Putin is envious that the United States of America (soon to be the United Socialist States of Amerika) has become the most intrusive force on the planet? Poor guy... Could it be that he can't get away with everything he wants because too many people remember the excesses of the old Soviet Union?
So AC san, how many times have you been arrested? Did the police in Azabu Jauban or Kita ku work you over with a rubber hose?
Ok, elections are supposed to be held every 4 years for the Lower House and half of the House of Councilors gets changed out every 2 years.
The Prime Minister's office is like a revolving door due to the ineptness of the people who usually get elected to the post. The only good PM we've had was Koizumi and Jun chan washed his hands of the entire mess after serving 2 terms in office.
As for the Popo, many of them would have become yaks if they hadn't kept their noses clean as kids. Most of them are lazy and useless when it comes to solving crimes.
And should you be caught doing anything bad, act stupid–better yet act like a retard-drool, mutter "Boku, nihongo wakaranai" make a mess in your pants and watch how quickly they let you go.
lastly, things are changing, it's not a fast change but it's happening. 20yrs from now large parts of Northern Japan will have reverted to wilderness, ghost towns and isolated farmsteads. The population is crashing and there is going to be a massive die off.
But, in the meantime the government keeps making stupid laws that the common people ignore, the bureaucrats keep on stealing from the public till and posters such as the AC and myself will still have a wife, a couple of kids and a mistress or two on the side.
maybe Ditto should move their operation to India or China and ship the glasses/contact lenses from there. bangalore has some cutting edge factories that specialize in optics.
I just recently bought a US600 pair of sunglasses from Oakley that are made in India from their store there for US120. If Ditto wants to sell in the US and avoid the patents issue I suggest they move to a friendlier country.
Mike, while you are in Spain why don't you tell them if they buckle under for the US on copyright it will be only a matter of time before they'll be turning over all their assets, rights and IP for the domestic industry to Hollywood.
People will waffle about the little stuff but when you say "Do/Don't do this or that and you will lose any domestic movie, TV or other industry in the country and all the profits and benefits thereof." people will sit up, take notice and take action.
It's like the TPP–US farmers have just said they want full access to the Japanese rice and beef markets (no tariffs, no quotas and no subsidies for the Japanese farmers) and I'm wondering how long it will be before Abe backpeddles on this suicidal (for the LDP) treaty.
Atari mai! there Brian you got it right regarding Japanese interests. We don't care what you "gaijin" (gaijin=dumb fucking stupid foreigners) thinks or what your companies do–unless it's Chinese or Korean companies infringing on our IP.
The fine is of course disproportionate due to the Japanese system where value must be put upon everything and everyone. Because of this value concept a schoolteacher or coach can get a suspended sentence for hitting a killing a bad student or a poor athlete. The reason they get the light sentence is because the victim was seen as worthless for contributing to society. On the otherhand, a crappy song by SMAP worth potentially millions of yen will net you a hefty fine and decades in jail because SMAP are a valuable commodity to their recording company.
(translation) PRC Government says to Apple "Roundeye, your IP belong to us!"
And the really funny thing in all this is Apple will complain to the US Gov't about this and the response will be for the DOJ to turn around and slap Kim Dotcom around again.
In Japan we know that the US is a paper tiger. How do we know this? Look at the Senkaku Islands issue. China would never have come into Japan's backyard if they didn't know that the US can't protect our mutual interests in the region.