Rather than throw out patronizing sops like this, how about Japanese businesses and inventors work on ways to make it possible for the disabled to more easily get around and take part in society LIKE. EVERYBODY. ELSE. If these people are truly housebound, yes, this could be a step forward - but are they housebound because of the degree of their disability or because it's so hard to get around here in Japan and they face discouragement at the idea of working fulltime in companies and doing other things? This is the same society where a man in a wheelchair was recently told to stop drinking wine in a restaurant because of "safety issues." Maybe the woman shown on NHK last night doing this and saying it was "fun" might in fact want to be out and about doing more meaningful work, or just socializing with friends like anybody else? Somehow, this news makes me very sad
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The problem is that there's always a certain amount of storm movement that can't actually be predicted all that well - and the Japanese tendency to err on the side of caution, which has really increased since 3/11. As NHK news has as its brief a certain amount of civil defense activity, they virtually have no choice but to get hysterical.
A good counterpoint to the JMA and NHK is this site: www.tropicalstormrisk.com - which shows, among other things, when a typhoon has actually weakened to what the rest of the world considers a tropical storm.
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The last two summers have been relatively cool, and 2015 wasn't a killer either, though the humidity dragged on through September. 2013 was nasty. So was 2004.
I was looking up weather data last week going back to 1960 in connection with the Olympics opening and marathon days, and one of the biggest noticeable changes is that it doesn't cool off at night anymore. August 9, 1960, was 33.2 degrees but the low was around 22. Past 2000 especially, what you really notice is that the nights don't go down below 25 and often are higher.
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Wow, Nan Desu Ka, are you real? Given that one of Hillary's supposed downsides was that she "took speaking fees" from Goldman Sachs and other establishment financial firms, why should Trump's being a billionaire be any recommendation for what he can do for the US? Not to mention that it's not as if he worked for that - his Daddy got him set up with millions and a company that was already doing well. Given that he's had a couple of bankruptcies and we've never seen his tax forms, we have no idea if he actually is a billionaire or not. I'd rather have somebody who isn't a billionaire but still has some scraps of human decency in charge of the country. Never thought I'd say this but Trump makes George W Bush look good.
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I don't know about this one. Why are they "out drinking" together? That doesn't seem professional on both sides. Reporters must maintain a distance between themselves and people and organizations they reporting on. Otherwise, fairness and objectivey are thrown out the window.
It's actually pretty standard practice for reporters and sources - which this guy, as a top MOF bureaucrat, was - to go out to meals and so on, so they can talk in a less formal setting. Also, this is how people leak things; they won't do that in their offices. In Japan, unsurprisingly, this also involves alcohol. Cultivating sources takes a long time and yes, building friendly relations is a big part of this.
Locker room banter?
Not unless "may I sleep with you" and "Can I touch your breasts?" are locker room banter.
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NHK actually broadcast skiing live from Pyeongchang for several hours this afternoon, foregoing broadcasts of sumo for it, and also cover some on the regular news. I think they're doing rather well, considering.
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Other stories had more details, including that a good part of the residents were in their 50s. Since when is that elderly? Suggest real issue may be crappy support services to the poor - something that happens in many nations, including the US.
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Your standard Japanese mask is of pretty dubious value, although I guess perhaps there's something to be said for the folks who wear them to warm up their noses/mouths and thus to perhaps create a slightly more "humid" personal atmosphere to ward off catching things. I did just see NHK recommend coughing into the elbow, and while NHK is God here I have yet to see one adult doing so....so many wear the masks and then cough any way they like.
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You'll never train folks to cough into an elbow when they sit there wearing those stupid masks and coughing with no attempt to cover their mouth in ANY form. Plus the elbow cough doesn't seem widely known here period. I think a good ten percent of my office was in masks yesterday and several sounded horrible.
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The Nikkei doesn't move independently, it's all linked to the US market. Trump uncertainty will start kicking in and God only knows what will happen if there's war.
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I hate to say this, but think what this guy could have done if he'd gotten his hands on a gun. There are weirdos like this in any society, but making it harder to get nasty weapons does help limit the toll.
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The guidelines will "allow" local BOEs to change things. That means it's not compulsory, therefore little will happen. Anyway, regions already do this - some Tohoku schools restart on August 18 and have a longer winter break. I haven't seen it make a damn bit of difference in crowding. The big issue is persuading companies to allow people to take vacation, period, and outside of Obon/Shogatsu for second.
