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gaijintravellerSep. 25, 2016 - 09:07AM JST
Note that it is apparently all right to organise tours to make tourists pay an excessive amounts if you have a licence. Evidently those with licences do not want others taking business from them.
Most tax-free shops, especially those in airports, have always been a scam.
Posted in: Unlicensed guides are organizing tours that aim to make tourists pay excessive amounts of money. Goods sold in tax-free shops in Japan have begun to develop a negative reputation on Chinese internet sites and other media, with some saying the prices are too high.
gaijintravellerSep. 25, 2016 - 08:58AM JST
Even poor Filipinos can speak English. Surely that counts as a special skill in Japan where many large companies are incapable of providing English support for their products or services.
Posted in: Will 'strategic special zones' turn into hotbeds of prostitution?
gaijintravellerSep. 25, 2016 - 08:49AM JST
I always thought that the sytem was set up the way it was with virtually all phones being sold through the major carriers to protect Japanese manufacturers.
Of course, that was before smartphones. It should be remembered that not so long ago it used to be impossible to buy an unlocked phone in Japan or get Apple Japan to unlock your phone for you.
Posted in: Japan's antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple, carriers
gaijintravellerSep. 21, 2016 - 08:37AM JST
Perhaps the headline is the wrong way round. It is the companies that have destroyed the salarymen.
One of the big mistakes in Japan is the way mistakes are punished. As a result everyone is afraid to amek a mistake and consequently afraid to take a chance, to try something new, something different. Don't blame the older salarymenj, blame the system that made them the way they are.
Posted in: Unable to keep pace with change, salarymen over 50 'destroying their companies'
gaijintravellerSep. 15, 2016 - 11:19PM JST
Philippines President Duterte 'once killed man with Uzi' http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37370848
Maybe he even joined in with the killing.
Posted in: Witness says Philippine president ordered killings when he was mayor
gaijintravellerSep. 15, 2016 - 09:34AM JST
When I first visited Kyoto in 1976, the tranquility of the rock garden at Ryoanji was broken by an endless tape telling people to be quiet so that people could meditate.
I notice that a bus company executive blames the middlemen who act on behalf of Chinese travel agencies. Nowhere does it say the middlemen are Chinese. Could they be Japanese?
Posted in: Last-minute cancellation by Chinese tour groups driving businesses crazy
gaijintravellerSep. 15, 2016 - 09:16AM JST
Neutering at the local vet is expensive. My local vet charges 21,000 for females and 15,000 for males, and I believe Tokyo vets usually charge a lot more. I recently had to do five kittens, three of which are female. I did not take them to the local vet but to a clinic in Kawasaki that specialises in neutering and charges a third of what my local vet charges. They also do vaccinations for half the price of the local vet. I cannot read Japanese, but I have been told by someone who does that they have a special rate for strays, between two and three thousand for neutering, vaccinating and ear-clipping, which shows that the stray has neutered and released. Search for tnr kawasaki clinic and you will find the place. You need to telephone and make an appointment before taking a pet there. There are other places that charge similar prices. I know there is one in Yokohama not far from Myorenji station.
Some people mentioned chipping. I don't know if this clinic does chipping, but I think it is a waste of time and money in Japan as vets in Japan do not check pets to see if they have been chipped. In Britain I believe by law vets must check animals to see if they have been chipped. A friend of mine got her cat back after a couple of years. Her cat disappeared in London. A few years later some people living in Berkshire, new owners, took her cat to a vet. The vet contacted my friend, and she got her cat back.
gaijintravellerSep. 14, 2016 - 01:23PM JST
Not to mention removing shoes on the train and putting smelly feet on the seat opposite.
Posted in: Japanese firms wage war on 'smell harassment'
gaijintravellerSep. 13, 2016 - 09:01AM JST
"No one wants to go to war." What about the US? It is good for the weapons industry. Politicians, including US politicians have been known to fabricate reasons for a war.
"The sooner the conflict is over, the better for both sides." Yet America seems to want endless wars.
"But surely, one will argue, when there are bans on other weapons, such as chemical weapons, why are there no bans on cluster munitions? The answer is that humanity decided a century ago that chemical weapons are different – so inhuman that they should be banned." The US used chemical weapons in Vietnam. Napalm, as shown recently in a Facebook photo, is a chemical weapon and Agent Orange killed mopre than just trees. Most of humanity wants to ban cluster bombs and landmines, but the inhumanity of the US military-industrial complex continues to prevent this.
