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OnniyamaMar. 11, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
Had just finished skating with my son in Bandai Atami in Fukushima. My son's skates were off but I had to run out of the arena with my skates on. After that, drove back to our house in Koriyama on the backroads as I figured the main roads would be out or congested. Remember seeing dogs running around by themselves, and all the stone walls toppled over. Got home to find nearly everything breakable in my house broken. Everything on the floor. Spent most of the evening outside as the rumbling would just not stop. Spent a lot of time talking to the neighbours. Spent a sleepness night rattling and rolling. TVs were both broken and had no internet or phone service so did not know about the tsunami until the next morning when I finally got one old tv to work. Water was out but luckily we still had electricity. The next couple of days were spent in complete worry. An endless stream of army helicopters flew over our house day and night. Then heard that the reactors blew up, got my family the hell out of there. Now we live in Hyogo Prefecture. There is so much more, but that is just my brief recollection.
Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day?
OnniyamaMar. 11, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
Virtually none. Once saw a little kid (maybe 3) standing on the front seat holding a screwdriver. Ran an eikaiwa school for 8 years. Probably had 100 or more kids attend my school. In all that time, I maybe saw 2 or 3 kids get buckled in before the parents drove off after picking them up.
Posted in: How much attention do you think drivers in Japan pay to child safety seats or making sure their kids wear seat belts when they are in cars?
OnniyamaMar. 10, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
Anyone here getting a raise or know anyone getting a raise. Is there a minimum wage hike proposed? Nope!
Posted in: Wages are facing strong upward pressure because of the heating labor market. Wage increases will feed into prices, getting the economy on the path for sustainable inflation.
OnniyamaMar. 06, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
Posted in: Revelry
OnniyamaMar. 06, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
All of them.
Posted in: Which celebrities -- Japanese and foreign -- are you tired of reading or hearing about?
OnniyamaMar. 05, 2014 - 12:05PM JST
Right. When is the U.S. not at war?
Posted in: China says its military will respond to provocations
OnniyamaMar. 04, 2014 - 12:12PM JST
philly1 Wouldn't the difference between 'today' and 'to die' imply that the teacher is a native English speaker? I understand that. I don't understand " The dogu and cato wento the ribrary becauzu they wantedo to reado."
Posted in: Ideally, should English teachers at schools in Japan be native speakers? Can non-native English speakers do just as well or better?
OnniyamaMar. 04, 2014 - 10:52AM JST
One of my biggest arguments against non-native speakers is their poor pronunciation (in general) and as a result, their inability to judge whether the students' pronunciation is correct or not. They could be the best teacher in the world and still not get that right. I once prepared a young lady for her high school entrance English test/interview. We prepared relentlessly and she was so ready. Everything was spot on. Come test time she did not do well. The non-native interviewer could not understand her 'perfect' , non-katakana English. What a joke!
OnniyamaFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:45PM JST
Sorry folks, I want to include one more (I only listed nine). I cannot believe I forgot this one...........Trailer Park Boys.
Posted in: Name your 10 favorite TV shows of all time.
OnniyamaFeb. 28, 2014 - 11:30AM JST
So this is because of the coming tax increase, so, basically this means.........nothing?
Posted in: Factory output jumps on demand rush before tax hike
OnniyamaFeb. 28, 2014 - 10:48AM JST
Don't know if I can come up with 10 but.......Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire of late, and Northern Exposure, Cheers, Seinfeld, Corner Gas, Freaks and Geeks (shame only one season) from years past. And of course Hockey Night in Canada.
OnniyamaFeb. 26, 2014 - 02:38PM JST
Teaching in Japan is a tough life. Very little time with your own family. I know a teacher who spends most of her time calling parents who continually forget/refuse to pay the school lunch fee!! Wow! Brilliant use of a teacher's time. This is just one example of course.
Posted in: Is Japan overworking its teachers? One exhausted educator says, 'YES!'
OnniyamaFeb. 26, 2014 - 12:29PM JST
I think the new energy policy should focus more on energy consumption reduction. It seems as though the Japanese have learned nothing from recent events. The lights on the platform at my station are still on at 8:00 am (an hour longer than needed as they have zero effect at that time of day) and the lights at my return station are already on at 5:20 pm (much earlier than needed as they have zero effect at that time of day). And JR has decided to inform us of their energy saving campaigns by installing 65 inch tv monitors to inform us that they are saving energy! Hmm. Doors are still left wide open on shops and stations (letting out heat in the winter and cool air in the summer). Seems at times that this is a nation of madmen.
Posted in: Gov't unveils draft energy policy with nuclear power as key source
OnniyamaFeb. 25, 2014 - 03:47PM JST
Yep. Probably thought he would get some positive PR with his comment without getting called on it.
Posted in: If Yuzuru Hanyu genuinely wants to serve the people of Tohoku, he should bring their challenges before the eyes of the world and demand that Japan's government stop ignoring the disaster-struck region.
OnniyamaFeb. 19, 2014 - 01:12PM JST
My mom's cousin laid in bed with MS for about the last 20 years of her life unable to even communicate. Truly sad. I suppose I am for it in such hopeless/terminal situations.
Posted in: What's your stance on euthanasia?
OnniyamaFeb. 17, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
Disillusioned. I completely agree with revoking tax reductions for companies who will not play ball.
Posted in: Unions demand wage hikes but strikes unlikely
OnniyamaFeb. 17, 2014 - 12:55PM JST
From the title of the article, things sound positive, but when you read the article, things sound quite bad actually.
Posted in: Japan's economy logs best growth in 3 years, but concerns loom
OnniyamaFeb. 07, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
Abe: " Human rights? What are those?"
Posted in: Abe backs Putin with visit to Sochi
OnniyamaFeb. 06, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
So basically the cost of almost everything is going up in Japan without a commensurate increase in wages. Sounds like fun. What is next? School fees?
Posted in: Initial medical examination fee to increase by 120 yen
OnniyamaFeb. 06, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
At least 'knives' would have some correlation to japan, but guns? Really?! Someone has been watching too many police dramas.
Posted in: No guns
Mar. 13, 2014 - 12:35AM JST
@kaimycahl i'm not sure if your commentary is politically correct
Posted in: In Mexico, auto boom fuels Japanese culture mix
Mar. 13, 2014 - 12:28AM JST
browny, sorry, i have failed to see your point about my commentary, maybe i didn't express…
Posted in: How come Japanese couples don't say "I love you" to each other as often as their Western counterparts?
Mar. 13, 2014 - 12:15AM JST
Most of what CC sells is slow poison, best to minimize intake!
Posted in: Coca-Cola sees further growth opportunities in Japan
Mar. 13, 2014 - 12:04AM JST
Star-vikingMar. 12, 2014 - 10:33PM JST
Regarding your step 1, tidal power naturally varies through the…
Posted in: Prime Minister Abe and the nuclear industry are hoping the Japanese people and the world will forget the victims and the terrible lessons of Fukushima, hoping that they will allow the restart of old, risky reactors. What we should instead forget is an energy system that is dependent on old, dirty, and dangerous technologies like nuclear and fossil fuels.
It's not voluntary if you are faced with losing your job.
Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines