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sighclopsFeb. 09, 2016 - 10:13AM JST
The Yaks... I mean construction company most likely cut corners & he's taking the fall out of fear of his own life. Sure, he's responsible to some extent but he didn't build the thing!
Posted in: Court finds architect guilty over supermarket ramp collapse in March 2011 quake
sighclopsFeb. 08, 2016 - 11:43PM JST
I've lived all over the place - including the more... ahem... 'charming' parts of Tokyo and let me tell you, these are not your average 'kick a soccer ball around' types. It's often high school kids - which is fine of course - but we're talking kids being out as late as midnight (or even later). Playing music, revving their scooters / bikes, letting off fireworks - you name it. The bikes are the worst. I've seen kids lift their bikes over the barriers so they can have races. Even a full-on police chase inside the park!
I'd often ask myself 'WTF are their parents doing?' Dad will be out till last train & mum will be watching brainless variety programmes. Just unacceptable.
Posted in: We've had reports such as people causing a nuisance by playing in parks at night, and the security cameras should help to prevent this.
sighclopsFeb. 08, 2016 - 11:35PM JST
Yet they'll go up the nanosecond market prices go up.
Posted in: Oil prices have been dropping for the past few months, so why aren’t fuel surcharges on airfares coming down?
sighclopsFeb. 08, 2016 - 03:49PM JST
Had massive problems with this movie. Wouldn't consider myself a 'die-hard' fan, but there were clearly a number of things that just didn't sit well with me.
Rey lecturing Solo on the ins & outs of the Millennium Falcon without ever stepping foot inside it. Ditto for her total lack of piloting experience.
Rey having lightsaber abilities. Luke didn't even touch a weapon in A New Hope!
Rey seemingly knowing the ways of the force by resisting Ren's Jedi-like mind trick. Ridiculous scene.
Rey in general. Bad attitude. Too many 'in your face' neofeminist overtones throughout the movie. JJ Abrams' agenda was as clear as day.
The much-larger Death Star having zero defense - complete absence of turrets, frigates or TIE Figthers. Commander exclaims 'We've lost half our fleet'... which was only several ships to begin with!
This is not an unrelated rant. Just a number of my observations.
Posted in: 'Star Wars' hits $2 billion global sales mark
sighclopsFeb. 06, 2016 - 09:15AM JST
Posted in: Bank of Japan should call them willie wonka bonds 'YOU GET NOTHING. yOU LOSE!'
sighclopsFeb. 05, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
All these English schools are dodgy in one way or another. Skirting all kinds of labour laws & now this comes to light. Bet it's only the very tip of the iceberg. Readers often give English teachers on here a hard time but I can tell you that I've seen garbage collectors treat rubbish with more respect. Employers would not pay them if they could find a way!
Posted in: Olympics minister denies doing favors for donator over teachers
sighclopsFeb. 05, 2016 - 11:22AM JST
This is great news. Sony is definitely a company that everyone is rooting for! Let's just hope that their bloated Japan division doesn't drag the company down. They should really move their HQ to Silicon Valley and tap into the unlimited, young talent. Plenty of investment dollars for risk-taking projects!
Posted in: Adele, Bond help revamped Sony escape spectre of losses
sighclopsFeb. 04, 2016 - 09:28AM JST
The reactions from both the media & those interviewed say a lot about Japan's naivety towards drugs. Ridiculous.
Posted in: Japan's baseball world shocked at arrest of Kiyohara
sighclopsFeb. 04, 2016 - 09:24AM JST
Would've been nice if they chose someone with some actual musical talent...
Posted in: Lady Gaga to lead Bowie tribute at Grammys
sighclopsFeb. 03, 2016 - 04:54PM JST
Ok, sure. Now where are the criminal convictions? Oh, it's a self-appointed panel...
Posted in: Airbag maker Takata told to improve quality culture
sighclopsFeb. 03, 2016 - 11:11AM JST
Either in situations as those presented above (striving for the Minato-ward-3LDK-homemaker-coffee-with-the-girls lifestyle), or suffering at the hands of the mysogynistic old boys' club of Japan Inc.
Dysfunctional either way. Those in power need to be flushed out!
