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smithinjapanSep. 03, 2015 - 10:20AM JST
Why not? They cold easily hire good writers and have the studios nd equipment for production and editing, etc. More so than Yahoo or streaming services. They could probably come up with some fantastic quality content.
Posted in: Apple mulling original online television shows
smithinjapanSep. 03, 2015 - 10:16AM JST
Just proving how utterly devoid f meaning so many western festivals and holidays are here. Forget Halloween, even, they're already having Christmas events!
Posted in: Japan starts getting ready for Halloween…in August?!?
smithinjapanSep. 03, 2015 - 10:10AM JST
Just change the name of tis country t China already!
Posted in: Ruling camp eyes enacting security law without using special rule
smithinjapanSep. 02, 2015 - 05:43PM JST
The guy thinks he has "reached the limit of what human beings can bear"?? How typically arrogant this guy is. You should read the long statement on his homepage, which says this and a whole lot more about how he's the victim and is being wrongly harrassed (but apologizes), etc. What a scum bag. The guy OBVIOUSLY copied all of his work, so when it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck -- it's a duck. I hope every single work he does from here on is is scrutinized and he is called on ALL his plagiarism. He says the media are making a fool of him and his family? While bringing the family into it is low, he has no one but himself to blame. Period. Asbolultely ZERO pity for this guy.
Posted in: Olympic logo designer says he endured unbearable harassment
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 11:26PM JST
Strangerland: "Of course JT posters love to blame the victim."
When there's due cause, yes, and especially when you question the nature of being 'victim'. Even if that's the case, for some reason you sure love to defend the 'victim' when it's pretty clear they share but of the blame.
I mean, seriously, Strangerland... they were defending him as recently as Friday and saying they would never back down, when every single person with access to the internet saw all the website links to Sano's plagiarism, and they could have LONG ago said they were going to look more fully into it before blatantly stating "It wasn't plagiarism, etc." Did they not know about Sano having taken the photo at the presentation and used it for his own until TODAY??
No, Strangerland, what you're seeing is not a victim, but attempts at damage control long after the horse has left the barn.
In any case, I see they are wasting no time in talking about organizing a new contest, which means more money changing hands, when they could just choose the fan award, since it is the design the public have spoken adamantly in favor of. But if it's just the public who decides, how can they OB club get more money for doing absolutely nothing except maybe accepting bribes?
Posted in: Tokyo Olympic committee scraps controversial logo
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 09:58PM JST
DaDude: "People complain that the Japanese media just packs up and leaves after Nishikori is out but I can tell you that 90% of people commenting here today won't be commenting for the rest of this tournament either."
Not true, so long as it's reported. You can see people's comments on previous finals, where reported, saying congrats to Djokovich, or Murray, Federer, etc. There's no 'bickering' because the die-hard Nishikori fans won't tune in and come to his defense if he loses, and don't comment on others' wins, but yes, there are some comments made by some people.
Posted in: Nishikori crashes out of U.S. Open in first round
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 06:31PM JST
Won't be hard to take over the islands once Japan has bankrupted itself and has no one to run the ships -- which is what they seem hellbent on. Meanwhile, who cares about the stuff like education not even factored in to the already 120% spending of the taxes... I think they are setting this up in part intentionally so that they can say, again, that they have no choice but to further raise taxes next year when the inevitable backlash comes along with the proof that the previous increase has done nothing but drive the economy down (even though next year's increase is decided).
Good job on priorities again, Japan.
Posted in: Defense ministry asks for record budget to defend southern islands
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 06:27PM JST
NetFlix is paving the way for the future, much more than previous and other existing streaming 'networks' have, and it's pretty amazing what they are coming up with. The level and content of original programming and movies is outstanding, and the casts moving back to TV from the big screen even more so.
I wonder, when NetFlix finally comes to Japan in the near future, what NHK is going to do to demand you still make payment (or wait... don't they already demand it if you have any networking device or internet cable?).
Posted in: Johnny Depp the star draw; Netflix flexes muscle at Venice
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 06:24PM JST
fxgai: "It WAS just one match (err, not one game). And it's a knock-out tournament. So if you lose, that's it, don'cha know"
So, the results of the last two tournaments will have ZERO bearing on his slide in rank, according to you. Just this ONE game.
Given you just said his slide in rank will be based on ONE game, your comment about not knowing about the number of matches has no credibility.
"He fluffed this open no doubt, but it's not like top seeds never fail."
Never said they don't. Show me a thread on Japan Today about Nadal sliding to 10th in the world and I'll gladly point out that though he's still a great player he seems to be on the way down. But again, your bias won't allow you to see how you choose because you are defensive over Nishikori losing and people pointing that out.
"Frankly, you never come across as genuine"
That's a character judgement, and given how many errors you've made so far about people "Nishikori-bashing" or me never praising him or what have you, again, you lose any credibility in being able to have such an opinion, let alone form a judgement on it. And you would be wrong, anyway.
