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    timtak

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Labour (relations) committee (panel) announcement is here in Japanese http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/tosei/hodohappyo/press/2016/08/24/06.html

    The above article misses a stage in the contretemps; in an initial hearing the university made presentations in Japanese whereas the teachers representative replied in English. The teachers' union then suggested that each side thereafter come with someone who could understand the others language -- showing an attempt to compromise. The university refused to continue with the negotiations unless they be held entirely in Japanese, with interpretation costs paid soley by the teachers. Subsequent meetings were not held by the university since they were not to be held entirely in Japanese.

    The Tokyo metropolitan government committee ruled that the university's attempt to specify the rules of exchange was one-sided and showed a lack of effort on the part of the university to reach an agreement, with no mitigating factor to warrant the university's (heavy handed) way of carrying on.

    The fact that "this is Japan," does not seem to have been mitigating enough, I guess due to the other important fact that, as others have said above, that if the language in which the teachers were employed (contracted, and given orders) is English.

    The detailed ruling mentions the fact that the employers and employees language is fundamentally different, and that this is an obstacle for both sides to address. (本件労使関係で基本とする言語が異なっていることにより生じている障壁) http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/tosei/hodohappyo/press/2016/08/24/06_01.html

    The teachers' union were negotiating for non-fixed term contracts incidentally. Fixed term contracts are very onerous but British universities do (or did last time I checked) to Japanese teachers of Japanese. I think that the Japanese law, and praxis may have been changed, to fixed term, partly in retaliation to the way that Japanese teachers are treated abroad.

    Posted in: Panel bans Tokyo university's Japanese-only labor talks policy

  • 0

    timtak

    There are also Japanese historians who have the opinion that Japan never committed any war crimes in WWII. Do you believe them as well?

    I am not aware of such historians. What are you saying? Japanese historians are unreliable? I think that Japanese historians are very good in the main. Opinions vary to the extent of the amount of war crimes that Japan committed and in that area I lean to the right (i.e. that there has been an over emphasis of the extent of Japanese war crimes especially in comparison to their opponents) but and to the left with respect to the Senkaku's.

    I don't think that China accepts the "protocol" nor commends Japanese use of it. Who are you to say what is commendable? Since China represents a large proportion of the humans on the planet, the protocol is not internationally accepted.

    Posted in: Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus

  • -2

    timtak

    Nope, that's Chinese propaganda.

    And also the opinion of a Japanese historian who quotes contemporary Japanese cabinet memos.

    I hate the whole terra nullis concept. There is no "terra nullis" but a bunch of people from one part of the globe went around claiming other people's land using "terra nullis" as an excuse. Japan needs to stop trying to be one of those nasty Westerners, and be fair. The Islands were Chinese. If Japan can get joint sovereignty then they are onto a good thing. If they keep trying to be Westerners they, and my children, will get nuked, again.

    Posted in: Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus

  • 0

    timtak

    "Life Ending" may be a translation of the recentish buzzword "shukatsu" 終活 (lit "end activity" or "end life" punning on job seeking 就活 and related to partner seeking konkatsu 婚活) . For those that have missed the expo there is a shukatsu festa in Tokyo from September 11th http://www.shukatsu-fesuta.com/index.html

    Posted in: Resting easy

  • -3

    timtak

    That's so not nice to do such things.

    Unless one is attemptng to move back into the house that the bully has taken. Japan took the Senkaku's in the aftermarth of the first war with China. Sure Japan has had them so long that according to "international" (Western 'discoverers') law the islands are now Japanese. I think that shared sovereignty is the way to go and this,arms race, is the way to war.

    Posted in: Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus

  • 0

    timtak

    Mario turns its players Japanese, by letting them see themselves, as something cute, genki and lovable: a feature not shared by Western first person shooters such as COD (Masuda & Ishii, in preparation). Mario excemplifies the core of Japanese culture, provided by the mirror in the hearts: autoscopy.

    Posted in: Why Super Mario has global appeal

  • 0

    timtak

    I enjoy an evening run around Imperial Palace in Tokyo with its stunning views.

    So that is how he stays that trim. Google says he wears a baseball cap and often red-tinted round sunglasses while jogging, possibly with fellowJapanophile Katy Perry.

    Posted in: Orlando Bloom visits Japan to promote British Airways' 787-9 Dreamliner flights from London to Narita

  • 0

    timtak

    Mario should go to pearl harbour.

    Posted in: Abe's Super Mario act gets social media buzzing in Japan

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    timtak

    @ThonTaddeo

    I had not thought of that angle. Very interesting, plausible and, for those that will die and their families, very sad. At the same time, remembering Hiroshima, and especially Nagasaki is imho good, and important.

    Posted in: Let's make Tokyo best Games ever, says Abe

  • 2

    timtak

    "Lets say fatuous things", say most Japanese politicians a lot of the time, because the point of the event was the photo -- of Abe merging with palpable success personified in the four runners -- that Abe posed for, not the "begging" or "melodrama" that came from his mouth. The fatuous aspirations and requests were merely the context for the photographic main event. In Japan context (Hall, 1959) and focus are reversed.

    Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968 were held in October. Why not 2020? It is strange. The only (lame) reason I have seen is to avoid typhoons that usually start later in August. The real reason is likely to be television viewing figures but I am not sure why the Japanese should care that much. It is not as if they are hoping to break even. Perhaps they want as many visitors as possible, to come during the long European summer holidays, and alas die of heatstroke. Who made this decision?

    Posted in: Let's make Tokyo best Games ever, says Abe

  • 0

    timtak

    Johnnymac57

    Where in what video? I note that Cambridge is almost drafting Bolt towards the tape but his feet look to be just inside of his lane.

    Posted in: Japan's relay silver came from technique and teamwork

  • 4

    timtak

    I just noticed a reduced carton of sake at a local supermarket at 1000 reduced to 700 yen for two litres of the 15% rice based brew. Somehow I don't think that demand is constrained by price. I crossed my mind that the government had better increase the price before the olympics lest foreigners drown themselves in it.

    Posted in: Japanese alcohol to be exempt from liquor tax for foreign tourists

  • 1

    timtak

    Stunning. Best result for me too. Here is the full NHK video that I have watched quite a few times. https://youtu.be/2RWr2KwBoIY. It reminded me of those Cup Noodle commercials, especially this one https://youtu.be/0kg-dP56HS4 that make you doubt your eyes and wonder, "what is that Japanese guy doing there?" But the dream was real.

    Posted in: Japan's relay silver came from technique and teamwork

  • -5

    timtak

    Good idea. I teach my mother simplified Japanese. I advised her to use English gerunds plus conjugations of "suru" such as shopping shimashita, drinking shimasu, sightseeing shitai, watching shitekudasai, which can generally be understood since these gerunds have become part of the Japanese language, even if she can't understand the reply.

    I do not weep for the cultural imperialists with painful foreheads.

    Posted in: Ad agency seeking to simplify Japanese for foreign tourists

  • -2

    timtak

    I think that the out of competition testing varies considerably country to country. JADCO's reputation is far from stellar https://goo.gl/vRCEDM. I am not sure about the UK but blood doping, micro-dosing at night are very difficult to detect. Blood doping within controlled hematocrit levels is afaik, essentially impossible to detect since the athletes only inject their own blood cells. I believe that in the UK athletes are not tested in the time between 9pm and 6am, unless forewarned, which makes micro-dosing almost undetectable https://goo.gl/xNeE3V. Tyler Hamilton details the use of micro dosing and testosteron patches in his book, summarised here https://goo.gl/QOJktp. You would be shocked about the Brits, but I would not. A British journalist tested the doping passport, micro dosed EPO, improved his performance by 7% and and passed the test http://goo.gl/okMSKl.

    Posted in: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

  • 2

    timtak

    Aww. This is Yoshida crying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlIobOP3UPI I think that the coaches may have been using confidence building "positive psychology" on the athletes this year, resulting in overconfidence and this rather uncharacteristic "I should have won" statement in the post match interviews. According to wikipedia, she has had a small part in a drama, and would like to be an actress. If these are crocodile tears over lost television commercial income, then she will be a good one.

    Posted in: Kawai wins gold; Yoshida gets silver in women's wrestling

  • -1

    timtak

    I think that a considerable proportion of the winners have taken steroids and or human grown hormone during their training, when depending upon where they are, they are rarely tested. I think that in the former case this can cause a lot of bags under the eyes in young people, and latter case this may explain the prevalence of long jaws/chins, though of course, many have these features naturally. I still enjoy watching these super people perform.

    Posted in: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

  • 1

    timtak

    How come ladies do all the job vs their men fellow citizens ?

    Could it be that the size differential is less pronounced? I know that they are fighting in categories but even so the Japanese, and perhaps especially the Japanese men, are often taking on people that are taller than them.

    Or could it be that Japanese women are the gutsy "nadeshiko" paragon of Japanese culture? Is it true that Japanese women win more medals on average? It seems that way.

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    timtak

    A nuclear deterrent against some conventional incursion is the whole rationale behind the teeny weenie US forces stationed in Asia. The whole postwar posture is built on the US having to use nukes to buy time in an escalating conflict.

    Against whom? Does the US, or Japan, need nuclear bombs to buy time against an attack from North Korea? Nuclear bombs on China or Russia would buy nuclear retaliation.

    There is no "winner" in Global Thermonuclear War.

    True.

    And then they can just shorten it to 'no first use'.

    Or better, a no use policy.

    It was only the day before that “We will never repeat the horrors of war,” Abe said.

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  • 2

    timtak

    That is interesting because there is a viral video by a doctor who draws who recommends 30 minutes walking a day (30 * 2 *7) or 42 MET minutes per week. https://youtu.be/aUaInS6HIGo?t=4m42s At the 4:42 mark he says, "More activity better but the rate of return seems to decline after 20 or 30 minutes." I did not believe the doctor so much, but I believe this study. Of course, a little is a lot better than none.

    Posted in: How much exercise will lower chronic disease risk?

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