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Posted in: Language skills remain major concern for foreign nursing care workers See in context

They solved the problem in the MIddle East, where thousands of expats from around the world provided healthcare to mainly non-English speaking Arab patients by using interpreters! A number of the expats also learned enough Arabic to deal directly with patients, and some even became good enough that they taught basic Arabic to their colleagues.

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Posted in: Prosecutors to indict Nissan as well as Ghosn: report See in context

3 month salary cut, loss of bonus for a year, 90 degree bows, temporary demotion...

Jail time is rare. Just look at Toshiba, Mitsubishi, TEPCO, Olympus, and the rest of them...

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Posted in: Is U.S. military control of airspace to blame for high cost of flying in Japan? See in context

Also means that there is very little chance of an airplane crashing down on to crowded Tokyo and nearby housing areas and causing a disaster. A bonus for all who live there. US Military airplanes excepted of course.

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Posted in: Diet panel OKs bill to ban ticket scalping ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

But no-one will stop the Olympic family - officials, sponsors, organisers and the rest of Lords of the Rings selling their unwanted gift tickets to these scalpers in the first place. Where do people think these tickets come from in the first place?

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

With the angled flight deck, catapults and arresting gear to be installed, just for flight operations, it might be easier and cheaper to build one from scratch.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors fires Ghosn; CEO to be interim chairman See in context

SOP here in Japan - fire any employee at once who is arrested, held, charged or even suspected of a crime.

Then when the news breaks, they can say with hands on their hearts; that the person is not an employee of their company, saving lots of face.

That's why they run away from car accidents and allegations of theft or molesting, as they know that life is over for them and their families...

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Posted in: Children to be given priority for iodine tablets against radiation See in context

@mizuame - bureaucrats were waiting for approval - exactly

at the same time there was a shortage of medicines, despite adequate stocks in Tokyo and Osaka, as would be expected of a major pharmaceutical manufacturing nation. Hospitals and clinics were crying out for help,. but waterlogged fax machines and broken phone lines meant orders were not going through, delivery drivers would not go to the area, and helicopters were not allowed to fly low to drop goods off.

Japan is very efficient when everything works and goes by the plan, but absolutely hopeless when there is no plan, or the plan breaks down; a lack of flexible and creative thinking is apparent.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

Wait for all the members of LGGBBTTQQIAAPP soup to demand separate cars for each of their groups...we'll end up with trains of 11+ coaches each contain a different group! Or maybe we should stick with GSM?

TICAS - Travel in comfort and safety...

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Posted in: Nearly half of dementia patients in Japan put in restraints: study See in context

@agent X - thank you for the post - father also died of Alzheimers, so we have a lot of experience of dementias in the family. Care home staff have generally been great, amazed how they keep cheerful throughout the day, dealing with patients like my mum; and the pub/ restaurant next door welcomed all patients and their families for a meal out, away from care home food.

Changes/ improvements we'd like to see: better education and earlier diagnosis of dementia by healthcare professionals; more communication between the agencies responsible for helping patients and their families, i.e. less silo attitudes and better sharing of patient information; continue the research into the causes and then possible treatments and prevention; more awareness of measures to help patients manage their lives, before care/ hospitalisation is needed.

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Posted in: Nearly half of dementia patients in Japan put in restraints: study See in context

I have my mum on risperidone, which is quite specific for the manegement of aggresive behaviour related to dementia. She has mixed Alzheimers and vascular dementia. Working well. She had broken the lock on the hospital door, pulled a patient out of bed, attacked staff, and screamed the place down. She is now in a secure unit in a special home, with all access controlled, and doors only opening with combinations. Looked after well. Meds are regularly reviewed, no significant side effects, and no further incidents with her 7 years later. But quality of life? Unable to speak, does not recognise family, zero understanding of anything around her; gone back to being like a 2-month old child.... QOL is really non-existent - she lies in bed all day: we pour food in at one end, and clean up the mess at the other end. Just waiting...

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Posted in: Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea See in context

All these global conferences now follow a similar format. Limousines for the powerful, private jets for the sponsors, , sumptious banquets for all, big photo-op backdrops and high-tech AV if the country has enough power in the national grid, 5-star hotel accommodation wherever possible, police and military on standby for protests, some censored canned local entertainment to remind the jaded attendees which country they are in, the local red-light districts and call girls/boys on overtime, local construction guys making a fast buck, and a little trickle down effect to the local' wallets from the hours supporting the circus.

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for 'research whaling' in Antarctic Ocean See in context

Looks like the 'RESEARCH' sign has grown this year...sensitive to pressure.

