MarkX comments

Posted in: SDF trying to stop members from going AWOL See in context

It's a stupid question, but were these people still paid even though they did not show up for work? Maybe if they cut paying them, they would up and quit.

I agree that the SDF is like a lower rank public servant job, most working from 8-4, then going home and having weekends off.

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Father, 4-year-old daughter found dead in suspected murder-suicide See in context

Well this will do wonders now for fathers trying to get child custody. I don't wish anyone ill harm, but if you are going to harm yourself, do it alone. Do not make others suffer for your selfishness.

Rating: 7 ( +7 / -0 )

Posted in: I was moved to tears by the U.S. armed forces’ support during Operation Tomodachi (after the March 11, 2011 disaster). They did so much to help Japan in its time of need. See in context

There is an article in the Asahi about her, I guess that is why the quote is there. That is great that she feels indebted to the US military, but how about all the other groups that helped out and got little or no recognition. I would hope that with the military presence the US has, that in times of crisis and adversity that they would help out and send volunteers to do whatever they could.

Rating: -3 ( +0 / -3 )

Posted in: Abe vows to resolve N Korea abduction issue See in context

In the midst of a nuclear crisis our fearless leader is going to demand his own personal pet peeve be settled the rest of the world be damned! I feel for the families who had someone kidnapped, but this cannot derail any kind of plan to settle this on going nuclear crisis.

Rating: 6 ( +9 / -3 )

Posted in: Cabinet approval rate rises to 58.7% See in context

Well there you have it. There is almost nothing the Abe cabinet can do that will lose him support with the Japanese people, so we might as well just give up hope for any kind of change in Japan. This news is so disheartening that people feel there is no other alternative or way, and that they trust this awful man and his band of incompetents!

Rating: 8 ( +10 / -2 )

Posted in: Damages suit dismissed over tsunami deaths at disaster-use facility See in context

It does seem strange for the city to use the facility for practices, and then assume that people would not think that is was a real evacuation center. In times of emergencies people do not think logically, they do things instictively, which would have been going to the facility used for the practices.

Rating: 3 ( +4 / -1 )

Posted in: Victim's activities likely known to robbers in Y384 mil cash heist See in context

The Ginza story story is even harder to believe. The guy said that shen he exited the building a man, who he didn't know came from behind and suddenly attacked him. Of course the guy knew who he was, how else would he know to target him!

As for Fukuoka, they said on the news that most gold purchases are done in cash, so as to avoid paying tax. So as stupid as it sounds, I guess it is possible. My question, are there no gold dealers in Tokyo? Why travel to all the eay to Fukuoka? And how was the gold going to be carried back to Tokyo? Not in his little carry on back!

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan’s love affair with pasta goes off the rails See in context

I think the title is a bit offensive, IMHO. Japan has taken pasta and they have localized it, nothing wrong with that. I agree with many of the posters that the idea of spaghetti covered with ketchup is a bit disgusting, but no worse than that canned crap that many North Americans eat, stuff like Chef Boyardi spagetteos! That stuff was and is terrible!

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I find there is far less news on the site now. You have a big headline with a picture great, and then right beside it on the left hand side the same story. Why have you limited the number of stories? Also I find that you are not updating the site with new news as much as you did before. Some stories are on the site for a longer time. Unless everyone is working feverishly to fix all the bugs that have been mentioned above!

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Aso pushes back against U.S. pressure for bilateral trade deal See in context

Also, I could really punch that mug on Taro Aso in the picture above! I hate the kind of sneer smile he always has!

Rating: -2 ( +1 / -3 )

Posted in: Aso pushes back against U.S. pressure for bilateral trade deal See in context

So, according to Taro Aso, TPP was acceptable because even though they would have had to acquiesce to the US on some trade issues, they could have bullied or ripped off the other smaller weaker countries who were also part of the deal! Of course they don't want sign a bilateral agreement as they know they will be forced to lower the ridiculously high tariffs they are forcing on food products like butter, beef, potatoes, etc.

