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  • 1

    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

  • 3

    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

  • 6

    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

  • 2

    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

  • -2

    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

  • -1

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 2

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 3

    Antonios_M

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

    Posted in: Happy New Year

  • -12

    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

  • 3

    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

  • 1

    Antonios_M

    Another horrible accident involving negligence of truck driver and his freight company. I think it is time for more strict regulations and trucks with dangerous materials on them must be inspected very carefully before traveling. It might be impossible to prevent hit-and-run accidents like the one in Fukuoka, but at least you can prevent accidents of loose cargo.

    RIP people...

    Posted in: Iron sheets fall from truck, killing 2 in car

  • 3

    Antonios_M

    Car no.4 often has fewer passengers, because the number symbolizes death.

    I don't know about Car no.4, but I have often noticed that the last Car usually gets less commuters on it, because in many cases it is the most distant from the exits/escalator. But this is not always the case.

    In any case, I prefer standing up than having to fight over a seat. Not to mention that you will get those "suspicious/angry" stares from middle aged women if you get a seat and they don't. And of course, you must always offer your seat to the ones who need it, contrary to most Japanese who prefer to pretend they are sleeping or play with their keitai.

    And yes, many Japanese commuters prefer standing up than siting next to a foreigner and this is one of the most annoying feelings than anyone can get in Japan. Especially when another seat gets empty and they prefer to sit next to a perverted-looking-creepy-and-drunk-old-man than you, a foreigner in armani suits. (and I am only half joking here)

    Posted in: 8 tips for getting a seat on Japan’s crowded trains

  • 4

    Antonios_M

    He lives with his son’s family.

    Wow, wouldn't it be fascinating if you were in your late 80's, early 90's and still had one of your parents alive?

    Posted in: Japanese man, 115, becomes world's oldest person

  • 3

    Antonios_M

    Interesting. I have never heard of this "Pompeii of Japan" and I would love to visit it.

    Posted in: Remains of 6th-century man in armor found at 'Pompeii of Japan'

  • 2

    Antonios_M

    An assault weapon ban was passed in 1994 under president Bill Clinton but it expired in 2004 and was never resurrected. Obama supported restoring the law while running for president in 2008 but did not make it a priority during his first term.

    I know it is not so easy to go against both the constitution and the arms industry (not to mention all the conservative Americans who will get furious with this decision), but here is the chance for Obama to prove that he really wants change. Go for it, Mr. Obama. At least you must revive the debate for it.

    Posted in: Obama says gun tragedies must end

  • 0

    Antonios_M

    We need to have wisdom not to turn political issues into economic issues.

    Mr. Abe, this is not possible and you know that. Especially when these "political issues" involve the second and the third biggest economies on the world.

    Posted in: Abe pledges no compromise over disputed islands

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