CaptDingleheimer comments

Posted in: Number of foreign visitors to Japan in January-April tops 10 million See in context

'Get out of MY Japan' Syndrome seems to be manifesting itself a bit in the comments here.

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Posted in: Tourists deface iconic bamboo trees in Kyoto's Arashiyama See in context

Japan ought to create a piece of 'Cultural Treasure Protection' legislation that punishes this sort of behavior with a miserable few days in a Japanese jail spent kneeling in a square painted on a cold concrete floor (or whatever they do there), before receiving a hefty fine and a kick in the pants at the nearest airport.

Then, they ought to summarize the law in several languages on the customs declaration form one receives on the airplane prior to landing in Japan,

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Posted in: 38 injured in school bus accident in Aomori Pref See in context

Regardless of the particulars, let's all thank the higher power of our choosing that all of those children escaped with their lives.

Much worse, it could have been.

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Posted in: Number of foreign visitors to Japan in January-April tops 10 million See in context

As much of a nuisance as a few bad apples may be, a steady increase in foreign tourists is decidedly a net-positive for Japan.

Japan has had negligible economic growth for a generation, inflation has been flat for two decades, interest rates have been skirting zero for the same amount of time, and we all know what's happening to their population.

While the money that tourists leave behind won't cure Japan's ills, it won't hurt either. Moreover, it will organically promote Japan abroad along with Japanese products- foodstuffs, fancy toilet seats, wares, companies, services, all of it- much better than any of the government campaigns to promote 'Cool Japan' by painting ANA wide-body jets to look like Hello Kitty and all the other laughable, ineffective stuff we've seen over the years.

If it means a few knuckleheads come over and carve their names on picnic tables and toss empty beer cans in bicycle baskets, so be it.

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Posted in: Number of foreign visitors to Japan in January-April tops 10 million See in context

The more easy Japan makes travel for non-speakers/readers of Japanese, and the more they dispel the false assumption that Japan is prohibitively expensive, this should skyrocket. Unprecedented technology and access to information are the keys.

Plenty of people are curious about Japan, and it's not just the anime and video games crowd. And as more people learn how easy it is to travel abroad, many more will come. You can literally book a trip to Japan including flights, ground transportation, and reservations to the most obscure mountain ryokan/onsen from a smartphone, all in English, inside of an hour.

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Posted in: N Korea casts doubt on Trump summit if U.S. insists on unilateral denuclearisation See in context

I've read several accounts of UN humanitarian workers and whatnot who've said that North Korean government officials have been downright giddy over the past few weeks at the prospect of their country opening up, liberalizing, and plain normalizing a bit.

The cat is already out of the bag for Kim. If he completely jumps ship on the talks now, I'd suspect that some sort of coup d'etat might be more likely than ever before.

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Posted in: 'Evangelion' bullet train makes final run See in context

Maybe they can sell them to the US; we can't seem to get our act together on this stuff.

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Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to prevent a terrorist attack or capture criminals? See in context

If it works, torture away. But I'm not sure that it does.

Personally, if someone was sticking ice picks in my nether regions, I'd make up whatever B.S. they wanted to hear to get them to stop.

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Posted in: Loyalty cards in Japan thicken wallets but lack in payoffs See in context

I gave up on those things in Japan.

My local SupaaaCentaaaaa had a point card that I would get scanned until the day I asked what the perk was:

500 yen off once I hit 150,000 yen in purchases. Well woopidy do.

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Posted in: Shoplifter drags drugstore employee 130 meters by car in Hyogo Pref See in context

You know you're dedicated to your 880-yen/hour job when you pull some James Bond diving-on-car moves because some dude lifted a bottle of vitamins...

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Posted in: Chinese premier urges Japan to join 'Silk Road' infrastructure project See in context

"We'll join,but only if they promise not to bake any birthday cakes that are in the shape of disputed rocks in the sea."

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Posted in: Finance Ministry officials given lectures on sexual harassment See in context

To celebrate working so hard at that sexual harassment seminar, all those guys probably had an enkai after at a hostess bar where they sat there and sexually harassed the hostesses.

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Posted in: Hawaii's Big Island on high alert after earthquakes, lava fissures See in context

This increase in volcanic activity is a direct result of man-mad climate change, exacerbated by the policies of the Trump administration.

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Posted in: House fire by tracks disrupts bullet train services See in context

The photo would suggest that train service was disrupted so ol' Casey Jones could stop his iron horse next to the fire so his passengers could get a good view.

I get why the service would stop, but I'd think that perhaps not stopping the choo choo train RIGHT NEXT TO THE DARN FIRE might be a better idea.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

Ugh. I HATE these stories. "Woulda coulda shoulda" always applies I suppose, but at the end of the day there is a poor child who is lost, and a poor mother who's life is now a waking nightmare.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

They look like they're going to a Jimmy Buffet concert.

