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ProbablyWrongJul. 18, 2012 - 11:21PM JST
"Switch to New Zealand. No one in NZ knew the fault line that destoyed the Christchurch CBD existed before it hit."
So what's your point? Does that mean that the Japanese government has an obligation to check for faults under nuclear reactors only if New Zealand checks its cities first? Your logic is difficult to follow.
ProbablyWrongJul. 18, 2012 - 03:38PM JST
"Nuclear power plants were built starting in the 50s, at a time when I hazard a guess the relevant authorities did not have such information....Criticizing JGov for creating policy that led to the building of nuclear plants on geological fault lines they did not know about is plain dumb."
No, it's the government that's dumb for not bothering to check for faults in all the years the plants have existed.If it weren't for Fukushima, they would be carrying on as usual, blithely ignoring any possible danger.
ProbablyWrongJul. 09, 2012 - 04:59PM JST
There seems to be a lot of confusion over this. I was in the Yokohama drivers license office today and noticed a sign saying that from now on those wishing to exchange a foreign license for a Japanese one must have both the new resident card and a gakokujin torokusho.
Posted in: New resident's cards run into technical glitch on first day
ProbablyWrongJun. 29, 2012 - 08:24AM JST
What terrible writing.
Posted in: Custom made notebooks
ProbablyWrongJun. 28, 2012 - 04:19PM JST
Editors of the world, unite against the thighs!
Posted in: Welcome to the toy cafe; no kids allowed
ProbablyWrongJun. 27, 2012 - 03:36PM JST
What a childish and incredibly ill-informed article. Do they really think that Japan is the only place where tap water is potable? Is it the only country with multi-storey car parks? Is there no other place in the world with small drinks or tea without sugar? What really surprises me about Japan is this sort of claptrap.
Posted in: 46 things that surprise foreigners in Japan
ProbablyWrongJun. 14, 2012 - 04:25PM JST
Considering his experiences, I'd imagine he wants to get out of this country as soon as possible.
ProbablyWrongJun. 14, 2012 - 04:23PM JST
I am slowly using the "eco-points" from when I bought my fridge and television to change all of the lights in my house to LEDs. I'm about half way there now and am really happy with them. They come on instantly, provide a soft, clear light and have lowered my power consumption. Their price is really coming down now, so the first ones I bought were a little too expensive. Oh well.
Posted in: Gov't aims to make all lighting LED-based by 2020
ProbablyWrongMay. 31, 2012 - 08:58AM JST
The children should certainly be removed.
Posted in: Life is tough for core group who refuse to leave Fukushima nuclear plant area
ProbablyWrongMay. 31, 2012 - 08:56AM JST
I think they misunderstand the Chinatown phenomenon. Most Chinatowns were not set up as a ploy to sell products. They are living, working communities of people who established themselves abroad a long time ago.
Posted in: Japan bets on overseas 'Japantowns' to boost economy
ProbablyWrongMay. 30, 2012 - 02:06AM JST
Mary, he'll probably come out of this with more money than you could possibly earn in a lifetime. And I'm sure he'll find a very good job elsewhere.
Posted in: Woodford agrees to out-of-court settlement with Olympus
ProbablyWrongMay. 29, 2012 - 10:20PM JST
So, Takahiro, it would have been better for him to keep his mouth shut and take part in the corruption? If that's your idea of ethical behavior, we do indeed have a culture gap.
ProbablyWrongMay. 18, 2012 - 08:21AM JST
A great one is better.
Posted in: What's the difference between an average burger and a great one?
ProbablyWrongMay. 16, 2012 - 06:05PM JST
Lilith, there's a big difference between going to the toilet or phone and leaving a 3 year old alone in the house when you go out shopping. The fact is that small children are left alone far too often in this country, often with tragic consequences. Do you think that's admirable?
Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony
ProbablyWrongMay. 16, 2012 - 08:22AM JST
Nigelboy, Japan has had its share of failed launches as well.
Posted in: Japan to launch 4 satellites, including 1 for S Korea
ProbablyWrongApr. 22, 2012 - 11:42AM JST
Yes, JeefLee, that's exactly what many, many Japanese seem to believe. It's not only with rice; one of my neighbours once remarked that I must be happy to live in Japan where I can buy such fresh, high quality vegetables. I looked down at the bag of anemic, plastic wrapped produce in my shopping bag and politely agreed.
Posted in: It's a good policy because there is much high-quality rice from outside Japan.
ProbablyWrongApr. 18, 2012 - 09:14AM JST
So foreign women marry Japanese men only for economic reasons, and Japanese men who marry foreign women are desperate? Nice article.
Posted in: Int'l marriages test ability to balance love with tolerance
ProbablyWrongApr. 10, 2012 - 04:32PM JST
"Comments elicited by Shukan Shincho at the Juku launch suggest the fervor animating those rallying to Hashimoto’s standard."
If those comments are supposed to represent fervour, Japan is in more trouble than I thought.
Posted in: Hashimoto's school for aspiring politicians starts with fervor
ProbablyWrongMar. 31, 2012 - 07:14PM JST
"We have judged that it is difficult to immediately abolish the death penalty,considering the current situation where the number of violent crimes does not fall and crimes continue"
So, he wants to keep the death penalty because it isn't working? I'm not sure I follow his logic.
Posted in: Noda defends use of death penalty
ProbablyWrongMar. 18, 2012 - 04:05PM JST
This Nihonjinron nonsense is so outdated. It's nothing more than a way for the Japanese to reaffirm tired,simplistic stereotypes. You'd think that someone with experience in so many countries would have more sophisticated views.
May. 22, 2013 - 10:59PM JST
Huh, how about that. A Bush appointee running the IRS while the Tea Party was being…
Posted in: U.S. Congress grills former IRS boss over tax scandal
May. 22, 2013 - 10:58PM JST
Great way to stop bullying!
While they are at it, why not ban pens and pencils?…
Posted in: Phone app ‘Line’ under fire from school after incidents of bullying
May. 22, 2013 - 10:55PM JST
Are short fares that bad? Surely km for km and minute for minute they pay more?…
Posted in: The secret slang of Japanese cabbies
May. 22, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
therougou May. 22, 2013 - 10:27PM JST
I don't think Hashimoto cares about Ishihara.
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
May. 22, 2013 - 10:43PM JST
But yet....you all stay in Japan. Interesting.
Posted in: BOJ says no new easing measures