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Posted in: U.S. considers 100% tariffs on French Champagne, cheese, handbags over digital tax See in context

"French champagne" is redundant.

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Posted in: Huawei still world's No. 2 smartphone seller despite U.S. sanctions See in context

Whatever happened to Nokia?

They licensed off their mobile phone brand (current "Nokias" are not made by Nokia) .

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

Oops, got posted before I typed everything:

The perp was a train otaku and was active on 5channel.

He apparently had 2 beefs with KyoAni:

One of their series caused a lot of tourism to one of his favorite trainspotting locations.

The studio coincidentally used his online handle, Barisaku, in one of their productions.

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Posted in: 33 dead after man sets fire to Kyoto anime studio See in context

What I was able to put together from Japanese sources:

The perp was a train otaku and was active on 5channel.

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

Sounds like 7-11 has no idea how it happened. There are no facts to this story except money was stolen.

The information I heard was that if you had the tuple of (email address, telephone number, birthdate) it was possible to reset a user's password directly without a second-factor authentication. And the birthdate defaulted to a known value if the user did not set it in their profile (it was not required data at signup).

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Posted in: China hands Japanese man 5 1/2 years in prison for state secret theft See in context

This man is part of a geological survey team that was hired by a Chinese corporation to search for thermal vents for a hot spring resort.

As I speculated when they were first arrested, their equipment was probably mistaken for spy equipment (ground penetrating radars, acoustic resonance scanners, etc), and China is trying to save face, or they were photographing submarines and warships, esp the new aircraft carrier under construction at Hainan island (that are in plain view).

Mapping data in general is considered state-secret level in China.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restrictions_on_geographic_data_in_China

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Posted in: Quake kills at least 11; 24 missing in northern Philippines See in context

I was in a mall in Pampangas when it happened. There was a near stampede for the exit. Miracle no one got trampled.

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Posted in: Japan eyes e-money salary payments See in context

I went to shinsei bank who were very helpful and gave me an account and a card the same day. Now i am glad i went with them, and laugh at all the fools lining up for the ATM on friday afternoons so they wont be forced to pay ATM fees on weekends.

And I'm sure they laughed back just as hard when the whole Shinsei system shut down for 6 days at the end of last year.

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Posted in: Ghosn indicted on 2 new charges; Nissan cancels lease on his Tokyo apartment See in context

This is an odd case of tax evasion

The current charges have nothing to do with tax evasion. They are for falsifying statements on FSA records.

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Posted in: Tattoos still give Japan the needle as Olympics loom See in context

Tattoo's, Pornstar and a smoker some really dud decisions to date

To say nothing about agency call-girl (she currently works out of a Shibuya delivery health shop).

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Posted in: Japan's last pager service ends after 50 years See in context

The touchwood phone was a total failure due to circumstances: The marketing campaign started on March 11, 2011.

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Posted in: Japan's last pager service ends after 50 years See in context

We stubbornly held onto ours for on-call until NTT killed their service 10ish years ago. Pokebells would never fail to deliver messages, even in building cores and basement dive bars.

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Posted in: Japanese casino tycoon arrested in Hong Kong See in context

Sounds like a fabricated charge by China. 

Nah, Okada has been shady as hell for years. Search for all the stuff he did in the Philippines with dummy companies to try and dodge local regulation, and his "dispute" with Wynn...

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Posted in: 1st live-action film of 'Gundam' anime in works See in context

First live action film? Hardly.

Everyone seems to have forgotten (some say rightly so) G-Savior, made nearly 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Japanese status choice among dual nationality holders surges in FY2016 See in context

A dual national holding Japanese nationality is legally as much a Japanese as any other Japanese national, and Japan does not strip its nationals of their nationality.

Has never happened to my knowledge to someone with Japanese nationality from birth, but naturalized Japanese who have retained their other nationality can and will have the Japanese naturalization stripped if the government finds out. This is happening more and more due to side effects of money-laundering investigations.

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Posted in: 4th GPS-improving satellite launched; Kobe Steel products with falsified inspection data used in rocket See in context

Good news for the few of us that actually have handsets that support the michibiki birds (basically limited to ASUS sets from the last 2-3 years).

I might actually break 30 satellites visible at once now.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars: Episode IX' release date delayed; Abrams back as writer-director See in context

Delay necessary to insert extra lens flares.

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Posted in: Okinawa residents demand all U.S. military Osprey aircraft in Japan be grounded See in context

Still statistically safer than the conventional helicopters they replaced that was not complained about nearly as much.

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Posted in: Microsoft challenges Sony with powerful new Xbox One X See in context

Prediction that it will do just as well as its predecessor in Japan, 1% market share...

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Posted in: McDonald’s, Rakuten announce partnership to improve customer convenience See in context

Docomo, who was McD's point system partner for a mere 3 months, must be mighty annoyed at this.

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Posted in: Netflix launches offline viewing, matching Amazon See in context

Offline viewing has worked with Netflix for years. It is called their DVD subscription.

Do they have a DVD offering in Japan? I didn' think they did.

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Posted in: SoftBank announces IoT-based bicycle sharing system See in context

Doesn't Docomo already have a similar service?

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Posted in: Japan bans Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on aircraft over fire risk See in context

Japan doing it as an afterthought is understandable, being that the Note 7 was not sold in Japan.

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Posted in: U.S. gov't bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from airliners See in context

From anecdotal experience, people travelling internationally that have their phones stranded are being left swinging in the breeze by Samsung. Samsung office in the country they're traveling in pointing finger at Samsung office in their home country and vice-versa.

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Posted in: Former Tokyo Gov Masuzoe returns Y65,000 in expenses for improper use of official car See in context

Embezzlement estimate: 4.4 million yen.

Cost of the special election to replace him: 5 BILLION yen.

Was it worth it?

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Posted in: Trash cans removed from Tokyo subway stations in preparation for G-7 summit See in context

Because Tokyo is SO CLOSE to Mie...

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