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Posted in: Gov't to require mobile phone operators cut cancel fees by 90% See in context

Limiting cancellation fees. Great. But the limited handset discounts wont make monthly bills smaller, they will stay the same or even cost more now that everyone will be paying off a nearly 100,000yen handset (after the 20,000yen subsidy).

Plus that means 1-2yr old high end phones on the secondhand market will rise in price, affecting those of us who are smart enough to buy there and take the phones to an MVNO

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

Rest of the world internet commenters: "you suck", comments about your mother, profanity, trolling

Japanese internet commenters: High and mighty self righteous nastiness that holds no bounds.

Its a scary world on Japanese social media/internet boards.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop case against man accused of killing wife over her failure to cook dinner for him See in context

Obviously he didnt 'confess' to the final blow, hence there was no way of prosecuting him.

In a way, him not being prosecuted is a good thing... If he was jailed, he would ensure 3 warm meals a day for the rest of his life. The whole reason he was beating his wife in the first place.

Now he has to live out the rest of his life without his cook/cleaner/slave to look after him. I suspect it will be cup ramen and unwashed clothes from now on...

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

My argument isnt against women wearing high heels. I am not all that fussed about clothing rules in the workplace either; as long as the clothes are practical (serve a purpose), and the rules are fair - i.e. Not allowing one group of people a more relaxed set of rules based on their gender.

My main problem is that this is the labor minister here, standing up in the diet (not wearing a necktie), and saying heels are NESSESSARY for women. This statement is idiotic and unbased

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Another photo of the minister making these statements shows he wasnt even wearing a necktie. So the argument about men having to wear ties is not valid.

Whether or not the heels are "appealing" is not the point. He said they are "necessary"

Explain what is NECESSARY about heels? What is it that cannot physically be done, without them?

I suspect that the only reason could be that you cannot give geriatric businessMEN a semi-boner while wearing serving them tea in flat-heeled shoes. This shows how backwards the office environment is here.

Does Abe-san want more women in the workforce? Does he want them to "shine" (or 死ね)? If so, he better go and have a word to his minister.

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Posted in: Gov't council says pensions inadequate in aging society See in context


I assume you are Australian then? I have been meaning to start paying into my Australian super fund (on top of the kousei nenkin that i am paying here). Where did you go to get advice on this matter? I was hoping to speak to an accountant in Australia, but then they wouldnt know about the Japanese laws/systems. Similarly the accountants here wouldnt know about Australian laws/processes. Plus every accountant i have contacted here seems to cater to ultra rich expats, asking for 300-500k for consultation.

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Posted in: Miniature retro Showa Era fans become nostalgic delight in Japan See in context

That looks very cool... but 5200yen! I think i will stick with my 3 coins desk fan.

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Posted in: Mourning continues 1 week after Kawasaki knife attack See in context

The article i read this morning says he went to live with his uncle and aunt after his parents divorced. The uncle/aunt had two other kids a couple of years older than him, and they both attended Caritas, an elite private school. He on the other hand went to a lowly public school. It was because of this, and seeing his cousins excel at life, that he thought that their schooling was the reason for their happiness. And thats why he attacked Caritas students and their parents.

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Posted in: You can now buy bully insurance for your kids in Japan See in context

The only bullying insurance i need is coverage for my legal fees when i find those who are bullying my kids.

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Posted in: Australian mother reflects on 'lunchbox shame' she felt from her son’s Tokyo preschool teacher See in context

Coming at it from the other way, i remember looking at envy at my classmates with their ham and cheese on white bread lunches at school in Australia, while my mum gave me sourdough bread, filled with weird stuff like alfalfa sprouts and avocado.

Now there is nothing i miss more than a hard crusted bread that actually requires teeth to bite into, filled with healthy stuff.

But, if my primary school asked me to make Chara-ben's for my kids, you can bet that the next day's bento would include rice shaped into "F U 先生”. Actually i would probably try to order a chara-ben shaped branding iron, so i can stamp that onto the sandwiches i make for them (though it would be more than just cheese on white bread)

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Posted in: Over 20% of Burger Kings in Japan suddenly vanishing this month See in context

Agreed that lack of advertising may be their downfall. But i also wonder if the recent healthy eating fads are exacerbating the problem. Yoshinoya/Matsuya are cashing in on the low carb trend, perhaps the burger stores could as well?

