GW's past comments

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    GW

    20+yrs ago when I arrived Halloween was totally absent, now its a full blown store displaying sales pitch LOL! And yet I have heard precious few cases of good ole trick or treating going on! That was great when I was a kid, good memories, here is a little too money oriented

    And I also am surprised Japan hasn't made hay with Easter LOL! Perhaps that is next on the list, I mean chocolate chocolate & more chocolate, cute bunnies, eggs the marketing guru's in Japan aren't paying attention LOL!

    Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?

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    GW

    Chinese govt looking stupid & ignorant once again, isn't that a surprise NOT!

    I feel sorry for Chinese people, they deserve BETTER govt & more freedoms! Just imagine how exciting that would make China instead of the current one run by a bunch old fart commies!

    Posted in: China criticizes U.S. missile defense radar in Japan

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    GW

    kurisupisu

    Correct, taking one bad situation & helping with another bad situation, this relocation idea to me has seemed bloody obvious, but I don't think many have done it, or do they even want to...........I don't know, stubbornness all round has a lot to do with this all dragging out at a snails pace will little or no progress

    Posted in: Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'

  • 0

    GW

    My first decade here Japan totally got tourism wrong by trying to only appeal to western tourists while ignoring & hoping not many from Asia & the Far East would show up!

    For the last 10yrs or so Japan finally clued in that the number of tourists & the $$$$ were MUCH closer by, ie Asia & the Far East & voila with more reasonable visa regulations etc a boom in tourists who will buy more, eat more than typical western tourists, better late than never!

    Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million

  • 0

    GW

    So I wonder are the J-diapers being exported to China?? If not someone is clearly asleep at the wheel!

    Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers

  • 0

    GW

    Chewing your food is good for your stomach, digestion.......far too many here boff their food hardly chewing at all, I am pretty sure that's a big part of why Japanese tend to get cancer etc more in their digestive tract

    Posted in: Chewing too much hassle? Here's just the thing

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    GW

    This is pretty simple wrt to Japan, for decades Japan has enjoyed good to GREAT access to overseas markets in a lot of areas all the while doing its damned best to KEEP OUT non-Japanese products, through tariffs & the big one is the non-tariff stuff, through regulation, brainwashing(japan #1 rest of the world bad!) for decades!

    The reason TPP is bad for Japan is because they ALREADY have great access to lots of markets but the reverse has NEVER been even remotely reciprocal except for a few luxury items & things Japan doesn't make or grow.

    Time is up though, JApan has had its cake & been stuffing itself for too long! If Japan aint going to allow real access then it should be shown the door pronto

    Its amazing how so many gaijin living here cant seem to see the obvious........

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

  • 0

    GW

    If this guy wanted it recycled he should have dropped it off at the local high school LOL!!!

    Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park

  • 1

    GW

    But another issue comes to mind, namely, the low quality of the debate in Japan today.

    THIS! Hot button issues it is best to absolutely NOT discuss with friends, co-workers, colleagues & especially not spouses! You do so at your own risk, I just find there are precious few Japanese where hot button issues can be discussed & not affect the relationship if there is disagreement!

    Heck Japanese can get upset if you criticize Japan & they are in 100% agreement with you, sadly one has to hold back & avoid lots of topics in Japan.

    Hell this is I bet one of the reasons so many of us VENT here on JT because the locals would NOT like to hear a lot of our opinions & still talk with us! I wish they could/would but alas......

    Posted in: Japanese politics: Foreign executives beware

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    Asked why there was such a long hiatus in trade missions to the world’s third-largest economy, Pritzker said she was perplexed.

    I'm not, 20yrs stagnation along with Japans continued stubbornness to more fairly trade with the rest of the world making it not worth the bother, Japan passing & all that.......... China was more worth the time the last 20yrs that's basically it!

    While the TPP aint perfect its long past due for Japan to more openly open up, could be Japans last chance, if TPP goes ahead without Japan & it should then Japan will be stuck with making a list of requirements to even ask to join once in place

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

  • 0

    GW

    abe you best keep that penguin suit at the ready!!!

    Posted in: New team members

  • 2

    GW

    What a piece of work, a true putz!

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

  • 0

    GW

    That a paper fan valued at 80 yen could run afoul of Japan’s election laws is testament to the strict prohibition on gifts to constituents. It’s a legacy of once-common vote-buying in Japan, says Koichi Nakano, political science professor at Sophia University in Tokyo.

    LMAO! ..........Eh I am pretty the brown envelopes stuffed with 10ers are still VERY prevalent country wide, vote buying is still a happening phenomena sadly!

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

  • 1

    GW

    “I am one of very few full-time farmers in this area, and the people who were retiring didn’t have anyone in the family to continue growing rice. But they don’t want to sell the land.”

    The above is a HUGE issue, just attempting to enlarge plots one quickly finds out each tiny plot is BOXED in. The whole of agriculture & land ownership is desperate for new idea & methods.

    Japan should have been working on this since the 80s but has let the old ways drag on, even if there were 10,000 young farmers ready to have at it they could never amass a decent size plot(s) to have chance at economies of scale, the guy in the article(way to go!) is a real rarity to get that much space!

    Posted in: One man shows how rice farming can be competitive

  • 1

    GW

    Would love for some common sense to start taking hold on these isles, apparently not much yet........

    Posted in: 2 U.S. Osprey aircraft take part in tsunami drill amid protests

  • 5

    GW

    BS she is NOT resigning, she is stepping down from a job, she is NOT resigning from politics!!

    Same ole same ole, people caught in these scandals should RESIGN from politics PERMANENTLY! Then we would never have to hear from those like abe, mori, aso who all feed from the trough get caught in scandals & reappear back in no time like nothing happened, this BS needs to stop!

    But it wont, the rot continues unabated, business as usual nothing to see here, move on now..............

    Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns

  • 0

    GW

    What if those "individuals" feels strongly that it's the lawmakers and leaders duty to pay respects to them?

    I would have to seriously question their judgment to pick yasukuni for that when Chidorigafuchi is a MUCH better place for that, anyone who thinks politicians should put on a show at yasukuni clearly needs some history lessons.

    Frankly the deafening silence from Japanese about yasukuni can only lead to one conclusion & that's that most Japanese are in favor of having war criminals there, THAT is downright scary.

    It always amazes me how most Japanese GET what Nazi's did BUT remain utterly silent on what Japan DID!............. It aint working too well for Japan now is it, reap what you sow!

    Posted in: 3 women cabinet ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine

  • 0

    GW

    Cool I love walking around Asakusa now & then very relaxing, now I will have to drop by for a couple pints next time!

    Posted in: High hops - British brewer hopes to change beer perceptions

  • 0

    GW

    The hornets in question were NOT the big ones otherwise this situation would have been much worse!

    I have been around bees & hornets millions of times, nothing to worry about unless you mistakenly disturb them or foolishly try to mess with their nests. These kids out & about likely stumbled onto a nest & got stung, it happens, cant tell from the article how it went down but was likely a simple accident.

    Also hornets become more aggressive in the fall so bit of a double whammy, hope they heal quickly!

    Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto

  • 2

    GW

    Solar farms sprouted like weeds in north Chiba, all over the place here!

    I have yet to hear a PROPER explanation of why they supposedly present a possible threat to grids...........so for some strange reason, cant put my finger on it, but I DONT trust the likes of tepco etc!

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

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