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wanderlustDec. 11, 2013 - 04:59PM JST
When TEPCO budget ¥100,000/ day for labour, and the workers get ¥10,000/ day, it's quite obvious that the 5~7 layers of middlemen are taking a huge cut. TEPCO could employ them directly, pay them a deserved ¥50,000/ day and save some money, but then they would be directly liable for the consequences of exposure to radiation, and that is something that they do not want to be responsible for. They prefer the layering and plausible denial.
Posted in: Fukushima contractor denies claims its staff concealed work terms
wanderlustDec. 11, 2013 - 02:54PM JST
Perhaps the author has just read 'Japan Sinks' (Nihon Chinbotsu), and is struggling to deal with the implications…
However, as many of the items that Japan 'produces' are now outsourced elsewhere in Asia, production would just carry on, albeit under different management...
Posted in: How much would the world miss Japan if it suddenly disappeared?
wanderlustDec. 11, 2013 - 02:06PM JST
Their SmartPhone maps do not extend that far…and their geospatial awareness is close to zero.
What can you expect with a generation that relies on GPS to go to the shops, or a whistle-blowing guide to accompany them on tours?
Posted in: Japanese college students struggle to answer basic astronomy questions
wanderlustDec. 10, 2013 - 06:58PM JST
Mislabeling sounds almost innocent, sort of 'oops'….accidentally putting the wrong label on a product.
These cases are deliberate fraud by hotel, restaurant and department store managers, misrepresentation of goods to defraud customers, paying premium prices for an expected product. That fact that they could not tell the difference between the much-lauded and over-priced goods and the cheap substitute is besides the point.
Posted in: 307 cases of food mislabeling found among 23 industry groups
wanderlustDec. 10, 2013 - 01:09PM JST
I wonder how many advertising agencies they contacted to propose the new name? They must have been working overtime to come up with such a dramatically different and attention gathering name…
The concurrent free publicity as people on forums discuss the remarkable change must translate into a number of new CDs, mp3 downloads or extra concert tickets...
Posted in: Morning Musume to change their name from Jan 1
wanderlustDec. 10, 2013 - 08:58AM JST
Biggest, not top!
Posted in: New American Airlines emerges as world's top carrier
wanderlustDec. 06, 2013 - 03:28PM JST
Very cheap marketing activity, just a spot of wining and dining; other companies must be envious how cost-effective DB were!
Posted in: Deutsche Bank employee in Tokyo arrested over wining and dining scandal
wanderlustDec. 06, 2013 - 08:55AM JST
“Please don’t get in the tub until you’ve thoroughly rinsed off the soap suds.”
“Please don’t get in the tub until you’ve thoroughly rinsed off the soap suds.”
They missed this in the video - one of the most important points!
From memory, and from Debito's website, seaports such as Niigata that host many Russians have had the most problems with public baths; perhaps a Russian version is required too...
Posted in: Instructional video promotes public baths to foreign visitors
wanderlustDec. 04, 2013 - 08:36PM JST
Report in the UK yesterday of a woman who found a glove inside her after a hysterectomy, plus a whole litany of medical errors over the last few years.
Interesting that very few of these hospitals follow the WHO surgical checklist - pre-op/ peri-op and post-op, with a designated theatre monitor to co-ordinate the checks. They've shown a 70% or more drop in surgical errors, and yet take very little time. The biggest obstacle is the god-like mentality of some of the surgeons who don't like to be questioned, yet they are the ones who make the mistakes. Every operating theatre should use them. There are some demo videos showing it working, and one that shows what happens when the surgical team do not talk to each other, and leave the patient without essential medication post-op.
Posted in: Doctor leaves gauze in patient's body in Sagamihara hospital
wanderlustDec. 04, 2013 - 08:29AM JST
It will soon be classified as a State Secret, and then no-one will know the full details…except that it is under control!
Posted in: Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns
wanderlustDec. 03, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
The developed world is always looking for countries with cheap labour and resources to maintain their profits, but forget that when those same countries develop themselves, those profits are eroded, and they have to look elsewhere. At the same time, those countries grow and become consumers of such products.
