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Posted in: Longer, wetter than usual rainy season ends in Tokyo area See in context

TIL: No rainy season in Hokkaido??? Why did i choose to live in Tokyo again?

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Posted in: Is it OK for a man to take his girlfriend to restaurants like Yoshinoya on a date? See in context

I would say no, but not because of the price - Yoshinoya is a very rushed place. If its a busy time, you will have people waiting for your seat, and the food takes less than 30 seconds to be served. This means you will have very little time to talk. If money is an issue, then somewhere like McDonalds might be better since you can sit down for a bit longer.

On the other hand if the real destination for the date is a movie, or another attraction, which you are running late for, then you cant get a much quicker feed than Yoshinoya!

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Posted in: How long do you think it will be until the TV streaming service bubble bursts? See in context

Is it a 'bubble'? What indications are there that this is not just the replacement for regular TV?

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Posted in: Kyoto arson suspect likely spent hours scouting anime studio area See in context

Any info on the reasons behind it (other than mental problems)? Something must have triggered it - his favorite anime character got killed off?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 comes too early for karate kid's Olympic dream See in context

While i agree Karate seems a more appropriate olympic sport, its obvious why they chose the ones they did - they have more young people appeal.

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Posted in: How much is the average rent in Tokyo in 2019? See in context

As expected, the placing in world lists is based on an international standard of living space. Had to follow the Deutsche Bank report which acknowledged it gets its data from Expatistan, which shows that it is using an 'average' apartment size of 85sqm. Apartments that size are not that common in Tokyo, so even when looking at cheaper suburbs, it will mean it is a relatively new or luxury apartment building.

I suppose such lists are useful for the Expats who expect a similar standard of living wherever they work, but it would be good to see a list for 'normal' immigrants. What is the comparitive cost of rent for a median apartment size (45-65sqm). What is the comparitive cost of groceries when buying the average groceries (Chicken, Pork, Fish for meat rather than Beef here in Japan)....

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Posted in: Kyocera to roll out new Li-ion battery in 2020 See in context

It is interesting technology, and i like reading about the process involved with achieving it....

I hate to criticize someone learning to speak English, because its quite clear that this press release was written by a non-native English speaker. But surely it could have gone through a native speaking editor or proof-reader to make the it a little more 'natural' sounding?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

Today i noticed that family mart also has their fami-pay system, following in the footsteps of Apple pay, google pay, samsung pay, Pay pay (lol), 7 pay....

Why would you sign up for more than one of these payment systems? Why put your trust, and money in the hands of a minor payment system that has just been released? Why must so many companies slavishly copy someone else's successful formula thinking that will work for them too?

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Posted in: Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil See in context

Ugh, applied for around 40 tickets, knowing we wouldnt be getting all of them (but also willing to accept that extremely rare chance).

Got none.

I guess i will be at the mercy of ticket scalpers charging 10x face value for watching a minor event. Who wants to take a guess at how much opening ceremony tickets will be reselling for?

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Posted in: Gov't to require mobile phone operators cut cancel fees by 90% See in context

Limiting cancellation fees. Great. But the limited handset discounts wont make monthly bills smaller, they will stay the same or even cost more now that everyone will be paying off a nearly 100,000yen handset (after the 20,000yen subsidy).

Plus that means 1-2yr old high end phones on the secondhand market will rise in price, affecting those of us who are smart enough to buy there and take the phones to an MVNO

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

Rest of the world internet commenters: "you suck", comments about your mother, profanity, trolling

Japanese internet commenters: High and mighty self righteous nastiness that holds no bounds.

Its a scary world on Japanese social media/internet boards.

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop case against man accused of killing wife over her failure to cook dinner for him See in context

Obviously he didnt 'confess' to the final blow, hence there was no way of prosecuting him.

In a way, him not being prosecuted is a good thing... If he was jailed, he would ensure 3 warm meals a day for the rest of his life. The whole reason he was beating his wife in the first place.

