ksteer comments

Posted in: Gov't urges citizens to install virus-tracking app See in context

As someone who makes apps like these for a living the amount of misunderstanding by commenters on this platform is astounding. So let me explain some of these concerns.

Privacy Concerns

Unless you are running a stupidly old version of iOS or Android, unless you explicitly give an app access to your personal information it can't access it. When you install an app that's what all those little pop ups asking for permissions are for. And no, there isn't a way around it. Not unless you're running a hacked version of the operating system.

on the so called APP , the Bluetooth and the Wifi will be always on,,,ha ha ha

As other people have mentioned, unless your device has an already shot battery, you'll be fine. They are designed to have these functions on all the time.

That means, generally, they're going to lose users' data;

Even if they use users data to a data breach, the most likely scenario is the that device id and its location is the only thing that is recorded. Let alone the fact that it's going to be encrypted. EVEN IF someone managed to get this data it wouldn't do any good. All they would know is your devices IMEI number, and generally where you happened to be. That's even if they could decrypt it which would be extremely difficult. Modern encryption methods are pretty safe.

Though, I digress. The majority of people who are freaking out about privacy are the people who don't understand that they never had any to begin with.

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Posted in: Truck drives into protesters on Minneapolis highway See in context

https://www.nbcnews.com/video/semi-truck-drives-into-crowd-of-protesters-on-i-35-minneapolis-84156997649

This is the video if anyone wants to check it.

The dude clearly didn't expect people to be on his side of a still open public highway.

You can make your own opinion on what happened. But it looked like he slammed on the brakes. Even has his hazards flashing. No one with intent to kill is going to be doing that.

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Posted in: Broadway's 'Frozen' first musical to permanently close due to virus See in context

Thank god. Can we all just let that thing die the death it should have done 4 years ago? Never should've made it to a musical anyways...

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

On the brightside, I see a pretty high chance that the next government wont have Abe in it lol

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Posted in: Foreigners with stays until July again given extra 3 months to renew visas See in context

I was deported within 1.5 weeks a few years back at my own expense. Lost an apartment full of furniture, my job, bike, my yearly bonus and my (then) partner. Key money and rent deposit too.

Some people can't help but make this about themselves. You weren't deported for no reason. Let me guess, overstay? Illegal working?

How about those out of the country and can't return to Japan with visa expiring? How will they return if Visa are already expired?

Go to the Japanese embassy or phone the embassy in the country you are currently in. They will know. No one on this site will.

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Posted in: Japan to change location of missile defense system amid local outcry See in context

As much as I think it's a waste of taxpayers money, if they are dead-set on putting it in Akita, Oga is the most logical choice. Considering you have high ground that is on a peninsula into the Japan Sea, an early warning system there seems the most logical. Also, you have clear unimpeded coverage of the entire prefecture from there.

On top of that, considering it would need to be manned, it'd bring some economic activity to an otherwise dying area...

Araya was a stupid decision in the first place. It puts a military target next to a densely populated area and risks killing a lot of civilians if it's ever targeted.

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Posted in: 1st sumo wrestler tests positive for coronavirus See in context

Also a good chance that he is going to pass away from this... Obese people seem to have complications from covid-19.

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Posted in: 18 trainee doctors who ignored dining ban infected with coronavirus See in context

Why isn't it the fault of the trainees? There is nothing stating this was a work related event. Chances are it was just a gokon, or since they are resident trainees, a gathering of friends.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors for killing homeless woman in Ueno Park See in context

While in this case it's a good thing, is there any public space in Japan that doesn't have surveillance cameras?

Very few. That's what makes Japan one of the safest places though so.... yeah.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

@theResident

@ksteer She can declare a 'state of emergency' but it would have no legal standing whatsoever. You really haven't read up or followed the news properly have you?