In the long run, it may be cheaper to return home, and regain the craftsmanship and care that a generation of outsourcing has lost, and the real cost of overseas investment, technology transfer and loss, disruption of expat lives and families becomes known. But the down side is that those countries will not develop so quickly into potential customers… a challenging conundrum.
Posted in: China losing luster for Japanese companies: survey
wanderlustDec. 03, 2013 - 10:19AM JST
Drying the wood…hauling it off somewhere…pelletizing plant…adjusting the shape and moisture…all energy consuming activities. Is this going to be an industry based on damaged trees, or a one-off activity?
A glance at many of the images of Tacloban shows houses and furniture made out of coconut products, concrete housing is a luxury...
Posted in: Use typhoon debris to help fund reconstruction
wanderlustDec. 03, 2013 - 09:24AM JST
Barbara Judge is an advisor paid by TEPCO, not exactly objective, and hardly independent.
Posted in: TEPCO wins rare praise from Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee
wanderlustDec. 02, 2013 - 08:33AM JST
Looks like classic 'diplo-speak' from Washington. "We have not requested the airlines to submit plans, but we expect US carriers to follow local notification policies." Which is it? They have now fictively CYA'd themselves in the case of an incident, but are now sending an inconsistent message to everyone else. The initial strong reaction of sending in 2 B-52s has now been diluted with these vague words...
Posted in: Abe to discuss China's air defense zone with Biden
wanderlustNov. 30, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
The usual promotion from a Japanese Industry Association, masquerading as an 'award'.
Two years ago she would have been the Best Furrist!
Posted in: Rei Kikukawa wins Fur of the Year award
wanderlustNov. 29, 2013 - 11:58AM JST
Government statistics to justify government policy…
…..they wouldn't be lying or making this up, would they?
Posted in: October data gives boost to Japan's war on deflation
wanderlustNov. 29, 2013 - 10:51AM JST
Collins was interviewed for 007, but the producers decided he was too aggressive for the role, so ended up with ladies' man Roger Moore…groan…. (LOL).
Good interplay with Doyle, though they were never as tight as Reagan and Carter in the Sweeney, and their long-suffering boss...
Mr. Cowley, sir! Here 's a good single malt for you!
Och aye Bodie! There's nae sech thing as a bad single malt, dinna ya ken anything?
RIP Bodie….always preferred the RS2000 with the droop snoot!
Posted in: Star of British TV hit 'The Professionals' dies aged 67
wanderlustNov. 29, 2013 - 10:24AM JST
Highways, roads and bridges to nowhere, concrete riverbanks and riverbeds, tetrapods on the coastline…. all the money flowing through construction companies and their antisocial colleagues…public works.
Posted in: Japan to spend Y1 tril on public works for stimulus
wanderlustNov. 27, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
Japanese rice is really quite weak and uses lot of chemicals in its production, bought from JA (Nokyo) who in turn buy the rice back from the farmers for distribution along with their votes. A very powerful group...
Posted in: Gov't to end production quotas for rice
wanderlustNov. 26, 2013 - 08:18AM JST
Seems most of the food poisoning incidents here have been from top hotels, school meal providers and bulk bento factories. And of course all the fraudulent labelling (aka regrettable mislabelling).
When you see something made in front of you, the cook has a very good reason to make it properly...
Posted in: Street vendors of lunch boxes will have to obtain licenses for food sanitation management, and the metropolitan government will oblige the vendors to use refrigerants and thermometers.
Dec. 11, 2013 - 06:08PM JST
What Xi did are; ordering to destroy Japanese companies in China, working to build a statue…
Posted in: Straits Times names Xi, Abe most prominent Asians of 2013
Dec. 11, 2013 - 05:59PM JST
As long as Ariva get to mine that essential uranium the French will be waging war…
Posted in: Hollande visits Central African Republic after two French troops killed
Dec. 11, 2013 - 05:56PM JST
Legalize the lot.
It won't make a difference other than the increase in tax revenue and…
Posted in: Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade
Dec. 11, 2013 - 05:53PM JST
Is anybody really surprised to see the nutcase Republicans are in their usual, spasmic state ?…
Posted in: Republicans criticize Obama for Castro handshake
Dec. 11, 2013 - 05:52PM JST
Lift the ban on travel to Cuba for goodness sake. Some of these politicians saying how…