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kcjapanApr. 14, 2013 - 11:18PM JST
Grippy, how portable?
Posted in: FinePix XP200
kcjapanMar. 19, 2013 - 10:33AM JST
"The guest wrote to me and said it had been broken for nine years. He thought it was a fantastic gesture."
Mr. Costa knows his business, excellent interview.
"If they are not careful, there will be too many hotels the day the Olympics are finished." insightful comment
"my real inspiration is looking outside of our industry (small ryokans)" wonderful, it is all in the details.
After dinner at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, driving out from the hotel the desk staff produced a map with guide to my destination, a competing hotel. The simple gesture of a map was so gracious I was almost embarrassed how genuinely they warned about traffic in Boston but that my map would deliver me safely. Nice experience.
Posted in: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
kcjapanMar. 12, 2013 - 10:54AM JST
They are rich, you are poor, you work for them, they could care less about you than the bug on their windscreen. Welcome to the future. You lost, they won, goodbye. Enjoy your childrens' suffering. That's their future.
Posted in: A tale of two worlds - one fabulously rich, the other increasingly poor
kcjapanMar. 05, 2013 - 12:45AM JST
"supercitizens are very effectively pursuing their own self-interest"
Quite right. When you have enough to have no concern for anyone else, why should anyone else matter?
In the States the most recent experiment with popular rule came in the form of what they called the 'Tea Party'. Of course, when the actual creator of the sham political party grew tired of his toy, Dick Armey went to the offices with an armed guard and demanded eight million dollars (usd) of the party funds to "retire" from its leadership.
Politics has itself become a toy of the super rich. An owner of a global pizza chain recently threatened his employees with reduced hours over a 14 cent per pizza health care cost.
When Newt Gingrich, the censured Speaker, in 1997 was fined more than $300,000, in 2006 ran up to a $500,000 bill at Tiffany and Co. How Gingrich made the problem go away is unclear.
From politics to business, the super rich have erased the democracy of the States and simply replaced it with bought and paid for government representatives.
Why should anyone who has more than they will ever need ever need to have any care for anyone else?
Posted in: The political clout of the super-rich
kcjapanFeb. 17, 2013 - 10:08PM JST
"Religious conservatives, amongst others, have objected to research on human embryonic stem cells" as Frungy, Feb. 17, 2013 - 08:22PM JST, points out, the religious complaint was based on superstition and a make weight argument that includes abortion objections. Religion in the States held back research on stem cells for nearly a decade under a Bush II executive order. What a shame when superstition chains science. Obviously, half truths and dog whistles are more important than science.
Posted in: Researchers close in on stem cell trial
kcjapanFeb. 17, 2013 - 11:01AM JST
"half of unmarried women report that they are not dating anyone with any serious intent" - Serious intent would seem to mean a life partner i.e.: marriage. Instead of indicating neediness or unrealistic expectations, what this statistic suggests is men aren't necessary.
Posted in: 10 things single Japanese women want from a man
kcjapanFeb. 16, 2013 - 09:22AM JST
Frungy @ Feb. 15, 2013 - 03:55PM JST
"However the suggestion that someone in their 40's who is hikikomori is "hopeless" ... that is utterly ridiculous. The individuals have 20 years of work ahead of them, and in Japan about another 20 years of retirement after that."
Brilliant synopsis. Precision in definition of potential. Forty years of potential energy, focus and drive, by highly motivated constitutions, as described by Frungy. Well done.
Posted in: Counselor has harsh words for parents of 'hikikomori'
kcjapanFeb. 15, 2013 - 11:27AM JST
"remaining in their homes for extremely long periods of time"?
The imprecision this description presents of hikikomori calls up two questions.
First, hikikomori doesn't suddenly happen. In fact, the description suggests this symptom of mental illness is developed over months and then years. Effective intervention and treatment can more easily be implemented with early recognition and therapy as with any other mental ailment.
Second, hikikomori is far too broad a condition to be useful even for the casual reader. Not surprisingly then what is revealed is the weakness of tabloid level reportage applied to the complex problems of mental development with a violence threat to hook the ignorant reader.
Critique: Slogan based thinking isn't suitable for grown up thinking or problems. Professional help can be employed effectively and sensationalism is inappropriate for serious health conditions. "Anonymous Counselors" are the first warning sign of cheap opinions.
kcjapanFeb. 08, 2013 - 09:51AM JST
AKB48, a 90-strong pool of girls in their teens and early 20s sounds more like a soft porn trolling experiment set up to make their creators rich beyond anyone's wildest dreams.
Teen stars, boy bands and AKB48 are all just the disposable labor of pop culture.
Sad that the adoring fans don't get it.
Poor Minami Minegishi may pay a high price for the wealth she creates for others who could not care less about her.
Sick, at what point is it just a form of indentured servitude? Nothing to be proud of, or pay with your life for. Minegishi needs care and compassion, not shame.
