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Posted in: Which countries have the best healthcare? See in context

the healthcare gold standard remains tiny Andorra,

So the ideal is having none ? The inhabitants have certainly a good deal. But that big village uses the trained doctors, the facilities for complex treatments, the medicine supply and research from other countries. That makes big savings for the State. Plus they sabotage the health of neighbors with their discounted cigarettes.

Luxembourg rounded out the first 10 finisher

It's hardly more developped. Brunei, Macao, Singapore. Then Monaco and Lichtenstein ? That really takes all value of the article that they compare artificially rich free cities will countries with large populations and diversified economy.

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Posted in: Third of French voters spoiled ballots or abstained See in context

It's also the first time that the votation is scheduled in the middle of a 3 day week-end. Any bet over participation if Japan was called to vote during Golden Week ?

That said, spoiling ballots is childish...

It's useless... but well, the reason for doing so is valid. Most French people consider going to vote is a duty and there are even talks to make attendance compulsory as certain countries do (the reason we don't pass that law is our administration is far too inefficient to allow all citizens to vote and that would show even more). People despise the "pêcheurs à la lignes" (people that don't go to vote under pretext they leave early to go fishing) as citizens that don't care. So the idea is you go to show that you care... then you vote "white" (not 'spoiled') to express your dislike of proposed choices. I used to find this useless.

Then I saw how in Japan 90% of youth don't vote... and those inaka MPs elected by a handful of Alzhzheimer voters ruling the country.

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Posted in: France tries to keep Macron email hack from distorting election See in context

66% Better than expected. The FN reached new lows with their attitude (banning journalists, etc).

Heard first speech new Prez. Oh my ! I wouldn't even want him to speak at my funeral.

Well he wanted to do a thespian career, and he would have been even worse. Now Laurence Haïm is trying to translate his speech from langue de bois into French. She should be president.

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Posted in: France tries to keep Macron email hack from distorting election See in context

Also just because Macron was hacked, why is this a negative? Are the attackers relying on the notion of a hack alone to sway the election? 

I understand your question. You are 100% right that this hack reveals nothing and hopefully, it won't influence the ballot by revelations (that's not the Hillary-Donald case). It's more important for AFTER. For our diplomatic relation with Russia. The fact they tried interfering -no matter in which direction just the action- it is very offensive. Also, one of the 2 candidates, I won't say which, but she has questionable ties with Russia at multiple levels. That makes one more with her team orchastrating the hype over fake news mixed into the leaked data. So a serious investigation is necessary over possible treason from French citizens.

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Posted in: France tries to keep Macron email hack from distorting election See in context

you probably won't be able to find anything on Google. Several of my friends in France have told me that in the envelopes they received there was a synopsis for both candidates, but both ballot papers were for Macron. About 8 of my friends.

ONE : You will find it on Google. It's being investigated, officially. That has been in the news for 3 days ans that's where you got the info from. It's a big coincidence that all your imaginary friends are affected since it is a very local incident.

TWO : That has not the slightest effect. The ballot papers sent by mail are not used. You get new ones in all the ballot offices using paper ballots, and in those with electronic vote (only in a few cities), you need none.

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Posted in: French campaign watchdog examines election-eve Macron leak See in context

@Rawbeer, there could be revelation of anything else concerning Macron, maybe he is Jack the Ripper or he had an affair with Marie-Antoinette, but there is nothing to "learn" about his tax story. First, the rumor was around even before the first round. Second, his case was investigated by tax office no less than 4 times (2 of them routine, the 4th after this rumor) so they would have found by now.

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Posted in: Smoking weakens a gene that protects arteries: study See in context

Pukey, the bottles are also supposed to add to your tea chemicals that weakens your genes.

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Posted in: No end in sight for Japan's potato chip crisis See in context

the price would greatly increase when shipped by sea which would be the only way into Japan. 

Zichi, it's 21st century. For big amounts, potatoes by air from Europe to Japan, that costs you 50 cents a kg. 1 kg makes 20 bags of that crap ? 50 ? Their issue is only a certain type of potato can be processed in a given plant, it was probably cultivated at their demand in Hokkaido and not available elsewhere. If they put different size or more/less watery puds as usually, their machines will not work. It's no joke. A local industrial bakery was stuck because for a few months (after bird flu culling), they couldn't get big size eggs fitting their machines. The production line was blocked. Changing equipment for just a while is not technically possible in these monster factories. So they wait. And the marketing service takes the relay to cash on penury...