Now he has to live out the rest of his life without his cook/cleaner/slave to look after him. I suspect it will be cup ramen and unwashed clothes from now on...

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

My argument isnt against women wearing high heels. I am not all that fussed about clothing rules in the workplace either; as long as the clothes are practical (serve a purpose), and the rules are fair - i.e. Not allowing one group of people a more relaxed set of rules based on their gender.

My main problem is that this is the labor minister here, standing up in the diet (not wearing a necktie), and saying heels are NESSESSARY for women. This statement is idiotic and unbased

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Posted in: Labor minister opposes banning female dress codes with high heels See in context

Another photo of the minister making these statements shows he wasnt even wearing a necktie. So the argument about men having to wear ties is not valid.

Whether or not the heels are "appealing" is not the point. He said they are "necessary"

Explain what is NECESSARY about heels? What is it that cannot physically be done, without them?

I suspect that the only reason could be that you cannot give geriatric businessMEN a semi-boner while wearing serving them tea in flat-heeled shoes. This shows how backwards the office environment is here.

Does Abe-san want more women in the workforce? Does he want them to "shine" (or 死ね)? If so, he better go and have a word to his minister.

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Posted in: Gov't council says pensions inadequate in aging society See in context


I assume you are Australian then? I have been meaning to start paying into my Australian super fund (on top of the kousei nenkin that i am paying here). Where did you go to get advice on this matter? I was hoping to speak to an accountant in Australia, but then they wouldnt know about the Japanese laws/systems. Similarly the accountants here wouldnt know about Australian laws/processes. Plus every accountant i have contacted here seems to cater to ultra rich expats, asking for 300-500k for consultation.

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Posted in: Miniature retro Showa Era fans become nostalgic delight in Japan See in context

That looks very cool... but 5200yen! I think i will stick with my 3 coins desk fan.

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Posted in: Mourning continues 1 week after Kawasaki knife attack See in context

The article i read this morning says he went to live with his uncle and aunt after his parents divorced. The uncle/aunt had two other kids a couple of years older than him, and they both attended Caritas, an elite private school. He on the other hand went to a lowly public school. It was because of this, and seeing his cousins excel at life, that he thought that their schooling was the reason for their happiness. And thats why he attacked Caritas students and their parents.

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Posted in: You can now buy bully insurance for your kids in Japan See in context

The only bullying insurance i need is coverage for my legal fees when i find those who are bullying my kids.

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Posted in: Australian mother reflects on 'lunchbox shame' she felt from her son’s Tokyo preschool teacher See in context

Coming at it from the other way, i remember looking at envy at my classmates with their ham and cheese on white bread lunches at school in Australia, while my mum gave me sourdough bread, filled with weird stuff like alfalfa sprouts and avocado.

Now there is nothing i miss more than a hard crusted bread that actually requires teeth to bite into, filled with healthy stuff.

But, if my primary school asked me to make Chara-ben's for my kids, you can bet that the next day's bento would include rice shaped into "F U 先生”. Actually i would probably try to order a chara-ben shaped branding iron, so i can stamp that onto the sandwiches i make for them (though it would be more than just cheese on white bread)

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Posted in: Over 20% of Burger Kings in Japan suddenly vanishing this month See in context

Agreed that lack of advertising may be their downfall. But i also wonder if the recent healthy eating fads are exacerbating the problem. Yoshinoya/Matsuya are cashing in on the low carb trend, perhaps the burger stores could as well?

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

The problem seems to be that the kids are coming from all over the country to rage out in Shibuya... An outlet is needed, but why does it need to be in one specific area. Each town/city should hold their own street festival for it, so that it isnt so concentrated/crowded in the one area.

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Posted in: Shibuya to ban drinking on streets during Halloween See in context

Yeah i dont see what banning drinking on "some" streets will achieve. Its not like you will sober up when you walk into those streets.

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Posted in: What habits by your co-workers annoy you the most at your workplace? See in context

Shuffling while walking around the office. Its not just co-workers but man it feels like some of them are so lazy they cant even lift their feet off the ground.

