sighclops's past comments

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    sighclops

    Some of you on here laugh at the seemingly-trivial nature of this, but let me tell you that a lot of these purchases are orchestrated by the triadd. We've had a severe shortage of baby formula in Australia, since the melamine milk scandal in China, because the triads pay international students to send back as much as they can possibly find...

    Posted in: 3 Chinese men arrested for buying too many diapers

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    No doubt we'll see a "our actions were deeply regrettable" style statement post-verdict - the verdict being nothing more than a slap on the wrist of course. Now, if only the judges could finally make an example of these ciminals...

    Posted in: Prosecutors set to rule on Fukushima indictments against TEPCO execs

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    I haven't seen any tangible effort by Japanese companies to make inroads abroad. There seems to be a lot of energy & money going into creating growth here, but it's done in vain. Greying population, declining birh rate, stagnant wages & higher living costs - ALL CONNECTED.

    Posted in: Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

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    Everything that's wrong with the Japanese "entertainment" industry in a single headline! Well done.

    Posted in: AKB48, Satomi Ishihara, Amari among winners of Best Dressed Eyes Awards

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    I don't think they'll ever recover from the China food scandal, to be honest.

    Posted in: McDonald's profit slumps, sales fall worldwide

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    It's a tricky one. Being part of the Coalition, Japan is somewhat obligated to 'assist' the US in their various overseas endeavours. Case in point, Australia was requested to send aid to Iraq for the Yazidi refugees back in August. Purely a humanitarian effort. Come September, fighter jets & cargo planes were requested - along with 400 personnel. October, 'boots on the ground' in Iraq.

    Posted in: This is not a return to any militarisation, this is an exaggeration and misinterpretation, we will stick to the path of peace.

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    I don't know about everyone else on here, but I've definitely cut back a fair bit on spending - especially on daily items. Here in Chiba, the supermarkets do these 'discount days' and let me tell you - shoppers clear the place out. They're only saving the equivalent of 5 - 10 yen on most products! I've lived all over Japan and I've never seen anything like this. Prices going up, salaries either staying the same or going down.

    Times are tough, people.

    Posted in: The impact from the yen's decline has been more severe than the increased consumption tax. Combine the two and that will make for a considerable burden on consumers.

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    it’s best to assume that Japan and the West are about 95% the same.

    How does that help them, exactly? You mentioned various aspects of business etiquette, but you've barely even scratched the surface. Getting the etiquette side of things right is a trivial matter in comparison to understanding the more complex inner-workings of Japanese business culture.

    • Small gift from their home country (if its the first time they meet)?
    • Meeting etiquette?
    • Building the relationship through respect, trust & mutual understanding?
    • Doing 9/10 business over drinks / dinner?

    This is the real way business is done in Japan. As a Strangerland mentioned above, it's about respecting the way business is done here and not coming in 'all guns blazing' with an agenda. If you're going to spruik your own business on a news site, at least give us armchair critics something to work with ;)

    Posted in: Japan from the outside - Not easy, but not that different

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    If you take a look on Wikipedia, you'll see that most hosting cities have lost money on the Games. Even those that have turned a profit have done so by the tiniest of margins. It comes down to which city is willing to fork out the most in junkets, bribes & other 'deal sweeteners'.

    Posted in: Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

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    @DaDude

    This movie was so huge in Japan that I am surprised they are not building a whole separate area at TDL for it.

    I'm told that things like this are planned years in advance, so it'll be a while before we see any major changes to the parks. Needless to say, Disney will milk it for all it's worth till then!

    Posted in: 'Frozen' fans who can’t ‘let it go’ have something to look forward to in January

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    @FishForest

    Just wait for Apple to do a giant iPad table and claim "First!"

    Where all others failed was... drum roll... SOFTWARE. iOS is based on the rock-solid OS X framework, not sh*tty Windows. The Courier was a great idea, but DOA.

    @lostrune2

    Ya have to look at Europe: http://www.wpcentral.com/kantar-windows-phone-slow-steady-sales-europe-10-percent

    To give ya an idea how 10% feels like, that's about Mac's share in computers.

    Ah yes, that old chestnut. The difference being, of course, WP's global market share is around the 2.5% mark. Apple has never been worried about marketshare in any of its markets. There are only two factors they care about:

    1. How much their products get used (iOS is something like 80% of all mobile traffic)
    2. Profit margin (consistently 40%+ across the board. The same couldn't be said for the likes of HP & Dell (both at sub-9%).

    Posted in: Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

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    No one wants to pay for "packages" - just give consumers what they want. They touch on this above, but these dinosaurs have been slower to react than the music industry was in the early 00s. No ads, no packages, no outdated set-top boxes. Just give us the damn content!

    Posted in: With new entrants, streaming TV sees watershed moment

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    Yosemite is awesome! Makes Windows look prehistoric (this is coming from an ex-diehard Windows guy)! The article didn't mention Hand Off / Continuity, which enables you to 'continue' documents and emails when switching devices...

    Posted in: Apple unveils thinner iPads, sharper iMacs

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    Saitama... what's going on, seriously...?!

    Posted in: Univ student stabs woman to death because he 'wanted to kill someone'

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    sighclops

    While Apple did not disclose financial arrangements for the free release, U2 has collaborated for years on products with the company.

    They paid U2 $100m. Everyone knows this...

    Posted in: Bono apologises for free U2 album on iTunes accounts

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    Tubby has an addiction to cheese, apparently, which has caused him all sorts of health problems - least of which being diabetes. State media will continue to run file tapes until the end of time, no matter how long he's AWOL.

    Posted in: Disappearance of Kim Jong-un could ease path to peace, coup or no

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    As long as there's morning TV segments & goukons, this is one aspect of Japanese culture that's never going away...

    Posted in: Is it time for Japan to get over trying to connect your personality and blood type?

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    It's a fantastic idea - in theory. But I'm sure most of the Tokyo commuters among us have been in a hurry in the morning to park our bikes and I'm just picturing the ridiculously long line of people waiting for the machine to 'park' / retrieve their bikes. Also, unless it's supported by the local governments (hey taxpayers!), it will simply cost too much.

    Posted in: Bicycle parking, reinvented

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    Arashi to host yet another TV special! The originality is killing me...

    Posted in: Arashi, Yuriko Yoshitaka to host 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'

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    I've always wondered how they manage to work those superhuman hours - especially in the very early morning. Well, we're all human! :)

    Posted in: Nobody at subway station in Tokyo for first train after two staff oversleep

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