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Posted in: Is technology a job killer? See in context

What most of this debate misses is that we are actually competing against other people. Technology doesn't really change that underlying truth. We (well, many people) want more money, toys, bigger houses etc than our neighbours, and employers want more production. Technology possibly increases pressure by widening the pool of competitors.

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Posted in: Is technology a job killer? See in context

Well it certainly created my jobs.

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Posted in: Abe pledges to resolve island dispute with Russia See in context

Quite a talent for getting two angry neighbours riled up at once. BBC is reporting that Russian jets were over Japan airspace just now.

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Posted in: ANA cancels 681 more flights over Dreamliner grounding See in context

I've booked a flight for June on one of these. The airlines draw up their schedules at least a year into the future (though they sometimes change, of course). If it's not up and running by then, I'll get re-routed. Big deal. There is no point completely rewriting the timetable only to reinstate it when the planes start flying again.

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Posted in: Gargling deemed ineffective measure against flu by health ministry See in context

Welcome to the 21st century and evidence-based medicine.

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Posted in: Aso says weak yen result, not goal of anti-deflation policies See in context

well they bloody should try to weaken the yen, it's at a crazy level. Even though I'm paid in yen and benefiting greatly from it (I save and export a large chunk of salary) it's still blindingly obvious.

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Posted in: NRA chief opposes universal background checks for gun purchases See in context

Yes Farmboy, because that is actually going to happen. No, really, I agree with you. It really will.

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Posted in: Sex to burn calories? Authors expose obesity myths See in context

I don't know a single fat person who didn't get there by eating shedloads of high-calorie food over a long period. It's not rocket science.

(I'm sure there are a handful of medical anomalies. I'm more sure that there is not some new medical "condition" affecting roughly half of all people in the developed world, which just happens to have appeared when food got cheap and people stopped exercising.)

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Posted in: Famed American sniper killed at Texas shooting range See in context

Surely they have armed guards to guard the good guys with guns?

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Posted in: AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating See in context

Even in Japan, people have the right to a private and family life, including freedom of association. These are not at the whim of an employer, even if the employee signs a contract.

Article 13.All of the people shall be respected as individuals. Their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness shall, to the extent that it does not interfere with the public welfare, be the supreme consideration in legislation and in other governmental affairs.

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Posted in: 'Abenomics' kicking average wage-earner in teeth See in context

Good timing with me looking to leave Japan...

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Posted in: AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating See in context

It's controversial because it is unconstitutional and illegal even in Japan, but of course no-one here will do anything about it (or even talk about doing anything about it).

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Posted in: Abe says he will release new statement on World War II See in context

Foot, meet mouth.

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Posted in: AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating See in context

I think it is absolutely shocking and disgusting that women are still treated in such an appalling manner in Japan. What happened to the right to a private life?

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Posted in: Japan sets Guinness record for synchronized mascot dancing See in context

I want to see synchronised mascot swimming.

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Posted in: Is the JET Program really necessary for Japan? See in context

The question is not whether is it necessary (answer: no) but is it even useful?

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Posted in: U.S. welcomes Japan's easing of restrictions on U.S. beef See in context

Good grief can't we get over the BSE scaremongering yet? It's not like it ever turned into a significant health problem even in the UK where it was rampant in cows for years.

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Posted in: Abe proposes national security council to deal with crises See in context

How has that horrible event in Algeria got anything to do with Japanese national security?

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Posted in: 74,483 danger spots found on roads around public elementary schools See in context

Anyone who thinks that Japanese drivers are aggressive and inconsiderate towards pedestrians can't have spent any time in the UK or USA, that's for sure.

Round my neighbourhood (including a primary school) the roads are narrow with no pavement. Not much you can do about that when there is no space. Better to have a shared space, the cars generally crawl around.

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Posted in: ANA cancels 379 more Dreamliner flights See in context

Well currently you can book flights on these planes, for sufficiently far ahead in the future. They probably think there is no need to revamp their schedules for next year, on the assumption that it will probably get sorted out before then.

But it's a pretty boring news story.

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Posted in: BOJ governor says it will be tough to meet inflation target See in context

Yeah I'm not going to buy a computer so I can read and comment on JT, because I know they will be more powerful and cheaper in the future....oh, hang on....

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Posted in: How to function optimally in Japanese work environment See in context

Do it your way, the locals won't do anything for your career so you'd better look out for yourself and make your life as bearable as possible while you are here.

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Posted in: Survey reveals 24% of workers in Japan spend Y250 on lunch See in context

What a dismal life these people have.

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Posted in: What are your views on women breastfeeding in public? See in context

Entirely natural and nothing to worry about or object to.

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Posted in: Duel See in context

Duel? Its a water fight!

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Posted in: Looming layoffs: Which workers are at greatest risk? See in context

Well, I'm also (hopefully) on my way out through choice. Yes, sacking the brightest and best seems standard operating practice...

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Posted in: Japan reports record Y6.93 tril trade deficit in 2012 See in context

"weak yen" - what nonsense. The yen has been hugely over-valued for several years now. Not that I'm complaining, but it can hardly be expected to last.

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Posted in: Something dark and bittersweet is brewing in Japan for Valentine’s Day — chocolate beer See in context

Kamakura brewery has produced a Valentine's Day chocolate beer for some years. I bought one just a few days ago. Not really my sort of thing, but for a one-off, it's quite fun (more of a dark beer with a hint of chocolate, from what I remember of the last one).

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Posted in: United Airlines launches satellite-based Wi-Fi service See in context

Well, I can see it being useful...but it could be cheaper. Some hotels charge as much as $10/day for internet access, though mostly they seem to be going free these days.

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Posted in: America's national parks weigh solitude against cellular access See in context

Wow. Three days without a phone call. The humanity.

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