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Posted in: Singapore seeks to hold 'dangerous offenders' beyond prison terms See in context

TIS… This is Singapore

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Posted in: Russian swimming star Kolesnikov 'not sad' to miss Paris Olympics See in context

Never heard of the guy... and at this rate maybe never well. Frankly I think we can just chalk him up to being just one more victim of the war his country started.. along w/ the many many people of Ukraine who have quite a bit more real world concerns...

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Posted in: Trudeau slams Facebook for blocking Canada wildfire news See in context

Are people these days so clueless that they don’t know how to get the news without going through social media ?

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Posted in: Greenpeace to shut down in Russia after being declared 'undesirable organization' See in context

Green peace is generally undesirable shouldn’t they just shut down everywhere ?

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Posted in: Mariah Carey sued for $20 mil over Christmas smash hit See in context

Not really a Mariah fan. But just looked up and played the version alleged to be copied over spotify.. and sounds absoutely different.

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Posted in: Apple chief Cook takes App Store battle to Washington See in context

The argument that people who don’t like Apple are free to go elsewhere isn’t realistically going to work long term. Didn’t work for Microsoft back in the day, why should we expect it to work for Apple and allow their obvious anticompetitive behavior ? Because they are cool and make cool products ? We have to realize there are individuals and companies hurt by the policies they (as well as google) sets so these tech giants need to be smacked down from time to time to remind them to play fair.

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Posted in: Tesla to recall nearly 200,000 cars in China over collision risk See in context

Back cameras are mandatory in cars in the US and for good reason I think (I think it is here in Japan as well or they are considering making it so). It’s not really about knowing the corners of your car but about having less blind spots. Especially against things which may move into your blind spot… for example people.

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Posted in: Japan applies tougher quarantine rules to India, Greece, Romania, 4 U.S. states See in context

I’m guessing they will just go by the home address that is on the passport to determine if somebody falls in one of the states in scope. Sure some people will fall into the cracks of should’ve / shouldn’t have been in scope of the extra quarantine requirements. But percentage wise they will end up being right most of the time and that is probably all that matters.

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Posted in: France issues arrest warrant for Japanese woman over 'parental kidnapping' See in context

Hmm international arrest warrant meaning she can be nabbed in countries other than France is she travels ? That would make it interesting. The story on this guy has been a bit one sided all along so easy to sympathize with but was there anything ever released from the perspective of the wife ? Giving some benefit of doubt…

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Posted in: S Korea bans app payment monopolies in world first See in context

Naw that argument doesn’t hold much water. Apple bans other app stores from being set up, so the option of hosting apps elsewhere doesn’t exist. Also bans apps from informing users of how they can go to a website to make digital purchases. Very anti competitive and think Korea is hopefully paving the way for other countries to join up.

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Posted in: French boxer sits on ring apron in protest after DQ loss See in context

French people certainly like head butting when things don’t go their way.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck outside supermarket See in context

Hard to tell who is at fault simply by reading this article. But in Japan the driver is by default at fault. Perhaps that is the issue and why there are many pedestrians and cyclists that act the way they do and essentially put their lives at the mercy of motorists.

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Posted in: Woman told off for breast-feeding at Disneyland Paris condemns 'mom shaming' See in context

Most moms here I noticed use some clothing contraption that covers up exposed areas when breast feeding (commonly sold at where you find baby stuff ie akachan honpo). Was this lady not using this presumably ? Think it’s not entirely out of the question to expect people to respect prevailing social norma especially when perfectly good workaround that keep everybody happy is available.

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Posted in: Tokyo ranked 3rd most expensive city in world for expats See in context

the rankings are so easily skewed by fx fluctuations it’s not even worth paying attention to. Go visit any country which has had real inflation over the last decade (ie USA) and you’ll go back home thankful how affordable it is to live over here.

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Posted in: South Korea, Japan trade travel restrictions in virus row See in context

I think its completely fine that the South Korea closes their borders to Japan or any other foreign nationals they fear may be a virus threat. But please.. they are doing this out of retaliation ? Really lets not bring stupid politics into this thing and concentrate on containing the outbreak. I for one wanted Japan to more aggressively close their borders weeks ago.

