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    blackbagger

    I don't think the issue is Galaxy vs iPhone here. It's Galaxy vs Japanese companies' android phones. How much discount do the carriers give for a Sony or Sharp smartphone?

    Also, I think they need to pay more attention to the other aspects of how the big three carriers work to squeeze more money out of customers. In addition to the contracts and early termination fees people have mentioned, how about overcharging for data, or even worse charging you tons for unlimited phone usage, a service that almost no one needs and costs them nothing to provide.

    Posted in: Japan's antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple, carriers

  • 2

    blackbagger

    I think it depends on the place. The shops opened specifically to cater to some Showa "boom" are going to be no better than chain restaurants, but I know a few places in Asakusa where the staff are always friendly and the food is good.

    I would also disagree with Yoshida's assessment of the quality of food in chain restaurants. Most chain izakayas serve decent food but it's rarely good and rarely worth the price.

    Posted in: At old-style drinking places, the quest for Showa-era nostalgia clashes with reality

  • 1

    blackbagger

    70 years after someone's death for copyright is now and has always been just silly. And unnecessary IMO. I mean, if Disney lost copyright control of Mickey and all the early characters they could just sell their stuff as "official" products. And people would still buy it. TPP extending this provision to other countries does nothing but stifle artists trying to use what should be public domain by now.

    Posted in: Details of TPP deal released

  • 10

    blackbagger

    More interesting is that anyone noticed.

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  • 0

    blackbagger

    If the number of students is increasing by that much, but the crime rate among Vietnamese students is only increasing by 20% then that means overall bringing in more foreign students/trainees actually is reducing the crime rate. Which is almost always the case in any country. People go overseas to make a new life, and only a few are pushed into crime but the percentage of foreigners in any country committing crimes is almost always lower than the rate of people from that country, especially if you consider that (as is the case in Japan) most foreign committed crimes are visa related, not robbery, murder, arson, rape or any other much more serious crimes.

    Posted in: Impoverished foreign students fall into life of crime

  • 7

    blackbagger

    So Abe has raised the sales tax, is lowering corporate taxes, forced through an anti-whistleblower law that all prevents reporters from writing about the biggest issues, wants to remake the education system to instill patriotism in kids, and wants the military to take part in collective self defense by going to war (in order to make more money for weapons making manufacturers)... And people knew all this and still voted him in? This country is doomed.

    Posted in: Ruling coalition OKs corporate tax cuts to spur growth

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    blackbagger

    I think implying he's a kleptomaniac is unnecessary. If he stole the camera then he stole it. That's all. I'm guessing someone gave him the advice to say it was a foreigner who slipped it into his bag, but whoever did that is an idiot. If he'd apologized and been done with it, then he could've gone on with his life, especially after paying the measly $915 fine he got, which was obviously the Korean legal system showing leniency for what they saw as a young kid who did something stupid on impulse but wasn't really a serious criminal. But now he's risking everything, and for what? Silly.

    Posted in: JOC officials 'astonished' by Tomita's theft denial

  • 0

    blackbagger

    The fact that they didn't bother to release any new lenses at all with the M2 shows Canon doesn't really care about the mirrorless market.

    Posted in: EOS M2 mirrorless camera

  • 0

    blackbagger

    Great. If the price was even remotely reasonable. For that much money (and the weight) you might as well either get an entry-ish DSLR or a mirrorless, even if you are a beginner. The 1" sensor is very nice I'll admit, and the combination of the big-ish sensor with long zoom could be tempting for some people, but those people don't want to spend more than maybe 50,000.

    Posted in: Powerful Cybershot camera

  • 0

    blackbagger

    A friend of mine who was in the tv business in Japan told me a different story. He told me most of the variety shows don't pay that much at all, and that the point of being in them was to get enough face time on tv that you become more popular. Get more popular and you get hired to be in very lucrative commercials. Repeat this cycle enough, and you might just get a big part in a regular drama. There you increase the value of your name, earn more and bigger cm bits, and so on. Then of course the truly talented/lucky stars get big parts in movies and if they make enough money and earn enough respect they can just go from movie to movie without jumping through all the hoops. Not sure if this is 100% accurate, and even if it is I'm sure there are a lot of exceptions, but I think it explains the prevalence of the same talents better.

