Japanese pop-up restaurant markets in everything raise the lfpr edition

Worldwide, dementia affects 47.5 million people with 9.9 million new cases each year. Recently, a pop-up restaurant in Tokyo spent 3 days in operation, changing the public’s perception of those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Restaurant of Order Mistakes, which was open in early June, was staffed by sufferers of these disorders.

Six smiling waitresses took orders and served food to customers, who came in knowing they may not get what they asked for. Each waitress suffers either from dementia or Alzheimer’s, hence the name of the restaurant. One waitress, who used to work in a school, decided to participate since she was used to cooking for children and thought she could do it. But, of course, the day was not without mistakes.

Here is the full story, via Chaim K.


As long as they don't spill hot coffee on me it would be a nice experience.

Is that a good idea for date night?

Do they remember to bring the ‘My Girlfriend is Not Hungry’ menu items?

That's not something I'll ever have to worry about, 'cause I don't have one.

Take my wife.


Note the roughly 5 year survival rate implicit in the figures once dementia is diagnosed.
(Something to think about for the 2020 primaries.)

note todays narrative public radio
coffee narrative/ jab in the nads to old joe biden
"A Bitter End For Regular Joe?


Beyond Coffee as it were.

I'm skeptical, but hey, if they can make something from corn and dirt and sell it to the Juicero crowd, why not?

That assumes a steady state. If the incidence of dementia is rising -- and it surely is in the developed countries, not sure about the rest of the world -- then the implicit life expectancy is greater than 5 years.

A related but separate phenomenon: if dementia is getting diagnosed earlier than it used to be, again the implicit life expectancy will be greater than 5 years.

(One of the contributors to greater life expectancy for people with cancer is not that they're living longer, instead they're getting diagnosed earlier. Of course this is consistent with improved medical treatments that truly do increase life expectancy; both phenomena can be and probably are occuring.)

Dementia is rising in almost all countries as lifespans increase, so yes, survival lengths should be longer. Unfortunately, not enough to make a large difference -- unless there is something else other than age contributing to dementia, which is possible.r

Japan needs to accept more immigration. Without opening their borders they are forced to prey on the weak and sick or their economy grinds to a halt.

Japan's GDP per capita has been growing as fast as Britain and almost as fast as the U.S. since 2000. As long as innovation continues, Japan is fine.

They are very open of late, I believe out-polling Americans. Something Noah Smith linked.

Here's an even better idea to increase the LFPR. Give tax subsidies to the tune of a couple million dollars to each person. They will be so motivated to create the next Amazon. A few million to create a few trillion. The ROI is there, folks. I'm so disappointed that NYC didn't see the logic in giving free money to Bezos in return for even more money HQ would generate.

I'm speechless.

This sounds like a gimmick rather than a trend. Reminds me of the restaurant staffed by blind waiters, where the twist was that diners ate their food in complete darkness. Not much staying power once the novelty wears off.

Both sound unkind to me, but perhaps I have a high density of receptors for oxytocin in my brain.


good article
lot better than "the view"
how much of the neurophilosphers training is hard science and
how much is sociology/philosophy

so it looks like vox removed your link!
but the experiment was a canadian shows
a photograph of somebody eatin worms to a subject
while doing brain scan on them and diagnoses their
political persuasion? it sounds like the plot of a malcom gladwell novel
their personality.

Still works for me, but here's the book link too:


I think the serious answer is that people are different, and politics and government should work for people who are different.

Say for non bike riders, and bike riders too. In the end it's a small accommodation.

This reminds me of the cafe in the old capitol in Florida, which was run by the disabled (blind, paraplegic, etc.). The cafe had a loyal following, but patience was definitely required. I went there often (I worked in the capitol many years ago) and most customers were patient, but not all. The old capitol has been replaced, and so has the cafe. It's probably just as well, because today few people seem to have any patience: they want what they want when they want it, which is NOW.

A recession in restaurants is nigh: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/07/08/weve-just-lived-through-greatest-period-restaurant-growth-us-history-heres-why-its-ending/

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