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gaijintravellerMar. 07, 2014 - 11:19PM JST
But would the right wingers like to repeat history?
Posted in: Our country never tries to reverse history. Japan has consistently followed the path of freedom, peace and democracy.
gaijintravellerMar. 07, 2014 - 11:43AM JST
Where did he study history? That could well explain his beliefs.
gaijintravellerMar. 05, 2014 - 06:42PM JST
Oh dear, not good. It could lead to trouble like most of America's recent exploits.
Posted in: Obama thrust into role as leader of West
gaijintravellerMar. 05, 2014 - 11:31AM JST
"I guess anyone who would invest in a virtual currency deserves to lose their rear end. Sort of like saving all your critical documents to a cloud based server with no backup hard copies."
Isn't all paper money a virtual currency? It seems to be be when governments can reduce its value. Paper money is just a promise to pay and who trusts a government's promises?
Posted in: Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts after theft
gaijintravellerMar. 03, 2014 - 11:48AM JST
"There’s propaganda to depict Japan in a way that’s far from the truth. "
This equally well fits much of Abe's rhetoric.
"There is danger emerging, where such propaganda will have a huge influence on our children’s generation."
So does this.
Posted in: There’s propaganda to depict Japan in a way that’s far from the truth. There is danger emerging, where such propaganda will have a huge influence on our children’s generation. I would like to think of a strong public relations strategy going forward.
gaijintravellerMar. 02, 2014 - 05:09PM JST
More amakudari, no doubt.
Posted in: Bridge and tunnels to be inspected every 5 years
gaijintravellerMar. 02, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
He was Japanese and Japan is a safe country. That would be what she believed and that is what most Japanese believe.
Posted in: Utsunomiya woman swindled out of Y150 million
gaijintravellerMar. 02, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
English is taught by qualified teachers. When I came to Japan, I thought high school English teachers must be terrible. Later I realised this was not the case. They were and are still doing their job, which is to get students to pass university entrance exams, and that is where the problem lies. That is also Mr Mikitani's point: the exams are the problem as they test the wrong things.
Posted in: English education is an issue of critical importance for Japan in view of today's world situation. A simple and powerful initial step would be to raise university exam levels to the global standard.
gaijintravellerMar. 01, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
"Officers go online in search of minors who are offering sexual services."
Yes, but is this always in the call of duty?
Posted in: Police caution 158 minors for using Internet to solicit dates, sell underwear
gaijintravellerMar. 01, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Most of Japan is not at all puzzled. In truth the ones who say they are are pretending they are puzzled just as they are pretending things like the Nanjing Massacre did not happen.
Posted in: Japan says it is puzzled by new China WWII national days
gaijintravellerFeb. 28, 2014 - 07:09PM JST
Rather surprising to see Japan in yellow on the map considering how few doctors actually speak English and how hard it is to find a hospital open at the weekend or on public holidays. Also, the standard of dentistry is low here.
Posted in: HealthMap helps travelers understand medical risks worldwide
gaijintravellerFeb. 28, 2014 - 06:49PM JST
The difference between Bitcoin and banks regulated by governments is that Bitcoin cannot expect taxpayer support whenever it suffers a setback. There is also a chance that someone gaol in the case of Bitcoin, but bankers are given get-out-of-gaol free cards.
If Bitcoin loses value, Aso would claim it is bad, yet when the yen lost value, it was said to be good.
Posted in: Aso says he always thought Bitcoin was suspect
gaijintravellerFeb. 28, 2014 - 10:26AM JST
Let's face it, Japan's beaches, or at least mainland Japan's beaches are rubbish. Maybe they were beautiful and pleasant, but they have been destroyed usually by local councils profiting from the pouring of concrete. Those same councils also want to prevent people from having fun.
Recently there was an article on the beaches of Thailand. Can anyone imagine a beach resort there ordering the beachside restaurants to close at 6:30 while it is still light? If you want to relax after a day on the beach at a restaurant with a beer and watch the sun set, don't go to Zushi.
I have lived in Japan a long time and it seems that the only really nice beaches are in Okinawa or between there and Kyushu. I admit there may be a few on the mainland, but they must be extremely few and far between.
Posted in: Zushi passes resolution banning alcohol, loud music on beach
gaijintravellerFeb. 28, 2014 - 10:15AM JST
I always thought the blame lied more with previous government controlled by the LDP than Kan's and that the people demanding Kan's trial were in fact the LDP.
Posted in: Panel upholds decision not to indict former PM Kan over Fukushima disaster
gaijintravellerFeb. 28, 2014 - 10:11AM JST
EthanWilber, and the more other countries will be aware of Japan’s wartime atrocious crimes.
This is where Japan should follow Germany's example.
Posted in: Murayama says 1995 sex slavery apology review not in Japan's interest
gaijintravellerFeb. 24, 2014 - 11:23PM JST
It was always broken.
Posted in: The sales-tax hike could be the straw that breaks the back of Abenomics.
gaijintravellerFeb. 23, 2014 - 09:47AM JST
History repeats. Lockheed is a name many Japanese associate with corruption and a mid-1970s scandal.
Posted in: Why is U.S. spending so much on F-35 fighter?
gaijintravellerFeb. 20, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
Ah yes, those safety check are labourious, aren't they? Now, what can we do to get rid of them?
18 months of trade deficits. Well, could this be the result of Abenomics putting up the price of imports while reducing the cost of exports in dollar terms?
Posted in: Japan to fast-track some nuclear reactor restarts
gaijintravellerFeb. 19, 2014 - 06:34PM JST
SimonB, Koh Samui was great before the built the airport. I haven't been back since, and from what you say that was the right decision. The good places are not easy to get to. Once they become easy to get to, it is the beginning of the end. Are mushrooms illegal there now? I remember taking a photo of a warning about drugs and right next to it a sign for special mushroom omelette.
I went to Koh Tao about 9 years ago. Most of the food was rubbish, Thai food for foreigners. It was a real contrast to the excellent cheap food on the mainland at Chumporn and a beach I went to near there.
Before going to any of these places, check Lonely Planet. If it's recommended in Lonely Planet, you are probably too late. If there are jet skis, you are too late.
Posted in: Spring break in Asia? Consider Thailand's beaches
gaijintravellerFeb. 19, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
20 years too late for those islands. They are overdeveloped now. There are much better places to go these days. When they start building resorts, it is time to find somewhere less developed.
In contrast to what is said in the last paragraph, DJs and tranquility do not go together.
Mar. 09, 2014 - 11:52PM JST
bass4funk:（Mar. 09, 2014 - 07:11PM JST ）
Actually, I am in appreciation to you for your…
Posted in: Nago mayor pleads against U.S. air base
Mar. 09, 2014 - 11:49PM JST
And yet Japan are one of the countries which China needs to thank for its economic…
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
Mar. 09, 2014 - 11:44PM JST
Strange how a representative for China is saying how Germany is fine with being compared to…
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan
Mar. 09, 2014 - 11:37PM JST
Chinese diplomatic policy is simply pathetic.
If after being clearly turned down (as clear as diplomatic…
Mar. 09, 2014 - 11:35PM JST
once had foot massage (legit) by attractive young lady in Tokyo. Now that's something I'd…
Posted in: JR East to offer bullet train with footbath