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    smithinjapan

    kiyoshiMukai: "Galaxy S7 is more expendive and wont last long."

    Isn't it also the one that catches fire and is not allowed on flights as a result?

    Anyway, this is DEFINITELY the work of the carriers, and less likely Apple. Remember when Apple first wanted to sell the iPhone here? Docomo and AU flat out refused, saying "We don't need these in Japan. We have our own phones." SoftBank decided to go with them and it was an INSTANT success, with the other companies suddenly crying that SoftBank was monopolising, and saying they should be able to sue over practices they themselves do all the time! Finally they could all do it, and the usual practice of agreed price hikes, and other illegal methods of selling were resumed. Hell, you couldn't even unlock phones until April, by law, and go with smaller companies, and they are STILL fighting Apple pay! And is it any coincidence that all of the carriers are refusing jointly to sell older models? NO! It's the same old illegal price-fixing that keeps these companies looking like the characters in an Ayn Rand novel, and from progress.

    Yubaru: "So Apple's response is to threaten the regulators? Rather ballsy move by Apple!"

    Given the Japanese company's propensity to screw people over and take others with them, I don't blame Apple for the poorly veiled threat. It's the only thing that will work in taking their name off the suit.

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

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    smithinjapan

    As if it needs proving, health insurance premiums will go up 20,000 yen minimum from next fiscal year to deal with ballooning health care costs from the aging population and lack of money to fill the void.

    Posted in: Abe: Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive

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    Cut all funding until construction resumes. They shouldn't have their hands out while they spit on the person feeding them and those protecting them.

    Posted in: Okinawa appeals high court ruling supporting U.S. base transfer plan

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    smithinjapan

    "“I have absolutely no worries about Japan’s demography,"

    His biggest BS on the international stage to date, and he's had some doozies: empowering women, showing japanl's experience in humanitarian issues, Fukushima is under control, etc.

    Posted in: Abe: Japan's shrinking population not burden but incentive

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    Yubaru: you can say the "Japan following the US" comment is wrong if you like, but keep in mind this historic visit falls on the heels of the historic visit by Obama, so it's not that off-the-wall to point out this is all coming about the way it is with the US trying to normalize ties and restart business with Cuba. If they've been such good and long trading allies, why only visit now? And why only forgive the debt now? It's not just -- if at all -- about NK, because Abe is more of a moron than I thought if he thinks Cuba is going to do anything beyond taking Japan's money, smiling, and making generic statements like, "world peace would be nice".

    Posted in: Abe discusses N Korea's nuclear program with Fidel Castro

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    Serrano: "No, Laws are for peasants Hillary Walking Security Risk Basket of Deplorables Clinton is the sick one."

    Is English your native tongue? 'Cause that doesn't make sense... Even for a "whatabouthillary" 'retort'.

    In any case, it doesn't matter what Trump says or does about or to African-Americans; the republicans are already doing their best to make sure they and other minorities can't vote.

    Posted in: Trump steps deeper into U.S. race debate

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    GoBoilermakers: "When people were forcefully evicted from their homes to make way for the 30+ bases on the island, they should have bowed down in gratitude?"

    They can thank imperial Japan for that. The current Japan can thank the US presence for Japan's continued post-war peace. They gave them the Constitution for it and are, among other things, a deterrence against Chinese and NK aggression.

    And while you talk about a few people made homeless after Japan lost the war, how many made money off and built their homes around the bases, pres tel? In fact, aren't some of the more densely populated areas of Okinawa around bases like Futenma? Ah, but that "wasn't their fault", right? "They had no choice"?

    And yet they still want handouts AND the bases gone! They curse the US but demand they stay close enough that when Okinawa is attacked (and suddenly they are Japanese citizens again!) they abide by the National Security pacts.

    So, yes, they should be thankful for the US presence. They are far from perfect, but because of them being their the Okinawans can continue to grumble and complain, in peace.

    Posted in: U.S. Marine jet crashes off Okinawa; pilot ejects safely

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    Glad they're being used for something. Just hope they don't slaughter them in inhumane ways to do so, then sell the meat and say it's all for science and if you doubt it you are attacking their culture.

    5Speedracer5: "Twice in the article, this word "habitable" comes up, and I submit that it is entirely habitable."

    Because you, personally, have of course studied the long term affects and as a science, have concluded it is safe. It's "habitable" all right, but that does not mean it is safe.

    Posted in: Cows in Fukushima radiation zone find new purpose: science

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    Japan4life: "The people of Okinawa owe the U.S. Military and the Japanese Govt. nothing..."

    They owe them thanks. Period.

    Posted in: U.S. Marine jet crashes off Okinawa; pilot ejects safely

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    Maxjapank: "But there's a borderline between being naturally excited and crazy excited. And unfortunately many Japanese have a stereotyped idea of this "crazy" foreigner image."

