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Posted in: Akie Abe reportedly in hot water with mother-in-law over school scandal See in context

Oh, for one second I thought the mother in law was angry because of the dishonesty behind this scandal, but if this article is to be believed, it's actually just because she found an excuse to rave about Akie who wasn't elite enough for her tastes.

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Posted in: To ask or not to ask: The etiquette and law of using convenience store restrooms in Japan See in context

If I were the manager is toss anyone out of the store not asking.

What a great way to lose a customer. You can have a recurring customer who often buy things in your conbini without ever needing the restroom, and the day he needs it and is in a hurry, you'd toss him out of the store. Don't expect him to come back.

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Posted in: Panel urges Olympic venue changes as 2020 Games costs likely to top Y3 tril See in context

Everybody saw that coming.

What awaste of taxpayer's money. And in the meantime, Tokyo still lacks public daycare centers.

By the way they should just move the venues no matter what the IOC says. What are they going to do ? Attack Japan ?

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Posted in: Fireman arrested for running naked on Saitama street See in context

Police quoted Takano as saying he enjoyed running in the nude because it satisfied his sexual desire.

At least he was honest and didn't try to pull the " I was drunk, I don't remember anything" excuse.

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Posted in: Hiroshima unhappy atomic bomb park is Pokemon Go site See in context

I have conflicting feelings on this.

While it should be solemn places, I think it is also a nice contrast that sends the message that the horrors of war that took place there are a thing of the past, replaced by the youth enjoyment and their future perspectives. But on the other hand, I'm not sure about a future where people get completely focused on catching virtual things.

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Posted in: France left soul-searching after brutal church attack See in context

"soul-searching" ?

Well it's pretty clear why these guy did that. Now France needs to drop the political correctness and crackdown on all these "S classified" guy who are left roaming free in spite of having spotted them as terrorists threats. Same for radical imams.

Every time it's the same thing "Oh, he was known by our services " or "he was supposed to be serving a longer sentence but got reductions or house time accommodations". The judges who release these guys after they're caught also need to take some responsibility.

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Posted in: Tokyo governor apologises again for spending on luxury hotels, pajamas See in context

Stop the empty apologies and start to pay that money back from your own pocket.

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Posted in: Missing 7-year-old boy left in mountains by parents as punishment See in context

The police should take the boy's sister right away from these parents. Hope the boy will be found safe, if he really got lost.

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Posted in: Edible bug industry hopes crickets and kin are the next sushi See in context

Have tried cricket prepared for human consumption. It's ok, but I'm not a big fan of it either. About the looks, when you think about it, shrimps or crabs are as alien as crickets or spiders, and yet most people don't mind eating them or seeing them on the table. Oysters and mussels are even weirder.

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Posted in: Student shuts down 444 school websites to 'remind teachers they are incompetent' See in context

The kid will get hired by a network security company asap.

Not really, he didn't hack anything, he simply downloaded a tool to launch a DDoS attack. No skill involved. A network security company impressed by that has to be a very incompetent company. Of course it doesn't excuse the incompetence of whatever firm was contracted by the schools to host their websites (or maybe a server run by the school).

I'm not saying this kid handled things maturely, but HOW IN THE WORLD IS ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL MORE THAN 400 TIMES OVER ONSIDERED INCOMPETENT?

Because he didn't achieve his goal 400 times. He wanted to target his school website, but accidentally brought down other website which probably were hosted on the same server. If a dentist removes all your teeth instead of the one he was supposed to remove, would you consider him competent ?

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Posted in: Owner of 4 derelict houses becomes 1st in nation to have name made public See in context

If the city take a land without any identifiable owner, they can still resell it to a parking company after the demolition. Where I live, old houses and closed shops are all turning into paying parkings, one after another. Guess the owners couldn't find any normal buyers.

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Posted in: What do you think of taxis in Japan? See in context

Not that great in my own experience as a customer. Might be a lack of luck, but most of the time I ended with guys who didn't really know the shortcuts or even the streets / blocks in the town. I would appreciaite if they could at least study more their car navigation system, I had a few ones who were clearly lost in the menus. The drivers are polite.

