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    Yubaru

    When I was competing in LA, University gym offices were converted to sleeping areas for athletes . . . by removing furniture and replacing with metal bunk beds on wheels . . . the gym offices had windows which helped with security (being able to look in) as a winner, I had an office to myself . . . while it seems pretty basic, athletes at least had free food, top quality, from the cafeteria . .

    .1980......2017, do you get it? Food isn't "free" either, someone is paying for it!

    Posted in: New National Stadium -- so far

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    Yubaru

    Japan’s parliament on Monday enacted a record 97.45 trillion yen ($880 billion) budget for fiscal 2017 to cover swelling social security costs, enhance defense capabilities and rejuvenate an economy mired in deflation.

    Only reason it's "mired in deflation" is the policies of the man running the show. Oh, if Japan's goal is to eventually have all the US bases moved out of the country, then I am all for increasing the military defense spending, BUT if it's just to pump up Abe's ego and desire to get people killed in overseas missions, forget it!

    Posted in: Diet enacts record Y97.45 tril budget for FY2017

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    Yubaru

    Right literally spread the problem around some more!

    Posted in: Gov't proposes reusing decontaminated soil as landfill for parks, green areas

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    Yubaru

    This is certainly going to be seen as an "offensive" unit to China and other neighbors of Japan, being put together under the guise of the potential of having to retake a Japanese island.

    Posted in: Japan prepares to create force like U.S. Marine Corps

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    Yubaru

    I could go to a dark sea in Osaka for free if I wanted to swim in one.

    There's always Kansai Airport! I wonder if it is still sinking!

    Posted in: Deserted island off Nagasaki available for rental

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    Yubaru

    m3m3m3 Simple English would be at least a decent basis for learners to start from and then build upon. Only problem is the test based and certification based system that permeates Japan. Have to do away with businesses basing their hiring upon a set EIKEN or TOEIC score, which mean next to nothing when it comes to communicating in English.

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    Yubaru

    That's a bit general as the Olympics are in Tokyo, not all of Japan. It's not about the number, it's about the utility to deal with scale. Also there are Japanese who speak Esperanto in Tokyo already. A few clubs here and there. Not much! But it's not from scratch either.

    Look, it is all an academic discussion and never going to happen. Not much, even by your admittance.

    It doesn't matter about the rest of what you wrote, it wont happen, it's not going to change English education here in Japan, and Tokyo and the metro area have over 20 Million people living there, twice as many as there are Esperanto speakers on the planet.

    Again, if you feel so strongly about it, go to the Olympic committee and see what they say. AEON isnt going to agree, they have too much money at stake, and you are asking one section, one area, to learn a totally new language that most of the athletes themselves can not speak.

    Are you going to teach the athletes from all the participating countries too? Sorry but it's a lost cause I do believe.

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    Yubaru

    Another perfect use case for Esperanto.

    This is hardly the place to be talking about this, if you view it so strongly then go to MEXT and make your pitch. There are less than 10 Million speakers of the language in the world, and in a country of over 120 million Japanese speakers, which probably over 100 million have taken English classes at one time or another, and many if most have zero idea what Esperanto is, Im afraid you are facing a losing battle.

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    Yubaru

    Like why now? These folks have been participating in international tournaments for since like forever!

    Right, it's the "image" not to mention the fact that AEON is looking to get it's share of the Olympic pie (円)

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    Yubaru

    Seeing as how the government is control of TEPCO right now, could they manage to reshuffle Abe too!

    Posted in: TEPCO to reshuffle top management

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    Yubaru

    Hell if it has the facilities available, might be a great place to take the company for a training session or party! No need for anyone to drive! Just have to worry about drunk-swimming!

    Posted in: Deserted island off Nagasaki available for rental

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    Yubaru

    Going to be at least a generation before any major changes come into effect. The major companies will continue to play games with the numbers, and employees will still do "voluntary" overtime, no matter what the official numbers say.

    I for one wish the unions here would get out of bed with management and learn to stand on their own two feet and start making demands to enforce changes that matter!

    I would love to see a union strike for better working conditions on the scale of something the French trucking unions! THAT might put a shock into management!

    Posted in: Japanese firms still slow in reducing overtime: survey

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    Yubaru

    Reuters was not able to independently verify the death or the identity of the deceased.

    But 6 different people told them it happened, and I believe them, but wonder why the facility would not verify that one of their detainees had died.

    I hope an autopsy is performed and the results published. Japan and Viet Nam have been working to build better relations between the countries and incidents like these can seriously hurt that improving relationship.

