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gaijintravellerMay. 14, 2013 - 08:59AM JST
It is extraordinary that so many people actually like and support like and support him.
Posted in: Hashimoto says comfort women system necessary for wartime troops
gaijintravellerMay. 11, 2013 - 04:58PM JST
I think he disapproves of the decreasing value of the yen.
Posted in: Every increase in the yen results in fewer American exports and jobs and is a further reason why Japan should not be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
gaijintravellerMay. 10, 2013 - 06:35PM JST
There are quality French and Italian restaurants that are reasonably priced, especially at lunchtime. There are some great lunch deals.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of French and Italian restaurants in Japan?
gaijintravellerMay. 10, 2013 - 06:24PM JST
It can't be the weather causing heatstroke. Maybe they were in an onsen, sento or sauna, maybe they were working in a hot kitchen, but it cannot possibly have been just the weather.
Posted in: 5 suffer heatstroke as temperatures fluctuate across Japan
gaijintravellerMay. 10, 2013 - 06:50AM JST
It is time to end the argument that nuclear power is cheap. It is extremely expensive if the power companies pay their bills. The cost of compensation for the Fukushima disaster is so large that it should bankrupt TEPCO. The only reason TEPCO has not gone bankrupt is that taxpayer money has been thrown at them and they are shirking their responsibilities for the damage they have done.
As Marcelito says even a moron could have predicted that energy prices will increase when the yen loses value.
Posted in: A cheap currency may drive energy prices up beyond the threshold of pain for consumers and businesses. In that context, the government may be forced to consider restarting the country's arsenal of nuclear power plants, which provide affordable juice for the nearly $6 trillion economy.
gaijintravellerMay. 08, 2013 - 08:19PM JST
That is a ridiculous price for tea. It looks as if the jam is served in jam jars. Don't they make their own in their kitchens and serve it in dishes, which should be silver at that price?
Posted in: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo presents new afternoon tea experience
gaijintravellerMay. 08, 2013 - 08:11PM JST
Oh dear, it does seem that Ishihara and Abe have opened up a real can of worms. They have made claims to disputed territory and their claims are getting more and more aggressive. If only they had kept their right-wing mouths shut, there would be no problem and no argument. Japan would have be administering the islands and China would be acting as if there was no problem. But every time Japan raises the stakes, China follows.
Now, I wonder what the original Chinese text said. Perhaps a Chinese reader could let us know. There is a big difference between Okinawa Island and the Okinawa (Ryukyu) Islands. “Unresolved problems relating to the Ryukyu Islands have reached the time for reconsideration.” There is no distinction between singular and plural in Japanese. Could a mistranslation have been convenient for the right-wing?
Posted in: China should reconsider who owns Okinawa: People's Daily
gaijintravellerMay. 07, 2013 - 08:44AM JST
China is catching up. If the Pentagon and CIA are going to spy on other countries, they must accept that those countries will spy on them, too.
Posted in: China's cyber spying targets U.S. government: Pentagon
gaijintravellerMay. 07, 2013 - 08:40AM JST
Tape up the ethernet ports and leave the USB ports open. Why not disable Ethernet and USB ports in the BIOS, which could be password protected? If there are laptops in the office, people will be passing around SD cards.
In a secure office it is only possible to connect to the server through approved network cards. A computer can be blocked at the server.
Posted in: With no cash for Windows upgrades, local gov't to disconnect some PCs from Net and tape up ethernet ports
gaijintravellerMay. 07, 2013 - 08:27AM JST
This is so American. As a Brit, I feel it would be only natural to compliment someone you are on the job with.
Posted in: Is it ever OK to compliment a co-worker's appearance on the job?
gaijintravellerMay. 07, 2013 - 08:22AM JST
In this country people love fashion and dogs are a fashion accessory. They only love the right brands, breeds, and tend not to like mixed breeds.
Few truly love their dogs. If they did, they would not keep them tied up on a 1 metre chain.
Posted in: Which are more loved in Japan: Cats or dogs?
gaijintravellerMay. 05, 2013 - 08:15AM JST
Strangely absent: any South East Asian city. Strangely present: Fukuoka. Although I have never been to Fukuoka, I have seen the variety, or lack of, of street food in Japan. Compared with Singapore or any large city or even small town in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam or Malaysia the street food in Japan is pitiful.
Posted in: Travel picks: Top 10 street-food cities
gaijintravellerMay. 02, 2013 - 09:13AM JST
They don't. They spend a lot of time in the office and go home late, but they are not necessarily working. It seems to be bad form to go home before the slowest, most inefficient worker has finished, so they spend time hangin around and waiting for that person to finish.
