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Posted in: Over 100 hotels in Japan fall victim to Booking.com phishing scams See in context

GuruMickApr. 15  09:11 am JST

Oh crap...I have just used this service to make a booking.

Better of dealing with the service provider {hotel etc. } directly.

I do both, or rather I check online pricing along with the hotel’s website and even with the airline I’m flying with as they sometimes have deals

Saving grace is my c/c is always maxed out with little room for theft.


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Posted in: Stolen ¥10 mil gold bowl found in secondhand store See in context

How did he manage to steal this from the department store? I’m assuming something worth that much had some some sort of security?

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Posted in: Woman arrested after stealing box with GPS tracker from man’s doorstep See in context

. 16  08:10 pm JST

Stolen and missing doorstep packets from Amazon will be replaced.

Yes, but this activity results in higher costs to buyers because the seller is taking a loss. The next biggest crime with regards to Amazon is false returns. Since Amazon doesn’t verify returned items are correct, people are placing the incorrect items in the original packaging and getting full refunds. Amazon has been asked why they can’t just hold off issuing the credit until it’s been verified. Their stance is that they don’t want to ruin the return experience for the customer. I personally don’t see an issue in waiting 7-10 days to receive a refund. This is pretty normal with non-Amazon merchants.

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Posted in: Man arrested for posting 39 threats against Nintendo online last year See in context

Cards fan Apr. 5  02:57 pm JST

I really can't stand people like this guy. My kids daycare has had to cancel multiple events because some nutjobs threatened to kidnap kids.

Sadly we need to take threats like this seriously even if it comes from a moron. People that do this need to be prosecuted as terrorists. It may seem harsh but idiots like this causes “terror” and intimidation to innocent people.

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Posted in: Man believed to be fugitive 1970s terrorist bomber dies in hospital See in context

hooktrunk2Jan. 29  08:03 am JST

How could this guy could live with his conscience all these years with knowing he killed 8 people and hurt so many more.

Terrorists will always feel justified and find justification for their actions.

Still doesn’t make it’s right…

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Posted in: Doubles delight See in context

Congrats to Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto! I'm still a fan of the Japanese doubles team of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi when they got the Gold at 2016 Olympics. I still remember watching it online and their comeback in that Gold medal match was awesome! Was hoping they could defend it in 2020 but we all know what happened that year.

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Posted in: Do you have an emergency survival kit for use in the event of an earthquake or some other natural disaster? See in context

Our ESK (Emergency Survival Kit) is something that was a result of the wildfires we experience here in Southern California. Because we are subjected to Daylight Savings (where we have to change our clocks twice a year), we use that as a reminder to check our ESK's and batteries (we change the batteries, actually, even if they're still good) in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We also check our home insurance policy each year (at tax time) as we learned that many of the homes that were lost in previous wildfires (and other disasters) the insurance coverage wasn't enough.

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Posted in: Quick-thinking Japanese cab driver prevents passenger suicide at dam See in context

@PeaceIsReal - Exactly

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Posted in: Ex-TEPCO execs ordered to pay ¥13 tril in damages over Fukushima crisis See in context

Keep in mind that the 13 Tril is the total amount they are seeking based on the damages they are suing for. In other words they will be seeking compensation in X amount for damages to "A". Basically a bunch of invoices that the courts will need to review and award what they feel is the appropriate amount, and it's the later that will be interesting to keep an eye on.

Basically this pay-out will be tied up in courts for a very long time.

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Posted in: Japanese government calling on citizens to drink more milk…again See in context

“Sorry, I’ve developed lactose intolerance.”

LOL! Great online comments. :-)

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Posted in: 44-year-old man arrested after paying minor for sex See in context

Sorry - I got the price wrong. It was 25,000 yen and not 250,000 yen.

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Posted in: 44-year-old man arrested after paying minor for sex See in context

There is so much missing in this news article - namely fact checking. The article does not mention if she was forced, but it does seem to suggest that it was done willingly - but I don't want to assume because she could have "agreed" out of fear for her safety.

It's also not clear how the price of 250,000 yen was derived - in other words did she agree and this price was agreed by both? And there's mention what the Twitter chats revealed.

Please don't get me wrong. I don't support this guy and what he did but I really hate when articles like this lack any effort to do any sort of fact finding. If the facts were not readily available at the time they were reporting this then mention something to that effect (i.e., "at the time of this writing, the Twitter chat and the verifying of his claims have not been confirmed").

To me that's just lazy reporting and I generally stop reading the article when there is so much missing information. But the only reason I am responding is because of this comment:

AscissorMar. 7  08:57 am JST

I was accosted outside Tenoji station and quotet 15,000 yen.

