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edojinMar. 01, 2015 - 05:20PM JST
It's already been two years since these guys took over. And what has happened in that period of time? Higher prices, higher consumption tax ... and zero increase in pocket money.
And they keep saying things will improve over time. If things do improve, they probably won't do it on their watch ...
Posted in: BOJ chief defends inflation target
edojinFeb. 28, 2015 - 03:47PM JST
Needless to say, the Asahi Shimbun will somehow be punished for printing such a story. On the other hand, as has been said numerous times by many, the LDP is noted for its corruption. So somebody else from the party has his hand in the till illegally ... nothing new really. The Prime Minister keeps covering up for them ... but how much longer can such scams be tolerated by the general public?
Posted in: Environment, justice ministers latest to deny illegal funding
edojinFeb. 27, 2015 - 05:09PM JST
Guess that's sort of why I like to stroll around the America Mura area in Osaka. I can always find something to laugh about ... in this case, a wacky advertising come-on ...
Posted in: Osaka shop owner in trouble for advertising '100-yen Molotov cocktails'
edojinFeb. 27, 2015 - 05:05PM JST
For some unknown reason, my brain doesn't call up the Yokohama War Cemetery. I've been to the Foreign Cemetery there ... so, is the War Cemetery a part of this, near it or is it elsewhere in Yokohama? Just curious ...
Would like to see it ...
Posted in: Prince William visits Yokohama War Cemetery, dines with emperor, empress
edojinFeb. 27, 2015 - 04:16PM JST
If you own beachfront property ... bet sell it before it goes under the sea ...
Posted in: The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may reshape Earth
edojinFeb. 27, 2015 - 10:57AM JST
The inflation rate might have fallen, but I'm still seeing high prices at the supermarket. Falling along with the inflation rate are the number of coins in my purse.
Posted in: Japan's inflation rate falls in January on lower energy costs
edojinFeb. 26, 2015 - 04:18PM JST
The part in the article above that says: "The teacher was quoted as saying he had intended to educate his class about the true severity of radical groups like ISIS and to teach them that most followers of Islam did not share such extreme views" is what catches my eye.
Exactly what did he tell the students about most followers of Islam not sharing such extreme views? Exactly how did he go about doing this? Did he tell them Islam is a perfect religion ... or what? I think that if not done in the proper way, this could be more dangerous than showing how violent some of the extremists can be.
Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary
edojinFeb. 25, 2015 - 05:22PM JST
While walking home from the dentiist's office yesterday I passed an elementary school that had just let its pupils out for the day. At a traffic light near the school several boys were picking on another boy ... and had him on the pavement with his shirt pulled up high. Standing nearby were about a half a dozen mothers waiting for their children to come out. Nobody said a word ... as a matter of fact, they all ignored what was happening. I couldn't do anything ... because I'm a foreigner.
I have seen such scenes at other schools in the Tokyo area. No help, no interference ...
So what can be done about bullying? Apparently nothing.
Posted in: What can be done to stamp out bullying at schools?
edojinFeb. 24, 2015 - 10:41AM JST
Why doesn't somebody ask Hakuho why he and the other two yokozuna tend to "run away" from the lower-ranked sumoists during tournament competition. They won't allow the stronger youngsters near the belt knowing that they will have to do some sweating to beat them. Sidestepping, backtracking and push your head in the sand stuff should not be the weapons of a yokozuna.
Another question for the yokozuna: when fighting a lower-ranked fellow Mongolian ... do these lower ranked guys really try hard to beat the yokozuna ... or are they afraid of reprisals later on ... as was talked about in a recent Japanese-language magazine article on Mongolians in sumo.
As for Hakuho's criticizing the ringside judges in sumo ... in all sports ... athletes are told don't knock the referees, umpires, judges, etc. It's bad sportsmanship ...
Posted in: Hakuho denies breaching sumo protocol
edojinFeb. 24, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
During a Diet session last week in which the Nishikawa problem came to the fore, Abe said something like everyone is doing it ... and he specifically named an opposition party doing such things. Later he said he was mistaken on this charge, but in actuallity never apologized for his mistaken charge.
When Minshuto took over the government several years ago, Jiminto, Abe's party, lost big because of its corrupt image. It's now a little more than two years since Jiminto regained power ... yet it still has failed to clean up its corrupt image. Perhaps Abe should work on this problem a little harder. How many more ministers in his administration are traveling the road of corruption? How many more members in the Jiminto Party are riding down the same road ... ??
Posted in: Agriculture minister resigns amid political funds questions
edojinFeb. 22, 2015 - 05:34PM JST
Wouldn't the race have been run safely even if they were not out in full force? I think it would have been. Everything seemed to be under control ... as it usually is in marathons run in Japan.
Posted in: Running police keep the peace at Tokyo Marathon
edojinFeb. 21, 2015 - 08:33PM JST
Good ... perhaps we can once again get good American french fries over here in Japan ...
Posted in: 2 sides in U.S. West Coast ports dispute reach tentative contract
edojinFeb. 21, 2015 - 07:50PM JST
Charlotte Kate Fox is doing a terrific job in her "Ellie Massan" TV role. I've seen almost every show ... and find her acting, and that of her husband in the role, to be at a very high level.
