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Training day: Gov't officials embrace sneakers to promote fitness

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not nearly enough effort for a sport agency,fail

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Japan is already the land of the long walk. Especially in Tokyo where the majority don't own a car. Catching trains everywhere you end up walking a great distance anyway which is more than enough exercise. However I do like this concept!

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I think it is a cool idea....Alex...fail? Why? Japanese have much less of an obesity problem than other developed countries and it is because, as Rintaro pointed out, people walk all over the place.

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looks silly. and the govt is the last place I emulate my fashion after

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Due to the fairly high chance of train stoppages in emergencies like earthquakes I have always gone with tidy but comfortable sports shoes.. not walking for 3+ hrs in business shoes.

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Asics makes some incredibly comfortable business shoes that have sneaker soles (without looking like sneakers), the Texcy Luxe range. I would have no problems walking a few km in these (in fact i do most days)

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An excellent idea. Wearing sports shoes for the commute then changing at the office was popular in the West some 30 years ago but seems to have died out recently.

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I walk so much that I wear shoes out in 6 months....

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and now if they can just get rif of the suits that men have to wear. i don't know why you need to wear a suit if you're going to sit behind a desk all day.

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Great idea. More comfortable and tennis shoes breath a little more than formal shoes which means they stink less and will cut down on athlete's foot.

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Hence these are called trainers in British English.

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Hence these are called trainers in British English.

The is no such thing as British English. There is English, then you have all the other countries that speak English, such as: American English, Aussie English etc, etc.

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I just wish I could buy my size in Japan!

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I think they do have extra small sizes here.. or were you talking about shoes?

I am saying that for an agency that supposed to be promoting SPORT, just wearing sport shoes to work or walk from train station aint enough... how about lunch runs, organizing mini sport events, dropping the whole suiting at work and so on...

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How about they ask companies, and companies comply, to let workers go an hour early every day in order to do so? I know it certainly won't help Joe Tanaka who commutes two hours a day by train, since he's not going to walk 60 kilometers or more, but it might help those who actually live in walking distance. What these agencies want is an increase in shoe sales, pushing companies to push the "effort" they are making without the companies making any of their own.

"We're encouraging people who don't have enough time to do sports to start by simply walking,"

Again... how do they think this is going to happen when they admit the people already don't have the time if they are not GIVEN the time?

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I exercise regularly myself but people I know who don’t exercise don’t, not for a lack of time, but for a lack of motivation.

Lack of time is just an excuse to cover the lack of motivation.

These days I can’t run during daylight hours due to the time issue, and it is much harder to get out the door for a run when it is freezing cold at night. Still I do it though, because it’s a personal priority.

There are seven days a week, few can seriously not spare a bit of time on two of them exercising, instead of drinking beer and watching tv or net surfing or whatever it is people waste their time doing.

Which leads me to the conclusion that this sports agency idea won’t do a lot of good. Full marks for effort but give me back my taxes and I’ll buy some better exercise gear.

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he's not going to walk 60 kilometers or more, but it might help those who actually live in walking distance

Easily solved. Get out one or two stops early. Works for those who don’t commute via Shinkansen.

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I understand the lack of motivation thing, I find it very hard to exercise 'pointlessly' like going to the gym or going for a run round the block, so almost 2 years ago I started cycling to the office which is 13kms each way and takes about 30 minutes. I quickly lost 9kgs and am stable around my optimum weight now, upper body beefed up too. I love it because i'm actually going somewhere and it takes about half as long as getting the train. Give it a try.

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