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Neil McDonaldApr. 26, 2013 - 08:53AM JST
Thanks for the information about mobile phone contracts in the USA, very useful for all of us here in Japan.**
Posted in: Review: Galaxy S4 decent, but filled with gimmicks
Neil McDonaldApr. 11, 2013 - 10:03AM JST
Most Japanese teachers I work with would struggle to get a decent score in TOEFL. It should be required to study abroad for 3-6 months for all teachers of Junior High and High School English.
Posted in: LDP panel presents proposal on TOEFL prerequisite for universities
Neil McDonaldApr. 02, 2013 - 08:55AM JST
Was this article sponsored by JT? Japan has some incredibly lax smoking laws compared to the EU, Australia and most US states. Cigarette are very cheap and heavily advertised here too.
Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far?
Neil McDonaldFeb. 16, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
This movie was not entertaining and had huge plot holes. I'm glad I went to see it on a discount day and only wasted 1000円. It was insultingly bad.
Posted in: Review: The latest 'Die Hard' movie simply won't
Neil McDonaldFeb. 05, 2013 - 12:51PM JST
Magazines and DVDs of school children in bikinis is ok but art is obscene?
Posted in: Renowned photographer Leslie Kee arrested in Japan over obscene photos
Neil McDonaldJan. 24, 2013 - 11:49AM JST
It's the real thing. I hope that with inflation, wages also will increase. I don't know how people working baito on 800円 can have a reasonable quality of life.
Posted in: Cheap is king in recession-mired Japan
Neil McDonaldJan. 22, 2013 - 09:04AM JST
Torikizoku also offer very large glasses of about 700ml of kirin tanrei (not real beer but close enough) for 280円 and their Gin & Tonic uses Beefeater gin. You can have a cheap night out as long as you don't mind eating chicken and chicken offal all night.
Neil McDonaldJan. 21, 2013 - 11:59AM JST
There used to be a place in Gotanda that sold nama beer for 50円. The food was also quite cheap so even if we ate and drank our fill the bill usually came out at less than 2000円. I always wondered how that place made a profit.
Neil McDonaldDec. 18, 2012 - 09:20PM JST
Mitsubishi are totally to blame, their generator leaked radioactive steam
Posted in: U.S. raps M'bishi Heavy for work on California nuclear plant
Neil McDonaldDec. 04, 2012 - 09:26AM JST
North Korea should be building tractors instead of missiles. People here don't fear an attack as much as they fear that North Korea's 2nd hand Chinese missile technology will cause the missile to go off course and crash into a populated area.
Posted in: Japan readies missile defense over N Korean rocket
Neil McDonaldNov. 28, 2012 - 08:11AM JST
Watch as the LDP sweep to victory in an election with a turnout of 40% or less.
Posted in: Ozawa's People's Life First party disbands to join Shiga governor's new party
Neil McDonaldNov. 24, 2012 - 04:58PM JST
Nice idea if it helps people who can't usually socialise to get away from their PCs to go out and meet people.
Posted in: Geeks seek love at masked match-making event
Neil McDonaldNov. 21, 2012 - 09:01AM JST
Japanese culture is the biggest obstacle - they fear being embarrassed, don't express their true feelings and generally are ignorant of foreign culture and customs.
Posted in: The needs of early English phonetic instruction in Japan
Neil McDonaldNov. 18, 2012 - 02:53PM JST
You don't need any ID for domestic flights in Japan.
Posted in: Jetstar Japan reprimanded for lax safety checks
Neil McDonaldNov. 15, 2012 - 08:13AM JST
So who are the candidates?
Posted in: AKB48 urge Tokyo residents to vote in gubernatorial election
Neil McDonaldNov. 13, 2012 - 09:30AM JST
Hmm someone might want to double check these numbers
Posted in: Olympus posts Y8.02 bil first-half profit
Neil McDonaldNov. 12, 2012 - 08:51AM JST
If I had a family and was living in Osaka I would recommend moving to Hyogo or Shiga. Things will only get w
Posted in: Osaka to reintroduce Saturday classes for elementary schools
Neil McDonaldNov. 05, 2012 - 08:09AM JST
This was a terrible 3-D cash in, none of the scares of the originals.
Posted in: 'Sadako 3D' box set offers glimpse at daily life of Japanese horror icon
Neil McDonaldOct. 25, 2012 - 08:51AM JST
A Shinkasen line from Okayama-Takamatsu-Tokushima-Kochi would be very convenient and would surely increase tourism to Shikoku.
Posted in: Hokkaido bullet train construction workers drill through last mountain
Neil McDonaldSep. 17, 2012 - 08:19AM JST
An incomplete profile: you forgot to mention his extramarital affair with a hostess. Also he told a group of new civil servants that they must accept that they have given up their privacy and human rights in order to work for the people. This man and his ally Ishihara in Tokyo are dangerous right wingers who look back to the days of Japanese Imperialism as the glory days. This is the restoration his new party seeks.
Posted in: Toru Hashimoto: Japan's would-be kingmaker
May. 18, 2013 - 06:18PM JST
..and N.Korea has launched three short range missiles, according to Yonhap news agency.
Posted in: Chinese ships in disputed waters again
May. 18, 2013 - 06:14PM JST
Well, its ok if earthquakes will destroy some cities, and will have casualties.Its a payment for…
Posted in: M6.1 earthquake strikes off northeast Japan
"I don't see anything wrong with American soldiers having sex with paid Japanese prostitutes who…
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
May. 18, 2013 - 06:09PM JST
"Gay marriage"? What is that?
Posted in: French president signs gay marriage into law
May. 18, 2013 - 06:06PM JST
Wait until you need a license to be a musician or singer!
Posted in: Taiwanese weather girl idol group to take Japan’s national weather forecasting license exam