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gaijintravellerJul. 25, 2016 - 07:57AM JST
So Japan is the last country togive up on VHS. What will Japan give up on next? The fax?
Posted in: End of an era: VCRs headed for outdated tech heaven
gaijintravellerJul. 17, 2016 - 08:49AM JST
BertieWooster, that is exactly what I was going to say. You beat me to it.
Posted in: Can U.S. prevent war in Southeast Asia?
gaijintravellerJul. 12, 2016 - 09:09AM JST
“We have always set a goal of revising the constitution…that is my duty as president.”
I thought he was Prime Minister, not President.
Posted in: Abe says it is his duty to revise constitution; calls for debate
gaijintravellerJul. 11, 2016 - 07:57AM JST
These days China is a huge market. It is the world's largest automobile market. Why is the automobile maket dominated by European and Korean manufacturers? Even American manufacturers sell more than Japanese there.
The answer is quite obvious. If Abe wants to improve the Japanese economy by increasing exports, he should drop his ultra-nationalist agenda and not the value of the yen.
Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%
gaijintravellerJul. 08, 2016 - 08:54AM JST
This case, both a medical and a legal case, was in the news yesterday. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/26/national/science-health/man-race-cancer-leads-japanese-fight-medical-use-marijuana/
This gentleman seems to be suffering because of the law as it stands.
This link to another story in the Japan Times provides some of the history, perhaps I should say forgotten history, of cannabis in Japan. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/04/19/lifestyle/cannabis-the-fiber-of-japan/
The US made Japan make marijuana illegal. The US is now making it legal. Will Japan follow?
"Whatever the motivation, the U.S. decision to prohibit cannabis created panic among Japanese farmers. In an effort to calm their fears, Emperor Hirohito visited Tochigi Prefecture in the months prior to the ban to reassure farmers they would be able to continue to grow in defiance of the new law — a surprisingly subversive statement.
For several years, the Emperor’s reassurances proved true and cannabis cultivation continued unabated. In 1950, for example, there were approximately 25,000 cannabis farms nationwide. In the following decades, however, this number plummeted. Takayasu attributes this to a slump in demand caused by the popularity of artificial fibers and the costs of the new licenses cannabis farmers were required to possess under the 1948 act."*
Posted in: New Renaissance Party backs use of medical marijuana; gets mixed reaction
gaijintravellerJul. 01, 2016 - 08:37PM JST
A Japanese bike from South East Asia would be half the price or less. Why are bikes so expensive in Japan?
Posted in: Middle-aged 'easy riders' reviving 2-wheeler market with 'slow bikes'
gaijintravellerJun. 30, 2016 - 07:21PM JST
" offering people new ways to sign into websites and apps without passwords." How do you log in to a website that requires a password without entering a password? I don't suppose you have to tell Microsoft and the NSA and so on your passwords to do this.
Could this be why Microsoft is becoming less aggessive in its upgrades.
I believe once you have Windows 10 future upgrades are not optional.
Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics
gaijintravellerJun. 28, 2016 - 11:17AM JST
Disputed waters claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.
gaijintravellerMay. 07, 2016 - 06:56PM JST
How about recommending removing a jacket and tie before turning on the aircon. Using an aircon at this time of year is ridiculous. JR please note.
Posted in: One dead, 181 treated for heat exhaustion April 25-May 1
gaijintravellerMay. 06, 2016 - 08:04PM JST
It spreads like a virus.
Posted in: Windows 10 spreads to 300 mil devices
gaijintravellerMay. 03, 2016 - 08:24AM JST
“I am expecting the day when, as a result of these efforts, I can depart from Bangkok eastward in the morning and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at night and enjoy pho for dinner,” he said.
You can do it now by plane. The distance is 750km as the crow flies, quite a distance to cover by road or rail in a day unless they are intending to build a Shinkansen line. That is further than Tokyo to Hiroshima, which not many people would do in a day except by Shinkansen or plane.
Posted in: Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region
gaijintravellerMay. 02, 2016 - 08:14AM JST
Yet it doesn't worry those whose pay has not increased. In fact they will find it a relief if prices drop as a result.
Posted in: Recent rise in yen extremely worrying, says Aso
gaijintravellerMay. 01, 2016 - 08:52AM JST
Reagan was a B movie actor. As a president he faired worse: he was not a B-grade president but a complete failure.
Posted in: Actors may make good presidents; reality stars are something else
gaijintravellerApr. 30, 2016 - 08:49AM JST
The usual complaint is noise. I assume in this case those staying in the hotel don't make much noise, so what's the problem?
Posted in: Japan's corpse hotels upset some of the neighbors
gaijintravellerApr. 18, 2016 - 08:29AM JST
Strangerland, you can use a Docomo smartphone on an MVNO as virtually all MVNOs use Docomo connections. An Au or Softbank smartphone probably needs unlocking although a friend told me he had no trouble connecting with a BIC SIM in his Nexus from Yahoo.
The BIC SIM does not give you free phone calls but cheap-rate internet calls, and the big advantage of their internet call system over the OCN internet call system that their Miofone software, which you use to make the call, displays a 090 or 080 number or name at the other end rather than a 050 number that people may not answer because they do not know who the caller is.
Posted in: Docomo to offer additional advantages to long-term subscribers
gaijintravellerApr. 17, 2016 - 09:43AM JST
Fizzbit, this is a novel idea. The major telephone companies offer disloyalty bonuses. It is advantageous to change or get screwed after your initial two year contract. Offering a bonus for renewing a contract a two year contract, which they will do automatically if you do not actively prevent them from doing so in the 25 month, is novel and a great improvement over the current system of screwing loyal customers and offering deals for disloyalty.
Speed, don't use the big three is you complain about their bills. I now use BIC's SIM and Line will soon join BIC and other MVNOs. BIC uses Docomo's service at a lower price and seems to give me a better connection than Softbank ever did.
gaijintravellerApr. 16, 2016 - 10:50AM JST
Excellent work. One of the problems in Japan is a lack of tolerance of nature. Cats do an excellent job of rodent control. However, if they are not neutered, they can breed extremely fast. Most vets charge around 15,000 or more for neutering, but here are orgaizations that will neuter and vaccinated strays for around 2,000 yen, which is much more reasonable. When this is done, an ear is clipped to show that the cat has already been neutered. Trap, neuter, return is so much more humane than trap and gas.
Posted in: We have kept the culling of cats at zero thanks to cooperation from a large number of people.
gaijintravellerApr. 16, 2016 - 10:39AM JST
Peter Sellars, Chance in Being There.
Posted in: Which movie or TV president do you wish the real-life U.S. president could be like?
gaijintravellerApr. 15, 2016 - 06:44PM JST
I assume as it is by Bill O'Reilly it will be placed in the fiction section of libraries.
Posted in: O'Reilly's next 'Killing' subject: Japan, at end of World War II
gaijintravellerApr. 13, 2016 - 10:44PM JST
Keitai, a presidential candidates job is not to prevent illegal immigrants from running across borders. That is the job of those who have been elected to do it. A candidate is someone who wants to be elected and makes promises to do things if he is elected. In the case of Trump he has promised to commit war crimes and human rights abuses such as torture.
I am sure many Americans want to insult Trump and in a free country should be able to do so freely.
If you don't like Zuckerburg expressing opinions about politicians, what do you think of other American billionaires like the Koch brothers financing, perhaps buying would be a more accurate term, presidential candidates and other politicians who are supposed to represent the people?
Posted in: Facebook shows new ways to chat, stream video
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Jul. 31, 2016 - 03:21AM JST
Okinawans are being ridiculous
Posted in: U.S. military prepares for biggest Okinawa land return since 1972
Jul. 31, 2016 - 03:19AM JST
Most likely it was 35 prisoners that were killed and 8 not trusted soldiers and their…
Posted in: Turkey's army kills 35 militants after they try to storm base
Jul. 31, 2016 - 03:14AM JST
** In truth the majority of the 200,000 Okinawa people killed were from Americans. ** much…
The "compromise" is 2 of the islands back instead of 4. Fishing rights can be taken…
Posted in: Abe to meet Putin in Vladivostok in September
Jul. 31, 2016 - 03:12AM JST
So incredibly sad. The poor child. Strapped in a baby seat in an what is de…
Posted in: 2-year-old boy dies after being left in car by father
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