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Posted in: AKB48 visit Thai PM See in context

CrickyToday  07:40 am JST

Do they know Thailand is ruled by a non elected military junta? Very distasteful use of their celeb status.

Brown lipstick would have been more appropriate.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes tax breaks for car buyers to offset impact of sales tax hike See in context

How about tax breaks for food?? The Abe government never thinks about the needs of the people. Worst government by far since I entered this country in 1972.

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Posted in: May stands firm on her Brexit plan; says no to 2nd referendum See in context

Leavers got what they wanted in a fair vote.Yeah,they lied,didn't have all the facts,

Isn't this a contradiction? If they lied, and not all facts were on the table, then how can you claim it was fair?

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Posted in: Hospital fails to report 5 deaths in rooms amid heat wave See in context

Harry Gatto

You guys must have been in a lot of Japanese hospitals to reach those conclusions.

Yes, in 45 years in Japan I had to endure more Japanese hospitals than I care to count. In addition I have the opportunity to visit numerous hospitals in Japan and East Asia in a professional capacity. Japanese hospital management is way below international standards. If you care to check online yourself, you may compare how many hospitals in Japan are ISO accredited compared to for example Thailand or other so-clled third World countries in Asia. On your next hospital visit here, check out, just one example the nurse stations and look how they are organised.

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Posted in: Trump accuses Google of promoting negative news articles, hiding fair media coverage of him See in context

Blaming the mirror for the bad reflection.

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Posted in: Hospital fails to report 5 deaths in rooms amid heat wave See in context

The hospital, which specializes in treating the elderly, said the air conditioners broke down on Aug. 20 and it had since used nine fans because it would need one month to fix the equipment.

Last year I had twice surgery in an Indonesian hospital. Conditions in second and third class rooms there were better than in 90% of hospitals in Japan.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

The 'organisers' (loosely termed) are obviously desperate.

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Posted in: High-tech Tokyo tops list of world's most innovative cities See in context

Robotics in Tokyo? Where? Examples? Seriously.

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Posted in: Nationwide probe launched after Tokyo Medical University scandal See in context

According to local media, other instances had been discovered where individual entrance test scores were revised upwards, suggesting potential favoritism.

If they really want to improve the medical system, they also should look into the donations of doctors (who's children study at those schools) and even better into the links of med schools, doctors, hospitals and bureaucrats to the pharmaceutical industry. But of course that won't happen. They are just fishing in shaloow waters.

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University confirms altering scores to limit women See in context

TrevorPeace

@mu-da, if that's true, I hope you documented the experience and can put it forward to the appropriate authorities, otherwise, it's useless commentary. Walk the talk.

It was 30 years ago and I actually did report it to the authorities who put me into that teaching position. Reaction? "Moshi wakenai". Have you ever reported corruption or collusion in Japan yourself? Experience? Results? What happens to foreigners rocking the boat was best illustrated at Olympus.

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University confirms altering scores to limit women See in context

Nothing new here, really and nor surprise at all. More than 30 years ago I taught at one of the top medical universities in Kyoto and was first asked, then unceremoniously commanded to alter the test results of a student who never attended classes (except for the first lesson and the test) and failed a real simple exam. I refused and my contract was terminated. I am very sure the matter was handled internally and the student passed. They can't really upset rich parents who make 'contributions' and many parents working in the medical establishment themselves.

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Posted in: Companies fighting back against unruly customers See in context

Some(!) companies, sales people and service providers in Japan seem not do understand the basic concept of 'customer'. There are 2 sides to this coin. If people get treated with indifference, made to wait for no obvious reasons, requests are ignored, mistakes are moshiagenai, it is not surprising that customers act up. Respect goes both ways but should start with the service provider.

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Posted in: 8 die in Kagoshima hospital after infection with drug-resistant bacteria See in context

Japan has one of the highest fatality rates for hospital infections in the world and that is with official numbers velieved to be underestimated. Methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) deaths are common in Japan especially in post operation care. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics is caused by

"[f]inancial incentives linked to the pharmaceutical reimbursement system and physician-industry interactions strongly influence antibiotic prescribing and increase AMR [antimicrobial resistance] in Japan."(22) This situation is made worse by the fact that younger Japanese doctors are often subservient underlings to older doctors who have a long history of unhealthy business relationships with drug companies. By the example of their seniors, junior doctors continue unwise drug administration practices developed in less enlightened times. Considering that drug company representatives have easy access to junior doctors and can provide doctors with food, alcohol and other perks, it is no surprise that Japan has a history of using expensive broad spectra antibiotics (e.g., cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones) more frequently than in other industrialized countries. *

But this is not the only problem. Poor hygiene and cleanliness in Japanese medical facilities are common, which is mystifying in a country where cleanliness is valued and purification emphasised in religious ceremonies. Hospital rooms for patients often have their doors permanently open and visitor flow is poorly controlled. If you look at details, under beds and in corners dirt is surprisingly common.

Screening and reporting is poor because the concepts of "Hear no evil!" and "Speak no evil!" and "See no evil!" ingrained in Japanese culture appear to hinder MRSA control and freedom of information. Apparently, healthcare workers in Japan well understand the concepts "Don't rock the boat!" and "Let sleeping dogs lie!" and "The nail that sticks up will be hammered down!" Since reporting MRSA can be embarrassing, the situation of Japanese healthcare workers compares to the situation of restaurant chefs who refuse to mention the cockroaches in their kitchens unless somebody else also sees the insects.

