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Posted in: Kansai airport resumes domestic flights after typhoon See in context

Isn't it about time they got some rubber stamps,sniffer dogs,passport readers and trained some more robotic immigration officers to show you images of drugs and ask if you smoke them or have any in your bag and then make Itami and Kobe true International Airports? A lot more convenient and nearer Osaka,Kobe and Kyoto. Itami is still called Osaka International Airport and has the sign up from yesteryear. OK the locals moan about the noise. Modern jets are much quieter. Give all the locals free double or triple glazing to shut em up.With the Rugby World Cup next year and then the Olympics, back up plans must be in place.

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Posted in: Tourist center asks travelers to not make a mess in restroom See in context

It would seem someone had an axe to grind over the yellow puddles in rest rooms?

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Posted in: Out with the old iPhones: 4 ways to reuse, resell, recycle See in context

If you go to 2nd Street, Book Off, Tsutaya and other recycle shops they will look at old phone and offer you a price depending on its specs and condition. Of course you can put it on E-BAY and post it overseas. Be careful with the iPhones 4/5 in Japan. Softbank and Au and others put a hardware lock on them which can be difficult and time consuming to get released.

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Posted in: Saudi Arabian TV tempts would-be thieves in Tokyo to test Japan’s honesty See in context

The process of getting a wallet back with contents is a lot more complex than explained here. The owner must first locate the finder and get a release document signed and also pay a sum from 10-15% of the contents before the police will release the wallet. Of course what is also not widely known is that the item and contents is yours to keep if not claimed within 6 months.

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Posted in: 1,130 tons of tainted water dumped in sea after typhoon See in context

How long is it going to be before an intern or trainee working for TEPCO accidentally leaves a valve on allowing a huge contaminated spillage into the Pacific Ocean. Of course when they do find out after they reassure us all that the intern/trainee has been fired, so everything is OK.

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Posted in: 12 of the best places in Kyoto to enjoy autumn colors See in context

Surely this is not for another 5-6 weeks? Its still seems like Summer here in Osaka with air conditioners on full blast.

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Posted in: Body of 4th S Korean climber found in Japan Alps See in context

It would be very interesting to find out what gear they had on and were carrying. These guys sound like they were quite experienced and had possible outdoor survival skills. I hope they didn't camp in a tent with heaters going?

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Posted in: Five things I like about expat guys See in context

Too bad Cynthia wasn't here when Charisma Man was around, not that he would have been interested in comforting her!!! Most gaijin women seem to last around 1yr to 18 months and usually say sayonara after disastrous attempted conjugations with local men or loneliness kicks in.

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Posted in: 31% discount on Baskin Robbins ice cream See in context

2 of the 4 government sanctioned Holidays are on the weekend making it a 50PC less Golden Week this year. Anyhow lets hope its gets everyone spending and not saving to help Abenomics.

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Posted in: 20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing See in context

A great article and very illuminating. Some of the words do honour their original inventors like Hotchkiss-stapler and Roentogen-X Rays. Winka for indicator got me for a long time along with Klaxon for horn and handle for steering wheel.

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Posted in: Japan unlikely to suffer hyperinflation, says Abe See in context

It reminds me of the old joke-You can always tell when a politician is lying-their lips move!!! Of course he doesn't want hyperinflation, as the last PM who stoked it up between the wars was assassinated by the military.

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Posted in: 'Cherry blossom' light See in context

Sharp does need saving and that's why Samsung have been allowed to buy 3PC stake in it.

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Posted in: British Council aims to improve English language proficiency in Japan See in context

Lets hope they decide to open all the branches throughout Japan that they closed down all of a sudden when exchange rates altered.

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Posted in: 5-year-old girl in serious condition after being hit by car at crossing in Chiba See in context

A very sad story and one that will haunt the parents and the driver for their future lives. The drivers of today have too many distractions while driving,TV,movies,Navis,Mobile phones,GPS,SMS etc. I do hope he had a dashboard cam that was working and will possibly apportion blame,although its probably 99pc the drivers fault in this case.

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Posted in: Dentsu announces '2012 Hit Products in Japan' See in context

Wow. I wonder where I can buy some iPS cells to rejuvenate my ailing and aging body parts.

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Posted in: Stapleless stapler See in context

Very few people in Japan would even be aware of these devices as the Japanese believe them to be called a hotchkiss, after their original name and inventor. They would have to be marketed as hotchkissless hotchkisses!!! Quite a mouthfull.

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Posted in: 'Lord of the Rings' volcano erupts in New Zealand See in context

Vulcanologists and seismologists had been predicting this for the last few days so it was not unexpected and the warning signs had been detected.

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Posted in: 10 ways to overcome a bad day See in context

Please tell me where you can play squash in Japan?

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Posted in: Why Japan doesn’t give a Gangnam about PSY See in context

Its been Number 1 for a while in the UK and even the Prime Minister and Lord Mayor of London have been dancing to it. I think the Japanese cannot see that it has elements of parody,self mocking and irony in it which they probably dont understand.PSY has been on US TV and his English is very good which is also probably annoying to the Japanese. The song is about an area of Seoul called Gangnam and the rappers/dudes who come from that area of which Psy is one.

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Posted in: Special glasses sell out as Japan readies for annular solar eclipse See in context

Dont throw out the special sunglasses as you can use them again for the transit across the sun of Venus on June 6th.This will last for around 6 hours and will be visible from Japan.

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Posted in: Instant ramen #1 on favorite Japanese factory tours, field trips See in context

You forgot to mention the cup noodles museum in Ikeda,Osaka.Home of the original.Its free to wander around but they do charge a small amount to make some original cup noodles to your own recipe.You can also decorate the cup with paints.Kids love it.Very busy on a rainy day.

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Posted in: Peach Aviation debuts with Osaka-Sapporo flight See in context

The Peach in Peach Aviation is actually an acronym. Pan - Asian,Energetic,Affordable,Cute and cool,Happy. Wow. Lets hope they dont follow in the footsteps of Peach Air,a UK charter airline that only lasted 2 years. Apprently 1090 applied for 90 jobs as in flight attendants.

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Posted in: California woman wins suit over Honda hybrid mileage per gallon See in context

The ad did say up to 50MPG. Up to can mean from 1to 50 inclusive.

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Posted in: Speeding blamed for pileup involving 8 Ferraris, 1 Lamborghini See in context

Its probable that most of the cars were fitted with on board video cameras that records a history of travel for possible insurance claims or accidents.No doubt these will quickly be viewed by the police unless the drivers quickly took the SD cards out?

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Posted in: Speeding blamed for pileup involving 8 Ferraris, 1 Lamborghini See in context

The problem, as I see it, is that the owners keep the imported steering wheel on the left so it looks cool and sophisticated as a foreign import.They would find overtaking very difficult in this situation unless they have had externsive training in driving these sorts of vehicles.Its about time Japan stopped Foreign imports of these kinds of cars unless the owner agrees to change the steering to comply with Japanese roads.

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