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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
gaijintravellerSep. 05, 2014 - 04:27PM JST
Then I am guilty, too. I have taken some interesting photos of an old farming lady I have seen on trains I use. She has a backpack bigger than she is. She sometimes lies down and sleeps on the way home.
I have also taken photos of girls with clothes or bags with something written on them in English. They would be embarassed if they knew what was written. "Too drunk to ..."
Once a girl got angry with me when she thought I was taking her photo. Actually, I was taking a photo of a dog of the four-legged variety that I was taking for a walk. The dog was amusing herself chasing pigeons.
Ellon Lee, if I asked a Japanese girl and she said yes, I would probably not take a photo. I never take photo of people doing a peace sign. That is just my rule. People no longer look natural when asked. Naturally, if someone verbally or by body language shows disapproval, I will not offend them.
Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train
gaijintravellerSep. 03, 2014 - 06:48PM JST
Could the reason be to attract women voters?
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
gaijintravellerSep. 02, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
So instead of removing the Fukushima soil they will just move it around Fukushima.
Where is it being stored now?
Posted in: Fukushima agrees to interim nuclear waste storage facilities
gaijintravellerSep. 01, 2014 - 06:18PM JST
No objection if they are run by a competent authority and situated in a safe place.
Every objection when they are not going to be run by a competent and responsible authority and not in a safe place.
Posted in: Should Japan restart its nuclear reactors?
gaijintravellerSep. 01, 2014 - 05:41PM JST
Many people would not object to a tax hike if it were going to go to the redevelopment of Tohoku, but when it is going to be spent on a military build-up, the Tokyo Olympics and other vanity projects of right-wingers, there is good reason to object.
Posted in: Abe faces another bruising debate over next sales tax hike
gaijintravellerAug. 31, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
Surely there is a lesson for Japan here.
It seems that McDonald's has severed its relationship with OSI only in China. It is an American company. Why not sever realtions with OSI in the U.S. and everywhere else?
Posted in: China arrests six over expired meat sold to fast food giants
gaijintravellerAug. 30, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
I wonder if this guy really needed the money. Could he have got seriously into debt owing money to the yakuza? I have always imagined that there is a connection between loan-sharking and drug smuggling as a way to pay of the debt.
Posted in: Japanese politician's drug trial ends in China
gaijintravellerAug. 29, 2014 - 11:43PM JST
I thought the reason for increasing consumption tax was to reduce the government's debt, but now it seems that the real reason was to allow Abe to fulfill Abe's dream of Japan becoming a military power again
Disillusioned is right.
Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military
gaijintravellerAug. 27, 2014 - 05:50PM JST
The easiest and cheapest way to solve the problem of quasi--legal herbs and loophole drugs is to do what many U.S. states have done and legalise one illegal herb, which has never caused a death by overdose.
Many of the most dangerous drugs found in Japan are prescription drugs. This very morning I read "Prescription Painkiller Deaths Fall Almost 25% in Medical Marijuana States" whereas they have been increasinginm other states.
Posted in: Health ministry requests Y1.1 bil budget to deal with 'dangerous drugs'
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
'God Save the Queen is the British national anthem. The English have increasingly been adopting Jerusalem…
Posted in: Which country's national anthem do you find the most inspiring?
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
There are many books available on Democracy
There are some countries available on Democracy ?
Posted in: Cameron reminds China of obligations over Hong Kong
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:14PM JST
Dear me: Goddamn predictive text! The ash, when put under a microscope, take a look. Sharp…
Posted in: Dead hikers found crushed between rocks on volcano
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:03PM JST
What possible motive would there be for IS to attack Japan
Posted in: Could Islamic State reach Japan?
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
I find little to inspire me from any country's national anthem.
SSS - Sophomoric, Soporific Sophistry…