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mountainpearOct. 31, 2013 - 10:31AM JST
A good way to support your local bookstore is to order a book through the online site e-hon. The book, sealed in an envelope if you're worried about privacy,will be delivered to your local bookstore where you can pick it up. The bookstore will still get paid for 'selling' the book. My husband who loves bookstores often uses this service.
Posted in: 'Buy from bookstores or they’ll disappear!' Frustrated bookseller implores crowd on final day of business
mountainpearOct. 25, 2013 - 02:48PM JST
I think a good indicator of the quality of a doctor in Japan is where they were educated. Doctors who graduated from national universities are generally better than those who graduated from one of the private medical universities (with the exception of Keio) I believe.
Posted in: Japan's national health insurance can save your life and savings
mountainpearOct. 09, 2013 - 08:43PM JST
It appears that the two were fairly well acquainted if these photos are anything to go by-
Posted in: 18-year-old girl killed by stalker hours after seeking help from police
mountainpearSep. 14, 2013 - 01:14PM JST
Unfortunately there is no Cape to Cairo train. The very luxurious Rovos Rail starts from Cape Town and ends at Victoria Falls. They do offer a Cape to Cairo travel package but part of the journey is by air.
Posted in: Kyushu Railway unveils super-luxury train
mountainpearSep. 13, 2013 - 06:56PM JST
It doesn't seem to be a problem in Nagano and Yamanashi. I go to onsens at least once a week and I often seen people with tattoos. It actually surprised me because there is usually a sign on the entrance door stating that people with tattoos can't enter. But many of the places are prefecture owned so I don't if this makes a difference.
Posted in: Hokkaido onsen bars Maori woman over her face tattoos
mountainpearSep. 03, 2013 - 01:21PM JST
Yeah, yeah, whatever...
Posted in: Power of nature
mountainpearAug. 06, 2013 - 05:17PM JST
I have used Korean Air and liked their service but I have heard that many of their pilots are ex military. The problem is Korea is a Confucian country and younger pilots can't question the actions of their older superiors.
Posted in: Korean plane overshoots runway in Niigata
mountainpearJul. 24, 2013 - 06:05PM JST
I can't imagine wanting to watch something so horrible or even recommending it other people.
Posted in: Maintenance worker caught in escalator mechanism dies
mountainpearJul. 04, 2013 - 02:24AM JST
I think you are confusing rubella and measles with chickenpox and shingles(zoster). Chickenpox can return later on in life as shingles. Rubella is also known as German measles but it ihttp://www.japantoday.com/category/quote-of-the-day/view/most-japanese-over-age-50-had-rubella-in-their-youth-and-are-immune-so-the-most-vulnerable-group-is-young-men-and-many-outbreaks-are-in-workplaces#tool_buttons a different virus to measles.
Posted in: Most Japanese over age 50 had rubella in their youth and are immune, so the most vulnerable group is young men, and many outbreaks are in workplaces.
mountainpearFeb. 20, 2013 - 07:13PM JST
They'd better start with the teachers...
Posted in: It's important to improve moral education from the viewpoint of what is necessary to foster children's social morality.
mountainpearFeb. 18, 2013 - 01:18PM JST
You go girl!
Posted in: Takanashi wins again at women's ski jump World Cup
mountainpearJan. 31, 2013 - 07:33PM JST
very good article about other proposed changes here - http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/11/opinion/la-oe-ackerman-japan-constitution-20130111
Posted in: Abe says he intends to change constitution
mountainpearJan. 28, 2013 - 06:10PM JST
Thumbs down me all you want but I don't think a sixteen year old is a child!!! I don't approve of this kind of activity but this is not child abuse. And in case you wondered, I'm a female!
Posted in: 17 'relaxation' establishments raided; 76 high school girls in custody
mountainpearJan. 23, 2013 - 09:05PM JST
Thais have no choice but to support the current law! Have they ever had a referendum on this matter?
Posted in: Editor gets 10 years in jail for Thai royal insult
mountainpearJan. 23, 2013 - 07:32PM JST
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!
Posted in: Researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells for first time
mountainpearJan. 21, 2013 - 11:33AM JST
They're wasting people's lives and money in this ridiculous "clean up"!!! Contaminated areas should be closed off and people must just accept that these places are uninhabitable indefinitely!
Posted in: Subcontractors reportedly ripping off Fukushima nuclear accident workers
mountainpearJan. 14, 2013 - 12:49PM JST
Posted in: Takanashi dedicates ski jump fourth win to father
mountainpearDec. 17, 2012 - 04:53PM JST
Posted in: Making a point
mountainpearNov. 14, 2012 - 04:38PM JST
Omiya is not "a sleepy Tokyo suburb". Omiya is in Saitama.
Posted in: How double-dealing sparked Japan-China island dispute
mountainpearOct. 24, 2012 - 03:04PM JST
Hope your potter friends in Fukushima are testing the clay etc. they use. I don't think I would be happy to buy their merchandise.
Posted in: Japan's radiation monitoring unreliable: Greenpeace
Dec. 05, 2013 - 08:07PM JST
I was on riding my bicycle next to the Tama River when some woman was coming…
Posted in: Docomo function locks smartphones to prevent use while walking
Dec. 05, 2013 - 08:06PM JST
I have a funny story about this. A few years ago I went on a weekend…
Posted in: The trials and tribulations of giving your seat on a train to a Japanese senior citizen
Dec. 05, 2013 - 08:00PM JST
And picture yourself being a salaryman/woman who has been ranted at all day by a crap…
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
Dec. 05, 2013 - 07:59PM JST
I'm with others who said, "No, we all don't do it." I don't have a smart…
Dec. 05, 2013 - 07:58PM JST
My knowledge is limited but everything I have tried has been really good. So to expand…
Posted in: Japanese cuisine added to world heritage list