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Posted in: School teachers in Japan work more than 11 hours per day: survey See in context

Try the European or even the American system of education. Modern, up to date, competitively adopted textbooks, and limited school hours. Why do teachers present a lesson, say an English lesson, then ask the parents to pay for a cramming school to present the same lesson for review. Also, why are teachers expected to provide "day care" to jr high and high school student 7 days a week? It has been proven in all other cultures that the time children spend in a family setting, the more likely the children are going to become more self-reliant and productive citizens. If teachers are raising other people's children, then who is raising the teachers' children? TEACHERS.

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Posted in: Letters From Japan: 'Is there anything at Japanese drugstores that can help me conceive?' See in context

The best therapy is to keep your husband out of baths that are hotter than 35 C. Public baths as well as home baths are often hotter than body temperature (37 C.) which is detrimental to the sperm in the testicle. Sleep in a cool bedroom, exercise by walking (both people) and try to conceive when your temperature is at the ovulation maximum. Finally, do not use any artificial lubricants. They are sterile in nature and kill sperm. Good luck.

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Posted in: On Fourth of July, Americans celebrate life, liberty & the pursuit of hot dogs See in context

Do the Japanese have a fourth of July? Yes, it is between the third and fifth of July. May 3 is the day of honor and respect in Japan.

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Posted in: Hot dog See in context

"There is always next year, Suzuki-san."

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Posted in: Senior education ministry official arrested over bribery See in context

A problem such as this story tells is exactly why the ministry adopts inappropriate basic English textbooks that do not prepare students to have English speaking skills.

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Posted in: North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable; China urges calm See in context

There is no need for war or sanctions. France, Germany, China, and numerous countries in Africa are ignoring sanctions supposedly placed on NK by the UN. Kim has won and intends to stay in power. Accept it world, because the almighty $$$ in any currency is what the world is about.

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Posted in: Japan reports economy grew 2.5% year-on-year in July-Sept See in context

People are NOT hurting in Japan. There are numerous jobs available for anyone who is willing to accept the salary. What is the problem? Perhaps the salary is below what they expect to earn. JT reports there is a labor shortage. Imagine what the economy would be if either the welfare system were revised so people had to accept jobs in Japan or immigration of qualified workers were opened. Maybe both. A licensed nurse in California cannot work in Japan even though that person is a Japanese citizen, educated in Japanese junior college, and now has a bachelor's degree in nursing from a California university. Why? The archaic test prohibits it. Just another example of the government not meeting the need for qualified medical personnel for the elderly. Every reader should go to the local mall and count the number of bags people carry as they leave, then say the economy is weak. No way.

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Posted in: N Korean boats off Japan spark spy scare, but some say they are just luckless fishermen See in context

FAKE NEWS! The crew keeps their mouths shut because of the 'uncle" bullets are aimed at their relatives.

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Posted in: Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital See in context

He should have done even more such as decrease the amount of US taxpayers money that goes to the UN as well the other countries supposedly helping their people but actually sponsoring terrorism. There is a saying, "Accept, expect." The UN accepts a certain amount of money from the USA and Japan, and expects it to continue to come regardless of any verified use.

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Posted in: Putin seeks new term as Russia president in March vote See in context

Czar?

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Posted in: N Korean boats off Japan spark spy scare, but some say they are just luckless fishermen See in context

What are they going to spy on and to whom will they report? Good life, plenty of food, cars, television, and FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Nobody in control in NK will believe them because they are just trying to survive. The best suggestion is to bomb NK with internet ready mobile phones. Get the cheap bid from SK, and drone them over the border at night. Keep the delivery near the border. President Trump is correct; it is time to try something new and bold.

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Posted in: Gov't to set up public-private team for info sharing during disasters See in context

One of the over-the-air tv channels and one national radio station need to be designated as the English channel and one as another foreign language that non-Japanese speakers can go to immediately to hear and see information in a disaster situation. It would be helpful if a sign language interpreter were on the tv screen, too.

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Posted in: Foreign job seekers need better preparation for working in Japan: experts See in context

The national English teaching and testing program needs complete revision. 1. English is not going to be taught the way it has been since the end of WWII. 2. English is going to be taught through the use of useful vocabulary that has variety and continual review. (Hello, how are you? I am fine, thank you, and you?) Those ideas are fine for a businessman or woman, but what about the other ways to ask and answer. 3. Silly stories such as the umbrella opening only when it rains are supplemental vocabulary. Students do not need to memorize key sentences in the story. 4. Send one Japanese English teacher from every school alone to an English speaking country, even if it is Hawaii or Guam (better the west coast of the USA) ALONE, so that he or she has to survive with the locals and not rely on a Japanese speaking traveling companion. 5. Ask American publisher for free copies of their Japanese textbooks that are used in the USA.

Something has to be done about the English programs in Japan or the conversation (pun intended) has to end.

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Posted in: Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019 See in context

For England, everything is a contract. Charles refused to sign the contract that said if his mother retired, he would not become king. Another waiting game begins! Who will last the longest?

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Posted in: Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019 See in context

What a way to say thank you to someone who was loyal to his life's assignment. There are very few employees at any level who could have done what he has done. Hasn't this retirement date been moved forward in time more than once? Is the goal to push it forward far enough that the succession problem will go away?

