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Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK See in context

Thanks Chibachick.

I am British. From the Home Counties and wish to return home with my family. We have the money in question but we intend to use it to start a business, not to put in trust as a safeguard for the British government.

Thanks so much for responding with advice.

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Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK See in context

This is terrible news. We have been saving like crazy o buy a business and home in the UK for a number of years now.

Any hope for change. My daughter who was born in Japan is severely disabled so will go straight on to the NHS when she returns and requires regular checks and a lot of medicine.

Haven't told my wife about this yet. We used to live in the UK and always planned to return. I don't recommend an international marriage to any one if it is so difficult to thrive.

What a total lack of respect for the modern global citizens of Britain. I had hoped to buy an existing business in the travel industry where I have qualifications and experience and expand in to a ground handler catering to independent Japanese( not only) tourists wishing to enjoy the UK thereby directly benefitting the economy as a result of my experiences of living in Japan and my wife will assist me while we care for our dependent daughter.

What can we do?

Really appreciate some on this thread who are actively trying to get proper answers to this insulting law. There must be a small army of indignant Brits around the world who are facing the sane dilemma.

Absolutely devastated

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Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan See in context

When entering a crowded train I always make a point of keeping my hands firmly on my head so that all can see them.

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Posted in: Smoking out tobacco: The rise of the e-cig See in context

John Becker

Can you recommend the best one to buy that I can get here in Japan?


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Posted in: 11-year-old boy throws himself under train near Osaka See in context

Terribly sad. I can't understand why some here are desperately trying to pin the blame on the parents so soon with no information to suggest it. People should be very careful how they comment on these types of situations.

Also trying to turn it in to a Japan problem is just silly. Yes this country has a disproportionate number of suicides but as fa r as child suicice goes and just to put it into perspective in the last two weeks the UK has suffered two cases of this. One involving a 12 year old boy and on Monday a 9 year old boy took his own life due to suspected bullying at school.

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Posted in: Is the JET Program really necessary for Japan? See in context

The problem with the JET programme is that those who do it are totally inexperienced. It takes years of experience to be able to teach English effectively to children.

You ought to be qualified and yes very good at Japanese.

Some of us are excellent teachers.

You have to be dedicated and probably a business owner and you can't do it in the public school environment.

A large number of native English teachers in Japan are terrible and those are the people who say Japanese kids don't need them because they have never seen success in teaching.

I didn't know the JET programme still existed.

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Posted in: JR dedicates memorial to woman who died trying to save man on tracks See in context

May they both rest in eternal peace.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes tighter rules for online drug vendors after losing Supreme Court case See in context

It's nothing to do with TPP. The world is not all about Japan and the United States.

Are you serious that people buying over the counter medicines online as opposed to a walk in shop is evidence of foreign collusion?

Its rampant protectionism to that helps the Japanese drug industry maintain a no innovation status.

Its rather about becoming a modern society where people can make informed choices for goodness sake.

By the way health care in Japan is second to the USA among developed countries in cost to the patient but the difference is the treatment options here is still set some where in the mid 80's.


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Posted in: Dream flight See in context

I blame Airbus.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes tighter rules for online drug vendors after losing Supreme Court case See in context


semperfiJan. 12, 2013 - 08:36PM JST

May I just add, . . . . . . .there have been ongoing INTERNATIONAL SURVEYS - comparing health care ( which includes, ACCESS / COST / RATE of CURE of DISEASES / effectivenes of DRUGS -----------------------------and in these surveys --- ( comparing DEVELOPED NATIONS, like France, USA, Britain, Germany, Canada , etc) --- Japan is consistently on Top , if not identified as NO 1. . . . . . . And, THAT is a fact.

I'm sorry but that just isn't true. As far as im aware the WHO stopped doing surveys 15 years ago. You might be looking at surveys done by the Japan Medical Association.

Almost nobody comes to Japan from overseas seeking medical care but alot of people go to America, Europe and a few Asian countries like Singapore.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes tighter rules for online drug vendors after losing Supreme Court case See in context

Japan is good at many things but when it comes to medicine it is at least 10 to 30 years behind in medicine availability.

