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sakuralaOct. 31, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
Zichi: Thanks for clearning that up!
Posted in: We make decisions on compensation after checking individual circumstances.
sakuralaOct. 02, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
The story has changed a lot since my posting as well. Maybe JT could do us a favor and inform the readers of when it has been amended / completely changed.
Posted in: Coast guard searching for 9 missing after Chinese ship sinks off Shimane
sakuralaOct. 02, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
I feel like I am in the minority here. I think they should legalize gambling soon then put a high tax on it. There is already enough gambling around but it skirts the need to pay taxes. If gambling becomes legal, than they will surely have to pay taxes. some of which could go into a fund to help people be educated and help about gambling addictions. This will help families that suffer from the extreme end of gambling as well as possibly help the economy.
Rickvee: I totally agree and with most things in Japan, the real issue lies in who is going to line the politicians pockets.
Posted in: Costs, politics erode chances for a Tokyo casino by 2020
sakuralaOct. 01, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
tapiOca: I don't see what you are going on about. Shimane is on the sea of Japan side of Japan. There was a call for a boat in Japanese waters to be rescued late in the evening on Tuesday even though it sunk on Tuesday morning. Perhaps that was a communication issue but there is nothing pointing to that. Then a rescue boat dispatched to the scene. It can take time to get things organized and I don't see any need for helicopters going out at night with limited visability. The rescue boat was able to get to the scene and safely rescued 5 people. It is sad that others are missing but I don't think that the coast gaurd is to blame here.
sakuralaSep. 12, 2014 - 03:24PM JST
Titanium: Tiger mosquitos have been in Japan for ages and only have recently have started carrying and spreading the disease. It is possible for scientists to determine which ones are carrying certain diseases and which ones aren't.
It is possible that mosquitos which carry the dangue fever have came from another country via international transport or even the winds. With that in mind, it is possible that the mosquitos that are carrying the disease have spread to other parts of Japan by the same manner.
I am very thankful for those 2 facts because the tiger mosquitos love me! 3 bites in the 10 seconds it took me to walk from my car to my house yesterday...
Posted in: No. of dengue fever cases stands at 104 in 15 prefectures
sakuralaJul. 17, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
And still no direct flights to Canada from Kansai or Chubu. Thanks air Canada.
Posted in: Air Canada launches Dreamliner flights to Haneda
sakuralaJul. 13, 2014 - 02:47PM JST
Nope. I don't think this should even be considered as a nomination. IMO there has to be active steps and positive actions in order to get the peace prize....just not going to war for a couple of decades doesn't really make the cut. But I'll let the Kira Kira eyed housewife have her dream.
Posted in: Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese people to win Nobel Peace Prize
sakuralaJul. 04, 2014 - 10:09AM JST
Ya, no....I don't think I would want to trade my comfortable lifestyle for theirs. I am sure most of them would rather not be in that situation but have had to come to terms with it because of the difficulties of getting out of the situation. Also, I cannot imagine how stressful it must be to constantly be scavaging in hopes to have enough money for a meal, dealing with the extreme temperatures and generally worrying about people who may decide to take away their house or beat them up.
Posted in: Homeless in Japan and still earning a decent salary
sakuralaJul. 04, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
Sounds great! But more priority seating doesn't fix the problem of people not wanting to give up their seats. It would be great if the standadized their trains in the Tokyo area to allow for safety gates to be built at all the stations...but it doesn't seem like that is a goal of theirs.
Posted in: Yamanote line trains to get new look
sakuralaJun. 15, 2014 - 07:00PM JST
Misleading title!!! I was expecting to read something like a balcony came loose or a railing broke. It clearly seems that this was not am accident so to say "fell" is quite misleading. I am trying to avoid reading about parents killing their kids and this just made me sick.
Posted in: 3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo
sakuralaJun. 13, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
I wish that studies like this would focus on what kinds of red meat are being ingested. I am sure that there is a world of a difference between a proper steak and ground beef (complete with pink slime) when it comes to health matters.
Posted in: Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer
sakuralaMay. 21, 2014 - 05:26PM JST
I agree that some of these have nothing to do with ramen but rather general etiquette.
Here's my list
1) Going to a new ramen restaurant that neither member has been to before. If it is disgusting than blame will be placed.
2) Going to a ramen shop that is overly loud or rowdy for someone who isn't into that type of thing.
3) Going to one that is hardly passing basic health codes or has very dirty bathrooms.
4) Going to a smoke filled one if one member is a non-smoker. Try to go to one that has divided sections or smoke free times.