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I know from people who have lived in parts of the US with fire ants that they view this with foreboding. Yet, this seems to me like yet another Japanese government incidence of hysteria. Remember two or three years ago, they closed parks because of dengue-fever causing mosquitoes? The longer I live here, the more I think this entire country has generalized anxiety disorder. Given the prevalence of quakes, this is understandable. Yet the government and media take every possible chance to fan flames of worry. If it isn't fire ants, it's some new disease symptom you never noticed before, or tornado warnings, or high temperatures broadcast constantly on TV with warnings to drink water. Yes, I'm sure this is good overall, but. I'm willing to be wary in this case, but I also think it could also be yet another case of crying wolf.
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To add to that, it wasn't free back then either, but it was quite a minimal cost.
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I'm with Nan Ferra - it's the first time people are being charged (quite a lot) for the experience. I actually took part in one of the earliest tours, back in 1993, but it was only two or three days long. I assume this is a longer experience by the price. I sure hope so - the food (rice and miso shiru three times a day) certainly doesn't cost much.
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Older folks here often commit suicide because of health problems and "not wanting to be a bother." It is very sad
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Drug induced fantasy? Oh really? All women so want to have their breast licked that they think of this first thing after anesthesia? Give me a break
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Free public transport would help in the cities, but the problem is that public transport is very limited out in the country and so even that's not the whole answer. Also, some prefectures have had cognitive tests for a while and I've heard the elderly joke about passing them. They're not particularly rigorous.
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The occurrence of earthquakes canNOT be predicted, aside from some warning from the initial motion waves - hence the quake warning system, which detects some of the first wave frequencies. But aside from that, no, quakes can't be predicted no matter what the Japanese government might hope.
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Nothing Trump has said or done since winning the election inspires confidence. A white supremacist on staff, a man rejected by a REPUBLICAN CONGRESS as too racist in charge of upholding the laws of the land, his kids on his transition staff, a man so thin-skinned that a rather polite criticism of his VP prompted a whiny little Twitter demand for an apology....and, most of all, why hasn't he denounced the hate crimes going on every day? Whether it's the racist/sexist/anti-LGBT color of his cabinet so far, sheer competence or lack thereof, or the threat of pretty unprecedented nepotism - nothing about his presidency looks good. So much hate has been stirred up by him over the last year that it'll take quite a while to die down. If it ever does.
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The whole letter is pretty nauseating reading. The first paragraph is all about Abe telling Trump how smart and skilled he was, how he used that smarts to not only build a major business but MAKE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE US ECONOMY, and how he could hardly wait to meet him.
He's rushing to New York next week to pay a visit. Can we say lap dog?
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I sometimes sit in the priority seats if they're the only empty ones, but I figure I'm morally obliged to get up if somebody who really needs them comes along, and I do. Once or twice I've been so dizzy on trains - due to illness - that I've had to crouch down on the floor to avoid passing out, but even if I'm in front of the priority seats, nobody ever offers.
As for Japanese people on the train showing support, I once bumped a young guy on the train in the morning and he started shouting at me. When I started to respond to him a woman sitting in front of my shook my head at ME to keep silent.
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First, cabinet ministers aren't in their posts for life. Masuda was in the cabinet several governments ago. Is Ishihara Junior's current cabinet post any proof of "competence?" He's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Masuda was also governor of Iwate for two terms, where he led quite competently. But he doesn't have the world's chattiest personality and yes, is kind of colorless.
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I don't remember ever seeing on the news that this worked last year.
Daylight savings time or, more radically, changing Japanese time year round, would be a better bet. It's ridiculous to have it get light at 4:10 a.m. in the summer - and in the hottest days, this means the sun has already been up and heating the earth for three hours before most workdays/commuter days start. You can feel the difference; at the end of the summer, when the mornings are a little shorter, it's a bit cooler even if the day itself is hellish.
I know all the DST excuses but I've also heard that one reason is that Japan WAS on DST during the Occupation, and that this memory has informed Japanese thinking on the issue ever since. I've also heard that Japan is on a different timezone from the Asian continent because otherwise they'd be in the same time zone as China. But clearly it'd be much nicer to have summer sunrise around 5:30 and the sunset around 8:00, and that could be done by switching time zones. But it'll never happen (sigh)
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Abe has, until now, managed to bluff his way through various scandals pretty well. It's true they've been less potentially serious, and also involved lesser cabinet ministers. But do not underestimate his ability to tough things out until the press - which is getting tamer - drops it.Warispeace, first of all, Edano belongs to the Democrats and they're not in power. So Abe's replacement would be from the LDP and there's a dearth of guys who they THINK have enough experience to be in power.
As for Edano lying about Fukushima, do you think an LDP government would have been any more honest at that point? LDP governments are the ones who CREATED the whole rotten system of nuclear power and let it be run as the companies wanted for years. They wouldn't have done anything different.
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