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Posted in: Japanese carriers start sales of iPhone SE See in context

Article on Tokyo and Osaka signal strength..


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Posted in: Japanese carriers start sales of iPhone SE See in context

Not too impressed with the coverage though, its still patchy in certain parts of Tokyo.

Most places I see in the countryside if you're lucky you have a couple of choices, but some only have Docomo. We had only docomo for a few years, but recently AU put a tower a half kilometer away and now we get 2 choices, there is no Softbank reception where I'm at in Nara Prefecture. I've almost never seen a dropped signal in Osaka with Docomo. I use a iPhone 8+ that has a Docomo contract, everybody I know in our area uses Docomo. I also have to work once a year for a month or so in the Tokyo Ginza area, no dropped signals in that area.

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Posted in: Japan aims to fast-track review of anti-viral drug remdesivir See in context

Strange how big Pharma is now pushing this new drug when Japan already had this drug called avigan that everyone seemed so hopeful about in Japan. Then in Europe and America they were trying this drug called hydroxychloroquine applied with a little zinc or something and many doctors said they were having an over 90% success rate with it, seems to be swept under the table now for the new improved Big Pharma push that you just know in your heart will cost way more than the other drugs combined. According to many doctors who tried it on their patients, the previous drugs were proven to be reliable with no big side effects, and you just know Big Pharmas poison will have all kinds of side effect that probably fill a page just to read them all, oh and did I mention cost. Everything comes down to money.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor under fire for saying women dawdle at shops See in context

In the Society we live under one cannot even state the truth, and actually the mayor should never have said what he did. If he insist on making such statement he has to present facts and sources where he got his data from, even then wait for the attacks. Many studies have been shown that women do tend to do emotional shopping more than men, and every girl friend that I had and even my present wife does this, however some are really great bargain hunters and have coupons ready and know where the big sales are. Another aspect which many of the comments have already stated, women do the shopping here in Japan mostly, not men. My wife get big discounts by bargaining at the shops, strong lady, I'm embarrassed to even try for the bargains she gets. More power to the lady's.

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Posted in: SoftBank to buy back up to $4.8 bil of its shares after pressure from Elliott See in context

If any of the executives of SoftBank now sell their shares after the buyback, and make a bundle, they should be rounded up and taken into custody.

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Posted in: Professor denies he was pressured to remove videos on virus-hit ship See in context

What Dr. Iwata satated at first should be a huge warning, however anything he has to say about the virus or the Cruise Ship must be ignored from this time forward. I'm not saying someone or something got to Dr. Iwata, I'm just saying it sounds highly suspicious, since it is suspicious and we already have enough suspicious news coming out of China, the WHO and Main Stream Media. So far the real virus seems to be fear, with a mix of scarey sometimes backed by little proof so called information. I've heard that even the test performed on those that they say are infected are suspect, it all seems to produce FEAR.

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Posted in: Japanese prosecutors hit back at Ghosn's '8 hours of questions' claim See in context

The article is partially correct, it wasn't 8 hours a day, it averaged out to about 7 hours a day with no lawyer present according to the man's lawyer, the State should just keep it's mouth shut and take its lumps, after all nothing will change anyway and any comments made by the State will only make matters worse. North Korea probably interrogates their prisoners less than Japan. I digress, they only have charges and there was no convictions of anything, it was all obviously a set up to convict no matter what, most of the entire population of the planet can see that if they've followed what's been going on. Everyone can also see that Nissan and the State worked closely together in order to convict Ghosen and there by keep Nissan a Japanese controlled company, and for all intents end the relationship with a foreign entity, summation, it was a Coup.

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Posted in: Japanese media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape See in context

This is the same Media that basically tried to convict Ghosen before a trial even, almost anybody in Ghosen's shoes would do the same exact thing if they could under the circumstances that the Japanese Media put Ghosen into. They can claim they were just stating facts, but the facts were mostly whatever the prosecution, Japanese Justice system and Nissan Japan said they were, there was little in the way of any investigative Journalism. Ghosen was already tried and convicted in the Main Stream within Japan, heck perhaps he really is guilty, who knows, but the way the press and the Justice System handled his case, there would never be a fair trial. Ghosen should write a book on this. After watching the Japanese Justice system and their treatment of foreign executives in Japan, they don't have a very good track record, I would imagine in the future it would be hard for any Japanese Corporation to get good qualified executives to work for them within Japan, too many risk involved. One only need look into the Olympus scandal for confirmation Foreign CEO's in the end become fall guys for the internal Corruption of the entire Corporation, and Olympus is not the only one.

