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    wanderlust

    He can 'beef up' defence, but what are the rules of engagement for shooting down the missiles?

    Can a local military commander make the decision independently if they breach a designated airspace?

    Or does it go to the PM or Minister of Defence first, and risk being too late?

    Posted in: Abe vows to beef up defense; calls N Korean missiles serious threat

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    wanderlust

    And if you think these sworn witnesses tell the truth at a Diet Session, well there's some beach front property for sale in Afghanistan with an ocean view!

    There's a history here of misunderstandings, forgetfulness, exposure and after-the-fact revelations, leading to abject apologies, resignation, and of course subsequent rehabilitation after 6 months.

    Posted in: School operator head to give sworn testimony in Diet next Thursday

  • 5

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    Whilst admiring the verdict, it will no doubt be appealed to the Supreme Court, who being closer to the 'Nuclear Village', may not agree with the findings.

    Posted in: Gov't, TEPCO found liable for Fukushima nuclear disaster for 1st time

  • 0

    wanderlust

    Never used to pay at my old bar in Osaka, the mama-san would send an invoice to the company at the end of the month!

    Posted in: Coming soon, paying your tab without giving your credit card

  • -1

    wanderlust

    And 'newhalf' is a totally different concept, the Japanese expression for ladyboy or shemale!

    Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids

  • 5

    wanderlust

    ...its four distinct seasons help to deepen whisky flavors during years of aging...

    Experts gushed.

    Only Japan has four seasons?

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

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    wanderlust

    If details of the TPP negotiations had been more open, it would have had a better chance of being accepted by people/ voters. As it was, the shroud of secrecy surrounding the myriads of lobbyists and special interest groups influencing it generated suspicion. When its Atlantic equivalent, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), was leaked to the public, they were horrified at the details and the potential power assigned to corporations, in some cases overruling sovereign governments.

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    wanderlust

    Like most modern cruise ships, it just looks like a massive 'dan-chi' or block of flats stuck on top of a barge! Whatever happened to the design of ships?

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  • 1

    wanderlust

    ...Just go to the embassy and go home right away!

    Anyone who knows working conditions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia knows that passports are taken away from you, and stored in the personnel department of your company. To leave the kingdom, you need an 'Exit Visa', which is applied for by your company.

    The labourers have probably also paid a small fortune back home to an employment agency to get their job, or the fees are deducted monthly, and most of your salary is withheld from you until successful completion of your contract. They can't afford to leave, and can't afford to stay. Welcome to the 'Sandbox!'

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    wanderlust

    More than 30,000 Indians, Pakistanis and other TCNs have been waiting to get paid for over one year, obtain their 'exit visa' and leave the kingdom, due to companies like Saudi bin Ladin, Saudi Oger and United Seemac not paying their 'guest' workers. Even their own Saudi government 'workers' have not been paid. Consulates, embassies and other expatriates have even resorted to flying meals in for them from Dubai and Bahrain to assist them. The cost of the flights from Indonesia to Japan would have gone a long way to pay off these workers and honour their contracts. They really need to put their own 'house' in order first.

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    For those interested in Thai names, Bangkok In Thai is called Krung Thep Maka Nakhon, or just Krung Thep. However, the full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanuka!

    Posted in: Emperor, empress pay respects to Thailand's late king; meet new monarch

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    wanderlust

    What are the rules of engagement for shooting down the missiles? Can a local military commander make the decision independently if they breach a designated airspace? Or does it go to the PM or Minister of Defence first, and risk being too late?

    Posted in: Abe says N Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles; 3 land 300 kms from Japan's coast

  • 14

    wanderlust

    A competency test over a certain age might be better. Some people at 80 are still good drivers, others at 60 are not.

    Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses?

  • -1

    wanderlust

    3 delivery runs a day are probably enough, morning (10-12), afternoon (14-16) and early evening(18-20). Saturdays and Sundays, maybe just 1-2 runs. No need for the current daily 7 time slots from 0900 until 21:00, and sometimes even delivery at 22:00.

    If you really need it by specific time, pay extra for the time delivery service which already exists.

    They could also make it easier for people to pick up a missed delivery at the local parcel centre, which would save their time too.

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  • 4

    wanderlust

    Interesting that blood group no longer seems to be a key factor in relationships

    Posted in: Company promises women the man of their (financial) dreams

  • 0

    wanderlust

    Subaru only recently sent out a recall notice related to faulty Takata airbags - their 'solution' was to disconnect it due to a lack of replacements being available, and tell the passenger to put on their seatbelt (!) and set the seat as far back as possible. Not exactly 'Confidence In Motion' as the company proclaims.

    Posted in: Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1 bil in U.S.

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    wanderlust

    It's only making a plan. It's not as if they will have to carry it out!

    Posted in: TEPCO says it will make plan this summer to clean up Fukushima plant

  • 3

    wanderlust

    Yet they can't find a couple of tons of radioactive corium in the bottom of a concrete building! Why not start with the basics at home?

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  • 2

    wanderlust

    He should first pay the wages of the Indians and other TCNs owed 1,000,000s of dollars by contractors such as Saudi bin Ladin, who are unable to leave the country. The cost of the 1,500 strong entourage staying in 5-star hotels would easily pay for their contracts to be honoured.

    Posted in: Saudi King Salman launches investment drive with Asia tour

  • 4

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    Time for the IOC to wake up and review how they hold the games. Fewer countries are interested in bidding, with their people fearing the continual corruption, debts paid by taxpayers, and the legacy of crumbling, unused and wasteful infrastructure, already seen in Brazil and Athens.

    Posted in: Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics

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