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gaijintravellerOct. 24, 2014 - 06:17PM JST
I cannot help wondering what countries the writers of previous countries are from. It seems apparent that they think it is normal to consider these prisoners are guilty until proven otherwise. It also seems apparent that none of them have any tolerance for any religion other than their own.
Remember that these people have probably been kidnapped from another country. If they were captured in battle, they should have the rights of a prisoner of war.
Posted in: Guantanamo prisoners protest over women guards
gaijintravellerOct. 16, 2014 - 05:54PM JST
If Japan has nuclear weapons, every other country in the region, especially the Koreas and China, will feel they need them, too. Will that make Japan or the world a safer place?
Posted in: Should Japan have its own nuclear weapons as a deterrent against security threats or should it rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella?
gaijintravellerOct. 13, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
Were the press alowed into the meeting or do they have to rely on official, pro-nuclear press releases?
Posted in: Japan pitches nuclear restart in tightly controlled town hall meetings
gaijintravellerOct. 06, 2014 - 07:41PM JST
The quality of the textbooks are quite low.
The quality of the textbooks is quite low.
Cleo has a good point. They are taught mistakes are to be avoided at all costs. If they do nothing and do not try to advance by doing something difficult, they will not make mistakes, so they do not try.
Basically, high school English teaches that English is difficult by teaching difficult English, that English is boring by teaching what they cannot understand and is not useful and it is not worth trying as the teacher gets angry when they do because they make mistakes.
Students need to be taught that English is useful. They should learn that they may need it in the future. I grew up in Britain when there were large British companies making TVs and cars. Japanese made cheaper and more reliable cars than the British companies did. Now Korean and Chinese are producing cheaper products and they are getting better and better. The future for Japan is not so rosy. Just look at companies like Sony and Panasonic. They need to be taught that English opens doors, gives them more opportunities. They need to be taught that with English ability, they can work in foreign countries, without they cannot.
To go back to Cleo's point about being taught mistakes are to be avoided at all costs, this is the biggest problem Japan faces. It is not only in English Japanese are afraid of taking chances. Japan will not recover economically until companies and salarymen learn to take chances, too.
To learn anything, you must try and make mistakes. Apple has made many mistakes, but their successes would never have come if they had been afraid to make another mistake.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
gaijintravellerOct. 06, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
Too late. There are already Flac files that do not use compression. It might have worked in the days when people used stereos with two large high quality speakers, but now most people have many low quality speakers surrounding them. Also, many people use a computer or tablet with and HDMI connector as their source, so why buy a Sony player, too?
Posted in: Sounds of science: Japan leads push for high-res audio
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Under the current situation are there any winners in Japan? The big companies like Sony and Panasonic?
Posted in: The contrast will be notable between winners and losers under the current currency situation. We expect that the yen will continue to fall and the government will have to work out measures to support small and medium-sized companies’ financing.
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:23AM JST
I just wrote a comment on Abenomics and why it was a failure. My point was that Japanese must be imaginative and creative to improve the economy. Don Quijote is doing well because it is a company that is imaginative and creative.
Uniqlo is another example. I know a university student who is half Chinese, half Japanese. She speaks Chinese and English as well as Japanese, which is her first language. She has a part-time job in Uniqlo in Ginza and told me she got it because of her language ability. Many part-timers hired there are multilingual so that they can deal with foreign customers.
Posted in: Don Quijote leads Japan tourism push to rake in sales
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
And I thought it was Abe's denials that damaged Japan's image abroad, certainly in neighbouring countries.
Posted in: Abe says Asahi stories on comfort women damaged Japan's image abroad
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
Abenomics has never worked. It has been a failure from the start. The reason the Japanese economy is where it is now is the salaryman mind and risk aversion. It is the fear of taking chances and doing something new.
To stimualate the economy it is necessary to stimulate thinking, ideas, imagination, not just the money supply.
