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gaijintravellerMay. 17, 2015 - 07:22AM JST
If he really wants to encourage tourism, he should stop promoting his extreme right-wing agenda, which offends the Chinese and Koreans that make up a large part of the increase in tourism.
Posted in: Abe eyes new action plan to boost tourism to Japan
gaijintravellerMay. 15, 2015 - 09:38AM JST
I wonder of this suffers from the same problem that the older lens had. It is easy to damage the focusing mechanism if you turn it manually when the lens is in automatic mode. Canon actually points this out in the manual, but who reads the manual for a lens? To produce such a reasonably priced lens it seems Canon had to sacrifice mechanical strength.
Having said that, I should say that as long as you take care of it, the old lens had excellent sharpnes at a bargain price. The 1.4 is heavier, much more expensive and not any sharper.
Posted in: Canon's EF50mm F1.8 STM lens
gaijintravellerMay. 04, 2015 - 07:56AM JST
Don't travel agencies have to be licensed in Japan?
Posted in: Travel agency closes after customers complain of not getting paid-for plane tickets
gaijintravellerMay. 01, 2015 - 06:35PM JST
It is interesting how this coincides with air conditioning on trains, which necessitates wearing a jacket and carrying one around all day.
Posted in: Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan
gaijintravellerApr. 29, 2015 - 06:38PM JST
They tell us about all those lovely features that are not really so important in their PR. Why don't they tell us anything about the lens? Is it interchangeable or not? What is the focal length?
Posted in: PENTAX K-3 II digital camera
gaijintravellerApr. 17, 2015 - 08:55AM JST
Schopenhauer says: " I guess they still have a feeling that they are not true Japanese."
I guess many other Japanese, maybe even including Abe, have exactly the same thoughts. As some have said, they are still discriminated against on the mainland.
Many locals do not want the base. In Chiba around Narita quite a few farmers did not want an airport. They showed what local opposition can do. It was years after contruction was completed that the airport was opened, it was years after contruction was completed that the station was opened, and it took years to open a second runway.
Opposition may not stop the construction of a new base, but it can cause many problems.
Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor to meet for first time in Tokyo
gaijintravellerApr. 10, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
Isn't the U.S.A. on the list? There are so many guns around there and there is so much viloent street crime.
Posted in: Safety advisories for overseas vacationers
gaijintravellerApr. 08, 2015 - 07:33PM JST
Why is there no lamb available in the countryside? If I want lamb, I have to buy it when I am in Tokyo.
Why can't you persuade kebab stalls to do a decent lamb doner isntead of chicken or beef, neither of which really work? The kebab stalls always say it is because Japanese don't like lamb, but I suspect it is because lamb is more expensive than beef or chicken.
Posted in: Full plate for Meat & Livestock Australia
gaijintravellerApr. 06, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
I am always amused when I see Japanese with meat and gravy, sashimi and cake piled up on the same plate. It doesn't actually bother me. I just find it amusing.
Posted in: What behavior by diners at buffets bothers you?
gaijintravellerApr. 03, 2015 - 08:10AM JST
There are noisy, badly-behaved tourist from every country. Usually, they travel in groups, not alone.
Posted in: Singer Gackt claims he was victim of discrimination in Paris hotel
gaijintravellerApr. 02, 2015 - 08:20AM JST
Any coastline free of tetrapods or other concrete eyesores.
Rivers with banks not made of concrete.
Posted in: Vanishing Japan: Five things to see before they disappear completely
gaijintravellerMar. 24, 2015 - 11:18PM JST
America does not even use the imperial system correctly. Its pints and gallons as well as some other measurement are undersized.
Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?
gaijintravellerMar. 23, 2015 - 08:22AM JST
I thought this would be the LDP solution. Every time concrete is poured LDP politicians seem to get money under the table. This is a scam.
What will happen to the seaside tourists destianations? "Come and see out new concrete wall" and photos of concrete walls on JR ads.
What will happen if the next tsunami is on Okinawa or the Kysuhu? Better surround them with concrete, too.
Posted in: Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis
gaijintravellerMar. 20, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
The sensible will wait for Windows 10.1 now that Microsoft seems to have reintroduced the decimal point in version numbers.
Posted in: Windows 10 coming to 190 countries, 111 languages
gaijintravellerMar. 19, 2015 - 08:27AM JST
His speechwriter must have learnt a few tricks from George Orwell's 1984.
Posted in: Japan is a global power with a rich culture and tradition that upholds universal values as freedom, democracy, respect for fundamental human rights and rule of law. Japan, as a maritime state, can only ensure its own peace and security by actively engaging in efforts to make the entire world a more peaceful and secure place.
gaijintravellerMar. 15, 2015 - 09:18AM JST
"Without *human *antibiotics" is not the same as without antibiotics. It could mean that they use antibiotics that are not passed as safe for use in humans.
Posted in: KFC faces pressure after McDonald's says no antibiotics in chicken
gaijintravellerMar. 12, 2015 - 08:37AM JST
Any Japanese arrested for employing them? Did they still have their passports?
Visitors increase by 43%, those in detention by 23%. Does that mean a higher percentage worked illegally when visas were checked more strictly?
I wonder if any illegals were working in Fukushima.
Posted in: Thai travelers being turned away in record numbers
gaijintravellerMar. 09, 2015 - 06:17PM JST
From despair to more despair.
Posted in: Since the LDP won back power some two years ago, we have turned around the economy and changed the mindset of Japanese from despair to hope.
gaijintravellerMar. 09, 2015 - 06:15PM JST
Let's hope he doesn't caryy out any more of his reforms because each one seems to make us a little bit poorer.
gaijintravellerMar. 06, 2015 - 09:28AM JST
In Japan unlocked will be the next feature to become popular. That is a function that is really needed here. It can be found now, but it should be everywhere.
Posted in: What do you think will be the next functions added to smartphones?
May. 23, 2015 - 04:02AM JST
The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa said on Wednesday he will travel to the…
Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island
May. 23, 2015 - 03:58AM JST
Tamarama MAY. 22, 2015 - 05:30PM JST
Standing your ground and fighting to the death takes…
Posted in: Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria
May. 23, 2015 - 03:49AM JST
I understand that this guy is not a mentor - especially for someone of the royal…
Posted in: Man arrested for threatening Princess Kako online
May. 23, 2015 - 03:45AM JST
JAL flight attendants always nice to me :).
And imagine doing shift work / cabin service…
Posted in: Appeals court frees Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case
May. 23, 2015 - 03:40AM JST
I certainly didn't miss the misogyny, or the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No…
Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan