cleo's past comments

  • 0

    cleo

    Torture burger.

    It dismays me how so many Japanese are totally unaware/unconcerned about how foie gras is produced. You tell them, and the typical reaction is 'No, the farmers wouldn't do that'.

    Posted in: Foie gras hamburgers being added to menu at Freshness Burger

  • 7

    cleo

    Traditionally this has been covered by taishokukin, a golden handshake when the worker finishes at 60.

    Traditionally the pension kicked in at 60. It's gradually been put back to 65 in recent years, with no provision for the 'gap'. And not everyone gets the golden handshake.

    there is also nothing stopping the worker from getting the office job he wants at a different employer

    Ha ha ha ha That was meant to be funny, yes?

    Posted in: Toyota ordered to pay damages to ex-worker over terms of rehiring

  • 3

    cleo

    Dinner rolls, croissants, hot cross buns, chelsea buns, barm cakes and tea cakes are yummy breads that use butter. Not to mention a Christmas Stollen, that uses mountains of the stuff. But ordinary everyday bread for yer dinner, that don't need no butter in it, just on it when it's baked.

    Posted in: Gov't to import 4,000 tons of butter to ease shortage

  • 11

    cleo

    This happens a lot. Once a worker hits 60, he's 'officially' retired, but the law says the company has to continue to employ him till 65 unless there's some overriding reason. So they put him on a contract instead of being seishain, cut his salary drastically and give him some really sh1tty job that he isn't really qualified or trained for, or change his working conditions, so that the worker decides to call it quits and the company doesn't have to fire him or pay severance/compensation.

    I've heard of 60-odd year olds being assigned from engineering to customer complaints (dealing with other folks' mistakes all day, ending up with stress-related illness): being transferred (sans family) to some hole in the back of beyond: and, like this man, being put on janitor duties. All because the company doesn't want to follow the spirit of the law, or give due respect to the experience and expertise of someone who has worked hard for them, usually for decades.

    Shame on Toyota. And the rest of them.

    Posted in: Toyota ordered to pay damages to ex-worker over terms of rehiring

  • 8

    cleo

    I think the real reason for the "problem" is Ishin no Kai's distrust of anyone from a mixed or non-Japanese background.

    It isn't even that. It's simply a chance to get a dig in at Renho who is on the opposite political spectrum to them. If it turned out that one of their own leaders had dual nationality, they would see no problem with it.

    Ishin no Kai should simply state that they are a bunch of racists

    I think that's a given.

    I wonder how many of those who think dual nationality is a good thing realize that in the case of some X-Japan pairs, it can make you liable for military service and/or taxes.

    And that is a point for the individual concerned to consider. It's no one else's business.

    Boris Johnson ......

    ... does what best suits Boris Johnson. And I'm sure that includes, for him, thoughts of where he's liable to pay tax. And as you note, UK law does not require him to do so.

    Posted in: Opposition party seeks to ban lawmakers with dual nationality

  • 10

    cleo

    why do you think Senator Ted Cruz and Michele Bachman withdrew their Canadian and Swiss citizenship?

    I'm guessing, but maybe because they are/were looking to attract/not repel the votes of the same kind of nationalistic, self-centred lowlife that is seeking to revise Japanese law to their own ends?

    I'm afraid putting Ted Cruz forward as an example of 'how to do things right' does nothing to bolster your argument.

    Posted in: Opposition party seeks to ban lawmakers with dual nationality

  • 0

    cleo

    It seems that a lot of commenters with male-sounding usernames and avatars are of the uniform opinion that this is not sexist at all. Any females out there care to chime in?

    I'm female. I don't think it's particularly sexist (no more than all the other commercials we see of pretty young girls inviting the consumer to buy whatever it is they're selling). As I said before, it's sad and ghoulish. And probably the opposite of what Shibushi intended.

    Still, if it reminds people of where their food comes from and edges a few more folk towards vegetarianism, I'm all in favour.

    If the girl were replaced with a boy, what then? Any change in reaction?

    Would turning a boy into kabayaki be any less ghoulish than grilling the girl? I don't think so.

