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Posted in: Teacher resigns after kissing student in Akita See in context

not 20, in his 20s

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Posted in: Yohan dug its own grave See in context

To Our Creditors:

July 31, 2008

Statement of Commencement of Bankruptcy Proceedings

This is to inform you that Yohan, Inc. filed for bankruptcy with the Tokyo District Court today, and the court announced the commencement of the bankruptcy proceedings the same day. Hidemi Kuwashima (practitioner of law, member Tokyo Bar Association) (Tel: 81-3-6721-3101) was appointed as trustee in the bankruptcy.

To provide a brief background of the circumstances leading to our filing, from around 2006, bookstore sales of books and magazines began to decline because of diminishing individual consumption resulting in increased rates of return. This created a situation whereby we needed to procure funds from financial institutions to cover our purchasing costs. In addition, we made aggressive investments in the acquisition and/or support of a local publisher, overseas subsidiaries in book publishing and book retailing, Aoyama Book Center store openings, overhauling of our logistics center, etc., which led to our carrying a large amount of interest-bearing debt for a company our size. As a result, our interest costs increased, further exacerbating our cash situation. We took steps to reconstruct our business by implementing such restructuring measures as the renewal of our management following the resignation of the former management, selling off stocks of our overseas subsidiaries, and the relocation of our logistics center and scaling down of our head office to reduce costs, but this did not lead to improvements in our cash situation as anticipated, due in part to sales falling below our initial projections. Regrettably, these circumstances ultimately led to our decision to file for bankruptcy as we no longer were able to make payments to our creditors according to our agreements.

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Posted in: Yohan dug its own grave See in context

Yohan also published Tokyo Journal Tokyo Journal was bought from Yohan by Steve Hauser a while back.

How can a company with such a licence to print money (main local distributor for countless foreign mags at huge markup) lose money? Terrie explains above. Use of redundancy in manual labor instead of more efficient workflow automation solutions. And expanded too quick, burying themselves under the interest on their debt.

Also they wanted to break away from Yamato Logistics who was doing their fulfillment and create their own distribution center. But their IT guys couldn't get the software working in time, so they burned a lot of money with that initative.

I'm actually the first person to let Terrie know that Yohan finally went belly up. My small publishing company, White Rabbit Press, lost over $22,000 in unpaid invoices. Ouch!

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Posted in: Sleeping See in context

JON SIEGEL, good stuff. you have a flickr account?

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Posted in: Sleeping See in context

LOL

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Posted in: Stress relief See in context

have seen people playing there almost running and then trowing themselves in a punch and feeling proud after. Pffff, in a fight the opponent just has to move one small step and they would go straight to the floor.

Pffff, that game isn't going to move even one small step.

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Posted in: Stress relief See in context

RMGTMF

White rabbit. Why is it necessary for a Family-friendly place to be open all night?

I use the term family-friendly to mean that it's not the kind of adult-entertainment you also find in Kabukicho, like hostess clubs, massage parlors, strip shows and the like.

Young adults visit Kabukicho for movies, bowling, billards, darts, karaoke, live houses like Shinjuku Loft and Holiday, and of course for love hotels. Restaurants and bars are allowed to stay open all night. Why not places like Oslo? The efforts to clean up Kabukicho are having the effect of strangling the revenue of places which are doing anything wrong.

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Posted in: Stress relief See in context

It's very unfortunate that even a family-friendly place like Oslo is being hurt by police efforts to clean up the area. They used to be open all night, but now they have to close at 1 AM.

Sounds like some of you JapanToday commenters have a little pent-up steam of your own...

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Posted in: Hostesses See in context

thanks ah so! www.tokyorealtime.com

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Posted in: Police search See in context

jonobugs, it's a very long story and I don't want to waste my time typing it here because the editors will delete it as "off topic". write me and I'll tell you the story. gmail account is max.hodges[at]...

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Posted in: Akihabara See in context

instead of maybe helping... is sick and wrong !

Many of those amateur photos made it into the mainstream news. Only so many people can help a victim. Do you know how to stabilize someone and provide first responder medical care?

Lets hope you are not such an individual... you never know when you might find yourself on the other end of the lens...

No question: if I was there I'd be taking pictures.

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Posted in: Akihabara See in context

look, a picture like that could help with this:

TOKYO — Police on Tuesday said one of the male victims who survived Sunday’s Akihabara stabbing spree was found to be infected with hepatitis B. Police are asking anyone who helped give the victims emergency aid or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to visit their doctor for an immediate medical check.

The Manseibashi police station in Akihabara is asking anyone who gave emergency aid to the victims to call them at 03- 3257-0110).

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westurn wrote

there are all the people taking photos of the three victims as they die in the streets ! ... Is this something you really feel the need to photograph ?...sick folks ! Really sick !!!

You never know what purpose an image might come to serve. Perhaps they document the valiant efforts of rescuers. Perhaps they could be useful in court. Do you suppose that photograhy of war atrocities is equally sick?

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Posted in: Police search See in context

northlondon wrote, "Let us debate this with your 'staff' photogrpahers."

The photo was not taken by a staff photographer. It was submitted for Picture of the Day by a third-party. That you take offense with the word chubby is noted. Others view the word not as a negative personal attack amounting to defamation of character, but others view it as playfully descriptive.

<strong>Moderator: Readers, please do not get obsessed over one word. We do not consider the word "chubby" to be offensive. Please focus your comments instead on the subject of the photo. This ends discussion on this point.</strong>

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Posted in: Police search See in context

Don't you think that a foreigner taking a photograph of a policeman could be considered to be strange conduct?

