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Posted in: U.S. indicts Kadena base worker for sex with under-age girl See in context

Underage for alcohol, both of them. The title is misleading.

There's a good chance the base age for alcohol was 21 given historical issues with the bases there. However, it's fairly common for US bases to have a drinking age of 18 even though the local law might be 21. It's at the discretion of the base commander and prevailing agreements they have with the local government.

Frankly, I'm not sure why anyone would want the J-Cops to handle this. Age of majority in Japan is 20 combined with Japan's notoriously weak rape laws and even weaker prosecution record. It's unlikely much would come from this case if it was handled in the Japanese courts outside of SOFA employee getting deported.

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Posted in: Singer ASKA arrested for drug possession See in context

This isn't the United States where there is a constitutional right to privacy or the EU which is filled with a number of post WWII laws regarding privacy. J-Cops wanna enter your apartment on a flimsy tip they can. Another point is Entertainers in Japan are typically beholden to their Talent Agency. If the Agency wants to continue to work with ASKA then they will provide the PR cover. If they decide to drop him then he's on his own. Without an agency you won't get booked for TV, radio or personal appearances. Your songs won't get any airplay.

Japanese stars make good money (compared to the 80s when the agency housed the stars, paid for everything, but didn't really give them much actual money). However, this guys isn't sitting on the kind of money a US or EU pop star would have.

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Posted in: Obama fans See in context

@bilderberg_2015 Obama's net worth is only $12Milion USD. He and his wife had a joint income in 2013 of $481,098. Adjusted for inflation he's one the very low end of wealth wise for US presidents. He'll have to wait until he's out of office for the money to start rolling in (speaking fees, books, etc.)

@bass4funk The Beast will be replaced for the next president. It's gotten stuck in places one too many times. They always fly with a cargo plane.

Eating at Jiro's is actually a really big deal. Most visits the US secret service gets the menu for event in advance, brings their own chef, ingredients and waiter. When a US president eats with the Queen of England he's not eating the same food the queen. So if he ate a meal Jiro actually made it's a big deal.

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Posted in: Jaguar Land Rover drives to success in Japan See in context

A Brit friend of mine loved to restore old Range Rovers. He used to joke, "Why don't the British make computers anymore? They couldn't figure out a way to make them leak oil."

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Posted in: Failed Mt Gox exchange finds 200,000 bitcoins in old wallet See in context

All currency is imaginary. It's value is worth as only as much as society thinks it's worth. The same thing is true about precious metals and gems. The value of currency can drastically change day to day. Anyone who was in the currency trading and hedging in the 90s will remember the Russia currency crash.

Bit coin really isn't all that different from precious metals. It's value is based on the market says it's worth. It changes day to day.

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Posted in: U.S. Sony chief out amid restructuring See in context

American Mark Cerny is the guy in charge of the PS4 development and more or less the overall success. He was appointed to the position by Shuhei Yoshida who is the president of Sony Computer Entertainment World Wide (and I would assume Jack's boss.)

Jack is likely responsible to the "Perfect Day" commercials from BBH Creative. Which I think did contribute to the PS4 kicking the XBox One butt.

Be that as it may Mark Cerny is likely a bigger deal to the organization than Jack.

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Posted in: Nakamoto denies he's bitcoin creator See in context

He's reportedly got over $500m in bitcoins. Even if not true that's enough untraceable money to make him a target.

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Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan' See in context

I think they are talking about Nikka distilleries founder. One of my favorite single malts of all time is Nikka's Yoichi 15 year. In 2009 is won best single malt in Glasgow.

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Posted in: MtGox website disappears amid huge bitcoin theft claim See in context

Bit coin was created by a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto (中本哲史). He is believed to have over 1 million bit coins and has a net worth in excess of $1bn USD. Although if it's unknown if he's actually from japan as none of the code of documentation contains any Japanese language or so-called Engrish.

