Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday.
NEW USER REGISTRATION
Letters and numbers only; 5 to 50 characters. This cannot be changed later.
You will be sent an email to activate your account before you can log in.
Yes, I would like to receive news alerts from JapanToday
cloa513Jan. 21, 2015 - 07:44PM JST
Japanese hate these squat toilets too- if they have choice it will always be the last to be used.
Its a disgrace that even new toilets don't always have means to supply soap and some means of drying your hand. The building where I have Japanese lessons as well as some government departments had new toilets put in all level and they didn't have hand drying means of any type. Their squat toilets are last to be used.
If the foreigners use only convenience stores , shopping centres, restaurants`, other semiprivate and private toilets, then they get the impression that all toilets here are very clean and much more likely modern. Using public and train station toilets would show they how primitive and dirty toilets are in Japan.
s , shopping centre
Its a mystery that people can't understand washlets when they have pictures.
Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense
cloa513Jan. 08, 2015 - 10:58PM JST
Earthquake scientist- there's no such thing. You can't experiment on the Earth- you can at best gather the barest scraps of evidence- only succeeding at 0.000001% The forces of the Earth are vast and unknowable. The Earth's interior is woefully unexplored. Seismic relies on the information that you are gathering to determine the information that you need- Any petrophysicist knows that so they do cores and samples from drilling to cross-correlate the seismic properties and therefore do the remote sensing needed. For the interior there is little to nothing to correlate the seismic.
Its not that TEPCO knew and that's it was likely for a tsunami to come sometime but with modern nuclear management there wouldn't been a major problem- antiquated management leads to disaster not that its much of a disaster.
Posted in: 9-year buildup of pressure unleashed 2011 tsunami, scientists say
cloa513Jan. 07, 2015 - 10:49AM JST
Japanese real food like kontotsu- its tasteless without the heavy sauces- no matter which restaurant. Sushi is generally terrible- even ToshiMaru. Japanese chefs generally don't care about taste. There truly ghastly ramen shops. Gyoza is usually tasteless rubber even their specialty shops. I had better Japanese food in local restaurant in my home country. Japanese food is fast food.
Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake
cloa513Jan. 03, 2015 - 09:34PM JST
High schools would be worst- they have a lot of sports with children running around the streets not just on weekdays also weekends and far more than once a year sports days. It really shows how rude Japanese that they can't handle these issues without going to court.
Posted in: Complaints lead to debate about whether noise from schools should be regulated
cloa513Dec. 25, 2014 - 09:15PM JST
Gyoza- packaged or shop produced are usually tasteless. No doubt this will be a lot of flavorless gyoza.
Posted in: 'Gyoza for girls' is the new food trend hitting Japan
cloa513Dec. 17, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
Really its the balance of programs on Japanese TV that screwed up- very few movies (Japanese/Korean/English) shown, excessive celebrities doing the same stuff, cooking shows with no pizazz- in Australia we have Ready Steady Cook where the host buys a select group of foods from a market and chefs are challenged to make something based on those foods. The Japanese cops shows go against the status quo- a firefighter investigating suspicious incidents, a lower level detective investigating crimes that steps on the toes of their superiors.
Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?
cloa513Dec. 17, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
They can hark back "still waiting for those structural reforms promised"- the key third plank of Abenomics . The economic structure is a mix of pre-war and feudal times- why should serfs expect real incomes.
Government is useless in Japan- they can just manage to spend and tax- anything more impossible.
Posted in: Abe urges business leaders to increase wages
cloa513Dec. 06, 2014 - 10:39AM JST
This is the reactions of a village woman- not wasteful and excessive like most Japanese.
My wife (a city girl) only dislikes Christmas because Father Christmas gave her nothing when she was 7.
Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas
cloa513Oct. 28, 2014 - 05:10PM JST
You can't possibly explain the errors as anything other they don't care about getting it right- There is a shop in Haneda where is a translation that include crame rather than crane. So many errors are so bad that they could even produced it from a translation program. I complained about waches written Tokyu Hands for watches. They never replied. They finally fixed it and then my wife complained and they belated apologized. You have to compare the within-Japan businesses and the export/foreign presence companies. The within are staffed by seishin who couldn't care less. The export companies can't afford to be slack.
Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?
cloa513Oct. 28, 2014 - 05:01PM JST
I made my comment on Trip Advisor about a Japanese Hotel- Shinra. They gave us a refund for the meal not supplied but even that was given in the most rude manner- the owner sneered at my wife's complaint and stuffed the refund in cash in an envelope. That hotel was bad in many ways.