I have been following the news properly. Not sure where you got that. What I was saying is that Koike, in her role of Governor of Tokyo, has the legal authority and responsibility to call for (sic; request) a lockdown. Sure she can't legally enforce one, but she can legally request that the parliament does. That's literally part of her job. And as @Tokyo-Engr said, declaring a state of emergency like the Governor of Hokkaido did can play a huge part. Sure it's not legally enforceable, but she can still declare it.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

she is the mayor of Tokyo, what do you expect her to do? She legitimately does not have the authority to put the city into lockdown. At least she is actually showing up and pleading with the public as strongly as she legally can.

Huh? No she isn't... there isn't a "mayor of Tokyo" considering Tokyo is actually made up of many small cities. That's why it's a special administrative zone. Shinjuku? That's a city. Chiyoda? That's another city and they all have their own mayors. (In reality they're special wards; semantics)

Koike is the Governor of Tokyo. She absolutely has the legal ability and responsibility to call for a lockdown.

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Posted in: Line admits over 4,200 accounts were hacked in February See in context

why I haven't done a Line in 25+ years and even then it was total crap

LINE was created in 2011 as an internal company communication network so people could talk to each other in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking police motorcycle in Kawasaki See in context

18,000 yen for a rear view mirror......

Don't own a motorcycle I see. That's about average for a decent one.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

I mean, this will sound harsh. But Japan doesn't have an obligation to treat these people. It's not a Japanese vessel so Japan is doing them a favour in the first place by testing even a few people. They could easily just send the ship on its way somewhere else.

So while it might suck, I understand the logic for these kits to be reserved for actual people in this country.

Regarding the accumulation of kits, one would think the crisis in China makes it difficult for the other producers ( whom likely have factories in China ) to create a sufficient supply for the market.

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Posted in: WHO names deadly virus from China 'COVID-19' See in context

A little late with this one. Everyone I know just calls it "The Wuhan".

Typical WHO, late to the game because of bureaucracy

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Posted in: Abe orders gov't to take steps to mitigate virus impact on economy See in context

Japan is now the #2 country in the world in terms of outbreak, and that's not including all those on the cruise ship.

Just to correct this statement. Actually Japan is #6. The 86 people infected IS including the people on the ship (which Japan isn't adding to its national count which stands at 21).

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Posted in: 3 Japanese returnees from Wuhan test positive for new coronavirus See in context

I can't be the only one who thinks this has all been blown up to ridiculously hysterical levels, just like SARS and MERS were. More people die from the flu than this each year. If you have a regular immune system, and are not elderly, you have nothing to worry about. Even if you get infected, so what? Looking at the symptoms, it's just like a bad cold or mild flu.

Thats not entirely true. The truth is we don't know the extent of the disease for otherwise healthy individuals. The only reason it seems like elderly people are only affected is because they die easier. It could just be that the younger people take longer to get to a critical level. The truth is that we don't know the ramifications for young people, but we do know that it affects old people.

It'd be a good idea to stop spreading falsehoods.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

People who are saying bigger is better just clearly do not know how physics work. Yeah, the kei is inherently more dangerous than say a hummer, but in either situation youd likely be dead or severly injured even with a volvo. I see the worlds science curriculum is letting people down again...quite sad really.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured after light car collides with bus in Chiba Pref See in context

Yeah, third world countries. There are no ‘modern’ countries that will accept these death traps. 

Huh, never knew that Australia, US, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia and many more are all third world countries. Here I was thinking they were at least second world.

You learn something new everyday.

Do the hustle, I suggest using google. Its amazing and lets you search things!

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Posted in: S Korean mother honors son who died trying to rescue stranger on train tracks See in context

No platform barriers at Shin-Okubo station? Even after all the suicides and now this horrendous accident?

Now?? This happened 19 years ago... Pretty much no where had platform barriers.

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Posted in: China building a hospital to treat virus; expands lockdowns to 25 mil people See in context

This is definitely more serious than China is letting the world believe, even though they are trying to show an air of transparency.

The fact that Beijing is indefinitely cancelling all public gatherings make me suspicious. That and they are making a field hospital (or multiple ones) that hold more than 1000 beds?

Not much of a conspiracy theorist but they know more about this virus then they are letting on... Possible research center breach in Wuhan?

