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  • 4

    as_the_crow_flies

    Agree with GW, 'attractive' doesn't naturally spring to mind when I think of Japanese cities. Though I live in Yokohama and think it does better than many. If any are attractive, it's usually down to the location, and despite what the city has managed to do to ravage the landscape. There are attractive pockets all over the place, but overall, none really float my boat much.

    Posted in: Which do you think is Japan's most attractive city?

  • 1

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    I'd be interested to see some comparative readings from the government and this group. That would be very informative. If they are similar great, and if they are different, good, too, because at least there is a scientific basis for action.

    the “invisible enemy” of radiation has continued to worry the mothers. All we knew was that it is frightening,” said Suzuki. This is an important process and is especially reassuring to the parents of young children. This idea that it’s safe and that we shouldn’t be anxious doesn’t really add up. “My parents think I’m a bit paranoid."

    The language of articles like this always frame the issue as if the problem is worry, rather than radiation levels. It's a way of framing the discussion to insinuate that anyone who states there is a health risk is emoting. Really annoying. So all power to the mothers and those who supported them to get this lab up and running to reframe the debate in terms of getting reliable scientific data about radiation levels. Knowledge is power. And much more analysis should be going on about why there is so much scepticism of the reliability of government data. For example, as stated above, by comparing.

    Oh, and hello Zichi, if you're out there! Good to see a post from you. You've been missed!

    Posted in: Fukushima mothers measure radiation levels in food, water and soil

  • 7

    as_the_crow_flies

    doubts about gov't links remain

    Um, no. I don't think anyone still has any doubts about the links.

    And I hope they buy the land back at the knockdown price. I'd hope, like others do, instead of the lose-lose option of forcing the school to demolish the building first, that they keep it and use it for the public good. It looks like an uncommonly well-designed building, for Japan. However dirty this whole business, it looks like a lot of money has gone into designing and building it, and the public interest would be better served by forcing them to sell back the land with building, but at the original buying price. Also more eco-friendly.

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  • 2

    as_the_crow_flies

    "We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard"

    Issuing decrees on day 1, eh? Is that the royal "We" or the dictatorial "we", Don? America First is it? So you're saying you'll be disinvesting in every offshore venture you're in, as of today, right? American jobs for American, right? And this People's Movement, that's the billionaire people's movement, I take it?

    Posted in: Trump still sees himself as leading an insurgency

  • 1

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    What is "Japanese Body" ??

    For that matter, and what is "European body"?

    Kuchi gomi indeed.

    Posted in: Health diets from overseas flooding Japan, but are they right for Japanese bodies?

  • 10

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    This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!” Kim Jong Yun's spokesman said, his loud and abrasive tone catching nearly everyone in the room off guard.

    “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong".

    ...And expect shortly to have your doors kicked down at 4am as you are rendered to a re-education camp for reprogramming.

    Posted in: Trump, spokesman slam U.S. media over inauguration crowd coverage

  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    This is only an option in your own place, but it makes a huge difference. We had windows with thermal glass installed on the inside of our old, leaky, heat trap aluminium windows. Then we had reflective film installed on those aluminium windows. We could as a further step shade the windows with sudare or vinyl screens. Inside the house is a comfortable temperature so far with just a fan to ensure air circulation. I haven't checked actual temperatures, but it's probably about 27 on a hot day. The windows didn't come cheap, but they have transformed a west facing heat trap into something very livable.

    Posted in: Seeking power conservation measures while battling summer heat

  • 0

    as_the_crow_flies

    This sounds like a valuable and much needed service, particularly for all the people who suffer workplace accidents while working in nursing care or other places where the chances of injury are high.

    Dealing with a workplace issue at the moment, I really know how useful it would be to have someone help me draft everything in Japanese.

    It should make clear though if this is basically an advert for a private service, or if this a low cost or free service. One of the biggest issues facing foreign workers who have this type of problem is whether the organisation is legit and really working in their interests.

    Although it does sound above board, a proper article (rather than an ad) should be independent and make this absolutely clear.

    Posted in: English counseling for disability pensions and worker’s accident compensation available

  • 2

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    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that he was unaware of the newspaper report.

    He hasn't read the newspaper report, therefore the accusations of bribery are clearly totally unfounded. Obviously.

    “I am confident that our bid was conducted in a clean manner,” Suga said, adding that should Tokyo be approached by French authorities on the matter, it would cooperate.

    If deflection was an Olympic sport, Suga would be a dead cert for a gold.

    Posted in: Suga confident Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid was clean

  • 0

    as_the_crow_flies

    Conventional thinking is to design houses so that windows are shaded from direct sunlight most of the year to prevent overheating.