Quotes from a study from the University of Tokushima 10 years ago, but things have not much improved and arguably got worse. http://web.ias.tokushima-u.ac.jp/sudachi/MRSA.html

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Posted in: Economist draws picture of Japan's stealthy wealthy See in context

Taking from the middle class and poor and giving to the rich is Abenomics.

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Posted in: Spain to outlaw sex without explicit consent after outcry See in context

Why would we ever be in court when we both consent?

Shame and regret after 'consenting' under the influence.

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Posted in: Spain to outlaw sex without explicit consent after outcry See in context

Still think that 'normal', reasonably sensitive blokes wont have to 'ask' for permission but it's about time pigs/predators are held accountable for their actions.

I completely agree. And if the Spanish court would have done its job, jailed those guys and thrown away the key, we wouldn't have this discussion. I resent the reaction/conclusion, that all men (or women) require legal proof, that they are not the same as those animals.

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Posted in: Spain to outlaw sex without explicit consent after outcry See in context

I understand your argument. But I do not believe that a law will prevent "accidental" non-consensual sex. To prevent that, banning alcohol would be more effective. And it will certainly not prevent ludicrous decisions by judges or courts.

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Posted in: Spain to outlaw sex without explicit consent after outcry See in context

It's weird that so many people have such an objection to confirming that the other person actually wants to have sex. What exactly is the problem?

The problem is, that the only way to really prove Yes or No is a signed legally valid document before the act. Then you got the issue of dimished responsibility if, as often is, alcohol is involved. "I didn't know what I signed because I was drunk". What if somebody is coerced to sign a contract? How would you prove that? No is no, for sure, and coercion of any kind is wrong and should be a punishable offence. Most normal and consensual sexual encounters in the real world follow non verbal cues. To put complex emotions and human interaction into a rigid legal framework will just opens a can of (legal) worms. In the Spanish case it is clear cut. It is by any common sense definition gang rape. There is no grey zone there, if the women remained silent or not. The law is not the problem, the decision of the court is ludicrous. That is the core problem here, and that problem will still exist with written consent.

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Posted in: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit; says he misspoke See in context

I said .... but actually wanted to say... on the world stage with an adversary, a bumpling US president. What a lame exuse of a leader.

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Posted in: Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin See in context

.....only a matter of time until he hung himself with his own tongue.

Are you really sure that he owns his tongue?

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Posted in: Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin See in context

An American president is making propaganda for the Kreml's policies - against his own people. Putin is indeed skilled and successful (KGB) operator. You couldn't make this up.

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Posted in: 4 firms made foreign trainees do Fukushima decontamination work See in context

So trainee is the new euphemism for slave labor. "Trainee" in the construction companies where yakuza relations are common. What are they actually trained at in those companies? Endurance?

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Posted in: Trump blasts May's Brexit plan; says it puts trade deal in doubt See in context

They will not compromise on the US leaving and knowing that there is a Russia and a crazy man like Putin next to them, it’s not going to happen 

bass4funk, you should keep your arguments congruent. As Trump says that Putin is not an enemy, Europe has nothing to fear. And we shouldn't create major irritations for this cozy Trump-Putin relationship by a NATO military build-up at Russia's borders, shouldn't we?

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Posted in: Trump blasts May's Brexit plan; says it puts trade deal in doubt See in context

We take care of all of Europe in then Germany gives money to Russia, the very country were protecting them from...

Thanks. We obviously don't need your care or protection as your president is good buddies with Putin, whom he admires and praises and clearly likes much better, than most of Europe's leaders. Logically we have nothing to fear.

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Posted in: Trump blasts May's Brexit plan; says it puts trade deal in doubt See in context

As of now for us as well, finally Germany is going to pay up and rightfully so.

I did not find any indication in Germany whatsoever that they will "pay up" for anything.

Just as there is no indication whatsoever from North Korea that they will give up any nuclear arsenal after Trumps TV show with Kim in Singapore (on the contrary).

It's just Trump's stream of fake news of "victories" to feed his minions with what they want so desperatly to hear and believe.

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Posted in: Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks See in context

The truth is that all that money the US spends is feeding the military industrial complex while it lacks money for anything else that is important, namely infrastructure, education, etc, etc. The US military dwarfs already anybody else's in spending and firepower. http://armedforces.eu/compare/country_USA_vs_China. The US is also by far the largest military weapons exporter, again feeding the military industrial complex, and this is the real motivation of this bully salesman. http://www.worldstopexports.com/military-weapons-exporters/

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Posted in: Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks See in context

David Varnes

That is some of the most level headed assessement of the man I have read anywhere.

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Posted in: Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks See in context

President Trump dressing down Merkel was my favorite part of the NATO summit.

But there was no effect or change on her part, no achievement. He's just ignored like a juvenile thug rebelling with mama.

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Posted in: Japonisme 2018 See in context

The artist watched too much "Gamae of Thrones?" What is Japonisme about this? Just asking.

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Posted in: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson quits as May faces mounting Brexit crisis See in context

Great, we will have less bad hair days. Too many in recent years.

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