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gaijintravellerNov. 29, 2013 - 05:14PM JST
It will also help to offset the purpose of the increase in sales tax.
Posted in: Japan to spend Y1 tril on public works for stimulus
gaijintravellerNov. 29, 2013 - 09:25AM JST
The choice of words in this article is interesting. The U.S. sends B52s. Other countries send aircraft. China send warplanes.
The B52 is a warplane. Japan frequently sends warplanes, although they may call them defenceplanes so that they can pretend they are acceptable under the constitution. Why is it only the Chinese planes that are described as weaponds of war? It is evident that all three countries, China, Japan and America, are flying waplanes in the disputed area.
Each act of deliberate provocation increases tension and begs a reaction.
Who benefits from all of this? Not the Chinese people, not the Japanese people, not even the American people. I suppose the defence industries of the countries benefit by selling warplanes and ships. It makes one wonder for who benefit governments are working.
Posted in: China sends planes into air zone after Japan, S Korea defy rules
gaijintravellerNov. 23, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
Abenomics seems to be having an effect, but not the effect that Abe wanted.
Increasing the price of imports and decreasing the price of exports means that a lot more has to be exported to pay for the imports, which are not priced in yen. The result is a larger trade deficit.
To put it another way, if I reduce my hourly wage to get more work, I will have to work more hours to pay my bill
Posted in: Japan growth outlook wilts on poor spending, exports
gaijintravellerNov. 22, 2013 - 05:54PM JST
"We don't need no education,
We don't need no thought control"
The Pink Floyd said it in The Wall.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants patriotism and moral education included in school curricula in Japan. Do you think this is a good idea?
gaijintravellerNov. 12, 2013 - 10:29AM JST
It seems as if it is large establishments and chains that are the worst offenders. Smaller places may be better, but it is hard to tell as even small places often use retort packs (boil-in-the-bag) instead of real cooking. Oh for SouthEast Asian street for where you can see what will go into your food.
Maybe we just have to refuse to eat anywhere where we cannot see the cooking.
Posted in: 6 Hokkaido hotels admit mislabeling steak
gaijintravellerNov. 12, 2013 - 10:16AM JST
BertieWooster, "behaving like" is not necessary in your post.
Posted in: Is U.S. also spying on Japanese email, phone calls?
gaijintravellerNov. 12, 2013 - 10:12AM JST
The radiation will eventually disappear, but only after a long time. In the meantime the government is spending a fortune just moving it around.
Perhaps, the unihabitable land could be used wind and power generation to obtain an income for the poor displaced people.
It is cruel for the government to keep their hopes alive when there is no hope.
Posted in: For many Fukushima evacuees, the truth is they won't be going home
gaijintravellerNov. 11, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
I expect the 200K ISO is rubbish, but still it is amazing how good the quality of high ISO photos is becoming. ISO 25K will probably produce excellent results, 50 and 100 may even be acceptable.
I notice that there appears to be no strobe, but this should not be a great problem with such high ISO.
Is the megapixel challenge being replaced by an ISO competition?
I have a camera with a full frame sensor and it really is brilliant in low light.
It is an expensive camera, but it will produce good results with cheaper lenses. I suspect soon fewer professionals will carry heavy zooms. Instead they will use smaller apertures.
I suspect this could also lead to greater use of lenses over 300mm as they can be made light enough to carry around and used hand-held.
Posted in: Retro style DSLR with full size sensor
gaijintravellerNov. 09, 2013 - 06:29PM JST
Disillusioned, in a previous post I mentioned meat glue. Do a search for meat glue and see what you find. The processed product looks and tastes surprisingly like steak. I suspect you would not know the difference. It is unlikely you would have the confidence to send it back. Sending food back in a restaurant because it is substandard is not common practice. On occasions I have done so. The last time was when I returned a cup of instant coffee and explained that I ordered coffee and expected coffee. I am probably the only person who refused the instant rubbish and they probably will continue to serve instant coffee.
Back in Britain we have two important pieces of consumer legislation. The Sale of Goods Act says that goods must be suitable for the purpose for which they are sold. It allows the consumer to make a civil claim against a company that sells inferior products. Then there is the Trade Descriptions Act, which says the goods must be what they are described as. The most important difference is that this is criminal law, not civil law. Thus, misrepresentation is a criminal offence.
Posted in: Minister urges food industry to take action on mislabeling scandal
gaijintravellerNov. 09, 2013 - 09:05AM JST
It is an interesting idea. It might imprive the image of Muslims. Some of the people who have made anti-muslim comments may even learn that many, I would guess most, Muslims brought up in the West do not have forced marriages, pray 5 times a day or refuse tor drink alcohol, just as most Christians do not go to Church every Sunday or love their enemy or even their neighbour. Disapproving of Obamacare could be described as disapproving of charity.
I approve of any ideas that reduce religious prejudice and this seems like a good one.
It is now possible to have black heros in America. It is now time to have some brown, muslim heros.
Posted in: In Marvel Comics, Ms Marvel returns as Muslim teen
gaijintravellerNov. 09, 2013 - 08:29AM JST
This is all about America. What about Japan? Are trans-fats still common here? Are they used by U.S. chains here?
Actually, I do not think it is necessary even to say that a product contains transfat in the list of ingredients.
