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    missbatten

    a series of high and low pressure systems are expected to make their way across Japan.

    Now that's unprecedented!

    Posted in: Meteorological agency predicts higher than usual temperatures for April-June

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    There are no male flight attendants>

    Actually, there are (and I do mean male CAs and not pursers). There are even Japanese male CAs...unfortunately, they are not being hired by Japanese airlines. Japanese airlines don't apparently REQUIRE applicants for CA positions to be female, they just don't "happen" to hire men.

    Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines

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    God forbid! You could see some female legs!>

    It's not the legs that are the issue, is it? Ultra-mini uniforms may be fine for some physically inactive jobs, but if you expect a CA to look forward to giving you a peepshow while she works, you'd better look forward to fetching and carrying your own drinks, meals, sick-bags, blankets etc. in future!

    Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines

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    This is not a new development, it's been gathering steam for a while. "Doutoku" (Ethics) is already taught both as a subject, and as something that is to be included when teaching other subjects. The "special subject" development means that it would have a centrally-decided curriculum. i.e. schools would no longer be free to decide how to teach it, but would have to teach the ethical values that MEXT requires, in whatever ways MEXT requires.

    Posted in: Panel discusses revision of teaching manual to include moral education

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    “That would be good,” he told reporters when questioned about whether Japan needed to say sorry.

    That's a long way from "demanding an apology".

    Posted in: New Zealand PM wants Japan apology in whaling dispute

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    missbatten

    The UN Convention is not intended to cover every aspect of the law relating to use of the sea, and fishing vessels in distant waters are covered by a number of other agreements. In the South Pacific, it has taken a long time for East Asian fishing vessels to respect the EEZ of small island nations, so Pacific nations have historical reasons to keep a close eye on foreign fishing vessels, and the region does have a number of agreements on international fishing.

    Usually foreign fishing vessels respect these regional agreements and conventions (such as FAO agreements) and report their presence in a country's EEZ, or stick to a direct route when transiting through an EEZ to another fisheries area, without delay, and with all fishing gear stowed and not ready for deployment. The Shonan Maru II is a whaling vessel, and I have not heard that those functions have been disabled.

    NZ is merely expressing displeasure at the way in which a Japanese government fishing vessel has disregarded these conventions. That is not a legal sanction, and is well within the rights of any country which finds a foreign fishing vessel within its EEZ for any reason other than transit.

    Posted in: New Zealand summons Japanese ambassador over whaling dispute

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    Let's remember that it wasn't a "manga" festiva held in Japan, it was an international comic festival held in France. Political issues have long been part of comics, although that has become rare in manga. Japan has no reason to expect comics to turn into manga, and no reason to expect foreign media to follow Japanese writers and publishers in "self censoring" either.

    Posted in: Japan upset by S Korean 'comfort women' exhibit at French comic book festival

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    Oh yes. Not a week ago, I was at a meeting about cultural understanding, no less, where several people were talking about how "returnees" just weren't the same as "pure Japanese", even decades after they had returned to Japan. When I called them on it, they thought I was disputing their findings. When I said I was more concerned with cutting "returnees" out from the "pure Japanese" group, nobody batted an eyelid, they just patiently explained to me that it was because they aren't "pure Japanese", they're different, everybody knows that....

    Posted in: Is Japan really racist?

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    I have a friend who is nearly 70, looking after a senile parent aged over 90. The minute my friend turned 65, her "nursing care" taxes were bumped up. Her mother's "nursing care" taxes are even higher, and her medical costs are steadily increasing. My friend is still working full time - she can't afford to retire on her tiny kokumin nenkin pension and pay all these social security taxes on her salary. Like many women, she is not a "sei-shain" so her pay is low and benefits few.

    She applied for help watching her parent, but because she lives with the parent, she is not eligible for more than a once-a-day drop-in helper. So she battles on, already elderly herself, balancing, her own advancing age, work, and the economic and housework burdens of supporting herself and her parent. Is her back turned for 5 minutes now and then? You bet it is!

    Posted in: Family of 91-year-old dementia sufferer struck by train ordered to pay JR compensation

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    Yubaru you can just sweep the Taisho period under the carpet? Such a funny wee fellow. Yes, the 60s and 70s had their student demos, but I think the Taisho period protests and the hardships of the working poor and their families reached much further into Japanese society. But of course, since that's all BS, as you say, we can relax and stop worrying about the similarities between the changing political mood in the '20s and in our own time. Such a relief, thank you!

