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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

Strangerland, i totally agree. Of course there is some aggression here or there, but most drivers happily wait while someone is double parked or blocking the road (where i am from the whole line of waiting cars would be on their horns).

Having said that, i think its time to invest in a dash cam.

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Posted in: Return rush See in context

While it was a bit frustrating seeing all the families with their backpacks heading off for their vacations last week, i am glad that i worked that week, and that my daycare is open during Obon. I much prefer to take my summer holidays at a time of my own choosing, not when prices are through the roof and transit terminals are packed to the rafters!

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Posted in: Double disqualification after heat shortens Olympic triathlon test event See in context

what a farce, why didnt they reschedule the olympics like they did in 1964

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Posted in: What sort of wearable tech do you see being developed in the near future? See in context

Whatever happened to Microsoft's Hololens, that looked so promising. I want to be at work acting like i am on Minority Report with virtual screens all over my desk.

On a different tangent, wearable airconditioning/cooling units. Or perhaps a material that acts like a regular inner shirt, but cools to

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Posted in: Fewer fireworks events in Japan next summer due to Olympics See in context

Who benefits from that????

The poor from Japan???

I think not....

Probably not going to be the same effect this time, but the 1964 olympics had a massive impact on both rich and poor. Well, at least thats according to some of the TV programs i watched. The obvious ones being the bullet trains, but also shutoko which was approved to ease traffic congestion. And prior to the olympics, it seems that Japan was not the clean and trash-less society you see today - they showed videos of trains littered with used bento boxes, rubbish through the streets and just generally a filthy society. But before the olympics they started ad campaigns, and improved trash collection, and it was a huge success. According to the show i watched it turned Japan into the clean and respectful society tourists love today

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Posted in: Fewer fireworks events in Japan next summer due to Olympics See in context

zones2seurf, the sumida fireworks has been completely rained out more than a couple of times; regardless of the rainy season timing. And some rainy seasons have been sunnier than the rest of summer. The Sanja matsuri is typically in the middle of rainy season yet it is almost always good weather.

However shifting all of the fun stuff around the olympics, when most people in Tokyo didnt even get any tickets is a bummer. Moreso that i bet some of the tourists would have loved to see some amazing fireworks displays while here

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Posted in: Police arrest another Chinese man over 7pay fraud See in context

Fair enough on the being sacked. But being arrested as mmwkdw suggested is a bit over the top.

People make mistakes, there was no ill intent behind it. There was ill intent behind those who took advantage of those mistakes.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of teleworking? See in context

Interestingly i get many of the benefits of teleworking just by working flex time. I start at 8, finish at 4:30. Trains are relatively empty at 7am/before 5pm, and i am home just after 5pm giving me plenty of time to interact with my family. I also only have 6hr span of dealing with the other colleagues, plus i am away from all the snacks and sweets that i have at home.

Having said that, i have toyed with the idea of switching to full telework for 6 months/a year, and doing a very long road trip with the family. I could work on the road as long as i have internet access!

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Posted in: Police arrest another Chinese man over 7pay fraud See in context

mmwkdw, i suspect that entire team was restructured. But who should get the blame here? The low level developers who only worked on individual modules? The development manager who decided to implement the separately developed 7pay app into their existing members app (where the security hole allowing you to specify an alternative email address to recover your password was probably already present, but posed no real threat)? The bucho that approved that decision to combine the apps to save time? or the CEO that pressured the IT team to get their solution out the door ASAP? Arrest all of them?

And in that sense, should women who wear sexy clothes also be charged if she gets attacked?

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Posted in: Police arrest another Chinese man over 7pay fraud See in context

Rather than victim blaming (which is easy because the 7Pay team obviously left some security holes and were clearly not competent in managing this project), lets focus on the scumbags who saw the security hole and decided to try to STEAL from innocent people. What sort of upbringing do you have to have in order to think this is a good idea?

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Posted in: Body donations surge in Japan amid changing views of death See in context

A friend here passed away and he had signed up to donate his body. There was still a funeral, though his wife chose one of the most simple ceremonies with few flowers or fanfare. The body was also cremated and returned recently; and although they are not going to put him into the family grave, donating the body does not proclude this part either.

Its more of a break between the funeral, and the receiving of the bones/ashes after cremation. Everything else is the same.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context


What are you on about? There is no way that in Japan 400 yen will get you three meals worth of food at a supermarket. Hell, it wouldn't even at Daiso.


Sorry no way and I don’t even live in Tokyo. I plan our meals and buy the food and do the cooking. We eat healthy foods including fresh veg, salads and fruits. I bake my own bread every other day. I buy foods when the prices are marked down especially meats.

I didnt say healthy and nutritious, let alone gourmet. I'm talking about eating to survive. This guy was eating 2 onigiri and a pokari sweat. He wasnt trying to eat healthy. A 5kg bag of rice is about 1500yen these days. This makes 10kg of cooked rice (will disregard cost of water since that would be in the order of 10 yen or so). A satchet of furikake is about 100yen. And With that you can already make 100 onigiri (100g each) for less than 16yen a piece. You could eat much more than 2000 calories a day for much less than 400yen.

Want to jazz it up a little? Nori sheets for 200yen, probably less than 10 yen per onigiri. Some umeboshi if you are Japanese (not really my idea of tasty), or 100 yen for a can of tuna, 100yen for some mayonaise to make tuna-mayo onigiri. Want to eat something other than onigiri? Buy chicken breast at 50yen/100g, bag of moyashi, shiokosho, and some spinach or hakusai for 100yen or so.