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Posted in: Just in case See in context

Well, if the radiation doesn't kill you, having to view this room's decoration will...

Basement....In a house....In Japan.

There is a geological issue, for most of Japan soil. Gas passes through ground cracks and concentrates in underground rooms, and that makes them very dangerous. Either the gas overload suffocates you or a sparkle may cause an explosion, then fire... In Osaka, there are other problems. The city is at 95% on reclaimed land. Digging can change the balance, affect land stability for the whole block or provoke floods. So they don't allow you to dig your basement as easily as they do in some other countries. If you really want one, you have to make your basement safe (with air evacuation, etc), and commit to maintain it and pay for regular controls. That costs really too much for individual houses. Except for certain persons I guess.

Everyone else without a basement will have to cower in the bathtub.

A nuke shelter does not need to be underground. But well, I have seen only one in my years in Japan, in a military facility and I'm not even sure that was a real one or just a sample to show to visitors. I'm even less sure that's really useful. It's surely easier to get along with North Korea than equiping over 100 millions of persons.

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Posted in: France kicks off presidential vote See in context

That would be over 40% for the extreme-right thieves. I really think many of my compatriots need to get their heads checked. And Emmanuel Rastignac president next month. Bad day.

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Posted in: Lawmaker to quit LDP over infidelity scandal See in context

just because he had an affair. 

It's not the case. Half of J-lawmakers would have resigned "just for an affair". Nobody cares about their sex life usually. Even paparazzi ignore the "just an affair" cases as there are 13 for a dozen. A scandal is when there is more. Some politicians had to resign due to affairs linking them with the under-world. Another MP resigned because he was doing the playboy while on child care paid leave. Today's hero is accused of stalking.

Not if they haven't done anything criminal or illegal.

Stalking is legal ?

I would have given him another chance provided he was doing good work for his voters. 

And he does ? You think he is 2 distinct persons ? Having a double life and telling lies is not illegal, ok. I really don't care if a taxi driver, a plumber, a cook, a math teacher or a nurse has a double life. But you want to be represented by a lawmaker that says he makes laws for citizens, while in the hide, he only works at pleasing lobbies ?

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Posted in: Who is more unpredictable: U.S. President Donald Trump or North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? See in context

I trust neither. One worries more due to scale. Trump. He's taken weird random decisions already. He can strike anywhere in the world. The weapons work, that was sadly proven. Kim, He has been stubborn but 'logical'. He can strike inside his country (which is already too much). The weapons don't work.

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Posted in: 1 in 4 Japanese men remain unmarried at age 50 See in context

What's a good reason to get married?

Money (like free social security for Mrs) or visas. Many persons are not concerned. If you're poor and both live in the country where you are citizen, no need for a contract.

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Posted in: How to travel from Tokyo to Kyushu by train for less than Y2,500 See in context

It seems their goal was to go as far as possible, even if they had to eat crap. I used these tickets, and also those for only Kansai, but for shorter trip legs. 8 to 10 hour of sleep (er train) takes you far enough and lets you a full day to enjoy places.

Isn't each ticket only good for use on one day?

Each ticket 24 hours. If the system has not changed recently : You can share the 5 tickets with several persons (and buy only one in those shops), You can even share the day. I have a "good face" and I was several time given such tickets (and Kansai tickets and no-my-car-day tickets) by people at the end of their trip, (for instance they used from midnight till 5 pm and I could use the ticket from 5 till midnight).

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Posted in: Britain formally notifies EU of withdrawal See in context

That UK leaves EU, it's their choice. But the attitude of May is absolutely unacceptable.

In security terms a failure to reach agreement would mean our cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened.

So she threatens EU countries. I think we should immediately simply refuse to negociate, reinforce coast security.

So when will the Scott's join Europe?

They are in. The Hadrian wall just needs a refreshing.

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Posted in: Acceleration sensor to keep diet record See in context

In a demonstration, a beef bowl, sushi and bread were distinguished by using the new technology. According to NTT, it is also possible to distinguish curry and pasta.

And then ? That says if the pasta is in tomato or cream sauce, or is a jar of cream is a too small detail ? I don't believe it's even remotely efficient.

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

If it weren't that it's about business, English wouldn't even be taught.

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.

What would it hurt having a TV channel in English? Even a few hours a day

You wrote that in 1970 ? Access to foreign language stuff was surely limited back then. If you visit Japan again, you'll see that in 21st century, they have those TV programs (dumb and clever) in English version, you don't even need the cable. An they have the internets. And books, rental movies/series; etc, Now it's all available 24/24 in any language you want. And most Japanese don't want, are not interested.

