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Posted in: 6 Chinese ships spotted near disputed isles See in context

You think commenting on it is getting involved? Oh dear!

You think bickering proves anything? Oh dear!!

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Posted in: Fake doctor examines 2,300 patients See in context

What is troubling about this story is that the medical establishment did not make a statement. Perhaps one is pending? I am certainly not surprised, this happened. Although, it happens in every country.

Having worked with and alongside physicians, here in Japan, in my experience many doctors are superb -unfortunately, a large part of them depart Japan for further training or better jobs overseas. Furthermore, traditional medical training in Japan consists of 6 years, after HS graduation. And, at the end of medical school, take the National Medical License examination and, if they pass it, become a Physician and register in the record in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.... for LIFE!

Life-time licenses: Physicians and nurses are licensed for life with no requirement for license renewal, continuing medical or nursing education and no peer or utilization review. No need to re-train, no residency programs, no Board certifications, and no GME program. If a doctor wants to take a break for 10 years, then return to practice medicine, he is free and clear to do so with no need for re-certification.

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Posted in: Weariness from prolonged heat causing health problems See in context

**“natsu-bate” ;“PET bottle syndrome”... cute names.

Let me make sense of this quakery:

"The first is a warning over acute diabetes that develops through overconsumption of sweetened soft drinks—referred to by some as the “PET bottle syndrome.”

First of all, there is no such thing as ACUTE diabetes. There is Diabetes Type I or II. Acute does not fit the medical diagnosis. What he should be referring to is called Acute Hyperglycemia. And, over consumption of sweetened drinks does not lead to diabetes, albeit it can be a contributing factor (as well as genetics, diet, lack of exercise, and many other factors). Example: 2 people love drinking many sweetened drinks each day.... will both get diabetes? NO! One might, neither might, both might... it depends on many other factors.


"..one of the characteristics of “natsu-bate,” says Dr Tsuyoshi Kawamura, is chronic dehydration. If neglected, this may cause the pulse rate to increase and blood pressure to rise, and if prolonged, may also lead to hardening of the blood vessels"

Secondly, It is ridiculous for this doctor to refer to high pulse rate as a separate condition from high blood pressure. Both must and are always tied to each other. You have high pulse rate... it means you have a high blood pressure. You have a high blood pressure.... your pulse rate will be high. Basic A&P.


"Capillaries in the skin ..." Just not even going to remark on this nonsense.


"He advises anyone who notices weight loss, dry throat and frequent urge to urinate to seek medical advice." These symptoms are not "pet bottle syndrome" but actually Diabetes Mellitus (DM)!!

The most common symptoms of DM are those of hyperglycemia: an osmotic diuresis caused by glycosuria leading to urinary frequency, polyuria, and polydipsia that may progress to orthostatic hypotension and dehydration. Severe dehydration causes weakness, fatigue, and mental status changes. Symptoms may come and go as plasma glucose levels fluctuate. Hyperglycemia can also cause weight loss, nausea and vomiting, and blurred vision.


"Dr Zohei Kaku suggests diluting sports drinks at a 1:1 ratio with water and adding a teaspoon of table salt"

Dr. Yamanaka seems to be stuck in some time-warp. Medical experts no longer view the drinking of salt with water as a smart way to treat dehydration, and especially not at an average IV drip rate of 120gtts/min (how is that even possible?!). By consuming additional salts, the human body is not able to absorb more water, it will actually cause more water to be "carried out" of the body and lead to dehydration.


"After 40 or more days of constant exposure to air conditioning, people should also be concerned about the so-called “disuse syndrome”

Disuse Syndrome has nothing to do with AC usage. It is actually a medical term used in nursing homes! This condition derives from complete inactivity, as in patients who are not ambulatory, not from enjoying a lazy weekend with the AC on. How ridiculous!


"The functions of the bones and joints decline. Along with increasing their physical activity, people should consume more milk and yogurt to boost their calcium and also eat eggs and other sources of vitamin D"

WRONG! 100% ill-advised and contrary to any real medical advice. I am shocked. Any medical expert knows: Dairy products (especially cow's milk and the milk protein β casein) have been linked to be a cause for Type I DM in infants/children.


"To prevent lifestyle diseases, people should walk at least 8,000 paces per day"

I am not sure where he got this medical data, But it is good sound advice... and probably the only advice that makes any medical sense in this story.

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Posted in: Ric O’Barry and his group to return to Taiji to oppose dolphin hunt See in context

You can take or leave what I say.

Please feel free to take or leave what I say as well.

those heading to Taiji are attempting to do

I invite you to not infringe on the rights of those heading to Taiji to express their freedom of speech as well. And, challenge you to listen to your own advice.

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Posted in: Alleged rape incident at Atsugi may grate on nagging defense issues See in context


I've met people who received special wavers to join the military after committing a crime.

You do realize that your own post contradicts your previous statement. Right?