    Posted in: Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims

  • 8

    cleo

    All the other real problems facing Japan, and they want to waste valuable Diet time with this?

    They're going in the wrong direction. They need to grow up and realise that in today's (and tomorrow's) world, more and more people are going to be of dual or multiple nationality. If they think that having links (via birth or otherwise) to another country or countries can be scrubbed out with a piece of official paper, then they're surely the ones not fit to be in office; they have no grip on the real world.

    It is an insult to suggest that a person with dual nationality cannot serve honourably in the national assembly of either of their countries, just like it is nonsense to suggest that the child of (eg) divorced parents can and must love only one parent.

    If anything, it is the individual with a wider, more balanced view of the world who is better placed to hold a position of authority; certainly much better placed than a bunch of middle-aged geezers with tunnel vision.

    Leaving aside the question of whether dual nationality as such should be a disqualification for public office (the answer is that it shouldn't) it is obvious that the present proposed change to the law is nothing more than a transparent attack on Renho the individual. Changing laws on the run is never a good idea.

    Posted in: Opposition party seeks to ban lawmakers with dual nationality

  • 3

    cleo

    Kind of weird but interesting at the same time and it makes you want to watch it till the end to see what happens.

    And what happens? She ends up as kabayaki. I agree with KnowBetter, it's not sexist, it's an advert for vegetarianism. The idea of lavishing loving care and attention on something, emphasising how cute it is, and then slaughtering it for the table is a bit ..... ghoulish? Very sad, and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

    Not quite what the people who made the video were aiming for, I imagine.

    Posted in: Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims

  • 4

    cleo

    I wouldn't be tempted by any of the combinations mentioned, with the exception of Nos 5 and 9.

    Summer veggies are great for reducing the body temperature on a hot summer's day. Though of course 'too many' of anything is bad, by definition. How many is 'too many'? Summer veggies are the staple of my diet in summer.

    Carrots and daikon are the main ingredients in namasu, a side dish in which the shredded veggies are dressed in sweetened vinegar. It's popular in New Year's food, on account of the festive red and white colouring (yes I know carrots are orange not red...)

    Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress

  • 0

    cleo

    I did not suggest that there are 'no wild dogs in Japan' (though if there are any, I imagine they are few and far between; searching in both English and Japanese, I cannot find any reliable reference to the wild dog population of Japan, or of Shikoku. Several references to strays in Shikoku, though). What I did do is point out that people do not dump wild dogs, as you claimed. They dump unwanted pets. Those animals are neither wild nor feral. As the article you linked to points out, Dogs found in the wild are more likely to be strays.

    A dumped pet is not a wild animal, though if it survives and successfully breeds, its offspring may well be feral (not wild, please reread your article and sort out the difference in meaning between wild, feral and stray). Again as your article mentions, cats are pretty skilled at going feral, dogs not so much so.

    People also do not find wild dogs and take them in to Ark or the other rescue organisations. What they find are dumped or stray animals.

    What makes you think the dog your friend is looking after is not 'a domestic animal'? If it is not a domestic dog (canis familiaris), what on earth is she doing with a wild animal in her home?? Or are you confusing domestic with socialised/tame?

    Article Unavailable

  • -1

    cleo

    Shikoku is well known for wild dogs and folks dumping them.

    People don't dump wild dogs. People (with no heart) dump pets, who then become strays. If those strays breed, their offspring may grow up feral. Stray dogs are not wild dogs.

    Ark, Heart and the other rescue groups, bless them all, deal mainly with unwanted pets and strays, and working to ensure that fewer pets become/remain unwanted, through adoption/rehoming, spay/neuter programmes and education.
    I can find no mention on either the Ark or Heart websites of any attempt to deal with wild dogs.

    Article Unavailable

  • 1

    cleo

    I know where you live.

    That sounds scary.....

    I've been here a long time, lived in several different parts of the country. In the past 40 years, very very few stray dogs wandering around, anywhere. A few abandoned puppies (I picked up all the ones I found), but very few actual real strays.

    I am not sure what your comment means.