Lots of people who do not have English as their first language need English to get the full benefit of the Internet.

Not at all. That's the excuse for oldies like my parents that still struggle with basics. Not for the youth. As my niece rightly said when she was 4 : "I can't spell, your phone spells for me. I can't speak in English or Japanese, your computer does it for me...".

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

“A good teacher can get you to JLPT N2-level in a couple of years,” one friend told me,

When I started reading, I thought that meant the eigo sensei was getting the JET teacher to JLPT level.... And that certainly happens.

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Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe See in context

They can't both be telling the truth.

They can be both telling lies. And they certainly do. Mrs Abe was part of the stinky project, her name was not used by accident, and that's what counts. How much help she provided is one of the details that investigation will check. The scandal is the Prime Minister of Japan supports cultish weirdos. You imagine what we'd hear if Mr Angela Merkel was caught visiting a Hitlerian youth kindergarten ?

Abe has denied he or Akie intervened in the land deal, or helped the school get accredited. He has said he would resign if evidence to the contrary were found.

He should already be gone.

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Posted in: Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border See in context

In just the first month there has been a sharp decrease in the number of incoming illegal immigrants

As my grandpa would say ; You know the boat is sinking when the rats leave. . But who will want to live in Trump's giga-wasteland ?

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Posted in: Diet proposes one-off abdication law for emperor See in context

The law requires his attestation, which means a lot.

It means nothing. The Tenno has not the option of refusing to put his stamp on any law. He has the same amount of power and freedom as a girl in AKB or Morning Musume. But well, at his age, it's tough...

South Korea currently has a semi-presidential system (similar to France) and just impeached and chucked out their president.

For good reasons. When elected representants misbehave, the electors can make them go. It was very complicated Spain to get rid of their infamous king and his daughter. What would Japan do if some Imperials became criminals ?

during the 50s or 60s, if Japan had been made a presidential republic as in the US, an anti-communist dictatorship would've been implemented;

It was implemented.

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Posted in: 4 shot, 10 hurt in French school shooting; student arrested See in context

"4 people shot - and 10 other victims" is supposed to mean?

4 received bullets (2 are already out of hospital). The others were lightly hurt in the panic.

Guns are plentiful in France but a grenade??

In this case, it was confirmed that he had everything at home. He's a son and grandson of gun collecting airheads. But getting grenades is easy for a teenager. Many were left after the wars. All you need is a military map and a metal detector, you can gather a dozen in one day of hiking, 1 or 2 will still work.

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Posted in: Matsuya beef bowl chain begins offering low-carb meals with tofu instead of rice See in context

50-yen surcharge upgrades your plain white rice to “yudofu,”

That used to be a discount.

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Posted in: Former Morning Musume singer Rika Ishikawa marries pro baseball player Ryoma Nogami See in context

really sad that she had to keep it all a secret

Not at all. What I find sad is when celeb document their intimate live in media /social media. She kept it "private" as it should and not secret. Best wishes to them.

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Posted in: France's Fillon makes no promises to stay as party fights for electoral survival See in context

Le Canard Enchainé is a left wing rag

You are the only one that thinks that. You probably confuse with Mediapart (Edwy Plenel, ex-boss of Le Monde). Fillon's main problem is not the articles, it's not even the investigation, it's himself. He destroyed all trust because he lies like a Trump (and so does his Lady Penelope). He thinks people forget what he promised the day before. Plus he insults all kind of people, even the disabled now. Next thing, he'll say he grabs women...

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Posted in: Trump claims Obama had phones wiretapped; Obama denies it See in context

I wish the CIA, FBI, etc had actually wiretaped and investigated seriously the Donald and his gang of Russian spies long before the election. He would not be where he is now,

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Posted in: Is ride-sharing about to upend bus industry, too? See in context

Car sharing, be it taxi or personal car, was a great idea 50 to 20 yrs ago but in most areas it is no longer working because roads are streets are so overfilled. My cousin had a car sharing rotation with 3 coworkers and they did it during 25 yrs, but the same route was 30 minutes and became more than one hour on a good day, plus parking fees have exploded. So now all take the train .

So what will happen?

Regarless of the costs, you need 20 cars minimum to replace one bus, and 20 buses to replace one train... Mass transportation will be developped in the future, public or private, I dunno. It's the only efficient way. Taxis, pick-and-drop electric cars (and probably self driving vehicules) will be for the last 2 to 5 km from station, not the whole way.

the long-standing prohibition on riders sharing a traditional taxi.

