Greetings from Japan, where a “shortcut” is a hairstyle.
On Sunday’s episode of Denpa Shonen, Chuyan and Manaka arrived in India thanks to their ability to hitch a ride with the jewelry designer. Following messages they received on their Iridium pager, they hitchhiked to Calcutta and met up with a Japanese man who was working there. Knowing that Myanmar is a difficult country to get a visa for when traveling, they attempted to find a way to go by boat to Thailand, which is where they’re headed now. They only have ten days to reach their goal, Tokyo!
I’ve always known that Japanese women seem to have problems with constipation, but now I know for sure. 47.7% of Japanese high school girls and 57% of career women report problems with constipation (“benpi” in Japanese, in case it ever comes up in Trivial Pursuit). Why Japanese rates of constipation are so high, no one knows, but it can cause various health problems, such as higher rates of some cancers — in fact, 80% of women with breast cancer reported that they had problems with constipation.
The various females at J-List have had discussions about this over the years (Japanese are very open about discussing bodily functions openly). To solve her own problem, Kaori started drinking a herbal tea designed to ease constipation called “Last Chance.” We’ve got a lot of really nice new items posted to the J-List site tonight since we missed one of our regular updates (we actually did our regular Saturday update — the listserver decided not to work properly).