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gaijintravellerMar. 02, 2015 - 09:17AM JST
Isn't it also the law that NHK must be politically neutral and unbiased? If it is not providing what it is supposed to provide, does one legally have to pay for it?
I have also heard the collectors say that anyone with a smartphone must pay because you can receive it on a smartphone.
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you
gaijintravellerMar. 01, 2015 - 08:05AM JST
Does PM Abe have anything to say about this? Perhaps he would like to say none of this ever happened.
Posted in: 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive
gaijintravellerFeb. 27, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
I believe China manufactures a lot of washlets. Maybe they are just after the bottom end of the market.
Posted in: China media mock Japan's luxury lavatories
gaijintravellerFeb. 26, 2015 - 08:29AM JST
So this is how Abenomics really works.
I thought it was meant to stimulate growth in Japan, not growth in Australia and other countries..
Posted in: Japanese companies go on spending spree abroad
gaijintravellerFeb. 24, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
It is hard for foreigners to be accepted as the best or even one of the best in Japan, particularly in a Japanese sport such as sumo. Ask Konishiki, who never reached the rank of yokozuna, or the basball player, Randy Bass.
Posted in: Hakuho denies breaching sumo protocol
gaijintravellerFeb. 21, 2015 - 06:46PM JST
It is the schools like Nova, and there are plenty of that il still in business, that should be maligned. I am talking about the ones that spend far more on advertising and their sales staff than on teachers.
Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?
gaijintravellerFeb. 18, 2015 - 12:41PM JST
Sciapanteist, why does America have access to the internet? To spy on the rest of the world.
The point is everyone should have access. Most of the vulnerabilities exist because of security holes that are put in software so that governments, especially that of the U.S., can spy one people.
Posted in: Japan sees 25 bil cyberattacks in 2014; 40% from China
gaijintravellerFeb. 18, 2015 - 08:45AM JST
Keep up the good work Prime Minister. What a great man he is.
Keep ignoring the will of the people. Keep promoting your military agenda. Yes, a great man.
Posted in: Abe says Japan will stick to plan to relocate U.S. base to Henoko
gaijintravellerFeb. 18, 2015 - 12:38AM JST
Has Japan come out of its recession? I haven't noticed it. What I have noticed is that the yen has lost value, which means my salary, which is in yen, has also lost value. That puts me and most of Japan still firmly in recession.
Growth of around 2% a year is not really growth if the yen loses more than 2% a year.
Posted in: Q&A: What's next for Japan economy after exiting recession
gaijintravellerFeb. 17, 2015 - 10:52PM JST
Y! Mobile is offering smartphone contracts for ¥2500.
Not if you are changing from Softbank. Softbank owns Y Mobile. This 2,500 yen offer is only for people who switch from AU or Docomo.
It is time to dump the big phone providers and move to an MVNO, which are much cheaper.
Posted in: Japan's old flip-phones soldier on while smartphones shrink
gaijintravellerFeb. 14, 2015 - 09:28AM JST
When did she become an ex-advisor, before or after she made this remark? Is she still advising on education reform including, I assume, moral education?
Now, how much is Abe spending on improving Japan's image around the world and I wonder just how much is this kind of thing damaging it?
Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control
gaijintravellerFeb. 10, 2015 - 06:26PM JST
$18,000 for diagnostic tests. You must be joking. I n many countries including Japan there is free VD testing. A test done privately should not cost more than a few thousand yen.
Posted in: Smartphone can test for HIV, syphilis
gaijintravellerFeb. 08, 2015 - 10:22AM JST
If the Senkakus are Japanese because Japan occupies them, it is logical that the Kuriles belong to Russia because Russia occupies them.
Posted in: Abe pledges to resolve island dispute with Russia
gaijintravellerFeb. 08, 2015 - 10:08AM JST
If people have a telephone, they can call someone or send a message to a friend and ask them to contact the local embassy or consulate. That is probably more efficient than an SMS top a government organisation.
Japanese embassies and consulates could also add, "If you have been kidnapped, press 9" on their phone answering system.