Seems to be a special rule for Canada. What's the reason ? In all countries I've been, taxi sharing is common. I do it nearly systematically for long rides from airport to city center. That was also the norm after clubbing in my student years and no taxi driver accepted to move with less than 4 (or 8) passengers as they were making at least 30% more.

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Posted in: Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring See in context

That meants next president will be already there in April. Great !

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Posted in: Do Japanese take use-by dates too seriously? See in context

Suddenly within 30 minutes, a tasty sandwich had turned into a life threatening poisonous item

It's possible. The way to know is to see if you fall dead after eating... then your heirs will sue the shop. OK, it's not magically at that minute. Depending on ingredients and climate, a sandwhich can go bad in a a few minutes, so shops decide on the "safe" time depending on their conditions. If the limit is 2 hours, 30 minutes is a lot. Otherwise how do you want to do ?

But come on, I would bet hard cash that the VAST majority of the "6.32 million tons of perfectly good food" is from the zillions of combinis and pan-ya peppered every 10m in Japan.

From what I know, it's the contrary. I don't say they cut wastes as much as I'd like, but more than others. The kombinis have been the first to deal with the issue. That's why you can see them getting deliveries many times a day as they get the minimum stock of perishable items in shops. Pan-ya and such also tend to bake in the shop depending on demand and they avoid stocking. The other small shops, like Trinket's bentoya, they are not into stock management.

IIRC France is making this a LAW.

You misunderstood. You are not allowed to donate stale food in France. That was about another level of human stupidity. Shops habe been told to give to charities big stocks of what is beyond "sell by date" and before "consume by date" and also food that didn't sell well. Before the new law the a-holes managers of retail chains used to destroy excess stocks in order to free the shelves and they'd have their security staff beat the homeless trying to grab a few things to eat. But the farmer mafia is still destroying some excess of produce in order to maintain the selling prices and for them it's legal.

almost none of those dates indicate the safety of food, foods can go bad even before the expiration date if they have been poorly stored.

Exactly. I check the date when it was made/produced and I make my calculation depending on food and storage conditions. Buying dairies in Summer in Japan, bringing them back in a plastic bag walking or cycling 20 minutes.... by 40 degrees 120% humidity, storing the misty packages for a few days, it is a bet on your health. Idem for ground meat. Use within 2 hours if stored in good refrigeration, or forget the idea of eating it. Bring it from the butcher's in an ice-box or grind at home with your knife. In Japan, they are usually serious. In the US, cluelessness reigns and it's not surprising that they have record level of food poisoning for countries with wide access to refrigeration. In France, I don't trust them much these days. You can go in a shop, and in semi-cool shelf (opened fridges that don't even seem to work well), you can see fresh dishes (like local version of "sushi", salads, sandwiches, etc) that was made 3 days ago and to be consumed within next 4 days. I don't touch that. That type of food has to be eaten the day it's prepared or never. But there is a date on everything by rule. For rock salt, I ignore it. That salt had been made 1000 yrs ago, it can wait a few more years.

Osak however seems a little more relaxed about it.

Homma ni. The big food poisoning cases happened in Osaka.

We used to eat canned goods far beyond the date...with no problems.

The people that had problems are not here to tell. Cans, ground meat and dairies are the biggest killers.

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Posted in: 'Reverse engagement ring' helps women control their marital destiny See in context

and slip the ring on her finger,

??? It's not a ring for him ? Many men love wearing rings, so they'd be disappointed, no ? That makes me think about my Dad when we ordered clothes and he was there at delivery. So he'd say nothing and the next day, he was wearing the new item and say "There was my name on the box, I keep...". Clothes ordered for my brother, but also for the girls of the family like he took Mum's snow shoes and a large jeans shirt that was for me.

gives women a unique way to get the ball rolling on progressing from boyfriend and girlfriend to husband and wife.

This is not different from what so many J-woman already do : pulling her socially inept sarariman by the sleeve to the jewel store, point the ring she has reserved, make him pay with his credit card, and instruct him to propose at the next dinner in the restaurant of her choice.

a diamond necklace “in celebration of her taking the first step of her new [single] life.”

They do that too already, when they dump a guy, go to Brand Off with all his presents of value and exchange with a new trinket.

Cooking and cleaning well can only get you so far,

You're not going to receive one.

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