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KnowBetterOct. 19, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
Yakuza cabs are not new in the Kansai area and this problem has been around for decades. Not just in the Osaka area and around Itami. In Kyoto it's pretty bad too.
We've ALWAYS used MK Taxi for local runs as well as runs out to Itami and KIX. MK drivers are polite and very helpful albeit sometimes we do get the new 'very green' driver that needs a little help with directions or extra eyes when getting out of a tight neighbourhood road. Still, I'd always take MK Taxi because they are honest!
Posted in: Kansai taxis flout laws in quest for more lucrative business
KnowBetterOct. 19, 2014 - 10:53PM JST
Only a clueless idiot or someone wishing to shorten their life would run a marathon in smog conditions like that. Those masks with do nothing to protect you from that poisonous air.
Posted in: Beijing marathoners don face masks to battle smog
KnowBetterOct. 18, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
Japanese paper currency is not that easy to copy because of the watermarks and other security features. If you work handling money all day, you either know what you are doing and care or you become a zombie not giving a hoot.
Here's more information about Japanese anti-counterfeiting measures.
Posted in: Bogus Y10,000 notes passed in Tokyo's Ota Ward
KnowBetterOct. 17, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
OUCH! OUCH OUCH!!!
Been on the receiving end of one of those attacks as a kid in elementary school and that was pretty traumatic back then. Those bloody little buggers keep stinging you unlike bees which can only get you once each. I hope they recover quickly and none were seriously allergic or majorly traumatized by that. My cousin was properly messed up by that and well into high school would still freak out if anything yellowish and buzzing approached and flew around him.
Posted in: 26 students stung by hornets in Kumamoto
KnowBetterOct. 17, 2014 - 03:04PM JST
WOW! Just WOW!
Please just save everyone the the expense of court, medical reports, etc. and throw this idiot into death row for his date with death. There is no help for someone that 'broken'.
Posted in: Univ student stabs woman to death because he 'wanted to kill someone'
KnowBetterOct. 15, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
So now we see that the so call 'free' South Korea is simply a 'North Korea Lite'. Don't talk bad about your dear leader or you will be punished! NO FREEDOM FOR YOU!!!
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter
KnowBetterOct. 15, 2014 - 07:38AM JST
A damn good thing the captain decided to turn the flight back to Hawaii. That nutter might have gone for round two when he woke up and in Japan one can only wonder 'if' anything would have been done but send him back, possibly endangering another flight. This guy will probably now find himself on a 'no fly list' for life.
Posted in: Passenger arrested for sexual assault on Hawaii-Japan flight
KnowBetterOct. 11, 2014 - 07:19PM JST
Sorry 'Radie' but it's pretty hard to get 'used to it' when you know 'the big one could be the next one'. I swear we all just hold our collective breath for the first 5 seconds EVERY TIME the ground starts to move.
Posted in: M6.1 quake strikes off east coast of Japan
KnowBetterOct. 11, 2014 - 07:15PM JST
Finally!!! I just hope that the cops are there to hand out tickets otherwise this is just another waste of paper and another eyesore to be reminded of just how stupid and selfish some people can be with their 'deadly habit'.
Posted in: Butt out
KnowBetterOct. 11, 2014 - 10:55AM JST
Great story and I had a great laugh about the tunnel induced toilet 'eruptions'. Glad that was taken care of...
Posted in: Working out the bugs in first shinkansens
KnowBetterOct. 07, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
No has said it yet but it goes without saying EVERY TIME even though we most likely double face palm to news like this: "You can't fix stupid".
Well, actually you can fix stupid, but then you can't learn from it and move on as this former 61 year old learned the hard way.
Posted in: Man killed by train while trying to crawl under it
KnowBetterOct. 07, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
Maybe some REAL jail time will fix the problem. If no harsh penalty is imposed now, next stop, nastier crimes and possible injuries and death for their intended or 'collateral damage victims'. Then again, some people are truly 'broken' and need to removed from the 'free world'.
Posted in: 3 teens arrested over vending machine arson
KnowBetterSep. 29, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
This whole "let's see what happens if we do this" routine sounds like a group of children with a magnifying lens on a hot sunny summer day and a bunch of insects minding their own business. We all know what's going to happen but we just sit back, really doing nothing much because, well, what can you do? We hope they'll grow out of that stage but somehow the damage will be done by the time that happens. The imminent economic stall is coming should the consumption tax be raised to 10%. After that, who knows if Japan has enough 'altitude' to pull out of that stall or will it just simply crash and burn as a result.
Posted in: Abe vows to keep careful watch on tax hike's impact
KnowBetterSep. 28, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
FYI, anyone thinking that it was wreck-less to be climbing that volcano since it was active only seven years ago should maybe take a good hard look at where the live. For most in Japan, one serious earthquake could be your last... mostly no warning there and earthquakes are quite common. Kind of puts things in perspective, yeah?
Climbing this volcano 'was' about as safe or safer than going for an equal distance walk around Tokyo. It's not likely going to kill you but you just never know when life is going to hand you a raw deal.
