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Posted in: Survey ranks Japanese prefectures by how much people want to continue living there See in context

Tohoku in general is pretty miserable. Bleak, awful weather and people with a reputation of being unwelcoming even by Japanese standards

You must be talking about the Japan sea side of Tohoku? The east coast has great weather, ok cold winters but much better than Hokkaido and without the horrible humid heat of Tokyo and further south. I have spent a decent amount of time in Tohoku and I found them very welcoming!

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Posted in: Chinese TV pulls Arsenal game coverage after Ozil criticism of Muslim crackdown See in context

How childish of China

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Posted in: Japanese company officially bans employees from licking fingers when handling papers or money See in context

I am always surprised that people in Japan of all places do this! I have seen it done many times


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Posted in: North Korea says it won’t give Trump a summit for free See in context

Blows my mind that we've reached a stage in global affairs where NORTH KOREA seemingly rejects a visit from the president of the United States. Thanks, Trump!

Come on! No political system guarantees a perfect or even "good" leader. All systems have their flaws and I have an idea a democrate president might have made things even worse!? But thats conjecture. Who knows?

Bottomline is, without some kind of intervention (military) it was always going to be very hard to deal with a leader like Kim who only has one trump (no pun intended LOL) card. He won't give up his nuclear weapons, that's all he has!

Sure Trump makes one mistake after another, but this NK issue is one messy one and honestly, .... unless there is some kind of war ... it requires some kind of internal uprising. This is uncharted waters!

(my 2c worth)

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Posted in: Olympic marathon could start, finish at Sapporo’s Odori Park See in context

Great decision, its far too hot in Tokyo in mid summer for a marathon, what were they thinking?

I try to avoid Tokyo in summer

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Posted in: Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters See in context

In this day and age, with holding freedom (like China does) is a time bomb, just look at history, time and time again this kind of thing has happened and sooner or later the people react

China calls itself a developed country, the number 2 economy but treats its people like little children. The net consoring (for example) is so childish

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Posted in: Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after U.S. ban See in context

I just don't get this folding fad, sure new tech is interesting etc, I get that but so many drawbacks for little gain. Bottom line: a weak screen in this day and age is a very bad idea

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

The difference between Tokyo and Sapporo weather in summer is not so great, so Marathon should be in Tokyo.

you have never obviously spent a few days in both places in summer! and its not just the heat, the humidity is lower too!

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Posted in: Defiant Koike confronts IOC over moving Olympic marathon See in context

Heck, Tokyo paid all that money through "various" channels just to get the Olympics, you'd think they'd at least have the Marathon run in Tokyo.

Money? wake up! Its not about MONEY!

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Posted in: Apple tunes out trade war as new AirPods, services lift holiday outlook See in context

AirPods way too expensive even by Apple standards

you make it sound like Apple sell the most expensive wireless earphones! fact is, they don't! Expensive? sure but there are more expensive ones

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Posted in: China rolls out 5G services in race to narrow tech gap See in context

I, for one, am in no hurry for 5G, its coming, great but no rush. I am sure it will be more expensive and I am happy with 4G

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Posted in: Tokyoites split over holding 2020 Olympic events in Sapporo: survey See in context

To my mind this was always going to be a huge problem! Everyone know every year many people die from heat stroke in Tokyo ion summer and some years its in the 100s!

This was a no brainer!

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Posted in: Hansen leaving with legacy intact, despite All Blacks horror show See in context

well done England, awesome preformance

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Posted in: Fallout from Trump's trade wars felt by economies around the world See in context

If China played fairly we wouldnt have this problem

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Posted in: Moment of madness: Senseless red card ruins French RWC hopes See in context

senseless and will regret that for a long long time

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Posted in: Samsung to deploy software patch after Galaxy S10 fingerprint flaw found See in context

Shame of Samsung ... again! They are giving themselves a bad name

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Posted in: Apple boss Cook meets Chinese regulator after HK app criticism See in context

Bad call by apple

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Posted in: Microsoft returns with smartphone after high-profile flops See in context

those earbuds look terrible

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Posted in: Alexa in your ear: Amazon launches wireless earbuds See in context

 unlike "Apple" which wants you to have some Indian sounding device in your home. "Hey Computer".... reminds me of "Scotty" on Star Trek IV talking to the mouse of (appropriately) an Apple Macintosh...


sounds like you have a virus

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Posted in: Apple launches iPhone 11 series in Japan See in context

The iPhone is an expensive item to upgrade every 1-2 years.

No! Not true in Japan, if you have already have a phone and use the 2 year contracts.

I have an iPhone and I went to my provider and asked about trading it in for a new iPhone 11. Found out I will be paying less than before, so ... I no brainer! (I am talking about a package with wife and home phone and internet)

It just doesn't make sense to keep the same phone on the same contract when I can get a new one and pay less (same 4G amount etc etc ... no changes to the contract at all, just swap phones)

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Posted in: Why you don't need a 5G phone just yet See in context

so many people are tech junkies now, including me to some extent, but I can't help thinking we all buy into so much hype! Sure 5G might be great in the future but there seems to be this incredible push to have it yesterday.

I for one am quite happy with 4G and I certainly don't want to be paying more money! Lets take a deep breath ......

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Posted in: Facing U.S. ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor See in context

China doesn't play with a level playing field, there is very little true competition in China, almost all foreign companies are banned or limited in what they can do, so good on Trump.

After all, no one else is big enough to challenge China

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Posted in: High-speed 5G network seen as ready to spur online gaming See in context

As pointed out above, 5G is a long way off being ready. As is often the case .... too much hype

suggest you watch this video (background to why Apple is not rushing to use 5G ... the infrastructure isn't there yet)

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Posted in: Apple may steal Netflix streaming crown, but only for a year See in context

but a very good bold move by Apple to offer a whole year free if you buy a new Apple device. A lot of people buy a new phone every 2 years so ...

People have often said Apple was all about high prices etc but this year a cheaper iPhone (even with tarrifs) and now a whole year of Apple TV+ free wow

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Posted in: High-speed 5G network seen as ready to spur online gaming See in context

too much 5G hype, its a way off yet, the grass is always greener

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

there are a lot more important things than beer sales

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Posted in: Apple reveals triple-camera iPhone; $5 monthly streaming TV undercuts Disney See in context

People have always complained that Apples stuff is so expensive, and they are right, they are. But you must remember that they also have the best resale value! so things even out a little. So for once Apple actually lowered the price of a new phone! and dispite tarrifs didn't raise the top phone prices! This is great. We all know people (everyone not just Apple users) are holding on to their phones longer.

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Posted in: Huawei plans high-end phone launch under cloud of Google ban See in context

Personally I wouldn't go near any Chinese phones until they have proven they can last and after sales etc work well. Its a risk and another potential huge issue is after sales value!

Sure Apple phones are expensive but you get a lot of money back when you sell it (compared to other phones). I doubt very much whether you will get much for a Huawei phone 2 years later .... my 2c worth

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Posted in: Google reveals years-long 'indiscriminate' iPhone hack See in context

Actually it turns out that this is not the full picture, see this youtube video. It wasn't just Apple, but Windows 10 and android. It "seems" that Google deliberately didn't reveal the whole picture to make their devices seem better (??) ... see the video

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Posted in: Apple's data shows a deepening dependence on China as Trump's tariffs loom See in context

Apple's data shows a deepening dependence on China as Trump's tariffs loom

I have been hearing the exact opposite, to me they seem to be looking at options outside China, but with the volumes of stuff they need made .... its not an over night thing

I think a lot of companies will be looking to get out of China and for more than just tariffs

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