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Late last night I got an email that boggled my mind, in a good way.

It came from a young man named Kazuki Kinoshita. Kazuki is currently living amidst the devastation in Japan after the earthquake last Friday. I’ve heard the stories and watched the videos, but one thing I didn’t consider was that many of the businesses were wiped out as well.

That means people don’t have jobs or any way to make money.

Kazuki mentioned in his email that all they have are their mobile phones and internet is limited. They need to make money quickly so they don’t have time to learn new skills. Then he asked, “How will you make money if you are in the same situation as them?”

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In November 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Federal Wire Act prohibited the electronic transmission of information for sports betting across telecommunications lines.

Thus, gambling laws in the States were tightened, which not only spelt bad news for the many millions of casino-loving people that were unlucky enough to live nowhere near Las Vegas, but credit card companies lost a lot of revenue too – while online casinos had to shut up shop…or start looking elsewhere to generate income, given that almost 50% of their profits were from American gamblers.

Of course, where there are losers, there are normally winners too – the translation industry did exceptionally well in this case, as online casinos started looking to non-English speaking countries to make up the shortfall the US ruling had created.

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