combinibento's past comments

  • 14

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    How does the magazine expect to effect any change at all to this alleged behavior if it doesn't even identify this Company X? One wonders why it even bothered to publish it at all.

    Posted in: Kansai taxis flout laws in quest for more lucrative business

  • 1

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    "Pull my finger," said Abe.

    Posted in: Abe in Italy

  • 1

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    Obuchi’s political funding oversight body had spent about 3.6 million yen over five years from 2008 at a clothing shop run by her sister’s husband

    Wait, so the funding oversight boy was the one that misused funds? What's next, a story about a criminal that's actually a cop? Oh, wait, that happens all the time... Never mind.

    Posted in: Obuchi apologizes after political funds misuse reports

  • 9

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    I've seen a lot of criticism of U2 since this incident, but not a lot of criticism of Apple, who in my opinion is the primary party to blame. It's their platform, they funded this scheme, and used the album "release" to promote their products during the iPhone 6 launch. Lots of bands would have jumped at the chance to shove their music down the throats of hundreds of millions of people but it was Apple that allowed U2 this prize.

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

  • 1

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    Tanaka was hoping for the Cy Youngest award but due to injury he'll have to settle for this. He also wasn't eligible for the Goldest Glove award.

    Posted in: Yankees pitcher Tanaka, model Rola among winners of 'Best Jeanist Awards 2014'

  • 0

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    I disagree that search results can infringe on someone's rights. It's no more than just a list of various sources (that might infringe on rights). It's like holding a newspaper liable for match-fixing simply for reporting the score of a fixed match. I think the court should simply have said, while the results themselves are not illegal per se, there are instances where the harm of a particular search result can outweigh the good, and in those limited cases the courts have discretion to order the results deleted.

    Posted in: Tokyo court orders Google to delete data linking man to crime

  • -2

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    You rarely if ever see a police car actually give chase the wrong way down a street; it only increases the level of danger. But comments critical of cops are a dime a dozen on this site so I'll just end there.

    Posted in: Car being chased by police crashes, killing driver

  • 14

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    At some point the discussion needs to turn away from the old "society is changing and yet we still work too hard" to the fact that Japan is more or less a society run by functioning alcoholics. When you wake up more or less hungover every day, your motivation to do something new and better yourself is non-existent. You get dressed, deal with the hordes of people and noise, and slip into your cubicle comfortable with the fact that you can zone out for most of the day.

    Posted in: Japan's sozzled salarymen: the lost tribe in a modern pickle

  • 18

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    Who is writing the commentary here? It appears initially to be part of the survey but as I get through the article it becomes obvious that his/her own comments were not from those actually surveyed but rather from his or her own opinions about the places - a couple of which this author commented on while admitting never to have set foot in the place... Next time comments from those that actually responded to the survey would be more interesting and helpful.

    Posted in: Survey ranks Japan’s most and least welcoming restaurants of 2014

  • 2

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    LEDs are also commonplace in computers, TV, watches and mobile phone screens.

    And let's not forget vehicle headlights - LEDs have made cars look pretty cool lately.

    Posted in: 2 Japanese, American win Nobel Physics Prize for blue LEDs

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    Lay judges will also be given the option of withdrawing from jury duty if they feel they are unable to cope with the presentation of graphic evidence.

    Seems to me this would undermine the purpose of the lay judge system, being judged by your peers, etc., and therefore undermine the right to a fair trial. I can predict a certain segment of the population, particularly elderly women like this plaintiff, will simply cite an inability to cope with such photos and then be excused from jury duty. And then you basically have murder trials with juries that are missing a demographic - a demographic that may very well be beneficial to a defendant.

    Posted in: Court rules against lay judge in suit over stress caused by crime scene photos

  • 20

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    No evidence is presented of anything brewing – which doesn’t prove, however, that nothing is.

    Interesting the word "brewing" is used in this sentence, because this type of silly statement brings to mind Bertrand Russell's teapot. (Showing that if he claimed there was a teapot orbiting the sun in outer space, it would be ludicrous for people to believe him simply because they can't prove him wrong.) Bottom line here is that if there is no evidence of a threat, as the author above admits, why even spend the time writing about this bizarre fantasy of ISIS committing crimes against Tokyo?

    Posted in: Could Islamic State reach Japan?

  • 13

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    Imanishi, who weighs 120 kilograms did nothing to help his victim after the frenzied attack, instead ordering a bowl of noodles

    So did they actually serve him after this ordeal? Even that whole "customer is god" thing has it's limits...

    Posted in: Man kicked to death in argument over ramen shop seat

  • 7

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    I have gone pretty much digital only over the past few years out of sheer convenience, although I admit I still like CDs and regret I haven't bought many of them, mainly due to laziness. I have lost countless paid downloads through losing iPods, switching PCs, whatever. So I can understand the Japanese and can't blame them for wanting a physical thing. Also, something to pass onto your kids, unlike your iTunes library, for example. On a side note, with streaming music subscription services and the like, I can't understand for the life of me why places like Tsutaya still flourish... Someone on here will probably enlighten me though.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

  • 0

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    There had to have been exponentially more than that... Last year I received emails, on two separate occasions, from my kid's elementary school warning all the parents of attempted kidnappings. (Someone drives up to a kid walking home and asks them to get into the car.) And this is in a fairly good neighborhood. Of course I can't count how many times the school has emailed notices of molestations and other sexual assaults...

    Posted in: NPA says 94 children targeted by kidnappers in 2013

  • 10

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    He didn't apologize for it, he said he was sorry the media reported it. Two very different things.

    Posted in: Sun apologizes for 'ugly' anthem jibe

  • 29

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    Good prioritizing, Indonesia. Never mind that 30% of prostitutes in your country are children, "Crayon Shinchan" is a more worthy adversary to the moral integrity of your nation.

    Posted in: Indonesia to censor 'pornographic' Japanese cartoon

  • -6

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    The interesting thing that stands out in this story is that we have another Japanese swimmer and Olympic hopeful named "Kosuke." I mean, first Kosuke Kitajima and now Kosuke Hagino... I mean, what are the odds?!

    Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'

  • 24

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    Hope the fans counter-sue the management companies for harassment, malicious prosecution, filing frivolous lawsuits, the whole kitchen sink. What legal basis can the management company possibly have against the fans who had no contractual relationship with anyone and most certainly cannot be called negligent for - gasp - spending time with an idol they idolize (thanks in large part to management's efforts). What nonsense.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

  • 0

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    I probably assumed we'd have come up with cures for more diseases by now. If you asked me 30 years ago whether I thought, by the year 2014, we'd have cured the cold, cured some cancers, and cured AIDS and the like, I probably would have said, Of Course!

    Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?

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