    That's why Atsugiri Jason, or whatever his name is, was so successful.

    Posted in: Canadian YouTuber explains why she quit working on Japanese TV

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    smithinjapan

    Well, she qualified it at the end with the "maybe it's just not for me', so I'd say it's pretty objective. More than anything she's saying is just be aware of what you're getting into, and don't be afraid to get out.

    Posted in: Canadian YouTuber explains why she quit working on Japanese TV

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    Good on her, and I wish her the best.

    Posted in: Date-Krumm targets 2017 return at 46 after knee surgery

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    bam_boo: "And without exception they will hope that nothing bad happens and no people are hurt then."

    Yes, THEN, and not before, like when JSDF craft go down, or when an Okinawan gets drunk and rapes someone, or breaks into a house, or drives drunk. They're too busy looking for and worrying about things that COULD happen with the US military that they refuse to look at their own backyard to the exponential number of the same thing or worse going on; which is the point of the 'cynics' you refer to. If you spend all your time watching the skies for a potential US aircraft to fall, you'll get hit by a car driven by a regular old Japanese, my friend.

    "There's more than enough problems in Japan with hate speech anyway."

    Including that towards the US military personnel, who are there to protect you but get spit on for things they have not done but paranoid people fear MIGHT some day happen (again, while it happens with Japanese in the area more often than with the US).

    "Drastically reducing the US military in Okinawa will drastically reduce the threat of accidents from a source that the Okinawan people have never invited to their prefecture."

    They invited it by being part of nation that declared war and lost. They invited it by taking part in that war. They invited it with the government making a joint pact for defence (and Okinawa is a part of Japan, so don't suddenly say they are not again). And there would be no less a threat of accidents -- you would just have to start finding someone else to quickly point the finger at. Maybe even China.

    You should be thanking the US presence there for helping and keeping you safe, not hating them because you have nothing better to do.

    Posted in: U.S. Marine jet crashes off Okinawa; pilot ejects safely

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    mlodinow: "@bones He ejected 153kms off shore, so any protests would be really stretching it."

    We're talking about people who sit in the observation towers overlooking the bases and PRAYING for accidents like this so that they can complain about the US more and give their lives some meaning... then ask for money for hosting the bases so they can sit there longer. Doesn't matter when or where, only that it happened. Doesn't matter if the same thing happens to Japanese military or commercial aircraft, only that the US military was involved. They will complain.

    Posted in: U.S. Marine jet crashes off Okinawa; pilot ejects safely

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    smithinjapan

    If they have nothing to hide, release the video. But I have a feeling it will go "missing", be "somehow erased", or that "there were technical difficulties and the camera didn't work for parts", etc.

    Posted in: 2nd night of violent protests over Charlotte police shooting

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    smithinjapan

    Geez... They really, really need to ask a native speaker when choosing names. While slightly less embarrassing than the "BJ League", being in the "B League" just means they'll never be contenders with the those who have their "a-game".

    Posted in: The B.League: Japan basketball reborn

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    smithinjapan

    I knew this would be another RocketNews generalization article by the title. I think Yubaru's comment at the beginning of the comments sections sums it up without more being added, save to add that a lot of the "Japan is clean" stuff is pure myth, same as it is in Singapore; look anywhere under the surface and it's a whole other world.

    Posted in: 8 reasons Japan is so clean

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    James Burke: "What Japan needs is a good old wikileaks blowout special. All of these guys are dirty, filthy to the core."

    Why? with the shouganai attitude alive and well, the people would just shrug and say it can't be helped.

    "The media is as much to blame as the public is for not going after these crooks."

    They have the media in their pockets, have let go announcers (or forced retirement) who disagree with the party line, and have hired in their place pro-government policy 'thinkers'. And if all else fails, they can fall back on the Secret's Law and jail anyone who publicly disagrees and call it a 'threat to security'. Same as in China.

    Posted in: LDP moves closer to extending Abe's term as party head

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    smithinjapan

    "“Confederations can improve by assigning officials to matches to eliminate even a hint of influence or bias.”

    Yeah, or you could just implement goal line technology, or even allow replays! But I guess that would be too easy.

    Posted in: Protests put Asian soccer refs on the spot

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    Yubaru: "Weird ideas? Do you even KNOW what scholarship money means? Japanese, JASSO, scholarships are loans."

    Yes and no. 奨学金 has two meanings: loan, and scholarship. In bullfighter's defence the English word 'scholarship' should only imply the latter meaning (given money). However, when Japanese use the word in English, or if it's the Japanese word, there is no distinguishing between the two. So it depends on the context of the English word used. When explaining this later in his comment he kind of defeats his own argument by admitting that it is ambiguous and they may well have to pay it back, though.

    Posted in: Abe pledges $100 mil in aid for refugees at U.S.-led summit

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