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HollisBrownNov. 25, 2013 - 12:58PM JST
However you will be easily identified as one of the few people wearing these daft glasses.
Posted in: 'Privacy Glasses' protect your identity and your image
HollisBrownNov. 25, 2013 - 12:49PM JST
What do they mean by 'street vendors of lunch boxes' - market stalls? Kiosks? Shops at street level that operate through an open counter? vans that park up? vending machines?
Posted in: Street vendors of lunch boxes will have to obtain licenses for food sanitation management, and the metropolitan government will oblige the vendors to use refrigerants and thermometers.
HollisBrownNov. 25, 2013 - 12:40PM JST
130 yen for an unlimited time on the Yamanote line.
Posted in: Nap cafe for women opens in Tokyo
HollisBrownNov. 25, 2013 - 12:31PM JST
smithinjapan - It's clear that you found HG offensive, and that's fine. That doesn't mean you have the right to say everyone else should have been offended by him. THAT is what 'gokai' is saying. S/He didn't find HG's antics offensive because S/He was raised in a different environment and culture to you. It wouldn't be acceptable in your country, or in mine in fact - however there are things in our countries that absolutely wouldn't be acceptable here. Imagine a Japanese person living in the UK, on a bulletin board, complaining about a British comedian, drama, Tarrant on TV portrayal of Japanese people, Stephen Fry QI joke etc. Then imagine how the majority of British people would probably react: This is British humour; this is the UK, not Japan; that's the beauty of freedom of speech; go back to your own country and watch your crazy game shows etc.
I personally couldn't stand HG, but I wish him well in his new career as a model.
Posted in: Comedian Hard Gay tries professional modeling
HollisBrownNov. 22, 2013 - 10:00AM JST
Protests won't make a blind bit of difference with regard this issue.
Control the media, control information, control education. Have a tighter grasp of these things and you control people. As I said before, the LDP don't want to lose power again.
Posted in: Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law
HollisBrownNov. 22, 2013 - 09:49AM JST
Alternatively, a pen or pencil will achieve the same result when used with a piece of paper or even a notebook.
Posted in: Alarm clock with clear plastic board to prevent you from forgetting important matters
HollisBrownNov. 22, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
Protests won't make a blind bit of difference.
Abe's lot are going to do pretty much what they want now. Losing power to the DPJ was a wake up call for them and they won't want that to happen again. (See the report about the last election being unconstitutional but not illegal etc.)
HollisBrownNov. 22, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
Unfortunately, it won't make a blind bit of difference.
Posted in: We, the people
HollisBrownNov. 13, 2013 - 08:49PM JST
bang...bang...bang...bang...bang...bang...bang...bang - my head against the desk. What an utterly ridiculous plan. 'Moral education from a textbook' - rubbish idea. 'Juvenile crime can stem from a lack of communication with family' - then let the kids spend more time with their family. Don't give them more schoolwork! There are so many things wrong with the education system in Japan, it's ludicrous that this nonsense is towards the top of a list and is likely to get funding, time, and effort from people and departments with a stack of much more important things to do.
Posted in: Gov't planning to add moral education to curriculum for elementary, junior high schools
HollisBrownNov. 05, 2013 - 06:12PM JST
I suppose they are well within their rights to sell their product to the Japanese consumer - however terrible I think it is. After all, the average Japanese Beaujolais Nouveau consumer doesn't have much of a clue about wine. I also suppose that it works the other way with sake etc.
Posted in: 1st shipment of Beaujolais Nouveau arrives in Japan
HollisBrownNov. 04, 2013 - 02:29PM JST
Here's a more environmentally friendly answer - don't build a new Lawson's!
Posted in: Lawson to be first convenience store to save winter snow…for summer air conditioning
HollisBrownOct. 14, 2013 - 08:49PM JST
Where do 13 year olds learn that jumping in front of a train, or off a high building, is an option? Is it depicted in comic books? Anime? Video games? It must be depicted somewhere in a positive way because it happens far too often in this country. If comic books / anime / video games started depicting great pain and suffering, (to the victim and their family), along with some surviving with missing limbs, crippling disabilities etc. it might make people think twice. It is the media that the kids interact with that has to depict suicide as not being an option.
