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    Reduced subway tolls?

    Posted in: Amazon to launch video streaming service in Japan: Nikkei

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    Amazon US has a pretty good catalogue, and some of their original stuff is great. I'd be interested to know if they will offer all of that in Japan (and if so, how long it will take). Amazon Prime US is $100 a year so perhaps not.

    Posted in: Amazon to launch video streaming service in Japan: Nikkei

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    @kanide, I don't think Tokyo has a problem with men occasionally boarding the women only carriage. I've certainly done it a couple of times, but in each case it's been where I have arrived on platform at the very end of the train and have run to get on as the doors were closing. As with @Strangerland, I rectified my mistake at the next station. This carriage is not where the groping (or false accusations) is happening.

    Posted in: To root out the problems of groping and false charges, fundamental efforts, such as reducing congestion on trains and courts carefully examining all the facts, are needed.

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    Interestingly, the women only carriages that we already have tend to be significantly less crowded than the mixed carriages (as anyone who, like me, has accidentally boarded several times will attest!). This begs an interesting question - why don't more women pile onto the women only carriages?

    Posted in: To root out the problems of groping and false charges, fundamental efforts, such as reducing congestion on trains and courts carefully examining all the facts, are needed.

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    @Reckless, that's a pretty good suggestion. But unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of the morning commuter rush is composed of people who don't pay for their tickets (their companies pay).

    Posted in: To root out the problems of groping and false charges, fundamental efforts, such as reducing congestion on trains and courts carefully examining all the facts, are needed.

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    I thought the preamble was fair enough and put the events into context

    That might be fair enough as a par of a detailed study of the war. As part of a 70th anniversary statement that's at least partly directed at people who were grievously wronged, it smacks of making excuses. "We're sorry but it wasn't completely our fault". Whether or not it's true is somewhat irrelevant, it just makes the apology sound sincere.

    Posted in: Full text of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement

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    This was a whisker away from being a great statement. If only he could have started with "On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, I bow my head deeply...." and skipped the preceding paragraphs.

    Posted in: Full text of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement

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    It seems to me that the Belgian thing doesn't look particularly original, and the points that have supposedly been copied can be seen in all sort of logos around the world. It's very VERY hard to make a completely original logo unless you do something really off the wall (see London, and even then that ended up looking like Lisa Simpson performing an obscene act on Bart). I think it's entirely believable that he never saw it before. The real problem is that it's such a poor design that it manages to be neither classical, nor original and rather looks as if a complete amateur (like myself) made a logo by combining standard design elements from something like powerpoint. Very very poor, and utterly forgettable, unlike the 1964 classic.

    Posted in: Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo

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    @Stephen Knight, you make a very valid point. It would be interesting to know, however, how this works in practice. For example, a lot of Japanese public services are administered at the local level - for example the health service, some welfare benefits. Does anyone know if Shibuya and Setagaya are allowing same-sex couples to be considered married for health insurance purposes?

    C'mon Japan Today, neither Shibuya nor Setagaya offers to do any such thing, as has been repeatedly pointed out. The certificate simply recognizes the couple as a couple, and asks that others (landlords, hospitals, etc.) do the same. It is not legally binding on anyone, and confers none of the legal rights or obligations (tax-related benefits, etc.) controlled by the central government.

    Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships

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    No, it's not a next logical step. Many countries offer PEOPLE rights that they consider to be fundamental human ones. Happily we're moving towards a situation where this includes people of various sexualities.
    I'm not aware of any countries that offer animals fundamental human rights so I have no idea why this would apply in the case of marriage. You might as well say "Saudi Arabia shouldn't let women drive - the next logical step is for goats to start driving".

    Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships

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    My recent experiences of Delta are of budget airline service with regular airline prices. We can but hope that their operations out of Haneda will at least offer budget prices to match their crappy service.

    Posted in: Delta joins bid to rescue bankrupt airline Skymark

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    Indeed - mixing incorrect English with kanji is a really good way to not communicate your point. All the more so because you didn't write "literally", you wrote "the literal definition". Excuse my pedantry (it's a terrible habit) but that's a pet hate of mine.

    Posted in: Serena Williams ups lead in WTA rankings; Djokovic atop ATP

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    Haha true enough!

    Posted in: Only half of Mount Fuji climbers paying voluntary fee

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    I think having half of people paying a voluntary fee is pretty damn good! It's not so different to NHK's payment rate and that's compulsory.

    Posted in: Only half of Mount Fuji climbers paying voluntary fee

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    @Bertie, I don't think we can reasonably expect JR to solve societal problems.

    Posted in: More security cameras to be installed on shinkansen trains

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    Believe it or not, I entered this competition on a whim and have been invited to the final! @japangal, if you also made it then I'll trade you some ice cream for some of my secret recipe.

    Posted in: Got a great recipe using soy sauce? You might win Y100,000

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    It would be really nice if someone would come out and say "Yes, we paid various monies characterized as development loans etc. We knew that this was effectively a bribe. FIFA is so corrupt that there was no other way for us to get the World Cup. We're sorry but that's the way it is." There surely isn't a single person on the planet who believes that any of the last few world cup bids were "clean" and the constant denials are becoming really grating.

    Posted in: Japan soccer exec denies payment over 2002 World Cup vote

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    What a fool. If she had just carried them into Japan herself it's highly unlikely that she would have been searched, and even if she was, it's highly likely that an explanation of "I have a prescription and didn't know it's illegal" would have been accepted at face value. Seriously, of all the millions of people who pass through Narita every year, how many get arrested for this?

    Posted in: Toyota's American PR chief arrested for suspected drug violation

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    I suspect a significant part in Tokyo's rise in the rankings might be down to the collapse of the yen. When comparing things like lunch or a cup of coffee they presumably convert to a common currency and Tokyo will be looking significantly better than in the past. I think it's a fabulous city for me but I am surprised to see it at the top of a "most liveable" list.

    Posted in: Tokyo named most liveable city in world by Monocle magazine

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    Classic bait-and-switch (although to be fair, the trimming is a good idea given the overblown nature of the original proposal)

    Posted in: With time running out, Japan to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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