Posted in: AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating
kcjapanFeb. 08, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
"Boeing had estimated that a battery smoke event would occur"
Known concern, now priority refit . . .
"The company has marshaled an extensive team of hundreds of experts and they are working around the clock focused on resolving the 787 battery issue and returning the 787 fleet to full flight status," Boeing said Thursday.
Posted in: U.S. safety board finds clue on 787 fire; faults FAA review
kcjapanJan. 28, 2013 - 10:53AM JST
Sadly, a good example of poor writing.
We begin with a vague generalization about privileged children knowing nothing practical and end with the average Japanese student not knowing enough about anything.
One billionaire's generalization about the few is glossed over with a billionaire's condemnation of the many?
Note to Editors: if the article has a point to make it should try to earnestly make some point. If a wealthy child has few practical skills it might be interesting if the reader knew why or the significance of this limitation.
If the education system in Japan is based on route memorization then what practical illustration confirms this, one wealthy man’s opinion?
Five hundred words is enough to say something of value for the reader interested in either topic. Here we have five hundred words that tell the reader nothing about either, except that a couple of billionaires think something so?
Posted in: Why are so many super-rich children so out of it?
kcjapanJan. 27, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
The impression, from all responses, selfish and financially challenged.
It seems many know themselves and know that they are not interested in the challenges of married life, never mind family.
That is for the best. Children are a burden, wives and husbands are a pain and regular employment isn’t fun.
Get on board! The train to who cares? leaves every day. Somewhere around fifty you arrive where you wanted or in a place where no one can save you.
Sacrifice? You must be joking, there’s no guarantees anywhere in this life. If you are not ready, so what?
Posted in: Japan’s singletons list kinds of people they’d hate to marry
kcjapanJan. 22, 2013 - 11:33AM JST
"The overwhelming majority of the people that are on machines didn’t have the foresight to put something into writing ahead of time."
Japan seems organized and a nation of planners. How is it that a national program of appropriate preparation hasn't been enacted? The idea that 'end of life' or 'in the case of incapacity' or 'brain death directives' aren't a codified planning step in national health design is very hard to understand.
Compassion, Mr. Aso seems so sadly lacking, must play a role in our planning and actions when people are in misery or permanently incapacitated. A living ghost prays for release and who are we to forbid their passing?
Additionally, Mr. Aso might expand his urging. Those whom have been counseled and find life is no longer of use should also be allowed the honor of a tranquil and assisted suicide. Who is anyone to prolong the suffering of another who has already determined that life has served its purpose and wish quite release from its bonds?
Imagine the saving of this course of action Mr. Aso! What a joyful bottom line. The honor of the individual helping the Nation by gracefully accepting death and having the dignity to have that decision respected. We simply do not have the money to keep people alive who have made a decision that should be theirs alone to decide.
Posted in: Aso says elderly should be allowed to 'hurry up and die'
kcjapanJan. 20, 2013 - 10:26AM JST
"More consideration of the treatment of these animals is needed"
Why is there no word on how this can be achieved? Why introduce the possibility that: "The nervous system in the head and thorax is still functional an hour later" or "crustaceans can likely feel pain" and then provide no idea of how to prevent suffering?
Posted in: Be kind to your seafood, study urges
kcjapanDec. 24, 2012 - 12:52PM JST
Merry Christmas Mr. Tsuruhara!
Maybe a year in jail will make Mr. Tsuruhara a wiser and more pleasant fellow. It's not as if Mr. Tsuruhara is being beaten, that would be inhumane.
Mr. Tsuruhara will learn valuable lessons and perhaps some beneficial skill in prison that he can use in his 68th year and for many many more years ahead.
Instead of boo hooing the justice system it's time someone pointed out how fortunate Mr. Tsuruhara is. A warm prison bed and fine food at no cost with exercise and handsome attire for a year and all for 10¥. (Last year our vacation cost some bit more and it lasted only a week.)
Let the boo hoo brigade wish Mr. Tsuruhara well and send some support for him. In his 70th year this will all be forgotten and the future looks bright for his reform. Retirement planning in a new and refreshing way with a chance for a better tomorrow for everyone.
Posted in: Man jailed for a year over 10 yen theft at temple
kcjapanNov. 26, 2012 - 12:33AM JST
volland Nov. 25, 2012 - 11:54AM JST
"the actual existing world. In these times business leaders all over the world dream of the spreading Chinese system. Hundred million of people looking for a job, any job."
Well said, and indisputable as existing in the actual existing world. It may take more than one big solution to address these systems of profitable exploitation.
One suggestion, made here, was a study of "when deliberate abuse is an acceptable form of behavior". No less than a real part of the problem specific to this article or the global perspective you describe.
If knowledge is power let us not bicker and focus on the problem, either large or small.
Specific behavior, "abusive" in this article, the better documented and understood is just an information gathering step. As a data base it might provide some support for those who feel abused and a reporting system might be developed.
