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Posted in: Late-night train services planned during Tokyo Olympics See in context

And why in the hell dont they run them 24/7 NOW? Right, Mommy government likes to keep their children in line

Outside some world cities subways rarely run 24 hours. A whole lot of maintenace is done via the overnight hours to make sure the more profitable daylight hours run.

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Posted in: Japanese salaryman creates model of Shinjuku from paper See in context

Pretty good work, he must of had to make some adjustments due to all the construction. I even noticed, he replaced the old Subaru building with the temporary structure that was set up for the Rugby world cup store!

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Posted in: Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020 See in context

Considering that there are companies that will fire employees as proxies for their regular employers (eg "downsizers" , if you ever seen the George Clooney movie "Up in the Air" he plays one) , why not the other way around? Makes sense.

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Posted in: 24-hour video on fugitive Ghosn checked only once a month See in context

Vallum as I said, which status would Ghosn fallen under? For him not to have a residence card, assuming he didn't have one.

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Posted in: 24-hour video on fugitive Ghosn checked only once a month See in context

Also, not every foreigner in Japan gets a zairyu card, it depends on his status. That may well have been the case with Carlos Ghosn.

Besides government,military and temporary visitors and certain minors, which foreigners don't require zairyu cards? Which status would Ghosn fall under?

Even Zainichi Koreans and Chinese have special yellow zaiyu cards.

I can't imagine a situation where someone like Ghosn who was the CEO of Nissan for over 10 years, having a owned a residence in Tokyo was not required to have one?

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Posted in: 24-hour video on fugitive Ghosn checked only once a month See in context

All foreigners in Japan are required to have their passports with them to show to police or other officials. It is unclear whether the French passport is the one Ghosn used to enter Lebanon.

This is slightly incorrect, if for example you have a residence card you don't have to have your passport with you all time.

It baffles me as how the CEO (or former CEO) of a company in Japan, with owned home in Japan, does not have a residence card?

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Posted in: Renovated Shibuya subway station with M-shaped roof begins service See in context

Having used the old Ginza Line station at Shibuya, the new station is ages ahead of the old station.

Since it is a terminal station there's usually a train on either end of the platform about to depart, thus really negating the need for many benches to sit down on.

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Posted in: Renovated Shibuya subway station with M-shaped roof begins service See in context

If the railway companies weren't so damn territorial the Ginza Line could have been extended to merge with the Inokashira line and run trains all the way to Kichijoji.

Technically impossible not just because of territorial disputes.

Inokashira Line and Ginza line run on different gauges for a start. The Ginza and Marunouchi Line's being the oldest subway lines in Japan run on standard gauge. Later lines and railways use narrow gauge.

Next, the Ginza line and Marunouchi Lines' receive power from the "3rd rail" at 600 V DC power , instead of overhead power at 1500 V DC power like the Inokashira line does.

The Ginza Line runs 6 car train sets, the Inokashira Line platforms can only accomodate a 5 car train set max, though to be fair Inokashira trains are a few mm's longer.

Finally, legally even if it were technically possible to connect the two tracks, Inokashira line trains do not have front/rear doors as required in case a subway train gets stuck in a tunnel. An example is on the Sobu Line JR, runs a special E231-800 series train set with front and rear doors at each end so JR can run through service through the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

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Posted in: 2 arrested over murder of man who reported burglar in his home See in context

When the police screw up they do, but here looks like good detective work, tracking the suspects, tracing things back. I assume they also saw the phone use on the cameras and managed to track down numbers etc called at that hour from nearby towers etc.

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Posted in: Nezu Shrine: One of Tokyo’s hidden gems See in context

Nezu shrine is also one of the "10 shrines of Tokyo" a very nice place indeed.

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Posted in: Details confirmed for Tokyo Olympic marathon, race walks See in context

IOC to Sapporo:

Sapporo: We want the 2030 Olympics

IOC: Tokyo 2020 Marathon

Sapporo: OKAY!

IOC: Done deal, Sapporo 2030 is yours.

2030 coldest winters in decades, decides to host some events in Tokyo due to it being too cold. Boy would that be the irony!

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Posted in: Police in talks with Setagaya family murder victims’ relatives about demolishing crime scene See in context

Along with the DNA evidence, the show print left matched a British shoe brand (Slazenger) that was manufactured by contract in South Korea (size 28cm footprint was found in the house). The shoe was sold by only one domestic shop in Japan, however the Japan shop sold only shoes of that brand from sizes 25cm-27cm.

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Posted in: Police believe arson unlikely in Okinawa castle fire See in context

Only the land park and remains before 1950 are designated world heritage, the 1992 rebuilt buildings are not.

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

 grabbing geisha and maiko

What? Who does this? These are the folks that should be prosecuted.

