If a foreigner return lost item to koban they'll be interrogated for almost one hour while they'll be asking to fill many form of papers. Lucky enough if they don't accuse you stole that in the beginning.
Oh come on, is this just you trying to make up stuff or
I have returned wallets, house keys, car keys/fabs, etc... No different treatment than anyone else same as my Japanese wife when she has done the same.
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After over 30 years in Japan I keep saying nothing can surprise me!
Then something like this comes along and I am proven wrong!
My second thought was is this some kind of new trend/dad like going to Tokyo tower or Sky tree to propose, you go to Donki to break up!
A little research is needed on this.
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Oh come on only a fool doesn't know the real reason especially if you are a foreigner living in Japan.
Sure it was Lennon egged on by Ono.
If you know the story of how she got her claws into him, heck he basically never saw his first son until just before his death because she refused to let him.
The museum in Japan she created showing Lennon's life erased his first marriage, first son, only just before closing was a picture included showing Lennon with both his sons just months before his death.
McCartney was the one that took Julian during holidays, etc... While John sang about Imagine everyone living in peace he and Yoko refused to even see Julian.
I would believe Paul long before John/Yoko!
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Wait until the power grid collapses again.
Well at least he will have another reason for slow delivery.
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David BrentToday 03:18 pm JST
Guess you didn't read the article you posted.
As pointed out those are not traditional bricks as the writer claims, they are pseudo bricks.
Specifically designed to look like bricks with hollow points in order to pass reinforced steel rebarb throughout.
But in any case extremely rare and as the article you posted points out extremely expensive beyond the means of most Japanese home owners.
It's like my pointing out there is a house near my place that is all glass walls, yep there is, special order special type of glass, extremely expensive but not anything your typical Japanese resident lives in.
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better have a plan B in case your house or apartment block collapses in an earthquake.
My plan A,B and C.
Container located in the parking area in front of the house, 7 person tent with double roof, survival shovel and tools, Colman single burner unleaded gasoline type last far longer than gas canisters. ( Back-up alcohol type. Sleeping bags, food for several days mostly canned goods ( no rice needs to much cooking time and water) water extra collapsible water containers and surval high capacity water filters and treatment tablets, also have a Zodiac type inflatable hard bottom boat ( use mostly for lake fishing but lived between 2 rivers for decades and still live far to close to a major river) everything can be rolled out in one shot. Also water proof tape should be a must and Rock climbing rope is extremely handy for many uses.
If my time doing search and rescue in 1985 in Mexico city taught me anything, don't depend of the government if the capital city is hit hard!
If Tokyo get a big one expect to basically be on your own for sometime!
If you are limited on space I recommend a cast iron fry pan and a thick stainless steel pot for cooking both can be washed out quickly and burned near red hot to sterilize them without needing much.
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Anyone think this will only affect FB, Instagram, twitter, think again!
You know that website you used to find out if the contractor you are thinking of hiring is trustworthy and does good work, or the ine6 you use to see if the restaurant you are thinking if going to has good service and food, the site you use to see if the hotel is clean free of bed bugs and has good service, the site you use to see if the product you are planning on buying is well made and does it's job?
Well all it will take are a few unhappy restaurant, hotel, construction contractors, manufacturers, etc... To launch liability suites against those site for them to say it just isn't worth the trouble and shut down.
If this gets exported to YouTube etc.. those tool, car, phone, etc... Reviews will also go the way of the d Dodo.
Why? Because going after a guy in some town someplace that said your service was bad, your work was poor, etc.. doesn't get public sympathy or much money, going after the big bad corporation well that can't make you look like the victim and possibly net you quite a pretty penny!
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Oh, really? So I didn't just see my neighbors building a brick house next to mine then? Zichi, do you even live in Japan?! Clueless.
Take a closer look at those "bricks" 90% chance they are actually tiles that look like brick.
Actually birck buildings do not meet construction codes since 1981.
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Something was odd about this one. It wasn't shaking left and right it was up and down and for a long time.
There are many different types of earthquakes, I am no expert but those that seem to "bounce" can be especially dangerous in flood plains and reclaimed land as despite the building being made to withstand earthquakes these types of earthquakes can cause the ground to liquefy (liquefaction) which can cause the whole structure to sink, tilt or even fall over.
Much of Chiba and Tokyo are prime candidates for this happening.