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Posted in: Militiamen withdraw from U.S. Embassy but Iraq tensions linger See in context

Where is the evidence that they are "Iran-backed".

It seems like anybody unhappy with US troops in the Middle East is labelled as "Iran-backed" by the media.

You got a lot of down votes on that one, however within the very first sentence under the photo it says, "In this photo provided by U.S. Department of Defense, the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter from 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares to conduct overflights of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Helicopters later launched flares as a show of presence while providing additional security and deterrence against protesters. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Khalil Jenkins, CJTF-OIR Public Affairs via AP)" Now obviously they cannot tell the difference between an Apache or an Osprey Helicopter, what makes anybody believe they can tell the difference between Iraq or Iran militiamen. After that sentence the whole article must be taken with a grain of salt, especially since the US has an embargo* on Iran and is itching for Iran to make one error and it'll be time to get the good old US into another losing shooting war. You have to keep in mind what *General Wesley Clark once said another General told him, "“I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” They're are a little off of their time table, but does that really matter, the US has invaded so many countries since WWII, you have to ask yourself, how many has Iran invaded, the one with the highest score is the aggressor. oh, and another thing, they didn't really win any of them, that's not the agenda obviously.

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Posted in: Japan to test driving skills of elderly who commit traffic offenses See in context

Must be getting old, I don't understand what's different? They already test those older folks when they reach 70, and at 75 it's even a little more difficult with extra cognitive function tests, what's new, other than the mandatory braking system??

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Posted in: U.S. Navy contractor may have dumped wastewater in Japanese ports: report See in context

May have dumped waste water?? There is no may have dumped anything in Fukushima, this article is a distraction.

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Posted in: Turkey pushes offensive in Syria, despite sanctions and calls to stop See in context

Manafort sending polling data to Russian intelligence, Stone communicating with Assange on Russian stolen e-mails, etc., etc.,

Yep I've read a lot of the report that's been released, and Mueller alleges lot's of things, but when you dig into most of it, it's all hear say and allegations with no solid evidence, in fact the Russian in question, they can't even find any evidence that he worked for Russian intelligence, it's ALL just he said, they said, and no evidence what so ever, standard State sponsored SOS. Same old S&%T, sprinkled with lot's of Hypocrisy on top for flavor.

However, the US starts wars with the same modus operandi almost always, no evidence just a feeling or fabrication so let's go to War and murder some people, Wash, Rinse and Repeat, our Government and intel sources doing the same old. I can remember half the guys in my barracks going to Vietnam and some not coming home, all based on lies, and nobody impeached the guy that caused close to 60,000 Americans and untold Vietnamese to be murdered, in fact the guy that caused it all got a Presidential Library where worshipers could come in Peace to Worship him.

Until the day comes that the Federal Government stops lying to the people, there should be no American Troops allowed to intervene in another Countries Problems. But, we all know that will never, ever happen.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

Been living in Japan for over 38 years. I've been stopped once.

Almost the same here, been here 35 years, stopped once in front of Nagasaki's main JR Train Station (about 15 years ago.), I actually talked down to the young police officer as if he were some kind of bug that was annoying me, but I did show ID and he left me alone quickly, probably thinking that was one grouchy foreigner. Even though I was impolite he was very polite and also never really explained why he stopped me in front of a crowded train Station. Oh and I passed that same spot often enough and never had any trouble, Koban was next door to the station at that time.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

Who originally started this idea, so often things like this pop up and we never know who started it???

Politicians wish to rule over you and tell you what to do and what not to do.

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." Now the masters want you to clog up escalators so nobody can pass and next they'll have you parking in the passing lane of which too many people already do, the police used to give out tickets for that or at least pull you over and tell you why they pulled you over. Now, blocking people from moving is considered good etiquette when it used to be considered bad manners????

Daniel Webster

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Posted in: Japan to vaccinate pigs to tackle hog cholera outbreak See in context

If the State broadcast it, I'm less than reassured normally.