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Posted in: Leisure boat industry seeking to attract young people See in context

Just make a TV drama about a boating; featuring an 'old salty captain', a beautiful young female navigator, a couple of 'genki' boat boys; and a nasty rival business man. Throw in some drama and romance; like rescuing the crew of a sinking US Navy ship, freeing a dolphin, and saving a rich old couple on a runaway boat, and you have it made. For added value, a cute furry boat mascot, preview in Roppongi Hills, and some boat shaped cookies!

You'll get all the staff you need after that!

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Posted in: Japan's corporate image hit by falsification scandals: poll See in context

BAD to falsify data, certification, manufacturing errors, etc..

VERY BAD to be caught out doing it...

But EVERYTHING is solved with a deep apology to the public, token resignation and transfer to a subsidiary company, and a stack of untraceable cash to the 'Establishment'.

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Posted in: Kyoto aiming to disperse crowds to ease 'overtourism' See in context

The government rabidly reports increases in tourism, while endeavouring to make the whole island a UNESCO heritage site. Methinks the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing.

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Posted in: Toshiba to shed assets, cut 7,000 jobs over 5 years See in context

Best prospect for Toshiba is nuclear power plant decommissioning; starting here. They should keep NuGen.

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Posted in: Japan OKs extension of tsunami-hit 40-year-old nuclear reactor See in context

...must complete safety upgrades, and the nuclear operator will build a tsunami protection wall..

But already approved! The Nuclear Regulatory Authority is a joke.

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Posted in: Hitachi suspected of conducting improper inspections on chip products See in context

The regulators and checkers never look too hard; they all want a job with their client when they finish. They are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.

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Posted in: Police conduct another large-scale search for French woman missing since July See in context

Was walking in the same area earlier in the year. The Daiya river treks are easy to get around and back, but if you wander off the beaten track into the woods, or go up into the Oku-Nikko area, it is very easy to lose your sense of direction, and there are many small gullies and ditches you could fall into.

July - person search. October - body search.

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Posted in: 'Ai-chan' leaves table tennis in good hands See in context

Sah! Good luck. She lived and trained in China for years, was in the Chinese TT league, and is fluent in Northern Mandarin Chinese. She's really loved over there, even if all of the Chinese players have beaten her!

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Posted in: Johnny Depp to play U.S. photographer in movie about Minamata disease See in context

Masako Owada's maternal grandfather, Yutaka Egashira was involved with Chisso Corporation in a minor way, but enough that the family garnered a lot of negative publicity; her marriage to the Crown Prince went a long way towards redeeming the family name.

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Posted in: Another Japanese firm admits falsifying data for quake shock absorbers See in context

One of these days there will be a series of headlines; Japanese cars all inspected correctly by certified inspectors; Japanese company passes independent financial audit; police arrest truck driver for tailgating and speeding on the highway, and finally Japanese politician rejected brown envelope of cash!

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Posted in: More time needed for confidence to return on Fukushima produce: Lam See in context

Around 10 half lives of the radioactive isotopes sounds about right.

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Posted in: Grain pain: Japan's aging rice farmers face uncertain future See in context

JA (Nokyou) run the rice market with the LDP, who ensure the farmer's rural vote is worth more than an urban vote. From selling chemicals to farmers to support the relatively weak Japanese rice, then buying back the same rice, and selling it onwards. Farmers who try to go it alone risk being blackballed by the local unions/JA and are unable to get help to harvest their rice.

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Posted in: Quake shock absorber maker says products may have been used nationwide See in context

90 degree angle bows, probably the same angle that the buildings will end up at.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate; Trump finds explanation believable See in context

Let's see; an old man picks a fight with 10-15 bodyguards; falls on a bone saw a number of times, accidentally cutting off his fingers and limbs; then what remains of his body lands on a syringe filled with a lethal injection. Even the J-police would have a hard time calling this an accident or suicide.

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Posted in: Tsukiji fish market hold-outs defy demolition orders and trade on See in context

Sounds just like the holdouts when Narita airport was being built...

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Posted in: JR places automated kiosk on platform at Akabane Station in Tokyo See in context

Then human workers, aka carbon-based AI robots, come along and refill the shelves!

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Posted in: 8 Japanese firms in best global brand report; Apple stays top See in context

Nice to see Subaru up there. Despite all the inspection and certification woes, they still make pretty good cars.

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Posted in: Trump gives Saudi Arabia benefit of doubt in journalist's disappearance See in context

The need for oil and arms sales is much stronger than need for truth.

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