    Posted in: Utility rates to hit all-time high from Sept

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    There's a reason why people here don't complain, don't take to the streets, and don't publish critical ideas, although they used to. That reason is called the Taisho period. There are still people alive who remember the Kempeitai.

    Posted in: Utility rates to hit all-time high from Sept

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    I'm afraid I know of cases where a teacher has bullied children about eating school lunch. In one case, the teacher refused to admit that the allergies existed when notified by parents at the beginning of the school year, and continued to make disparaging comments in front of other children, despite several allergy-related hospitalizations over the school year.

    The school refused to permit the child to bring a packed lunch "in case we were blamed for anything that happened to the lunch during the morning", and also refused to allow the child's medication to be kept by the school nurse, stating that they were not willing to permit any medication in school unless the mother brought it directly to the classroom and administered it herself, passing over the child's lunchbox at the same time.

    I thought this was excessively punitive, and found it difficult to believe that the school had never before had a child who needed to take medicine during the day, and hard to believe that this was their first case of food allergy either. No trouble believing that schools do not implement allergy guidelines. Part of that problem comes from the ambiguous nature of a "guideline" in Japanese legislation.

    Posted in: Health ministry drafts measures to prevent food allergy deaths at schools

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    So...you have to pay for cold teas, the saving grace of Japanese fast food chains, but for soda it's just "open wiiiiiide". If they offered tea at the same price, I'd have no complaints, but the faster this campaign disappears, the better.

    Posted in: McDonald’s Japan to offer any soda of any size for Y100

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    Tokyo Tech High School already teaches English at a higher level than many respected liberal arts schools. Go for it, and don't stop with English - a few more languages would be useful too.

    Posted in: To help foster Japanese capable of successfully competing globally, the education ministry plans to designate about 100 high schools across the country that will teach some science and math in English. What do you think about it?

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    I'm surprised they haven't yet held a competition to choose a cute mascot character...

    Posted in: 'Mother, help me' fraud: NPA, public select new name for bank transfer scam

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    the “Old Fashion”, will see changes made to the sugar and flour mix of its batter in order to improve the product’s texture. The sweetness of the honey used to glaze the Honey Dip will also be increased.<<

    Sigh. "Improve texture" almost certainly means more sugar in the batter too, as sugar makes things crisper. Byebye to Japan's not-too-sweet sweet treats...

    Posted in: Mister Donut Japan to change product ingredients for first time in 42 years

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    Japanese attitudes to smoking....there's a shop in my neighborhood that seems to be a pharmacy, but half the shop is devoted to cigarette sales, while the opposite wall is medications!

    Smoking is banned in the streets where my husband works, but not where I work or where we live. This is a bigger issue than it used to be now that more people try to keep their living-spaces smoke-free. There is only one road to my local station, and as Probie says, smokers who light up while walking make life miserable for those behind them. The smokers are breathing the nice, fresh morning air, while their cigarettes mostly dangle ignored from their hands. Meanwhile, everybody behind them gets 100% stink, no let-up, and no way to opt out.

    Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far?

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    Visual entertainment is taking the place imagination and original thought.<<

    You seem to be implying that it's the visual element, and not the entertainment element, that is damaging to imagination and original thought?

    Inundation by a lot of visual media is not the same thing as intelligent and discriminating understanding of visual media...which is what Scorsese is asking for.

    Since it's how you watch more than how much you watch that is the issue, simply reducing exposure to visual media isn't going to produce a flowering of imagination and original thought. That would be too easy!

    Posted in: Director Scorsese appeals for 'visual literacy'

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    About time. Huge numbers of women teach in low-paid hijokin part-time jobs, and I have yet to see a Japanese university that can boast even 10% female faculty in full-time, tenured positions. Too much OB networking by those on the hiring end, not enough reading of CVs.

    Posted in: Japanese universities support women in the workforce

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    It's not just about groping...I often see women's faces crushed between the torsos of taller passengers in the regular carriages. That must be panic-inducing as well as plain uncomfortable. Although there are some tall(ish) women in the women-only carriages, generally those short people look a lot more comfortable riding with people of similar build!

    Posted in: ‘Women only’ train cars: Is it a crime for men to ride in them?

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