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    sighclops

    I will never forgive the rail operators for making us endure 3+ years of setsuden - meanwhile keeping fares the same price. They must've saved hundreds of millions of yen at the expense of the disgruntled commuters. Where did those savings go, guys? Into the coffers of the 'old boys club' directors?

    Posted in: People are less willing to save electricity to help protect the natural environment than they were two years ago

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    I think that the author hits on some valid points. I feel that these all go back to the Japanese public being largely apathetic towards politics in general. If you were to go down to Hachiko-mae and ask a handful of youths how they felt about Abe's leadership thus far, his policies or thoughts on Japan's diplomatic ties with its neighbours, you'd be met with blank stares. Ask them about what variety programme starts in 30 minutes and they'd give you a full week's worth of TV programming.

    Yet, you go out into the country and there's political posters on every street corner. These are the voters, who are mostly old timers with no grasp of modern politics.

    The situation will never improve because the old timers are politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders & the voting public. With the government & its secrecy bill, the ultra-conservative & heavily monitored press clubs here, the 'old boys club' bureaucrats, the jaded salarymen... what 'democracy' is there?

    Posted in: Former diplomat fears for future of Japan's democracy

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    I used to live right near Ichikawa and let me tell you, the roads are probably 50 years+ out of date. Unbelievably narrow, perpendicular corners & no footpaths whatsoever. Many of the crossings have no lines marked, nor adequate signage. It's a complete mess, which the same could be said for most of eastern Tokyo. Poor guy.

    Posted in: Truck driver arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Chiba

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    Let's face it - a large majority of the guys & girls that go to gokons are just socially awkward & outright desperate. 'Desperate' as in desperate to hurry up & get married. The concept itself is flawed in so many ways (I went on one once because, you know, when in Rome... - never again!).

    Posted in: The ugly truth of 'gokon,' Japan’s group blind dates

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    @jpn_guy

    Read the comments "too little, too late", "lip service" which clearly confirm this mechanism. A muslim who have never thought about violent acts, has no desire to commit violent acts and never will commit violent acts has no more moral responsibility to endanger themselves by speaking out against extremism than you do.
    The link between them is only in your mind, and since you created that link, whatever they do to try and appease you, you will never be satisfied. I think what you are really saying is you don't like Muslims and as long as a tiny percentage of Muslims are extremists, you will continue to object to the vast majority who are not.

    You raised some interesting points in your piece, not all of which I could put above. However, what you failed to touch on was the simple fact that heinous cults such as the IRA & KKK absolutely pale in comparison to ISIL. ISIL are on a warpath, and have $10bn in the bank to work with. They are using social media like never seen before to attract as many delusional lost-souls as possible. I agree that moderates should not have to appease the general public and 'stand up' for peace, but let's face it - these are the same very people that state over and over that Islam is a religion of peace.

    The sad reality is, experts say that between 15% ~ 25% of the muslim population are either extremist or at risk of becoming extremist. You do the math - that's 400m+ potential jihadists. What's worse, they've been indoctrinated to 'kill all infidels', by any means necessary.

    Again, this is on a scale that the world has never seen before.

    Posted in: Europe's Muslims stand up to IS

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    sighclops

    Japan in 2014, folks.

    Posted in: Be nice to foreigners

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    The problem is, Islam is not a religion that promotes peace. It's a religion that states over and over that Allah is the only god, and that all that do not follow are 'infidels'. Harmony cannot exist between followers of other religions OR non-believers because, fundamentally, Islam incorporates more than just a set of beliefs. There's Sharia law, the garb & let's not forget the centuries-old Shia-Sunni tensions.

    We have a big problem in Australia at the moment, where 'assimilation' has not worked with a large majority of the Islamic population. The mosques have harboured extremism and just last week a young 'extremist' attacked two police officers with a knife as he brandished the ISIS flag.

    I'm all for world peace & harmony, but I don't see it ever happening - as long as religion is at the forefront. Almost every civil war / regional conflict raging on at the moment has religion to blame.

    Posted in: Europe's Muslims stand up to IS

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    As a Sydneysider, I can tell you that these are like cute ladybugs compared to the sheer horror of the Sydney Funnel-Web Spider! Nothing compares!

    Posted in: Redback spiders found in Tokyo for first time

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    @jokpali

    HTC is worldwide and climbing fast.

    Sorry, but their global marketshare is less than 2%. They do make great phones, though.

    Posted in: Samsung, BlackBerry speed arrivals of new smartphones

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    In a statement to the news website TechCrunch, Apple said: “We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can.

    At least all users will get the update, which the same could not be said for Galaxy users. With Samsung releasing new devices seemingly weekly, you're stuck with a device that will never get updates. This is an inherent problem with the Android ecosystem (I know because I own several devices).

    Posted in: Samsung, BlackBerry speed arrivals of new smartphones

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    The cost angle I can understand. However, what baffles me is the fact that a lot of these poles are built into the roads, not beside them. Drive through any small town / shitamachi and you'll see what I mean. Extremely dangerous - especially around corners!

