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Posted in: High-level skills abroad don't guarantee job in Japan See in context

Yeah... but to understand better the extend of the problem... A japanese Md/Phd when placed in first-world scientific institution is barely good enough to feed the lab rats and be the xerox-girl. This and their bad reputation as being spies of their emperor (quite proved with that army guy once again) make the situation lose lose for everybody.

You can understand that at home they try to save their work... 'ethic'... Maybe one day they will stop lowering their standards to exceed their expectations.

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Posted in: Itochu to check for flaws in baby strollers See in context

German branded made in china junk...

Not that Chinese product are all junk... when they directly brand them they are quite good. But when they are subcontracted by euro/us firms who want the lowest price possible it turn to a nightmare. I now prefere buying directly from Hongkong.

List a company that abuse this system: Fleischmann (luxury model train, now made on your average sweatshop, still sold at the 'luxury' price) CMC (luxury minicars, from 200 to 2000 euros each... german brand... made in china...) Norev/minichamps/kyosho (fr/de/jp minicar, their 1/18 lineup is from the same factory in china, exactly the same packaging and fabrication default -chrome for the logo on the trunk door don't stick for all their Audi reproductions)

Meanwhile Chinese brand -Esky, Yeah Racing (...) retail for dirt cheap, HongKong shops are more than fast and efficient for delivery and support/spare parts and most of the time they offer more than they promise (ex: their 4 channel RC Choppers are in fact provided with 6 channels receivers, free training cables and so on...)

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Posted in: Medical priority system handled badly at Akihabara rampage scene See in context

I think they are. Maybe depend of your definition of paramedics. But when called they try to act first, carry back later. (painfull experience and memory here)

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Posted in: Medical priority system handled badly at Akihabara rampage scene See in context

There was a lot of victims, but the number was manageable, the situation with the assaillant was under control. Lots of paramedic were on the scene. Misclassification of a stab wound seen as a car accident is absolutely ridiculous. Some people should lose their job here (and not just say sorruy with a crocodile tear in their eyes then go back to the nearest soapland).

Japan is a country where trouble can be BIG fast and in much worse conditions (think earthquake or another fanatic attack). If they can't handle the outcome of a 1 man rampage in a place where medical service are plentiful i fear for the day where sh1t hit the fan for good...

Kinda strenghten my view of japanese healthcare... Mercobenz driving quacks...

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Posted in: ANA to add winglets to 767-300ER fleet See in context

And birds will start to fall of the sky in the name of ecology and fuel saving...

Flying a jet is one of the thing you want to do properly... not by cutting corners... especially not "saving fuel" by changing the method for slowing down at landing... not with pilot having a god syndrome and barely able to speak english...

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

Westurn, no I wont... any auto ranking not having german or japanese cars in most of their top category is rubbish propaganda.

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Posted in: Toshiba's bulb-shaped fluorescent lamps shipments top 100 million See in context

Those light bulbs are the same hazardous level as standard fluorescent tube arounds since the begining of times (or so it seems). It's not a new threat it's just the only twist that people who are against CFL found because it remove them the freedom of beeing energy hogs and constant fire hazards...

You use CFL... OMG they be me'cury in it... Nothing to see here... move along...

Enjoy the wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescent_lamp it's quite a good one.

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

American cars are rubbish, let's be honest." No, your post is rubbish. American cars recently had the most auto's in the top 3 categories of "US news and world reports" most recent rankings ! I mean 8 out of 12 in some groups ! Not bad for a buncha rubbish !

Westurn... could you at least try to make any sense sometimes ? I'd take another Audi over anything american, even if after now 2 years that i got rid of it, my A4 still give me nightmares.

And honestly, in Japan... The resale value of foreign cars is so low that it's like burning money. I was jumping fo joy when I knew that i didn't have to pay to actually get rid of the krauter but was even given a free key-holder... Most beautiful day of my life...

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Posted in: No substitute for human touch in translating See in context

Yes and Americans/French/Brits from different regions don't have trouble communicating with each other?

So you just agreed that japanese have trouble communicating, nice... I won't be in the mood to play this game with you more longer...

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Posted in: No substitute for human touch in translating See in context

the Japanese have no problem communicating with each other,

Yeah, take a bloke from Hokkaido, make him speak to a bloke from Okinawa. Enjoy the misunderstandings.

can easily learn their own language,

Joking right ? that's why there is always cryptakana translation over every possible kanjis on the signs. Lower the standards to improve the results...

and have produced some of the world's greatest pieces of literature/movies/ other language related media.

No, that would be the europeans starting in the 17th century. While the japanese where still struggling in tribal wars.

