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mountainpearAug. 29, 2014 - 10:47AM JST
Flying is the time when I am thankful I am only 153cm! Stowing my hand luggage overhead can be a bit of a problem though.
Posted in: Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat argument
mountainpearAug. 26, 2014 - 10:41AM JST
Two of my husband's aunts here in Japan have died in the last few years from Hepatitis C related illnesses. They contracted the disease through blood transfusions.
Posted in: The battle against hepatitis in Japan
mountainpearAug. 26, 2014 - 10:21AM JST
OK, so you went to your daughters wedding in Iwaki and spoke to a few locals. They were smiling and drinking with you. Are you trying to say because things look normal there that everything is normal there? I have to say I would not be happy if my daughter was living so close to where a nuclear meltdown has occurred. Your 'feelings' can't negate the fact that 57 children in Fukushima have thyroid cancer!
Posted in: 57 Fukushima children suffering from thyroid cancer
mountainpearAug. 25, 2014 - 09:10AM JST
Apparently another reason for Abe resigning the first time around, not stated in the above article, was the alleged failure to pay 300 million yen in inheritance taxes after the death of his father.
Posted in: Aides try to temper Abe's security agenda as popularity declines
mountainpearAug. 23, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
The metaphor 'small beer' is equivalent to 'small potatoes' American English.
Posted in: Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'
mountainpearAug. 23, 2014 - 10:56AM JST
Why do we need to get foreign casino operators involved?
Posted in: We have operational capacity, experience know-how, and I don’t think we would be stretched to participate in more than one casino resort.
mountainpearAug. 21, 2014 - 09:22AM JST
Japanese women's "bumps" are generally smaller than Westerners in my observation.
Posted in: 17-year-old girl arrested over death of newborn infant
mountainpearAug. 20, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
Yes, I did read the article but I assumed the comments were about Yahoo Japan as they were talking in yen not dollars!
Posted in: Yahoo brushes up its e-commerce for small business
mountainpearAug. 20, 2014 - 10:48AM JST
Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for detaining Japanese man
mountainpearAug. 20, 2014 - 10:30AM JST
If you go to the Yoshinoya in Hong Kong, there is a sign that says the rice used is not from Fukushima. I bet they had lost a lot of sales before they put that sign up!
Posted in: Japan to resume Fukushima rice exports
mountainpearAug. 19, 2014 - 02:49PM JST
lol! My brother was an oil rig worker for more than 20 years and worked for quite a few companies. But the only company he struggled to get his salary from was Sinopec, a Chinese owned company. They are notoriously bad when it comes to paying what they owe!!!
Posted in: Australian tycoon calls Chinese government 'mongrels' in TV tirade
mountainpearAug. 18, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
Dislike this man intensely!
Posted in: Jackie Chan: It's time to slow down
mountainpearAug. 18, 2014 - 09:56AM JST
I thought Yahoo Japan was dropping those fees in order to compete with Rakuten.
mountainpearAug. 17, 2014 - 10:13AM JST
Yes, deal with it now before it is too late!
Posted in: If the hornets reach Kyushu or Honshu, there is a possibility they might spread throughout the nation.
mountainpearAug. 16, 2014 - 11:40PM JST
About 10 years ago I stayed in Manila for 3 months with my Japanese husband. We weren't staying in a fancy area either. My husband used to go to work and I would stay inside our guesthouse room until he returned home. My husband was surprised that I wouldn't go out by myself but I have to admit I didn't feel safe (even though I am originally from a crime ridden African country!!!). My husband, an experienced traveler, went prepared with a couple of cartons of Malboros to smooth things over in a pinch. Those cartons didn't even make it out of the airport in one piece. A customs official grabbed 4 packs and told us that if we didn't have his stamp we wouldn't be able to leave the airport. My husband grabbed 2 packs back and said he could keep only two! He laughed and gave us the stamp. Then one evening we were returning home from a restaurant and all the electricity went out. We were standing at a traffic light and these 2 guys starting behaving in a menacing way towards us. My husband is quite a tough guy so he showed some aggression and luckily they backed off. On another occasion a random lady tried to persuade us to come to her house for dinner. She was very persistent but we weren't having any of it. This is an old trick in the Philippines, where they befriend you, ask you to dinner, drug you, steal your cards etc. and then dump you somewhere. In Manila I saw homeless people come into fast food restaurants like KFC and eat the left overs, which were sometimes just bones, off people's plates. I have never seen this anywhere else and I was amazed that the restaurant staff didn't chase them away. But after all the jeepney rides and using public transport only to get around, I am happy to say we never actually had any serious problems. On a final note I have to say that most of the Japanese we saw there were pretty unsavory types, if you know what I mean. They weren't 'normal' businessman!
Posted in: 3 Filipinos held for dumping bodies of Japanese man, girlfriend at sea
mountainpearAug. 15, 2014 - 06:04PM JST
And why the hell should anybody take his word for it. His name is not even shown which means he is not prepared to take any kind of responsibility.
Posted in: There may be a vague feeling of anxiety that is not based on scientific grounds.
mountainpearAug. 14, 2014 - 11:07AM JST
I recommend reading the story of ace pilot Saburo Sakai. His wiki page can be found here:
A truly amazing man who became a strict Buddhist after the war. If you can't be bothered to read the whole thing at least read the last section 'Back to Civilian Life'.
Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young
mountainpearAug. 13, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
Enjoyed this story!
Posted in: The British samurai who aimed for the Tokyo Olympics, and wound up King of the Ring
mountainpearAug. 11, 2014 - 09:18AM JST
My husband and I often visit Hong Kong. On one of our early trips there we got into a taxi and gave the driver our destination, in English. The driver was like 'NO,no,no!' Indicating that he didn't understand our destination and had no intention of taking us anywhere. So my husband whipped out his notebook and wrote down the destination in Kanji. This completely changed the drivers attitude. Although he was somewhat baffled as to why a Kanji writer couldn't speak Cantonese! My husband now always has pen and paper on hand when out and about in the city. It is really fascinating to see the transformation on the often gruff faces of Hong Kongnese when a word or two written in kanji is shown to them!
Posted in: The fuzzy logic behind Japanese attachment to kanji
mountainpearAug. 11, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
My sister-in-law in Saitama told me that my nephew's elementary school was closed because of a lack of students and has now been converted into an old age home!!!
Posted in: Lowest number of elementary and junior high school students ever as birthrate continue to decline
Aug. 29, 2014 - 02:30PM JST
Despicable. Objectively, I know that there are many worse crimes occurring, but that is just really…
Posted in: Guide dog stabbed while walking with owner
Believe me, He definitely has a strategy.He is just getting the world prepared for whats about…
Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy
Aug. 29, 2014 - 02:28PM JST
They also have these women only carriages in other Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and India.…
Posted in: Are women-only train cars illegal in Japan?
Okay I understood that Mr. Shinzo Abe can chose a justice minister but Is an execution…
Posted in: Gangster, arson-murderer hanged
Aug. 29, 2014 - 02:27PM JST
Does this have anything to do with I am a Cat?
Posted in: Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio