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    sighclops

    The workforce dynamic is a total mess here. Mysogny, sexism, sexual harassment, power harassment, ridiculous hierarchies based purely on age, the list goes on. Sure, the uninformed may tout "yeah, but that happens in every country", but not to extent it happens here. It's engrained in the culture and I fear it will never change.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

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    sighclops

    You think this is bad? Take a look at these shockers! The worst thing about it is, the volume of "food" that they're producing...

    http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2013/05/chinas-top-9-fake-foods.html

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

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    sighclops

    I'll tell you all exactly what's going on here. I've spoken with all kinds of people in the industry and it basically comes down to this - Japanese carriers are clawing onto a dying business model. Back in the day, carriers would dictate what type of hardware they'd need, and the manufacturers would make the handsets accordingly. This gave the carriers total control over not only the hardware side, but more importantly, the software side. Carriers would then "shoehorn" you into their services, as we saw with i-Mode and the like.

    So, we fast forward to 2008, where Softbank took a massive gamble (they were on the brink of bankruptcy at the time) and got exclusive an exclusive 2 year deal for the iPhone. To put it simply, the iPhone has completely taken the power out of carriers' hands, as Apple is the one who dictates both software and hardware specifications. So, essentially, carriers are no longer hardware, software & service providers. They're just service providers. This is known in the industry as becoming a "dumb pipe". Mr. Son knew this was a risk, but was willing to take it.

    This phenomenon is not exclusive to Japan - it's happening in most developed countries where Apple holds the monopoly. My 2 cents - get rid of the SIM locks on the iPhone! It's extremely unfair on consumers.

    Posted in: Gov't aims to curb iPhone influence

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    sighclops

    “We have decided to hand the black boxes over to Malaysian experts,” the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Borodai, told journalists.

    Simply appalling.

    Posted in: Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire

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    theResident

    @sighclops: I expect, as usual, with you, you are trying to do it on the cheap, hence the lack of success, which for most of us had been a way of life for quite a while now.

    I'm sorry - I wasn't aware that we'd met? I carry a notebook, phablet, tablet, s/phone and pocket WiFi with me daily. Hundreds of thousands of yen worth of gear. The truth is, I've been with E-Mobile for a few years and it's been downhill ever since Softbank took them over. The whole reason I jumped ship from Softbank years ago was to escape their abhorrent network. I'm with AU for my s/phone and if I'm honest - not much better. Looks like I'll be going back to Docomo at year's end...

    Posted in: 4K video wirelessly transmitted in real time

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    @Zvonko

    If Japans Politicians had any brains they would use this western Russia bashing to their advantage. While it is unlikely that Japan will ever get the so called northern territories back there is a good chance It could talk the Russians in to some shared use deal.

    Do you really think this is the best time to even fathom the thought?! The whole world is laser-focused on seeing justice served and you're proposing a land deal?! Bit insincere, isn't it?!

    Posted in: Putin promises to cooperate as blame for MH17 crash piles on Russia

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    sighclops

    ... and yet I still can't watch a Youtube video on the train without waiting 20mins for it to load... loooooooong way to go before this becomes reality.

    Posted in: 4K video wirelessly transmitted in real time

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    sighclops

    This highlights an issue I've always had working in Japan. There are no regulations regarding ventilation & maintenance, so you will often see air con vents & ducts full of dust & dirt. It's even worse with kitchens - in some places the ventilation ducts are never cleaned! If you saw the amount of oil & gunk spewing out, you'd never eat there again!

    Posted in: 16 suffer carbon monoxide poisoning at Tokyo bar

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    sighclops

    I'm telling you, it's rampant.

    Posted in: Shizuoka chief public prosecutor to be dismissed over sexual harassment

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    sighclops

    Let's be honest here, McDonald's in Japan is still stuck in the 80s. Back home in Australia, they've completed transformed the outlets - the decor is much more "with the times" and the menu more reflects what customers want. That is, more "cafe-style" options and a variety of healthier choices.

    You go into a McDonald's here and for the most part it's the same old menu with the same layout.

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    sighclops

    This was an approved airspace by the ICAO, and the plane was also given clearance by Ukraine and Russia. The question is, was the attack intentional? If it was in fact the separatists responsible, the blood is on Putin's hands.

    Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet

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    sighclops

    Well if I were him I would sue the prosecutors to high heaven and DEMAND their practising licences revoked!

    Posted in: Teacher's conviction for groping girl on bus overturned by Tokyo court

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    sighclops

    more like deep roots in the Yakuza!

    Posted in: Pachinko companies are feeling a sense of crisis that they will go into decline unless they do something.

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    sighclops

    However, in Japan, they are also the exact two groups who are being held down under the traditional, albeit, outdated mores of homogeneity and a male-dominated society. And it is being done at the country’s own peril.

    This is exactly the problem. The immigration issue is of great importance, and one that is showing ever-so-slight signs of improvement. HOWEVER, it absolutely pales in comparison to the rampant sexism, sexual harassment and borderline misogynistic attitudes of a large portion the male population here in Japan (and I'm a male). Honestly, there would be a Royal Commission called if this went on back home.

    Posted in: A silver lining to Japan’s demographic crisis

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    sighclops

    As pointed out above, It comes down to games. There has been nothing exciting out of Japan in years. Drive Club, Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Last Of Us, Uncharted, GTA 5 - the list goes on - all from abroad.

    Posted in: Despite success abroad, even Sony’s PlayStation 4 can’t inject life into Japan’s console market

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    sighclops

    Soooooooo dodgy...

    Posted in: Putin inherits World Cup baton; promises 'unforgettable' 2018

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    sighclops

    I'm sorry but Becky cannot sing. Another one of those "she's popular so let's write her an album" types in the media.

    In fact I'm struggling to think of any real talents she may have. Nope, sorry.

    I've always felt that foreigners / half-Japanese in the Japanese media have only ever been given 'token' roles. Nothing thought-provoking or "intelligent". They just play the same old card and around we go. It's almost as if they're told to act like this by management. Oh wait... I could be on to something!

    Posted in: Rola changing DNA of Japanese pop culture

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    sighclops

    Considering the sheer volume of spam emails that seem to only target cell phone addresses here, I'd say this has been common practice for quite literally decades, no?

    Posted in: Benesse struggling to deal with massive theft of customer data

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    sighclops

    Funny they should comment on national security when they run state-funded hacker groups to steal big corporations' data!

    Posted in: Apple iPhone a threat to national security: Chinese media

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    sighclops

    No one here realises it, but both China and Japan will need Australia in the future. I firmly believe that if Australia had a bigger population, it would be the most powerful nation on Earth. We have the most coal, iron ore, 60% of the world's uranium and oil reserves that rival Saudi Arabia.

    ... only to be hampered by decades of governments dropping the ball on investment in infrastructure!

    Posted in: Australian PM denies closer Japan ties hurt China relations

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