It's interesting to see the trouble Massan had while trying to create a Japanese-made Scottish whisky. He had to borrow a lot of money ... and, now that WWII is underway in the series, he was saved financially by the Japanese Navy, which is buying his whisky for its members. Because of the war, the Navy is having a difficult buying whisky from Europe, so it has turned to Massan for its supply.
TorafusuTorasan asks above why was she threatened with arrest in Friday's espisode. As this episode takes place during the war, one of her workers turns her in as a foreign spy. In Saturday's espisode, as she is being hauled away by the secret police the Navy once again comes to the rescue. A Navy officer appears on the scene suddenly and orders the secret police to release her. He then bawls out the secret police for suspecting her being a spy. After the secret police leave, the Navy officer tells Ellie and her husband Massan that these certain secret police are rascals and cause a lot of unnecessary trouble.
So going into this coming Monday's episode, Ellie is free to roam about her husband's whisky factory as she pleases.
Posted in: Charlotte Kate Fox goes from 'Massan' to 'Chicago'
edojinFeb. 19, 2015 - 05:15PM JST
I find it amusing to see babies fascinated by the magic screen. And I have even seen children from about age one to three playing with their mother's cell phone ... and they seem to already know what those push buttons are all about. As these babies/small children are part of GenZ, they are growing up with two brains ... their own and that of the gadget they will be closely linked to as they grow up.
Would love to be around 20 years from now to see what new gadgets will be intriguing the youngsters (and adults) of tomorrow.
Posted in: Generation Z: Born in the digital age
edojinFeb. 19, 2015 - 04:10PM JST
And once again in 2015 ... Happy New Year! To my many Chinese friends ... have a ball ...
Posted in: Asia rings in Year of the Sheep with fireworks, festivities
edojinFeb. 19, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
Am using lots of Sony products in my home. I find their products superior to others. Just hope the company can regain its footing and return to making more excellent products.
Posted in: Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan
edojinFeb. 19, 2015 - 10:33AM JST
Why doesn't the law send the businessman up to Fukushima to help with the contanimation cleanup, reduce his salary to 3,000 yen a day and hit him when he doesn't do the job well. And while the law guys are at it, give us the businessman's name along with a photo of him. This guy is scum at its lowest ...
Posted in: Man arrested for sending 15-year-old boy to help Fukushima clean-up
edojinFeb. 18, 2015 - 05:38PM JST
I read somwhere where he was the only reliable pitcher the Yankees had on their roster. And they were depending on him to be one of their starters in 2015 ... and were surprised when he turned down their offer to stay. He could have made a nice sum of money on yet another one year contract with the Yankees.
However ... Kuroda probably wants to play with a championship team at least once in his career ... and his old Carp seem to be the best bet to achieve this. Besides, he is returning home as a hero ... having succeeded in the Major Leagues despite playing for teams that failed to support him hitting-wise when he pitched.
Posted in: Ex-Yankee Kuroda returns to Japan for 80% pay cut
edojinFeb. 18, 2015 - 04:12PM JST
I like challenges when traveling. One challenge that I faced was when I was trying to get from Matsue to Fukui by train. I was told at the station that there was no direct link between the two cities at that time and was advised to go to Osaka and then proceed to Fukui. I didn't want to backtrack to Osaka, so still thought there must be a way to get to Fukui without seeing Osaka again. That night a different man was on duty at the ticket office and he told me I could make the trip, but a bridge was out and I would have to change to a bus, ride through the area without rail service, then get back on the train line beyond that detour and go on to Fukui. Thus I took a train, a bus and another train from Matsue to Fukui. It took almost all day ... but it was a fun experience as I met a lot of interesting people and saw many sights on board the bus I would not have seen otherwise.
Another challenge I faced was when I went from Wakkanai to Abashiri in Hokkaido by bus. A lady at the bus station mapped out a route and schedule that would take all day to complete. I had to make five bus changes, leaving before the sun came up and arriving well after dark. Again ... another successful challenge completed.
If you are faced with challenges of any kind when traveling around Japan, just ask at the train or bus depots and someone will surely help you solve your problem. The Japanese are very friendly, so don't be afraid to seek help when needed.
Posted in: What are some of the challenges that you've encountered when traveling in Japan?
edojinFeb. 18, 2015 - 03:54PM JST
Sounds interesting. As such companies usually send their expert cooks when opening new outlets, gotta get one before the amateur part-time burger flippers take over.
Posted in: Shake Shack burger chain plans to open restaurants in Japan
Mar. 03, 2015 - 01:29PM JST
Great. They couldn't admit to any mistake, and now they're double timing the replacements which may…
Posted in: Takata to double output of replacement airbags
Mar. 03, 2015 - 01:25PM JST
I don't care if it's Fujifilm or AKB, if someone can find the cure or make…
Posted in: Japanese firm behind Ebola drug says tests offer hope
Mar. 03, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
"Despite their willingness to defend their nation and join in condemnations of its enemies — particularly…
Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
Mar. 03, 2015 - 01:19PM JST
I saw an elderly one in Otsuka clown out, perhaps he could not get some... satisfaction…
Posted in: Suspect rearrested after threatening gas station owner for 2nd time
Mar. 03, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
Thank you, @zubrach, for clarifying what MacArthur actually said.
Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs