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Posted in: Gravure idol Nozomi Fujikawa takes kimono off at press event for upcoming movie See in context

Pretty much all Japanese obstetricians will tell mothers to be not to gain more that the rough birth weight of the baby 3-4kg. If they are already overweight, then they will be asked to gain no more, and if underweight, to gain enough to hit ideal weight + a little.

I don't see this as being medically wrong, although as a father I know how much emotional and physical stress is involved for mum during that preiod so managing weight really shouldn't be that high a priority ;)

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Posted in: Yakuza hard hit by economic downturn See in context

absolutely hilarious - except the more desparate they become the more they will encroach on 'regular' turf and the more we are likely to inadvertantly interact with them....

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Posted in: Single mothers, squeezed by recession, turning to prostitution as last resort See in context

Den Den 10 emails, not 10 customers... One working e-mail it seems. 20,000 on this day - could be 100,000/week. Say 80,000/week. Seems about double what she'd make as a waitress in a chain food place.

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Posted in: WHO says swine flu pandemic is imminent See in context

IvanCoughalot - I trust you are not being serious? "Just the flu" Thell that to over 50 million people in 1918...

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Posted in: Author Barry Eisler finds gold on the mean streets of Tokyo See in context

goldsounds - huh? Since when does protecting the public against antisocial behaviour count as bossing around?

I guess you still believe the effects of second hand smoke and such are a non-issue?

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Posted in: Akihabara See in context

womanforwomen - I didn't even understand your first post in response to tigris - "Temporary or permanent, the residents share many things with the natives. The rest of the world is in harmony with each others culture and respect the good aspects of each others cultures. We feel sorry for you sometimes because your way of having fun is sometimes is tasteless and distorted. We want you to keep up with us so that you could enjoy the various things in life that are innocent and fun."

I have to assume you don't get out very much if you really believe that the rest of the world is in harmony and respect's each other's cultures. That's probably the saddest funny thing I read all week.

We feel sorry for you... "We - who?" Who do you represent? Which peoples of the world have you chosen to speak on behalf of?

"your way of having fun is sometimes is tasteless and distorted" meaning it is different from mine - what was that about being in harmony with other's cultures?

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Posted in: Bad sales numbers? Don’t take it personally; your questions sucked See in context

Shame, question 1 and 2 preclude us doing business together.

I think rather than formulaic structures, sales people would be well reminded first and foremost to 'know your customers, and know how they do buiness'. Not all are the same and what works for one will put off another.

Question 1 would preclude a number of firms because invariably technical control of a project (fit for purpose) does not sit together with financial control. The two need to be approached as one, else the dis-enfranchised area will block the proposal or make life generally difficult.

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Posted in: Akihabara See in context

GW - it doesn't look like they have a problem with it, so why do you?

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Posted in: Akihabara See in context

tkoind2 "But truthfully the mikoshi thing seems like stepping over the line even more" the omikoshi thing is about local community and businesses bringing about spirit and good luck for their district or town no? If the maid cafes are part of the local community and town why shouldn't they do the same thing?

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Posted in: Suicide of prominent Ginza club hostess reflects economic downturn See in context

Why all the negative comments about hostess clubs? Long and deep cultural roots, a mainstay for many Japanese salarymen who would never think to bring their frustraitions or work issues into their homes.

You may not like it for yourself, or find it 'useless' but don't judge everyone by your own preferences or cultures.

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Posted in: U.S. Embassy warns Americans to avoid Roppongi bars due to drink-spiking increase See in context

I'd like to know how they notified the American community since there is nothing posted on the Embassy website other than the typical Roppongi warning.

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Posted in: Hard messages - letting employees go See in context

Wow, some interesting view points here. Most are unbelievably wrong, but I think Mark hit on an interesting point.

So Person A does not deserve a job because they don't need the money as much? Even though they are possibly better at that job than person B, person B must have the job because they need the money more?

Well, sorry bud - life doesn't work that way. It hasn't in the past 60,000 years and I don't see it changing soon.

I can almost assure you that the person valued higher to the company will be kept, regardless of their 'need' for the salary.

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Posted in: What are your worst fears if mass layoffs continue due to the economic recession? See in context

GW, tmarie - what prices are cheaper? Please run through a typical grocery basket and lay out for me what prices have reduced in the past 10 years? I just don't see it.

