Chikuyokei comments

Posted in: Man, under arrest for eating without paying, dies in detention See in context

@ sea dog

"500 yen meal only? Can't be true---surely?"

Sure it can.

I often eat lunch at a tiny family-run Chinese restaurant near Gotanda Station in Tokyo, where they have a lunch set for 500 yen (e.g., fried rice, soup and pickles).

Perhaps the problem wasn't the amount itself - maybe this guy had ripped off the restaurant previously and the owners had lost patience with him. Whatever, he won't do that again!

@ lincolnman

"police (when a complaint is filed against you) may detain you for up to 48 hours (72 over a weekend) without any type of court order, to conduct their investigation. After that period, they must get a court approved 10 day extension which can be granted again - for a total of 23 days. At that point a Prosecutor must indict you or you are let free. If indicted, you can remain in detention until a trial is concluded (if a major offense) or a fine paid (for minor offences)."

Hmm, sounds a lot better than Guantanamo (GITMO) - only 23 days compared to 10 or 15 years!

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

Canada does obtain tax revenue from Canadians resident outside the country for income received from Canada. It deducts a non-resident tax of 25% from pension and investment income paid from Canadian sources. It's necessary to file a tax return (or TWO, for pensioners!) to receive any refund due. No voting rights, though.

As M3M3M3 says, they don't double-tax. They do, however want to know how much your overseas income is. Up to $60,000 Canadian, no problem.

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Posted in: Hope fades TPP pact could end Japan's butter shortage See in context


I've never seen liquid buttermilk in Japan, but Amazon Japan has two different brands of buttermilk powder.

If it's specifically buttermilk pancakes you're after, TheFlying Pig has 10-pound bags of buttermilk pancake mix.


On the Amazon Japan website you can buy up to 10 packages at a time of Takachiho butter from Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Hope fades TPP pact could end Japan's butter shortage See in context


No need to trek to a Costco outlet for butter - at least two online sellers in Japan will get Costco items, including butter, to your door. You don't need a Costco membership. Try Yoyo Market or The Flying Pig.

And if you're in Tokyo, Nissin Supermarket in Azabu Juban has a large selection of butter.

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Posted in: Nadeshico Sushi restaurant challenges gender roles with all-female staff clad in kimono See in context

No thanks - not because she's female, but because her hair is hanging down over the sushi.

Most unprofessional.

Extremely un-appetizing.

Even elementary school kids serving class lunch have the sense to cover their hair!

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Posted in: Sushi showdown: Women challenge one of Japan's male bastions See in context

Very unprofessional.

Cute is fine (we're in Japan after all) but long hair hanging down over my food is not.

Even elementary school kids serving school lunches have their hair better controlled than this gal does.

I don't care whether the person who makes my sushi is male or female, but I do want people who are preparing food for me to have their hair out of the way so it won't get into my meal.

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Posted in: 6,165 treated for heat exhaustion in week to July 19 See in context

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Equally, it's not the heat, it's the stupidity.

Himajin's right about the humidity, though.

See Wikipedia, "Heat index".

33C with 95% humidity equals 57C, and Wikipedia also says, "Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 8 °C ." Definitely quite hot.

Think I'll just stay in here near the air conditioner.

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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context


Oh, I see what you mean. During the question session in the hospital, there were two cops - one who said he was from the local office and who who said he was from the prefectural police. I didn't see their cars. And I wasn't focusing too much on badges at that point!

"Look at patrol cars. They all have ".... ken police" on the side. Never ".... city police"."

OK, will do. Thanks for the info.

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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context


"Citypolice office", rather than the "City policeoffice"?

Huh? No, I don't get it. But it actually was our city police station, the one I've been going to for years for eye tests when renewing my driver's licence.

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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context


Yes, city police, too. To pick up the bankbooks after the police had checked them, I had to drive to the CITY police office.


I guess the police thought the death was suspicious because my housemate was underwater in the bathtub. Maybe if I'd found him on the floor or in his bed, they wouldn't have been so fussy. Or maybe if it had been a Japanese relative of his, instead of me, the foreigner, who found him and made the 119 call, they would have been rather more casual. Anyway, lucky fellow, he apparently went instantly and painlessly - his heart just stopped. Way to go! Rather a shock for all of us friends and relations, though.

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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context


"Autopsies are not conducted when someone dies at home"

Sure they are. I found a housemate dead (under water, cold and grey) in the bathtub one cold December morning. The body was closely examined in a local hospital by the doctor who certified the death, and also by the police (who came to the hospital, then to the house, and incidentally took all the bankbooks with them to check, too, in case it was a murder for money). Fortunately for me there were no withdrawals that day and there was no water in my dead friend's lungs; therefore the verdict was heart failure rather than drowning. i.e., a natural death rather than a murder. Whew! Any death other than one that occurs in a hospital triggers extremely close scrutiny by the certifying physician AND the police (both city and prefectural, in this case).

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Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest See in context


"Can you imagine being arrested in a foreign country that can hold you for 20+ days in jail"

Hmm, how about the USA? For example, its Guantanamo prison - some prisoners have been there for over twelve years (see Wikipedia) without trial.

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Posted in: Officials close Tokyo pet shop for poor practices in 1st such case See in context

Japan Yesterday -

Another place to look:

(They also have dogs.)

