Ahaha this article does not surprise me in the least. Very typical of Japan. We want more day care but not near us. The sound of children disgusts us. You reap what you sow Japan.
It's reminding me of my upcoming trip to my in-laws in Japan. We can't stay at their house(which has 2 extra rooms not being used) because our infant's crying will be bothersome to the neighbors (despite the fact that there is an elementary school 1 block away).
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This question is completely phrased wrong. It should be: "Is giving up your seat to a person who needs it an outdated form of respect?" Answer: No, it's not.
I would never give up my seat to a person who does not need it. If I see an elderly person or someone who needs to sit then I will always give my seat up to them. I'll also help them cross the street, get up stairs, and carry bags if they need it. I also hold the door for everyone, man or woman, because that IS common courtesy.
It is sad to see the selfish people here who won't hold the door or give up their seat and they try and justify it by saying "Its sexist to do it and I am better than you for not doing it and being a jerk to my fellow humans".
And yes I have rarely seen a Japanese person(in Kanto and Kyoto) hold the door for anyone, give up their seat for people who need it or help carry bags. I was on crutches and even asked the person to move(in Japanese) and was ignored. Elderly lady screaming at the station for someone to help her carry her bags down the stairs and no Japanese helped. Instead three foreigners, including me, helped her. The lack of common courtesy here is appalling.
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I think everyone needs to actually read this (and not just look at the graphs) http://www.justfacts.com/globalwarming.asp so they get an actual understanding of "Global Warming" or "Climate Change" and stop throwing around the phrases that media taught them both.
One of my favorite facts to people who hate the US and begrudge them for not signing on to the Kyoto Protocol.Between 1997 (the year Kyoto was adopted) and 2008 (the start of its compliance period), the combined annual CO2 emissions of the developed countries that ratified the treaty increased by 1.3%. During the same period, the annual CO2 emissions of the United States decreased by 0.7%:
So the US doesn't join and instead they lower their CO2, why all the other "do-gooders" go up.
As of August 2011, 9,029 Ph.D. scientists including 3,805 atmospheric, earth, or environmental scientists have signed a petition stating:
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth
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