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Posted in: French investigators to move ahead with Ghosn prosecution over palace party See in context

However, a spokeswoman for Versailles Palace said it was clear at the time the party took place that the event was presented as corporate in nature, and that the ultimate client the venue was dealing with was Renault-Nissan.

"There was nothing which would allow us to believe this dinner was anything other than a corporate event."

She said that Versailles had documents demonstrating the parties were presented as corporate events, and said that Versailles was ready to share them with investigators. She declined to disclose the documents to Reuters.

Wonder what Ghosn's excuse is for this one. The doors are starting to close. He better get to enjoying his life in Lebanon, he won't have much of one left soon.

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Posted in: Mother, son arrested for canceling hotel reservations 2,200 times See in context

It would seem their actions were just unethical, not illegal. They are within their rights to create and cancel bookings. There obviously are no limits to how many times they can book and cancel. The fact they were able to do it thousands of times and earned points for the cancellations is the fault of the organisers who left such a gaping loo hole in their structure.

If you knew Japanese law you would know that doing anything that obstructs the free operation of a business/ causes undue harm to a business etc falls under obstruction of business and is a criminal offence. Not to mention that the use of those sites to accumulate points in that way constitutes fraud and is also a criminal offence. Since point systems in Japan are highly regulated and tied to real world currency. What do you think a point is? Its not some gimmick, when a point is used it isn't free money. The company operating the point system pays the equivalent amount in real money to the vendor. Or, in the case of in house systems, the company takes the hit for covering the actual cost of the product.

If a product costs 500 yen and I use 200 yen worth of points, the product still costs 500 yen. Just the company selling the product pays the 200 yen to cover my point usage. So yes, it's fraud if the accumulation of points goes against ToS

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Posted in: Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID See in context

Police "can" ask for ID in the form of a passport or a reisdence permit in the event they have a well founded suspicion of criminal activity, but you are under no compunction to provide ID in the absence of a reasonable explanation as to why.

Actually, you ARE OBLIGATED to provide ID when a police officer asks you. And they don't need suspicion of criminal activity to ask for it in Japan. It's literally in the law.

Article 13 (2) of the Alien Registration Act states:

The alien shall present his/her registration certificate to the immigration inspector, immigration control officer (meaning the immigration control officer provided for in the Immigration Control Act), police official, maritime safety official or any other official of a state or local public entity prescribed by the Ministry of Justice Ordinance, if such official requests the presentation of the registration certificate in the performance of his/her duties.

http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail/?ft=1&re=2&dn=1&x=0&y=0&co=01&ia=03&ja=04&ky=residence+card&page=3

In performance of his/her duties

This means that 職質 (shokushitsu = questioning) which a police official is allowed to due to anyone at anytime with or without reasonable cause, is part of his/her duties.

So yes, you DO need to present your ID when asked by a police officer. Whether or not they have any suspicion you did anything or else you risk being detained for violation of the Alien Registration and/or Immigration Control Act.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas opens new hydrogen station ahead of Olympics See in context

Hydrogen is a battery. If i wanted a battery then make it a real one. Then it can be recharged with a variety of sources. Fossil gas is not a renewable resource

Um... no it isn't. Someone doesn't know how hydrogen fuel cells actually work... The only current benefit for BEV over HFCEV is that the battery tech has gotten to the level where it's cost effective to make it. However, making those batteries is 1000s of times more harmful to the environment than making hydrogen.

Batteries are an electricty storage medium.

Fuel cells are an electricity generation medium.

Hindenburg on wheels, hydrogen is a very dangerous gas

Not even remotely close. Hydrogen CAN be a dangerous gas. The Hindenburg disaster happened because the design was flawed from the beginning and hydrogen wasn't stored in a safe manner.