"Well let's put it in perspective for you. Even dropping all his points, he will STILL be ranked thousands of points above Cilic, who beat him in the US final last year"
Yes, and good on him. So, what's your point? Can you even bring yourself to say he'll slide to 6th again?
"What exactly you claim to credit him for, I am not sure. It's obviously not his consistent record of performance that got him ranked where he is in the world."
I give him credit EVERY time he wins -- again, you choose to not see it is all and only see criticism of those who love him so much, including the media, that all you lose all perspective and focus on what you perceive as criticism of the player.
"If you want to focus on short term losses, sure. But that's stupid, IMO."
People on here have been talking about how the media, and you yourself, have been on and on about this being his "breakthrough year", after even doing so last year, and now doing so for next year, and how they should not be doing so, and you've called it "Nishikori-bashing". Is a year "short term" when you said he would be winning Grand Slams and it be a breakthrough that very year?
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 06:12PM JST
Supey11: I knew the original was also also copy (and hence the hilarity at the JOC's insistence that the updated version was NOT 'a copy' because the last one was!), but I did not realize how identical it was. Wow... Sano should be stripped of any kind of design qualifications and shunned from doing any artwork -- and by that I mean stealing other designs and just changing the name on them to his own.
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 05:00PM JST
M3M3M3: "They should put 3 or 4 potential logo options out there for the public to vote on, or at least share their thoughts on."
Less bribes for the JOC from potential artists if they do that.
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 04:52PM JST
fxgai: "So, he doesn't repeat his last US Open performance, and you want to focus (like his loss in the US open final) on a single match, and how he isn't going to be ranked 4th anymore. "
Not just this match -- this tournament. And the one before that he opted out of, and the one before that that he lost as well. You make it sound like it was one game, but it was a few, in fact, leading up to this.
"You are happy to remind me that I lost my bet, but have nothing to say about Nishikori's being ranked 4th in the first place."
On the contrary, I have congratulated him in the past, as I always have when he wins. And what's more, I criticize the media and posters who put him on a pedestal more than I criticize Nishikori, which is rarely, himself. You just can't see that because for some reason you take his losses and the subsequent pointing out of those losses and the playing up by certain parties very personally.
"You come across as a really, really bad sport, who only wants to criticise!"
Nope, the poor sport would be you; I haven't criticized him at all except in response to people's posts about how great he's doing when he has lost and will drop ranks. I've stated I hope that he does well, but when people point out he did not you get upset. THAT is being a poor sport.
"Three whole more places to go before he'd be ranked... top in the world."
Until the rankings change after this tournament, right? Or do you bet he'll still be fourth?
"He'd have to probably open a few charity foundations as well on top of that and discover the cure for cancer before you'd give him any credit."
More being a poor sport, I see. I've already said I give him credit, as I do everyone, where it's due, and I said I hope he does win. Those trees blocking the view of the forest?
"No one said he'd already won any matches. If you thought otherwise, you have some perception bias that is making it seem that way to you."
Take a step back, and you'll see that I was clearly speaking in a figurative sense, ie. the media act as though he's already won, as do some posters, including those who 'bet' on it. Obviously no one LITERALLY said he's already won in a tournament that has not started. Do you really need that part spelled out?
"Breaking into the top 4 for the first time in 2015 is what means he's on the up"
Which means that if he slides down two places, as you said he would, he's on his way DOWN, no?
Again, I quite like Nishikori, which you seem to have missed in previous posts, and I do hope he wins at some point in the future, but I dislike the way the media and many posters talk like it's almost guaranteed because he's young, or that he's in fourth in the world (soon to be 6th), etc. He may, or he may not, and while I think we should thank him for the diversity he's added to the game, no one should be told they need to have faith in him winning when he loses, or that it's a 'risky bet' when someone states their opinion about his talent.
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
"International Data Corporation last week said that Apple’s freshly launched smart watch was a hot commodity in the second quarter of this year."
I forget who it was who said that it would be a complete flop... who was that again? How's the crow taste?
Anyway, no surprise Android is copying Apple again, following in its footsteps, and even having to create models that need to incorporate IOS because it's far more popular and easier to use. And meanwhile, while they toddle behind Apple Apple will unveil new stuff and updates next week. The new phones will just be 'S' models of iPhone 6, but they are rumoured to have some pretty nifty updates -- which Android will soon copy, full of security holes, etc.
Posted in: Android smartwatches get in time with iPhone
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 04:11PM JST
Yubaru: "Sure he has talent, to copy other people."
Actually, I'd say given the result and the fact that his entire practice is under intense scrutiny and possibly several lawsuits, and given the number of websites even in Japan that compare 'his' works with the originals he plagiarized, he's not very talented at that at all.
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 04:04PM JST
NZ2011: "When you were in a jail of a country which is a muslim theocracy?"
