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ADK99Feb. 01, 2014 - 11:03AM JST
Exactly why all national utilities should be nationalized. Essential services ought to be run - and priced - for the benefit of society, not stockholders.
Posted in: TEPCO reports Y772.9 bil profit for April-December
ADK99Jan. 31, 2014 - 08:29PM JST
It would have been really nice if, the writer had taken a moment to include the LINK that would allow us to "assist with just a click of the mouse".
Posted in: Tohoku needs visitors
ADK99Jan. 15, 2014 - 07:17PM JST
The Japanese certainly do LOVE to make announcements!!!
Posted in: Couple suspected of over 150 cases of pickpocketing in game arcades
ADK99Dec. 20, 2013 - 04:05PM JST
That in the so-called Land of the Free people can be criminalized for using a naturally occurring substance in the privacy of their own homes beggars belief. By all means throw the book at people for crimes committed under the influence - or indeed committed when sober - but a grown man should be able to do what he wants at home.
Posted in: The pitfalls of legalizing drugs
ADK99Dec. 06, 2013 - 02:17PM JST
@Lettie Lec, you might be right that Brazil might be safer than people think BUT a murder rate of somewhere between 22 and 27 per 100,000 people (wiki) compares rather badly with 0.4 per 100,000 in Japan. More than FIFTY times worse, in fact.
And then there's this:
Posted in: The heat is on as FIFA announces World Cup complicated draw procedure
ADK99Dec. 04, 2013 - 11:55AM JST
The draw isn't particularly complicated and it doesn't differ significantly from previous world cups.
Switzerland are seeded because they were sufficiently high in Fifa's rankings. Unfortunately some teams (I think Italy and Holland, for example) who might otherwise have hoped to be seeded cocked it up by foolishly scheduling friendly matches against very weak teams, thus bringing down their average ranking. It's an imperfect system but at least it's based on a formula. A few World Cups ago the clowns at Fifa were just deciding the seeds themselves. Given the corrupt nature of the organization, it's probably better to use the formula.
ADK99Nov. 14, 2013 - 01:15PM JST
1.9% annualized growth for an economy with a shrinking population actually sounds pretty good to me.
Posted in: Japan economic growth halves in July-Sept quarter
ADK99Oct. 18, 2013 - 11:35AM JST
He wasn't on that island, he was on one of the smaller islands in the chain. It seems highly unlikely that he "self evacuated" himself to a smaller nearby island to escape from the typhoon.
Posted in: Izu Oshima mayor under fire for not issuing evacuation order
ADK99Oct. 16, 2013 - 09:45AM JST
As of about 20 minutes ago at Kanda station, all the JR trains were suspended (Yamanote, Chuo, keihin Tohoku). Ginza line was running but with some delays. JR English page then was saying that almost all lines were suspended.
Keio Inokashira line is running out of Shibuya now.
(Specific information from my girlfriend's journey to work!)
Posted in: Powerful typhoon pummels Kanto; heads toward Fukushima
ADK99Oct. 10, 2013 - 10:57AM JST
5,000 to get in, which includes your bento. You're definitely paying to watch, and if you're not interested in the show then you absolutely shouldn't go.
Drinks are pretty cheap, 500 yen for namas and I think 300 or 400 for chuhi.
Posted in: Robot Restaurant
ADK99Oct. 10, 2013 - 10:44AM JST
Oh, and it's not a strip club. Bikinis, no more. (Or less, depending on how you look at it)
ADK99Oct. 10, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
I went there last week, it's a lot of fun. Combination of cabaret and robot wars. Lots of bright lights, lots of scantily clad women, lots of fake robots (most of them have people inside). It's nicely choreographed and very very silly in a good way. The food is just a bento but really, who's going there to eat?
ADK99Oct. 08, 2013 - 11:08AM JST
It seems to me that some of the people criticizing the victim themselves have the kind of impairment of faculties one might associate with old age. It doesn't say anywhere in the article that the son is 21, and he probably isn't. Nor does it say that the scammer was pretending to be the son when he showed up at the house. In fact it specifically says that he didn't do that. Makes you wonder how some people will manage when they hit their 90s.
