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Posted in: 7 things Japanese people in int'l marriages wish they’d known before tying the knot See in context

Opposites attract, but it's what you have in common that keeps you together.

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Posted in: Trump signals flexibility on key issues after party attacks See in context

Narcissism in its extreme forms is considered a personality disorder. It is defined as a syndrome or combination of characteristics that includes the following: (a) a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, self-importance,and perceived uniqueness; (b) a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success and power; (c) exhibitionism and attention seeking; (d) emotional reactivity especially to threats to self-esteem; (e) displays of entitlement and the expectation of special treatment from others; and (f) an unwillingness or inability to show empathy.

This description of narcissism sounds so much like Trump, it's frightening.

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context


I'm going to go ahead and call shenanigans You're wrong, but I admire your confidence at being able to comment so assuredly on a case that you have no knowledge of.

I was amazed when she told me how much it was costing her to have her taxes done in the US and have no reason to doubt what she's telling me.

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

I live in Canada and recently an American colleague at work renounced her US citizenship, not because she didn't want to pay her US taxes, but because it was costing her thousands of dollars a year to have an accountant do her US taxes. Additionally, even if she did everything in good faith, if the US tax authorities challenged what she paid, they could levy huge fines. For a single woman in her 60s working two part-time jobs to make ends meet, keeping her US citizenship didn't make any sense.

I've read elsewhere that some European banks are refusing to open accounts for Americans because the reporting requirements from the US government are so onerous, it's not worth it for the bank.

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Posted in: YouTube announces music app, ad-free subscription service See in context

So they want us to pay to watch 240p videos? Not going to happen.

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Posted in: Froome wins 2nd Tour de France See in context

Really exciting Tour this year. Froome and his team were amazing. Cyclists have to be some of the toughest athletes in the world - get knocked off your bike at 70 kph, get back on your bike with large patches of skin and shorts burned off, ride another 60 km at 45 kph. Get up the next day and ride another 170 km.

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Posted in: Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10 See in context

I'm thinking the IT guys at work are going to wait until Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 before they'll upgrade, just like they did for XP.

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Posted in: Samsung keeps top spot as smartphone market grows See in context

Too bad for Samsung that Apple makes 92% of the cellphone profits.

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Posted in: 2 yakuza members arrested for obstructing Sanja Festival See in context

I thought the yaks ran the Sanja Festival.

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Posted in: Concept bra will give you pep talks, help you take perfect selfies See in context

a bra that’ll give you verbal pep talks and also help you snap selfies.

A more useful function might be advice such as, "You probably shouldn't take that selfie."

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Posted in: Foreigners flock to ancient Thai tattoo masters See in context

I'm surprised they didn't mention anything about hygiene concerns. Traditional tattoo artists aren't always big on sterilizing their instruments and I doubt they have an autoclave.

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Posted in: U.S. decides not to investigate Toyota unwanted acceleration See in context

I think Bob was hoping to use Toyota to finance his retirement.

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Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense See in context

I was using the urinal (the type with their own little cupboard-like space and a non-locking door) on an express train that was running on relatively rough local tracks. It hit a sharp wobble in the track, which shot me out of the door, johnson in hand, across the aisle. Fortunately, it was near the end of the line and the train was relatively empty . . .

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Posted in: 9 reasons why Japanese men hesitate to say 'I love you' See in context

When I was in graduate school, someone asked a Japanese classmate how to say "I love you" in Japanese. She replied, "We don't say it. We say something like 'The moon is beautiful tonight.'" She then went on to say, "I say 'The moon is beautiful tonight' to my Canadian husband - and he says, 'So what.'"

And that pretty much sums up the cultural differences this article is discussing.

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Posted in: Airline complaints: Which bothers you the most? See in context

Not a fan of the cranky, middle-aged flight attendants who tend to be on North American airlines and the smell of an airplane breakfast is enough to get me digging in the seat pocket for the airsick bag.

On the plus side, flying out of Narita has improved greatly since the 1980s when you had to go from train to bus and through security before you even got in the airport, and non-smoking flights have made it much more pleasant.

