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philsandozOct. 01, 2014 - 07:10PM JST
mrkobayashiOct. 01, 2014 - 01:08PM JST
"Aguri was the first Asian man with a podium finish in F1, not to mention the Japan Formula 3000 champion in 1988."
Does that make him a "legend"? I was the first European to import a 3-wheeled car (a Bond Bug) into Japan. Am I equally a legend?
Posted in: Japan Motor Racing Hall of Fame
philsandozOct. 01, 2014 - 12:56PM JST
Have any of them ever won anything important or even heard of? I know Aguri Suzuki once came third in a Formula 1 Grand Prix -- but does that make him a "legend"? I've never heard of Ken Yokoyama, unless the article refers to means mean the punk record label founder. Kazutoshi Mizuno is a brilliant designer for Nissan, but how does that connect him with the "motor racing" hall of fame? Toshiaki Kurosawa is, as far as I can work out, an actor, and Kenta Yamashita is, as the article says, "a young hope" — so how does he qualify for a hall of fame?
Perhaps it would help if, with the exception of Kazutoshi Mizuno, they were all inducted into the "Motor Industry Hall of Mediocrity".
philsandozSep. 26, 2014 - 08:40PM JST
Abegnomics -- especially for the small minded
Posted in: Consumer inflation rises slower than expected in August
philsandozSep. 26, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
"Letter from [not "of"] Iwojima`was an American movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
Posted in: Battle lines
philsandozSep. 26, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
Changing the 'peace" constitution? Increasing the military budget over anything that has been done before? Refusing to accept the fact ofcomfort" women? Denying the Nanking massacre? Visiting Yasakuni? Umm? Am I alone in thinking Adolphabe may be talking nonsense?
Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture'
philsandozSep. 23, 2014 - 07:15PM JST
“unless safety is restored"
Japanese nuclear power stations never were safe; that is the whole point, so shouldn't this read, "until safety is established"?
Posted in: Abe says Japan will not restart nuclear plants unless safety is restored 100%
philsandozSep. 13, 2014 - 08:23PM JST
The basic, and slightly worrying problem with this story, particularly as that it is from a UK news agency, is that even if the UK will (could) lose Scotland, Britain couldn't — unless there were an unbelievable earthquake or tsunami.
Posted in: Why the world should care about Scottish independence
philsandozSep. 07, 2014 - 09:14AM JST
Congratulations to Nishikori, but, just out of interest, doesn't his coach Michael Chang qualify as an Asian man? He did, after all, win the French Open in 1989, meaning that Nishikori is the second Asian man to reach a grand slam final.
Posted in: History-making Nishikori beats Djokovic to reach U.S. Open final
philsandozSep. 03, 2014 - 08:53PM JST
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
philsandozSep. 03, 2014 - 10:17AM JST
What do you mean, "TOURISTS never pay the 8% tax"? They pay it on almost everything they buy in Japan (except at some special stores in places like Akihabara). Has anyone ever heard of a TOURIST (your capitals) saying to a checkout person, "Please discount that total by 8%. I'm a tourist." It would certainly be fun to try.
Posted in: Tax-free shopping gets a boost
philsandozSep. 03, 2014 - 10:10AM JST
Openly spitting on the street and spreading a sneeze among everybody on the tube. I also try not to publicly urinate against walls.
Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?
philsandozSep. 02, 2014 - 11:48AM JST
What a waste of money!
Posted in: Slim TV surround sound system
philsandozSep. 02, 2014 - 11:45AM JST
That pile of paper is about the same size as many Japanese kitchens -- so what do the yokels do? Starve?
Posted in: Do you have enough toilet paper?
philsandozSep. 02, 2014 - 11:42AM JST
"Compared with the European Union, Japan’s system has the advantage of having the product sold at the tax-free price at the time of purchase instead of collecting a refund upon departure"
Didn't anyone else notice the obvious falsity of this claim of superiority? What about the Japanese who live abroad? I'm a Brit, but am not resident in Britain, so when I go back to the UK, I do lots of shopping and I don't have to "show your [my] passport" or have anyone "fill[s] out a form which is attached to your [my] passport." I simply keep the receipts and, of course, the goods, and when I leave the country I show both to the authorities and get my money back.
Mr. Nitsu, could you please answer the following question? Under the typically heavy-handed Japanese system that is about to be introduced over here, how does a non-resident Japanese get his/her tax back?
philsandozSep. 01, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
I wondered how long it would take the Japanese to imitate gangnam style. Now I know.
Posted in: Toyota’s dance craze contest invites you to Wakudoki your way to Tokyo
philsandozSep. 01, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
After working more than 30 years in the Japanese publishing industry, believe me, I am so pleased that the Japanese publishing bandits are finally being brought to task. This is one of the few countries where retail price maintenance was the norm -- in other words, retailers couldn't discount books. Until Amazon entered the market, Japanese customers had absolutely no choice on price, so, of course, the previously pampered publishers are crying foul. Just like NTT, until competition was introduced, Japanese publishers have too long lived high on the hog by overcharging everybody for bacon -- and to a certain extent, still do; just go to 10 Japanese book stores and see how uniform the prices remain. Well done Amazon -- lang may yer lum reek!
Posted in: Japanese publishers blast new Amazon book sale rules
philsandozAug. 30, 2014 - 07:43PM JST
I wonder why a long-haired cute girl in hot pants was so popular?
Posted in: Air guitar champion
philsandozAug. 23, 2014 - 07:15PM JST
kaimycahlAug. 23, 2014 - 01:49PM JST
increase the wages and people would come out to work who wants to work for minimum wage when they can collect more from government assistance
What government assistance would that be?
Posted in: Japanese firms hit by labor crunch
philsandozAug. 21, 2014 - 08:05PM JST
Inspects? Oh, come on, now! Surely you mean, "Has a good time"?
Posted in: Hokkaido governor inspects Singapore casinos
philsandozAug. 04, 2014 - 06:59PM JST
Four days ago he was "confident" of beating the top seeds. Ho hum!
Posted in: Nishikori out of Toronto with infected toe
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:16AM JST
Article a few days ago said the price on blackmarket iphones in China collapsed.
Posted in: Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China Oct 17
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:13AM JST
LostinNagoya, the lines were much longer this time - 12 blocks! Seriously?!
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:04AM JST
Fadamor - thanks.
Posted in: 37-year-old man arrested for kidnapping 12-year-old boy in Chiba
Oct. 02, 2014 - 05:03AM JST
True communism/socialism difficult to sustain because it depends on honestly communist/socialist leadership, over time. Something Chinese…
Posted in: Police ease tactics in Hong Kong protest standoff
Oct. 02, 2014 - 04:57AM JST
I can spend 15 seconds on Google and see a dozen better ones. Just saying.