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Posted in: Obamas' first film charts life in U.S. factory under Chinese bosses See in context

Sounds like the Chinese version of the film "Gung Ho".

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Posted in: Samsung ditches headphone jack after jabs at jackless rivals See in context

No headphone jack, no support from me. In Android circles, especially Note owners, this is a big deal. Many fans of the Note are vetoing this version and will upgrading to the Note 9 instead, or waiting for the (inevitable) failure of the Note 10, and a "fixed" Note 11 to include the headphone jack.

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Posted in: Man arrested for arson threat to Aichi museum over 'comfort women' exhibit See in context

Such a shame though that Japan isn't developed enough to show freedom of expression, or have a media that reports upon issues like the statue widely or objectively.

One day, Japan will join the rest of developed world, but perhaps, not today.

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Posted in: Diners in Japan serving up fresh concepts with socially aware approach See in context

I can see health, safety and labor standards being an issue here. Dangerously so.

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Posted in: Mini wearable personal air conditioner See in context

Meanwhile, in China, millions of cheaper versions are probably already being made.

I'll wait for the Daiso version, thanks Sony.

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Posted in: Sophie the robot whips up oodles of Singapore noodles See in context

Why didn't it only say "Nani shimashoka?" and have a different name?

https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Takahashi

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Posted in: Smoking bureaucrats find themselves on the outside looking in See in context

[quote]"In the case of the building housing the Ministry of Finance, smokers stroll over to the neighboring Kasumigaseki Building, which provides an outdoor patio for smokers.

"A near-panic ensued among the rank-and-file who were smoking when the minister himself dropped in to join them," relates a member of the cabinet office."[/quote]

So, the movers and shakers ARE still meeting together.

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Posted in: You won't miss the meat in these rice and edamame burgers See in context

Of course these are burgers. For those that understand the concept (and even the actual English language) :

"burger

noun [ C ] UK ​ /ˈbɜː.ɡər/ US ​ /ˈbɝː.ɡɚ/

meat or other food pressed into a round,flat shape and fried:

a burger and fries

a hamburger

a veggie burger"

(Source: - https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/burger )

I wish these were for sale in Japan.

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Posted in: Strobing stage lights could up risk of epileptic seizures See in context

Honestly, this has been known for ages.

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Posted in: Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japanese eat whale See in context

Surely the headline should read "The Many Ways HARDLY ANYONE IN JAPAN Eats Whale"?

I've seen brussel sprouts more popular than whale meat here.

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Posted in: New Tokyo ninja bar replaces darts with 'shuriken' and blowguns See in context

Isn't there already a ninja restaurant in Asakusa? It features caves, ninja magic tricks, etc, all built into the building/performed by staff.

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Posted in: Abe criticized for calling elevator installation at Osaka Castle 'mistake' See in context

I somewhat agree with him on this. Osaka Castle is a bit of a joke/perfect example of Japan's over engineering of things. It's MEANT to be an OLD castle, but it's believed that it's made mainly from concrete and features an elevator.

If the castle had an extension that technically wasn't part of the castle, that might work, but then again, we'd have a castle with an obvious extension attached to it.

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Posted in: Mobal's new SIM card bundle includes Drinking Passport and beer for rugby fans in Japan See in context

What Rugby fans? It's was basically impossible to get any tickets here.

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Posted in: Lone gamers a dying breed as community play thrives See in context

What an ignorant, badly written article:

"...The advent of streaming games Netflix style from the internet cloud promised to fuel those trends, tapping into the power of data centers to let countless people play simultaneously in shared worlds or tune in to watch."

Streaming games are NOT "multiplayer" games. They are simply a (single or multiplayer) game, streamed from an online source.

Also, solo gamers are not a "dying breed". One only has to look at the likes of Doom Eternal, God of War 4, Fallout 4, Cyberpunk 2077 and even many mobile games are all still single player experiences.

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Posted in: Kao's #beWhite campaign leaves firm red-faced See in context

I applaud the company for deciding to not use the slogan. What some posters may not have understood, is that we already understand existing terms, but an advertising slogan has room for ambiguity, which can then lead to misinterpretation and/or offense. This may especially be true in advertising, where ads often can be accessed, globally, out of their original context.

One only has to look at the United Colours of Beneton ads (featuring a black mother, suckling a white baby) to see how an image designed in one culture (in Europe, to show intimate and equal love between black and white people) could be misinterpreted in another (the USA, seen as a black slave "wetnursing" a slave-owner's baby).

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

If JR East could just put ANY signal connection on the Yokosuka line, from around Bakurocho to shinagawa, that would be great. It's so shocking that a mainstream line, in a mainstream area of Tokyo, has ZERO signal.

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Posted in: Spa! magazine apologizes for women's university 'sex listing' See in context

Anything that encourages the objectification of women to the point that sexual harassment or abuse is seen as permissable/encouraged is not acceptable in this day and age.

This doesn't mean that "sexual" matters, or tips on how to increase the chances of meeting potential sex/life partners is intrinsically wrong, but there are appropriate and inclusive ways to go about it.

Publishing lists of "easy, drunk women" isn't one of them. I'm honestly surprised that some posters here think it's fine. Perhaps they are mentally quite young/in their teens?

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Posted in: Woman stabbed while walking along street in Chiba Pref See in context

Apparently, it occurred 1km North of Tsukada station.

