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(Podcast) An ALT and Corporal Punishment, a Cautionary Tale

This week “Christopher” dropped in to talk about his experience of being accused of Corporal Punishment as an ALT in Japan. Lots to be learned from this week for teachers in any capacity. Enjoooy.

(I wrote an article touching on this topic a long time ago.

Read it here -> Friendly, not Friends)

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Infinite Dendrogram Episode 6 Impression

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On this episode, Ray and Yuri defeats their foes. Later, they encounter a newly created UBM and attempts to save the Tian children from it.

It was cool to see Ray defeat the Lich and not even loot him because of his beliefs. Also, the UBM battle is awesome and intense just like the previous. Other than that, they revealed Ray’s childhood past which is interesting. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I’ll be definitely looking foward to it. Overall, cool Litch fight and awesome UBM battle. …continue reading


Plastic bans in Asia: weak tea for complex problems

A worker sorts used plastic bottles to be recycled at a plastic recycling centre in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 21 June, 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Christo).

Author: Kris Hartley, Education University of Hong Kong

The turn of the decade is seeing substantial efforts to reduce plastic pollution across Southeast Asia. Around the world, trillions of plastic bags are used each year with troublesome impacts on living conditions and waste infrastructure. In Thailand, a ban on plastic bags for major retailers took effect this year. The Thai government also recently banned imports of electronic and plastic waste. These initiatives reflect an admirably coordinated policy mix, but the effort deserves thoughtful broadening.

Plastic waste is wreaking havoc on natural and human settings, clogging urban drainage systems, befouling rivers and oceans, and exacerbating floods. Plastic bag bans are an appropriate initial step. Still, broader initiatives can be taken such as London retailers’ commitment to ‘plastic-free zones’ and New Zealand’s plastic-free ‘unwrapped‘ program in supermarkets. These efforts are creative extensions of what is said be the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle in the Netherlands.

As blunt policy instruments, bans on or extra charges for plastic bags have mixed results. After the 2015 introduction of a surcharge in the United Kingdom, the number of plastic bags sold by retailers fell precipitously. On the other hand, a 2002 ban on plastic bags in Dhaka, Bangladesh appears to have accomplished little. In Kenya, a similar ban has been irregularly enforced and resulted in illegal smuggling by ‘bag cartels’.

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The Little Things That Make Japanese Apartment Life Easier

The little things that make Japanese apartment life easier.

Something unique about Japanese apartment life is the little things. I’m talking about the tiny objects that make living in a tiny space a tiny bit easier. This won’t be an exhaustive list, because let’s face it; there are millions of these items, but there are a few notable products that are uniquely easy to get in Japan, and are a must if you’re looking at renting an apartment. These range from cleaning products to drying racks; they are little things that I wish I’d known were household staples when I first moved to Japan.

The Kitchen

You might not be surprised to hear that Japanese kitchens can be rather small. Because of this, dishwashers are rare, and stove-tops are usually limited to a two-plate gas burner with a small “fish grill”. If you’re from the states, you might be surprised to learn that garbage disposal systems are also non-existent. Instead, Japanese kitchens have a basket in the sink, with a grease trap underneath. Food scraps washed down the sink will end up here, and the basket requires constant cleaning. The Japanese seem to have identified this as a problem too, as there are heaps of products available to make this job a little less disgusting. First of all, invest in a sink deodoriser (above, top left). This will neutralise any smells coming from the sink and slow the buildup of bacteria. You should still clean it out every day, but this will make it more bearable. For those who just can’t stomach plunging their hand into soggy food scraps, there are single use nets (above, top right) that can be put in the sink basket and simply thrown out each time.

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