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*After all the Kumamoto earthquakes, I got so sick of the alarms that I edited the app settings so that I would only be disturbed in the case of a "weak-6" or more on the Japanese scale. *Anything less is more an annoyance than a danger, especially inside a modern Japanese structure. Yesterday's quake was M5.9 at 80km depth?! Pfft! Try M7.2 at 10km depth
i have been through a lot of earthquakes my first experience was in 1985 when sent to Mexico city as part of a search and rescue team sent by my country.
I was also part of a local relief team thR went to Kobe after the Hanshin earthquake.
Your place may be solidly built but as we saw in Kobe it isn't always the earthquake but what comes after or with it, Fire and no water was a major factor in the damage and loos of life.
It is not a shrug your shoulders thing thinking your place is fine so ignore what may be going on around you.
The prudent this is to pay attention to the rest of the neighbourhood one house on fire no water can spell disaster even for your "modern Japanese structure.".
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It was a strange one, 30 years here this one was interesting.
Could hear it rolling towards us here in North East Tokyo.
Like some heavy truck barreling down the small roads near the house.
Had time to jump up secure a few things then it hit!
Have to give credit to the earthquake construction system here. The house shook and rocked for some time but everything held together nicely.
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Now if only these people were Olympic athletes. They would have gotten priority within one hour.
When I said months ago NZ was using draconian measures and it will get worse as the people relinquish more and more rights to the government many here laughed and said I was exaggerating.
Well look at things now!
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If and I mean if human rights are such a big thing for him regarding SOFA then he should be even more eager and willing to push for changes in the Japanese legal system.
Long periods of detection without charges, no right to legal representation during questioning, police and prosecutors literally forcing confessions, etc...
I am not American, never been in the military don't really support any of it but at least under SOFA the US service personnel get what most developed countries other that Japan offer to everyone.
The right to a lawyer, a reasonable period they can be detained without charges, etc...
The USA will never accept changes to SOFA as long as the systematic abuses built in to the Japanese legal system are still in place.
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zichiToday 02:27 pm JST
I gave up decades ago comparing the prices of fruit and veg here with other countries. Why not compare with Thailand or South Africa?
Because Japan is a first world country.
Median income in Japan is $33,000
Comparable with most other western countries.
SA is less that $5,000
We compare apples to apples.
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zichiToday 01:10 pm JST
Potatoes are cheap
No! As I noted you can find deals but on average a kilo of potatoes in Japan is ¥360'~ ¥380 that is twice that of most other countries.
Sure I can in season find a kilo of potatoes for around ¥150 but again it takes looking around.
The median price in $ US
Japan $3.65 USA $2.59 Canada $2.22 Australia $2.36 Germany $1.51 UK $1.41
Again these are the prices usually available. Going on about oh I get them here or there at xyz price is irrelevant what most people pay is what is in the local supermarket.
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danToday 01:18 pm JST
100 yen for 6 apples ?
Obviously not living in a large city.
Apples are 150 yen or so each !!
In Tokyo in a major supermarket chain Japanese apples will be pretty all nice and expensive NZ apples if available will be around ¥400 for a bag 6 to 8 small apples.
If you live in one of the outlying wards (AKA shitamachi Tokyo) such as taito-ku, Kita-ku, Arakawa-ku, Sumida-ku, katsushika-ku, etc...
There are plenty of local "Yaoya" fruit and vegetable stores selling "rejects" ( don't look "pretty" but taste just as good).
Today the local supermarket had "Negi" (Welsh Onion) 3 for ¥180 my local Yaoya had 3 for ¥ 80 or 6 for ¥100 same size as the supermarket ones just not as pretty all bent in different directions. If you don't mind washing, they had unwashed Negi about 10 or 12 per bunch ¥100.
As everything the supermarkets are always over priced for fruit and vegetables.
Find a local vegetable/fruit stand/store that deals in imperfect fruit and vegetables the prices are very reasonable.
My favourite is komatsuna got 2 massive bunches for ¥100.
Note that in the Tokyo area the vegetable wholesale market is closed on Wednesdays so Wednesday in not a good day to buy as store supply is what they got on Tuesday.
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. I just don't understand how a developed country like my own can sell food at a fraction of what Japan charges its consumers.
You don't? Have you been to a Japanese super market?
I know a Japanese apple farmer and a Welsh Onion farmer.
Last year the apple farmer had 70% of his crop rejected by the wholesale buyer, not because they were not good or tasty but because they didn't look good enough.
