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StewartNov. 28, 2013 - 08:24PM JST
On one point I agree totally - lottery tickets are a stupidity tax.
Posted in: If you're low-income, here's what you're doing wrong
StewartNov. 21, 2013 - 08:23PM JST
I have been on the other end of this is the UK working in a chain liquor store. Our cash resister was programmed from HQ hundreds of miles away so we could never vary anything. E.g. when a customer did not want their free gifts of potato chips etc I would have to ask if I could have them - the customer would say no - just ring up the beer and I could not do that because the register would not let me + at the end of the week everything would be stock checked.
Oh, and yes - a minimum wage does not get you staff that care much.
So, maybe not just Japan.
Posted in: 8 reasons why Japanese workers are so slow at making decisions
StewartNov. 09, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
My mother-in-law was diagnosed by liver cancer and went into a coma after having 70% of her liver removed - she was then in hospital for a few weeks - of course this was followed by on going support and treatment - she died 6 years later.
Without the Japanese system we would not have coped:
- she was in the public system through city hall
- we paid 30% of the fees each time (which for the first surgery etc was 1.3 million yen)
- we then got everything over 65,000 yen refunded each time (I believe it is now 85,000) through the city hall
- she died in hospital with dignity with her close family near her.
The treatment was kind and responsive to her needs and wishes to the extent that she attended her doctors wedding a few years into the treatment.
Overall, the Japanese system worked well and as it should.
Posted in: Japan's national health insurance can save your life and savings
StewartOct. 30, 2013 - 09:52PM JST
And, when the great Olympic gravy train starts in Tokyo there will be even fewer workers heading north.
Posted in: Workers slam TEPCO's shady recruiting process for Fukushima cleanup
StewartOct. 02, 2013 - 07:57PM JST
Excellent - I will eat there to express support.
Posted in: Yoshinoya to grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima
StewartSep. 28, 2013 - 11:37PM JST
Godan - interesting - I got a 100% housing loan from Mizuho but was refused by some other major banks. And I am a 51 year old English teacher + single. Perhaps they know something about me I don't.
Posted in: Watchdog orders Mizuho Bank to stop loans to gangsters
StewartSep. 12, 2013 - 08:09PM JST
Pay peanuts - get monkeys
Posted in: Part-timers strike back with all kinds of antics
StewartJul. 24, 2013 - 08:54AM JST
1) Asking the university to punish them would be quite normal here.
2) They are legally kids til they turn 20, so they could be kids AND university students.
Posted in: Antics of 3 students at Universal Studios Japan result in charges
StewartApr. 17, 2013 - 07:47PM JST
Maybe for the top 30 universities......better than PR to a bunch of eikaiwa teachers who happen to get married here.
Posted in: Mayor wants permanent resident status for overseas students who graduate from Kyoto Univ
StewartMar. 24, 2013 - 07:18PM JST
Why on earth does anyone care about their spending habits being recorded...... just 'So, what'.
Posted in: Ten IC cards become compatible for trains, buses nationwide
StewartJan. 03, 2013 - 08:28PM JST
Fashion ? Where ?
Posted in: What do you think of young Japanese women's fashion style this winter?
StewartJan. 02, 2013 - 10:18AM JST
When I was at school in the UK, we had to pass a police run course and got our 'Cycling Proficiency Certificate' to be allowed to cycle to school - we showed to certificate to our home room teacher who gave us a sticker for our bikes. No sticker and we were stopped at the school gate and not allowed to bring the bike into the school bicycle park. Being young kids the course was fun and a good way for the police to make a good impression - it also drilled basic cycle safety and maintenance into it us at an early age.
StewartDec. 30, 2012 - 09:48AM JST
A serious option for those without family to care for their grave.
Posted in: More Japanese choosing fertilizer as burial option
StewartNov. 22, 2012 - 07:58PM JST
I had this exact problem in Seoul. I was in a bar about 10pm and the Korean barman asked if I had photo ID coz from 11pm the MPs would be patrolling to catch servicemen breaking the curfew - no ID you get taken away til you can prove you are not a serviceman, as happened to a Canadian customer the previous night.
Posted in: U.S. military to begin patrols during curfew hours in Naha
StewartDec. 03, 2008 - 09:58AM JST
I have heard William perform several times in different sized venues and he is a consumate performer where ever he takes the stage. He handles both his audience and his music with equal care - a classic artist.
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Dec. 06, 2013 - 03:02AM JST
I didn't mean to insult Japanese food. Just saying it's a little overrated
MrBum, surely what…
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Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:57AM JST
Utter rubbish china had been sailing fishing boats and other patrol boats into his area prior…
Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region
Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:51AM JST
Overtime? I begged my employer to reduce my working hours because I was staring at my…
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Biden is pushing rice to Japan, Meanwhile CalRose and Botan rices producing California are so busy…
Posted in: Biden urges Japan to open auto, farm markets
Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:48AM JST
Ever since the scam where the Red Bull team forced a Vettel win I've lost interest.…
Posted in: S Korea, Mexico and New Jersey ditched from F1 program; Austria, Russia added