billyshears's past comments

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    billyshears

    This kind of thing happens in hospitals all over the world every day and this comparatively trivial incident would definitely not make it to the TV news (where Japan Today presumably found it) in the vast majority of countries. That this story did indeed become a nationally reported event in a country of 126 million people must be indicative of at least something a little positive about its health system.

    Posted in: Doctor leaves gauze in patient's body in Sagamihara hospital

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    billyshears

    Where does one buy "frozen mice"?

    Actually, some pet shops keep them for those (strange?) people who like to keep reptiles as pets.

    Posted in: Osaka police find 80 reptiles in one-room apartment

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    billyshears

    The bottom line, if the tax is enacted, would mean an overall tax increase of approximately 200,000 yen over the 10-year life of a vehicle, and greatly impacting on people in rural areas, small business owners and other individuals who can least afford it.

    That works out to an increase of 384 yen a week over 10 years. You wouldn't really think that amount would impact a small business owner, who could probably write it off as a business expense and get it most of it back as an income tax refund.

    Posted in: Proposal to triple taxes on K-cars raises concerns among rural drivers

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    billyshears

    It seems like an article written with the express aim of trying to stir things up. Five or six extreme quotes from the kind of jingoistic shallow-thinkers (that you can find in virtually any country), spawned by a nationalistic mentality that is a natural consequence of undiluted human greed, often nurtured and taken advantage of by those who seek (or wish to maintain) power. It appears on occasion the Chinese government, in the guise of protector of the people's "cake", needs to make aggressive posturing against any assumed (or government-manufactured) potential "cake" thieves. In reality, the dire worldwide economic consequences of any kind of war between the two countries will be the ultimate deterrent here.

    Posted in: China Internet users call for action against Japan

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    billyshears

    Having been stricken with a mild form of this malady, I can admire these beautiful singers aesthetically

    Beautiful singers? Got to be joking. Like SMAP, none of the members of this hand-made collection have any apparent musical talent. Calculated, money-making productions and living proof of the power of the media nowadays to create stars for profit.

    Posted in: Pop group Arashi inspires extreme fan worship

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    The hate that some of you people have for him is amazing

    No, it isn't amazing. I hate the idea of whaling and I believe eating whale meat is a danger to human health, especially for children. However, he's an obvious phony who has made a personal fortune out of whaling. While Sea Shepherd, and the bunch of adventurists on board, is in action (for the TV cameras of course) , Japan will never give up whaling. This guy has managed to change a moribund issue into a matter of national pride. Consequently, their antics have turned public opinion here in Japan (and elsewhere) from anti-whaling to anti-Sea Shepherd. Ultimately, he has actually become detrimental to the cause of the whales in much the same way as any militant activists often ruin their causes.

    Posted in: Anti-whaling activist Watson tells U.S. court: 'We're not pirates'

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    billyshears

    Obviously mis-reported quote. It should have read: "We are answering to our clients, which is....the Discovery channel".

    Posted in: Anti-whaling activist Watson tells U.S. court: 'We're not pirates'

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    billyshears

    It's a psychological fact that people are not only attracted by media hype but also by others lining up, clamoring to buy things. In Japan, this includes cakes, donuts, tako-yaki and iphones. Apple products are certainly well-made (I love my ipod touch even though it's now been callously excluded from ios7) and have comparatively few technological glitches but they have lost much of their early "wow" factor and are tied in to that (what many, many people consider) horrible itunes system (whatever kind of PC you have, it's horrible). Apple also always holds something back (look at those atrocious specs on the first ipad mini); in the past, car manufacturers called this "planned obsolescence". It can be guaranteed that a 5-inch iphone is well past the drawing board stage and they'll all be lining up for it next November.

    Posted in: Apple still rules in Japan as carriers battle to sell iPhones

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    billyshears

    emobile is using the nexus 5

    http://s.emobile.jp/products/nexus5/

    Posted in: Google unveils new smartphone in Nexus line

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    billyshears

    That's really sad. I guess there was no one around to help her. Feel bad for the driver too, having to live with that terrible image.

    Posted in: 96-year-old woman killed by train at crossing in Tokyo

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    billyshears

    thanks carcharodon, looks like docomo

    Posted in: Google unveils new smartphone in Nexus line

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    billyshears

    With which provider can the nexus phone be used in Japan?

