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gaijintravellerOct. 21, 2016 - 08:10AM JST
If “Police officers are dispatched to prevent unnecessary confrontation,” they should not create them by using racial slurs. However, using slurs is sometimes a technique used by police to encourage someone to try to hit them so that they can arrest that person for assaulting a police officer.
Posted in: Okinawa, Osaka governors at odds over police officer's insult
gaijintravellerOct. 17, 2016 - 09:42AM JST
If a restaurant permits smoking, it evidently does not want its customers to fully appreciate the food.
It should be remembered that JR, or was it JNR back then, strongly opposed introducing even one no-smoking car on shinkansens. After doing so, however, they soon saw the light. Soon it was one smoking car and now no smoking.
Does anyone remember when smoking was allowed on planes? JAL was one of the last airlines to ban it.
I remember having a conversation with the staff in a sushi restaurant which banned the use of phones. I asked why phones were banned but smoking was allowed. I asked if phones stank. The staff did not understand. My point was smoking is even more disturbing than phones and detracts from the enjoyment of food.
Posted in: There may be opposition from those in the restaurant and other related industries, but this is a meaningful step forward. What is important now is working to sway public opinion.
gaijintravellerOct. 17, 2016 - 09:26AM JST
This is nothing to do with catching terrorists as historically terrorism in Japan is perpetrated by Japanese such as Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese Red Army, ultra-rightists and anti-Narita protesters. It is more to do with subsidising Japanese companies that produce the facial recognition equipment. That these companies in return subsidise politicians or bureaucrats by amukudari or other means is a possibility also worth considering.
gaijintravellerOct. 14, 2016 - 08:41AM JST
Why go fast? Because there is a huge truck taligaiting 2 metres behind you.
It should be noted that the top speed of Japanese cars in Japan is 180kph. They have a limiter. On the autobahns some cars go weel in excess of the speed. The most noticeable difference is that if you approach a Porsche from behind in a Prius or anything else on the autobahn, the Porsche will pull over. In Japan I am amazed by the amount of overtaking on the inside, which is a definite no-no on motorways in my country, because someone insists on going at the speed limit n the fast lane and refuses to pull over.
Posted in: Japan to raise speed limit on parts of two expressways to 110 kph
gaijintravellerOct. 10, 2016 - 07:21PM JST
Give Japan some credit. Pesticide is now spread over the paddies by drone instead of manned helicopter.
Posted in: Japan's 'agri-tech' farming revolution
gaijintravellerOct. 09, 2016 - 07:47AM JST
Posted in: 10 foods not to serve at a Japanese dinner party
gaijintravellerOct. 08, 2016 - 06:21PM JST
A sandwich with a slice of white rubber in the middle. They said it was cheese, but it bore little resemblance to cheese.
Posted in: What are some of the weirdest sandwich or pastry items you have seen in convenience stores and bakeries in Japan?
gaijintravellerOct. 07, 2016 - 08:25AM JST
Block vents located close to greenery or under buildings to prevent their entry.
Excellent advice. The result of doing so could be rot in wood leading to structural damage to the house, which is far worse than anything hakubishi can do. The vents are there for a reason.
Posted in: What's that smell? Could a civet be nearby?
gaijintravellerOct. 04, 2016 - 06:33PM JST
“It is futile to expand the factory with high interest loans,"
Are high interest loans the result of negative interest rates? IT seems that banks should be able to give lower interest loans now.
Posted in: Small firms dying out as aging owners struggle to find successors
gaijintravellerOct. 04, 2016 - 06:19PM JST
It is not just the internet, it is the whole high-tech business. Wordstar, Wordperfect, Ashton-Tate, Lotus 1-2-3, Hayes, U.S Robitics, all market leaders in their time, all now distant memories. Knowing such names must age me. Few in their 20s will even have heard of them.
Posted in: BlackBerry lesson: Adapt or die in the internet age
gaijintravellerOct. 03, 2016 - 06:08PM JST
So we may assume there will be no increase in consumption tax this year.
gaijintravellerOct. 03, 2016 - 06:06PM JST
Sorry, but if the Senkakus belong to Japan because Japan occupied them, the Kuriles belong to Russia because Russia occupied them. You can't have it both ways.
Abe has a good advisor in Muneo Suzuki, who spent a year in prison. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/12/07/news/bribed-lawmaker-muneo-suzuki-out-on-parole/
gaijintravellerOct. 03, 2016 - 10:36AM JST
"Hang was working as a nurse in her hometown."
If she is a nurse, does she need to be trained for several years to be a caregiver? Surely, she is better trained than most Japanese caregivers who are not qualified nurses.
The legalised slave labour business expands.
gaijintravellerOct. 01, 2016 - 06:09PM JST
Anyone had a wage hike recently?
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
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Oct. 25, 2016 - 06:45AM JST
There are many more beautiful women in Japan. Don't know why my first comment was deleted,…
Posted in: Rina: Young Japanese model taking world by storm
Oct. 25, 2016 - 06:33AM JST
Nasty young adults. Blame on them for being worthless and their parents for not raising better.
Posted in: 14-yr-old boy dies after being beaten by teens on Oct 10
Oct. 25, 2016 - 06:23AM JST
"He's completely unmatched as a songwriter, a hell of a singer...."
Joni Mitchell (and many…
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 - 06:10AM JST
It's difficult to be of any Asian nationality and side with constant generational USA grade-school taunts.…
Posted in: As Duterte embraces China, Abe set to roll out warm welcome
Oct. 25, 2016 - 05:54AM JST
Can't tell their names because we must protect the rights and dignity of a group of…
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