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Posted in: Xi to meet FIFA boss as China harbors World Cup ambition See in context

The WC is for sale, as FIFA has amply demonstrated. There will be no problem for China to buy the chance to host it.

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Posted in: Marissa Mayer fades out as Yahoo ends its run See in context

getting a departure package worth an estimated $186 million.

That's just bloody ridiculous.

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Posted in: Far-left activist charged with police slaying after 45 years on run See in context

I have the feeling that the only reason the police were still so actively pursuing this case is because it was a police officer who was murdered... would they be as dogged if it was just a regular person who was killed? I hope my feeling is wrong though.

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Posted in: Have terrorist attacks over the past 12 months in Europe and other places made you change your travel plans? See in context

Not the threat of terrorism, no, but I did make sure not to travel through the US when travelling to Canada last month. The uncertainty and inconvenience of Trump's new security/immigration policies were an issue I wanted to avoid.

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Posted in: 84-year-old driver crashes car into pharmacy, injuring 3 people See in context

People like this should have their permission to drive limited to cars with proven automatic braking fitted.

They should make it mandatory for all new cars sold, and mandatory for all cars on the road in 10 years or so (to phase it in). It's a problem with such an easy technological fix. How many more injuries and deaths need to occur before this happens?

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Posted in: What do you think about people's manners on trains in Japan? See in context

People not taking their backpacks off while standing in the middle of a crowded train is another good one. It seems to me this is a relatively recent issue, 10 years ago it seemed like it was much more common practice to take your backpack off, but young people currently seem to usually leave them on and hit all those around them. Is it just me thinking this is a recent issue?

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Posted in: What do you think about people's manners on trains in Japan? See in context

In general it is pretty good here I think, better than other countries I've been to at least. The biggest issue I can think of (aside from overcrowding, which isn't the passengers' fault) is the constant sniffling/snorting. All those packages of tissues being handed out at train stations and these people who are in obvious need aren't even using them!

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Posted in: Driver gets 30 months over traffic death while playing Pokemon Go See in context

We were talking about whether he should be called a murderer or not. My example was exactly on that topic. Either way, this discussion is getting tedious. In my mind he's a murderer, in the same way the blindfolded shooter in my example would be a murderer because of his extreme recklessness. You are free to think differently.

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Posted in: Driver gets 30 months over traffic death while playing Pokemon Go See in context

You are avoiding the question. I guess you don't have a good answer. As to murder requiring intent, it depends where you are from. For example, in the USA, "malice aforethought" is required, not "intent". Intent is one example of "malice aforethought", but so is "Depraved heart":

Section 210.2 (1) (b) MPC provides that criminal homicide constitutes murder when "it is committed recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life."

(Now I expect a reply of "this is Japan, American law is irrelevant to this case")

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Posted in: Driver gets 30 months over traffic death while playing Pokemon Go See in context

Ok, so what about in my example of shooting a gun blindfolded on a public street, would that person be a murderer? Because the only difference is the probability of killing someone. But the probability of killing someone while driving distracted is not low enough as to be dismissible, therefore in essence it's the same as in shooting a gun blindfolded.

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Posted in: Driver gets 30 months over traffic death while playing Pokemon Go See in context

He's not a murderer. Somebody died through his careless actions but that doesn't make him a murderer.

He is not someone who accidentally killed a person through bad luck/unforeseen circumstances/etc. He killed someone through his grossly negligent actions. If I took a loaded gun, spun around and closed my eyes and then started pulling the trigger on a crowded street, I would rightly be considered a murderer if I killed someone. Even if I didn't actually intend to kill that person. What he did is in essence no different. He made the willful decision to act dangerously in a way that could easily result in someone dying, and that's exactly what happened.

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Posted in: Driver gets 30 months over traffic death while playing Pokemon Go See in context

Who cares what he was doing on his phone (I'm getting tired of these "pokemon go" headlines), the fact that he was distracted using his phone while driving and killed someone is the real issue here. This is a major issue in Japan and in many countries. Unfortunately it doesn't look like Japan is very concerned about it when this murderer only gets 30 months jail for killing someone while doing it. What a disgrace.

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Posted in: May Day rallies held in Tokyo See in context

Is there anything more ineffectual than a union in Japan? Judging by the picture showing almost entirely retirees, it seems likely that this "protest" is just more window-dressing.

