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mountainpearMar. 27, 2015 - 10:17AM JST
Oh great! Maybe we can get some butter now!!!
Posted in: EU says end of milk quotas mean opportunities in Asia
mountainpearMar. 18, 2015 - 09:45AM JST
Kennedy hasn't made much of an impression as ambassador!
Posted in: Dinner guests
mountainpearMar. 16, 2015 - 07:34PM JST
Way to go Japan. Do you think copying America et al. by introducing exit taxes is going to help the economy? Should people work hard and sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the nation alone? A sure way to stymie entrepreneurship! Bureaucrats hate rich people because they will never be rich themselves.
Posted in: Japan takes a bite out of wealthy foreigners
mountainpearMar. 12, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
Ginger biscuits can be found at Seiyu.
Buy two packs in store at a big discount. There Swiss Selection chocolate is very good too!
Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had
mountainpearMar. 06, 2015 - 11:16AM JST
From what my Russian friend tells me the average Russian diet is abysmal even without the junk food! Average lifespan for a Russian male is 66.7years and a quarter of Russian men will die before 55! The reason: VODKA! I don't see them demonizing that though!
Posted in: Coca-Cola, McDonald's wage unhealthy 'war' on Russia: PM aide
mountainpearMar. 05, 2015 - 10:39AM JST
Love Sayaka Kanda'a dress!
Posted in: Into the Woods
mountainpearMar. 01, 2015 - 01:06PM JST
Posted in: Stunning montage takes viewers through Japan’s own hidden wine country: Koshu
mountainpearFeb. 28, 2015 - 10:21AM JST
Yes, I agree with the above poster. I have always struggled to keep my weight down even though I followed a low fat low sugar diet. I then decided about 6 months ago to try something different. I started eating full fat foods and at the same time restricting my rice intake at dinner to only 3-4 tablespoons. I allow myself as much meat and vegetables as I like with that. You probably think I feel hungry after eating such a small amount of carbohydrates but I don't! I have lost about 9kg with absolutely no struggle. I actually am quite shocked by the weight loss. But I realise that it doesn't mean I am internally healthy.
Posted in: Cholesterol no longer a concern: U.S. experts
mountainpearFeb. 28, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
@Tessa You obviously don't read the Daily Fail, a British paper. They are always going on about William's or Kates' (decreasing /grey) hair!!!
The British royal family are independently wealthy, which is why that can do what they please!
Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince
mountainpearFeb. 26, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
Inspired by the Tokyo Marathon maybe? Drawing a lot of attention to himself though! If he put a pair of sunglasses or even a mask on, no one would know who he was!
Posted in: Royal runner
mountainpearFeb. 22, 2015 - 12:14PM JST
I don't think I like Keiko Kawazoe very much! And Japan sorely needs this influx of tourists. But I do hope that in the future they will take time to venture beyond the main tourist spots and do more leisurely activities like skiing, hiking etc.
Posted in: 'Golden horde' of Chinese shoppers descend on Japan
mountainpearFeb. 22, 2015 - 11:17AM JST
And no doubt he will do the obligatory eating of Fukushima produce. Using a 'dashing' foreign prince to convince the locals that everything is all well and good in Fukushima- sneaky, very sneaky!
Posted in: Prince William to arrive in Japan on Thursday
mountainpearFeb. 21, 2015 - 11:47AM JST
@Banz10 I think Charlotte is very good in the role, especially seeing she is acting in a language she does not speak. And maybe you are Scottish but for me who is not, her Scottish accent is fine!!!!!
Posted in: Charlotte Kate Fox goes from 'Massan' to 'Chicago'
mountainpearFeb. 20, 2015 - 10:35PM JST
I am a woman! I was laughing to myself as I read this because I could see my husband and I having the same 'conversations'! Except I would never succeed in not talking to him for 2 weeks;)!
Posted in: Those unspoken Japanese words
mountainpearFeb. 20, 2015 - 09:50AM JST
Dude , this is not about being Japanese or mokusatsu. This is because she is a woman!!!!!
mountainpearFeb. 19, 2015 - 10:00AM JST
I think these appeal to people who don't actually live in Japan. But since it is free I will give it a read before I make any judgements. I think a comic titled "My mother-in-law is Japanese" would be way more interesting if my mother-in-law is anything to go by!
Posted in: Foreign comic artist draws her life in Japan
mountainpearFeb. 17, 2015 - 05:28PM JST
I saw an interesting initiative to deal with vacant houses in the areas around the campus of Kanto Gakuin Universty on TV recently. Students in exchange for the upkeep of an empty house are allowed to rent it for for about 10, 000 yen a month.
Posted in: New law takes aim at Japan's glut of vacant houses
mountainpearFeb. 17, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
I will be giving this one a try!
Posted in: Frozen marshmallow cream: Just two ingredients, at least as good as ice cream
mountainpearFeb. 16, 2015 - 08:45PM JST
We have a house in Yamanashi and we love it! A lot of retirees from Tokyo are building in our area. Very beautiful area but at 1100m above sea level it does get damn cold in winter. Nearest onsen is only 5 minutes walk away!
Posted in: The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to
mountainpearFeb. 16, 2015 - 04:53PM JST
Completely different from British go to South Africa and run the country by apartheid.
@Tina Watanabe- I am surprised nobody has challenged you on the following. It was not the British who introduced apartheid. It was the Afrikaner led National Party who came into power in 1948 and ruled until 1994. It is true that South Africa was still a union under the UK but the British did not introduce apartheid. Please check your facts before making such statements!!!!
Posted in: South Africa slams newspaper column praising apartheid
Mar. 29, 2015 - 07:33PM JST
Obama vetted Al Qaida? Really?
"Islamic rebels... President Bashar Assad..."
Syrians definitely have it tough...
Posted in: Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
Mar. 29, 2015 - 07:23PM JST
When? In 2050?
Posted in: Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune
Mar. 29, 2015 - 07:21PM JST
The Japanese "holiday system" is deplorable... They should adopt the European holiday system then no-one would…
Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off
Mar. 29, 2015 - 07:19PM JST
Glad they got busted. OK? There.
Posted in: Leader of big-time fraud group arrested
Mar. 29, 2015 - 07:17PM JST
I feel for this guy. Work sucks and he needed a break from the mindless grind.