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StewartDec. 20, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
It is in the UK too - called Hong Kong flu.
Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan
StewartNov. 26, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
The promoter cancelled the tour - maybe M3M3M3 is right.
Posted in: Fake 'Japanese Beethoven' faces damage lawsuit
StewartNov. 17, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
OK - I now have an answer to the question about the shortage I couldn't be bothered to ask.
Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage
StewartNov. 02, 2014 - 08:18PM JST
Death rate per 100,000: USA 13.9, Australia 6.8, UK 4.8 & Japan 3.8 - Japan being the 4th safest country in the world.
Posted in: No. of traffic accident deaths in Tokyo soars in October
StewartNov. 01, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
.....and it was a Friday night, too.
Posted in: Thousands of Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya
StewartOct. 30, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
How can anyone be at all surprised that most Americans (and anyone else outside NE Asia) does not know about or care about the Senkaku Islands - there are so many much bigger and more bloody disputes going on around the world.
When I go back to the UK, I still meet people who ask questions like, 'What part of Hong Kong is Tokyo in?' 'You live in Japan - you must like Chinese food.' 'Korea is a country?' One survey of the most famous Japanese for Britons had 1) Yoko Ono 2) Godzilla 3) Bruce Lee.....says it all really.
Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds
StewartOct. 21, 2014 - 08:52PM JST
Thank you, Cleo.
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
StewartOct. 13, 2014 - 09:10AM JST
I lived in a dead end street in Kita-ku, Tokyo for 9 years, which was safe for kids to play out in as there was no through traffic. I could sit in my living room and listen to the kids play ball and sometimes chat to them when I went out - it was lovely. We when moved one boy made us a big card wishing us luck in the future. We will all be in a graveyard sometime but it doesn't have to be now.
Posted in: New daycare centers held up by residents opposing noisy kids
StewartOct. 04, 2014 - 07:30PM JST
Interesting - some of the younger Japanese teachers at my school got told off for coming into the teachers room wearing scarves and gloves last winter - it is 'rude' apparently.
Posted in: Diet rocked by dispute over justice minister's red scarf
StewartJul. 17, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
I once helped arrest a chikan who was dressed in women's clothes to avoided being suspected of the touching. The high school girl who felt the hand blamed a university student near her but he saw the cross dressed chikan do it and a confrontation developed quickly. I only realised it was a man when I sat on her on the platform till the JR staff and police arrived. They then thought I was the victim till they spotted the crying high school girl.
Although, I have told the tale many times and got laughs - that university student could have had his life ruined.
Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court
StewartJul. 04, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
In the shopping arcade in the area I used to live in, there were four regular homeless people. Two elderly men seemed to be quite at peace with their lot. However, the two women were mentally ill and quite often distressed. This article misses out the latter group, who fall through any safety net because of the poor mental health provision in Japan.
Posted in: Homeless in Japan and still earning a decent salary
StewartJun. 29, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
Good for national security too - no dependence on imported oil.
Posted in: Japan bets big on making fuel-cell cars a reality
StewartApr. 27, 2014 - 10:29PM JST
There are good and bad everywhere and I have experienced both in the Japan and the UK. One aspect that I do like here is choice - in the UK you must go to see the GP / family doctor you are registered with and they choose the hospital they might refer you to - here you can ask and shop around for the best you can get.
Posted in: Hospitals: UK vs Japan - Length of stay, language, birth, kids and pain relief
StewartMar. 21, 2014 - 08:14PM JST
At last some real diplomacy. See that wasn't hard, was it?
Posted in: Abe to visit Anne Frank House in Amsterdam on Sunday
StewartFeb. 24, 2014 - 08:03PM JST
Depends on whether the country was occupied by Nazi Germany or not - you'll find that it is crime in many countries that were occupied (+ Germany itself) but not in those that weren't (e.g. the UK) - context is everything.
Posted in: Should Holocaust denial be a crime?
StewartJan. 25, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
In a similar situation with the girl on the train, I have asked the girl if she wants to swap seats with me - the perv usually doesn't want to chat to a 50 year old white guy and leaves.
Posted in: Deciding whether or not to help a crying child is complicated in Japan
StewartJan. 21, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
I know it is only part of the picture but I think that elderly people working (part time or otherwise) is a good thing - far better than rotting in front of the TV until they die. It is good for them physically, psychologically and socially. My father-in-law is 73 and still works full time driving a small truck for family firm. The old folks in my village all have vegetable gardens and some have chickens, which they tend daily - all very healthy at many levels.
Posted in: Japan to open door further to skilled foreign workers
StewartDec. 26, 2013 - 08:51AM JST
Never heard of this Captain EO.
Posted in: Captain EO to close again at Tokyo Disneyland; will be replaced by Lilo & Stitch attraction
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
Dec. 23, 2014 - 03:55AM JST
I would happily pay theater prices to view it online in the safety of my own…
Posted in: 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision
Dec. 23, 2014 - 03:51AM JST
So sorry to hear this news right before the holidays, but yes, I would also put…
Posted in: Head-on collision in Fukuoka Pref leaves two women dead
Dec. 23, 2014 - 03:38AM JST
That is a very dangerous road, I take it twice a week and you most definitely…
Dec. 23, 2014 - 03:37AM JST
Supporting links for your assertions please.
My original post was a response to your…
Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools
Dec. 23, 2014 - 03:06AM JST
http://www.cnet.com/pictures/top-10-coolest-cop-cars-photos/3/ @brian, nissan skyline gtr r34 hits about 186 mph topspeed on a street version.
Posted in: Student dies after she is hit by car being chased by police