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Posted in: Japanese mosquito coils taking bite out of malaria in Kenya See in context

Inhaled smoke of any variety is pretty damaging to the lungs and the rest of the body too when it enters the bloodstream.

Compare the number of people who die annually of malaria in Africa with the tiny bump in lung cancer that burning katori senko might cause. If this can reduce malaria cases by even 1 or 2 percent, I’ll wager it’s still a net win.

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Posted in: There are high hurdles to overcome before students whose mother tongues are not Japanese take the five-subject exam. See in context

The exams have some problems. However, on a basic level, if students cannot comprehend and express themselves on exams in Japanese, how are they supposed to function in high schools where instruction is in Japanese?

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Posted in: Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in other countries? See in context

Do Japanese people not? Is this a thing in Tokyo and other big cities?

In the countryside where I have lived, I see lots of people wearing sunglasses when driving, biking, or walking. Maybe further north in Japan, there is less humidity blocking sunlight, so there is more need? Also, there are not so many tall buildings blocking the light.

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Posted in: Japan, India reject Biden's comments describing them as xenophobic countries See in context

Biden is wrong. America’s economy is not doing well. When it has done well, it’s not because America allows in immigrants. Japan’s economy isn’t bad because of a lack of immigration.

Today’s immigration in America mostly serves the wealthy elite. Wages for poor people are kept low, ensuring that the rich can have cheap service labor.

If economic prowess depended on immigration, why was the Japanese economy so strong in the 1970s and 1980s, when immigration was far lower than it is today? Why has China’s economy grown into a powerhouse?

Biden’s immigration comment reflects a persistent complaint and goal of globalists. They want and need free movement of labor to keep their global economic and political order afloat.

Really, the economic problem for Japan, America, and many other countries on the globalist merry-go-round is financialization. Banks and hedge funds parasitically sink their teeth into countries’ industries and then leave them for dead. Japan was one of the early victims. Other Asian nations came after. America survives, barely, because it is the central bank—it is the dollar. But even this is showing severe cracks.

Immigration is a pillar of the elite globalist power structure. Some immigration is always necessary and healthy for any country. Mass immigration is not a path to wealth for any nation.

So, yes, Japan is mildly xenophobic. Why take umbrage at this? Embrace it. Keeping Japan Japanese is the only way that the Japanese will keep their nation.

Sadly, though, Japan may already have let this boat sail. Contra Biden’s comment, there are huge numbers of foreigners already living and working in Japan. The bento that you buy? Odds are extremely high that it was made by a Vietnamese, Chinese, or other foreign worker. Why don’t Japan’s low-end wages rise? Because those jobs are filled by foreign workers, who then ship much of their money back out of the country. It’s siphoning wealth away from Japan.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for speeding up debate on revising Constitution See in context

"It is not possible to protect the peace with military power."

Pretty much all of history rejects this assertion. People without military might generally cease to be a people in very short order whenever they are in contact with other peoples.

The problem with having a strong military is that leaders also then want to use it. Rather than defending their own borders, they want to venture beyond.

This is where Japan sits militarily and politically now. Japan has a well armed military which would punish anyone who tried to invade the country. Combined with America’s presence in Japan, Japan has no serious threats to its lands. Some political leaders want to venture abroad again with the military, mainly to support the globalist empire’s projects.

Japan needs a military, but it’s far better off keeping this military at home, protecting the home.

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Posted in: Abe murder revealing religion's role in Japan's child abuse problem See in context

Yamagami was well into adulthood and still living off of his mother’s money. From what I read, she did not become active with the Moonies until he was an adult. Yeah, the Moonies are a cult and were bleeding this woman dry, but it was not a case of child neglect. Yamagami was far past the age when he should have been able to take care of himself financially.

The problem with cults draining money from their followers is real. The corruption running back and forth between cults and political parties in Japan is real. This case highlighted both of these issues. There were no children involved, unless we’re twisting a 41-year-old man into a “child.”

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Posted in: Osaka governor suggests lowering voting age to 0 to curb population decline See in context

What will change by parents registering extra votes for their kids?

The sinking birthrate reflects too many people delaying marriage past their prime childbearing years, more and more people not marrying or having kids at all, and those who have kids usually having only one or two.

Is there some magic public policy that would change these trends if only we elected the right politicians to office? No. Expanding childcare and other benefits has thus far only seen birthrates drop. No politicians in any party have put forward proposals that would solve the demographic collapse. Extra votes from parents won’t change the social, moral, and spiritual decay.

