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wanderlustFeb. 09, 2016 - 02:28PM JST
...and if denying doesn't work; an apology, an admission of a regrettable misunderstanding, and a decision to form a committee to try to prevent further occurrences is guaranteed to work!
Posted in: BOJ says it will disclose findings of probe into negative rate leak
wanderlustFeb. 05, 2016 - 02:13PM JST
Japan still claims a large number of exemptions - around 380 IIRC, along with some rules that are not expected to be applied for another 16~17 years.
Posted in: Pacific rim nations sign TPP deal amid protests
wanderlustFeb. 04, 2016 - 04:57PM JST
I thought Toyota would have looked at the vulnerability their just-in-time manufacturing system and of relying on single suppliers in their supply chain management, especially after shortages from Tohoku manufacturers post 3/11 tsunami.
Posted in: More Toyota plants to go offline due to parts shortage
wanderlustFeb. 04, 2016 - 12:31PM JST
It's still an alleged crime, but the baseball world and media are treating it as if he had already been found guilty.
Posted in: Japan's baseball world shocked at arrest of Kiyohara
wanderlustJan. 28, 2016 - 12:35PM JST
Yet a shortage of labour for the Olympic stadium? And Fukushima re-construction?
Posted in: JR begins construction of maglev line station at Shinagawa
wanderlustJan. 26, 2016 - 07:52AM JST
The DPJ government injected ¥350 billion of public money into the old airline, arranged debt waivers totaling ¥520 billion and exempted JAL from corporate taxes.
All courtesy of the taxpayer and bank shareholders.
Would it not be nice for the newly profitable JAL to start paying some of it back?
Posted in: JAL president pilots airline to new heights
wanderlustJan. 26, 2016 - 07:49AM JST
They would achieve more success with their European Ford models, more suited to the Japan market.
Or are they still smarting from their relatively unsuccessful tie up with Mazda all those years ago?
They still have 2.1% of Mazda shares.
Posted in: Ford to pull out of Japan, Indonesia
wanderlustJan. 21, 2016 - 09:01AM JST
He was arrested for involuntary manslaughter.
No-one is dead in this incident.
wanderlustJan. 21, 2016 - 08:54AM JST
Politics 101 in Japan.
The only honest people are probably the makers of brown paper envelopes!
wanderlustJan. 20, 2016 - 12:21PM JST
Local community groups - the chounaikai - are often hampered with reaching out to citizens by privacy laws. They find it hard to share information on vulnerable citizens.
They are also finding it hard to recruit younger people to join, as they tend to be run by 'oyajis' whose only concern is the local summer festival or matsuri, and the gomi toban.
With what appears to be an increase in crime, houses with open doors are now full of locks and security cameras, the local news is full of warnings of theft and for residents to beware. There is also less socialising between neighbours.
wanderlustJan. 17, 2016 - 09:19AM JST
Just make the whole of a Japan a UNESCO heritage site, that should satisfy both local and central government officials.
wanderlustJan. 16, 2016 - 09:10PM JST
Short battery life limits the usefulness of these devices. Just wait until you forget to charge it, can't use it, can't measure anything with it, and it gets left on the shelf...
Posted in: What do you think of the surge in wearable technology, such as smartwatches, smarter clothing, eyewear, and even hearables (ear-worn devices) -- essentially wearable computers capable of communications, notifications, applications and numerous other functionalities?
wanderlustJan. 13, 2016 - 07:42PM JST
Like the same people who audited Toshiba and Olympus, and totally missed or more likely totally ignored the financial abuse and corruption.
Confidence level in audit = 0
wanderlustJan. 13, 2016 - 02:07PM JST
Tabloids - not members of the Kisha Club, so they do not report the government's official propaganda. Between their pages, you will often find some real investigative journalism, much to the embarrassment of officials and corporations.
Posted in: Abe oblivious to people's hardships, says tabloid
wanderlustJan. 12, 2016 - 11:24PM JST
@john-san - unfortunately, my work means that I have to drive on the expressways after midnight. My colleagues and I frequently do trips West to Kobe, North to Sendai and beyond; and have to carry sensitive/ fragile equipment in our cars. Been doing it for around 10 years, and we have no other option. We are not stupid, and know the roads and what to expect. With experience, to a certain extent you can read the drivers' behaviour, and anticipate what some of them will do next, but you must be prepared to be surprised! Keep your car in good condition, and know how it behaves in all weathers. I've driven on much poorer roads with worse drivers in other parts of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
wanderlustJan. 12, 2016 - 05:08PM JST
Construction work is generally well-signposted here, with many warnings in advance, and they also show up on your car navi. However, if there is a tail-back of traffic waiting to go through, a driver can easily mistake it for just a slower stream of traffic, until they are too close to them. That's the time that hazard warning lights, aka 'Japanese parking lights' should be used, by the last 3~5 cars in the tail-back. I do this all the time, and never switch them off until I can see at least 4~5 cars stationary behind me.
Of course if the driver is not watching the road, such using the phone or distracted in any other way, or is tired or high on stimulants, it won't do much to help you.
And for safety, it's worth looking for an escape route, in case something comes up behind you too quickly, such as driving over into the construction work. It might damage your car, but it could save your life.
wanderlustJan. 12, 2016 - 08:32AM JST
If it is an extra payment per month it would help these people; but a one off payment is not so helpful, along with the cost of the bureaucratic paperwork to process it.
Posted in: Enforcing policy measures for people who can't benefit from the Abenomics economic policy package and are willing to spend is correct from both the microeconomic and macroeconomic viewpoints.
wanderlustJan. 11, 2016 - 12:43AM JST
The audio, video, lighting and pyrotechnic components, as well as the cost of production of these opening and closing ceremonies, has being going through the roof, as each country tries to outdo the previous games, and push their culture and country on all the attendees, and those who watch on the sponsoring TV channels.
Perhaps it is time to go back to a much simpler approach?
Posted in: Panasonic steps in to aid Rio Olympic ceremonies
wanderlustJan. 08, 2016 - 06:33PM JST
Pulling a knife on a gun-wielding, conflict-hardened, experienced Israeli soldier generally only leads to one outcome. The Middle Eastern equivalent of suicide by cop.
Posted in: 4 Palestinians shot dead attempting to stab Israeli soldiers
wanderlustJan. 08, 2016 - 06:29PM JST
Until the media receive a FAX from the artist's management, it is just a rumour.
Posted in: Becky in hot water over rumored affair
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Feb. 12, 2016 - 01:47AM JST
wtfjapanFeb. 11, 2016 - 09:42AM JST
the proper name is "Kurile" in Russian, and will be…
Posted in: Northern islands minister criticized for not knowing island name
Economists position their opinions as having relevance for the future of humanity but in reality they…
Posted in: Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after Olympics
Feb. 12, 2016 - 01:36AM JST
Well Japan has to overhaul its tax system as it's the age old system when Japan…
Feb. 12, 2016 - 01:21AM JST
I'm with Strangerland on this one
Posted in: Japan announces new sanctions against North Korea
Feb. 12, 2016 - 01:13AM JST
Every boom has its bust.
Posted in: Twitter woes deepen as user base fails to grow
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