Now, as a cyclist or passerby, I often find them very dangerous, much more then regular drivers. The latter may sometime stop when you're on a crossing, but with taxis it's a swerve-fest around you.

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Posted in: It is natural that copyright holders want to protect their rights because high-quality copies can be made easily today thanks to the advancement of digital devices. However, it is also understandable See in context

Ah, the music industry. I remember a case a few years ago in France where the SACEM ("french JASRAC") attacked a primary school because the kids sang lyrics from copyrighted musics. The original artist wasn't even in a position to give his permission. In the end he paid himself the bill for the school since he didn't agree with SACEM's doings.

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Posted in: 'My father was arrested' — Student’s essay tells story of a crime in her family See in context

you realize that great sums of money had been devoured by the a monster called the “campaign.”

Well said, Ayumi-chan !

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Posted in: A company’s location and size, in addition to the type of employment it offers, can make it difficult for a large portion of female employees to use their maiden names. It’s even harder for full-time See in context

Not sure about the logic link between the company size/location and the use of a maiden's name. It's like saying "I don't like carrots because of my smartphone size".

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Posted in: What do you think of home-sharing start-up Airbnb? See in context

shonanbb Most people are simply doing it illegaly in Japan. The law doesn't seem to be enforced frequently, but if it happens to you (neighbors reporting you or authorities stumbling upon your case), you'll probably be arrested. Look for "British expat arrested short-stay hotel" in google.

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Posted in: Should the Paris terrorism tragedy be called a 'kamikaze' attack? See in context

Words can get a different meaning once imported in an another language, deal with it. Or should we mention wasei-eigo ?

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Posted in: Parents arrested for assaulting, confining 16-year-old daughter See in context

It's written that she was in a six-tatami-mat room, as a unit of measure. It doesn't say that it was an actual room with tatami.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy killed after car crashes into traffic light pole See in context

Wonder why Japan is so behind when it comes to basic car safety liek seatbelts. In France there was a massive crackdown on that 30 years ago, and nowadays you can still be sure that police won't miss a chance to fine you 90 euros and remove points on your licence (0 points and your licence is revoked) if you or your passengers don't have a seatbelt attached, no negociations. Guess the "Sorry officer, I won't do it again" "Fine for this time, you can go" attitude in Japan doesn't help.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO says it would be hard to hide effort to falsify emissions data See in context

Don't put all the blame on the programmer doing grunt work while the actual instigators come from the management.

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Posted in: Furious man attacks SoftBank's robot Pepper See in context

Uwe Paschen> you might want to look into MVNO and offers such as Mineo. They're not touchy about which phone you use (and are much cheaper than the big 3).

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Posted in: Which cities in the world do you think are among the best for barrier-free facilities for wheelchair users at train stations, on buses, in restaurants, stores and other public areas? See in context

Not sure about which city is the best, but Tokyo seems great compared to the hell Paris is. I'm not in a wheelchair, but for going back there recently with a stroller and luggages, I can assure that Paris facilities must be a pain for wheelchait users with all these stations with stairs only or unpractible gates.

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Posted in: Woman arrested after kicking karaoke parlor employee in dispute over bill See in context

Well in some ways it is good that this kind of things can make the news. In my home country, it wouldn't even make into the local newspaper, even in the crime section.

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Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country? See in context

It's also quite common in Europe (maybe not in UK).

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Posted in: Do surveillance cameras in buildings, stations and on streets make you feel safer? See in context

.. on second thoughts maybe I'm better off just relying on the GPS log in my iPhone which my own lawyer can download and prove I was never there. Yeah, that might be better.

And what would prove you were the one holding the phone at that moment ?

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Posted in: New anti-chikan cell phone stickers let you mark train gropers with sign of shame See in context

Step 1: If someone touches you inappropriately, grab his wrist and scream so that everybody can hear.

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