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rowiko68Feb. 26, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
I may be no Einstein, but if "Eastern Japan, including the most densely populated Tokyo area, will have a 40% chance of average temperatures", how exactly does the writer reach the conclusion that Japan "will see an average summer" this year? In my books, the chances of a "non-average" summer would be bigger....
What I also would have liked to know is the effect of the anticipated El Nino on the Japanese weather.
Posted in: Japan to see average weather this summer, Meteorological Agency says
rowiko68Feb. 25, 2014 - 12:05PM JST
I wonder if it's really safe to return, or just a measure to reduce the number of displaced people to make the statistics look a bit better...
Posted in: Gov't to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town on April 1
rowiko68Feb. 22, 2014 - 08:46AM JST
Absolutely despicable and very worrying indeed.
Posted in: 265 copies of Anne Frank's diary vandalized in Tokyo libraries
rowiko68Feb. 10, 2014 - 09:07AM JST
OK, let's see: Switzerland's economy has been prospering and its unemployment rate is by far the lowest in Europe. Crime rate is low. There is a shortage of labour for high-skilled jobs, but that can be met by foreign workers. I don't think the Swiss have much to complain about. Yet the arguments put forward by the supporters is that the country is 'overrun by foreign workers who overcrowd trains and roads, take away their jobs and drain social security coffers'.
Now consider this: The largest proportions of foreigners live in the big urban areas like Zurich and Basel. Isn't it interesting then, that those who are most exposed to foreigners voted against this, realising that foreigners are actually part of the Swiss success story?
I find this whole xenophobia really sad, and I'm sure that this result will have negative implications for the country.
As a Swiss citizen (who considers himself a 'global citizen'), and who has lived abroad for many years, I'm shocked and disappointed.
@Deplore: Not sure about Japan being so 'peaceful' anymore, not with the recent rethoric aimed at neighbouring nations and the substantially increased spending on weaponry... On Iceland I could agree, though. ;)
Posted in: EU to review Swiss ties after vote curbing immigration
rowiko68Jan. 30, 2014 - 12:08PM JST
You make it sound as if English were by far the most difficult of ANY language to learn, which is simply not true!
Quite an impressive list of obstacles you've got there, but if you only focus on those, you will never be able to learn a language - or anything else for that matter.
Posted in: Japan ranks 26th of 60 countries in global English proficiency
rowiko68Jan. 24, 2014 - 07:12AM JST
Talking complete hogwash, as usual. If certain politicians talk so much nonsense that other constantly need to clean up after them, clarifying what they meant or didn't mean, then perhaps they shouldn't speak at all.
Posted in: Abe sees World War I echoes in Japan-China tensions
rowiko68Dec. 21, 2013 - 10:14AM JST
Nobody going to buy THAT now, huh?!
Posted in: Inose's book on winning published day before resignation
rowiko68Dec. 21, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
Good on them! This story made me feel warm around my heart.
Posted in: School girls commended for rescuing wheelchair-bound woman stranded on train tracks
rowiko68Dec. 19, 2013 - 11:55AM JST
“it would be rude to refuse when (the
money was) offered”.
Awww, I almost feel sorry for him...
But even if it were true that he was offered the money without asking for it himself first (and media report clearly suggest otherwise), what happened to a polite, but clear "NO"???
Posted in: Inose resigns as Tokyo governor over loan scandal
rowiko68Dec. 18, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
I have to agree with nikkeiboy there. The article specifically states that the survey was done on 'black companies'. So to say that 80% of them are involved in illegal practices doesn't make sense, as it's companies doing illegal practices that make it onto the list of 'black companies' in the first place. Confusing indeed.
Posted in: 80% of 'black companies' guilty of illegal business practices, survey finds
rowiko68Dec. 14, 2013 - 08:46AM JST
I could truly think of better ways to spend all that money. Sad indeed!
Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5%
rowiko68Dec. 09, 2013 - 12:06PM JST
Not that I'm surprised. And if not even corporate spending can maintain the momentum, what will happen to consumer spending come April 1?
At the end of the day the Government will be even deeper in debt, the economy roughly where it was before, and all of us have less money in our pocket.
Posted in: Japan revises down July-Sept growth to 0.3%
rowiko68Oct. 22, 2013 - 01:05PM JST
"Japan plans to review its self-imposed
ban on weapons exports as it seeks to
play a more active role in maintaining
Anyone else see the irony in this?
Posted in: Japan eyes review of arms export ban
rowiko68Oct. 21, 2013 - 07:31AM JST
'Knowing that time was of the essence,
police rushed to the scene.'
Not sure whether the writer is being sarcastic or not, but surely the police have more serious crimes to solve than someone stealing a neighbour's electricity?
Posted in: Man arrested after rice cooker found plugged into neighbor’s home
rowiko68Oct. 21, 2013 - 07:19AM JST
I have lived here for 17 years, and I can't remember ever having seen so many typhoons at any one time. Hell, they're practically queuing up to bear down on Japan! I certainly wouldn't consider this normal, but then what is 'normal' these days anyway...
Posted in: Torrential rain hits Oshima; another typhoon on the way
rowiko68Oct. 17, 2013 - 05:44PM JST
“I’d feared issuing an evacuation advisory
in the middle of heavy rains in the dark
could lead to a secondary disaster"
I would have thought the idea of an evacuation advisory would be to issue it BEFOREHAND and not in the middle of a bloody typhoon!
Lives could have been saved here.
Posted in: Rescuers search mudslide for typhoon survivors; 35 still missing
rowiko68Oct. 15, 2013 - 07:16PM JST
So the strongest in 10 years, eh? The HR dept of my company sent out an e- mail to everyone saying 'Please come to work carefully tomorrow morning'. LOL
Posted in: Powerful typhoon pummels Kanto; heads toward Fukushima
rowiko68Oct. 15, 2013 - 11:39AM JST
Oh jolly good. As if we didn't have enough trouble back home already. Now we're waiting for a nuclear facility somewhere in Europe. Russia or Australia to blow up, because an unchecked vital part fails. This is getting better and better...
Posted in: 40% of Japanese nuclear export parts have not had safety checks
rowiko68Oct. 10, 2013 - 01:45PM JST
Whatever genius thought up this stupid idea must have more than a few screws loose. Jesus!
rowiko68Oct. 03, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
A foolish thing to do, but she certainly didn't deserve to pay for it with her life. Tragic.
Posted in: Teen girl dies while trying to climb into 2nd story of own home
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:25AM JST
3% is a relative number, not absolute.
Don't give lectures to mathematicians on numbers! ;)
Posted in: Taxzilla's coming! What to do?
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:24AM JST
This should probably be: "Gov't considering creating a new public holiday
Moderator: It's fine."
Posted in: Gov't considering to create a new public holiday
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:23AM JST
Funny that Russia is doing this to the Ukraine but on Russia Today, the Russian version…
Posted in: Clashes in Ukraine as Putin stays defiant
Very disturbing news....
Posted in: 3 cats found mutilated to death in Ehime park
Mar. 10, 2014 - 11:21AM JST
Regarding who pays what for U.S. Forces in Japan.... from what I read it appears the…
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis