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sf2kJan. 25, 2015 - 08:57AM JST
He also gets 12 baristas all with masters' degrees to carry him around in a gold plated litter with emerald green tassels
Posted in: Starbucks CEO gets 24% pay hike
sf2kJan. 23, 2015 - 11:36PM JST
I was glad to see at least one veteran quoted in the article who could speak up against the movie and his ambivalent feelings. This isn't All Quiet On The Western Front or anything, but the lesson of that movie hasn't been lost even if he's never seen it. Too bad America still needs its propaganda films to cover up the lies that put them in Iraq to begin with, and the people who put them there. Actors and Directors can focus on a good story, but to ignore the petrified remains of the elephant in the room is a pretty glaring omission. Pretty sad what America is today and what it celebrates. The culture of the gun
Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate
sf2kJan. 23, 2015 - 08:57AM JST
sad, they are above the law
Posted in: Prosecutors won't indict former TEPCO execs over Fukushima
sf2kJan. 22, 2015 - 08:49AM JST
Can't say Abe's words mean much. He'll probably be on his way with friends to go to Yasukuni in grand style either the day of or the day before, making anything else moot
Posted in: Abe could ease doubts by apologizing over WW2: Fukuda
sf2kJan. 21, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
business "growth" doesn't mean anything with a shrinking population. Jobs will continue to disappear matching along with the population downwards
Posted in: Talent gap: The distance grows between jobs and applicants
sf2kJan. 21, 2015 - 12:09PM JST
55!? that's crazy!
Posted in: 2 workers die in accidents at Fukushima Daiichi, Daini plants
sf2kJan. 20, 2015 - 07:19AM JST
Europe has done a lot in this area that I wish more countries outside, even my own, would try. Job sharing is one area that would get rid of the workers-until-midnight mentality and really get people working not pretending
Posted in: Japanese companies doing more firing than hiring: OECD report
sf2kJan. 19, 2015 - 01:53AM JST
In the back of my mind I may be wary to recommend a trip by my sister just because of the gropers on trains. Also she would injury the guy for sure! Not sure how the effeminate men would handle that. Probably cry
Younger store clerks don't speak to you and stare at their shoes. Funny enough it was the older clerks that started the simple conversations and were the ice breakers. I tried a basic conversation in Japanese about weather. That's the international language for small talk.
I liked it. It's a nice place, great food, great people, and wonderful scenery but overall I found the country too racist in thinking. They want white people, anyone else freaks them out. A black friend was merely sitting in a chair in the airport waiting for a friend to meet him and police were called in. Even though mixed marriages have been around for a very long time, the latest trend is to use the term Hafu, which would be short for half-breed in English, something no one would ever say today. This appears to be a regression. For all its technology nothing has really moved forward socially. And of course Fukushima and the lurch to the right-wing only continues to underline its stagnation.
Unfortunately foreigners who live there don't see this because they live in their own bubble and have established relationships around them. Tourists will not have that perspective.
I can hope for change though, the country and people deep down deserve to know they are on a wonderfully diverse world that they can contribute to and experience from. If they want it. I hope one day that will happen
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
sf2kJan. 16, 2015 - 07:06AM JST
Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook
sf2kJan. 15, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
Punitively punishing Okinawa only helps Onaga even more and thus calls against military bases can only increase. Given the disproportion of bases they have always had a point that Tokyo has shown a blind eye to. Can anyone really be surprised?
Posted in: Gov't cuts budget for Okinawan economic development
sf2kJan. 14, 2015 - 12:16PM JST
by all means continue to sell out the youth for cash now and then be congratulated with even faster decline in birth rate and even more pensioners needing their money to live
It's not like Japan doesn't have choices but it continues to avoid immigration even if it means the continued decline of Japan. Sorry to see.
This culminates in the term 'hafu' which is short of half-breed, something no one in English would ever say today. Japan just refuses to change racial opinions or social or monetary. It's quite remarkable. But this is their choice and their voters have decided to do this.
Posted in: Gov't to use sales tax hike revenue to expand welfare spending
sf2kJan. 12, 2015 - 09:50AM JST
maintain growth while curbing the heaviest debt burden in the industrial world
maintain growth while curbing the heaviest debt burden in the industrial world
Wow... And another tick on the disaster clock goes off... Just because of the savings of Japanese, the creditors are less likely to outright foreclose on the country unlike say Greece. But once all funds are tapped out what is Japan going to do then? It's plain crazy. Keep cutting from the bottom and sewing it on the top I guess
Japan is not alone in this. The same thing under different names and amounts happens everywhere now. No one in any country is going to pay anyone back. It's just a shell game until all the public savings have been liquidated to the banks and corporations.
