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    ukguyjp

    Have lost or mislaid wallet three times in Japan. Got it back every time. Pretty amazing.

    Posted in: Japan a great place for returning lost-and-found items

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    Again I am amazed at the vindictive lust for revenge expressed on this discussion board.

    When we decide public policy, we do not look to vengeful, vindictive, " eye for an eye" emotion for moral guidance. Rather, we aspire to a higher morality, one which is considered, sensible, humane and compassionate.

    In Japan, death row inmates may wait, year in, year out, never knowing when their time will come. Though we may despise their crimes, prisoners DO have human rights.

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    Bought a house 18 months ago. Some of the neighbors are nice, others are indifferent, but someone obviously doesnt like foreigners. They have thrown eggs at my house twice and were regularly dumping trash in my bicycle basket until I put a cover on it.

    Posted in: How well do you know your neighbors?

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    Nice tribute. Just as Dylan himself has expressed gratitude for many artists including Woody Guthrie, Little Richard and Muddy Waters for inspiring his own musical quest.

    Posted in: I wonder what I would have become if Bob Dylan didn’t exist at a certain period of my life. I feel that I could become who I am now only because of Dylan’s presence.

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    RIP and, yes, Bhumibol Adulyadej presided over an increase in tourism, income and prestige for many Thais. But Thailand's lese majesty laws are appalling.

    in 2015 two Thais convicted of posting anti-monarchy messages on Facebook received jail terms of 28 and 30 years.

    Monarchy complicit in keeping huge parts of the population in poverty and ignorance. 10% of Thailand’s landowners own 30%s of its titled land. A fifth of rural Thais don't even have a bank account.

    Posted in: Thailand's king dies at 88

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    Totally agree. Crap airport considering it's Japan's main entry point. They don't even have a bar!

    Posted in: Narita's main stumbling block is its indifference toward travelers

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    Well it certainly looks sadistic when you see the movie. Westerners don't have much room to talk, though. The meat/fast food industry commits animal cruelty on an industrial scale.

    It has to be said that purely from a PR perspective, this looks bad for Japan. Kids love dolphins and whales, and when they think of Japan, they associate it with killing cute cetaceans.

    Posted in: Japanese fishermen say they are portrayed as 'sadists' in Oscar-winner 'The Cove'

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    As a friend and I noticed on a recent jaunt to an erotic dvd store in Kyoto, the number of porn DVDs sold in Japan is amazing, considering the vast amount of mosaic-free content available on the internet.

    Posted in: Illegal mosaic-free porn business busted

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    Thursday is the 70th anniversary of the bomb.

    Compelling account here that it was unnecessary.

    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0806-25.htm

    Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable?

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    Just wondering how many Japanese kids are taught to swim as a matter of course. There seem to have been several of these sad occurrences recently.

    Posted in: 6-year-old boy drowns in Nara swimming pool

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    Once every six weeks, whether I need it or not.

    Posted in: Mega-important debate: Do you shower before work or before bed?

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    ukguyjp

    Headline should be, "ALLEGEDLY tries to kill husband..."

    Posted in: Woman tries to kill husband because he didn't give her White Day gift

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    ukguyjp

    Decent bacon.

    Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had

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    It's true that there are many unqualified, unprofessional English teachers in Japan.

    However, there are many university English professors who are incredibly well-qualified, motivated specialists in their fields. They have relevant masters degrees and PhDs.

    They are familiar with cutting edge pedagogy and the latest trends in applied linguistics and related fields, presenting at international conferences and publishing academic papers in Asian/international journals.

    They take their profession very seriously and they are committed to education and bringing the best out of their students, including opening learners' eyes to a huge variety of issues which they don't learn about from their Japanese teachers, from gay rights to critical thinking to globalization. That's why they are actively hunted by Japanese universities.

    Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?

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    This way lies certain folly.

    Posted in: Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

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    In his classic book on communication skills, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," Dale Carnegie urged readers to "Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. "

    Posted in: Mothers react to being called by their first names after years of just being 'Mama'

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    ukguyjp

    Again, I'm surprised by the comments by (well-meaning but misguided) English teachers here who are talking about pronunciation, translation, immersion and so forth. Yes, all these things can make language learning easier, but they aren't the reason why Japan is lagging behind in English language acquisition.

    Yakimo has a point when s/he talks about the deep enculturation of Japanese people which prevents them - generally speaking, there are exceptions - from meaningfully interacting with the world. In Japan cultural identity is imposed as ideology and one acquiring English is largely seen as losing 'Japaneseness'.

    If Japan really wanted to be bilingual it could do so in one or two generations, much as other Asian nations like Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia have done.

    For instance, Japan could have two official languages (Singapore has five) - Japanese and English. 50% of kids' TV shows should be in English with English subtitles.

    In short, the reason English language acquisition is failing in Japan is becasue the culture doesn't want it.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Tests, textbooks, translation...these elements may be symptoms but they aren't the disease. The problem isn't, at its root, anything to do with language. It's a deep-seated cultural problem. And that's why it will never be fixed.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

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    Ridiculous waste of time and public funds.

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    ukguyjp

    I am a university teacher in Japan. On one occasion I was pressurized by university authorities to give a passing grade to a student who had attended hardly any classes and turned in no work in my course.

    I vehemently protested, refused and resisted. I pointed out that this was unfair to students who had worked hard and passed the course fairly. It also undermined the academic credibility of the university, which claimed and still claims to have high academic standards.

    I asked, "Why do I come to work? Why do I work hard to prepare courses if students can not show up and still pass? Can you not see how this drastically undermines teacher motivation?"

    In the end I was compelled by the university to prepare a special test which the student in question could easily pass. Thus the university were able to offer up the pretense that the student had satisfied the course requirements and they were given a passing grade.

    Posted in: The number of academic degree holders produced by universities is seen as a measure of the schools’ value. Therefore, universities may grant degrees to students even if they don’t deserve them.

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