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SumoBobJan. 23, 2015 - 02:11PM JST
TEPCO was warned 20 years earlier in 1990. Nothing was done.
Posted in: Prosecutors won't indict former TEPCO execs over Fukushima
SumoBobJan. 23, 2015 - 02:04PM JST
This is unsurprising, since any TEPCO documents showing culpability and disaster-preparation negligence were ironically washed away in the tsunami.
SumoBobJan. 21, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
This reminds me of the article a few years ago where a Japanese professor was suggesting that Japanese stop trying to learn difficult, "correct" English and just make everyone else in the world learn to understand "Japanese English." Why bother making something the right way, just make the person fit the inferior product through lowered expectations.
Posted in: Japan to sell talking robots that won't try to make sense
SumoBobJan. 19, 2015 - 01:33PM JST
Probably looking for a few rich Israelis willing to immigrate to Japan in order to please Aso.
Posted in: Abe begins 3-day visit to Israel, West Bank
SumoBobJan. 04, 2015 - 01:48AM JST
How's this for a more accurate translation:
Omotenashi - hospitality in accordance to the rules.
Posted in: Japan's self-professed 'omotenashi' (spirit of selfless hospitality) is often misinterpreted to force pre-determined services on foreign visitors with a different set of values to behave the way Japanese people expect.
SumoBobJan. 03, 2015 - 02:13PM JST
"Everything old is new again." (golf clap)
Posted in: Abe promises to pursue reforms, build 'new Japan'
SumoBobJan. 03, 2015 - 02:04PM JST
Has it been eight years already? My how time flies. Regardless of which site is chosen, foreigners best be prepared for several weeks of mindless police profiling and on-the-street questioning in ppreparation for the event.
Posted in: Abe to select 2016 G8 summit site in spring
SumoBobDec. 14, 2014 - 11:39AM JST
But crimes by dangerous foreigners has gone up, right? I mean, give us something to work with, NPA.
Posted in: No. of criminal offenses drops below 1.3 million for first time in 35 years
SumoBobDec. 10, 2014 - 12:52PM JST
Perhaps Tokyo, too would be willing to farm out some of the 2020 Olympic events to a more temperate country like Russia so that distance runners don't have to die in the humid, 40+ degree Tokyo heat. What's that? Hmm. Didn't think so.
Posted in: S Korea rejects idea of sharing 2018 Winter Olympics with Japan
SumoBobDec. 04, 2014 - 02:25PM JST
What Japan really needs is for Douglas MacArthur to return. All things considered, SCAP did more positive things for the average Japanese person in five years than has been accomplished by the 29 prime ministers and their governments in the 70 years since the war ended.
Posted in: Opposition, too weak to take power, aims to dim Abe's luster
SumoBobNov. 30, 2014 - 10:35PM JST
Here's an idea. Build local school lunch centres like we have in our city. The food gets trucked in hot to each school and served hot by the students in each class. The problem is cold, refrigerated food shipped in from who knows where. And if making the lunches yourself is too much of an oversight, give the contract to on of the Osaka bento companies. I'm sure they'd love the business.
Posted in: Osaka mayor weighs in on school lunch debate
SumoBobNov. 21, 2014 - 01:41PM JST
Countdown to China claiming this smouldering lump of rock as its own in 3-2-1...
Posted in: Volcanic island still growing after one year
SumoBobNov. 17, 2014 - 05:20PM JST
The structural reforms that might have made a difference 15 years ago when they were proposed (but were fought tooth and nail by businesses and the bureaucrats who feared change and losing "power") sadly won't work anymore. They would be too painful for the populace to bare now. But by all means, let's keep flooding the world with yen to keep the exchange rate low to help those exporters who neither pay taxes in Japan nor hire anyone domestically anymore.
Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP
SumoBobNov. 04, 2014 - 10:45AM JST
People would do well to remember that in most urban centers there is simply NO place to dump one's garbage unless at a conbini. Unless there is an official sponsored event with designated trash bins in place, people have nowhere to put their cans and burnables.
Posted in: Halloween revelers turn Shibuya into garbage dump
SumoBobNov. 01, 2014 - 09:09AM JST
Nice to see a change of heart since the days of backlash from the silly Yamanote line flash mob gaijin parties around 10 years ago.
Posted in: Thousands of Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya
SumoBobOct. 31, 2014 - 02:24PM JST
It's really simple for me. You're a medical professional working as a volunteer in a Ebola hot zone, then come home to a country knowing that your country is worrying after several clear protocol blunders with doctors and nurses that may have potentially spread the virus to hundreds of others and yet proceed to flaunt* "your rights"* because you aren't symptomatic?
You are completely unprofessional and should not be trusted to work in public health ever again.
Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike
SumoBobSep. 27, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
JAL said it is planning on submitting an official damage report to police.
JAL said it is planning on submitting an official damage report to police.
Ummm, I would have assumed that this would have been standard procedure hence my confusion as to why this was even mentioned in a press release. They could have easily have said "We are going to reboot our computers and run a virus scan." That would have being an equivalent, idiotic statement to make to the press. Computer security in this country is a joke.
Posted in: Data on 750,000 JAL mileage club members leaked
SumoBobSep. 07, 2014 - 07:10AM JST
Raise the tax now, or never. Short term pain is better than thinking about raising the rates for years and years, while the debt keeps rising. Meanwhile, force companies to reinvest 20% of their gross profits back into the company by means of wage hikes, new hires, capital investments. The hundreds of billions of cash reserves must stop.
Posted in: 'Abenomics' in trouble as challenges mount up
SumoBobSep. 07, 2014 - 07:05AM JST
I great job for Nishikori. Perhaps this will finally boost the game some more here in Japan and we can start getting rid of that silly "soft" tennis, designed so long ago because "Asians" didn't have the "physique" to play "regular" tennis.
Posted in: History-making Nishikori beats Djokovic to reach U.S. Open final
SumoBobSep. 01, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
In other news, Mitsubishi Paper announced it is expecting a 47% increase in sales this coming quarter largely due to the efforts of its amakudari employee, formerly of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper
Jan. 25, 2015 - 07:12PM JST
Dear readers, I may share my own story.
I am a french guy, in my early…
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
Jan. 25, 2015 - 07:05PM JST
Let the buyer beware . in the end the buyer will decide. very curious about this…
Posted in: Kobe beef burgers coming to Japanese fast food chain Lotteria
Jan. 25, 2015 - 07:02PM JST
Someone else, probably chikv, said it wasn't working, and he was right.
It was me who…
Posted in: Flu epidemic alert issued for all 47 prefectures
sangets - many hard workers that keep society going that don't share your thoughts.
Posted in: Bank of Japan's Kuroda praises 'big decision' by ECB
Jan. 25, 2015 - 06:56PM JST
edojin - it's his job to work around the clock on issues like this.
Posted in: Sad Sunday