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  • 0

    Ah_so

    another place I need to visit whenever I even have the money to go to Japan.

    Perhaps you should visit the Cotswolds!

    Posted in: Visit Kiki’s Bakery at a unique fairytale village in Japan

  • -1

    Ah_so

    It really depends. Some companies may be too big to fail, on what conditions do you bail them out?

    If a company is too big to fail, it is too big.

    Many banks are now too big to fail and have taken advantage of their unique position in the economy, both as a home for savings and a facilitator of transactions. They need to be smaller.

    Other companies should not be too big to fail - it would not have mattered if GM had collapsed

    Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?

  • 6

    Ah_so

    In other words, offering to send help would be unnecessary and probably taken as offensive.

    Exactly right.

    Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster

  • 6

    Ah_so

    Only in Japan would people give a fig about some silly ceremony.

    Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s

  • 2

    Ah_so

    If what the shop keeper says is true, then the local officials bear some responsibility for this. If you have trees, bits will die and drop off and so they require regular inspection and maintainance.

    But I would not like to see an over-reaction, with the chopping down of all trees in case this happens again. Even with cared for trees, acts of God happen and are unfortunately a part of life we cannot erradicate.

    Posted in: 6-year-old girl injured after 20-kg tree branch falls on her

  • 0

    Ah_so

    As I do not need the latest handset, I think it is great news. When my S3 contract is finished, S4 will be dirt cheap.

    Posted in: Samsung Galaxy S5 makes global debut

  • 0

    Ah_so

    I think by law you have to inform someone if a suicide has occurred in a building. Japanese tend to be superstitious and more likely to believe in ghosts. It has nothing to do with smells and stains or cleaning techniques.

    Posted in: Cleaning techniques have improved, and smells and stains disappear after a certain period of time.

  • 2

    Ah_so

    With time, I realize voting age of 18 is far too young: no real work experience, no kid, dependence on parents...this for what ...98% of persons of that age. It has nothing to do with human rights or respect to young people. It is indeed to exploit them! (For drinkîg age, I think this has nothing to do since it is about health and general education)

    Sorry, but there is a huge inconsistency with the drinking age. If you are old enough to choose a government and therefore be responsible for what it does, you are old enough to be educated on the dangers or alcohol. And if you have not learnt about alcohol by the age of 18, what difference are a couple of extra years going to make?

    I can only name 2 countries where the drinking age is higher than the voting age - USA and Pakistan. There are a handful of other countries where the age is 21, but they are all Muslim non-democracies.

    Posted in: Bill submitted to lower house to change legal referendum voting age to 18

  • 0

    Ah_so

    http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/107187.php

    A link to the news report. As you can see, it is very far from any real road or houses, which makes it seem more likely to be a dumped body. However, if you wanted to dump a body, the mountains are not too far away.

    The river is almost certainly the Kajikawa.

    Posted in: Skeletal remains of 22-year-old woman discovered in Niigata

  • 2

    Ah_so

    If they lower the voting age, they must also change the legal age of adulthood. How can someone make an important decision on the direction on one's country, but not be legally liable for crimes, chose to drink or if they want, smoke.

    This is a logical inconsistency that has existed in the USA for years, but I agree it is odd. If you can vote, you are an adult so nothing should be denied you on the grounds of age.

    Posted in: Bill submitted to lower house to change legal referendum voting age to 18

  • 1

    Ah_so

    Could be a hit and run case rather than a murder, but I suppose it seems unlikely that she was not previously found if walked directly to her friend's house.

    There are very few sidewalks in Shibata and while there is a large town part to it, it mainly a rural disctrict.

    Posted in: Skeletal remains of 22-year-old woman discovered in Niigata

  • 0

    Ah_so

    What an hilariously hysterical article. As long as you keep your anti virus software turned you should be ok.

    Personally am now on Windows 8 being too poor for an Apple. It does nothing that xp could not do as far as I can tell.

    Posted in: Tech tips: A guide to upgrading, using XP computers

  • 4

    Ah_so

    You know you have been in Japan too long when you remember reading these 20 years ago (apart from the smoking one).

    Personally I have come to really enjoy making those little choppy actions with your hand when you want to get through a crowd. And I found they work abroad...

    Posted in: You know you’ve been in Japan too long when…

  • 1

    Ah_so

    "East Sea" is an utterly meaningless name,giving no clue as to where it is other than if you happen to be in Korea. This is an English map and the name that should be used is the common international name.

    This 1770 map clearly marks it as the "Sea of Korea" http://stock-images.antiqueprints.com/images/sm0189-asia-kitchin-map-l.jpg

    This 1850 map shows it as "Sea of Japan".

    Take your pick!

    This one from 1851 has the Sea of Japan and the Strait of Corea. http://stock-images.antiqueprints.com/images/sm0062-JapanTallis.jpg

    I think to call it anything other than the Sea of Japan is English is just silly.

    Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia

  • 4

    Ah_so

    From a Google search, that is not a particularly good picture of the German lady. She is quite pretty. As the Flight of the Conchords sang, she is the most beautiful girl in the...room.

    Posted in: Blossoms for the PM

  • 2

    Ah_so

    Seems fine to me. No doubt someone will remind me how terrible parental supervision is compared to their perfect country

    Posted in: What’s your impression of parental supervision of children when families are out and about in Japan?

  • 4

    Ah_so

    A positive step. I just wonder when this law will be actually used to return and abductee. I am not holding my breath!

    Posted in: Hague Treaty on child abductions goes into effect in Japan

  • 0

    Ah_so

    JPY 219m - the price of a Japanese life. Just enough to buy a mansion in a smart Tokyo neighbourhood.

    The figures for compensation for wrongful imprisonment work out at about the average annual full-time wage - probably the basis for the calculation. It is nothing more than compensation for loss of earnings rather than compensation for loss of freedom.

    Posted in: Freed death row convict's compensation will probably be paltry

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Last week it emerged that a large percentage of the £1 coins in circulation in the UK are fake. They are only worth JPY 160 and are just as heavy as 500, probably more. Producing a 500 yen coin must be fairly cheap.

    Posted in: Japan’s vending machines no match for counterfeit coins

  • 7

    Ah_so

    Ah_so Flight Attendants salaries starting can be like $28 an hr. After 5 years they double. And Yes, I know Flight Attendants who also wait tables at Fine Restaurants.

    Utrack - so why not pay table waiters a reaonable wage? Or pay filight attendants a pittance and give them tips?

    It is basically a circular argument.

    Why do we tip? Because they get low wages. Why do they get low wages? Because they make it up in tips.

    The opposite is true of flight attendants.

    Posted in: Japanese restaurants in New York introduce ban on tipping

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