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    daito_hak

    The most well-known example of this is the mobile phone, where Japan was initially streets ahead and had polyphonal, full-color flip-top mobile phones in the late 1990s.

    This is plain flat wrong. Japanese phones were not better, they just sucked less. But in fact they were full, but full of features that no one could possibly find, all packed in awful, horrible user interfaces. The iPhone was a deliverance, I had two Japanese cell phones before the iPhone came out but they sucked sooooooo much, to such a level, sky high. They came with this huge manual book that nobody, absolutely nobody would ever read, being Japanese native or not. And those features that were advertised but it don’t work at all, like you know internet (more on that later) or some clunky implemented features like TV. You had a huge antenna on the side of the phone, this is was clunky, horribly ugly and not functional. The best you could get is a blurred image. The Japanese tech companies could not innovate, actually they didn’t need to do so, the market was so saturated with junk and they could just sell it to customers that didn’t have any other choice. Instead of packing their phone with useless, totally unusable features that nobody really knew about (you know like Samsung does today), they could have worked and fixed their awful user interface to any part of the cell phone that was mostly used by people. Emailing, messaging, call, localization (they had completely un-functional GPS modules backed by completely buggy software), listening to music or watching videos. Not only most of the Japanese cell phones didn’t provide some of these features, but the ones which did, did it with totally un-usable interface and software. Anyone remember typing anything other than Japanese on the keyboard of this phones, my lord, it was just silly. And what about the battery live of those things, don’t get me started, let’s just say that this is behind us and that the world is full of crap. To this you have to add that Japanese phones didn’t support Wifi (again a carrier like Docomo was absolutely against phones that could connect to anything without going through their network), their screens were totally bad (you hardly could read any text without putting it in front of your face), they were very slow, they were bulky, they are all made of cheap plastic, they would overheat quickly if pushed in doing intensive tasks, their OS was a mess, a total disaster, and you know things like sending rich attachments in emails were a no go.

    These units were Internet-capable as far back as 1999.

    This is also flat wrong and I am staring to question the honesty of the author. Basically most Japanese cell phone (and I don't count the one which were supposed to work with the full internet but asked you to wait 5 minutes every time you wanted to scroll a page ) couldn't display anything from the internet, the internet that people knew and were using on their computers. All of them were only able to display a very limited mobile version of a site if available at all with an incredible limited bitmap based drawing with pages essentially filled with text. Absolutely unusable, this is not internet, sorry. Or the users were locked to the iMode system owned by Docomo which was even not internet. It was a sort of intranet at the scale of Japan, totally text based that has just contributed to isolate more the Japanese population from the rest of the world. This is was a pathetic system, a disaster in technology, that only exited because Docomo had a monopoly and would force people to use it. Docomo has actually tried to force Apple to use their iMode system and Apple gave them the big finger. They were right, they chose to go for the user experience not with the biggest carrier in Japan. And it worked, Docomo has lost and now they distribute iPhones without this bizarre iMode.

    Natsuno, who is now a professor at Keio University in Tokyo, says Japan should have looked into overseas expansion of its cutting edge contactless payments system much sooner.

    How could they have done for that? This is utopia. Do you know why most of Japanese tech products don’t export abroad? This is because they are clunky, there is no way on the world that any mobile payment in Japan could have worked abroad. No chance, this is just too bad. And really, let’s be fair here, these Japanese companies don’t understand what people abroad want and like, they try to sell their phones packed with useless features for the sake of a check list, all packed in awful designs with today’s phones still still bulky and very ugly. Japanese don’t get good design, they really don’t get it. They really can’t produce something good looking, something literally beautiful. Just look at their cars, houses, interior furnitures, clothes, and so on. They just can’t sell abroad with such bad taste and poor understanding of what people outside of Japan want. Making a pokemon phone don’t sell abroad, they are a lucky that they can sell it here, in fact they can sell a lot of crap here. A lot of things are just poor quality.

    Now, to conclude. Lets welcome the first easy to use, well designed and secure cell phone based mobile payment and lets hope that Japan won’t make everything to stop Apple bringing it here. Forget everything else, it just sucks.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

  • -1

    daito_hak

    The author of this article really doesn’t get it, it's almost laughable.

    What is the problem of the author here, some anti-Apple complex or something? Why suddenly focusing on Apple and why not having wrote the same BS when Google introduced Google Wallet? Why putting Apple in a decade time frame, Apple has not been in the cell phone or mobile business for a decade anyway? What a bizarre statement.

