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BrainiacNov. 25, 2015 - 02:01PM JST
Extreme temperature fluctuations are partly caused by global warming.
Posted in: Temperatures plunge across Japan; heavy snow hits Hokkaido
BrainiacNov. 25, 2015 - 08:32AM JST
I am opposed to any drugs being legalized. I'm not convinced pot is harmless, despite what its supporters claim. But if it were legalized, how would it be sold? In convenience stores? Pharmacies (without a prescription)? Vending machines? How would we prevent young children from getting it?
And if you legalize pot, then you'll get people saying a little cocaine is harmless, and heroin isn't bad either.
I'd like to know what recovering drug addicts think on this issue.
Posted in: How do you feel about legalizing some drugs? If you are for it, which drugs do you think should be legalized and which ones shouldn't be?
BrainiacNov. 23, 2015 - 07:45AM JST
People who say "I could care less" instead of the correct "I couldn't care less" and using "loose' instead of "lose."
Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation?
BrainiacNov. 21, 2015 - 03:55PM JST
The TV news this morning said they were not well dressed and that one of the men had a rucksack. You'd think a posh store like Harry Winston would only see customers by appointment and three guys wearing face masks would hardly be worth letting in.
In the old days, thieves had more class. A well-dressed man and woman would come in and steal items.
One thing about security guards I have noticed in Japanese stores - they look nice and official in their uniforms but are completely unprepared for a robbery attempt. I think their presence is a throwback to the good old days where a person in a uniform was a figure to respect and deter any untoward behavior. How times have changed.
I wonder how much a fence will give them for the 75 million in stolen items.
Posted in: Trio grab Y75 mil in jewelry in Harry Winston store heist
BrainiacNov. 21, 2015 - 11:00AM JST
I think he does OK overseas. At least he has improved the visibility of Japanese PMs. Even my relatives in Australia know who the PM of Japan is, and they never did before.
I also think he does a good job as Japan's No. 1 salesman on trade-related deals.
Where he tends to get into trouble is wanting Japan to have a higher profile in issues (such as fighting Islamic State) that it cannot do. I think he also tends to make promises or imply that Japan will do certain things, in bilateral talks with other leaders, that appear vague and that he then has trouble explaining once he gets back home.
Posted in: How well or poorly do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is doing at all the international summits he has been attending recently?
BrainiacNov. 20, 2015 - 07:10PM JST
Leaping up in the air every time he makes a shot for years can't be good for his lower back or leg muscles. I'm surprised his coach didn't correct that when he was younger.
Posted in: Nishikori says he has to improve his fitness
BrainiacNov. 19, 2015 - 01:01PM JST
How about this week in Tokyo? It's been around 22 degrees each day. When I first came to japan in the 1980s, we were already wearing overcoats by the end of October.
Posted in: Absurdly hot October as Earth sets 8th heat record this year
BrainiacNov. 19, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
NHK had a story the other night about how Takashimaya department store have set up a section for high-end watches and the store manager said sales had doubled. NHK interviewed one guy who looked to be in his late 20s or early 30s and he said he had come to buy an 800,000 yen watch.
There seems to be a class of super wealthy Japanese whom have never been affected by any recession. I've been in the lobbies of a few 5-star hotels in recent weeks, and they have been full with people (mostly women) enjoying the 5,000-yen afternoon teas.
So I guess there is a huge and growing gap between the super wealthy and the "average" Japanese shopping for bargains at the local supermarkets.
Where is the well-off middle class?
Posted in: Cup noodles and chocolates keep Abenomics' pulse beating
BrainiacNov. 19, 2015 - 06:55AM JST
This article will really stick in the craw of the Japan bashers. Japan is a relatively safe country, though maybe for different reasons than the ones listed above, but they are certainly valid points.
Posted in: 10 factors that make Japan a safe country
BrainiacNov. 18, 2015 - 04:13PM JST
The buses are where things get difficult. On Monday afternoon about 5 p.m., I was on a bus that stopped outside the Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza. The bus was already full and many passengers were standing, and this mother tried to get on with her baby stroller. There just wasn't enough room, so everybody ended up being squashed against each other even more to make room for the baby buggy.
Posted in: Gov't panel discusses baby stroller use on public transportation
BrainiacNov. 18, 2015 - 07:02AM JST
Just for once, I'd like to see them hug and kiss each other, even if only on the cheek, like Prince William and Kate might do.
Posted in: Have a good trip
BrainiacNov. 17, 2015 - 03:43PM JST
I'm afraid Governor Onaga is not going to win this dispute. I basically agree with him but he should not have campaigned on a promise he knew he could not keep. Unfortunately, the central government sets national policy, not the prefectures, so he is fighting a losing battle.
