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Peter ShawJan. 19, 2015 - 02:13AM JST
It's not the lack of English that keeps people away it's the perception of it. I visit Japan every year and even with virtually no Japanese language skill get by perfectly well. When at home and on internet forums I'm constantly bombarded with questions on how hard is it to get by in Japan. There needs to be far more done to help tourists if that is what they want.
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
Peter ShawDec. 29, 2014 - 05:25AM JST
@ albaleo - it's not hard to believe that Kim dotcom intervened and paid lizard squad off so that he could play a game.
He was the world's number one ranked call of duty player until his arrest.
Posted in: Sony works for 3rd day to restore PlayStation after attack
Peter ShawDec. 12, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
As a regular visitor to Japan it's great to see the yen back to where it was years ago. I feel for those living in Japan though
Posted in: Yen plunge hurting, but more still to come
Peter ShawDec. 02, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
Can't wait! i think I'll save this for my long flight back to Japan the week after.
Posted in: Netflix to release 'House of Cards' season 3 on Feb 27
Peter ShawNov. 17, 2014 - 12:15PM JST
......and then pulls out of the final.
Posted in: Federer survives thriller to set up final with Djokovic
Peter ShawSep. 07, 2014 - 04:08AM JST
congrats! first ever grand slam final!!!
Posted in: Nishikori carrying weight of history at U.S. Open
Peter ShawAug. 14, 2014 - 05:21AM JST
will be another great season of football, man utd should be back in the mix and with 5 or 6 teams in with a good chance of winning the title.
Posted in: Premier League returns with a stronger Man United
Peter ShawJul. 27, 2014 - 05:39AM JST
it won't be sold on ebay, the seller is just looking for publicity, no way would anyone sell a multi- million dollar item with all the fees involved.
Posted in: First Superman comic book to be auctioned on eBay
Peter ShawJun. 09, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
everyone in the world knows the whole process was corrupt, how else would a such a small nation that barely even plays the game gets awarded the most prestigious tournament. money talks, and the scumbags walk.
Posted in: World Cup sponsors press FIFA over corruption claims
Peter ShawJun. 07, 2014 - 10:18AM JST
strange aioi station has central tracks for passing trains, he would have to cross at least one track to get to the middle track....
Posted in: Man hit and killed by shinkansen at Aioi station in Hyogo
Peter ShawMar. 31, 2014 - 04:30AM JST
Will be an exciting season as soon as Red Bull or Ferrari step up and match Mercedes pace, as things stand we have just traded Red Bull dominance for Mercedes.
Posted in: Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 at Malaysian GP
Peter ShawFeb. 12, 2014 - 04:31AM JST
Anyone who kidnaps aid workers need to be shot, end of story. Their politics mean nothing.
Posted in: Jihadists claim to have kidnapped Red Cross team in Mali
Peter ShawFeb. 12, 2014 - 04:02AM JST
two average jumps = no medal. A great shame after a great couple of years.
Posted in: Hokkaido town fetes ski-jump heroine Takanashi
Peter ShawJan. 24, 2014 - 02:00AM JST
i would say that's an easy trophy for city now, but after last years F.A. cup you never know.
Of note, that was the worst penalty shoot out I've ever seen!
Posted in: Sunderland stun United in League Cup semifinal
Peter ShawJan. 04, 2014 - 10:37PM JST
note the "included" there are other items included which will probably be just as exclusive.
Posted in: Store selling 4 lucky bags for Y2.014 mil that include trip to World Cup soccer
Peter ShawOct. 28, 2013 - 07:14PM JST
yes he was actually bowing to the car. Hopefully next years changes will shake up the sport as this season has been the worst in decades.
Posted in: Vettel claims 4th straight F1 world title after winning Indian Grand Prix
Peter ShawOct. 28, 2013 - 07:11PM JST
turkey and that region are prone to bad earthquakes as well....do people ever learn?
Posted in: Abe heads to Turkey to push Japan's nuclear tech exports
Peter ShawOct. 28, 2013 - 07:09PM JST
didn't feel it at all, and hardy felt the 7.1 here in hachioji.
Posted in: M5.5 quake strikes off Japan's east coast; no tsunami alert
Peter ShawOct. 19, 2013 - 07:06PM JST
I fly on a regular basis between the UK and Japan, and i wouldn't fly with them if it was FREE. BA / VIRGIN / ANA / JAL all price fix the route, so i always fly with Lufthansa. It takes a few extra hours but is far cheaper!
Posted in: British Airways flying high in Japan
Peter ShawSep. 15, 2013 - 10:16PM JST
hope it blows through before i fly in on thursday......
Posted in: 3 dead as powerful typhoon lashes Japan; thousands evacuated
Jan. 26, 2015 - 03:21PM JST
It was human beings who destroyed the native forest, then replanted a non diversity of new…
Posted in: This year's pollen levels expected to be twice as high as last year
HongoTAFEinmate: However, vested interests (environmentalists, pharma, etc.) have effectively blocked large-scale plantings.
Time for the pollen…
Jan. 26, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
Maria: "Men like this really think they are entitled to have what / who they want,…
Posted in: Osaka policeman arrested over murder of girlfriend
Jan. 26, 2015 - 03:13PM JST
ReformedBasher: Damn, my boss is behind me so I can't click on the photos (until I…
Posted in: Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe; Miss USA runner-up
My neighbor has a small solar panel on his roof. He can power his whole house…
Posted in: Japan's trade deficit balloons to record Y12.781 bil in 2014