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Posted in: Japan's summer holiday begins quietly amid requests to avoid trips See in context

Yes, an interesting picture. Are those fairy wings? Look at it again, it is worth a smile in these very stressful times!

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Posted in: Biden eyes major U.S. foreign policy shifts if he wins See in context

A reversal of foreign policy means another plane load of cash to Iran (he approved it,) a wonderful relationship with our friend, China (anybody seen Hunter lately?), and questionable behaviors at public events (no need to go there!) Mr. Biden needs to learn speak for more than 10 minutes without notes and a teleprompter. He also really needs to know that he has to get approval for all "his" decisions from Ms. Veep-to-be and Ms. Pelosi before he presents them to the public. Maybe it is true, "Behind every successful man, there is a more successful woman (women.)

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Posted in: Chinese man wins ¥1.8 billion from betting on Japanese horse races See in context

The most important is which countries and how much do they get so the winner knows what is left.

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Posted in: Trump's show of federal force sparking alarm in cities See in context

To understand the situation in Seattle, NY, and other major cities, the question is: Who paid for the post office buildings, income tax office, police office, mayors' offices, health department offices, etc. in JAPAN? Answer: The tax payers, many of whom are now senior citizens who expect service and protection. If the governors of the prefectures refused to stop a mob from vandalizing, burning, or destroying these buildings in major cities, does Abe have the responsibility to send in any forces to protect the buildings or does he just look the other way and call it "another demonstration for the betterment of society" or "Summer of love?"

What if the mob attacks a reader's house in the affluent district in Tokyo or another major city after the police department has been defunded? Does that person still call 110 and hear nobody can respond to the call or the danger? It is the responsibility of the reader to defend his/her family and property with a weapon?

The citizens of Japan are very fortunate. They still have respectful protests with no violence, etc. The "What if" question still remains? Let's hope decency and respect for law enforcement continue here. Time will tell.

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Posted in: Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview See in context

CORRECTION: 39% were black students 39% were Black students, 44% were Hispanic,

11% were Asian/Pacific Islanders

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Posted in: Roger Stone calls Black radio host 'Negro' in interview See in context

"Mo'Kelly" is an offense nickname. His name is Morris. "Mo" was used in the South and implied "boy" another offensive name now. Mr. Kelly needs to use Morris Kelly. Yes, "Big Mo" is the nickname for the US battleship Missouri, an affectionate nickname given to the ship by sailors who served on it. Stone should be old enough to know that the word "negro" is the original word used to describe human beings (slaves to today) whose ancestral history is in Africa and has gone through several changes, finally ending with "Black." However, in the USA today there is the "United Negro College Fund which provides scholarships for black students and general scholarship funds for 37 private historically black colleges and universities." It should change its name and use "Black students" and "Black colleges and universities" to whom scholarships are provided. That begs the question, is the UNCF a discriminatory organization?

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

If the medical personnel are not happy with their pay or lack of "bonus, " strike. Norms have to go. So, how is the amount of the incentive or performance decided for medical personnel? Less deaths, more positive evaluations by the patients and family members. And, what about the gas station attendants - increased sales, customer loyalty, or drinks by waitresses at night clubs? If you want your doctors and nurses, waitresses, gas attendants, and TEACHERS to be happy, increase the monthly salary.

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Posted in: Striking medical workers warn pay reduction jeopardizes patient care See in context

The concept of a "bonus" pay is archaic and inappropriate to modern business and labor practices. It needs to be abandoned and replaced with an hourly, weekly, monthly, or yearly income so that employee knows exactly how much income is earned and sent to the bank account.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing See in context

"A person who has himself as a lawyer has a fool as a client."

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Posted in: Should Japanese schools stop making kids write book reports? See in context

Everyone in any program (Phd or lower) is using Google and other methods to write book reports and research papers. The person only needs to change the word order and use a Thesaurus to pass the computer program that checks the originality of the document. Here is the solution. The student brings one sheet of notes that are reviewed by the supervising teacher to a designated area. The student has one hour to write, and at the end of the hour, it is given to the teacher. Book reports, research papers, etc. are supposed to show what the student learned. In the real world today, nobody can be expected to know everything that is available on the net. Medical doctors can't even keep up with all the new drugs. The real skill is how to search the net for information, then apply it to the student's or society's situation. Book reports differ by countries. The purpose is not to ask what happened in the story, but how does this apply to modern society, the student's life, or some other question. If the teacher is interested is having the student show proficiency in one of the languages used in Japan, then that is another goal.

