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bogvaMay. 22, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
Line is a big hit in Japan and among students right now. What I hear is actually many parents are encouraging their kids of using this app as budget cutting measure. Most of the kids in junior high and even some in shougaku already have smart phones. The parents tell their kids to use Line on the free WiFi at home to connect to friends. I know what happens between classmates of my kid in school and only imagination can give you what extension can it have in virtual space where even more can be done not facing the person. Just my impressions...
Posted in: Phone app ‘Line’ under fire from school after incidents of bullying
bogvaMay. 21, 2013 - 09:39AM JST
Child welfare in Yokohama is worse than Tokyo and even Yokosuka. Many services are low coast or free in those other cities while in Yokohama-shi are not. That's including medical. And that goes to junior high school - Tokyo kids get cheap meals at school for example.
I don't want to deny the achievement but it's PR anyway and there are many things under the surface.
Posted in: Yokohama says it has no children on daycare center waiting list
bogvaMay. 14, 2013 - 12:54PM JST
Why I think all 45 posters before me didn't get this article's meaning right?
How I feel is the Tokyo motor show organizers are "crying" that US top 3 brands are not showing. Even more - my feeling is the organizers hint that those makers might be boycotting the show.
Posted in: Big three U.S. automakers to skip Tokyo Motor Show
bogvaMay. 10, 2013 - 10:58AM JST
Yeah picture is not that nice. Reminds me of the time I was kid and being afraid to play after school hours in the school yard. Bigger kids will come, take our ball and humiliate us - some times phisically.
Now my kid is in JHS team and I can feel first hand the way clubs are dealt here. It's a soldier-like organization. Everyone has to obey and do same things. For example the whole club goes to the matches and they have to stand up all of the time - with the travel to the venue more than 9 hours on legs. Most of the kids not playing and training a little in the half time...
And this is imposed by the school coaches - mild form of bullying or way to "break" the spirit and make marionettes?
Posted in: Yamanashi high school soccer club members assault younger students in shower
bogvaMay. 08, 2013 - 05:59PM JST
The targets are off ;-)
Posted in: Branomics
bogvaMay. 07, 2013 - 11:15AM JST
Hey! XP, Linux, Win8, iOS - does it matter ??? Hardware wise too - if it runs the software you need for completing your tasks than it is good!
Now, missing support is something different but I haven't had virus or malicious software for the past 10+ years and the only reason is not the security updates or anti-virus but the way I use my PCs !
I still have XP laptop around and plan to give it to my kids after appropriate usage education without taping its LAN port :-)
Posted in: With no cash for Windows upgrades, local gov't to disconnect some PCs from Net and tape up ethernet ports
bogvaApr. 25, 2013 - 12:55PM JST
A mother is a mother ! She would always support her child!
Was she expert? Or doctor so she knew the exact consequences?
I also find it hard to believe they charged her. Well if it is only for the money I don't know...
Posted in: Mother, employer of epileptic crane driver ordered to pay compensation over fatal accident
bogvaApr. 23, 2013 - 01:19PM JST
OK, I don't know how to say it but the fact that the other reactors are not in the energy system doesn't mean they are turned off! They are still loaded with fuel, etc. so if big disaster happens this doesn't mean we are protected from nuclear consequences!
So the public should not go against nuclear in general. We should ask to start decommissioning of all of the problematic reactors first and then as a whole while they are still in stable condition!
bogvaApr. 15, 2013 - 05:29PM JST
C'mon guys ! You jumped with both feet! Give people some right to have fun. When Japanese lack a sense of humor - "why they are so boring". When they find funny things about foreigners coming here - "why we don't ask them same thing when they go abroad"... Touchy ah!
I watched it just once and laughed quite a bit - both on the dumb questions from the comedian duo and to the foreigners - some really weired birds!
Those Latino Americans that came for the robot-sumo contest were great! The first guy made mistake and came a day earlier. Then after he reunited with his comrades many funny things happened. For example all four of them ordered exactly the same meal at a restaurant. Everybody was shocked - owner, TV staff. When competition came it turned out the main hero (who came early) can not go on-stage to compete as only 2 members can participate. And finally they lost in 4 seconds but went back to airport happy. It was interesting for me but I guess twice as much for Japanese to see how different culture and attitudes can be.
Well just my 2 c.
Posted in: What are you doing here?
bogvaMar. 18, 2013 - 02:13PM JST
Wait ! They are not going to play US and then Puerto Rico at least 2 more times ???
I got used to watch same game repeated over and over again...
Posted in: Puerto Rico ousts Japan from WBC
bogvaFeb. 20, 2013 - 10:36AM JST
Totally agree with some modification:
“The reason things are so good in Japan right now is that there is massive investment in youth soccer,”
Read massive investment from the youth's PARENTS !!!
For example while I appreciate the shear number of clubs and places for kids to practice the game there are oddities typical for Japan (or may be not only?)
