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Posted in: Are doctors and teachers confusing immaturity and attention deficit? See in context

I have long held the belief (which I've not seen discussed anywhere) that some of ADHD is a direct result of children not having enough to do in terms of work that contributes to the family and society in which they live.

In non-technological societies children can function as adults as soon as they master the technology which can be as early as age 10. They can hunt by setting snares, gather, fetch water, look after younger siblings and so on.

In evolutionary terms a child's life of sitting in school from 3 to 18 and beyond is very recent. Even 100 years ago many children went to school from ages 6 to 12 and then went to work out of economic necessity. Before going to school they had to fill the wood box, care for the animals they owned, do regular chores and walk many miles to get anywhere. They were not sitting in a desk and pushing pencils or exercising their thumbs on a gaming device.

I think part of the problem with ADHD diagnoses (in addition to diet which sf2k mentions) is that the human mind and body are not designed for the world we live in now. Big pharma, however, loves it.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko turns 17 See in context

Happy Birthday Princess, Aiko, whatever you are forced to wear.

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Posted in: Princess Aiko turns 17 See in context

Why do the royal females in Japan dress like grandmothers when they are young? And why do they dress like airline attendants of yesteryear on adulthood?

I don't understand why they aren't showcasing the fascinating fabrics as well as the top-tier and up-and-coming designers of Japan in their apparel. It might do much to revive the textile industry and highlight more designers globally.

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Posted in: Mindfulness the answer ex-workaholic swears by See in context

I would suggest that a mindfulness practice or a meditation practice or a combination of the two likely affects behavior directly. Gradually the practitioner moves into alignment with the higher mind or a higher purpose.

Also, there is nothing wrong with having or making money. Corporations do not have to be evil empires. They can do a great deal of good in the world. Exploiting others to have or make money is a separate issue and clearly wrong.

I also believe that there is nothing inherently wrong in a teacher of meditation or mindfulness asking for money for instruction. In general, people don't value what they don't have to pay for. If it costs them something, that changes.

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Posted in: Japan to draft policy package by year-end to accept more foreign workers See in context

Even with laws there could be problems, kurisupisu. Laws must be enforced for them to have value.

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Posted in: Canadian doctors to start prescribing museum visits See in context

That's correct, Trevor Peace. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria or AGGV does have such a collection and regularly showcases segments of its extensive holdings. They have also brought in exceptional collections such as the 2014 kimono exhibit.

But before the monitor gets me for straying off topic, Japanese artist Senju Hiroshi, whose work The Art of Waterfall I viewed recently, speaks of beauty as a spiritual experience. Spiritual and physical malaise are often linked; therefore it makes sense to research the effect of regular exposure to art on health and wellness.

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Posted in: Starbucks Japan unveils new Christmas Cake Frappuccinos and gingerbread lattes See in context

Fat. Sugar. Chemicals. Caffeine.

Ho!Ho!Ho! & Happy Humbug!

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Posted in: Ramen riders See in context

As opposed to chopstick girls and noodleness?

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Posted in: 88-year-old woman in coma after being hit by cyclist See in context

Walking the sidewalks requires as much vigilance as driving. I try to remember to do shoulder checks before shifting direction. I never use my phone while walking but "pull over" to the side of a building. Very occasionally a cyclist gives a vocal warning or bell. However, with all the noise, jingle and jangle that is Japan, would any pedestrians notice?

My empathy with both the woman, the boy and their families for this accident with such dire repercussions. It could happen to any of us at any age.

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Posted in: World Rugby advises teams to cover up tattoos at 2019 World Cup in Japan See in context

THIS IS AN ADVISE COMING FROM THE WORLD RUGBY, namely tournament Director Alan Gilpin.

This is nothing to do with Japan.

Except that it has everything to do with Japan. That's why people who visit tiptoe around Japanese manners and customs and try not to get dirty looks from the locals for the smallest of "infractions." It's why the Japanese travel all over the world (or did when their economy was better) sealed in tour bus bubbles enjoying a perfectly Japanese version of whatever country they visited.

Cricky's earlier comment about Beckham's tats is well taken and proof that this stance by Gilpin is unnecessary.

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Posted in: 70-year-olds and above account for 20% of Japan's population for 1st time See in context

The 65-75 age group would be better defined as “senior” rather than elderly.

The 65-75 age group should not be defined by ageist measures at all. Age is as much a social and mental construct as it is a condition of a longer life. I know 50 year-olds who behave as if they are decrepit and 88 year-olds who are still engaged and productive in their communities. Individuals vary. Their gifts vary. Forget the labels: Embrace people and their gifts.

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Posted in: ANA Travel Wellness Initiative to help passengers recharge while in-flight See in context

Earplugs do work, Chico3. If you fly often (or if you are a light sleeper at the best of times) investing in a custom made pair is well worth it as they dial down engine noise as well as crying/shrieking babies.