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Posted in: Norway races Australia to fulfil Japan's hydrogen society dream See in context

It seems strange to create hydrogen through renewable resources halfway across the world and then ship it to Japan. It's not like there are any natural resources required to produce it (other than sun/wind/etc.), unlike with fossil fuels, so Japan should be producing their own hydrogen. I hope that they plan on doing so in the future if there is success using hydrogen here.

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Posted in: United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane See in context

"Airlines Hate Him! See how this doctor turned $800 into $8 million with this one simple trick..."

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Posted in: Tiny house by Muji finally goes on sale in Japan See in context

Not sure how much conbini's would like you using their bathrooms all the time because you don't have your own...

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Posted in: Japan’s love affair with pasta goes off the rails See in context

If only the ossans could stop slurping their pasta I could enjoy Japanese Italian restaurants (or spaghetti-ya's as they call them) more. Slurping Japanese noodle dishes I can handle (it's their culture I suppose), but there is no excuse for slurping pasta!

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Posted in: Gov't nominates Fuketa to head nuclear regulator See in context

Yes, obviously that too. But if he does indeed take a strict stance on safety this may be a good appointment. My first comment was just making a simple play on words because of his name.

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Posted in: Gov't nominates Fuketa to head nuclear regulator See in context

I predict this position will age him...

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I like that the bright red bar at the top is gone (it was too obvious when reading articles at work), but the way the whole page refreshes when up/down voting comments is terrible.

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Posted in: Minister calls curators of cultural properties 'cancer' that need to be eradicated See in context

Why does the page reload everytime you up/down vote a comment? Very annoying...

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Posted in: Court upholds 23-year imprisonment for 2 men over fatal street racing See in context

@Giveme_abreak The only way to deal with tailgaters is to slow down to a speed that makes the situation safe for you. If you are on a multi-lane road, change lanes to let them pass. There's no point endangering yourself and your family because the person behind you is an idiot.

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Posted in: A guide to pensions for foreign residents in Japan See in context

Assuming the pension system hasn't crashed by the time we retire... In my case though, I believe my home country (Canada) and Japan have an agreement to pay the pension of citizens who qualify for a pension who are living in the other country - for example, if I pay all my pension dues in Japan but then retire in Canada, I'll get paid a pension by the Canadian government. The same thing would be true for a Japanese person who paid in Canada and then retired in Japan. I think it also works if you pay part in Japan and part in Canada, as long as the total period is at least 25 years or something like that.

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Posted in: Are funerals growing obsolete? See in context

Having wasted a TON of money on a fancy Japanese funeral for my wife's grandpa earlier this year (he wanted a big traditional funeral and it was his money anyway), I really hope the greedy Japanese funeral industry and gouging buddhist priests become obsolete, sooner rather than later!

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Posted in: United Airlines fiasco symptom of much bigger problem in America See in context

Terrible customer service and heavy-handed use of authority, that basically sums up air travel in/through the US these days (including airline staff, airport staff and especially the TSA).

On a related note, in my experience flying United through Chicago is best avoided. United is not a great airline to begin with, but Chicago is by far the worst airport I've ever used; the airport staff and TSA are of a very low standard. Accordingly I usually spend a couple hundred bucks extra for flights that aren't routed through Chicago.

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Posted in: Japan to formulate 'hydrogen society' strategy by yearend See in context

albaleo, zichi - Thanks for the explanation. So it's not necessarily an either/or situation, you can do some give and take between the two solutions.

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Posted in: Japan to formulate 'hydrogen society' strategy by yearend See in context

Lol, I love how many people downvote me for asking a simple question... great community here!

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Posted in: Japan to formulate 'hydrogen society' strategy by yearend See in context

Why hydrogen stations and fuel cell cars? Surely solar/wind/etc electricity generation and electric cars are more mature technologies?

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Posted in: FEATURE: Falling childbirth rate changing Japan's cram school business See in context

The cram-school culture is out of control, it could use a serious cut-back - it shouldn't be considered as basically mandatory, and actual schools should teach everything that is required. Cram-schools should be like private tutoring - only in cases when it is really needed because the student is having trouble understanding what is being taught in school. Cram-schools to get into middle-schools/high-schools is just sick.

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Posted in: Toshiba's survival in doubt after reporting unaudited results See in context

I just bought a new Toshiba washing machine. I wonder what will happen to the warranty if they go under?

Anyway, I've heard that because they make so many products used in city infrastructure, government buildings, and even the JSDF, the government can't let them go under, or they'd face major issues with maintaining their systems.

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