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SamuraiBlueSep. 15, 2014 - 06:57PM JST
I see alot of people who is speaking without actually taking a single step in Japan.
Felica cards can be used at all train stations at ALL toll gates most buses and even many taxi in major cities. They can also be used at ALL convenience stores in Japan. The two major gorccery retail chains issues their own cards and smaller chains connected to to transit companies accept Suica/Passmo cards. There also many vending machines that accept suica cards as well.
Too many existing systems not willing to change?
Give me a break.
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SamuraiBlueSep. 15, 2014 - 06:35PM JST
The price of 15 years whiskey and a 30years bottle is like chalk and cheese. Although anyone can find a 15 years bottle whether it be Japanese or Scotch for less then 10,000 yen, a 30 years whiskey will go for more then 30,000 yen for any brand.
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SamuraiBlueSep. 15, 2014 - 09:49AM JST
And yet 30 years ago Japanese whisky dominated by Suntory churnned up some real nasty snake oil like Suntory Old, Suntory Red, Suntory White, etc.
I think things turned around when Nikka started coming out with products like pure malt sold in a 500ml bottle and single cask.
SamuraiBlueSep. 15, 2014 - 12:50AM JST
China is not the source of the cheapest goods. Various surveys and consumer report already proves this. For example Far East Tradings(UNIQLO) already moved to Bangladesh to manufacturer their garments.
Vietnam is booming with construction and both Myanmar and Cambodia is gaining steam in various new start ups.
The big problem was infrastructure but many foreign manufacturers had overcome that by introducing their own electric generator plants. Now many industrial estate developers provides the electricty to their clients by constructing electricity generator plants of their own and the government provides tax cuts to the fuel they import becoming a win - win for all.
The only problem is fresh water and sewage treatment but Japanese ODAs are providing various solutions in that section which is usually neglected.
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SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 11:37PM JST
Docomo, Au and also Softbank are infrastructure providers not manufacturers.
They don't have much say in future hardware that hadn't been developed yet.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 11:15PM JST
I doubt it no one is going to go through the hastle you discribed to pass through a toll gate at the station. As firstname.lastname@example.org eloquently described it's all about speed and as it becomes more diffused into society it becomes more about convenience not requiring to carry small change. It may become a disconvenience in the western nation required to tip everytime though.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 11:03PM JST
Living here doesn't automatically make you proficient in Japanese.
In fact if you read another thread you'll find Smithy and Jeff who claimed at this forum as long time residents of Japan not knowing how widely Ferica cards(Suica/Pasmo/ Edy/etc.) are used.
Basically I don't trust anyone's claim on the internet at face value.
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SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 08:10PM JST
People's words are not always translated in the proper meaning. Since you do not understand nor read Japanese how do you know the words are accurate?
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 08:08PM JST
It show that neither Smithy or Jeff resides in Japan or would not make such obvious mistaken remarks.
The Felica card is an ubiquitous technology here in Japan and Japan would basically come to a stand still if the system was to fail (especially in the morning rush hour).
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 07:53PM JST
So anyone that objects your self rightious ideals are right-wingers/netouyo.
Yeah I hear you. LoL
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 07:44PM JST
Oh boy talk about self infatuation. I look over an e-commerce site and the rate of credit card usage is the majority not the minority. If and when they accept Visa, Mastercards, etc. they are obilgated to accept those cards regardless of issuing their own cards.
The only way to charge a seperate surcharge is to develop another site in which one accepts only money transfer and the other site accepts only credit cards in which they hike up the price to include surcharge but those sites are completely the minority and it costs more for the e-commerce site owners to maintain two seperate sites so they rather have one site to accept both.
Don't care about your pet speculations either. Apple CANNOT lock the NFC since they do not have the rights to. It's basically a black box in which they are required to use it as they are supplied by whichever company they choose. There is a data transfer protocol which is required to be followed to ensure the data to be sent to the data center.
I suggest you quit while you are ahead since I been in the marketing field for the last two decades specializing in data-base marketing.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 06:17PM JST
Don't look at me I had never voted a down thumb to anyone, only thumbs up vote.
As for NFC regulating consortiums there are two one controlled by Sony and the other by NXP Semiconductors.
Neither is going to allow Apple to modify it for their own special purpose.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 05:42PM JST
Read the post, Nakasone was based at KURE, HIROSHIMA as a PAYMASTER.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 05:30PM JST
Apple can't lock the NFC cards for themselves since the chips are already supervised by a source group. I don't think apple modify the chips on their own without the approval by that group.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
Nakasone never saw the battle field since he was in the Navy on an exchage program from the interior department and was stationed in Kure as a paymaster looking over financing.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 04:57PM JST
Tickets are bought on-line these days and by law you can't place seperate surcharge to people paying with credit card in Japan.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 04:42PM JST
The Felica chips used in Suica/Pasmo/etc. transit cards around Japan are held by most all who transit via public transportation with a monthly pass in Japan. They also charge some cash by various items like newspaper and/or drinks at the Kiosk.
It is also the one behind Ed/Waon/NANACO cards which are centered towards usage at stores and restaurants. I don't know of a single Japanese that doesn't carry one. Even my mother at the ripe old age of 80 has one and uses it to pick up grocery at the local Ion store.
I been using my Osaifu-ketai for the past decade and the main reason why I do not want an iPhone.
SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 02:26PM JST
There are A LOT of female in the mid management. My first boss(Bucho class) was a female and also was when I was in my mid 30's.
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SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 01:37PM JST
Pride is the last thing you need in developing state of art advanced piece of technology like a sub.
PRC's subs are all Russian in design and I don't hear you complaining about that.
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SamuraiBlueSep. 14, 2014 - 10:36AM JST
It shows they are not innovator but good marketers. Follow the article at hand.
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Sep. 16, 2014 - 11:53AM JST
They should ask themselves WWRCND? (What Would Rab C Nesbitt Do?)
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Sep. 16, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
Right thing to do but he did come across pretty awful.
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Sep. 16, 2014 - 11:50AM JST
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Sep. 16, 2014 - 11:49AM JST
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