I know a fair bit about this and any TOP doctor in this country will tell you of their frustration with the lack of access to new treatments.

Incidentally Japan hardly produces any medicines of its own. They are almost entirely copied from European and US pharmaceutical companies but license produced with permission if fairly new medicince.

In other cases big Japanese pharmaceutical companies wait for the patents to expire on effective drugs from overseas which is why there is usually a delay of between 8 to 30 years, sometimes 40 years.

Its all about money and protecting the home market and not anything about compassion.

Some one mentioned about the lack of lawsuits in Japan as an indication of the safety of domestic drugs. I'd put that down to culture of not questioning authority (doctors have huge status) and every one knows that they would never win against the Japanese medical establishment who all move in concert.

Lets hope the new government finally make moves on improving peoples lives.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks founder denied bail; jailed on Swedish sex crime charge See in context

my post came up funny due to my less than savvy computer skills. no quote. should read as one post.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks founder denied bail; jailed on Swedish sex crime charge See in context

TR what an earth are you talking about? How does apergers syndrome have anything do with a likelihood of rape?

I suggest you start reading something useful.

I read that he might be the devil himself come back in disguise. How about that?

Hope he gets released quickly if he didn't do anything naughty with those two Swedish ladies so we can get back to reading some more of these fascinating leaks.

At least the rape charges should't affect the running of his organization.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks See in context

lets just hope that he can hold out for a little longer. im looking forward to more leaks.

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Posted in: Ireland swallows bitter pill, asks EU for loan See in context

Good. Hopefully this loan will do the trick.

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Posted in: 10 ways to stop being an annoying airline passenger See in context

clapping on landing is just a bit of fun. if it annoys you then you probably have some deeper issues.

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Posted in: 10 ways to stop being an annoying airline passenger See in context

i hate flying long distance especially coz i can only afford economy class. try to keep myself to myself.

when i was 21 i flew back to england from australia via los angeles. i got on that plane after a 40 hour bus ride down from cairns to sydney. had no chance for a shower as i had no money so just got on the plane. i smelt pretty ripe especially the old socks. the 3 ladies who sat near me promptly moved to other seats after take off. i am under no illusions as to the reason why. i arrived in london after another 30 hours of unwashedness. thought nothing of it at the time. had a bit of a drink in la airport and boarded smelling of fumes and not a little drunk. i remmember the american ground staff lady asking me to stand back sir 2 or 3 times as i invaded her personal space unbeknown to me.

what a mess i was.

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Posted in: ANA and TAM Airlines announce code-sharing agreement See in context

is that not an extraordinarliy long way of getting from japan to brazil. must be some reason why they didnt want to connect through a point in north america.

with the lack of a direct flight to brazil, i would think that most passengers would opt for using a north american carrier and connect through their closer hub.

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Posted in: Economists: Britain's austerity plan to hit poor See in context

Another ominous step in the conservative fight to become as much like america as possible.

lets just hope that they leave healthcare alone.

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Posted in: Obama, Ahmadinejad trade barbs over 9/11 See in context

dont much care for the iranian president but i think an outside investigation is needed however much america resists it.

i sometimes wonder if bin laden ever really existed.

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Posted in: Paris Hilton leaves for U.S. after being denied entry into Japan See in context

i dont know what all the fuss is about.

she isnt dangerous for goodness sake.

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Posted in: Firepower See in context

Not into these little shows of military strength or whatever they are but it is nice to see that the military is far less pervasive than in a lot of other countries.

I hope that Japan keeps article. It is rather a beautiful declaration even if how it came about is a little controversial.

Seperatley. Japan seems to be armed to the teeth but all for defensive purposes if you check out how many fighter aircraft, ships, subs etc they have. I would think woe betide anyone who tried to invade this set of islands.

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Posted in: Ditch the queen: UK public's wild ideas for spending cuts See in context

The glaring cut that needs cutting is so called defence spending or should i say offence spending.

If we could stop our addiction to guns, ammo and action through the military it would free up a lot of cash.

Also a commitment to maintain a much smaller and less aggresive force in the future to include of course the abolition of our irrelevant nuclear arsenal.

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