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    cleo

    It was a particular Japanese company that got hit.

    Word on the Web is that it was Standard Bank of South Africa.

    https://ibsintelligence.com/ibs-journal/ibs-news/japanese-atm-hackers-make-off-with-1-4bn-yen-in-just-two-hours/

    Once again the blacks have caused trouble

    I've read a few different reports of this crime; a few mention an 'international crime syndicate', but not a one mentions 'the blacks'. Do you have info the rest of us don't?

    Bad enough a foreigner has a tough time to get a credit card in Japan or bank account or so I'm told by my foreigner working friends.

    Your foreigner working friends are either very unlucky, poor credit risks, or they're pulling your leg. It is not difficult to get a credit card in Japan if you have permanent residence; shops will beg you to have yet another credit card that doubles as their own loyalty card. Same with bank accounts. No problem at all opening one if you have the necessary documentation, which I imagine applies anywhere, not just in Japan.

    Posted in: Y1.4 bil stolen from 1,400 convenience store ATMs across Japan

  • 2

    cleo

    Being a housewife is probably one of the world's hardest and tiring jobs.

    I've done the dinks thing, I've done the sengyo shufu thing, I've done the sahm thing, now I'm doing the wahw thing. By far the most rewarding - and the hardest and most tiring - thing was the sahm thing. The least satisfying was the married-but-no-kids-and-no-job thing (forced into it for a while cos of visa considerations), though it was tempered a bit on account of us being newly-weds and living in a rose-coloured bubble at the time.

    Posted in: Retirement can create multiple tensions at home

  • 2

    cleo

    Whatever!

    I cannot counter that 'argument'. It's on a level with sticking your fingers in your ears and chanting 'lalalalahla, I can't hear you~!'

    Posted in: Gun rights group NRA endorses Trump for president

  • 10

    cleo

    The area is known as a bear habitat

    The area is known as a bear habitat

    The area is known as a bear habitat

    Who goes looking for bamboo shoots in a bear habitat?? Either cultivate a friendly neighbour who has a bamboo grove (most folk are grateful to have them thinned out, otherwise they become impenetrable in a very short time), or take a trip to the local supermarket, they're stocked with fresh bamboo shoots at non-unreasonable prices at this time of year.

    Posted in: Two men killed in apparent bear attacks in Akita

  • 2

    cleo

    What is obtuse and ignorant is the claim that the lives of the ruling class require protection and the average citizens does not. I do not believe that any citizens life - including government officials - are innately more valuable than the average citizen.

    It isn't that the life of a VIP (politicians, celebrities etc) is more valuable than that of the average citizen; it's that the VIP is a bigger target and more like to attract weirdos and loonies eager to take a pot shot at the VIP because he's a VIP. Think Abe Lincoln, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, John Paul II, John Lennon. Mr. Joe Average is much less likely to be the target of a nutter killer with a gun.

    At least that's the case in civilised societies where Mr Joe Average doesn't live in such daily fear for his life that he rejoices in what he sees as the 'need' to have lethal protection against everything and everyone. If I had to live in an environment where I feared for my life not only when I stepped outside but even sitting in my own house, I think I would go crazy.

    And that is what appears to have happened to the people who support the NRA in America.

    Posted in: Gun rights group NRA endorses Trump for president

  • 1

    cleo

    As far as the gangs are concerned...... the problem comes from illegal street guns that are sold in the streets.

    The 5-year-old who shot herself with her Daddy's gun the other day wasn't involved in any gangs, and the gun wasn't an illegal one sold on the streets. Same could be said of the 6-year-old in Baton Rouge who shot his sister in the face, or the 3-year-old in New Orleans killed when the gun in his grandmother's bed went off while she slept.

    It's beyond crazy.

    Posted in: Gun rights group NRA endorses Trump for president

  • 1

    cleo

    What abou kids that are molested everyday or what about children that kill their parents.

    Molesting a child is a criminal offence. Killing a parent is a criminal offence. Bass, are you by any chance making the sensible suggestion that having the country awash with lethal weapons is a major problem, and that for a member of the public to own a lethal weapon should be a criminal offence?

    Posted in: Gun rights group NRA endorses Trump for president

  • 2

    cleo

    I could say the same about a gay wedding, but you'd be throwing a hissy fit too.

    'Say the same'? You mean, 'Don't go if you don't like it'? Sounds sensible. Sorry, no hissy fit there.

    you've said quite a mouthful about other people's affairs in the past when it doesn't really concern you either. Kettle, pot?

    You've lost me. Like to give an example?

    Posted in: Japanese couples opting for smaller, intimate wedding receptions

  • 0

    cleo

    Not if you're being asked to attend and FUND the ceremony!

    If you don't want to go, then don't go (remember it's an invitation, not a summons). But don't rain on their parade, either.

    why the the heck do non-Christians need to pay for a priest in a fake church?

