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    wanderlust

    Die Hard 1+2; Love, Actually; Long Kiss Goodnight, Noel (but not for anyone who is depressed!); Lethal Weapon; On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Bridget Jone's Diary; Sleepless in Seattle;

    Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows?

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    The construction companies and local politicians must be smelling the pork on this project, all those contracts going up for bids...

    Posted in: JR Tokai begins construction of maglev line

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    North America regards Sony as an entertainment company, the rest of the world regards it as a hardware company....identity crisis!

    Posted in: Hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai's 'One Sony' vision

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    Kerosene heater???

    Posted in: Arson suspected after 4 die in apartment fire in Kagoshima

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    'Best Commercialist' was the old name for this prestigious award.... :-)

    Posted in: Rola is TV commercial queen for 2014

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    @pandabelle - many of the so-called 5-star hotels charge you for internet usage, typically 1,500+ Yen/ day, even if you are a staying guest. Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Hyatt are amongst those, at least they were doing it earlier in the year. It's the cheaper business hotels who provide it free...

    Posted in: The potential risks of free Wi-Fi

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    Best 'parentist' would be the usual name for this award!

    Posted in: Miki Ando among Parenting Award winners

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    A permanent home close to its origins at Olympia in Greece gets more and more appealing every four years. Letting every country contribute based on their participation would make them more affordable too. There are plenty of other bombastic global sports events that can be shared instead of them.

    Posted in: IOC members set to consider revolutionary reforms

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    A pair of white-gloved ladies screaming 'domo arigato, domo arigatou gozaimasu...' in high-pitched voices out of the windows of a gaudily painted and postered Toyota wagon does not really constitute campaigning.

    But it seems to work in this part of the world.

    The best government that you can buy!

    Posted in: Campaigning begins for Dec 14 lower house election

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    Oooops!

    Expect the usual roll-out of...regrettable...misunderstanding...consider actions to prevent repetition...

    Posted in: Honda admits failing to report 1,729 deaths, injuries to U.S. regulators

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    culminating in an unexpected event during the highly scripted games...

    And what was the unexpected event?

    Posted in: Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.

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    Envelopes will be changed from brown to white...

    Posted in: IOC changes Olympic bidding process

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    Mega banks - micro service. Maybe if they increased their lending to individuals and SMEs (Small and Medium sized enterprises), and stopped propping up dinosaur institutions in Japan that are 'too big to fail', they would see some positive impact on their businesses, and the overall Japan economy.

    Posted in: Japan megabanks post lackluster half-year profits

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    Didn't know that you could put the words FIFA and Ethics together in the same sentence!

    Posted in: FIFA ethics chief to make 2018, 2022 World Cup statement

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    For most physicians in Japan, without drug company sponsored education meetings, they would still be practising medicine based on what they had learned at university 10~20~40 years ago. There is no requirement for continuing professional development here, unlike that which many healthcare professionals undergo around the world.

    It is true that sales and marketing budgets do exceed research budgets in most R&D based drug companies, but with a 1 in 10,000 success rate in going from a new chemical entity to a fully marketable drug, costing more than 1$billion and taking on average 10 years, the companies have to cover their costs, and make a profit for their stakeholders.

    Society also demands safe and effective medicines, which can only be proven through extensive clinical trials and then post-marketing surveillance programmes. These cost money. The high cost of a pill is the cost of the information and regulatory requirements, not the cost of the chemicals and production.

    Whilst meetings are often sponsored by drug companies, they are governed by extensive local and international pharmaceutical marketing codes, and companies usually provide funds as unrestricted educational grants to faculty and meeting organising committees. They have limited influence over the content of the meeting. They are allowed limited advertising, and hospitality is bound by reasonable limits.

    Physicians themselves are some of the most greedy participants and attendees, demanding that all meals and travel are paid for, that they receive higher levels of hospitality than permitted, and require services beyond that specified in promotion codes, e.g. spouse benefits, presentation support, first class travel, drinks and other forms of entertainment.

    Finally hospital pharmacy and therapeutics committees, comprising a number of different specialities, including pharmacists, nurses, administrators and other medical staff decide on which medicines a hospital buys and uses; based on evidence of greater efficacy, less side effects, improved cost-benefit, more convenient packaging and other factors. They can limit the number of 'similar' medicines in stock, in their formulary, and often negotiate better pricing deals with companies to save money.

    This also prevents a company expensively targeting a particular specialist to promote their medicines, and many overbearing and persistent requests to include a new medicine are followed by the comment, 'Who bought you dinner last night?'

    Posted in: Each time new medicines are released, the companies spend a lot of money to hold study meetings for doctors, which are actually advertising bids. As a result, high-priced new medicines are prescribed more frequently, which pushes up medical costs for the public.

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    The only 'real' investigate reporting here is by the tabloids, who don't care too much about corporate advertising or toeing the establishment line, and do not belong to the 'kisha club'; a great example being the exposure of Olympus.

    Companies spend billions of yen in advertising, and none of the papers want to risk losing any of it. The mainstream media will only touch sensitive subjects when they have been reported in foreign media, and they have to have some sort of obligatory response. A good account of this is in Gamble and Watanbe's book 'A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West'.

    Posted in: Media not doing their job on covering political fund use

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    Classic natural development with erosion and deposition leading to the formation of an oxbow lake,...also known as resacas in Texas and billabongs in Australia.

    Posted in: Kizuro Village is a hidden natural beauty and feng shui power spot

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    Dambusters, Lawrence of Arabia, Pink Panther, James Bond (various), Magnificent Seven, Jaws,

    Posted in: Name some movie scores that are so famous that after hearing only a few seconds of the music, you can immediately name the movie.

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    So they are only transparent when dead? And drained of fluid. And skinned. And processed...

    A bit misleading...

    There are some fish and eels that are truly transparent, when alive and swimming in the sea!

    Posted in: Scientists make see-through mice

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    @reckless - we care for her. Her care costs are currently paid through parent's pensions, father gets a small carer's allowance, and our family contribution. When permanent care is required, parent's savings have enough for around 10~12 years of care, depending on how investments perform, and we don't expect anything to be left in their wills for us. Beyond that we don't know, as we (3 siblings) shall all be pensioners ourselves then.

    Posted in: People are desperate to find ways to handle dementia patients.

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