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Posted in: Tokyo an inspirational choice for 2020 Games, Abe tells IOC See in context

Clearly, Tokyo is actually the best candidate on offer. It's a terribly expensive way for a handful of politicians to feel good about themselves though.

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Posted in: In Japan, idled Dreamliner pilots lose pay See in context

Well it's not "salary" if it is overtime and allowances. Sounds like they are still getting their full salary for doing nothing, just not topping it up with overtime. On ¥20m per year, cry me a river.

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Posted in: All-Women's Run See in context

Running is best in the cold. You'd not see a group like that in August! Japanese winter season is actually pretty awesome for running - bright sunny days but not too hot.

Though that looks more like a (bad) fashion parade than a run, to be honest. They seem to be barely walking.

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Posted in: Six dead as blizzards hit northern Japan See in context

Stay inside, people!

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Posted in: Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning See in context

The fact is, whether the JGovt or WHO is correct, the paranoid scaremongers have always been completely wrong.

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Posted in: In places where traffic volume is low and securing land is easy, roundabouts can be effective. See in context

Where traffic volume is low they are hardly necessary.

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Posted in: Japan will never stop whaling: minister See in context

The interesting point here to me is that he obviously thinks of culture as some ossified edifice that does not change, evolve, and adapt over time.

Which is (a) clueless in itself, if you consider how Japan (and the rest of the world) has actually changed over the last few decades, let alone longer, and (b) infinitely depressing, that he thinks Japan is incapable of ever changing.

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Posted in: Diet passes Y13.1 tril stimulus budget by one vote See in context

Crazy stuff. It's not like the west where a new injection of cash might have some effect. Japan has been awash with this sort of stimulus for decades now, it's just lining the pockets of the yazuka. No, scratch that, it's filling the pockets of the yakuza.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part II See in context

Frungy, are you saying that it's illegal for someone to download an app or a movie in their home country, then travel abroad and use it/view it when away from home? I think that is obviously not true, but it seems to follow from your claims.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part II See in context

Watch out for the numerous fraudulent iTunes gift card sites though.

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Posted in: Mount Fuji climbing fee to be introduced See in context

I've got no problem with this, so long as they spend the money sensibly. Close up, it's an ugly smelly mess.

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Posted in: Tight-fisted firms deal blow to Abe's revival plan See in context

Um, the govt has imposed 5-10% pay cut on all its workers...I'm earning less than I was 5 years ago.

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Posted in: Japan’s favorite alcohol: Beer outranks Japanese rice wine and shochu See in context

Love the great microbrews in Japan. Hate the xenophobic protectionist taxation that prices proper beer out of the reach of normal drinkers.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

The only person I see whining here is VRWC. The rest seem to just be getting on with it...

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

Sure, I agree that I don't have the "right" to these services. Nevertheless, if I can get the service, I don't see that any significant harm was done. I understand that you don't think I should do it. That's fine, I'm sure you do things that I don't think you should do.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

No, downloading without paying is not stealing, it is copyright infringement. It's not the same thing at all, for all that some posters try to pretend it is. Stealing takes something away from its rightful owner. Copying may represent a loss of income or value, but in many cases it does not. If someone copies this comment, there's not much I could do about it.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

VWRC, I was specifically talking about the case where there is no option to pay.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

It's not taking, it is copying. There is a large difference in law (and for that matter, ethically). There is no loss to the copyright owner.

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

More likely, it is blocked because no-one bothered to get the rights, because the market was too small. I pay when there is a reasonable mechanism to do so, but if there is not, then my viewing via vpn CANNOT be doing anyone out of any money, because they are not prepared to sell the content to me..

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Posted in: Foreign media in Japan without piracy - Part I See in context

You can buy US iTunes gift certificates on ebay, although there are plenty of fraudsters around. And you can just make up a US address for registering.

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Posted in: What advantages (if any) do laptops have over tablets? See in context

um...a keyboard?

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Posted in: No censure of Japan means they will be off to the money printing presses. See in context

As far as I can tell, Japan has been living on funny money for decades. Glad I'm not going to be here when the cows come home to roost in the fan.

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Posted in: A salute to ramen See in context

A decent ramen is a tasty meal. But what's with all this "regional variation" guff? Japanese food hardly changes from one end of the country to the other.

Mind you, you could say the same about architecture or scenery, so maybe it's meant to be ironic.

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Posted in: No ill health effects seen in residents near Fukushima plant yet: researcher See in context

Even greenpeace can't pretend there are ill effects when there aren't actually any ill people. At least, not for ever.

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Posted in: No ill health effects seen in residents near Fukushima plant yet: researcher See in context

Of course there are negligible health effects due to radiation around Fukushima. All experts have known this right from the outset. Moderate doses of radiation really aren't very dangerous. But there's a huge industry built around scaremongering and paranoia.

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Posted in: 'Blade Runner' Pistorius charged with girlfriend's murder See in context

Wow, would take quite a leap of imagination to conceive of an innocent explanation.

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Posted in: Sheriff: Cabin not purposely burned in firefight See in context

“We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out,”

No, they burnt the cabin down to kill him.

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Posted in: The Japanese government has desperately defended whaling for years, but the question has increasingly become: for what? Supporting whaling culture is one thing, but maintaining whaling at this scale m See in context

I see some (few) tins locally, but never fresh. Stupid waste of govt money, but it's not my govt, and in fact it's not really very much money.

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Posted in: Displaced Fukushima residents to sue gov't, TEPCO See in context

Um...probably because the NPP was built right next to them? I bet it was farmed land long before there was any nuclear power.

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