Noriyosan73, the journalist was a good man who tried to inform people about the horros of war. He was far from selfish. He cared for other. He risked and lost his life trying to save Yukawa. If he is selfish, so are firemen who lose their lives in fires and doctors and nurses who risk getting ebola. Revoking passports to prevent people travelling to countries is not something that countries that claim their citizens are free should do. America banned travel to Cuba, Passports should not be revoked because people want to travel. It is their choice. Some Japanese will just be the unlucky ones who are robbed, drugged, scammed or framed by the police in another country. Every country, and that includes even Japan, has its scammers targetting tourists.
Posted in: Gov't to create international emergency SMS for Japanese nationals abroad
gaijintravellerFeb. 08, 2015 - 09:49AM JST
This is extraordinarily expensive for a USB drive. It clearly shows what a ripoff iPhone memory is and the advantage of Android phones, which have a microSD slot. I added 32 GB to mine recently for 1,300 yen.
Posted in: USB drive for iPhone and iPad
gaijintravellerFeb. 05, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
It is also important to mention that an unlocked (SIM free) phone allows the user to use any service provider including MVNOs allowing the user to escape from the exorbitantly priced, auto-renewing 2 year contracts of the virtual monopolies, Docomo, AU, Softbank and Ymobile, which is Softbank under another name.
I have recently dumped Softbank for an MVNO SIM from BIC Camera. This has a one year contract and the penalty for ending the contract early reduces month by month. Similar SIMs are available from Yodabashi, Yamada Denki and so on. I get faster connections than I did with a Softbank iPhone.
I believe the Zenphone 5 also takes two SIMS, so when you travel, you can use your Japanese SIM for WiFi connections only and a locally purchased SIM for use in that country.
Posted in: Two Asus mobile devices look to the future
gaijintravellerFeb. 05, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
Mechanisation was supposed to reduce the workload on people. So was computerisation. In fact, people work more now than they did before the invention of the light bulb.
It is also interesting to compare the situation in Japan with that in Europe, where countries that reduced the number working days per week to four found that production increased. Also, some of the most productive countries have the longest annual holidays.
Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year
gaijintravellerFeb. 04, 2015 - 09:30AM JST
Interestingly two friends of mine who have lived in both Tokyo and Shanghai say that Shanghai is safer than Tokyo.
One said that in Shanghai in the early hours of the morning, you can see a girl walking alone listening to an ipod, whereas in Tokyo any girl walking alone would be listening for the footsteps of someone following her.
Not included in the list is Pyong Yang. That is probably safer than Tokyo as long as you keep off the subject of politics as no one dare step out of line. However, I do not think I would want to live there.
Posted in: Tokyo named safest city in world; Osaka No. 3
gaijintravellerFeb. 04, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
It would be interesting to compare this with the development of Narita Airport. Of course there are differences. More importantly, there is a similarity, local opposition. It took years after constuction was completed to open the airport because of local opposition. They were riots in which locals fought with the police and some lives were even lost. The train line going to Narita City was blown up in places. It was only years after completion that it was deemed safe to open the station under the airport. How many years did it take to open a second runway?
The security at the entrance of Narita was not introduced to protect against foreign terrorism but local opposition.
Some users of the airport may have noticed that there is still one farm in the middle of it.
And that is Chiba. Okinawans have far more reason to protest.
It seems clear that Abe could learn a lot from history.
Posted in: Battle for Okinawa: Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases
gaijintravellerFeb. 04, 2015 - 08:59AM JST
So where have they been storing it in the interim?
Posted in: Work begins on interim storage facilities for nuclear waste in Fukushima
Mar. 02, 2015 - 02:01PM JST
The article says so little, yet there's a lot of Korean bashing. It's just a rally,…
Posted in: Anti-Japan rally
Mar. 02, 2015 - 02:00PM JST
Hashimoto and Ishihara do not have the authority to speak for the Japanese government…
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'
Mar. 02, 2015 - 01:58PM JST
MacArthur did not describe Japan as "nation of 12-year-olds", at least not in the sense of…
Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs
Mar. 02, 2015 - 01:55PM JST
Poor dumb girls. It's a remote chance of ever recovering them now that they're in the…
Posted in: CCTV shows British schoolgirls in Istanbul on way to Syria
Mar. 02, 2015 - 01:54PM JST
I must be the only reader on Japan Today who pays the license fee. I think…