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Posted in: Cathay Pacific launches 'Hong Kong Style' campaign See in context

Um. Ok.

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Posted in: How language defines us See in context

Guys, Cleo, Lovenot, this is not a "speculation" and a theory. The link between linguistics and behavior is well documented in cognitive psychology for a number of years. Google is your friend. Heck, people like Noam Chomsky have even taken it forward and suggested how language, semiotic symbols, and such, are tools of propaganda. So the idea is not as preposterous as it might sound to the uninitiated mind.

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Posted in: Child mortality rate in Japan 2nd highest in world See in context

Japan's mortality rate is fine in the "world", as the title of this post says. If it's second among the 13 developed nations it's not necessarily a newsworthy story. Out of 13 countries, well someone has to be second. Japan is it. Get over it and focus on real news please.

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Posted in: Child mortality rate in Japan 2nd highest in world See in context

Title of article: Japan's child mortality 2nd highest in the "WORLD"

Text of the article: Japan's child mortality 2nd highest among the "13 developed nations"

Right, JapanToday. Way to go.

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Posted in: The do's and don'ts of having an affair See in context

Are they frigging kidding me? There's actually a guide and rulebook for reprehensible behavior? Sic.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to fight shortage of skilled engineers See in context

@parasite: getting pirated software is no great shakes. It's available online and will probably be easier to download with Japan's 100MB connections. Stop looking for paltry excuses for your own lack of competency.

Everyone does, and should, make the best use of whatever resources are available for them. If Chinese and other folks with lesser money than you in Japan are making themselves competitive, by whatever means available to them, they sure can have the job in my book over any whiner.

In any case, engineering skills are not all possible from a pirate piece of software. AutoCAD won't get you a job at a real firm nor make you a star engineer. Get your bearing right.

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Posted in: Japan struggling to fight shortage of skilled engineers See in context

What's so surprising.

Are any of these companies facing these shortages willing to change their ethos to attract talented people? Salaries, smart people, decent working hours that are necessary for creativity, or does one have to survive in gray boxed cubicles of under-airconditioned offices?

Similarly, is the Japanese government willing to change its immigration policies to give foreign talent any real room to be in Japan? Even people who have learned Japanese, married a Japanese woman, and all but pawned their left testicle in the country are not given a true welcome in the country.

Stop harping about the issues if you don't have the balls to do anything about it. Japan will continue to go down the drain unless they change their basics in this globalized economy, which is only going to be more and more global. Japan will be the odd cross-dressed known mainly for its Harajuku antics than for anything meaningful.

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