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Posted in: Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-aging compound in plant See in context

Ashitaba! Great! I love this vegetable. Very interesting. I wish I could find it in Okinawa, but I've never seen it here.

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Posted in: Does U.S. President Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? See in context

I thought this was a joke!

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Posted in: How should teachers deal with young children who come to live in Japan without being able to speak Japanese? See in context

This points up the basic flaw in an education system that doesn't make any allowances for individual tastes or abilities. Japanese "education" is the pits!

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Posted in: Memories of Fukushima crisis rapidly fading, warn civic groups See in context

Wish the radiation was rapidly fading too!

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

It doesn't really have only to do with older drivers. There are all types on the road. Crazy kids. Brain dead middle aged guys in white K trucks driving everywhere at 15 kph. Paper drivers from Tokyo, driving rental cars. Regular driving tests that actually test a person's ability to drive would fix it.

But testing for actual ability to DO is a totally new thing in Japanese education :)

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Posted in: Fatal traffic accidents involving over-75s on rise in Japan See in context

Road safety could be greatly improved in this country by getting rid of traffic lights and increasing the number of roundabouts. Much safer.

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Posted in: Top U.S. general cautions against talk of 'winning' against Islamic State See in context

All we need now is for Trump to echo one of his predecessors and state, "Mission Accomplished!"

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Posted in: Campaigning begins for referendum on Okinawa U.S. base relocation See in context

Bamboo-san,

It's a new base. If I made the extensions and alterations to my house that they intend to make in Henoko, I would call this a new house. Massive new docks. Runways extending out into the Oura bay. A whole new infrastructure. However you try to downplay it, it's a new base!

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Posted in: Campaigning begins for referendum on Okinawa U.S. base relocation See in context

Suga declined to comment directly on the referendum and repeated the government's position that it was trying to "ease the burden on the Okinawan people in a clearly transparent way."

Right! By building a new base in Henoko!

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Posted in: Sumo-size cake See in context

In Japan, a small sliver of the "cake" is real. Most of it is fake. I wonder about this one.

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Posted in: Japan protests over S Korean lawmaker's remarks on emperor See in context

I really don't know why Japan Today bothers to post this story. Moon and Kono are just two grumpy old men. Ignore them. If the Emperor apologised for Japan's war crimes, it would certainly ease the tension, but if he did so because he was told to, it would have no meaning whatsoever.

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Posted in: Kono criticizes S Korean assembly speaker's emperor remarks See in context

As you say, SJ-san; "Why is it so difficult for him to apologize straightforwardly? Because of the political pressure from the right-wing groups?"

I think you hit the nail on the head.

But I wonder why the South Koreans only go on about the "Comfort Women" issue. That is a tiny and relatively innocuous issue. There were far more serious atrocities committed by the Japanese military in and before WWII that really DO need to be addressed.

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Posted in: Kono criticizes S Korean assembly speaker's emperor remarks See in context

Why is it so difficult in Japan?

Pride goes before a fall.

All that Abe, Kono, Aso et al know is blind pride. Their idea of diplomacy is to shout. As voiceofokinawa says, they are the people most responsible for the difficulty in Korea-Japan relations. They have yet to learn that the 1930's went by long ago.

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Posted in: Japanese city to use AI to predict seriousness of school bullying See in context

Artificial intelligence is only useful if there is actual intelligence there in the first place. Intelligence is almost totally absent in the Japanese education system and mental “health” industry. Simply put, they haven't a clue what they are doing.

What is AI? A substitute for God? As other posters have pointed out, another convenient scapegoat?

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Posted in: Cold wave grips Hokkaido See in context

I'm so glad we moved to Okinawa!

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Posted in: 6 things to know before teaching company English classes See in context

When teaching a class of Japanese "salarymen," the most important thing to realise is that none of them have graduated puberty.

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Posted in: Abe vows to take step-by-step approach to resolve territorial dispute with Russia See in context

Akie-san,

In a rapid changing world, only adaptive ones will survive. Luckily, Japan has an adaptive Abe.

Your post was sarcastic too, I guess.

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Posted in: Abe vows to take step-by-step approach to resolve territorial dispute with Russia See in context

Dear oh dear, all this negative comment! No doubt Abe will apply his successful diplomatic techniques and use his powers of persuasion that have won him so much success in the economic field.

(Sarcasm)

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Posted in: E-cigarettes help more smokers quit than patches and gum, study finds See in context

Vaping works. Two friends of mine, one really addicted to tobacco, quit painlessly after a few months. Neither has smoked for several years. It works, don't knock it!

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Posted in: He serves as deputy prime minister, and as finance minister, is responsible for state finances. His message and his mindset, which have been spread throughout Japan and overseas, are an embarrassment. See in context

The same thing could be said about most of Abe's cabinet, particularly Abe. He chose them, didn't he?

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Posted in: Japan's stance on Venezuela remains vague See in context

Japan's stance on Venezuela remains vague

So, what else is new?

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Posted in: Mother of fatally abused 10-year-old daughter admits withholding food from her See in context

Well, I expect he will get disciplined, in his turn.

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Posted in: In view of the Brexit chaos, do you think referendums are a good idea? See in context

in order to decide you need to understand.

Present them with ALL the data, good and bad and THEN let them decide.

British people didn't understand - they didn't have all the data. The referendum was therefore meaningless.

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Posted in: Labor ministry officials knew of improper wage survey since 2006 See in context

When something like this comes to light, you can bet there are several more lurking, waiting to be discovered. Why do Abe and Aso look like it's 24 hours to judgement day.

Perhaps it is.

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Posted in: Pence says it is time to end Maduro regime in Venezuela See in context

But , , , isn't this meddling in other country's affairs?

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Posted in: Japan-EU free trade pact enters into force See in context

Do you want us to put cheese on the bowl of rice? Hard to imagine.

Cream cheese in rice goes beautifully! Especially genmai (brown rice).

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