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Posted in: Narita airport to expand LCC terminal to address congestion See in context

Need to extend 16R/34R runway to handle larger equipment and use it to drastically expand domestic routes.

Why the hell, after flying for 13 hours, should I have to screw around with trains for 5 more hours (or take the crappy bus to Haneda) to get to my family's home in Akita City? I should be able to make a flight connection at NRT.

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Posted in: Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse See in context

You know you're a has-been, insignificant little country when you lodge a formal diplomatic protest over a depiction of some rocks made out of frosting on someone else's dessert...

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Posted in: Do you support the air strikes against Syria by the U.S., Britain and France? See in context

I'd like to see a poll that says "Did you vote NO because Trump did it, but you would have voted YES if Obama did it?"

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Posted in: Miss Hooters Japan Contest See in context

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Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan in fiscal 2017 reaches almost 30 mil See in context

Technology is probably a big factor here.

Let's say someone who speaks zero Japanese and has never been to Japan reads an article in a travel magazine about isolated hot springs in Japan and decides they'd like to go see what's up.

That person can then literally set up a detailed itinerary at the most obscure, isolated little ryokan onsen places, learning of them through high-quality machine-translated customer reviews, make reservations at them, plan the logistics of travel between them, and book the required flights and train rides on their smartphone in less than an hour using a couple apps like 'Travelocity' or 'TripAdvisor'.

A country like Japan can promote tourism to kingdom come, but they can't for see the development and embrace of technology that occurs at such a rapid speed these days. I suspect a renaissance in world travel is upon us.

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Posted in: Trump, Abe discuss N Korea, trade issues See in context

I came in here just to read the comments to see how many aspects of that photo you people would be all mad about.

You didn't disappoint!

Now, back to work: "Head, shoulders knees and toes knees and toes..."

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Posted in: Alpine sightseeing route featuring 17-meter snow walls opens in Toyama See in context

that can't be safe to walk in

Oh no, it's perfectly safe.

See? They have that safety rope there.

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Posted in: Northeastern Japan hotels see 1 mil foreign stays for first time See in context

To build upon what TrevorPeace said, as long as the region gets the message out about why to visit (onsen, fall foliage, festivals), people should find it a piece of cake to make their own accomodations. I just did a quick Google search for a favorite onsen of mine up in the middle of nowhere in Aomori (Aoni Onsen/Lamp no Yudo), and I could have booked a room within 30 seconds on Trip Advisor. Add AirBNB to the mix, and people should have no problems.

The mobile Internet makes travel so easy. My wife and I went to Europe for a few weeks last summer and the only real plans we made before we got there were the first 2 nights' hotel and a car rental. Beyond that, we found ourselves in countries we hadn't even considered going to, and staying at lovely bed and breakfasts, deciding where to go and booking with a smartphone on the fly. We'd be chatting with locals in a cafe or beer garden, they'd suggest a beautiful secluded town not in the guidebooks a few hours away, and I'd bust out my phone after to do a bit of research on the place and if it were attractive as they said, I'd get a room at a nice place there just using a bookingdotcom app. Travel has been so revolutionized by this stuff.

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Posted in: Simple Japanese test claims how you draw a star reveals your personality See in context

I start with 2 to 4 because that's how some teacher showed us when I was about six.

But if some social scientist trying to justify his employment situation wants to say it's because I'm a cat person and not a dog person and I prefer horror movies to musicals, he can knock himself right out.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Trump shift on TPP, but warns against renegotiation See in context

I don't think Japan is in a position to "warn" the US against doing anything.

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Posted in: Amnesty accuses Japan of breaching int'l rules on death penalty See in context

I stopped taking this article seriously as soon as I read the word "Amnesty".

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Posted in: Water at Tokyo's new fish market contaminated: official See in context

Build a new fish market on clean land and use this site for something else.

Nope. That site is where the Yakuza wanted it, and that's where it stays.

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Posted in: Hannity vows to bash Kimmel until he apologizes to 1st lady See in context

I think Hannity is a ding-dong, but let's face it: If Kimmel made fun of a Democrat's foreign wife, he would be every kind of "-ist" they could throw at him.

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for whale hunt off northeastern coast See in context

When I was on JET back in the day, we had a 'Whale Cook-off' at the beach with our BBQ grills off to the side at a JET event. Some big, hefty infuriated Canadian woman with short purple hair came bounding over and kicked all our grills over into the sand and grabbed my British buddy by the throat when he mouthed off to her.

We laughed so hard we couldn't breath and she got even more mad. A bunch of 'reasonable' people had to come calm her down.

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