taj's past comments

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    taj

    He deserves this? How heartless are you? He clearly suffered severe mental illness and should not have been out among the public. Do you think he deserved the illness as well?

    Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 5 neighbors on Awaji Island

  • -1

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    @MsDelicious

    If you tire of them, just clear your cookies and browsing data and they go away. Changing your VPN address constantly helps too.

    Do you do that on your phone as well?

    Posted in: Private info leaked from smartphones being bought, sold online

  • 6

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    Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee,...

    I repeat: "access to classified information"

    Posted in: First daughter Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office

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    toshikoMAR. 19, 2017 - 09:16PM JST

    @badman: write source of your iiinfoo. Didn't they become Japanese so that Japan can collect tax from them?

    Toshiko, in case someone hasn't already addressed this question, no. Special foreign resident's were given the option to nationalize. Many younger ones do after their grandparent's die, and many grandparent'ts are dying off. Japan can and does collect taxes from all of us working foreign resident's just as it does working citizens.

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  • 3

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    Still no ambassador? Sheesh!

    Posted in: Tillerson in Japan

  • 3

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    waste of police time, court time, tax money.

    Posted in: Police across Canada raid marijuana stores

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    taj

    What a wonderful story. Sounds like a fantastic program all round.

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    so Asia gets 4 of the 32. I assume 1 slot goes to the host. 1 perhaps to the previous champions. How are the rest allotted? Why isn't that included in the article? It certainly seems to be key information. (More so than how China is spending money)

    mrph mrph grumble grumble. Now I have to google it myself.

    Posted in: Asia demands more World Cup places

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    "if you requested a certain time, and you weren't there, and did not make arrangements to have the time changed, I think customers should be charged for redelivery."

    Fair, if there was a specified time to begin with. In my case, they know I work during the week and am not home, so usually the guy just calls. If they were to start coming by when they know I'm not there, just to reach a re-delivery quota, I'd be unhappy.

    That said, I really get great service now from my Yamato guys. I hope they all get raises.

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    I wish the government would focus on imposing penalties for age discrimination in hiring. And gender. (But I guess there's no big lobby protecting the interests of the workers.)

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    CH3CHO, I can see a number of logistical issues: 1) how many mobile homes presently exist in Japan? 2) Where could an adequate number be stored for quick installation, when disaster strikes? 3) How could they be moved in* en masse* post-disaster? (Remember the state of the roads after the 2011 disaster?) 4) If they have a larger footprint that current temporary housing, where will they be located? (again, I'm thinking of 2011, where there was far more demand than there was flat land available.)

    That said, there may be times, places, and disasters where an Atco-type mobile would be feasible (I wasn't in Kumamoto and have no idea what it was like on the ground there). It seems to me that the kasetsu system works surprisingly well. Where DID they all come from. The speed with which they were assembled was truly astonishing - at least to all the disaster-relief workers I met, who have worked around the globe. The fact that people are still living in many, voluntarily after almost 6 years, in really inhospitable climate is remarkable (and also troubling at the same time).

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    taj

    This article certainly appears to have been edited down to the point where it's hard for us to make sense of it. What I can suggest that some people might be missing: some temporary housing was built on property that needed to be returned (like school grounds) and some on flat land not otherwise used.

    People did need to be moved out of the school grounds after a certain period, but some housing can just stay and people can move there or stay there. (I have one friend who runs an NPO who lives in the metal box type in a large cluster of pre-fab housing. It's fine for her as she's only been there a year, isn't living with kids and parents, and is not used to having a whole house.

    Some old people are happy in the temporary units as there are no stairs, there are neighbors nearby, the smaller place is easy to clean, and as long as there are enough of them in a cluster, there is bus service to shopping and hospitals, something they may not have had when living alone in old farm houses.

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    Wow! " ...encourage companies to allow employees to come to work at different times or to introduce teleworking... "

    As Moonraker said, so much common sense I need my smelling salts.

    As for shifting the clocks, I'd be totally in favour of a 2 hour shift, as long as it was left there. I hate the back and forth that so many places do.

    Posted in: Koike to launch comfortable commute movement this summer

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    So, it's 16:30 and only two people have left early: one who had long ago planned the afternoon off and left at 13:00 and the head of operations who is the one who proudly announced that our company would participate in "Premium Friday" (as long as everyone makes up the missing 3 hours somewhere else. That person was out at a client site, came back at 15: 20, to walk through the office and announce he was leaving for Premium Friday - didn't stop to take his coat off or check his desk.

