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StewartMar. 17, 2015 - 02:54PM JST
Agreed - if three young tourists can simply wander unchallenged into areas they should not have been in - the airport security needs investigating.
Posted in: Oblivious Chinese tourists wander back into Naha airport’s departure area, causing chaos
StewartMar. 15, 2015 - 09:30AM JST
Yes - I believe STEP Eiken estimate they need to recruit about 22,000 examiners for this purpose - Aoyama, Sophia and Rikkyo Universities are starting this system soon - Google TEAP test with STEP Eiken
Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?
StewartMar. 15, 2015 - 07:42AM JST
The biggest shake up will come from introducing a speaking test in the Centre Test for national university entry. Then every high school in Japan will have speaking courses - until then nothing will change and MEXT can go whistle in the wind.
StewartMar. 13, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
Well, it is a start I guess. When I was a kid we had to pass a cycling proficiency test to be allowed to cycle to school - no test paper - no bike parking in the school. The short course and test was done by the police.
StewartMar. 10, 2015 - 04:38PM JST
23 days police detention with hours of unbroken questioning without access to a lawyer is the root of this supported by courts that will swallow any confession without question. The compensation is not much but I believe that such awards in Japan do not tend to be generous - if so it is nothing peculiar to this case.
Posted in: Toyama man awarded damages after being cleared of rape charges
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
Sep. 06, 2015 - 01:17AM JST
From Wikipedia on John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1881–1960) an American diplomat best known as one of…
Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'
Sep. 06, 2015 - 01:16AM JST
I think he too was stressed out so he wanted to shoot someone.
Posted in: Man arrested for crossbow attack on newspaper deliveryman
Sep. 06, 2015 - 01:15AM JST
Comprehension problem. No countries describe the Holocaust as collateral damage. It was unprecedented.
So what is…
Japan is actually huge, disproportionately so, donor to refugee programs worldwide.
It does not need to…
Posted in: Japan eyes new guidelines for refugee recognition
Sep. 06, 2015 - 01:13AM JST
Which means no countries describe it atrocities as collateral damage.
Comprehension problem. No countries describe the…