Oh and the 8:59 rush into the office. Scuttling in as if they were trying really hard to make it on time and looking stressed. Here is an idea, wake up 15 minutes earlier so that your morning commute isnt rushed, and you can come into the office at a nice leisurely pace?

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Posted in: Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more U.S. beef See in context

Nice to see so many people recommending/preferring Aussie beef. I am not really sure which is better since i usually buy cheaper cuts and i havent done a side-by-side comparison. But regardless of whether the beef is tastier or not, more American beef in the supermarkets will bring down the price of other beef through competition.

Kobe beef isnt necessarily the best in Japan, its just the one most well known by foreigners. Matsuzaka is another one which is probably more popular with Japanese people. Either way, while wagyu is delicious, i cant eat more than 100g in one sitting. Its nice as a treat, but for cooking several times a week, i prefer a lean beef cut Aussie or US beef.

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Posted in: Fast-food chain Yoshinoya to sell beef bowl without rice See in context

therougou, it certainly looks like it is sitting on a bed of cabbage... Would have been better on cauliflower rice!

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

News this morning said they have drive recorder footage that shows Shintate-san (the driver of the car turning right) did so without checking correctly (i.e. the Kei car was already passing through the intersection); so the fault lays mostly with her. She was travelling at 50kmh at time of impact, the Kei car 60km/h. With 110km/h combined speed its no wonder the Kei car was sent shooting off like a pinball.

Not often that news gets to me like this but with a similar age daughter in daycare at the moment my eyes welled up when i saw the flowers and anpanman toys laid out for the two that died. So sad...

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Posted in: Fast-food chain Yoshinoya to sell beef bowl without rice See in context

For once, a Rizap product i am looking forward to! Their pathetic "5000mg protein drink" (less protein than any small soy milk container), expensive, low protein snacks, and of course the overpriced diet plans...

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Posted in: No technical problems found in car involved in fatal crash in Tokyo See in context

There was a stuck accelerator commotion in the US about the Prius, but the cause was found to be dealers in the US fitting cars with third party floor mats that were not secured. Several accidents were caused by mats sliding up onto the floor-mounted (i.e., not hanging) accelerator pedal.

My parents in law bought an Aqua recently (secondhand) and it didnt come with floormats - the dealer offered to add them in with the purchase, for 50,000yen. I told them to decline, and we found some new original mats for much less than that. When i went to see them again recently i noticed the father had put in additional plastic mats over those... i ripped those out and warned them about the dangers of doing that.

Another thing i see here is alot of people driving with crocs or other slippers. That is another danger, one we specifically learn about in Australia.

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Posted in: Car hits group of preschoolers in Shiga Pref; 2 dead See in context

I suppose it is unavoidable that the kids have to cross such a busy road, but as some others said, that does look like a dangerous spot to do it. At two years old they are no longer in the baby carts - it would be up to the teachers to make sure that none of them would run out on the road unexpectedly.

It does sound like one of the drivers was rushing through the mostly orange light while the other assumed it was ok to turn since the lights were about to change. I wonder how they will proportion the blame here. RIP to the little ones.

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Posted in: No technical problems found in car involved in fatal crash in Tokyo See in context

Definitely getting preferential treatment due to his status and previous positions. He should have been arrested already; they dont waste time on any of the other cases involving vehicular death.

However one thing that concerns me is that in all of the cases that i have seen recently on TV where the driver claimed a stuck accelerator pedal, the car was either a Prius or Aqua. Both Toyota hybrid vehicles, with drive by wire accelerators (no physical wire going from the pedal to the throttle butterfly - its controlled by a computer and servos). Is it possible that there is a computer glitch?

However even if this is the case, an alert driver would be hard on the brakes, handbrake engaged and hopefully shifting into neutral if this happened. Not racing for hundreds of meters through several intersections wondering 'hmmm, pedal seems to be stuck'

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