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    timtak

    The media, sometimes termed the fourth estate and argued to be more important than the other three, has the function of informing everyone of what is going on and by so doing preventing really bad things from happening. I think that really really bad things may be happening in Syria, but we do not know. There is a dearth of independent news reporting coming out of the country.

    Yes he put himself in a lot of risk, but if it were not for war correspondents like him, how much more war would there be, would there have been?

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    If you really must go, please DON'T take others with you!

    This is the wrong way around. If you murder someone then you may have the decency to punish yourself, if you are Japanese .

    Posted in: Husband, wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide

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    There is research showing that Japanese think that Japanese looks are unattractive (Kowner, 2004 http://goo.gl/gMignP). I would say that majority of fashion models are or look haaf, very much in contrast to ideals of the Edo period (http://goo.gl/Do0O94) when the Japanese still thought that Europeans looked grotesque (http://goo.gl/pkPzML).

    Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan

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    I am in favour of whaling over other sources of animal protein where often the animals whole life (not just death) is miserable, but I think the director should put her film on YouTube.

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    @Bill Murphy

    The people in this country are not the most situationally aware so

    There is a lot of research which demonstrates the reverse, that Japanese are more aware of the surrounding situation than Westerners who tend to be more narrow-focused. This research is summarised in PowerPoint slides here http://goo.gl/A3qhax.

    Posted in: Cyclist falls onto tracks, then is hit and killed after bike flung into him by train

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    I could not get the link above to work but I think that this one does. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/us-theatrical-release-for-behind-the-cove-japan--2#/

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    It seems that some of the "foreign tourists", standing at the front, were foreign in these videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5WWJbeOFdI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COnI-tEU79Y. However, while "Please form a line and wait" (second video30 seconds in) is a passable translation of "整列してお待ちください,"how many real foreign tourists (or indeed Japanese) would do that just after a real strong earthquake? I think that a large group of foreign tourists in a disaster would not behave like the people in the videos, but form their own dynamic, shouting out advice to each other, forming their own fast moving groups, and largely ignore Japanese people with auto-translating megaphones.

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    Where can we find these roundabouts (plural)? <goo.gl/Z6h6lq There are about 150 roundabouts on public roads. A rarity but they exist. Here is a street view of one in Fukuoka. http://goo.gl/QysQgG The ronddabout is sufficiently rare for a restaurants on one of the corners to call itself "Rotary Kitchen" (rotary/ro-tari- is Japanese for roundabout)

    running across without looking (or pretending not to see me) Two laws characteristic of Japan are right of way to the weaker, meaning that pedestrians cyclists cards have the right of way, and senpouchuui attend forward which means that all road users are responsible for that which they can see (even in curve mirrors) in front of them, to a large extent irrespective of whether others brake or rush out. This means that people who run out at a forward diagonal to on coming traffic "pretending (?) not to see" have right of way (but as you say sometimes they pretend, which is misusing the law).

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    Japan, the magical land where 24 / (517+89) isn't 3.9% but 14.7%.

    89 (fewer deaths) / 517 + 89 = 606 (deaths last year) = 14.7%

    Japan the magical land where changes in laws bring about significant improvement.

    I have a bit of trouble with 1) headphones. I have given up headphones, and I wear ear muffs to reduce wind noise even in summer, but on country roads I would like to be able to listen to music. Car drivers regular have their music up so high that they can't hear what is around them, and they are going a lot faster in more than a ton of metal.

    2) Universal two stage right turns To turn right one is meant to turn left and then go straight, never take the right hand of the lane. Doing this makes my commute about 30% longer.

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    I think that they should be increasing the age of majority not lowering it since, with increasing wealth, parents can afford to support their children for longer, and therefore childhood is longer. If so, then I can see nothing "commendable" about changing laws in the opposite direction to the change in reality.

    Drinking and gambling reduce the effective age of the individual. Marriage and soldiering increase it.

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    @Juniour Sam Having a wife and kids does not mean much as we know from a recent tragedy but do you know why he is not answering questions?

