ADK99's past comments

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    If he returned to the scene as soon as he discovered the bike, it's highly likely that he didn't realise that he had hit someone. There may well be a case against him for dangerous driving or something similar but hit-and-run is an appalling crime and that designation really ought to be reserved for people who knowingly commit it. Hope the young boy makes a full recovery.

    Posted in: 6-year-old boy injured in hit-and-run; dump truck driver arrested

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    Lots - maybe all - airlines have some or all of their fuel supply on very long-term contracts (sometimes several years) at fixed prices. That probably explains part of the delay (although I don't doubt that there's some profiteering involved too)

    Posted in: Fuel surcharges on int'l routes to drop

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    Amnesty's view is about capital punishment, regardless of the offence, not about drug traffickers.

    Posted in: Indonesia to execute 5 foreigners for drug offenses

  • 0

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    I think a very significant number of people drive cars to get from A to B rather than for enjoyment - potentially a massive market.

    Posted in: Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

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    When I get the refusal I sometimes tell them that I'm getting off at the next stop, that usually does the trick. Then I get off and walk a couple of carriages down and get back on. Bit of a pain, but seems to save embarrassment all round.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

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    Young Japanese people really are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

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    Seems like more than most years - aging population I guess. Things like mochi at New Year are a nice tradition but it's a little bit sad that people seem unable to manage this safely. Surely it's possible to use small enough pieces of mochi to avoid choking, or to remind aging relatives to chew properly.

    Posted in: 9 choke to death on 'mochi' during New Year holiday period

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    Weird - I've been using WiFi on the Toei subway for several months. No app needed, just a simple log-in screen in Japanese and English. It's certainly available at stations on the Hanzomon and Ginza lines (though maybe not all). It's a bit step forward for Japan, it must be a real pain in the backside to be a tourist here and not be able to access the internet easily.

    Posted in: 143 Tokyo subway stations to have free Wi-Fi beginning in December

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    Starbucks might not have great coffee but it's excellent value if you want a comfortable place to do some work for a few hours as they give you a 100 yen refill. As others have pointed out, I would happily give the independent cafes a go, but I really can't abide the smoke (which, strangely, doesn't bother me if I have a beer in my hand). Sekiguchi-san is nuts if he thinks that no-smoking cafes have got it wrong. There are LOTS of people like me who specifically seek them out and would rather drink mediocre coffee in a smoke-free atmosphere.

    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

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    Perhaps because this was not a presidential election?

    Posted in: NHK’s U.S. election banner amuses Internet users

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    What a load of rubbish. There is nothing at all in the story that indicates that the man was at a company event (until 2:40am!) but even if he was, why on earth should the company be responsible? (Unless of course they somehow demanded that he drink and then demanded that he drive home). This country has trains, taxis, and taxis that will come with a spare driver to take your car home. Speaking as a grown adult, I find the suggestion that a company should be responsible for me finding my own way home in a safe and legal fashion to be downright offensive. This country (for all of its may positive points) already has far too much collective responsibility, which in reality means nobody really takes responsibility. One person is very clearly at fault here, and hopefully he'll be punished appropriately.

    Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel

  • 2

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    In the UK you pay tax when you buy a lottery ticket, so you're taxed win or lose.

    Posted in: Osaka man wipes away millions in owed taxes by deducting losing horse race tickets

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    It certainly is spam. It appeared downloaded to my iTunes automatically, and appeared on my phone when I synched it. The first I knew of it was when I heard it on shuffle. As it happens, I quite like U2 and appreciate the gift, but I would have found it very irritating if an AKB album had suddenly appeared. Putting stuff on people's computers and phones without asking is surely the very definition of spam.

    Posted in: U2 go from rock legends to accused spammers

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    "DeSoto won’t be eligible for parole, Sukola said." I think that means life = life.

    Posted in: Guam man sentenced to life for killing 3 Japanese tourists

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    For crying out loud, whoever wrote the sign tried their best. Expecting them to understand nuances of a word in a second language is ridiculous - especially when we don't even have agreement among us "foreigners" as to whether the word is offensive. I personally don't mind it at all, unless the tone in which it's used is offensive. There is an enormous difference between "no foreigners" and "welcome foreigners".

    Posted in: Step in

  • 0

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    Jetpack. Been waiting for those to become available and affordable since the LA Olympics.

    Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?

  • -1

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    "Before arriving, Abe said in a local newspaper interview that he hoped Sri Lanka could achieve “true national reconciliation” by addressing war crimes issues."

    I know this isn't a laughing matter, but......

    Posted in: Japan, Sri Lanka agree to build stronger maritime links

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    We need a law in which Pachinko should be held equally responsible (make them to check their parking lots to make sure nobody is leaving their child/pets in there). Something like drinking-driving law (restaurant are also responsible if their drunk customer drives car)

    No, we certainly do not need to make the pachinko shops equally responsible. There is no reason whatsoever to divide the blame for this and the idea that a business should be responsible for manslaughter-going-on-murder is just ridiculous. It's sufficient that they post signs warning people about this, but at some point adults have to take responsibility for their actions.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after 5-month-old son dies in car while she plays pachinko

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    Have to admire Mr Tsuyama's forgiving attitude. Top man.

    Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court

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    @zenpun - you're right, Just Fontaine's record is amazing, and will probably never be beaten!

    Posted in: Messi named player of the tournament; Neuer wins World Cup Golden Glove

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