    Because it's their wedding, and maybe they think it's romantic, and preferable to a fake Shinto priest in a fake shrine, and its up to them how they do it? They might even have the temerity to imagine that some of their guests might enjoy it. And hiring the fake Christian priest in the fake church with a rental white dress tends to be a whole lot cheaper than hiring the fake Shinto priest in the fake shrine with the rental wedding kimono(s) and wig.

    some see a comment as a complaint if they do not agree

    The use of epithets like 'absurd', 'over the top' , 'beyond idiotic. And tacky', 'ludicrous ' etc., sound decidedly more like a complaint than a comment.

    Posted in: Japanese couples opting for smaller, intimate wedding receptions

  • 10

    cleo

    If you want a small, intimate wedding, than have a small, intimate wedding. If you want a huge almighty glitzy affair with hundreds of guests including Mickey Mouse, then go for it. If you can afford it.

    But complaining about how other folk choose to celebrate their commitment to each other? Nah. Bad form.

    Posted in: Japanese couples opting for smaller, intimate wedding receptions

  • 1

    cleo

    I wonder, if we don't order anything, is the money already paid, or do the couple get to keep it?

    I imagine it's already paid for, as part of the wedding package. Choose something nice, and let it remind you of the happy couple.

    Possibly your wife sent the gift even though she didn't attend, if it was a close friend or family member?

    Posted in: Japanese couples opting for smaller, intimate wedding receptions

  • 0

    cleo

    Simon Clark, director of the smokers’ group Forest, says the rules “treat adults like children and teenagers like idiots.”

    Anyone who chooses to smoke in this day and age, when the problems are well known and documented, is an idiot and deserves to be treated like a child.

    Posted in: Tobacco firms lose UK court bid to stop standard packaging

  • 0

    cleo

    We just don't have that sushi の "su" sound in English, do we? I can't think of any words that have it, can you?

    Isn't it the 'ə' sound in words like subject, succeed, suck, sudden? Or close, at least?

    My computer dictionary says that sushi is pronounced ˈso͞oSHē, but that's not how any Japanese person I know says it. The vowel is not long.

    Posted in: Anyone for sushi?

  • 15

    cleo

    can anyone familiar with Japanese law explain why they would arrest him on those charges vice murder?

    It's common practice; they arrest the suspect for 'abandonment' and hold him on that charge while they gather (more) evidence to make the murder charge stick. It's a way of gaining time.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 8

    cleo

    I do wish more facts were reported in these articles, then 'jumping to conclusions' wouldn't be a pass-time...

    And when mention is made of a suspect's nationality or ethnicity, the usual suspects are all here demanding to know what that's got to do with anything and why is it relevant, and stating that the local media wouldn't mention it if the suspect were Japanese.

    this is not what the military community here on island needed

    It's not what anybody on the island needed.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 0

    cleo

    Some of the veggie burgers sold today in restaurants are very good.

    You seem to frequent different restaurants to me.....

    I really wish Japan Today would add a "Japanese market option" for their recipes.

    Or better still, tell us where they're selling the mushrooms!

    Posted in: The healthy burger that may make even carnivores opt for vegetarian

  • 3

    cleo

    I remember as a student walking through Euston Station during the troubles, shortly after the PO tower had had a hole blown in it. There were no rubbish bins at all, and signs saying that the Left Luggage lockers would be locked and out of use for the foreseeable future.

    'Twas a long time ago, all that is past now. The bins will be back in the Tokyo Metro as soon as the VIPs have gone. And they'll probably disappear again in 2020.

    Posted in: Trash cans removed from Tokyo subway stations in preparation for G-7 summit

  • 5

    cleo

    The IRA used to have a thing about blowing up rubbish bins, if my memory serves me correctly.

    Posted in: Trash cans removed from Tokyo subway stations in preparation for G-7 summit

  • 0

    cleo

    I don't get why a vegetarian would want to create an imitation meat-like hamburger.....If someone has a craving for something that is not on their diet, I would say that their diet (unless it's doctor-ordered) probably doesn't suit them.

    It isn't a craving for meat, commanteer. It's the simple desire to enjoy ordinary things; a sandwich, a pate, a sauce, whatever, that doesn't incorporate bits of dead body. If I want to eat a sandwich (or in this case a burger) it doesn't mean that I crave the ham or ground beef or whatever it is someone else might want to put between their bits of bread. Far from it.

    The portobello 'burger' sounds delicious, but not meaty. Mushrooms are yummy in their own right.

    Posted in: The healthy burger that may make even carnivores opt for vegetarian

  • 1

    cleo

    I love Portobello mushrooms, but they are so hard to come by! Occasionally the local supermarket will stock them for just a few days, and then they're gone again until next time. You just have to be lucky and be there when they are. I admit to doing a bakugai blitz when I do find them.

    The magic sauce looks delicious and easy to make into the bargain. I'll be trying that.

    Posted in: The healthy burger that may make even carnivores opt for vegetarian

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