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    Lance Armstrong austensibly never failed a test but was eventually outed by whistleblowers the first several of which he trashed. They needed protection. But then cycling teams will get the Mafia in to enforce a code on silence. "Blow the whistle and we whack you on the track."

    Posted in: Anti-doping agencies ask for whistleblower protection

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    Now that Japan has become able to conjure up wealth from thin air, print money sans inflation, the sums offered will be far larger.

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    He remained at the scene to help clear the matter up rather than depart once he learned that he had the wrong door and the resident inside was concerned.

    And then refused to answer police questions? What is your source?

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    Frank Thornton wrote

    Maybe he thought he was home or at a friend's house. Everyone so quick to accuse. The article doesn't give any information.

    And was voted down but what the inflammatory article fails to mention is that not only did he think he was at home, he was at home. He was not trespassing, he lives in the apartment opposite that of the woman! Harkless was found standing in the passage outside his own apartment. Please see here in Japanese http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2016083100350&g=soc. Some other news outlets fail to mention this detail as well.

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    HR in Japan is still lagging behind in this respect, partly due to a lack of real HR specialists. This means that they are less effective in developing the talent that the organisation needs”.

    What a lot of utter shoot. Lagging behind who or what? Human Resources in Japan facilitated and based in on the job training which in Japan is second to none. There is no "I have the theory, therefore I can do it," carp.

    Womenomics presuppose that women want to get involved in going out to work and earning money, which Japanese women would rather leave to the men, and why not, because they control the family finances and the men's wage packet. The presumption that women should or would like to be wage earners is a whole lot of cobblers.

    @JeffLee

    Japan's economy performed brilliantly when the participation of females was highly limited and the participation rate tiny. So, duh, that should tell the Einsteins that this issue is not where the solution lies.

    Yess. 100%

    Posted in: Wider role needed for 'womenomics' to succeed

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    They are making excuses too. Apparently Mitsubishi carried out the fuel efficience tests multiple times, and rather than taking the average they chose the test instances that had the most favourable data. At this session, after bowing (rather briefly methinks) the chairman claimed that their selection of favourable data was "not in breach of the law". The government results showed fuel efficiency at up to 8.8% less than those published by Mitsubishi! You can see the (3.5s?) bow here at about 50 seconds in http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00334805.html

    I used to have Mitsubishi light van which was utterly reliable, great to drive, and the fuel efficiency was fantastic. I never believe published fuel efficiency figures, which vary according to how you drive.

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    timtak

    I have learnt lots of cool shortcuts from taxi drivers. They always know the fastest keast congested routes.

    Posted in: Tokyo ward official beats taxi driver for not going way he told him to

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    Gary Raynor's posts are good. There is cultural psychological research demonstrating that the Japanese "regulatory focus" is prevention of bad things rather than achievement of "success." This is probably in large part because, as Gary says, they are pretty content. Hamamura, T. (2008). Approach-avoidance motivation across cultures (Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia). https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0066470

    Posted in: Majority want Abe to stay on until Tokyo 2020 Olympics: poll

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    timtak

    Japanese is regular, genderless, without declension, or articles, and has an amazing structured vocabulary. The problem is that it is back to front compared to English, and adverbial clauses are back to front inside that forcing learners of each to tie their mind into a painful spiral.

    E.g. I spoke to the man who came from America is America from came man to spoke (アメリカから来た男に話した)

    This means that before making senses learners of both Japanese and English are required to say several words which do not make sense to themselves before receiving conformation from their interlocutor, who may not understand them, requiring them to say more (potentially and to themselves) gibberish.

    This long dive into non-meaning is the problem. Non-meaning is found to be as terrifying as death (Heine, Proulx, Vohs, 2006).

    I find that practising speaking gibberish, like Sid Ceasar https://youtu.be/iL7efWcaVnk?t=1m or me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2mI0X6p07o helps overcome this fear of non meaning. Please try it. Generally people agree that despite the fact that gibberish has no tenses, grammar, vocabulary, gender, articles, you name it, gibberish is more difficult than any foreign language. It is not the difficultly of the language, but the fear of non-meaning, chaos, mental death that is the barrier to language. This is why people who learn one can subsequently learn many more because they learn how to let go of their own language and dive in.

    Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese

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