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Posted in: Snowden tells life story in new memoir See in context

A memoir? Smells like a skanky money grab to me. I still wait for the day he does some good time in jail for his crimes.

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Posted in: France, Germany blast Facebook's Libra; back public cryptocurrency See in context

Any company or entity that pursues something like this has to be prepared to handle all the responsibilities (handcuffs) banks shoulder.. ie AML controls, regulatory rules, personal info handling controls, audits... the list goes on and on when you start handling other people’s money. All those controls costs money to implement and run, so you really can’t expect money handling fees to go down substantially with just some blockchain magic.

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Posted in: Ban on ticket scalping comes into force ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Hmm how about shops like daikokuya which make a buisness of selling tickets... often at a steep premium for hard to get popular events?

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

Yeah this is long over due. Quite surprised that the US consumes more plastic per capita than Japan... perhaps something else skewing that stat... a bit unbelievable. But in terms of that plastic bag to wrap individual items... I would agree it’s unnecessary except for meat items. From the perspective of sanitation and keeping meats absolutely separate from fresh items like vegetables that may get eaten raw.

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Posted in: Japan lifts age restrictions on U.S. beef imports See in context

Is that some joke... pretty sure I saw American bacon at nissin.

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Posted in: Amazon Japan raises Prime membership fee for first time in 11 years See in context

Long time prime user.. but yeah I use amazon for the convenience knowing full well the price is not always competitive. You’ll be surprised if you price compare with other e-commerce sites how you may be paying more to get that free prime shipping.

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Posted in: Ghosn says in video statement he is innocent and a victim of backstabbing See in context

buzzyboy yep hope I never get detained in this country for something I haven't done. My comment was no indication of this Ghosn's innocence or guilt. Its just a statement of fact that no criminal really voluntarily comes out and says.. "yeah I did it.. that's me".

In terms of your other question on what happens if you just glare at the questioner ? Um yeah go ahead and try.. pretty sure you end up just causing more pain for yourself and extend your detainment. The system here works on a schedule.. if you don't cooperate and answer questions then you may miss your court date then oops you can stay detained for an additional X days for the next time court is in session.

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Posted in: Ghosn says in video statement he is innocent and a victim of backstabbing See in context

I’m innocent... saids every guilty person like since the beginning of time.

Frankly not sure what he expected to accomplish... it’s a video with little substance and likely will do little to sway public opinion.

i frankly don’t know if he’s guilty or innocent but do find it humorous that we have a lot of experts apparently on this board who feel entitled to comment one way or another rather strongly.

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Posted in: Japan scholar and translator Donald Keene dies at 96 See in context

Not quite... there is a tax treaty between the US and Japan. If you make over the tax exemption you can simply take the tax credit and given the tax rate in Japan is just as high as the US you will pay none to little tax on income higher than the FEIE. The same is not true obviously if you live in a country with a significantly lower tax rate like say HK... Uncle Sam will have his take in that case.

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Posted in: Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show See in context

I don’t know I guess it can come up in one of two way here possibly. This was a personal thing he expensed to Nissan inappropriately. Or it was Nissan related and possibly goes foul of anti bribery laws. Either outcome doesn’t look good for this guy.

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Posted in: Doraemon Hills See in context

Fences only go up at night I think...

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Posted in: SoftBank's Son says Japan is 'stupid' for not allowing ride-sharing See in context

The so called gig economy is really only good for the large corporations that run them. What we really need is the convenience of Uber’s app to call regular cabs which are properly regulated... without the nastiness that Uber brings with their regulation dodging, worker oppressing practices.

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Posted in: Uber poised to make investment in scooter-rental business See in context

Plenty of successful foreign companies here... apple and google anyone ? Japan is just not friendly to companies who don’t play by the rules, Uber and Air BNB being prime examples. Regulation is very much required and appreciated.

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Posted in: Uber poised to make investment in scooter-rental business See in context

yeah good riddance to that, these things are banned in the streets here and for good reason.

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Posted in: Monex to buy hacked crypto exchange Coincheck for Y3.6 billion See in context

Err that first speed bump you talk about is a hell of a speed bump. Don’t think these guys deserve a second chance, like ever.

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