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DukeletoMar. 21, 2017 - 10:25AM JST
I am literally and utterly speechless!
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DukeletoMar. 12, 2017 - 10:31AM JST
Why would you go the the expense and hassle of hosting and maintaining a rental residence if you can only rent out for approximately 15 days a month? Imagine slapping those conditions on a hotel??? There would be zero in business! They want owners to provide for a shortage in accommodation but want to threaten them with jail terms or hefty fines for non compliance to rules such as not responding to complaints regarding noise which is way too open ended and open to abuse by neighbours opposed to your business. The only guys that are going to do this are they guys willing to risk breaking the all new restrictions as that's the only way to make them profitable enough to do.
DukeletoMar. 10, 2017 - 08:51AM JST
Why is the place not cordoned off with an army of face mask wearing police removing endless non descript boxes of paperwork for investigation. Like we see every time a company is suspected of cooking the books or similar. No points unfortunately for getting the answer right in this case as it is too obvious. Again, those meant to serve the public are self serving instead. When will it ever end? Not until we manage to extract greed from the human genome I guess.
DukeletoMar. 09, 2017 - 08:49AM JST
My God Man! Quoting Dr. McCoy.
DukeletoMar. 08, 2017 - 09:24PM JST
"So, they ignored all those protests about Japan reducing "pacifism" from its constitution, but a few miserable people who don't like children are "heard" ? Something is wrong ..."
It's called selective hearing and they are masters of that art.
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DukeletoMar. 07, 2017 - 07:07PM JST
Home run for the Hotel lobby.
DukeletoMar. 07, 2017 - 08:55AM JST
"Why would someone want to buy a temporary house?"
I thought all houses, apart from those build of solid concrete blocks, in Japan were temporary. That's why you can buy a 20 or 30 year old house for the price of the land. They are not built to last I guess because of earthquakes?
DukeletoMar. 06, 2017 - 08:53AM JST
This paragraph in the article is key to your question as it covers all nine people:
"Nagano prefectural police said three men pulled from the crash site were airlifted to nearby hospitals but pronounced dead, and two others found later were unconscious. Police said they believed the remaining four were still trapped underneath the debris from the helicopter."
Posted in: Rescue helicopter crashes in Nagano; at least 3 dead
DukeletoMar. 03, 2017 - 08:51AM JST
So if there were no emergency rescue calls made what do the rescue teams pilots keep their skills up...ahhh mock rescue operations. So who pays for those? The article satiates that Saitama alone had eleven rescue operations in fiscal 2015. That's less than 1 per month. I would like to know in the event of zero rescue calls how many mock rescue operations are mounted to train new crew members and maintain current members skill sets? I'm guessing more than one a month!
Surely these rescue calls are invaluable training tools for the crews themselves because they are not simulations or excercises. These are better than mock rescues and should be seen as part of the training and real rescues offsetting the need for mock or training rescues. Sounds like they are just looking for an excuse to fill up the end of year party coffers! Why not just kill paying tax completely and just pay for what you use...oh that's right, sorry, then there wouldn't be all that superfluous flow of money coming in to waste!
DukeletoMar. 02, 2017 - 12:30AM JST
DukeletoFeb. 28, 2017 - 10:35PM JST
"Perhaps someone can explain the lure of this pastime that cost these men their lives because I just don't get it.'
I believe it's about the comradeship and social aspect of doing something they have a shared interest in, rather than just staring at a hole in the ice. It probably helped old men regain some of their youth again. It's all about experiences and being with friends and loved ones.
DukeletoFeb. 26, 2017 - 08:10PM JST
You mean like putting harsher restrictions on minipaku, so tourists are forced to choose over-priced hotels. I can see the tourists flocking in already. All they need to do is let people get on with making money and the rest will follow. The minute the government gets involved it all starts falling apart. Useless, self serving cretins the lot of them!
DukeletoFeb. 23, 2017 - 02:40PM JST
Another one of those so called economic arrows straight into the heart of the beating economy.
DukeletoFeb. 22, 2017 - 09:53PM JST
100% hotel instigated complaint! Same thing happening in other countries with Airbnb. Looking for any excuse to shut them down so the Hotels can keep charging what they want for rooms. Another slammed door in the face of the little guy by the neibourhhod bully.
DukeletoFeb. 03, 2017 - 10:11PM JST
smithinjapanFEB. 03, 2017 - 04:20PM JST
"The airline said it will refund airfares if they are denied permission to fly."
Will it pay for time lost? hotels they have to stay in while trying to find an airline that hasn't bent over for Trump? Are they going to set them up to go somewhere with a backbone?
This is not the airlines fault in the slightest and i think refunding the ticket is more than fair. If anyone should be footing the bill, its the US of A!
DukeletoJan. 31, 2017 - 08:54AM JST
Wow! A whole 50 of them! I can feel the economy lifting already at the prospect of 50 previously unemployed "professional women" heading back into low paying temporary employment unlikely to pay enough to cover the cost of the service. I suspect the incredibly high cost of this service will limit its use to only wealthy households where the woman of the house is already a well accustomed lady of leisure who needs more time to have coffee with friends then scrubbing floors. Having said that, it's still a good thing and I hope it expands and deregulates enough to make it affordable to middle class income earners!
DukeletoJan. 06, 2017 - 10:56AM JST
There are thousands of "Traditions" over the centuries that have stopped being practiced because we now know better. This tradition seems to fall into that category.
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DukeletoJan. 06, 2017 - 10:41AM JST
Meanwhile, Toyota after making that statement just allocated their R&D team an unprecedented record budget to fully automate the assembly of its vehicles using Japanese robot tech and bring it all manufacturing and export back to Japan where they actually know how to manufacture things. Increase in jobs for the folk back home and a higher quality product going back out. "Making Japan great again" see if Trump likes them apples!
A knock on effect of stopping manufacturing in Mexico is surely going to increase the number of illegals coming over the border which was another campaign promise. So it's a bit left pocket right pocket and treading water kind of stuff. Better build your wall before you interfere with the auto industry in Mexico.
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DukeletoJan. 01, 2017 - 06:45PM JST
Ahhhh man losing your leg at age 22 is just sad and completely avoidable. He is going to take quite a while to adjust both mentally and physically to this change in life circumstances. Feel very sorry for him but he can take a little solace that he is still alive and has a full life ahead of him despite picking a fight with a train.
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DukeletoDec. 29, 2016 - 10:04AM JST
"randomnatorDEC. 29, 2016 - 07:42AM JST
I always find it interesting that the Japanese people I speak to about the issue think that paying money is all that was required by way of apology."
Its not just the Japanese who see it this way it IS the way all Asian people have made apologies for centuries. Its ingrained in their culture to do so and is accepted and understood by both sides in Asia. The issue is the Western view point and our way of doing things for centuries may differ in certain areas which leads to our misunderstanding which sometimes leads to criticism of something we don't fully understand from their perspective. When it comes to two Asian entities sorting out an issue Westerners should steer clear and respectfully allow them to sort it out in their way.
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Mar. 23, 2017 - 07:08AM JST
Wow I thought I was in Disneyland till I saw all the adults...
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Mar. 23, 2017 - 07:07AM JST
Not a good idea in my opinion. It sounds too much like the way a Japanese…
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Mar. 23, 2017 - 07:03AM JST
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