5) Going to one that has individuall ramen booths...it would make it tough to communicate and share the experience.
Any others that I missed?
Posted in: Japanese women reveal six pitfalls to watch out for on your ramen date
sakuralaMay. 21, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Well, I know that with all of the millions of disposable income that I have thanks to Abenomics, I will be sure to jet all around Japan in order to support new baseball teams for all their games. Surely others would do the same with all of their cash thats piled up under their futons or in JA banks.
Goodness...he has really lost touch with reality, hasn't he. Maybe if his idea is turned down, he will turn to the ever so popular AKB approach. One for every region, no...city....no, even better...TOWN! Then they all can compete with their mini-skirts and bring all the money in. Blah.
Posted in: Abe's new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams
sakuralaMay. 21, 2014 - 12:14PM JST
Some of hese points can be used for almost any restaurant. It's nice to have checked if it's open ahead, actually engage in a conversation and don't over order. However, some points are just silly. I think it is good if the guy knows what he wants and if given the opportunity, actually adjusts it to his taste...but maybe that is just because I am a picky eater and don't want to be judged when I do the same later. I also could care less if he blogs about what he ate (after I am gone) and orders sides as long as he is willing to let me test them out.
I hate to say it but I can kind of see why these ladies are still single...
sakuralaMay. 19, 2014 - 09:12PM JST
What a sad story. I wonder what support she had, what resources had been given to her, what her reason was for thinking her daughter had a mental illness and what her mental condition was. I know when my daughter was just 2 months old, there were nights that she cried, screamed and cried some more and I was so sleep deprived that I had I just walk away and ask my husband to take over...maybe she didn't have that option and snapped. I hope her baby is at peace now and the mother will get the support and rehabilitation she clearly needs.
Posted in: Woman arrested for fatally stabbing 2-month-old daughter
sakuralaMay. 19, 2014 - 09:00PM JST
Knowitall: I am sorry...not a newbie to Japan at all but rather a long term resident with a family here. I even gave birth in Japan all in Japanese! Shocking, isn't it!
I can definitely ask questions however I am also familiar with the system here like Tmarie pointed out. I can go to city hall an ask for some info but due to the way things are run, I am sure I would get a blank state, a head scratch, and eeeee to-.... And then get to wait for an hour until the track someone down who knows what's going on. If I could go in with something more specific, like a term for "special discount/rebate/subsidy for situations in all aspect of life that have been introduced due to the recent tax increase" I am sure I would get more help. And I wasn't even specifically wanting to know about my special little situation but just in general so those people who are less confident in Japanese would also be able to get help.
Posted in: Government generosity awaits astute subsidy shoppers
sakuralaMay. 19, 2014 - 01:03PM JST
650 for 6 spears?!?!!? That's crazy! I get 4 for 150 yen. I am suddenly happier to be in the countryside.
Posted in: More than 10,000 asparagus spears stolen from Niigata farm
sakuralaMay. 19, 2014 - 12:57PM JST
NZ2011 - Of course! I am not that daft but thanks for thinking that I am. I want to know what should one say without sounding crazy? It lists the discounts available in Tokyo so it would be easy enough to ask about them but what about people who live in places that may or may not have these programs? WHat can I say then? "Is there any dicounts I qualify for?" Is there a catch all phrase for these kind of programs? I think it would be great to include some useful vocab for those people who don't know this kind of Japanese.
sakuralaMay. 19, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
I feel bad for the driver. I am guessing that it was dark and he couldnt see the lady who probably wasn't equipped with lights. I am also wondering if she may have been one of those senile ladies like the ones around my place who will just randomly ride out of any side street without a care or go down the middle of the road swerving left to right again.
Posted in: 87-year-old cyclist dies after being hit by car in Shiga
sakuralaMay. 19, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
...so is this only for Tokyo then? How can people ask for these perks at a countryside city hall? It would be great if the author would have included more info about how to get in on these deals.
Nov. 24, 2014 - 04:57PM JST
Those few precious seconds could mean the bad guy wins
Once again, predictable fantasies about the…
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
So instead of marching, they got the galloping majors.
Posted in: 26 children suffer food poisoning during marching band tournament
Nov. 24, 2014 - 04:53PM JST
Firing Squad !!
Posted in: Chinese skipper arrested for poaching coral brought to Yokohama
Nov. 24, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
Let me guess, bento not stored properly. Fairly common and the reason why I shun these…
Nov. 24, 2014 - 04:50PM JST
Amazing that there were no deaths. I hope people are taking care and indeed remain in…
Posted in: Dozens take refuge from Nagano quake aftershocks