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browny1Apr. 06, 2014 - 05:34PM JST
Gasoline is not ￥95/L. Common metropolitan price will vary from ￥160 ~ 180(over$5US / gall). Add a lot on that for rural areas
Pizza prices are exorbitant. A Large pizza here would be mediumish in most other places - that's over $US30. In my limited experience in Europe, Australia, US no one would pay such a price for so little.
CDs prices are off the table ￥2,500+ is normal.
Drug store medicines are just criminal. eg. ￥1,000 for 10 ~ 15 asprin .
Some great bargains are to be had, but in many instances people are being ripped off. The fresh food/perishable industry smacks of protectionism.
Posted in: The top overpriced products in Japan
browny1Mar. 30, 2014 - 08:10PM JST
inakarob - I think you'll find that the EEZ generated by okinotorishima is about 40,000 times that of the reef.
In fact an an area larger than that of Japan itself. So the booty is substantial. I think Japan's total eez ranks 6th in the world.
And probably of even more significance are the many national & security rights afforded by an eez, esp concerning the usa / japan alliance vs china.
browny1Mar. 16, 2014 - 12:44PM JST
Maybe this will set set a precedent for all company emmployees affected by high levels of PM2.5 (in the 100s) caused by 2nd / 3rd hand tobacco smoke in the workplace, to receive compensation.
Posted in: Panasonic to give employees sent to China 'pollution pay'
browny1Mar. 13, 2014 - 02:15PM JST
Magnus - I agree.
And not a hole through the rails or something dramatically obvious.
But maintenance and service workers who regularly patrol / inspect all highway structures, probably should have noticed new gashes, scrapes etc on the railing and spent 30 secs checking it.
In this case we don't know, but examples abound of lax checking & servicing.
Posted in: Body of man dead for a month found in car that drove off expressway
browny1Mar. 13, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
JoiceRojo - thanks for the answer.
I guess my meaning with the alternatives to just the standard "I love you" line, was that words can and do play an important part for many people when showing their love and affection.
Some on here have implied that it is false, or insincere or not necessary. I said all relationships are different and those that choose to use words often to express feelings of love may actually have - Shock, Horror - feelings of love.
And thanks for the info on your cultural background. Always interesting to hear such.
Posted in: How come Japanese couples don't say "I love you" to each other as often as their Western counterparts?
browny1Mar. 13, 2014 - 08:49AM JST
A highway maintenance team only noticed a damaged guard rail after 1 month?
I thought these roads were under constant highway patrol and surely this spot was passed many times.
But I could be wrong with my idea of what "maintenance" entails.
browny1Mar. 12, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
How about - "I really like you" , "I like you heaps" , "I'm crazy about you", etc etc So many expressions without saying the Love word.
And There is also a multitude of ways to say "I love you" - " I really love you", "I love you so much", "I love you to pieces", "I wuv you", "Love you darling", etc etc etc
Words have meaning if said with heart & intent.
Tons of ways to say sorry in Japanese, but I wouldn't want to suggest that they are meaningless shallow expressions or throw-away lines with out feeling ( unless uttered by politicians, tepco execs, company worms and other slimy types.)
Does frequency of use diminish the impact of an apologetic utterance?
Does frequency of use diminish the impact of greetings?
Should I stop saying "Good Morning" when I couldn't care if it's good, bad or indifferent!!!
As for "I care for you" - Now that's real Nerdsville!
browny1Mar. 12, 2014 - 05:12PM JST
Just wrote a long comment but it disappeared into the ether - so to be succinct.
Re - actions speak louder than words - how does Actions & Words vs Actions play?
All relationships are different.
Because some partners choose to regularly use affectionate words and expressions does not mean they do so lightly.
If you choose not to show affection by words, then by all means continue to do so. I for one would never begin to judge a relationship on whether one expresses love or not. And those that do, perhaps are band-aiding something within their own.
And anecdotally - many of my wife's female friends and work associates appear to be envious of the open shows and expressions of affection in our relationshiip. It's just natural for us and i believe brings us closer. They decry the lack of love and affection shown by their husbands altho their husbands may actually love them.
