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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

It’s unfortunate that although the vast majority of people here don’t eat whale meat  the Japanese stubbornly wish to continue to keep the whale hunting tradition alive. The only reason I can see is that there is some level of pride in that it’s their “culture” or their right to do so. It seems more about not wanting to be told what to do and that banning whale hunting is a form of attacking their culture or traditions. The media here also seems to want to push this agenda.

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Posted in: Gov't to pay ¥10 bil for Osprey deployment in Saga Pref See in context

This is related to a purchase for use by Japan's GSD and has nothing to do with the US military. So the answer is "more".

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

hmmm... what about these incidents in Japan?

Ground Self Defense Force helicopter crashed in a residential area in Feb 2018.

This month a Rescue helicopter crashed killing all 9 aboard.

Last year 9 people died in another helicopter accident during training.

Not a whisper from the media about the safety of the aircraft involved in those incidents.... but the Ospreys... oh those "unsafe" Ospreys.

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Posted in: Fugitive apparently fled police station 30 minutes after seeing lawyer See in context

All thanks to the incompetent police who let him walk out of a police station.

I mean seriously how useless are the police here... this dopey looking criminal was able to escape a police station with 20 cops in it, along the way he committed another crime buy stealing a policeman's shoes on the way out... its like an episode of Dumb and Dumber.... now they have 3000 officers wasting god knows how much tax payer money (conservatively 10000YEN per officer per day is 30MILLION YEN!) looking for this worthless criminal. EVERY crime this guy does on the run is on their hands.... OK rant over... this story is really ticks me off.

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Posted in: Phone service providers to be required to unlock used smartphones See in context

This is great news. Its absolutely criminal that the phone companies here have control of the phones even when the phones are no longer contracted to them. Whilst I enjoy buying smartphones from overseas to avoid all the Docomo/Softbank bloatware on their handsets... the Japaneses used phone market is great! You can find great condition used phones here and the prices are quite low. Restrictive though if the phone is locked, especially if you want to use it overseas. Also unlocking should be FREE! For all the used phones I unlocked at Docomo in the past (when they used to do it), the 3000YEN charge was a disgrace.

@marcelito @Do the hustle

I've used a number of Docomo branded Samsung phones overseas (Australia/Europe) with no issues (after getting them unlocked here)... most big brand phones support a number of bands so you should be fine in most places... there are a few websites which have the information you need regarding device/country compatibility, google "frequency check".

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy fatally hit by motorbike while returning from fireworks festival See in context

Tough one to call, not much information…perhaps the rider was going above the speed limit resulting him in not being able to stop in time. In that case the rider is partly responsible as he may have been able to stop had he been riding under the speed limit. Irrespective of the rider’s culpability though, the fact remains that a TWO YEAR OLD was able to get on the street without supervision. The parents can blame the driver, the road, the poorly lit street, a momentary distraction, the alignment of the moon etc etc…. but the fact remains that their son depended on THEM to keep him safe and they failed. I see this all the time, kids running ahead with the parent calling out 「危ないよ!」as though calling out is going to stop a two year old in his tracks as he makes it to the street edge.

Kudos to all the posters here who know all too well the situation on the streets… I’m going to keep this kid in the back of my mind the next time I drive, expect the unexpected and drive a little slower.

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Posted in: Man gets 23 years for beating stranger to death outside park toilet See in context

Minding your own business just having gone to the toilet… and WHAM you suddenly get you skull crushed and die thanks to a selfish nut who wants to go to jail and forget all his problems…. mission accomplished, he no longer has to go to work, and no one is going to chase him to repay his debts. How sad that the perpetrator is getting EXACTLY what he wanted…. Where is the justice if the “punishment” is actually a reward in the eyes of the perpetrator? Surely another form of punishment for these cases is required? Hope karma catches up with this guy real quick.

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Posted in: Gov't to ask mobile carriers to stop charging for switching providers See in context

Its gotten a lot better for consumers here now for sure, nice to see the government applying more pressure on the big three.

Just to clarify it for those that don't know...with the "SIM FREE" (ie Unlocked) talk... yes if the phone is from overseas it will need to be unlocked to connect to one of over 20 MVNO's (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) available right now for cheap plans. All of these MVNO's are actually using one of the big three network carriers, Docomo/Softbank/AU... so if your current phone is locked to Docomo for example you technically don't even need to get it unlocked, just choose an MVNO that use the Docomo network such as OCN/IIJ/LINE MOBILE etc and you are good to go.

I have been on IIJ for over 2 years, paying around 1700YEN/month for 3GB of data.... moved from Docomo after 15 years... was paying 5500YEN/ month.... so saved a lot.

If you are comfortable buying a phone outright or already have a handset you own that is SIM Free or a Japanese model, there is really no reason to sign up with or continue contracting with any of the big three directly.

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Posted in: 9 dismembered bodies found in Kanagawa apartment See in context

Geeez, is "suspicion of disposing of bodies" the only thing police here can use to arrest someone?? How about ammmm lets see here... stretching things I know but how about simply "Suspicion of murder and dismembering of nine people!!!" I think thats more to the point is it not?

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Posted in: Apple unveils new iPhone X See in context

Agreed Jonobugs, its called planned obsolescence. Phone companies now do this not only with software updates but by also sealing up the phone so you cannot easily switch out the battery. Even if your phone is still great, the battery is a component that deteriorates over time, typically after around 1 or 2 years the battery holds about half or less of the charge it did when it was new. Buying a new phone is the only choice you have. Its a shame that Samsung started doing this too all for the sake of design... only providing sealed/glass phones. Design over function. Design over longevity. As a result I am still stubbornly using a Galaxy Note Edge (released late 2014), the last Note series phone with a removable battery. I bought a new battery last month (1500YEN) and its like a new phone again. Nothing also beats turning the phone off for a minute while you swap out the battery for a fresh 100% charged one :) I guess this is why phone companies are doing this... with planned obsolescence the customer is forced in purchasing a new phone... good business model indeed.

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