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AU_user_since_1998Oct. 20, 2014 - 03:25PM JST
As an analogy, SHE DID NOT SPEND people's money.
She spent her party funds donated by individuals/corporations... which everybody is doing, in every corner of the world.
In AMERICA and most countries, the top 50 charity organizations has a maximum of 37% utilization of donations. One of the worst is the SALVATION ARMY, only 7% utilization. That means, all the money donated are not all given to the intended recipient but used by the charity organizations but by themselves as mobilization, operational costs like electricity, water/gas, telephone, internet, and foods/partying. Same thing in DEMOCRATS and REPUBLICANS race. The money you gave to them are spent as mobilization and operational costs including partying and eating and drinking.
Posted in: Obuchi resigns over misuse of political funds; justice minister also resigns
AU_user_since_1998Oct. 03, 2014 - 03:51PM JST
I just installed it to my test PC several hours ago. My test PC is Dell Latitude D830 (2.2GHz Dual Core, 4GB RAM) that I bought in 2008. Just like Windows 8, Windows 10 runs faster than the Windows-7 Enterprise Evaluation that I installed in this same PC two years ago. Since my home PC and Work PC are Windows 7 and 8.1, I have no plan of migrating to WIndows 10 when this release next year.
However, just like Windows-8 promo price of 3,000yen for online upgrade from Windows-XP, I wouldn't mind upgrading again my PC to Windows 10 next year.
Posted in: Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 28, 2014 - 07:37PM JST
If this is in Italy, Volcanologists will be charged in the court for MANSLAUGHTER for failure to predict the eruption well ahead of time.
Posted in: 31 climbers found in 'cardiac arrest' on erupting volcano
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 24, 2014 - 05:51PM JST
The usage of myy credit card linked to AEON/WAON just grew bigger this morning. AEON announced that they bought the Mall-Department store giant DAIEI.
Posted in: Rivals dash to support Apple Pay for fear of losing out
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 24, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
This is the details for iBend
Posted in: Record iPhone weekend sales top 10 million: Apple
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 23, 2014 - 04:15PM JST
I used to carry 12 cards. SOme cards are now linked with each other. I am not after for payment. I am after for the points accumulated. If I used my Wallmart Amex Card every 5th and 20th of the month, all purchases are 8% discount and another 5% worth cash-back in terms of points. My Airline Mileage card is increasing even though I have not traveled by air for 14 months already by just using one of these 4 cards.
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 23, 2014 - 01:32PM JST
Would-be Apple-Pay users in Japan will just be frustrated for a long time.
Japan Felica-NFC, in order to be operable, one must have valid address in Japan and should ONLY be linked in banks or credit cards based in Japan.
All Felica-based in Japan are already usable to many shops. My Ponta Credit Card, since two years ago is connected to SHELL GAS stand. My T-Card is usable to Family Mart and several shops. My Wallmar American Credit Card is tied-up to SEIYU. My WAON/AEON Card is tied-up to several shops. All these above-mentioned 4 cards is all I need every day because the point/payment system in the cash-register have these 4 cards buttons these days. Of course, not to be outdone is my PASSMO CARD (I choose not to link this to my credit/bank account).
Other than PASSMO, all my cards are acquiring and accumulating points with equivalent MONETARY UNIT.
So even if APPLE-PAY will be around here in JAPAN, I have no interest of getting one.
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 22, 2014 - 01:53AM JST
Mitsubishi MRJ will start flying in 2017, in which 200 aircraft will be built by then.
Most probably, the manufacturer of this new early-warning plane will be Mitsubishi.
Out of 220 F-15J, only 12 were built in the United States. The rests were built inside Japan. Also Kawasaki and SHin-Meiwa Aircraft Companies were building propeller planes since 1920's.
Therefore, Japan has the full-industrial capability to build both Jet and Propeller aircraft.
Undoubtedly, Japan is also one of the a top-caliber countries in avionics and electronic surveillance.
Also, Japan had developed a very powerful software that can even control missile defense and missile-attacking system. It is called TRON developed by Tokyo University in early 1980's.... according to some, is even more sophisticated than ADA programming language used by US Military.
