Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    The truth is, Japanese students are consistently ranked in the top 5 in the WORLD for their technical ability and studies like math and science, by multiple sources (along with a lot of other East Asian countries). Clearly, the schools are doing something right.

    That's super. If I want someone who can do long calculations mechanical fashion without a calculator, I'll know to employ a Japanese. But where should I go if I want someone who knows how to think?

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of school education in Japan? If you have a child at school, are you happy with that school?

  • 1

    Ah_so

    Rumour has it it's not going to have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

    Heard this too - it would be a classic bit of Apple arrogance . If they do, it will put a lot of people off.

    Posted in: Apple event has world watching for new iPhone

  • 1

    Ah_so

    There is some modest interest among Apple fans for the new launch, but anyone interested by now knows that this is phone is not going to be a great leap forward. So no, the world is not watching.

    The Apple watch, even if improved, is still a waste of space.

    Posted in: Apple event has world watching for new iPhone

  • 2

    Ah_so

    What is there not to like? A clean behind in seconds.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?

  • 1

    Ah_so

    I saw Kimura being chased by the media. Looked like he was on his way to a Jonny Depp look alike competition.

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    Ah_so

    If you are interested in what it is like to be poor in Japan, have a look at this BBC / NHK documentary:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QH-kNnq7mFM

    A fascinating insight on what it is like to scrape by on a pittance.

    Posted in: Low-income over-40s: How it happens and how they live with it

  • -7

    Ah_so

    Slightly embarrassing.

    To think that Boris Johnson was accused by the Chinese of unbecoming behaviour by not doing up the buttons on his jacket at the 2008 equivalent.

    At least he didn't dress as Winnie the Pooh (although some might note a resemblance).

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

  • 0

    Ah_so

    And most important of all, why is beer subject to such a high tax rate compared to other types of alcohol?

    Why? This is Japan - it just is. That is all you need to know.

    These things usually have some an anachronistic reason to them. It may simply be that consumers have willingly paid these high taxes in the past.

    But it may have been to discourage consumption when grain which could be put to better purposes, like feeding an army or an impoverished nation. People used to mix shochu and a drink called Hoppi to make a beer like substitute.

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  • 2

    Ah_so

    No. The bombings should be recognised for themselves.

    But Japan needs to recognise what it did in the war and currently WW2 gets mentioned about once a year - early August. Without this, the Japan-as-victim narrative will be played out in perpetuity.

    Posted in: Do you think that ceremonies for victims of the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should include references to the victims of Japan’s acts of aggression before and during World War II?

  • 1

    Ah_so

    Whoever designed Japan's offices must have through: "how can I make the clerical equivalent of a factory?" and created a model that is largely unchanged outside of the better city companies.

    Posted in: 'New office' helps staff create and firms profit

  • 4

    Ah_so

    Akihito stopped short of saying outright that he wanted to abdicate, which could be interpreted as interfering in politics.

    I keep reading this in the press -can anyone explain what this actually means? I hardly see how wishing to resign is interfering in politics.

    Posted in: Emperor worries age may make it tough to perform his duties

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Your reasoning is no better than @Ah_so. Once again, saying that there are more black actors than asian actors don't confirm or deny that racism doesn't play a part in deciding who does or doesn't star in a Hollywood.

    @Silvafan: I think that Asians are very under-represented in Hollywood, but I do not think that Hollywood is very biased against actors who are non-white. This is the point I was making. There is a strong representation of black stars among the A list.

    So yes, there may be an anti-Asian bias in casting, and we can discuss why, but I do not think that it is a bias that applies to all racial backgrounds.

    So how well did Last Samurai do at the Japanese box office? Did the Japanese audience accept the white savior come to the aid of samurais?

    @akkk1: I do not think it is relevant - the movie was filmed for a global audience, not a Japanese one. In the movie Thermae Romae, Hiroshi Abe transforms the ancient Roman bath house system by bringing ideas from modern Japan to ancient Rome. How do Italians feel about their Japanese saviour? Are they even aware of this movie. No, it is was not a movie made for an Italian audience.

    Posted in: Chinese director Zhang Yimou defends casting of Matt Damon

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Sixty years ago in Japan, life expectancy at birth was 50; now it’s over 80, and rising

    Actually, 60 years ago life expectancy at birth was about 80, they just did not realise it. Life expectancy estimations at the time were based on the life expectancy of those born in the 19th century.

    Posted in: How far we're prepared to go medically to prolong life

  • -1

    Ah_so

    This is an American movie so it is unsurprising that an American plays the lead. Just as we saw with the Last Samurai or the US version of The Grudge.

    Saying that, there are very few Asian American movie stars. There are plenty of black stars, but very few Asians.

    Posted in: Chinese director Zhang Yimou defends casting of Matt Damon

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    Ah_so

    English language tuition does start too late in Japan. But he is quite right - there is a lack of qualified English teachers to add it to the curriculum at this point.

    Posted in: Unless they provide sufficient budgets, manpower and teacher training to support the scheme, we can expect no positive results. Making English an official subject at this point would be a premature decision, and the education ministry's plan almost certainly faces collapse.

  • -2

    Ah_so

    No one mentioned popular music - almost every genre of music that has been developed since the the start 20th century has come from the USA, from jazz to punk. The Brits are great imitators and improvers, but it all came out of the States.

    Beer - wow, the craft beer movement in the States has really transformed the beer across world. Yes, for years it only produced the rubbish like Bud, but the ale coming out of the US has really transformed things. It has even allowed Britain to get back into its own beer after a generation of drinking identical European-style pilsners.

    And I think that Brits do begrudge how the USA has a cultural dominance in Japan. At its heart, Japan is probably culturally more similar to Britain, so it probably jars Brits to see the Japanese looking to the East not the West.

    Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

  • 0

    Ah_so

    I think it is time to monetize some of the debt. The bond buying by the central bank fails everywhere it is used - it simply exchanges one low yielding asset for another.

    A modest amount of money printing might stimulate a bit of inflation and economic activity.

    Posted in: Helicopter money talk takes flight as BOJ runs out of runway

  • 0

    Ah_so

    I'm not a FB user. When FB began there was a very short article in the papers stating that the CIA and / or other US agency had invested $60 million in the company.

    Pah! Where did you read that then?

    Posted in: Facebook pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

  • 3

    Ah_so

    I didn't want Messenger the first time. It really annoys me. Just had a look on what is running in the background in my phone - Messenger is top, using the most memory and power.

    Facebook needs to realise that there are limits to its use. People prefer WhatsApp or Line for messaging each other.

    Posted in: Facebook pushing more people to an app they didn't choose

  • -2

    Ah_so

    No clue as to the cause of death of the baby, but let's hope it was not deliberate.

    Posted in: Teen couple arrested for burying newborn baby in park

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