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paulinusaOct. 18, 2014 - 10:57AM JST
"As of October 14, 4,555 people have died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered in seven countries, the WHO says."
9216 cases. And the population of those seven countries is in the tens of millions, maybe hundreds of millions? Now I'm not saying that Ebola isn't a serious matter BUT I have to think there's an element of fear mongering and hysteria at the moment. Ebola has been around for many, many years. The current outbreak does present a challenge but it can and will be contained.
Posted in: World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost
paulinusaOct. 18, 2014 - 08:28AM JST
You couldn't come up with a more Japanese pronounceable name than "Ore-Ida".
Posted in: Heinz: Going right to the sauce
paulinusaOct. 17, 2014 - 08:09AM JST
Things aren't going his way lately. Economic sanctions plus oil prices tanking seem to have taken the wind out of his sails.
Posted in: Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine
paulinusaOct. 17, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
No hint of bitterness (at least their remarks in this article) So maybe "Forgive but don't forget" isn't such a bad thing.
Posted in: Ex-U.S. POWs visit Japan, recall horrors of war
paulinusaOct. 16, 2014 - 08:24AM JST
Japan must be wary of this deal and the terms. Putin has shown in the past he won't hesitate to turn off the gas to get his way.
Posted in: Russia proposes building natural gas pipeline to Japan: Nikkei
paulinusaOct. 15, 2014 - 08:06AM JST
"South Korean prosecutors began questioning Kato on Aug 18 on complaints filed by an association of citizens."
If this is true and it's a matter of law, why did it have to take complaints from "an association of citizens" to prod the prosecutors to indict.
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter
paulinusaOct. 14, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
He should have smashed the bike instead.
Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper
paulinusaOct. 14, 2014 - 09:16AM JST
Always thought those NK officer hats were a bit comical. Sort of like trying on dad's hat instead of his shoes.
Posted in: N Korea's Kim reappears after extended absence
paulinusaOct. 12, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
Subcontractors are ALWAYS the excuse given by TEPCO.
Posted in: Nuclear workers kept in dark on Fukushima hazard pay
paulinusaOct. 11, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
"As volumes and profits have dropped...managers have tried to switch to cheaper part-time workers."
The fact is that regardless of whether sales/profits are increasing or decreasing many companies(inside Japan or outside) are adopting the part-time business model. Employees are the easiest way to cut costs and it's all about appeasing shareholders and financial institutions.
Posted in: As volumes and profits have dropped in many Japan McDonald’s restaurants, managers have tried to switch to cheaper part-time workers, to reduce hours, and generally to increase the stress level on employees.
paulinusaOct. 11, 2014 - 07:47AM JST
"Carlisle said he believes Chinese leaders know this situation and they are addressing the matter. “They have made statements that they want to be safe, they know the cost of miscalculation and the tragedy that could happen,” he said."
That's all well and good, but what about a rogue nationalist in the Chinese military who could conceivably "miscalculate".
Posted in: U.S. general: Most East China Sea interactions safe
paulinusaOct. 11, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
A photo with every imaginable punch line you can think of.
Posted in: Comparing notes
paulinusaOct. 07, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
"Let them go to Syria! See how long they last without their rice...."
They'd probably miss their alcohol and chasing after young women more.
Posted in: Police question university student, others over plan to join Islamic State
paulinusaOct. 06, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
To be fair this occasionally happens under normal conditions when a rogue waves sweep people out to sea. That said, if you want a photo, stand far, I mean really far from the shoreline and use your zoom.
Posted in: Typhoon makes landfall; 2 U.S. airmen missing, 1 dead after being swept out to sea
paulinusaOct. 06, 2014 - 09:17AM JST
When CD's were first introduced the sound quality was subpar and inferior to vinyl, but as the years progressed better sound engineering and technology have perfected recording. As for downloads, connect your portable device with a really high end stereo or headphones and you might be shocked by how terrible your music sounds.
Posted in: Which offers the best sound quality for listening to music?
paulinusaOct. 05, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
For me Don Quijote was best appreciated at the end of a night drinking with a friend or girlfriend. Never has there been a retail store crammed from floor to ceiling with everything you can possibly imagine. You could easily spend an hour or more checking out what they have to offer.
Posted in: Don Quijote leads Japan tourism push to rake in sales
paulinusaOct. 04, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
sfjp330: The question was presented as "In your experience" and that's how I answered.
Posted in: In your experience, how do your Japanese friends of the opposite sex react when you try to give them a friendly hug or kiss on the cheek when you are greeting them or saying goodbye?
paulinusaOct. 04, 2014 - 08:30AM JST
Most of my women friends in Japan have extensive experience living, working, or visiting in Western countries, so this doesn't present a problem in my case.
paulinusaOct. 03, 2014 - 07:56AM JST
"I'd like to see the emperor and empress give a departing princess or prince a hug and a kiss."
In private maybe(maybe), but Japan is all about ritual and even at this time the Imperial family won't deviate from protocol.
Posted in: Wedding send-off
paulinusaOct. 03, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
“There are very difficult issues between South Korea and Japan,”
These "difficult" issues could be settled by both sides making some very simple gestures and statements.
Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to work toward warmer ties
Oct. 21, 2014 - 02:18PM JST
hmmm, yes, i believe everything i read so of course these scientist are totally correct and…
Posted in: Planet marks hottest September since 1880: U.S.
Oct. 21, 2014 - 02:15PM JST
and so how many of these printed guns have been used in violent crimes? how about…
Posted in: Man jailed for 2 years for making guns with 3D printer
Oct. 21, 2014 - 02:13PM JST
It was a tragedy, but the town depends on tourists. Can't blame them for trying to…
Posted in: Kiso Town: Stuck between a volcano and a hard place
Oct. 21, 2014 - 02:12PM JST
It is a weak argument coming from these hollow entities.
I'm loving this weak yen! But…
Posted in: Japanese firms want government action if yen weakens
Oct. 21, 2014 - 02:11PM JST
Know at least one similar place in Osaka area, sadly this site only bothers with places…
Posted in: High hops - British brewer hopes to change beer perceptions