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gaijintravellerAug. 20, 2014 - 08:28AM JST
The system to deal with it, I assume, is the little yellow forms everyone has to fill in on arrival in Japan. No doubt they will solve the problem.
Posted in: This is not an unknown disease, and we have a system for dealing with it, so the disease is unlikely to spread in Japan even if an infected person appears.
gaijintravellerAug. 20, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
Yes, and I have been in Japan long enough to remember when you could not get money from an ATM at the weekend. I can also remember when KDD, now KDDI, used an exchange rate of 370 yen to the dollar for phone call rates, which were exhorbitant, so we had call-back systems.
I also remember when you could not send or receive true SMS text messages between here and foreign countries or between different carriers here. Oh, that was only a few years ago.
Now when will tourists be able to walk into any convenience store and buy a SIM for their phone or find WiFi with ease? Japan still has a lot of catching up to do.
Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?
gaijintravellerAug. 20, 2014 - 08:09AM JST
What seems to be new is that Fukushima rice will be exported as Fukushima rice. What has been happening to it up to now? I have always assumed it was solde to the catering trade including convenience stores or mixed with rice from other prefectures to reduce radioactivity to an acceptable level.
Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports
gaijintravellerAug. 20, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
SDF holds drill to annoy China.
Posted in: SDF holds drill to defend remote islands
gaijintravellerAug. 13, 2014 - 08:03AM JST
And this is supposed to be good for us.
Posted in: Japanese firms finally get pricing power just as economic growth sputters
gaijintravellerAug. 12, 2014 - 08:43AM JST
Very convenient when no one has resided there for last three years.
Posted in: We would never consider dumping the water into the ocean unless we received the consent of local residents.
gaijintravellerAug. 12, 2014 - 08:41AM JST
Cup ramen is terrible stuff from the day it is made. Is it any worse after expiry?
Posted in: Skymark Airlines under fire for selling items past their expiration dates to passengers
gaijintravellerAug. 09, 2014 - 08:55PM JST
When I grew up in Wales, many places had English names, which were displayed on signs at the entrances to the city, town or village. Later Welsh was added beloow the English, e.g.
Now many of the English names have disappeared from the signs.
The Menai Bridge no longer goes to the little town of the same name. That town is no Porth Aethwy.
Posted in: Them's fighting words! The politics of place names
gaijintravellerAug. 09, 2014 - 06:50AM JST
Why is TEPCO not mentioned until the third paragraph? Surely TEPCO belongs in the headline.
Posted in: Fukushima operator unveils newest tainted-water plan
gaijintravellerAug. 08, 2014 - 09:09AM JST
Japan will survive by creating more unnecessary jobs and more unnecessary reguation.
Posted in: Robots to upend the world of work, for good and bad
gaijintravellerAug. 08, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
To put it simply, is this article saying that Abenomics has made Japanese government bonds a riskier investment and, as a result, weakened the position of regional banks?
Posted in: Japanese regulators highlight interest rate risk
gaijintravellerAug. 06, 2014 - 07:19PM JST
Slumdog, hospitalised was spelt correctly. That is how we spell it Britain and how it is spelt in many other countries, too.
Posted in: Japan teen murder accused 'kept cat's head in fridge'
gaijintravellerAug. 04, 2014 - 07:35PM JST
Do they still have an endless message at the Hiroshima Peace Park that mentions those "who nobly gave up their lives for" either their country or the Emperor, I forget which, in reference to the poor sods who were sacrificed by obstinate politicians? Is the memorial for Korean victims, and there were a lot, still on the other side of the river?
Posted in: Do you think that ceremonies for victims of the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should include references to the victims of Japan’s acts of aggression before and during World War II?
gaijintravellerAug. 04, 2014 - 07:23PM JST
The subway works well, so do most private rail lines, but J.R. is unbearably noisy. Is all that eletronic noise designed to irritate? Couldn't they just blow an old-fashioned whistle when the train is going to leave?
Posted in: How do Japan’s subway and rail systems compare with other countries?
gaijintravellerAug. 04, 2014 - 07:09PM JST
How will this be paid for? Will we see another increase in consumption tax, maybe to 20%, which would, of course, be accompanied by another reduction in corporate tax?
I don't suppose this idea could possible have been devised to funnel funds into loss-making electronics companies and other businesses, and I wouldn't dream of supposing such companies came up with these ideas or made generous donations to certain politicians and political parties recently.
Posted in: Japan to launch military space force: report
gaijintravellerAug. 04, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
The cost of nuclear disaster should be factored in as it is the greatest cost of nuclear energy. How much would it cost to purchase all that land that has become unusable as a result of the Fukushima disaster? That is not even taking into account the cost of destroyed lives and livelihoods.
Posted in: Future grows darker for solar energy growth in Japan
gaijintravellerAug. 04, 2014 - 09:33AM JST
Most Indian food in Japan is rather disappointing, catering too much to Japanese taste. I think tyhe interviewer could have asked some more interesting questions about the food. Do they use Japanese or an Indian rice such as basmati? Do any of the dishes contain fresh chillies?
The Indian restaurants that cater to Japanese taste or always disappointing. The restaurants that do not cater to Japanese taste or the ones that stand out.
Posted in: A taste of India
gaijintravellerAug. 02, 2014 - 11:39PM JST
Does it work with 64bit versions of Windows? There is no 62 bit version. This must be a typo.
Posted in: Gopod USB memory for iOS devices
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
Aug. 20, 2014 - 07:43PM JST
Ooh yes definitely I didn't get to use the Internet until I was in High School…
Aug. 20, 2014 - 07:38PM JST
Dr. Baden has given us two very plausible conclusions that can be drawn from the evidence.…
Posted in: As Missouri violence continue, fingers point to outsiders
Aug. 20, 2014 - 07:36PM JST
CrazyJoe: you said "spoiled teenager". That's actually kind of charitable of you. You are a kinder…
Posted in: North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks
Aug. 20, 2014 - 07:33PM JST
How do you defend remote islands with tanks? Hahaha
Aug. 20, 2014 - 07:32PM JST
Those aren't the actual line names. Japanese sources write "East Yamanote route", "West Yamanote route" like…
Posted in: JR plans 3 new train lines linking Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shin-Kiba to Haneda airport