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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

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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

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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?

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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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    @zenpun, there golden boot is for the player who scores the most goals in the tournament. There is no maximum. In the last 30 years or so 6 has usually been enough to win it (or share it) but I think Ronaldo managed 8 in Japan/Korea.

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

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    A lot of Japanese wives will have sympathy for the wife here. And some guys here wouldn't be happy if they told their wives they weren't comfortable with them seeing some young handsome guy but found out that they were always meeting in another city - even if they couldn't PROVE that sex had taken place.

    Having sympathy for the wife is one thing. Nobody wants to feel uncomfortable, and her husband apparently was intending to cheat. There's an awful long way from "feeling sympathy" to awarding a court judgement against a third party. Utterly, totally ridiculous. Even more so if husband and wife have stayed together, as the 400,000 will end up in the family coffers. So the most "guilty" person in the scenario gets paid???

    Posted in: Judge sets new line for adultery in landmark case

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    I've worked with Riken for many years and as a taxpayer was appalled to discover this system existed. I will stick up for Riken though, as I know for a fact that it's a major irritant to the researchers. As @timeon stated, they were in the ridiculous position of not being allowed to carry money over (even if they had a clear need for it in the following year) and of facing a reduction in budget if they underspent. I know people there who basically spent most of the last month of the year trying to spend exactly the right amount of money - no more, no less. It's a massive systemic fault, not something restricted to Riken - it's no wonder we have such a massive national debt. What this nonsense means is that there is almost no way to bring down public expenditure without cutting services. Nobody within the system has any incentive to find efficiencies. Which is why, for all it's faults, the previous administration deserves credit for going through the budget line-by-line with a big red pen and eliminating a lot of waste.

    Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine

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    @magicmodelol - it certainly should not have been Japan in 2022. Japan co-hosted in 2002 and there is no shortage of countries willing and able to host (and with better records on human rights and corruption than Qatar and Russia).

    Posted in: Japan ready to take over Qatar World Cup, JFA chief says

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    Frungy, I think even in Japan the burden of proof is on the prosecution, not the defence. Would love to see criminal prosecutions if there is anyone still alive to prosecute though, this case is a horrible disgrace.

    Posted in: Freed death row convict's compensation will probably be paltry

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    @BurakuminDes, we might take you up on that!

    Donny, thanks for your understanding. The issue is not the cost of accommodation/food as all the riders are paying for themselves anyway. I think it was more a case of having to draw a line somewhere and start saying "no" at a certain number to prevent the group size from becoming unmanageable. I've personally had a dozen people ask to join since the riders were finalized, and it's likely that the other riders are in the same boat.

    Posted in: 21 'salarymen' to cycle from Tokyo to Minamisanriku to raise funds for Tohoku

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    Donny, my understanding is that we're not accepting any more riders for logistical reasons, and there are quite a number of people on the waiting list in case of drop-outs. I will double-check with the organizer though, just in case. Great job with your own cycling events, looks like they were a great success!

    Posted in: 21 'salarymen' to cycle from Tokyo to Minamisanriku to raise funds for Tohoku

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