Rating: -3 ( +0 / -3 )

Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Its ok, but I don't like the fact that you have reduced the stories in each section down to 2, it was a quick and easy way to see what was in the news without having to go searching for it. But now I guess I will have to click on each section to read what is in it.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Cash registers to have cash withdrawal capability from April 2018 See in context

afanofjapan, Unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to have a Shinsei bank near them. I have heard that it is one of the most foreign friendly banks in Japan, but we don't have anything like that where I live.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Cash registers to have cash withdrawal capability from April 2018 See in context

Whenever I'm at home paying for something they always ask me if I want cash. Having lived in Japan for a long time I am so confused, there is another service they can offer me that does not require going to an ATM within a certain time period to have access to my cash! When I tell people that we had "interac" in Canada 30 years ago where you could buy using your ATM card for a small fee they don't or won't believe me. Why is banking such a dinosaur here in Japan! The 2020 Olympics are going to be a big wake up call for the banks when most tourists head either to 7/11 or the post office to withdraw money.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan's frugal households offer no respite for BOJ, retailers See in context

Don't forget that as of April 1st the amount of money paid to pensioners has been decreased, while the amount paid in by workers has increased, as well as the other tax that we pay for elderly care has also increased. So we increase taxes, cut people's pensions, leave wages stagnant and then sit and scratch our heads when people don't go out and spend more! And every few months the same story emerges and they keep wondering what the problem is. Then they blame deflation and say if we only had two percent inflation everything would be rosy! I still for the life of me cannot understand this mantra that the Abe gov't professes.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Emergency room overcrowding an ailment local doctor aims to cure See in context

Good for this doctor, and the short-sighted mayor should be impeached or thrown out of office! But I don't think this is a sustainable system. It will be very hard for the doctor to find staff who are willing to work nights, weekends and holidays. I wonder when people became so sensitive and weak that they feel they must run to the hospital every time they have a slight fever, cough or scratch. By all means if it is serious go to the hospital, but it seems to me that people here in Japan rush to the hospital much quicker than other people.

Rating: 5 ( +7 / -2 )

Posted in: Abe adds visits to Britain, Scandinavia onto Russia trip See in context

Maybe he will see how the Scandinavian countries have a much better quality of life than here in Japan, and he will rush back, and outlaw overtime and force a huge raise in wages! Wishful thinking on my part I guess.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: N Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Abe See in context

"Hey sheeple, look over here! Look at big bad North Korea! Ooh they might have a chemical bomb! Don't look at all my scandals and failing policies, and my sucking up to Vladamir Putin. Look over there."

Rating: 26 ( +34 / -8 )

Posted in: What is the worst experience you have had with an airline? See in context

Flew back to Canada this past New Years using Scare Canada, and I will not fly with them again unless I have no choice. Boarding was delayed, and as I was one of the first passengers on the flight I found out why. One of the overhead bins was broken and they were duck taping it closed. Not a good omen for the flight. We finally take off, and just as the safety video is starting, all the monitors go black. They tried resetting the system, but nothing, so they had to scramble to find all of their safety devices, the seat belt, inflatable life vest and did it in person. As I said the whole system was down, and they tried again to reboot it, but nothing, so we lucky travelers in economy got to fly to Toronto without any entertainment. Which was ok, as I always try to sleep as much as I can on the lfight home. But then the turbulence started, and for the first three hours they couldn't serve any drinks or food. Finally after about 4 hours they served us drinks and dinner. Man Air Canada really serves small meals! I was amazed at how little food was in the main dish. We arrived in Toronto late,and I almost missed my connecting flight. On the way way home, not as bad as the first leg, but since I was sitting in a bulk head seat, the tray was in the armrest. But I think someone had sat on it or put something heavy, because it was on such a slant that when the flight attendant put gave me my tray, I had to use on hand to level it, other wise the tray would slide off. Which is exactly what happened when I ordered a white wine, she put it down and it slide right off onto me and the guy beside me.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Potato chip shortage due to typhoon damage in Hokkaido See in context

Oh come on people, just import some nice russet potatoes from North America and get to work. I was watching this on the news last night, and Calbee and another company would rather stop production and wait until August for the Hokkaido potato crop to be ready rather than import foreign potatoes. And people wonder why things are so out of whack in this country! First butter, now potatoes! What next, soy beans? No natto for you!

