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    wanderlust

    9 million yen is peanuts in Japanese political circles. 400 million was small change for Muneo Suzuki and Ichiro Ozawa, while Shin Kanemaru had 6 billion in cash at home.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3 years in prison for bawling ex-lawmaker Nonomura over fraud

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    wanderlust

    A few months ago, the Nuclear Regulation Authority claimed that Japan's safety checks and standards were the highest in the world, when they were trying to re-start their old nuclear steam kettles.

    Has someone finally eaten a reality sandwich?

    Posted in: Japan to raise nuclear safety check competency per IAEA review

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    wanderlust

    Next will be quotas for LBGT board members, such as the BBC in the UK are already pushing for on their programming.

    Posted in: Half of women on boards like quotas but male colleagues say no: survey

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    wanderlust

    The average bystander also does not carry a pair of sterile rubber gloves, and may wish to avoid possible infection from contaminated blood or fluids.

    Posted in: The average bystander won't know how to control bleeding

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    wanderlust

    They learned nothing from the supply chain issues during 3/11, when car production globally suffered shortages of parts. Even a few weeks extra inventory of parts would prevent this.

    Posted in: Toyota, other major Japanese firms hit by quake damage, supply disruptions

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    wanderlust

    Yet again logistics (warehousing, storage, delivery, supply chain and orders) is the key to survival. Adequate food, water and medical supplies lie in Fukuoka, just 120 km away, yet are unable to be delivered to these areas. Let's hope that these new Ospreys and other helicopters can start making a difference soon.

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    wanderlust

    Quakes in Southern Japan are usually caused by the subduction of the Philippine plate and the Pacific Plate, Ecuador is on the Nazca plate which has a divergent boundary directly with the other side of the same Pacific plate. Could well be that stress or pressure on the plates might be balancing out.

    Posted in: M7.8 quake kills at least 77 in Ecuador

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    wanderlust

    Opposite side of the Pacific plate to Japan, probably related to the Kyushu quake?

    Posted in: M7.8 quake kills at least 77 in Ecuador

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    wanderlust

    An outdoor festival rig in the UK in the 1970s had a PA of around 7,000 Watts, driving relatively inefficient speakers with the quality of sound deteriorating as you moved away from the stage. A modern indoor concert rig, with the latest high efficiency line array speakers can utilise 40,000 or more Watts, and provide uniform sound levels at great distances from the stage, but very high levels close to the speakers. Ear plugs or ear defenders are a good solution to prevent hearing loss.

    Posted in: Here’s why earplugs matter at concerts

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    wanderlust

    Not exactly a comfortable fit in your pocket; the phone, not the girl.

    Posted in: RoBoHon

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    wanderlust

    @fuzzycuffs - not driving across Japan (not like you'd do that with Shinkansen anyways)

    Put three or four people in a car and it is much cheaper per person that the Shinkansen. Take my family all over the country in my Subie, bikes on the back, stop off whenever and wherever you like. Highways, the little roads and off-road, goes anywhere. You can also park your car, walk off and leave it, knowing it will still be there when you return. Come across some great places that way. Like timtak's car, it has never broken down, and if it did, there is a good network of garages all around the country.

    Posted in: Luxury or bust for foreign automakers in Japan

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    wanderlust

    Was driving home late one night last year, and a taxi pulled out of a side road directly in front of a neighbour's car ahead of me, which even though it was only doing 30~35 kph, had no time to stop, and it ploughed into the side of the taxi. I stopped to see if everyone was OK; no injuries, a shame-faced taxi driver, and two rather angry occupants of the car.

    The police rolled up after about 10 minutes, took statements, and then the neighbours introduced me as a possible witness, saying that I had been driving behind them and saw everything. They come over to me, made sure I was parked safely, then spent 10 minutes or so asking who I was, what was I doing here, where did I live, etc., then asked about the crash. Another 20 minutes writing everything down in pencil in a tiny notebook. Very polite, very attentive to detail. That was it. Neighbours got their damage paid for by the taxi company. End of story.

    Posted in: Tell us about any encounters, either good or bad, you have had with Japanese police.

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    wanderlust

    Out of all the Japanese cars, Subarus are probably the ones that focus on and deliver the best driving experience, and they also sell the highest proportion of MT (Manual Transmission) cars too.

    There is one hotel in Tokyo that has at least 6 Tesla cars on long-term parking contracts in its basement car park, and many more hotels have them and high-end European sports cars parked in the same way. I guess if you can afford one, you can afford the parking fee, and it is certainly safer than your neighbourhood car park.

    Posted in: Luxury or bust for foreign automakers in Japan

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    wanderlust

    It is hoped that the expanding Toranamon Hills will provide the catalyst for the revival of Tokyo as a whole, attracting foreign investment and re-establishing the city as a center for global business headquarters.

    It will take more than some fancy buildings to attract this, and establish global HQs. Tokyo Metropolitan Government last year also spoke of establish special economic zones to do the very same, and while it is not hard to set up businesses here, the bureaucracy stifles it, i.e. the ease of doing business. Banking rules and financial regulations, import/export, communications, housing and personnel; all contribute to global (and even regional) HQs going elsewhere. A few Japanese drug companies set up quasi-global HQs overseas, though they kept HR, executive and other functions in Japan; but they have struggled with their operations. It's just not going to happen.

    Posted in: Mori Building unveils redevelopment projects for Toranomon Hills area

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    wanderlust

    Nomura got severe indigestion from swallowing up part of the Lehman business empire, along with many of the key employees leaving when faced with the less attractive conditions of their new working contracts.

    Posted in: Nomura to cut around 500-600 jobs in Europe cash equities pullback

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    wanderlust

    More of the Tokyo heat island effect, caused by all of the high rises buildings reducing wind flow through the city, making it unbearable in summer. All of the buildings are air-conditioned, but the air outside is suffocating.

    Posted in: Mori Building unveils redevelopment projects for Toranomon Hills area

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    wanderlust

    Interesting that China has not asked to join the TPP yet; though many observers have noted that parts of the TPP read very much like a subtle corporate defence against China, as well as increasing the power of corporations over governments and sovereign nations.

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    wanderlust

    Interesting that many claimed missing their families as an excuse to return home. I've worked with literally hundreds of Filipino and Filipina nurses around the world, and many stay 20~30 years in the Middle East, North America and Europe, supporting their families back in the Philippines, often building a large house for themselves to return to, with all of the latest electronic gadgets and utilities. They often endured harder working and living conditions than in Japan, but belonged to communities that accepted them and respected them. Maybe they just don't get that here, working alone.

    The issue of contract changes is very typical for here, as the organisations that bring them in, train them, then employ them are usually different, and each one seeks to maximise their cut. Except for the Middle East, this does not usually happen.

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    wanderlust

    Those elderly babas and jijis in Ichikawa who objected to the day care are too detached from daily life in modern Japan.

    We have 3 schools, and 2 kindergartens in our neighbourhood, and there is hardly any noise from them, even on sports days. Mums usually drop kids off and pick them up by bike (mamachari) or walk with them.

    There is far more noise from bosozoku on the nearby main road, military helicopters flying low between airbases in Kanagawa, jingles from the clothes line salesman and sweet potato sellers in their kei trucks, and booming stereo systems in cars.

    Posted in: Plans for daycare center scrapped after residents complain of possible noise

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    wanderlust

    Other countries such as UK have much higher consumption taxes (20%), but they exempt foods, medical care and medicines, books, education materials, children's and babies clothes, public transport.

    Japan talked of a scheme to allow partial payback, but the paperwork and bureaucracy involved to do it would be self-defeating.

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