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Posted in: Sellers ask antitrust body to probe Rakuten's free shipping policy See in context

Rakuten needs to do something about their very complicated site which I'm sure puts many off from using it.

On the contrary. This is what Japanese consumers expect to see. Different cultural norms in how information is presented but the average Japanese consumer prefers to see a lot of information at once, where-as western societies tend to put emphasis on the absence of information. Trust me, it drives many a developers crazy as well.

But it's the same reason that places like Don-Quijote as so chaotic.

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Posted in: Yahoo Japan, messaging app Line to merge to form online giant See in context

The only problems i have with these Japanese online services is the site designs, they always try to fit every single little information into whatever space they have. With the merger i wonder if it will get more cluttered then it already was.

@Kag, as a developer and UI/UX designer in Japan I feel with you. But it comes down to cultural differences. Asian countries' consumers tend to put more emphasis on showing all the relevant information at once, where as in the west, customers see a lack of information/overload to be pleasing.

That's why in Japan and China etc, there are a billion signs on the street. Just different cultural design philosophies. It's slowing changing in Japan though. But I assure you it's not that the developers want it to be this way.

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Posted in: Yahoo Japan, messaging app Line to merge to form online giant See in context

Say what? What do LINE and Yahoo sell that can surpass Rakuten? Stamps and auctions is the only thing that comes to mind.

Do you actually use LINE? Line payment services, investment services, delivery services, insurance, advertising, corporate LINE accounts, bitcoin etc.

LINE has a ton of revenue streams. They have their hand in almost everything.

As for yahoo, advertising, auctions, PayPay, Yahoo Wallet, the tie up with TPOINT, there are literally too many to count..

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Posted in: 7 taken to hospital after mini-truck plows into group of children in Tokyo See in context

Are parents aware their kids are being led around bust streets by these facilities? I'm often free during the day, and there's a constant parade of kids being led around the streets...shouldn't they just stay in the daycare building/grounds?

Umm yes? Are you inferring that the nefarious daycare centers are randomly just taking the kids out for walks without any permission? Of course they know...

Quite a difference to the other article on JT today about the 88 year old retired "elite" bureaucrat being served with a warrant just now after the accident he caused back in April killing the poor mother and child.

The two tier system here , with one set of rules for the "elite" and the other for average Taro on full display.

Not defending the system, but lets be real. This happens in any country where someone is a well known public figure.

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Posted in: Mother of 7-year-old girl missing since Sept 21 asks public for help See in context

That was about 6 weeks ago she went missing, something tells me that this is not going to end well, I hope she is found safe and well, but her parents must be very worried.

Not only was it 6 weeks ago, it was before Typhoon Hagibis hit the country. Even if she was the best survivalist I doubt she would survive through that type of weather without being prepared.

I feel for the parents, but their girl isn't coming back to them. My guess is she got injured, lost, passed away and then the animals got to her. They aren't going to find much if anything.

More than 1,700 police, Self-Defense Force personnel and volunteers searched for her, using tracker dogs and a drone equipped with a sensor capable of detecting body heat but so far no trace of Misaki has been found.

The area she was lost is pretty remote, contrary to what Do the Hustle says. Tons of unforgiving mountains, filled with bears getting ready for the winter..

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Posted in: Japanese tourist arrested in Australia over child porn possession See in context

How come this pervert isn't named? But if it were a foreigner coming into Japan with anything he or she shouldn't have, EVERYTHING would've been available like their job, reason for coming to Japan, where they're from in whatever country they're from and how many times they've been to Japan.

Because the AUSTRALIAN border force decided not to release it? It doesn't matter what would happen in Japan, its completely irrelevant to this story. Stop trying to start something.

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Posted in: Kobe bus driver jailed for 3 1/2 years over accident that killed 2 pedestrians See in context

The bus I usually ride still has wood panelled floorboards, if that helps. And, judging by the smoke, it runs on coal.

I am actually extremely interested where you live. Yes there are still buses that are quite old, but generally they exist in more countryside fleets than they do in large urban centers. But in the grand scheme of things, Japanese buses are pretty new.

Though I must say, I have ridden on some of those coal burners as well, quite a sick inducing experience. I have yet to see a driver get a gear every time they shift.