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

The problem seems to be that the kids are coming from all over the country to rage out in Shibuya... An outlet is needed, but why does it need to be in one specific area. Each town/city should hold their own street festival for it, so that it isnt so concentrated/crowded in the one area.

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

Yeah i dont see what banning drinking on "some" streets will achieve. Its not like you will sober up when you walk into those streets.

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Posted in: What habits by your co-workers annoy you the most at your workplace? See in context

Shuffling while walking around the office. Its not just co-workers but man it feels like some of them are so lazy they cant even lift their feet off the ground.

Oh and the 8:59 rush into the office. Scuttling in as if they were trying really hard to make it on time and looking stressed. Here is an idea, wake up 15 minutes earlier so that your morning commute isnt rushed, and you can come into the office at a nice leisurely pace?

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Posted in: Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more U.S. beef See in context

Nice to see so many people recommending/preferring Aussie beef. I am not really sure which is better since i usually buy cheaper cuts and i havent done a side-by-side comparison. But regardless of whether the beef is tastier or not, more American beef in the supermarkets will bring down the price of other beef through competition.

Kobe beef isnt necessarily the best in Japan, its just the one most well known by foreigners. Matsuzaka is another one which is probably more popular with Japanese people. Either way, while wagyu is delicious, i cant eat more than 100g in one sitting. Its nice as a treat, but for cooking several times a week, i prefer a lean beef cut Aussie or US beef.

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Posted in: Fast-food chain Yoshinoya to sell beef bowl without rice See in context

therougou, it certainly looks like it is sitting on a bed of cabbage... Would have been better on cauliflower rice!

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

News this morning said they have drive recorder footage that shows Shintate-san (the driver of the car turning right) did so without checking correctly (i.e. the Kei car was already passing through the intersection); so the fault lays mostly with her. She was travelling at 50kmh at time of impact, the Kei car 60km/h. With 110km/h combined speed its no wonder the Kei car was sent shooting off like a pinball.

Not often that news gets to me like this but with a similar age daughter in daycare at the moment my eyes welled up when i saw the flowers and anpanman toys laid out for the two that died. So sad...

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Posted in: Fast-food chain Yoshinoya to sell beef bowl without rice See in context

For once, a Rizap product i am looking forward to! Their pathetic "5000mg protein drink" (less protein than any small soy milk container), expensive, low protein snacks, and of course the overpriced diet plans...

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Posted in: No technical problems found in car involved in fatal crash in Tokyo See in context

There was a stuck accelerator commotion in the US about the Prius, but the cause was found to be dealers in the US fitting cars with third party floor mats that were not secured. Several accidents were caused by mats sliding up onto the floor-mounted (i.e., not hanging) accelerator pedal.

My parents in law bought an Aqua recently (secondhand) and it didnt come with floormats - the dealer offered to add them in with the purchase, for 50,000yen. I told them to decline, and we found some new original mats for much less than that. When i went to see them again recently i noticed the father had put in additional plastic mats over those... i ripped those out and warned them about the dangers of doing that.

Another thing i see here is alot of people driving with crocs or other slippers. That is another danger, one we specifically learn about in Australia.

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

I suppose it is unavoidable that the kids have to cross such a busy road, but as some others said, that does look like a dangerous spot to do it. At two years old they are no longer in the baby carts - it would be up to the teachers to make sure that none of them would run out on the road unexpectedly.

It does sound like one of the drivers was rushing through the mostly orange light while the other assumed it was ok to turn since the lights were about to change. I wonder how they will proportion the blame here. RIP to the little ones.

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Posted in: No technical problems found in car involved in fatal crash in Tokyo See in context

Definitely getting preferential treatment due to his status and previous positions. He should have been arrested already; they dont waste time on any of the other cases involving vehicular death.

