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Steve FabricantFeb. 20, 2017 - 09:49PM JST
Papi, do you think you will see the balloons at 60000 feet!
Posted in: Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?
Steve FabricantNov. 27, 2016 - 10:43AM JST
Yubaru - I had to do the 3-year license renewal deal at a driving school in Naha yesterday in a session for seniors. The "lecture" strongly emphasized the accident statistics of the age groups, and the video must have repeated scenes of staged accidents (all involving cyclists and joggers) two dozen times. Then they sat us down at driving simulators (like arcade games) and tested reflexes - although the equipment was really clunky it gave computerized readouts of the results of braking and steering - pretty cool. Then vision testing and finally a road test just like the driving test.. I would say that it is a very good approach to warning of potential age-related problems. I don't know if other prefectures do the same, or if Okinawa takes licenses away from prople with poor results. I would not want to do it more often than every 3 years though.
Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive
Steve FabricantNov. 21, 2016 - 07:55PM JST
Note the headline story..... " Japan to give Colombia Y1 bil for mine clearance.
Japan will provide Colombia with 1 billion yen ($9 million) in grant aid toward the removal of land mines left by the country's decades-long civil…"
Well, that seems fair enough.
Steve FabricantOct. 25, 2016 - 07:28PM JST
Let's see... Duterte is still pissed off at the US for atrocities of 100+ years ago so he insults US officials to get even. The Japanese didn't exactly coddle the Filipinos during the invasion and occupation either, so what will this asshat do this time?
Posted in: Japan wary over Philippine leader's policy, manners in front of emperor
Steve FabricantOct. 22, 2016 - 05:34PM JST
Let's see... the US got booted out of Clark and Subic to make the Philippines feel more independent, but somehow it remained a client of the US all these intervening years? What went wrong there? Could it be that the oligarchy loves America too much?
Let's wait and see. Sure, the Chinese really respect Duterte and their little offshore Asian cousins. Didn't they just give him a marching band welcome? And with baton twirlers no less. I think it does all add up to a coup in the foreseeable future.
Posted in: As Duterte embraces China, Abe set to roll out warm welcome
Steve FabricantSep. 19, 2016 - 10:43AM JST
"Most of my foreign friends love natto"
You must have some weird foreign friends, Bertie!
Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress
Steve FabricantJul. 03, 2016 - 07:46PM JST
This should make everybody happy.......
Posted in: Japan plans July fighter jet tender seen worth $40 bln as China tensions simmer
Steve FabricantMay. 28, 2016 - 11:51AM JST
Over and over we see the absolutely true statement that he was not an active military member. Nice try, but that does not negate the fact that if not for the huge US presence on Okinawa there would not be the horde of contractors and camp-followers there also. Viking is also right when he implies that the divide over the bases comes down to which side your bread is buttered on.
Steve FabricantMay. 09, 2016 - 07:50PM JST
No one power tripping or angry hawkers
Damn angry hawkers. Probably all voting for Trump
Steve FabricantMay. 04, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
That amount also neglects the billions poured into the Mekong subregion via the Japanese part-owned Asian Development Bank.
Posted in: Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2016 - 07:06PM JST
Debucho - but the majority of people living in Okinawa are Okinawan. Why shouldn't they be listened to?.If you get stung by a wasp, you would probably be right that nobody else cares, but you sure as hell would be yelling.
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2016 - 09:02AM JST
Why not in Japan too?
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), is a process by a United States federal government commission to increase United States Department of Defense efficiency by planning the end of the Cold War realignment and closure of military installations. More than 350 installations have been closed in five BRAC rounds: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2005. (Wikipedia)
Congressmen speak of reducing military spending. Military bases are expensive to operate, yet another domestic base closing round is unlikely. However, the President can close any foreign base without Congressional approval. Polls show the vast majority of American citizens support the closure most U.S. military bases overseas.
Posted in: Okinawa: the new Hawaii?
Steve FabricantApr. 07, 2016 - 06:07PM JST
There's a "well-kept secret" in Okinawa that this ACCJ puff-piece omits - with mass tourism comes bland replica hotels. Even (or especially) those owned by the big US chains are just so-so value-wise, and all have the same rooms, service, food, and amenities. What Okinawa should have are more boutique and specialty accommodations that put visitors closer to what is left of the real Okinawa.
Steve FabricantFeb. 24, 2016 - 09:09AM JST
(dont understand why Chinese need them, as they typically don't "sit" on the seats) says Yuibaru....
The Chinese are following the Japanese in a demographic transition to an aging population, and apparently also in a toilet transition from squatting to sitting.
Posted in: Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan
Steve FabricantFeb. 15, 2016 - 10:07PM JST
Imagine if the Allies, after Japan surrendered in 1945, had started building settlements in Japan for Westerners, while tossing out the native Japanese.
They did. It's called Okinawa.
Posted in: 5 Palestinians killed while attacking Israelis
Steve FabricantJan. 10, 2016 - 05:43PM JST
A word to the "wise": the construction for the Rio 2016 Olympics is so far behind and billions over budget that it may not happen after all.
Posted in: 4 designs make shortlist for Tokyo 2020 logo
Steve FabricantNov. 01, 2015 - 02:05PM JST
I spent a week in Guam one night.
Steve FabricantAug. 20, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
OTC medications are a ripoff/racket here in Japan. I also bring the biggest jar of generic ibuprofen I can find. Sunscreen. And I forgot Almond Butter. And XXXXXXXXXXXL condoms, you wimps!
Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad?
Steve FabricantAug. 19, 2015 - 11:14PM JST
Wow, deodorant really heads the list. Maybe the Japanese are right about kusa gaijins. And the heavy condom imports tell a related tale. I bring back Parmesan cheese and Peet's coffee.
Steve FabricantJul. 10, 2015 - 08:28PM JST
Agree, typhoons are not the reason they shouldn't be here.
Posted in: 23 injured as typhoon lashes Okinawan islands
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Feb. 28, 2017 - 01:16AM JST
Cool Japan. Yuck. Don't you feel stupid just repeating the phrase? It is hard to be…
Posted in: Cool Japan Ambassador Paul Christie talks about plans to highlight a different side of the country
Feb. 28, 2017 - 01:12AM JST
When Trump says of his plan, we have to wait.
Posted in: Trump budget plan will not cut Social Security, Medicare: Mnuchin
Feb. 28, 2017 - 01:09AM JST
Wow, even Bush is calling out Trump now
Asked about Trump's claim that the media is…
Posted in: Millions living in U.S. illegally targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules
Feb. 28, 2017 - 01:04AM JST
Isn't awarding about talent and achievement?
Posted in: Oscars still lagging in female and minority representation
Feb. 28, 2017 - 12:55AM JST
Well, gokai's comment really struck a nerve huh? If what he said wasn't remotely…
Posted in: Asia trade talks resume after U.S. exit dashes hopes for TPP deal
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