Posted in: Debate over ethics of deleting negative hotel review
cloa513Oct. 24, 2014 - 04:53PM JST
Japanese companies are inept are supplying to meet demand. There is a very popular drink- Peach Tea- they can't keep up with supply. Many other products sell wells so they stop supplying it.
As regards this particular nappy situation.
They don't have to export- they can sell to intermediaries- plenty of Chinese to take the real risks.
Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers
cloa513Jun. 30, 2014 - 07:16PM JST
This law is a disaster for the US. Once banks stop accept US currency deposits- the currency will stop being a worldwide currency- foreign creditors are going to demand payment for US loans in their own currency. Then the whole house of cards that supports the US government unsustainable debt gathering is going to fall apart.
Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1
cloa513Feb. 01, 2014 - 11:06AM JST
By "not working hard enough" he really meant not fat and slow and incompetent enough. Was the senior officer a good role model?
Posted in: Police officers forced to eat 15 burgers at a time to toughen them up
cloa513Jan. 28, 2014 - 07:43PM JST
Foie gras tastes horrible. Good on you Family Mart for not wasting your shelves with such pretentious food- the sort that high class restaurant put in their food (which they don't taste themselves).
Posted in: FamilyMart cancels release of foie gras bento due to complaints over animal cruelty
cloa513Jan. 06, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
List of apologies.
Wikipedia obviously strongly influenced by Japan-haters.
Japan should set up a truth and reconciliation commission- there is absolutely no way the Chinese and Koreans would cooperate and admit their compensation was redirected from victims. China is absolutely opposed to truth.
Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past
cloa513Dec. 26, 2013 - 10:46AM JST
Its the same everywhere else- no country is willing to face that organised crime is the worst of the worst- bottom 1% in fact 0.001% The scum beneath the scum.
Posted in: Mizuho bank faces more punitive action over gang loans
cloa513Dec. 12, 2013 - 08:07PM JST
Here is the world child abduction ranking. http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/abduct2011pd08ae.pdf
Here is the world child abduction ranking. http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/abduct2011pd08ae.pdf
See page 9 and 10. The USA is the world leader of international child abduction with 283 alleged cases just in 1 year, followed by UK with 200 alleged cases. The US should do something to themselves rather than to point fingers to others.
The US is good for reasonably resolving the great majority of those cases but bad for having a glacially slow judicial process- one of the worst in world- 283 days on average just to get a result. A large percentage just give up- that report does not cover why but you can guess massive delay is a part. The issue is reasonable resolving of child custody cases following the Hague Convention- not simply returning children due to an application to return.
Posted in: U.S. House pressures countries on child abductions
cloa513Nov. 21, 2013 - 09:07PM JST
The group-think idea of Japanese is nonsense- its just them pretending. Get them one on one and they will do manipulating, pushing their ideas and complaining. Some are hopeless followers.
Characteristics of Japanese permanent employees- bad at doing their jobs right- my wife is doing a boring fairly simple job. The permanent are inconsistant- first giving her great autonomy as leader then pulling all that off the next day. Then they can't fully explain a new task and put few people on a task they suddenly decide is urgent.
This Japanese culture is not what made Japan great. It was a few radicals who brought the best ideas and systems- people never thought of normal Japanese by Japanese. The Japanese thinking has been pulling the country backwards.
Posted in: 8 reasons why Japanese workers are so slow at making decisions
cloa513Nov. 10, 2013 - 12:07AM JST
Standard nuclear workers are covered as contract workers under special legislation that also covers chemical industry workers and a few other sectors. Tepco can directly employ without needing to cover any more than standard employment conditions- they don't need to subcontract.
Posted in: TEPCO to double pay for Fukushima plant workers
cloa513Nov. 09, 2013 - 12:01PM JST
Will the private detective be charged with accomplice to murder? And then dig through his file for any other cases of assistance to criminals.
Jan. 27, 2015 - 07:19PM JST
Shoichi Watanabe's elevator obviously doesn't go to the top floor:
The paper “never hesitated to humiliate…
Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories
And productivity increased 1800% worldwide...
Posted in: Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide
Jan. 27, 2015 - 07:18PM JST
the world remembers Auschwitz and what do you do?
Perhaps Prof Watanabe and his friends would like to strill the Kokoda Trail and look for…