Posted in: Defense ministry wants its own early-warning planes
AU_user_since_1998Aug. 02, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
Some economists computed that the money that the tourists spend (if the money comes from outside the country their are visiting) has benefits of 2 to 4 folds. So for 1 dollar that a tourist spend will have 2 to 4 dollar worth of money that is given to the host country.
Tourism also have some indirect benefits.
It is just normal for us, the taxpayers here in Japan to provide them such facilities as sign of respect and welcoming. Anyway, Japan economy outside Japan is even greater than the economy inside Japan. The assets and money of Japan and Japanese companies worldwide is more than 8 trillion US Dollars, much bigger than the 5 Trillion US Dollar worth of the Japan local economy.
There is no problem if the food are made to be Halal-conformant, as long as the labor/capital spent on those foods are added to the costs and not subsidized by the peoples tax/money. Besides only few religious groups are still believing that the things that comes inside their mouth will make them clean and nice person or being. When Muslims tourists travel to other countries and exposed to other civilization, their fanaticism will be diluted. They will surely realize that dining at Hooters or in going out in Roppongi do not make them bad person. Likewise going to the Church or Mosque everyday do not make them good people.
The other point here is for the Muslim countries to be more friendly and accommodating to other religions. Some Muslim countries are even hostile and unwelcoming even to other Muslims is Islamic denominations. Muslims are usually intolerant and immature and and one-sided beings. Japan is one of the few countries who are matured enough to offer quality of life to foreigners.
Posted in: Muslim visitors to Japan forecast to hit a million by 2020
AU_user_since_1998Aug. 02, 2014 - 04:31PM JST
Japan will offer them lots of delicious foods, clean and safely prepared and nicely-presented.
Not only for Muslims but also for Hindus, some Christian sects etc,.... when they visit and probably live in Japan, they will understand, possibly re-educated and fully-aware that it is not the one (food) that comes inside their mouth that make or will make them nice, upright and clean people BUT THE ONE (the thing) that comes to the mouth. Being tactless, loud mouth hypocritically, mouth with strong opinion, sarcastic in expression, and the likes will bring them trouble.
AU_user_since_1998Jul. 31, 2014 - 05:40PM JST
Yes Timtak, I noticed that both Tokyo-Metro Subway lines and JR Lines (at least in the East-Japan Railway Company), that one by one, the roof of several hundred stations (as far as I roughly counted them), a 20-KW or 25-KW solar power generation system for each station are being built. While they are building Solar Power in several stations, and maybe planning more, they are gradually changing the fluorescent lamps with LED lamps. It should be noted that the BRIGHTNESS of Japan stations (both subway and JR elevated and surface train) are 50% brighter than in the USA or anywhere in the world.
Also, Tokyo-Metro Subway system are not all underground. Out of about 1,300-km Tokyo-Metro Subway lines, only 400-km are underground. Tokyo Metro Subway are planning to install almost all surface-and-elevated train stations with solar power generation systems. At present, less than 10% of all elevated/surface train stations of both JR and Tokyo-Metro are equipped with Solar power generation systems. There are plenty of room for expansion.
Also, the battery technology of Lithium and other materials are advancing gradually. You will notice in cars that one-charging can already power the car to run for more than 200 miles. Soon it will be more than double of that capacity. The advancement in storage capacity of electric cars are applicable also to solar power storage. Also solar panels are now salt-degradation proof. Solar panels near the sea can be built in the very near future.
A good link for up-to-date info:
Posted in: Ken Corp to build 68MW of solar plants
AU_user_since_1998Jul. 31, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
In the Previous article mentioned in "Techon.Nikkeibp" the FEED-IN TARIFF LAW of Japan motivated private individuals and companies to generate electricity (mainly from solar) and sold all of them to the regional grids. About 4,500 stores of 7-Eleven, each generating 10KW, will add to the grid before this year ends. Also about 2,600 stores of FAMILY MART will sell 10KW each stores to the grid before this year ends.