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Posted in: Sumo grand champion Harumafuji retires over assault See in context

Why is he the "fall guy" for sumo? The Japanese government needs to look into fixing of bouts again, the finances, gambling, and anything else that has happened in sumo.

He leaves after having withdrawn. If sumo is not fixed, then he should not retire. He has fallen on the sword for a sport he loves. Everyone in the background is probably counting their blessings.

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Posted in: Sumo grand champion Harumafuji retires over assault See in context

Is there any possibility the stable master, et all, will join him in retirement because of the failure to instill discipline, morals and morale?

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Posted in: Hakuho says he will tell truth about assault See in context

Without a doubt, he will tell the truth as he believes it to be. In many sports what happens in the locker room stays there. It would not be the first time a "professional" attacked another "professional" in a locker room. It does not justify the aggression, but this incident can lead to moving sumo from a profession to an entertainment such as "professional" wrestling in the USA. Professionalism is defined by behavior, and being arrogant after a win is taunting an opponent. A simple bow is all that is needed after a win or loss in sumo. Respect is needs to be demonstrated by all involved in the sport.

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Posted in: Gov't to request American schools in Okinawa accept Japanese pupils See in context

The better idea is to use the money the Japanese government plans to spend on education to send students and teachers to the mainland. Send the best students to American schools. The US government wastes billions of dollars providing housing and services to military dependents. The best idea is to build an island similar to Kansai and move the US military off Okinawa.

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Posted in: Japan to spend around Y2 tril to subsidise education: report See in context

This commitment to improving the archaic education system in Japan may just mean textbook revision that publishers may not want to do, but is absolutely necessary when it comes to teaching English at all grade levels. Question: "How are you?" Response: "I am fine, and you." In the public junior high school, it is the one and only response students have to satisfy an official test question. If the government wants student to enjoy learning English and, more importantly, be able to use it, the textbooks must be revised to teach a variety of answers. In addition, more vocabulary needs to be presented and presented over and over in later chapters rather than some very short story about an umbrella that only opens when it rains. That kind of material is very important, but it has to be supplemental material. The highest priority is to send all English teacher to the USA, specifically, the west coast. One contact is the California Foreign Language Teaching Association. It is ready to help find host families for teachers. Education has to be relevant and usable.

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Posted in: U.S. slaps new sanctions on N Korean, Chinese firms See in context

The sanctions are of no value. It is just a show. Any country that thinks that the "nuclear cloud" only goes west after the destruction of NK is absolutely wrong. Kim thinks he can survive hiding in a spider hole like Hussein, but he has to come up to survive. Meanwhile, China and the rest of the world will see that the nuclear waste comes home to rest. Why don't the leaders of all the Asian countries understand that the problem and results are in their front yards?

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Posted in: Survey ranks Japanese children's problem-solving skills near world-best See in context

Problem solving strategies is not putting 8 jr high or high school students together and asking them to solve a problem. The motivated students accept the challenge and go for it while the lazy students sit and wait for the answer. What is the teacher doing - taking a break. If every student were given a problem and the others at the table evaluated it, perhaps something could be learned.

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Posted in: Trump: I should have left UCLA players in jail in China See in context

President Trump is 100% correct.

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Posted in: U.S. nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order for strike See in context

Hey, hey, good-bye.

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Posted in: U.N. body calls on Japan to improve protection of press freedoms See in context

Send the memo to Russia, NK, Uganda, and a hundred other countries. Japan and the USA need to stop payments to the UN and just say that the countries cannot afford the payment because they are busy helping FREE SPEECH countries.

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Posted in: Mongolian sumo wrestlers defend Harumafuji over reported assault See in context

Keep it in the club house, boys. Don't let the media decide guilt or innocence. Besides, sumo is a game, not a profession, a lesson the NFL and MLB are slowly learning. There is work and there is play. People play games.

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Posted in: Japan's longest growth run in 16 years may not guarantee future prosperity See in context

It will if Abe adopts "Make Japan Great, Again." There is nothing wrong about saying and acting. President Trump invited all countries to set themselves as "Priority One." However, continually giving away money such as to India in order to buy favor for a bullet train is not productive.

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Posted in: Trump: China agrees N Korea nuclear weapon freeze not enough See in context

The cart is before the horse. SK's President Moon needs to stop making statements such as NK's arsenal is too well developed to quickly destroy. Yes, SK is in the first target, but giving Kim more confidence just increases the possibility of total destruction. Why doesn't he just say, "SK accepts the nuclear weapons" and move on until a mistake is made? Moon has about 15 seconds to make the phone call before the call is disconnected.

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Posted in: Students offered money, rewards for joining gov't events to promote nuclear waste disposal See in context

Did anyone use an electric train or subway to go to the meeting, etc? No, they used their bicycles. Did anyone use a mobile to take pictures? No, they used hand-help generators to charge the phone. Did anyone use hand made paper on which he/she printed the message distributed to the public, then hold a sign so the TV coverage can show the message through free publicity? "You can't have your cake and eat it, too." Conservation of mass. Japan needs nuclear energy or a drain on of yen to buy oil to be used to make electricity.

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Posted in: Seoul: N Koreans fired 40 shots at defector; hit him with 5 See in context

Fortunately, someone escaping from "paradise" survived.

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