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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
gaijintravellerApr. 10, 2016 - 08:09PM JST
Living in the countryside can be cheap. It can also be expensive. Living in some retirement homes can be expensive. As others have said, 111,000 is a lot of rent in the countryside. If the government wants to encourage people to move, then best way to do it would be with money. Tokyo collects a lot more tax from companies than anywhere else in Japan purely because most companies have their head office in Tokyo and their pay tax to Tokyo. If the city of Tokyo subsidised old people who moved to the country, more would move. As it is, such moves could place an unfair tax burden on those who live and work in country areas. City tax for those who work is already much higher in the countryside than it is in Tokyo because it is people who work rather than corporations that pay the lion's share of city tax.
gaijintravellerMar. 30, 2016 - 08:19AM JST
But the growth has remained below forecasts due to China’s slowdown and lackluster spending by households and businesses.
Growth has remained below forecasts due to the complete and utter failure of Abenomics. The initial growth was a growth in yen terms as a result of the devaluation of the yen; it was not a growth in real terms.
Posted in: Diet passes record budget; Abe says no plans to postpone consumption tax hike
gaijintravellerMar. 27, 2016 - 06:31PM JST
Actually, the United States itself may be more of a threat than either China or North Korea. What it Trump becomes President?
gaijintravellerMar. 25, 2016 - 10:15AM JST
The F35 is a financial disaster. Is Japan now saying, "Let's have our own finacial disaster."
Perhaps, the purpose is to funnel tax-payers money into the defence industry, which into funnels money back to politicians.
Posted in: Japan, mulling new fighter jets, opens talks with defense contractors
gaijintravellerMar. 25, 2016 - 10:05AM JST
1963 was a long time ago and cars have improved a lot since then. Back then drum brakes were commonplace, now disc brakes are the norm and often supplemented by ABS. Many cars in the 1960s like the famous mini had a top speed of around 120 and anything that could capable of going over 100 (160 kph) mph was considered a fast car.
I would not be surprised if an increased speed limit reduces accidents by reducing congestion as cars will spend less time on the highway.
I assume as now K cars, which are dangerously lightweight, will have lower limits.
gaijintravellerMar. 24, 2016 - 09:45AM JST
Why not use enka to attract more tourists? Any more brilliant ideas? Bring back Pink Lady?
gaijintravellerMar. 22, 2016 - 06:53PM JST
If you want to know where to go sightseeing in Japan, ask Japanese people, take a note of what they recommend and then go somewhere that is not on the list of recommendations because everywhere on that list will be overcrowded.
gaijintravellerMar. 17, 2016 - 06:33PM JST
Remember how successful America's war on alocohol, which was called prohibition, was? Learn from history.
Posted in: End the war on drugs
gaijintravellerMar. 17, 2016 - 09:30AM JST
This should be followed by a DNA analysis of the urine, which would prove whether it was the defendant's or not. If not, the question to be answered is why not, and a thorough investigation should be carried out.
For once the judge did not believe everything the police said.
I do, however, wonder why the prosecutor had the confidence even to take this case to court.
gaijintravellerMar. 14, 2016 - 09:50AM JST
Actually, the food is good on Air India. Curry reheats particularly well.
The worst for service I have ever flown on was Biman. They did not even offer you a menu. It seems that they just slammed down a curry in front of Japanese customers and gave Bangladeshis and other non-Japanese soggy reheated tempura. I don't know if they still fly to Japan.
Posted in: Which airlines are your favorites and why; and which airlines do you think are among the worst and why?
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May. 04, 2016 - 02:50PM JST
Havent read anything from arsene Wenger yet!? must be hard for him to see king Ranieri…
Posted in: Leicester's magic hailed globally as the party goes on
May. 04, 2016 - 02:41PM JST
Tiriring - You should have taken the blue pill! Japanese consumers DO discriminate against the farmed…
Posted in: Is banning international trade in such endangered fish species as bluefin tuna the most effective way to protect marine resources?
May. 04, 2016 - 02:38PM JST
63 is not that old! Most people are still working at that age, and fully…
Posted in: 7 injured after car hits pedestrians in Kobe; driver arrested
May. 04, 2016 - 02:35PM JST
"Because their homes have fully depreciated, and aren't marketable?"
I used to believe that, until I…
Posted in: Large-scale home downsizing still comprises a minority of remodeling jobs. But demand will likely increase from such people as couples in their 60s to 80s whose houses have too many rooms after their children have become independent.
May. 04, 2016 - 02:27PM JST
Do with cats what they do with dogs. Did you ever notice that there are no…
Posted in: 3,000 cats neutered to protect remote island's native rabbits
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