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ebisenJan. 27, 2015 - 08:42AM JST
Fadamor, I see your point...
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ebisenJan. 26, 2015 - 04:31PM JST
Look at the game China played with rare-earth metals. Put everyone out of business with cheap prices, then raise the prices tenfold when you have a monopoly... Guess which other country lost the biggest amount of money on this ? if you guessed Japan, you're right...
I can see this happening to a lot of other strategical items, rice included...
Posted in: Japan offers compromise on rice in Asia-Pacific trade talks: Nikkei
ebisenJan. 26, 2015 - 04:20PM JST
Actually attempted murder seems too much... He wasn't wielding an axe or a knife (that can kill in an instant) but a hand-saw (that can't, given the circumstances).
ebisenJan. 26, 2015 - 04:04PM JST
Harald, read my message again, and again, and again... I wasn't even trying to go to the taste argument - but to the fact that rice is a strategically important food staple, and no country should give up control on such things, especially with unfriendly neighbours capable of taking advantage of any weakness.
So yeah, what you mean is that the Japanese should buy the just as tasty but much cheaper let's say Chinese rice, leading to the bankruptcy of internal producers and to a total dependency on China. Next China will start playing around with Japan like a cat with a mouse, raising the prices whenever something inconvenient happens (like they just did with rare-earth elements)...
ebisenJan. 26, 2015 - 03:05PM JST
Japan should never loose control over the internal rice production. Once the farmers and out of business and the paddies sold for millions of dollars to condominium builders Japan will become totally dependent on other nations for this basic staple... That is NOT good, especially in the current situation, with both Korea and China behaving unfriendly (to put it mildly) towards Japan..
Yeah this sucks for other businesses, but rice should be give special status... otherwise I'm sure many countries will not hesitate to exploit this weakness...
ebisenJan. 26, 2015 - 12:39PM JST
...seatbelts are mandated on buses, they're not really necessary...
...seatbelts are mandated on buses, they're not really necessary...
Good message until you ruined it with this... You realize that, especially highway buses (that are the only ones having seatbelts anyway) have higher chances of crashing into a fixed obstacle rather that into running car. Even a bus is not heavier than a bridge or a concrete pole...
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ebisenJan. 18, 2015 - 08:02AM JST
Burning Bush, not according to the laws of France. I'm not sure you understand what satire means, though...
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ebisenJan. 16, 2015 - 05:58AM JST
It's so easy for any hacker worth her salt to masquerade as north Korea by hacking into their servers and using them to attack other countries...
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ebisenJan. 13, 2015 - 10:02PM JST
I've only had Japanese school lunches a few times so far, and it was excellent every time. The article fails to mention that usually kids are asked to do small tasks (such as serving other kids, supervised, of course by an adult). There was also special care given to the menu of the allergic (no eggs, no nuts, etc)... the experience was not at all bad, and I'm quite fussy about food myself...
Posted in: A brief history of the evolution of Japanese school lunches
ebisenJan. 13, 2015 - 07:05AM JST
Excellent article, but what's there to hate about Japanese school lunches?
ebisenJan. 13, 2015 - 07:02AM JST
Haha, good one!
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ebisenJan. 08, 2015 - 06:26PM JST
Ha, I'm using 30-40MB raw files Canon photo files. A tablet (or even a common laptop) do open them eventually(in minutes). My desktop does it in less than 10 seconds. The author of this article does not really know what PCs do...
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ebisenJan. 08, 2015 - 06:11PM JST
It's like the beginning of a joke: "a pirate, a yakuza and a gay once met and shook hands.... "
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ebisenJan. 02, 2015 - 10:04PM JST
Drink tons of water, immediately"after the fact". Then drink some more water (will make you wake up during the night, though).it usually helps with mine.
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ebisenJan. 02, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
Mine is:"every time when someone compliments my chopsticks skills, return the favor by complimenting his/her spoon skills.."
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ebisenDec. 29, 2014 - 07:40AM JST
Excellent, may this haunt him forever...
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ebisenDec. 28, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
When I was half dead with influenza type B, the stupid nurse insisted I wait together with the other patients. In the 1.5 hours wait to get my pills (after a one minute consultation by the"doctor") I'm sure I infected tens of people...this was not happening in some third world country but in Tokyo, Japan...
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ebisenDec. 26, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
Yeah, already mentioned, the hysteric woman was their boss... and 11 minutes of delay is by no means a small inconvenience... the captain did have the power to either restrain her or have her arrested at the gates, none of these happened. This shows severe lack of training in this issue.. On the other hand, by openly escalating the issue the crew perhaps went into survival mode and avoided getting fired. We know the company already tried to cover up the trouble and they silenced the employees... having histeric bosses in the air is a cause of great stress, and it caused many deadly accidents, including the deadliest yet (Tenerife)
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ebisenDec. 26, 2014 - 08:15AM JST
I find this very voyeuristic (or acted)... how is it quiet when all the readers of japantoday will observe you doing it?
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ebisenDec. 25, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
No, actually this is the difference between nuclear power and everything else. Everyone that complains likes to have the cake (no nuclear) and eat it too (but low prices)... The reality is a bit different.
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Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:34AM JST
Well Nishikori lost to Wawrinka but he still gave him a fight even if it's in…
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Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:31AM JST
Personally, i hope Sarah Palin runs for president. I can only picture a sad rehash of…
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Clinically dead is not the same as brain dead. There is a huge difference, and until…
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Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:15AM JST
Right on pukey too.
It makes me puke too.
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Feb. 02, 2015 - 01:03AM JST
This is news? Anther punk with too much time on his hands.
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