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borschtSep. 26, 2016 - 12:15PM JST
I saw an alcohol-free chuhai on the menu.
I saw an alcohol-free chuhai on the menu.
Wouldn't that just be fruit juice?
Saké is becoming more popular in the US because places are not limiting it to Japanese food. A few nice restaurants recommend different sakés for different meals — like a certain wine with a certain meal. And people are beginning to warm to the idea. Plus, the number of saké brewers in the US is increasing so Japanese brewers better get going.
They definitely need to go to their market. Is Ozawa saying they can't easily go abroad because of language? Because of cost? Because the brewing process requires time? That's why they need to hire an English (or Korean, Chinese)-speaking saké sommelier and get in touch with restaurant industry exhibitions. Not just one brewer but a brewers' association.
Check out Ichishima Saké from Niigata and a podcast called Japan Eats from New York that discusses Japanese-related food and drink.
Posted in: Japanese sake looks overseas as local market dries up
borschtSep. 26, 2016 - 08:55AM JST
Peter Barakan (sp?) has been great for a long time. Knowledgeable, low key, intelligent, fluent.
Posted in: What do you think of the various foreigners who appear on Japanese TV? Do any of them make you cringe? Are there any whom you think do a good job?
borschtSep. 25, 2016 - 09:04AM JST
19, too young to die but not too old to be foolish. What is the penalty for speeding and driving without a license? Pretty sure it isn't death.
Posted in: Motorbike rider, pursued by police car, killed after crashing into truck
borschtSep. 22, 2016 - 08:59AM JST
First week in this island country I decided to go to a non-designated beach (one the locals didn't decide was the Proper beach). Never saw so much garbage in my life - almost all from Japan itself. Also, during Golden Week, decided to take a trek of about 40 km from one small town to another. Never saw so much garbage since the non-designated beach along the roadway.
But my neighborhood was very clean. Wives did the garbage detail: cleaning, tossing, cleaning up. And, of course, the tsk-taking whenever I put burnable garbage out on the wrong day. Social pressure is passive-aggressive but still a powerful force so take that away and you end up with garbage-strewn beaches and roadways.
As for cleaning the bottles before recycling them - they aren't cleaned & sterilized before being re-used? Holy smokes!
Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean
borschtSep. 21, 2016 - 09:51AM JST
I sat in a coffee shop in Osaka that had a sign on each table that read: No Internet surfing, No studying, No working. Buy food or drink or Get out.
Very friendly atmosphere, eh? I watched people gobble down food, slam back their coffee, and rush out. I probably watched for an hour or so while holding my 99% empty cup of coffee.
Posted in: In the past, the atmosphere and customer service at Starbucks was analogous to business class aboard an airline. As the company expanded, the quality of staff has declined, and there are also many customers who hang out there just to work, using the Wi-Fi, and it’s not the kind of place where you can relax. With the slow economy more people are trying to pinch pennies, and it has the image of being higher priced, so it shouldn’t be surprising that customer satisfaction has declined.
borschtSep. 21, 2016 - 09:40AM JST
Decades ago a friend got a job straight out of school and quit within a few months because he had to, "Do all the boring unpleasant jobs." I guess he thought his degree would entitle him to the CEO position first. After all, every new employee starts out at the top and works their way down.
On the other hand, I hate it when I propose a new process and am told "No" because the old way is The Way. I'm never given an explanation as to why my proposal is bad or inefficient. Just: "That's not the way we do it here."
And I'm really really tired of hiring everyone (not just bucho and above) literally say, "It's not my responsibility."
Posted in: Unable to keep pace with change, salarymen over 50 'destroying their companies'
borschtSep. 19, 2016 - 10:15AM JST
many customers who hang out there just to work, using the Wi-Fi
many customers who hang out there just to work, using the Wi-Fi
Howard the Schultz actually said he doesn't sell coffee, he sells space, a third space where people can study, use wifi, work and, oh yeah, buy coffee and such.
borschtSep. 18, 2016 - 01:14PM JST
It's not just disabilities that people want to ignore. Diseases such as cancer and epilepsy are also shunted off to the side where "normal" people don't have to deal with them. A relative even said if she found out there was cancer in her boyfriend's family, she wouldn't marry him. Because, you know, cancer is genetic and contagious. At least most people don't make fun of disabled people, unlike the GOP candidate.
Posted in: Japan confronts disability stigma after silence over murder victims' names
borschtSep. 18, 2016 - 11:05AM JST
Not so much an expert panel is needed as a panel of Japanese humans with brains so say, "Regrettable, the emperor can abdicate." The lawyers, of course, will have to obliterate the language into legalese oblivion, but "experts" are not really required.
borschtSep. 17, 2016 - 04:18PM JST
I like their free WiFi.