Posted in: Japanese gov’t sues Okinawan governor in U.S. base relocation dispute
BrainiacNov. 17, 2015 - 11:24AM JST
You've obviously got some issues with police and law enforcement that you need to deal with. But we live in a dangerous world and the police need the support and cooperation of every decent member of the community, including you and me. And if that means being asked to show your resident registration card, then please don't make a big deal about it. Just be polite. Similarly, when you are fingerprinted at the airport, again no big deal. In fact, all my friends and family who have visited me have found it amusing.
Posted in: Gov't to step up measures to prevent terrorism in Japan
BrainiacNov. 17, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
Japan gets most of its oil from the Middle East and is a member of the international community, so it cannot just stay in its cocoon. But what to do is a difficult question to answer. Japan does have good relations with all the countries in the region, especially Iran and Turkey. Sorry, I don't have a more tangible answer. I'll give it a bit more thought.
Posted in: What do you think Japan, as a member of the international community, should do in the fight against Islamic State and other terrorist groups?
BrainiacNov. 17, 2015 - 08:38AM JST
I remember the whole "flyjin" discussion on JT quite clearly. At our company, there was man who got in his car and drove to Hiroshima. It took us two weeks to coax him back and he got his job back.
It was bizarre what happened, though. I know people who rushed out to the airport, without packing, and bought a ticket to anywhere. Others left as soon as they could and then called their employers from overseas to say they had quit. I have a friend at a moving company who told me they had so many calls from people who fled and then contacted them later to ask them to go into their homes in Tokyo, test everything for radiation and then ship it home.
Although the government was not giving us complete information, the fact is there was no real danger in Tokyo. Some people hightailed it to Haneda as if there was a radiation cloud following not to far behind. A very weird time, indeed.
BrainiacNov. 17, 2015 - 08:23AM JST
Children are much more mature today than when I was a kid. They are also exposed to violence on TV , movies, video games. I think really young children do not understand the concept of death and it is difficult to explain to them what's happening. The most difficult aspect to explain to children, for me, at least, is why these events happen. There are no clear definitions between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" like in the movies.
Posted in: Should parents talk to children about the Paris attacks?
BrainiacNov. 16, 2015 - 08:50AM JST
One of my female friends is named Moe and she says she always feels embarrassed when she is overseas and people mispronounce her name (as in Moe of the Three Stooges). If I had a baby now, I think my wife and I would definitely choose a name that sounded "nice" in both English and Japanese.
Posted in: Japan’s top baby names for 2015
BrainiacNov. 15, 2015 - 07:03PM JST
It's a nice gesture.
Antonio, what are you talking about? What reaction time? You don't just flick a switch and the tricolors turn on. I would say this was a prompt response.
Posted in: For Paris
BrainiacNov. 13, 2015 - 04:45PM JST
One of those truth is stranger than fiction stories.
Posted in: Man found dead with head in plastic bag, face mutilated
BrainiacNov. 13, 2015 - 07:47AM JST
I saw a story on NHK about this the other night. The definition of fresh food is really complicated. Neither shoppers nor retailers seemed to be able to understand it. My view is to keep it simple -- apply the reduced rate to any and all food and drink items that go into your mouth, whether it is fresh, processed, pre-packaged or whatever.
Posted in: The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition Komeito Paty are locked in a debate over applying a reduced sales tax rate for fresh foods when the tax rate rises to 10% in April 2017. Komeito wants the reduced rate to apply to all food and nonalcoholic beverages, which would lead to a loss of ¥1.3 trillion in new tax revenues per year. The LDP wants to be more selective, applying the rate to vaguely-defined fresh foods. What's your view on the issue?
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
In 1877 Mori Kenseki published Japanese map but Ayato Terashima pointed out that the map has…
Posted in: 11 Chinese military aircraft fly near Japanese islands
Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
His comment: .. Japan is a very pro-innovation country now ..
you've got to be kidding.…
Posted in: Shorter 'drug lag' in Japan leads to faster OK for medicines available in other countries
Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:34AM JST
No. Japanese should not rely on young american G.I.'s to defend Japan and areas surrounding it.…
Posted in: Only 11% of Japanese people willing to fight for their country: Gallup survey
Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:30AM JST
M3M3M3, I don't get your point. You want to turn away the people you pointed out…
Posted in: Gov't discusses rules for paid accommodation in private residences
Nov. 29, 2015 - 10:27AM JST
The wheat Turkey can buy elsewhere but the transportation costs are going to be greater.…
Posted in: Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing
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