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    ADK99

    Upending the traditional loan-sharking model....

    Posted in: TV employee suspected of lending money to crime syndicate associate

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    I suspect Nintendo is less worried about the money that Maricar is making and more worried about the possibility of a Mario-clad tourist bloodied, broken and spread all over Showa-dori. I personally think the karts are quite cool but I can entirely understand why Nintendo might not want their name associated with something that might one day be on the front page for the wrong reasons.

    Posted in: Nintendo files suit against go-kart company MariCar

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    Given the chronic and increasing need for nursing and care workers, I hope the school loses and loses badly. 20 years from now, when half the country will need someone to wipe their backsides, the industry will be full of foreign and quite possibly tattooed nurses. A hidden youthful indiscretion is a ludicrous reason to exclude someone from vocational education.

    Posted in: Japanese woman suing nursing school after being suspended because of her tattoo

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    Assuming he hasn't actually been pocketing the money himself, I feel rather sorry for him.
    It's rather poor that a taxpayer-run cash business has systems so leaky that a cash shortfall of 32 million yen can go missing before someone notices.

    Posted in: Park employee didn’t collect admission fees from 160,000 foreigners over 2 1/2 years because one scared him

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    I thought the CG Princess Leia in Rogue One was a nice touch - it tied the movie nicely to Episode 4. It worked well because it was such a fleeting appearance. Being instantly recognizable was good. CG Tarkin, on the other hand, was too big a role. As sf2k said, good casting would have been a better option.

    Posted in: Actors seek posthumous protection after big-screen resurrections

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    @Godfrey, I was neither sneering nor misinforming, merely commenting on the irony of an acceleration in foreign ownership of British companies as a direct result of Brexit. I think it's fair to say that this is a consequence that most leave voters would have considered undesirable.
    I don't disagree with many of your points regarding immigration - although I think it is worth noting that Germany's immigration issues are nothing whatsoever to do with the EU; nor is Britain's failure to have a coherent immigration policy. The EU is not the reason why successive British governments have failed to even count immigrants in and out; our failure to control our borders is our own (EU citizens have the right of abode in the UK but that doesn't stop us from checking passports, stopping illegal non-EU immigration to the UK, setting realistic targets and conditions for non-EU immigration etc). We have had the right to decide most of these things and have inexplicably failed to do so.

    "WE" are not deciding whether or not to allow "them" to buy our companies or not. Except in special cases it's a free-for-all, just as it was pre-referendum (and will be post the triggering of article 50). The only difference is that it's now cheaper. For better or worse, British business will be far more globally controlled than it was previously; given the power of corporations in the 21st century this seems to me like a ceding of sovereignty rather than a taking back.

    Posted in: Britain avoids M&A collapse as foreign buyers go Brexit bargain hunting

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    Buying stock in itself not investment in any meaningful sense. It's what the new owner then does with the company that counts. Its rather comical that a Brexit movement based on fear of immigration and a desire to have British control over British destiny is resulting in increased foreign control over British companies.

    Posted in: Britain avoids M&A collapse as foreign buyers go Brexit bargain hunting

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    @Yubaru, I suspect following Shibuya is the best that they can do. I may be mistaken, but I don't believe that cities have the legal ability to allow same-sex marriage. They can, however, take some steps to ensure that within their jurisdiction same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as married people. That's why in Shibuya they can get their relationship notarized, thereby registering their partnership with the city - because they can't get married and Shibuya can't change that. (and I agree with you, the national government should apply the same standards to all couples)

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    Anyone know why it can't be exported from Japan to Europe?

    Posted in: Japanese cooperative opens bonito plant in France

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    Is there a debt clock online for Japan as there is for the US?