And they say romance is dead

LOL! Sorry, that response made me laugh for some reason. :-)

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

Tadashi Yanai, president of Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing, said the conflict should not deprive people in Russia of clothing, a basic human need.

I agree with this statement. However, as someone has already mentioned in an earlier comment, Uniqlo is not the only supplier of clothing for Russia nor are they even close to being the main supplier. What did Russia do before Uniqlo branched out into Russia?!?

For argument sake, lets say that Uniqlo was a major supplier of clothing (i.e., worker or labor clothing), by boycotting your services you are applying pressure to the Russian Government (Putin) for their actions and as a result they (the people of Russia) are suffering.

But since Uniqlo is not that critical of a resource to Russia (aside from perhaps additional revenue for sales?) a boycott will have little to no impact except to send a message to Putin that Uniqlo is standing alongside the other Countries that are opposed to this conflict.

I've always tried to look for a positive in everything and I really can't find one in Tadashi's statement other than fear of losing business if he were to boycott - in other words if he did boycott Russia then there is the risk that he may be ordered to remove ALL Uniqlo stores from Russia. I'm sure that would hit his bottom line but by not boycotting they run the risk of consumers boycotting Uniqlo which would be worse if you ask me.

I hope that he rethinks his decision but it's his company which is a shame because I really do like Uniqlo products and I may end up not shopping at Uniqlo as a result. I know I'm just one customer but that's how I feel.

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Posted in: Mother gets 8 years in prison for leaving 3-year-old daughter alone at home for week to die See in context

The court heard that she left tea and sweets for her daughter Noa at their apartment in Ota Ward while she went to Kagoshima for one week to spend time with her then boyfriend. She said she thought Noa would be alright.


Prosecutors said that before leaving for Kagoshima, Kakehashi barricaded Noa inside the living room with a sofa blocking off entrance to the kitchen. Kakehashi said she did this to prevent Noa from harming herself with knives or other kitchen items.

Makes perfect sense. She clearly thought this through and planned for every possible scenario.

Prosecutors also said that Kakehashi would often leave Noa at home alone while she went to bars and pachinko parlors and bars with friends.

It's not like this was the first time, what could go wrong?

((R.I.P. Noa... ))

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Posted in: Elementary school principal arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

> snowymountainhellFeb. 2  05:46 pm JST

> No arrest reported for that occasion ?!?

He was arrested- it was how the article started. Just no charges have been filed at the time the news article was published.

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Posted in: Human torso found in suitcase dumped at disused Nikko golf course See in context

nonu6976Jan. 20  05:15 pm JST

...a nearby resident called police at around 10:50 a.m. and said there was a suitcase on the ground beneath a bridge near the 14th hole

so the guy saw a suitcase under a bridge and decided it was worthy of calling the police?

Keep in mind that a lot of the news articles on this site are condensed so most likely there was probably more to it such as it probably emitted a foul odor or they could have possibly opened it first.

Otherwise it probably would have gone unreported.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Sapporo See in context

expatJan. 6  07:30 pm JST

What's "a self-professed construction industry worker"

It basically means "acknowledged" in this context. In other words when he was questioned he confirmed that he worked in construction.

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Sapporo See in context

shogun36Jan. 5  09:27 pm JST

I have a knife.

To hit a bank? Come on now.

If not mistaken, it's illegal and almost impossible to get a gun in Japan. The article didn't confirm if he had a knife but I get where you are coming from - not much of a threat. Had he said he had a bomb or something that could cause instant injury/damage then he may have been able to get away with it. IDK... :-/

Sad, but glad to read that no one was injured.

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Posted in: If you do not live in Japan, which part of Japan would you like to visit first after the international border reopens without restrictions? See in context

I would love to be able to visit my family and friends in the Fukuoka Prefecture again...

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Posted in: Farewell to a happy couple See in context

Best of luck and hope you have a happy life!

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Posted in: U.S. college student learns the hard way to get your Japanese kanji tattoo checked by an expert See in context

If there's no room to add the other two Kanji, you could always have an line or "X" tattooed over it, or something along that effect. I'm sure a creative tattoo artist could come up with something.

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Posted in: New project turns kimonos from 1950s and ’60s into high-fashion dresses See in context

BTW, KEIN also donates 10% of their sales to the preservation of the kimono culture...

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Posted in: New project turns kimonos from 1950s and ’60s into high-fashion dresses See in context

I went to the KIEN website where they describe the "uprecycle Kimono project" and they state that they state "We mainly select formal black KIMONO called “TOMESODE” produced in 1970-1990 in good condition with beautiful patterns. We believe, “TOMESODE” looks the most beautiful when remodeled into a dress." so not really from the 1950's as the article states.

