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Posted in: Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company See in context

@JeffLee - Trump waffles a lot about predatory capitalism, but so far all I can see that he has DONE about it is trillion dollar corporate tax cuts. He's basically a harsh critic of anyone who doesn't kiss his a$#, nothing to do with economics, of which he plainly has no real understanding.

You are of course correct that this particular issue isn't Trump's fault, but Matsumoto didn't blame him, he simply made a high-profile comparison. Re-read what he actually said - is he blaming Trump?

"This is the way things are getting nowadays: people in the highest levels are just interested in getting as much for themselves as they can. You see it everywhere, like Donald Trump in America, these people at the top are only looking out for themselves. It’s the same in Japan and elsewhere too, but it can’t continue like this."

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Posted in: Usain Bolt brings his e-scooter to Japan despite regulatory road bumps See in context

I have nothing in particular against these, but the environmental claims are pretty disingenuous. Unless they are replacing that would otherwise be made by car/motorbike, they are having no positive environmental impact at all. In fact, given that Japan seems to be moving back to carbon-based electricity generation, they're arguably going to be a negative. As @crazyjoe pointed out, it seems quite likely that they will mostly be used to replace walking and cycling.

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Posted in: Eating like a Buddhist priest will add years to your life See in context


The data about the monks is from 1926 to 1979.

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Posted in: Registers, rates and points: Tax hike woes for Japanese retailers See in context

There are lots of good reasons to phase out the 1 yen coin, but the shift to 10% tax has no bearing on this whatsoever. Do people think that with 10% tax, their bills are now magically going to end in a zero??

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

Many years ago I used the "I don't understand anything" approach. A while later they sent an English speaker. He seemed very pleased with himself as he explained the situation in great detail (in very good English). He was extremely deflated when I told him in French that "I don't understand anything". They didn't come back for a long time.

I quite like the comedy approach of the fire extinguisher approach though.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 organizers to open 2nd-chance ticket lottery on Aug 8 See in context

@Blacklabel - if you live here, you can get a ticket. It might be for a less popular event, but them's the breaks. The article even tell us some of the sports which fall into that category.

@HBJ - the reason why there are 680,000 tickets left is that many, many sessions were under-subscribed. You can reasonably assume that all of the opening ceremony tickets sold. You can also reasonably assume that there are plenty of tickets left for the women's hockey group stage matches, for example.

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context


So the EU countries are going to try and overthrow Boris. Interesting strategy. But what do they gain from their attempt to help generate further political instability in the UK? The people voted to leave. The Europhiles are acting like they don’t like the democratic process. Hmmm....

No, the EU countries are not going to try and overthrow Boris, nor are they preventing Britain from leaving the EU. They're simply saying that there is no room for negotiation on issues such as the backstop - as is their right. Britain is free to walk away without a deal if the deal is unacceptable.

I suspect the likeliest outcome is a no-deal Brexit on October 31st, quickly followed by Boris being "overthrown" in a general election.

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Posted in: 50-year-old cyclist dies after being hit by car in tunnel See in context

@Disillusioned - Strava tells me I have cycled about 2,000km this year, combination of commuting in Tokyo and weekend country rides. So I'm on the road often enough to have an opinion.

All of the things you mentioned are undoubtedly true of some people (I'd suggest the minority) but are also true of drivers in other countries to various degrees.

Mysteriously, despite the apparent lawless Mad Max-style conditions some people think are prevalent on the roads here, all the accident statistics I can find place Japan at roughly the same accident/fatality rate as other developed countries (and considerably lower than some).

So, in comparison to which countries are Japanese driver so dangerous?

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Posted in: 50-year-old cyclist dies after being hit by car in tunnel See in context

@Disillusioned - no, drivers in Japan are not any of those things compared to just about anywhere else in the world. You get the odd idiot, but by and large people are OK.

Did you actually cycle in other countries?