    I'm actually still shocked by the number of windows you see on Japanese buildings without any shading provided. No wonder so many buildings are like greenhouses in summer. I'd also like to know if this technology is on the market yet for people to retrofit home windows with.

    Posted in: Power-generating glass windows installed at facility in Yokohama

  • 0

    as_the_crow_flies

    .....and our results show?? What?

    Erm ... a scientific, evidenced based response. If they show consistently low levels, that's good news, as it means that the threat to human health is limited.

    And if they turn up some high readings, there will be scientific evidence that will enable the community to take the appropriate action to protect human health, whether that is making a specific area out of bounds, calling on the local government to decontaminate this specific area, or carry out health checks on those who have been in that area, for example.

    A wilful refusal to carry out consistent scientific testing and to make the results gathered easily accessible is criminal negligence. On the other hand, funding an advertising agency to get a bunch of talento to put on fluffy rabbit suits and dance in front of a camera with fruit and vegetables from the area and say "Delicious! Eat!", on the other hand, is not scientific.

    Posted in: We cannot feel safe without data on soil contamination because children play with earth, wipe their mouths with their dirty hands and inhale dirt blown up by wind, exposing themselves to possible internal radiation exposure. If local officials could not bother to measure soil contamination, we decided to do so on our own.

  • 2

    as_the_crow_flies

    anti-corruption summit hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the matter.

    Change that "have" to "has" and you have the nub of this. Most of those at this meeting should be under the spotlight themselves. They have plenty of "direct knowledge".

    Posted in: Japan to announce action plan to curb tax evasion at G-7 summit

  • 4

    as_the_crow_flies

    "she’s going to be so bad on jobs that wages are going to go down for workers,”

    "I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal. And if the economy was good it was good, so therefore, you can’t lose."

    Just when you think the level of debate and the proud stupidity can't go any further, he outdoes himself. Truly disturbing. How much lower can it go by the time the election comes?

    Posted in: Obama tells Trump: 'This is not a reality show'

  • -1

    as_the_crow_flies

    Fluke is exactly the word to describe the near miss at Onagawa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu81n4QuxB0

    Posted in: Regulator declares nuclear reactors safe after quake

  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    If Fujimori is elected, stand by for an amnesty for criminals to spring daddy. She wouldn't have the nerve to spring him alone, so she'll spring lots of others. Here's hoping daddy stays where he deserves, and Peru gets a fit leader with real policies, and clean hands.

    Posted in: Keiko Fujimori likely to win 1st round of Peru election

  • 1

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    The government, meanwhile, *hopes *to *eventually *ease rules for the so-called “homestay” type of minpaku accommodation, in which guests stay together with the home owner.

    And is anything stopping them from doing it right now? Why do they "hope " to?

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  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    The fact is, a mother cannot take leave without her work falling on someone else. On who? On non-mothers, of course.

    The. Fact. Is. Not. When there's a shortage of staff, for whatever reason - illness, increased orders, maternity leave, just hire temp staff already. Like they do on Planet Earth.

    Posted in: Friction between working moms, working non-moms can get complicated

  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    Hey Becky, read this! Still I Rise

    You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries?

    Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard.

    You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? ...

    I rise I rise I rise. Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

    Posted in: Becky remains secluded at home following enforced leave from show biz

  • 1

    as_the_crow_flies

    How is this "beyond understanding"?

    Perhaps it means "considering the amount we shelled out, we expected them all to keep their mouths shut. Wasn't that the deal?"

    Well, these are turning out to some interesting Fun and Games! This one looks like turning into the juiciest scandal yet. I wonder if Japan will be able to keep up this rate of scandals and cockups to keep us all entertained for the next four years. The organisers, if they can be called that, are certainly setting the bar high. I feel so sorry for all the people here who had such high hopes for these games, who are going to keep on seeing Japan's name dragged through the mud.

    Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee puzzled by reference to IAAF payment

  • 3

    as_the_crow_flies

    How odd that any of the Japanese political elite or anyone in the Japanese construction industry would openly behave like yakuza ... who'da thunk it?

    It may be business as usual domestically, but even the most compromised bureaucrat or politician must know that playing out this kind of act on the international stage, specially after the spotlight is on other international sports corruption scandals like the one currently engulfing FIFA, must know that their knickers are very publically showing. Do they really think they can get away with ignoring serious warnings, tearing up a contract, trying to gag someone, and extortion, without it all coming back to hit them in the face?

    Posted in: Hadid says Japan trying to take her Olympic stadium design copyrights

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