wanderlust's past comments

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    wanderlust

    People in Italy, France, Holland and Denmark have all called for referendums too. Those European Members of Parliament must be terrified of having to jump off their 'no-receipts-necessary-all expenses paid' gravy train. Looks like the EU experiment, spawned by the US post WW2, may come to an end.

    Posted in: Asian central banks, policymakers wade in to calm markets after Brexit vote

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    wanderlust

    The article does not actually say what the new PIFP requires, or the conditions that have to be met; according to the website, it just seems to be a 6 month deferral on compliance with the old visa requirements. No improvements to banking and finance, import/ export and customs procedures, real-estate, personnel. It was never really hard to set up a business in Japan, the challenge was running it!

    Posted in: Tokyo government eases regulations to attract foreign entrepreneurs

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    wanderlust

    At the original games in Greece, athletes competed as individuals. The outpouring of bombastic national pride only occurs in the modern olympics, started in 1896. Even then, there was a demand for Greece to be the permanent host city, but the OC insisted on rotation to different cities.

    Posted in: WADA: Russian track athletes should be independent at Games

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    wanderlust

    In Yokohama, my local ward office have advisory sessions in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, English and Portuguese, reflecting the needs of local foreign residents. There may only be 1 or 2 each week, but they are available. Publications are also available on reception desk counters in Chinese, Korean and English. When turning up to register and receive 'My Number', they had prepared English copy, though we only spoke and used the Japanese language materials.

    One small issue (!) is that many of the info sheets introducing foreign language support are only written in Japanese!

    There is also a Kanagawa foreign residents committee, comprising 24 residents, matching the percentage of local foreigners, supported by the prefectural government. Members sit on it for 2 years, and are tasked with improving living, working and social conditions for foreign residents. Volunteer medical and legal interpreters are also available, often Japanese who have lived abroad, or have a foreign spouse.

    Posted in: No labor consultation service in foreign languages in 20 prefectures

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    wanderlust

    Been in twice now, to local hospitals, not big university or teaching hospitals.

    First for elective orthopaedic/neurosurgery, and the second time as an emergency admission at night for pulmonary emboli, uncoupled heart rhythm, heart failure and circulatory collapse; pretty close to terminal. Both times received excellent care, and whilst the doctors, nurses and other staff spoke virtually no English, my medical Japanese is pretty good; and they were more than happy to explain treatment options, anaesthetic procedures, show me before/after ECGs and scans, and for a small cost, gave me a couple of CDs of my ultrasound and CT scans. When my IVs extravasated, they promptly called a plastics/dermatologist to deal with the skin ulcers and cavities that developed, rather than manage it themselves.

    Must note that none of the surgeons/ cardiologists and ER physicians were more than 45~50 years old, and were certainly very conversant with modern treatment techniques.

    If you are going in for treatment, it pays to prepare, and learn some of the words for the treatment that you will be receiving. There are number of small medical dictionaries that fit in your pocket with basic vocabulary, as well as some 'apps' that have good medical sections.

    Posted in: How to avoid being a 'third-rate patient'

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    wanderlust

    Now they can really use the 'Sorry, we were drunk and cannot remember' excuse in all truthfulness!

    Posted in: 2 police officers arrested for drunk driving in Hokkaido

  • -1

    wanderlust

    So Toyota now sells 'units', not cars, trucks or other vehicles?

    Posted in: We have achieved unprecedented group sales of over 10 million units and need to blaze a new trail by ourselves.

  • 1

    wanderlust

    @john - next to the ocean provides a good source of water for cooling, as long as they build structures to prevent surge and subsequent draining of the water.

    Posted in: Court upholds injunction to halt restart of Takahama reactors

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    wanderlust

    By the time those articles of 'news' have passed through all of the 'feel good' algorithms, fiddle factors, psychographic profiles, vocabulary simplifiers, paying advertisers influence and other digital enhancements, it is no wonder that people are so badly informed.

    Posted in: More than half of online users get news from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter: study

  • 2

    wanderlust

    All of them thinking; there but for the grace of a lazy press and the new secrecy act goes me.

    Posted in: On the way out

  • 4

    wanderlust

    They can propose all sorts of plans, knowing full well that they'll never be elected to power again to carry them out.

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    wanderlust

    The LDP only supported the motion once everyone else did, as 'firing' an elected official for corruption could establish a dangerous precedent for others, especially LDP politicians.

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  • 3

    wanderlust

    @crazyjoe - how about Norma Cenva, the Holtzman Effect and her space-folding in Dune? That was even quicker!

    Posted in: Scientists discover giant new planet orbiting two suns

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    wanderlust

    At least in Singapore, it won't provoke a slaughter in a nightclub. But haven't these members of the public who complained ever been to their own Orchard Towers or Bugis Street? There's a lot more than same-sex kissing there!

    Posted in: Same-sex kiss cut from Singapore staging of Les Miserables

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    wanderlust

    fxgai - totally agree with criticism of the big ratings agencies; you had to read between the lines to grasp their role in the sub-prime debacle. Fitch, Moodys and S&P were too involved with the customer (banks and financiers) and their judgements were more profit-driven and less risk-minded.

    3 highly over-rated (sic!) companies!

    Posted in: Fitch cuts outlook on Japan over sales tax delay

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    wanderlust

    A lot will depend on how people view possession, and if you are happy to rent out your car, which can be an emotional as opposed to a financial decision. A car is often more than a collection of metal, bolts and plastic going in the same direction at the same time, it is a personal item, chosen and equipped by you.

    Your car might only be used for a few hours a day, leaving the financial analysts drooling over the down time and possible profits and ROI; but when you want to use it, you want to use it now, and not to have to wait for someone to bring it back.

    And finally, what happens when it is damaged or abused, as inevitably will happen? It will be off the road when you want to use it.

    Posted in: Car giants see road to riches in ride-sharing services

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    wanderlust

    This is not really anything new. A number of expat corporate-types who live in Nishi-Azabu, Roppongi, have employed Filipina servants for many years, and some of the larger 'Homats' have a maid's room included.

    After all, someone has to look after the 'house' when father is away all day and evening, and mother is on the endless round of tea parties, international balls, dress sales and embassy functions.

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    wanderlust

    A friend's wife did one of these 'self-defense' classes, and was telling everyone about it. When they were walking down the street with the family, his brother suddenly grabbed her from behind, and she just froze, then screamed, I wasn't ready!

    Posted in: Japan is safer than other countries, and people tend to let their guard down and think, ‘There’s no way I’ll be assaulted.’ But that’s a big mistake.

  • 4

    wanderlust

    A number of pilots have written of re-booting the computers that control different systems over and over again, and having to call off training flights due to the airplanes just not working. A couple of millions of line of code just to fire the gun? The Lockheed Martin PR machine are in full offensive mode, after their losses with the F22-Raptor; now focusing not on what the plane can do, but on the jobs it is alleged to sustain and its theoretical capabilities (when it does fly), and less obviously of course the congressmen it keeps in power. The Military Industrial Complex in action.

    Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau expresses doubts about reliability of U.S. F-35 stealth fighter

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