    Plus, the Japanese government with the complicity of the Japanese tech companies and network providers have done everything to lock out competition on the cell phone market during more than a decade (remember Nokia in Japan?). Even if a company would have came up with a mobile payment solution in Japan integrated in a cell phone, the Japanese busyness world would have made a hell of a life for this company.

    However something changed, and it was the iPhone with the help of Softbank whose CEO is enough forward thinking to have understood that the Japanese cell phone market was not going anywhere. Everything has changed back then. You know why? Because for the first time in Japan, Japanese buyers could vote with their wallet and choose a far better phone than what was available in Japan (more about this later). And for the first time, the power has been taken out from the hand of Docomo who was basically doing everything to kill the competition on the network provider market with the blessing of the government (the old boys were getting their monthly checks I guess). Apple was smart enough not to play with these greedy pigs and go with Softbank, it changed everything.

    This is flat non sense. Introducing a technology doesn’t mean that it is usable. This is a typical comment from people who really don’t understand what technology is supposed to do. Technology is supposed to be easy to use, otherwise it is useless. This isn’t what happened to mobile payment and NFC in Japan. Mobile payment here is just a jungle of different systems totally incompatible between themselves. They are all clunky implementations (like the FeliCa chips) that really is awful. I have been living living here for 12 years, I really really don’t see a lot of people use mobiles payments (even less with phones) in a country where everything is done with cash (I saw people bringing cash to the car dealer to pay for their car, this is that bad). Mobile payment here is a joke, there is no centralized system which is intuitive and more importantly secure. Security is an after thought in his country, so are the mobile payments here that would need to provide a transaction with your bank and I am not talking about the cards that you load with money and that you can use to pay, they are useless (what is even the point). In fact systems that directly allow to use your credit card for mobile payment are rare and again absolutely not trustable.

    Now either one live in a denial like the author who wants to claim that Japan is so an advanced country but which still relies a lot in fax and paper documents (anyone has received one of this ridiculous book for recording the medicines that you buy? Yes the one that you have to stick a peace of paper in it? Hopeless…). Or one looks at the market frankly and honestly and recognizes that mobile payments are a joke in Japan, only a fraction of people use it and that the country is really not the technology hub some people believe it is (yeah those bank books, those Hankos and so on….)

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

  • 1

    daito_hak

    The actual allied nations do not consider visits to the shrine to be "praying for War Criminals"

    This is plain flat wrong, US directly warmed several times Abe not to go to Yasukuni last year and they openly expressed their disappointment at it. Several European government including Germany have also expressed concerns on Japan revision tendency for history with Japan politicians visiting a shrine that wouldn't be problematic if Japan wouldn't have enriched war criminals there.

    Japan could stop to be so hypocrite, remove those war criminals and problem fixed.

    Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine

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    daito_hak

    I’ve been visiting Yasukuni as one Japanese individual to offer my sincere appreciation to the spirits of war dead

    How a politician, member of a government in charge of a country which faces real pressing issues can have such ridiculous statement in public? Which appreciation to which "spirits" is she talking about? That makes no sense inside the mouth of a politician (or anyone else) who is supposed to spend time dealing with the real world, not with "spirits".

    I mean beyond the Yasukuni thing (Japanese have anyway a serious problem in accepting honestly their guilt), the real issue is how it shows that Japan is really governed by a bunch of weird people. They can be men, women, old, young, whatever, they are basically all coming from the same rotted core.

    Japan doesn't need insane leaders that live with "spirits", it needs educated, modern and reality attached people who have ideas and visions. Not those lunatics. And in fact my taxes are not supposed to be used to pay the luxury living of clowns like that. She is not paid with tax payers money to believe in "spirites". She is paid and therefore asked to WORK.

    And even for the sake of respect to the part of the population who is not living in her dementia, she should prevent herself to throw such insanity to the public face. I don't care if she believes in this sort of sectarian ideas because of a poor education, but at least she could have the politeness to keep her mouth shut.

    Posted in: New internal affairs minister says she will visit Yasukuni Shrine

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    daito_hak

    What Japan is doing now is to ensure that the final question you asked need never be answered.

    This is non sense, Japan has the second most sophisticated and powerful navy on Earth. Japan didn't wait for the change of the Constitution to build a persuasive force that would guaranty its security. That is, Japan doesn't need to change the constitution to protect itself, it can already by a large mean.