I digress, if they vaccinate the pigs will it be safe, if the State says it's safe, I'm not reassured when I go to eat at a Tongatsu restaurant. The rice and food is safe from Fukushima, and it's also safe to move back near the Fukushima power plant, it does nothing to have the State reassure me, nothing what so ever except to make me more afraid of whatever they say is now safe.

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Posted in: Anger at acquittals of TEPCO execs in Fukushima case See in context

As long as corporate / national culture ascribes no responsibility in incidents like this there never will be guilty parties. If you’re on top of the system then you’re almost guaranteed protection.

I totally agree with that, but it's no different in any Western country there are two sets of laws in all of Europe and the US, the 1% get Just Us and the rest follow the law, fasten your seat belt, or else Justice will rain down on you hard.

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Posted in: Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide See in context

I think these can be helpful for smart policing as long as not used for political purposes.

A good example of how Propaganda works to convince people of almost anything, Bernays would be proud.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. has reached trade deals with Japan; no word on cars See in context

The U.S. may get to export some cars to Japan without stringent inspections but that is about it.

The Americans invented the TPP, it's for Large Corporations, Donny just backed out of it. As for the cars, their last concert was in 2018, the American Auto Industry is no more they exported the Industry long before the Cars last concert, and it's basically dead in the US of A. Chrysler is no longer American, and Ford doesn't even make cars much any longer, and if you by a GM car it'll probably break down before you reach 100,000 KM.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. has reached trade deals with Japan; no word on cars See in context

Big brother gets all, thats america & Japanese trade deals Japanese producers get dead and americans gets all ???


If you've ever done any import of foreign goods ( not just American goods ) for your business in Japan you would know that Japan and Korea are infamous for being overly strict on foreign imports, not only will they destroy a business to keep some products out of Japan. If your business continually imports goods that are being rejected, you will be put on a Black List and then everything you import is subject to an extra check and every check cost loads of cash on each individual item whether you are on a Black list are not. probably this is a little different for large Japanese Corporations, their particular route into Japan of foreign goods maybe entirely different, but small business in Japan that imports foreign goods must jump through the hoops so to speak. Then again if you work for a Large Corporation they always have lawyers and people on retainer to do nothing but this type of import work, where as the small business people must struggle to import foreign items on their own.

The only Industry Japan Inc does not protect is one where there is no demand for in Japan in the first place, every other Industry is fully protected by the State. Like say paper items such as Cards where there is only the business Consumption tax, there is no booming business for this item within Japan, and in fact most American card makers do not care to enter the market as their is no profit in the industry to be made to begin with, so of course it's duty free, surprise not. I once had a founder of a large card maker in the States tell me this, that they had studied the market completely and there was no outlook for profit in the Japanese market, so they only sell wholesale to retail stores, they are not even in the market and never will be unless the culture changes.

You have ask yourself, especially in times past why were American cars many times more expensive in Japan than in the States, and they still are. Or why was the iPhone so late in getting into Japan, at first it was well "our phones in Japan are so much better than the iPhone", and when they did start getting into Japan the largest phone company was last to sell it, they kept it out for years. Now Japanese portable phones cannot even compete against the iPhone even in Japan. Actually I'm not against this idea of protectionism, Japan Inc used to protect their industries as much as they possibly could and it's been rather obvious. In fact I appreciate these protections so much I now live and work in Japan Inc, America has never really protected any major industry except possibly the Aircraft Industry and Weapons Industry in general, until recently, and it's more than likely too late now for the Americans, their era is probably over now, and most of their large industry are now making items outside of the US of A.

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Posted in: From Marvel to 'Mosul': Russo brothers embark on global mission See in context

Since things are going complete leftist SJW type, I'm looking forward to a person of color that is a transvestite or better yet trans gender, that identifies as something extremely weird playing in a serious Super Hero movie, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the Big Screen, really, because I know it's coming and it won't be a comedy.

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Posted in: Xi told Abe he 'can't believe' Trump amid trade friction: source See in context

Xi always has the same facial expression in a photo-op with Abe or Trump.

It's because that's what true puppets look like. Western puppets tend to look like evangelistic preachers spreading the gospel of how the world should look in their imagination, and they sound like them too. However, they always have that forked tongue syndrome that arises constantly.

