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marcelitoFeb. 13, 2016 - 09:06PM JST
I agree that from purely cost / benefit point of view, especially if you live in Tokyo or Osaka, it's cheaper not to have your own car and use public transport with the occasional rental vehicle.
For me though, I just couldn't be without it living in a medium size city and also because I value the intangible benefit of " driving enjoyment ". For me the car represents freedom, to go wherever and whenever I want, be it for a specific purpose or just for a beautiful cruise on a Sunday afternoon.
Just jump in , put the music on and hit the road - priceless.
It's all about the "feeling" :-)
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marcelitoFeb. 11, 2016 - 05:51PM JST
Sfjp " 13 bus stops to be ready by 2020 " -
That's fantastic news....so we,ll only have to endure another 4 years of subtly racist newspaper headlines and complaints about " Chinese " tourists causing mayhem everytime they wanna go shopping and spend their money. Good to see some swift progress.
Posted in: Chinese tourist buses causing headaches for Tokyoites
marcelitoFeb. 11, 2016 - 11:31AM JST
Turbosat - if your average Keiko doesn't know the name of one of those islands that might be just fine. But a minister who is in charge of the portfolio? Ffs, even she couldn't read the kanji, she should be able to recite the names of those islands in her sleep. She is supposedly the Northern Islands issues minister, getting paid how much by the taxpayer to be in that position?
Posted in: Northern islands minister criticized for not knowing island name
marcelitoFeb. 10, 2016 - 11:06PM JST
Well done indeed...too.many patients with serious illnesses and conditions have been left waiting for too long.
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marcelitoFeb. 07, 2016 - 08:28PM JST
This crappy piece of an article is just getting in nice and early to let everyone know that if any drug use or match fixing is detected at Tokyo Olympics it will definitely be the fault of foreigners. The Yamato are all as pure, honourable and innocent as a spring cherry blossom as we all now.
Their sports certainly know no match fixing...you know sumo et al....oops.
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marcelitoFeb. 07, 2016 - 01:58PM JST
Funny, where was LDP and its calls for balanced and free broadcasting when the debate about Unbroken being shown in Japan was going on a year ago?
Guess showing of balanced and unbiased programs / movies only become important to Jiminto when they are trying to silence programs/ movies critical or contrary to their "official views".
Brownie points to the distributors for finally going ahead with it.
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marcelitoFeb. 07, 2016 - 01:50PM JST
Oh yeah...here we go again..." it's our culture, gaikokujin just don't understand it" BS.....how many centuries has the Japanese tradition of keeping elephants in cages been around?
How about another petition to put Hori into a cage half the size of basketball court to live out his reminder years?
Posted in: Move sought for Japan's oldest elephant may be too late
marcelitoFeb. 06, 2016 - 09:35AM JST
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marcelitoFeb. 05, 2016 - 11:45AM JST
In the UK we have 650 House of Commons MP's; you'll still have to add the currently 820 sitting Lords (out of an unfixed number of them,
Sounds like UK has some cutting of its own to do as well then.
Doesn`t diminish the case for getting rid of the deadwood here in Japan one bit though.
marcelitoFeb. 05, 2016 - 08:04AM JST
What happened to cutting between 40-80 seats which is what LDP agreed to in exchange for DPJ,s disastrous PM Noda agreeing to call a snap election and hand over power to LDP again. That was to show the public the politicians can " self sacrifice " before even the first tax increase to 8%. Was never acted on once LDP won of course, liars.
marcelitoFeb. 04, 2016 - 04:50PM JST
So yappari...there was more to the story since Amari made a sudden decision to quit after saying for days that he intended to " fulfill his duties as minister".
How many skeletons would be found in all the LDP bigwig closets if only the media ( most of which, with the exception of tabloids are now in Abe,s pocket ) pursued them with the same zeal as they did to the DPJ leadership when they were in power.
marcelitoFeb. 04, 2016 - 09:29AM JST
Way back when this started, a Russian friend of mine said Russia would destroy ISIS in a matter of days.
I also once heard an American who was probably a bit higher placed than your friend proclaim something like " Mission Accomplished ". Point being?
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marcelitoFeb. 04, 2016 - 09:07AM JST
Yubaru`s post has got it in a nutshell.
Btw, funny convenient Abe is quoting Constitutional scholars as a justification for the change he wants to push through but when the majority of those same scholars came out opposing his trying to change the Constitution last year he just ignored their opinion anyway.
marcelitoFeb. 03, 2016 - 04:50PM JST
*It's time for these old women to move on and get a life. *
Will you proclaim the same sentiment during the annual " Japan was a victim "
rituals that takes place in media here every August? No, that's different of course , isn't it.
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marcelitoFeb. 03, 2016 - 04:32PM JST
This is insane.
A 90 year old with dementia wonders off and gets killed by a train and JR Tokai sues the 90 plus year old wife and a son who hasn't lived with them for 20 years for 7.2 million in damages? Wtf, as the comment above says, how can the lawyers suing the family on JR,s behalf even look at themselves in the mirror? Absolutely disgusting. If ever there Is a time for boycot or a shaming action against the likes of corporates like JR Tokai its in a case like this.
Wonder how well this fits in with Abe,s plan for a " 100 million engaged citizen society?
If there is any law in need of re-interpretation / change the Article 714 of the Civil Code seems to be it.
Posted in: Family of dementia patient killed by train appeal liability ruling
marcelitoFeb. 03, 2016 - 08:56AM JST
Translation - All the money, weapons and equipment we supplied to the "good rebels " to topple Assad so we can control the oil flow is being blown up by the Russians. We are frustrated. So lets just keep accusing Putin of making everything worse whilst our own campaign against the IS in Syria before the Russians arrived has been such an enormous success as you all know.
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marcelitoFeb. 03, 2016 - 08:45AM JST
‘Forceful taking away’ of comfort women by the military and government authorities could not be confirmed in any of the documents that the GOJ (government of Japan) was able to identify,”
Yep, JIA managed to burn what they needed to burn.
marcelitoFeb. 03, 2016 - 08:44AM JST
The govt. really is hopelessly enslaved to right wingers on this issue.
One step forward ,two steps back every time. Watch out for the inevitable - "See , they our neighbours still don`t like us, why?"
This is gonna do wonders for them. Again. Dinosaurs.
marcelitoFeb. 02, 2016 - 09:46AM JST
The delivery service in Japan is absolutely awesome.
I have no doubt that in this particular field Japan leads the world. Just like the convenience stores.
Credit where its due.
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marcelitoFeb. 02, 2016 - 08:08AM JST
Meanwhile the "crime statistics " have been decreasing year after year. Just a coincidence, no doubt.
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Feb. 14, 2016 - 08:35AM JST
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Feb. 14, 2016 - 08:33AM JST
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Feb. 14, 2016 - 08:29AM JST
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Feb. 14, 2016 - 08:28AM JST
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