The article above is only one of the small-to-medium size companies joining the FEED-IN TARIFF (FIT) POLICY of JAPAN. That company mentioned in this article is only one of the several hundreds medium producers now joining the FIT business. Some big companies are now producing 110 to 300 MW power and will soon be connected to the grid.
IN JAPAN as of March 2014 report, the total capacity of renewable energy-based power generation facilities that were introduced in Japan after the implementation of the FEED-In TARIFF (FIT) policy reached 8,950,000kW (8.95 Giga-Watts) at the end of March 2014. Combined with the capacity of facilities that were installed before the implementation, the total capacity became 29,554,000kW (excluding that of large-scale hydraulic power generation facilities) THIS is 29.55 Giga-Watts power, This is equivalent to 16 to 26 Nuclear Reactors.
Solar power generation facilities account for about half of the 29,554,000kW capacity (14,315,000kW). And the total capacity of non-residential (10kW or higher capacity) solar systems reached 7,339,000kW, surpassing that of residential systems (6,976,000kW) for the first time.
Also, the total capacity of renewable energy-based power generation systems certified as FIT facilities became 68,642,000kW, a 66% increase from the end of February 2014 (41,205,000kW). The rapid increase in the total capacity of certified systems is accounted for by the total capacity of certified non-residential solar power generation systems, which increased by 72% from the end of February 2014 (36,516,000kW to 63,038,000kW). In other words, it increased by 26,520,000kW, which is equivalent to the capacity of 26 nuclear power plants, only in a month.
AU_user_since_1998Jan. 26, 2014 - 10:00PM JST
Abe is the man.
Abe is the PM of Japan.
He is not the prime minister of the world and he is not heading the coalitions of the liberal environmentalists.
Abe is just the right man for Japan.
USA/Europe in the early 19th centuries were killing baleen whales just for oils and Japan did not mind them. US/European whalers are killing whales without eating them... just for the oil. In the 19th century, US/European whalers invented rocket harpoon with air blower hole on the tip which inject air to Baleen whales while they are still alive so that when they died, they will not sink into the oceans.
Taiji people are hunting them just for food.
Posted in: Abe defends dolphin hunting
AU_user_since_1998Oct. 10, 2013 - 04:12PM JST
Curve display and chassis maybe easier to grip but more difficult to to operate with just one hand.
I think, this time, Samsung is making it curve just because they could (technologically), not because they should.
1,000 USD price is not worth it.
The reason why I am not buying Surface Pro and Windows 8 phone is because of over-price tag. Exactly the same reason applies to this Curve Samsung SmartPhone.. The products are conceited enough to be over-valued with several more hundred dollars than their equals in other brands. So I am sure, I will not be buying this curve smartphone, perhaps till I die.
Posted in: Samsung's first 'curved' smartphone hits S Korean market
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 24, 2013 - 02:03PM JST
I wen to Akihabara yesterday. There is no more the long lines for iPhones. The charts of the 3 cellular phone companies all show, AVAILABLE for 16GB, 32GB etc and for all colors. It even said, all models and colors will be yours in 15minutes. MOCHIKAERI DEKIMASU. And a lot of them were also buying an additional 9,800Yen for APPLECARE, accordingly because without APPLECARE, virtually, Apple Customer Care is frustrating.
But still I congratulate Apple for such a huge die hard fans for every small and incremental features it added for every new model release. Most of the early buyers of iPhone 5S/5C are owners of the previous models.
But for me, I am happy with my Android Phone and Android Tablet with external SD card slot which can I can be able to read all the manuals and documents related to my work. I am just paying 1000 yen for voice plan and not paying for any data plan at all for I have a company-given WiMax portable router.
Posted in: Apple sets new record for iPhones sales launch
AU_user_since_1998Sep. 11, 2013 - 12:25PM JST
the market handed down its verdict:
US stocks rise; BUT Apple falls after launching 2 iPhones
is everywhere in the news
Posted in: Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models
AU_user_since_1998Jun. 26, 2013 - 05:49PM JST
Air Asia, accepting only through credit card booking, will not prosper in Japan.
