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Posted in: Woman, 'unaware' she was pregnant, delivers baby into cesspool See in context

I didn't check all the other comments, but you know, TLC did make an entire series out of this kind of thing, right? if you want to look for it, the name of the show is quite apropos -- "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant."

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Posted in: Fujitsu launches ARROWS A SoftBank 202F smartphones See in context

When they say "two days," do they mean "two days" with "average use?" I'm pretty sure many people would want to see quite a few videos on that screen!

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Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000 See in context

I'll preface what I'm about to say with stating that I have friends who are ALTs, at least some of which who are participants of JET and I am in no way directly attacking them.

With that said, I am one of the approximately SEVEN (no more than eight) fully-qualified, licensed native speakers of English who works as a teacher in the ENTIRETY of Japan. I was hired to teach math and science in English, but those classes wouldn't constitute full-time work so I have to teach English classes as well.

I have not seen such a poor excuse for promoting English education as ALTs. Having them is almost a complete waste of money. I was hired to work pretty much fresh out of college, but I've had quite a bit of experience IN the field of education. Many ALTs have not stepped foot in an education classroom. This is no fault of them, but of the Japanese government.

I honestly believe there needs to be some sort of pedagogical background before coming to teach in Japan. It's truly laughable though, regardless of what you believe, when ALTs call themselves "teachers."

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