    Posted in: Why it’s so important for Japanese celebrities to star in commercials

  • 1

    blackbagger

    This article sounds intelligent on the surface, but when you think about it for even a second you realize the same thing happens everywhere, and there is nothing special or unique about the ramen shop in Japan that despite being awesome sells its ramen at cheap prices.

    As a real world example, take any one of dozens of Chicago pizzeria that all sell great food or they'd go out of business because the standard of quality is so high, but most rely on world of mouth to get customers, and have fiendishly loyal fans. They, like the ramen shops in Japan, are also cheap because that's what the market dictates.

    The author is simply trying to find uniqueness when it's just the way certain elements of the restaurant (and other) industries work.

    Posted in: Quality vs cost in Japan

  • 2

    blackbagger

    If the battery life is good when you turn off these extra features, it'll be a great phone. Otherwise I say pass and get a HTC One.

    Posted in: Review: Tech in Galaxy S 4 doesn't come together

  • 0

    blackbagger

    Never mind that Japan has tons of sources of geothermal energy, but they don't bother to tap them. Nuclear power is safe in general, when there are proper checks in place by unbiased 3rd parties and when the plants are built to properly deal with local conditions. Alas, in Japan we have neither. The people doing the checking are all in cahoots with the plant builders ,and corners are cut all the time to save a few bucks.

    Posted in: Gov't to restart nuclear reactors once safety assured

  • 0

    blackbagger

    Saw it yesterday. Overall it was good, but the insistence on constant close-ups got old quick. There's a lot going on in the world but you just don't get to see enough of it. I would pay serious cash to be able to see this movie again, filmed with a little more movement and a few wider camera shots, just to mix it up a little.

    Posted in: 'Les Miserables' relies on close-ups for emotional punch

  • 2

    blackbagger

    As long as it's not Ishihara and Hashimoto I'm happy about that.

    Posted in: LDP favored to win lower house election

  • 0

    blackbagger

    Want to know the biggest difference between make and female otaku, as I've experienced it? Body odor...

    Just kidding. I agree with CrisGerSan for the most part. You can't pin down the differences in such a simple way. But I also think a lot of the anime made specifically about otaku-ism are themselves over generalizing and over simplifying things, or inventing character types and presenting them as if they are a real category of otaku.

    Posted in: Differences between men and women otaku

  • 0

    blackbagger

    Cool ideas... Until you pause and remember that fish didn't evolve to be caught by people. People found places where you can fish and returned again and again to get food. Yes, the thrill of fishing may be a part of the activity now, but the goal of fishing is to get food. Fish live to eat, reproduce and carry on their species, not to become food for anything.

    Posted in: Thoughts on nature and agriculture in Japan

  • 0

    blackbagger

    One question: did they bother to put on a 2nd dial so you can control shutter and aperture without having to switch?

    Posted in: Digital SLR camera D5200 from Nikon

  • 1

    blackbagger

    I wonder if glasses with no lenses, which are apparently popular nowadays, will enter his collection right along with the radio TV.

    I certainly hope so, tho they aren't really in the same category. I love old crazy stuff like he collects. And sometimes they do the job better than newer stuff, they just couldn't sell because of cost, size or bad luck.

    I think the era of Japanese innovation will come again. Yes, JP companies lost a lot of maneuvering room when they got too big, but look at phone makers. The best phones in the world were all made by JP companies until the iPhone came along and toppled a stagnant market. And at the moment all the phones are dominated by android or iOS, but the JP companies are starting to make good handsets again. Japan will come around in other areas, too, especially as big companies shave off the fat. Or if they don't they go under as they should.

    Posted in: Japan's gadget failures: One man refuses to forget

  • 0

    blackbagger

    I think whether subunits of a metropolis are called boroughs, wards, or are themselves separate cities depends on the culture and how the metropolis grew up. When they drew up the ku plan for Tokyo I think it was to try to unify areas that had been up till then under separate leadership. I think boroughs are more for places where the city as an entity existed long before it grew to a huge size requiring separate govt for each area.

    Oh, and I'm pretty sure Los Angeles also has the same system, right? They call the sub-units Cities. Anyone from LA want to correct me on this?

    Posted in: Some interesting tidbits about Tokyo's 23 wards

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