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    @Frungy That can certainly happen. Even if meat is tainted you can usually super heated it and use it in packaged foods (legally). That's what happened to all the Jack-in-box beef 90s.

    Posted in: China food scandal drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan

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    @jerseyboy Even if conclusive evidence comes up what's anyone going to do? Europe isn't going to do squat because they don't like freezing to death over the winter. The United States isn't going to put their necks out without the Europeans putting some skin in the game. The Russians don't have very little exports outside petro products, guns and Vodka. You're not going to break the backs of Russia on that. China will happily take the petro products in case of an all out European ban.

    Posted in: Rebels have taken away all plane crash bodies

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    Rather they are digging graves for Kiev officials. Many questions have to be answered. The airplane was in Ukranian airspace, under control of Ukranians. They ordered pilots to change a standard flight path, to fly right through a zone of military conflict. That zone was infested by Ukranian war planes, there were Ukranian BUKs, deployed on the ground. And so on...

    If you look at the actual flight tracks over Ukrane you'll see the route is historically a very common one. In fact over 80 Aeroflot planes took that route leading up to the incident. It could have very easily been a Russian plane shot down and I bet Russia wouldn't have been nearly so "restrained" about the situation if it was one of there commercial airplanes downed.

    The media is quick to just to conclusion. The black boxes won't tell us much other than it wasn't mechanical. NATO forces have had AWACS in the air 24/7 with the most sophisticated radar images in the world. If NATO says it came from separatists territory then that's where it came from.

    The idea that Ukraine would do it is ludicrous. Russian simply doesn't care what the world thinks. They have a second rate economy and a ton of internal problems. The more things blew up with the West the more nationalism they can leverage and the less people think about how crummy things have been under Putin. Besides, as long as Europe needs petro product from Russia they aren't going to do squat.

    Is there any proof separatists blew up the plan. Not at this time. Did the Russians order the plane downed. Unlikely. Is the most likely and straight forward answer the separatists they blew it up thinking it was a military transport? Yes.

    Will we ever know what happened? I doubt it. Sure, we'll know what kind of missile shot it down. But that still leaves a lot of finger pointing. If it was 100 US citizens killed then maybe some Russian's end up getting nabbed off the street. CIA waterboard some answers out of them. It's like the 80s all over again in Germany. But that's not what happened, and I don't think the Europeans have the stomach for what it's going to take to find the guy who pushed the button.

    Posted in: Rebels have taken away all plane crash bodies

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    Underage for alcohol, both of them. The title is misleading.

    There's a good chance the base age for alcohol was 21 given historical issues with the bases there. However, it's fairly common for US bases to have a drinking age of 18 even though the local law might be 21. It's at the discretion of the base commander and prevailing agreements they have with the local government.

    Frankly, I'm not sure why anyone would want the J-Cops to handle this. Age of majority in Japan is 20 combined with Japan's notoriously weak rape laws and even weaker prosecution record. It's unlikely much would come from this case if it was handled in the Japanese courts outside of SOFA employee getting deported.

    Posted in: U.S. indicts Kadena base worker for sex with under-age girl

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    This isn't the United States where there is a constitutional right to privacy or the EU which is filled with a number of post WWII laws regarding privacy. J-Cops wanna enter your apartment on a flimsy tip they can. Another point is Entertainers in Japan are typically beholden to their Talent Agency. If the Agency wants to continue to work with ASKA then they will provide the PR cover. If they decide to drop him then he's on his own. Without an agency you won't get booked for TV, radio or personal appearances. Your songs won't get any airplay.

    Japanese stars make good money (compared to the 80s when the agency housed the stars, paid for everything, but didn't really give them much actual money). However, this guys isn't sitting on the kind of money a US or EU pop star would have.

    Posted in: Singer ASKA arrested for drug possession

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    @bilderberg_2015 Obama's net worth is only $12Milion USD. He and his wife had a joint income in 2013 of $481,098. Adjusted for inflation he's one the very low end of wealth wise for US presidents. He'll have to wait until he's out of office for the money to start rolling in (speaking fees, books, etc.)

    @bass4funk The Beast will be replaced for the next president. It's gotten stuck in places one too many times. They always fly with a cargo plane.

    Eating at Jiro's is actually a really big deal. Most visits the US secret service gets the menu for event in advance, brings their own chef, ingredients and waiter. When a US president eats with the Queen of England he's not eating the same food the queen. So if he ate a meal Jiro actually made it's a big deal.

    Posted in: Obama fans

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    A Brit friend of mine loved to restore old Range Rovers. He used to joke, "Why don't the British make computers anymore? They couldn't figure out a way to make them leak oil."

    Posted in: Jaguar Land Rover drives to success in Japan

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    All currency is imaginary. It's value is worth as only as much as society thinks it's worth. The same thing is true about precious metals and gems. The value of currency can drastically change day to day. Anyone who was in the currency trading and hedging in the 90s will remember the Russia currency crash.