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Posted in: HBO Max set for 2020 streaming launch; gets 'Friends' from Netflix See in context

Except that people ARE watching it. Like it or not, it's one of the most watched shows on Netflix, despite them having an enormous amount of original content.

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Posted in: Video review creates drama at Women's World Cup See in context

It's a picture caption, big deal. Nothing in the caption suggests that Japan are complaining, or that its an issue because Japan got knocked out. The caption simply states some facts.

The article very evidently was NOT written for the Japan market, as evidenced by the fact that it literally does not mention Japan (despite the fact that there was a somewhat controversial VAR decision in the game). Not to mention the fact that the writer is based in Oregon (thanks google), and the same article appears all over the world (New York Times without a picture, for example).

The article does not say, or imply, that this is a problem since Japan got knocked out.

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Posted in: Video review creates drama at Women's World Cup See in context

Some very peculiar comments about Japan on this thread.

The article does not mention Japan AT ALL.

The article was not written for a Japanese audience. Surely you know that most of the content on Japantoday is from news agencies? In this case, AP. Nothing to do with Japan. At all.

It isn't news because Japan lost, it's news because they changed the rule mid-tournament, and called a press conference where they discussed this.

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Posted in: U.S. ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground See in context

Not only is it horrendous, it's moronic. Surely any sane person can see that some people are simply born gay. It's not a choice, nor a sickness, nor a mental illness.

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context

Why on earth is it taking until next May for the accused murderer's trial to start??

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context

@Kenji Fujimori, read again. I said I DON'T disagree with your comments in general. I was simply pointing out that your statement "has not spent a day in jail" was factually incorrect.

I have absolutely no idea whether he stole the coins or didn't.

I suppose the possibilities are either A. He did, or B. Someone else did. It is extremely rare for a Japanese court to find someone innocent, so there is certainly a possibility that B is correct (especially as they actually have a suspect).

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context

@Kenji Fujimori - whilst I don't disagree with the general thrust of your points, he DID spend 11 months in jail.

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Posted in: Schoolgirls chase suspected train groper and get timely assist from tripper See in context

It's very unlikely that there is a story behind the story. Ask any Japanese woman, at least those who grew up having to take crowded trains - being groped on the way to school is the rule, not the exception.

In an ideal world she would have screamed to the high heavens the first time it happened to her, but that takes a lot of bravery even for a grown woman. Good for her for getting together with friends and coming up with a solution.

Oh, and worth mentioning: regardless of how much cleavage a school girl (or anyone else) is showing, you don't get to just help yourself.

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Posted in: Film revealing 'true story' of infamous 'Paris Cannibal' to premiere in July See in context

I have to say, I don't like the phrasing "a movie about his exploits" which kind of implies that this was daring or exciting. "a movie about his brutal, unforgivable crime, and how he got away with it" would be more appropriate.

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Posted in: Pillow fight See in context

It does indeed look like fun!

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Posted in: Rakuten,, Expedia raided by Japan antitrust watchdog See in context

@JJ Jetplane - no, I don't think that's what's going on. What it means is that the hotels are not allowed to offer a lower price than Expedia elsewhere.

So, even if a competitor arrives offering the hotels a lower commission, the hotels are not able to lower the price.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

Disgusting - whatever you think of Carlos. And surely illegal?!

Perhaps the plan is now to arrest her for failing to carry her passport.....

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Posted in: Lower house OKs record ¥101.46 tril budget for FY2019 See in context

It's not really suspicious. The simple fact is that the pension system was set up on the assumption that people would work and pay in for 40+ years, and then receive a pension for 5-10 years. Over time that has shifted to pay in for 40 years and receive pension for 20-25 years. This may have been manageable had contributions been increased constantly to match life expectancy, but this has always lagged behind. Nobody has wanted to grasp the nettle.

