Stewart's past comments

  • 9

    Stewart

    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

  • 2

    Stewart

    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?

  • 22

    Stewart

    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.

    Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?

  • 8

    Stewart

    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.

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  • 8

    Stewart

    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

  • 9

    Stewart

    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

  • 20

    Stewart

    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

  • 1

    Stewart

    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.

  • 17

    Stewart

    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

  • 10

    Stewart

    Sophia University is a Christian / Jesuit liberal arts university with a good international reputation - I hope they act in relation to Prof. Watanabe.

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  • 0

    Stewart

    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

  • 13

    Stewart

    Good for the wife.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

  • 7

    Stewart

    It is in the UK too - called Hong Kong flu.

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  • 2

    Stewart

    The promoter cancelled the tour - maybe M3M3M3 is right.

    Posted in: Fake 'Japanese Beethoven' faces damage lawsuit

  • 2

    Stewart

    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

  • 1

    Stewart

    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.

    http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/road-traffic-accidents/by-country/

    Posted in: No. of traffic accident deaths in Tokyo soars in October

  • 0

    Stewart

    .....and it was a Friday night, too.

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  • 7

    Stewart

    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

  • 3

    Stewart

    Thank you, Cleo.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

  • 9

    Stewart

    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

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