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Posted in: People think making bread and sweets at home helps family members interact with each other and make themselves feel like they are at cafes. See in context


We have a bread machine too (mother-in-law received it as a gift and gave it to us). It makes really nice crunchy bread if you use good flour. However, the kneading process is really noisy so definitely no good for a Japanese apato or mansion. The loaf is also a little small for a family of four.

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Posted in: People think making bread and sweets at home helps family members interact with each other and make themselves feel like they are at cafes. See in context

There are loads of very simple bread recipes online and our kids love making it. We get out the salad tongs and a tray and they pretend to run their own bakery. Be prepared for mess though.

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Posted in: Follow the leader See in context

Good luck getting all those kids a hoikuen place.

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Posted in: How do you feel about your "friends" posting mind-numbing details about their daily lives on Facebook and Twitter? See in context

Doesn't bother me. People can share what they want about themselves, I'll only read what I find interesting.

Although I know a few people who overshare things about their children and that makes me a little uncomfortable.

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Posted in: 'Real Lords of the Flies' shipwreck to become Hollywood movie See in context

Hollywood in action! There was a fairly interesting article on this in the Guardian a few weeks ago which went viral. Then there was a short interview with one of the surviving boys (now an old man) who said he was considering writing a memoir. Not enough info for a feature film but the studios are desperately chasing the viral money. I'm a little curious but I'd rather read the memoirs of someone who was there then a formulaic movie "based on a true story."

Whatever happens, I hope a good portion of the money makes it to the boy themselves.

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Posted in: Telework challenge: Do you find it easy to work, live and relax in the same space? See in context

I started working from home a few years ago and I hope I never go back. Along with the obvious benefits, there are lots of little things that have improved. It's a lot easier to be patient with the kids in the morning (a tantrum while getting ready isn't going to make me miss my train) and as a result, the kids are a lot better at getting ready. I think it is because they are not being rushed. I also usually take a short break every couple of hours and do something like water the plants or fold the laundry, meaning less jobs to do before or after working hours.

Like Zichi's studio, I have a room that is my office and when I'm in there, I'm working and not available for anything else. I think having a set space for work helps to get into the right headspace and also sends a clear message to the family.

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Posted in: The students will be hired part-time and participate in ongoing surveys on online financial transactions, or engage in testing digital services. See in context


I'm sure there are stringent failsafes in place to prevent that happening. However, if one of the part-timers were to accidentally take money out of your account, well, that's just unavoidable human error...

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Posted in: Once airports and borders open again and people are able to fly freely, how much are you ready to change your flying habits? Forbes magazine says steps being discussed are no cabin bags, no lounges, no automatic upgrades, face masks, surgical gloves, self-check-in, self-bag-drop-off, immunity passports, on-the-spot blood tests and sanitation disinfection tunnels. See in context

I can live with extra procedures and no cabin baggage, but I'm more worried about the price. I expect ticket prices to be a lot more expensive in the future to make up for the lower passenger volumes.

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Posted in: Do you think the coronavirus will change the way people work, shop and socialize in the future? See in context

I hope people will continue to wash their hands properly. That was something that always bugged me before the pandemic. A squirt of soap and 20 seconds under the tap is not a big ask.

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Posted in: Game on: Group offers retro consoles to cooped-up kids See in context

I didn't know about this but its probably for the best. I can imagine what would happen if a console ended up at ours. "Dad, get off the SNES and do some work!" "But I've almost remembered how to Shoryuken."

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Posted in: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' screenwriter hired for Whitney Houston biopic See in context

The problem with biopic movies is the story always has to be massaged to give the story an arc with a climax toward the end. If you really want a flavor of someone's life, I think a good biography is a better bet.

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Posted in: Cutback See in context

Don't worry folks, the tulips will be back next year. They're good like that.

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Posted in: Ramadan on collision course with virus for Asia's Muslims See in context


Like with Christians at Easter and Christmas, people who are not particularly observant during the year tend to go to mosque on Ramadan, meaning numbers are bigger than usual. No idea why it is only focusing on Asia though.

I come from a heavily Muslim area and my friends are praying from home (I think the mosques are closed). I know at least one friend who is organizing an Iftar party online. If there is a will, people will find a way.

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Posted in: 4 layer tapioca tea latte ice cream is a whole new way to experience bubble tea See in context

The Meiji Sweets range is my secret vice (I occasionally buy and eat one when the wife and kids are out). This is one of the better ones so far.

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Posted in: Teleworking is simply not an option since I have no choice but to work at this tiny factory using machines. See in context

If the people who have jobs where remote working is possible are allowed to work remotely, it will mean safer commutes for people like this guy who have to physically be there.

