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    missbatten

    Friday before a long weekend - nah, that couldn't have anything to do with it!

    Posted in: BOJ expands asset purchases to Y80 tril to spur recovery

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    missbatten

    Help them help themselves? Why yes, we have the 2006 Services and Support for Persons with Disabilities Act, http://eiyaku.hounavi.jp/eigo/h17a12301.php which helpfully makes local authorities responsible for those "resident" in their areas.

    These authorities can but are not required to consider specialist medical advice or advice from service providers in direct contact with applicants for services or support. I keep hearing of cases where municipal authorities tell direct service providers that they must reduce the number of those they report as "eligible" for level 1 or 2 benefits....if they refuse to comply by reporting that applicants are mysteriously improved or cured, the service providers are threatened with removal of their permission to operate at all.

    There has been a consistent push over the past few years to reduce the number of disabled people (especially those with mental illnesses) on disability benefits. We can see the rising numbers of mentally ill people (homeless and otherwise) on the streets; where are the rising numbers of ex-beneficiaries in stable employment and accommodation?

    Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing passerby in front of Ueno Station in Tokyo

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    missbatten

    My favorite was the funeral parlor manager who said enthusiastically "See you again soon"" as he saw us off after our family funeral....he did seem to notice that he'd said something problematic though!

    Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service

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    missbatten

    The nations responsible have taken and continue to take responsibility...but the truth is that there is way too much stuff out there that nobody has any accurate information about. And this is also what makes me nervous about scattering radioactive waste around Japan to "share the burden" - in 100 years, nobody will have a clue what is where, any more than we know now where dangerous ordinance and other WWII problems lie in wait.

    Posted in: Clearing WWII's explosive legacy in the Pacific

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    missbatten

    The Meizen dorm has a decades-old reputation not only for drinking, but for forcing alcohol on reluctant students, well beyond the usual concept of student partying. And yes, it looks like a tip from the road - though surely the university had some responsibility for upkeep. I don't think this was a decision lightly taken by the university.

    Posted in: Tohoku University evicts entire dormitory for rampant drinking

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    missbatten

    It's not the heat, specifically....it's the high humidity remaining after rainy season, combined with the rapidly climbing temperature. There is always a spike in heat stroke cases at this time of year, rather than when midsummer temperatures are highest (but stable, and with lower humidity).

    Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20

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    missbatten

    @fxgai

    I believe they rightly strip out food because good weather can bring bumper crops and push down prices, bad weather can destroy crops and push up prices, and monetary policy can't do much about either.

    I get that, and thanks for the explanation, but I would like to see the total CPI inflation rate given as well in an article comparing inflation with unemployment.

    Posted in: Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low

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    missbatten

    stripping out volatile fresh food prices

    Yeah. Ditch that one. Nobody buys that stuff anyway, totally irrelevant statistic!

    Posted in: Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low

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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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    “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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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    missbatten

    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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