If you are in flight 10 hours or more, it's possible to use a low-dose sleeping pill to insure that you get 4 or 5 hours of decent sleep before landing. I like 3.25 mg of Zopiclone as it does not leave you drowsy on waking. In addition, you can use it the first couple of days when you need to kick yourself over to the new time zone at bedtime.

Also helpful is a herbal product called No-Jet-Lag Taken before and during the flight it works wonderfully to ease jet lag. I've sworn by it since 1998.

Adequate hydration and dialing back the alcohol (especially if using Zopiclone) is common sense advice that's not new. As well, information on in-seat exercises and chair yoga has been readily available for years.

Though you can't lie down, all of these strategies also work in cattle class. Not as well for people who are taller than 160 cm or heavy-set for whom the squish-factor in economy is awful, but they can provide some relief. Any is better than none.

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Posted in: U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka gets hero's welcome in Japan See in context

Well you sure couldn't have told that by looking at her face. She didn't smile or wave or anything. She just walked by the crowd like any other passenger, except that she was escorted.

Osaka is a somewhat reticent person who is not quite comfortable in the spotlight. That was obvious with her often monosyllabic responses to interview questions and her admission of 'not knowing what to say.' As she becomes more comfortable in her new status and the global interest in her, that will most likely change.

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Posted in: Quake reveals Japan woefully unprepared to help foreigners in disasters See in context

As someone who travels and/or studies (sometimes 2-3 months at a time) in Japan, I feel woefully unprepared for a serious disaster during the time that I am in Japan. I wish the company who rents a furnished apartment to me would include an earthquake kit I could grab when heading out the door. Some instructions such as opening doors so that they won't jam shut would be welcome. That I've gleaned from other sources. I wish hotels provided a kit as well. I'd be happy to provide a refundable deposit for it.

That said, if I am not in the apartment/hotel when an earthquake strikes and perhaps sight seeing some distance away, I have little but my intuition and intelligence on which I might rely. That's not entirely comfortable for me, but I gamble that "nothing will happen" during the interval that I visit.

I have been in 6.9 and 5.something situations which were somewhat alarming for someone who does not usually experience earthquakes when at home; however, I have been able to remain calm and take my cues (no response at all) from others around me. That's the best--and all I can do--with the best information I have.

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Posted in: Sheets of Japanese edible color will make your next bento project look incredible See in context

So blessed to have grown up with simple and outrageously nutritious as well as delicious home cooking from the garden and livestock. Many things which look stunning (or worse, cute) fail that simple taste barometer.

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Posted in: The day after See in context

In addition to what drlucifer says, women who are powerful and (oh forbid!) powerfully emotional are always maligned. Add race to the equation and the slap down is even harsher.

Interestingly, in the book The Dance of Anger the writer points out that here are no English words to describe an angry man that do not reflect on the character of his mother (son of a b*tch or bastard) and those as well as other slurs don't necessarily address his anger. There are dozens of words for angry women.

Quiet, sweet women who apologize for their victory over a favourite are the women that misogynistic societies reward.

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Posted in: The day after See in context

She still doesn't look happy. 

If you search for other images of the same photo shoot she is gently smiling in several shots and broadly grinning in another.

No one can take away what Naomi accomplished yesterday no matter what anyone says about the way it went down.

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Posted in: 5 unnecessary things tourists do when traveling in Japan See in context

Reserved seats are always nicer than non-reserved. Also, if passing Fuji you can secure a window seat on the side of the train with the view. A window seat also lets you control the blind. Nothing worse than wanting to see the scenery go by when the business travelers slam the blinds down in order to sleep midday.

As for toiletries, if you are particular about brands or not interested in trying to decipher a language you can't read, bring your own.

And contrary to the writer's advice, a packet of wipes is a must. Yes, generally washrooms have the amenities required; however, when they don't--and it happens--you are up the creek. You know which one. I have given that advice to numerous people. Many have made a point of thanking me.

I'm all for touring around with a single carry-on suitcase and a bag to double as tote & laptop bag. There's space at the back of a train car (I usually ask for the last seat) or in the overhead bins for a 21" bag.

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Posted in: Need for foreign language disaster alerts for travelers rises in Japan See in context

Congratulations to the thoughtful passenger who intervened.

A number of things might be considered when planning for possible earthquakes or disasters.

Clear recorded messages to fit the situation and announcements on the scrolling marquee (on the trains which have them) in multiple languages would be helpful.

Appropriate apps might be designed.

Information about such apps could be provided to all the non-Japanese speaking visitors as they are queuing to be fingerprinted at their port of entry to the country.

As an earthquake/disaster kit that locals have on hand for emergencies is not the sort of thing a traveler could easily put together or carry with them, I would also like to recommend that a small, basic kit be provided guests when they register at a hotel or long term rental accommodation.

A substantial deposit for the kit could be applied to the room/apartment rate and would be credited back to the customer would ensure that the bag remained in its place on departure.

