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  • Tue, 21:24: As I predicted, Nokia is keeping & expanding its Windows Phone developer program & adding a VP; good news http://t.co/4JyUKQjgLD
  • Wed, 01:50: Hello silicon valley! Anyone we know going to the Justin Rattner talk at CHM tonight?
  • Wed, 02:25: Hey America; when you reboot your government, how about having one that lets tourists buy decongestants? US & Canadian passports only? WTF?
  • Wed, 02:59: Didn't make it to IDF, so here to find out what Justin Rattner is up to (Checked in at Computer History Museum) http://t.co/foSmeDDS6a
  • Wed, 03:10: Tizen delayed again. Is it the year of mobile Linux phones yet? #moblinandmeegoalloveragain http://t.co/lnYGkB5xUF
  • Wed, 03:24: Justin Rattner giving an excellent example of how technology is people; crediting Noyes, Moore as pivotal in Intel history
  • Wed, 03:35: RT @BrendanEich: Fun gig at Microsoft today speaking to engineers in favor of web standards innvoation. Good to chat w/ @ahejlsberg @lukeho
  • Wed, 03:37: Quotes from @intc_rattner fast enough never is. The 3 problems for exascale computing are power, power & power
  • Wed, 03:47: If Moore's Law relates to a specific technology we have come to the end of it; for silicon gate it ended 3 generations back #chmrattner
  • Wed, 04:20: Funniest thing about trying to buy Sudafed; pharmacist couldn't use his own ID because he's at his monthly limit already. In a week?!
  • Wed, 05:29: Um, now I have to like WalMart; their pharmacy system was happy to accept my UK passport & sell me Sudafed. Cheapass CVS software?
  • Wed, 07:16: RT @simonster: Use PowerShell to add desktops to an VDI Pool in Windows Server 2012 http://t.co/bvg4y3smA8



( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
9th Oct, 2013 12:46 (UTC)
Sudafed is illegal in Japan. You can be arrested (probably just refused entry) for trying to bring it in. A number of legal over-the-counter medications in the US/EU are banned in Japan because they contain small amounts of stimulants (pseudoephidrine in sudafed for example) and Japan has some of the harshest anti-drug laws around banning stimulants. It can make it more miserable when one has a bad head cold :-(. There are OTC decongestants available but they're not as effective. Also, like all OTC medication in Japan they cost a bomb. I (quite legally) bring in large bottles of paracetomol and ibuprofen from the US once a year or so, at a few cents a pill. In Japan, a packet of 16 ibuprofen costs around Y1000 (~US$10, i.e. around 60c per pill).
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