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Posted in: Nissan CEO sees no big downside to FCA-Renault merger See in context

Nissan will go down the toilet and they’ll blame it on Ghosn.

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Posted in: Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife See in context

1 year until the trial begins? So it’ll get rolling around the same time as the olympics? This will look real good Japan.

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Posted in: Deer-related injuries in Nara reach record number already this year See in context

Saw this news on tv this morning.........blaming Chinese tourists of course.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Alternate article title: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of the Japanese government putting its citizens in a situation where an atomic bomb was dropped.

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Posted in: Smoking-linked losses in Japan estimated at over ¥2 trillion See in context

They forgot to calculate in the loss of me not going to or spending money in smoking establishments.

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Posted in: Victim of 3.11 to people who have never suffered a disaster: Don’t send origami cranes to shelters See in context

Send money to appropriate agencies, anything else is simply a hinderance or logistical nightmare.

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Posted in: Airbnb, Uber woes show Japan does not share easily See in context

Anyone who doesn't think that Airbnb doesn't reak havoc in neighbourhoods or that neighbours don't have a stake in this are probably living in a situation where they can't see or are shielded from the results of this, or are but hurt because their own Airbnbs have been regulated out of business. I was in Yanaka last night and quite a few of the little kids parks were had groups of tourist scoffing the favourite tourist dinner: 7/11 bentos. Multiple signs all over the parks saying no to just about everything and litter bins overflowing with plastic rubbish. This is WITHOUT Airbnb,

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

I've had enough with all the 'free enterprise entrepreneurship' talk, what Airbnb has really done in many situations is allow owners to turn their fleapit into a flophouse, nothing more. It's anti social and torments the heck out of your neighbours who are primarily lower income and foreign ( first categories of housing to be affected) and has people complaining about how anti business Japan is. It's primarily foreigners here who think they know better than their host country's government and the vast majority of Japanese are against having tourists dragging their suitcases up and down the stairs and leaving their 7/11 bentos 'tied up in plastic bags on the wrong day. I'm glad all levels of government are cracking down on Airbnb.

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

"Why not just do it on the sly? Nobody needs to know. SO easy to get around this stupid law." Sure, then angry neighbours call the police on your guests every single night, hand you in to city hall, post signs everywhere, play dirty tricks like snapping off plastic fork teeth in your front door lock. I'm sure it would work out well.

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

No, what stinks is how Airbnb will affect many foreign residents (already has). Luckily I'm not in that position, but the first places to become Airbnb are buildings which accept foreign residents. Because they've got less leverage than Japanese tenants and the only reason the buildings were 'foreigner friendly' in the first place was because it's the only way the owners could get them rented. Well now they've got another stream. I assume all of the pro Airbnb posters have living situations that aren't dependent on finding accommodation in typical foreigner rental market. Airbnb will create a premium where foreigners have to pay extra to live in a building which promises no Airbnb. So if you're down with endless comings and goings, suitcases bumping up and down stairs, vans waiting outside for groups of tourists at 4:30am, the combine next door being tachi nomi party central, your Japanese neighbours who you've worked so long to build trust with suddenly hating you, your choice of alternate places to rent being severely limited and overpriced, go ahead and cheer Airbnb on. Just be careful what you wish for.

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Posted in: Japan's new 'Airbnb law' a double-edged sword See in context

Go Airbnb, break the monopoly of the greedy Japanese hotel industry, allow people to monetize their properties and give the tourists reasonably priced accommodation! Wait, hang on, you mean the apartments in my builiding will become Airbnb units? It's because the owners most likely to consider Airbnb are the ones who are already foreigner friendly you say? So, I'll be the one being kept up all night in my paper thin Japanese apartment? Do you mean my neighbours will start to resent me along with all the foreign tourists putting their gomi on the sidewalk any day of the week? You mean when I finally try to escape the madhouse Airbnb has created in my building I'll be faced with paying a 'premium' for a non Airbnb foreigner friendly apartment? Well, ok, em, sure go Airbnb!........I think.

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Posted in: Tokyo condos shutting doors on home-sharing lodging businesses See in context

a good Japanese friend of mine was renting an Airbnb for himself and a couple of friends here in Tokyo and he was surprised at how many of the listings stipulated 'Japanese only'. Isn't there a rule against discrimination with Airbnb? I remember reading about a couple of cases in the US.

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Posted in: Tight spot See in context

"The gentleman with the tattoo is quite obviously yakuza." You don't say? Who would imagine that there would be, gosh shock...Yakuza at the Sanja Matsuri? I'm sure jostle is a better word choice than scuffle.

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Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence' See in context

The pamphlet is incredibly condescending and an insult to non Japanese. It's biggest gaff is trying to explain how Japanese people are or are not. Forget salaryman nose/ear picking, horking up snot, whatever, public smoking here trumps any visitors' bad manners. The fact that in 2016, people can still light up in so many public places shows that Japanese don't give a monkey's about others except themselves.

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