First is the dedication from the parents who have to sacrifice other family members not interested in football (eg. - daughter).
Once your boy or girl is one of the parent managed teams its over with family time on the weekends.
If your kid and you get really serious and try to go up the ladder to pro there are many hurdles. Selection to enter one of the J-league teams is severe. Once you are in the youth team all expenses are on the shoulders of the parents. Equipment, uniforms, travel for the matches - you have to be reach. No chance for talented kid without solid financial support. The team can kick you out and there only good to provide grounds and coaches which are of high standard generally.
I don't say it's all black but its harsh reality for kids and parents who decide to go to higher lever. Personally I am fine with my kid being able to practice sport and have only superlative words for the popularity and work everybody is putting for those kids.
Posted in: Soccer in Japan benefits from grass-roots level
bogvaFeb. 19, 2013 - 01:04PM JST
Yeah, sighclops - seems Apple is not doing well - lots of stock while Androids are probably sold out ;-)
Posted in: Thieves get away with iPhones, iPads, cash from 2 Ibaraki stores
bogvaFeb. 18, 2013 - 05:27PM JST
Yep, the article is for before the mariage relations for sure !
+1 for Beermytrue_love - with small variations same experience :(
Posted in: 10 things single Japanese women want from a man
bogvaJan. 28, 2013 - 02:18PM JST
I guess all these places are non-alcohol right! Otherwise the remark that girls under 18 were found should be under 20, no?
Actually the first thing that struck me is the number of the raided establishments - seventeen ! Is that symbolic?
Posted in: 17 'relaxation' establishments raided; 76 high school girls in custody
bogvaDec. 18, 2012 - 01:09PM JST
Not in position yet and mishaps started already?
Who he spoke to after all? Bush or Obama !
Posted in: Abe, Obama discuss importance of alliance
bogvaDec. 04, 2012 - 02:37PM JST
I think the inspection is to be blamed but NOT for not discovering eventual aging or deterioration of materials.
The operator and its engineers are to blame that they should have foreseen long time ago the problem of the old design! They should have already started replacing or reinforcing that old design.
Posted in: Police raid highway operator in negligence probe over tunnel collapse
bogvaNov. 29, 2012 - 11:20AM JST
Yeah, JeffLee - that's exactly what I thought ! Like some airports - you see free WiFi and lose time and effort to get into the network only to see the airports own pages and advertisement for the shops and restaurants.
Hope it's not the case and more really free WiFi is available at various businesses!
Posted in: Seven & i Holdings to offer free wi-fi in 10,000 stores nationwide
bogvaNov. 20, 2012 - 10:58AM JST
I don't get it !
Numerous times people press that: "who can not afford Apple goes for Android... blah, blah"
As Zichi have already said it - it is cheaper to get iPhone 5 in Japan !!!
16Gb iPhone comes to 6755 yen/month but right now KDDI have 1 year wavier for the basic 980 yen plan. If you switch from other carrier you get 2 years for free.
For Androids and iPhone 32Gb you pay about 1155-1355 yen for the device itself for 24 month additionally. Also Android flat plan is a bit more expensive at 5985 yen thus totaling >8500 as Zichi said.
But again - deduct 980 if you are new user for an year or 2 if coming from Softbank/Docomo !
Personally I'm in a search and comparing the 2 platforms I like the iOs's simplicity. Android is too cluttered for me but offers more freedom.
Too bad Win8 phones are still not here - I think they are worth of checking but their weakest point would be lack of support for apps (like AV receivers, etc.)
Posted in: Google's Android is eating Apple's lunch
bogvaNov. 08, 2012 - 01:18PM JST
I've been using both and have to say Windows Live Messenger was very good.
What is MS messenger? It was discontinued years ago!
WLM also gave remote assistance so I could help my relatives. Interface and video were very smooth. I guess MS was using own servers so it didn't have those occasional hiccups like Skype.
I'll miss WLM for sure despite using Skype most of the time...
Posted in: Skype replaces Microsoft Messenger for online calls
bogvaOct. 30, 2012 - 10:21AM JST
@2020hindsights - So what? If Apple has done something nobody else should do it?
Japan have been using foreign technologies to beat the originals so why other companies shouldn't use same model?
For sake of it Apple success is based on other's ideas as well ! Just that they have done things right.
Posted in: Google unveils large tablet, revamped Nexus lineup
May. 23, 2013 - 02:32AM JST
Nice of you to bring up Prof. Berger for his quotes were featured on this…
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 23, 2013 - 02:31AM JST
I know the family well. Their family bond is really something to be admired.
Posted in: Nearly there
May. 23, 2013 - 02:18AM JST
Well, it's a matter of opinion.
People simply want to live in Japan because of the…
Posted in: Scrambling for the immigrant elite
dcog9065, hope you die painfully. cu nt..
May. 23, 2013 - 02:17AM JST
dcog9065, hope you die painfully. cu nt.