Hydrogen under pressure is much safer than current BEV battery packs. Should the tank ever rupture the pressure it's stored under would mean it would dissipate into the air relatively quickly. And, hydrogen gas stored under pressure (meaning it's not a gas anymore) isn't flammable.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

@rainyday

Its nice that you've explained it so many times, but you are actually incorrect. The police and prosecutors in this country have a huge amount of discretion to consider factors - including why a suspect committed an offence - at various stages of criminal procedure. In the majority of cases they exercise that discretion to release suspects from detention and not proceed to trial. So it isn't just "detention or bail" (and note that these aren't two choices either but rather come in sequence, first you are detained, then if the prosecutor decides to indict you can apply for bail), but rather "indictment or release (not on bail, but completely free to go)".

I know this is just picking at semantics here, but you and I are on the same page. I meant more along the lines that, once the police have deemed that what he has done has indeed constituted an offence then they follow the predetermined statutes relating to that offence.

You're correct in stating the have a huge amount of discretion and they usually will do so, but in this case it seems that in the end they decided what he did constituted an offence. Hence why I mentioned it's probably not the first time doing it.

And yes, my wording was incorrect; Indictment or release. In this case he was indicted and for a trespassing offence that means being held. The discretion that is exercised by the police here was to proceed to indictment and trial.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

"McIntyre was arrested on Nov 28 for entering the common area of the building where his wife's parents live in late October in a bid to find his children."

Can someone please explain to me how entering a "common area" is trespassing? I think we're a puzzle piece or two short of the picture.

Contrary to popular belief, even though an apartment room might have a common area that is open to the public (ie, unlocked and on street level) it's still private property. People seem to mistake that this 'common area' is a publicly accessible area when that isn't the case. It's for residents, not just anyone coming off the street. If a resident complains to building management about it you can get in trouble with the law.

It's common sense. If it isn't a public building, you don't have a right to be there. Something tells me this isn't the first time he's shown up either...

This happened a couple of times but once was for simply waiting outside a kindergarten at 3 pm with a video recorder* Two cops came on bikes while a cop car turned up with its siren blaring.

Because that's weird... I highly doubt it was because you were waiting for your children. Mainly just, there is a weird foreigner standing outside a kindergarten with a video camera. Teachers probably thought you were a pedophile. Use some common sense jeez...

Also, likely your wife had told the teachers to call the police if you showed up.

I've explained this more times than I can remember on this site but people don't seem to get it. Japan is a civil law system. Meaning they don't weigh each infraction individually they follow a set of predetermined statutes.

I.e they don't take into account why he trespassed, the fact that he did trespass = X. In this case 'X' is detention or bail until his trial. It's the same as any other trespassing case.

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

The GR (*Gazoo R****acing***Yaris shown is a high-performance variant of the Yaris which is powered by a Gazoo Racing-built, turbocharged and direct/port-injected 1.6-litre G16E-GTS engine. Toyota going outside again for engines, as with BMW for their Supra and Subaru for their GT86.

Explain to me how going to their in-house racing team is "going outside again for engines"... Its the same thing BMW does with their M badge, would you claim that they are going outside of BMW for their engines?

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Posted in: Automakers display 800 modified cars at Tokyo Auto Salon See in context

The Yaris is exceeding popular in Japan as a car to run around the neighbourhood doing errands. The photo and selection of the car is newsworthy because all the parts are made by Toyota. This is an interesting development. No doubt to counter some of the quality issues Toyota has been having. The Toyota brand in Japan is focused on reliability and has been a key to the success of the company. TheLexus brand is for those who want more excitement!

The Yaris hasn't been sold in Japan ever seeing as it's been a foreign market only badge, and isn't for sale yet. The Vitz is not the same as the Yaris.

Even then, the Yaris is said to replace both the vitz and the aqua. (The aqua sells heeps more than the vitz just so you're aware.)

Source: Brother in law works at Toyota.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he will reveal names of Japan gov't officials behind his arrest See in context

As people have said. His evidence is going to be mostly speculation and it won't mean crap all coming from a fugitive. He can beat the drum all he wants, but in the eyes of the world he is the one in the wrong here. Regardless of what individuals think of this case and what led up to this point. No country is going to support the flagrant disrespect of a countries justice system by an individual. Even the people of Lebanon aren't huge fans of his coming back. France? Prosecutors there want him for the same charges.

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