Robert Dykes's past comments

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    Robert Dykes

    There are more photos of cherry blossoms than grains of sand of in the ocean. Seriously... put the camera down and just enjoy the fleeting moment, that's the whole point! A couple selfies or pics of you and your SO under the hanafubuki is one thing, but how many times have all of you seen people spend their entire time taking 1000 pictures of cherry blossoms like it's the first and last time they will ever exist. Do you really think they are sit there in the cold of December going through their camera admiring their spring photos? No, they will never ever get viewed even once.

    Posted in: Getting the right shot

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    Robert Dykes

    There is a plot of land just down the street from me that is for sale. It has some garbage on it, lots of weeds, and some of the niehbors kid's junk. I guess by Abe-Kagoike logic I should be able to get this land pretty much for free. Hell! Most most of the land for sale in Japan needs tons of TLC so does that mean and land with garbage on it should just be free.

    Between this and Tsukiji land poisoning, this is just ridiculous. Worst of all this just goes around in circles until they get bored while our tax money pays for all this.

    Posted in: Abe's school scandal far from over with Kagoike's testimony

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    Robert Dykes

    "Katakana has nothing to do. If there were no Katakana in Japanese, they would use Hiragana to write down the pronunciation."

    You are missing the point. They are using a phonetic alphabet, it doesn't matter if its katakana, hiragana, or Maritan, that does not adequately have enough phonemes to replicate even HALF the sounds in English. The Japanese phoneme system (which can be represented using hiragana and katakana) has something like 300 phonemes vs over 4000 in the English IIRC.

    Plain and simple they need to use roman letters (i.e., the English alphabet) or even IPA.

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Robert Dykes

    @sf2k I hate to say this, but sometimes "learning" is just about learning. It doesn't matter if the skills are ever used or how long it takes. We all learn calculus, how many of us use it? A lot of school is just about being off the streets. It's about keeping busy. Its about growing socially. It's about flexing our minds. It's a million things. Its why so many college degrees are pointless yet still required for so many unrelated jobs. Because you still gain things and grow in the process.

    My point is if the kids spent 100 hours learning English and master 5%, or 100 hours learning Esperanto and master 90% of it. The end result is the pretty much identical. They still spent 100 hours learning.

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Robert Dykes

    "Is it just me or does "umami" (馬ミ) sound like "horse meat"?  Ok, maybe it's just me!!"

    Umami is one of the 5 basic taste groups. Bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and umami. Umami in English is actually a Japanese loan word, originally うま味 (its etomolgoy can actually be traced back to うまい "delicious").

    Posted in: Umami Burger opens in Tokyo

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    Robert Dykes

    "It was impossible to go against it" The words of a true leader.

    Posted in: Ishihara again says he is not responsible for choice of new fish market site

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    Robert Dykes

    "worry about food that's been checked and doublechecked against the highest standards in the world," Wait, you mean Japan? You are joking right? Japan has some of the highest levels of chemicals and pesticides in the world on its produce, higher than even the USA. And no one checks or enforces nutrition info or ingredients on food in Japan.

    Posted in: Chinese shops pull Japanese food items from shelves over safety fears

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    Robert Dykes

    Its not about weight. Its about BMI and BF%!!!!

    Posted in: Where super-thin is still in: Attitudes to body image in Japan

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    Robert Dykes

    Sorry, but I 100% promise you this article is leaving out some important info. UNPAID overtime. Unreported and unpaid overtime. If that guy was getting paid THAT much overtime he would be pulling in nearly 3x salary.

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    Robert Dykes

    Just to add to what everyone is saying, surely the people came up with this idea realize that Japan is one of the least computer literate industrialized countries in the world. Infact I just read an article that computer literacy among the youth in Japan is actually on the rise!!!

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    Robert Dykes

    "Biting by smaller breeds such as Dachshunds and the like is more common"

    I worked at a vet clinic for nearly 5 years as an part time job when I was a student. I was bit (not badly) 3 times and every time they were the small toy sized dogs. I have never seen a large dog bite someone or even snap.

    "I don't think I've ever seen a Pit Bull in Japan."

