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    borscht

    As soon as the Olympics are in sight (about June, July 2020) these houses will be torn down and the inhabitants shipped or forced out of sight; perhaps violently. Just as GaijinPlaya prays.

    About two weeks after the Olympics are over, the police will turn yet another blind eye to these people and they will drift back in. And everything will be back to 'normal'. Just as GaijinPlaya fears.

    Posted in: It's home for some

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    borscht

    Very apocalytptic in that the town can now boast a radiation monitoring post like other villages have 'unique' clocks, towers, and historic sites. They should put an air quality monitor and a thyroid cancer counter next to it. Very sad.

    Posted in: Welcome back

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    borscht

    Would I travel to Sado Island to see its 'unique' culture in a small dark room? Probably not, but I'd go to see the many colorful birds, the mines, the shore, the unique living arrangements the island people have. Good luck to her; I wish her well.

    Posted in: Mother gearing up to open sole cinema on Sado Island

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    borscht

    I hope the interior of the castle is as rebuilt as the keep so that it will really feel like going back in time. Or will they have elevators and constant announcements no one pays any attention to?

    I believe Kiyomizudera is popular because it hasn't been rebuilt using concrete, elevators, and the 'balcony' isn't enclosed in plastic so we tourists can enjoy the view regardless of the weather.

    Posted in: Nagoya Castle’s concrete keep to be demolished and replaced with traditional wooden structure

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    borscht

    Overtime is an interesting circle of events in Japan. First, workers feel they must stay because "it's the right thing to do." Then they work slower knowing they have literally all day to finish. Second, management knows the workers will "give their all" for the company and can require more working time. Going home on time is considered by both workers and management as disloyal to the company.

    But who profits by this overtime? Not management, not workers. Stockholders and owners. If the workers were the stockholders or owners, I'd say go for it. They are not. What money they have is drawing nearly zero interest in a bank.

    Workers will have to realize their family is more important than the company who employs them. Give your all to the company for eight to ten hours a day, then give your all to your family for another ten. Might want to sleep at some point, too.

    Posted in: Japanese firms still slow in reducing overtime: survey

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    borscht

    Athletes don't actually need to speak English (Soccer players might want to concentrate on Spanish). However, they all speak sport.

    Unlike Japanese teachers, athletes & artists can Show not Tell. They can "communicate" without being grammar-pronunciation-vocabulary perfect little students.

    Not to be too anti-Japanese however, they could get a little pamphlet with the usual questions (Can you use chopsticks? Can you eat sushi?) in a variety of languages.

    But I suspect the athletes will want "real communication" about the sport, not teacher-driven drivel.

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    Katsu,

    Spot on. I have seen excellent English speakers who, because they were hampered by the method required to teach in schools here, couldn't teach a fish to swim: teacher-centered lectures which bore students to death, especially those with no interest in the subject.

    Why school administrators don't allow teachers the creativity to teach in an effective way often crosses my mind until I realize I'm in Japan: all students must get the same education and any creativity results in uneven results, enthusiasm, and motivation.

    I also wonder about the cliché of Japanese English teachers not being able to speak English. I don't doubt that there are some who can't speak, but I have met many more who can. For example, how many could pass a lengthy interview / presentation? I suspect the percentage is quite high.

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

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    borscht

    It took four professors and several meetings to come up with a name I stumbled upon in my Japanese - English kanji book (Nelson) in my first year studying Japanese? Yes, I know, this is Japan; meetings & formalities exist.

    Posted in: Gov't considers using 'joko' as emperor's post-abdication title

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    borscht

    Okay, it's about 5:30 PM aand getting dark. At 5:30 AM the sun was up and chipper. From 5:30 to about 7:00 people slept. Now that they're awake, it's dark and everyone can go home to TV-land or work til 11:00 PM. Set the clock back an hour or two so people can get some sunlight in their leisure lives!

    Posted in: Are you in favor of daylight saving time?

