borscht's past comments

  • -2

    borscht

    You don't apologize and then say, enough apologizing. You apologize and then stop talking. If your apology is sincere.

    Posted in: Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama later this month

  • 0

    borscht

    through a narrow isle

    Love the proofreading; Why is the hallway on an island, shouldn't it be with the rest of the NPP? I suppose that's what happens when you outsource workers to the yakuza and other el cheapo firms.

    Posted in: Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

  • 0

    borscht

    Star- Viking,

    Thanks for your comment. I'm probably reading his comments incorrectly.

    However, I think they became worse because they were suddenly and unexpectedly moved and moved in a haphazrd fashion. If the evacuation was orderly and planned. Would the result be the same?

    Posted in: Power failures and other problems do not necessarily result in disaster, and some people become unwell or suffer from worsened medical symptoms during evacuation.

  • 5

    borscht

    Oh, good; an example of "we know you'd rather be sickened by radiation than be inconvenienced by a car or ambulance ride to safety." Primarily because radiation might take days, weeks, or months to kill you so we can avoid any responsibility. Or am I reading his intent wrongly?

    Posted in: Power failures and other problems do not necessarily result in disaster, and some people become unwell or suffer from worsened medical symptoms during evacuation.

  • 1

    borscht

    Space for solar panels lacking? I was in Tokyo two months ago and Osaka last month. Both seem to have quite a few roofs and those roofs are on top of where most of the energy is needed.

    I also saw a convenience store with solar panels on its roof and learned from the manager that they buy almost zero electricity from the utility (TEPCO); they put the panels on shortly after Fukushima.

    I believe the 60% who approve of Abe and his cabinet must be very happy to know the nuclear power plants are coming back online soon. Screw the environment should another disaster occur, eh?

    Posted in: Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

  • 1

    borscht

    How do you get 25 fire trucks in a neighborhood to fight a fire in only 3 houses? We can't even get 25 cars in our neighborhood without some serious issues.

    Posted in: 3 perish in Sapporo house fire

  • 6

    borscht

    Two points. First, the cost can be reduced a lot by not allowing the construction companies to gouge and cooperate with each other on hiking the price the same amount. Force the construction companies to charge exactly what they charge when the Olympics or Fukushima are not involved.

    Second. It's obviously time to stop forcing cities to create a whole new Olympic village with arenas, stadiums, and other facilities that will never be used again. Pick a city on each continent, hold the Olympics in each one successively. Or, better yet, hold different sports in different cities (Running in Paris, swimming in London, gymnastics in Barcelona) on the same continent. I doubt many spectators try to see each of every sport; they probably concentrate on one.

    3,000,000,000,000 yen for one Olympics for two weeks

    7,000,000 for one middle-aged public school teacher for one year. About 42,000 teachers for one year. Or 4,200 teachers for ten years. Which will benefit the country more?

    Posted in: IOC: Y2 tril budget for 2020 Games too high; volleyball venue still undecided

  • 3

    borscht

    I'm glad the saké maker no longer spits out their rice; I can just imagine a Ghibli scene with a few dozen obaasans talking, chewing, spitting while the heroine argues with her flying cat or something.

    Posted in: City that inspired settings in hit anime 'yourname.' sees unbelievable boost in tourism

  • 0

    borscht

    Excellent article about an extraordinary man; a man on a quest. I would like to try his wine and I'm sure JapanToday can list where it is sold.

    However,

    But his road to Damascus

    is understandable by not so many people. Either AFP or JapanToday should've looked for an alternative, if JT actually reads the articles they paste.

    Posted in: 'Extreme' Japanese winemaker is a natural

  • 1

    borscht

    In Japan do they have a phrase similar to "beyond a shadow of a doubt" in their laws? Because circumstantial evidence leaves a lot of shadows.

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  • 1

    borscht

    A quick look at McDonald's nutrition online shows most burgers at McDs are 50% fat. That's way too high; fat should be in the 10-25% range. Also two Big Macs will get you 50% of recommended (US) amount of sodium (salt); again way too high. A regular hamburger gives you 520 mg of salt when the daily max. is 1500 mg.

    Fat for a Burger King hamburger is 15%

    http://fastfoodnutrition.org/mcdonalds/burgers-sandwiches/hamburger

    https://sodiumbreakup.heart.org/how_much_sodium_should_i_eat?utm_source=SRI&utm_medium=HeartOrg&utm_term=Website&utm_content=SodiumAndSalt&utm_campaign=SodiumBreakup

    Posted in: How healthy is food at fast-food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Mos Burger, Lotteria, First Kitchen and so on? Do you think there is anything nutritious on their menus?

