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Posted in: Kids, screens and parental guilt: Time to loosen up? See in context

Good points Disillusioned however I got to disagree about toddlers using smart devices. What seems harmless for a 2 year old soon turns into addiction. Sure it can be educational, but in all seriousness, a monkey could probably use a tablet as well as a toddler. Of course sometimes is okay. I admit my oldest kids get roughly 30-40 minutes of tablet fun on my day off. They started when they were 6 or so. With regret I have succumbed. Once they have finished doing homework, chores or what ever they then ask for one thing, the tablet. I worry mostly for kids are on tablets all the time. I see parents handing over their phones to their kids so easily. What's a bit of youtube cartoons fun for toddlers, becomes games and more games for 6 year olds, to instagram, snapchat for 12 year olds, finally it will be such a norm for teenagers that they end up becoming introverted zombies, anxiety, lack of creativity and ambition and so on will be present. There are already signs of this happening. It may seem like I am making a mountain out or a mole hill but the more we can hold back given smart devices to kids the better. It is inevitable that they will use smart devices and more in the future anyway. Interacting, socializing, playing sports, running around, going on adventures in the real world are what's important for a kids development.

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Posted in: Teenager in Kawasaki found to have Zika virus after return from Brazil See in context

Has anyone read about the links between a larvicide added to the water supply provided by Sumitmo Chemicals to eradicate the Mosquitoes? The build up to the Olympics and perhaps the Brazilian Government looked for a solution fast. How was there suddenly 4000 cases from October 2015 to January 2016?. The claims were quickly dismissed due to lack of evidence but...... http://bit.ly/1SOINXP

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Posted in: Police backlash puts pressure on Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' See in context

His response

http://bit.ly/1QaTvFn

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Posted in: Japan's lofty 'hydrogen society' vision hampered by cost See in context

After calculating (metric):

Roughly 9-12 tons of CO2 from 1 ton of Hydrogen production 816 tons of CO2 from 1 ton of Gasoline production

Correct me if I am wrong. Excuse the typos ans hasty posts

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Posted in: Japan's lofty 'hydrogen society' vision hampered by cost See in context

Ha ha, yeah I know those figure look a little odd, too me too.

A bit embarrassing as I pressed submit without doing more calculations. What I was trying to see was which produces more CO2 per ton of production, Hydrogen or Gasoline?

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Posted in: Adele breaks record with million song downloads See in context

Actually she has amassed over 250,000,000 views.

What surprises me here in Japan is that a lot of people haven't even heard of Adele, yet she was number 1 in the US and UK for a number of years. It shows me that the Japanese media tend to focus on international acts that have kawaii looks, like Justin and Taylor rather than pure talent.

Well done Adele

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Posted in: Japan's lofty 'hydrogen society' vision hampered by cost See in context

Just a few numbers.

One ton of hydrogen produced will also produce about 9 to 12 tons of CO2.

About 19.64 pounds of CO2 are produced from burning a gallon of gasoline that does not contain ethanol. About 22.38 pounds of CO2 are produced by burning a gallon of diesel fuel.

Personally though I would prefer not to breathe in vehicle emissions

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Posted in: Meningitis cases reported in Sweden after Japan scout jamboree See in context

This is shocking, all the countries involved should be checking the kids that went ASAP. Around over 33,000 attended this event with 152 countries involved. Some of those countries may not be equipped for a meningitis outbreak.

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Posted in: Boy hit and killed by train left note saying he was bullied See in context

The system needs to change for sure. As someone mentioned some schools though rare put up anti-bullying posters and actively have meetings to address issues. This needs to be standard in all schools. I have lived in Japan for 10 years and during this time I have seen countless articles like the one above. Is the Japanese Education board so ridiculously inept to change things? The whole school system is wrong here, not just about bullying but all the pressures of entrance exams and costs are way to extreme. Parents are under pressure to pay up, so their kids in turn are under pressure to perform. Sleep deprivation, stress also lead to suicidal tendencies. Teachers unfortunately are only there to help students pass tests. When in fact it should be in their power to put an end to bullying, it is their moral responsibility to educate life skills and ethics not just enforce 100% on a math test. They are under pressure to conform and process the next generation of office workers. Like those before them, its a never ending cycle. Some teachers stand up for their beliefs, like those that didn't sing the anthem at a school ceremony, (not saying that was right or wrong) but what happened to them?, they were fired and boycotted from joining other schools. Yes, they were compensated but only to keep them quiet.

Look at the facts Japan, you have a major problem in your schools. Parents and teachers need to talk more about their kids well being not only how to pass tests and milk parents for every penny they have. Parents sit down with your kids and talk about their school life, open them up, look for signs, don't parents nothing is happening.

Yes bullying is an everyday experience and yes some kids live through it and move on, I know I was a victim and also became a bully for a short time.

I have three kids, oldest is in Elementary school and too be honest if something happens I will insist on meetings with both teachers and the bully's parents.

RIP little man.

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Posted in: 8 places you need to visit to really understand Japan See in context

What a load of tripe, these are the most visited places in Japan, anyone could make that list.

Paustovsky, your list is spot on!

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Posted in: Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar See in context

eh should it not be Windows 9?

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Posted in: 47-year-old man arrested after body parts of missing 6-year-old Kobe girl found See in context

Strength to to her family and friends. May they receive all the support necessary.

