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Posted in: Morinaga starts 'summer time,' calling employees to work at 8 a.m. See in context

Do they really go home at 4.30 an hour early? I don't know of anyone in Japan who walks out of the door on time.

I have seen many people leave on time in Japan. For factories, it's very common. I once worked at a Japanese electronic manufacturer. We followed factory hours with time cards and everything. You couldn't be late, but you got to leave on the dot.

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Posted in: Park place See in context

Beautiful! I don't see anyone drinking alcohol in this photo.

That's because it is Shinjuku-gyoen. No alcohol allowed.

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Posted in: 4 killed, 141 injured after 7.4 quake hits Miyagi Pref, vicinity See in context

The chance of a major Tokyo quake is one area foreign media have looked at and Japanese media has ignored.

Foreign media turn to pure speculation when reality is hard to cover. I would imagine that everyone living in Tokyo know they are overdue for the next Big One. But using voodoo to predict it isn't helping anyone.

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Posted in: Shoppers' appetite for spending is being restrained by a feeling that it is inappropriate when nearly 28,000 are dead or missing and more than 180,000 survivors huddle in shelters. What effect do you See in context

They can stop putting up posters in the parks saying "Please refrain from having a Hanami party" for a start. Leave it up to the individual. All this canceling of events will stagnate Japan just when that's the last thing they need. I think the best way to keep the tragedy in our minds why attending events is to add a charity aspect to events. E.g. a hanami party with a charity bucket to go to the Red Cross.

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Posted in: How have the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis affected your lifestyle? See in context

Power outages and reduced trains is the biggest change.

Last night on TV they were talking about a process by which west Japan can convert their 60mhz electricity to 50mhz and sent it to us in the east and it might avoid the planned black outs in the summer.

60mhz? Wow, those turbines must really be screaming! Try 60Hz. That would be very good if they could. I guess they can turn it into DC and then invert it back to AC at 50Hz. I wonder how long it would take to build that. Rather short sighted to have two incompatible systems.

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Posted in: What is the fairest way to deal with the expected summer power shortage? See in context

Daylight saving means little when night-time temps are 3-5 degrees max below day-time highs.

Yes, but it save in electric light for businesses and homes.

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Posted in: 49-year-old man dresses as woman, enters female public bath area See in context

But the lack of anything resembling breasts...

Mate, you're in Japan. That would be the least of the giveaway.

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Posted in: 'Cove' director gives free DVDs to Taiji residents See in context

It's not really pushing a belief on them though...just showing them a documentary of what is going on in Taiji. It's up to the residents to decide whether to do something about it or ignore it.

They don't want to see it. If they did they could change their minds and they definitely don't want to do that.

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Posted in: NZ earthquake toll at 98 dead, 226 missing See in context

GJDailleult

One, is the amount of liquefaction taking place and the instability of the buildings on landfill or less than solid ground.

There isn't any landfill or reclamation in Christchurch. But the water table is pretty high and many parts of the city used to be swampland.

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Posted in: Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65 See in context

From reports, it felt much bigger than the September quake. Not as big on Richter but shallower and closer. Also, worst timing.

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Posted in: Should parents be prosecuted if their kids are caught throwing rocks at trains, cars or other other vehicles? See in context

The kid who finds out at age 9 that he can wreak havoc and get away with it will still be doing it at age 19.

They are getting away with it. It's the parents that are being prosecuted.

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Posted in: Should parents be prosecuted if their kids are caught throwing rocks at trains, cars or other other vehicles? See in context

I can't believe some people voted yes. Kids will do bad things sometimes and parents should discipline them, but to be prosecuted for their actions? Come on. It's a slippery slope...

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Posted in: Shopping in the rain See in context

Why don't people wear raincoats with hoods? Far more practical than umbrellas in these situations.

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Posted in: Latest Lumix See in context

I too find it annoying that they remove other languages from the menu. I can read the menu in Japanese, but I prefer English. Removing this preference from local models is a little bit short-sighted. Sony and Panasonic seem to assume that the only people using other language electronics in Japan will get the 'overseas model' at greater expense.

I heard that they remove the other languages from Japanese models is that some Japanese accidentally change the language and then they can't read it to change it back.

