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wanderlustJan. 28, 2015 - 03:53PM JST
The modern Olympic motto was Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger), by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the IOC, who copied it from a speech by a teacher named Father Henri Martin Didon at an inter-school athletics meeting. These 3 Latin words had nothing to do with the original ancient Greek Olympic games, in which athletes competed as individuals.
@davestrousers -tabbing is the army's version of yomping
Posted in: Organizations for karate, squash, snooker and 10 pin bowling are lobbying for their inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Which of these, if any, would you like to see included, and which current Olympic sports would you like to see dropped?
wanderlustJan. 20, 2015 - 12:31PM JST
Doesn't this mean that cost of power/energy from oil-fired power plants will now get much cheaper, and fuel and transportation costs will decrease.
Industry has been complaining about this for years...isn't this good for them?
Posted in: BOJ faces crunch time as oil slump threatens inflation target
wanderlustJan. 19, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
The surcharge goes on quickly, and comes off slowly... maybe it's due to fuel inventory?
Posted in: Fuel surcharges on int'l routes to drop
wanderlustJan. 18, 2015 - 10:06PM JST
Okada did a stint at the Foreign Ministry - did not have one original idea or make a single decision on his own. Relied completely on briefs and guidance supplied by the career bureaucrats. A perfect politician from their perspective, someone who would never, ever rock the boat...
Posted in: Okada elected leader of main opposition DPJ
wanderlustJan. 17, 2015 - 11:05AM JST
Will they use lie detectors too? Just in case someone doesn't tell them the real purpose of their trip!
Posted in: Haneda Airport strengthens security in response to France terror attack
wanderlustJan. 17, 2015 - 11:02AM JST
Looks like she'll make a great catch for her next husband...
Posted in: Mika Mifune, rocker husband Joji Takahashi to divorce
wanderlustJan. 17, 2015 - 11:01AM JST
From living in the infamous rabbit hutches to living like packed sardines...face it, there is not so much usable space here. But even where there is, architects and builders design and construct the same small houses and apartments that make up so much of Tokyo, Osaka and other crowded cities.
Posted in: No other advanced country makes people live like packed sardines in evacuation shelters. It shocks people from overseas.
wanderlustJan. 16, 2015 - 08:30AM JST
As long as the true story of the aggression is told, i.e. the Japanese attack on the US and subsequent declaration of war, and not rewritten to be a focus on the poor victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Tokyo fire-bombing, as so often happens in events in Japan with a focus on WW2.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Pearl Harbor in spring as part of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II. It would be the first visit to Pearl Harbor by a Japanese prime minister. Do you think this is a good idea?
wanderlustJan. 14, 2015 - 09:46AM JST
Air Traffic Control (ATC) for drones will soon be required...
Posted in: Arrival of the drones: 20 uses for unmanned aircraft
wanderlustJan. 14, 2015 - 09:22AM JST
GMO cultivation and consumption on one side; aggressive patents, business strategies and ownership by these GMO producers on the other, and the latter cause the most problems and issues.
But when the wind blows, seeds will cross borders, and countries will be unable to stop this happening...
Posted in: EU lawmakers pass controversial GMO food law
wanderlustJan. 13, 2015 - 06:05PM JST
Similar case reported on JT back in December last year in Chiba. Many of these laparoscopic or keyhole surgeons are gastroenterologists, not fully-qualified surgeons. When the procedure goes amiss, there should always be the option of immediately reverting to open surgery, with a proper qualified surgeon, with clearer fields of view and more space to handle the organs/ tissues. Trying to carry on and stem excessive bleeding or inadvertent tissue damage through a laparoscope is asking for trouble.
In this case, the doctor is a surgeon. Maybe he was taking on high-risk cases, but 9% does seem to be on the high side, one would expect less than 1%. For comparison, a team from Tohoku University in 2013 had a mortality rate of 0.2%, over 381 cases between April 2010 and August 2012 (28 months).
Posted in: Gunma hospital inspected over deaths of 8 liver operation patients
wanderlustJan. 11, 2015 - 10:07AM JST
Excessive prescribing in Japan and undue influence over prescribing are really separate matters. Hospitals, clinics and physicians here earn money through the difference between the NHI reimbursement price of drugs and the actual cost of the drugs that they pay - known colloquially as 'yakka-sa'. This goes some way towards funding the hospital or clinic, and off-setting other costs which they are not reimbursed, as well as going towards salaries. Hence, the poly-pharmacy on every visit, with drugs to manage possible side effects of other drugs!