I'm sure there are other simple and practical ideas which might help visitors to Japan to deal with emergency situations should they arise.

In the absence of such information, my strategy to date has been to take my chances that nothing will happen. Not the wisest choice of action.

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Posted in: Smartphone-distracted boy dies after being hit by train in Shizuoka See in context

Unfortunately a feature that stops the phone when walking would render finding your way using GPS useless. Not something you want to give up readily when navigating around cities like Tokyo. As with any tool one operates, precautions and warnings regarding personal safety while using it should be part of the packaging.

In addition, the government could demand that mobile phone makers design creative advertising to make phone safety (and maybe manners as well) part of the collective consciousness. Encourage companies to compete to make the ads enjoyable and fun so people can't ignore them like those irritating escalator ear worms. Making phone safety part of schooling along with bicycle and traffic safety would also help.

Poor lad. He made a mistake. One we could all make.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan wants to accept more foreign workers from April See in context

Win win. This plan preys on desperate people who are willing to suffer indentured servitude for 5 years only to be spat out by the people they've served who consider them with disdain. Nice.

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Posted in: Two elderly sisters found dead in Tokyo condominium in suspected heat stroke See in context

When I get real old I'm going to fill my bath with cool water, dip in it or shower a few times during the day

Alas, when people get really old they often can't get in or out of a tub and shower without assistance of a care giver. Typical, ceiling-mounted Japanese air conditioners are irritatingly noisy and perhaps too expensive to run for some folks. If a home is facing south as is often the case, the merciless heat will beat in at the worst time of the day.

Japan has not kept pace with modern methods of heating and cooling homes but prefers the nostalgia befitting rural areas of times past. Alas, taking out all the walls and windows isn't practical in cities. During a heat wave thermal window glazing and/or heat reflecting blinds as well as adequate insulation (not uncommon in the rest of the world) could be helpful.

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Posted in: Eyeglasses and sunglasses specifically designed for plus-sized women See in context

Yay for diversity!

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Posted in: Victim of 3.11 to people who have never suffered a disaster: Don’t send origami cranes to shelters See in context

People obviously mean well by sending paper cranes

Unfortunately, people who mean well seldom do good.

Good intentions are no excuse for thoughtless and useless gestures. Ineffective cultural tropes such as 1000 cranes are on the list of such gestures.

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Posted in: Emperor resting due to cerebral anemia See in context

Question: Is this actually a stroke, and they have simply changed the language so as to not call it that?

It might be that, however, it could also be other things with similar symptoms such as vertigo which can be treated very easily with great success. As with anyone his age this raises the level of concern, but it's wise not to speculate.

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Posted in: War on plastic leaves manufacturers clutching at straws See in context

The crux of the problem is fishing nets and other debris, not drinking straws which are an infinitesimal part of the plastic garbage problem. But the straw thing is suddenly on trend without much thought for what impact the alternatives might have on the environment and businesses producing the straws. Jobs will be lost but that will only create another problem while not making a dent in solving the actual problem.

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Posted in: Fans of yoga therapy have yet to win over doctors See in context

What convoluted logic. Simply because other forms of exercise also benefit the individual is no reason to sneer at the benefits of yoga for "failing to pass muster." That's equivalent to dismissing the benefits of eating spinach to overall health because kale or green vegetables in general offer similar benefits.

Certainly, some practices of yoga are steeped in mystical elements that might make some scientists squirm, but those who enjoy those trappings with their yoga don't come to any harm from chanting or burning incense. Those who prefer a more sporting style can find that. In India there is a militaristic style practiced in the army.

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Posted in: Delta becomes launch customer of new Atmosphere cabin See in context

Good news for those who can afford better than cattle class.

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Posted in: Twitter thread sparks debate on Japanese vs American sick leave policies, overwork culture See in context

If a culture values people, and companies value people over profit, one person working 16 hours inefficiently when two might be hired for to do the necessary tasks efficiently and put in 8 hours each would make for a healthier workforce. I dare say productivity would increase as well.

A company health plan that encourages the sorts of practices and provides supports which allow people to take better care of themselves so that they remain in good health physically, mentally and spiritually would benefit everyone: the individual, the employer, the community and the country.

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Posted in: Osaka gov't warns of baseless rumors on social media after quake See in context

At the very least fined for being a public nuisance and trying to cause a panic

Fines for being a public nuisance would be ideal and easier to prosecute. In the case of trying to cause a panic, you'd have to prove intent. The perps could get off simply by claiming it was intended as a joke. Blame is too easily shifted to the audience by asking what kind of fool would take it seriously?

The bonus of severe penalties for public nuisance offenses would be that many other instances not linked to earthquakes would conveniently fall under that umbrella. I won't change the subject by listing them. You know what they are.

As for the reference to post Tohoku looting, some years ago I read the statistic that less than 2 percent of crimes committed in Japan were carried out by non-Japanese. Most likely that's not changed a whole lot in the last decade. But let's not confuse discriminatory points of view with any facts.

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