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Mark Bradley comments

Posted in: Man robbed of ¥80 mil on street near Tokyo's Roppongi See in context

Why would anyone take that much cash instead of escrow it or just wire it.

This shouldn't need Sherlocke Holmes to solve, possibly one of the following:

1) His co-worker tipped someone off

2) The banker or financial employee that withdrew that much cash tipped someone off

3) The bank where the funds were withdrawn is under some kind of yakuza surveillance

4) The precious metals dealer tipped someone off

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Posted in: Becky loses sponsors, regular TV appearances over affair scandal See in context

Gender inequality in Japan is at 1900s America levels. Women are treated as second class citizens.

Wake-up women of Japan. It is time for a revolution.

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Posted in: New immigration laws hinder some married expats returning to UK See in context

Sorry to be the messenger of bad news.... but as the population increases the fewer the resources will be for all, which in turn increases the restrictions for visas for immigration. It will only get worse as the population of the world grows. Some day immigration from one country to another will be a very rare privilege. "Currently, for every 5 births there are 2 deaths" and "200,000 people are being born everyday" currently. Japan and Western Europe are the only two countries with stable birth rates unfortunately.

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Posted in: Lawson store closed after employee puts photo of himself in freezer on Facebook See in context

I don't understand how people become turned-off from some brand or food when they see something go viral regarding a gross mishandling of food.

If someone licks a taco then all tacos are disgusting? Anyone could lick any food in any restaurant and serve it to you. Laying on top of packaged ice cream is probably one of the least disturbing images of food+people.


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Posted in: Apple seeking next big direction, says co-founder See in context

They need more R&D. Every last dollar needs to go into more research to support future technology. The invention of touch screens that were accurate drove the iphone to its peak.

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Posted in: 33% of Japanese think marriage is pointless: survey See in context

30-40% of the population not wanting to get married is GREAT. Hopefully, the sentiment is on the rise to 50-60%.

Read else where that 80-85% of women want to have children, but apparently only 60% want to get married.

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Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment' See in context

Saying the A-bombs were 'divine punishment' is the same as saying the USA is divine ,,, They should really rephrase that.

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Posted in: Mother of suicide boy files slander charge against 3 bullies See in context

Why not implement a series of smaller safe guards against bullying.

1) Tell all students there are options if you are the target of bullying 2) If a victim accuses a student of being bullied, automatically the bully has to see a psycho therapist that is brought in. Psychological warfare back on bullies. 3) Student's class schedule can be re-arranged to avoid the bullies 4) If it persists, student has option to switch schools

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Posted in: Tokyo District Court tells Google to stop autocomplete words See in context

this case does not make sense. If you type in any name then it will default to the most commonly searched auto-complete results. If those results point to websites with information about that individual then its not Google's fault. but the sites that posted the information. That is like accusing a phone book company of printing public information etc.

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Posted in: S Korea, China fault Japan on 'comfort women' at U.N. See in context

There is no price tag that can be put on atrocities. Its the same as saying I can do X and Y for the compensation price of Z?

Also, future generations should be held accountable for something a past generation did? If that is so then everyone in North America should go back to where their ancestors came from because originally it didn't belong to them.

I hope the people of today of every country do not want a war. It is the governments and small radical groups of the world that start wars.

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Posted in: Serial arsonist sets fire to 10 vending machines in Hachioji See in context

Arsonists just love burning random stuff without a purpose.

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Posted in: Osaka's great EV taxi experiment does a slow burnout See in context

Achilles' heel, the battery. Hopefully, battery technology improves or super capacitors come to fruition.

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Posted in: Life after death? Yes, says one doctor See in context

Define living and dying in terms other than white and black, but grey.

For example, if someone wiped your mind clean of memories, but you would continue to function as a regular person then has the previous person died? Same goes for the scenario of making an exact clone of yourself without the original memories. Technically cells of the original being are still alive.

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Posted in: Survey among expats: What did you think about Japan before you started living here? See in context

There will always be crazy and eccentric events or places if you look for them.

Hang out in Akihabara then you'll think Japan is 50% Otaku. Go to Roppongi or Kabuki-cho then you will see strange venues...

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Posted in: One man killed, one hospitalized by passer-by who filmed their argument with car driver See in context

1 vs 2 and he filmed it first... this sounds very odd. I can only imagine the two were distracted by the driver and also drunk perhaps.

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Posted in: U.S. recovery leaving Europe, Japan behind See in context

Only problem is that it is a fake recovery. Debt continues to grow. Even the sequestration won't slow it down much. The stock market rise is due to money printing not a recovery. It is just a different form of inflation.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed to death in Tokyo's Kichijoji; one suspect in custody See in context

Look forward to the day when machines can just read our minds and police can get justice quickly and accurately.

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Posted in: Hiroshima to finally get a Costco - too bad you have to pay Y3,000 for parking See in context

As others have stated, you go to Costco to spend more than 10,000 yen, so if they offer complementary parking not a big problem. They are really combating traffic congestion, especially people who waste gas driving to get two or three items.

