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gaijintravellerJul. 29, 2014 - 08:10PM JST
Really? They want to breed tastier tomatoes? I find this hard to believe as tomatoes used to be much tastier when they weren't so round and red. The misshapen tomatoes with orange, yellow and even green mixed in with the red were much tastier than the watery, round, red ones that supermarkets sell.
Will Japanese people still think Japanese rice is the best in the world if it it mixed with African genomes? I suppose so because no one will tell them that it has been altered and they probably won't notice any difference.
Posted in: Geneticists offer clues to better rice, tomato crops
gaijintravellerJul. 29, 2014 - 07:48AM JST
Who else thinks the blame lies on the American company for concentrating on reducing costs to a minimum rather producing quality? Well, of course, a lot of the blame also lies with companies, the huge food chains, that are not prepared to pay for quality. You get what you pay for.
Posted in: U.S. meat supplier says China unit fell short of standards
gaijintravellerJul. 29, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
Does ice for at 5 degrees? I thought it formed at 0 with pure water and required a lower temperature if the water is not pure.
Posted in: Ice wall to contain Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant isn’t freezing
gaijintravellerJul. 29, 2014 - 07:22AM JST
I wonder if she started on animals before as happened in the Kobe case.
Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone
gaijintravellerJul. 25, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
Why do so many people blame China when the company involved is American?
Surely companies the size of MacDonald's check the quality of what they buy and know what they are getting? I bit of old meat sounds quite good compared to pink slime.
A basic truth about much of the food industry is that employees are usually paid badly. There are also often penalised for what is seen as waste. If they drop something on the floor, they pick it up and use it. If they throw it away, they may be made to pay for it with the cost being subtracted from their wages.
The fault lies with chains that are willing to pay for advertising and location, but not willing to pay for quality ingredients.
Customers of such chains should realise this.
Many people, especially Japanese, trust their own countries products, yet there have been plenty of food scandals here, too. However, I would like to make the point that there is money to be made changing the national branding of a product. A Japanese, American or other country's name on a shop does not mean the products sold come from that country.
Personally, I avoid these chains for food products although I may have a cup of coffee in a chain. I do not eat chain store hamburgers or convenience store bentos. I do not even buy meat that has been minced in supermarkets, only meat that looks like a piece of meat.
Posted in: U.S. food firm apologizes for China 'bad meat' scandal
gaijintravellerJul. 19, 2014 - 12:58PM JST
Great idea. Personally, I don't think anywhere that just reheats rather than cooks food should be called a restaurant.
I was wondering what would happen in Japan if restaurants had to make a distinction between fresh and frozen fish and meat or fresh and prepackaged fruit juices.
Posted in: France says 'non' to bad restaurant food... or does it?
gaijintravellerJul. 15, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
But how much does a 9,900 yen ticket actually cost?
Posted in: AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia X to launch new flights to Japan
gaijintravellerJul. 11, 2014 - 07:45AM JST
So did the police charge him with anything? I believe there are now some laws about cruelty to animals in Japan, laws that are never or rarely enforced. I supposed he had to sign a gomenasai letter and that was it.
Posted in: Man posts live video of him drowning cat in Nagano river
gaijintravellerJul. 08, 2014 - 08:13PM JST
Nice words from Abe, but actions speak louder than words.
Posted in: Abe says he is determined to pursue peace in Asia
gaijintravellerJul. 01, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
Many old people who lived through the Second World War understand that the greatest threat to the Japanese people is not North Korea, is not China, but is their own politicians and government.
Posted in: Thousands protest greater Japanese military role
gaijintravellerJun. 20, 2014 - 08:19AM JST
Many of using cold lose our jobs or at least receive reprimands for making comments like that. It seems extraordinary that these politicians don't lose their jobs, especially when you take into account that about half the voters are women.
Women of Japan, rise up and vote them out.
Posted in: Tokyo assemblywoman heckled on why she isn't married or having children
gaijintravellerJun. 16, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
Abenomics does not need another test. It is a failure.
Posted in: 'Abenomics' faces critical test
gaijintravellerJun. 08, 2014 - 06:17PM JST
I have noticed many people hardly ever use their smartphone for voice calls. Most people now seem to communicate by text messaging.
Posted in: SoftBank to cut smartphone charges in Japan
gaijintravellerJun. 08, 2014 - 09:45AM JST
The difference now is that the NSA/contractors/etc openly admit that they are illegally "spying" on everyone.
But only after Snowden's revelations. Before they didn't and the Patriot Act lays down heavy penalties for anyone or any business that reveals what the NSA is doing.
Posted in: Guilt or competition? Winning the cyber-espionage war
gaijintravellerJun. 08, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
Grasshoppers and other insects are eaten in some parts of Japan. I have seen people in Fukushima walking through the rice fields with a bottle in one hand. They caught grasshoppers with the other hand and then put them in the bottle, which they closed with their thumb.
One of the problem with eating insects is that they can contain high levels of insecticide.
Posted in: Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops
gaijintravellerJun. 07, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
Japan is far from tops in customer service, which can be incredibly rigid and inflexible. What other country would manufacture and sell computer hardware and say, "We do not have English drivers" or "We do not support English Windows." Another good example is this conversation I had in a coffee shop.
"I'd like an iced coffee, please."
"But it's hot today. Do you have ice?"
"So you can make iced coffee."
At least the article points out that this is what people think. Being an advertising firm, though, Dentsu’s primary concern is with the perception of Japanese goods and services. However, it is not the reality. It’s telling that the list was compiled from responses from people who live outside Japan, and not in it.
Posted in: 10 things Japan does better than anywhere else
gaijintravellerJun. 06, 2014 - 06:06PM JST
And the NRA still wants more guns. No doubt we will soon be told that this happened because not enough people had guns. Some people never learn.
Posted in: 1 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle campus shooting
gaijintravellerJun. 06, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
Why not? In Japan so many members of the diet have basically inherited their seats, and no one worries about that.
Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?
gaijintravellerJun. 06, 2014 - 07:13AM JST
Excellent idea for young mothers who take their kids to Costco.
Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in
gaijintravellerJun. 03, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
And the practice is almost as widespread in China (85%), Brazil (81%), India (77%), Britain (72%), France and Germany (71% each).
So what is it in Japan? That would be interesting.
Posted in: Workspace of the future: everywhere
Aug. 02, 2014 - 03:31PM JST
Don't waste your time with Superlib. He's insincere and condescending. He supports the Israelis while supporting…
Posted in: Ukraine premier stays on, envoys agree on crash site route
Aug. 02, 2014 - 03:30PM JST
Glad the little girl is ok - she must be pretty shaken up.
Posted in: 9-year-old girl hit by actor Jun Kaname's car
Aug. 02, 2014 - 03:21PM JST
@Sidekick Got at least one Russian who generalizes from a few bad incidents in one country…
Posted in: Obama says that after 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'
Aug. 02, 2014 - 03:17PM JST
Lets see if this sentence sets a presidence for future stalkers
Posted in: Stalker jailed for 22 years for killing ex-girlfriend
Aug. 02, 2014 - 02:42PM JST
Unfortunately Japanese nationals cannot choose to apply for a passport without an IC chip.
Posted in: Justice Ministry to test facial recognition software at Narita, Haneda airports