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Posted in: Japan looks to allow NHK to start simultaneous online streaming See in context

"We would like to meet public demand for watching (NHK) programs on their smartphones," said communications minister Masatoshi Ishida.

NHK should show us the verifiable numbers, legitimate research that led to this conclusion.

People installing a TV receiver capable of getting NHK programs are obliged to sign a subscription contract with the broadcaster under the law

Does this mean that if i have a TV from the US , that cannot tune in to the local frequency - then I can tell the NHK walkers to leave me alone?

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Posted in: Turkey worked for release of Japanese reporter after Abe's meeting See in context

Aw common, dont just down-vote a comment without providing verifiable counter-argument. There might be no verifiable proof that the release was paid off - BUT please show any proof that it was not.

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Posted in: Turkey worked for release of Japanese reporter after Abe's meeting See in context

With all the good news about the release of the captive journalist, it seems no one has mentioned how the release transpired. I am assuming the silence means that it was paid off?

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Posted in: 21-year prison term upheld for ex-NHK reporter found guilty of raping 3 women See in context

The defense for 30-year-old Yasutaka Tsurumoto claimed someone with a grudge against the former journalist may have left materials carrying his DNA at the

 That wouldn't fly ...given the fact that the victims could've easily ID'd him.  Wasting tax payer's money on the Appeals court.

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Posted in: Japan eyes allowing skilled blue-collar workers to stay permanently See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday 10:01 am JSTJust using Indians as an example. Or other countries who earn $2-3 a day for poor people. They have families of 6-10. Then they have extended families who visit and who probably may not want to return....

Yup, that is what Xenophobia means.

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

I cant change anything about the views of the Mayor and the  Kumamoto Council - but I can stop buying groceries from that prefecture from hereon. Sorry Kumamon, cant support your government.

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Posted in: Japanese airlines to offer discount to people with mental disorders See in context

I don't get what the fuss is about if the airlines (a private company)  offer to reduce the price they charge for people with mental disabilities. They are not charging abled-bodies more, they are voluntarily reducing their income to provide something good to persons with disabilities. Crab mentality?

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Posted in: Tokyo cafe to open with robot waiters remotely controlled by disabled See in context

For heaven's sake - at least address them as handicap or persons with disabilities. Not just "disabled".

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Posted in: Russian athletes to return as WADA lifts doping ban See in context

Whatever happened to the very solid evidence that the former Russian anti-doping director himself  Grigory Rodchenkov gave? The fact remains that his Russian colleague died "of natural means" immediately after his testimony, that even WADA admitted the vials were tampered. Its all in Netflix documentary : Icarus.

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Posted in: Osaka police officers fire shots at two cars See in context

A shoulder and leg shot for such an aggressive attacker - that's commendable.

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Posted in: Australian newspaper defies criticism, reprints Serena Williams cartoon See in context

jcapanToday 08:13 am JST I'm sorry I don't see how this is racist, it's a cartoon.

Since JT commenters are probably 90% white guys, 1/2 of which consume NewsCorps' prolefeed, this is no surprise. Not saying you're one of them but when all the white blokes gather round the country club table, what ensues is rarely worth listening to

I'm not white but I also saw just a cartoon perfectly depicting what Serena was like during that game - A losing player on a meltdown trying to blame everything else except her poor performance. If you are going to nitpick on a cartoon for accuracy in color and form - then you are mistaking it for a picture.

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Posted in: Cruel yet popular punishment: Japan's death penalty See in context

Capital Punishment perspectives:

From a convicted innocent - it is an unfair system, from a perpetrator of a heinous crime - to live is preferable, for the victims of the crime it's Justice to appease their pain, for the State - it is a deterrent to heinous crimes. For Human Rights activists, for religion, for the Philosophy majors...

unfortunately, the State cannot satisfy everyone's interest.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka to play Serena Williams in U.S. Open final See in context

Serena is still as good as ever, but I'm still rooting for Naomi.

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Posted in: Upside down umbrella See in context

Its actually an  "inside up" umbrella.

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Posted in: Birthday boy See in context

Of Prince and Princesses.... and I just realized I am officially a "commoner" ...arrgh

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'My boyfriend suddenly changed' & 'I thought he liked me' See in context

In that line with quercetum.

Summing all the things that was noticed by the woman,  it isn't hard to see that the guy was in the falling out stage. It doesn't matter what nationalities are involved - ignore the words, the gestures were easier to understand.

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Posted in: Gov't employment rate of disabled halved after probe into padding See in context

"People with Disabilities" - classified as people first, before the disability. Its not just being politically correct, but for us with a handicap, its really nice to hear.

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Posted in: U.S. military to deploy 5 Ospreys at Yokota in October See in context

Yubaru - The "only" reason the area is crowded in the first place is because people made a conscious decision to build their homes and schools around the base.

By the way, as you evidently are unaware, the AF already "shares" Kadena with the AF. While combining all three air wings onto Kadena may be one solution, it would make things a hell of a lot worse for the surrounding communities for a host of reasons.

