India’s corrupt customs

I went to India Bangalore(Bengaluru) in July 2009.

I went to various countries, I am Japanese, and customs are essentially unchecked.
However, the customs of India and other countries did not respond.

I was traveling with a digital SLR and the video camera.
This seems to have become a problem.

Incidently, luggage was inspected because of X rays when entering a country, and this was asked variously.

Of course, it was honestly answered that it was a digital SLR, and a video camera.

At that time, something was written in the document.
I have not understood what the problem though what had been written was not understood because what word it is is not understood.

A true problem starts when getting out from the customhouse and going out of the airport.

The staff of the customhouse who saw the document has been specifying the array there.
Then, there were many people who seemed to be Indians who had big luggage though what you did was not understood.

The conversation of the staff of the customhouse was heard.
Then, the person who had brought a large amount of electrical appliances in seemed to be paying a tax.

It became it in my order.

Luggage is checked, the camera is seen, and this value has been heard in some measure.

Suitably, it was answered in total as US$3,000.

Then, it was said that it was necessary to pay $US1,000 almost because a tax rate was 35%.

Such a tax rate is too high. To begin with, it was said that I was a traveler.
However, the clerk in charge answers, “This is a rule”.

The tax such as 1,000 dollars is too high to pay anyway.

It exchanged for several minutes, and I said “Anyway, it is not possible to pay because it was high”.
Then, the clerk in charge has heard, “How much can you pay?”

It was said that you may pay if it was $100 of 1/10 because $1000.

However, only $40 had the cash of the US dollar in me.
Then, it was asked that it was good by this showing 10,000 yen of Japan with almost the same value.

The clerk in charge who had consented with bad grace took up 10,000 yen from me.
And, to conceal it, it put it away under PC.

I thought that I was warm-hearted the clerk in charge, made the value of the camera cheap, and made the tax cheap.

However, it was only it you may go out when it did not describe in the document at all, and money was taken up.

It noticed because it started at that time.
It is illegal by the staff of an Indian customhouse.

It knew later.
The tax : need not payment if it exports most even if the traveler brings cameras how many in.

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Reuse the PET bottle can hardly be achieved in Japan.

Original article is here. http://blog.kamikura.com/archives/110

Original Post date: March 1, 2008

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I hear that the Ministry of the Environment will examine recycling(Reuse) the PET
bottle.

Ministry of the Environment

The outline becomes it so.

It sells it applying the deposit to the PET bottle beverage to decrease the garbage of the PET bottle.
The bottle after it uses it is collected, washed, and it recycles as a beverage container.
This system is possible or each industry representative confers and the report is within the year.
The target of beginning this system within three years.

The large-scale one of 500ml or more is a main current in Japan in the beer bottle.
It is said that it wants to recycle just like this bottle though it puts from the
beer bottle in the glass and it drinks.
Of course, now though the beer with the aluminum can is a main current.

It is technically possible even now.
However, the country where the kind of the beverage requests the best
quality in the world a lot is Japan.

Achievement is an almost impossible system.

Various beverages such as beverages with a carbonated drink, a mineral water, green tea, oolong tea, a minute carbonic acid, and the fruit juice are sold in Japan.
There is a vending machine in Japan at every step though thought by the person who came from foreign countries that it knows, and various beverages are not sold.

Moreover, the kind of the container that differs also the beverage container
according to the kind of the beverage is various.

It is soda, and a mineral water that it is comprehensible in externals. As for this, the
thickness that differs shape is different.

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Besides, the difference that understands well from externals is the one with white part of a Japanese original mouth.
This white doesn’t make it more attractive.
The crystal condition of resin (PET) to say the raw material by the technical term heating only this part to the shape of the mouth after it is is changed.

It becomes firmer when the part in the mouth whitens, and it becomes heat resistant. Therefore, it comes to be able to do the heating sterilization after the beverage is incased.
In a word, after putting the beverage, the beverage with white part of the mouth does the heating sterilization.
As for the part of the mouth transparent, it sterilizes, and because it is aseptic, sterilization is unnecessary.