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    goldorak,

    They can do direct harm. If children are subject to parents who believe nonsense, the children could die of perfectly preventable diseases. If adults take the alternative health (i.e. it doesn't work) route too long, effective modern medicine won't be able to help them.

    I listened to a brain surgeon discuss alternative health care and he said if it worked, it would be included in modern medicine. So far, no proof (scientific, not anecdotal).

    Posted in: What do you think of alternative health care methods such as homeopathy, indigenous medicine, acupuncture, mind-body medicine and so on?

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    borscht

    Why would the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) defend Japan?

    Earlier in the US we had drills such as this. Except we hid under our desks to avoid being incinerated by nuclear weaponry. How a flimsy wooden desk was going to save us from nuclear temperatures in the 1000s, we had no idea. Similarly, running will result in dying tired.

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    borscht

    That's one ugly car. Why not just paint flames on the side?

    Posted in: Vroom, vroom

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    borscht

    Who, besides Yoshiki, is in the band?

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    borscht

    Alarms should have both flashing lights and alarms. So this sentence

    meeting the needs of those who cannot hear fire alarms has been a challenge,

    is odd. Flashing lights. What's the challenge?

    Plus, in a fire or other disaster, I notice a lot of people stand around and look as if they wonder if the alarm is real or not. Only when the disaster is confirmed by another person do people start to move.

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    borscht

    I couldn't believe how much clutter my future ex-wife had when she was my girlfriend. Now, the clutter is "important stuff" that she hasn't moved or used in over a decade. An American friend read Kondo's book and found it racist, among other things. And I agree with others, never been in a Japanese family's house that wasn't floor-to-ceiling cluttered. Except one, of a very rich person who kept his clutter in another part of the house; the guest area was very "Japanesey"

    Posted in: Decluttering guru Kondo now has an app for tidying up

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    borscht

    Rule number three: blame someone else

    The consultant made a mistake.

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    borscht

    Bid low, get the contract, then double or triple the actual cost. That sounds like standard operating procedure for a certain segment of companies.

    How about the government (i.e. The People) say, no, your bid was 3.8 billion; we'll pay 3.8 billion (maybe a bonus of .1 billion if you finish sooner than expected). If it costs you 10 billion, you lose 6.2 billion but at least you'll have the Prestige of building an Olympic Venue! Great!

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    borscht

    Gateway drug.

    I haven't heard that since the 70s in the US. Anyone born in the late 50s and 60s probably smoked it. The heroin / meth problem in the US today is among Young people, not old druggies.

    In Japan I think socialization is the gateway drug. People who don't like alcohol are forced to consume way too much 'for business' or 'for club.' Some might even become lifelong alcoholics. But that's okay in Japan where you have to drink along with eveyone else.

    Posted in: Cannabis tends to cause adverse health effects in young people. There is also the risk that users may seek drugs with stronger effects such as stimulants.

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    borscht

    Three years for murder? Preventable murder. His job was driving. Not playing stupid games on his phone. He killed a kid. Three years? He killed a kid while playing a stupid game. Three years? Japan has got to take driving and the LIVES of CHILDREN much more seriously. He'll be out and driving again in three years. What stupid games will he be playing then?

    Posted in: Truck driver gets 3 years in prison for killing 9-year-old boy while playing Pokemon Go

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    FernGully,

    The SDF does stand for "Self-Defense Force," right?

    Words. The US military is under the control/supervised/coordinated by the Defense department. But even the US military doesn't engage in first strikes - that's what the CIA is for. Slip in, destroy the target, slip out. Secretly. As the Israeli Self-Defence Force (IDF) did with Iraqi nuclear reactors in 1981. (And probably several people since then.)

    However, the IDF cares not a hoot for world public opinion. Abe does. A lot. While being applauded for taking out Kim et al, he will also be known as the person who started the war (no more victimhood for Japan) and...HOW will China retaliate? Militarily? Economically? Either way, Japan loses.

    Posted in: As N Korean missile threat grows, Japanese lawmakers argue for first strike options

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