or stage.
Posted in: Osaka man caught after teaching junior high for 15 years without a certificate
jpntdytmrowFeb. 26, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
People could not even open the front door on the 15th. A roof collapsed into a window of mine and it took hours just to reach that roof that was say, less than 10 meters from the door. We had 12 people doing back-breaking labor for 2 full days.Shovels were breaking under the weight. Icy in the morning, melting into heavy slush in midday and freezing up into blocks of ice later in the evening. Many of the people doing this hard labor are over 70. It was no easy task. One of the "tools" we had was a car hood turned over and used as a sled. Some places are still inaccessible and landslides and roof melts are happening or lurking. The melting snow quickly returned to treacherous ice.This was no average snow fall.
Posted in: Gov't to help farmers hit by heavy snow
Apr. 21, 2014 - 08:30AM JST
Pros would be increased "flexibility" and "openness" (I think you all know what I'm referring to…
Posted in: The Japanese government remains cautious about addressing the population decline and labor shortage by accepting immigrants. What do you think are the pros and cons of Japan accepting more immigrants?
All I can read in this article is $$$$$$$$$$$
Posted in: Blatter repeats backing for winter 2022 World Cup
Apr. 21, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
They would have taken those vacations at a different time if given the chance. I really…
Posted in: Train companies, airlines expect mixed Golden Week
Apr. 21, 2014 - 08:22AM JST
The fact that the avocado is diced an anaemic tells you something... Might as well pay…
Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Avocado Beef, Chicken, and Shrimp burgers look surprisingly good
No, Japan should not join. Japan has never made a free trade deal with any nation,…
Posted in: Should Japan join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks, which seem to be stuck over differences between Japan and the U.S.?