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theResidentDec. 09, 2013 - 08:57PM JST
'smithinjapan' - you sound English. If you didn't pay your license fee in the UK you'd end up in court. There is a precedent for this. If you own a TV 'capable' of receiving a broadcast, you pay. Happy to pay NHK, I enjoy their excellent news coverage (especially after the earthquake), which wasn't foreign propaganda to try and cause further panic. Furthermore their sports coverage is quite excellent.
Posted in: Don’t own a TV? NHK doesn’t care, but still wants your money
theResidentDec. 09, 2013 - 08:28AM JST
@Bear27840: All these bribes going on??? Really. There is probably less of this going on at any time post-war. Sadly, we are in post 2008 - this stuff just gets looked at a lot more.
Posted in: Deutsche Bank employee in Tokyo arrested over wining and dining scandal
theResidentDec. 06, 2013 - 05:19PM JST
I do feel sorry for him - He was only doing his job. I would/have done/will do the same.
theResidentDec. 06, 2013 - 01:00PM JST
@StormR: It's rampant, its part of the business. You'll NEVER get them all. Unless you work in the industry you have NO idea what really goes on.
theResidentDec. 05, 2013 - 12:26PM JST
mm. yes, 'globalwatcher', I've been here close on 25 years, and I can think of 25 places off the top of my head that I'd rather eat at than any of your mentioned restaurants.
Posted in: Tokyo keeps crown as Michelin's gourmet capital for seventh year
theResidentDec. 05, 2013 - 07:27AM JST
Enjoy your protein patty for lunch YongYang! Just make sure it's sourced from somewhere other than Japan.
Posted in: Aussie entrepreneur has full plate
theResidentDec. 05, 2013 - 06:59AM JST
I apologise hoserfella - I see your point. However, don't think you will find there is much a problem travel wise.
Posted in: Thai Airways to launch flights to Sendai
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 08:28PM JST
Well said Jeff. Serrano - Unless Consumption tax goes up they won't even be able to start paying the debt off. After reading many of your posts, you clearly have little of idea of simple economics.
Posted in: Japan preparing Y5.4 trillion economic stimulus package
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 05:48PM JST
Disillusioned. You WILL find all sorts of good food here, especially in Tokyo. Not just Japanese.
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 04:36PM JST
Sounds an absolute hoot in your household!
Posted in: Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 04:10PM JST
Don't think you will find better food at all price points anywhere in the world other than Tokyo, New York, London. Paris all have fantasic restaurants, but Tokyo has it all. Not just saying that as I live here, numerous people who have left this city would agree with me.
Jiro had his stars before the film and justified they are - However doesn't mean I don't love my local Yakitori either.
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 03:37PM JST
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 02:56PM JST
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 01:24PM JST
Sorry? What's wrong with the timings for Tourism. Arrives early enough in Bangkok to connect to anywhere in Thailand for the evening and late enough in Bangkok to be able to check into a hotel room. Leaves Bangkok late enough for you to be able to get from anywhere in Thailand after checkout or to be able to have dinner in Bangkok before your flight. Don't see your point..for tourism anyway.
theResidentDec. 04, 2013 - 06:45AM JST
Than I fail to see how it 'saved your skin'
Posted in: Smartphone app to give earthquake warning
theResidentDec. 03, 2013 - 06:29AM JST
Out of respect, i will assume you live in Miyagi Jean ValJean.
theResidentDec. 02, 2013 - 12:25PM JST
@Cortes Elijah: As I said, pre-smartphones there was NO App - the warning was pushed to the phone automatically. So, No, there was no 'app' thing on the phone..lol/
theResidentDec. 01, 2013 - 09:57PM JST
My point was there was a world before Yurekuru - which sadly until 3.11, sadly most of the liberal, japan bashers who inhabit this website were not aware of. Yourself included, old chap.
theResidentDec. 01, 2013 - 02:53PM JST
ummm smith - only came with a revision of ios 6 last year.
theResidentDec. 01, 2013 - 11:30AM JST
A bad idea for consumers? Sorry 'globalwatcher', Why is that exactly? Its hardly like TIBOR has been linked to consumer loans or mortgages (in reality) for years, if ever.
Posted in: Japan to consider stripping Tibor supervision from banks
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:48PM JST
Tmarie, Adoption is not considered "such a terrible thing" here but it is true that adoption…
Posted in: Newborn boy left in front of orphanage with money and 'Onegaishimasu' letter
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:46PM JST
Japanese PM and Foreign Minister will host ASEAN. And Emperor is not in Japan. But Govt…
Posted in: Crown prince leaves to attend Mandela memorial service
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:44PM JST
Cheap Yen, yet deficits still grow, as more they sell, the more the deficit. Japan's car…
Posted in: Hyundai Motor feels heat from Japanese rivals in China
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:38PM JST
hosefella! I agree.
What I am saying is the U.S has no reason to even go…
Posted in: U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Nagasaki atomic bomb site
The difference is that the Japan has a billion dollars a day net inflow, is still…
Posted in: U.S. gov't sells remaining stake in GM