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Posted in: Survey shows that Japanese couples are trying to conceive earlier See in context

The men need to stay out of hot water baths and keep the testicles cool by not wearing tight fitting underpants or pants. Sitting in the typical 38 C. water for extended time actually weakens or reduces the sperm count in the testicles. Only the strongest sperm can swim far enough to conceive, so don't make them weaker. Take a warm shower, wash, and rinse.

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Posted in: Power spots: The Japanese way to recharge your mind See in context

The best way is to admit yourself to home isolation therapy, HIT. Not the one the government wants, everyone has had enough of that. Turn off Facebook, etc. because nobody really cares about your opinion, and when the talking heads on tv programs start reporting on crime, protests of any kind, or politicians who always have the right answer, change the channel to the weather channel but anything other than the above. It takes about 4 days of the regime, but it works. After that, a free mind matters. You now have one. Good luck, and don't cheat.

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Posted in: Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown See in context

Russian nuclear subs have been polluting since they were invented. Too hot to remove and too hot to leave in their underwater graves was common knowledge in the early 1970s. No Swimming signs in the Kara and Laptev seas unless you want a glowing personality.

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Posted in: Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown See in context

Which way is dominant wind direction? There is the answer.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister threatens S Korea with military action See in context

In the words of my good friend, Vice-President Biden, "Come on, man, stand up and be counted." So, behind every successful man is a very strong woman. Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great of Russia, Hôjô Tokimasa (married to Minamoto Yoritomo,) Ichiyo Higuchi (5000 yen,) Eleanor Roosevelt who was actually president in his last term, and possibly Hillary Clinton, in many people's opinion. The sister's position may be the reason the NK military continues to praise and applaud Kim's photo ops. “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tsu, Born: 544 BC, Qi, Died: 496 BC, Wu

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Posted in: Gov't eyes holding university entrance exams in January as planned See in context

Entrance Exams? Why? As the birth rate declines, applicants will decline. As applicants decline, the number of high school teachers and university professors decline. The situation is extremely serious, and the previously mentioned groups need to consider their livelihood and politicians need to consider the economic future of Japan.

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Posted in: California says film, TV production can resume June 12 See in context

Remember director, camera person, and pretenders that you need to be two meters apart. Absence, or is it distance, makes the heart grow fonder!

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Posted in: It's 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official See in context

It is 2021 for Tokyo or never? Change the calendar and ask, "What happens in 2024" if there is another pandemic? Change the Olympic calendar to 2025 in Paris. Paris would be smart to not build elaborate new facilities so that it doesn't lose the anticipated revenue. Japan would have been smarter to use it old facilities, spread out the venues and share the wealth though out the nation rather than concentrating on Tokyo.

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Posted in: Silent but cheerful, mannequins enforce social distancing at Tokyo bar See in context

Is it possible to spend more money on mental health? "It's your money" has never been more true.

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Posted in: Mixed messages as sports world backs U.S. protesters See in context

Will their attitude change when there are insufficient funds to pay their salaries because the stadium is empty and the only source of revenue is television? Will they take a reduction in salary and live like the commoners live, say 4000000 yen/year, because they love the sport? "You make the call!" (For those who don't know the expression, it not a phone call.)

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Posted in: Koike says 'simplified' Games may be necessary to avoid cancellation See in context

Geez. Couldn't someone at least have spray painted the barge white, black, or consult a graffiti artist to make it presentable during the daytime? Even the emblems of the athletics and venues would have looked better.

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Posted in: America's rivals return fire on human rights after U.S. protests See in context

The small dog barks constantly and the big dog barks once. When a government points a finger at another government, there are three fingers pointing back. Those governments should send a big thank you to the people of the USA because the USA has given them the ability to complain. Look in the mirror, and when it says PERFECT, let the world know. The USA is NOT perfect, but it is far better than many foreign countries that allow the government to have people "disappear," go to prisons or work camps for rehabilitation, or starve to death.

