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    Jonathan Harston

    But I've got enough to live on, I don't want to be slogging my life away desperately trying to get more money, I want to live my life doing what I want to do.

    Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women if they could date a man who earns less money than they do

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    Jonathan Harston

    I thought Air Traffic Control zones were based on distance to control tower, not surface-level territoriality. London South East's ATCZ extends over part of the French coast.

    Posted in: Japanese airlines say they will obey China's air zone rules

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    Jonathan Harston

    Hold on, are you saying that some constituencies have (widely) differing numbers of electors than others? How can that make for any sort of valid electoral system? A representative democracy is founded on each elected representative representing as close to the same number of electors as possible. Doesn't Japan have regular boundary reviews to ensure all electoral districts are as close to each other as possible? I've been involved in three in the UK and am just in the starting stages of a fourth.

    Posted in: Top court says 2012 election unconstitutional, but not invalid

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    Jonathan Harston

    Full employment is no good if that employment doesn't pay enough to stay alive.

    Posted in: No, austerity did not work

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    Jonathan Harston

    So, penalized for paying cash. Should be the other way 'round.

    I get a discount if I pay electronically for my electricity, my gas, my water, my insurance... Cash handling is expensive, why shouldn't cash payers be charged for the expense of handling cash?

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    Jonathan Harston

    When I get that ticklish feeling that I know is the start of a cold I eat as many oranges as I can force down. It doesn't cure the cold, but it stamps down on the symptoms.

    Posted in: Feel better fast: Eight home remedies from the little old ladies of Japan

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    Jonathan Harston

    It's more than skills, it's the refusal of employers to actually employ people, and creating their own skills shortages. I went to university in the 1980s, I'm a software engineer/programmer, I've spent the last three years hopping from between short term contracts that takes hundreds of applications to get because employers are only prepared to employ somebody who is already working on something exactly 100% identical to the vacancy they advertise.

    Posted in: Lack of worker skills threatens European recovery

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    Jonathan Harston

    However, there IS no choice in this country. The entire system is stacked against females who attempt a career.

    And stacked against people (male or female) who don't want to slog their guts out working in order to be able to afford to stay alive.

    A few days ago I was watching a documentary about the 19th century Pacific north-west Indian tribes. "They only needed to spend a few hours each week tending their crops or catching food". Yes, until westerners came along and thought "slackers! must make them spend 16 hours a day slaving away in order to eat".

    Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll

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    Jonathan Harston

    Good on them. I don't want to go out to work either, I want to stay at home and get on with what I want to do, and sponge off my wife.

    Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll

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    Jonathan Harston

    Comments, what comments?

    Scroll scroll scroll

    Oh, those comments! I've never noticed comments on YouTube, I go there for the videos not the comments, which are hidden off the bottom of the screen.

    Posted in: YouTube revamps much-criticized comments feed

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    Jonathan Harston

    Not putting the toilet seat down

    This always puzzles me. Do women walk backwards into the toilet with their eyes closed and just plonk themselves down? They are simply complaining that other people won't let them be slothenly lazy.

    Posted in: 10 simple ways to ruin a Japanese wife’s day

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    Jonathan Harston

    err... I sweep and weed the pavement in front of my house in the UK. It's just common sense. I don't see why I should live behind a pile of rubbish. Surely doubly so for shops. I can't understand how shop keepers are happy to have their customers scared away by weeds growing up the front of their building.

    Posted in: The top 10 words to describe Japanese people (according to foreigners)

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    Jonathan Harston

    Does the population of the Senkakus wish to remain Japanese?

    Posted in: Aso compares Senkakus dispute to Falklands

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    Jonathan Harston

    Britain has also proposed launching two more balancing services, the Demand Side Balancing Reserve and the Supplemental Balancing Reserve, to help keep the country warm and lit during the winters

    It's madness using electricity for heating, heating should be done with consumer-side gas heating. The madness of using electricity for heating is compounded by the titanic madness of using gas for electricity generation. That means converting gas into heat, into motion, into electricity, sending it down long electricity lines, and then converting it back into heat again. Madness! Gas should be send directly to the consumer where it is used via only one conversion point.

    Posted in: What price for power at the flick of a switch?

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    Jonathan Harston

    Hair over the eyes. I keep wanting to reach out and brush it away, and find myself empathetically trying to flick the hair out of my own eyes!

    Posted in: 3 most unattractive women’s hairstyles (according to Japanese men)

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    Jonathan Harston

    Habomai and Shikotan make no "sense" as part of the Kurils, they are a natural extension of the Nemuro penisula and have no "natural" connection to the Kuril chain. They are also the smallest islands, and don't protect a cross-Kuril transit route. Transit across the Kurils would be through the wide channel between Iturup and Urup. A sensible compromise would be to return Habonmai and Shikotan to Japan and then discuss what to do with Itarup and Kunishir later (see http://mdfs.net/maps/Japan/Kuril.gif)

    Posted in: Russia, Japan begins talks on territorial dispute

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    Jonathan Harston

    As soon as I left my parents' home they moved to a smaller house - there was no place to return to.

    Posted in: Aging hikikomori children's lifelong dependency on parents

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    Jonathan Harston

    My home town in England used to be thronged with Japanese students. Now, they have declined to invisibility, and more than replaced with Chinese students. (2001 approx 1000 jp, 1000 cn; 2011 approx 500 jp, 8000 cn)

    Posted in: If I were a young Japanese and I could speak English, I would probably choose to emigrate.

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    Jonathan Harston

    "Japanese beyond high school have no opportunity to study the topic"

    In many western schools there is a similar lack of distinction between Japanese and Chinese history, I remember a plot line in a soap opera a few years ago where a Chinese character was constantly harassed for being (a descendant of) the aggressors in WW2.

    Posted in: Aso's gaffe exposes Japanese ignorance of Jews

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    Jonathan Harston

    And what happens if you're happily settled in the UK, but get divorced? Does the non-UK ex-partner get thrown out of the country?

    Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK

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