Posted in: Where are Japan's women leaders?
sighclopsFeb. 03, 2016 - 09:58AM JST
In light of this unacceptable turn of events, we can only hope that a more widespread outrage takes place. It's clear now why the government only put forward a poultry 830m yen. Funny how IJA's abhorrent acts are well documented... unless you happen to be a Japanese lawmaker or historian, of course. Absolutely disgusted.
Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery
sighclopsFeb. 02, 2016 - 11:30AM JST
There's over-commercialisation, then there's over-commercialisation the Japan way. Much like Christmas, the otherwise romantic tradition is absolutely destroyed here. That said, Valentine's Day back home is entirely the man's responsibility (which is always extremely expensive).
Posted in: What do you think about the way Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan?
sighclopsFeb. 02, 2016 - 11:16AM JST
True story. I bought a Macbook Pro in Australia for my one-year study at Gunma University. Anyway, few months in the case was starting to warp and a few keys were playing up (4th year uni = not fun), so I called Apple Japan - Anyway, they sent Kuroneko to my student apartment in the middle of nowhere and had a specially-made protective box ready. They had it back to me three days later. Unbelievable.
I recently had a screen problem with my iMac - Kuroneko comes to pick it up in a case made to transport iMacs. Knows exactly how to handle it, I get it back - again - three days later. Truly next level stuff!
Posted in: 10 reasons why Kuroneko Yamato is probably the best delivery service in the world
sighclopsFeb. 01, 2016 - 09:58AM JST
God help us!
sighclopsJan. 31, 2016 - 10:48PM JST
It's simple. McDonald's Japan is fresh out of ideas (boom tish). Their offerings, not to mention the decor of their outlets, are outdated. What's their latest brainchild? Fries topped with chocolate sauce. ￥330 no less! Australia & UK stores are trying 'build your own' burgers, putting greater emphasis on the McCafe concept (incorporated into almost every store) and are even trying pop-up health food stores. Even McDonald's USA is branching out with other offerings such as pizza.
There's just too much good food (ie. better alternatives) for McDonald's to remain competitive in Japan. It needs an entirely new approach.
Posted in: We’re exploring the sale of a portion of our ownership in McDonald’s Japan if we identify a strategic investor who could help advance Japan’s turnaround efforts and unlock our growth potential.
sighclopsJan. 31, 2016 - 09:55PM JST
I'd say this is one of the best things about Japan. The love & respect they have for local cuisine, and their pride in maintaining such culinary traditions, is truly a national treasure. Where I'm from (Australia), food offerings are generally the same no matter where you go.
I feel that a lot of time & energy (and taxpayer money!) is wasted on the Cool Japan campaign. JTO should really be getting its 'food tourism' message out. Some of the best food I've had in Japan has been quite literally in the middle of nowhere. This must be protected for years to come!
sighclopsJan. 30, 2016 - 02:26PM JST
Interesting that not one mentioned the ridiculous crowds or incessant noise. Even after a decade, these have all but defeated me. But very good points made in the piece nonetheless!
Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good
sighclopsJan. 29, 2016 - 04:38PM JST
We've been around this carousel many times with Apple over the years. I believe the Watch & Apple TV will remain 'hobby' products, as Tim Cook likes to put it. Car Play is simply an interface now, but could be so much more in the coming years & roll-out of IoE across many industries. Apple & Google will reign supreme in this sphere because, at the end of the day, it comes down to software. Everything is software. It's a two-horse race between iOS (and its variations) & Android (and its variations). Microsoft really missed the boat on mobile and will most likely never catch up. They will continue to thrive in the enterprise sector, however.
Posted in: Apple this week reported the slowest sales ever of its market-leading iPhone, after years of rocketing growth. Has Apple peaked and what does the company need to do to find new sources of growth?
sighclopsJan. 29, 2016 - 09:10AM JST
You know it's amazing. Domestic consumption is falling, China is heading for collapse - yet more & more high-end dept. stores are being built in places like Ginza. Tonnes of them. How are they going to fare in 2 - 3 years? The Olympics may bring in big tourist numbers, but what about domestically? I almost get the feeling Japan Inc. is living in denial.
Posted in: Japan retail sales fall more than expected
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 12:13PM JST
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 12:12PM JST
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Posted in: Market close to reading last rites over Abenomics
Feb. 09, 2016 - 12:10PM JST
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Feb. 09, 2016 - 12:08PM JST
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