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Posted in: Kobe bus driver jailed for 3 1/2 years over accident that killed 2 pedestrians See in context

Given that Japanese buses are still based around 1970s' tech (I mean, they still don't have automatic transmission, and even my clunky old Bristol VR school bus sported a semi-auto), I don't know how the driver could mistake the brake and the gas pedal.

This is just completely false. Do you even ride buses? Any major cities' fleet are generally new, automatic transmission buses.. Considering the bus he was driving was an Isuzu Erga it most definitely had an automatic transmission...

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

Is it legally enforceable to have a law about taking photos in a public place? Can the police legally arrest someone for not following it?

of course not. It’s just silly people making silly rules that have no meaning.

They can't arrest you but they can issue a citation. A public ordinance is a fancy word for a bylaw. Cities and municipalities in Japan as capable of making bylaws which are legally binding just the same as national laws.

A city that has a no dumping ordinance (which I'm pretty sure all of them do) can legally issue a fine for anyone caught doing so. Refusing to pay the fine can lead to arrest or a court appearance.

Are the people fined per incident?

Considering its a public ordinance they would be fined per incident. Think of it like a parking ticket. They work in the same ways.

Wholly owned private roads in a city are quite rare. They are talking about public roads with "private" dwellings.

@Yubaru, no they are not. They are talking about private roads (私道) which in Kyoto are fairly common. Though they may look like public roads in as they are connecting streets, many of them are actually privately owned driveways.

At 3:00 minutes into the video they explain this and show a map.

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Posted in: Woman hit and killed by two cars; one driver stops, one flees See in context

I have seen cars doing lots of crazy things, but pedestrians also. And I don't know who is to blame here, but ever notice the police NEVER blame the pedestrian? This is because they never really investigate and they ignore the laws of physics....just like some pedestrians that get themselves nailed.

Police never blame the pedestrian because under the Japanese Road Traffic Act, regardless of the circumstances (except for extenuating ones) the driver is always at fault. A pedestrian could be standing in the middle of a road just waiting to get hit and IF you hit them, the driver of the vehicle will always be at fault because as the driver of a multi-ton machine capable of severely injuring someone, the onus is on you.

*Wife is a police officer in the traffic division.

Now, that being said, the charge may be dropped once in court due to the circumstances.

If the police inforced laws and not just for show this maybe wouldnt have happened. You stop at zebra crossings or just get rid of the bloody things. Taxis also constantly stop on them here in Kobe that gets right up my... nose.

Um no, you don't. According to the Road Traffic Act, Article 38 you only stop at a pedestrian crossing if a pedestrian is crossing/about to cross.

Article 38 (1) When approaching a pedestrian crossing or a bicycle crossing lane (hereinafter referred to in this Article as a "pedestrian or bicycle crossing"), a vehicle or streetcar must proceed at a speed that will enable it to stop immediately in front of the pedestrian or bicycle crossing (or immediately in front of any stop line indicated by road signs or markings; the same applies hereinafter in this paragraph), unless there are clearly no pedestrians or bicycles (hereinafter referred to in this Article as a "pedestrian or cyclist") ahead of the vehicle or streetcar. In such a case, if a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing or about to cross the pedestrian or bicycle crossing ahead of the vehicle or streetcar, the vehicle or streetcar must come to a stop immediately in front of the pedestrian or bicycle crossing and must not prevent that pedestrian or cyclist from proceeding.

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Posted in: 7 crew missing after North Korean fishing boat capsizes See in context

"The incident occurred in the Sea of Japan, therefore Japan is wait.. its the east sea..."

Do you even think before you write things? How is Japan responsible for the ship capsizing. Sure they have a duty to respond to the distress call, but even that is a legal framework requiring them to

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Posted in: IOC wants to move Tokyo Olympic marathons, walking races to Sapporo See in context

Anyone blaming the JOC needs to think this through a little more. Even if you accept that the JOC bribed (which all OC's do), the final decision was up to the IOC. The only think you can fault the JOC for doing is pushing their bid more than other Olympic Committees did. Everyone knew at the beginning of the bidding process that Tokyo was going to be an extremely hot Olympics, the IOC decided to just ignore that though. Now they are making these inane decisions to randomly switch the venues.