I didn't know Japan is a Muslim theocracy, because it's Japan we are talking about here, despite you suggesting they not be held to any higher standards.
Fact is, you're talking about personal dislikes vs. religious belief, and having given the man pork product, despite being an accident and obviously not life threatening, is a pretty big deal. I think the man is exaggerating with the whole 'human rights violation', since again it was an accident (he might have grounds if it were intentional), but Japan is a country trying to welcome and accommodate the needs/beliefs of people from around the world as tourism increases and the Olympics approach, and first they need to learn a little bit about food preparation. I've been to school lunch companies and know about cafeterias, etc., here, and I know that while they are usually quite sanitary (still a lot of cases of mass food poisoning!), they often re-use utensils that have come into contact with other dishes before washing them thoroughly -- and restaurants are much worse. This can result in anaphylactic shock, as well as infringing on people's choices not to eat certain products; based on adhering to beliefs or just personal choice.
Hopefully they take more care in the future.
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smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 03:47PM JST
OssanAmerica: "the only way that Indonesia (or any country) would choose China for a High Speed Train system is if China has been spreading money around under the table"
Japan is FAR better known for it's massive bribery, my friend, so I'd think a little before you speak. There is no doubt that if one is doing it here, it's Japan. Another, more feasible reason that Indonesia is taking China's bid seriously is that it would be lower cost, and also China is Indonesia's biggest trading partner. They may also have agreed to lessen pressure on Indonesia in terms of incursions in international waters, etc. I have no doubt Abe offered some military support as part of the deal (another form of bribery).
In any case, competition is obviously doing well for Indonesia, who gets a better deal either way.
Posted in: Indonesia favoring China over Japan in railway bid: gov't sources
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 03:35PM JST
fxgai: "You are writing off a young guy who is obviously on the up,"
Define "obviously" after reading the article again, please.
"breaking into the top 4 for the first time in 2015,"
After you consistently and adamantly said he would do so since last year, even betting your pride on it and losing. What will his ranking be after this?
"...after reaching a Grand Slam final by defeating the world no. 1 to get there."
And where did he get to today?
"You Nishikori bashers..."
I don't see a single person bashing Nishikori, but I DO see some posters getting extremely defensive when there is no reason to be. In fact, the posters who have said they did not think he would make it have even pointed out they quite like Nishikori and he IS good -- just not as good as the media or some make him out to be, and that they should not feel forced to have faith in him.
seem like you don't want to give him any deserved credit until he is bordering on becoming a legend."
"That's easy to say today, and while he may not ever win one, that'd be a very risky bet."
It's not a bet, it's an opinion. Big difference. You're the one who likes betting, and who lost, remember?
Nishikori has done well this year, and still has the potential to do better, but that doesn't mean he's "on the up", clearly, and he still has a ways to go yet. I hope he wins eventually, but THAT would also be a risky bet if you were to bet on it. It's time the media and some posters here stop saying it's already won before the matches begin. The sense of entitlement of some people really undermines the players.
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 03:27PM JST
HAHAHAHahahaha!!! I said this just last week -- the sooner Japan scraps it the less they will lose face for voraciously defending it and insisting they would stand behind it. Now they have to backtrack, and I see already they are citing recent Sano activity for it instead of just admitting they should have scrapped it to begin with. Losers.
At least it is FINALLY being removed, and hopefully this time they will choose something original and not just an LDP crony's design. I also hope that Sano goes down in flames after this. The guy obviously has ZERO talent.
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 01:13PM JST
SenseNotSoCommon: "Cue the Rep feeding frenzy..."
Despite their own internal investigations turning up nothing FIVE TIMES already and them admitting she has done nothing wrong, they need SOMETHING to try and deflect from the circus that the GOP nomination has become and the fact that they cannot pass anything in the House or Senate (suddenly they don't seem to like filibustering as much!).
Posted in: 150 more Clinton emails retroactively classified
smithinjapanSep. 01, 2015 - 12:58PM JST
HCKpro: "That's because watching a movie is passive. Video Games are active."
Not the scenes in games that you passively watch, my friend.
Posted in: Japan’s censorship of PlayStation 4 horror game 'Until Dawn' is spectacularly bad
Sep. 03, 2015 - 11:29AM JST
Toshiko, first since you live in USA.. I am not sure you are entitled to comment…
Sep. 03, 2015 - 11:27AM JST
Finally Hulu has the walking dead back ! It took them over 3 years to air…
Posted in: Netflix starts Japan service
Sep. 03, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
Democracy lesson 1. Majority rule
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Posted in: Noda expresses readiness to run against Abe in LDP presidential race
Sep. 03, 2015 - 11:25AM JST
I'd like to make only one comparison: the only difference between US and Greece economy is…
Posted in: Putin calls act to glorify war criminals 'flouting' of Tokyo tribunal
Sep. 03, 2015 - 11:22AM JST
I wonder if the pickup line "Netflix & Chill?" will work here...
Anyone got a list…