Posted in: Man arrested for trying to con 91-year-old man out of Y15 mil
ADK99Sep. 28, 2013 - 02:03PM JST
The article mentions that the rapists were strict about wearing condoms
Posted in: WWII comfort women: the pain that time cannot heal
ADK99Sep. 17, 2013 - 07:25PM JST
It seems that the whole of Japan seems to have been labouring under the incorrect impression that such an enormous tsunami was highly unlikely or impossible - hence insufficiently high walls, nuclear power stations built near sea level, people ignoring the tsunami alarms etc. In that circumstance it seems pretty harsh to slam the kindergarten for doing pretty much the same as everyone else.
Posted in: Kindergarten ordered to pay damages over deaths of 4 children in tsunami
ADK99Sep. 17, 2013 - 10:34AM JST
I'm pretty sure that if you're renting privately and your building is due to be redeveloped then you'll be kicked out, WITHOUT any assistance from anyone in finding a new place. Wherever the Olympics are held, someone is going to have to move out: Perhaps we should just give up on the Olympics (or any other kind of development) completely?
As I said, I have sympathy for him as an individual but really, this isn't the Olympics fault and we shouldn't all have to wear hair shirts forever for Tohoku and old folks in public housing.
Posted in: No joy for two-time Tokyo Games evictee
ADK99Sep. 16, 2013 - 07:32PM JST
That's fair enough to some extent. (although I have heard just as many comments from people in Tohoku supporting the games).
My understanding regarding Tohoku is that the delays are generally NOT through lack of money being allocated (not that it is Tokyo's responsibility to rebuild Tohoku anyway). It's down to a whole load of factors, none of which seem to me to be particularly related to the Olympics. For example, disagreement and delays in deciding whether or not it's acceptable to rebuild in the affected areas (and I defy anyone to give a definitive answer on that), public v private, and of course the usual Japanese tendency to just delay on difficult decisions or to require a consensus before action, even when no consensus is likely.
As for Mr. Jinno, I have a lot of sympathy for him on an individual level but if, as the article suggests, he's living in public property then he can't reasonably expect that the space should be allocated to him in perpetuity. There are plenty of people in Tokyo who don't have the privilege of living exactly where they want. Things change.
ADK99Sep. 16, 2013 - 02:10PM JST
I have no idea why people insist on conflating help for the Tohoku victims with the Olympic games. A choice was not made to EITHER have the games OR help rebuild Tohoku. You could make the same argument almost every government project (some of which are considerably bigger than the Olympics) and in any case, this it Tokyo's Olympics (supported to some extent by the national government), not Japan's.
ADK99Aug. 31, 2013 - 08:44PM JST
StormR - that's utter nonsense based on no evidence whatsoever.
Posted in: Seven-Eleven illegally threatened store holders over discounts, court finds
ADK99Aug. 28, 2013 - 12:01PM JST
I run 2 small companies and the higher the corporation tax, the more likely we are to spend any profits in order to avoid the tax. This is good for the economy. So whilst I'd be happy from a personal perspective to see a corporate tax reduction, I'm not convinced this is such a great idea.
Posted in: Corporate tax cut in Japan: Be careful what you wish for
Mar. 08, 2014 - 09:03AM JST
Right or left, question everything.
Posted in: Husbands aghast at wives' infatuation with rightwing causes
Mar. 08, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
No surprise! Japanese TV and other cultural media constantly promote Childish looks as feminine, beautiful, sexy,…
Posted in: No. of child abuse, child porn cases reported in 2013 soars
Mar. 08, 2014 - 08:58AM JST
Let's be sensitive. This is someone's religion and they have their right to protect their religion.…
Posted in: Malaysia bans Ultraman book over use of Allah
We don't my people to find out the truth, lies are better.
Posted in: Turkey PM warns YouTube and Facebook could be banned
Mar. 08, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
What does internationalization truly mean? Its not like Japan is some backwater, using an unheard of…
Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?