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ka_chanDec. 11, 2014 - 02:53PM JST
In the west, Christmas comes with traditions. Christmas dinner can have ham, turkey, roast, string beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, apple pie, mince pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, ice cream, cake, fruitcake, hot rum, champagne, hot chocolate, etc. It came be a combination or even have fish, crab or oysters, it depends on what part of the US you are and the ethnic background. When I was young, we had turkey with stuffing and ham, string beans, sweet potato casserole, cake, wine, soda, eggnog, You don't have to eat it all. I didn't like ham so I never ate any when I was a kid. White meat turkey and stuffing with gravy was my favorite and cranberry sauce, not so much. The holiday is about family, similar to Thanksgiving. Christmas is also about a White Christmas....snow. But then I lived in NY so the kids always wanted snow especially if it closed the school.
Today many people just get catering so they don't have to make it. The holiday is more and more commercial. It more about Santa then Christ.
Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas
ka_chanOct. 21, 2014 - 05:34AM JST
Considering that Japan was never purged of those who were in the government during the war as was done with the Nazi party in Germany, it is not inconceivable that the J gov may revert to their old ways. After all Abe grandfather was Minister of Labor when Japan used slave labor. Though never trialed, he was held as a war criminal until the Korean War change US policy toward Japan. And he became Prime Minister since the U.S. was more worried about communists in Japan than the old regime. As for the U.S. wanting a war with Japan, that is not true but it wasn't unexpected. That is why the fleet was in Hawaii instead of San Diago. The British knew about the attack on Peal Harbor but didn't tell the US since they needed the U.S. to join the fight against Hitler. Japan would have lost sooner but the first 2 year were concentrated in Europe. Also in 1905, Teddy Roosevelt predicted that Japan would attack the U.S. in a future terrible war.
Posted in: Former diplomat fears for future of Japan's democracy
ka_chanOct. 16, 2014 - 05:36PM JST
I guess most of you don't know that the CDC has no authority but to provide guidance and recommendations to the local public health authorities. So the Texas Public Health Department is the authority in Dallas not the CDC.
Posted in: Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'
ka_chanOct. 16, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
If you don't stop the outbreak at the source, no travel ban will make a difference. WHO estimates that by December there will be 10,000 cases a week and in 2015 there will be 1.5 million cases. Looks like a good chance that this will become a pandemic. No travel ban will help you then. You already have cases in Spain and Germany, stop all flights to those countries too? Can you say economic collapse.
Posted in: Second Texas healthcare worker tests positive for Ebola
ka_chanOct. 15, 2014 - 05:15PM JST
Wow, blame Obama for what the Republicans caused. They have cut funding to the NIH, CDC year after year. There is no Surgean General. The CDC is under staffed by 500. NIH had to cut back on research and that is why there was only enough Zmap for one patient, so the first two patient agreed to divide the drug knowing it may not be enough. It will take 6 months to get more. As for the Texas hospital, seems that they were grossly negligent in so many ways. The budget cuts also took fund away from every hospital in the US that was used for CDC training.
I'm not concerned about any few who many come into any country. Consider a terrorist who deliberately get Ebola and travels to EU or US and once he gets sick blows himself up in a large crowd. Of cause they could travel to Japan, there was an an attack on a Japanese flight some years ago but only kill one person because the bomb was put under the wrong seat, off by 2 seats.
WHO estimates that by the end of 2015, there will be 1.5 million cases. At that point it will become a pandemic.
Posted in: U.S. gov't says it could have done more on Ebola
ka_chanOct. 13, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
THere is no problem using katakana if it was properly used but it is not. They can shorten the sound so you don't get GOODO but something closer to good. I know Japanese who learn English before and during WWII and can still speak English better than students today. But most Japanese today would not be able to pass a high school kanji test from the 1930's. Things got dumb down including the end of Saturday classes. I visited China and their tour guides, spoke almost perfect English unlike Japanese tour guides. Why is English important? It is the international language of business. It is also the language of aviation. In Korea, they have universities taught entirely in English so the graduates can work for their major companies. This is on way to get the brain power from other counties so the can stay ahead of technology. The U.S. has been doing this for years. This is another reason Japan is falling behind. Samsung has destroyed Sony, Panasonic, Sonyo, etc. In the U S, I mostly see Samsung and LG and less and less Japanese manufactured products. If Japan doesn't wake up, Korea will pass them as number 3..
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
It is nice that they are talking about the grid but what about you house? They are implying that wires will carry current that will heat to 120 -200 degrees C. I don't think the average home wiring will be able to take that. Basically, you home will burn down. Also even with electrical wiring, water pipes will conduct the electricity. So they should at the very least burst. Not sure what would happen to cars. Generally they are a Faraday cage for the most part. No sewer, no water, no power, may have a massive fire, fun times.
