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Working from home, and a Japanese question

I am working from home today as I have to go to the doctors this afternoon. I am being fitted with a 24 hour blood pressure monitor that I wear until wednesday evening. Should make for a disturbed nights sleep. It will inflate the cuff on my arm ever hour to take a reading. They are trying to work out if I have white coat syndrome.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_coat_hypertension
I have been giving "high end of normal" reading every 6 months for 3 or 4 years. So if it is high over the 24 hour period it looks like I will end up on medication. I have already been told I am not allowed decongestants, which is a huge pain as I remember discovering them and suddenly colds were so much better. I normally get very soar teeth when I have a cold as the roots of my upper teeth poke a good way out the top of my upper jaw bone, so the full sinuses press onto the nerves at the base of the teeth.

Anyway, my question. I have just been eating lunch (homemade cornish pasty) and watching the BBC News.

Why does the Japanese prime minister look like he is dressed as a van driver from the late 80s?

I don't mean that as an insult, I am just curious. Is that the equivalent of a western business suite in Japanese culture? I have seen other people in western style suits around him and also others dressed very similar to him. Can anyone elaborate on this?

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tobyaw
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Might be like Churchill in his siren suit - it makes him look like he is ready for action, and can deal with whatever crops up.
tokyo_mb
Mar. 15th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I believe this to be the case.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 15th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the 24 hour monitoring. I had this done just before Xmas because of high end of normal readings. The first day the monitor malfunctioned and inflated audibly and uncomfortably every ten minutes, so I had to go back and start again the following day. Much to my relief it turned out to be white coat syndrome and I didn't need medication after all. Hope yours is ok too! Jean
(Anonymous)
Mar. 18th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
lol
You made my day... "van driver from the late 80s!" i cannot describe it even more precise that what you did.
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