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Senior Social Producer, Vice News — Vice
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Senior Social Producer, @vicenews. Former: @nydailynews @msnbc Whatever you do take care of your news. send me your words:

The LDP's comic appeal for constitutional change falls flat — I hadn't planned on reading the Liberal Democratic Party's propaganda comic on constitutional change for the same reason I don't watch NHK, listen to AKB48 or use my underpants as an ashtray. Yet, as a piece of Japanese legal cultural history, perhaps it merits comment.

Too much 'ganbaru' could push anyone over the edge — Some of my favorite Japanese people share a common trait: They hate the word ganbaru (頑張る). In fact, they resent being offered encouragement with phrases like ganbatte ne, ganbare, ganbatte kudasai or any of the other imperative iterations of the usually mindless exhortation directed at people experiencing adversity.

Perfect storm of factors conspires to empty Japan — When I was still new to living in Kyoto, a couple of times other foreign residents asked me if I was interested in living in a Taisho Era machiya, meaning one of the traditional wooden houses in the ancient capital, the abundance of which helps make the city special.

Why robots will be granted a license to kill, in Japan and everywhere else — A while back I attended a robot expo in Tokyo. It was actually kind of depressing. Robots are supposed to be sexy, but much of the technology on display was for old people - you know, intelligent dolls that sense when a dementia patient is trying to get out of bed, engaging them in simple conversation long enough for a human helper to arrive - that sort of thing.
Mar 21, 2015

Why robots will be granted a license to kill, in Japan and everywhere else | The Japan Times…

Badges of honor: what Japan's legal lapel pins really mean — I finally have a lapel badge. After almost two decades of working in Japan-related law jobs, this is a big deal. You have probably noticed a lot of Japanese men (and, increasingly, women) in suits with pin badges in their lapels. Some may even bear familiar logos: JR, Aeon, Mizuho and so on.

Beyond the Bell: — By Colin A. Jones, Beyond the Bell The promise of a high-quality education leading to opportunity and shared prosperity for all children is a deeply held value in Massachusetts. Despite a record of prominent successes, however, our Commonwealth has struggled to provide students from all backgrounds the supports necessary for long-term life success.
Nov 13, 2014

RT @readingby3rd: Can increased learning time expand opportunity for children from low-income families? Results from MA:

Lost Paris: The Cimetière des Innocents — There are lost parts of Paris that grab at your heartstrings. You yearn to rediscover them, to experience what it would have been like be there for a stolen evening. There are parts of lost Paris that should never have been allowed to die, whose absence, whether anyone still feels it or not, is a hole in the fabric of the city.
Oct 13, 2014

@pameladruck Kinda the real reason I wish to visit your fair city. Besides the food, of course.…

The Smile Revolution — The story of how we learned to smile. A unique and untold story about a facial expression at the heart of modern western civilization.
Oct 07, 2014

Old smiles on my mind: This book traces their rise…; these photos prove Victorians did it too…

The Smile Revolution: In Eighteenth Century Paris: Colin Jones: 9780198715818: Books — You could be forgiven for thinking that the smile has no history; it has always been the same. However, just as different cultures in our own day have different rules about smiling, so did different societies in the past.
Aug 28, 2014

That's from this really mind-blowing new history of the invention of the smile in the late 19th century…

Think you've got rights as a foreigner in Japan? Well, it's complicated — If you imagine paying taxes in Japan entitles you to welfare, you may want to take a seat "Welfare ruling stuns foreigners." That was the headline to The Japan Times On Sunday's July 20 lead story about the Supreme Court's ruling a couple of days earlier that non-Japanese residents do not have a right to access the nation's welfare system.
Aug 07, 2014

our ability to live in Japan may ultimately be at the discretion of a bureaucrat’s view…

Sep 07, 2014

Think you've got rights as a foreigner in Japan? Well, it's complicated | The Japan Times…

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Aug 01, 2015

RT @vicenews: We follow the father of a girl who left to become a "jihadi bride" in the Islamic State:

Jul 31, 2015

Judy Blume is helping that guy in Greenpoint who lost his wife's book. Sweet.

Jul 30, 2015

I wished to step into the freezer, and that is what the @vice office became. I tempted the fates and lost.

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