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wanderlustMar. 28, 2015 - 03:23PM JST
Some of the Ministries keep staff on standby through to the early hours of the morning, just in case, to answer any questions that bureaucrats may receive, and then take taxis home to wherever they live...all at the taxpayer's expense.
They could start by eliminating these tasks and costs.
Posted in: Abe asks gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August
wanderlustMar. 20, 2015 - 02:48PM JST
Many of them only get paid at the end of their contract, so if they are unfortunately detained and deported towards the end of their employment period, the employers save a lot of money. A trick that they may have learned from how the Thais treat Burmese contract workers...
Posted in: Thai travelers being turned away in record numbers
wanderlustMar. 20, 2015 - 02:33PM JST
So nothing has actually been done yet to improve the unit?
They should leave regulatory approval until the work has been completed to the required standard.
Posted in: Kyushu Electric's Sendai nuclear plant inches closer to restart
wanderlustMar. 19, 2015 - 07:34PM JST
They just want a feeling of belonging... often absent in modern life.
Posted in: Friday will be the 20th anniversary of the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system by the Aum Shinrikyo cult. Why do people join cults?
wanderlustMar. 14, 2015 - 07:35PM JST
Good idea to encourage and reward loyalty; but too many restrictions, limitations, conditions, exceptions and exemptions. When you finally acquire enough points to do something worthwhile that you want, you can't!
Posted in: What is your experience with airline frequent flyer programs? Are they a good idea or not?
wanderlustMar. 11, 2015 - 12:06PM JST
Germany is happy to buy power from France, generated by nuclear power plants...
Posted in: Nobel winner Oe: Japan should follow Germany, quit nuclear power
wanderlustMar. 11, 2015 - 11:55AM JST
The IAEA mission is the promotion of the safe use of nuclear power and dealing with nuclear proliferation. Cleaning up the environment is not on their horizon...
Posted in: Nowhere to put nuclear waste
wanderlustMar. 05, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
Our local 'permanent resting place' has a 33 year time limit, when names are displayed above the graves, then they are all interred into a common place, under the supervision of a local priest, and signs are removed for the next generation. I guess after 33 years, no-one will really remember, and it saves both space and money. With the decline in families living together for years in the same town or village, it makes sense...
Posted in: It takes money and effort to remove and transfer neglected graves. To prevent graves from being abandoned, we suggest group interment sites for those without relatives to attend their graves while they are alive.
wanderlustMar. 04, 2015 - 12:38PM JST
Playing the victim card again....for corporate sports.
Was up in Yamagata and Fukushima at the weekend, local agricultural and veterinary officials concerned about residual contamination on hillsides getting into the food chain and environment via small animals. Forests and mountainsides have not been decontaminated at all...
Posted in: Fukushima makes pitch for 2020 Olympic baseball and local food
wanderlustFeb. 24, 2015 - 08:37AM JST
They waited for the share price to bottom before making an offer...
Posted in: ANA joins bid to rescue bankrupt Skymark Airlines
wanderlustFeb. 24, 2015 - 08:35AM JST
More likely to be the disruption caused by ignoring the existing supply chain and going outside of the Honda circle, looking for cheaper parts, but at the possible expense of lower quality. Some of the former Honda CEOs came by to warn him, as reported a few weeks ago on JT, but he did not listen.
Posted in: Honda CEO takes the fall for air bag fiasco
wanderlustFeb. 21, 2015 - 01:58PM JST
In the case of failure or a crash, who is responsible?
The car manufacturer? The system manufacturer? The road maker? The sensor manufacturer? The map maker? The GPS/ cloud-based positioning system manufacturer? The dealer? The information network provider?
No, it will be the driver...the poor fool who got into the box on wheels and told it to go from A to B!
Posted in: Volvo says self-driving cars will react 'faster than most humans'
wanderlustFeb. 20, 2015 - 02:29PM JST
Grabbing its arm and pointing while 'it' looks in the other direction does not seem very interactive.
Not exactly ABC (Always Be Closing) style....
Posted in: High-tech sales force
wanderlustFeb. 14, 2015 - 04:06PM JST
Most Japan home centres have a good range of safety harness, ropes, belts, helmets, safety boots, etc., as many small construction and related companies buy their supplies there, in JP Yen, not dollars. It is up to the individual to decide whether to buy them or not, and then whether to use them or not. Trouble is many of these people no longer have anyone to tell hem what to do, and even if they do, they don't listen. Pride comes before a fall...
Posted in: Man dies after falling 8 meters from roof while clearing snow
wanderlustFeb. 12, 2015 - 11:34AM JST
1984 reinvents itself in 2015...
Posted in: Wearable sensors let bosses know if they run a happy office
wanderlustFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:43AM JST
Can “integrity check” and "FIFA’s Ethics Committee" really be used in the same sentence?
Posted in: FIFA under attack over modified report claims
wanderlustFeb. 07, 2015 - 06:37PM JST
Everything nasty in Japan is hidden behind large sheets of blue tarpaulin.
Perhaps if people did see the results of crimes and accidents, they might be a little more circumspect, and show more awareness that in real-life, you cannot just re-boot and people become alive again.
Posted in: Elementary school teacher shows pupils pictures of executed hostages
wanderlustFeb. 04, 2015 - 02:06PM JST
Foreign ministries and embassies take care of their national interests, rarely their national's interests. Frequent rotation of ministry staff on diplomatic postings does not allow deep relationships to develop, and Japan's embassy staff have a reputation for being insular, remaining within their comfortable own circle of the expatriate Japanese business community in the countries in which they live. And putting political celebrities like former speed-skater Seiko Hashimoto in charge (she was the number 2 in the FM) does little to inspire the few professional diplomatic staff.
Posted in: Doubts raised over Japan's ability to handle international crisis
wanderlustFeb. 03, 2015 - 08:58AM JST
@Wc626 - due to the narrowness of the parking spaces, it is often easiest to get out of the car before it is parked. But you should stand to the front and side of the car, not behind it.
Posted in: Woman killed after husband backs car into her while parking
wanderlustFeb. 03, 2015 - 08:47AM JST
Will they come back for the Tokyo Olympics?
The big event that is supposed to stimulate business in Japan...
CitiBank on the way out too.
Posted in: Virgin Atlantic ends service to Japan
Mar. 30, 2015 - 06:20PM JST
but I think it right for the PM of a major American ally to speak before…
Posted in: Japan's long wait to address U.S. Congress
patty cake champion
Mar. 30, 2015 - 06:11PM JST
Who said Japanese are not a charitable people - this is awesome!~
The article says she…
Posted in: 93-year-old Japanese woman donates ambulance to local fire station
Mar. 30, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
I knew a guy who took days off for at least 6 Grannies who died. It's…
Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off
Mar. 30, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
Coal is a terrible fuel. Unfortunately, too many countries, including America and China, have ample reserves…
Posted in: Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh
Mar. 30, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
So they prove themselves that "research" can be done without mass-killing whales.
So they should have…
Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch