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gaijintravellerJul. 03, 2015 - 09:04AM JST
Shouting a new arrivals and particularly shouting at me from less than a metre away when I arrive.
Posted in: What behavior by waiters in restaurants annoys you the most?
gaijintravellerJul. 03, 2015 - 08:37AM JST
Who reads these newspapers anyway? I suppose Okinawans make up the majority of readers and therefore viewers of advertisements placed in them. Could this mean that companies that advertise in them will be seen in a favourable light by Okinawans, as suporters of their cause and opponents of the LDP's?
Posted in: Okinawan news editors lash out at LDP calls for press curbs
gaijintravellerJul. 02, 2015 - 03:35PM JST
Tokyo land prices rose 2.1%. The yen conitinued to fall against other major currencies and its purchasing power decreased. Therefore, a rise of 2.1% in yen does not represent a rise in true value.
Then we see the effect of Abenomics. Foreign companies are borrowing yen at low interests rates to buy not Japanese products but prime real estate in Japan.
Posted in: Japan's priciest land plot in Ginza hits 22-year high
gaijintravellerJun. 30, 2015 - 04:20PM JST
I was told by a sushiya that Japanese salmon is not suitable for sushi and that all salmon sushi was made with Atlantic, not Pacific salmon. However, many shops will tell you it is Japanese because that is what the average consumer wants to hear.
Posted in: Selling sake, sashimi and seaweed to Japan
gaijintravellerJun. 29, 2015 - 07:57AM JST
Consumption tax has gone up.
Prices are going up
The only thing that isn't going up is wages. In real terms they are going down.
Posted in: Prices of chocolate, sauces, bread, other items to rise
gaijintravellerJun. 26, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
From the Bangkok Post
Posted in: Bangkok airport denies security slip for ex-police chief
gaijintravellerJun. 23, 2015 - 07:35PM JST
The fact that Abe actually went shows that either he is so out of touch he did not expect treatment or he just considered himself above criticism. The only other possiblility, and it is quite possible, is that the Americans told him he had to go and they are the ones out of touch with reality.
Well done, Okinawa.
Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle
gaijintravellerJun. 23, 2015 - 08:26AM JST
No mention of Yasukuni?
Posted in: Top 10 power spots in Japan
gaijintravellerJun. 23, 2015 - 08:24AM JST
Get Abe and the LDP out of power. That is the best way to bring change. The LDPs reckless spending on pet projects, bridges to nowhere, and so on, is the cause of much of the problem. Nothing will improve under the LDP.
Getting another credit card to pay my existing credit card bills will not help me even if it does temporarily help me to spend more. That is basically what Abenomics is: a refusal to cut back on spending and reject more credit.
Posted in: How to resolve Japan's growing debt problems
gaijintravellerJun. 23, 2015 - 08:10AM JST
Abe is such a hypocrite. Start by saying sorry and being honest apart the past instead of trying to deny it and keep the truth out of school textbooks if you really want to start a new era.
Posted in: Abe, Park call for a new era, free of burden of history
gaijintravellerJun. 21, 2015 - 09:44PM JST
I remember trying to flush one when visitng a friend. I didn't know which button to push. I pressed the wrong one, the alarm which rang in the cqaretakers office.
Posted in: Japan holds toilet design contest
gaijintravellerJun. 21, 2015 - 09:24PM JST
I personally believe American software including operating systems, firewalls and antivirus programs containa backdoors to allow the NSA access to the computer system. Is it so surprising someone else finds the open doors? It is known as karma: the spies are spied upon.
Posted in: Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?
gaijintravellerJun. 20, 2015 - 08:59AM JST
History repeats. 50 years ago huge European and American consumer electronics companies lost their share fo the TV production market to Japan, which produced cheaper products, which were also better. Now Japan has lost market share to Korea.