Posted in: 13-year-old Tokyo boy killed by train in suspected suicide
HollisBrownOct. 14, 2013 - 10:34AM JST
Coming soon: JMSDF48
Posted in: Japan votes for Mr and Ms in Maritime Self-Defense Force popularity poll
HollisBrownAug. 28, 2013 - 03:53PM JST
They were arrested? Not just given a stern talking to and forced to apologise...but...arrested? Yet the middle school teacher who assaulted a student wasn't arrested? Pathetic.
Posted in: 2 youths busted for posing for Twitter photos on top of patrol car
HollisBrownJul. 27, 2013 - 08:55PM JST
Seeing as the TEPCO President and Vice President are to take a 10% salary cut for 1 month in order to 'take responsibility' for covering up / allowing contaminated water to leak into the ocean for goodness knows how long, it stands to reason that this JHS teacher should receive nothing more than a good tickling with a feather duster for this misdemeanor.
Posted in: Junior high teacher arrested twice for vandalizing and burglarizing own school
HollisBrownMar. 25, 2013 - 10:40AM JST
A homeless person 'takes a nap' is rather making light of the real situation - and more accurately should read 'A homeless person is LIVING...'.
Using the photo as part of a piece on homelessness would've been better. Simply using it as 'Picture of the Day' with a pun of a title and a quirky throw away comment is tasteless and quite unnecessary.
Posted in: Napster
HollisBrownFeb. 15, 2013 - 10:06AM JST
I agree Probie. This article made me cringe.
By piling on the ikura in heaps the restaurant is making the fishermen risk the dangers at sea more frequently - so they can buy more ikura. How about just charging a fair price for a regular portion, and having a donation box on all the tables, and another box for loose change next to the exit?
Everyday I see countless restaurants that serve 'quirky' oversized portions. It seems to me that they do this because the quality of the food alone isn't good enough. A large portion of ikura - served with a guilt trip, and a threat of having to pay a donation if you don't eat it all - is no more delicious than a regular portion of ikura.
Posted in: Sapporo restaurant fines customers who don’t finish every last bite
HollisBrownFeb. 05, 2013 - 09:08AM JST
Why would she think that removing a personal blog was enough to compensate for arguable criminal behaviour? Oh and that Nishikawa woman is one of the most odious talent-less people on TV. Can't stand her.
Posted in: Jun Komori makes televised apology for lying to fans about auction sites
HollisBrownFeb. 05, 2013 - 08:59AM JST
Yet obscene and explicit manga is OK? Japan has some weird standards.
Posted in: Renowned photographer Leslie Kee arrested in Japan over obscene photos
HollisBrownFeb. 01, 2013 - 03:17PM JST
The problem is that the 10,000yen note is used so frequently in everyday situations (from buying a bento at a convenience store to jewelry at high end department stores). Once a shop receives a 10,000yen note - it is redundant. They cannot use it as change because there is nothing higher in circulation. I know the same can be said about every currency, but the 10,000yen note is too 'normal'. The ATM machines need to give out 4x5,000yen notes rather than 2x10,000yen. On withdrawing 19,000yen, why should I get 1x10,000yen and 9x1,000yen? Give me some 5,000yen notes and make the 10,000yen note less commonly used. If this happened, we wouldn't necessarily need a note of higher value than 10,000 - the situation would be at least twice as good as it currently is. If the government insists on introducing a higher value note, it could be a good thing - but only if the banks don't make it standard ATM issue. A 20,000yen note would seem more sensible to me.
Posted in: Gov't hints at issuing Y50,000 bills
Dec. 10, 2013 - 07:08PM JST
Just let them have their fun, even if just for a little bit.
Posted in: Bieber brings cheer in typhoon-hit Philippines
Dec. 10, 2013 - 06:58PM JST
yongyang, spot on. i didnt even know japan has a Consumer Affairs Agency . i cant…
Posted in: 307 cases of food mislabeling found among 23 industry groups
Mislabeling sounds almost innocent, sort of 'oops'….accidentally putting the wrong label on a product.
Dec. 10, 2013 - 06:56PM JST
Never mind. That hoser fellow is geography challenged.
Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Nagasaki atomic bomb site
Dec. 10, 2013 - 06:47PM JST
Christmas here is one of the worst holidays in Japan. They have taken a holiday they…
Posted in: What do you like about the way Christmas is celebrated in Japan, and what don't you like about it?