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Posted in: New resident's cards run into technical glitch on first day See in context

There seems to be a lot of confusion over this. I was in the Yokohama drivers license office today and noticed a sign saying that from now on those wishing to exchange a foreign license for a Japanese one must have both the new resident card and a gakokujin torokusho.

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Posted in: Custom made notebooks See in context

What terrible writing.

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Posted in: Welcome to the toy cafe; no kids allowed See in context

Editors of the world, unite against the thighs!

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Posted in: 46 things that surprise foreigners in Japan See in context

What a childish and incredibly ill-informed article. Do they really think that Japan is the only place where tap water is potable? Is it the only country with multi-storey car parks? Is there no other place in the world with small drinks or tea without sugar? What really surprises me about Japan is this sort of claptrap.

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Posted in: Nepali man to leave Japan on Friday See in context

Considering his experiences, I'd imagine he wants to get out of this country as soon as possible.

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Posted in: Gov't aims to make all lighting LED-based by 2020 See in context

I am slowly using the "eco-points" from when I bought my fridge and television to change all of the lights in my house to LEDs. I'm about half way there now and am really happy with them. They come on instantly, provide a soft, clear light and have lowered my power consumption. Their price is really coming down now, so the first ones I bought were a little too expensive. Oh well.

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Posted in: Life is tough for core group who refuse to leave Fukushima nuclear plant area See in context

The children should certainly be removed.

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Posted in: Japan bets on overseas 'Japantowns' to boost economy See in context

I think they misunderstand the Chinatown phenomenon. Most Chinatowns were not set up as a ploy to sell products. They are living, working communities of people who established themselves abroad a long time ago.

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Posted in: Woodford agrees to out-of-court settlement with Olympus See in context

Mary, he'll probably come out of this with more money than you could possibly earn in a lifetime. And I'm sure he'll find a very good job elsewhere.

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Posted in: Woodford agrees to out-of-court settlement with Olympus See in context

So, Takahiro, it would have been better for him to keep his mouth shut and take part in the corruption? If that's your idea of ethical behavior, we do indeed have a culture gap.

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Posted in: What's the difference between an average burger and a great one? See in context

A great one is better.

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Posted in: 3-yr-old boy, left home alone, falls to death from 11th-floor balcony See in context

Lilith, there's a big difference between going to the toilet or phone and leaving a 3 year old alone in the house when you go out shopping. The fact is that small children are left alone far too often in this country, often with tragic consequences. Do you think that's admirable?

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Posted in: Japan to launch 4 satellites, including 1 for S Korea See in context

Nigelboy, Japan has had its share of failed launches as well.

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Posted in: It's a good policy because there is much high-quality rice from outside Japan. See in context

Yes, JeefLee, that's exactly what many, many Japanese seem to believe. It's not only with rice; one of my neighbours once remarked that I must be happy to live in Japan where I can buy such fresh, high quality vegetables. I looked down at the bag of anemic, plastic wrapped produce in my shopping bag and politely agreed.

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Posted in: Int'l marriages test ability to balance love with tolerance See in context

So foreign women marry Japanese men only for economic reasons, and Japanese men who marry foreign women are desperate? Nice article.

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Posted in: Hashimoto's school for aspiring politicians starts with fervor See in context

"Comments elicited by Shukan Shincho at the Juku launch suggest the fervor animating those rallying to Hashimoto’s standard."

If those comments are supposed to represent fervour, Japan is in more trouble than I thought.

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Posted in: Noda defends use of death penalty See in context

"We have judged that it is difficult to immediately abolish the death penalty,considering the current situation where the number of violent crimes does not fall and crimes continue"

So, he wants to keep the death penalty because it isn't working? I'm not sure I follow his logic.

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Posted in: Living with bubbles See in context

This Nihonjinron nonsense is so outdated. It's nothing more than a way for the Japanese to reaffirm tired,simplistic stereotypes. You'd think that someone with experience in so many countries would have more sophisticated views.

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Posted in: A year on: Tourism shudders in quake-hit Japan See in context

Perhaps Japan is the third most desirable destination, but that doesn't translate into tourist numbers. Even in 2010 Japan had only around 8 million arrivals, which puts it well down the list.

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Posted in: Rocks in a jar See in context

This reminds me of the comment years ago by a Chinese university student to the effect that there was no racism in China because there were no black people there.

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Posted in: Name some scenes from movies that had such a powerful effect on you that you thought about them often for days after you saw the movie. See in context

There was a scene in Marathon Man that made me think about becoming a dentist.

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