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Brian WhewayOct. 19, 2014 - 07:25PM JST
I wonder how long it will take for someone to get the volcanoes ash inside a can and into a vending machine.
Posted in: Japan's volcanoes made more jittery by 2011 quake, expert says
Brian WhewayOct. 18, 2014 - 05:43PM JST
These sort of building project throw down the gauntlet to the rest of the world, it’s a huge undertaking, I find it extremely interesting to see how they over come problems, but with these sort of projects the down side is the colossal cost, the Japanese rail service is the envy of the world, whilst others are starting to catch up, but are still a long way behind. So this is the next mile stone that the rest of the world has to get a grip with. In the UK were still hell bent on HS2 that only politician’s want, the project will take up huge amounts of farm and house land, devalue properties, chop businesses’ in half, all so that a few people can get some where else 10 minutes quicker. The down side to this project is its going to be so expensive to travel on this train only a few will or can travel on it, could this be the case of the MAGLEV trains??
Posted in: Gov't approves JR Tokai plan to build maglev line
Brian WhewayOct. 16, 2014 - 03:08PM JST
what cracking bit of marketing! just think about it it would cost him a fortune to promote his rubbish CD but the news papers and the media have done it all for him! clever chap
Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts
Brian WhewayOct. 16, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
Toyota always seem to put there hands up and say we've got a problem, but ford and other companies buried there heads in the sand and denied that they had problems with there cars in the 70,s one of those models use to explode into flames when they were involved in a rear shunt, ford denied this in court after experts proved that it was there fault, it was down to a 50 cent shut off valve they wouldn't fit. well done Toyota for being honest
Posted in: Toyota to recall 1.67 million vehicles globally
Brian WhewayOct. 16, 2014 - 01:01AM JST
disillusioned, according to your claims the work force would be all fired by Friday!!
Posted in: Nobody at subway station in Tokyo for first train after two staff oversleep
Brian WhewayOct. 15, 2014 - 03:36PM JST
From what I've read and seen, the Japanese economy has been stuck in the doldrums for years, poor exports stagment investment etc, Sometimes you just need a fresh leader who has not got OLD ideas and old leaders you need some one forward thinking, open mind, I can see where Abe is going, but it will take a long time to change its not going to change over night, but it will be a long a painful route.
Posted in: Concerns growing within ruling party over weak yen
Brian WhewayOct. 15, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
I hope he gets the bill for the extra fuel that the air liner company has used and also lost revenue, I feel sorry for the lady involved Iam sure she is going to want some counciling to get over this.
Posted in: Passenger arrested for sexual assault on Hawaii-Japan flight
Brian WhewayOct. 14, 2014 - 03:44PM JST
I suppose what will happen is that the budget rooms will have no tv but the upgraded one will, of course they will be more expensive to cover the cost, we had a similar court case here in the UK where "the TV has the ability to receive BBC programs" so a few wiz kids removed the the part from the TV that receives the BBC frequency, but allowed the TV to receive any other channel, I think they wone the argument and didn't have to pay the BBC for a TV licence, but it cost a huge amount in leagle fees, so who wone? I think that it was done on principle.
Posted in: Tokyo court rules that hotels must pay NHK fees according to the number of rooms with TVs
Brian WhewayOct. 12, 2014 - 04:27PM JST
will any body benefit from this new train station AFTER the olympics has finished ?
Posted in: Hibiya subway line in Tokyo to get new station at Toranomon Hills
Brian WhewayOct. 09, 2014 - 07:50PM JST
Iam lost for words! it beggars belief, how on earth can any sane person do this???
Posted in: Parents arrested for chaining 8-year-old son inside house
Brian WhewayOct. 09, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
squirrels are a pest in the UK I've seen the damage they do 1 they strip bark of trees killing them also 2 I've seen the devastation where they have got into peoples lofts, and they have stripped out timber from the loft, also chewed through electric cables, house and burglar alarms causing thousands of pounds of damage. 66/1 i would say is very conservative more like 10,000/1 as the red squirrel is only found in a few pockets in scotland.
yes they are fluffy but so is a rat but every one hates them to! I won't get onto the subject of foxes, there needs to be a cull on them as well.