I sort of have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I appreciate what KEIN is doing, they are in a sense making another type of kimono and I really appreciate that they don't classify it as a kimono but instead a dress that was made from fabrics and patterns used to make kimono's.

The part where I am conflicted with, sad really, was reading on the KEIN website where they also deconstruct kimono's to produce these dresses; I get it -- what good is a kimono that is never worn or seen? It's just a bit sad but at least they are not being disposed of completely and they are being repurposed and given new life.

Of course the article does not mention the cost of these kimono dresses. They're still very pricey, however, I can see these (especially the black versions) being worn (rented?) more often as a formal dress in and outside of Japan.

Given cost and personal philosophies aside, I really do love the look of their designs and I agree with KEIN in using the Tomesode. It has an elegance to it which is what a traditional kimono conveys amongst other things.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually molesting junior high school girl in library See in context

“I get turned on whenever I set foot in a library. I couldn’t control my sexual urge.”

Really?!? That's something a character in a manga or anime would say :-P

Is that his actual recorded statement? Or is that just loosely translated to what was recorded?

I guess it really doesn't matter unless he hopes to use it as a defense (i.e., mentally sick) later. I guess on the positive side he did confess to the crime? IDK ... still a sick bastard...

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking airline cabin attendant See in context

RecklessOct. 21  05:37 pm JST

Wonder how he got her address?

Most likely he followed her. Remember, many locals do not drive cars or take taxi's but instead take the subway and or bus so it wouldn't be that hard to follow her.

Glad to hear that nothing horrible happened to her.

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Posted in: Boxes of unused COVID-19 medical goods dumped at Tokyo Olympics See in context


Hundreds of boxes full of unused coronavirus-related medical goods for the Tokyo Olympics, including gloves, gowns and masks, worth a total of 5 million yen, were found to the have been thrown away, the Games' organizing committee said Tuesday.

The committee apologized for the mismanagement as the items, supplied to the medical offices of nine venues, could have been transferred to facilities battling an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Wow! So-so-many possible OSHA violations! Not to mention the possibility of reuse! #unbelievable

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

I have very mixed feelings about UBI. On paper I support it - mostly. But realistically I feel it will be exploited and not be used as it was intended. I don't know a lot about UBI and so I will admit that I'm not 100% educated on the program - all I know is what it's meant to provide.

IDK, maybe it's wrong for me to say but I don't want to see this as another "well fare" type program. Again I say that because I haven't really spent the time to really understand UBI.

My mother had to go on well fare back in the early 70s (recently divorced with a single child, me) but she didn't stay on it for very long. Just long enough for her to get back on her feet so before you start blasting me about ware fare please know that my mom had to use it which was hard for her to accept back then.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run See in context

jiji XxAug. 31  04:40 pm JST

left bits of his car behind, got him on camera, but..... he denies the charge..... LOL. expect him to change his plea later to..... you know what.... (⌒▽⌒)

Yes, the evidence is damaging however keep in mind that the article does not state specifically what he is being charged with. Among "hit-and-run", "man slaughter", and "failing to report an accident" they could be charging him with additional charges (i.e., driving intoxicated, speeding, etc.).

The article also doesn't place him in the car. It only states that it was his car. There is a chance that he loaned his car to someone.

But if it's proven that he was indeed the driver then there's really not much he can "deny" that would overturn man slaughter.

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Posted in: Nissin Foods says 50 billion Cup Noodles have been sold worldwide See in context

JohansawadaAug. 26  01:32 pm JST

i don't understand what is so great about cup noodles - my japanese wife and my kids love this stuff!

I equate to Kraft Mac-n-Cheese which was something I had to develop a taste for. I did not care for it when I was younger but now I like it.

As for Cup Noodles in general, I like the original flavor. I don't care for all of the "other" flavors they came out with over the years.

Someone earlier asked about nutritional value - there is none. Minimal at best. But it's meant to be a "snack" (a quick stomach filler) and not something to eat as a primary source of food.

It is affordable and I am not ashamed to say that I stocked up on it during my college years (1985-1988) and that always keep a few in the pantry to this day along with spam. :-) I know both are not healthy but I don't eat them regularly. Actually I tend to eat more Mac-n-Cheese these days...

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Posted in: Japanese man says 'I’m a Vietnamese' while pointing knife at convenience store worker to rob her See in context

> LovecraftingAug. 25  09:01 am JST

ROFL, that worked like a charm.

I know, right? He's got his disguise (ski cap and mask), a (sort of) perfected fake-ish accent to make them think I'm Vietnamese and a weapon to show how serious I am. What could go wrong?!?

I'm glad that no-one got hurt and they caught the person.

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