Blahblahblah blah..... Been reading the comments and 99% of you are saying the same thing.
Here's are questions that should be considered and haven't. What happens if the judge rules in favour of Rightscorp? Does Rightscorp get the names and whatever else they are after? Does Rightscorp get injunctions to deny internet service to 1 million or more people based on their accusations? What happens if these people are fired/forced to resign etc because their job is done over the internet? What alternatives are there if you or others are denied access to the internet?
Does Verizon even have fiber installed? If they did then they should be offering the new 10Gbps service that NTT has just inaugurated here in Tokyo. I was checking Verizon's website and they're still offering services that died off 20yrs ago in Japan.
Japan Agriculture, which is a government agency is one of the groups behind the lawsuit. The TPP will break their monolithic hold over the agricultural industry (which is a closed shop) in Japan. JA has for half a century had a chokehold over the farmers in Japan, dictating what they grow, how they grow it and where, when and for how much they sell it. TPP is bad but, for the farmers may be the lesser of 2 evils.
Another protected group is the pharmaceutical companies. Prices for over the counter drugs are 10 times more expensive than what the US consumer pays and prescription drugs, while subsidized by National Health Insurance are more costly than programs run by Britain, Canada, most European nations or the much reviled Obamacare. Again the TPP is the lesser evil in this case.
Where the TPP will hurt Japan and most of the ASEAN countries is in the protection of intellectual properties.
Japan is foundering under Abe's 3 Arrows, he's basically shot himself in the foot, in the ass and in the balls with his poorly managed economic strategies.
Sure, the Yen dropped in value, the stockmarket rose and corporations were able to realize more actual profits but each of these policies were short term, didn't see more people being hired and saw more capital taking flight overseas.
The last thing we need in Japan is a more aggressive military and a secret trade pact that will enrich the rich and powerful in the US and further cripple the Japanese economy.
The rest of Asia, especially the PRC, Thailand, Vietnam, to a lesser extent Cambodia and Myanmar play fast and loose with copyright, trademarks, patents and such.
Thailand has a thriving pharmaceutical and medical industry based on the use of new drugs and medical procedures that are still in the trial phases in the US and the rest of the developed world. China pirates and reverse engineers everything they can get their hands on and Vietnam is following their example.
Singapore is a financial and intellectual powerhouse that doesn't need US or European intervention, interference or oversight and Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines while lagging behind the rest are doing much better than the much feted, loved and reviled US juggernaut.
In short, Asia doesn't need the TPP but we do need a trade agreement that reflects our concerns and promotes the growing Asian potential to influence and grow the markets in a positive way.
Sapporo Brewery of Japan already owns the trademark for Northstar and Polarstar Beer. Guess I'll write them a message about this and we'll see what their take on this will be. The uppity gaijin must pay through the nose.
Way back when I worked for a large Canadian airline company the flight controls were all multiply redundant and firewalled to the nether regions.
Back then Boeing made one of the safest planes ever.They don't now....
Things change, the bean counters and not the flight crew or engineers have the last say these days, Boeing makes crappy, unsafe planes, it's suicidal to book a flight on Japan's national air carrier, the TSA and HLS consider it their duty to rob us blind and as botw mentions corners have been cut by the air carriers and manufacturers.
All commercial aircraft either have the US designed EICAS or the European ECAM systems installed.
And if you look at the B737's very hefty technical manual you will discover that the passenger O2 system can be activated by sending a test message over EICAS. You'll also discover that the system can be remotely activated if you have the proper codes and can broadcast them on the correct frequency.
Obviously none of you have lived in or visited Singapore. Wonderful place! Climate is hot and dry or hot, humid and very wet. Only 3 things you can legally do in Singapore-shop, eat food and make money. Everything else is either illegal or too expensive to do.
So, don't leave your toilet seat up, forget to flush, chew gum, grow your hair long, forget to tuck your shirt into your pants or go out to the pub in crowds larger than 5 people or you can be arrested, jailed and fined a lot of money.
Both I bet. Harper's people aren't known for being internet saavy and the PM has sold his soul to his American corporate masters. Diefenbaker did the same thing years ago when he destroyed Canada's aviation industry by yielding to US demands and it turned out badly for him.
Zenbu loosely translated from Japanese means everything, in entirety as in "I want everything you own!" ie; As I hold a knife to your throat I scream out "Kusama! Omae no mono wa kore kara ore no mono!"
But, no worries... You Americans are used to having a knife held to your throat. I get the feeling that you like it.
Japan is really bad when it comes to hardware, the Japanese Gov't sticks their nose in and makes it hard to get certified for non-Japanese companies. Before we could always count on the Gaijin to whine to the US and there would be action to force the markets open. That doesn't happen much these days. The US is too busy trying to get the Japanese to take their shoes off before boarding the airplane.
Actually it's VERY GOOD. SoftBank gives me a 1.5TB service for my home system and fast keitai service all for under US$40/month. We can have any phone that we want as well, as Softbank carries the largest number of brands in Japan.