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ADK99Feb. 27, 2015 - 05:22PM JST
Umm, my point is that there is an ENORMOUS difference between sent to prison for a year (which in my opinion would have been a huge over reaction to his crime) and being told "if you keep doing this, you will be sent to prison for a year". I'm surprised you had to ask.
Posted in: Asahi supporter sentenced for scrawling lavatory editorials
ADK99Feb. 27, 2015 - 04:55PM JST
@Strangerland, he hasn't been sentenced to prison, he was given a suspended sentence.
ADK99Feb. 24, 2015 - 09:02AM JST
What is it with Abe and Agriculture Ministers? In his first stint as PM I think he went through 3 or 4 in a few weeks.
Posted in: Agriculture minister resigns amid political funds questions
ADK99Feb. 24, 2015 - 08:59AM JST
"the team requires a new, youthful leadership,” Ito said, according to a transcript provided by Honda. Hachigo is 55.
Only in Japan....
Posted in: Honda CEO takes the fall for air bag fiasco
ADK99Feb. 23, 2015 - 08:52AM JST
Although I haven't seen any of these films.
Posted in: Cameron Diaz, 'Transformers,' Kirk Cameron top Razzie Awards
ADK99Feb. 23, 2015 - 08:51AM JST
I like her.
ADK99Feb. 12, 2015 - 05:27PM JST
Almost 10% of Americans couldn't get July 4th?!
Posted in: 8 out of 10 Japanese didn't know Feb 11 was National Foundation Day
ADK99Feb. 10, 2015 - 11:33AM JST
Smoking should never have been banned outdoors in the first place. I'm very much an anti-smoker but ever since Chiyoda-ku introduced that rule, the amount of indoor smoking seems to have increased significantly. A significant proportion of cafes and restaurants in Japan seem utterly unable to separate smoking and non-smoking areas in a meaningful way, so the effect of the legislation has been to force non-smokers to endure more smoke.
Let them - nay, make them - smoke outside if they have to smoke.
Posted in: Offices in Tokyo's Chiyoda, Minato wards to build indoor smoking areas
ADK99Feb. 02, 2015 - 12:01PM JST
The Tohoku issue is a bit of a red herring. Huge amounts of money have been allocated, but not spent due to non-financial reasons (e.g. inability to get consensus on whether to rebuild in certain areas etc).
Posted in: Do you agree with the Japanese government's decision to provide $200 million in non-military humanitarian aid for those displaced by conflict in the Middle East?
ADK99Feb. 02, 2015 - 10:33AM JST
The problem is not the humanitarian aid, it's the characterisation of it as part of the fight against IS. Whether this was done intentionally or through a mistranslation, it was a massive blunder.
ADK99Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:21AM JST
If he returned to the scene as soon as he discovered the bike, it's highly likely that he didn't realise that he had hit someone. There may well be a case against him for dangerous driving or something similar but hit-and-run is an appalling crime and that designation really ought to be reserved for people who knowingly commit it.
Hope the young boy makes a full recovery.
Posted in: 6-year-old boy injured in hit-and-run; dump truck driver arrested
ADK99Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
Lots - maybe all - airlines have some or all of their fuel supply on very long-term contracts (sometimes several years) at fixed prices. That probably explains part of the delay (although I don't doubt that there's some profiteering involved too)
Posted in: Fuel surcharges on int'l routes to drop
ADK99Jan. 16, 2015 - 04:58PM JST
Amnesty's view is about capital punishment, regardless of the offence, not about drug traffickers.
Posted in: Indonesia to execute 5 foreigners for drug offenses
ADK99Jan. 16, 2015 - 04:54PM JST
I think a very significant number of people drive cars to get from A to B rather than for enjoyment - potentially a massive market.
Posted in: Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years
ADK99Jan. 06, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
When I get the refusal I sometimes tell them that I'm getting off at the next stop, that usually does the trick. Then I get off and walk a couple of carriages down and get back on. Bit of a pain, but seems to save embarrassment all round.
Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train
ADK99Jan. 06, 2015 - 09:21AM JST
Young Japanese people really are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
ADK99Jan. 05, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
Seems like more than most years - aging population I guess. Things like mochi at New Year are a nice tradition but it's a little bit sad that people seem unable to manage this safely. Surely it's possible to use small enough pieces of mochi to avoid choking, or to remind aging relatives to chew properly.
Posted in: 9 choke to death on 'mochi' during New Year holiday period
ADK99Nov. 27, 2014 - 10:49AM JST
Weird - I've been using WiFi on the Toei subway for several months. No app needed, just a simple log-in screen in Japanese and English. It's certainly available at stations on the Hanzomon and Ginza lines (though maybe not all).
It's a bit step forward for Japan, it must be a real pain in the backside to be a tourist here and not be able to access the internet easily.
Posted in: 143 Tokyo subway stations to have free Wi-Fi beginning in December
ADK99Nov. 12, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Starbucks might not have great coffee but it's excellent value if you want a comfortable place to do some work for a few hours as they give you a 100 yen refill.
As others have pointed out, I would happily give the independent cafes a go, but I really can't abide the smoke (which, strangely, doesn't bother me if I have a beer in my hand).
Sekiguchi-san is nuts if he thinks that no-smoking cafes have got it wrong. There are LOTS of people like me who specifically seek them out and would rather drink mediocre coffee in a smoke-free atmosphere.
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
ADK99Nov. 10, 2014 - 12:23PM JST
Perhaps because this was not a presidential election?
Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users
Mar. 02, 2015 - 04:17PM JST
Did the Germans rape little girls under the age of 8 and even cut their vagina…
Posted in: Anti-Japan rally
Mar. 02, 2015 - 04:16PM JST
John Rabe was NOT a senior nazi party member.
Any other history you'd like to…
Mar. 02, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
Why don't you just stop reporting about South Korea demanding apologies? I find this counter-productive. Just…
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'
Mar. 02, 2015 - 04:14PM JST
Even Utada Hikaru, who was HUGE in Japan, didn't do well at all in the US…
Posted in: Why do Asian pop stars have a hard time succeeding in the U.S. market? Is it mainly a language thing?
Mar. 02, 2015 - 04:13PM JST
Difference between a full employee who was trained and a person hired for the day who…
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you