Phil comments

Posted in: Do you think stores should stop providing customers with plastic shopping bags for free to reduce plastic waste? See in context

some of the shops need some re-education here in Japan. Even if I offer a bag to put shopping into, some just smile and load up a carrier bag. Then the fight starts Trying to get everything into one bag, not household items in one and diy items to in another. I find the 100 yen and diy/household shops are the worst.

There will see providing a bag as good service.

if I need a plastic bag, I have no problem paying a few yen for one.

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Posted in: Osaka to provide multilingual disaster information for foreigners See in context

Maybe they need to take a look at some of the Apps already out there.

I have "Japan Shelter". Which is in Japanese but now has a translate button. Gives info on warning and disaster events in the area you are in. Also shows on a map the local shelters. Once you get into it there are links to other sites for information.

The other one is " Safety Tips". This has so many links, warnings and advise.

Both Apps are in realtime.

It maybe easier for people to download these than have to think and find where to register for an Email. Better to use and develope something already out there and working. I'm sure there will be others out there just as useful.

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Posted in: Tokyo businesses may be asked to turn up ACs and open doors to help keep Olympic spectators cool See in context

Maybe they should just give out free chilled bottle water at the events. Could be more effective than hoping the air con makes it across the pavement.

Did the Cool Share model take into account it could be a windy day?

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Posted in: 73-year-old man conned out of Y28 mil after call for help from man pretending to be son See in context

It is awful after all the campaiges on TV and local shopping centres.

For one reason or another we ended up with mother-in-laws old phone number. We would get some calls when you answered, the the line would go dead. We assumed that they were expecting an older voice. We ended up buying an answer machine.

As for the banks, I have just transferred some cash from overseas to my wifes account ( cannot get a bank account for myself ). She gets a long call to advise cash arrived then questions on why she has recieved this cash. I know we will be asked the same questions when we go to take out the cash at the bank. This amount is a fraction of the 28m yen. Maybe the banks need to ask more questions of the older people trying to take out large amounts, like they do with some of us Non Japanese.

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Posted in: IOC's Coates stresses cost cuts during Tokyo visit See in context

I hope someone has explained to John Coates that YES can sometimes mean NO here.

Been caught out a couple of times by older member of the family, then someone explained it to me.

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