Your story re a husband helping his injured wife should be not viewed solely as an expression of love, but also just common decency, manners and courtesy. Heaven forbid if all our simple daily actions have to be ranked on a love scale.
And culture aside - humans I believe are engineered fo rboth physical warmth, touch and intimacy as well as spoken through eons of language development.
But each to their own. I'll stick with my shows of love - spoken & unspoken, acted & unacted.
browny1Mar. 11, 2014 - 03:32PM JST
Stephen K - some non-anecdotal info - statistically in my prefecture the # of belt users is less than 50% , with a somewhat similar % for non use/correct use of childrens seats..
I have many anecdotes supported by police data re abysmal safety sense and habits by road users here.
Posted in: How much attention do you think drivers in Japan pay to child safety seats or making sure their kids wear seat belts when they are in cars?
browny1Feb. 27, 2014 - 01:35PM JST
HB714 - thanks for your comments.
No I don't live in Hokkaido.
Did the people who sadly died last year have their engines running?
If yes, Did they open their windows regularly for a minute or 2?
Or Did they go outside at intervals to clear away snow from exhaust pipes?
If no, Did they open their windows regularly for a moment or 2?
Or did they have safety/survival gear in the car?
My point before was about the difference in temperatures inside a vehicle (without the engine running) as opposed to outside temperatures where wind chill factors (it was a blizzard) will drop the temp by 30c in an instance.
Common sense will tell us that the best option is to stay inside.
It may well not be perfect and there could be a level of risk involved, but balanced with the horrendous alternative prevailing conditions, I know what I would choose.
In Australia my home country, similar things occur at the other extremity - severe heat conditions. People in isolated places in temps over 45c leave their cars after breaking down and sadly perish trying to make it to a house/town/help etc. Having enough survival goods and staying with the car, in many cases would have seen these people survive.
I agree - when using hindsight it is easy pass comment. So I wish people would use more foresight.
Posted in: Girl who lost father in last year’s deadly Hokkaido blizzard pens heart-wrenching thank-you letter
browny1Feb. 27, 2014 - 01:16PM JST
As terrible as this pollution is - esp for the citizens of China - the PM2.5 levels recorded in Japan yesterday were minor in comparison to tobacco smoke.
Everyone freaking out over 80+microg when restaurants with smoking allowed will commonly exceed 5X that amount.
Smoking in cars will be 10X that.
Even drifting 2ndhand smoke will get you the same results or higher.
Don't let te kiddies play outside, but it's ok to go to Mcdonalds and soak in PM2.5 baths.
Posted in: Government warns of increased pollution in 10 prefectures
browny1Feb. 26, 2014 - 11:55AM JST
Yes it is possible the car may well be covered in snow, but a few minutes outside clearing away the snow - even multiple times - would surely be better than all night exposed to the elements with zero protection.
As I recall he knew the area well and he thought they could foot-slog it to his friends house. Sadly in raging blizzard conditions this was not to be.
If one lives in areas subject to such hazardous conditions (it's not rare in Hokkaido) you need to keep survival items in your vehicle such as thermal blankets, lights, biscuits, water etc.
And my comments in no way are meant to diminish the tragedy of the the young girl and her father.
browny1Feb. 26, 2014 - 09:20AM JST
Star - thank you.
I just read the article. Please forgive me, but I can't find any requests for Hanyu to cry for help in front of hospitals for the sick people of Fukushima. A reference is made when mentioning the media moguls - CNN, BBC, NHK and the like - to do mmore.
And as opinionated as Pesek can be, this time he hits a raw nerve for many. Droll as it may well be - Actions speak louder than words.
Wide show hosts sipping tea with the dispossessed, shedding on camera tears, generating great sympathy yet doing nothing of real substance to alleviate the plight of the victim.
Those with voice have a responsibility to confront the powers to be (govt authorities, major industries, tepco etc) and commit them to large scale comprehensive restructuring plans. Now!
Phfffing on about how 2020 olympics - et al - will help the people of Tohoku is disengenuous in the least.
And I admire Hanyu as a great achiever in his field and believe his heart is in the right place.