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Posted in: Some economic analysts say the coronavirus is killing globalization as we know it. What is your understanding of globalization? See in context

On one hand, it is destroying supply chains that relied on sourcing parts and labor from the cheapest country possible and not considering self-sufficiency in a situation like this.

On the other hand, the fight against the virus is also globalized, with scientists across the globe working together and sharing data.

I don't think the virus will destroy globalization, but hopefully it will force us to reconsider how we go about it.

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Posted in: Go easy on the sake when stuck at home, Japanese brewer cautions See in context

The definition of four or more units in 2-3 hours as binge drinking in the CDC's, not mine (and apparently for men it's five or more):

I also noticed they used drinks, not units. I've no idea if these are interchangeable or not because what they consider a drink is not defined in this article.

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Posted in: Go easy on the sake when stuck at home, Japanese brewer cautions See in context

Binge drinking (four or more units in 2-3 hours) is thought to disrupt your immune system, so now is a good time to practice moderation. Drink slowly, savour the taste, and protect your health (and wallet).

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Posted in: Which do you prefer: the state of emergency that has been declared for parts of Japan, that does not involve penalties for non-compliance, or the strict lockdowns in some other countries where police can fine people who are non-compliant? See in context

I think the police need some kind of power to wield, because there will always be people who break the rules. However, these need to be proportionate to avoid situations like Hungary where the virus laws are being used as an excuse to hound who have criticized the government. I think a small initial fine that doubles with every repeat offence would probably be enough.

In Japan, I can imagine lots of situations where people want to stay at home but are being pressured to come into the office, so maybe there should be fines for companies doing non-essential work who don't let employees work at home.

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Posted in: Message from above See in context

Together in spirit, but not literally. 1.8 metres apart please!

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Posted in: Pop group Arashi releases hand-washing video See in context

The only hand washing video you need is this one where he uses black paint to show how to spread the soap to every part of your hand:

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Posted in: Do you have any suggestions for helping people suffering growing stress and depression from the coronavirus outbreak, especially those who have lost their jobs or are in self-isolation? See in context

Focus your energy and action on things you can control. This doesn't mean ignoring the news, but worrying too much about the parts that are outside of your control (the spread of the virus outside of your immediate area, the overall economy, etc.) is a waste of mental resources. Being proactive about things within your sphere of influence will help you feel better and put you in a position where you'll be ready if an unexpected opportunity comes along. In the current situation, I'd focus on things like building habits that are good for your immune system (exercise, good nutrition, structured sleep patterns) and searching for work that can be done online.

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Posted in: It can never be destroyed unless one resorts to a high-performance, industrial power tool. See in context


I was waiting for someone to make that joke. Thank you.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

Karasawa was superb in Shiroi Kyotou, when he was given the time and space to act and a story with actual characters. Like Plastic Monkey said, it doesn't matter how good you are if all the production company wants is the same old formula.

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Posted in: As governments around the world apply strict measures to contain the coronavirus, millions of people are losing their jobs and companies are facing bankruptcy. Do you think the economic fallout is worse than the health impact? See in context

I think the next few weeks will really lay bare the inequality within developed countries and show just how many people are living from paycheck to paycheck. It's going to hit the low-paid and uninsured hard, including the nurses, supply chain workers, delivery drivers, and supermarket workers who are crucial to keeping things going at the moment.

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Posted in: Do you personally know anyone who has been infected by the coronavirus? If so, how are they doing? See in context

I don't know anyone who has got it, but I know quite a few people in the UK who are struggling to get basics like toilet paper and pasta because of all the panic buying.

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

Also, wouldn't a label saying that natto can defeat the virus be a crime? Does Japan have false advertising laws?

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Posted in: Natto -- does the slime that's sublime really protect from the coronavirus? See in context

I doubt it protects against coronavirus but it is supposed to be good for you. I don't really like the sticky texture but my kids can't get enough of the stuff.

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Posted in: We haven't made any rules saying, 'This park is OK, but that other place is off-limits.' We can only remind guardians to be aware of the intent of the school closures. See in context

Fair enough. The Board of Education shouldn't have any say over what kids do outside of school.

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Posted in: Ignore the coronavirus hysteria – now's the perfect time to visit Japan because airfares are cheap, there are less crowds and the chance of being infected with the virus is low. Do you agree? See in context

I would probably avoid airplanes and airports right now, as they are probably higher risk than most places. However, if you are already in Japan, now might be a good time to go to places that are usually too full of tourists to enjoy, like Kyoto.

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