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    It is out of respect. Not are they only bowing to an empty train (there's staff in the train) the train and train staff successfully carried passengers to their destination in safety.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese cleaning crews bow at trains?

  • 4

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    A middle-aged man in the town told public broadcaster NHK that he went out to see a river in the neighborhood late Wednesday as he heard what sounded like “an earthquake”.

    ....

    THIS IS HOW PEOPLE GET THEMSELVES KILLED. Stay indoors during a typhoon/tropical storm etch etc. Don't go outside!!

    Posted in: Tropical storm dumps rain on Kyushu

  • 4

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    This guy not only needs to be fired, he needs to be ARRESTED.

    Posted in: Teacher disciplined after slapping and pushing student down stairs

  • 1

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    Truthfully speaking, MOST young Japanese people have no dreams to join the SDF. Unlike Korea or China, where mandatory military service is required by males, Japan has no such system, and is unlikely to adopt such a system. Japan's SDF if they want to expand and attract talent pool would need to increase salaries of SDF members and provide much more benefits for them to join. In the US, members have the GI bill which would pay for college if a service member successfully completes their tour of service.

    Posted in: Pacifist no more? Experts discuss Japan's military

  • 0

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    Nothing in this article explaining why they're suddenly asking for help 18 years later?

    Are aren't "suddenly asking for help". This is done every year, for the past 18 years. Usually police in Japan will appeal to the public on the anniversary of an unsolved crime. In the USA they used to do it on TV shows like "America's most wanted", Japan is no different. Since the crime happened on July 7, 1996, and yesterday was July 7, 2014, the police were out on the anniversary.

    One day, someone somewhere might have their memory triggered and remember something, or they will feel too guilty, it's happened in the past.

    Posted in: Police appeal for help to solve 1996 abduction of 4-year-old girl

  • 0

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    Besides the various JR lines, you have the Keio main and Keio New line, the Toei Shinjuku line, the Oedo Line has two stations (Shinjuku and Shinjuku Nishiguchi station) in the Shinjuku Station area, Marunouchi Line, main Odakyu Lines, and the nearby Seibu Shinjuku Station a new minutes walk to the north.

    Posted in: Shinjuku remains JR East's busiest station in Tokyo

  • -1

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    In the airline industry AA is usually "AMERICAN AIRLINES" Air Asia is more identified as AK or AXM.

    Posted in: AirAsia announces Japan comeback with Rakuten

  • -2

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    Heard they were aiming at Nagoya Chubu Airport. That alone is doom to failure. If they flew into Kansai or Narita/Haneda then the have a chance, but not Chubu. So first you pay a cheap ticket into out of Japan, you just go to get to/out of Nagoya first.

    I was reading about this in another web forum, someone bought some cheap Air Asia flight into Nagoya, then they also needed to buy another ticket (non Air Asia) to Tokyo (Shinkansen, bus, another airline etc).

    Flying cheap in and around South East Asia is one thing, however the Japanese market demands more level of service in my opinion. I'm not Japanese and I flew an LCC, last time I did that. No leg room, nothing is free, even a seat reservation cost money, checked bag, more money. At the end of the day, the price difference from a "traditional airline" was minimal.


    For those complaining about the cost of using AA for flights to and from Japan, could that have been due to the prior >relationship with ANA? Could it be that it will be cheaper now?

    AA is partners with JAL not ANA. ANA is partners with UNITED.

    Posted in: AirAsia announces Japan comeback with Rakuten

  • 1

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    This article is incomplete; if you live abroad, your bank must only report on you if you have **$200,000 or more

    There are two reporting procedures. 1. The overseas bank 2. The individual tax payer

    For the US-Japan memorandum, banks must identify those who's assets are over 50,000 USD.

    For individual reporting, if you are a bonafide resident, then you fill out a form if it is over 200,000 USD.

    There's a third element known as FBAR, which has been in effect since 1970, which requires tax payer to fill out an FBAR if their accounts exceed 10,000 USD.