However one thing that concerns me is that in all of the cases that i have seen recently on TV where the driver claimed a stuck accelerator pedal, the car was either a Prius or Aqua. Both Toyota hybrid vehicles, with drive by wire accelerators (no physical wire going from the pedal to the throttle butterfly - its controlled by a computer and servos). Is it possible that there is a computer glitch?

However even if this is the case, an alert driver would be hard on the brakes, handbrake engaged and hopefully shifting into neutral if this happened. Not racing for hundreds of meters through several intersections wondering 'hmmm, pedal seems to be stuck'

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Posted in: Japanese tourist, husband charged in Hawaii sex assault case See in context

Madden - i guess they figured she was a tourist who didnt speak English (hence her translating his requests); so she wouldnt go to the police, and just stay quiet about it.

I wonder how many times Nagisa was the victim of this guy's violence - I am guessing this isnt the first time he has punched a woman.

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Posted in: Incoming emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition See in context

semperfi, absolutely, and she should be congratulated for that. Not everyone is strong enough to handle it though. Pop stars often burn out, resort to drugs, have mental breakdowns... and thats from only a few years of media attention. Imagine that attention was pretty much guaranteed for the rest of your life.

I know i wouldnt cope. Being watched every second of the day. There would be pics of me in the tabloids every second day picking a booger out of my nose or rearranging my equipment.

Look at what happened with Ayako's future husband. Family secrets all aired out, tabloids filled with crazy stories. She could offer me a lifetime of wealth and i wouldnt take the bait.

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Posted in: Competition for talent forces Japanese firms to revamp recruiting process See in context

SaikoPhysco exactly. Its not just about changing the timeframes they hold the interviews, its about how they interview, its about what they offer (how about hiring kids who studied in the field that you are hiring for?)

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Posted in: Incoming emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition See in context

The protection he offered was from the intense media scrutiny and stresses of being watched every day just for being part of the imperial household. You might think its an easy life not having to work or worry about money, but there are plenty of other things that can stress you to the point of a nervous breakdown.

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Posted in: Renting flat-pack furniture? Ikea's push to go green See in context

I'm all for the idea, especially here in Japan. Getting rid of large furniture items is actually quite a hassle here, and if you are renting, there is every chance the next apartment wont fit your 3 piece lounge.

Or even if you are staying in one place, it would be great to change things up every so often without thinking of what to do with your old stuff, or how much money you wasted on buying it (only to throw it away)

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Posted in: Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking See in context

I still dont see the point of these 'foldable' screens. The tech is good; making flexible screens has lots of ergonomic potential, but the fold seems unnecessary. Off-angle shots show that there is a visible wave at the crease (which is obvious). If it is noticeable, then a pair of screens with even a 1mm bezel would offer exactly the same benefits, with the added bonus of being able to repair each screen separately, and being half the price.

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Posted in: Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods See in context

Ooft that new Century looks so good (in an rich, ugly way - much like rolls royces and bentleys).

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I suspect most of the commenters on here are white males, who will have a far different experience with 'discrimination' as Chinese, or Indians or Africans. I feel like it would be a much tougher experience for non-white foreigners here :(

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context

MarkX/Spitfire, seems you both misunderstood their complicated pricing structures, or didnt read the contract properly when you signed up.

Mobile phone contracts here are (mostly) a fixed service charge, around 6-7000 yen per month, which includes your basic access fee, unlimited calls and 7gb of data. Then you have the handset fee which is 3-4000 per month on top of that basic access fee. Thats because you buy the phone on a payment plan, and pay it off in 24 monthly installments.

The confusing part for most people is that then the provider gives you a discount on the fixed service charge, for 24 months, which is usually the same amount as the handset repayment fee. So you only end up paying 6-7000 a month instead of 9-10,000. Then at the end of your 2 years, the discount disappears, and so does your phone payments. Hence no change or possibly even increased prices at the end of your contract. What you are supposed to do then is go back to the shop and renew your contract with a new phone, restarting the handset payments, and subsequently also the fixed price subsidies.

Its all a big ripoff though. Even with the planned 6000yen price plans. the 1980 plan with 1gb will be good for old people and light users, but MVNOs are still your best option for phone service here.

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