Also, Dragonball and evangelion are not greatest piece of anything. Because of obsolete kanji old japanese litterature is lost for everybody. For movies the only name I can think of will be Kurosawa. And it's more a name that you remember because he is japanese rather than because his movies are exceptionals.

Again you will cheat in your arguments by saying that if i don't mention other artist it's because i don't know of any other and is a nekulturniy but to be honest... there is really nothing else to be mentioned... Japanese cultural influence is minimal and mediocre as is their language.

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Posted in: No substitute for human touch in translating See in context

Republic of texas... Dude... you just falled in a wide open trap... Complicate is one thing, operating an helicopter is complicate, but it make sense and give a result. Japanese language is really just a puddle of mud with as much obscurantism as possible, rules that are more often broken than followed and bail outs that hide behind "the context" to make sense of anything, while being unable to retrieve any context because nothing make anysense (cathc 22). You can claim superiority by saying it's complicate and those who don't get it are inferior. Or just admit that the first purpose of a language is making efficient communication possible. And Japanese fail miserably where German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and many other suceed.

Again, for precision nothing beat the German. But the sound is quite uneasy on the ears.

Deeper meaning through kanjis ? in europe we call this rebuses, it's considered as a game for little kids, not as a full language. Even the Vietnamese who are quite an4l-retentive (or strict if you prefer) on education matters have given up on kanjis. Japanese is closer to the definition of a pidgin than of a real language. Metaphor or other stylistic tools and play of words seems to be lost on 99% of the population.

By law (the dictionary of the French academy), english words can not be used in the French language, only a few of them have been allowed (bizarre slang in the french language ? you mean, not even english ? oh mai!!!). I feel FoxNews level of education here.

For their origin and influence, enjoy this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-European_languages

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Posted in: Fuji Heavy, Mitsubishi Fuso, Honda recalling vehicles See in context

3 radically different problems here...

Honda: software bug... yeah... so what... (maybe one day car will have a nightmarish update tuesday like in windows update...) Subaru: third party problem (if it's the belt herself) or is it the belt tensionner ? Stalling a kjidosha might not be too dangerous anyway.

AND AS USUAL Mitsubishi Fuso takes the cake: You can drop the transmission shaft !? This thing is not tied to the body but between the gearbox and the axle (or transfer case and axle in case of all wheel drive trucks). That's a 2-4 meter iron pipe that might get loose and start spinning like an unbalanced propeller under the truck... That's also quite low tech, something that you should check quite often, and most of all, something that anybody can see from outside the truck without having to open any access (mean really easy to inspect and really not that difficult to replace). It's like if they were trying to be evil on purpose... But god, the LanEvo X or even the new Galant Fortis looks incredibly good... If I was not brainwashed to only use hatchbacks I would buy one on the spot.

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Posted in: NTT regional units ordered to stop misleading IP phone ads See in context

Slightly misleading... but technically speaking... it can be seen as foggily correct... It's really a grey area. Not like labelling food at 100y and asking 200y for it... More like label at 100y, sold only with a plastic tray for 100y more... Dodgy... but nothing worse than a car salesman.

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Posted in: No substitute for human touch in translating See in context

Subtlety in japanese language ?! can we stop the propaganda here ? It's an arcane based mayhem where new generation can't read the older books because the kanjis are outdated and no proper dictionary method exist to find them. There is no governing body, words of foreign origin are used for few years and then forgotten or slaughtered enough to lose all link whit their meaning and origin. You can randomly use 3 alphabets to write things making reading speed totally uneven to the point of being uncomfortable (1cm for a criptic kanji badly printed to the point of being unrecognisable, then 7 cm to write a common word in katakana... speed reading method are not just failing here, they are akin to intellectual suicide)

I was flabbergasted last weak on a machine-tool related website in chinese, just using google translator gave me a perfect english version. The same method with japanese gives a nerve wrecking stacking of meaningless words. As usual, the japanese stole characteres from the chinese without understanding their proper use. With their usual pseudo superiority came with random rules to use them as a written language... and completely failed.

Yeah, sure, as usual, you can say that it's because we are not subtle enough, didn't drink enough sake or eat enough dry fish and sticky rice. OR you can be honest and call poop when you see some.

German for precision (and the bad guys in old war movies) French for beauty Italian for romance English for the VCR manual (and the good guys in any movies) Russian for the bad guys in spies movies Japanese for the trash instruction...

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Posted in: Pregnant Megumi has to contend with husband's partying See in context

Creativity... jpop... something don't add up here...

"Still, insiders caution that Megumi will need to be patient about her husband’s partying. After all, when you marry an artist, you have to share him with the public."

This kind of warm'n'fuzzy patronizing seems directly out of a bad 4th grader essay. Make me want to puke.

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Posted in: Shiseido See in context

My laundry basket look better than these girls...