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Posted in: The Dutch are aiming to quarantine populism. Should the rest of the world follow suit? See in context

If the moderate political parties in the West had more sensible immigration/refugee policies, populism would die pretty quickly. Look at Japan, for example.

In the Netherlands, it’s immigration and also EU diktats shutting down farms. The Dutch have the most productive, efficient farms in the world, but Europe has set arbitrary reductions on carbon, which the government has decided to inflict on farmers.

The move is nonsense—the same food will have to be grown elsewhere. Other countries have less efficient farms, so carbon emissions overall will rise. Dutch farmers are livid, and this is also now stoking populist sentiments in the Netherlands.

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Posted in: The Dutch are aiming to quarantine populism. Should the rest of the world follow suit? See in context

We can’t let the people decide their leaders! This is a democracy!

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Posted in: New national standards for Japanese-language schools to start April See in context

Hepburn is not a pronunciation method. It’s a writing system.

Japanese learners should avoid Romaji to the same extent that English learners in Japan should avoid Katakana. They will horribly mislead on pronunciation.

Hepburn is preferable when putting Japanese names and words into English. It’s an unsteady crutch that limits progress when learning Japanese.

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Posted in: U.S. Justice Department sues Apple, alleging it illegally monopolized smartphone market See in context

Apple has always been its own walled garden. If it was not antitrust with the Macintosh, why is it antitrust with the iPhone?

Want Apple’s user-friendly features? Fine, but you’re locking yourself into Apple’s higher prices and inevitably slower innovation over time. Want something else? The PC and Android platforms have always been considerably more open. Tech consumers have always known this and accepted the trade offs.

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Posted in: Have you ever done leadership training for work, come back to the office and thought: ‘That was a huge waste of time’? See in context

Leadership skills are critical in any organization. At the same time, every leader has flaws.

Leadership training is typically not aimed at top leaders, but at middle managers. These are usually people who have been promoted into their jobs in the basis of being competent at the job of the people that they now oversee. These middle managers will probably never be promoted into any top job. Whatever sales, engineering, marketing, or other skills that made them previously competent workers do not make them competent leaders now, thus the need for training.

Leadership training is often less about improving leadership skills and more about companies giving themselves plausible deniability about middle managers’ flaws. “We’ve given them training” is an easier excuse than admitting that the entire corporate structure and hiring/promotion system is flawed.

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Posted in: Unilever cutting 7,500 jobs and spinning off its ice cream business See in context

Alternate headline: Cherry Garcia hits the unemployment line

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Posted in: Are private conversations truly private? See in context

The best assumption to make is that any data you send can be spied on. Encryption is a security arms race. The more robust the encryption, the bigger the computer needed to break it. But as quantum computing becomes more capable, it’s entirely possible that encryption will cease to be effective.

Most data won’t be snooped on because of the sheer volume of data. But if a government or organization with resources wants to target an individual, they will likely find a way.

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Posted in: TikTok devotees say platform unfairly targeted for U.S. ban See in context

To the extent that the U.S. government wants people using its spyware and propaganda tools (Google, Facebook, etc.) instead of foreign-run apps that do the same, people can scream hypocrisy.

But, hey, turn the hypocrisy lens back on China. The crap that they allow on foreign TikTok is totally unallowed on the highly controlled, moral domestic Chinese TikTok.

Governments will generally behave in their own self interests. There’s nothing really hypocritical about that.

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Posted in: Making the moral of the story stick − the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV See in context

They don’t call it television programming for nothing. It’s programming our minds.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

@hawk,

The body’s responses when starved to slow the basal metabolic rate and extract a higher percentage of calories from food in the gut, causing the body to maintain its same weight, is well established. Use your search engine of choice…

For the survey showing medical professionals’ appallingly low knowledge of how burned fat leaves the body, it’s from this article: https://theconversation.com/when-we-lose-weight-where-does-it-go-91594

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

Burn more calories than you use and lose weight. Eat more calories than you burn and gain weight.

This is as simple as it gets, everything else is just fluff. There is no diet in which you eat more than you burn in which you will lose weight. 

Que the Atkins and Keto cultists nonsense....

It is true that a calorie is a calorie. It’s also true that it matters how we get our calories. Extreme diets like Atkins and Keto may swing the pendulum far too far in one direction, but there is a kernel of dietary sense behind them.

