Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
Jan Claudius WeirauchNov. 30, 2013 - 09:21PM JST
Car taxes should be made up by prefecture, rural areas Okinawa and other similar areas should pay less than people who live in Tokyo or similar big city's with a good transportation system, that would be only fair as minimum salary is lower in rural areas and also it would be a small factor making it more attractive to live out of town.
I pay 4000yen tax for my K-van/year
Posted in: Proposal to triple taxes on K-cars raises concerns among rural drivers
Jan Claudius WeirauchNov. 26, 2013 - 10:37AM JST
Domestic (short) flights, OK, but long distance flights, no thanks!
Posted in: The U.S. government is considering to permit passengers to make and receive cell phone calls while in flight. The flight attendants' union oppose it, saying it would cause trouble, as well as bother other passengers. What's your stance?
Jan Claudius WeirauchOct. 18, 2013 - 09:46PM JST
Well it's not like this people PRODUCING anything for the greater good in the world, maybe they just realize now how pointless it is, looking at the big picture. If you want to make money, in my opinion you should work hard in an honest job not speculate with other peoples assets.
Posted in: Job fears and abuse take toll on bankers' health: study
Jan Claudius WeirauchJul. 15, 2013 - 04:19PM JST
The bases only create about 5% of Okinawa's economy but occupy about 21% of Okinawa landmass. I'm sure you could create more than 5% economic revenue on 21% of landmass.
Posted in: Abe to campaign in Okinawa this week
Jan Claudius WeirauchJun. 18, 2013 - 09:42AM JST
Why not put barriers in the supermarkets - like in Germany you go in, but you only can exit when going trough a register.
You have an entry door which opens automatic from outside and en exit door which opens from inside only.
The same open shops you have here in Japan would literally be empty in Europe.
When I was a minor -15 years old- I got caught, they send me straight to the police, parents had to pick me up and than to court so I had to do 65hour of community service, at a social institution of my choice. I stole 100Euro worth of CD's back than.
I think the approach of getting angry at the shop which you or your child stole from is behind being silly.
Also since that day, I never stole anymore anything, it was a lesson, sure there always will be people doing but a lot of people especially teenager do it for the kick not because of they are poor, they are not steeling food to not starve but video games etc. non life essentials.
Posted in: Shoplifting on the increase
Jan Claudius WeirauchMay. 04, 2013 - 04:25PM JST
Vending machines also take bank notes in Japan, and the bank does not charge 17% or what.
Posted in: Vending machine arsonist thief still on the loose
Jan Claudius WeirauchApr. 30, 2013 - 10:45PM JST
How about a free trading area? Everyone has access and the people currently living there get some business and maybe more (from both nations) want to move there?
Jan Claudius WeirauchApr. 27, 2013 - 08:28PM JST
As gasoline and imported goods become more expensive this year, I will increase the prices of my tourism related business next year, who cares if people can spend more if the services and products also costs more at the same.
Posted in: Golden Week holiday exodus begins
Jan Claudius WeirauchApr. 04, 2013 - 04:30PM JST
Wonder what's happen next, if another incident like Fukushima is happen, and later they find out guidelines have been bent or not been used - as standards would have to.
Posted in: Nuclear Regulation Authority changes 'safety standards' to 'guidelines'
Jan Claudius WeirauchMar. 21, 2013 - 08:50PM JST
It's very easy in Japan to get fired, I had only 2 days off a month and got sick on my second day off (fewer 40C+) and my wife called in the next morning that I can't come in - fired on the telephone.
Do you think the labor office was going to help me???? NOT!
Now have my own company and it's running great!
So I would everyone tell to cheer up and try to realize there own dream.
Posted in: What do you say to a colleague who has been given notice by the boss due to downsizing or budget cutbacks?
Jan Claudius WeirauchFeb. 26, 2013 - 08:49PM JST
Prime Ministers office...
Senkaku is a bad place, lots of nice environment there to bad to be wrecked.
Posted in: Govt to review candidate sites for Fukushima waste disposal
Jan Claudius WeirauchFeb. 21, 2013 - 02:40PM JST
In the end politicians make a lot of talk, talking around the actual subject especially in Japan where there is not a lot of direct conversation as by culture, but in the end they always fall on there knees to accommodate the request of the big brother USA - which would be a good thing in this case, in my opinion.
They can't join the talk because it would give a lot of publicity to the entire thing, rather make a backdoor deal which is less great but not as "loud"
Japan will join, not yet, but in future. Worst case would be - Abe has to step down, he has to so anyway at some point. Also the rural voters have nobody else to act in there interest but the LDP - unfortunately.
Posted in: U.S. says Japan must negotiate on rice to join TPP talks
Jan Claudius WeirauchFeb. 09, 2013 - 10:30AM JST
I think the problem with pollution will get less as China increases the minimum salary one has to be paid. It's only an attractive business in PRC for foreign company's because nobody gives a rats ass - at this moment
Jan Claudius WeirauchFeb. 07, 2013 - 01:36PM JST
If Japan and Russia ever sign a peace treaty...
Posted in: TEPCO to buy 800,000 tons of LNG from U.S.
Jan Claudius WeirauchFeb. 06, 2013 - 09:41AM JST
I wonder if they dropped something, with there eyes glued on the ground!
I sense an inability of looking straight into someones eyes and make an honest conversation/statement.
Leaders of the third biggest industry power of the world?? To me they look more like a bunch of cowards!
Posted in: Follow the leader
Jan Claudius WeirauchFeb. 03, 2013 - 09:53AM JST
Okinawa's tourist agency (OCVB), lacks motivation, common sense and the eye on how to really promote Okinawa. After all, we are lucky to not have an image like Thailand yet - Don't want the sex-tourism image here.
But maybe this guys only think from 12 to noon! Firsthand experience as someone running a tourist related business here.
Posted in: Okinawa cancels plan to use young women’s thighs as advertising space
Jan Claudius WeirauchJan. 26, 2013 - 11:11AM JST
I would also quit if I where in the same position as these teachers.
Fortunately I'm not, and I'm still considered young - probably 2 generations until I reach retirement age, I invest my money in property and other things but not in a government retirement-ripoff-fund, as in 40 years I probably wont get much out of it anyway. Not supporting the system.
People probably tell me this is reckless or even stupid, but I think that this system only exists since the end of the war, before that people also lived without such "assurances" and some did well and some not, just like today.
Posted in: Teachers, police rush to quit before retirement pay cut
Jan Claudius WeirauchJan. 17, 2013 - 09:49PM JST
Ever thought of outdoor activities like surfing, diving etc...
Posted in: Crocs Japan
Jan Claudius WeirauchJan. 15, 2013 - 10:58AM JST
Apparently not ashamed to say that they are produced in China and than sold for almost 3000yen a pair here in Japan, if you produce them here in Japan than I would gladly buy them (again) for the money considering that the cost of producing this is maybe 5yen/pair or less!
I loved crocs but I now but cheap and long lasting less slippery shoes.
I walked around pretty much everyday with them after heavy usage the material on the sole became very slippery especially when it was raining so I had a few close calls while carrying heavy stuff crossing a street (scuba gear)
Jan Claudius WeirauchJan. 13, 2013 - 11:17PM JST
I want do this but in Okinawa it's 21C water temperature right now...
Posted in: Fit and freezing
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
It is good news for Japan. Washoku is very healthy and low calories Japanese eat it…
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:34AM JST
Governments knowing all our secrets AND also keeping secrets from us is not the type of…
Posted in: Do you support the state secret bill that has just been passed by the Diet?
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:33AM JST
And once again, Japan, powerless, trying to isolate China. Sadly before it was for Japan's own…
Posted in: Japan seeks int'l action against China's new air zone
I'm 63. I collect teddy bears. I also miss Japan badly. I would seriously consider the…
Posted in: Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:29AM JST
Nice family photo and even nicer family!
Happy Birthday, Princess Masako!
Posted in: Happy 50th birthday