    The main purpose of FATCA is not about individuals reporting, but rather forcing banks to reveal US indivudal accounts so they (the IRS) can check if the US individuals have been reporting properly.

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

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    If my bank gave up my banking info to the US government without my permission I'd sue them.

    And it'll be tossed out by a Japanese court, they have no option.

    Any case, if you read the FATCA agreement, those who do not wish to divulge their information then you will be subject to a 30% withholding tax.

    Note that FATCA applies to those with $50,000 USD in assets. In addition, FBAR, which has been in place since 1970 requires you to report any assets in banks totaling 10,000 USD or higher. That's been in place for over 40 years.

    Also I suggest people read FATCA agreement and see how banks are to identify US individuals. Essentially a database search to see if you have any US transactions. Harder to track if you didn't use your residence card to open an account (I always use my health insurance card). Harder if you had accounts established before FATCA.

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

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    Retirement funds, pension plans etc are exempt from FATCA.

    I urge any American to read JAPAN-US FATCA agreements and see if applies to them: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/tax-policy/treaties/Documents/FATCA-Statement-Japan-6-11-2013.pdf

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

  • 2

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    I've read the FATCA agreement between the US and Japan (obtainable from the IRS website). For Japan, Japanese banks will need to identify account holders who's assets are over $50,000 USD. Insurance/pensions etc are exempted.

    Note that this is in addition to the already existing laws requiring US persons to report to the IRS any bank accounts with an aggregate value of over $10,000 USD.

    Posted in: U.S. offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

  • 2

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    Smoke detectors are not expensive and the other day I was shopping and saw a fire extinguisher for not much either. Got one next to my room, you never know!

    Posted in: 80-year-old woman, grandson perish in house fire

  • 0

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    Foley character leaves his work as a Beverly Hills police detective

    Actually the press release is incorrect. The Foley character was never a Beverly Hills police detective, he was a Detroit police detective who traveled to Beverly Hills. The rest of the article makes sense because Detroit is a cold place not Beverly Hills.

    The first movie was great, the second was okay, the third movie was garbage. Maybe they can do a reboot or something beats me.

    Posted in: 4th in 'Beverly Hills Cop' series being shot in Detroit

  • 1

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    I agree, after all the fees I paid on an LCC it was almost the cost of a traditional airline, with that I got a smaller seat, no food or drink and we used a dinky terminal.

    Posted in: Rakuten reportedly to tie up with AirAsia

  • 3

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    Why on earth would they allow a guy with obvious physiological problems to stand a post, let a lone be armed with an assault rifle near the border with N. Korea!?? This guy should of been discharged and given medical help.

    Posted in: Military surrounds S Korean soldier who killed 5 comrades

  • -2

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    Do you need an invitation to show up? Seems like anyone can just say I'm a shareholder.

    Posted in: No-gift policy cuts turnout at shareholder meetings

  • 2

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    And you or other posters would be flipping out if they did decide to prosecute a mentally incompetent man.

    Posted in: No charges for man held in Anne Frank diary vandalism case

  • 0

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    From Japan to Hawaii, Delta doesn't have "first class" rather it is "Business Elite", Delta flies a two cabin arrangement on most international flights.

    Any case, while I do not condone the guy for fighting with flight attendants, they knew he was drunk before but continued to serve him alcohol.

    Also, from reading the report, it "does not surprise me" that when he asked the tray to be removed the cabin attendants "hands were busy" . This is Delta, a crummy airline with many pacific airroutes inherited from Northworst airlines. The situation of the tray removal would of never happened for premium customers in Singapore Airlines or any other 5 star airline, which is probably why US airlines only rank as high as 3 stars.

    Any case, I don't condone what the guy did, but the airline did continue to serve him drinks.

    Posted in: Honeymooner pleads guilty to punching flight attendant

  • 3

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    The guy who reviews all the adult videos for censorship or the guy who has to censor the videos (this is a real job that was advertised!).

    Posted in: 7 unbelievable jobs that actually exist in Japan

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