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Posted in: Top court upholds fine on designer for child porn computer images See in context

Sounds like the key issue legal dispute revolved purely around whether the images were based on actual photos. In other words, if he had made his "art" solely from the imagination, it would have been perfectly legal. Japan's legal system totally missing the point yet again.

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Posted in: Man on trial for killing 19 disabled people contradicts defense claim he is not mentally competent See in context

Japanese media certainly giving him quite the platform. Put him to death already.

Also, amusing (scary?) from the picture that a certain demographic appears to be attracted to this trial.

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Posted in: Data of over 8,000 at Mitsubishi Electric feared leaked in cyberattack See in context

The attack came as Mitsubishi Electric has been strengthening its cybersecurity business, offering services on protection at data centers, office buildings and public facilities since July last year.

Typical Japanese megacorp strategy. Move into a field you don't quite understand and sell it to people who know even less but trust your name.

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Posted in: Man arrested for fatally stabbing downstairs neighbor See in context

Moral of the story is to not live in apartments in Japan. Buy a house.

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Posted in: 'Designed by clowns': Boeing releases internal messages that disparage 737 MAX, regulators See in context

This is the result of a bunch of ex-GE (Jack Walsh trained numbers guys seeking efficiencies) guys coming into senior management positions, rather than the traditional engineers who actually know the airline business and understand why you don't always go for the cheapest supplier.

Unfortunately, the new CEO's background is as an ex-GE accountant and then hedge fund manager.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up barrier-free initiatives ahead of Paralympics See in context

Four workers (not counting Koike) to assist a wheelchair to get on a bus?! Hardly what I'd call "barrier free". Wasn't there a labour shortage in this country?

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Posted in: 4 years after daughter’s suicide, mother again blasts Dentsu in letter See in context

The government itself still continues to give Dentsu a lot of work, them cleaning up on the Olympics contracts being a case in point. If the government were actually serious about punishing them, they would've barred Dentsu from government contracts. But they never were serious, they just wanted to make a symbolic gesture, then get back to business as usual.

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Posted in: Truck driving wrong way hits 2 vehicles, leaving elderly couple dead See in context

They were in a "light car", meaning a Kei-car. You will be crumpled in any sort of impact in a kei-car, given the relative lack of crash-protection. The people in the minivan were ok.

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Posted in: Yamada Denki to make furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu subsidiary See in context

A merger of two losers. Nothing more than a desperate bid to stave off the inevitable.

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Posted in: K-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos See in context

@andrew crisp

Great advice on how to better your chances of getting away with committing rape!

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Posted in: Itochu employee gets 3 years in prison in China for endangering national security See in context

The fact that MOFA isn't leaping to his defence might suggest he's guilty.

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Posted in: 15 tons of sweet potatoes stolen in Ibaraki See in context

Those yakiimo trucks roving around are not exactly staffed by the best and most upstanding citizens of Japan. I'm sure this will help their margins plenty.

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Posted in: Japanese Embassy withdraws approval for Vienna art exhibition See in context

Censorship. Pathetic.

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Posted in: Man walking on station platform dies after bag strap gets caught on express train See in context

Police said Kaneda was neither using earphones nor walking while using a smartphone at the time of the accident.

Good, nipping potential victim-blaming in the bud before it starts.

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Posted in: Authorities say Nigerian died of starvation after immigration hunger strike See in context

This man made the mistake of thinking the Japanese authorities and public cared whether he lived or died.

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Posted in: Truck may have taken wrong road before crashing with train in Yokohama See in context

Headline should read "Keikyu to normalize train service after confirming the cause and making sure it doesn't happen again".

Yes, Keikyu needs to take full responsibility for all truck drivers who misjudge turns, and guarantee that none shall ever misjudge a turn ever again, and the headline should reflect that.

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Posted in: Russian climber killed by falling rock at Mt Fuji See in context

The rock hit in her the chest, according to NHK. Ergo, the helmet would not have helped.

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Posted in: 16-year-old student on minibike assaulted See in context

But there are very, VERY few gutless punks ready to pick on, rob or kill child, female or elderly people in Japan. On the contrary, it's extremely safe for these groups of people in comparison to almost every other country on this planet.

