Take our user survey and make your voice heard.

pfaulkne comments

Posted in: What do you think is the most recognizable logo in the world? See in context


-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Posted in: Japanese airline to allow pets on all domestic flights from January See in context

Finally….very nice of JAL

Actually they are aligned with ANA. Code sharing and computer systems.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Posted in: Japanese airline to allow pets on all domestic flights from January See in context

How is this even remotely placing safety first? When there is an emergency and the aircraft needs to be evacuated, passengers are required to leave carry-on items behind. What happens when a passenger refuses to leave their animal behind and would rather die or cause others to perish to save their pet?

How are they going to go down the slide with their animal carry case in their arms without causing significant harm to themselves upon reaching the bottom? Who's liable when they crash into the person standing at the bottom of the slide helping other get off and to their feet?

This is a bad idea. I can't see how the regulators approved this.

Come on JCAB, surely they have to get a safety certificate for this and prove that this is safe for humans (and animals I guess).

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Posted in: Major Japanese firms offer 3.91% pay hike; sharpest rise in 31 years See in context

What’s the Japanese teacher’s union doing?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: G7 nations considering near-total ban on exports to Russia: reports See in context

G7? There are 8 people at the table?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: Last students graduate: School closures spread in aging Japan See in context

"the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant less than 100 km away, with Ten-ei suffering some radioactive contamination that has since been cleaned up."

Fact check this statement please. Where did this come from?

Yumoto is on the western side of the Shinkansen track and over the mountain that protected the western side of Fukushima from any radiation.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Posted in: In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world? See in context

Best: London and Japan (excluding Tokyo - which is a honorable mention).

Worst: In descending order: Hong Kong (almost killed me), Taiwan (almost killed me), Singapore (put me in hospital for 2 days), Seoul (scared me), New York, Seattle, SFO, LA, Chicago, Miami, Sydney, then every other city I've ever been to.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Mizuho to acquire 20% stake in Rakuten Securities See in context

May be their systems didn’t crash every other month they could attract customers.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: What's your favorite summer festival in Japan? See in context

Awa Odori in Tokushima. See you there next week.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Warm water spray seat shipments reach 100M units in Japan See in context

Can't have them in cubicles in Renton (Seattle). There is a building regulation that says you can't have electricity in a cubicle with water. Renovated an office with absolutely everything employees wanted, but couldn't put in washlets because of a 1930 era outdated law.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: How do the teenagers of the 1970s compare to today’s teenagers? See in context

We had respect for our elders. We did what we were told. We didn't talk back. Eat what was put in front of us. And we asked before we took something (except when borrowing dad's Playboy).

Other than that, pretty much the same.

Thought we knew everything. Couldn't be told otherwise. Rebellious against the status quo. Listened to anything our parents hated. Didn't understand why parents were always so non-understanding.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Posted in: Japanese government calling on citizens to drink more milk…again See in context

I'm surprised no one mentioned Starbucks. They serve more milk than coffee. Maybe if they reduced their prices and didn't burn their coffee beans, more people would buy their drinks.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Toray says it illegally gained global safety certificates for resin products See in context


You might want to rethink that sell order. This story broke on Feb 1st in and the market has already punished the stock (3402.T). Before the news it was trading at ¥724. As of Friday close, it was ¥664.2

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Posted in: Object found in the Milky Way 'unlike anything astronomers have seen' See in context

Original Media Release is here.

Mysterious object unlike anything astronomers have seen before - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia


0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: What kind of activities did you enjoy doing before the coronavirus that you no longer care for? See in context

Getting on an airplane and going overseas somewhere, anywhere.

Now it is either impossible or impractical.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Posted in: What do you think of the "metaverse” — a virtual reality construct intended to supplant the internet, merge virtual life with real life and create endless new playgrounds for everyone? See in context

I won't pay $1 for a pair of Air Jordon sneakers in the real world. I am absolutely not going to pay anything for any merchandise in a make believe world.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: Former Princess Mako, husband leave for New York See in context

with traditionalists vehemently opposed

Someone is forgetting traditionalist history and only remembering modern history since 1889 when the Meiji Constitution for the first time banned women from becoming empress.

Under Shinto religious influence, the goddess Amaterasu, who is of the highest rank in the kami system, might suggest that Japan's first rulers were women. According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki chronicles in Japanese mythology, the Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu.