Posted in: Brits go nuts over squirrel burgers
Brian WhewayOct. 09, 2014 - 04:01PM JST
Akkk1 i think that you find that the gym coaches appreciate the other teams talent and possibly respect each other as athletes and sportsmen its politics that have soured the sport
Posted in: Japan's gymnasts criticize judges after losing to China
Brian WhewayOct. 09, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
Mirai, its not just a stupid camera, he's broken the trust that people had in him , he's also disgraced himself and his fellow country men, the depth of punishment has gone quite deep, but why not? hopefully it will send out a strong message to every one that this is not acceptable!. if your house was broken into and the cops turned up and there reply was well it does not really matter just claim off your insurance, would you be happy? I suspect you would want them to go around and arrest someone, yes?
Posted in: Swimmer Tomita gets 18-month ban for stealing camera
Brian WhewayOct. 08, 2014 - 07:44PM JST
Diggers big holes, cranes lift, diggers are not supposes to lift thing especially when there twice as heavy as its lifting capability, so,has the firms director been arrested yet for this guys manslaughter/death? his widow should get a lot of compansation for this c**k up.
Posted in: 800-kg steel sheet falls at construction site killing worker
Brian WhewayOct. 07, 2014 - 04:08PM JST
the best punishment for these kids is to give them the bill for replacing the machines + what the owner has lost in takings, I think that will give them lots to think about next time they want to torch a vending machine
Posted in: 3 teens arrested over vending machine arson
Brian WhewayOct. 07, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
I had great fun when I went to Japan I stayed in the youth hostels and I helped the Japanese staff to speak , sorry improve there English, I tried to explain there is a difference in the R and L IE London road, and red is a loverly colour, they repeated (in frustration) to pronounce them, as they told me they never practice English this way before and were amazed ...all good fun, just learning English from a text book is ok but it does not inter react with the language, I also have a friend in Tokyo and she is a translator, her emails are superb in fact better than some of the local kids near me who can't string a full sentence together without grammatical errors, as she addmits she can't speak a word of English, how odd!
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
Brian WhewayOct. 05, 2014 - 07:47PM JST
I can almost see the solicitors queing up at the front door as we speak.
Posted in: Doctors perform cataract surgery on patient's wrong eye
Brian WhewayOct. 05, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
I just keep thinking of all of theses 100 yen umbrellas that will be in the trash bins tomorrow
Posted in: Powerful typhoon dumps rain on Japan
Brian WhewayOct. 03, 2014 - 04:15PM JST
"just had to break free". ok right, pack your bag get on the next train or bus and leave.
Posted in: 17-yr-old girl held for killing mother, grandmother in Hokkaido
Brian WhewayOct. 01, 2014 - 04:32PM JST
Here in the Uk we've had to make some drastic cuts to cut our deficit we pay shed loads of direct and indirect taxes, we have to pay 20% on top of our bought goods, so someone only pays 6-7% needs to pay more to pay for services its not sustainable! it might be better to raise the tax level unto 12-15% it will damage the economy strait away but in the long run it will pay off, if not you could end up like Greece,,, going bankrupt!!....now iam ready for the thumbs down.
Posted in: Japan business confidence up in sluggish recovery
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:32AM JST
The video of Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Makoto Sakurai is priceless.
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:24AM JST
It was easy, He has great Grand father as a successful pollitician and many more in…
Posted in: Abe names replacements for trade, justice ministers
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:12AM JST
@Nigelboy: :Oh you are questioning how he was hired in Finance Ministry
It was easy, He…
Oct. 22, 2014 - 03:53AM JST
Most military families experience combinations of the following difficulties at different points in their lives -…
Posted in: SDF member arrested over murder of wife
Oct. 22, 2014 - 03:50AM JST
Harvard Grad of Japanese is easy.
Not talking exclusively about being Harvard grad. He entered the…