Rating: 2 ( +6 / -4 )

Posted in: Abe brushes off fears of threats to civil rights by conspiracy bill See in context

“It is completely unnecessary to be concerned that (the bill will lead to) investigative bodies watching the public’s movements,”

What arrogance to say something like that! Of course they are going to watch the public's movements, how else can they ferret out these so called terrorists. And since when did organized crime become a terrorist threat, I'm no big fan of the Yakuza, but I don't think they are out plotting to blow up Nagatacho or anything like that.

Rating: 5 ( +6 / -1 )

Posted in: Greed and power are winners in Olympic ice hockey battle See in context

bobsap, it is the biggest money maker for the Olympics TV revenue wise! What is absolutely unbelievable is that the IOC wants the NHL to send its best, play for country and flag, for free, but they don't even get to use any of the footage or promote the games on their websites or at games. The golden goal by Sidney Crosby in the Vancouver Olympics will never be seen again, unless the IOC allows it! I'm not fan of the owners in the NHL, but in this case I agree with them.

Rating: 3 ( +3 / -0 )

Posted in: Greed and power are winners in Olympic ice hockey battle See in context

This is all on the IOC! They want the best players to go and play, shut down the league for three weeks, which no other professional league does, and they want it all for free! There is your greed. In the last Olympics, John Taveras the star player who plays for the New York Islanders got injured and cost his team a chance at the playoffs. Teams are not going to risk their best players when they get nothing in return, and have to foot the bill to send them there! The complicating factor is China, where the NHL wants to go for the next games, but if they pull out now, it will be hard to return for the 2022 games.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Do you use the messaging app Line? See in context

Use line, even with family in my home country. Just wish they would offer stickers in English, when I use them with my English speaking family, they don't know what the hell they mean!

Rating: 3 ( +3 / -0 )

Posted in: What are some of your favorite cherry blossom-viewing spots in Japan? See in context

Hirosaki Castle Park! It is quite fabulous!

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan lays groundwork for free education policy to help economy See in context

It's funny that free education was one of the old "Minshuto's" main policies and they were roundly criticized for it. It is too expensive, etc. Now here we are a few years removed from their kick at the can and surprise surprise, Mr. Abe has now embraced the idea of free education. I wonder if it has anything to do with a small scandal going on in Osaka and Tokyo at the same time?

Rating: 15 ( +17 / -2 )

Posted in: 'Zebra companies' -- 'black companies' that hide their blackness with phony reforms See in context

If the gov't only followed the labor laws things would be different. But they choose not to, and thus people suffer and these black or zebra companies exist. I know that there are bad companies in North America, but it seems to me that most of them follow the labor laws, or if they don't they will be sued or punished. When was the last time any company in Japan was punished. Was Dentsu, even though the courts ruled that the girl who killed herself was a case of "karoshi". I never heard about it.

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Tsukiji fish market may also sit atop contaminated soil See in context

As soon as I read this I knew what it meant. Tsukiji is also contaminated so we might as well just move to Toyasu and forget about all the investigations! I agree it's probably Ishihara and his underlings oushung this crap to deflect from themselves. The dry cleaners was there after the war, which was more than 60 years ago, in sure whatever substances were in the ground are long gone.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results See in context

Also, another reason to hate this new idea is the nickname “pure-fura”. I am so sick and tired of these abbreviations. Why can't anybody say the whole word, and they in such a hurry. If I hear another person talk about "power po", I'm going to hit them!

Rating: 4 ( +6 / -2 )

Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results See in context

The problem is, young workers have seen and know how other countries operate, but they are forced by the older managers to continue the rotten and corrupt system that has existed for years. My kids both work for major corporations here in Japan, but they also talk to their cousins back in NA and they see how different it is, how they can take long holidays and travel when then want to, not when the company decides. How they can leave at a decent hour and go to boxing classes or take university classes in the evening. But if your boss won't let you leave, what is a young person to do. And that is the problem, it won't change until these old farts are forced to change!

Rating: 5 ( +7 / -2 )

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