Here’s why:

Food A has 200 calories. The body uses 20 calories to digest the food. 170 calories are absorbed into the body, with 30 calories passing through the gut unextracted. The calories enter the bloodstream within 15 minutes to 1 hour after eating. The food has no additional nutrients beyond these calories. Its highly sweet flavor signals the body to start storing calories as fat.

Food B also has 200 calories. The body uses 30 calories for digestion. Under normal, non-starvation conditions, 130 calories are absorbed, and 70 pass through the gut unextracted. The calories enter the bloodstream between 1 and 4 hours after eating. The food contains various nutrients in addition to calories. The flavor is not sweet.

Food A nets the body 150 calories, which rush in the body in a short window of less than an hour. Two hours later, the person is probably hungry again. Food B nets only 100 calories, which slowly release into the body over 3 hours. Food B causes the body to feel full for longer and doesn’t signal the body to begin storing fat.

Calories may be calories, but the body does not process all foods the same. Sudden rushes of calories into the bloodstream may be welcome during intense exercise, but it just results in fat storage most of the time. Foods that take the body longer to digest can be far healthier in most situations.

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Posted in: South Korean doctors hold massive anti-government rally over medical school recruitment plan See in context

The increase seems a bit steep

What’s even steeper? South Korea’s population collapse, which is creating this situation of a rapidly aging population and not enough people to care for the elderly.

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Posted in: Some people try a calorie-controlled diet and increased physical exercise to lose weight, but without success. What advice would you give them? See in context

Diet advice is cheap and plentiful. You get what you pay for.

There is no one magic weight loss recipe. What is your metabolic rate? That sets how many calories your body uses in a day. You can’t easily change it.

Your body will try to stay at its current equilibrium weight. It’s very hard to reset your equilibrium.

Exercising burns more calories, but it also prompts the body to crave more food. You have to exercise an incredible amount and still maintain discipline over your diet to make it work.

In the end, you need to consume less food by weight than your body uses by weight for metabolism. That number, whether measured in calories or in weight, is easily estimated, but very hard to pin down exactly.

Counting calories rarely works. Your body retains food longer in the gut and extracts more calories from it soon after you cut your calorie intake. You can cut calories, but your body keeps absorbing about the same. Fearing starvation, your body may even pack on extra fat every time a few extra calories are available.

The difference between losing weight and gaining weight can be as little as 50 calories a day, or just a few extra bites of food.

Relying on professional advice may not help. A survey several years ago of medical professionals and dieticians found that 98% can’t even accurately identify how lost fat exits the body. Most professionals give bad advice about weight, at a rate no better than most other advice out there any weight loss.

Cut out processed foods, especially processed sugars and oils. Fat can actually be your dietary friend, if it’s the right kind, because it makes you feel full for longer. Cook all your meals yourself. Read ingredient labels.

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Posted in: 47-year-old woman arrested for stabbing younger brother See in context

Was it an “Assault” Butterfly Knife?

Yes, an assault butterfly knife with a 20-blade clip. Very dangerous.

In all seriousness, I wonder if the blade length on this knife already falls under Japan’s fairly strict knife regulations, or does this mean a new round of largely ineffective posturing by the government that already effectively criminalizes people who step out of their front doors with so much as a kitchen knife?

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Posted in: Putin praises Biden for calling him a 'crazy SOB' See in context

We all know that Putin needs Trump to be president, so he continue invade Ukraine with western support.

We don’t all know this. It flies in the face of reality over the past two decades.

When did Russia seize the Crimea? Make incursions into Georgia? Get involved in Syria? Invade the Donbass? Putin has been most militaristic and expansionist during the Obama and Biden presidencies. During the Trump years, Russia sat still.

Putin does not need Trump whatsoever to continue invading Ukraine. He’s done fine with Biden. Russia is in a proxy war with NATO, and Biden is bleeding American and allied nations of military supplies and money, all while failing to end the war or advance the war in Ukraine’s direction.

Biden is best for Putin. That’s a wry, but honest remark. Biden makes Putin look young, vigorous, and capable. Biden’s corrupt inner circle allows Putin to use intelligence services to destabilize American politics. Biden’s half actions militarily give Putin all the maneuver room in the world to slowly eat up Ukraine. Were Trump able to force an immediate peace, Russia’s gains would be substantial, but limited to what Russia occupies now. Give Putin four more years of Biden, and all of Ukraine is likely to be gone.

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Posted in: Why did Japan host a conference for Ukraine reconstruction when the country is still at war with Russia? Isn't it too soon to discuss reconstruction? See in context

Reconstruction discussions often begin before conflicts end. Months and years aren’t wasted this way.

