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Posted in: Sign of the times See in context

Why isnt "ピクトグラム” written in English?

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Posted in: Rescue drill See in context

I assume he is going to use the mouth dam, but do they not teach Hands-Only CPR here? It's been widely adopted by many, many Red Crosses as an effective alternative for adults and teens.

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Posted in: Abe pledges new 5-year plan to rebuild from 2011 disaster See in context

Disillusioned and others; You should be ashamed of yourselves; don't forget about how the brilliant frozen wall has stopped all contaminated waste water from leaking out of the plant. It has, right? I mean the govt. said it would, so I believe the govt. when it says it "has a plan." Truly a third-world response from a "first-world" nation

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Posted in: Vigil for slain hostages See in context

There is a picture at the Japan Times site of a guy holding a sign that says; "We are Kenji, not Abe."

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Posted in: New Olympic sports to be decided in 2016 See in context

@jcapan "And here I thought that term only plagued my workplace. No matter how often I try to kill it off, it keeps coming back."

Nope, like a bad rash or Japanese cockroach, it's here to stay.

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Posted in: New Olympic sports to be decided in 2016 See in context

Is Mori what the government and ministry of education mean when they speak of "Global Human Resources?"

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Posted in: Japan's national costume? See in context

Miss Canada was horrifying;


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Posted in: Man arrested for stomping on 11-year-old boy, breaking his leg See in context

@ Disillusioned; Japan is a safe country unless you are a woman or a child. There seems to be an abundance of cowardly thugs that only pick on those that can't fight back. Why do you assume a woman cannot fight back? Are women incapable of defending themselves? I can understand that young children may not be able to do much, but why put women in the same group?

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic planners gear up for high-tech security See in context

I hope they'll be sure to remove trash bins from the stations-that's pretty much what they do when there is a "high risk of terrorism."

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Posted in: Smoker arrested after causing trouble on train See in context

90 minutes?!? Cop-What happened? Conductor-He didn't stop smoking when I asked and broke the table (points to table). Cop-Anyone else see this? Other passengers-(raise hands) Cop-Let's go, smoky.

< 1 minute, no?

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Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake See in context

@kyushubill What is "Sakura Syndrome?"

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Posted in: 'Black companies' getting worse See in context


if my manager, after me working me to the bone on my shift, said to stay behind and clean up without pay, I'd walk out the door. If he told me the next day I'd been sacked, well, that's fine with me. I'd go somewhere else, this is literally slave labour and shouldn't be tolerated in a developed, democratic Country.

Then you would find yourself changing jobs daily. The people CAN'T just leave and get another job as they NEED money to exchange for goods and services. If a person is working at a restaurant and is asked to do service overtime, they can quit. Then they can move to a convenience store and be asked to work service overtime and quit. If the majority of companies are making employees work overtime without pay, then the employees have no place to go if they do quit.

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Posted in: Sapporo to bid for 2026 Winter Olympics See in context

Perhaps if they tell the IOC it will be a "compact" Olympics, with all venues within 8km of each other....

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Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now? See in context


I’m not against it and I hold out very thin hopes that people have been unsettled enough by his actions that they attempt to limit the party’s potential for further mischief. I prefer the incompetent and ideologically vacuous DPJ to the “competent” but clearly evil LDP. After all, “Mussolini made the trains run on time.” I admit that the DPJ and LDP seem cut from the same neoliberal cloth.

The LDP "neoliberal?" Are you sure you know what "liberal" means?

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Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns See in context

@ HongoTAFEinmate Fumio Goto was PRIME Minister for just 3 days in the 1930s....

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Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

The quality of the textbooks IS quite low. If one is going to write about English, it would be nice not to have a grammar error in a subhead.

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Posted in: TEPCO having trouble with 'ice wall' at Fukushima plant See in context

Although workers will begin once again pouring chemicals and other materials into the trenches in hopes of lowering the temperature enough to achieve a full freeze, experts are not expecting any results for at least another two or more months.