Posted in: Time to be afraid - preparing for the next big solar storm
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
You can't blame America for this. After 3 Mile Island, there were recommendations to upgrade all nuclear plants and this was done in the US but not in Japan. Tepco never implemented the recommendations. TEPCO never ran a real disaster drill. IF they had, the workers would have know that when you add water into the system, the vents will roar with steam, not come out like a wist of mist. They would have fix the valve issue which should have been know. No power, the valve opens and most of the water the fire trucks pump into the reactor went into a holding tank and not the reactor core. A dedicated line was recommend because of this issue which was never done by TEPCO. It is like JAL never following changes maintenance recommendations after they bought the plane. TEPCO and the Japanese regulators were just incompetent. Now you have a new regulatory agency that is still a political hack.
Posted in: Fukushima offers key lesson for U.S. nuclear industry
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
So did his bride divorce him yet? Isn't it like a 5 hour flight? If had not done this stupid thing, it wouldn't have been much of a honeymoon that night. Guilty of assault and guilty of interfering with a flight attendant's duties, wonder if he is now on a "no fly" list?
Posted in: 3-month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
Would it have been easier to dig a trench around the plant and divert the water? You could almost make into an island. BTW, how are they doing with removing the nuclear fuel?
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:59AM JST
Why? And why are they in white?
Posted in: At attention
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:57AM JST
Come on, this happens every year. I know Japan doesn't like aircon and the elderly tends to be one ones against it most. As the city grew there were less and less green areas, more and more concrete which traps heat. They paved over rivers, and reduced parks. So of course it is hotter than the old folks remember. Wonder how many people still go to Karuizawa? It might be interesting if the city sets up an old folks camp in the mountains for the summer but I doubt the old folks shut ins will come out of their homes.
Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:44AM JST
This is ridiculous. Civilians die in war. The worst casualties in any war are civilians. It is an illusion for the UN to try and setup "safe area". Things happen. Was is a errant Hamas rocket or Israeli fire? Does it really matter? Unless one side or the other kills off the other side, nothing is going to change. That not going to happen but it is more possible that some day they will kill off the other side and themselves with some WMD.
Posted in: Hamas, Israel blame each other for deaths of 9 children
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:22AM JST
Seems to me that Japan showed to the world that they are incapable of running nuclear plants safely.
Posted in: Do you support the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan?
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:19AM JST
This is boring. Every 3 years or so, the same thing. Nothing changes. Isn't it a mark of insanity to do something over and over again and expect different results? Which side is insane? Both are doing the same thing they did before, and before, and before.....
Posted in: Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 06:00AM JST
I thought these buses are supposed to have mirrors so there is no blind spot around the bus?
Posted in: 1-year-old girl hit and killed by kindergarten bus
ka_chanJul. 30, 2014 - 05:50AM JST
I don't know why people are blaming the parents. Psychopaths are born not created. Your boss may be a psychopath, just not criminal. This girl showed every sign of going the criminal route. The 6th grade incident should have set alarm bells. What normal kid poisons her class. But psychopaths are charming, smart, and manipulative. They are like small kids that use a magnifying glass to burn ants but as adults, they can do that to people. The system failed here since she tried to poison her 6 grad classmates and attack her father with a baseball bat, these should have been enough but nothing seemed to have been done or even noticed. She crossed the barrier in 6th grade. Here is an interesting article on the subject of psychopaths.
Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 07:01AM JST
Jeff, you are wrong, 2 acres = 8094 Sq Meters. look at a conversion site. But it doesn't matter the size. Something this old and nice should not be developed to put cash in someone pockets. It is just wrong. The greens space is more valuable and it the build is also that old, then it should be maintained for future generations to know how some one of Ikeda's class used to live. There are small shines all over Japan, some no bigger than an alley way. I don't see developers going after them. Probably it is not a good idea to mess with Kamis.
Posted in: 400-year-old garden in Okayama to be replaced with condominium complex
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 06:38AM JST
I just don't see what is in it for Putin. Eastern Ukraine is a basket case. I understand why he would want the Crimea but eastern Ukraine? These separatists can't do anything right without a Russian adviser. They are loosing against Ukraine. But it seems that Russia as learned from MH17. They are doing direct artillery support from the Russian side of the boarder. It may be separatists but can't see Russia allowing that. Still can not see what Russia has to gain, this part of Ukraine is just a financial drain. The militia seems to be idiots, so why is Putin pushing so hard. Probably he just wanted to stick it to Ukraine but now it seems a little out of control.
Posted in: First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands; 2 Ukraine warplanes shot down
ka_chanJul. 25, 2014 - 06:22AM JST
Isn't 1/2 of a 1/2 a quarter? As long as a term like Haafu is used, Japan as a long, long way to go. Nothing has changed.
Posted in: Rola changing DNA of Japanese pop culture
Dec. 19, 2014 - 06:22PM JST
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Posted in: Commercial reminds Japan’s tired commuters about drawbacks of living far away from work
Dec. 19, 2014 - 06:17PM JST
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Posted in: Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales
Dec. 19, 2014 - 06:14PM JST
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Posted in: Japanese scientist resigns after stem cell research discredited
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Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools
Dec. 19, 2014 - 06:13PM JST
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