Criminals given the choice of jail or enlistment.

WAIVERS are different than being "given a choice between jail or enlistment", very, very different.

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Posted in: Decline of entrepreneurship blamed for Japan's woes See in context

She offers a service that stems from her diagnosis of the sickness at major companies—the loss of the innovative spirit.

While Chiaki Hayashi had previously been in the spotlight as a reporter of business news, and for some reason got a PMP -it most definitely does not make her a business expert. Working in the actual companies, year after year, and seeing the internal workings of a company is the way to gain experience to make sound judgements and give effective advice. But, it seems that Japan, Inc. can swallow the "bitter (truth) pill" from someone within their ranks easier than from an outsider.

She offers a service that stems from her diagnosis of the sickness at major companies—the loss of the innovative spirit....Top Japanese companies have a load of talented hardworking people, but they have become so obsessed with rigidity like quality control in mass production that their thinking has grown static, and they can’t figure out where to start or how to change, she said.

It is not the first time a TV personality has made an entry into mainstream business or politics without the credentials necessary for sustainable and viable application. But, if Japan, Inc. is serious about its fast approaching future, it should listen to SOMEONE.

“But I’ve never been busier, doing a ton of different things, to really give back to society, and to reinvigorate the creative spirit and become a more entrepreneurial society again because it used to be here,” said Saito.

Unfortunately, even the business schools/programs in Japan have failed to see the need to see any requirement to teach entrepreneurship as a course -elective or otherwise. Sometimes, in my experience, I have seen such courses ignite the spirit of an entrepreneur.

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Posted in: Osaka police officer accused of raping teenage girl at beach See in context

This story is about OSAKA. While we westerners sometimes are quick to inject our values and make judgements that assume our police forces are that much better, we know that is not true. It is true that Japan's police force needs a serious adjustment. But, no one nation or city is beyond reproach. Any changes that Japan makes, will only abate this sort of behavior but will never eradicate it. Essentially, the status quo in Japan needs to be address and changed quickly to protect minors more effectively.

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Posted in: 2 typhoons approaching southern Japan See in context

I used to be able to get nice typhoon reports from the JTWC site, but it no longer works for me. I recommend the following site. (Just click on the blue map to see typhoon tracking/prediction.


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Posted in: Teetering euro, U.S. drought may send yen toward 50-to-$1 level See in context

Sony, Panasonic/National, Sharp, are all brands that have been shuttering plants and moving them overseas. What's japan going to have to export?

Are you assuming no other nations follow this pattern? Really?

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Posted in: Teetering euro, U.S. drought may send yen toward 50-to-$1 level See in context

How about a textbook called Economics 101?

I have never seen a textbook called Economics 101. I do not agree with your reasoning.

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Posted in: DENSO develops vehicle-to-home power supply system for electric vehicles See in context


Toyota's 2010 Prius has a Solar Roof option


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Posted in: Former Fukushima plant chief rushed to hospital with cerebral hemorrhage See in context


Superb URL link. Good read. Thanks.

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate down to 4.3% in June See in context

I do agree with most of the posts. The unemployment rates are statistics. And, as many have heard "Lies, damned lies, and statistics" can sometimes be persuasive and sway opinions.

I think the point of the article is things are looking up -and as a result that is good for Japan.

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Posted in: American man attempts to smuggle meth disguised as Snickers candy bars to Japan See in context

....he was a U.S. Navy military police officer who was less-than-honorably discharged

He is not military. He is a civilian.

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Posted in: Evidence for climate extremes, costs, gets more local See in context

I search ans search...

Almost 200 nations have agreed to work out a new deal by the end of 2015 to combat climate change, after repeated setbacks. China, the United States and India are now the top national emitters of greenhouse gases.

...any where I can find the list? Are China, US, and India among the list?

Anyway, good news for earth and humanity.

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Posted in: TEPCO gets Y1 tril in public funds, putting it under gov't control See in context

“By taking shares (worth one trillion yen), the fund shall take more than half of the voting rights… in order to ensure achievement of three goals of ‘compensation, decommissioning, and stable (electricity) supply,’” it said.

Hope it is a step in the right direction for Japan. I think it is. Time will tell.

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Posted in: Teetering euro, U.S. drought may send yen toward 50-to-$1 level See in context

Dog: I'll agree with Farmboy and say:

Dog,... That's nonsense.

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Posted in: Teetering euro, U.S. drought may send yen toward 50-to-$1 level See in context


someone always catches attention by being the most extreme, the above is very unlikely

Well, in 1995 it was at 80. Anything is possible.


A really strong yen will make imports, like energy, cheaper improving consumers' standard of living. Since Japan runs big current account surpluses, it can afford to take advantage of having a strong currency, rather than cry about it. The problem is a mindset that hasn't changed since the 1960s. Exporting more TV sets ain't an option anymore.

