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Posted in: Do you find it annoying when you're trying to get a co-worker's attention in the office but can't because they are listening to music? Do you think companies should ban employees listening to whatever See in context

Not a big deal. If your relationship with your colleagues is not very very formal these things should not be a problem.

But I understand the stress factor in a Japanese firm where even colleagues sitting next to each other communicate via mail. People inform and apologize to their peers before taking a rest room break. Pathetic!

Environment of absolute mistrust to create enough hostility anyways.

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Posted in: With drones becoming more popular among individuals and with various companies looking at their use for delivery of merchandise, do you think the time will come when there are hundreds of thousands of See in context

No, because potentially most of them might carry explosives, biological or chemical weapons; specially a very popular idea in the profession of terrorism.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of school education in Japan? If you have a child at school, are you happy with that school? See in context

Education here is way below expectation even when compared to several other third world countries.

No wonder all the skilled jobs have already moved out of Japan to nearby asian countries in last 10 years.

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Posted in: 4 Chinese ships sail near disputed islands See in context

While the whole world is worried about the disputed islands I can't imagine the damage to the marine life wherever these Chinese ships go.

Imagine one fine day Chinese ships stop intruding into these disputed waters, Japan will boast of getting rid of Chinese intervention only to realise that the marine life is already destroyed and swept away by the Chinese ships.

After all in the age of satellite there has to be some other mysterious reason for Chinese ships to constantly sniff into disputed waters.

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Posted in: Talking medicine: Mayumi Sawada opens doors to Japanese healthcare See in context

She looks like a ramp model more than a CEO. Good luck!

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Posted in: How should the international community deal with North Korea? See in context

Actually NK is harmless. Just leave them alone and ignore them.

The real threat is China, a destructive force in the making.

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Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan See in context

Wow! I never thought that a beauty contest would grab so much reviews, attention.

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Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan See in context

Beauty is just a perception and varies from culture to culture, race to race, year to year, nation to nation and people to people.

So take it easy, a "pure" japanese contestant will win for next few years. These things do happen in a rigged business.

Personally by Indian or Filipino standards she looks well below average. She must have done something good to attract judge's attention. But who am I to judge here.

These beauty contests never benefitted anyone in anyway. So just read, smile and forget.

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Posted in: A psychological question: What causes some kids to bully others at school? See in context

I haven't experienced bullying so not sure. I don't even know how to handle it in case I experience one.

But reading all the comments above I feel lucky that I had a surrounding with a lot of postive energy. I was very lucky to have some really good friends, teachers and relatives who made sure that my feet were always on ground.

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Posted in: It clearly shows that many in the United States do not really understand the Japan-U.S. alliance. See in context

This is not rocket science.

Now US has more allies compared to about 40 years ago through the cold war era with Russia. US don't need to depend on Japan as its close ally anymore, US has better options today. The target has shifted from Russia to China, so does the dynamics with US allies in Asia to build up on its proxy war with China.

So US is shrewd enough to woo some other nations to its own benefit, specially nations which have rich natural resources, young population and cheap man power. Does Japan have any of these qualifications today? I seriously doubt.

Also thanks to growing domestic issue in Japan like aging population, shrinking economy, resistance to US defence forces in its soil etc. US has nothing to gain from its relation with Japan anymore.

To summarize history has proven time and again that US can be an opportunist friend and a very dangerous enemy.

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon expected to make landfall over northeast Japan See in context

So far only the name "Lionrock" sounds powerful.

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Posted in: Japanese firms need to expand into Africa, a region with high growth potential, to be more competitive internationally. Any company can't be international without thinking of making money across the g See in context

The biggest reason for so many American firms to be globally successful and competitive is due to their ability to easyly adapt to foreign culture. Perhaps thats the advantage they already have being a nation of immigrants.

I seriously doubt this aspect when it comes to Asian and European firms though. Moreover we are not in colonization era anymore. This could be one main reason why Africa is being targetted now. Note that China already has a very strong presence in several African nations. Wonder how Japan will tackle this Chinese domination.

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Posted in: What aspects of Japanese history, culture, lifestyle and tradition would you like to see in the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Taiko drumming + Lots of colourful Kimonos.

Japanese women look very beautiful and classy in Kimono.

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Posted in: What can Tokyo learn from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as it prepares to host the 2020 Games? See in context

Make sure that camera also focuses on players from other nations, especially the sportsmen and women who win medals, even when there are Japanese participants in the event.

I am serious.

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Posted in: What for you were the high points and low points of the Rio Olympics? See in context

@MsDelicious: Can't agree more.

I need to get used to crying athletes faces before 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Its going to be a mass funeral kind of atmosphere then, of course with medals hanging around.

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Posted in: How would you rate Japan's performance at the Rio Olympics so far? See in context

Russia's loss is Japan's gain.

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Posted in: What do you think of the level of sportsmanship so far at the Rio Olympics? See in context

@Brainiac: Each of these incidents have two side of stories and are debatable. At least the good thing is that these incidents are not related to doping so far. These kind of events will happen in every Olympics for sure.

