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    timtak

    About ten times as many Japanese died, 18,337 souls.

    Posted in: Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

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    timtak

    Apparently he was the person that found 3 or 4 aged people dead in the space of four days and did it because "i was irriated" and because "I wanted to be praised and positively evaluated by my peers as being the person to have found the deceased."
    Japanese http://fujikko92.exblog.jp/20539827

    Posted in: Nursing home employee gets 8 years for fatally assaulting resident

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    timtak

    Japan had 282 GW of electricity production capacity in 2010, so these solar plants are 68/282000 of the total, which is a bit too small to contemplate as a percentage, 1/4000 of the total. The average Japanese person consumes 8,459 kWh a year, or on average (divided by 8766 = hours per year) about 1KW of energy continuously day and night. I am not sure what the "68MW" in the article refers to, but if it were average power (unlikely) then it would be enough for 68000 people or (strangely) 1/2000th of Japanese population. This is not enough to server the Korean residents of Tokyo (100,000) or the population of the holiday town of Nikkou (90,000) but if Ken corp were to build another 1999 or perhaps 3999 times as many, then Japan could go solar. Solar power supplied 0.77% of Japan's electricity in 2013.

    Posted in: Ken Corp to build 68MW of solar plants

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    timtak

    Everyday it doesn't happen the odds of it happening the next day rise, This sounds like the definitive gambler's fallacy, but I understand your main point - our increasing vulnerability. I wonder about its veracity though. How much has the power grid changed since 1989? The solar flare in 1989 caused a 9 hour power outage in Quebec.

    Posted in: Time to be afraid - preparing for the next big solar storm

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    timtak

    I think Burning Bush is exaggerating a little but makes a very good point. It is easy to forget how insignificant we are.

    1) Basketball Circumference=75cm divide pi = .23cm = 0.23 m. Grain of salt = 1 millimetre or .001 m : Ratio 230 2) Diameter of Sun 1,391,684,000 m. Diameter of Earth 12,742,000 m: Ratio109

    The first ratio is about twice the second so the Earth is twice the diameter or about four grains of salt (2mm by 2mm), or perhaps a grain of rock salt, if the Sun is a basket ball. Using the basketball to sun diameter ratio, the distance of the Sun to the earth of 149,600,000,000 meters is about 25 metres or about the length of a basketball pitch (28m). (sizes according to Google)

    So I think we are like a grain of rock salt rotating a basketball, the length of a basketball pitch away.

    The basketball would need to explode pretty violently in the right direction to effect the rock salt.

    I guess this is why solar flares only cause significant "incidents" -- according to the article -- every 60 to 70 years (1921-1859 =62. 1989-1921 =68). Again, assuming solar flares to be random, rather than cyclic, and since the gamblers fallacy is a fallacy, there is no reason to think that now is the "time to be afraid." Even if they were cyclic, then I think that the time to be afraid would be in the 2050s.

    Posted in: Time to be afraid - preparing for the next big solar storm

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    timtak

    If one Googles "what it was like to kill someone" then one finds that alas, it is quite a prevalent motive for murder worldwide.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    timtak

    Japan is one of the safest countries in the world for kids. Japanese parents sleep with their children, Japanese people man the streets in such force to make it safe for children to walk to school, whole neighbourhoods queue from the early hours of the morning for places at school exercise days, parents put so much effort into allowing their children extra curricula educational opportunities, towns and house prices are structured by school catchment areas. Perhaps the leniency of the justice system especially towards parents, helps promote the palpable love, care and attention directed towards children in Japan.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    timtak

    serendipitous thoughts are plausible, thank you, but is it likely that the Children would have been a burden? I think I should have liked to adopt them rather than this. I find this very difficult.

    Would the kids be happier alive? Is that a given? Does living always mean greater than zero happiness? Perhaps the mother did not believe that living implies greater than zero happiness. Perhaps she believed that it is quite possible to lead an unhappy life, with less than zero happiness, and that by murdering her children they would be happier than living.

    Considering the child from Hokkaido whose mother died and then whose father died saving her in a snowstorm, then, I know whose side I am on. If she believed that her children were happier dead, I think that the mother was very wrong.

    Thinks.

    Posted in: Mother, 2 children found dead in apparent murder-suicide leap from cliff

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    timtak

    No idea if this was the case here or not, since the article does not go that far, but even so it would have run out of fuel.

    According to Japanese sources, the engine of this car was not running.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    FRAgain

    I could not finish the article either.

    This woman didn't forget her child. She knew her child was in the car. Yes you are right.

    WP article also mentions (and I agree with what they say). "Sometimes, the parent knowingly left the child in the car, despite the obvious peril. In one particularly egregious instance, a mother used her locked car as an inexpensive substitute for day care. When hyperthermia deaths are treated as crimes, these are the ones that tend to result in prison sentences."

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    ReformedBasher

    "it's incomprehensible to me as to how anyone can leave a young child alone in a car."

    From the article quoted above.

    The problem is this simple: People think this could never happen to them.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    timtak

    Due to the time of year, I just received a link to the following excellent, tragic article from the Washington Post on death by hyperthermia of children in cars http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/fatal-distraction-forgetting-a-child-in-thebackseat-of-a-car-is-a-horrifying-mistake-is-it-a-crime/2014/06/16/8ae0fe3a-f580-11e3-a3a5-42be35962a52_story.html?wpisrc=nl_icymi, which points out this can happen to anyone, even a rocket scientist.

