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    sighclops

    Never mind the title, that poster looks like it was put together in MS Paint. Horrendous.

    Posted in: Japan’s poster for Academy Award-winning movie 'Birdman' raises eyebrows online

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    To the people on here comparing NHK to the BBC. One makes quality content, particularly in the online realm. They also fund the most watched TV programme in the world, Top Gear. It has 500m viewers per episode. Why am I paying for NHK again?

    Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you

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    It's frustrating to see company's shelling out big bucks on advertising slogans (beer companies among the worst) that are written in poor English. Just ask someone first for crying out loud! That goes double for taxpayer-funded safety signs, which cost hundreds of thousands of yen each.

    Posted in: Japan awash in weird warning signs

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    @Pandabelle

    I've never seen an apartment rental that requires 6 months rent up front

    I believe the writer is referring to the total cost of moving into a place, which is almost always 5 - 6 months rent. 2 months upfront + questionable 'key money' + agent fees + other associated fees. I've moved a number of times and, whichever way you cut it, it always ends up being around the same amount.

    Regarding the article itself, the guarantor & key money systems really need to go. Or be reformed. The problem with the whole system is that the landlord wields ALL the power. Sure, that's the case in most countries, but the Japanese real estate industry is stuck in the 50s.

    Posted in: Can Tokyo raise its housing game in time for Olympics?

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    It's not only the fee that I have issue with, it's the often rude & intruding door knockers that really grind my gears. I was 'pressured' (ie. harassed) into paying the damn fee, even though I never watch Japanese TV, let alone NHK. They harassed my g/f at the building's entrance about who she was visiting and if they paid - and then let themselves in when she opened the security door - I mean c'mon...

    If NHK actually operated in this century and gave us cutting-edge online content and proper investigative journalism, then it would be worth it. Oh, did I mention that they jacked up the prices last year? For what?!

    Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you

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    I was put in a Japanese International school in the 90s at the age of 6. Having parents of Australian & British descent, I was not allowed to tell my grandfather about my schooling, as he'd served in WW2. As a young boy, it was hard for ,e to understand, but it became very clear as I learnt about history & what the soldiers went through at the hands of the JIA...

    Posted in: 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

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    You do cop it in the thinly-veiled form from time to time, but the worst was when I was at a fireworks display by the river and some young punks started throwing rocks at me. As I was with my g/f at the time, I let it go. Another time, I had a few glass bottles hurled at me. I'm very fortunate that none made contact. I've also copped a vicious tirade from an elderly woman here in Tokyo. I was on my way to a meeting with a colleague and she literally jumped from her seat at the bus stop and made a good 10m distance between us, going on to scream all sorts of nasties like "GET OUT OF JAPAN YOU DISGUSTING FOREIGNER! YOU STINK!" etc. etc.

    And yes, I've also had to deal with real estate agents. Basically, I was able to get an apartment purely due to the fact that 1) I assured the landlord I was getting married with my partner 2) Her mother was the guarantor. Now, things didn't work out between us & we called off the engagement after almost a year. It's a two-year lease usually, right? Well, ghe landlord told me I had to go. He gave me till the end of the month to leave. Not only was I heartbroken beyond descritpion, I now had no where to live.

    Anyway, to cut a long story short, I eventually convinced him that I was a good tenant & that I would get TWO guarantors (this in itself was an ordeal that is hard to put into words) to help my case. He told me later on that I was the first foreigner to lease from him in FORTY YEARS!

    This is a massive hurdle for anyone thinking of coming to Japan. Most foreigners I know can only get sharehouse accommodation because 1) They don't speak Japanese and 2) They don't know anyone in Japan. I can see it from the landlord's perspective (associated risks etc.), but it is seriously discriminatory. If Japan wants mors skilled workers to come here, the government will need to seriously need to look into the real estate industry. It's in dire need of reform.

    Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time?

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    Whatever the item, the custom is known in Japanese as “sanbai-gaeshi” (triple value) because what guys give women is supposed to be three times greater in value than the chocolates the guy got on Valentine’s Day.

    And who came up with that 'custom'? Confectionery company shachos at a nomikai one night? More than likely. White Day is such a lame excuse to milk an otherwise enjoyable Valentine's Day tradition (back home, at least). Don't even get me started on how farcical a 'celebration' 'Christmas' is here...

    Posted in: And now for White Day

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    @djv124

    Reading your post with my sarcasm lenses on makes it all the more relevant.

    Posted in: AKB Theater celebrates 4,000 performances, 1 million visitors

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    The more of an issue they make out of this non-issue, the less of an 'apology' it's going to become. I fear it's already too late.

    Posted in: Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement

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    Amazing that they've identified him. Now, GET HIM.

    Posted in: IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named by media

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    Education minister may have received illegal funds

    Ah, Japan! You never fail to deliver!

    Posted in: Education minister denies receiving illegal funds

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    This is starting to get ridiculous. No doubt "preach to the choir" would be a prerequisite for being on Abe's panel...

    Posted in: Panel meets to discuss Abe’s speech for anniversary of WWII end

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    The fundamental problem is the the guilty until proven innocent aspect of the law here. Got an alibi? Well, we don't wanna hear it! Guilty guilty guilty!

    Posted in: Amnesty Int'l criticizes Japan in 2014/15 human rights report

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    @Kaerimashita

    Not sure, but surely it is the manufacturers and service providers who make money out of smartphones and not the operating system developers and owners..... Can someone explain?

    Google does not charge for Android. However, to install GMS (Google Mobile Services - think Gmail, Maps etc.) they need to obtain a licence. This is also issued free, but to actually get the certification (from a third party) for GMSs costs A LOT. I think it's somewhere in the vicinity of US$1 per device tested.

    Android OEMs by and large make a loss on their Android devices. There are just too many licensing fees, on top of the manufacturing & other associated costs, for it to make any serious profits. Food for thought - did you know that Microsoft makes more money from Android royalties than its own Windows Phone?! THREE TIMES as much in fact! Microsoft charges OEMs US$5 for smartphones & $10 for tablets - that's every single Android device sold. That's something like ~$10m revenue PER DAY.

    Apple, on the other hand, makes a killing. They make upwards of 40% margins on most of their products - including the iPhone of course. It's funny - experts scoffed at the software / hardware model at first, but now they're all trying to do it. Samsung will be dropping Android in the very near future for Tizen, for example.

    Posted in: Android dominant in two-horse smartphone race

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    The similarities between Japanese & Chinese state-run media are growing...

    Posted in: Japanese media self-censorship grows under Abe

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    "musician"

    Posted in: Taylor Swift officially world's top-selling musician in 2014

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    Nothing will ever top Ricky Gervais as host!

    Posted in: Harris wins praise as Oscars host

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    This is great news. The world could use more of Japan's know-how in this area!

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Heavy shares rise on Qatar subway deal

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    I bet this isn't even 'new'. They've probably just decided to let this story out to the media.

    Posted in: New radioactive water leak detected at Fukushima plant

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