In many countries those who cannot complete there work by the end of the working day and get home in time for dinner, those who need to work late to finish, are the bad workers. In Japan those who complete there work by the end of the working day and get home in time for dinner, those who do not stay late waiting for everyone else to finish, are considered the bad workers.
Posted in: Why do Japanese work such long hours?
gaijintravellerMay. 02, 2013 - 09:04AM JST
BertieWooster, it is interesting that you mention Branston Pickle. Did you know that it is now Japanese? Mizkan bought the brand. I wish we could buy it, good horseradis and piccalilli here. At Tesco shops you used to be able to get their brand of Branston but it seems that Brits have already bought up all their stock and they are not restocking. I still have some left.
English cheeses are mentioned in the article. Although there are many excellent English cheeses such as Shropshire Blue and Blue Cheshire, I noticed on a recent trip the variety and quality of Welsh cheese. When I lived in Wales, there seemed to be only one, Caerphilly. Now there is a whole range of cheeses including soft cheeses. In fact, I would choose a Perl Wen over a Brie or Camembert any day. There are also goat and sheep cheeses.
Posted in: Modern UK has products, experiences, values that can connect in Japan
gaijintravellerMay. 01, 2013 - 08:50AM JST
Actually, the loss is the result of incompetence. It has been exacerbated by Abenomics.
Posted in: TEPCO reports Y685.3 bil loss due to compensation and energy import costs
gaijintravellerApr. 30, 2013 - 11:23PM JST
In America they have the best politicians money can buy. That is not a democracy.
When I was young, I learnt how bad life was behind the iron curtain: you were always spied upon there, you had no real privacy. People the government did not like were sent to prison without trial.
Now in the U.S. the government wants access to all emails and computer action. People are sentenced without trial. People are spied upon. If all this is done in the name of democracy, that democracy is dysfunctional.
Posted in: Is American democracy dysfunctional?
gaijintravellerApr. 30, 2013 - 08:14AM JST
I cannot see why they needed to hold him so long if they had caught him driving without a license if they had actually caught him driving. If they had caught him with a car or sitting in a parked car but not seen the car in motion, they may have found it difficult to prove he had been driving, but not possessing a licence would not require a confession to prove.
In Japan you can be held for 24 hours before being charged, then held for 10 days, which can be exteneded for another 10, meaning you can be held for 21 days. On release you can be held on another charge, which may be similar, and then held for a similar period of time.
Posted in: Man arrested for driving offense commits suicide at Chiba police station
gaijintravellerApr. 29, 2013 - 10:27AM JST
Actually, most of the drugs in Japan are not sold by mobsters: most are sold by doctors. Anti-depressants, tranquilizers and sleeping pills are readily available on prescription. Many doctors make a lot of money dealing, sorry, prescribing, drugs.
If a drug comes from a doctor, Japanese assume it is safe and not addictive as it is legal.
Posted in: Tohoku drug dealers slow to anticipate local demand
gaijintravellerApr. 27, 2013 - 05:41PM JST
He doesn't want to break with the past: he wants to go back to the distant past. I cannot understand why people like him and Abenomics. The only good thing I can say about him is that he is not as bad as Ishihara.
Posted in: Abe's plans to break with past threaten more friction ahead
gaijintravellerApr. 22, 2013 - 07:40PM JST
I think the supermarket staff, who were just doing their job, deserve some sympathy. They must feel pretty bad.
Posted in: Woman caught shoplifting hangs herself in supermarket
May. 20, 2013 - 12:52AM JST
I recently returned from my latest trip across Japan and never saw a SINGLE American or…
Posted in: Japan's electronics giants still bleeding
May. 20, 2013 - 12:50AM JST
OkinawamikeMay. 16, 2013 - 03:42PM JST
Thanks for the clairification, but you sort of made my…
Posted in: Okinawan women demand apology from Hashimoto
May. 20, 2013 - 12:46AM JST
@Kazu apparently you aren't up to date on the lie detector testing. It is fool proof…
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
May. 20, 2013 - 12:43AM JST
Later in he month, May 27 I thiink, Hashimoto will address the Foreign Correspendents Club to…
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
May. 20, 2013 - 12:42AM JST
Frungy, hope you get your windpipe cut in two. c u nt....
Posted in: Sparkling Koi Diamond, the ultimate embodiment of Japanese legend and tradition