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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?
gaijintravellerOct. 13, 2014 - 09:06AM JST
Were the press alowed into the meeting or do they have to rely on official, pro-nuclear press releases?
Posted in: Japan pitches nuclear restart in tightly controlled town hall meetings
gaijintravellerOct. 06, 2014 - 07:41PM JST
The quality of the textbooks are quite low.
The quality of the textbooks is quite low.
Cleo has a good point. They are taught mistakes are to be avoided at all costs. If they do nothing and do not try to advance by doing something difficult, they will not make mistakes, so they do not try.
Basically, high school English teaches that English is difficult by teaching difficult English, that English is boring by teaching what they cannot understand and is not useful and it is not worth trying as the teacher gets angry when they do because they make mistakes.
Students need to be taught that English is useful. They should learn that they may need it in the future. I grew up in Britain when there were large British companies making TVs and cars. Japanese made cheaper and more reliable cars than the British companies did. Now Korean and Chinese are producing cheaper products and they are getting better and better. The future for Japan is not so rosy. Just look at companies like Sony and Panasonic. They need to be taught that English opens doors, gives them more opportunities. They need to be taught that with English ability, they can work in foreign countries, without they cannot.
To go back to Cleo's point about being taught mistakes are to be avoided at all costs, this is the biggest problem Japan faces. It is not only in English Japanese are afraid of taking chances. Japan will not recover economically until companies and salarymen learn to take chances, too.
To learn anything, you must try and make mistakes. Apple has made many mistakes, but their successes would never have come if they had been afraid to make another mistake.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
gaijintravellerOct. 06, 2014 - 08:50AM JST
Too late. There are already Flac files that do not use compression. It might have worked in the days when people used stereos with two large high quality speakers, but now most people have many low quality speakers surrounding them. Also, many people use a computer or tablet with and HDMI connector as their source, so why buy a Sony player, too?
Posted in: Sounds of science: Japan leads push for high-res audio
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:30AM JST
Under the current situation are there any winners in Japan? The big companies like Sony and Panasonic?
Posted in: The contrast will be notable between winners and losers under the current currency situation. We expect that the yen will continue to fall and the government will have to work out measures to support small and medium-sized companies’ financing.
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:23AM JST
I just wrote a comment on Abenomics and why it was a failure. My point was that Japanese must be imaginative and creative to improve the economy. Don Quijote is doing well because it is a company that is imaginative and creative.
Uniqlo is another example. I know a university student who is half Chinese, half Japanese. She speaks Chinese and English as well as Japanese, which is her first language. She has a part-time job in Uniqlo in Ginza and told me she got it because of her language ability. Many part-timers hired there are multilingual so that they can deal with foreign customers.
Posted in: Don Quijote leads Japan tourism push to rake in sales
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
And I thought it was Abe's denials that damaged Japan's image abroad, certainly in neighbouring countries.
Posted in: Abe says Asahi stories on comfort women damaged Japan's image abroad
gaijintravellerOct. 05, 2014 - 09:02AM JST
Abenomics has never worked. It has been a failure from the start. The reason the Japanese economy is where it is now is the salaryman mind and risk aversion. It is the fear of taking chances and doing something new.
To stimualate the economy it is necessary to stimulate thinking, ideas, imagination, not just the money supply.
Posted in: Risks to 'Abenomics' growing, whether Abe raises tax or not
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
Nov. 01, 2014 - 02:44AM JST
this man should be locked up and forgotten about, what kind of MAN does this to…
Posted in: Man charged with coercing 14-year-old stepson to commit suicide
Nov. 01, 2014 - 02:31AM JST
As she was in contact with terminally ill Ebola patients, she could still get sick with…
Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike
Nov. 01, 2014 - 02:23AM JST
In the end this is simply a mechanism to transfer money from savers to borrowers (by…
Posted in: BOJ expands asset purchases to Y80 tril to spur recovery
Nov. 01, 2014 - 02:09AM JST
@yosun Well maybe China should convert to Islam if it wants to stand a chance against…
Posted in: China says it will be good host to Japan during APEC
Nov. 01, 2014 - 01:57AM JST
What no? I know that Japanse like this kind of silly cardboard, and that's the…
Posted in: This is how it works