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Posted in: What do you think of the level of sportsmanship so far at the Rio Olympics? See in context

It looks very well sugar coated wherever the media camera lens is made to focus although not sure whether that thing called "sportsmanship" is coming from the heart of the individual participants though.

For example the never ending doping scandal is a reality we cannot ignore after all.

Personally its a boring sight as a spectator. Competitive approach with a little bit of chirping is always exciting to see. It also gives a reflection of the culture in sports.

Just my perception.

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Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world? See in context

Elections are meant to be bitter and hard fought.

I think this is normal because its the opinion of the american masses thats put to test here.

Images could be changed in due course of time for good or bad. And I think US is good enough to do the repair work later if required. Its a nation of immigrants which still manages to attract best brains from around the world.

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Posted in: Phelps wins Olympic gold medals No. 20 and 21; Sakai gets silver in butterfly See in context

Wow! This guy is phemomenal!

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Posted in: More than half of British women sexually harassed at work: survey See in context

@katsu78: True. I heard that in Japan ladies switch several jobs just to find a suitable partner and not for their own "career" prospect. That way they hope to hit the gold mine some day. And the guys are well aware of this situation too. My point here is that you can't clap with one hand after all.

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Posted in: What's your definition of a war crime? Please give some examples. See in context

The definition of war crimes are relative and change from time to time, generation to generation. Usually defined by all parties other than the one that wins the war.

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Posted in: Japan will celebrate its newest national holiday, "Yama no Hi" (Mountain Day), on Aug 11. What do you think about the name and timing of this holiday? See in context

Its a cool idea, always welcome this wonderful concept. Not many nations around the world worship and respect nature like Japan.

The name and timing is perfect, no stink of any religion in this holiday.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

Internet is a place where you always get to read what you want to believe. Period.

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Posted in: We urge the Japanese side to learn from history, stick to the path of peaceful development, watch its words and actions in the military and security fields, and contribute to enhancing mutual trust wi See in context

Now don't tell me Hua Chunying, the Chinese foreign minister made this statement from a. the artificial island built in South China Sea b. some submarine that is still passing through Japan Sea

That would be a classic joke of the decade.

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Posted in: The government has failed to learn lessons from the past by repeating policies with no freshness while accumulating debts. See in context

@sangetsu03: I beg to defer with your solution. Cutting spending is just not going to solve this problem. In fact this in itself is the problem here in Japan. The very purpose of injecting the paper money into the system via economic stimulus package is to encourage spending across the chain i.e. from business to consumers. This would "theoretically" stimulate the economy.

However whats happening "in fact" is that the spending is just degrading(or shrinking) inspite of the stimulus package. Thats because masses are insecure about their future financial situation and are inturn saving, investing the money. This is in addtion to the cost cutting and cut in spending which is already happening.

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Posted in: The government has failed to learn lessons from the past by repeating policies with no freshness while accumulating debts. See in context

Reason: Economic stimulus package, a temporary solution, seems to be the most viable option in hand considering the fixed tenure of every administration. So to think of a better, productive long term, permanent solution that would really help to rebuild the economy, Japan needs to think different.

Solution: Extend the tenure of present administration to a longer duration and make them accountable to come up with a different solution to the problem (i.e. non economic stimulus package approach). The purpose is to enforce the authorities to think in a direction of solutions proposed by various researchers and economists over the years.

Since this problem is very very serious the tenure of the government should be extended so that some real good ideas surface. Dont expect any good solution as long as the administration is in survival mode itself.

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Posted in: Why do media put so much pressure on athletes to win gold at Olympics, for example, Japan with its judoka, South Korea (speedskating), Australia (swimming), Brazil (soccer), and so on, and then treat See in context

There is a huge huge sum of money spinning in this cycle of building up the hype around participants and then pulling the plug later. Its like any other reality show which is run by the media on a global scale.

And the participants, the real idiots on the stage, are really made to believe that they should be proud to represent their nation at a global arena. The opportunistic media fuels these pride factor more and makes more money in the process. Pressure tactics 1: There are several medalists who sell their Olympic medals when they grow old for meagre financial assistance. By then they become wiser and the reality dawns onto their minds that all the years of sacrifice that they made just for that piece of metal was not worth it after all. But the media never covers these sad stories as there is no money in it.

Pressure tactics 2: I really hate to see sportsmen crying like babies on national television when they don't manage to get that piece of metal. Only real adults should be allowed to participate. Neither do I feel ecstatic whenever someone gets that piece of metal and loudly sings a song that coincides with something called national anthem. Thats because they are just playing into the hands of the media to make more money.

Given the choice I am happy following professional sports instead. At least there is less drama and more serious business at such events.

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Posted in: Actress Reiko Takashima announces divorce from ex-actor Noboru Takachi, citing his 'betrayal' See in context

@PeterPayne,@theeastisred: High mainetenance cost. I imagine, any guy as her husband would be stressed beyond limits.Guys will keep hitting on her anyways. I am sure she is well aware of this. So she better stay single. Gorgeous women usually don't make good housewives, just my perception.

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