Antonios_M's past comments

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    Antonios_M

    Just curious though: if conditions are so bad in Japan for them, why are there literally hundreds of new trainees every year? I declare my ignorance to the issue. Maybe most of them quit eventually and return to their home country....but why do they come to Japan in the first place? And most definitely, a salary of ¥120.000 is extremely low for the standards of living here but how much is a Filipino nurse getting paid in Philippines?

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    Antonios_M

    That was a strong one. Shook a lot around Narita too. Please, be safe everyone. Hope there won't be any more aftershocks.

    Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto area

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    Antonios_M

    RIP Ninagawa san. I had watched his Oedipus Rex work at Odeon of Herodes in Greece 12 years ago. It was superb.

    Posted in: Renowned stage director Yukio Ninagawa dies at 80

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    Antonios_M

    Terrible. I pray for the time that Japan will finally reach low suicide rates. In 2014, on average, 70 people committed suicide every day. Apparently, the numbers are declining comparing to previous years, but still... Young people need to stop ending their lives and realize that life itself is the most precious thing we have.

    Are you getting bullied in school? Fired at your work? Harassed by your own family? Then DO SOMETHING about it. Talk to someone, defend yourself, exercise, get new friends, search for a new job... But ending your life? That's the worst thing you can possibly do.

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    Antonios_M

    I wonder if there are any researches done showing how much the CO2 emissions and electricity use were reduced during these 11 years due to Cool Biz.

    Posted in: Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan

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    Antonios_M

    So much activity lately! Be safe everyone...

    Posted in: M8.5 earthquake strikes near Ogasawara islands

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    Antonios_M

    Wow...just imagine what things he had seen in his life and how many changes he has been through. When the Olympics in Tokyo took place, he was already 67 years old....amazing...

    Posted in: World's oldest man dies aged 116

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    Antonios_M

    Indeed, washlet is very convenient and I don't think you can go back to the old "plain" toilet after using washlet.

    I am a little bit skeptical about this article, even though I can see its points. Yes, on the one hand excessive cleanliness might have bad results to health regarding illnesses such as skin diseases, allergies, etc. On the other hand, though, isn't one of the (many) reasons why Japan is first in the life expectancy list (while Indonesia mentioned in the article is below the world average)? Isn't this a contradiction?

    Posted in: National obsession with cleanliness bodes ill for health

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    Antonios_M

    Actually, these kind of services (with the exception of the NHK fee) are quite nice, convenient (free tissues), and are part of Japanese uniqueness. Plus, the Japanese customers expect to be treated nicely whenever they go. They don't mind the elevator lady announcing the floor nor the "irasshaimase" greeting when they enter a sushi restaurant. It's part of their tradition and mentality. I surely don't mind the worker directing the traffic either.

    Posted in: 7 services that don’t make sense to foreigners in Japan

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    Antonios_M

    It was about time! Too bad it took them so long though! I commented about a week ago (and received thumbs down) that no airplane should be allowed to commercial aviation after experiencing so many malfunctions. In any case, I hope that no one blames the JAL or ANA staff for "not being able to understand the manual" anymore....

    Posted in: ANA, JAL ground Dreamliner fleet after emergency landing

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    Antonios_M

    Ground them, why take a chance with so many lives at stake.

    Well said. Or at least, they should be inspected all over again and again and make sure there are no problems before they take them for commercial flights. Otherwise, Boeing must recall all of them.

    Posted in: Boeing defends Dreamliner, but safety questions remain

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    Antonios_M

    Well, I am surprised how easily some people excused Boeing for the malfunction. In the JAL incident they said "It's JAL's problem because they can't read the English manual" or "It's the ground staff's error". In this case, they say "It's the sub-contractors' fault".

    Guys, when you buy something - say a brand new TV or a car - and there seems to be a problem with it from the first day you use it, would you really accept as an excuse the "I am sorry, some parts of it were made abroad by the sub-contractors and it's not our fault. If we had made it all by ourselves, it would have been ok". Well, I bet you won't and you would demand to take it back and either fix it or give you a new one. That's what Boeing should do. All 787s must be recalled immediately before there is a worse accident and Boeing must provide the airline carriers with new ones or give them back their money. And no, the "But the airplanes are too expensive to be recalled and Boeing might have financial difficulties to do so" is not an excuse either. We are talking about human lives that are endangered here.

    Posted in: ANA cancels Dreamliner flight due to brake glitch

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    Antonios_M

    That's JAL's duty. It doesn't surprise me that both incidents involve JAL.

    I hope you changed your mind now that ANA had also problems with the Dreamliner. Or they also "can't read the manual"?

    Posted in: Second JAL 787 incident in 2 days raises questions about Dreamliner

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    Antonios_M

    So, apparently, we also have to worry about a Fuji eruption in addition to another massive earthquake close to Tokyo.... Mother nature, please, spare us. I don't even want to imagine the possibility of any of these two catastrophes occurring. Following the 2011, we all reached a point when we thought "ok the worst is over". Unfortunately, we must always be prepared for the worse. I hope that the J-gov conducts a plan for an emergency like a Fuji eruption or a Kanto earthquake and let us hope that it won't have to use it.

    Posted in: Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015, says Ryukyu University professor

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    Antonios_M

    I think it's a good choice. Buying European bonds now is much safer comparing to one year ago, when there was uncertainty about the future of Greece (and even of Italy before Mario Monti).

    Posted in: Japan to buy Europe bonds to ease debt crisis

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    Antonios_M

    It was Boeing's responsibility to make sure that everything works perfectly. The purchase of these aircrafts was a major risk by JAL - which only recently managed to overcome its financial difficulties and get a surplus - and Boeing must make sure that there are no malfunctions.

    Posted in: Second JAL 787 incident in 2 days raises questions about Dreamliner

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    Antonios_M

    Happy New Year to all the Japantoday community!!! Wish you all the best!

    Posted in: Happy New Year

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    Antonios_M

    What is going on in this country???

    I still remember when Japan used to be one of the safest countries in the world... During my first trip in Japan, I had forgotten my expensive camera on a bench and I still found it there, 2 hours later. Many people were passing by but nobody though to take it for himself. At that time, I thought to myself that Japan is full of law abiding citizens... Unfortunately, Japan is changing into a typical western country. This is really sad.

    Posted in: 87-year-old man robbed of Y5 mil he carried everywhere

  • -1

    Antonios_M

    Sick....

    Posted in: Serial tree killer on the loose in 5 prefectures

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    Antonios_M

    I don't think that the problem with the Chinese bullet train is the technology - since the know-how is imported from Europe and Japan - but rather the fact that the Chinese government deliberately prioritized the rapid expansion of their rail network at the expense of safety thinking that nothing could go wrong....but it did. In any case, I think Foxie is right. Rail accidents occur everywhere and even in countries where safety is number one priority.

    The Japanese example, on the other hand, is a peculiar and unique case (the only country in which almost its entire economic infrastructure is depended on rail networks). Just think how much trouble the delays of trains and shinkansen cause when a typhoon passes by. Will China ever manage to catch up Japan? Hmm...difficult but not impossible. Difficult because the Japanese have developed an entire mentality around their transportation system and everything works around them - small houses closer to train stations are way more expensive than big houses away from stations, shopping centers and small "downtowns" are developed around stations in the middle of nowhere, commuting with car is usually a big no, etc. This is not something that can be imitated easily, being a social phenomenon. On the other hand, not impossible...because nothing is impossible with the Chinese. Only time can tell.

    Posted in: World's longest bullet train service begins in China

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