    The Vietnamese Govt should be pressing for a full and open investigation into this unfortunate death!

    Posted in: Vietnamese detainee killed himself in immigration center, community leader says

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    Yubaru

    It's clear that English speaking countries have that mindset, as someone said, Americans are not learning Japanese or any language. Japan goes far beyond most countries for English (a lot of that started to please US occupant). English is an official language and a compulsory subject. In France, the compulsory subject is "foreign language" and you can choose other languages (some taught in your school, some at distance learning), so some kids don't take English.

    One English is only compulsory in the designated grade levels in ES and in all grades in JHS. In HS English is not compulsory, however, the overwhelming majority of HS's in Japan have designated English as their "foreign language". Some, very few, have other languages being taught as their "foreign language" requirement, and some have given the students the choice of choosing between English or another foreign language that they have on their curriculum.

    Yes! By sending them to the Philippines!

    I agree! A person can go the the PI, specifically, Cebu, for 8 weeks, room, board, (3 meals a day) included, for around 300,000 to 350,000 yen. One can get flights their for as low as 35,000 round trip too. Man-to-man lessons, ( 4 hours a day, morning) then 4 hours in the afternoons of small group discussion sessions.

    There is NOTHING wrong with the PI English either, many of the teachers are US college educated as well. For too long people here in Japan looked down on PI English because of the strong accent that many people from there have, but the teachers in the schools do not have that strong pronounced accent. Besides that, so what if they do have an accent? American English speakers often come from places that have strong accents as well.

    Besides that Cebu is a beautiful island, and the people very friendly as well! I agree!

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Yubaru

    Any animal that does this deserves shooting

    Shooting is too kind....there are other ways, repeated, over and over and over. One bullet is too fast, the pain and suffering has to last.

    Posted in: Missing 9-year old Vietnamese girl found dead in Chiba

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    Yubaru

    Oh one other thing...EIKEN

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Yubaru

    What would it hurt having a TV channel in English? Even a few hours a day, aimed at all audiences, spread out. No Japanese subtitles. If it weren't that it's about business, English wouldn't even be taught...maybe some need to share technology.

    FYI there is an English TV channel, You just have to get cable, that's all!

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    Yubaru

    But how does this protect other road users? 50% of traffic fatalities are pedestrians/cyclists.

    This is taking the conversation in a different direction. My comment was about how the "mark" being noneffective, and my response was that is not so.

    Some of the speed limits in Japan are ridiculously low and routinely ignored.

    Yes they are ignored, and only because the cops don't regularly enforce them, along with other rules as well. The assumption being is that as a "professional" driver, which is exactly how the police view drivers here, the drive has the responsibility to follow the laws and cops are not there to babysit drivers expecting them to follow them.

    BUT if an accident occurs, and there is loss of life or injury, they will throw the proverbial book at the offender.

    Cops dont get involved openly with enforcing traffic laws on a daily basis, that's the the "reminder" campaigns are used for, the Spring, Summer, Autumn, and End-of-Year safe driving campaigns where the goal is to remind folks to follow the laws.

    So unless their budgets are tight and they need extra money, or there are serious problems with repeat offenders in an area, they tend not to "overly" police the roads.

    Posted in: Japan aims to curb traffic accidents by elderly drivers

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    Yubaru

    Well, hopefully, this will be more effective than the "dead leaf" initiative...

    Actually, that along with the new driver mark helps us folks who do actually drive, openly identify a senior driver, and adjust accordingly.

    That mark isn't for the driver really, it's for everyone else to take precaution and be aware that the driver is a senior citizen.

    It is quite effective! IF you pay attention when YOU drive!

    Posted in: Japan aims to curb traffic accidents by elderly drivers

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    Yubaru

    Lol Yubaru, was that a thing at one point?

    Yes, there is some association of Japanese language professors and educators that complained that learning or teaching a foreign language at a young age was detrimental to the development of their own mother tongue.

    Their argument being that kids should learn Japanese first and then after ES or LATER develop foreign language skills.

    My opinion on the matter is that MEXT has zero desire to have students learn to actually be able to communicate in English BECAUSE of cultural reasons alone. They, like so many other "academics" believe that the language, (Japanese) the culture and everything Japanese are connected and only "Japanese" can truly learn and understand the language.

    Yeah I know, it's guano on a major scale, but it's connected in that learning English means learning "English" culture which will dilute Japanese.

    But little did they count on them doing it themselves with the advent of apps like line!

    Posted in: Educator finds young users of LINE app losing their grip on language

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