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gaijintravellerAug. 26, 2016 - 09:25AM JST
If this system were applied to politicians. most would receive no pay at all.
Posted in: The ruling and opposition parties are divided on a bill to revise the Labor Standards Law, which would introduce a pay system for “highly professional workers” basing their salary on performance, rather than on number of hours worked. What's your stance on this?
gaijintravellerAug. 26, 2016 - 09:08AM JST
Strangerland, you do not have to install the Facebook and all it implies. You can view Facebook in your browser.
Posted in: WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook
gaijintravellerAug. 24, 2016 - 09:30AM JST
I saw a BBC documentary that explained that one big problem was low-fat products. When the fat content was reduced, the products did not taste so good. Manufacturers discovered that they could improve the taste of many low-fat products by adding sugar. As a result there is sugar in many foods that you would not expect to contain sugar.
Posted in: U.S. kids eat three times too much added sugar: health group
gaijintravellerAug. 24, 2016 - 09:17AM JST
I think a lot of the problem with computer security in Japan is explained in the headline, "Japan to train ..."
What is really needed is for Japan to be trained, and to be trained by foreign experts instead of the we-know-best-and-can-do-it-alone attitude that too often prevails until there is a disaster and they realise that they can't.
Posted in: Japan to train personnel to counter cyberattacks on infrastructure
gaijintravellerAug. 11, 2016 - 08:11AM JST
And rising thanks to Abenomics.
gaijintravellerAug. 02, 2016 - 07:40PM JST
Most Japanese would not believe that they already consume marijuana. The large seeds found in shichimi are marijuana seeds.
It should be pointed out that the seeds are not psychoactive. I have been told that the ones n shichimi have been treated by heat or radiation so that they are infertile, so you can't grow plants from the seeds.
Posted in: Cannabis chef takes fine dining to new high
gaijintravellerJul. 25, 2016 - 07:57AM JST
So Japan is the last country togive up on VHS. What will Japan give up on next? The fax?
Posted in: End of an era: VCRs headed for outdated tech heaven
gaijintravellerJul. 17, 2016 - 08:49AM JST
BertieWooster, that is exactly what I was going to say. You beat me to it.
Posted in: Can U.S. prevent war in Southeast Asia?
gaijintravellerJul. 12, 2016 - 09:09AM JST
“We have always set a goal of revising the constitution…that is my duty as president.”
I thought he was Prime Minister, not President.
Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate
gaijintravellerJul. 11, 2016 - 07:57AM JST
These days China is a huge market. It is the world's largest automobile market. Why is the automobile maket dominated by European and Korean manufacturers? Even American manufacturers sell more than Japanese there.
The answer is quite obvious. If Abe wants to improve the Japanese economy by increasing exports, he should drop his ultra-nationalist agenda and not the value of the yen.
Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%
gaijintravellerJul. 08, 2016 - 08:54AM JST
This case, both a medical and a legal case, was in the news yesterday. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/26/national/science-health/man-race-cancer-leads-japanese-fight-medical-use-marijuana/
This gentleman seems to be suffering because of the law as it stands.
This link to another story in the Japan Times provides some of the history, perhaps I should say forgotten history, of cannabis in Japan. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/04/19/lifestyle/cannabis-the-fiber-of-japan/
The US made Japan make marijuana illegal. The US is now making it legal. Will Japan follow?
"Whatever the motivation, the U.S. decision to prohibit cannabis created panic among Japanese farmers. In an effort to calm their fears, Emperor Hirohito visited Tochigi Prefecture in the months prior to the ban to reassure farmers they would be able to continue to grow in defiance of the new law — a surprisingly subversive statement.
For several years, the Emperor’s reassurances proved true and cannabis cultivation continued unabated. In 1950, for example, there were approximately 25,000 cannabis farms nationwide. In the following decades, however, this number plummeted. Takayasu attributes this to a slump in demand caused by the popularity of artificial fibers and the costs of the new licenses cannabis farmers were required to possess under the 1948 act."*
Posted in: New Renaissance Party backs use of medical marijuana; gets mixed reaction
gaijintravellerJul. 01, 2016 - 08:37PM JST
A Japanese bike from South East Asia would be half the price or less. Why are bikes so expensive in Japan?
Posted in: Middle-aged 'easy riders' reviving 2-wheeler market with 'slow bikes'
gaijintravellerJun. 30, 2016 - 07:21PM JST
" offering people new ways to sign into websites and apps without passwords." How do you log in to a website that requires a password without entering a password? I don't suppose you have to tell Microsoft and the NSA and so on your passwords to do this.
Could this be why Microsoft is becoming less aggessive in its upgrades.
I believe once you have Windows 10 future upgrades are not optional.
Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics
gaijintravellerJun. 28, 2016 - 11:17AM JST
Disputed waters claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.
gaijintravellerMay. 07, 2016 - 06:56PM JST
How about recommending removing a jacket and tie before turning on the aircon. Using an aircon at this time of year is ridiculous. JR please note.
Posted in: One dead, 181 treated for heat exhaustion April 25-May 1
gaijintravellerMay. 06, 2016 - 08:04PM JST
It spreads like a virus.
Posted in: Windows 10 spreads to 300 mil devices
gaijintravellerMay. 03, 2016 - 08:24AM JST
“I am expecting the day when, as a result of these efforts, I can depart from Bangkok eastward in the morning and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at night and enjoy pho for dinner,” he said.
You can do it now by plane. The distance is 750km as the crow flies, quite a distance to cover by road or rail in a day unless they are intending to build a Shinkansen line. That is further than Tokyo to Hiroshima, which not many people would do in a day except by Shinkansen or plane.
Posted in: Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region
gaijintravellerMay. 02, 2016 - 08:14AM JST
Yet it doesn't worry those whose pay has not increased. In fact they will find it a relief if prices drop as a result.
Posted in: Recent rise in yen extremely worrying, says Aso
gaijintravellerMay. 01, 2016 - 08:52AM JST
Reagan was a B movie actor. As a president he faired worse: he was not a B-grade president but a complete failure.
Posted in: Actors may make good presidents; reality stars are something else
gaijintravellerApr. 30, 2016 - 08:49AM JST
The usual complaint is noise. I assume in this case those staying in the hotel don't make much noise, so what's the problem?
Posted in: Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbors
Search the Largest English Job Board in Japan.
Aug. 27, 2016 - 02:18AM JST
Yet to see if this vigilante massacre approach will work.
It works all righty.
Posted in: Kill drug lords, Philippines' top cop tells addicts
Aug. 27, 2016 - 02:17AM JST
Japanese courts do not recognize the supremacy of such treaties/agrements when they particulars conflict with…
Posted in: Actress Takahata apologizes over son’s arrest on rape charge
Aug. 27, 2016 - 02:16AM JST
Wow, now I finally understand the expression rush to judgement.
Yep. And you know what comes…
Posted in: Woman sues ex-vice head of primary school for obscene acts 25 years ago
Aug. 27, 2016 - 02:10AM JST
The Government of Japan is a signatory to Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UN Human Rights…
Aug. 27, 2016 - 02:08AM JST
Again, he confessed for himself immediately after his arrest.
According to the police, yes.
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