It is certainly true that there has been some comical squandering of tax money, but the fundamental point still stands - the current retiring generation (individually through no fault of their own) did not contribute enough to support 20-year retirements. Worse, the current working generation is not (also individually through no fault of their own) contributing enough to support their likely 30-40 year retirements. As they are also going to have to make up the shortfall for the baby-boomers, their outlook is pretty bleak. Still, at least they will all have jobs. Possibly two...

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

@Laguna - the allegation is that Nissan under-reported his future compensation in earnings reports, not that Ghosn personally under-reported on his own tax returns. He's accused of being responsible for Nissan's under-reporting.

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Posted in: Nissan to freeze payments of unstated remuneration to Ghosn See in context

So let me get this right..... having accused Ghosn of under-reporting compensation that he says was unsettled, the company is now going to withhold that compensation, thereby surely proving his point that it was unsettled, AND is going to report the compensation in their earnings report. Even though they are not going to pay it. Unbelievable.

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Posted in: Fish and chips, all the time? See in context

It would be massively helpful if they would only include questions on the test that actual British people all know the answers to (such as Luddite's excellent example). I'm a Brit who has no idea who introduced shampooing to the UK. As for Bronze Age Britons' burial habits, a quick google reveals that they might not even have been burying them at all......

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

The self-righteousness and hypocrisy on the Japan side of this is breathtaking.

Unless I'm missing something, the chain of events is something like:

Japan embarks on expansionist, imperialist foreign policy, attempting to conquer as much of Asia as they could manage, WITH NO INTENTION OF GIVING IT BACK. During the implementation of this strategy they inflicted untold misery, death and suffering.

Japan catastrophically over-reaches, enters a global conflict, siding with a rare example of a regime that surely we can universally agree were the bad guys

Japan loses the war and then expects that the territory that they have lost will be given back, despite the fact that they got into this mess by TRYING TO ANNEX AS MUCH TERRITORY AS THEY COULD, WITH NO INTENTION OF GIVING IT BACK.

I have no love of the Russian regime, and morally they probably should have returned the islands by now. However, this does not translate to sympathy for the Japan perspective. There are not thousands of Japanese people being persecuted under the Russian yoke; there are not hordes of Japanese desperate to return to live in their ancestral homeland, in fact most of the frosty rural north is rapidly depopulating.

Two wrongs do not make a right, but Japan should do a bit more of what they ask their Asian victims to do - get over it.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists spend record ¥4.5 tril in Japan in 2018 See in context

@Insane Wayne

Dont forget this is all tax free. Japanese will be paying 10% but tourists pay nothing.

Most of it is not tax free. Tourists pay taxes on everything except for shopping within the tax-free program. As shopping in total is listed as 34.7% of total spending, and some of that shopping will still be subject to taxes, that's a lot of tax being paid.

Consumption tax on food, airport taxes, hotel taxes, onsen taxes, and now the departure tax.

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Posted in: Lavrov asks why Japan only country in world that can't accept results of World War II See in context

Japan is lucky that the war didn't end wit Hokkaido in Soviet hands - in fact they are lucky there wasn't a Berlin wall drawn through Tokyo.

It's extremely obvious that the best possible result for Japan is the split that has been proposed by the Russians several times and that pride is getting in the way of that is really unfortunate.

It's been 70+ years. No Japanese people live there. The people who live there are Russian, and in many cases have been living there for generations now.

Russia may not have a moral case for keeping the islands but from a pragmatic perspective it is time for Japan to wake up.

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Posted in: Automatic train operation test conducted on Tokyo's Yamanote loop line See in context

Indeed - I for one am looking forward to the day when my driverless car will have seats that face each other instead of facing forwards, and I can enjoy a beer with my fellow passengers. Nothing anti-social about that!

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Posted in: Judge says Ghosn being detained due to flight risk and possibility he may conceal evidence See in context

@TonyW - he works for a global auto alliance with manufacturing operations in 20-odd different countries. He speaks 5 languages fluently. Regardless of what you think about his guilt/innocence, or the way he has been treated, I think we should probably excuse him for not being able to read a Japanese legal document sufficiently well to sign it.

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