Posted in: Risks to 'Abenomics' growing, whether Abe raises tax or not
gaijintravellerSep. 28, 2014 - 06:26PM JST
Next will the LDP drop the liberal?
Posted in: New Komeito Party drops 'New' from its name
gaijintravellerSep. 28, 2014 - 06:24PM JST
Does this company also make finger extenders tosell to yakuza?
Posted in: Japanese firm has 'thumbs up' solution for bigger smartphones
gaijintravellerSep. 27, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
Stop promoting child sex as someting desirable and exciting, which is exactly what a lot of manga does.
It would also help if schoolgirls wore trousers instead of the uniforms they currently wear as so many perverts seem fascinated by school uniforms.
Posted in: What can be done to better protect children from child predators?
gaijintravellerSep. 27, 2014 - 06:26PM JST
He was trying to convert. That is an interesting statement. He had not converted. Had a mosque rejected him? Maybe they decided he was not suitable. We don't know. What does seem apparent is that he is American, so why don't we blame Americans and there culture of violence?
Oklahoma has been a hotbed of terrorism since the 1990s or maybe even earlier. I am pretty certain Timothy McVeigh had no connection with Islam. The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, a white supremacist group, I am even more certain of. Don't blame Islam.
He probably worked out that if he shot someone, a common enough event in the land of the gun, it would not have been newsworthy outside local papers. Behead someone and you even get a mention in Japantoday, you go worldwide.
Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked
gaijintravellerSep. 20, 2014 - 01:14AM JST
Sony products may look good, but are they good inside? Before I got an iphone, I had a Sony Galapagos phone. It seems it contained a lot of Sony-written software. The predictive typing was useless, not even as good as on a Nokia I bought second-hand in Thailand over ten years ago. It also contained a TV function that never worked. I am not surprised Sony are getting out of the phone business. There products may look nice, but in the UK people suggested that a kill switch was built in so that they died just after the guarantee expired. The big Japanese companies seem to have lost the plot. Korean and Chinese products are taking the market. (Apple may be an American company, but the products are manufactured in China.)
The telephones that sell in Japan are the ones sold through AU, Docomo and Softbank in the deals they offer. If there were true competition and phones were sold in a free market through retail outlets without being tied to phone companies, the Japanese phones would stand little chance against iphone, Korean and Taiwanese products at the high end or the newcomers, Chinese products selling for around 10,000 yen.
Posted in: Chinese buyers in Tokyo lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut
gaijintravellerSep. 17, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
Drop proof body? That is quite a claim, but does it refer to just the casing or what is inside, too?
Posted in: Nikon FX format full-frame DSLR
gaijintravellerSep. 17, 2014 - 08:18AM JST
Will Office also be upgraded? Will old versions not be installable on the new Windows so that many users will find they have to upgrade that, too, and spend more money?
Will it be a simple upgrade like XP from 98 or a complete reinstall like XP to 7?
Posted in: Microsoft to introduce new Windows software September 30
gaijintravellerSep. 15, 2014 - 05:52PM JST
Jimizo, you say:
Some Scottish aristocrats are worried about the taxes they'll pay on their estates if Scotland gains independence. Bless the poor things.
Would you by any chance be thinking of the owner of the Balmoral estate?
Posted in: Queen hopes Scottish voters 'think carefully' before vote
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
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:28PM JST
Parents need to be charged with child endangerment, letting a 3 year old run off in…
Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Chiba
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:08PM JST
The day they can deal with the 50/60Hz issue and switch the other half over will…
Posted in: Japan's power failure: Bid to forge national grid stumbles
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:07PM JST
You said it!
Posted in: Inspecting the troops
Oct. 26, 2014 - 06:00PM JST
So true. If driving normal kid, parents fault only.
I have 3 kids. And know to…
Japan needs to start thinking long-term and let go if ridiculous ideas like this. It feel…
Posted in: Lawmakers in tsunami-hit region eye casino to hasten recovery