There have been 8 empresses of Japan.

推古天皇 Suiko Tennō - 593 until 628 was the first and the most famous.


Empress of Japan - Wikipedia

About 1000 official historical books available anywhere. (If you care to do some research on the facts)

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Posted in: Japan secures 120 mil extra Pfizer vaccine doses for next year See in context


Those numbers are not correct.

The official numbers from the Japanese government are here:


As of 11:30AM 09 October 2021.

1 shot = 72.8%

2 shots = 63.1%

For a total of 172,127,058 shots having been administered.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Posted in: Toyota launches C+walk T in Japan, a new form of walking-area mobility See in context

@editor: Serious question. Did Toyota write this and then send it to the news agencies for publication as-is? I know there is a "Source" reference at the bottom, but does that refer to the whole story being sourced from TMC or TMC having provided only the numerical quantitative data for the story?

It's written in such a way that only a marketing person from Toyota would understand all the groovy jargon.

e.g. "three-wheeled standing-type BEV". What is a BEV?

"Toyota Motor Corp has released the C+walk T" and then the next sentence - *The C+walk T*2 is on sale at Toyota automobile dealers.

We go from "side-by-side travel and communication" immediately into "Indeed, in addition to being environmentally friendly," how are these sentences connected?

I shall not continue... I think you get the idea.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: The service will be available only for small dogs and cats. During flights, they will be required to be kept in cages placed on seats at the end of the row, with their owners seated next to them. See in context

This is a ridiculous idea. Three reasons.

If safety is the airlines number one concern, then they should scrape this now. In an emergency, who's going to take care of the dog that is snapping at anyone while it panics.

People have allergies to cats and dogs. When you board a Delta flight and there is another passenger with a peanut allergy, there are no peanuts served on the flight.

Who's going to pay for the dry cleaning when fido does a number 1 on the seat? Or sprays the passenger across the aisle?

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Posted in: What is the best way to prevent pedestrians, glued to their smartphones, from stepping carelessly into oncoming traffic, falling off train platforms or bumping into each other on the sidewalk? See in context

Three things.

Disable the phone when it is moving. Change the culture of the world. Let Darwinism take its course.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Posted in: Why it's hard to give computers something you take for granted: common sense See in context

Common sense = the least common commodity on the planet.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: If you have or had a Japanese spouse, how would you describe your relationship with your Japanese in-laws? How has it changed over the years since you got married? See in context

Pretty much the The Kubler-Ross Change Curve.

Anger -- Avoidance -- Blame -- Acceptance -- Self-awareness.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Posted in: Emperor's Olympic opening declaration mirrors divided public See in context


Yes you are correct, the needle has moved significantly. I suspect (pure speculation) that Yahoo pre-loaded the survey with positive results to get the thing started. Otherwise it makes no sense on why the needle would move so far in 24 hours.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air See in context

There's an airplane somewhere in the Indian Ocean that needs finding.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: Emperor's Olympic opening declaration mirrors divided public See in context

Did anyone else notice that PM Suga was asleep when the Emperor started his speech? Had to be nudged by a handler to standup.

Did anyone else notice that there is zero international news about this, yet Japanese twitter has 100s of 1000s of tweets?

Did anyone else notice the survey on Yahoo that says that 80% of Japanese found the opening ceremony the best ever? And that very few international news agencies have published any pieces.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: June has no national holiday in Japan. If there were to be a national holiday, do you have any suggestions what it should be for? See in context

Summer solstice, estival solstice or midsummer.

June 20 or 21.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Posted in: Tokyo bar offers 'babysitting' service for annoying husbands and boyfriends See in context

They are not the first. 80's Kitchen in Nagoya has a similar concept, but a much easier system. You can see a photo of the blackboard sign out the front on Google Maps. For those that can't find it, it states.

"Is He Getting Under Your Feet?

Why Not Leave Him Here While You Shop?

FreeCreche Just Leave Beer Token!"

There is no cover charge or prepaid system. You simply pay for what you consume. A standard 中生 is ¥300

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: How vaccine passports for global travel will work See in context

These apps are short term solutions.

The long term solution is to put all vaccination information into your Government issued passport chip.

For those that are old enough to remember, all the information on the WHO International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis should also be placed on the chip. Since a chipped passport will be required for entry into many countries within the next 10 years, this automates and simplifies the whole immigration process.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Recent Comments


Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.