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cwhiteJan. 27, 2016 - 07:01PM JST
If 1/4 of the entire Japanese population or basically 1 out of every 2 households has/had her album than it's safe to assume she was pretty successful. She could write, compose and sing so that already beats most of the crowd.
If she had wanted to be ranked in the same pop genre of Carly Ray Jepson, Ellie Goulding, Kate Perry or similar of today I'm sure she could have pulled some strings back in the day. Not sure she would even want to, but it all comes down to networking with the right people in the industry and pumping oodles of money in marketing. Its like producing a movie and hype is important. Using youtube to go viral like Gangnam Style is more of a fluke and not sustainable. You can of course be talentless and still sell.
Posted in: Singer Hikaru Utada to return to showbiz in April with theme song for NHK drama
cwhiteJan. 27, 2016 - 06:44PM JST
If you're still using a key that can be duplicated in less that one minute of grinding, then you're using the wrong one. At least use a dimple key or one with magnetic pins.
Posted in: Japanese smartphone service lets you order duplicate keys by taking a photo
cwhiteDec. 29, 2015 - 04:55AM JST
while $8 million USD is not much the words have more meaning. I would like to know more about what ;evel of pressure Washington has been giving Abe-chan, but it would be nice to know along with any undisclosed deals made with S.K.
Posted in: S Korea, Japan reach deal on wartime sex slaves, including Y1 bil aid fund
cwhiteDec. 26, 2015 - 02:38AM JST
I would hold open a door for any man, woman, child or dog
I would not hold the chair for any man, woman, child or dog. It makes no sense.
I would give up my seat to the person who needs it most be it a man, woman, child or dog
Posted in: Do you think that a man giving up his seat on a bus or train to a woman, holding a door open for her or holding her chair as she sits down is outmoded?
cwhiteDec. 23, 2015 - 05:58AM JST
Billy Dee Williams is returning in episode 8
Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
cwhiteDec. 15, 2015 - 02:56AM JST
good god no, Apple is still unusable in all the countries I visit. I can only imagine the numbers reflect people who click something and are accidentally taken to Apple Maps before they copy and paste the address back into Google Maps. I find I open an Apple Maps app only to dismiss it and open Google Maps all the time.
Posted in: Apple Maps, once a laughingstock, now dominates iPhones
cwhiteDec. 07, 2015 - 07:12PM JST
The suspended sentence is only for the stimulants before the 2nd arrest for suspected murder
cwhiteDec. 02, 2015 - 01:41PM JST
My Number is just a nickname and in English is refered to as the "Social Security and Tax Number System" http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/bangoseido/english.html
cwhiteNov. 27, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
Hire Chinese labourers to build a runway, housing, tv station and what not. Then hire Koreans to do the maintenance.
Posted in: Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands
cwhiteNov. 25, 2015 - 08:30PM JST
I would rather be alone than have to mingle with people I have nothing in common with. I'll choose who I want to hangout with rather than sit at a table stuck with people I don't particularly want to know any better.
Posted in: Survey shows most Japanese employees don’t like Western-style work socials
cwhiteNov. 25, 2015 - 08:26PM JST
eventually yes, but not for a long time. The government will push hard to make this happen. Cost savings in printing, easy to control virtual money and complete traceability of all transactions to keep tags on their citizens. The rich will simply switch to other currencies such as rare metals and gems to conduct their daily illicit business transactions even more so than now.
Posted in: Do you think digital payment options will ever completely replace cash?
cwhiteNov. 16, 2015 - 04:44AM JST
sounds like a typical marriage with just some pricing attached to it.... you can call marriage whatever you want since it's different for each individual...
Posted in: Homeless guys happy to 'rent' themselves out
cwhiteNov. 15, 2015 - 01:33PM JST
and when you have both body parts? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgyny
cwhiteNov. 05, 2015 - 08:25AM JST
huh, it might as well be video games, tv, radio, comic books & manga and anything else that erodes your brain if you do too much of one thing. Perhaps if the parents bought their kids a notepc they would actually learn to program, surf the web with 2 hands, actually write something decent, create music, draw art, build a game, make money, etc, etc.... I can tell you the smartphone is a great device for quick access to info on the move, but a crap interface for doing anything productive!!
Posted in: The figures don't lie: Smartphones hurt kids' grades
cwhiteNov. 02, 2015 - 03:50AM JST
good god no
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cwhiteOct. 16, 2015 - 05:43AM JST
ummm no the Japanese Government specifically call it a tax number system
Posted in: Several suspicious My Number phone calls reported
cwhiteOct. 16, 2015 - 05:41AM JST
Good for her, but they will still install a electromagnetic deflector at the garbage disposal site just to make sure, so in hindsite there is a good reason why they don't bother separating aluminium and steel cans at the local level... now separating different plastics would be interesting...
cwhiteOct. 09, 2015 - 02:51AM JST
call it what it is in English "Social Security and Tax Number System" instead of My Number
cwhiteSep. 25, 2015 - 11:39PM JST
Sending in full time (white/western) Apple employees dedicated to just human rights and conditions to every manufacturing location with the authority to report anything not up to spec and taking videos and photos day in and day out with random interviews and questionnaires would make a world of difference and cost little compared to a lawsuit. I'm surprised they don't do this already. Forget random showing ups, but that person needs to stay onsite 24/7 365 and just wander around the halls, workplaces, staff rooms, cafeteria, living areas, etc snapping photos and taking notes... who cares if the person can't speak Chinese....just the existence of that person would make a huge difference...
Posted in: Apple under fire for factory conditions as iPhone 6s launched
cwhiteSep. 14, 2015 - 10:59PM JST
you could just pump seawater up once and dilute the contaminated water to your satisfaction and then let it loose into the sea.... or to save time just dump it all and fudge the numbers afterwards since it's the same thing....
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 08:12AM JST
Boy, they are going to start coming out of the woodwork, huh ? HRC must be…
Posted in: Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary's presidential run
Feb. 09, 2016 - 08:11AM JST
Looks likes the Republicans want to run against Sanders.
Last rites? I thought grave digger already buried Abenomics.
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 08:10AM JST
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