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StewartApr. 14, 2016 - 08:56AM JST
Did it never occur to anyone that they might go through all this in order to return home better qualified and so get a better job working with Japanese medical tourists?
StewartMar. 17, 2015 - 02:54PM JST
Agreed - if three young tourists can simply wander unchallenged into areas they should not have been in - the airport security needs investigating.
Posted in: Oblivious Chinese tourists wander back into Naha airport’s departure area, causing chaos
StewartMar. 15, 2015 - 09:30AM JST
Yes - I believe STEP Eiken estimate they need to recruit about 22,000 examiners for this purpose - Aoyama, Sophia and Rikkyo Universities are starting this system soon - Google TEAP test with STEP Eiken
Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working?
StewartMar. 15, 2015 - 07:42AM JST
The biggest shake up will come from introducing a speaking test in the Centre Test for national university entry. Then every high school in Japan will have speaking courses - until then nothing will change and MEXT can go whistle in the wind.
StewartMar. 13, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
Well, it is a start I guess. When I was a kid we had to pass a cycling proficiency test to be allowed to cycle to school - no test paper - no bike parking in the school. The short course and test was done by the police.
StewartMar. 10, 2015 - 04:38PM JST
23 days police detention with hours of unbroken questioning without access to a lawyer is the root of this supported by courts that will swallow any confession without question. The compensation is not much but I believe that such awards in Japan do not tend to be generous - if so it is nothing peculiar to this case.
Posted in: Toyama man awarded damages after being cleared of rape charges
StewartMar. 02, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
Abolish the fee and fully privatise the NHK - the current arrangement is an anachronism.
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you
StewartFeb. 25, 2015 - 04:06PM JST
CH3CHO - how often do the courts order someone released? Experience tells me that the courts would grant (almost) every request made by the police.
Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report
StewartFeb. 14, 2015 - 08:57AM JST
There is also a monthly cap of ¥80,000 yen for medical treatment costs - once your 30% reaches that amount then you pay no more for that month.
Posted in: A Japanese woman’s experience giving birth in U.S.
StewartFeb. 05, 2015 - 07:32AM JST
And companies will fill out the false paper work "proving" that it has been taken.
Posted in: Japan eyes compulsory 5 days' paid holiday a year
StewartJan. 27, 2015 - 04:27PM JST
Sophia University is a Christian / Jesuit liberal arts university with a good international reputation - I hope they act in relation to Prof. Watanabe.
StewartJan. 11, 2015 - 01:21PM JST
At least it is being done as a law, in the UK the authorities can issue guidance requesting that the media not report on certain stories - that would be 'guidance' of course
Posted in: Gov't designated 382 state secrets last year under new law
StewartJan. 06, 2015 - 08:41AM JST
Good for the wife.
Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train
StewartDec. 20, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
It is in the UK too - called Hong Kong flu.
StewartNov. 26, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
The promoter cancelled the tour - maybe M3M3M3 is right.
Posted in: Fake 'Japanese Beethoven' faces damage lawsuit
StewartNov. 17, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
OK - I now have an answer to the question about the shortage I couldn't be bothered to ask.
Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage
StewartNov. 02, 2014 - 08:18PM JST
Death rate per 100,000: USA 13.9, Australia 6.8, UK 4.8 & Japan 3.8 - Japan being the 4th safest country in the world.
Posted in: No. of traffic accident deaths in Tokyo soars in October
StewartNov. 01, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
.....and it was a Friday night, too.
StewartOct. 30, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
How can anyone be at all surprised that most Americans (and anyone else outside NE Asia) does not know about or care about the Senkaku Islands - there are so many much bigger and more bloody disputes going on around the world.
When I go back to the UK, I still meet people who ask questions like, 'What part of Hong Kong is Tokyo in?' 'You live in Japan - you must like Chinese food.' 'Korea is a country?' One survey of the most famous Japanese for Britons had 1) Yoko Ono 2) Godzilla 3) Bruce Lee.....says it all really.
Posted in: Japan’s PR battle for U.S. hearts and minds
StewartOct. 21, 2014 - 08:52PM JST
Thank you, Cleo.
Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match
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Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:13AM JST
Foreign investment is not only avoiding Japan, it's running away, and despite the increasing number of…
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Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:09AM JST
I've covered several Dylan tunes, and my opinion about this issue is, 'WTFC'?
Posted in: What do you think of Bob Dylan's continued lack of response to being awarded the Nobel literature prize on Oct 13?
Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:04AM JST
As a musician, I can totally relate to her difficulty at screwing up. As an actress…
Posted in: Meryl Streep says singing badly for new role required work
Oct. 25, 2016 - 12:03AM JST
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