Posted in: 31 climbers found in 'cardiac arrest' on erupting volcano
KnowBetterSep. 28, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Having worked for PLENTY of 'investment banking' IT departments around Tokyo, I can clearly say with real first hand experience that there are a few 'firms' that made me 'sick' to be a part of.
This story doesn't surprise me in the least bit. What is missed in this article is what happens to guys that try to tell some at these binge drinking groper parties to take it easy when they get out of hand with the ladies. I'm all for having a good time and drinking it up but even when I'm three sheets to the wind, I know which way is up and what I've see is pretty bad.
Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates
KnowBetterSep. 28, 2014 - 07:25AM JST
@ John Becker -
Unless, you've taken a chance in life to enjoy something that for the most part you'll survive, it's pretty had to explain. Why do people strap on a parachute and jump out of a perfectly good plane? I been up and into a few 'semi-live Volcanoes in my life and we've had to get out quickly a few times for various reason but never this scary. What's life without a little excitement and the reward of beautiful imagery?
KnowBetterSep. 28, 2014 - 07:17AM JST
And here I thought the whole reason for all the powerlines was to make sure Gojira would have something to rip up for SFX reasons...
When I first arrived in Japan way back in the mid '90's, the first thing that struck me as interesting was the fact that all those HUGE powerline that dotted the hills and cities were really there and not added for cinematic effect. I just couldn't get over how many of these large distribution lines with the huge steel towers there were. Some of these towers were right beside 5 to 10 floor 'mansions' with the 20 odd high voltage lines go directly over the building. This almost seems normal in Japan but I can't stop thinking how these electro-magnetic fields might be causing some damage to people's DNA.
One thing that I was amused by with this story was this line
"which can be extremely helpful in navigating towns in Japan, where only a minuscule fraction of streets have names."
"which can be extremely helpful in navigating towns in Japan, where only a minuscule fraction of streets have names."
I wonder if Bono was referring to Japan when he sang "Where the streets have no name"... hmmmmm
Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?
KnowBetterSep. 22, 2014 - 09:33PM JST
So how many of you are still saying we should do nothing? This is a problem and everyone is 'in it' whether they like it or not. Keep an eye out for what you think is a problem and report it. Remember that before 9/11 no one (the public) really thought that something like that could really happen except for in the movies. The world has changed and we all need to look out for each other. Report it if you think it's suspicious. Better safe than sorry.
Posted in: IS jihadists urge killing of citizens from U.S.-led coalition
KnowBetterSep. 22, 2014 - 01:43PM JST
So to those saying we do nothing and stay out of that fight, what do you say when it shows up on your doorstep? If left unchecked this bunch of nutters will end up at your doorstep but it won't be those from the middle east, it will be those from your very own neighbourhood that saw the IS propaganda and saw the chance to act it out at home.
Take IS out now before it gains momentum and becomes a force to recon with at home. Copycats that see how the west did nothing will try the same fearing no reprisal. A swift end to this group of IS terrorists is the only way to show world solidarity against terrorism. One can only hope this makes those countries working together see eye to eye on other issues and maybe let us get on with other pressing events that help mankind as a whole such as eradicating this new Ebola strain for starters. Famine next and so on. I dream big, I know, but at least it's possible once people cooperate. On your own, not so much.
Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?
KnowBetterSep. 21, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
This same 'apple fluff piece' has appeared in three different news outlet's online presence and each time the same has been said about it (the article) being an advertisement piece for apple. Shilling appears now with no effort made to hide the fact which clearly shows that journalism has become a lazy as the design and innovation at apple. These new apple 6 phones have nothing really new that hasn't already been on a phone since 2012. The same BS then comes out that while it may have been out on phones since 2012 it was never really adopted until now because apple put it on their phones. Well, that clearly shows you the power of the sheeple. If they beet loud enough, then the NFC function that has been around since 2012 now becomes accepted by the masses. It wasn't acceptable before but now it is because? Well, security was the issue before and now it's not? That speaks volumes to the kind of users that would blindly go and adopt something that those who who questioned it before (non-apple product users) stayed away from. Apple knows that its customers will follow them of the cliff so they pretty much get away with anything and their sheeple customers love it. Apple changes the iOS which causes all kinds of hell for your personal storage and purchased apps and music it lost but they bitch and come back for more. Apple users still don't care that they never own anything apple because apple with the flick of a switch can kill their phone's usability with an iOS update, an oxymoron if there ever was one. And everything is either apple's way or the highway. Yeah, living with your parents in their basement and being told what time to be home and in bed probably would bother too many apple users either.
Posted in: Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch
Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:21PM JST
Unemployed homeless man wanted a warm place to sleep and three meals a day. Nothing wrong…
Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing passerby in front of Ueno Station in Tokyo
Vamos, David !
Posted in: Ferrer gets 600th win to reach Valencia semis
Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
Go KC !
Posted in: Royals beat Giants 3-2 to take 2-1 World Series lead
Many people from the West... when they go on vacation to foreign countries rent cars or…
Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million
Oct. 25, 2014 - 11:17PM JST
@Serrano: N Korea can't feed them if it detain any one person, It even released one…
Posted in: Japan to send team to N Korea for update on abductee probe