Can you just please provide some references, data, anything to back your claims? I'd like to see it.

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Posted in: Myanmar's Suu Kyi plans Japan visit for next year See in context

If she does visit, I feel that it would be a wonderful event. I did my undergraduate thesis on her life -not long after her house arrest. Back then, in the west few in the general population had ever heard of her. I want the opportunity to see her. And, maybe she can sign my book from college entitled "Freedom from fear". Exciting!

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Posted in: Matsumoto ends Japan's judo gold medal drought See in context

Good for her! Well done!

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Posted in: Johnny Depp as Tonto generates mixed feelings among Native Americans See in context

@Farmboy: Can you name the source of the info? I'd like to read it in its entirety, but I can see that, since he surmised and guessed his heritage in 2011, not long before the film release is to be made, it makes it very incredulous.

Depp has surmised that he is part Native American, saying in 2011, "I guess I have some Native American [in me] somewhere down the line.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested after rear-ending vehicle, killing 9-year-old boy See in context

I agree that in this tragic incident, the focus should not be if the the child was wearing a seat belt or not. Had this truck driver not been reckless, the child wearing/not wearing a seat belt would be moot.

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Posted in: Hitachi doubles April-June net profit See in context

Good for Hitachi. Profit in any sense of the word = profit. Now wise investors can have some confidence in the stock and maybe the response will trigger more profit.

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Posted in: Mother, daughter fatally stabbed in Aichi apartment See in context

It is very sad about that 2 year old.

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Posted in: 3 junior high school students drown in Aichi river See in context

Why aren't children learning to swim in the first year of school in Japan? Most children in the USA learn to swim by age 2 or 3 years old. Some babies learn as young at 6 months in the USA.

You are assuming that children in America do not drown, because they have learn how to swim. This is absolutely wrong. Learning to swim doesn't make you immune to drowning.

The story has a key sentence.

He got into trouble and three other boys—still wearing their clothes—swam out to try and help him.

When I was in High School, my football team classmate drowned in a small lake. He was wearing his clothes and the exact cause was probably the weight of his clothing and some strong underwater currents.

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Posted in: Nuclear expansion on track despite Fukushima: OECD report See in context


I suggest you brush up on statistics.

ThomasA does have a point.

Again, these are just theoretical numbers that basically have no relevance to reality whatsoever.

Statistically speaking, a normal distribution is unrealistic in any event, so theoretical numbers are just guesswork and have little reality.

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Posted in: Record high 5,467 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 16-22 See in context


Really, Doctor?


Researchers used to believe that caffeinated drinks had a diuretic effect. This means that you would urinate more after drinking them, which could increase your risk of becoming dehydrated. Recent research shows that this is not true and that caffeine has a diuretic effect only if you consume large amounts of it — more than 500 to 600 milligrams (the equivalent of 5 to 7 cups of coffee) a day.

You proved my point. Thanks!

By the way, green tea probably has around a quarter of the caffeine of coffee. Of course, water is better if you are going to drink liters and liters. However, a moderate amount of green tea should not cause any problems.

Let's see... one small pet bottle contains 500ml of (for sake of this post... green tea). If my memory serves me right.. ONE cup = approx. 230ml thus 1-pet bottle would already contain 1/2 of the daily intake of caffeine which would lead to dehydration in the summer.

How many small pet bottles do you think you would need to drink in the summer to become dehydrated? Two. That is correct! So, once again, you proved my point.

PS: I never said drinking a small amount would automatically and magically dehydrate a person. Read my post carefully.

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Posted in: Record high 5,467 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 16-22 See in context


No doubt you do. Again, I would be interested to know how much green tea a person would need to drink to become dehydrated.

No doubt many people do, not just me. The amount is OFF topic, but as you should surmise, there is no one specific volume. Many factors come into play.

It seems to be argued by some that tea dehydrates, and by others that it hydrates. As a medical professional, do you suggest that medical professionals are broadly in agreement on the dehydration effect?

You are making a paradoxical argument.

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Posted in: Gun culture thrives in U.S. despite cinema massacre See in context

@Jerome: YES, I know what this gel is, how it is made, etc. I actually have personal and professional experience with it. You, on the other hand, may not. But, I am sure you will say you do.

I cannot reply to part of your post as it is not visible.

You are making an argument that is not necessary. I make the same reasoning. A bullet, no matter size, dimensions, or other properties is most definitely lethal. I was not disputing this. I clearly stated, that there is no LEVEL of lethality based on dimensions or grade of a bullet -even a .22 can kill.

Comparing gel to the human body is just that an attempt at comparison it is NOT equal. This is where you are incorrect.

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Posted in: Anti-nuclear candidate loses Yamaguchi governor election See in context


they just run things like they are 12 years old.

This is such a ridiculous statement. It makes no sense. Name calling doesn't make good reasoning. Do you know how a 12 year-old run a nuclear facility? No.

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