It'll likely work great in January and February, followed by much head scratching as it fails as spring arrives...

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Posted in: Hospital head hit for Ebola pun on Facebook See in context

Steve Yochim-Fukui is about 300km from Tokyo on the other side of the country-don't get the capital involved.

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Posted in: Sailing venue for Tokyo Games under review See in context

By the way, search for pictures of the Athens venues 10 years on-what a waste.

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Posted in: Sailing venue for Tokyo Games under review See in context

Why are helicopters needed? Surely remote controlled drones that can fly just a few meters to a couple of hundred meters above the boats could be used?

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Posted in: Japan is a developed nation with the numerous problems resulting from a mature society, including a stagnant birthrate, aging population and financial stringency. If Japan can be the first in the worl See in context

@5petals & dcog9065 Not that it is important, but the Minister is a woman, not a he. @GW Couldn't agree more with the reinvention idea. There needs to be a complete overhaul to so many things, but I don't see it happening. I'm trying to get my kids to go to university overseas.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor defends venue relocation plans See in context

I sure hope they aren't thinking about the Seibu lines going to Saitama-from personal daily experience I can say they are often thwarted by wind, rain, heat, loud fart, dirty look, etc. I agree with Scrote; unless they are building something new or closing expressways, it's not gonna happen.

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Posted in: Police ask public for info on 1995 triple murder case at Hachioji supermarket See in context

@M3M3M3; You said the statute was 25 years for murder-it would not run out until 2020 from 1995, or are you thinking this is a "manslaughter type crime?"

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Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised See in context

@missingcylonmodel; Ambulance staff is never in high emergency mode-they get her in the back, put a blanket on her and then get on the phone/radio to try to find a hospital that will take her.

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Posted in: Heatwave kills 15; more than 8,000 hospitalised See in context

@ senseiman - Could not agree more-saw them setting up the cones in the parking lane near the office on July 9 and thought, "Uh-oh!" Trees are completely bare! Seems bizarre to me!

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Posted in: How come soccer has never reached the popularity of baseball, basketball or the NFL in the U.S.? See in context

@pointofview Naismith was born in Almonte. He studied physical education in Montreal before moving to Springfield in 1891. Basketball is noted in almost all sources as having been invented in 1891 in Springfield (first game in December of same). Splitting hairs, I know, but I actually wrote my thesis on Canadian contributions to sport, much of which focused on James Naismith and his development of the game in the U.S.

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Posted in: How come soccer has never reached the popularity of baseball, basketball or the NFL in the U.S.? See in context

@pointofview Basketball was invented in Massachusetts BY a Canadian.

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Posted in: To demolish or design: Japan split on 2020 stadium See in context

While I think a new stadium should be built, a more restrained model would be better. Tokyo should have world-class facilities, but sadly lacks. When Shizuka Arakawa won the gold in figure skating in 2006, there was a lot of talk from the government about boosting winter sports programs and new arenas. Tokyo, a city of 10-12 million has ZERO public ice arenas-some of the best figure skaters in the world come from Japan, but they are rarely seen in Tokyo....

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Posted in: Gov't announces 'zero stray dogs and cats' action plan See in context

It's a nice theory, but who will enforce and what penalties will there be for abandonment? It's like the car that's been parked in my local Geo store for the last 4.5 years - the cops wouldn't touch it, the owner of the parking lot went to the transportation ministry and after a ridiculous amount of paperwork, was given the address of the person the car is registered to, only to find out the person has moved and the car sits rotting..... Many pets are abandoned when people move - enforcement will be tough (not to mention all the folks that regularly feed the stray cats in the parks)

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Posted in: 291 taken to hospital for heatstroke in one week See in context

Is it possible the term "heatstroke" is being misused? 50,000+ last year and nearly 300 last week seems way too high. Heatstroke involves a body temperature of more than 40.6 - seems like that would've been hard to do last week....

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