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gaijintravellerNov. 24, 2014 - 10:00AM JST
It would be much more interesting to compare the way the news is reported in Japan and America with the way it was reported by Pravda in the Soviet era. In Japan and America, much of the political "news" is in fact propoganda.
At least, in the U.S. there is some investigative reporting.
Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?
gaijintravellerNov. 24, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
"So far, the country has no problems financing its debt, which has reached over 200 percent of gross domestic product."
This reminds me of a joke I heard from some American comedian:
"I'm going to live forever. So far, so good."
I suppose the diference is that he realised he would not really live forever.
Posted in: As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs
gaijintravellerNov. 21, 2014 - 06:40PM JST
Personally, I don't like those exaggerated and unrealistic colours. At sunset the sky is a completely different colour, never that oversaturated blue.
Posted in: Sundown
gaijintravellerNov. 20, 2014 - 03:41PM JST
Is an election any more of a waste of money than what is being spent on expanding the military and the Olympics? A vote for the LDP is a vote for waste and extravagance.
Posted in: Gov't defends election over 'waste of money' criticism
gaijintravellerNov. 18, 2014 - 08:42AM JST
It seems that the Okinawans are sensibly less worried about the growing assertivenes of Beijing than the growing assertiveness of Tokyo. History has taught them that the greatest threat to their island comes from Tokyo, and Tokyo is quite willing to sacrifice them.
Posted in: Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-U.S. ties, say analysts
gaijintravellerNov. 17, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
Is it possible to get margarine in Japan that is not full of unhealthy trans-fat?
Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage
gaijintravellerNov. 14, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
KariHaruka, you seem to have missed the whole pint of the article. Japan, as you say, has no obligation to make itself more Muslim friendly. I should answer your question about why should Japan change even though the article answers it. Simply, Japan wants more Muslims to come by choice and wants them to spend their money here.
Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market
gaijintravellerNov. 10, 2014 - 06:57PM JST
One of the problems in Japan is that in some areas such as Chiyoda-ku somking in the street is banned. The result of this is that smokers puff away in restaurants and coffee shops and other enclosed areas.
Posted in: Japan is still way behind in terms of anti-smoking policies, especially measures against secondhand smoke. You can still smoke in a lot of public places in Japan such as office buildings, coffee shops, restaurants and bars.
gaijintravellerNov. 10, 2014 - 06:51PM JST
Starbucks is good for air and breathing, not coffee and drinking. It was Starbucks that got no smoking going in Japan.
It is hard to find a kissaten worth the price. There used to be many with great stereos, enormous Altec Lansing or JBL speakers and great rock, but alas, most have gone. That venerable institution in Shinjuku, Rolling Stone, although more a bar than a kissaten has just closed its doors this month. BYG in Shibuya still rocks on, but last time I went there for a coffee, they told me the big speakers upstairs had died and upstairs was closed, but they still had good music and coffee.
The drinks bar in some family restaurants can be good. You can fill up a cup with espressso in some. I like espresso but not the ridiculously small almost empty cups it is usually sold in.
Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully's, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional "kissaten?"
gaijintravellerNov. 10, 2014 - 09:40AM JST
Corporate closures hit a 10-year high last year. This is the truth about Abenomics. Many are being forced into bankruptcy. It is good to read it because so often, far too often, Abenomics is praised.
It is also interesting to note that this article came from the foreign press, not the Japanese press.
Posted in: Banker hopes for smalltown encore with 'curtain call' loans
gaijintravellerNov. 03, 2014 - 09:13AM JST
Why rush if the same price — or lower — will be available in six months?
Why rush if in six months time lower prices and a better product will be available in six months time? Think of TVs, computers, cameras. This is a result of advances in technology. We call it techonological advance, not deflation.
Is this technological advance bad for the economy? The answer may be yes in the case of the Japanese economy because so much of the technological advance now comes from Korea and China. Cameras seem to be an exception, but for how much longer?
Posted in: Why excessively low inflation can damage economies
gaijintravellerNov. 02, 2014 - 06:11PM JST
It is ideas, inspiration, innovation that the Japan needs to boost the economy, not money. The government is just throwing more money on failed ideas.
Posted in: Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice
gaijintravellerOct. 28, 2014 - 08:54PM JST
Why do so many people think it would be from a robbery or drug money? It is much more likely to be a political donation. Maybe a politician forgot where he hid it.
Posted in: If you found a large sum of money in a secluded spot, would you keep it or hand it in to the police?
gaijintravellerOct. 27, 2014 - 06:58PM JST
What do you expect from the LDP?
Posted in: Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm
gaijintravellerOct. 27, 2014 - 07:58AM JST
Why does venison end up in a fast food chain? It seems that butchers, supermarkets and more upmarket restaurants are missing an opportunity.
Posted in: Venison burgers and hot dogs coming to Becker's fast food chain
gaijintravellerOct. 27, 2014 - 07:51AM JST
Japanese manufacturer, high humidity in Japan much of the year. Any problem here?
Posted in: What you need to know about massive air bag recall
gaijintravellerOct. 27, 2014 - 07:46AM JST
Censorship and indoctrination. That says it all.
Posted in: Officially certified textbooks should be introduced to improve moral education, which is important to prepare children for social life.
gaijintravellerOct. 27, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
It is interesting that the main problem seems to be a lack of cleanliness and hygeine , which contradicts what every Japanese tells you about Japan.
I always think that where I get sick in winter in Japan is on the train. Travelling on a crowded train with sick people on it makes it hard to avoid germs. As it is usually hard to avoid travelling by train, just try not to be close to people who are coughin or look sick.
Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter
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?
Nov. 24, 2014 - 02:06PM JST
Yabits, both sides need to stop! The KKK, The New Black Panther party, Sharpton and Holder,…
Posted in: Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting
Nov. 24, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
Sad story. But the life of this child is the price required for grown adults to…
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
Nov. 24, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
And people still sympathize with the Taliban
Who sympathizes with the Taliban?
Posted in: Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills 50
Nov. 24, 2014 - 01:46PM JST
Another fabricated story?
LOL, pot calling the kettle black.
Nov. 24, 2014 - 01:44PM JST
Actually my kids went to get rid of their middle names. Their teachers kept referring…
Posted in: What are some of the weirdest names you've heard or read about people giving their children?