It might be understood that there are various kinds also within the range that understands from externals though the shape of the container is also different in the beverage manufacturer and each kind.

In addition, it increases, and a container different from a cool beverage might be used also in the convenience store and the vending machine as for the PET bottle container for a warm beverage at last few years.

Tea reacts with the atmospheric oxygen etc. when heat is put and the quality decreases. Because the PET bottle penetrates oxygen easily, the container where oxygen is not penetrated easily with a part of tea system beverage is used.
The approach is different as this container coats the inside of a usual PET bottle (Some inside is brown) according to the container manufacturer.
The different one has increased in the container though externals are the same.

It is difficult for the one that the inside was coated etc. to divide the kind into externals because it doesn’t understand easily.
However, it is possible to select the one with different shape automatically with the inspection machine even now.

It is not realistic to select the collected container, and to return the factory the manufacturer and each kind though mechanically selecting it becomes possible. When this system is begun, it is necessary to unite the designs of the container like the beer jar.
The container of present 500ml is from 30 in weight to about 50g though the thickness becomes thick to make it not collapse, too. Weight is not wonderful. only become about 100g even if this doubles
The transportation of the container comes to carry air almost because it cannot crush the problem.

To avoid the uselessness of such distribution, the major beverage manufacturer is not, and manufactures the purchase of the PET bottle container from the container manufacturer in the beverage factory.

These management efforts exist, and the price of about 150 yen is maintained as for the soft drink such as 500ml. The cost of the container was from 10 to about 20 percent until several years ago. assumed by the beverage of 500ml 150 yen It is a still tens of yen recently though there is a possibility that 30 percent or more because the crude oil price has soared, too.

It is necessary to examine whether it is really good for the environment to collect a producible one in a cheap cost, and to put costs of washing and the selection, etc. firmly.

Two kinds of beverages of the container of the same container now and recycled goods will circulate when achieving it.
It is interesting how much the consumer with a high cost or more who chooses recycled goods comes out.
Even if such a system is achieved in Japan where it is the severest with the quality in the world, and a lot of kinds exist, the spread is considerably difficult.
The consideration of the Japanese doesn’t change, and it can be said that achievement is an almost impossible system as long as the growth of the soft drink enterprise is not disregarded.

The Ministry of the Environment might be one of the appeals. did this for environmental
problems
You should start from an easier thing if it does.

The influence of Kashima Plant Mitsubishi Chemical?

Original article is here. http://blog.kamikura.com/archives/72

Original Post date: January 6, 2008

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A fire occurred in the ethylene plant in the Kashima Plant of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. In this plant, ethylenes of 475,000 tons a year are produced. There are two, and the ethylene plant is each scale of this level, and an ethylene plant of a domestic maximum scale.

A fire occurs by one of the plants, and the expectation of restoration is not understood. As a result, it has a big influence on the petrochemistry production of Japan and the product using it.

It is a fire of the ethylene plant this time. Let’s think about the influence by taking it as an example of the polyethylene of a comprehensible, typical product.

There are three plants of polyethylene (manufacturing device) according to the floor plan.
There are some kinds of polyethylenes, and the production of grades (kind of the product) is sure to be divided in each plant though what kind of products each plant can produce is not understood.

By the way, polyethylene is commodity plastics (plastic) used for various products such as the drink cap, the plastic bag, the water and gas pipes, the fuel tanks (car), and buckets.

Polyethylene is divided into the high density polyethylene and the low density polyethylene.
The stiffness that differs greatly the density as being in the name is also different respectively though the molecular architecture is different.
Of course, the high density polyethylene is firm, and the low density polyethylenes are softer than they.

High-density polyethylene HDPE
Low-density polyethylene LDPE

Each resin (plastic) wants it referring to external links such as Wikipedia.
Polyethylene is commodity plastics, and it is produced by the petrochemical complex of all parts of the world.
The performance of each plant is different all over the world though there are a lot of plants respectively, and grades that can be produced are limited.
Especially, it is manufactured from a quite different manufacturing device though HDPE and LDPE are the same polyethylenes.
The grade of a different plant is not easily producible.