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Posted in: Japan rejoices after Rugby World Cup over Scotland See in context

Don't really watch Rugby but I watched last nights game hoping Japan will beat Scotland, espeically after their complaining like babies and legal action threats if the game didn't go on, despite them agreeing to the rules before the tournament even started. Well deserved loss for them and I was greatly satisfied.

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Posted in: Japan-Scotland Rugby World Cup game to go ahead See in context

Finished, JAPAN WIN!

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Posted in: Japan-Scotland Rugby World Cup game to go ahead See in context

28-7 now Scotland getting creamed.

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Posted in: Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad See in context

Difference is Taiwan has people, a military and government (and various allies) willing to defend's it's democracy.

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Posted in: Yamanashi police end 16-day search for missing 7-year-old girl See in context

There was news of one of the volunteer rescue workers missing? Was he found?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits See in context

Meant to type 80.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic ticket scalpers raking in big profits See in context

He bought 70 tickets from indiviual resellers rather then directly from official sellers.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

Tragic, but an accident.

What I figure is that the mom went to the car and the child was walking with the grandma, the child probably wanted to chase after her mom in the car, got loose from the poor grandma and got hit. Tragic accident indeed. Unfortunately accidents like this happen, but it is easy in hindsight to say this or that. I'd like to give them a benefit of a doubt and just say it was a tragic accident.

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Posted in: Anti-NHK party head admits to interrogation for alleged intimidation See in context

Met the guy three times before when he was campaigning around Tokyo. Got a couple of no NHK stickers for my door (I actually don't own a tv nor have any devices capable of getting TV signals). You an get them for free by contacting their website as well.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

Many official documents in western countries like the US/Canada/UK Passports show family name first anyway. In the US, many federal identification cards, military ID cards etc start with family name first as well.

Dug up my old state driver's license, Family name (last name) was also printed first.

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Posted in: Gov't to use family name first in Roman alphabet in documents See in context

Writing the family name first when using romanji will cause confusion outside Japan - for example, on passports, credit cards etc.

Many official documents in western countries like the US/Canada/UK Passports show family name first anyway. In the US, many federal identification cards, military ID cards etc start with family name first as well.

So I highly doube it would cause any confusion outside of Japan.

My credit card in Japan has family name first, no one has ever said anything to me in years of using when traveling around abroad.

When living outside of Japan I had an ID card for over 10 years that had my middle an given name switched around and no one ever asked anything as well.

As foreigners in Japan, we're already used to this anyway, as all Government documents in Japan have foreigner names with family name first.

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Posted in: Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games See in context

Which was part of a broader discussion about how Naomi doesn't live in Japan, doesn't speak Japanese much, probably doesn't pay residence tax or pension plan, yet is "Japanese", whist others who live in Japan learnt Japanese, pay Japanese taxes etc etc are not considered Japanese.

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Posted in: Multiracial athletes sparking debate in Japan ahead of 2020 Games See in context

Got into a disagreement with someone, I said "how do you know someone's not Japanese?" and they said "because they can't speak Japanese", then I said to them "Is Namomi Osaka Japanese" they said "yes", then I said "Well, she doesn't speak Japanese" ..shut that guy right up.

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Posted in: Abe faces challenge from U.S. plan for Middle East maritime coalition See in context

Japan could send one of it's destroyers to escort Japanese tankers bound for Japan. If a british Frigate can scare off some Iran's ships, a Japanese guided missile destroyer can certainly do. Notwithstanding, Iran probably wouldn't want to mess with a country that it is on friendly terms to begin with (Japan). Just show the flag and escort ships like they do against pirates already in Somalia.

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Posted in: S Korean business owners call for boycott of Japanese goods See in context

. Japan agreed in the text of the 1965 treaty that the 1910 treaty was "already null and void", even though Japan took no specific actions to nullify the 1910 treaty.

If a new treaty says an old treaty is null and void, there is no reason to go back to the old treaty and nullify it, the new treaty supplants the new one.

It's like when the US passed the 21st amendment to the US constitution (which nullified the 18th amendment), they didn't need to go back and modify the 18th amendment, the 21st amendment supplants it.

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Posted in: Bitpoint Japan finds extra ¥250 mil of cryptocurrency stolen abroad See in context

Incorrect. No one ever said it was "totally safe", just like your cash you carry in your wallet, it can be stolen/lost.

You can trace any bitcoin transaction, it's on the ledger, any transactions even stolen ones, check it out yourself.

The transactions are traceable from which wallet to which wallet address, so technically you can see to which address the funds were transferred to.

However who owns that wallet can be a mystery. What could happen is those wallets are locked out/flagged if caught early enough. However, they cannot just take the coins out of the wallet since it is only under the control of the person who owns it.

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