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Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94 See in context

Every time I think of Anpanman, I remember my two-year old son yelling "Nan da omae wa" at my father as he tried to buckle him into his car seat. Neither of them really knew what it meant, so we left well enough alone.

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Posted in: Ehime enacts law instructing cyclists to wear a helmet See in context

They need to convince people that a helmet is part of the "uniform" that cyclists wear.

I had a Japanese friend tell me when we were cycling - "You can wear a helmet because you're a foreigner." I guess the unspoken part of that comment was that foreigners can get away with all manner of strange behaviour.

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Posted in: Violence against train station staff still rife See in context

Given that there are 14.6 billion passenger trips a year in the greater Tokyo area, I wouldn't say that 231 incidents indicates that the train system is "rife" with violence against employees. Having said that, no one should have to fear assault while at work. I wonder what the figures are for taxi drivers?

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Posted in: In fracking culture war, celebs, billionaires and banjos See in context

Of course we should always listen to the environmental advice of Hollywood actors because they are such models of lifestyles that have a small environmental footprint - sensibly-sized, low-energy use housing, small eco-friendly cars, and above all, lifestyles that emphatically reject conspicuous consumption.

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Posted in: NRA chief defends call for armed guards at schools See in context

For those of you interested in reading some research on the risks that widespread firearms present to society in general, (a systematic review by a Harvard researcher, originally published in a peer-reviewed journal), have a look at Hemenway, D. (2011). Risks and Benefits of a Gun in the Home. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5(6), 502-511. There's a free version online here

His conclusions - For most contemporary Americans, scientific studies indicate that the health risk of a gun in the home is greater than the benefit. The evidence is overwhelming for the fact that a gun in the home is a risk factor for completed suicide and that gun accidents are most likely to occur in homes with guns. There is compelling evidence that a gun in the home is a risk factor for intimidation and for killing women in their homes. On the benefit side, there are fewer studies, and there is no credible evidence of a deterrent effect of firearms or that a gun in the home reduces the likelihood or severity of injury during an altercation or break-in.

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Posted in: Renovated Tokyo Station Building opens See in context

I always thought it was one of the more architecturally interesting stations in Japan, especially compared to that architectural abomination masquerading as Kyoto Station, so I'm glad they've restored it instead of tearing it down.

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Posted in: Japanese tourists share impressions of traveling abroad with limited English ability See in context

Sounds just like the first year of my life in Japan - just change English to Japanese and vice-versa - and add "I can never find any baked goods without anko."

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Posted in: Storm speeds away from Japan after injuring 145 See in context

Went sailing after a typhoon once. 6-8 metre waves made it a lot more exciting than Splash Mountain. We had the mainsail reefed down to about the size of a tablecloth.

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Posted in: Himeji chemical plant blast threatens diaper supply See in context

Time to ramp up toilet training!

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Posted in: British royals start criminal proceedings over topless pics See in context

The most effective way to rein in the paparrazzi would be if the British government used one of their security agencies to put out hits on a couple of them. Not likely going to happen, though . . .

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Posted in: Tsunami 'miracle pine' cut down as part of project to preserve it See in context

Why not just make a new "miracle tree" out of concrete? Cheaper and more durable.

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Posted in: The state of kissing in Japan See in context

I had a Japanese friend who said, "I prefer the French way of kissing" by which she meant brushing cheeks. The rest of us had a good laugh.

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Posted in: Clint Eastwood See in context

So is this payback for all the Japanese movies that have been ripped off by the West over the years?

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Posted in: Nude photos of Prince Harry are genuine: palace See in context

The only thing that surprises me is that it took as long as it did for something like this to happen.

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Posted in: Young Japanese women becoming less interested in sex, survey says See in context


I'm not sure what your beef is with the survey. If it's reasonably well designed (although we can't tell from the article how it's designed) then 7,770 should be an adequate sample to draw some conclusions. Even if not all of the respondents are completely truthful, the results should still be reliable enough to be useful for comparing results from one survey to another to identify trends.

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