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Posted in: Police unsure why man went on shooting spree in West Texas See in context

It's amazing in today's world where nobody trust the government and most know that the government does lie to them constantly, therefore few now even trust the government. Even so, for a little Security some still trust the government to deliver on Security at the cost of liberty and Freedom, even though they also know the government will abuse this as it always does everything, and give zero Security in return. In the end the only person that can protect your family and friends is you yourself, and by taking away any of your rights you limit even this.

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Posted in: New prosecutor defends handling of Ghosn case See in context

You know, I bet he really believes this, otherwise how could he say it with a straight face?

That could be, but since it's his responsibility it's more like he's being disingenuous with not only everyone, but to himself personally as well in order that he may do his job. For the protection of his status and his very job itself, he can and will justify anything. Once indoctrinated fully into the system and in fact becoming a part of the system, it would be a miracle in itself for this gentleman to believe anything else than what he's known all his life. A strong belief system can withstand a barrage of facts and truths thrown at it and still not break.

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Posted in: South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past See in context

It's rather obvious that it's all political in nature, by Moon Jae-in's own statement it's political, because he said so. Obviously Moon Jae-in has no intentions of changing course, he wishes to keep this as a political tool that he and his government will use in the future as well over and over, it will always come out when they do not get what they want. It doesn't matter how many times apologies are given if apologies are never accepted, therefore it becomes a monotonous waste of time and effort.

Just reading the 1965 agreement, it was obvious that the Korean Government was interested in monetary conpensation only and very little else, the complaints against Japan should obviously mostly be directed at the Korean Government itself. If the Government of Korea was actually concerned with anything other than funds it should have been made more clear at the time of the 1965 agreement. Actually in a way one cannot blame the Korean Government as almost all countries State Governments care very little for their own people, and only care about funds and the States Power and Control over the people, and Japan is no different in this respect. Throw bones to the people, and keep on raising the debt, power and control of the State itself.

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Posted in: UNHCR calls on Japan to do more as refugee approval rate 'quite low' See in context

A word of advice for Japan, do not let the UN dictate anything to you.

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Posted in: Polanski film premieres in Venice as scandal rages See in context

The article couldn't stick to just Polanski, that would have been just fine, and of course that's controversial and deserves discussion all by itself.

However, the #MeToo so called movement just surrounds everything that is now wrong with Western Society as it is becoming now. An apt item to include within the definition for the #MeToo movement should include; " Make no mistake. The real purpose of Diversity, Inclusivity and Equality in the modern age, is an all-out war on even the concept of excellence."

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Posted in: 27% of municipalities concerned over surge in foreign visitors in Japan: survey See in context

Why not change the title to a more appropriate title and a more positive one at that.

"50% of municipalities are not concerned in the least over surge in foreign visitors in Japan: survey"

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Posted in: Tokyo expressway to adjust tolls to curb traffic during 2020 Olympics See in context

Next up on top of discriminating tolls, more video cameras with facial recognition everywhere, with Police asking for your identification papers, and when the Olympics are over and since they got away with extortion and violating your rights during the Olympics, they'll continue after the Olympics into infinity, welcome to more tyranny Olympic style. ( Actually all of these plans for the Olympics sound as if there made up by some 20 year bureaucrat behind a desk, who has little controls placed upon what he says or does, plus he or she has too much time on their hands. )

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."

Daniel Webster

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Posted in: Wall climbing See in context

The winner was Janja Garnbret of Slovenia.

So we were reading about 2 that lost?

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Posted in: Epstein suicide sparks fresh round of conspiracy theories See in context

If the FBI is in the foreground or Background on any investigation, you can be sure upon close scrutiny the bucket will not hold water because of all the countless holes in it, in so doing it is the State that creates Conspiracy theories by not telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, classified and redacted in these situations creates conspiracy theories, what the State really wants is for the citizens to accept every single word they utter as Gospel from above, and after all the lies, that's going to be impossible. Already just on Epstein's death alone the story starts to become more weird by the day as it always does when the Federal Government is involved.

From CBS Morning,

Shrieking heard from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell the morning he died

Ohhh..it will get weird it always does and the PR arm of the State will see to that.

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