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japan_cynicMar. 04, 2013 - 07:47PM JST
Clearly, Tokyo is actually the best candidate on offer. It's a terribly expensive way for a handful of politicians to feel good about themselves though.
Posted in: Tokyo an inspirational choice for 2020 Games, Abe tells IOC
japan_cynicMar. 04, 2013 - 01:14PM JST
Well it's not "salary" if it is overtime and allowances. Sounds like they are still getting their full salary for doing nothing, just not topping it up with overtime. On ¥20m per year, cry me a river.
Posted in: In Japan, idled Dreamliner pilots lose pay
japan_cynicMar. 04, 2013 - 01:11PM JST
Running is best in the cold. You'd not see a group like that in August! Japanese winter season is actually pretty awesome for running - bright sunny days but not too hot.
Though that looks more like a (bad) fashion parade than a run, to be honest. They seem to be barely walking.
Posted in: All-Women's Run
japan_cynicMar. 03, 2013 - 05:41PM JST
Stay inside, people!
Posted in: Six dead as blizzards hit northern Japan
japan_cynicMar. 02, 2013 - 08:34AM JST
The fact is, whether the JGovt or WHO is correct, the paranoid scaremongers have always been completely wrong.
Posted in: Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning
japan_cynicMar. 01, 2013 - 03:36PM JST
Um...pretty much nothing.
Posted in: What differences in regional food culture in Japan have you noticed whenever you visit various parts of the country?
japan_cynicFeb. 28, 2013 - 10:10AM JST
Where traffic volume is low they are hardly necessary.
Posted in: In places where traffic volume is low and securing land is easy, roundabouts can be effective.
japan_cynicFeb. 27, 2013 - 07:29PM JST
The interesting point here to me is that he obviously thinks of culture as some ossified edifice that does not change, evolve, and adapt over time.
Which is (a) clueless in itself, if you consider how Japan (and the rest of the world) has actually changed over the last few decades, let alone longer, and (b) infinitely depressing, that he thinks Japan is incapable of ever changing.
Posted in: Japan will never stop whaling: minister
japan_cynicFeb. 27, 2013 - 10:33AM JST
Crazy stuff. It's not like the west where a new injection of cash might have some effect. Japan has been awash with this sort of stimulus for decades now, it's just lining the pockets of the yazuka. No, scratch that, it's filling the pockets of the yakuza.
Posted in: Diet passes Y13.1 tril stimulus budget by one vote
japan_cynicFeb. 26, 2013 - 10:07PM JST
Frungy, are you saying that it's illegal for someone to download an app or a movie in their home country, then travel abroad and use it/view it when away from home? I think that is obviously not true, but it seems to follow from your claims.
japan_cynicFeb. 26, 2013 - 10:33AM JST
Watch out for the numerous fraudulent iTunes gift card sites though.
japan_cynicFeb. 25, 2013 - 01:39PM JST
I've got no problem with this, so long as they spend the money sensibly. Close up, it's an ugly smelly mess.
japan_cynicFeb. 24, 2013 - 06:18PM JST
Um, the govt has imposed 5-10% pay cut on all its workers...I'm earning less than I was 5 years ago.
Posted in: Tight-fisted firms deal blow to Abe's revival plan
japan_cynicFeb. 24, 2013 - 02:19PM JST
Love the great microbrews in Japan. Hate the xenophobic protectionist taxation that prices proper beer out of the reach of normal drinkers.
Posted in: Japan’s favorite alcohol: Beer outranks Japanese rice wine and shochu
japan_cynicFeb. 20, 2013 - 08:56PM JST
The only person I see whining here is VRWC. The rest seem to just be getting on with it...
japan_cynicFeb. 20, 2013 - 12:43PM JST
Sure, I agree that I don't have the "right" to these services. Nevertheless, if I can get the service, I don't see that any significant harm was done. I understand that you don't think I should do it. That's fine, I'm sure you do things that I don't think you should do.
japan_cynicFeb. 20, 2013 - 09:54AM JST
No, downloading without paying is not stealing, it is copyright infringement. It's not the same thing at all, for all that some posters try to pretend it is. Stealing takes something away from its rightful owner. Copying may represent a loss of income or value, but in many cases it does not. If someone copies this comment, there's not much I could do about it.
japan_cynicFeb. 20, 2013 - 07:32AM JST
VWRC, I was specifically talking about the case where there is no option to pay.
japan_cynicFeb. 19, 2013 - 09:31PM JST
It's not taking, it is copying. There is a large difference in law (and for that matter, ethically). There is no loss to the copyright owner.
japan_cynicFeb. 19, 2013 - 07:12PM JST
More likely, it is blocked because no-one bothered to get the rights, because the market was too small. I pay when there is a reasonable mechanism to do so, but if there is not, then my viewing via vpn CANNOT be doing anyone out of any money, because they are not prepared to sell the content to me..
Jun. 18, 2013 - 03:50PM JST
Don't ask... Do it!
Posted in: Scientists seek permission for experiments with animal-human embryos
Jun. 18, 2013 - 03:49PM JST
So with this cellphone the Chinese Army will be able to not only make lots of…
Posted in: China's Huawei to offer smartphone for high-end market
Jun. 18, 2013 - 03:48PM JST
Robot trying to help or anonymous internet commenter? hmmm I think I will go for the…
Posted in: Robot developed by Honda, AIST begins work at Fukushima nuclear plant
Jun. 18, 2013 - 03:45PM JST
Self-confident advertising, so all the more egg on the face when he/she/it likely snags on something…
In my rather unimportant opinion...this is wrong on almost every level.