At this point best to write off all debts should anyone wish to have anything left of a local or global economy at all. Get rid of compound interest, and make banks public. We'll get there anyway whether we like it or not, might as well do it now while we're semi-coherent.
Posted in: Gov't to propose Y96.3 tril budget for coming fiscal year
sf2kJan. 09, 2015 - 11:16AM JST
This would be an interesting topic due to in part by the largest aged population that is Japan. Is the incidence of flu higher or lower? It's one thing to say that unfortunately an older person died of flu complications but they rarely state that that person was already ill or weak so something was going to do it and it happened to be flu. Is that really an increase in flu though?
But comparing Japan to other countries with diet and lifestyle, and more importantly motive able years, there's a larger opportunity here to really learn how these health statistics play out compared to other countries. I'll guess Japan comes out better in this regard but I don't really know. Flu doesn't stop at the border so if this were a more in depth international story about flu we could see how different populations cope and really learn what are good things to be doing
sf2kJan. 09, 2015 - 10:48AM JST
Both nursing homes, and family homes tend to be far more communal in nature such as baths so I would imagine there's a higher incident rate. And given the population nationally fell by more than 200,000 last year (fewer births) there may also have to be an adjustment on the actual percentages in order to weigh them comparatively from previous years.
Lots more to this story possible but without context I don't know what it means
sf2kJan. 06, 2015 - 03:43AM JST
Downloading is not illegal. Corporations thinking it has value is the real problem, and it is their influence on government that we have this story. The TPP will codify the corporate imperative to get 100% profits
Posted in: 'The Wolf of Wall Street' tops 2014 illegal downloads
sf2kJan. 06, 2015 - 03:41AM JST
Does this look like to anyone that Japan is curbing its tuna consumption?
Posted in: Bluefin tuna sells for Y4.51 mil at year's first auction in Tokyo
sf2kDec. 28, 2014 - 10:41AM JST
odd focus, it was the pneumonia that did the job, so really a pneumonia outbreak?
Posted in: Shizuoka hospital influenza outbreak leaves 2 dead, 101 infected
sf2kDec. 28, 2014 - 10:26AM JST
no, I gave a reference. It's not working the way you think it's working
I"m not an antivaxxer, I'm against the flu shot. I've made this clear multiple times.
sf2kDec. 27, 2014 - 08:27AM JST
--As I don't get flu to the same extent I'm not sick a week, so the advantage is mine. H1N1 was going around and I was sick 24 hours. Works for me. Some people days or weeks. That was years ago now. Flu doesn't like me. I get colds though, maybe two a year but even those not every year.
--Again if my antibodies are doing their job I'm not spreading illness as I'm not sneezing etc. I suppose weak people are more likely to pick up viruses on surfaces even if sneezing isn't a part of it.
--I pay nothing as I don't get the flu shot. Even when the flu shot is available though it's free in my country. Thus it's not a cost issue in our society.
--they did an experiment in a nursing home since they have high mortality rates due to flu. They immunized the staff. Result? No change in mortality rates. (BC Centre of Disease Control 2008). If we were to really look closely at research we'd find that there's very little in terms of placebo double blind ones.
--If families were all immunized and someone died of flu then that's showing people are still carriers even if not sick. Or the weak person got it from someone / something else. It doesn't matter how the group was immunized and it's a great example of what the result is of a continued false sense of security. I call this cultural bias
sf2kDec. 27, 2014 - 02:51AM JST
Immunity is immunity. You can't say that a flu shot is better than natural immunity. Unlike other diseases where it's a good idea to get the vaccine, the flu is something that your body can fight on its own. Never developing your own antibodies means you're now dependent on the pharmaceutical system.
I don't get flu, I clearly have a natural immunity. Yet flu shot people get sick more. It's funny.
Given the low efficacy rate of the flu shot, immunized people are given a false sense of security and infect more people than naturally immunized ones. The notion that I get people sick but immunized people don't while the opposite occurs reflects the cultural bias that remains perpetuated annually.
The flu shot is not something to plant your flag on, other vaccines are worthy of support, but not the mediocre flu shot.
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