smartacus's past comments

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I think they are great, though they were better before they got overrun by tourists. It's true they seem overstaffed but that's better than in my home country (Australia), where they have cut back on floor staff. Sometimes, it's hard to find anyone to serve you.

    My mother always loved visiting Japanese department stores. She loved the exquisite way they wrapped items.

    Nowadays, I go to the food basements to take home dinner at least once a week. Mitsukoshi in Ginza is my favorite, followed by Isetan.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japanese department stores?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Looks worth trying. Not the sort of food I usually associate with a Spanish restaurant.

    Posted in: Asador El Cielo: The thrill of the Spanish grill

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I'd like to hear from recovering drug addicts on this question. What do they think?

    Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana?

  • 3

    Brainiac

    Can someone who understands economics please explain to me why falling prices is a bad thing for consumers?

    Posted in: Consumer prices, household spending fall in March

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Looks good. I need to start eating healthy.

    Posted in: Healthy is the new delicious at IKU Aoyama

  • 2

    Brainiac

    No, I used to have a kit but not anymore. I don't count on surviving a major earthquake anyway.

    Posted in: Do you have an emergency survival kit for use in the event of an earthquake or some other natural disaster? If so, what is in it?

  • 2

    Brainiac

    Jimizo

    My brother and his wife had exactly the opposite feeling when they went around Japan. They did not expect anyone to speak English, nor did they find it inconvenient. They got lost a few times, tried some sign language and generally had a good time. That's all part of the fun of traveling in a foreign culture. But you have to come with the right attitude.

    But getting back to the topic, I wonder how successful the English-only policy has been at companies like Nissan, Rakuten and Uniqlo and whether their employees really are making an effort to use English in-house because the English those employees learned in high school is probably long forgotten.

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  • 6

    Brainiac

    I would rather see the ward tax cut. Mine seems to go up about 15% every year.

    Posted in: Abe's advisers to propose income tax cuts to spur consumption

  • 0

    Brainiac

    It sounds very complicated to me. I don't even know how to go about changing my electricity supplier, so I guess I'll stick with what I get now from TEPCO.

    Posted in: Deregulation of Japan's electricity market goes into effect

  • 6

    Brainiac

    Interesting how Japan Today posts a positive story like this and Japan-bashers still complain.

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  • 1

    Brainiac

    Japan Yesterday

    Abe can't wait until the last minute to make a decision on the tax hike because retailers need several months to invest in new cash registers and pricing software. He'll make the decision in May. But if there is another massive earthquake or Lehman Shock this year, then he will probably postpone it which will create chaos for the retail industry.

    Posted in: Diet passes record budget; Abe says no plans to postpone consumption tax hike

  • -1

    Brainiac

    I would say that anyone who doesn't have compassion for a mentally unbalanced woman who commits such an act lacks humanity and basic decency. I feel both compassion and sadness that she felt she had no recourse but to commit such a horrific act.

    Posted in: Mother dies after jumping from 8th floor with 3-year-old son

  • -8

    Brainiac

    I think I understand it fairly well, and I support it. But I would say most protesters do not understand it. For one thing, it is not illegal legislation, as some seem to think. It was enacted in the Diet. But most importantly, it is not leading Japan to war. It facilitates Japan's participation in international operations when needed. For example, during the 1990 Gulf War, Japan had to pass a law just to enable SDF ships to help with refueling operations in the Gulf. It was time-consuming. The world has changed and Japan can't live in a cocoon. But I repeat this does not mean Japan will be going to war or bombing Islamic State targets in Syria.

    Posted in: How good is your understanding of the new security legislation that took effect in Japan on Tuesday?

  • 5

    Brainiac

    sangetsu03

    How do you know so much about this case? Do you work for IBM management? If you don't, then I don't see how you can say these five employees did nothing at work.

    Posted in: Tokyo court rules IBM’s dismissal of 5 employees was unjustified

  • 0

    Brainiac

    There will always be unanswered questions in cases like this. It isn't like TV where the police solve the crime and wrap up all the loose ends at the end of the hour. The media will also move on and cover other crimes from tomorrow. We probably won't hear much more about this particular case until the trial, whenever that is.

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  • 1

    Brainiac

    Probably because it is more religious than Christmas, for example, and because it is celebrated on a different date each year. But I'm sure chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies would be popular. In fact, in recent years, I've seen a few stores selling them. When I first came to Japan in the 1980s, I couldn't find an Easter egg.

    Posted in: How come Easter hasn't become big in Japan?

  • 1

    Brainiac

    I love grilled lamb chops and am glad to see more restaurants in Tokyo putting it on their menus.

    Posted in: Terra Australis: Australian wine and food and chill vibes in Sendagaya

  • 6

    Brainiac

    American politics is more polarized than any other country. You have voters who are so rabid in their support for the Republicans or Democrats that they are incapable of conceding that the other party might have decent people. Sometimes it's even generational ("My father was a Republican, his father was a Republican and so on.") It's weird.

    In my country (Australia), I have voted for candidates from different parties in many elections. I was never obsessed with one party. I evaluated the candidates' policies and voted for the ones who I thought would be good for the country. Of course, there was lots of mud-slinging, always has been been and always will be.

    The U.S. campaign would be less vitriolic if it were shorter. Do away with primaries and caucuses. Each party holds a convention in July, they choose their candidate and then have a three-month campaign (instead of the current two years when it seems to start). The British and Australian parliamentary systems, for all their faults, are much better at election processes.

    In the end, it doesn't really matter who is elected president. He or she can't stop terrorism, defeat IS, stop global warming, fix the economy or anything else. No one leader can do any of those things, so all the rhetoric is meaningless. "Make America great again." What does that mean exactly? When was America great and when did it stop being great?

    Posted in: Why is the U.S. presidential campaign generating so many vitriolic comments from supporters of both sides, including readers of Japan Today? Why is it so difficult for some people to be tolerant of opposing views?

  • 0

    Brainiac

    I wonder how long Htin Kyaw will enjoy being Aung San Suu Kyi's puppet. No matter how loyal he is, there will come a time where he disagrees with her on some policy. I know I wouldn't like to be president and have someone constantly giving me instructions, even if I respected that person. If the people really want Suu Kyi to be president, the new parliament needs to amend their constitution and repeal the law barring Suu Kyi from holding office.

    Posted in: Myanmar parliament to hold historic presidential vote

  • 0

    Brainiac

    Looks yummy.

    Posted in: Want to cut fat but keep the flavor? Consider cottage cheese

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