In the world of polyethylene, some physical performances can be shown by the numerical value. Almost the same thing is quite different in a performance detailed as the kind of some molecular architectures different, and additives is different etc. in the catalog value that a chemical manufacturer makes public.

It looks like though the pizza restaurant exists in various places if this is compared by a general example though it is difficult even if it tries to mimic the taste of another restaurant.

It is difficult to do usually the same driving in the plant of two remainder though it follows, one of the ethylene plants is effective, at least one continues among three polyethylene plants because it can expect half production at the level, and driving is possible.

Japanese polyethylene Ltd. is manufacturing the polyethylene produced in the Kashima plant of the Mitsubishi chemistry.
Japanese polyethylene Ltd. has the polyethylene plants also in Kawasaki, Mizushima, and
Oita excluding Kashima.
If it doesn’t stick to the performance etc. if only the number of factories is seen, the production of polyethylene can be maintained.

However, the price of oil has risen now. It doesn’t limit to polyethylene, and there is no room in production in the plant of each petrochemistry.
It is difficult to bear the production of two plants.

Moreover, when the resin for a medical treatment and a special industrial commodity is produced in Kashima, the problem is complicated.
The grade for each product obtains the product recognition etc. of each plant from each testing body etc.
There is a possibility where things that cannot be produced in other plants and the other companiess exist, too.

In general, the trader who uses the product can supplement with the other companies goods because it buys it from two or more companies to some degree with the assumption of the disaster like this time.
The other companies might not have room in manufacturing, and either it is difficult for the long term.

It is possible to move it to the other companies and another factory for the grade that has generality. However, the thing that cannot help being manufactured in the plant of Kashima comes out from a special product, too.

It is a Mitsubishi chemistry and Mitsubishi Kemicalhorldings to be influenced directly by this.
The other companies also is entering the Kashima plant, and it becomes the problem of all enterprises that compose the industrial complex of Kashima.
About above-mentioned Japanese polyethylene Ltd., it is a joint venture company with the enterprise of two or more so ons Japan Porikem Ltd., and it has a large influence on other chemical manufacturers.

The ethylene plant has a large influence on the downstream product. When this a fire is prolonged several months and every years, it might influence the corporate strategy.
Moreover, it is a situation that can be called the price of present oil abnormality, and the petrochemical doesn’t decide it for tens of years in the situation like the moderate left like before.
It is necessary to win the competition with the foreign company.

It just wishes that this accident not have some influences on the petrochemistry industry in Japan of the future.
There is a possibility that the manufacturing of Japan develops into the accident that might have some influences, too, too, when it is not possible to restore it at the early stage.

The Caes of Gerstmann-gate

Original article is here. http://blog.kamikura.com/archives/59

Original Post date: December 16, 2007

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In editor Jeff Gerstmann on game information site GameSpot dismissal, it seemed to have been a big topic in December, 2007.

It is thought that the evaluation article on Kane & Lynch: Dead Men of Eidos Interactive is a cause in this matter.

It is thought that Gerstmann that wrote the article was dismissed because this company that was the advertiser of GameSpot was angry because of the content of the article.

A Japanese article on this details is this.
http://www.4gamer.net/games/037/G003750/20071210028/
http://www.gpara.com/kaigainews/eanda/2007120603/
http://www.4gamer.net/games/027/G002786/20071213041/
http://pub.ne.jp/Seiryu/?entry_id=1084602

You will refer to this because GemeSpot also is writing this article.

Spot On: GameSpot on Gerstmann

Other evaluations are seen with GameRankings.com.

In both Xbox 360 the editions, the PS3 editions, and PC versions, it is seven points and points from six in ten point full marks not high.
However, the written content is corrected later. It comes to want to think that there was pressure from Edios Interactive of the advertiser.

The review magazine of the game has come in contact with the sales origin of the game.
In the section somewhere, some reactions might be heard directly from sales and the
production origin for the review article.
Case by case what shape it is.
There are various reactions for the thing with a bad evaluation.
For instance, from “It is a right evaluation” to “Kill him”

In many cases, it will become reactive of not putting the advertisement in the future if it is a reaction “Evaluation of the advertisement low though it puts”.

Of course, a good article is published if consisting in commerce even if there is no advertisement.
Therefore, the person who reads increases, too.

Because manufacturer returns to basic place of only having to make a work that is better to put strange pressure on such a place, and to advertise it usually

Of course, there was the staff’s shake in such On the Spot on December 6 that explained this matter because it was not simply made in the world, too.

When saying at least becomes a big topic like this matter, the user holds distrust with the two companies.

Actually, it has an influence big as for the user review etc.It becomes a counterproductivity it if it turned the heat.

Even if a commercial gaming site disappears, the thing that can be bought for several thousand yen of the game has the user review site.
And, damage is also a little even if it buys it by mistake.

The evaluation of the computer, the car, and the house where the price is high is difficult.
I want to watch how this matter will become it in the future because it is thought that the thing that looks like occurs being interested in the future.

Rumor: Gamespot’s editorial director fired over Kane & Lynch review Joystiq
The New Games Journalism Penny Arcade!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FuJ81sDR2o

Mechanism of United States presidential election in 2008 that even fool understands

Original article is here. http://blog.kamikura.com/archives/70

Original Post date: January 3, 2008

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I am a fool who doesn’t understand the mechanism of the election. It writes here brought the mechanism together for me.
(However, how much is there a fellow who can perfectly explain around here by the Japanese?)

It becomes full-scale in 2008, and it is a Caucus to elect the presidential candidate of each party and a Primary that starts on January 3 though it is the 44th generation United States of America presidential election.
Basic facts about presidential caucuses in Iowa msnbc

It starts from Iowa state January 3 for the Democratic Party. And, even Florida state January 29 continuously becomes an early stage of a campaign with New Hampshire state, Michigan, Nevada, and South Carolina January 8.

The Republican Party starts from Iowa January 3, too. Wyoming is January 5 continuously. New Hampshire is January 8. It is done continuously mainly on Louisiana, Hawaii, and February 2 by the Democratic Party in a lot of states.

Especially, because the result of Iowa and New Hampshire is very important, and influences the election afterwards, each candidate is making efforts.

Afterwards, the primary is done in populous state (In the Republican Party, 21 states and the Democratic Party are 22 states) such as New York and California on February 5 in 2008. This is so-called Super Tuesday (Super Duper Tuesday). At this point, the result is almost decided.
It doesn’t understand at the close game until the primary of all states ends on June 3, and of course, it almost turns out on the way, and a candidate not powerful seems to drop out one after another in case of almost.
Candidate list United States presidential candidates, 2008

If the primary of each state ends, the candidate of each party is formally decided in the Democratic Party rally held between Republican National Convention from August 25 to the 28th, September 1, and the fourth.

And, it chooses and it is done, and presidents of the United States the 44th generation decide to the book in fact on November 4. It is at December 15 to decide formally.
Assumption is January 20, 2009(The presidential inauguration: Inauguration Day).

The primary and the book choose and bring the eligibility etc. of mechanism and
the presidential election together if there is a leave.

Focus:
Present presidential Bush is the Republican Party, and in view of a present political situation, the probability that the Republican Party candidate becomes the president is considerably little. It follows, the possibility that the Democratic Party candidate becomes the president is very high, and Clinton and Obama who is especially main contenders of the Democratic Party develop the rabid competition.

If the Democratic Party candidate becomes the president, Kennedy, Johnson, and Clinton since then and a becoming it political power after a long time. It becomes first colored person President for the president Clinton, and the first woman president and Obama.

I do not know the influence that each party and each candidate gives Japan.
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