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Posted in: Man walking on station platform dies after bag strap gets caught on express train See in context

To several posters here, the announcements say to stand behind the yellow lines/blocks. They say nothing about staying behind them. That's where I walk, and I tell people they're in the way when they stand there. If people were standing on the blocks when this guy was walking, then they may have forced the victim to walk closer to the edge than he would have otherwise.

As to why he didn't release his bag, it is hard to imagine. Maybe some of the straps got tangled up around his arm somehow.

So, everybody, please **stand behind the yellow blocks on the platform** so you're not blocking the way endangering everybody.

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Posted in: Japan's 2nd-largest opposition party absorbs smaller party See in context

The Democratic Party for the People, a splinter of the now-defunct Democratic Party formed last May, will maintain its name and basic policies after being joined by members of the Liberal Party.

It would help understanding if you'd just include the Japanese names of the parties.

Which one is Minshuto? Minshinto? No one here in Japan uses the English name, possibly except for the LDP (Jiyu-minshuto or Jiminto for short) because they've been around for so long.

The same goes for names for typhoons. I'm telling my students typhoon Soudelor is coming. They say "Don't worry about that one; typhoon #13 is the one to worry about. They were the same typhoon, and not reporting both names in the English press in Japan just makes no sense.

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

Events such as the marathon, scheduled for the morning, could be held during cooler hours -if-clocks- IF EVENTS were moved forward by one or two hours.

FIFY :-)

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Posted in: High court finds cell phone TV owners obliged to pay NHK fees See in context

OneSeg. That's the smartphone feature that I think is at question here. Many Japanese phones come with OneSeg functionality. iPhones don't. Nexus phones also didn't.

"OneSeg" means one segment of the 13 allocated for digital TV, if memory serves. The other 12 segments carry an HD signal. The 13th segment is just for smartphones and the like.

So, if your phone is android, and it has OneSeg functionality, then you're legally on the hook.

I guess TV vs. computer display is similar. If you only have a computer display hooked up to a computer to watch hulu, Netflix, etc., then you're not legally obligated to pay dir NHK. If you're using a TV though, it can receive NHK and you're on the hook.

Now if only there was a class-action suit to force NHK to shoulder its obligation to remain independent of the LDP, then there would be justice.

For now, if you don't want to be obligated to pay, but toy want to watch videos, use only big screen displays, not TV's, and choose a phone that doesn't have OneSeg.

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Posted in: Microsoft's big Windows 10 push is part of broader strategy See in context


If you want to watch a DVD on tour PC, you have to pay MSFzt $15 US for a DVD driver app.

Won't VLC Player work to play the DVDs?

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Posted in: U.N. envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn See in context

I don't care for the stuff, but the arguments laid out make no sense. Drawings are not children, so there are no victims there. And when the natural issue of how such portrayals affect real child sexual abuse, we hear about poverty.

As distasteful as this artwork sounds, remember that there are a lot, A LOT! of anti-sex campaigners that want everyone else to adhere to their mores, and they will exaggerate and deflect to get their way. Force them to at least cogently articulate argument before you consider joining forces with them. For all I know, Japan's kiddie erotica manga/anime just results in presumably unhealthy fantasies that are never acted out. Prove me wrong before trying to outlaw a whole artistic enterprise.

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Posted in: Google launches music streaming service in Japan See in context

bogva, google's PV also says the price is 780 yen. Maybe someone made the common nana-nine translation mistake:

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Posted in: Netflix to launch in Japan on September 2 See in context

M3M3M3 wrote

Will any popular American shows be available? What's that,..No? I see. Thanks anyways.

You can already get a US Netflix account, with a credit card with a Japanese address, by using a VPN account. privateinternetaccess is one of the bigger ones. I spend about 400 yen per month and I can appear almost anywhere in the world for streaming. I let most of my PC's default to the Japanese node so that my connection is about as fast as with no VPN and no one can snoop on what I'm reading nor can they see from the other end where I am (works with bittorrent for that).

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