    I am curious how things are going elsewhere. Are people out there spending? Or are people ignoring this as a distraction, intended to make the government look like they're taking action.

    Posted in: Abe meditates as Japan punches time clock early for 'Premium Friday'

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    "The handicapped access to many train stations in the greater Tokyo area is atrocious!"

    One of the legacies of hosting international games is improvements to things like public transportation and accessibility. New facilities are built with universal access in mind. Existing infrastructure is retrofitted where possible. Signage is reconsidered. (the 2002 World Cup really drove a lot of the English, Korean, and Chinese signage at train stations)

    Tokyo has lots of braille and more sidewalk markings for the visually impaired than I've seen in most cities, but it is still a really hard place to navigate for people with mobility issues (and people with babies. That said, in the decades that I have been here, things have improved greatly. The 2020 Olympics, with all it's costs, and annoying hoopla, will at least contribute to further improvements in this area.

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    my company has announced a three month trial of this Premium Friday. You still need to make up those three hours somewhere else during the month. And we can't close, as we have customers, and it's not forced, but everyone who can should try to leave at 3:00.

    I plan to work until 7. Avoid crowded trains. Leave early on Monday instead, as there's something I want to do Monday evening. Why force everyone to shift there's schedules to take the SAME TIME OFF?? We already have flex time - people should be free to work late on Wednesday to leave early for a class on Thursdays as suits them, if it fits their own schedule and family/life.

    I've proposed that instead we treat every Friday as truly premium. No meetings scheduled after 3:00 on Fridays (or the day before a national holiday), except in emergencies. That proposal has thus far been ignored. I shall continue to lobby for "meeting-free Fridays". (and then for Monday mornings,....)

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    "You can start by hiring full time english teachers at the hospitals to give DAILY english lessons to the staff, so that they know how to communicate with foreigners."

    Do you assume all visitors to Japan speak English? Or that all staff have time for daily lessons? And do you think it would be worth the investment in every hospital in the country?

    It would make more sense to designate certain hospitals in major centres who have Chinese, Korean, and English speaking staff, and then have a shared interpretation hotline set up that could be used by medical care providers nationwide.

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    taj

    To the people saying, that is your job, I would like to say that, yes, it is the job of the interpreter to translate and transmit the meaning and nuance of the speaker. It is challenging enough to do simultaneous interpreting between languages of similar structure,where you can be working nearly word for word just a few words behind, but between English and Japanese, you often have to wait to the end of the sentence to get the verb, the tense and whether something is negative or affirmative. You follow along much further behind and need to be remembering more while speaking.

    With a speaker who is not working from a script, and a speaker who changes directions and topics mid-sentence this is hella hard. And then add a dash of made up words (bigly) that you think you must be mis-hearing, and you've got hit yet another level.

    That one translated sentence that Thunderbird gave came from a prepared speech and was probably one of the most coherent and straightforward things President Trump has said. I can not imagine for what it would be like trying to do live simultaneous work on say, his recent unscripted press conference.

    Posted in: He is so overconfident and yet so logically unconvincing that my interpreter friends and I often joke that if we translated his words as they are, we would end up making ourselves sound stupid.

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    He had no power, he lived abroad and loved gambling, was not considered to follow Jong Un as a leader, in fact not even interested in it so not sure why he was on a hit list. It doesnt make sense

    I'd suggest looking at the history of the York, Lancaster, and Tudor dynasties. (or Game of Thrones, if that's more your thing). For a dynastic ruler who is feels support slipping, anyone else with a potential claim to the throne represents a threat. That person can become a rallying point for those who wish to the leader or overthrow the line of succession. eg: Jane Grey had no interest in the becoming queen of England after young Edward VI died, but protestants wanting to avoid the Catholic Mary from taking over and undoing Henry VIII's reforms, rallied and put her on the throne. Briefly.

    Posted in: Malaysia arrests 3rd suspect in N Korean's death

  • 1

    taj

    the SC nominee called Trump's remarks disheartening and discouraging. More accurate with each passing day.

    That is a big piece of what gives me hope that he's a reasonable and intelligent person.

    Posted in: Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

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