hokkaidoguy's past comments

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    hokkaidoguy

    Anyone have a link to the actual filing?

    Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

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    hokkaidoguy

    It absolutely beggars belief that commenters here, presented with the choice between blaming Abe and blaming a terrorist organization that has brutally murdered thousands, will still find a way to lay blame at Abe's feet.

    Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis

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    hokkaidoguy

    I wonder what his YouTube payout will be?

    Posted in: Shiga police arrest youth who posted prank YouTube videos

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    hokkaidoguy

    @onniyama

    Since when has imitating Hitler ever been lighthearted fun, ever? Sorry, it is insulting to everyone.

    Three Stooges, You Natzy Spy, 1940.

    Posted in: Southern All Stars singer Kuwata apologizes over concert antics

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    hokkaidoguy

    Is this publisher going to adopt the phrase "sex slave" for anything else, or will this change only reflect on Japanese wartime issues?

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

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    hokkaidoguy

    @sensenotsocommon

    what a stupid and arrogant thing to say in a CSR press release

    Here it is in context:

    Fast Retailing first learned of the SACOM report at the end of last year, and we moved quickly in view of the serious nature of its claims, by conducting an independent inspection of both facilities. We confirm that, regrettably, the inspection found several problems including long working hours. On the other hand, while the inspection did not reveal some of the problems stated in the SACOM report, Fast Retailing and SACOM have different views on some of the issues described in the report. In view of this situation, Fast Retailing is continuing with the inspection, and we are requesting SACOM to open a dialogue with us as soon as possible.

    to me, that looks like a nice way of saying they couldn't verify a few of the claims and are waiting for SACOM to pick up the phone and explain things.

    Full English text here: http://www.fastretailing.com/eng/csr/news/1501112030.html

    Posted in: Uniqlo under fire for dealing with Chinese factories accused of putting workers at risk

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    hokkaidoguy

    Thumbs down? Seriously?

    Love to hear the logic behind that.

    Posted in: Revitalizing the inbound tourism market

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    hokkaidoguy

    @speed

    To be fair to the McD's staff, "potato fried" sounds very very close to カーリーポテトフライ, which is on their menu from time to time.

    Posted in: Revitalizing the inbound tourism market

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    hokkaidoguy

    @darnname

    Every base abandoned in Asia and Europe by the US since the end of The Cold War has resulted in an improved local economy and better standard of living, including less crime.

    Any sources to back this claim up?

    Posted in: Cars rally against Futenma base

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    hokkaidoguy

    Japan is not at war. Why more tha 50,000 US soldiers in Japan? The largest in the world.

    To protect South Korea from the North and Taiwan from the PRC.

    Posted in: Cars rally against Futenma base

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    hokkaidoguy

    @ Paul Richards

    What are the probabilities it's the current reactionary government minister whose portfolio of responsibility touches Megumi Igarashi's art?

    Extremely low.

    This case is about establishing the legality of 3d data.

    That's it.

    Up until now, the law has been that you can't display a photo of your genitals in public, because it's obscene. The courts have long since ruled on the boundary between art and pornography in that situation.

    3d data is a new phenomenon, and as such it sits in a grey area of the law. We've already seen 3d printed guns sent to the courts to sort out, and now we're seeing this. The courts will rule, a precedent will be set, and society will move on. That's how it works. We will see other examples of this kind of thing over the next few years, guaranteed.

    Posted in: Prosecutors indict vagina artist on obscenity charges

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    hokkaidoguy

    @m3m3m3

    The story is suggesting that the sheep took 12 years to finish the scarf, but I find that hard to believe. Based on the average amount of time needed to knit a scarf, it's more likely that the sheep finished the scarf at some point in 2003 but is just bringing it out now to show us. They don't even get the sheep's side of the story.

    Even-toed ungulates aren't known for their manual dexterity. 12 years is about right.

    My question is: whose wool did it use?

    Posted in: New Year's card sheep completes knitting scarf

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    hokkaidoguy

    @sighclops

    If your employer isn't making the payments they're required to by law, go to the labor board. They have a multilingual assistance line.

    Or you can go to hellowork, and they'll take care of you.

    While you're there, you can check out the job listings and see for yourself what trainees are being paid in other industries. 150,000 - 180,000 starting pay is pretty much normal across the board outside of Tokyo and Osaka, unless you're highly skilled. Nurses start around 180-200,000.

    Might not be much in the big cities, but the standard 250,000/month even after deductions is a fair bit more than most people in their 20s are making.

    Posted in: Impoverished foreign students fall into life of crime

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    hokkaidoguy

    @strangerland

    What is the official name of the ruling party in the PRC?

    Posted in: China says it hopes Japan will stay on 'path of peace'

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    hokkaidoguy

    @pukey

    Can anyone answer his question? In the last election, is a farmer's (read pro-LDP) vote worth 5 times as much as those living in the cities?

    There's been a lot of chatter about this recently. Ive only skimmed through the results, but I'm left wondering if it would have made a difference in this election.

    Have you seen raw data that would show a drastic swing to the DPJ if the electoral map were to be re-drawn based on population density?

    Genuinely curious.

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    hokkaidoguy

    @smithinjapan

    Ah, the new China! Yes, yes, Abe... 'the People'. The same people who said they don't want you to change the constitution, but you will anyway. The same people who asked you to stop antagonizing China and South Korea, but you do anyway. The same people who were against the Secrets Law, but that you passed anyway. Those voices?

    Where were these multitudes on voting day?

    Posted in: Abe set to be re-elected PM at special Diet session

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    hokkaidoguy

    LHommeQuiMent

    Nobody in the hacking community thinks that the Sony attack was orchestrated by North Korea. As mentioned in an above post, NK simply does not have the infrastructure to download hundreds of terabytes of data in a short amount of time.

    You don't need advanced infrastructure for something like this.

    You need bitcoins, and a lot of them.

    Why does the "hacking community" think that this has to have originated from NK for it to have been a NK operation?

    Posted in: Sony hack puts Abe in bind over N Korea abductee talks

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    hokkaidoguy

    Scipantheist

    I don't know if you are serious or not, but this movie was cancelled in Japan even before it was cancelled in the US. Censorship is very much a Japanese problem as well.

    It's pretty rare for foreign comedies to get a theatre release in Japan (or the rest of Asia for that matter). Straight to DVD after a year or so.

    Marketing probably had a lot more to do with the decision.

    Posted in: Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

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    hokkaidoguy

    I agree.

    All the major theatre chains pulled out, leaving Sony with one option: extremely limited release at independent theaters - which seems absurd for what has turned into one of the most high profile releases in recent memory.

    Seems like a better business move to wait until the theaters agree to distribute. This story isn't going away soon, the media will make sure people are lined up around the block when it is released.

    Posted in: Do you agree with Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the Dec 25 U.S. release of the film "The Interview" after threats from a hackers' group?

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    hokkaidoguy

    @jefflee

    Has it ever been the case that the PM wasn't responsible for BOJ appointments?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but in most democracies this responsibility falls to the minister of finance or pm/president.

    Posted in: Abe expected to tip BOJ board closer to his views in 2015

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