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    sighclops

    I'm with harvey pekar. I also have experience teaching kids of all ages, as well as adults, and the learning ability of the younger groups (3 - 5 years old) was astounding. They soaked everything up like a sponge & you never had to review anything with them. At the same time, if the material wasn't up to scratch (ie. no fun), you'd lose them for the entire hour. They government has to start younger - I'd even go as far as preschool.

    Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade

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    sighclops

    I reckon he's called a snap election while there's a lack of policy debate from the opposing parties. That way, he's guaranteed a second term without contest. Kinda lame, but hey - that's politics in Japan. Abysmal voter turnout & a general indifference to politics.

    Posted in: Abe's support rate at lowest ever

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    @wipeout

    If a one-man bar can sell imported beers, as many do - some even sell nothing but imported beer - then a large company with considerably more financial clout can also do it. Do you really believe they are at the mercy of their suppliers, while other stores and restaurants carry on selling what they please?

    Yes. This is how long-term contracts are made. Dinners, hostess clubs & all the other 'expenses' play a part in signing & maintaining these long term contracts. 'Ensure that we're the sole supplier & we'll make it worth your while' mantra.

    People on here are mostly speaking anecdotally & it's tiresome. That's great that the local supermarket / izakaya offers supposed choice. Again, JeffLee is on the money as he's referring to Japan as a whole. I know how the industry works.

    Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market

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    sighclops

    ... and around we go again. Steps should have been in place from the very beginning to cut down on govt. spending. All's well as long as everyone's getting their kickbacks, right?

    Posted in: Abe dissolves lower house, seeking mandate for 'Abenomics'

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    sighclops

    @Pandabelle

    You were probably met with silence because he didn't understand your question.

    Don't worry - he understood me no problem.

    That's evidence that Watami serves one beer. I never said otherwise. That is not typical - try going to something other than your favorite Watami and looking at the menu.

    JeffLee has a point. Business in Japan is built on two principles - monopolisation & loyalty. Sure - maybe your favourite izakaya or yakitoriyasan has a plethora of beers on offer. Tokyo alone has over 140,000 restaurants & your local izakaya is small fry. The fact of the matter is, it's a closed & protected market. Much like every other big business here in Japan. That is the Japanese way. Value & choice are not two principles that Japanese companies do well for consumers.

    Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market

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    @Strangerland

    This is completely incorrect. My family and I went on a week-long drive around Japan last month, staying two nights in 50,000 yen/night onsen, and decent hotels the entire trip.

    Not sure what roads you took but I've done a fair bit of driving around Japan and it's safe to say that the tolls alone make it extremely expensive. My record was ¥36,000 in 2 days! The roads are very well-maintained, but surely don't justify these sorts of exhorbitant tolls. Driving long distances in Japan is just not possible on a budget.

    Posted in: Japan can't print people

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    sighclops

    Jump on the bandwagon because the media told you so!

    Posted in: Corks pop around the world as Beaujolais Nouveau arrives

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    sighclops

    Meanwhile, just yesterday the female staff at my g/f's company were ordered to go and buy the lunches of the male staff - who were all "too busy in a meeting".

    Nomikai? The female staff are obliged to attend to serve and entertain the all-male management.

    Other examples of this kind of treatment as log as your arm.

    The UN may be pushing for change Japan will never change...

    Posted in: Empowering women is smart approach to sustainable development

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    sighclops

    I asked a guy in the industry about wy there was only Japanese beer available at supermarkets & dept. stores and was met with silence...

    Posted in: EU urges Japan to open up its beer market

  • 0

    sighclops

    The lighter the eye colour, the higher the sensitivity to the light I thought...

    I wear them daily as my eyes are particulalry sensitive

    Posted in: Why aren't sunglasses as popular in Japan as they are in Western countries?

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    sighclops

    I heard that Beaujolais Nouveau is 3x - 4x the price in Japan compared to in its native France. Hmmm wonder why?

    Posted in: Fans celebrate arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau with annual wine bath

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    sighclops

    I love how Rola is classed under "Talent"... or lack thereof.

    Posted in: Nail Queens for 2014 announced

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    sighclops

    A handful to family & friends is fine, but the obligation of thousands upon thousands that staff are required to send out on behalf of their company needs to come to an end

    Posted in: Nengajo numbers falling, but smartphone apps offer an easier solution

  • -1

    sighclops

    What's the average salaryman at your local izakaya going to say?

    "Datte it's part of our culture jyan"

    Tragic state of affairs this.

    Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna edges toward extinction

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    sighclops

    two words:

    CUT SPENDING! Seriously, how many more tax-payer funded 'panels' or amakudari transfers must the taxpayer bear...

    Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP

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    sighclops

    5petals has hit the nail on the head. That's business in Japan in a nutshell.

    The worst culprit of them all is pasta sauce. I've lived 4 different prefectures and lo and behold - same Anna Maria (Kagome) pasta sauce. Ridiculous prices, of course.

    BRING ON THE TPP! I'm sick of paying almost ¥500 for a freakin' stick of butter!

    Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage

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    sighclops

    Great photo! Proud to be Australian.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties

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    sighclops

    “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin

    The one thing Canadians and Aussies have in common is - we tell it like it is! Putin needs to be put in his place - we're not going to follow him back to his KGB glory days..

    Posted in: Western leaders confront Putin at G-20 with threat of more sanctions

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    sighclops

    @jumpultimatestars

    Why do I smell a cheesy feel-good movie being made out of this?

    No doubt with a cast full of Johnny's Jimusho members...

    Great news nonetheless! :)

    Posted in: Police round up teen gang members, make them form sports team

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    sighclops

    I have no dramas with the 10% sales tax (we went from 5% to 10% 20 years ago in Australia), on two conditions:

    • Govt. takes a serious look at itself and cuts spending (examples of this as long as your arm)
    • Actually enforce pay increases this time (where were they back in April as promised?)

    Posted in: The government raised the sales tax to 8% from 5% in April and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to announce in December whether he will raise it to 10% next October in a bid to rein in massive public debt. What do you think he should do?

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