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Posted in: University students launch COVID-19 multilingual support project See in context

Wonderful. It is exactly what was needed for the Olympics and visitors to Japan anytime of the year. Please do not let this opportunity disappear after the virus crisis. It is extremely difficult for tourists and expats to communicate in Japanese. Unfortunately, their countries do not always have the same translation/communication services for the Japanese. Perhaps, it is the reliance on English or French as in the United Nations. Good luck.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to urge gov't to retain April start for academic year See in context

Let's take an unannounced multiple choice survey of parents of school age children by Smartphone or email. It is unannounced because if it is announced, parents will talk to other parents before answering.

Choose only one answer for each question.

Why do schools start in April? a. I don't know. b. the weather and sports schedules are very important. c. because my parents did. d. because children want to see beautiful flowers.

Is it a good idea to change the start date to the first week in September to match other major countries? a. I don't know. b. YES c. NO

A former ALT in Japan and famous teacher with 50 years of experience signs off on the email as: "Keep growing, keep learning, keep changing." Japan needs to change in this very small, but significant, way.

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Posted in: Biden calls Trump a 'fool' for mocking masks during pandemic See in context

Biden is the "fool" because he has been hiding in his basement and letting his team write the remarks to Trump's comments. Biden came out dressed in black to lay a wreath for several reasons, but "words count" and he hasn't expressed any plans for anything except raise taxes on individuals and businesses. Does anyone really believe Biden can take rapid questions as Trump does before he goes on board the helicopter? His mentor, President Obama, taught him how to take any question and use 15 minutes to answer it.

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation See in context

I need ANA and other carriers to Japan from foreign countries to lower the prices from sfo to nrt and selected other countries. There is no tracking, etc. Just subsidize the air carriers. Also, nobody seems to mention that duty free is refunded in the stores if the purchase is sufficient and the traveler can show the passport. A person doesn't have to take the receipts to the airport like in Europe. Immediate refund, but at the store where the merchandise was purchased. Of course, the government doesn't want tourists to know about the savings on one hand but on the other hand it wants more tourists. Car rentals, Japan Rail Passes and city bus passes need to be available in Japan at a JR station. Let some experienced tourists express their opinions

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Posted in: Trudeau puts on mask; Canadians urged to do same See in context

Too little, too late?

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Posted in: Pelosi: 'Morbidly obese' was taste of Trump's 'own medicine' See in context

Does anyone in the USA really care what these two children on the elementary school playground say to each other? NO. At least it is better than newspaper journal, "If it bleeds, it leads." The voters are going to vote by what is in their wallets (401k, etc.) in November. In addition, what they say is mild compared to the circus that went on in the Diet. That physical fight real entertainment. At this point in time, people are stressed about covid-19 concerns, but, by November they will concerned what is in the bank. Enjoy the circus, it won't last forever.

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Posted in: More than 300 lawmakers urge IMF, World Bank to cancel poor countries' debt See in context

Student debt is the student's fault. Does anyone think that an 18 year old student in the USA who is away from home for the first time can manage the tremendous amount of money (allowance) correctly? The money is given to the student without any controls. The government student loan program should send the money to the school as an individual student grant for tuition, books and on-campus dormitory. The students would not be able to have the newest car, best apartment and location as well as money for weekend social events without making any financial effort. In addition, the interest rate on student loans is set by Congress. It is currently 4.5%. A new Toyota or Honda loan is 0%-0.9 percent for six years in the USA. As the saying goes, "There is no free lunch." Somebody will have to pay for loan forgiveness.

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Posted in: ANA reprimanded over pilot drinking alcohol before flight See in context

Yes, AK, but there has to be a first step. If the airline personnel can't pass a breath analyzer in the bar, don't serve them. What is the problem with the concept of not making money in any bar and letting personnel fly? Is it just ANA and Japan Air that have a problem with intoxicated personnel? Do United, American, and Delta have this problem? No stories in recent times.

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