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Posted in: Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan See in context

Uber is all about exploitation

The drivers can choose to drive or not. Japanese taxis are about exploiting the rider.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man arrested after trying to choke taxi driver in Hokkaido See in context

 I live in the highest apartment block in my area. Yet many claim they don't know it and will take another route that just takes them past the 730 rate. That's not on. I'm well wise to them now.

This is so common I routinely tell the cabbie to drop me off a block short of where I'm going, since they tend to try to milk the fare with some extra rolling. Not cricket.

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Posted in: Which set of designs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics gets your vote? See in context

If there's any event that's cryin' for Fukuppy, this is it.

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Posted in: Froome maintains innocence as rival doubts handling of case See in context

The surefire way to guarantee doping-free cycling:

  1. Turn off your TV

  2. Get on your bike.

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Posted in: Imbibe or Invest? Should you add wine to your portfolio? See in context

It's better to assess your liquids than liquidate your assets.

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Posted in: Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump See in context

Jones is the vulnerable candidate in the most heavily State, so he does need to be very careful 22% of people stayed home, enthusiasm wasn’t that high.

Enthusiasm for accused pedophiles wasn't that high, anyway.

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Posted in: Okinawan governor protests to Tokyo after U.S. chopper window falls on school See in context

instead of protesting every single incident,why not wait until an investigation is completed and all the relevant information is presented.

Because there's no explanation that would excuse bits of aircraft falling on playgrounds.

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Posted in: Japan survey shows corporate sentiment at 11-year high See in context

Which corporate sentiment? Mirth? Terror? Randiness? Existential dread?

They must mean business confidence.

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Posted in: 'Amateur' bomber injures 3 New York commuters; suspect held See in context

Do the cops really need to be wearing full fledged combat gear on civilian streets?

Ordinary beat cops, no. Counter-terrorism police units, yes.

You know how you can tell which is which? The counter-terrorism police units have uniforms that read "Counter-terrorism unit," just like in the photo.

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Posted in: Ruling camp finalizes plan to introduce departure tax from Jan 7, 2019 See in context

So what happens to the taxes from all the foreign visitors? Consumption tax for...hotels, restaurants, konbini purchases...

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Posted in: Democratic U.S. Senator Franken says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations See in context

Franken stated that the allegations are untrue. Google his speech and watch it again. If he said they were not telling the truth then he was calling them liars. 

Could you source that claim? He said “Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember differently." This is not the same as calling someone a liar.

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Posted in: Top court finds charging subscription fee for NHK broadcasts constitutional See in context

The way the "law" is written, if you have the capability to watch NHK programming, you must pay. Whether you watch or not is of no consequence.

Okay, so how do I disable this capability? I use my TV exclusively as a computer screen.

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Posted in: 3 people dead, 1 injured after knife, sword attack at Tokyo shrine See in context

From the BBC

According to local media, the murders were sparked by a longstanding succession feud between the priestess and her brother, named as Shigenaga Tomioka.

Mr Tomioka had himself been chief priest of the shrine having taken over from his father in the 1990s, Jiji news agency reported. However, he was sacked in 2001 and their father returned to the position as main priest, installing his daughter Nagako Tomioka as the second-ranked in the shrine.

During those years, the suspect is said to have sent threatening letters to his sister and was arrested in 2006.

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Posted in: New Jimi Hendrix album with unreleased songs coming in March See in context

Stills and Hendrix. Be still my heart!

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Posted in: Police prevent woman defendant from wearing bra in court: lawyers See in context

Tempest in a b-cup.

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Posted in: 4 more bodies found on northern Japan coast near suspected N Korean boats See in context

@Extanker - it is not necessarily crackpot as this was actually done in the Middle Ages. Dead bodies with plague were used as weapons. Kim has been known to experiment with biological and chemical weapons.

How does this benefit Kim in any way?

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Posted in: Rugby rules now 42% briefer - and considerably clearer See in context

The old rules were the best rules: the headmaster would throw a pig stomach full of cloth into a rioting group of school boys and announce that the boy who could bring the 'bag' back to him would be the only boy who would not be whipped. 

Often there wasn't even a bag.

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Posted in: Democratic U.S. Senator Franken says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations See in context

Probably right after Liberals step up and demand that Congress censure former President Clinton for rape and various other sex abuses and former First Lady Clinton for slut shaming her husbands victims.

They should both resign immediately.

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Posted in: 3 people dead, 1 injured after knife, sword attack at Tokyo shrine See in context

Also, small christian churches in Japan are owned and inherited by families. What about the situation in America? Please let me know.

It's my understanding that most Catholic churches are owned by the diocese and that the Roman Catholic Church is among the top five landowners in the world, and near or at the top in the USA.

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Posted in: N Korean boats off Japan spark spy scare, but some say they are just luckless fishermen See in context

"What about the risk of these people, if they are special agents, making a landing just when some military operation is going on?"

Okay, what about the risk? What are you worried about from starving people in rickety boats?

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Posted in: Paris, London have highest rates of psychosis: study See in context

There's no baseline because cultural differences and access to mental healthcare differ. It's hard to make international comparisons of something so subjective.

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Posted in: Top court finds charging subscription fee for NHK broadcasts constitutional See in context

Is this why the cellphone companies have been pushing TV capability?

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Posted in: Obama trumps Trump in Twitter Top 10 of 2017 See in context

I think you mean Obama's message of giving money and welfare to people so they don't attack us

Almost as bad as giving out corporate welfare to companies that do attack us (Wells Fargo, Koch Industries, Sunoko, AT&T, Comcast, Bank of America, Charter Communications...).


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Posted in: Russia doping culture will take years to change: whistleblower See in context

Isn't there just a pill for it?

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Posted in: Tokyo taking a stand on walking up and down escalators See in context

As a result they found that about 30 percent more people could pass through when people stood on both sides compared to having only standing people on one side.

If you're someone who walks up quickly, a double-file escalator will slow you down.

The rule should be: "leave space on one side wherever you stand". This should apply to escalators, shops, sidewalls, and--most especially--Costco on the weekend. I can't believe the dolts who leave their Costco cart parked next to a cart totally blocking the aisle. It's common courtesy. I bet Costco would up their sales with slightly narrower carts for better flow.

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Posted in: Everything metallic gone from isle after N Korean visit, caretaker says See in context

Worst Vikings ever!

It was probably either (Matsumae) Ooshima Island or ()Matsumae Kojima) Island. The latter is the southernmost bit of land in Hokkaido. The locals leave things there for fisherman who might need to take refuge, so I doubt that the pilfered swag is from the seventies. But to these North Korean blokes, time in a Japanese prison with three meals a day would probably be like a Hawaiian vacation to the rest of us.

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Posted in: Skylark bans employees from smoking while on their way to work at head office See in context

Not a smoker, but how is this even remotely constitutional?

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Posted in: Sapporo prepares to make bid for 2026 Winter Olympics See in context

However, Sapporo / Hokkaido as an established international destination with well developed winter sports infrastructure and know-how in place, may be able to pull it off with a minimum budget - but billions will still be needed. 

We just had the Asian Winter Games, but some of our facilities are from the 1972 Olympics. As a residents of Sapporo, I see a douminzei tax increase in the future. No thanks.

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Posted in: Noel Gallagher discards any trace of Oasis sound in new album See in context


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Posted in: Teen idol David Cassidy, 'Partridge Family' star, dies at 67 See in context

You can't be diagnosed with dementia. It's not a disease. 

Symptoms can be diagnosed.

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