    Here's one:
    http://www.usdebtclock.org/world-debt-clock.html

    Posted in: Panel head says Tokyo 2020 organizers not cooperating to reduce costs

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    Whilst all of the above is true, Japan is playing a losing game here and should have settled for the two islands years ago when they were on offer. Regardless of any moral claim, with every passing year there is less and less chance of ANY of the islands being returned and less reason to do so. The inevitable consequence of Japan's strategy is that 200 years from now they will still be saying "this land is ours, give it back" despite the fact that 10 generations of non-Japanese people will have lived there, and hardly any Japanese will have set foot on it in generations. The Japanese territorial claim will remain but the reality of disrupting the lives of tens of thousands of people will most likely trump that. These issues are rarely resolved to the satisfaction of both parties; Japan ought to understand that disputes fester for decades over uninhabited rocks. They just need to look at the Falklands and Gibraltar to see how long they can go on in areas with settled populations.
    (None of which is to justify the Russian stance - I just think Japan missed, and continues to miss, a rare opportunity to settle the issue now in the hope of a mythical future resolution)

    Posted in: Putin: Japan once passed up chance to take back two disputed isles

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    @Yubaru - I suspect there is a slight mis-translation here. "Part-time" probably means "full-time temporary".

    Posted in: Low-income over-40s: How it happens and how they live with it

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    @kurisupisu, Umm, I think the many many companies around any station are agents.

    Posted in: A realtor’s perspective on how to rent an apartment in Japan

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    @Aly Rustom

    Since an AKB48 girl was made to shave her head for spending the night with her boyfriend....I KNOW! LETS SHAVE HIS HEAD TOO!!

    That's a fine idea, however he already shaved his own head:

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/26/national/crime-legal/japans-crying-politician-appears-court-pleads-not-guilty-fraud/#.V33EgI7B9YQ

    Posted in: Bawling Japanese politician sentenced for graft

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    @Disillusioned, if you're deliberately walking into people then I'm afraid you're being MUCH more of an ass than the smartphone walkers. Life is too short to be picking fights with people.

    Posted in: Man hits 72-year-old after being warned about smartphone use while walking

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    Given that Diet members manage their own schedules and (committees aside) have no specific responsibility to be in any particular place at any particular time, it's quite likely that this is a symbolic gesture with the full cooperation of Abe and the LDP. Credit where credit is due, they have at least been giving lip service to the idea of supporting working families, and this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully this will encourage companies to follow suit. The professor is a fool - the work of the Diet won't stop through the absence of one member, just as it doesn't stop when someone is sick, asleep, or too senile to make a meaningful contribution.

    Posted in: I think there are more important things for him to do as a Diet member than taking child-care leave.

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    Surely it would make sense to make the shows available everywhere first, and then stop people using proxies.

    Posted in: Netflix to block proxy access to content not available locally

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    "Except for trade" is a pretty massive caveat for a country that relies on exports for 60-70% of food, has an enourmously successful manufacturing export sector, and whose major corporations have recently been on overseas M&A sprees. It's certainly true that you CAN get by in Japan without English fluency, but why anyone would want their kids to is beyond me. The simple fact is that failure to develop English competence will limit their career options, sometimes in unpredictable ways. Even if you work for a formerly very domestic company you may find yourself suddenly catapulted into international business (e.g. Beam Suntory merger). Why wouldn't you want to be ready for that?

    Posted in: Japan, with a GDP more than 20% larger than Germany’s and with twice as many citizens as Italy has, can still thrive within its own ecosystem. Except for trade, it requires little overseas intercourse. Ill-informed (and often monolingual) foreigners ask 'Why do so few Japanese know English?' The answer is simple: They don’t need it...Mastering a complex foreign language wouldn’t be more useful to them than Japanese is to a Kansas farmer.

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    There are any number of legitimate reasons for people to out at 1:40. My brother is a policeman - shifts. My sister is an emergency room nurse - shifts. Tokyo izakaya are typically open until 5am - shifts. Even places that close at midnight - staff go home after midnight. Twice last week I worked until last train so was home around 1am. Judging by the number of people on the train, this was far from unusual. Missed the last train once last week (izakaya, not work) so was out and about much later. Had a business trip last month, jetlag kept me awake so went out for a snack in the middle of the night. Karaoke is open all night, so are internet cafes, some spas and saunas. JR staff often work after last train/station closing. In some areas the window between last train and first train is just a couple of hours. Up to you which of these activities you think are "legitimate" but anyone can see that there are LOT of reasons why one might be out late at night.

    Posted in: Man robs Tokyo convenience store

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    It certainly is a problem, although part of the issue is that in some countries (the US for example) this kind of crime would barely warrant a mention in the news due to the sheer number of far more serious crimes reported. (And no, I am not suggesting for a second that this is not a serious crime).

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking upskirt photos of schoolgirl

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