It's just a pity that pain control here is so badly managed, low doses of aspirin, paracetamol and high doses of gaman are the mainstay of pain control therapy, even after surgery.!
Posted in: Daiichi Sankyo to pay $39 mil as penalty for doctor kickbacks in U.S.
wanderlustJan. 10, 2015 - 08:08PM JST
Takes two to tango...what happened to all of the greedy physicians who willingly and knowingly took the money in exchange for writing the company's products in their prescriptions? Nothing!
There are also international and Japanese pharmaceutical promotion codes for the conduct of drug companies and their staff. Most companies adhere to the codes, but their application and interpretation can be flexible...
wanderlustJan. 07, 2015 - 03:14PM JST
Besides schoolrooms, a large number of municipal facilities have rooms available for their local residents to use, but the paperwork required to use them is cumbersome, and multiple approvals are required. We often visit these buildings and see empty rooms and unused facilities. Suggest that they learn how to use them first before providing 'know-how' to others.
Posted in: With the number of vacant classrooms increasing, we want to promote efficiency in utilizing such rooms, in line with regional needs.
wanderlustJan. 04, 2015 - 11:43PM JST
11 hours from Gotemba to Yokohama...a distance of 82 km. Bumper to bumper most of the way...even traffic jams inside the service areas! But the rest of the trip was fine, just the price you have to pay to get home...
Posted in: Trains, planes full as holiday U-turn rush peaks
wanderlustJan. 04, 2015 - 05:51PM JST
May as well sue every maker of personal computers and other devices who put an operating system and/or utilities on their product. They all take up anything from 4~10GB of space, but are never mentioned in their specifications. Unless those systems are in a separate section of storage that is not counted in the overall total, such as RAM.
Posted in: Apple sued for promising more available storage space than it actually delivers
wanderlustDec. 30, 2014 - 06:10PM JST
They are lucky that there is virtually no chance of any retaliation towards all those little Chinatowns around the world, full of Buddhist temples where the locals allow them to worship...
Posted in: Chinese authorities tear down cross on Christian nursing home
wanderlustDec. 29, 2014 - 06:32PM JST
It's really quite easy to set up a company in Japan, but the infrastructure that supports the business is bureaucratic, slow and inflexible. That should be the target of improvement.
Import/ customs clearance and reciprocal export of goods and materials can be a nightmare; setting up corporate bank accounts and corporate cards is a slow and cumbersome process; simple overseas telex transfers to a vendor can take hours as banking staff interrogate you on the contents of the invoice that you are paying, with obviously no clue as to the actual contents; buying/ renting an office is both unnecessarily expensive and time-consuming, with highly suspicious real-estate agents, and spills over into any staff accommodation.
The most helpful people are those in the tax offices, who seem to bend over backwards to help you minimise your tax payments!
Posted in: Abe’s plans for a global business hub earns low marks
wanderlustDec. 29, 2014 - 04:46PM JST
North America regards Sony as an entertainment company, the rest of the world regards it as a hardware company....identity crisis! Their legendary 'silo management' has led to a lack of sharing of resources between divisions, unlike at Apple. Whilst too much off-shore manufacturing and service has led to quality issues and worse, difficulties getting anything fixed.
That said, their professional, i.e. broadcast level gear is excellent, and they do rush to fix problems with it, though it is often non-standardised or incompatible with other makers' equipment.
Posted in: Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap
wanderlustDec. 28, 2014 - 04:19PM JST
Seems really cheap compared to the standard Red Ones and family members that do 2k at 120 fps. The Casio has a 12MegaPixel sensor, and can do 1,000 fps in some modes, but only at 224 x 64 resolution. Maximum image size at 120 fps is only 640 x 480. Somehow doesn't seem to match the real professional market.
Posted in: High-speed camera for researchers and sports professionals
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:59AM JST
Posted in: Japan says hostage negotiations deadlocked
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:58AM JST
Sniper for Jihadi John for beheading Goto?
Posted in: Texas governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:55AM JST
Sadly there is a breaking news alert on Yahoo news. These pigs just posted a video…
Already dead. No more need for negotiations.
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:54AM JST
Too late. ISIS just released a tape showing the beheading of Mr. Goto.