Man, this sucks! I saw gasoline prices shoot up (I had filled up the day before!), but I did not know about the wheat. Come April, I will be cutting back on my bread-buying and switching from “udon” (wheat) noodles to “soba” (buckwheat, “grown in Japan”) noodles. The graphs are really scary. Visit Zero Hedge [...]
Just came across RocketNews24 Bringing you yesterday’s news from Japan and Asia, today. where I found the following, which I hadn’t heard of: A student from a private integrated junior high/ high school in Tokyo filed a complaint with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as a victim of bullying. It was later learned that the 15 [...]
Feeling the heat? Then get out of the kitchen and check out these two great blog posts by my Nara Lady English bloggers: wind chime temple by Nara storyteller, and have a bit of coolness, by Sarah Need still more cooling? Check out these Nara Lady English Bloggers: Heaven @ 2700 metres Alpine Meadow and [...]
Japan Services PMI™Markit reports Japan Composite data show sharpest decline in business activity since September 2011 Key points: Moderate declines in activity across both manufacturing and services Total new orders fall for first time in six months Service sector optimism the second-highest in 37 months via Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis. But, not to worry. [...]
Enjoying the good weather? Feelin’ groovy? Getting ready for summer? Like MarketingJapan, checking out great new places to eat? As Mike has clearly fumbled the ball on this one, I’ll have to pick it up (well somebody’s gotta!) Summer may be cancelled. Japan is a bug in search of a windshield!!! Are you prepared? Are [...]
Update: Check out this graph from Seth Godin’s blog: it compares fatalities in the nuclear and coal industries. (Thanks to Mike Rogers for the link). A week ago, I posted about Japanese shut-down nuclear reactors and how this had resulted in a big jump in purchases of natural gas and coal. http://www.sheffnersweb.net/blogs/accuratemaps/news/20120530-1300-japans-energy-self-sufficiency-lowest-since-81/ I had believed [...]
Update: This is not good news. Yet. It could become good news, one day, when action is taken. If “no-one says the current situation is good”, how come the current situation came about? Directive from God? No answer. The question is ignored. Some good news. Just the other day, I was discussing this matter with [...]
Impress your friends: tell them where the best spots for “hanami” (cherry-blossom viewing) and exactly what stage the blossoms are at, just using this nifty cell-phone app.
Study says US government employs 40 million. Too little, just right, or top-heavy? How about in Japan?
How much sooner would this have happened if Tepco was a genuine private company? Tepco has not gone bankrupt simply because it is being bailed out by the government. Financial aid from the government-backed Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund is expected to reach 3.4 trillion yen. The figure is already far higher than the 350 [...]