Paul Evans comments

Posted in: Tougher penalties for smartphone use while driving take effect See in context

It won't make a lot of difference.Started out similar in Australia most people just paid the fine and kept on using phones while driving, now in the state of NSW this is the penalty now. The fine for illegal mobile phone use is $344, or $457 if detected in a school zone, roughly Y25,500 and Y33,900.

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Posted in: You know you’re in Japan when… See in context

Daydream Believer over the speakers in the Konbini

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Posted in: Study examines little-known WWII internment camp in Alaska See in context

As of December 1941, there were 2,138 civilians of Allied nations in Japan -- 1,044 Americans, 690 British, 188 Canadians, 109 Dutch, 41 Australians, 38 Belgians, 19 Norwegians, and 9 Greeks (General Conditions of External Police Affairs, Mid-1941, Vol. 1). Total Allied civilian internees of the Japanese estimated to be 132,895 (50,740 men, 41,895 women, 40,260 children); of these, there were 15,000 deaths (Bernice Archer, The Internment of Western Civilians Under the Japanese, 2004).

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Posted in: Radiation from Fukushima nuclear disaster spreads off U.S. shores See in context

Check out this small video to get an idea of how much radiation from bombs is polluting our world before you become hysterical about Fukushima. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXxPRHkyAvY

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Posted in: Japan raises eruption warning for volcano near nuclear plant See in context

Who cares about the Nuclear power station. If that volcano erupts (and is a major eruption) it will devastate Kagoshima. For example , catch the ferry to Sakurajima , ride or drive on Highway 26 to Futamata then up the access road to Mt.Ontake and the distance is about 18 klms. That isn't even in a straight line, check some of the sites with details of major eruptions in Japan, Phillipines and Indonesia and you will get some idea of the damage that can be done. Volcanic ash, pyroclastic flows and volcanic bombs will cause all sorts of damage. The logistics of moving all of those people out or away from Kagoshima would be a nightmare. Highways 10 (around the bay) , 220 (east side of the bay ), 225 (southern route on the west side below Kagoshima) would be as good as closed leaving probably only a western escape route to Satsumasendai ( where the nuclear power station is located), that would make peak hour traffic in L.A. look like a walk in the park. Pretty much the entire North ,south and east could be blocked off, depending on the season and the prevailing winds. Worst case scenario.

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Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine See in context

As an Aussie who travels yearly to Japan, I have to say that Tokyo is a great city. It has it's expensive side and at the same time it is cheaper than any city in Australia. I've been back a month and am shell shocked at the price of food, groceries, eating out, rent, hotel rooms, public transport, cost of houses and units, cost of petrol, owning a car. The basics here are up to 150% dearer than some in Tokyo. I spent 3 months in Japan this year and it was cheaper than staying at home in Australia. It surprises m e that it topped the list, but more surprising is that Sydney and Melbourne made it to the top 5, I would have been surprised if both cities had squeezed into the top 100. We are some of the worst drivers in the world and fast becoming some of the most racist.

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Posted in: Book containing Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Muhammad goes on sale See in context

How can anyone be offended when there is no one alive who knows what the prophet looked like. Most of the characterisations I have seen look more like Osama Bin Ladin.

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Posted in: Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules See in context

Asbestos !!!!!

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