Posted in: Smart weapons, dumb armies
gaijintravellerSep. 09, 2016 - 09:38AM JST
The US military-industrial complex has gained far too much power. I'm afraid the world's most economically and militarily powerful nation is going the way of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan of the last century. Unfortunately nations that go that route need to be defanged to change their ways.
The Japanese ultranationalists have gained far too much power, not to mention Abe's extremely close relationship with them. I'm afraid another of the world's most economically and militarily powerful nations is going the way of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan of the last century. Unfortunately nations that go that route need to be defanged to change their ways.
gaijintravellerSep. 03, 2016 - 09:14AM JST
Do they move the seats only when the train is empty? The Youtube example is on an empty train. I suspect this is the case. I imagine it would be too dangerous with passengers in the train.
Posted in: Seats descend from ceiling on train to provide extra comfort for passengers
gaijintravellerSep. 03, 2016 - 09:07AM JST
Is it possible to live comfortably in Tokyo?
Tokyo is far too noisy and crowded, and the same goes for other big cities in Japan. If you want to live comfortably, it is better to live in the countryside, but if you have to commute to Tokyo, you cannot live comfortably. To live comfortably one should be able to have a car to drive and importantly park with ease.
Posted in: A reader moving to Japan asks how much a month it would cost to live here comfortably. How much does it cost you?
gaijintravellerAug. 28, 2016 - 05:07PM JST
Somewhat lacking in authenticity. Green curry does not contain ginger' it contains galangal, which looklike ginger but tastes quite different. Butter? Never. Lime juice? Try kaffir lime leaves and if you can't get them, use some other citrus leaf but not the juice. Itallian basil not Thai sweet basil?
l suppose this is written for people to live in areas where they cannot get Thai ingredients, but it is not so hard to find a Thai shop in Tokyo or surrounding area.
Posted in: Scent of Thai pork curry will bring you to the table
gaijintravellerAug. 26, 2016 - 09:25AM JST
If this system were applied to politicians. most would receive no pay at all.
Posted in: The ruling and opposition parties are divided on a bill to revise the Labor Standards Law, which would introduce a pay system for “highly professional workers” basing their salary on performance, rather than on number of hours worked. What's your stance on this?
gaijintravellerAug. 26, 2016 - 09:08AM JST
Strangerland, you do not have to install the Facebook and all it implies. You can view Facebook in your browser.
Posted in: WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook
gaijintravellerAug. 24, 2016 - 09:30AM JST
I saw a BBC documentary that explained that one big problem was low-fat products. When the fat content was reduced, the products did not taste so good. Manufacturers discovered that they could improve the taste of many low-fat products by adding sugar. As a result there is sugar in many foods that you would not expect to contain sugar.
Posted in: U.S. kids eat three times too much added sugar: health group
gaijintravellerAug. 24, 2016 - 09:17AM JST
I think a lot of the problem with computer security in Japan is explained in the headline, "Japan to train ..."
What is really needed is for Japan to be trained, and to be trained by foreign experts instead of the we-know-best-and-can-do-it-alone attitude that too often prevails until there is a disaster and they realise that they can't.
gaijintravellerAug. 11, 2016 - 08:11AM JST
And rising thanks to Abenomics.
gaijintravellerAug. 02, 2016 - 07:40PM JST
Most Japanese would not believe that they already consume marijuana. The large seeds found in shichimi are marijuana seeds.
It should be pointed out that the seeds are not psychoactive. I have been told that the ones n shichimi have been treated by heat or radiation so that they are infertile, so you can't grow plants from the seeds.
Posted in: Cannabis chef takes fine dining to new high
gaijintravellerJul. 25, 2016 - 07:57AM JST
So Japan is the last country togive up on VHS. What will Japan give up on next? The fax?
Posted in: End of an era: VCRs headed for outdated tech heaven
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Sep. 25, 2016 - 10:56AM JST
Also, the whole Gennifer Flowers thing... pretty deplorable behavior if you ask me
Clinton’s decision to…
Posted in: Clinton, Trump look to overcome weaknesses on debate stage
Sep. 25, 2016 - 10:48AM JST
Read my name, Mr KY
Posted in: How do you remember all the passwords and user IDs you use in your daily life?
Trump misspelled Flowers’ first name in his original tweet, then sent a corrected version minutes later.…
Sep. 25, 2016 - 10:46AM JST
You're so dense you don't even get it, do you?
I guess I am 'so dense'…
Sep. 25, 2016 - 10:45AM JST
"The only reason Corbyn supporters were able to hijack the part was because of a flaw…
Posted in: Jeremy Corbyn re-elected leader of divided UK Labour Party
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