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Posted in: What do Japanese men think about dating foreign women? See in context

Right off the top of my head, I can think of 8 W-gal/J-guy couples I know personally, either married or in long-term relationships. One of them is about to tie the knot this fall. It's not that rare.

I think W gals and W guys in Japan just tend to move in different circles, and don't often pay much attention to what's going on on the "other side." The W ladies I know who are married to J men live in the suburbs, drive cars, and are usually too busy with work and raising kids to be "seen in public."

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Posted in: Who's afraid of working women? See in context

Nothing will change until working conditions for Japanese men improve first. Unpaid overtime is out of control in this country. No employee needs to stay in the office ten or eleven hours per day, multiple days per week, month after month and year after year. It is soul-destroying stuff. Japanese women are smart to opt out of that insanity.

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Posted in: Japan and the rise of the male parasol See in context

Fact #1: It's cooler in the shade.

Fact #2: A parasol is portable shade.

Fact #3: In the summer, people generally desire to stay cool.

Everything else is cultural conditioning.

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Posted in: Survey asks: What makes Japanese citizens feel distinctly Japanese? See in context

I feel American when I pay my student loans every month.

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Posted in: No. of tainted cattle shipped around Japan nears 1,500 See in context

Johannes Weber,

Thank you for injecting some sanity into this thread. You know that many people throughout Japan, both Japanese and foreign, are making some tough decisions right now in response to this nuclear crisis, some of which include major changes in life plans or lifestyle. In order to make informed decisions, we need unbiased people like yourself to share your knowledge with us. Keep up the good work.

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Posted in: No. of tainted cattle shipped around Japan nears 1,500 See in context

ichiichi

The 82.65 microsieverts compares with the 100 microsieverts (0.00065 millisieverts) of radiation a person would be exposed to during a one-way flight from Tokyo to New York.>

This is technically true. The problem is that external and internal radiation exposures are not the same.

When you fly from Tokyo to New York, the dose of radiation you receive is distributed equally throughout your body. For any given cell, the dose is extremely low. Also, when your flight is over, so is your radiation exposure.

However, when you breathe in or consume radioactive particles, they concentrate in certain tissues (in the thyroid, for example) where they can do a great deal of damage for days, weeks, or several months.

Think about the thermal energy required to take a nice comfortable bath. When that thermal energy is distributed equally throughout your body, it's not harmful. But, if you were to concentrate that same thermal energy in a tiny amount of water and then stick your finger in it, you'd get burned. That's what internal radiation exposure does.

Please try rereading the post by Johannes Weber above. He's given us a lot of prudent, useful information.

Radiation exists all around us, always has, in food products and in other ways. >

The types of radiation being released into the environment from Fukushima did not exist before 1945.

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Posted in: Radiation concerns for Japan's beef supply intensify See in context

This is terrible, and I'm afraid it's going to get worse. While one serving of contaminated beef probably won't raise a person's cancer risk, most Japanese eat rice every day. Beware this year's rice harvest. Rice is slow-growing, and by October will have had several months to absorb high levels of cesium. I hope the Japanese government is aware of this and is making provisions now to import foreign rice if necessary. Remember, rice is also used extensively in animal feed. Keeping Japan's people safe and healthy is going to require some serious thinking outside the box. I'm not worried about myself, since I can leave the country anytime I want. I'm worried about my friends who don't have anywhere else to go and must ride this out for better or worse.

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Posted in: We are exhausted. We have to look at every food item we eat, we only use bottled water for cooking, and on top of that every day we confront this nagging dilemma whether it's really safe for our child See in context

I agree with Zenny in part; choosing not to be consumed with worry and fighting the good fight to the end are admirable qualities. They will serve people well in the tsunami damaged areas of Miyagi and Iwate. But I fear the situation in Fukushima is different and calls for a different response. Life will return to even the most ravaged coastlines of Miyagi and Iwate, as it always has. Those towns have a future. Many areas in the eastern half of Fukushima prefecture, however, including Fukushima City and Koriyama, may simply be too radioactive to sustain human life in the long term. If that's the case, trying to continue on with life as usual there is pointless. Go to where there is hope and a future, if you can. Those who can't leave should channel their worry and anger into efforts to demand more from their government, whether that means a widening of the mandatory evacuation zone or more aggressive decontamination efforts. Yes, that stuff will be expensive. Japan can afford it. What Japan can't afford is a significant percentage of its children, a fast-dwindling resource, not surviving to adulthood.

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