Posted in: Mitsubishi to take majority stake in convenience store chain Lawson
borschtSep. 16, 2016 - 08:53AM JST
My wife taught at an elementary school for a few years and was astounded how some teachers wrote off poor performing students because, according to them, "they won't go to high school anyway." This from the second or third grade. There was no effort to help students with learning disabilities or needed more help - that was the job of the Juku. And if the parents couldn't afford the Juku, too bad.
High performing students were similarly ignored in the theory that "everyone should be treated the same." Students who were bilingually fluent in English and Japanese still had to sit in class to learn the alphabet with the rest of the fifth graders. One student my wife taught spent her first ten years in Australia. Of course she spoke better English than the Japanese English teacher and some of the ALTs. The school either had no idea what to do with students like her or couldn't afford to pay for an extra teacher for them. Similar with students who excelled in math or science.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of school education in Japan? If you have a child at school, are you happy with that school?
borschtSep. 15, 2016 - 03:17PM JST
We're all thinking like the Police here. Speculation leading to arrest which leads naturally to conviction; in the press if not in an actual court. I hope a forced confession isn't in the cards, either.
Posted in: 3 members of family found dead in Hokkaido apartment
borschtSep. 15, 2016 - 10:02AM JST
I can see the program going haywire when the body language (of a sociopath, for instance) doesn't match his or her test scores.
Posted in: We plan to upgrade the program so that it can analyze the body language of applicants during interviews and use this data to help decide whether they should be hired.
borschtSep. 15, 2016 - 09:59AM JST
Mottos city and the shopping mall company should get together to rent cheap space to artists, crafts people, and other generators of art like computer-graphics etc. Could be a PR gain.
Posted in: Abandoned mall has no employees, but still one operating store selling just one item
borschtSep. 13, 2016 - 09:07PM JST
Cutting a body... Doesn't that produce a lot of body fluids (blood etc)? And smell...?
Posted in: Woman arrested after severed body parts found in Chiba home
borschtSep. 12, 2016 - 09:52AM JST
Danalawton, spot on.
Most foreign 'aid' is often just a discount on goods or services produced by the country giving the aid. Or a requirement to purchase from companies in the country giving the aid. It's more aid to the domestic companies in enforced demand than it is to the country on the receiving end.
borschtSep. 12, 2016 - 09:46AM JST
Sounds like a plan; I fully expect the nursery school owners to revamp the abandoned houses or buildings to bring them up to code (who will pay?) and to meet the legal requirements for kindergartens etc. The help on rent for lowly paid childcare workers is good - not as good as paying them more but if the subsidy is more than half the rent, that's similar.
Posted in: The metropolitan government will pay the rent for five years for new nurseries in vacant houses or buildings and will also subsidize operators who rent apartments to their childcare workers.
borschtSep. 12, 2016 - 09:42AM JST
I was joking about the drones. First, since one landed on Abe's roof, the gov't wants to ban them (except when the gov't wants to use them to do surveillance). Second, Two (2) words, then only used one.
But, as GW says, it's a bad idea. Imagine 1000 drones delivering Cup Noodles to convenience stores. Brrr.
Posted in: If subway freight trains serve as a substitute for trucks in central Tokyo, where there is a high demand for delivery services, it will alleviate the growing shortage of truck drivers.
borschtSep. 11, 2016 - 04:59PM JST
Too words: drones.
If the Supreme Court is okay with government surveillance of a religious group, this law is superfluous; it's already happening and no matter how many 'lefties' complain, LDP opposition will be targeted. Of course, 'rightfies' should complain too because, technically, 'righties' want less government and less government interference in their lives.
Posted in: Proposed anti-conspiracy law stirs civil rights concerns in Japan
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Sep. 26, 2016 - 04:01PM JST
Fantastic! This is exactly what Japan needs to break out of the economic doldrums - more…
Posted in: Ginza gleams
Sep. 26, 2016 - 03:55PM JST
Bob Sapp! What a blast from the past!
Sep. 26, 2016 - 03:53PM JST
That's at least six vows on the economy, and most after he's said overseas that Abenomics…
Posted in: Abe vows action on TPP, economy as Diet session begins
Sep. 26, 2016 - 03:52PM JST
Red Suns..... you need to learn more about warplanes.
It's 2016 and we don't dogfight like…
Posted in: Japan scrambles fighter jet as Chinese air force planes pass southwest
Sep. 26, 2016 - 03:51PM JST
And, a big one off the coast of Chiba the other day, right in the middle…
Posted in: Quakes strike off Okinawa, Hokkaido
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