I plan my meals and do the cooking. I aim for 250yen/per serving and can do so with an amazing variety of healthy food. This is more than his budget obviously, but i am not struggling like he is.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

There are other ways to alleviate the extra burden on no-to-low income earners. Creating all these extra rules for people who are rich enough to visit theme parks, is more proof that the politicians, bureaucrats, and other supporting a multi-rate sales tax, took their eyes off the ball.

And there you go. My comment on this motivating you to get a better job may not be fair. But if you are on a knife edge, and going to a theme park, then you have your priorities wrong.

Minimum wage here is laughable. But the tear-jerker news piece they showed for this was a guy who can only afford two combini onigiri and a pokari sweat to eat all day, because didnt earn enough to buy lunch/dinner.

But, going into a combini to buy 400yen worth of onigiri and drink, which is less than 1/4 of your daily calorie requirements? Idiot, you need to cook at home where 400yen can stretch out to 3 filling meals. I think the number of people who's budget would be genuinely broken by the 2% increase would be down to a few families. Give those families some assistance, and everyone is happy.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

Unpopular opinion: Make it all 10%, and do it yesterday. 2% is not going to hurt my budget, but having to wait until i see the bill to know the total cost will impact my budgeting ability.

I know Americans are used to having random taxes thrown in at the end, variable tip amounts etc. But when i see a price on an item, thats the price i expect to pay! And if you insist on showing the pre-tax price, then at least make the tax easy to calculate (5, or 10%).

What about those living on a knife-edge budget? Well for starters, thats not a very good way to live. Maybe this will motivate you to find a better paying job. Or maybe the govt should introduce a 2% welfare rebate if its such a problem.

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

Douglas. Yes, residents will spend more than tourists in any that year. But they will spend that amount regardless of whether they get seats or not at the Olympics. So not only do they get the money from the resident (who has to spend to live), they will also be getting money from that tourist.

From what i saw on the overseas sites, the ticket sales are exactly the same as the Japanese lottery, but without any of the transparency, plus a healthy markup. You tell them which events you want to go to (and you have no indication of whether you got those tickets or not), and then the reseller wait for tickets to be allocated to them for resale. Then, when tickets are allocated they decide who sell those tickets to.

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

Kobe White Bar Owner - it sucks for us here, but i can understand that decision (it is actually much less, but still yes there are a lot reserved for people outside of Japan). Tourists bring more dollars into the economy, tourism is the main goal of spending so much on the olympic facilities.

I anticipate this will be one of the most popular olympics in recent years. Not only do so many Japanese want to go, but Japan as a destination is quite popular overseas, and what better excuse to finally make that trip here.

FYI they were explaining last night that the second lottery has a couple of caveats and if you dont choose your sessions correctly, your application is turned down automatically, with no warnings. Something about having your first and second choice be events on the same timeslot.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway car provides child-friendly space See in context

Ganbare Japan, i would love to see that. Even this thomas carriage, would keep my 2 yr old entertained. Almost worth making a trip on this train line to see it!

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Posted in: Longer, wetter than usual rainy season ends in Tokyo area See in context

TIL: No rainy season in Hokkaido??? Why did i choose to live in Tokyo again?

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Posted in: Is it OK for a man to take his girlfriend to restaurants like Yoshinoya on a date? See in context

I would say no, but not because of the price - Yoshinoya is a very rushed place. If its a busy time, you will have people waiting for your seat, and the food takes less than 30 seconds to be served. This means you will have very little time to talk. If money is an issue, then somewhere like McDonalds might be better since you can sit down for a bit longer.

On the other hand if the real destination for the date is a movie, or another attraction, which you are running late for, then you cant get a much quicker feed than Yoshinoya!

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Posted in: How long do you think it will be until the TV streaming service bubble bursts? See in context

Is it a 'bubble'? What indications are there that this is not just the replacement for regular TV?

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Posted in: Kyoto arson suspect likely spent hours scouting anime studio area See in context

Any info on the reasons behind it (other than mental problems)? Something must have triggered it - his favorite anime character got killed off?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 comes too early for karate kid's Olympic dream See in context

While i agree Karate seems a more appropriate olympic sport, its obvious why they chose the ones they did - they have more young people appeal.

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Posted in: How much is the average rent in Tokyo in 2019? See in context

As expected, the placing in world lists is based on an international standard of living space. Had to follow the Deutsche Bank report which acknowledged it gets its data from Expatistan, which shows that it is using an 'average' apartment size of 85sqm. Apartments that size are not that common in Tokyo, so even when looking at cheaper suburbs, it will mean it is a relatively new or luxury apartment building.

I suppose such lists are useful for the Expats who expect a similar standard of living wherever they work, but it would be good to see a list for 'normal' immigrants. What is the comparitive cost of rent for a median apartment size (45-65sqm). What is the comparitive cost of groceries when buying the average groceries (Chicken, Pork, Fish for meat rather than Beef here in Japan)....

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Posted in: Kyocera to roll out new Li-ion battery in 2020 See in context

It is interesting technology, and i like reading about the process involved with achieving it....

I hate to criticize someone learning to speak English, because its quite clear that this press release was written by a non-native English speaker. But surely it could have gone through a native speaking editor or proof-reader to make the it a little more 'natural' sounding?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

Today i noticed that family mart also has their fami-pay system, following in the footsteps of Apple pay, google pay, samsung pay, Pay pay (lol), 7 pay....

Why would you sign up for more than one of these payment systems? Why put your trust, and money in the hands of a minor payment system that has just been released? Why must so many companies slavishly copy someone else's successful formula thinking that will work for them too?

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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

Ugh, applied for around 40 tickets, knowing we wouldnt be getting all of them (but also willing to accept that extremely rare chance).

Got none.

I guess i will be at the mercy of ticket scalpers charging 10x face value for watching a minor event. Who wants to take a guess at how much opening ceremony tickets will be reselling for?

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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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