Was Sapporo even consulted about this? The IOC and the JOC don't suddenly get the determine that there will be a race in Sapporo.

If the event does get moved, it will at least alleviate traffic a bit in Tokyo... Marathons are a scourge for anyone not participating...

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Posted in: Super typhoon on track to drench Japan's main island See in context

It's going to weaken though, as the sea is too cold around Japan for it to maintain its strength.

I wouldn't bet on that. Generally you're correct, but this time the sea around Japan isn't any cooler. On top of that, the depth of water that is still quite hot is significantly more than this time. In other words, the winds and waves from the typhoon usually pull cold water to the surface of the ocean which reduce the typhoons strength. But it seems that in this case, the cool water is too deep to be affected which means its just circulating hot water.

In other words, it's so big that the typhoon is feeding itself!

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Posted in: Tax hike adds to woes for low-income households in Japan See in context

Can anyone shed any light on how this 'cashless' 3%/5% discount works?

Is it something you have to sign up for somewhere (if so where)?

Do you just get an immediate automatic 3/5% discount on the price, or get some kind of points back? (in which case, is it some kind of centralized government points, or the existing card points? )

I have a Suica card, a J-Debit card and a prepaid visa card... none of which have any kind of points scheme.

Do I just use them as usual and pay 3/5% less? I can't find any clear info on how it all works.

PS/ It's the first I've heard of these 20,000 yen vouchers as well. Seems like the hometown-tax thing in that it mainly benefits people who have enough spare cash lying around to make large one-time payments in order to get a bigger benefit down the line.

Pretty simple really.

Food related costs are taxed at 8%.

When using cashless, the discount is only implemented by stores that have the Cashless mark and only if your payment method also supports it.

The discount can be implemented in two ways:

A point system→ you get points after the fact through your respective point system. (think reimbursement)

I.E if I use Rakuten to pay, I'll get the discount as an additional 2% ~ 5% Rakuten points

On site discount → The store just deducts a certain amount (usually 2%) from the tax.

Chain stores = 2% discount

Mom and Pop stores = 5% discount (up to)

The thing is, these stores have to register with the government in order to get this discount, so not all stores have this discount applied to them.

In regards to you, Suica has a points system. You can use the points to charge your Suica card.

Prepaid visa cards aren't applicable to the points system.

The J-Debit card is only applicable if the bank that backs the card has registered. *It seems most of them have. But you can check it here:

Note: To get points back you can only use the service that the store has registered. I.E even if they accept LINE Pay, if the Cashless poster doesn't say they registered it, you won't get points back.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric top executives received ¥320 mil in payoffs from local official See in context

Kesteer good post. You managed to outline everything that's wrong with the current system. Well done.

Trying to take a neutral stance on it. I think that actually understanding the law is a reasonable necessity before drawing parallels to other criminal cases... I agree the system should be fixed. But it is what it is unfortunately.

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Posted in: Kansai Electric top executives received ¥320 mil in payoffs from local official See in context

Ah yes, the amount of people who again fail to read the article or understand the law rear their ugly heads...

What, no detainment? What a double standard!

So uh...interesting to note that the article says nothing about these guys being arrested or facing any sort of legal consequences whatsoever. I thought the Ghosn case was supposed to represent a newfound interest by prosecutors in harshly dealing with financial corruption like this but I guess not. Surprise surprise!

Who are you going to arrest? The Deputy Mayor already passed away in March of last year.

Accepting the gifts provided by the Deputy Mayor is not illegal in itself. The act of using public funds to give them gifts, is though. A bribe would ensue that a service was performed in exchange for the money but this isn't the case. And generally speaking, as long as it is approved by the city financial officers offering incentives for a company to do business somewhere isn't a crime.

The difference between the Ghosn case is that he stole money from Nissan. Not received a gift from Nissan.

As long as the people receiving the money properly reported it to the tax agency then there is a legal footing to take any action against them.

In the case of the gifted money, the Deputy Mayor likely committed a crime, but he's dead. No going after him.