I wonder if transfat finds its way into wagyu beef in the high-class restaurants that have come into the news recently.
Posted in: No trans fat? Who can taste the difference
gaijintravellerNov. 07, 2013 - 05:38AM JST
I read on the BBC news recently that alcohol-related deaths on the road have been reduced from 28 a day to 4. I think this was in the past ten years. This dramatic reduction was achieved not by legislation, but by hard-hitting advertising which showed some of the results of driving drunk. Drinking and driving is no longer socially acceptable. That does not seem to be the case yet in Japan, at least not in the countryside where train is not an option because there isn't one.
Things are getting better. Some of my friends sometimes drive to a bar, get drunk and then use the very good new service that Tokyo people without cars may not know about. A car with two drivers comes to pick you up. They drive you and your car home for you. However, there are still many, too many, who do drink and drive.
I am considered a little strange, definitely unusual because I do not drink alcohol in bars as the only way home is to drive. This needs to change so that those who do drink and drive are considered strange and looked down on. They need to become the unusual ones.
Posted in: Bill to toughen penalty for drug, alcohol-related vehicular homicide
gaijintravellerNov. 06, 2013 - 09:31PM JST
This is business as usual.
When I first came to Japan, I lived in Kobe. There did not seem to be many cattle in the area, yet all the beef in the butchers was Kobe beef. Later, when I moved to Tokyo, a girlfriend had a job in a famous hotel and told me that their Kobe was, in fact, American beef. As others have said, the list is endless.
Hamamatsu is famous for unagi, yet people who come from there have told me that nearly all, if not all, the unagi sold in restaurants is imported.
Words like fresh, home-made and organic have no meaning in Japan.
It was interesting to note that steak is one of the products mentioned. I expect the steak is manufactured from cheap meat and stuck together with meat glue. A search for meat glue will explain this kind of skullduggery.
Note that this is not limited to restaurants. Supermarkets are the same.
Posted in: Food mislabeling scandal spreads to department stores
gaijintravellerOct. 28, 2013 - 09:50AM JST
"The White House has said it is not monitoring Merkel’s phone calls."
Probably true, but the NSA is and is probably monitoring The White House, too.
If that is the case, Americans should, no doubt, be grateful someone is monitoring their president.
Posted in: Europe should be grateful for spying, say U.S. lawmakers
gaijintravellerOct. 27, 2013 - 06:43PM JST
I believe Abe makes statement like this to get headlines and make Japanese people think their enemy is China and they have to worry about what China does, which could not be further from the truth. Abe's policy, both political and economic are more of a threat to Japan and the Japanese people than anything China has done.
Statements like this keep real problems, rather than imagined ,ones off the front page.
Posted in: Abe warns China on use of force as jets scrambled
gaijintravellerOct. 24, 2013 - 05:33PM JST
I hope they can get some British cheese sold here. Ihave seen Shropshire Blue in the National Azabu but the price is excessive. There are now great British blue cheeses and soft Brie-like cheeses that are as good as anything out of France. Perl Wen is a wonderful cheese.
Fried Mars bars are a Scottish dish laughed at in the rest of Britain.
I wonder if Branston Pickle will ever get here. It probably won't because the brand now belongs to a Japanese company, Mizkan.
Posted in: Campaign aims to improve image of UK food
gaijintravellerOct. 18, 2013 - 09:39AM JST
Typhoons often change directions. Imagine the complaints if he had evacuated the island and the typhoon had changed direction. Is it easy to evacuate people from an island in a typhoon?
Posted in: Izu Oshima mayor under fire for not issuing evacuation order
gaijintravellerOct. 16, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
Note that this was a business, not just a someone with a lot of pets. The animals were basically fashion items, currently popular brands.
The lesson to learn from this is do not buy dogs from pet shops because, if you do, you are supporting this sort of business and share the blame for this sort of incident. There are plenty of nice healthy dogs available for free from shelters. They are probably much healthier than the inbred animals from puppy mill so often sold at pet shops.
Posted in: 30 dogs perish in Ibaraki fire
gaijintravellerOct. 16, 2013 - 08:42AM JST
Actually, the name is brilliant. Someone should get a bonus. All publicity is good publicity. Who had even heard of Osaka Fuku before this?
Posted in: 'Fukuppy' firm rethinking mascot after Internet ridicule
gaijintravellerSep. 20, 2013 - 07:16PM JST
I wonder how many other typing mistakes they have made. In fact, I wonder if they make typing mistakes with numbers, too.
Posted in: TEPCO apologizes for getting Abe's name wrong during his visit to Fukushima
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:00AM JST
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Dec. 12, 2013 - 09:59AM JST
I'm sure if he said "pretty please", she would have had a change of heart.
Posted in: Chiba policeman arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend
Dec. 12, 2013 - 09:58AM JST
because it represents the unknown and the very real fear of nuclear disaster.
Or rather, like…
Posted in: First trailer of Hollywood remake of Godzilla released
Dec. 12, 2013 - 09:56AM JST
Also worthy of note, is the absence of a Japanese representative at the funeral. Anyway back…
Posted in: Sign language interpreter at Mandela memorial a fake
people who don't feel bad to some degree wouldn't bother going.
im going to go out…
Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Nagasaki atomic bomb site