You also have no idea about the geography of Okinawa if you think Kadena is located "beach-side" as well.

Really annoying how folks who make posts like this, they THINK they know something thanks to Google Sensei, but the reality is far from it!

I am Okinawan by blood and by residence.  Let's just say my job allows me to be at ALL US Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force bases on the Island. I don't think I would need Google to verify my facts - I live in it.

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Posted in: U.S. military to deploy 5 Ospreys at Yokota in October See in context

"A total of 24 MV-22s have been deployed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in a crowded residential area of Ginowan in Okinawa".


Remember, they are only deployed in a crowded residential area because the Okinawan government and the national government took over 20 years to get anything done.

Dont blame the US military for upgrading it's equipment

The Ospreys are deployed in a crowded area as Futenma Air Station because it is the only AS the US Marines Corps have in Okinawa. There is the largest US installation in Asia-Pacific: Kadena Air Base and it is by the beach side - but that is an US US Air Force base - you see, they don't share resources. It seems  that the locals have the burden of protecting themselves from these "upgraded equipment" because the order of things within the US Military cannot be changed?

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Posted in: Don Quijote rides high on rule-breaking reputation See in context

Don Quijote - everything you don't really need under one roof  :)

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Posted in: Suzuki, Mazda, Yamaha Motor admit using fake vehicle emission data See in context

No, Japan, this is NOT what  #metoo  means

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Posted in: Chinese tech 'wolf' Huawei stalks Apple and Samsung See in context

You will have to try one to understand why they are doing very good at their price point. I have Apple, Samsung and Huawei phones - the combination of good processor, RAM and software make Huawei's under-$200 phones: zippy, thin, light, great camera with great battery performance - looks good too.

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University confirms altering scores to limit women See in context

A generalized assumption; but i can just imagine that if this is happening in an institution of higher learning in Japan, and with the suspiciously fixed 30% population of female doctors across the country - then this form of discrimination must be happening elsewhere other than schools. Oh my.

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Posted in: Elderly couple arrested for killing 50-year-old son See in context

It's pre-meditated murder and voluntary surrender. Something more vicious and unbearable must have happened to take that choice.

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Posted in: Gov't urges quick probe into female medical university discrimination See in context

Reading all comments from a particular commenter - and I am getting a peak into the mindset of those who believe this act of gender discrimination and fraud is justified.

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Posted in: 2 teachers fired over sexual misconduct; one arrested for secretly filming female colleagues See in context

DisillusionedAug. 3 04:25 pm JSTIf you read all the Japanese news, this perverted teacher thing is nearly a weekly event. Only a few make it to JT. There was an elementary school teacher arrested a fortnight ago for putting his phone camera in the girls toilets. The toilets of children! There is a serious illness in many Japanese men who have an unhealthy sexual fascination with children.

Very true. Just take a peek at adult manga /comic books, sexual graphics with children is quite a norm, current anime series; most characters have become little girl heroines in skimpy clothes. I walked into an arcade shop to win a UFO catcher prize and all i see is anime characters of women/girls in seductive poses. And these are not x rated yet.  - not hard to find where the twisted fantasies come from.

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Posted in: Japan driver's license to start showing expiration with Western date See in context

I think the move would coincide in line with the Emperor's abdication, being that those numbers will go back to 01 when the new emperor year takes over.

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Posted in: Police make third arrest in connection with 'Love Live!' anime manhole vandalism spree See in context

Goodlucktoyou July 29 09:16 am JSTI love manhole covers, although I find the word “man” offensive. But walking on the street, I don’t wanna see what appears to be sexy young girls.

A Manhole does not have a gender reference, it does not mean a hole in a human, it means that it is a passage for humans to get into the sewer. Man- in this reference is a collective noun. Do you seriously see 'sexy young girls" in the images?

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Posted in: Ride-hailing firm Grab hits back in Uber takeover row See in context

After the merger/acquisition of Grab-Uber in the Philippines, many commuters felt that it became harder to get a ride, drivers became less disciplined and the fare actually went up. Grab dictates the rate of fare based on traffic, available and demand - it was the same formula Uber uses but when both companies were operating, Uber had lower rates, not to mention more disciplined and educated drivers. The positive side is that unlike metered taxis, chances of getting ripped off or getting robbed is slim with these services because the final rate is set prior to the ride and drivers are registered in the system. The negative side is that on rush hour or times of high demand, the rates go up so high it becomes a service for the privileged few.

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Posted in: Japan's declutter queen Marie Kondo expands her empire See in context

If you haven't read her book, it's unfair to call her a bluff. Her instructions are not just about organizing , but also the added benefit to one's mental state. My mother is a borderline hoarder and thus, the clutter in her home. Her mentality is: "these things can be gifted, will increase in value in the future or good to have when you need them, it's my recreation". We tried everything, from not giving her anything, moving her to a new apartment to these self-help books. I believe her hoarding has a lot of causes; from not having enough when growing up, trying to live the life (and things) from the past, to just feeling secure being surrounded with stuff. It is Psychological, and I would agree with the author that tidying up can be a life-changing magic.

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