    I mean AKC registration is not something uppermost in the minds of most Japanese pet owners. If they are serious about showing their dogs in Japan, JKC registration would have more meaning. Serious breeders (sadly overwhelmingly outnumbered by the nasty backstreet puppy mills) might import quality dogs from overseas, including AKC and UK KC - registered animals, but it's a fair bet the vast majority of dogs you see walking the streets or tucked into those silly little bags/perambulators, and roughly 100% of the puppies in the petshops, have no connection to any kind of Kennel Club.

    Article Unavailable

  • 6

    cleo

    Both my kids went to the local public elementary school. Apart from one teacher who was a nightmare and soon replaced after protests from parents, our experiences there were positive. The kids enjoyed themselves, made friends, gained confidence.

    My daughter went to the local public junior high (her choice). I found it horrendous; there was enormous emphasis placed on compulsory 'club activities' to the detriment of study, and pupils were expected to attend juku if they had any academic leanings. The English teachers were unable to hold a simple conversation in English. From there she moved on to a supposedly good public senior high, where the social life was active (lots of school festivals & stuff), slightly more emphasis on academics but again the English teachers were clearly intimidated by an English speaker and were unable to recognise until it was pointed out to them that one of the textbooks they were using was gobbledegook.

    My son opted to go to a private 6-year secondary school. It was great; the kids were treated as individuals, and while there were lots of 'club activities' (some kids getting as far as the Olympics) they were not compulsory and kids were encouraged to have interests outside school. The academic side was well covered, with streaming of core subjects to match ability. It would have been very expensive if son hadn't qualified for a school scholarship.

    Overall, I think it very much depends on the individual school and/or the local BoE. Do your homework before you put your kid in school, and if like us you have no intention of sending him/her to juku, be prepared to oversee and be a bit hands-on at home.

    Both kids, despite their different school experiences, turned out great.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of school education in Japan? If you have a child at school, are you happy with that school?

  • 5

    cleo

    For every AKC collie, there are 20 mangy sick mutts roaming the countryside

    AKC? In Japan? Not many of those, I would imagine.

    As for 'mangy sick mutts roaming the countryside', I don't know where you live but in my part of the countryside I can't remember the last time I saw any dog, mangy, sick , mutt or otherwise, roaming around. The very occasional lost animal soon gets gathered in and either adopted by its finder, returned to its owner, or, sadly, handed over the the local authorities.

    Article Unavailable

  • 4

    cleo

    it is a waste of time and money in Japan as vets in Japan do not check pets to see if they have been chipped. In Britain I believe by law vets must check animals to see if they have been chipped.

    I got my animals chipped when the law in Japan changed. It is now compulsory for the police/local authorities to scan all strays brought in or that they pick up. I don't know that it's compulsory for a vet to do a scan of every animal he sees, but I'm pretty sure my local vet would scan any found/rescued animal brought to him.

    Article Unavailable

  • 5

    cleo

    she should use Her experience to change this ridiculous rule about Japanese people only being allowed one nationality. It's completely outdated and frankly ridiculous.

    I agree.

    Article Unavailable

  • 3

    cleo

    As a father of three I do not think I have an absolute obligation to support my children

    Mmm, yes you do. They're absolutely your and her joint responsibility. Your problem is with their mother, not with the kids.

    if the wife refuses to move to my home country where it is easier for me to work I feel no particular obligation to indulge her lifestyle in her home country. This is the issue you all seem to be missing

    Seems more an issue you were missing when you were contemplating marriage in the first place. Where are we going to live, how are we going to support ourselves - pretty important stuff. It isn't the kids' fault you two (yes, both of you) didn't sort things out before you started making babies.

    Article Unavailable

  • 0

    cleo

    Still 0%.

    Article Unavailable

  • 0

    cleo

    There's just not enough hours in the day to (be) outraged

    This.

    Is it Ok to call someone a half-Japanese?

    Yes of course, if they are.

    what is wrong with "half"?

    Nothing at all. Except that it isn’t 'half' (English), it's ハーフ (Japanese).

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

Work
in
Japan

Search the Largest English Job Board in Japan.

Find a Job Now!

View all

Time
to Buy
in Japan

Find the perfect home today!

Search