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Posted in: U.S. scientists take step toward blood test for suicide See in context

@Fox Sora Winters, I am very sorry for what happened to you. It sounds like you are a strong person and are pulling through. Regarding the article, elevated cortisol is mentioned, which I believe is also elevated when there is lack of sleep and stress. I find in my particular situation that lack of sleep makes me much more depressed than any other trigger. In fact, that is why I sometimes don't enjoy holidays abroad with jet lag, hotel bad bed, heavy foods, etc. that affect sleep.

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Posted in: Japan tops the list of countries that are the most accepting of alcohol See in context

I realized this when I first moved here and everyone offered me a beer, even for lunch, etc. Then, when I met my girlfriend's family, the mother in law never let my glass empty. I would agree that over drinking is bad in a general sense, but the locals here have the longest life expectancy in the world and by and large aren't angry drunks like you find in most of Europe, so what can I say, but Kanpai!

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Posted in: How do you think the taste of Japanese rice compares with rice produced in other countries? See in context

Don't tell my wife but my favorite is pilaf, then Thai style rice with curry or just butter/salt/pepper, and a distant third would be Japanese style rice cooked in the traditional way on a gas flame or open fire.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese work such long hours? See in context

Unfortunately I work in a large traditional Japanese company and know the reality. The non-managers stay late to get extra money from overtime. They have basically told me so. The managers stay late because if they leave before their boss then they will not get promoted. I am the token gaijin, so when I leave on the bell they all feel smug and self-satisfied about the hard-working Japanese, lazy gaijin stereotype that I happily fulfill.

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Posted in: My very brief fight with a yakuza See in context

In West Philly they just pop a cap in you. That is probably a lot less painful than the beating described above.

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Posted in: Crises make automakers rethink lean parts supplies See in context

They wanted it they got it. Earthquakes and other natural disasters have happened since the beginning of time so nothing to be surprised about.

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Posted in: Lithuania, Hitachi sign nuclear plant deal See in context

I wonder how long Hitachi's nuke reactor division can hang on. Will a random deal here and a random deal there be enough? I really wish the J government would spend big on solar and there is good technology here for that.

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Posted in: Japan's population to shrink two thirds by 2110 See in context

I am no historian, so one of our brainiac ph.d.s feel free to chime in. My understanding of history is that after the plague was one of the few times where the population fell, and I further understand that due to the relative shortage of labor thereafter there was a prolonged period of higher wages and better living conditions for laborers. Thus, perhaps for those of working age, the working condition will improve.

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Posted in: Nintendo chief promises to do Wii U launch right See in context

This guy better get the launch right or he is gonna be on the street waving an orange baton soon. I feel really sorry for Nintendo employees and shareholders. This company has a lot of potential, but they need to embrace the new technologies and license their games for internet or iPad access.

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Posted in: 'Tween' lingerie walks Lolita tightrope See in context

The article says: "According to a U.S. study published by the journal Pediatrics in 2010, 15% of American girls now have breasts by age seven, with similar trends observed in Europe and Australia."

This suggests that previously a lesser percentage had breasts (less than 15%) but no figure is given. Poor journalism.

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Posted in: Employees reveal absurd company regulations See in context

My last office had the office fink, who would watch everyone when the boss was out. When the boss got back, the fink would discretely call the boss from his desk, and the boss, in full view, would answer phone, and we would see the report taking place. The only thing worse than a brown-noser is a fink.

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Posted in: Man disguised as a woman arrested for beating up his date See in context

I wonder what the date said when he found out? "Shall we cross swords?"

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Posted in: 16-year-old youth arrested for abandoning 2-day-old daughter See in context

Honestly, I have to commend this kid. He left the baby in a place sure to be found and called the police to alert them. Many cases I read they leave the baby in a place it won't be found and will ultimately die.

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Posted in: English ability of little advantage for mid-career job seekers See in context

I agree with himehentai. There are some highly educated English "speakers" in Japan who look like they are dropping a terd for every word.

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Posted in: Christel Takigawa launches new book on why she loves Paris See in context

why she single?

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Posted in: Man arrested for allegedly killing flatmate with bat See in context

Necrophilia?

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Posted in: Nintendo's annual profit down 66% See in context

Hey Nintendo, I am a middle age customer. First of all, the games are too complicated. I don't have 45 hours to master a level. Second, I don't need 2 screens, that just complicates things and hurts my eyes. Third, nobody wants 3D. Even my junior high kid doesn't like it.

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Posted in: Donors hand envelopes with cash to evacuees in Ishinomaki See in context

Yeah, give to a charity for their cut. I applaud this effort.

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Posted in: Why did those foreigners who decided to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster come in for so much derision from some people who labeled them with words like 'flyjin?' See in context

I work in Tokyo and found that the vast majority of long-timers with permanent jobs did not leave Tokyo. Seems this phenomenon is more short-timers. Also, in my office, many many Japanese returned to hometowns out of harms way--not me. I don't blame anyone for leaving. Right after the tsunami it was unclear how bad things would get and with the group mentality, if everyone finally decided to evacuate because the situation got too bad, then those who "valiantly" stayed behind in Tokyo would have been toast.

In addition, after the tsunami, there was a sense of unease in Tokyo that something bad would happen. Perhaps N.Korea would take the opportunity to lob a missile, or some right wingers would go after foreigners. These are not far-fetched ideas considering they could not even deliver gas, milk, bread or water!

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Posted in: On the job See in context

One lucky guy.

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Posted in: Ozawa shows his disloyalty to Kan See in context

I wonder if Japanese realize how shocking and reckless their government appears. At a time of a national disaster I would expect politicians to come together (even briefly) to forge a plan to help the tsunami victims. I saw LDP bigwigs last night on TV criticizing Kan, it is unbelievable that they would do so at this time.

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Posted in: Assistant prosecutor arrested for allegedly groping woman on train See in context

That is why I don't get drunk and ride the train home. All inhibitions gone, and the damage you are doing not apparent til the next day! Take a taxi if too drunk to remember.

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Posted in: One man killed, another seriously injured following subway quarrel in Osaka See in context

Bad idea to drink late and take train home...

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Posted in: Morinaga starts 'summer time,' calling employees to work at 8 a.m. See in context

I am also skeptical that people will leave early, however, from time to time I leave the office early and the trains get pretty busy around 5pm, so some people are leaving on time.

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Posted in: Managing employees in times of crisis See in context

Well all I can say is those who fled and now are trickling back should be given a heroes' welcome, even a parade.

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Posted in: Do you think coastal towns and villages destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami should be rebuilt in the same places? See in context

If this is a once in a thousand year event, then yes.

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Posted in: Telltale signs that you’re turning into an office deadweight See in context

I am American and IvanCoughalot pointing out the nationality doesn't bother me in the least. Many Americans are workaholics for no reason. The capitalist brainwash. Lazy people relish their time. Everyone will be dead soon enough. Remember that. It seems the American bloke gets this.

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Posted in: Osaka couple arrested for suffocating 3-year-old boy in garbage bag See in context

So Wednesday night at 7:55 when I was on my way home from work on the train reading without a care in the world this poor kid was suffocating to death in a garbage bag at the hands of his mother. Absolutely terrible. I pray for his peace in Heaven.

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