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    cleo

    The clocks need to go forward one hour all year round, and another hour in summer. There is no need for the sun to rise hours before most people are up and about, and a waste of electricity to need the lights on in the early summer evening.

    As forwe Beikokujins hate it is because we have it!, we UKians also have it and I see nothing about it to hate. More sunlight to enjoy, less energy wasted - what's not to like?

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

  • 7

    cleo

    There are lots of crows where I live. Big, glossy black, beautiful birds. They keep nature clean by disposing of carrion. Not their fault if people leave their nama gomi out as easy pickings.

    Poisoned bread to deliberately kill crows? A sick mind at work, and as agenciq points out, totally irresponsible.

    Posted in: 50 crows found dead in Tokyo park

  • 7

    cleo

    The term is used by Japanese and not the hafu themselves.

    The haafu themselves are Japanese.

    My kids have no problems with the expression, and never have. It's never been used in a derogatory way.

    It's just a word, who cares. A rose by any other name, and all that.

    Tell that to my friends who were born in the 1950's. Their fathers ran back to the states, and their mothers had to raise the children alone, and let me tell you the stories they shared about being bullied.

    The bigger problem there was illegitimacy in the aftermath of war, in an age when 'single mother' meant either 'naive fool' or 'whore'. The fact that the illegitimate children were visually different from their peers simply added to the problem by making it easier for them to be singled out.

    Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids

  • 4

    cleo

    The male worker who found the body probably hates his job now. I hope it doesn't give him nightmares.

    Poor baby. Poor man.

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  • 0

    cleo

    your better off buying your J-whisky BEFORE you head to the airport

    But the Yamazaki wasn't/isn't available anywhere!

    Personally I'm happy with single malt Scotch from Yamaya - cheap, and I get an extra discount when I pay with Waon.

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

  • 2

    cleo

    If the dog eats before the owner does, it will almost certainly be uncontrollable. Why? Because in a dog's world the leader eats first.

    Not true. In a dog's world the dog eats when the leader gives permission.

    In our house both dogs and the cat get fed before the homo sapiens. That way, we can enjoy our dinner without having to worry about the critters being hungry; we can eat at leisure and relax after the meal. The point is that the timing is my choice, not theirs.

    K9 sleep with the pack not away from the pack

    The critters sleep where they choose (within reason). That means the pup snuggled up with us, the older dog downstairs on his dogbed, the cat in her cat bed in an elevated position in the bedroom were she can keep an eye on us sleeping and the pup can't disturb her. Maybe half the time she ends up on the bed in the spare room, I think Mr cleo's snoring possibly drives her out in search of quiet.

    None of our critters are 'uncontrollable'. Far from it. They are a pleasure to be with and an asset to our life. Even the cat is clicker-trained. All three of them are rescues.

    Pit bulls and similar dogs are dangerous when their owners are dangerous

    Yes.

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

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    cleo

    Last year I couldn't find anything at the airport. It was all sold out..... Next time I go back, I'll pick up something from the supermarket

    I wanted to give my brother in the UK a bottle of the good stuff, and when my son was headed over to the UK in the New Year I asked him to get a bottle in duty free. He phoned to tell me there was no Japanese whisky apart from Nikka, and would that do.... I'd been thinking in terms of Yamazaki, but it isn't to be found anywhere. None of our local supermarkets (of course) have it, neither do the couple of booze senmontens in the big town down the road.

    Looks like it will be a while before my poor brother tastes Yamazaki again. In the meantime I'm happy with Scotch single malt.

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

  • 1

    cleo

    itsonlyrocknroll - I fully agree with you that parents do make all the difference. If two kids of comparable ability are in the same school, doing the same curriculum, the kid whose parents are interested, involved and able to help will do better than the kid left to his own devices at home. Still helps if neither kid has to worry about student loans, though.

    Posted in: Japan lays groundwork for free education policy to help economy

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    cleo

    Pisa tests: UK lags behind in global school rankings..... The is a upside Japan could make a better job of free schooling than the UK

    UK education today is (apparently) a far cry from what it was when zichi and I were schoolkids. PISA only started in 2000, long after the 11+ and grammar schools had been sacrificed to the comprehensive system. The system that helped zichi and me no longer exists.

    Posted in: Japan lays groundwork for free education policy to help economy

  • -1

    cleo

    @zichi

    Through the door there came familiar laughter, I saw your face and heard you call my name. Oh my friend we're older but no wiser, for in our hearts the dreams are still the same. ♫

    Posted in: Japan lays groundwork for free education policy to help economy

  • 5

    cleo

    Can someone explain this to me?

    During the election, when Hillary Clinton suggested that Trump was maybe not as rich as he claimed to be, and may not have paid any income tax, Trump replied 'That makes me smart'.

    Now we know that he did pay income tax, albeit at a rate not much different to a person with a much lower income, does that make Trump clearly less smart than he claimed to be?

    Posted in: Trump White House sees 'deep state' behind leaks, opposition

  • 1

    cleo

    Sounds like zichi and I had the same experience: education up to university level in the UK, with all tuition fees paid and help with living expenses. A very far cry from the student-loan hell young people in the UK face today - from policies put in place by people who themselves benefitted from a free education.