To all the people who say that the mother and grandparents should have been more vigilant or escorted her around, get real!. That child has probably walked around her neighborhood countless times in her young life. Not once did they have a concern for psychopaths. I am a parent of 3. My oldest will turn 6 next month and I we not be glued to his side 24/7, its not physically possible. Yes it makes me worried that this sickos exit but the sad thing is that this case could have happened anywhere in the world. Its not a 'Japan Thing' . Times have not changed, psychopaths have always been around.

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Posted in: 9-year-old boy survives fall from 11th floor, landing in tree See in context

Very, very lucky boy, he wont be doing that in a hurry again

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Posted in: Woman, ex-boyfriend blame each other over death of 6-year-old daughter See in context

Scumbags, not human. There seems to be articles about these sick child beating cases every week. RIP little girl.

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Posted in: YouTube resists indie music streaming ultimatum See in context

"MusicPass and would likely cost $5 a month with adverts or $10 for a service with the ads removed."

I feel this would see the demise of Youtube.

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Posted in: McCartney concert cancellations leave promoters penniless See in context

The fans will get their money back, no doubt. If he had diarrhea, a virus a bad back....so what?, it doesn't matter. Sick is Sick. 71 is an amazing age for anyone to perform the way he does. The promoters have only themselves to blame. A lesson well learnt.

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Posted in: Russia vows to hit back at Japan for denying visas to 23 people See in context

Japan has more to lose if it didn't deny those visas in accordance to the sanctions. However Japan, The US, the E.U and any other nation will have to trend very carefully. Russia too can easily place sanctions in retaliation. Russia could decide to stop all LNG and Oil imports to Japan.

Some say that the Ukrainian protests in Kiev that ousted their diplomatically elected President was staged or influenced by the West. Russia now stands ready to protect Ukrainians with Russian or with Russian ancestry in Eastern Ukraine if the Ukrainian army decide to stop the protesters by force. I dont agree with what the pro Russia protesters are doing but putting more sanctions on Russia wont solve the issue but only aggravate the situation more.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes See in context

Wicked to see music as great as this continue through the decades. Long live Led Zeppelin

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Posted in: BABYMETAL invasion of the West marches on See in context

@Thomas Anderson I am on your side hear buddy.

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Posted in: BABYMETAL invasion of the West marches on See in context

GW, couldnt agree with you more. Sad but true the teeny metal heads of today are succumbed into the marketing power behind Baby Metal. They will die out soon, a fun fad nothing more. If only they were hot chicks 18+ then maybe I could watch....a bit!

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Posted in: Mayor offers Fukushima kids home in his town See in context

a good man, I hope other mayors around Japan follow his example

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 2-year-old son shortly after child's release from care See in context

He is a monster, enough said. RIP Seri

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context

Wearing large geeky black framed glasses when they have no need for them

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Posted in: Woman held for attempted murder of 4-month-old daughter See in context

My wife is 39 and we have a 4 months baby, our 3rd child. She has brought up the kids very well, of course it has been extremely hard for her at times. PND does exist, this is an awful, awful thing to happen but that woman clearly needs psychiatric help. I hope the baby recovers.

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Posted in: Japanese mamachari bicycles arrive in London See in context

Not a good picture to promote the Mamchari:

No Helmets. 2.The Kid on back seat hasn't got his seatbelt fastened. 3. Kid on the back seat should not be carrying moms bag, his hands should be free to hold on to the bike. 4. A minor one but They aren't the best shoes to cycle in.

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Posted in: Cherished 'Start' button returning to Windows software See in context

as a MAC user I will never go back to a dedicated Windows machine but I do however use Windows 7 on a virtual machine and it has everything a standard user needs. Windows 8 is a piece of trash and was only Microsoft's way of trying to retrieve some of it's old glory but its clear that they have failed miserably in that department.

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Posted in: Japan’s greatest faux beers - happoshu See in context

Yabaru.......no I didn't know that, cheers for the insight, but whether it be Happoshu or Dai-san beer, there are some nice ones out there. People need to stop thinking that they are suppose to taste like BEER but enjoy it for what it is. For sure I'll take a Yebisu 'Joel Robuchon' any day but someone else is buying!

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Posted in: Japan’s greatest faux beers - happoshu See in context

Come on guys, nothing wrong with a cheap drink from time to time, actually a pretty much live off the stuff. The above list isn't a very good representation of the better happoshu 発泡酒 out there. There are some great ones to past night away with, like Suntory KIN-MUGI and also Asahi Clear, also its new 6% one, Enjuku Kirin, Hokkaido Nama-shibori Migaki-mugi and many, many more........go on buy yourself a dozen and enjoy!!

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Posted in: Plane carrying Algeria hostage survivors and dead arrives in Japan See in context

Whiskeysour ------that's an awful thing to say. Brave individuals welcome home. RIP to those that couldn't come home. Condolences to their families.

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Posted in: Marijuana goes legal in Washington state See in context

I cant wait to one day spend a week or so in Seattle, buy some of the finest the city has to offer, legally. Go back to my hotel room, smoke and chill, legally. Go out, see a live show, have a few cold brews, go back to by hotel, smoke some more and sleep knowing that I have done nothing illegal and wake up the next day very refreshed. In truth its been years since I did pot, why....as I got older the whole finding, sneaky, shady feeling just didn't work for me, too much stress. Why go too jail for something thats never caused me any harm or to anyone round me?.

Well done Washington State and soon Colorado.

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