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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
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
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
Sakurai is clearly an imbecile and Hashimoto did put him in his place, but I wonder…
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
storm r your dead right m8 you need to stop importing all of that dirty fossil…
Posted in: Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
Avigan was made by Fujifilm's affiliated company
if I remember correctly. In any cases as others…
Posted in: Fujifilm to boost supply of Ebola drug
He was probably too embarrassed to dump all that porn at the local dump, thinking the…
Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park
Oct. 22, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
Their problem is that fresher alternatives like Chipotle, Subway, and Panera are just as convenient and…
Posted in: McDonald's profit slumps, sales fall worldwide