It is probably good, however, to know how the conflict will end before discussing too much.

Or is this a signal, given recent events, that the outcome in Ukraine is all but certain?

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Posted in: Resort park in Japan offers special love confession plans with 6 million lights See in context

Now that this Grand Love Confession Plan is publicly known, is it going to lead to a lot of disappointment and fewer visitors to the park?

Who would ever go there if the very invitation signaled the chance of an unwanted confession?

On the flip side, if someone accepts an invitation expecting a love confession, but there are no special lights because reservations are limited to one per night, what a disaster! Who would dare take a love interest there without that special reservation?

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Posted in: Japan women's captain criticizes Asian soccer chiefs over venue switch See in context

Would you prefer to travel to North Korea with all the red-tape, politics, and anti-Japan feeling in the stadium? Or a neutral stadium in Saudi?

That’s not the essence of the players’ request. Kumagai is asking on behalf of players that the venue be set far in advance of the match and not changed last-minute. In a home-and-away system, one leg should always be in an unfriendly stadium. That’s normal. Players cope.

Changing venues a few days before the match is not normal. Saudi Arabia is how many extra hours in a plane? How many hours different in time zone? How many degrees different in the stadium? This hurts players and their preparation.

Why can’t Japan and Asia get the venue set weeks, if not months, earlier? This is a perfectly valid question. Nothing has suddenly changed in the situation with North Korea that necessitates a last-minute change. This all could and should have been settled months ago.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia will push further into Ukraine after fall of Avdiivka See in context

I’d like to see NATO troops move into Ukraine from Poland with vast air support and enter Kiev. A mass of weapons entering Ukraine. Russia to be pushed back into Russia. I’d like to see Taiwan and Israel to given continued unwavering military support too.

In other words, you are a leading proponent of WW3.

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Posted in: Japan to boost child allowances to tackle falling birthrate See in context

There’s not any one reason for the low birthrate. It’s a combination of a dozen or more issues.

Young girls have grown up resenting their fathers who were hardly home because of long work hours. They don’t want to marry and can’t relate well to men as a result.

For the same reason, boys grow up raised almost entirely by their mothers and lack a strong male role model. Thus young men feel impotent in pursuing mates.

Even as the government offers more handouts for having kids, the government also tries to fill gaps in the labor force with more women. As more women seek careers, fewer have kids. Those who do have kids later and have fewer.

Porn is a substitute for relationships for far too many men.

Abortion as birth control accounts for a big part of the deficit in the birthrate.

More people are in school longer, which delays marriage and parenthood.

More young people are in debt, while the whole country hangs under massive public debt. Debt depresses people’s options for the future, including having kids.

Japan’s economy has been in a deflationary slide for three decades. Young people lack opportunities. Those who find moderate success typically have to get a lot of support from the saved wealth of parents and grandparents.

What time people aren’t working, they are glued to screens. Mindless entertainment distracts people from human relationships. Shut down internet and TV for a month during several hours every evening, and I guarantee a mini baby boom nine months later.

Raising kids is expensive, but it’s not the reason for the low birth rate. Money isn’t going to fix a problem of the soul. Handouts aren’t going to change the social and spiritual disease that drives people not to have children. Captive, stressed animals also frequently don’t reproduce. Humans are no different.

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Posted in: Ukraine's Zelenskyy warns of an 'artificial deficit' of weapons after withdrawal from Avdiivka See in context

Yes, using your "logic" the US should never have gotten involved in World War Two.

As much as FDR desperately wanted to get into the war, the U.S. didn’t. War went on for three years in Europe and longer than that in Asia. Americans, having learned a bitter lesson from WW1, stayed put. It was only when Japan declared war on the U.S. that the U.S. became directly involved. Even then, America didn’t declare war on Germany until Germany first declared on the U.S. America got into the war because others declared war on America.

Has anyone in Eastern Europe declared war on America? No. So what is America’s interest in fighting a war in that part of the world? It’s only justifiable if one believes in a globe-spanning empire, with America as the empire’s bully enforcer.

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Posted in: The move is aimed at encouraging the proper use of ambulances among residents. See in context

Sensible change, but only if insurance doesn’t pick up the extra fee.

People use ambulances as taxi services because going to a large hospital incurs a fee unless one has a referral or is transported there by ambulance. Insurance pays for the ambulance, so it’s a free ride.

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