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StewartMar. 02, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
Abolish the fee and fully privatise the NHK - the current arrangement is an anachronism.
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you
StewartFeb. 25, 2015 - 04:06PM JST
CH3CHO - how often do the courts order someone released? Experience tells me that the courts would grant (almost) every request made by the police.
Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report
StewartFeb. 14, 2015 - 08:57AM JST
There is also a monthly cap of ¥80,000 yen for medical treatment costs - once your 30% reaches that amount then you pay no more for that month.
Posted in: A Japanese woman’s experience giving birth in U.S.
StewartFeb. 05, 2015 - 07:32AM JST
And companies will fill out the false paper work "proving" that it has been taken.
Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year
StewartJan. 27, 2015 - 04:27PM JST
Sophia University is a Christian / Jesuit liberal arts university with a good international reputation - I hope they act in relation to Prof. Watanabe.
StewartJan. 11, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
At least it is being done as a law, in the UK the authorities can issue guidance requesting that the media not report on certain stories - that would be 'guidance' of course
Posted in: Gov't designated 382 state secrets last year under new law
StewartJan. 06, 2015 - 08:41AM JST
Good for the wife.
Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train
StewartDec. 20, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
It is in the UK too - called Hong Kong flu.
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
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:39PM JST
That would really suck.
Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner turns spotlight on racism
Nikka claims to be the interpreneur, or not ?
Posted in: NHK drama boosts Japanese whisky production
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:32PM JST
Here's an idea - why don't they just cut down the offending trees producing all this…
Posted in: Stores stock up on products to fight hay fever
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:31PM JST
After two years on top, show some results, please.
Posted in: Abe faces questions over improper political donations
Mar. 03, 2015 - 09:30PM JST
Sharp's troubles started a long time ago when I told people about the Sharp landline (…
Posted in: Sharp's stock falls on bank aid report