The tax investigation also discovered that the former deputy mayor, Eiji Moriyama, who died at age 90 in March this year, received 300 million yen from a local construction company that was hired for projects at the Takahama plant as a commission for his role in awarding them part of the work.

^ This is illegal. This falls under the legal definition of bribery and I have no doubt the tax officials will be going after the construction company for this.

A simple way to put it. Governments can't actually bribe people. Bribery can technically only be committed by private entities (people who want decisions made) → Governments (people who make decisions). It doesn't work the other way around. But there are other laws for governments and government officials such as public funds misuse etc.

Another case of corruption involving corporations and government payoffs. This really is a corrupt little country run on brown paper bags full of cash.

Lets not be selective here. In every country in the world, construction = bribery. The US, Britain, Australia, Canada are notorious for it.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi Aircraft to open office in Montreal See in context

They don't much credit because they've struggled to get a mid-sized passenger jet off the ground, literally, with endless failed tests and aborted take-offs, delaying deliveries by six years.

And in those six years they've somehow managed to make the most fuel efficient and best performing regional jet in the world. It's almost as if taking your time can actually lead to high quality products. It's absolutely mind-boggling I know. Just don't let your head explode.

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Posted in: Forever 21 to close all stores, online shop in Japan by late Oct See in context

It has everything to do with a brand that is past it's prime, bad marketing strategies, bad quality products, and mismanagement. The fashion world is competitive and Forever 21 just hasn't been able to slug it out. Lets not forget that the brand is potentially filing for Chapter 11 in it's home country... -eyeroll-

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Posted in: Police spread awareness about ban on drones to tourists at Haneda Airport See in context

Well yeah. Given all the death, destruction and mayhem drones have caused across globe at road crossings, I can see why the government wasted no time clamping down on that particular freedom. (Did they really?)

Do I really have to explain how a drone, that has a malfunction and falls into one of the busiest road crossings in the world, is inevitably going to injure someone? Common sense... Seems the majority of people continue to lack that..

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Posted in: Train stations in Tokyo lease out strollers on trial basis See in context

It is a good idea and may help parents, but 5 strollers at each station doesn't seem like much of an initiative nor does it seem like it will have much of an impact.

It's a trial. Its not meant to have an impact. It's meant to judge whether people are interested in it or not. If a demand seems to be there, they will increase the amount of strollers.

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

Uhhh . . . Space is not "owned" by any country, which means you cannot have a defensive space force be ausevtheir is no territory to be defended.

Are you honestly naive enough to think that countries won't start claiming asteroids with resources on them, or the moon once the technology lets them? Just like the ocean isn't "owned" by anyone but land is.

On top of that, defending the things you do own up there is pretty important. Japan doesn't own space obviously, but it does own many important pieces of infrastructure.

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Posted in: Japan will consider release of oil reserves if necessary See in context

I mean, Akita already has some of the countries highest gas prices... As far as I know it hasn't really jumped all that much here...

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Posted in: Japanese court hears case on 'paternity harassment' See in context

Go foreigners! Pull Japan kicking and screaming in to the modern world!

Huh? This guy is Japanese...

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Posted in: South Korea initiating WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs See in context

@ Samit Basu

Nope. The Korean government had nothing to do with the boycott, which is strictly voluntary by public.

Boycotts were supported by local legislature, which in turn gets it's instructions from the national government. It had everything to do with the Korean government

Good. The WTO is where this should be addressed, not in the streets of Seoul and Tokyo..

While I agree with the premise, this a non-starter at the WTO. This is purely a national matter and doesn't go against WTO rules at all... I fail to see how SK can even begin to be so confused to something that they are trying to rely on... boggles my mind.

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Posted in: UK court: Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawful See in context

Scottish judges said it was unlawful but last week English judges said it wasn't unlawful.

English judges never said anything of the sort, they refused to hear the complaint stating it wasn't a matter for the courts to decide. That doesn't mean it is lawful, it's just like abstaining from a vote. It means they gave no decision whether it was or not.

Isn't it unlawful for the government to refuse to carry out the will of the people as expressed in referendums?