Posted in: If Yuzuru Hanyu genuinely wants to serve the people of Tohoku, he should bring their challenges before the eyes of the world and demand that Japan's government stop ignoring the disaster-struck region.
browny1Feb. 26, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
A remarkable young girl who is here today through the selfless actions of her father.
One tragic BTW in this story is the father didn't follow the "rules" of the conditions.
In a freezing blizzard never, ever leave your vehicle. Inside might well be -2 but outside will surely be -20c.
Sadly, there is the great possibility he never had to die.
I wish her all the best for a challenging life.
browny1Feb. 25, 2014 - 08:43PM JST
Star-V - he wasn't asking anyone to be his mouthpiece.
As has been stated Hanyu said to the effect, that his victory is for the suffering people of Tohoku.
Some have suggested that "Famous People" should use their positons of influence to get direct and assertive action esp from govts in order to help those in need.
A well intended spiritually uplifting comment's positive frame will soon break down and the lives of the recipients of such, will soon return to the incredible toil and hardships of deprivation, despair and uncertainty.
browny1Feb. 25, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
Mitsuo - your data is as wrong as your logic.
How on earth did you arrive at 60,000 casualties???
At least 50 TIMES that figure were killed, let alone the millions maimed and brutalised.
And re the true number of fatalities in Nanking we will never know, but to believe a military force of 100,000's couldn't kill 10,000's + is really quite naive.
Posted in: China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan
browny1Feb. 14, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
Am I missing something here???
A guy says he is going to kill a woman, later on he threatens her with a knife and the police take action by making him write a "I promise to be a good-boy note".
Guarantee 100%, if I threatened a woman with death and than confronted her brandishing a knife, I wouldn't be seeing daylight for a long time - but hey I'm not suggesting keystone competency is based on ethnic profiles.
I truly hope the poor woman recovers fromm her wounds physically & mentally - but it'll be a hard road.
Posted in: Woman stabbed by stalker despite consulting police 5 times
browny1Feb. 09, 2014 - 01:07PM JST
Homeland - Thank you.
Personally though, I have difficulty with those leaders of the world (and others) who preach peace while at the same time help escalate tense situations, increase miltary spending and arms sales and who see national strength and character as synonomous with military might and status. Our place in the world so as to speak.
I'm perfectly happy with Japan's almost stand alone renunciation of war constitution. It demands great character for a persons or a nation to stand tall affirming such, while bearing the pressures and mockery of others. Something Japan should be exporting is it's constitutional peace ethic and be proud of it. The naysayers will cry "weak", as their peace comes from the number of barrels.
If Abe and other leaders were men (as most are men unfortunately) of true peace perhaps we would see a marked change of atmosphere.
As for your esteemed elevation of Abe to the ranks of Santayana - we all know Santayana's most famous words expressing the sentiments of those who neglegct to remember history are apt to repeat it - as an indeed surprising analysis of character esp in light of many of the current administrations officers memory lapses.
But I'll leave that for further assessment
Peace be with you.
Posted in: Gov't blames translator over Abe's World War I remark
browny1Feb. 07, 2014 - 12:28PM JST
Abe supporters as yet, have still not given a reason why he brought up a WAR analogy.
I earlier flippantly suggested - arrogant, naive or dumb.
But perhaps someone more learned can enlighten me as to WHY?
browny1Feb. 05, 2014 - 09:21AM JST
jpn_guy - agree with your sentiments.
I can't understand why others refuse to acknowledge the more serious mishap in Abe's comments was the referencing of the pre WW1 Germany - UK state of affairs, which escalated into horror.
Avoiding the core utterances and focusing on semantics and inferred or not inferred words is of little importance.
Could some of the apologists for Abe please suggest why he felt it necessary to bring up the subject of WAR as a comparison when asked about the Senkakus?
Apr. 24, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
Graham DeShazo you are the model voice of reason! Please run for president of this country…
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Apr. 24, 2014 - 12:24PM JST
Very interesting question.
Geopolitically I'd have to say yes. Geographically no. In terms of its alliances…
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Apr. 24, 2014 - 12:23PM JST
Another powder to get you high. I'll be interested to try it.
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Apr. 24, 2014 - 12:22PM JST
For your claim if you are telling the truth. My article there says Emperor…
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