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Posted in: Hello Kitty to make Hollywood debut See in context

Confused by "feline". If I recall correctly, Sanrio stated in the past that "Hello Kitty is not a cat".

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

They'll probably hold him long enough, so that they can finally get him on a real charge, VISA overstay :/

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Posted in: Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan See in context

...an octa-core chip that can process 5 trillion operations per second ...

Great, that will make their Candy blush and Dragon thingies work much better, I guess.

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Posted in: N Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign See in context

... it had anything to do with the 2104 Sony incident ...

But evidently, they took the Almanac!

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Posted in: JABF announces independent body to investigate boxing chief Yamane See in context

This person is a great sample of the relics still in place with power and I find it very positive that Japan is exposing them and tearing them apart (which will happen to him soon).

Similar personalities in the school business, insurance and real estate hopefully get instinct too.

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Posted in: Ride-hailing firm Grab hits back in Uber takeover row See in context

I never heard of "Grab" before a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur. But it was very convenient to use. Besides knowing the final price of the ride in advance, the cars were much more comfortable than their stock "Budget" taxis. Drivers were very friendly too.

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Posted in: New amphibious bus tour launched in Tokyo Bay See in context

Reminds me of "Singapore Duck Tour", which was also around 3000JPY.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's banks have come under cyberattack since 2015: BOJ See in context

as japan is the only country to use japanese ...

Well funded CN hackers are quite active in JP cyberspace.

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Posted in: 3 edible Japanese insects for autumn See in context

Too bad, the Tokyo event was on Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.

No grasshoppers for me :/

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Posted in: Complaints on rise about private detectives' unsatisfactory services See in context

By that description, I'd think it's about these "one-click" fraud sites. They indeed demand horrendous bills (around 99,000 JPY) for a three months contract, that was "automatically activated" by visiting the site.

This stuff is around since more than 10 years in almost unchanged form and hard to shut down because of missing legal basis and lack of engagement by the JP police and other organizations.

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Posted in: Honda halts production at Sayama plant after cyberattacks See in context

This stuff is nasty indeed and proper detection by security software can take time, which offers opportunities for infection during that delay.

@bosphorus: If you do a websearch for "linux ransomware", one of the top hits might be from two days ago, mentioning a company that paid 1M USD because of their infected linux systems. The same counts for mac by the way :-D

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Posted in: The art of giving and receiving change in Japan See in context

One of the first things I learned when coming to Japan was exactly this - how I should properly hand over paper bills. Face up and facing the other person, "it's manner here", the wifey said. Since then it is "common sense" to me and - mistakes as the one stated above (handling wrong bill) - can never happen to me.

I can pay with closed eyes, 'cause the wallet content is aligned/sorted properly by default :-)

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Posted in: Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall See in context

I remember driving on the StadtAutobahn in WestBerlin when the "Trabant" flood begun. Opened the window and shook hands with random people in these vehicles - full of joy.

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Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper See in context

That'll fill most Japnese people's homes!

My thoughts exactly. Even if I'd want to follow that advise, there simply is no place left to stash anything in my home.

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Posted in: Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing for Japan's World Cup opener See in context

They should restrict car access and even invite more crowds.

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Posted in: 110 fire hose nozzles stolen in Mie Prefecture See in context

Steeling metals

Nice pun, even if unintended :-)

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Posted in: Gang arrested following spate of drive-by eggings in Osaka See in context

eggstremely immature lads.

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Posted in: Researchers use Twitter to predict crime See in context

"Go to Blackjack table now. Bet all! " ... we`re getting closer.

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Posted in: Nagasaki man gets back the cash he left at ATM See in context

I experienced both sides of such in Tokyo (Machida). I once found a swollen wallet on top of a public phone inside a department store - handed it to store staff without even looking inside.

And last summer my own wallet fell out of my pocket, only to be found by a kind soul minutes later. It was delivered to a police station and I had it back the next day. Some 50.000 Yen and several other valuable stuff (Yodobashi, Yamada point cards, residence card, drivers license etc.) were all returned without anything missing. That is the Japan I know and would wish it'd be everywhere like that.

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Posted in: E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors? See in context

... liquid has far less chemicals and industrial poisons than normal cigs ...

Also, IF I am not wrong, then these liquids sold in JP don't even contain nicotine. Source: some recent report on JP TV, forgot which channel it was.

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Posted in: 11 dead, 1,253 injured after snow See in context

Surely they would have back up plans, such as a convoy of buses to transport people?

Buses and even taxis are of few use when the necessary streets are closed. And, ... it was not only people trying to get away FROM Narita but also the other way around.

I probably would be in a warm tropical spot by now IF I could have gotten to Narita somehow. But the only kind taxi driver who cared to stop at Shinjuku station's "Taxi" sign explained that it would take more than four hours and about 300 bucks to get there :/.

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Posted in: 'Japan's Beethoven' admits using ghost composer See in context

Another mislabeling scandal, only in this case the content is better than what's on the label.

He has ghostwritten his music for 18 years ...

I wonder how he could cope with it for that long time - seeing the other dude collecting all the flowers.

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Posted in: Health minister down with flu See in context

Wait, nobody made a joke about "TamiFlu" yet :-)

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Posted in: Foreign men share their reasons for divorcing Japanese wives See in context

@Spanki-san: ^5 man! More than 20 years together through the downs and ups of life. This German-Japanese combi seems rock solid and never faced any of the issues mentioned as problematic in the article.

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Posted in: Man, thrown out of car on highway, dies after being hit by following vehicle See in context

By the headline I thought that was about an anti-social elements execution. RIP young man.

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Posted in: Abe visits Yasukuni shrine; calls it pledge against war See in context

He sure has a way to make friends.

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Posted in: 20th Century Fox to officially apologize for 'Napoleon Dynamite’s' Japanese title See in context

"Lord of the Rings" - plenty of my Japanese colleagues are/were under the impression that the story is about a ring moving on many roads. Really! Try to ask around.

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Posted in: Airlines' endless quest for better boarding See in context

People should just stand in formation at the gate, then give a sign via transceiver to simply beam them up right into their seats.

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Posted in: JR East offering one couple chance to get married on Yamanote line See in context

It's a cool and unique idea. Hopefully there will be no jumper on that day.

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Posted in: Two Japanese youths arrested for placing exploding bag of dog poop in police box See in context

How did these young men get the precious content of their poop bag? Aren't dog owners in the town of Kanagi required to collect the droppings of their pets?

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