Really? You'd need to pretty naive to believe that. I assume you're taking official statistics as your source (correct me if I'm wrong). Other than murder, all of the other crimes mentioned have a low chance of being reported in Japan. Otherwise, your capacity for unomi stretches the bounds of credulity.

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Posted in: Man held for pushing commuter off Osaka subway platform See in context

He's denying the charge (of attempted murder), not the push.

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Posted in: French home of ex-Nissan chief Ghosn searched in Versailles marriage probe: prosecutors See in context

He is suspected of hiring the entire Palace of Versailles outside Paris in October 2016 to celebrate his marriage, a benefit estimated as being worth 50,000 euros ($56,000), in exchange for a philanthropy deal between the state-owned property and Renault.

What's the problem? That's how business is done.

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

Thanks for posting that link Cleo.

Interesting that they only budget 13,000yen or so per month for housing costs, but I guess that indicates that most people over 60 own a home outright. If you don't, that will skew things quite a bit. Otherwise though, it seems like a reasonable image of what you might need in retirement. Not sure what Aso has his panties in a bunch over.

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

A retired couple need at least ¥3 million per year. A married couple's pension is a little more than half of that around ¥1.8 million.

Where do these figures come from? Even assuming these were correct, this would indicate a 100,000 shortfall per month,.

Meanwhile, the report states there would be 50,000yen shortfall per month. What are the assumptions to get to that figure?

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

The fact that he was possibly a worthless human being does not imply that his father has somehow an excuse or a reason to kill him. Period.

Combined with the potential for violence, yes it does constitute a reason. Period.

Imagine his guilt if his son actually went out and killed some kids.

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Posted in: Ex-top farm ministry official says Kawasaki attack prompted his murder of son See in context

Well, somebody has to say it. His father knew him best and the risks. The cops can't/won't do anything. This guy could have saved multiple lives. The cost? His own freedom (which he has not shirked from) and his sons life, who by all accounts was a worthless human being contributing nothing and who was violent towards his family and threatening the community.  It's against the law and he'll pay the price, but good riddance, I say.

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Posted in: After bodysuit blow, Japan's Zozo embarks on hiring spree to shore up online mall See in context

I ordered a business suit sized using the Zozosuit. The thing arrived some 3-4 months(!) later completely mis-sized... it was oversized, baggy, and was so far from the "custom fit" they were pitching that I was convinced it must have been some other (much fatter) guy's suit delivered to me by mistake. But no, it was my suit. They refused to refund me because it was a "custom made product", but offered free alterations instead, which I had to measure out myself. This then took another 2 months to deliver, but unfortunately was still misfitting. Likely because I'm not a tailor, and couldn't measure all the circumferences properly. All in all a complete waste of time and 30,000yen. Thanks for nothing Zozotown.

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Posted in: Man slashed in apartment building car parking lot in Niigata See in context

Ever hear of this cool thing called door locks?

Yes, it's the victim's fault.

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Posted in: Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing cuts full-year outlook See in context

They're merely announcing a downwards revision of their predicted profit.

They're not announcing that they'll be losing money. They're far from reaching that level.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for robbing store says she needed money for Christmas Eve date See in context

Hope the date was worth it Misana-chan! It might be your last for a while.

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Posted in: Japanese mobile pay service PayPay offers new, easy-to-use cashless payment system See in context

Two big problems:

The "convenience" they are selling us is not free. They skim a bit off of each purchase, and they harvest all of our data. The more data points, the more valuable it is (for them).

Too many competing services makes it a hassle for any one individual to commit to any one service, as it's likely that it won't be available at many of the retailers you frequent. There comes a point where signing up for and juggling multiple cashless apps moots the convenience factor.

I'll just keep using cash (accepted everywhere!) and my Suica card.

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Posted in: Marie Kondo's Netflix show has cluttered Americans abuzz See in context

I'm personally on board, but also hoping that this doesn't become mainstream, especially in the US. I need them to keep consuming to keep my stock investments humming!

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