So 30% was bought and will be sold at a higher price because there will be fewer apples the other 70% if he is lucky will be sold at cost to make Apple juice, but if to many other farmers have the same problem then the apple juice makers will not pay or buy everything so perfectly good apples will end up in landfill.
The Welsh Onion farmer has 30% to 50% rejected regularly. Why because they are not pretty nice and straight, they resort to selling on the road side, direct to a few vegetables stores or restaurants.
This repeats itself with just about every crop in Japan.
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AlexToday 07:26 am JST
and still Japan doesn't work towards being as self-sufficient as possible.
How would you suggest they do that? Japan has very limited natural resources and useable land for crops so they have to try on importing things like gas, oil, wheat..
We'll start by utilizing the land in Hokkaido better, instead of growing the same crops as the other 3 far warmer climate islands, start using crops better suited for the colder climate,
Example apples, Japan insist on growing the same apples in Hokkaido as it does in other parts but the shorter growing season and colder weather means low yield.
If they would switch to a variety used in places like eastern Canada the yeild would be far greater, this is not just apples but applies to many other crops. Such as carrots, pears, corn, etc... But they won't because these colder weather varieties tend not to be uniform and pretty and a grown for high yield and taste, not for good looks.
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Get your facts right before spouting off.
Your brother in law can do as he pleases but the road traffic laws say otherwise, and why do you think car rental agencies verify diver's licenses?
And as I pointed out several major food chains ( including 2 major pizza delivery companies) were in the news just earlier in the year for using non licensed drivers.
In 2018 the law was changed to accommodate self driving cars putting the responsibility on the car owner, in 2019 the supreme Court decision confirmed that this new regulation also applied to human drivers.
So as it is now the car owner is the one ultimately responsible.
Laws change and it is the owner's responsibility to be up on current laws.
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If his car has passed the inspection then he has the compulsory liability insurance.
The vehicle owner is not liable in anyway whatsoever. I have owned more cars and motorcycles than I can count in Japan and my brother in law runs a used car company so I speak from first hand experience
If the driver is not licensed the insurance company can and will refuse to pay and yes the owner that let a non licensed drive use the car can be held responsible both for injuries and by the police.
This was in the news not long ago when several food chains were using unlicensed drivers to do home delivery.
The motor vehicle owner is responsible to verify that the person they are letting us the car has the appropriate license.
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RecklessToday 09:19 am JST
Yep same here for my Daughter and son.
Many argue the reason for the high fees are to stop people from applying at many universities and then passing and not going because they chose another school.
Another problem is that in many cases similarly ranked universities offering similar degrees as a rival will schedule their entrance exams on the same day forcing the students to chose one or the other to apply to.
This again goes back to if they pass both entrance exams they may pick the other school.
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A reduction in fees, more online and continuing education with reasonable equivilacy credits would be a start in possibly increasing student numbers.
I know plenty of Japanese that either have only a high school, technical school or 2 year college degree.
They would gladly enroll in a university degree program if adult education was more flexible.
And even more people I know would go for something like an MBA if online and more flexibility. ( I know many now doing their online MBA through Western universities online struggling having to do it in English).
Few if any Japanese universities offer credit for experience, most have a cut off for equivalency credit for course of 5 or 10 years so someone with a 2 year college degree from 10 years ago gets zero course credits meaning they have to complete a full 4 years and if offered online that becomes 6, 7, 8 years.
Time for Japanese universities to come into the 21st century.
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A woman would be disastrous in the box office, this has been tried over and over again, and failed.
Write a script and new character if they want a woman.
I could see a person of colour but I can also see where in the world of Bond that could be a problem or at least making certain already unbelievable plot lines even more unbelievable.
Already the idea a white man walking around in an Asian country and not sticking out with a sign saying " hey look I am a spy" is pushing the envelope of believable.
But at least a white guy passing himself off a a Russian, or other Easter European can be believed.
A man or woman of colour with stick out even more in most places and one would have to forget eastern Europe especially Russia from any plot.
If a woman well forget Asian, the middle East, most of South America and Africa because in much of those regions a woman wouldn't get 2 metres without have problems as simple as driving a car or going out at night.
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ChabbawangaToday 03:49 pm JST
SophiaHernandezToday 04:21 pm JST
So in other words, you both think you are better and like deliberately causing unnecessary inconvenience and trouble for others.
You do realise that many of these people are working.
I get just keep going on your way but to deliberately slow down just to cause trouble. And you both think you are great for doing this.
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SophiaHernandezToday 12:23 pm JST
Explain how you would be in the pedestrian crossing?