    The TV companies actually follow guidelines from the World Health Organization

    I had a good laugh thanks....

    What else, TV companies can't report about earthquakes because people has scared of them? So maybe not reporting about earthquakes will prevent hem to occur again? What do you think?

    Posted in: Japan pushing on with reform of constitution despite fiery suicide bid

  • -2

    daito_hak

    Poor part time beats fully unemployed, anyway.

    Yes sure, that's wonderful. Let's just all of us work for 40 hours a week in order to just earn peanuts.

    Let's go, this is beautiful...

    Posted in: Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low

  • 2

    daito_hak

    ther official data showed Japan’s jobless rate edged down to 3.5% in May

    Well here is a quote from a recent article from japanTimes on part time workers:

    There are 1.1 million fewer full-timers today than when the prime minister took over in December 2012, according to Japan’s official statistics bureau. Temps and part-timers — who often work 40 hours a week — account for all the job growth in the past five years. Sixty percent of employment offers in March were for temporary positions

    The rise of these jobs — to a record 38.2 percent of workers in February — is why Japan is the only developed country where average pay has consistently fallen, dropping 15 percent since 1997.

    The prime minister cited above is Abe by the way. Given those numbers, how can anybody claim that Abe has doing any good to Japanese people? The 3.5% jobless rate is total smoke, they are employing a larger and larger number of poor part time workers and the government is making them even poorer by creating a forced inflation on people with low wage.

    The news above is total propaganda, the inflation is not driven by increased demand. It's all forced by the government: sales tax increase and yen manipulation that has greatly increased the cost of energy. And I found it surprising that the article is not making any reference to the part of the energy cost in the inflation increase because this is what has mainly driven the "inflation" since the government started to manipulate the yen.

    How could it possibly be that the government is expecting a rebound of the economy while forcing an inflation with low fixed wages (besides the announced increase by some companies that were just ridiculous in terms of the value of the increase) which again have been dropping 15 percent since 1997? This is not rocket science. If people have more money, they can purchase more and price can increase with the demand. This is economy driven inflation. What we have now in Japan is all but that.

    @gaijingaijin

    I am interested to hear from you experience because I am also working in an university (researcher, not teaching). The amount of income that you indicated is quite low for a teaching staff, what is exactly your academic position? Public university? Why did you have a decrease of salary even after reaching a higher position?

    Posted in: Inflation hits 32-year high; jobless rate falls to 17-year low

  • -1

    daito_hak

    Go back home Honda, your arrogance was just plain ridiculous. The dude really thought that him and it's team is actually playing any good soccer.

    Posted in: Sayonara

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    daito_hak

    @tmarie

    This is of course a matter of personal judgement. My point is that it can't be worse than what Japan has now or had for the last 50 years. And frankly she's got some real charisma, she is smart and modern, she has real ideas from what I could see.

    She is still a novice sure, but I don't think we can really blame her for expressing some emotion while being insulted in public. And actually she could make it well until the end of her speech.

    Now anyway, her or Renho Murata, fine. I guess we agree that a chance should be given to women in Japan, a lot of them deserve it.

    Posted in: LDP member admits making sexist jeers against Tokyo assemblywoman

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    daito_hak

    Yoshihara said that only Suzuki had admitted to making the remarks and that he had offered to resign his post.

    We don't want you to resign, we want you to be fired and banned access to any political responsibility for ever. We wan you to be politically dead, Japan is going nowhere with monkeys like you.

    Just admit that you and the others LDP old boys are totally stupid and that you are not up to the job, call your friend Abe and say to put the country in the hands of Ayaka Shiomura. She seems totally capable and reasonable, Japan may have a better chance with her.

    Posted in: LDP member admits making sexist jeers against Tokyo assemblywoman

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    daito_hak

    But are those words considered sexual harassment? Why I get the feeling than anything nowadays can be judged as sex-hara. Just like anything can be considered as bullying. Where are we going...

    Yeah well, they weren't a bunch of drunk dudes making some sexist jokes in a pub, were they? They are politicians (you know the representative of the citizens) in a working place and moreover during a debate in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly? How can they possibly behave like this without being offensive, disrespectful, dirty and plain stupid.

    In fact why a hell would someone shout in public to a women making a talk that she should hurry up and get married and try to humiliate her by saying that she hasn't got children? I can't see any other reason than sexual harassment.