Most of sales in Japan are through travel agency or by online voucher, to be redeemed or to be paid through multi-function terminals in convenience store like LOPPE of LAWSON and FAMILY MART, similar payment in 7-ELEVEN and some payment in SUNKUS and in 3-F, and MINISTOP.
Convenience Store payment is the core of Japanese online and advanced payment for everything including Disney on ICe, concert, airline and shinkansen tickets etc.
Posted in: AirAsia, ANA part ways over management clashes
AU_user_since_1998May. 27, 2013 - 06:52AM JST
In September, I will start buying CALROSE or Australia-KOSHI-HIKARI.
I will no longer buy mixed-origin rice although cheaper by about 200yen per 5-Kg package.
If there is no available Calrose or Australia Koshi-Hikari, I will buy HOKKAIDO NANATSUBOSHI or KIRARA. Hokkaido rice is the farthest rice variety source sold in Tokyo area. It is very rare that Hiroshima/Kyushu/Shikoku rice are sold in Tokyo Areas.
Posted in: Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
AU_user_since_1998May. 16, 2013 - 02:56PM JST
Japan mayor ready to apologize to comfort women
TOKYO (May 16, 2013 13:48)
The maverick mayor of Osaka on Thursday offered to meet former comfort women to apologize for their suffering after causing an international storm when he said they served a necessary role in wartime.
I think I have to apologize firmly for what Japan did as I talk to former comfort women, Toru Hashimoto, who is co-leader of the national Japan Restoration Party, told a television interview.
I think I have to apologize firmly for what Japan did as I talk to former comfort women,
I will tell the comfort women that I am sorry for having had such a system no matter whether it was forcible or not, Hashimoto said. It was a disgraceful act and should never be repeated.
I will tell the comfort women that I am sorry for having had such a system no matter whether it was forcible or not,
It was a disgraceful act and should never be repeated.
But Hashimoto, who jointly heads a national political party and has been mentioned as a possible future prime minister, insisted the system was not unique to Japan.
Japan was not the only one doing so,he said. Everybody was doing bad things. I think Japanese people should offer objections if there is a misunderstanding of facts in the world.
Japan was not the only one doing so,
Everybody was doing bad things. I think Japanese people should offer objections if there is a misunderstanding of facts in the world.
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers urge Japan gov't to distance itself from Hashimoto
AU_user_since_1998May. 15, 2013 - 04:16PM JST
The death match was executed by the IJA because they did not please the emperor, gen Tojo and Gen Yamashita. Everywhere in Asia, Japanese attack could crumple enemy divisions and regiments in just one month. Bataan surrendered after more than 3 months of bitter fighting. There was a lot of pressure from the Emperor and Gen. Tojo regarding Bataan Siege.
The Japanese thought that out of 80,000 USAFFE (Filipinos and US Soldiers), they had wiped-out 50% or more because of modern tanks and thousands of Zero bombers and ground-attack plane.
When the USAFFE surrendered, the Japanese were caught surprise that there were still 75,000 troops well alive and kicking.
Their ego was so hurt and they later found out that US Scout and 8,000 Philippine scout was the main reason of the many casualties on the Japanese side. So all known US and Philippine scout were bayoneted and tortured while marching. Whenever they say US and Philippine scout fell down on the road, they immediately killed them.
Posted in: Filipino director takes new look at Bataan Death March
Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:19AM JST
the driver of the vehicle told him to stop, asking what he was doing and calling…
Posted in: Man revives woman with AED, but branded 'pervert' for removing her clothes to apply electrode pads
Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:16AM JST
I see Jeff. So you'd take your chances riding along in a Mig-23 piloted by one…
Posted in: Iraqi pilots training militants to fly captured MiG jets
So, your solution is for the violent man to keep his guns, and encourage the woman…
Posted in: Clinton says women's rights under assault by Republicans
Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:12AM JST
Even Keynesian economic practices are practicable if there is an underlying foundation for growth. When Keynes…
Posted in: Quiet critic of Kuroda's 'monetary shamanism' turns up the volume
Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:11AM JST
Reminds me of that scene from "The Man with Two Brains":