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gaijintravellerSep. 10, 2014 - 06:41PM JST
Or move jobs out of the city to the countryside so that people would not have to travel in to Tokyo. Companies need to be persuaded to get out of Tokyo.
More trains line would not help. It would just mean that more jobs would move to the centre of Tokyo.
Think about this. If there were no trains and everyone had to walk to work, would it take any longer for people to get to work? I don't think so. People would have to live nearer their workplace and workplaces would have to move to wear people live instead of taking over central Tokyo.
Posted in: The most crowded train and subway lines in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya are ...
gaijintravellerSep. 10, 2014 - 11:29AM JST
The countryside needs jobs with opportunities. What work can people find in the countryside? Construction, which is too hard for most, shop assistant, which is badly paid, farming, which no one seems to want to do.
Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas
gaijintravellerSep. 07, 2014 - 07:11PM JST
BertieWooster, I would agree with your point about Abe, sooner would be better than later as long as the next PM doesn't happen to be Taro Aso.
Posted in: 'Abenomics' in trouble as challenges mount up
gaijintravellerSep. 05, 2014 - 04:27PM JST
Then I am guilty, too. I have taken some interesting photos of an old farming lady I have seen on trains I use. She has a backpack bigger than she is. She sometimes lies down and sleeps on the way home.
I have also taken photos of girls with clothes or bags with something written on them in English. They would be embarassed if they knew what was written. "Too drunk to ..."
Once a girl got angry with me when she thought I was taking her photo. Actually, I was taking a photo of a dog of the four-legged variety that I was taking for a walk. The dog was amusing herself chasing pigeons.
Ellon Lee, if I asked a Japanese girl and she said yes, I would probably not take a photo. I never take photo of people doing a peace sign. That is just my rule. People no longer look natural when asked. Naturally, if someone verbally or by body language shows disapproval, I will not offend them.
Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train
gaijintravellerSep. 03, 2014 - 06:48PM JST
Could the reason be to attract women voters?
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
gaijintravellerSep. 02, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
So instead of removing the Fukushima soil they will just move it around Fukushima.
Where is it being stored now?
Posted in: Fukushima agrees to interim nuclear waste storage facilities
gaijintravellerSep. 01, 2014 - 06:18PM JST
No objection if they are run by a competent authority and situated in a safe place.
Every objection when they are not going to be run by a competent and responsible authority and not in a safe place.
Posted in: Should Japan restart its nuclear reactors?
gaijintravellerSep. 01, 2014 - 05:41PM JST
Many people would not object to a tax hike if it were going to go to the redevelopment of Tohoku, but when it is going to be spent on a military build-up, the Tokyo Olympics and other vanity projects of right-wingers, there is good reason to object.
Posted in: Abe faces another bruising debate over next sales tax hike
gaijintravellerAug. 31, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
Surely there is a lesson for Japan here.
It seems that McDonald's has severed its relationship with OSI only in China. It is an American company. Why not sever realtions with OSI in the U.S. and everywhere else?
Posted in: China arrests six over expired meat sold to fast food giants
gaijintravellerAug. 30, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
I wonder if this guy really needed the money. Could he have got seriously into debt owing money to the yakuza? I have always imagined that there is a connection between loan-sharking and drug smuggling as a way to pay of the debt.
Posted in: Japanese politician's drug trial ends in China
gaijintravellerAug. 29, 2014 - 11:43PM JST
I thought the reason for increasing consumption tax was to reduce the government's debt, but now it seems that the real reason was to allow Abe to fulfill Abe's dream of Japan becoming a military power again
Disillusioned is right.
Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military
gaijintravellerAug. 27, 2014 - 05:50PM JST
The easiest and cheapest way to solve the problem of quasi--legal herbs and loophole drugs is to do what many U.S. states have done and legalise one illegal herb, which has never caused a death by overdose.
Many of the most dangerous drugs found in Japan are prescription drugs. This very morning I read "Prescription Painkiller Deaths Fall Almost 25% in Medical Marijuana States" whereas they have been increasinginm other states.
Posted in: Health ministry requests Y1.1 bil budget to deal with 'dangerous drugs'
gaijintravellerAug. 27, 2014 - 08:20AM JST
A lot more fun than a bucket of ice-cold water.
Posted in: Boob Aid: Porn queens to take part in 24-hour 'squeeze-a-thon'
gaijintravellerAug. 25, 2014 - 08:49AM JST
I do believe there are more than two shock absorber manufacturers in the world. There is a strong possibility that introducing foreign manufacturers into the system would increase price competition.
Posted in: Coming apart: Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model
gaijintravellerAug. 23, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Don't believe the labels. Don't trust brands. Many recent scandals have involved so-called quality brands.
Sometimes, the wording of labels needs to be interpreted. "Contains 100% meat" does not means "is 100% meat". I found "100% juice mango" which may have been 100% juice, but it was not 100% or even mostly mango. It was mostly apple and grape, and that was produced by a brand that claims to be a quality health food brand. It didn't state what percentage was mango on the label.
Choose fruit and veg that doesn't look perfect. If any insect has eaten part of a green leaf, it probably means that veg was not overloaded with pesticides. If the veg has some dirt on it, that is good, too. It can show that it was grown in the the ground and not a chemical soup. If the veg does not have a perfect shape such as a tomato that is not perfectly round, it often tastes better. Then go for imported food as customs are quarantine probably do a better job of checking food quality than JA, which favours the farmer rather than the consumer, does. Also, food exported to many countries has to be of the highest standard. Often, it is manufactured to satisfy European, American, Japanese, in fact all countries, standards.
Never buy meat that has been minced as it has probably been mixed with something of inferior quality.
Posted in: In view of all the tainted food and mislabeling scandals, what is the consumer to do?
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
Sep. 15, 2014 - 01:02PM JST
Ihara’s career as a stuntman came to an end five years ago when he hurt his…
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danalawton1: The problem with Japan is that there are too many existing systems in place, to…
Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve
Sep. 15, 2014 - 01:01PM JST
Yes I'd wear one... but only when it does everything I need it to. I want…
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
Sep. 15, 2014 - 01:00PM JST
Our taxes will go up to 10%, no matter how neutral Abe claims to be.
Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%
Jesus, what a meaningless blahblah.
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