    Due to the death of a child of a NASA engineer, engineers from NASA created a device to warn drivers of the presence of a child in a rear seat but failed to find a maker or market for the product since, their surveys show, people believe it could not happen to them, only to others. So rather than decrying the behaviour of others, let us be on our guard.

    That said, I think that pachinko addiction is probably part of the cause and it saddens me (too @Benji7) that casinos will be coming.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    timtak

    If this is used as an excuse to start World War III then I feel the onset of a conspiracy theory regarding the coincidence of their being two Malaysian airways Boeing 777 crashes this year, with the other plane still missing, an initial report from rebels on the ground claiming that MH17 passengers were already dead "days before the flight."
    http://news.yahoo.com/rebel-leader-gives-bizarre-account-plane-crash-182256709.html There is more here http://www.webcitation.org/6RBLozt4P But you will have to use Google translate https://translate.google.com to read it unless you read Russian. Tragic in any event. But no matter how tragic, I hope it does not lead to war.

    Posted in: Ukraine, rebels argue over Malaysia Airlines wreckage site

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    timtak

    Most of the Japanese women I know and teach want to be full time care-givers for a considerable portion of their lives from the time that they conceive to the time that their children no longer need their full time care about 15 to 20 years later. This almost precludes them from top managerial positions, since they will lack the experience, continuity, network of contacts, that their male peers will have built up.

    Most of my students admire their mothers more than their fathers, even the males, and have an ambition to do as their mother did -- raise a happy family. They do not see success in the workplace as of paramount importance and respect the option provided to women -- that of being able to retire at 30 for 16 years -- as much as if not more than any Ghosn who is after all, just another sarari-man - a man who provides salary for a family.

    Why do men feel it their prerogative to "promote" women to managerial positions? If they are taken out of the home, out of their position of authority as housewife and mother, then aren't they being demoted?

    Provide women with jobs to returned to after their children have fled the nest by all means, but top management? Has anyone really been stopping them? Most Japanese women can wither their male peers with a glance, so if they had really wanted to get there, they would be top managers already.

    Does Ghosn recieve pocket money? His Japanese counterparts at Toyota and Honda probably do. In which case they probably have far less disposable income than their wives, making a mockery of the notion that women are paid less than men in Japan.

    Posted in: Nissan CEO: Abe's goal to have 30% of bosses women too ambitious

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    timtak

    I used to work for a British missile developer. They were as advanced as British television sets, and the only reason why the company could make a buck is because the Japanese, under their old constitution, did not compete. Mitsubishi missiles will kill lots more people more accurately, cheaply and with a much smaller form factor.

    Posted in: Japan, Britain to launch joint missile research

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    timtak

    I am with Hide Suzuki but while there are ridiculously low levels of violent crime and theft (and all crimes which can be seen) there is also a fair amount of fraud and corruption (crimes which cake place in language / lies) and Japan's place in the corruption rankings produced by Transparency international (18th) http://www.transparency.org/country#JPN is a lot lower than its place in the OECD crime statistics (typically 1st, or 2nd after Spain this year). http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/550717741440 However I see also that the victimisation stats produced by the OECD now have a consumer fraud and corruption element were Japan is top (lowest rate) in consumer fraud and third after Finland and Sweden for victim experience of corruption.

    However again, I wonder of the extent to which Japanese are aware of corruption or classify behaviours as corrupt. E.g. there are amakudari everywhere but no one bats an eyelid.

    Posted in: Crime declines for 12th consecutive year; monetary fraud up

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    timtak

    "Drop dead" may not sound that harsh but there is a lot of cultural difference in what is considered offensive. The imperative of the Japanese Shinu, to die is probably the second the most thing one can say in Japanese.

    Posted in: Tokyo assemblyman quits after tweeting 'Drop dead'

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    timtak

    In Japan there is a strong culture of everybody has to be the same and people has to be in a box . Have you been to Japan or met any Japanese people? Have you seen Japanese fashion? Have you seen a Japanese town where every house is in a different style to the one next to it? Are you aware of the eruption of creativity in manga, anime, manufacturing? Are you aware that even though Japanese automotive manufacturers have a shorter model change cycle (usually a year) Japan has the largest "make" or after-parts market for cars to make them yet more original. This woman's art is typical of Japanese creativity, which is thriving.

    True that they are not so into "opinions" (words) though which they are more likely to see as being faddish and frivolous.

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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    timtak

    Actually there are/were some schlongs in the Orsay in the exhibition ”Masulin/Masuclin” but none of them were erect or showing veins, unlike some Japanese festival images and sculpture. But 85% of the nudes are the Orsay are female, and a French performance artist, Deborah de Robertis, exposed her vulva in front of the Corbet to address that issue.

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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    timtak

    Igarashi says she began making artwork to address what she saw as a double standard applied to both female and male genitalia in Japan.

    I think that she is very right. But as far as I know there is or was a similar situation in the UK and the US, except reverse: male genitalia are more obscene in the West. A comment to snopes forum opined in 2002, "You still can't get away with it here in the US. A guy's schlong is the most taboo form of nudity in American cinema. A flaccid one is a guaranteed R and an erect one a guaranteed NC-17 or X." There is a picture of "The origin of the world" hanging in the Gare d'Orsay museum in Paris but no schlong and certainly no erection. Even a covered schlong was taken from the walls of an American museum. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/299453.shtml

    Posted in: Japanese artist jailed for vagina boat vows legal fight

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