I have a cat they DELIVERED to me in Chiba-ken from their Hikone shelter! (One of their volunteers lives about 20 km from me.)

or here:

(dogs and cats)

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Posted in: Japan is still way behind in terms of anti-smoking policies, especially measures against secondhand smoke. You can still smoke in a lot of public places in Japan such as office buildings, coffee shops See in context

There is definitely improvement since say 1990, when cigarette ash cans on train platforms were regularly smoldering with toxic fumes of burning dirty cigarette filters.

I think you mean 2009. Smoking was allowed on JR platforms until then.

It still is when you get out into the boonies.

Yachimata station on the Sobu honsen in Chiba-ken, for example. No-smoking time covers only the morning rush hour. The rest of the day, smokers can light up at both ends of the platforms. Yes, it's outdoors, but it still stinks.

Oh well, at least there's no smoking IN the trains now. This is progress!

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Posted in: 79-yr-old driver who lost control of car due to heatstroke indicted over fatal accident See in context

Gerard is right.

An annual checkup is a good idea - even if it's related only to driving ability. My mom drove (safely) till age 91. She sensibly stopped driving on highways in her early 80s, though, and stuck to low-speed roads after that. Where she lived (Ontario, Canada) there were annual driver's license renewal checks for drivers over 70 (vision, reaction time, etc.). She passed every time - even passing the vision test without her glasses. Every country with elderly drivers needs something like those annual renewal checks.

Daniel - it's not AGE, it's fitness to drive that matters. Judging by accident reports on this site, there are large numbers of drivers of all ages who are unfit to drive!

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Posted in: 3 dead, 494 injured as heavy snow hits most of Japan See in context

JR is the pits! After waiting from 2:40, I got what must have been the last train from Funabashi headed east, at around 3:10 p.m. yesterday, waited an hour on the snowy platform at Chiba, got on the Sobu Honsen, got as far as Yotsukaido and was stuck there on the train all night and far into today. It took TWENTY FOUR HOURS to get from Funabashi to Yachimata (normally not much more than an hour or so). Around 1:30 a.m. the Funabashi JR staff gave everyone a McDonald's burger (smallest size, cold) and a McD coffee. Oh, and they refunded my 740 yen when I finally got to Yachimata this afternoon and got to the front of the lengthy line of disgruntled passengers. I was not pleased. Combination of iced-up points and trees and bamboo broken by the snow and falling all over the wiring and tracks from Yotsukaido eastward. JR hasn't been trimming the brush along the tracks, duh.

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Posted in: World's 1st Kit Kat specialty store opens in Tokyo See in context

Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Green Tea Kit Kats are usually available at Narita airport, on the 4th floor of Terminal 1 (shopping center, north side, before passport control). And, yes, they're delicious. Kit Kats in many other flavors are also in stock there.

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Posted in: Japan and the rise of the male parasol See in context

Don't get hysterical - it's historical!

Men with umbrellas/parasols and makeup and shaved eyebrows are nothing new in Japan - those fashions started with Heian-era aristocrats.

Fot tough-guy versions, check out the Kabuki plays Sukeroku and Shiranami Gonin Otoko. Nothing wimpy about them!

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Posted in: Art of origami gaining Western following See in context

Right, you are, Thunderbird2.

Origami USA's been holding conventions for many years (from the early 1980s on I've attended, and taught at, several of them - great fun!)

Elsewhere, a couple of other examples of origami in the west:

Paperfolding has been popular in Spain for centuries. And, more recently, even back in the 1950s in Canada, kids all knew how to make newspaper hats, fortune-tellers, and other simple items.

It's interesting that so many of today's folders have become purists (no cutting), when the first known origami instruction book (Senbazuru Orikata) contains mostly instructions for items that require cutting. Times have changed!

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Posted in: Finding good quality cheese a challenge in Japan See in context

to edojin:

No need to have access to Costco outlets or be a Costco member for their cheese or other goodies - Yoyo Market and Flying Pig can get Costco products for you and deliver them to your door here in Japan. Yoyo is a bit cheaper delivery-wise -product prices are similar.

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Posted in: Cafe scores unlikely hit with natto, coffee gelatin and whipped cream sandwich See in context

"Palette" is for paint. "Palate" relates to taste.

Only in Mie-ken? Hurray! I'm safe here in Kanto!

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Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you? See in context

Confusion of "lay" and "lie" Bob Dylan got it wrong ("Lay, Lady, Lay") and millions of other people do, too. Grrr!

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Posted in: Girl hit by train may have committed suicide due to bullying, say police See in context

Platform gates would not have prevented this suicide. The article says she was hit by a train "at a crossing".

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Posted in: Tens of thousands still without power in Hokkaido See in context


You DON'T live in an all-denka house. If you have a wood stove you don't have all-electric, you simply have mostly electric.

Actually, the house was built as all-electric. The wood stove and chimney and fireproof wall were added later as backup for use during power outages/extreme cold. It's definitely all-electric in the summer!

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Posted in: Tens of thousands still without power in Hokkaido See in context


All denka houses cannot use other heat sources because they will become CO2/CO deathtraps.

Not at all true.

I live in an all-electric house, with a wood stove - the wood stove has a chimney - the products of combustion go out through the chimney. And I can cook and keep warm even when the power's out.

No gas needed.

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Posted in: JR East to offer free public wireless LAN service for overseas visitors See in context

No need to wait until October first.

There's already free wi-fi service right next to Tokyo Station - for ANYONE.

There's a corporate (insurance company?) public space - a large and quiet room with chairs and tables and a drink machine and TV news and wi-fi - free - for anyone to use, in the basement corridor that connects Tokyo station to the Oazo Building. (Marunouchi side, north end of Tokyo Station)

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