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mountainpearOct. 25, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
Any situation like this, the BEST donation is cash, so those in need can buy what they need.
You obviously don't know how things work in Africa!
Posted in: Japanese firm donates 10,000 high-tech masks for Ebola fight
mountainpearOct. 19, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
I think there is a pretty good home care system in place already. Day care centres, care workers who visit the home etc. I think people don't realize the amount of help available to them or just don't like having 'strangers' in their home or as is my mother-in law's case a refusal to accept that they are declining mentally and physically and need help. But I agree it is quite difficult to actually enter a full time care facility. The policy of the government is to try and keep old people in their homes as long as possible. They don't want a lot of vacant properties pulling the property market down.
My husband and I are currently taking care of my mother-in-law who is in the first stages of Alzheimer's. People with the disease become really intolerable. They say extremely hurtful things and are in a permanent state of paranoia. They unlock the door and accuse you of leaving it open. They hide things away and forget where they put them and then accuse you of stealing them. Even things like a department store bag or a used envelope! They can't count and accuse the gas person, newspaper delivery person etc.of short changing them.The call the police continuously about apparitions they see on their intercom system. They lose parts of their memory which results in them piecing together different events to create a distorted new 'memory'. They say the same things over and over again. They drive the people around them to insanity.
So while I don't know the details of this man's case and deplore his actions I can empathize.
Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to strangle 77-year-old mother to death
mountainpearSep. 28, 2014 - 08:54PM JST
Hey, you forgot to mention Roland!
Posted in: Hamamatsu: City of music
mountainpearSep. 23, 2014 - 11:09AM JST
It is not what you say so much as how you say it! But I put that down to your Latino temperament:)! I can imagine that driving in Kansai would be way more hectic than driving in Kanto.
Posted in: 26-year-old woman killed in 5-vehicle pile-up on Chuo Expressway in Yamanashi
mountainpearSep. 14, 2014 - 10:23PM JST
I hope I can still find some of her old movies! Ye Lai Xiang- such a beautiful song! Give it a listen on YouTube. Teresa Teng also sang it.
Posted in: World War II film idol Shirley Yamaguchi dies at 94
mountainpearSep. 08, 2014 - 11:30PM JST
Not mentioned here is that the shawl was also analyzed through the dyes used and was found to be from Eastern Europe. It was an expensive item that Catherine Eddowes probably did not own as the day before her murder she had pawned her shoes.
Posted in: Jack the Ripper identified through DNA traces: sleuth
mountainpearSep. 08, 2014 - 10:56PM JST
What upsets me is that no mention has been made of Yui Kamiji, the young Japanese lady who won the finals of the US Open Wheelchair SIngles Division. I only leaned of her today when I was checking out the US Open website. She is doing amazingly well for herself. Check out her profile and stats-h<>ttp://www.usopen.org/en_US/players/overview/wwc000026.html
Posted in: Serena Williams wins 3rd consecutive U.S. Open title
mountainpearSep. 08, 2014 - 09:27PM JST
Marie Antoinette was Austrian. So although she was married to the king of France, the French people were not really her people. In fact she was disliked in France.
Posted in: Rola plays Marie Antoinette in TV ad campaign for GU
mountainpearSep. 08, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
Am surprised by how much I like these ads! And Rola is great in her part!
mountainpearSep. 08, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
Best of luck to Kei for the biggest match of his career but I really think he should be taking a rest!
Posted in: Getting ready for the big one
mountainpearSep. 06, 2014 - 09:52AM JST
Public transport is great in the city but if you live in the countryside you NEED your own transportation!
Posted in: Driver held after car slams into 7-Eleven store, killing employee
mountainpearSep. 04, 2014 - 07:13PM JST
"Who cares about the grand children ? I'd be looong dead.".
"Who cares about the grand children ? I'd be looong dead.".
Especially seeing Abe and his wife have no kids, so he has no future generations to worry about!!!!
Posted in: Akie Abe discusses sales tax, nuclear power, life with PM
mountainpearAug. 29, 2014 - 10:47AM JST
Flying is the time when I am thankful I am only 153cm! Stowing my hand luggage overhead can be a bit of a problem though.
Posted in: Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat argument
mountainpearAug. 26, 2014 - 10:41AM JST
Two of my husband's aunts here in Japan have died in the last few years from Hepatitis C related illnesses. They contracted the disease through blood transfusions.
Posted in: The battle against hepatitis in Japan
mountainpearAug. 26, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
OK, so you went to your daughters wedding in Iwaki and spoke to a few locals. They were smiling and drinking with you. Are you trying to say because things look normal there that everything is normal there? I have to say I would not be happy if my daughter was living so close to where a nuclear meltdown has occurred. Your 'feelings' can't negate the fact that 57 children in Fukushima have thyroid cancer!
Posted in: 57 Fukushima children suffering from thyroid cancer
mountainpearAug. 25, 2014 - 09:10AM JST
Apparently another reason for Abe resigning the first time around, not stated in the above article, was the alleged failure to pay 300 million yen in inheritance taxes after the death of his father.
Posted in: Aides try to temper Abe's security agenda as popularity declines
mountainpearAug. 23, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
The metaphor 'small beer' is equivalent to 'small potatoes' American English.
Posted in: Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'
mountainpearAug. 23, 2014 - 10:56AM JST
Why do we need to get foreign casino operators involved?
Posted in: We have operational capacity, experience know-how, and I don’t think we would be stretched to participate in more than one casino resort.
mountainpearAug. 21, 2014 - 09:22AM JST
Japanese women's "bumps" are generally smaller than Westerners in my observation.
Posted in: 17-year-old girl arrested over death of newborn infant
mountainpearAug. 20, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
Yes, I did read the article but I assumed the comments were about Yahoo Japan as they were talking in yen not dollars!
Posted in: Yahoo brushes up its e-commerce for small business
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
Parents need to be charged with child endangerment, letting a 3 year old run off in…
Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Chiba
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:08PM JST
The day they can deal with the 50/60Hz issue and switch the other half over will…
Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:07PM JST
You said it!
Posted in: Inspecting the troops
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:00PM JST
So true. If driving normal kid, parents fault only.
I have 3 kids. And know to…
Japan needs to start thinking long-term and let go if ridiculous ideas like this. It feel…
Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery