“It’s kind of like a financial run on a bank,” said Louis Carlet, deputy secretary general of the National Union of General Workers Tokyo Nambu, which counts hundreds of Nova employees among its members. “That’s why this could be the biggest consumer wipeout in Japanese history, because the customers are depositing all this money as if in a bank, assuming the money will be there, and now . . . Nova students are getting worried that they’re gonna get wiped out, so they’re rushing to cancel the contracts and the more they rush the more Nova can’t pay their bills.” http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20070925zg.html
The computer broke. Dead hard disk. I was horrified as I cannot survive without the machine. I got to go out and pick up a MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.6 17″ and it is incredible! The only nag is the Japanese keyboard which has all the keys in the wrong places. I asked my students and found out that all the Japanese keys are useless as no-one even uses them … but it’s from and old old old J typewriter system that only very old folks use. My goodness Apple … why do you persist in this then? Is is lack of current cultural understanding???