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vollandFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:55AM JST
Of course they do...
Just imagine Google having ALL your purchases in their computer, they will rain advertisements on your "toys".
Add that to all the other data they already have about you... well... enjoy....
Posted in: Google Wallet partners up to battle Apple Pay
vollandFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:51AM JST
"What can be done to stamp out bullying at schools?"
Nothing, bullying is a perfect example of japanese society. This is how it works... You either fit in perfectly, without standing out, intentionally or unintentionally, and that is what you will get.
There is absolutely no intention to do stamp out bullying, individualism is simply not allowed.
Posted in: What can be done to stamp out bullying at schools?
vollandFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:46AM JST
Don't be childish... When he says "Its under Control!", then he does not say everything is fine.
The question is, if there is a real disaster coming... You might see it realistically instead politically correct.
Tell me. What kind of problems has Fukushima caused for YOU in the last two or three years?
They removed the rods from the fourth floor, do you guys have any idea, what would have happened if one of these rods would have dropped to the floor????
Of course there are tons of problems, besides the contaminated water Problem, they still have not the slightest idea how to get to the Corium and once they actually do, what to do then!
If what Abe says its true, the at least we will not have an explosion like Chernobyl. Because then they will really have to evacuate a huge area.... You might all spend a little moire time and do some research, understand what goes on up there. Endless repeats of politically correct phrases will not help at all.
If you have an idea how to change Abe and the Tepco people against more competent managers of such a problem, then tell us. There is NO ONE in the whole world, who has any experience for this work.
Posted in: Tainted water leaking into sea from roof of Fukushima plant
vollandFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:36AM JST
It is true, this is the same everywhere in the world. But make no mistake aboiut this and have any illusions: It has been getting a lot worse in the last five years, not just a little bit.
History shows that this always means preparing the people/readers for a kind of collapse and making sure they will not blame themselves and the politicians they voted for, instead know who's fault it was. Just as an example take Japan. it will always be the fault of North Korea and China... and of course, it will work this time too.
Posted in: Japanese media self-censorship grows under Abe
vollandFeb. 25, 2015 - 07:31AM JST
Well, that means we will learn if the british, german, french and italian Football Federations actually are any different from FIFA....
If they boycott this corrupt farce, then we know there is a chance that the swiss criminals will be out of business, and a new kind of FIFA will come...
If that worldcup happens in Katar like this, the we better forget all about getting corruption out of the sport.
Posted in: FIFA recommends Nov-Dec for 2022 World Cup in Qatar
vollandFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:42AM JST
In ten years of living Japan, this is the best thing I have ever read. I hope this man will still be who he is after he becomes emporer!
Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly'
vollandFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:41AM JST
FInally.... all my life I have waited for this. Where can I buy one?
Posted in: Two clocks keep time for 16 billion years
vollandFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:34AM JST
You forget that for the survival of the US the extention of NATO into the the Ukraine is important... or so Mr Peace Nobelprize Winner has decided.
And who is this Putin anyway... a Russian! A former boss of the russian secret service. We all know that these russians always lie, right? Only the CIA tells us the truth:
"West sounds warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites"
Aaah, yes... Great information. Who would have thought that in a war each side would tell the rest of the world that the others are the crooks!
Posted in: West sounds warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites
vollandFeb. 24, 2015 - 07:27AM JST
Yes, Jeff, you are of course absolutely right. "This over-respect for the Thai monarchy is an unfortunate filler for real democracy."... that is utter nonsense. The system will remain the same with or without King, without him the political fighting would have lost all limits and the result would have been an even greater disaster.
I have lived many years in Thailand and the one problem is the controlled education that prevents any change in political awareness. In the present democracy the Thaksin gang is able to buy votes at 400 Baht a piece...
The question is not if these student are right in their understanding of Thai society, and their response to it, the question is how sensible their action was. Who is helped by them being "martyrs" and sitting in jail? What change will that bring ?
Thailand right now is still in a "good" phase. Once the old king dies and his hated son takes over... good luck, poor Siam.
Posted in: Thai theater pair convicted for insulting monarchy
vollandFeb. 24, 2015 - 06:46AM JST
"What smartphone habits by some people bother you the most?"
The list would be endless.... especially in Japan, where people have a massive problem driving or even just walking, and paying attention to other people. Even without reading their important messages every 50 seconds.
If you get caught using your phone in civilised countries, you pay high fines and if you do it too often you will even loose your driver license.
But I would say, what bothers me most is THAT THEY BUY THEM !