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Posted in: Hankyu fair showcases best of British goods See in context

You can get extra sharp/mature cheddar cheese from Costco in Japan. It's American, but nothing's perfect.

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Posted in: Sumo horse racing game returns with guest appearances from Street Fighter characters See in context

A browser based game? Lol.

Wake me up when this is on mobile.

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Posted in: Police arrest 5 men over illegal upload of 'One Piece' manga and translation See in context

Perhaps the silly Japanese police have tried to block this site?

http://www.mangapanda.com/

But a simple VPN should bypass that.

Never been to the site, so I'm not sure what's on it, though.

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Posted in: TV operators seek silver bullet to fight online rivals See in context

No David, that would be "XBMC" or "Kodi". Google is your friend.

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Posted in: SoftBank internal data suggests smartphone figures worse than reported See in context

The whole industry here needs to do the following things:

Increase coverage (especially in the countryside and throughout the underground/tube train networks in Tokyo, etc).

Improve carrier updates to Android devices (currently, all three carriers are notorious at only releasing ONE update, early on, for most Android phones, and then calling it a day).

Offer cheaper and easier ways to upgrade phones.

-Allow for unlocked phones from other domestic/foreign networks to work easily on their networks. A more open system seems less stable, but also offers more possible customers, especially tourists looking for the same services as their own country when travelling abroad (i.e., easily installing a temporary foreign sim card while on holiday).

Increase "pay-as-you-go" plans, and make it easier to get such "burner" phones and/or allowing users to pay over the phone by credit/debit cards (like every other developed country does).

Offer more, recent and better phones. Currently, Docomo didn't offer the Galaxy Note 4 (or the infamous Note 5, which is no loss, IMO), while Softbank's pathetic offering of 5 or so out-of-date, mid-range Android devices at high prices has basically given the (perhaps on purpose) impression that Softbank IS Apple (the colours and layout seen very similar). Hiding said Android device in the corner, at the back, in the basement doesn't help, either.

Sell more official and third party peripherals. Samsung, for example, have sold some amazing stuff that goes with their phone and tablets, but tracking it down in Japan is a pain. In the end, I just went to Amazon and/or imported it myself. The carriers should follow the lead of the Apple and Microsoft stores and devote space to such things and/or manufacturer corners, such as a "shop within a shop", creating a reason to visit such carrier shops.

-Train the staff to actually know something about the phones, and technology in general. I can't remember how many times the staff at a flagship shop knew little or nothing about the phone they were trying to sell.

Stop branding their logos on the bloody phones. People don't like it and it smacks slightly of nationalism (or perhaps some other dark aspect).

reduce carrier bloatware. No Docomo, I'm not interested in your sodding mail app, not the awful carrier skin, launcher or countless other badly designed " llifestyle" apps with bad GUIs.

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Posted in: Japan to offer $810 mil to support refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq: NHK See in context

Ahh, Japan. Perhaps, when Japan suffers a similar problem, the rest of the world can just write them a nice, fat cheque...

... And then do nothing to help them.

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Posted in: Nuclear reactor switched on in Kyushu despite protests See in context

Meanwhile, in America, wind turbine prices fall, while some states generate 10% of their power from wind power:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/doe-wind-power-2014-report-finds-its-dropping-dramatically-in-cost/

Japan: Failing to catch up with the the rest of the world, since time began.

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Posted in: Japanese journalist pulls a 'Weiner' in Thailand See in context

Hang on, so this "official forum" was just a "Naver Line" chat group? A chat group that anyone on Line can make?

1/ Why would the Thai government use such a temporary and/or unstable platform, such as a temporary chat group? Why not create a "Google Groups" or use an official, government site?

2/ Why would anyone in their right mind join such a thing? The first time of using online communications is to separate private lines of communication from official/work/public ones. That's why most professionals use separate, work email addresses. Some people even access said addresses from separate apps, "just to make sure".

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Posted in: Critic review 'Attack on Titan' movie: 'I wished the titans would eat the kids so it would end' See in context

I'm sure that an American version will come out, which, although suffering from the banality that most Hollywood blockbusters suffer from (JJ Abrams notwithstanding), will be miles better than anything current Japanese filmmakers can do.

Just look at the Last Samurai; it was factually inaccurate, posed a white person as the lead (why?) and suffered a while host of other faults, yet it still managed to out-do almost every recent Japanese samurai flick, possibly even to this day.

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Posted in: Digital business card holder See in context

It's so easy to do this on a smartphone. To scan ANY document, picture, etc via a camera, at ANY angle (and then edit it to look like a normal, scanned image), just use "CAMSCANNER".

There are also numerous " business card maker" apps our there that can, if you really need to, make "digital cards" for you.

To be honest, all that is needed is a quick swap of phone data, but in archaic Japan, I suppose a card making app is also useful.

The product in the new article though, is a compete and utter DOA joke.

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Posted in: Aquariums using dolphins caught in drive hunts to be expelled from JAZA See in context

This is a great step in the right direction. It's certainly not western imperialism at all. Just recently, an ex-employee of Seaworld in the USA wrote a whistle blowing expose on the cruel treatment of dolphins/orcas at their parks. Regardless of how they were caught, the whole shebang is not particularly humane and western parks are starting to feel the change in public sentiment towards them.

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Posted in: Sony, Panasonic cling to TVs, betting on halo effect of premium sets See in context

TVs are just "dumb pipes". What is important are the STBs.

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