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    @Scrote

    I want to read newspapers that hold the government to account, instead of just printing whatever statements are issued without question.

    Well you'll be waiting a while, as much like the TV industry here, the print media in Japan does exactly that. Just passes on statements and regurgitates stories. Not one iota of criticism or skepticism anywhere.

    Posted in: Newspaper wars inviting permanent reader alienation

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    RAISE WAGES! It's beyond a joke now...

    Posted in: OECD says Japan should raise sales tax again next year

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    If we could introduce a zero tolerance policy for unrestrained children in cars, that'd be great. That goes doubly for the parents that let their kids climb all over the front seats and dashboards.

    Posted in: Autumn traffic safety campaign starts

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    I was near Jingu yesterday and noticed that they'd completely drained the big fountain next to the baseball diamonds

    Posted in: Officials spray insecticide in Ueno Park after new dengue fever case

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    We're experiencing a similar problem in Australia. Back in 2012, the government introduced a carbon tax. $20 (like 2,500 yen at the time) per cubic tonne per household. On top of that, a mandate was passed to hit a 20% target in renewables by 2020, so various private equity firms invested in solar & wind.

    EThe government that came into power late last year has decided that coal & gas are the future (cue: oxymoron) , so is abolishing the carbon tax law & 'reviewing' (newspeak for 'planning to drop') the 20% renewables targets (which will probably disappear altogether).

    I don't think it would take a rocket scientist to see why both governments have the, ahem, 'motivation' to keep the old guard alive & well.

    Posted in: Industry minister tries to convince public on need for nuclear energy

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    sighclops

    I took issue to their announcement last week of:

    "Big news coming from Tokyo fans in October"

    They even made a video for it... and all it ended up being was a lame announcement for exhibition. WELL WOOPTY DOO. Not a tour - not news!

    Posted in: First ever exhibition dedicated to Oasis coming to Tokyo

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    @SamuraiBlue

    By the way a Debit card issued outside the nation you have an account would probably not work since the money within the account is in your own country's currency so there would be a problem of exchange rate and transaction fee. It's more of a scope of service provided by the debit card issuer and nothing to do with local commerce practice.

    There seems to be some misunderstanding here - possibly I wasn't clear in my explanation. I was referring to there not being any debit card facilities in Japan provided by Japanese banks OR merchants. I have bank accounts here, as well as abroad, and Japanese banking is an absolute ordeal in comparison - especially in the online banking realm. That argument is for another day, though.

    Posted in: Rivals dash to support Apple Pay for fear of losing out

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    I agree with the above posters. ISUL's weakness is that they have no air power whatsoever. If the Coalition (which is, increasingly, including other Middle Eastern regions) focus on strategic air strikes, then they will be rendered powerless.

    The moment the Coalition puts boots on the ground, things will get much, much worse. Let's hope that it never gets to that stage.

    Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?

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    @debittoo

    ->WTF!!! what are you talking about? "Garake" mobiles have NFC from 10 years ago or more, you don't need any card to pay in Japan. I really wanted Apple Japan include this system in iPhone 6 or 6 Plus...

    Actually, rickyvee was 100% correct in what he said ("if you lose your card or something, you basically lost all the money on it"). You mentioned you don't need any card to pay in Japan and it left me wondering if we were living in the same "Japan". I've worked in Tokyo 6 years and the first thing that surprised me was that you couldn't use a debit card to pay for anything. On top of that, only recently have you been able to pay by credit at the supermarket. Even in a country as technologically-backwards as Australia (where I'm from), paying for daily items by debit is the norm. Japan will always be very much a cash-based society.

    rickyvee also touched on there being too many proprietary payment technologies in Japan - and he's right. It's a mess - basically choose your 'team' and see what works best for you. The point you seem to be missing is that Apple Pay puts the ball in the merchant's court - not the user. As it's mostly software based, and all new iPhones come with the Secure Element chip, it's up to the merchant to have the system in place. The chip is only responsible for arranging the transaction - not storing credit / transaction data.

    It is this "Garake" mobiles have NFC from 10 years ago or more complacency that has forced Japan out of the innovation realm. Look at Sony - how many proprietary formats have they produced? MiniDisc? MagicGate? Felica? DRM?!?! As I've mentioned previously, it's the shift away from hardware to software that has seen the real innovation take place. In other words, Apple Pay supports a variety of payment options through one channel - not one proprietary format on one piece of hardware.

    Japan Inc's stubbornness & reluctancy towards open formats will be its eventual downfall if changes are not made. This is the reality of the situation. When did Sony last turn a profit? Toshiba just laid off another 900 staff. Panasonic pulled out of the smartphone market after only 6 months. Sharp have had thousands of lay offs and closed factories. Seeing a trend here, debittoo?

    Posted in: Rivals dash to support Apple Pay for fear of losing out

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