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Posted in: Osaka postman fights to keep mustache See in context

A postman with a moustache... Meiji era all over again... Can they also ride Penny Farthing ? please... please please...

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Posted in: Combining PCs and TVs See in context

i dont get it, so whats new or innovative about this???

The marketing tirade has been upgraded to reflect on a improved customer satifaction with a better respect for the Co2 and save the tree of the planet, family family and japan uber alles yadda yadda yadda...

I don't make sense ? that's what you think... but in a marketing brainstorm session I would have 2 pay raise before the end of the first sentence... sad world indeed...

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Posted in: U.S. unveils new rule on airplane fuel tanks See in context

Dude... do you know how fuel efficient they already are ? You certainly think the Prius has better mileage than the VW Bora TDi I suppose... Ecoterrorism as usual...

And I didn't knew airplane fuel tanks were so badly designed... a tank of 1 gallon of kerosene emptied but not dried contain fumes that if ignited are as powerfull as a dynamite stick. So 1- why was there any sparkles on this tank to ignite the fumes and 2- who is the genius who didn't think about a venting system against fume concentration ? 3 why bother with hydrogen when you have plenty of already oxygene depleted air coming from the exhaust that can be easily cooled and used in the tank (that's how you pressurize small planes fuel tanks anyway...).

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Posted in: Combining PCs and TVs See in context

Cool web TV all over again... I if fails at first... let it fail again... and again... and again...

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Posted in: S Korean female tourist shot dead by N Korean soldier See in context

Wiliamsmith... No, spies should never get shot, spies should be put in prison and then exchanged against other spies /prisoner/money or any other item deemed valuable to the country who caught him. At least during the cold war it was one of the rules. Had they started shooting spies back then things could have gone extremely bad. Like real bad, baaad.

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Posted in: Aya Ueto See in context

Is she famous for something, or just for being famous, like out of famous highschool for future famous people ? It's on her resume ?

"famously famous" master degree in famousery. She's not even cute, she's standard as hell for Japan. It would be absolutely impossible to spot her in a crowd. Or even in an empty street in fact. Unless she have a talking dog... or is holding an IPhone with a weir plastic molded grin.

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Posted in: 2 tons of flour stolen in Saitama See in context

You think it's linked with the crocodile ?

After all it's Saitama... the city without any limit for bizarre...

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Posted in: Apple's iPhone could find Asia tough to crack See in context

Oh people... I love you... Thanks a lot Hoolie...

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Posted in: Housewife brews up plan to escape from robber: tea and conversation See in context

Zen builder... not sure you are reading me well (not my writings, me personality). I have never been involved in a fight. I always de-escalated EVERYTHING or managed to avoid reaching the point were de-escalation was needed.

But the guy was in her house, he got money and tea. Now nothing prevent him from going again. (you know, nothing... like... NOTHING...). The situation was already... escalated... she just got extremely lucky. And luck is not a skill to rely on.

Is it legal to use restrained force against someone pointing a weapon toward you in your home in Japan ?

I don't know...

In any sane country the law allow you to use an equally proportionate means to defend yourself against an attacker.

Then again... sanity and Japan kommt nicht zusammen... But i'd be curious to see what the japanese law says about it as I have always considered any assailant(*) breaching safety perimeter to be... fair game before their handling to police forces...

(*) assailant, read someone with clear and -wrong- intents toward person (like someone having a knife). Not an intruder or burglar/thief cought trying to run in or out (like someone having a lockpick).

Looking forward to read more from you.

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Posted in: Aeon to close 40 supermarkets See in context

Me little shop lost it's Jusco 2 years ago... somewhat troublesome to find the good cat litter now...

Too much, too big, too boring... welcome to Aeon...

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Posted in: Housewife brews up plan to escape from robber: tea and conversation See in context

As much as I am all for de-escalation of any trouble. Here the guy knows where she lives and that she is alone during the day / have a baby daughter. De-escalation for me means a way to avoid or break the fight/confrontation and escape. When foes are in the home, and you have access to boiling water. Limited use of deadly force might be a better long term option. Staying calm was good. But now she can also stay scared.

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Posted in: Apple's iPhone could find Asia tough to crack See in context

RMGTTF... No AU softcrap explicitly ask for JP version of XP. As I told you, not even the international version with MUI in japanese was working.

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Posted in: Calbee to raise snack prices in autumn See in context

No butter, no potatoes... what are they good at in Hokkaido ?

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Posted in: Family vow to pursue French students' killer in London See in context

I hope they are prepared to fight for their life. Because the situation in Great Britain seems to be out of a bad Mad Max remake. Between a feral horny bear in Hokkaido and confrontation with a Chav' in London... i'll take the bear anytime...

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