  • 3

    borscht

    Hazard prevention, eh?

    To prevent hazards in a serious way, shouldn't high school boys be prohibited from being on the field? I mean, more high school boys have been injured on the field than girls. Just looking at the statistics, of course.

    Posted in: High school baseball federation proposes letting girls participate in practice sessions at Koshien

  • 0

    borscht

    I hope they get more than a five-year suspended sentence but I'm not going to hold my breath that a Japanese judge will go against precedence.

    Posted in: Osaka couple held for leaving body of 1-year-old son in car

  • 8

    borscht

    Abe gets into the nuclear market just as it dries up. Good timing, eh?

    Posted in: Japan's nuclear export ambitions hit wall as Vietnam set to rip up reactor order

  • 11

    borscht

    The average nurses salary in the US is about $65,000 which translates to about ¥6,500,000. In Japan it's about ¥3,500,000.

    Japanese nurses fall far short of the language requirement when attempting to find work in the US. Philippine nurses don't so they tend to migrate (or did before immigration became a bad word) to the US. Check out the language failures for Philippine nurses in Japan. What is it 90% fail?

    I don't make anything close to 100,000,000 yen a year yet I own a house free and clear. Not a small hovel either.

    On the other hand, I can see how making a larger salary in a cheaper country is preferable to making a smaller salary in a more expensive country.

    Article Unavailable

  • 7

    borscht

    Someone calls you Evil for a two years because of your religion or for being an immigrant and that you should be registered like a dog and deported (despite being a US citizen) and when you say, “Hey, that's not right." Suddenly You are Rude. True Turn-the-other-cheek Christian dogma only when the shoe is on the other foot.

    This so-called average American who wanted women who had abortions Killed needs to man-up and take his lumps just like he dished out to President Obama for Eight Years. Talk about a rude motherfracker who propagated hate to scam a minority to vote for him.

    Posted in: Debate over 'Hamilton' speech exposes post-election cracks

  • 2

    borscht

    Aly,

    Niigata bullet trains slow down considerably once they hit the populated areas of Saitama in order to reduce the noise level. They aren't going even close to top speed in that area.

    I feel sorry for him, too. I hope they discover what pushed him to suicide and warn others, be it over work, bullying, or a feeling of despair or depression. As AgentX said, no more sweeping the causes under the rug.

    Posted in: Man fatally hit by shinkansen train in Saitama in apparent suicide

  • 8

    borscht

    why schools make children experience an inconvenience that most Japanese adults… don’t have to put up with anymore.

    Like be driven to school instead of walking? Like sitting in a cold room with one heater near the teacher? Like being forced to wear a uniform?

    Benefits of the squat toilet include the bare hindquarters not touching anything; the daily (hopefully) exercise of bending your knees, hips, etc; the pressure on the lower body as you bend might (might, I say) encourage fecal evacuation.

    Cons include how disgustingly dirty some of them can be. Nothing like finding fecal matter on the edge or urine near the flush handle; anyone with legs - knees, hips, back - problems or carrying a baby can't use them.

    If, however, in an earthquake emergency Japanese people are refusing or reluctant to use one, I guess their days are limited.

    Personally, if I had to use a toilet and the squat one was free while the western one had a long line, I'd head for the squat one. I think the people in Kumamoto were avoiding the squat one not out of some preference but I suspect the squat one was filthy.

    Posted in: Squat toilets’ popularity fading as parents call for them to be abolished in Japanese schools

  • 3

    borscht

    First thought was, I'm glad the kid has a loving family. Second, does everyone at home speak English or Japanese or a combination of the two? And, I understand trying to calm a crying four-year old down, but in the first instance they bought him something sweet to eat and I wonder if he associates crying with getting sweet stuff.

    This was a good series; lots of personal information for others looking to adopt and seeing the time it takes for an orphanage kid to adapt was amazing.

    Posted in: One Canadian woman’s journey to adopting in Japan - Part III: The adjustment

  • 9

    borscht

    Two to murder? Like all the children whose parents toss them off bridges are cooperating in their own death? The boss may have provoked anger in the plumber but hardly willingly submitted to being beaten to death.

    Posted in: Man beats boss to death at guest house facility in Tokyo

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