If it's a binding referendum then yes. But this was a non-binding referendum, i.e its a survey

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Posted in: TEPCO struggles to restore power after typhoon See in context

That's what they like to tell you because it's an easy excuse to do nothing and keep unsightly cables overhead like it's 1950. And when you ask them how emergency vehicles are supposed to get through when a major earthquake brings those concrete poles down across the roads and live wires cut through wood-framed houses, they tell you you don't understand because you're not Japanese.

Putting aside your lack of common sense, the biggest reason is maintenance costs. In a country that has as many natural disasters as Japan, a relatively small earthquake can induce soil liquification and damage underground cables. On top of that, the small size of the streets means any repairs to these underground systems will effectively cut off access to said street. The other option is burying them under buildings but how are you going to go burying these cables under preexisting buildings without incurring exorbitant tunneling costs?

Whether you like it or not, the old neighborhoods that have existed for many decades with overground infrastructure can't just be easily changed to underground infrastructure. Especially in a country like Japan. Clearly you don't understand...

Japan is the only advanced country not to bury overhead cables

Japan is also the only advanced country to experience as many earthquakes as it does. And either way, new subdivisions in large cities generally do have buried infrastructure. The issue again, comes down to not being able to update old areas so that they could handle buried infrastructure.

On top of that, concrete poles are cheap.

... And when you ask them how emergency vehicles are supposed to get through when a major earthquake brings those concrete poles down across the roads..

In the same way that they'd get through when those steel light poles topple down onto the road...

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Posted in: Keikyu Line service resumes 2 days after fatal accident in Yokohama See in context

I am still wondering why nobody called 110 to report an emergency situation. They guy was apparently stuck there for 20 minutes... plenty of time to notify the station and in turn the train driver. It is not an isolated area.... people were just watching and waiting?

He was stuck at the intersection for about 20 minutes. He entered the crossing and was stuck on the tracks for apparently less than 2.

Why the driver didn’t jump out and booked it? Once the crossing guards came down and I couldn’t move in either direction, I would have jumped out and dealt with it all later.

He did. Though it was a bit late. It seems like he was hit by the train/truck/whatever after he got out. He was actually found under the train.

Sorry why is this some sort of an event for these people? I am feeling rather uncomfortable seeing them pile up and film it.

Because people like trains? And seeing a train line come back to operation after such a large accident is a pretty rare event?

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainees sue Fukushima firm over decontamination work See in context

Very very poor form Japan, disgraceful and shameful.

Except this has nothing to do with Japan. All Japan can be even remotely guilty of is creating a system that has potential to be abused. It's already illegal to do the things that the company did to these trainees.

However, the only way the state can fix these issues is to remove the trainee program entirely and then no-one would be happy right? If you're going to go work somewhere else, you need to know what you're signing in your contract, and you need to also do your due diligence when choosing a company.

I feel for these Vietnamese if the allegations are proven to be true, but it's also not really something that you can blame Japan for.

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Posted in: One dead, 32 injured after train, truck collide at rail crossing in Yokohama See in context

The very basic rail crossings a re simply not enough for lines which carry high speed express trains and the Shinkansen's. Otherwise the trains need to reduce speeds at them.

This has absolutely nothing to do with speed of the trains. I guarantee that the laws regarding train speeds are some of the most strict and safe things that exist.

Trains passing this level crossing are typically travelling around 120 kph.

Trains that run on this line can run at a maximum of 120 kph. However this was right outside a station, I guarantee it was only running at around 80 kph or less since its the law when passing through a station with no split grades. (The train was on the same line that's next to the platform)

Sorry for the surviving members who will most likely have to pay damages. 

Train companies only go after surviving family members if the accident was something preventable (like a premeditated suicide) This was just that; an accident. It's what insurance is for.

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Posted in: 7 countries land Haneda slots ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Landing half of everyone coming to Japan at Narita reeks of a scam meant to feed hundreds of thousands of visitors into the train system with their wallets open rather than connect to a flight to Sendai or Tottori or wherever their final destination is. And if their final destination is Tokyo, Narita is basically halfway to Hokkaido.

How is it a scam? Its a private business. You don't HAVE to fly to Narita. You choose to do it based on what airline you're choosing etc. There are very few large airports in the world that have good access, by nature of them being airports. Even Haneda isn't particularly great.

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