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    sighclops

    The sooner free-to-air dies, the better.

    Posted in: Apple boss Tim Cook: Apps are future of TV

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    This really is the nail in the coffin for Japan's tech industry. Since the iPhone, Silicon Valley has been doubling down on software innovation. Google, Apple & Amazon has been pushing hard in the software space, as that is the interface between the user & the hardware. Amazing innovation on the back-end, while making the experience as imtuitive as possible.

    And this is where Japan has really dropped the ball. Japanese OEMs will still exist as hardware providers, of course. But the innovation in software & services is all but a distant memory.

    Posted in: Smart home gadgets need to live together

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    sighclops

    Both her argument & the way in which this piece was put together seem incoherent. What does a melting ice caps have to do with working conditions? Brand clothes with being "ethical"? All multinationals engage in these practices, regardless of "brand". In fact, the higher-end brands' products are often hand-made by artisans in their respective countries (LV in France & Spain, for example).

    Interesting she mentions "ethical consumerism" yet avoids the elephant in the room entirely - two elephants in fact. One being the ridiculous waste bourne by overpackaging in Japan & the other being the rampant protectionism at the hands of JA & the government, making everyday necessities in Japan abhorrently expensive.

    She'll probably have a book out next. Seems like every man & his dog releases a book in this country...

    Posted in: TV celebrity advocates 'ethical consumerism' in Japan

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    Must be that time of year for the 'window dressing laws'. No doubt this time next year there will be announcements for the likes of media reform or increased security measures. Nothing will change, regardless of who announces what.

    It's taken me close to a decade to reach the conclusion that the way in which Japan curates its media is not unsimilar to China or even Russia. It is not a democracy and most definitely doesn't have a functioning legal system. But at least they're maintaining the wa, right?

    Posted in: Law against hate speech enacted, but critics doubt effectiveness

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    It was exactly this drastic gap between “information we receive and the reality” that Moriyama witnessed in Japan’s orphanages

    As is the case with anything "official" in Japan - government, bureaucrats & the media come to mind. Nothing is ever as itmseems on the surface, and statements / vows / pledges et al. are to be taken with a fistful of salt in hand. These kids are the future generations of working adults, who will be burdened with Japan's myriad of social & economic problems. Yet, unsurprisingly, the government is only focused on appeasing its voter base - the elderly. A very telling state of affairs indeed.

    But what's really heartbreaking about this piece is the fact that we all know how these kids will be treated if they ever get the chance to apply for university or even attend job interview. Japan is a very harsh & unforgiving place for minorities.

    Posted in: '3keys' NPO founder sheds light on Japan’s poor orphanage conditions

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    I can tell you on good authority that the UK is going to follow Australia in it's anti-smoking legislative push. Meaning that plain packaging is only the beginning. In Australia, the current govt. is aiming for $40 (¥4000) per pack in the coming years. Crazy times! (no, I'm not a smoker)

    Posted in: Tobacco firms lose UK court bid to stop standard packaging

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    @sangetsu03

    Japan's internet banking system is still not as easy to use or efficient as American internet banking was back in the 90's.

    You're being far too polite! "Nightmare" would be an understatement!

    Posted in: Y1.4 bil stolen from 1,400 convenience store ATMs across Japan

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    Australian tennis has really gone down the tubes. This bloke & Tomic should have the book thrown at them!

    Posted in: Kyrgios' towel shout causes stir on soaked French Open Day 1

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    sighclops

    What does that even mean? Pay the money back or resign.

    Posted in: I will engage in sincere reflection in order to win back the trust of Tokyo metropolitan residents through my work.

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    sighclops

    This is what happens when you create boy / girl idol industries. This is a seriously worrying social problem that Japan has no intention of addressing. Just look at how these groups are portrayed in the media! Rainbows & lollipops all round!

    Posted in: Suspect admits to stabbing pop idol after his gift, advances rejected

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    What really cheeses me off about Japanese weddings is the premise that, as a guest, you're essentially a monetary 'contributor'. Envelope at the door & to your seat. You, along with the hundred or so other guests, are lucky to get even a photo with the couple, then it's hours of speeches & videos. There is just no feeling of 'inclusivity' whatsoever. It all feels very materialistic & dare I say 'fake' (the 'pastor' in the 'chapel' kills me).

    Back home, however, the bridal party is an integral part of the celebration. There's a real sense that people have been brought together to share a special day, not be a bystander in a gaudy spectacular. It's hard to explain what I'm trying to say, but those who've experienced both will understand where I'm coming from.

    Posted in: Japanese couples opting for smaller, intimate wedding receptions

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    @Utrack

    Why not have subsidized cell phones for low income and welfare recipients... This way everybody wins..

    Because the way in which the Japanese telco industry is structured ensures consumers never win. It's amazing what they get away with...

    Posted in: The government’s focus now will be to widen the variety of lower-cost plans to benefit more users. For example, the request would include shortening the number of years required for users to qualify for pricing plans geared toward long-term customers.

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    Aso - one of the foot-in-mouth legends of Japanese politics! I was expecting a nugget of gold from G7 - and he delivered!

    Posted in: Aso's staff say he 'misspoke' about some G-7 finance chiefs supporting Brexit

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    That's my morning dose of comedy accounted for then. Cheers!

    Posted in: Gov't seeks smaller wage gap between regular, nonregular workers

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    sighclops

    So sorry we got caught. List is getting longer by the week!

    Posted in: So sorry

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    sighclops

    Anything but a call for resignation, aye? Nothing ever changes.

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    sighclops

    It's the same situation where I come from in Australia. Chinese investors account for 20% of all new property purchases, and I heard that in Auckland last year 40% of all real estate sales were to Chinese nationals. This has really driven up the price of property, with 20%+ increases in many areas. The biggest complaint among first home buyers is that a large portion of the foreign buyers are simply 'parking' their purchases until the market really peaks, leading to a huge number of vacant properties all over the place (which in turn lock local buyers out of the market).

    The problem the Chinese government is now battling with is the fact that there are currently over 64 MILLION vacant dwellings in China, with many regions becoming 'ghost cities'.

    Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study

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    All three of them!

    Posted in: Trash cans removed from Tokyo subway stations in preparation for G-7 summit

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    @kyushubill

    The focus is one day, not the marriage. They really think they have the only thing to offer a man - a uterus. Forget the fact they have zero personality. They at 35 already look well into their 40s. They live at home and have no experience of the world outside of Miyazaki.

    Wow. This really hit home, as my ex-fiance was just like this. Wanting to get married for the sake of getting married, and not wanting to work once the day had passed. Sengyoshufu for life - even with a college degree. This is a lifelong aspiration for many women here, which is a serious worry.

    But that aside, the real problem is work-life balance - as many others have mentioned. When your only social circle week in, week out consists of workmates, what hope is there? It's just such a waste, really. All work & no play. For what?

    Posted in: 8 years into 'konkatsu' boom, lifelong single population continues to grow

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    sighclops

    I'd say this will snowball into eventually sinking the company. The fact that this has largely been avoided by the Japanese media is quite frankly disgusting.

    Posted in: Hawaii sues Takata, Honda over defective air bags

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