Posted in: What smartphone habits by some people bother you the most?
vollandFeb. 23, 2015 - 09:20AM JST
@KnowBetterFeb. 22, 2015 - 12:00PM JST
Thank you... that of course makes all the difference.
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vollandFeb. 23, 2015 - 07:11AM JST
@jerseyboyFeb. 22, 2015 - 08:35AM JST
You are very welcome to think, and act, and live like that, in Jersey, but this is europe’s problem and this one and only solution the US and its presidents have, „war“, is no longer really appreciated there.
In case you had not noticed, it was Merkel and Hollande who make the decisions, and finally stand up to the US and their ridculous politics. People in Europe have understood long ago, that in the US all politics is internal politics, decisions are made to impress the natives, as there is always an election coming up. And, it may have taken a few decdes too long, but the Europeans have had it with that. Just because they are polite and so instead of telling the americans to go to hell, they simply act….
Posted in: U.S., allies discuss new sanctions; Obama weighs next steps on Ukraine
vollandFeb. 23, 2015 - 07:02AM JST
Now... why does that decision not surprise me. An american president able to learn from past mistake... no way...
All you soldiers with your comments here... You want to die? For absolutely nothing? Really?
Posted in: U.S. signals likely delay in troop exit from Afghanistan
vollandFeb. 23, 2015 - 06:57AM JST
Everyone who saw this game, even everyone who hates Mourinho, knows perfectly well that the only reason Chelsea was held "by Burnley", was that Chelsea was held by the referee.
Even saturday's "Match of the Day" on the BBC said unmistakenly that this was a scandal !
Posted in: Man City routs Newcastle 5-0, Chelsea held 1-1 by Burnley
vollandFeb. 23, 2015 - 06:54AM JST
Anybody willing do actual research on the subject will find out easily that the numbers at Tesla are going down and down.
The sad truth is, that what actually might be good idea still needs great sale arguments. The market for an outrageously expensive toy for people who want to demonstrate to the rest of the world how ecologically conscious they are, is rather small.
A simsilar product like apple iPhone or iPad is successful, because they are as ridiculously priced, but cost no more than the average person can still afford in his desire to be "special". A Tesla is not....
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vollandFeb. 23, 2015 - 06:34AM JST
I cannot understand these complaints. Mr Abe simply does what he stands for, he was never a hypocrite about it.
If that huge majority of japanese people, who do not belong to the rather small group that profits from his rule, would not have wanted it to be like this, all they had to do, was to vote differently.
How can there be any question about this?
Posted in: The gap between the haves and the have-nots has been widening under the Abe government's reflation policies. The surging sales of luxury goods is one phenomenon showing this widening income gap.
vollandFeb. 22, 2015 - 06:46AM JST
I never thought it possible that one day I would be grateful for Merkel... at least she actually has the balls to stand up to these revolting war mongers...
Mr Obama, amongst a few other places where your military is interfering in other people's lives...you have wars going on in Afghanistan in Iraq, in Syria and in Jemen.
Why don't you simply try to won one of those? When was the last time the US did actually win an war? Aaah, yes, I remember it must have been 1945, right?
vollandFeb. 22, 2015 - 06:39AM JST
Now... there is a great picture... Four 70 year old men being friendly with underage teenies... how inspiring.
vollandFeb. 22, 2015 - 06:38AM JST
That is the spirit, well done Mitsubishi...
If your work and life make you sick, which may be the norm in Japan for most, then do not do anything about the causes,
Be a good japanese boy and work even harder towards karoshi, so you can buy a MItsubishi home.
Posted in: Smart house suggests menu based on health conditions
vollandFeb. 22, 2015 - 06:29AM JST
Sorry, did I miss something?
"Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its independence"
...loss of its independence... Really ????
Posted in: Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its independence
Sep. 03, 2015 - 03:57AM JST
The logo should be least concern for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. After all, I don't…
Posted in: Olympic logo designer says he endured unbearable harassment
Sep. 03, 2015 - 03:46AM JST
He needed money for tobacco, pachinko and living expenses.
Next time he will say he needs…
Posted in: Man arrested for break-in says he needed money for tobacco, pachinko
Sep. 03, 2015 - 03:43AM JST
Segway: the digital watch (with calculator) of transportation.
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Sep. 03, 2015 - 03:25AM JST
Nowonder Myanmer boat people traveled to Japan skipping their neighbor Muslim Countries.
Toshiko, Those Muslim boat…
Posted in: Muslim man accidentally served bacon while being detained at immigration center
Sep. 03, 2015 - 03:06AM JST
@itsonlyrocknroll, you do know that you can not kill someone for a crime they commit any…
Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting 16-year-old girl in Utsunomiya