Mike Breitenstein comments

Posted in: Abe says no need to raise sales tax beyond 10% for decade See in context

Is this his way of trying to make get elected repeatedly for the next 10 years? And has ANY politician kept their promise?

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Posted in: Typhoon may bring heavy rain to eastern Japan, disrupt transport See in context

after heavy rain in some western regions

Must have been pretty far west. Barely had sprinkles in Hiroshima.

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Posted in: 70% want 'noisy' rally restricted during Hiroshima A-bomb ceremony See in context

I live along Heiwaodori in Hiroshima and watch them walk or drive by at 8-10am with their loud speakers. The trucks are terrible and are quite disturbing, but the walkers are not out-of-hand. The protesters are rallying against nuclear capabilities, Korean sex-slave works, or anything else that's gives them a chance to speak out. I get it. They need this. The decibel levels really need to be monitored from the trucks. At one point, the average level was about 105dbs 100 meters away. That's damaging.

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Posted in: NHK fee collector leaves threatening notes on people’s doorsteps See in context

(Chapter 3, Section 6)

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Posted in: NHK fee collector leaves threatening notes on people’s doorsteps See in context

Just tell them that none of your devices were purchased for the purpose of watching broadcasts. Print this out and shove it in their face.

From The Broadcast Act:

Section 6

"Reception Contract and Reception Fees.

Article 64

(1) Persons installing reception equipment capable of receiving the broadcasts of NHK shall conclude a contract with NHK for the reception of the broadcasts; provided, however, that this shall not apply to those persons who have installed reception equipment not intended for the reception of broadcasts or reception equipment only capable of receiving broadcasting limited to radio broadcasting (meaning broadcasting which transmits voices and other sounds and does not come under television broadcasting or multiple broadcasting; the same shall apply in Article 126, paragraph (1)) or multiple broadcasting. "

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

@wtfjapan

Indeed it is...

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Posted in: Dual nationals feel cast adrift in Japan See in context

What really stung was when her name was transformed for official purposes from the traditional kanji letters to a Western-style alphabet. 

I know it's a small thing to some, but even as a foreigner (PR) trying to use kanji for their name and being rejected to do so is mind-boggling and quite off-putting. I've even had issues with getting inkans in kanji (stamps used as signatures; another old tradition that needs to die)... My Japanese wife now has a name that's half Japanese (first name) and half Katakana (my last name) all thanks to this ludicrous law.

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Posted in: KFC Japan's New Year box See in context

Unless you have a Costco near you.

Yes, that's true... If you do.

I find it hard to imagine it's harder to get hold of one these days than it was 20 years ago. Ask, and ye shall be allowed to order.

Imported goods are the issue I'm taking about. So of course, places farther from the big cities will have these issues. It should be of no surprise how many things "should be easy to find", but aren't. In the states, even in a small town, it's easy to just ask a store and they might order for you, but here, not likely, unless you're really good friends with the owner.

A change of routine is expected here... Hence KFC and Christmas cake.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

By default, we must all follow the laws of the country we are in, unless there are bilateral agreements stating otherwise. Sometimes, there are conflicts with who's law to follow being of a citizen of a foreign country. For example: US law might say "all US citizens must do.... No matter where they are in the world", and the residing countries laws might conflict. Paying taxes is a good example. Bilateral agreements exist to protect people from having to pay double taxes.

In the case of this article, if the company is American and in Japan, the rules might not all be crystal clear and conflict because no bilateral agreements exists. But really, it's First follow Japanese law, then American; the order they should have followed, since Americans are obligated to follow both laws. Now, that doesn't go without saying the company would have suffered consequences of American law, which is probably what they feared most.

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Posted in: Cuban ambassador denied room at Hilton hotel in Fukuoka due to U.S. sanctions See in context

I'm a little disappointed that so many don't know of the "long arm of the law". The relationship between the US and Japan are one of the strongest ties the world has. It should be of no surprise that this happens. Just because it's "not the US" does not make the laws (or sanctions in this case) completely escapable. Japan and the US honor each others laws (to a point) and allow each other to "reach in" and apply control of their citizens, and in some cases property. Taxes, criminals, marketing, business... The list goes on and on of the number of agreements they have with each other.

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Posted in: KFC Japan's New Year box See in context

It's said that the average price of an Osechi is about 20,000¥ (~$200), so this makes for a reasonable option, even though it's not a healthy one. We had our KFC on Christmas Eve, and I can say that it's not quite as greasy here (in Hiroshima) as it is in the states... But of course that varies store to store. It's nearly impossible to find turkey, or even a whole chicken to cook for yourself (you'd have to buy it precut), and most homes don't have an oven like we do in the states (besides the microwave oven). So for those that want to eat bird as a tradition, the options are limited.

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