    I do not agree with the idea of help being only for low-income families. It's the child that gets the help, not its parents. Help should be in keeping with the child's needs and abilities, not the parents' income or lifestyle choices. tmarie would have children penalised for their parents' lifestyles. Is a child with a stay-at-home parent any less deserving of an education than the child of a single mother? Or the child of divorced parents? Or, as Dan Lewis mentions, parents who to all intents and purposes are married but remain single on paper? I don't think so.

    Posted in: Japan lays groundwork for free education policy to help economy

  • 5

    cleo

    If a convicted murderer and a person who were both drowning in a river, who would you save first?

    If you see two people drowning in a river, you don't hold interviews with them before deciding which one is worth jumping in after. You save the one you might have a chance of saving.

    If you really want to equate the 'drowning in a river' scenario with a murder case, what you have is not two people equally in danger of drowning and with an equal chance of being saved; what you have is one person already floating face-down in the middle of the river, and another person standing near the riverbank. Could be the person standing on the bank is the one who pushed the other person in the water, but unless you saw it with your own eyes you can never be sure. What would you do, push that person in the water just in case?

    It seems like a silly question

    Yes, incredibly silly.

    In opposing the death penalty, you are basically saying that one mass-murderer's rights are more important than those of all of his victims put together.

    More incredible silliness. Saying that it's wrong to kill is not saying that a mass-murderer's rights are more important than those of all his victims. It's simply saying that you do not have the right to take another life, and that the morals of society as a whole are more valid than the morals of a murderer.

    The details of how any particular country chooses to treat the people it incarcerates, while not totally unrelated, is a separate question.

    And that question is not, 'How can we wreak revenge on this evil person?'. The question is, 'Now that we have this evil person safely in custody, how should we treat him so as to ensure that (1) he is never again a danger to the pubic and (2) in our treatment of him we do not drag ourselves down to his morally bankrupt level.

    Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty?

  • 0

    cleo

    100 hours a month is 25 hours a week of extra work. In a 5-day week, that's an extra 5 hours a day. On top of the normal working day. 9 to 5, then plug on till 10. Every day. For a month.

    And that's a cap??

    Katsu78 is right, any manager asking or expecting workers to do this is not doing his own job.

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    cleo

    Barbaric.

    Posted in: What's your stance on the death penalty?

  • -1

    cleo

    Gonna try that, it sounds good.

    Posted in: Chickpea crepes boast flavor -- and nutrition

  • 1

    cleo

    My son came back from a trip to the UK raving about Banoffee Pie, a newcomer to the UK pudding scene (I'd never heard of it). I found out on the Internet how to make it. Absolutely decadent.

    'Tisn't just sweets, of course. British breads (cottage loaf, crumpets, muffins....) are the best. So are British cheeses - cheddar, double Gloucester, red Leicester, sage derby, stilton, Wensleydale, Lancashire, Caerphilly, in no particular order.

    Posted in: One woman's road to changing Japan’s image of British cuisine, one cake at a time.

  • 5

    cleo

    I'm very surprised that it was a golden retriever, they're usually put forward as the family dog.

    I'm also a bit suspicious of the claim that the dog suddenly approached her - there must have been other stuff going on in the room. Maybe a grandparent not noticing something was amiss until it was too late.

    We have a 7-month-old pup in the house at the moment, and it's to (hopefully) avoid stuff like this that I make a point of putting my hand in his bowl when he's eating, to get him used to the idea that having folk around his food is a Good Thing (it's not 'his' food, it's my food that I'm letting him have).

    Anyway this is a horrible, horrible thing to happen. Poor baby, poor dog. This is a family that will never be the same again.

    We're planning on having the grandkids over to stay in the spring holidays. I'm going to be extra, extra vigilant.

    Posted in: 10-month-old girl dies after being bitten on head by grandparents' dog

  • 3

    cleo

    Poor boar. Leave it alone.

    Posted in: Trapped

  • -1

    cleo

    No one can properly do two full-time jobs at once.

    And once the child is in kindy/elementary school, it's no longer the same full-time job, is it?

    You stated you thought JHS was "the" time a woman could go back to work.

    I don't think I ever put 'the' in inverted commas or emphasised it.... And you misunderstand me. Not the time a woman could go back to work (as in, she must stay at home until then), but the time she should not be penalised by society at large if she chooses to stay at home for her kids.

    Both of you are constantly putting down working mothers

    Again, you seem to be misunderstanding. Saying that it's good for women with small children to stay at home if they so choose is not the same as saying that women must stay at home if they have children, or that they are bad people if they go to work. 'Women should be able to choose to stay at home if they wish' is not the same as 'All women must stay at home.' As Strangerland points out, there are times when it is much better if the mother works. And society would be better if women were allowed to have a free choice, instead of being judged and looked down on, especially by people who think they are sticking up for women.

    If some moms want to stay home, great. If some want to work, great.

    Exactly.

    Posted in: Fewer workers, higher wages: Japan Inc feels pinch

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