There is a difference between demanding work and what is reported in this article. The more we know the better for ourselves and maybe for society in general. Maybe this is also worthy of future articles, more thought and factual information. Go JT.
Posted in: New workers confront 'use-and-discard' employers
kcjapanNov. 24, 2012 - 11:38PM JST
volland Nov. 24, 2012 - 01:38PM JST:
"I was under the impression that the discussion in the thread is about this actual existing world....
Any suggestions for that?"
In the existing world the article notes as many as 49% to a lower 35% are leaving abusive employment and as the article further states, "how can a student job seeker spot which types of employers to avoid?"
Our existing world requires study of negative consequences and identification of faults, not the helpless acceptance of harming one another.
The existing world is shaped by many decisions, the decision to act in an overtly abusive manner is in no one’s' best interest. If it were so, the proposition would be the creation of an increasingly abusive relation between employer and employee, neighbor and friend and for good measure perhaps better prepare the children for this festival of abuse by instituting abusive teaching behavior in schools.
The suggestion is simple. Honestly evaluate where and when deliberate abuse is an acceptable form of behavior. That might be a start. Of course it is easier to ignore abuse and join in when it is to our advantage.
kcjapanNov. 24, 2012 - 12:13AM JST
comment: Meta4 Nov. 20, 2012 - 11:59AM JST
Maybe you are already stating this concern; Is EQS a closed system of evaluation, the inner workings and statistical analysis is in a 'black box', or is the design available for independent evaluation?
The black box design makes your suggestion for the Orwellian and politically motivated concerns more compelling. It is also possible that a company may not want certain elements and trouble makers. Sorting out independent or non-conformist traits may be desirable.
Posted in: Turning the hiring world upside down
kcjapanNov. 23, 2012 - 11:59PM JST
"We ask candidates to respond to statements like “Every day is a new day” (A) and “Practice makes perfect.” (B) Applicants can only choose one of the two and rate the strength (1-5?) they think that question applies to them, thus the results are high in predictive ability (78%+ matching). Because we have already asked all the high performers how they think, we already know what answer is a high performer’s answer."
The method seems fairly simple. Choose A or B, as above, rate your strength of belief, 1-5? or 1-10? then compare high performer standards to applicant or employee test results.
If uniformity is a valuable asset this design delivers just that. If adaptive behavior is valuable the claim is the same, 78% to 96% accuracy in predicting of emotional response (EQ).
"EQ as a basic emotional response system leads employees to respond in predictable ways. (Up to 96% of the time) These “predictable” responses can be helpful to the situation if they are appropriate and improve the business, and detrimental if not."
An improvement of actual job performance matching from a 33% (application & interview) to 78%(EQS) and the near perfect 98% should make EQS the gold standard for all evaluations in every field and activity.
Mr. Pribyl is not asked what, if any, limitations may affect his findings and no evaluation is made of the hiring organization's ability to train and manage these now benchmarked personalities. No predictive component is presented for those who may improve performance by experience.
One concern may be the creation of a non-adaptive organization in that numerical matching gains superiority to initiative, experiment and inspiration; qualities that supposedly humans are noted for even as little evidence exists to prove this claim.
Testing accuracy is the natural goal of all scientific study. Implementation of valuable assets is a daily challenge humans consistently struggle with.
kcjapanNov. 23, 2012 - 12:59PM JST
"All this tells us is: "Welcome to the 21.Century, Japan!" and it gives a glimpse of the future in this country will looks like. Get used to it....." - volland Nov. 23, 2012 - 07:43AM JST
Seems more like an organizational illness. Getting used to abuse is the Stockholm Syndrome, a condition experienced by some people who have been held as hostages for an extended time in which they begin to identify with and feel sympathetic toward their captors.
If mindless acceptance is the best a society can muster they deserve whatever form of suppression they get.
Far from “getting used to it” what needs be done is these abusive behaviors need public examination. That examination would be good for those who suffer from an abuser and necessary for the correction of cruelty in the work place.
Simply accepting abuse as a necessary condition in the work place is like the doctor who ignores the symptoms of disease as the patient dies on the table.
It is more frightening that anyone would suggest ignoring systemic abuse of fellow human beings as a necessary and acceptable behavior. Why not apply the same logic to a school system that abuses children as a necessary and required form of instruction? Or, maybe kindness and courtesy is too much to hope for?
May. 26, 2013 - 05:58PM JST
Bet they are planting tainted seeds as well just to get rid of them, as surely…
Posted in: Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
May. 26, 2013 - 05:55PM JST
Could have been climbing up from the ground floor to get in to his own place?
Posted in: American serviceman falls to death from Yokosuka apartment
May. 26, 2013 - 05:46PM JST
I'll let my wife continue to buy rice from elsewhere
Will you carry it for her,…
why worry? smoking can cause cancer too and almost nobody cares in japan about it. why…
May. 26, 2013 - 05:38PM JST
When the temperature goes above 28 degrees in my office, I just take off my short…
Posted in: 84% of women don’t want to see men's nipples at office: survey