    Better said, try to make a simple mental experience. Imagine that the speaker would have been Abe, the prime minister. Imagine for the sake of the exercise that he would have made the exact same speech with the same societal issues that Mrs Shiomura brought up to debate. Imagine for the sake of the exercise that Abe would be a single man without any child. Do you believe a second that one of those monkeys would have said the same thing to him in public like this?

    I f... don't think so.

    Posted in: Leadership does nothing despite sexual harassment of assembly member

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    daito_hak

    @zootmoney

    I saw several times during the days preceding the match in NHK that they were displaying the average size of the team players between Cote D'Ivoire and Japan, several times mentioning the size as a winning factor against Japan.

    The plain old Japanese excuse. I am with you smithinjapan, Japan lost because they were relatively bad, with poor technical skills. The players of Cote D'Ivoir were technically superior, more offensive, more inspired. Although they lack precision in many opportunities to make a goal before they did make it, they deserve their victory.

    The Cote D'Ivoire team was playing soccer while the Japanese team was playing ball. A difference that Japanese media didn't want to face with their BS samourai thing.

    Posted in: Cote d'Ivoire scores 2 goals in 2 minutes to beat Japan 2-1

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    daito_hak

    My Japanese friends were saying he doesn't speak English, which I found surprising for a World Cup ref.

    As I indicated in a different but similar news, from JapanTimes:

    "I never saw in my life that a referee don’t speak English,” said defender Vedran Corluka, though it is required of World Cup referees. “He was speaking something in Japanese but no one could understand him."

    Yes it's quite incredible that a referee who can't properly speak english ended up in the opening game of the world cup. I guess he was saying them "wakarimasen, wakarimasen, wakarimasen... ".

    Posted in: Japanese fans shamed by ref's World Cup performance

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    daito_hak

    From JapanTimes:

    "I never saw in my life that a referee don’t speak English,” said defender Vedran Corluka, though it is required of World Cup referees. “He was speaking something in Japanese but no one could understand him."

    What an idiot, how could they give him the world cup opening match?

    Posted in: Croatia furious with Japanese ref after defeat

  • -1

    daito_hak

    Abe is working to end the unpaid overtime scam by removing the requirement for companies to pay overtime.

    Really? I didn't know that. I guess the country is on a steeper path to toilet that I thought....

    Posted in: Japan's industrial production falls 2.5%; inflation up 3.2%

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    daito_hak

    Meanwhile, consumer inflation rose 3.2% year-on-year in April.

    Wait! This number does include rise in energy cost right? The last months, every time the government reported an increase in inflation, it was because of the energy cost.

    Removing this part showed that inflation was in fact flat. I believe that this is also the case here and that the 3.2% are mainly driven by forced inflation produced by the government manipulation of the yen.

    In other words, the government is saying non sense. It's making people struggling with increased energy cost by lowering the yen and it calls that then inflation.

    Posted in: Japan's industrial production falls 2.5%; inflation up 3.2%

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    daito_hak

    @Ramzel

    Very true, I totally agree.

    I think this is just a manipulation in order to use clueless people and to have them vote in the direction that the government wants in revising the constitution.

    From what I saw in the draft made public by the government, Japan is not going in the pretty way with the draft:

    • rejecting the universality of human rights,

    • elevating maintenance of "public order" over all individual rights, eliminating free speech protection for activities "with the purpose of damaging the public interest or public order, or associating with others for such purposes",

    • deleting the comprehensive guarantee of all constitutional rights,

    • adding new duties for the people ("The national flag is the rising sun flag (nishoki) and the national anthem is kimigayo", "The people must respect the national flag and national anthem."),

    • lowering the bar for constitutional amendments.

    Etc....

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  • 0

    daito_hak

    I wonder:

    Why this country has such tendency to segment people?

    What kind of idiots come up with this crap?

    Posted in: Train operator sets up special seating for couples

  • 2

    daito_hak

    They want to ask a 18 years old young Japanese to express a voting view to a referendum, which means expressing a view on an important subject that needs a minimum of interest to what is happening around him or her?

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....

    Thanks for the laugh....

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    daito_hak

    @Beer4me

    Yes true, the number of women being employed in science in Japan is abysmally low. Totally shameful that this country discriminates women like that.

    But the issue is here goes maybe beyond that, because being man or woman doesn't really matter when it comes to behave with ethic in science. If she did falsified those images, she is in deep sh....

    Posted in: RIKEN says stem cell research was falsified

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