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  1. Let me think...

    1. Germany
    2. East Germany (GDR/DDR)
    3. Denmark
    4. Norway
    5. Sweden
    6. Finland
    7. Latvia
    8. Netherlands
    9. Belgium
    10. France
    11. UK & Scotland (does Northern Ireland counts extra?)
    12. Ireland
    13. Andorra
    14. Spain
    15. Portugal
    16. Morocco
    17. Monaco
    18. Switzerland
    19. Liechtenstein
    20. Austria
    21. Czechoslovakia
    22. Italy
    23. Vatican
    24. Yugoslavia
    25. Greece
    26. Cyprus
    27. Turkey
    28. UAE
    29. China
    30. Macau
    31. Hong Kong
    32. Taiwan
    33. Singapore
    34. Malaysia
    35. Indonesia
    36. Thailand
    37. Cambodia
    38. Vietnam
    39. Korea (S)
    40. Japan
    41. Philippines
    42. Australia
    43. Maldives
    44. Sri Lanka
    45. Russia
    46. USA

  2. I hope a kind Auction Yahoo member can help. I sometimes use that site to buy stuff, but I use a bidding agent and can't ask the seller any questions. And on top, I don't know Japanese.


    I hope a kind yahoo auctions member can help me and ask the seller a question. It's about a camera I saw and I like to request a few more details, or pictures.


    Please message me if you like to help!

  3. Originally Posted By: norcal
    Use a blow drier

    Better a blow torch.

    Whatever sticker/tape you buy, buy branded, 3M, Scotch or so. It's a bit more expensive, but you can remove the carrier AND the adhesive in one go.

    (I think there are special tape residue removers, get those, nothing else works, I tried it)
  4. The change in wind direction doesn't look good for Tokyo:




    The Iodine-131 level reaching Hong Kong is interesting:




    It went up quite a bit lately. The dangerous level, they say, is 661.38 Bq/m3 - highest on the chart is 828 µBq/m3



    661.38 Bq/m3 - or - 661,380,000 µBq/m3


    Highest in Hong Kong so far:

    828.00 µBq/m3 - or - 0.000828 Bq/m3

  5. Relax, it's just a catchy headline!


    Fukushima 'much bigger than Chernobyl'


    But in the article it said: Fukushima, could be "even higher" on the INES scale, said Mironova.


    To me "could be" implies that it ain't yet. I think correctly the headline should have been:


    Fukushima much bigger than Chernobyl?


    And then anyway, what's bigger? The plant? The radiation leakage? The effected area? The people effected?


  6. Originally Posted By: Mr Wiggles
    It sounds like a number of airlines are starting to cut flights to Japan. Lets hope this is just a short term measure.

    Lufthansa did cut some flights to JP but is resuming most services now.

    I did a quick online check on lufthansa.com for Tokyo-London-Tokyo next week. Would cost HK$ 17308.00 that's ¥184,620

    The leg to FRA is handled by ANA. Maybe there are cheaper dates or options.

    Same with Emirates is ¥112,860

    All ¥ include tax.

  7. Found that:


    Tepco vize president Sakae Muto said that they don't know how many month, or years, it will take till they have the Fukushima reactors under control.


    And gov speaker Yukio Edano said that reactor 2 had a partial meltdown.


    If a technologically high advanced country as Japan struggles, I wonder what will happen if a reactor in China gets damaged by a quake...

  8. Originally Posted By: RobBright
    While that is true, people do need warm items, sending items that may have lice or infestations is not the best thing to do is it? confused

    I'm not sure how much cultural issues play a role here, but in many parts of Asia 2nd hand stuff has a very low value.

    I also believe for some issues there is no real shortage seen overall, it's just that the goods are there, but in the wrong place. It's often a logistical issue in moving them.

    From my workings with JP companies I know that they work very strict "just-in-time", which works well in a perfect system. But once there is one small problem in the distribution the system collapses.