    From my experience pit bull are naturally one of the sweetest dogs breeds there are. Same with rottweilers. Chows are easily the worst meanest dog breed that I ever came across.

    Posted in: Dog bite incidents in Japan number in the thousands every year

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    Robert Dykes

    "Kagoike also said Abe’s wife was not paid for a speech she gave at a kindergarten operated by Moritomo Gakuen last year. so she did this voluntarily then, and doesn't it show her affiliation with right wing nutters, implicating her and hubby more ? Keep the pressure up !"

    From what I understand she has been unfairly roped into this whole thing. She did not want and rejected the whole "honorary principal" title but when she came to give the speech they ignored her request and introduced her as the new honorary principal, she was on stage and put on the spot and had to roll with it.

    I think it just speaks more to the slimy nature of the people trying to start this school.

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    Robert Dykes

    "Also, the current crop of American cars are not suited for mass market in Japan... They are niche fashion statements (american muscle). Detroit-3's best hope is to just carve a niche."

    Absolutely not a problem at all. Just look at the Toyota Hilux. One of the best selling cars (trucks) in the world. One of the rarest cars in Japan. A big car company can design and churn out a car for a particular market in no time at all.

    Posted in: Japan says no barriers to auto imports after U.S. fires trade salvo

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    Robert Dykes

    Good lord. Next they are going to find out Minamata levels of contamination cover the entire country.

    Posted in: Tsukiji fish market may also sit atop contaminated soil

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    Robert Dykes

    "It's not only in Japan. In the US we had pull anything and everything that weren't sold by the sell-by-date. Many people won't eat anything past that date."

    Yes but there are places (not in Japan) that will donate the food to food shelters. IIRC France is making this a LAW. Where in Japan it's AGAINST the law to donate the food. It MUST be disposed of. Plenty of bread stores and the like in the USA make it a company policy to donate unsold bread to local shelters and food centers. In addition to a program in New York city for example,DNSY (recycle food program for NY city), there is a massive movement in New York city for volunteers to go around participating shops and restaurants and pick up left over food each night to donate to the needy/food banks (for the life of me I can't find the name of the program. It if is not "City Harvest" that I am thinking of its another program similar to City Harvest).

    I know this article is mainly talking about stuff found on store shelves. But come on, I would bet hard cash that the VAST majority of the "6.32 million tons of perfectly good food" is from the zillions of combinis and pan-ya peppered every 10m in Japan.

    Posted in: Do Japanese take use-by dates too seriously?

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    Robert Dykes

    "Yet another thing the police are horrible at enforcing." Its not that, society is horrible at INFORMING. Too many parents have no idea how to properly secure their baby seat, child, or young person in a car.

    Never in my life in the USA have I ever seen a child STANDING in a car in the USA. Don't get me wrong I would say the majority of people in Japan know how to properly secure their baby seats... But too many don't.

    Posted in: 2 killed in car crash in Shizuoka

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    Robert Dykes

    I think its fantastic what this town is trying to do... but not to rain on the parade, but I have read stories that people in this town (and those like it) have been caught driving long distances to secretly throw away their trash because the sorting is and recycling is such a pain it's easier to drive 50km to simply throw it away.

    "Would be great if Japan simply produced less trash to begin with." This! Just for example Japan is the 3rd largest consumer of paper in the world but per capita is easily the worst offender. Using 1/3 as much as China (with nearly 12 times the population) and 1/2 as much as the USA (with close to 3 times the the population).

    Eco has been the economic buzz word in Japan for over a decade but it's really hard to see any Eco action going on just Eco driven sales. I have simply seen people throw away perfectly good aircons, tires, and cars just to "upgrade" to the eco version.

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    Robert Dykes

    They also played a Metallica song when Megadeth won best metal song and went to collect their award.

    Posted in: Grammy producer apologizes for Metallica, Caesar glitches

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    Robert Dykes

    Sure didn't help the yen. Almost hit 114 today. Still beating myself for not sending cash back when it was 104 just before the election.

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    Robert Dykes

    It's called "long term care insurance".

    If you are so called wealthy, then you are just foolish/selfish to not have been paying into it. I guess most people just expect the gov and the rest of their family to foot the bill.

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