    Posted in: Google unveils new smartphone in Nexus line

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    billyshears

    Must be psychologically difficult working in JT's publicity department trying to promote cigarette smoking as it usually involves enticing young non-smokers to become addicted to the nicotine habit. Maybe JT will try to increase the talented staff in that department with some special incentives (you know, like the devil did with Faust).

    Posted in: Japan Tobacco to cut 1,600 jobs as cigarette sales fall

  • 4

    billyshears

    I buy American cigarettes (blows smoke in faces of above posters)

    eventually, you won't be able to do that

    Posted in: Japan Tobacco to cut 1,600 jobs as cigarette sales fall

  • 0

    billyshears

    Edge or no edge, monthly report on business section of KLVGJ always show BJ the table games Casinos make.

    Casinos make most total profit on BJ because it is far and away the most popular casino game (and that's because it has the lowest built-in house percentage). To reiterate, if you really have to play, that's the one game you should stick to. However, whatever game you play regularly in a casino, it is a mathematical certainty that, eventually, you'll end up losing (unless you cheat, which includes card-counting on BJ).

    Posted in: Casino lobby prepares to submit bill during current Diet session

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    billyshears

    If you are going to casino to play one of table games, never play Black Jack.

    All casino games have a built-in house percentage (combined with table limits) guaranteeing them a profit over a period of time and guaranteeing that nearly all regular players will be losers, unless they find a successful way to cheat. Blackjack has the lowest house edge. If you really have to play in casinos, the one game you should play (with simple established player strategy) is blackjack. Check out respective house edges for each game here:

    http://wizardofodds.com/gambling/house-edge/

    Posted in: Casino lobby prepares to submit bill during current Diet session

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    billyshears

    Well I certainly hope those coal-fired power plants are not going to be built in my vicinity. "In the US in 2011, coal-fired power plants generated approximately 76 million tons of coal ash. Coal ash is simply the solid residue that is left over from the burning of coal. There are two types of coal ash: fly ash and bottom ash. Fly ash refers to the tiny particles that escape up the chimney or stack. Ash which does not rise is termed bottom ash. Coal ash contains unsafe levels of mercury, arsenic, lead, chromium, and other toxic metals known to cause cancer, neurological and organ damage. And to make matters worse, coal ash is often mixed with water and stored in unprotected and unlined sludge ponds, which causes potentially catastrophic spills/releases as was the case in a disastrous coal ash spill in Tennessee in 2008. Coal-fired power plants also use an enormous amount of water. In 2005, thermoelectric power plants used an estimated 201 billion gallons of water per day. That is almost half (49%) of the total water use across the US."

    Posted in: Japan goes on gas, coal power building spree to fill nuclear void

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    billyshears

    In Shinto, all the souls at the same shrine are believed to be united as "kami". It's not possible to separate them

    These "souls" used to be physically separated until they were purposely smuggled into Yasukuni by the shrine authorities and uyoku dantai (right wing yakuza groups) in 1978 with the sole (no pun intended) purpose of making a political statement justifying Japan's role in Asia in the 1930s and 1940s. Shinto believers thinking the war criminals' souls would still be there, even if their remains had been taken away, wouldn't be an issue for concerned countries, I think; it would however be a gesture that could put this issue to bed forever. Why it will never happen is obvious and that is what antagonizes China and Korea in particular.

    Posted in: Another cabinet minister visits Yasukuni Shrine

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    billyshears

    He argued the shrine was not meant to “glorify” war. Rather, it is a place which many Japanese citizens have visited and maintained… to console the soul of their kin and friends who devoted their life to the country,” he added

    Then why aren't the offending designated "category A" war criminals removed to a separate shrine? If that were to happen, the reason for the thinking that the shrine glorifies the war that Japan mercilessly waged against its Asian neighbors would also be removed. Is that too simple a solution or is it that the extreme right wing is so still so powerful in Japan that it must be pandered to every year with this ridiculous political charade?

    Posted in: Another cabinet minister visits Yasukuni Shrine

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    billyshears

    Did he visit Africa and come into contact with one of the resistant strains? Or did he see a tourist who had tuberculosis?

    Although the risk is comparatively small, there is no need to travel abroad from Japan to contact TB; a crowded rush-hour train will do. There were approximately 26,000 NEW cases here in 2011 (4,000 more than Haiti), including the drug-resistant variety.

    Posted in: Doctor with TB examined more than 600 patients