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Posted in: Thieves in Malaysia steal $1.5 mil worth of condoms from Japanese company See in context

I think the thieves may find themselves a little disappointed with their booty.

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Posted in: Drunken driver crashes car; back behind wheel 4 hours later See in context

runwithscissors

And again with your demand of "Don't drink" you prove you are simply anti-freedom. That is prohibition revived via a sneaky back door tactic.

I have no problem with people drinking. And I have no problem with people driving. I do have a problem with people driving when they are drunk. It's not anti-freedom. It's because drunk drivers kill innocent people.

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Posted in: Drunken driver crashes car; back behind wheel 4 hours later See in context

runwithscissors

Stomach vapors are a common cause of a higher than actual reading, because you cannot easily separate all the sources of vapors even though the test "assumes" you did.

Well if you are drunk then you may burp into the device and you get what's coming to you.

I agree that they are not accurate, but really, I am sure that if you get a high reading you are DUI in Japan. Vapors from the stomach indicate that you will get more inebriated when that alcohol enters the blood. Maybe the alcohol content in your blood is different, but hey, it's still there.

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Posted in: Drunken driver crashes car; back behind wheel 4 hours later See in context

runwithscissors

You have not one clue how it could measure alcohol in the blood by stomach vapors coming out of the mouth.

Actually stomach vapors don't get measured. It's the alcohol getting purged from the lungs that gets measured. I agree, they aren't very accurate. In many countries a reading over a certain amount means that a blood test can be taken upon consent. If the consent isn't given, then the reading is used.

Having said that, Japan has a zero tolerance policy, so a high reading is almost guaranteed to be DUI.

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Posted in: What do you think will be the biggest technological development of the coming decade, so that when we look back in 10 years' time, we'll wonder how we ever did without it? See in context

Greater advances in food technology, like GMOs. We need to feed the ever increasing world.

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Posted in: What do you think will be the biggest technological development of the coming decade, so that when we look back in 10 years' time, we'll wonder how we ever did without it? See in context

It will be a whole new energy source. Something that we are not even looking at right now, or just in the early stages of researching. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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Posted in: Exodus See in context

I'm always amazed at how large the suitcases are that are used by Japanese travelers. My guess is that they tend only to travel for a week, why do they need so much luggage?

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Posted in: Lumix SLR digital camera See in context

But if you live in japan you are assumed to have enough japanese knowledge to operate it.

Bad assumption. Actually they sell Japanese only and foreign language versions (for a higher price). I heard that the reason that they separate the models is that it causes confusion in Japan. If a local buyer accidentally switches his camera to German and he can't switch it back so he has to call the support line. I don't know if it's true, but it sounds rather lame.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' director fights lawsuit by Japanese scientist See in context

No need for release papers. This is about the professor claiming that his reputation is tarnished by what he said. There is only one person to blame there! The professor will lose.

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Posted in: Lumix SLR digital camera See in context

Actually it's a Micro Four Thirds SLD. The D standing for Digital.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

2020hindsight, except for the weight the iPhone has all the limitations of the iPad, plus the much too small screen for reading books.

Not for me. It's lighter for a start and I'm short sighted. I have the font size on the iPhone on the lowest setting and can read it perfectly. A simple tap from my thumb and I change the page. I tell you it's much easier than a real book.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

I need an eWriter! Last two posts mistakes: Kindle (not Knidle) and Economical (not ecomical). Sorry...

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

kansaifun

Ah so, don't forget the initail 20000 yen or whatever cost of the e-reader. for that price you could buy approximately 200 100yen books at Book-off. How long does it take you to read 200 books?

And the cost of storing and transporting 200 books from Book Off? Probably not ecomical.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

gonemad

It has to be integrated into a swiss army-knife type of device.

It's called an iPhone. Just download the Knidle app.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

catusjack

Don't have to WAIT to open it and close it.

I'll wager that opening a Kindle to the current page is quicker than a real book (especially my iPhone Kindle).

Does anyone have an amazon kindle in Japan? I want to know if you can use its free internet browser function here or do you need to use its wi-fi function to read email, blogs etc?

The web browser in the Kindle is not great at all, and yes, you need to use WiFi. An iPad is a much better option for this.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

I forgot to mention I have an iPad, but I find it too heavy as a book reader. Also, another advantage of most eReaders: A built-in dictionary.

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