    Bit coin really isn't all that different from precious metals. It's value is based on the market says it's worth. It changes day to day.

    Posted in: Failed Mt Gox exchange finds 200,000 bitcoins in old wallet

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    American Mark Cerny is the guy in charge of the PS4 development and more or less the overall success. He was appointed to the position by Shuhei Yoshida who is the president of Sony Computer Entertainment World Wide (and I would assume Jack's boss.)

    Jack is likely responsible to the "Perfect Day" commercials from BBH Creative. Which I think did contribute to the PS4 kicking the XBox One butt.

    Be that as it may Mark Cerny is likely a bigger deal to the organization than Jack.

    Posted in: U.S. Sony chief out amid restructuring

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    He's reportedly got over $500m in bitcoins. Even if not true that's enough untraceable money to make him a target.

    Posted in: Nakamoto denies he's bitcoin creator

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    I think they are talking about Nikka distilleries founder. One of my favorite single malts of all time is Nikka's Yoichi 15 year. In 2009 is won best single malt in Glasgow.

    Posted in: American actress to star in NHK’s morning serial drama 'Massan'

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    Bit coin was created by a person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto (中本哲史). He is believed to have over 1 million bit coins and has a net worth in excess of $1bn USD. Although if it's unknown if he's actually from japan as none of the code of documentation contains any Japanese language or so-called Engrish.

    Even with the Mt. Gox blow up the coin price is still trading around $400USD per coin. The issue is the exchanges are unregulated and folks out money really have no recourse. I can't imaging the Japanese Police getting involved either.

    Posted in: MtGox website disappears amid huge bitcoin theft claim

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    China Mobile has more than 760 million customers

    What is missing from that statistic is the vast majority of China Mobile customers don't have any kind of smart phone. They have cheap feature phones and cheap phone plans.

    Apple may equalize the price a bit, but they aren't going to make it cheap in China.

    What to cheap smart phone? Buy an android phone. Want a phone that keeps getting OS upgrades? Then buy a Nexus or Motorola phone.

    Posted in: Apple fights for bigger slice of China smartphone pie

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    Whale was one of the few ingredients I saw Iron Chef Japan judges turn their noses to. I think there's some assumption that it's not a controversial subject in Japan, when it is. It goes beyond just lack of interest.

    Posted in: Japanese whalers driven from hunting ground, says Sea Shepherd

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    Every now and then they hit one some delicate spots for China. I would expect they have an assigned gov't censor that would demand edits and cuts. For example the sketch involving "peasant factory laborers" who make iPhones. "Oh you mad it take you to JC Penny instead of Macy. We just lucky we don't need working maps because we sleep where we work." Yeah, that would go over well in China.

    Posted in: 'Saturday Night Live' comes to China's Internet

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    Someone needs to help the Japanese do the maths on the F-35. It's almost $200M USD per plane. All the Chinese need is one more plane than the F-35 has missiles. Given the Chinese can pump out planes for less than 1/10 the cost, that's not much of a problem.

    Posted in: Japan to hike mid-term defense spending by 5%

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    @ReformedBasher It baffles me as to why the Japanee government should care what the Chinese and South Korean governments think.

    First world countries these days are linked just too deeply linked. It's about $400bn in trade between the two countries and China is the biggest creditor on the Japanese bond market. Economically they could both do serious damage to each other. In particular because the the treaty obligations from the US.

    Korea is a smaller concern. They have a common friend, but strategically and economically they are competitors.

    I personally think China is a bigger distraction to the main problems of the area which are Russia and North Korea.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    As China said this is, in the beginning at least, a psychological war specifically against the US the only real power who can actually stop China in its imperialistic tracks.

    It's only psychological war if people in the US actually cared about this issue. They don't. The barely made news in the US when it broke and has more or less disappeared from the US news cycle.

    Is the US going to strong arm China? No. They hold too many US Treasury bonds. Does that mean China would flood the market with them? Not really, the US is the biggest consumer of Chinese goods. Tanking the US economy also tanks the Chinese economy. Neither side can do more than make minor moves. Fiscally speaking the US and China are in a position of mutually assured destruction.

    The main problem I see here I don't see an end game for China.

    Posted in: China gives no ground to Biden in air defense zone dispute

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    Okura hotel chain, which has hosted foreign VIPs including U.S. President Barack Obama

    The President of the United States doesn't eat the food everyone else does at State dinners. A secret service chef gets the menu and recipes from the local chef, sources ingredients, and makes an identical dish.

    Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal

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    My friends who were agricultural specialist in the US Embassy Beijing advised me to never eat anything from China. They've been to farms, and know how the regulation (or lack there of) works, more or less you don't want just how bad it is, just steer clear.

    Posted in: How much attention do you pay to the point of origin and ingredients listed on labels of food and drink that you buy?

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