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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
philsandozAug. 03, 2014 - 09:27AM JST
The English love dressing up in oversize costumes and playing silly games for charity -- see this from 1981: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEVaI_6yPug -- ff to 4:30 Even the royals join in, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNwtfGnBQTw. And what is more, all the other Europeans love it, see Jeux Sans Frontiers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXT--BbK2v8, often with laughable national stereotypes. When will the Japanese ever realise that having a laugh at some strange national trait means we love their originality.
Posted in: London’s Sumo Run has Japanese confused
philsandozAug. 01, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
Posted in: Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
philsandozJul. 31, 2014 - 04:19PM JST
I think he should be limited to one trip abroad per year — each one lasting 365 days.
Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is averaging two overseas trips a month so far this year. Do you think that is too many for a prime minister?
philsandozJul. 30, 2014 - 09:52AM JST
Reckless, if you remember the original story, this man was one of our tattooed, digitally-challenged friends, and, sad to say, they do tend to be a tad aggressive. Mind you, I'm glad you have made 15 years in Tokyo without coming across these nationalist traditionalists.
Posted in: 3-month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault
philsandozJul. 27, 2014 - 07:09PM JST
What a ridiculous question; no country HAS to have a death penalty.
Posted in: If a country has to have the death penalty, what is the most humane way of carrying it out?
philsandozJul. 23, 2014 - 05:56PM JST
"...had supplied expired meat to the two chains"
Did the meat expire naturally or was it murdered? We have a right to know!
Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan
Sep. 23, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
The Sunni Jihadis are fight the Alevite Assad government, and Obama jumps in by attacking…
Posted in: U.S., allies begin airstrikes against IS in Syria for first time
Sep. 23, 2014 - 01:15PM JST
Shops which only display meaningless prices without sales tax included (like most convenient stores, it seems)…
Posted in: OECD says Japan should raise sales tax again next year
Sep. 23, 2014 - 01:13PM JST
Boo hoo hoo.
I hope Japan win the rest, so we can hear China going "Waaaah,…
Posted in: Hagino swim treble sparks China rant
Sep. 23, 2014 - 01:07PM JST
Good.......... But it's not going to work, unless America puts boots on the ground.
Sep. 23, 2014 - 01:06PM JST
What a baby......i can't believe that someone would actually react so poorly like that but then…