I suppose. And if they ask I tell them I'm a photojournalist. But they are making up rules on the spot when they tell me I'm not allowed to take their picture and that I must delete it.

If they aren't doing anything wrong, they shouldn't have a big problem with it I think. Photography is not a crime. Our cities are increasingly saturated with CCTV cameras, and the police have the nerve to ask us to put our cameras away?

I often blog about photographer's rights and law enforcement. There's a disturbing campaign in the UK which associates photography with terrorism: http://www.maxhodges.com/2008/03/photography-as-terrorist-activity.html

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Posted in: Police search See in context

I'm the photographer of this pic. I don't know the story behind the search, but the scene attracted my attention because I've witnessed some aggressive police behavior in the past few months.

Northlondon mentioned that "I have no issues with stopping and searching" and while it's fine for him or her to have that personal opinion, it's in fact illegal without probable cause.

On several occasions I've watched the police very randomly checking the IDs of foreign looking people in Ikebukuro station. It appears to be their favoriate pasttime during rainy days. I appreciate police efforts to round up illegals, but I think they should do so within the bounds of the law.

The police have asked for my ID on several occasions because I was taking photographs. And they've also told me that I can't take photographs of the police or of other people without their permission. But this is in fact not true. The police have also taken me back to the koban and held me for several hours against my will, which is also illegal. The police, it seems, often don't know the law or simply don't care about the law. I know the police in many other countries are much worse when corruption is concerned, but in a free and open society, it's a duty of a free press to monitor law enforcement. And we should be critical of police who flaunt the law.

If a policeman stopped you while you were walking to the store after midnight and said, "Get off the street! You're not allowed to walk to the konbini after midnight!" You'd be outraged right? But that's effectively what they've done to me on several occasions when I've shot them. They yell, "shashin dame!" (no photos!) and tell me to delete them. In fact, public figures like policemen, firemen and ambulance workers are fair game for photojournalists. When they demand to see IDs without reason, seach bags without probable cause, and hold people captive in the koban for hours without formally arrresting them, the police become criminals. And who do you turn to when the police are the bad guys?

Some laws you should know:

"A police officer is able to ask for a person's ID, but only if based on a reasonable judgment of a situation where the policeman sees some strange conduct and some crime is being committed, or else he has enough reason to suspect (utagau ni tariru soutou na riyuu) that a person will commit or has committed a crime, or else it has been acknowledged that a particular person knows a crime will be committed. In these cases a police officer may stop a person for questioning."

警察官職務執行法 第二条 警察官は、異常な挙動その他周囲の事情から合理的に判 断して何らかの犯罪を犯し、若しくは犯そうとしていると疑うに足りる相当な理由の ある者又は既に行われた犯罪について、若しくは犯罪が行われようとしていることについて知っていると認められる者を停止させて質問することができる。

IF THE POLICE TRY TO TAKE YOU TO THE POLICE BOX (kouban) they cannot do so against your will, unless they formally arrest you, under the Shokumu Shikkou Hou Article 2, Clause 2 and 3: Clause Two: "It is possible to ask a particular person to accompany the [police] to a nearby police station, police branch [i.e. kouban], or any police administration area for questioning if it is determined that this place is unsuitable for questioning because it obstructs traffic or is disadvantageous to the questionee."

Clause Three: "Unless there is a regulation relating to criminal action, officials may not confine, bring back to any police administration area, or else coerce a person to reply to questions against his will."

警察官職務 執行法 第二条 第二項 その場で前項の質問をすることが本人に 対して不利であり、又は交通の妨害になると認められる場合においては、質問するため 、その者に附近の警察署、派出所又は駐在所に同行することを求めることができる。

警察官職務執行法 第二条 第三項 前二項に規定する者は、刑 事訴訟に関する法律 の規定によらない限り、身柄を拘束され、又はその意に 反して警察署、派出所若しくは駐在所に連行され、若しくは答弁を強要されることはない。

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Posted in: Police search See in context

The picture doesn't tell the story, it just says a "chubby cop searches a man's bag" wow great "News" story there.

This is Picture of the Day, not a news article.

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Posted in: Yoyogi See in context

these guys suck, look how uncool they were to Party Boy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiwTsVNxsjQ

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Posted in: A punching bag on the Odakyu line See in context

My advice: Avoid confrontation. This is very hard for Americans to do, because we grow up watching these John Wayne BS movies where the good hero teaches the bad guys a lesson, but in reality you risk injury, jail, legal trouble, job trouble or even death. Your ego is the enemy--violence just isn't worth it. If someone is jabbing you, getting yourself away from that person would be the sensible thing to do.

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Posted in: A punching bag on the Odakyu line See in context

Everyone seems to think the police will never help a foreigner here, and that they will always side with a Japanese, but it's not true. It's just a matter of selective perception. it's like hot air ballooning: you only hear about the accidents in the media, not about the countless trips that went free of any incident.

I had a fist fight with some drunk Japanese who head butted me in the face and busted my lip because I scolded him for systematically kicking over each and every bicycle on the block. The police came, recognized him as the wrong-doer and locked him up for a few days until he compensated me for broken glasses and a torn shirt.

But most people feel compelled to write a 'gripe story', when things don't go their way, so we hear a disproportionate number of 'innocent victim' stories and fewer 'happy customer' stories.

Maybe a small percentage of police here hate all foreigners, and maybe a small percentage of police worship foreigners...but most, just like the rest of the population, lie somewhere between those extremes.

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