If the light is red for the cars and the light turns green and the car tries a dash turn as it changes green, if you are following the law then you are also waiting for the light to turn green.
Are you also trying to take off before the light for crossing is green.
It makes not sense you would already be in the crossing unless like many cyclists you are not following the traffic laws and running a red light.
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SophiaHernandezToday 03:12 pm JST
Like I care if you do or not.
My wife was in the car and I can say this was not the first time I have seen this.
This is why some municipality are enacting no texting while walking.
I have seen a guy walk right into a stopped police car while walking and staring at his phone.
The police were driving this guy was walking right towards them in the middle of the road they even called out on the loudspeaker, they stopped he just kept on walking until he walked right into the police car.
Hilarious, the police look stunned.
Look around you, look at the zombies staring at their phones.
Now think if what I described is really not possible.
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If given the chance, when I see jokers trying to do this at an intersection, and I’m crossing on a bicycle
Why are you in a pediatrician crossing on a bicycle?
Are you over 65, a mother with child in child seat?
Under the road laws you are supposed to follow the same flow of traffic and all the traffic signals.
If you are doing as you say then you are just as much in violation of the road traffic laws as the guy jumping the light.
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Jonathan PrinToday 01:26 pm JST
The answer to all of that and the rest is that there is no National or prefectural standard.
Stop signs can be tiny, full size, on the left or right or even up 3 stories high ( like at one end of my street the stop sign is on the power pole at the height of the 3rd floor window of the building on the corner.)
Traffic lights can be located wherever the city planners ( who offer don't have a driver's license) think it will fit best even if the light ends up right above or even behind the stop line.
It is a wonder that there aren't more things like in the article, one place near my home after 23:00 you have to get out of your car and press the button to make the traffic light change to green if not it remains red until 6:00 the next morning a one way street but the button is on the passenger side and you really have to know it is there, so most cars after a while just run the red light.
Ask a police officer if you can park in a parking metre space after they are off and odds are even they cannot answer because the instructions and signage varies for city/ward to city/wards, each making up their own rules.
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unless their light is flashing or red, they can take as long as they like. i'd give you a look too (and not a puzzled one) if you beeped me on a green. Do you beep at slow toddlers and the elderly, too? You're not "the One" you know.
Just yesterday this guy stopped in the middle of the crosswalk, he sat there looking at his phone either reading or texting.
Stayed like that until the crossing signal turned red, even then didn't move, only after cars started beeping did he look up and then slowly still staring at his phone proceeded to get out of the way.
By that time the light for us to go has turned red again.
This is no longer an unusual thing, this guy was not old, not a toddler, just another self absorbed idiot that thinks his texting or smartphone game, etc...is more important than anything else around and we have to be extra careful driving because they feel they have this right.
The next ward over has sings forbidding smoking and walking and gives fines out, now it has sings forbidding texting or using smartphones while watching and as of next April doing so could cost you a ¥2,000 fine.
The reason is because the number of accidents especially on the very major road has gone up 20 times and deaths 10 times nearly all caused by people walking and texting not checking the traffic light and walking right into fast moving traffic.
2 years ago I watched this guy walk right infront of a city bus turning the corner, the crosswalk light was red, he didn't even look up from his phone just walked out.
Even as the bus going really slow tried stopping he went under, never let go of his phone, he survived and as the ambulance was getting ready to take him to the hospital, he started asking where is his phone.
People have become dumber expecting everyone and everything to look out for them.
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Why they don't put in a right turn signal is beyond me.
My friend now my age works for the government road infrastructure, Today graduate, but from Nagano.
When he joined that section, he couldn't believe the crazy things they came up with.
He would say "don't you think that is a bad design and dangerous" " would you feel safe driving in that intersection, expressway exit/entrance,etc...?".
The reply said it all not one person in the section even had a driver's license, he was the only one that actually drove.
So what is very prominent in Japan are people making decisions based on "practicality" of design and construction ( expressway entrances and exits crossing eachother) and cost ( no dedicated turn signal) but have no practical experience driving.
I went to our ward office because the corner near my place is exactly the type you described, ( on coming traffic just stops and you need to guess you have turning priority).
This corner is notorious for accidents.
I asked the senior manager of the road section if he thought it was safe and has he driven in this location.
His reply didn't surprise me, he doesn't drive or have a driver's license.
It would be like someone designing computer programs but has no idea or knowledge of how to use a computer.
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