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AustPaulMay. 17, 2013 - 09:20AM JST
Can tou clarify your comment regarding 'silly Europeans and Australians'?
Not sure where you were going with that..
Posted in: Okinawan women demand apology from Hashimoto
AustPaulMay. 13, 2013 - 10:03AM JST
Starbucks is on my list when I travel to Japan, they closed about 80% of their stores here in Australia and there are none in my state.
The coffee is reasonable and staff friendly, I agree, hard to find a seat sometimes as like all places in Japan there is a dearth of places to just sit and relax.
Oh and the marble cakes and macaroons are yummy too!
Posted in: Starbucks on track to open 1,000th store in Japan
AustPaulApr. 27, 2013 - 10:22PM JST
It all depends on the situation and you would want to think carefully before you acted. But there are times when it would be better to err on the side of caution and perhaps call the Police or go an investigate with a neighbor if possible.
What is all this business about getting in more trouble being the foreigner? This is really starting to 'get my goat'...I think Japan needs a bit of the old 'gaiatsu' from time to time..
Posted in: If you heard someone screaming nextdoor, and felt it was someone being physically abused, would you intervene in some way, or call the police, or do nothing and just mind your own business?
AustPaulApr. 27, 2013 - 10:13PM JST
The Police should be employing proper restraint techniques, obviously this may have been fine to begin with to subdue her but why wasn't she cuffed and put in a vehicle?
BTW everyone, the gear they carry would not weigh any more than 10kg...especially in Japan
Posted in: Woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her
AustPaulApr. 27, 2013 - 10:07PM JST
The guards may have been in the back and may not have been wearing seatbelts...
Agree with GW, even though they are the PM's own detail the driver behind should maintain a safe distance...
What's a saloon??? Thought it was a bar from the wild west...
Posted in: Abe escapes injury in five-car collision
AustPaulApr. 12, 2013 - 03:05PM JST
Obviously this reporter was having a slow day...
Posted in: Starbucks order customization - Is there a limit?
AustPaulApr. 12, 2013 - 02:24PM JST
In any case it is being held in Japan and should be open to all
Posted in: Myanmar's Muslims barred from meeting Suu Kyi in Japan
AustPaulApr. 12, 2013 - 02:22PM JST
You would have thought that the censors would view the film first before screening it........
Posted in: Chinese cinemas pull Tarantino's 'Django' on first day
AustPaulApr. 12, 2013 - 02:19PM JST
Personally, as an Australian, I do not support Japan's whaling in its current form. I 'might' be able to accept it if it was done for cultural reasons, as it is in some indigenous cultures.
Not sure if I can speak for the rest of my countrymen on this forum but I think the point that people in Australia want to make to the Japanese is that whaling in the Southern Ocean (of which we do not claim as our own by the way) is not acceptable. We are definitely not anti-Japanese, just anti-whaling and keen on conservation.
Posted in: Australia to tackle Japan on whaling at U.N. world court
AustPaulApr. 10, 2013 - 10:40PM JST
That's pretty embarassing for the Yokohama govt.
It also seems a bit pre-emptive of the city to have a message already drafted if such a launch occurs. The main thing people of Japan (and not just Yokohama) need to know is if a missile is heading their way (although there may not be much time to react) - such information should be forthcoming from government at the national level.
Posted in: Yokohama mistakenly tweets North Korean missile launch
AustPaulApr. 07, 2013 - 09:20PM JST
By all means inform the public of where and what type of offences are occurring but the Police really have to be proactive and start targetting the areas themselves. A very different type of policing here....
Posted in: Gunma police, NTT, Kanto Gakuen working on app to warn users of high-risk areas
AustPaulApr. 07, 2013 - 09:17PM JST
Pretty wild up here in Yokohama too the last few days. Currently on holiday here with the fam and I have to say we have experienced all 4 seasons (we have 4 seasons in Australia.....) here the past 3 weeks.
Posted in: Windy day
AustPaulApr. 07, 2013 - 09:11PM JST
I gave blood at the Red Cross in Shinjuku many years ago no worries at all. I even got a free Haagen Dazs ice cream from the cute nurse too!
Posted in: Red Cross in Hiroshima offers blood donors a limited edition poster
AustPaulApr. 07, 2013 - 08:57PM JST
Well the US has already deployed two stealth fighters to SK,if this drone has the range and can be deployed from Japan is it really an issue YuriOtani?
I also don't understand where your anti-American rhetoric stems from, if they have the resources and are already in country then I am sure the Japanese people would appreciate the fact.
Posted in: U.S. military to deploy unmanned spy plane in northern Japan
AustPaulApr. 03, 2013 - 10:01PM JST
Time to sort out this issue in the international court...I see no other way of resolving it otherwise..
Posted in: 3 Chinese ships seen in disputed waters
AustPaulApr. 03, 2013 - 09:55PM JST
Row Bur- that's exactly the sort of comment a hard core smoker who doesn't care less would make. ...As I said, smokers can puff away all they like, so long as it is not around non smokers.I think the smokers with some common sense these days understand and respect that.
AKB Fan -Clean air? (Well, it is cleaner where I live..) I am sure you get the gist.
Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far?
AustPaulApr. 03, 2013 - 04:38PM JST
I would love to see just one guy or girl wearing a different colour suit/shirt....
Posted in: First day on the job
AustPaulApr. 03, 2013 - 04:37PM JST
She gets top marks from me...good on her
Posted in: Top Marc
AustPaulApr. 03, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
Not at all, about time they caught up with the rest of the world....I respect smokers right to smoke, until it impinges on my right to breathe clean air...
AustPaulApr. 03, 2013 - 04:25PM JST
We are currently visiting Japan and I found it amusing to see that the 'Yokohama gentei Kit Kat' at Shin Yokohama station is made in Yamaguchi..
I too was amused to see the macadamia chocs and Tim Tams etc at Narita Airport...it seems it is more of an obligatory gift to compensate the other party for missing out onall the fun you have had...
Posted in: Japan's 'omiyage' culture
May. 20, 2013 - 03:08PM JST
Watanabe is wise to distance himself from Isshin-no-kai, they have turned toxic!
I like Watanabe and…
Posted in: Your Party to split from Japan Restoration Party over Hashimoto's comments
May. 20, 2013 - 03:04PM JST
Enough already. Men rape women and women rape men. C'est la vie
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
My subway line is packed like sardines in the morning, but every other train at my…
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
Hashimoto said he will clarify his views at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo…
I've been using Photoshop and Premier for several years and have never spent a dime on…
Posted in: Adobe changing its products to cloud services with monthly fees