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Ash EdwardsAug. 26, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
@Gary Malmgren I know Iwaki very well. So well that when Pico Iyer wrote a piece for Vanity Fair about Fukushima I could quickly see what he got wrong about Iwaki (much, much). Not sure what you mean about the "once dead precinct." Iwaki Station is in Taira and that area was never dead ...
There well could be 3 times the amount of sea life in the area and I surmise that is because the area is no longer over-fished.
Posted in: 57 Fukushima children suffering from thyroid cancer
Ash EdwardsAug. 20, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
Forgot all about this idiot after I left Japan. Thanks for the memories JT!
Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night
Ash EdwardsJun. 27, 2014 - 10:00PM JST
The Japanese economic model just doesn't work well any more and hasn't for a long time. We all know that. I suspect it might be because of a dearth of genuine risk-takers. Japan doesn't need any more salarymen, OLs, teachers or civil servants. It needs risk takers to start businesses, fail and start again.
Posted in: 'Be a blank slate' - The way to get hired in Japan?
Ash EdwardsJun. 14, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
Had the Japanese government made this move in the 1980s things in Japan might look quite different today.
Posted in: Highly skilled foreigners to be allowed to stay permanently in Japan
Ash EdwardsApr. 17, 2014 - 08:35AM JST
Uniqlo Japan, according to my wife who once worked there, has a code # for "gaijin in the store" ... no kidding. And the meaning behind it is that employees should be alert to gaijin shenanigans.
Posted in: The secret language of Japanese hotel staff
Ash EdwardsJan. 22, 2014 - 08:48AM JST
n Strangerland's defense there are news reports of Japanese women taking the kids and without a word to the non-Japanese husband going to the airport and returning to Japan. Then the gaijin husband makes his way to Japan and demands to see his kids ... and is promptly arrested.
Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife
Ash EdwardsJan. 22, 2014 - 07:39AM JST
the guys who complain about not getting enough money usually don't make enough money to spend more
Money problems affect most if not all marriages. You aren't saying anything that can't be applied to every married couple.
Ash EdwardsJan. 22, 2014 - 01:05AM JST
The comments here by men and women married to Japanese are gold:
Ash EdwardsSep. 08, 2013 - 09:47AM JST
"He told delegates that the situation was “under control”"
If only it were true.
Posted in: TOKYO AWARDED 2020 OLYMPICS
Ash EdwardsSep. 06, 2013 - 09:50AM JST
Once I heard an American say that "radiation is a political problem." Seems that it isn't just American politicians that can wave a magic want and make it go away but the Japan IOC has the magic power over radiation as well.
Posted in: Games can inspire Fukushima youth: Tokyo bid director
Ash EdwardsSep. 01, 2013 - 10:05AM JST
@Neko_Nebula, many of those hired to clean up are ne'er do wells and petty criminals. They live in and around Iwaki-shi, south of the disaster area, and the residents there complain about how unsafe the area has become because of them. Those are the kind of people that are willing to walk into that nightmare.
Posted in: High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks
Ash EdwardsAug. 25, 2013 - 10:21AM JST
Most any foreign man in Japan can say that married Japanese women are quite interested in having an affair ... just not with a Japanese man.
Posted in: Few married women interested in having an affair: survey
Ash EdwardsAug. 25, 2013 - 09:12AM JST
Think of these "nuclear watchdog inspectors" like this: suppose the hunt for WMDs in Iraq had been conducted by a handful of UN inspectors who had been handpicked by Saddam Hussein; others on the team would have been simply friendly to him; still others would have been former colleagues,classmates and drinking buddies. None on the team would have been unknown to Saddam or unbiased or even neutral. Had this team found WMDs they would have given him the benefit of the doubt and acted with restraint.
Posted in: TEPCO to drain two tanks at Fukushima nuclear plant
Ash EdwardsAug. 18, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
"In Tomioka, a coastal ghost town north of the Fukushima plant,"
The article doesn't make clear that there are two nuclear power stations, daiichi and daiini. There is no "the Fukushima plant" and for those familiar with the area makes for frustrating reading.
Posted in: Decontamination of Fukushima hotspots costly and complex
Ash EdwardsAug. 10, 2013 - 07:55PM JST
The idea for the village was published in a scholarly journal which means no one will actually read it much less act on it.
Posted in: Will No. 1 reactor at Fukushima become a future tourist spot?
Ash EdwardsDec. 26, 2012 - 10:11AM JST
Something just clicked. Once I (a gaijin) went to my local post office and asked for what I can only call a " special international transaction." I was told it could not be done. I insisted it could as I had asked for and received it several times before. He then turned to his colleague who backed him up. I persisted. The employee gave me a baleful look as he pulled out his binder of procedures. Having seen that same binder before I told the postal employee where he could find the instructions. The tension increased but I left the PO victorious. Now I see the poor many was under pressure to sell nengajo and who knows what else and not assist lowly gaijin.
Posted in: Post office employees have to sell (or buy if unable to) quota of 'nengajo'
Ash EdwardsNov. 04, 2011 - 11:08PM JST
In Florida a German man, his mother and dog were found mummified by their former gardner looking for work in a plush home after 2 years undisturbed. Seems the air conditioning dried and preserved the bodies and there was enough money in the bank to keep the utility bills paid.
Posted in: 'Family' of skeletons found in Sendai house
Ash EdwardsOct. 29, 2011 - 01:44AM JST
There were homeless people under blue tarps back in 1990 when we had elevator girls to push the buttons for us in department stores.
Posted in: Japan's jobless rate falls to 4.1% in September
Ash EdwardsOct. 25, 2011 - 04:22AM JST
This woman wasn't sick - she was a cougar.
Posted in: 19-year-old man stabs 44-year-old lover in 'mercy killing'
Dec. 19, 2014 - 09:53PM JST
Putin promises economic recovery to worried Russia
Let me guess, he will give Communist China land…
Posted in: Putin promises economic recovery to worried Russia
Let's hope that forex sales there don't take the 10 minutes plus as they do in…
Posted in: Japanese banks to boost India presence
Dec. 19, 2014 - 09:50PM JST
Bravo Zulu to the dual!
But, I prefer the Year of the Snake than…
Posted in: Animal heights
Dec. 19, 2014 - 09:49PM JST
A car is really is for the very wealthy people with either a large single income…
Posted in: Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales
Dec. 19, 2014 - 09:48PM JST
I am not defending this guy, but I don´t quite get the article. He gets "young…
Posted in: Man held for camera voyeurism in first arrest under new child porn law