Let's get something straight from the start. All you dumb, whining Gaijin don't know what you are in for. The Zaiinichi Ninja is about to make the US alphabet soup agencies shoot themselves in the head.
If Masayoshi Son is backing this then Google is not in the driver's seat-he is. Son doesn't back losers, he doesn't let things stop him-that's how the son of a poor Zaiinichi pig farmer broke through the barriers in a country where Japanese Koreans are treated far worse than American Negroes. And he's an expert at manipulating the rules and getting a corrupt and xenophobic bureaucracy to work for him.
Does the streaming service have to be based in the USA? If, for example, Canada or some country other than the US had laws in place that favoured streaming music services, wouldn't it make sense to use those services and boycott the American based services?
That was very Nihonjinron of you. Taking things out of context to twist and misuse is typical of the Japanese court system:Remember that 98% conviction rate we have here? How many times do you think the Judges, the prosecutors and the police have fudged the details in their favour? Looks like the US is learning from us.
As I see it there is a problem. Actually there are many problems and they all lead back to government sponsored stupidity, incompetence and malfeasance.
Thankfully the United States is not a country I live in or even have to deal with. Your government has other plans and is insisting that Japan must koolaid. Unfortunately, everyone who drinks the American koolaid dies in some horrible way. Did you drink the koolaid?
Don't know about the US so much but here in Japan the approach has been very cautious. http://www.jari.or.jp/portals/0/jhfc/e/jhfc/company/index.html I think Toyota was pissed off about the rate of innovation in Japan. Frankly the Koreans are pulling ahead of us on this, they already have a Hydrogen fuel cell power generation plant up and running. And, meanwhile back in Kasumigaseki Abe and crew are still trying to jumpstart reopening nuclear plants and are planning for new ones.
We Japanese don't have an altruistic bone in our bodies. It's wonderful that Toyota has in one fell swoop ensured that their cars will be dominant in the coming years.
As many of the small manufacturers of automobiles start to use and make improvements to Toyota's original designs the prices of engine parts will go down. As improvements occur Toyota's R&D people will be able to cherry pick amongst what works best and make improvements of their own.
The oil industry is going to have to make major changes in their operations. They will have to push their R&D people to figure out how to extract Hydrogen economically from water. And how to do it without leaving mountains of impurities behind.
The next thing they're going to need to figure out is how to deliver, store and safely pump the Hydrogen into the car's "gas tank"
Best yet, this is not limited to just autos and cars. Now that the patents are out there, there is potential for this technology to be implemented in ships, aircraft, large scale and portable power generation (abayo genshiryoku hatsudensho) and just about everything that currently makes use of an engine built by Toyota.
You are definitely on to something there. We have 1G bps service here in Japan and everyone who is on NTT or KDDI lines has access to it. So, guess what, cable is next to non-existent here in Japan. Time shifting and removing commercials here is still an official nono, downloading is also frowned upon and uploading of any commercial content is a very bad thing in Japan-we blame it on Sony. Guess we have a ways to go here.
Of course they can't stand up to N Korea. The Great Leader is holding the ashes of all the Japanese the N Koreans kidnapped hostage. Abe has promised to get these remains returned and Sony going after the evil Kitachosenjin is not part of his plans.
Having given this some thought it occurs to me that any code that might be enabled to erase so called pirates, copyright infringers and whoever else the AA's deem bad can be turned against them. A dedicated group such as Anonymous could conceivably erase a big studio like Sony from existence long enough to bring them to their financial knees or erase all trace of Comcast's offerings, support, sales and internet backbone for as long as they wanted.
Remember everything that can be conceived by these people is a two edged sword.
@tqk TL;DR: Hollywood is bribing politicians (Attorneys General) to attack people
Here's where the US judicial system has gone very wrong. Your chief means of oversight of the lawyers in a state is a politician. We all know what politicians are like. They'll feed off stuff no self respecting zombie would and do things that would shame a sewer rat. It's no wonder the USA is so fucked up!
I expect we'll see the top level people in Sony stand up and sorrowfully bow, offer their profound apologies and temporarily step down. At which point the uyoku and the bōryokudan step in and quietly ensure that the shareholders say nothing upsetting. It's the Japanese way.