Even with the Mt. Gox blow up the coin price is still trading around $400USD per coin. The issue is the exchanges are unregulated and folks out money really have no recourse. I can't imaging the Japanese Police getting involved either.

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Posted in: Apple fights for bigger slice of China smartphone pie See in context

China Mobile has more than 760 million customers

What is missing from that statistic is the vast majority of China Mobile customers don't have any kind of smart phone. They have cheap feature phones and cheap phone plans.

Apple may equalize the price a bit, but they aren't going to make it cheap in China.

What to cheap smart phone? Buy an android phone. Want a phone that keeps getting OS upgrades? Then buy a Nexus or Motorola phone.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers driven from hunting ground, says Sea Shepherd See in context

Whale was one of the few ingredients I saw Iron Chef Japan judges turn their noses to. I think there's some assumption that it's not a controversial subject in Japan, when it is. It goes beyond just lack of interest.

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Posted in: 'Saturday Night Live' comes to China's Internet See in context

Every now and then they hit one some delicate spots for China. I would expect they have an assigned gov't censor that would demand edits and cuts. For example the sketch involving "peasant factory laborers" who make iPhones. "Oh you mad it take you to JC Penny instead of Macy. We just lucky we don't need working maps because we sleep where we work." Yeah, that would go over well in China.

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Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5% See in context

Someone needs to help the Japanese do the maths on the F-35. It's almost $200M USD per plane. All the Chinese need is one more plane than the F-35 has missiles. Given the Chinese can pump out planes for less than 1/10 the cost, that's not much of a problem.

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Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China See in context

@ReformedBasher It baffles me as to why the Japanee government should care what the Chinese and South Korean governments think.

First world countries these days are linked just too deeply linked. It's about $400bn in trade between the two countries and China is the biggest creditor on the Japanese bond market. Economically they could both do serious damage to each other. In particular because the the treaty obligations from the US.

Korea is a smaller concern. They have a common friend, but strategically and economically they are competitors.

I personally think China is a bigger distraction to the main problems of the area which are Russia and North Korea.

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Posted in: China gives no ground to Biden in air defense zone dispute See in context

As China said this is, in the beginning at least, a psychological war specifically against the US the only real power who can actually stop China in its imperialistic tracks.

It's only psychological war if people in the US actually cared about this issue. They don't. The barely made news in the US when it broke and has more or less disappeared from the US news cycle.

Is the US going to strong arm China? No. They hold too many US Treasury bonds. Does that mean China would flood the market with them? Not really, the US is the biggest consumer of Chinese goods. Tanking the US economy also tanks the Chinese economy. Neither side can do more than make minor moves. Fiscally speaking the US and China are in a position of mutually assured destruction.

The main problem I see here I don't see an end game for China.

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Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal See in context

Okura hotel chain, which has hosted foreign VIPs including U.S. President Barack Obama

The President of the United States doesn't eat the food everyone else does at State dinners. A secret service chef gets the menu and recipes from the local chef, sources ingredients, and makes an identical dish.

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Posted in: How much attention do you pay to the point of origin and ingredients listed on labels of food and drink that you buy? See in context

My friends who were agricultural specialist in the US Embassy Beijing advised me to never eat anything from China. They've been to farms, and know how the regulation (or lack there of) works, more or less you don't want just how bad it is, just steer clear.

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Posted in: Dominatrix arrested for practicing medicine without a license See in context

You could find a place like that in New York, London, Berlin, etc. This isn't something unique to Japan outside the creative charges from the police.

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Posted in: Harrison Ford can't escape Han Solo, Indiana Jones See in context

Sadly the film is going to be overshadowed by the anti-gay statements and activities of the books author Orson Scott Card. I think the boycott will do some damage to the US and European screenings.

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Posted in: Chasm grows between Japan, neighbors: study See in context

They don't care for the Japanese in Singapore either. I've witnessed clerks gleefully playing dumb Japanese customers over the years. I've been told from locals that part of it is WWII, but the other part is when Japan pulled way ahead of it's neighbors in the 70s - 90s they really threw their weight around.

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Posted in: SoftBank eyes T-Mobile US as 'Plan B' See in context

T-Mobile make out rather well when the AT&T deal fell through. They pumped that extra money into their 4G roll-out.

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Posted in: Ladies, don’t be disappointed with your Sagawa delivery man's looks See in context

@gaijinfo I doubt the Sagawa guys are making the same kind of wages that a UPS driver makes (Average pay for UPS driver is $75,000 USD).

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Posted in: China concerned as Japan, Taiwan sign fishing agreement for disputed isles See in context

Taiwan is concerned about economic measures more than territorial issues. The Taiwanese company Foxconn is the largest manufacturer in the world with 1.2 million employees worldwide (the majority of which are in China).

Taiwan isn't going to let a fishing waters dispute get in the way of good business. China has all sorts of domestic pressures to contend with and fanning some nationalistic flames is never a bad move.

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Posted in: 6 British police injured at party celebrating Thatcher's death See in context

It's the UK. This kind of stuff happens all the time. Just usually it's in relation to sport.

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Posted in: U.S. broadcasters worry about 'Zero TV' homes See in context

@TrevorPeace2 Spot on. Oddly enough it's not the cable companies doing either. A lot of it's greed by the large conglomerates that own large chunks of the channels. Cable companies are forced to put channels in the basic package or else they won't be allowed to carry the channels they really want. (I.e. Disney channel is a basic tier channel because ABC/Disney tied it to rebroadcast rights for the local ABC affiliate. Want ESPN, you have to lump in ESPN Classic and half dozen other channel of dubious popularity). Those costs get passed directly to the consumer.

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Posted in: Japan rides 'Abenomics' wave 100 days after election win See in context

@kurisupisu That's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison. The US has trillions of dollars for wars and will continue to endure hundreds of billions in vetrans benefits for decades to come. The other large driver is health care. Japan has several market controls that keep health care costs in check. I think in the near term the larger issue is the aging population and the decline in exports and manufacturing.

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Posted in: Japan rides 'Abenomics' wave 100 days after election win See in context

@ThonTaddeo That's an odd restriction for a security firm. My restriction is that I have to use a pre-approved brokerage firm that report the transaction back.

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Posted in: Japan rides 'Abenomics' wave 100 days after election win See in context

Wake me when the US to JPY hits 120. You know, the rate it was for most of the 2000's. Yeah, a bunch of folks took a hair cut on their FX investments. Cry me a river. The Japanese economy has been in the dumps for years yet it's FX values were climbing. JPY was the victim of market manipulation and it had gotten so bad that major japanese manufactures were going to go out of business. Sharp may still never recover. Panasonic and Sony are shells of their former selves.

Abe did what needed to be done. He wouldn't have had to make such moved if JPY wasn't the target of such rampent market manipulation.

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Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far? See in context

More or less this is about money. 80.4% of the health care coverage of paid by the gov't in Japan. There is a vested interest in getting people not to smoke. This is the more or less the same reason counties like France started to curtail smoking.

They should go for the middle ground. Vaporized smokeless cigarettes. All the nicotine, none of the irritation to the neighbors.

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Posted in: Is global warming causing harsher winters? See in context

Global Warming is a media headline. Actual scientists study Global Climate Change. I would point out that even the EPA under the Bush Administration eventually accepted Global Climate Change as a reality towards the end of his second term. The Koch brothers hired Richard Muller, a reputable scientist who was a Global Climate Change skeptic, to conduct one of the largest studies of Global Climate Change ever done. In 2011 he released the Koch brothers funded study and concluded Global Climate Change was indeed happening.

The last hold out of any standing that resisted was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. They updated their position to match the international consensus in 2007.

Neil deGrasse Tyson once summed up the "controversy" on climate change as such: "People are entitled to their own opinions, but they aren't entitled to their own set of facts."

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