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Posted in: What are your worst fears if mass layoffs continue due to the economic recession? See in context

BORIS_CHANG_LUIGI - er, that isn't things getting cheaper, that is importing cheaper things. I don't equate purchasing plastic junk as things getting cheaper. that just means cheaper alternatives.

I'm talking about real economy indicators, like the cost of filling your shopping basket at the grocers or supermarket. Meat isn't cheaper, milk isn't cheaper, bread isn't. Rice, I don't think is although I don't really track it. The point is that domestic produce and prices do not get cheaper no matter the recession.

Sure maybe property drops a bit, although in most locations it was never rising but the ture costs don't change. Why - for example - does the cost of beer at a bar never go down (outside of happy hours and promotions)?

Japan's concept of economy is bizzarre - salaries are dropping, staffing rates are dropping, customers are dropping and yet prices are flat to up. Did prices on any regular household goods drop at all in the past 10 years or more? I'm curious.

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Posted in: What are your worst fears if mass layoffs continue due to the economic recession? See in context

Maybe that prices in Japan actually drop due to falling demand? Something I haven't seen in 10 years of being here.

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Posted in: Compact Bluetooth headset See in context

Maybe more Japanese phones will come with Bluetooth now?

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Posted in: Chinatsu Wakatsuki goes topless for charity See in context

bamboohat - it is far more sensible for famous people to leverage their specialities to raise money than to contribute at an individual level.

what net effect would her labouring to carry bricks have on the production of the school, vs paying the salary of 50 workers to do the same?

Also, in this way the community wins because workers are paid for their building too.

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Posted in: Why aren't fuel surcharges on airfares coming down? See in context

Jmarc is right, when airlines see prices rise, they will usually buy into advance futures contracts for fuel. The greater the price rise, the longer the contract usuaully. Peeople do teh same with their fixed rate mortgages.

Airlines are still tied to contracts when crude was running to $140/barrel (so av-gas is much higher) and they will take time to shake out. The length of that contract will vary.

Lastly of course is business protection. Even as those contracts expire, Airlines will seek to squeeze out extra $ to support their dwindling profits due to reduced demand.

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Posted in: What do you think about companies that retract job offers to graduates because of the economic downturn? See in context

All fine, kids need to learn dissapointment too. I always council my staff (at one of those bloodsucking organisations Notginger) to keep the CV up to date and most importantly know what they are worth. At the end of the day, I want my team to be as happy and settled as possible and not worrying if they could make an extra buck at firm B helps that.

At the same time I do council them never to move for less than a 25% raise (unless they have strong personal motivation to do so). People that chop and move for 5 or 10% are kidding themselves.

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Posted in: Sharp to install 10,000 plasmacluster ion generators in Japan and abroad See in context

Snake Oil? I admit I've never heard too much about these devices, and seeing them around I guess people they feel they work. Anyone got any info on scientific indipendant testing?

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Posted in: What do you think of the government's plan to give a Y12,000 cash handout to members of the public in an effort to stimulate the economy? See in context

At least we are (apparently) being included. Frankly I'd rather the government put this cash into a decent support program for the workers laid off in hard times to provide them housing and support. ¥2tril ought to go a lot further between a few hundred thousand truly unfortunate souls.

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Posted in: Are you better off generally than you were this time last year? See in context

got paid about 50% of what I made last year.

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Posted in: Citigroup to cut 53,000 jobs worldwide See in context

Wow, this article has almost nothing to do with Citigroup's layoffs.

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Posted in: Woman runs over man who was apparently victim of earlier hit-and-run See in context

So providing the dude is already on the ground it is okay to hit him? Cool...

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Posted in: For quality broadband, it's Japan by a mile See in context

I disagree, I test my sevice on Hikari Flets currently and get around 60mbit within Japan and 30mbit to US sites.

A lot of it is not the infrastructure of how it gets to your home, but the ISP you choose to use and how they are peered with other oragnisations. I use spinnet.jp as my provider and they have been awesome since day 1 (with an English helpdesk service no less). They seem now to be owned by Softbank but were originally AT&T hance I suspect their good US/International peering.

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