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Posted in: Bionic eye gives hope to the blind See in context

There has been research done on decoding and encoding signals for the optic nerve with great success. To me it appears these companies are taking a difficult approach to restoring sight. If it is possible to send signals directly to the optic nerve then a self powered camera embedded in a fake eye would provide much greater vision restoration.

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Posted in: 2 Japanese tourists killed, 11 hurt after man goes on stabbing spree at Guam resort See in context

This seems like copycat behaviour of the Akihabara stabbings, but oddly not in Japan. I only say that because I don't know of any other stabbings involving a car.

If anything people shouldn't be afraid of Guam since murderous psychopaths exist everywhere.

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Posted in: Top 5 worst places to visit in Japan See in context

Tokyo as #5 is a bit redundant, but disagree that it shouldn't be high on the list to see. Though I agree with the first four as far places that should be put lower on the list to see. Amazing places to see in Tokyo, include Shinkuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, Odaiba, Akihabara, etc. There is a lot to see in Tokyo that isn't comparable to anywhere else in the world.

Disneyland >there is probably one very similar more nearby in the country you live in.

Imperial Palaca > would be amazing, but you can only see the wall from outside

Roppongi > department stores

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Posted in: Sony to announce launch of new PlayStation See in context

Make a PS4 open to modifications, such as being able to multi-boot into different OS, such as Android, Linux, which would make it worth buying without purchasing any games. Include a built in ethernet+wifi router and huge internal storage to be used as a media server.

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Posted in: China must stop making threats in maritime disputes: Panetta See in context

The people not their governments need to express to each other that they have little control over their righteous governments and their military. If there was a survey given to the people of all countries involved with a question like "Would you die or kill for _____ island?" and "would you like to start a war?" then it would be obvious no one wants what the top is pushing.

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Posted in: Abe to review Fukushima crisis before deciding on restarting reactors See in context

I am amazed at how no one ever talks about how bad the current alternatives are to nuclear. People are saying ban nuclear, but what I hear is lets burn billions of pounds of coal and oil for energy instead. Surely, burning stuff for energy won't cause any environmental or health problems. LOL

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Posted in: Sex counselor seeks explanations for waning co-ed promiscuity See in context

The main problem are the barriers that have been created psychologically by cultural programming. If a majority of Japanese are even embarrassed by hugging someone then there isn't much hope of something greater. Everything takes experience, even showing affection. If you don't go out of your comfort zone then you will be stuck in an adolescent phase of how you deal with intimacy. As others have stated that Japanese are fearful of relationships with co-workers, but at the same time the majority don't have time to meet others outside of work. The Japanese government really needs to create some kind of major social reform to end the cycle of despair, such as declaring "Golden evenings", where by every workers daily work must end at 6pm for an entire month.

Catch 22 > "a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule"

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Posted in: Sleepy protest See in context

Sorry to say without nuclear energy in Japan the economy will go into a depression with many bankruptcies of large companies.

Nuclear = cheap + abundant energy Oil & coal = expensive and limited energy

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Posted in: Japan posts worst October trade data in three decades See in context

I'm afraid to say that a depression is coming and a recession has already been here for a while (pre-2008).

Nothing will change in time to evade this outcome until after it has occurred just like Lehman Brother's collapse.

Sorry to the 100s of millions of people globally the crumpling world economy will affect severely.

There was hope to shift important decisions back onto the public through movements such as "Occupy Wallstreet" etc but it never reached critical mass.

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Posted in: Obama evades jobs data time bomb See in context

There are too many impossible problems to solve regardless of who becomes the next president of the USA. Neither Obama nor Romney can fix the economy. It is far beyond the point of no return.

Jobs data? Check http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-31/adp-cancels-365000-private-jobs-created-2012

If ADP adjusts their calculations the economy actually lost 365,000 jobs over the last few months. The real unemployment rate is way above 9%, but that figure only includes people who are looking for work.

Earnings season for companies will soon show that massive cutbacks are coming to the work force as corporations attempt to stop the monetary bleeding from consumers still too in debt to buy more material junk.

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Posted in: Japan's indifference to 'Gangnam Style' riles S Korea See in context

I agree with some other posters about the main reason behind its success is that the song is a parody of the state of pop music. I have no doubt that the 600 million views on YouTube is real, but it is likely that another video within the next 12 months will break that record. As with everything to do with technology, it only goes upward and onward, with more people being connected to the internet everyday. No doubt we will see a video that breaks one billion views and it could be most senseless video just because of an recommendation algorithm.

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Posted in: Suicide jumpers disrupt train services at Gotanda, Shinjuku See in context

Butterfly effect, a train is delayed, a person is late for work, they are stressed out, they get fired, they commit suicide. No one knows what effects can be occur negative or positive from an event such as this.

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