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BrainiacMay. 26, 2015 - 01:50PM JST
Charities will be the biggest losers if one-yen coins go out of circulation.
Posted in: Do you think Japan should do away with the one-yen coin?
BrainiacMay. 22, 2015 - 10:01AM JST
Does that include when you visit someone else's home?
Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country?
BrainiacMay. 22, 2015 - 07:56AM JST
I would add "takyubin," convenience stores, vending machines and warm toilet seats to the list.
Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan
BrainiacMay. 22, 2015 - 07:52AM JST
Although it makes sense to me in Japan, whenever I visit people's homes in Australia, the U.S., UK and Canada - even if those people lived in Japan - we don't remove our shoes. Maybe there is a reluctance to take your shoes off when you are in someone else's home, especially if you have holes in your socks or it has been a hot day.
BrainiacMay. 21, 2015 - 09:03AM JST
Studios make movies they know will bring in big money and that means special effects, explosions, car chases and characters that audiences are familiar with.
The best writing and most creative writing is - and always has been - in the world of TV. You just have to look at the numerous acclaimed dramas and comedies over the past few decades. Even TV series as far back as the 1960s were well written. But of course with TV series, writers have seasons to flesh out their characters and storylines, whereas movies can only do that with sequels.
Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us this summer with lots of sequels and remakes, such as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Terminator: Genisys,” “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation," "Jurassic World," "Fantastic Four" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," among others. Whatever happened to creativity and originality in films?
BrainiacMay. 19, 2015 - 08:13AM JST
I'm so glad I'm not the parent of a teenager. Life seems to be so much more stressful than when I was growing up.
Posted in: 15-year-old boy turns himself in after killing mother, grandmother
BrainiacMay. 19, 2015 - 07:34AM JST
1. Metals (bronze, brass and iron)
3. Printing press
Posted in: If you had to pick 10 objects that would go on a history of the world list, which 10 items would you pick?
BrainiacMay. 17, 2015 - 08:05AM JST
You're wrong. As the story indicates, the numbers of Chinese and South Korean tourists have soared. They couldn't care less about Abe's agenda. As long as the yen is cheap, they'll keep coming.
Posted in: Abe eyes new action plan to boost tourism to Japan
BrainiacMay. 05, 2015 - 05:55PM JST
Staggering holidays would make no difference because Golden Week will always have 4 national holidays within a seven-day period. Staff aren't going to work on national holidays, unless you are suggesting that government offices and companies all stay open on national holidays.
Posted in: Golden Week U-turn rush begins
BrainiacMay. 03, 2015 - 01:15PM JST
It is a difficult problem and fundamentally has nothing to do with drugs. When I was a child, I remember thinking that a policeman was always someone to be respected and who would protect me. I still have great respect for honest and decent police officers. They need the support of the community in order to function effectively. In my small town, we often knew police on the beat and called them by their first names - a long-gone era.
I think the increasing police brutality has arisen from a siege mentality that police forces in big cities face. Criminals are more vicious, better armed and more willing to kill cops than ever before.
My cousin, who was a policeman, once told me that there is no gentle way to arrest someone who doesn't want to be arrested, I understand that point of view.
My suggestion for citizens is to cooperate with police. If they ask you to show some ID, do it. If they tell you to freeze, do it. If they want to take you in for questioning, go with them. Don't resist and argue that you have rights. You can sort it all out down at the station after you call your lawyer.
I know my suggestions won't help much, but if we want law and order, citizens must respect the police force. If they don't, society will degenerate into anarchy.
Posted in: Unrest is spreading in many U.S. cities over police brutality. What can be done to ease tensions and improve law enforcement in multiracial communities?
BrainiacApr. 30, 2015 - 08:55AM JST
Freedom of speech is an abstract concept. It has never existed anywhere. My definition would be the right to say or write anything you like without consequences. But that is impossible. There will always be consequences, such as being sued under libel and slander laws, getting fired or beaten up or killed because someone doesn't like what you said. And of course, hate speech and inciting others to violence - that's literally freedom of speech, too, isn't it?
Posted in: What is your definition of freedom of speech?
BrainiacApr. 28, 2015 - 03:06PM JST
I don't know where you were after March 11, 2011 but I was in japan and I can tell you with 100% assurance that the SDF were exemplary. The U.S. effort was excellent, too, but your assertion that many Japanese would have died without America is ludicrous. So, too, is your statement that it looks good for Abe.
Posted in: Helping hand for Nepal
BrainiacApr. 28, 2015 - 10:05AM JST
How can you say for sure whether Kotani did or did not know someone? You don't know all his acquaintances anymore than he would know all your's
Posted in: Scalper arrested after selling McCartney concert ticket for Y80,000
BrainiacApr. 23, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
It's good to see so many women candidates.
Posted in: Political faces
BrainiacApr. 22, 2015 - 07:55AM JST
What a pity that Masako wasn't allowed out of her prison to take part. How stressful could it be for her to play follow the leader, smile and shake hands with a few people.
Posted in: Spring garden party
BrainiacApr. 14, 2015 - 07:37AM JST
No, I don't think it is a good idea. Being a caregiver requires a special kind of person. You don't do it for money and you don't see it as a job. It requires compassion, understanding and great patience. It is a vocation and you must feel the calling in your heart.
When my mother had Alzheimer's, the first facility she was in was not good. The staff took little interest in the residents. They couldn't wait to leave at the end of the day. They never gave anything extra from their hearts.
The second nursing care home we moved my mother to was amazing. The staff gave her back rubs, were gentle, did singalongs and so on. They didn't do any of that for money.
Posted in: The government is encouraging unemployed people to consider becoming health care workers because there is a chronic shortage in the nursing care business. Do you think that is a good idea?
BrainiacApr. 04, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
Even the janitor at our office has a meishi; not sure what his job title is, though. I guess, in Japan, a business card gives a worker a sense of belonging.
Posted in: Why are "meishi" (business cards) so important in Japan, no matter what one's job is?
BrainiacMar. 28, 2015 - 09:23AM JST
It is rude to sell someone to sod off. You don't go to Otsuka to browse. It's a personal service. You should have politely said no thank you and left, or better still, sign up and let them guide you. You don't have to buy anything.
Posted in: Furniture magnate fails to oust daughter in family feud
BrainiacMar. 25, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
Life is so cruel. They leave on a holiday and come back in a coffin. They probably looked forward to this cruise for a long time.
Posted in: Bodies of 3 Japanese tourists slain in Tunisia museum attack return home
BrainiacMar. 20, 2015 - 04:26PM JST
I'm sure Mrs Obama had more fun doing this than watching the noh performance.
Posted in: Drum roll
May. 26, 2015 - 02:31PM JST
Qatar - that's the place where the workers are exploited on construction sites, and collapse from…
Posted in: TEPCO, Mitsubishi win Qatar utility contract
May. 26, 2015 - 02:30PM JST
I myself prefer media roughly around the centre: the point of that article was to illustrate…
Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first
May. 26, 2015 - 02:27PM JST
People who get hung up on someone else's language skills are obviously self-conscious of their own.
Posted in: Does it bother you when people talk on smartphones on buses, trains or in restaurants?
**With your poor English skills, I think it's best you stay away from teaching then. McDonald's?****…
Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction
May. 26, 2015 - 02:19PM JST
***It's annoying when it's a foreign male speaking awful Japanese to his wife or girlfriend.***** can…