    It's sounds a bit easy, but the best thing to donate is simply money. And doesn't have to be just brand new notes.
  9. Originally Posted By: snowhuntress
    I would like to know. We have donated money BUT where and how can we help out by sending food to these affected areas. Surely in Japan places shouldn't be running out of food. We would also like to get together blankets - clothes and toys for displaced children. BUT WHERE DO WE SEND IT!!!!

    You can contact a few places to ask those questions:

    Nearest JP consulate/embassy
    Red Cross
    Médecins Sans Frontières

    I don't think they want any direct food donation though, I am pretty sure that will be rejected. Make sure there is really a need for what you have.
  10. Originally Posted By: Tubby Beaver
    another good read is Bolivian Marching Powder, about a British guy who got caught trafficking cocaine from Bolivia and did time in La Paz prison

    I once read "The Damage Done: Twelve Years Of Hell In A Bangkok Prison" about an ozzy that did time for drugs in Bangkok. Not the greatest story.

    I started now "Out" by "Kirino".
  11. Ezorisu

    It's not that Japan has totally shut down. There are still plenty of exports. In a news from yesterday:


    In Hong Kong, Undersecretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said that up to 2pm yesterday the Customs and Excise Department had screened 5,870 consignments of goods imported by air and 15 containers shipped by sea. None had abnormal radiation levels.





    I wonder what's wrong with monitoring radioactivityJ Japan does it too. Why is that stupid? And why isn't it stupid in Japan?



    At least some sanity came back to Hong Kong - my local supermarket had salt again! I wonder if there were many kidney failures the last few days.....



    ...and for those interesting in airflow....


  12. Originally Posted By: Mantas
    I'm on the third book of Stieg Larssons trilogy. A very popular best seller at the moment. I don't normally read fiction but this is very good.

    I read all 3 and loved them. One of those books you can't stop reading. Pity he died so early.

    After that I got "Natsuo Kirino" "Real World" - a crime story about Japanese teenagers. I didn't like it at all. Way too dark and depressing for me. You will feel sad for every single character in the book. Will still read "Out" though.
  13. Originally Posted By: Ezorisu
    Like China on Tuesday and Singapore a couple of days before that, all this talk of banning or inspecting Japanese goods for radiation is all BS...

    I can't really agree. To inspect them is certainly absolutely reasonable. And not wanting to get stuck with radioactive waste in the target country is reasonable too.

    That said, this could be simply done with a check at source before export though. An organization like SGS could do that easily.
  14. Originally Posted By: Jynxx
    You have neglected one important isssue and kept on with your crap.

    This type of slur happens when people run out of arguments. You aren't there yet, or?

    Can you explain why it does not make a difference to learn 1000+ characters vs. just 30+? Even Kato Lomb said that any character based language will takes 3 times the time to learn. I agree there.

    There are different approaches to acquire a new language. My approach would be to learn a basic vocabulary to be able to have some simple conversation.

    For the correct pronunciation I don't have difficulties to copy what I hear quite accurately. But I acknowledge that some have problems in that area (Schwarzenegger springs to mind).

    If I would start Japanese I would just buy a good course with CD, and go trough it. For the right pronunciation maybe get the 3 Pimsleur courses and do them simultaneously (the are 100% audio, very good, but don't go very deep). Then at the same time watch some JP comics and get some simple books. Talking I would probably do when I feel the time is right.
  15. Originally Posted By: Jynxx
    Less characters makes it easier.

    Reading is one big key to language acquisition. There is also no doubt that a character based script such as Kanji is way more difficult to tackle then a phonetic script such as English, Korean, Hiragana etc. At least I can read it phonetically after a short time of learning.

    I never learned Russian, but I learned the Cyrillic alphabet before I went to Russia on Biz. With that it was easy to work out the restaurant menu since they got many loanwords.

    There are also people that believe Chinese is more difficult to learn if you do NOT learn the script (one less associated fix). Not sure if that applies to Japanese though as the language syntax is very different.

    I believe Japanese has many loanwords too such as スキー and オルガスム
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