Like Japan, Korea built up market share by selling on price. Japanese products were first considered cheap and unreliable. It did not take that long to build up a reputation for quality. Korea has now done that. People used to buy Korean TVs because they were cheaper. As I found out on my last return to Britain, they now buy them because they are better.
Japan is losing the TV market. The automobile market is next. I recently read that Korean cars a survey found Korean cars more reliable than Japanese ones.
Unfortunately, most Japanese do not realise this. How often do you see a Samsung TV or Hyundai car in Japan? They still think Japan rules. They are wrong.
These companies must change to survive. They may still do well in Japan, but they need to get back into the world market or fail.
Posted in: Sony, Panasonic cling to TVs, betting on halo effect of premium sets
gaijintravellerJun. 12, 2015 - 07:18PM JST
The cyclist is very lucky he wasn't wiped out by a car he didn't hear. He is lucky he didn't die. Unfortunately, someone else did.
There may be laws that ban listening to headphones and so on when riding a bike, but are they ever enforced? Rarely, if at all, which is why idiots on bicycles are an everyday sight. Perhaps, part of the blame lies with the police as they don't try hard enough to stop reckless riding.
Reckless riders should be treated like reckless drivers and banned from riding.
Posted in: 77-yr-old woman dies after being knocked down by cyclist listening to music
gaijintravellerJun. 12, 2015 - 09:15AM JST
Yubaru says in the first comment on this, "Japanese students are not taught to think for themselves."
I would like to be a little more sever and edit this comment to say, "Japanese students are taught not to think for themselves."
It seems they are taught not to think, but to believe, not to ask questions, just to absorb everything they are told.
Posted in: China beats Japan in Asian university rankings
gaijintravellerJun. 08, 2015 - 10:56PM JST
I wonder what The Beatles and their heirs have to say about this. Perhaps Apple Corps will sue Apple yet again for trademark infringement.
Posted in: Apple expected to turn up the music dial
gaijintravellerJun. 06, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
A basic assumption when setting up computer security is that many users are idiots or, at least, not computer-savvy, and the system needs to be so secure that such people cannot break it. The blame for not being computer-savvy should not be placed on the users, but on the training, which may be considered too time-consuming and therefore too expensive and troublesome, and those in charge of setting up training.
Another wise assumption is that nothing that comes out of the U.S. is secure because there are built-in back doors for Homeland Security to use. If the key is left under the mat, the burglar can use it to get in.
The third assumption, to quote a friend who is a security expert, is that there is only one way to make a Windows computer completely secure: turn it off and pull the plug out of the wall.
Posted in: It's surprising that the staff members weren't even following such a basic rule as not opening e-mail file attachments.
gaijintravellerJun. 06, 2015 - 08:55AM JST
Yes, Andy's place is good.
Posted in: Eating out
gaijintravellerMay. 31, 2015 - 08:23AM JST
Isn't Japan spending a fortune on construction on a small sinking island, basically building a steel strcutre on top of it so that something stays above sea level?
Is this another case of the pot calling the kettle black?
Posted in: Japan says nations must behave responsibly in South China Sea
gaijintravellerMay. 30, 2015 - 08:01AM JST
The problem with Android is that Google does not provide updates or fixes. The device's manufacturer supplies them, so if the manufacturer does not want to or cannot be bothered to, the only way you can get an update or fix is to buy a new device.
Posted in: Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks
Jul. 05, 2015 - 12:57PM JST
And she wants to say that US not hacking Chinese computers?
Posted in: Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers
Voice you are not responding to the ludicrous remarks that you made about "social" events not…
Jul. 05, 2015 - 12:53PM JST
'I've never been as ambitious, and competitive as I am now, and never been happier. When…
Posted in: Poll asks: Is a woman 'middle-aged' at 30? 40? 50?
Jul. 05, 2015 - 12:51PM JST
They were probably trying to check which of her numerous personal email accounts she was using…
Low budget Second Renaissance?
Posted in: A.I. say I do: Japan’s first ever robot wedding?