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Posted in: Curry rice king Coco Ichi removes 80% of rice, replaces it with something else in new dish See in context

Never understood why coco is so popular with tourists. Its the same taste you get from the roux packs you get in supermarkets, and its a dish that even the most inept cook can prepare themselves for 1/10 the price. Toppings always look so bland and unimaginative (not to mention unhealthy as indicated in the article).

Much more fun to prepare it yourself with a bunch of veggies (whatever is in season), big chunks of meat and simmered until everything is melt in your mouth soft.

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Posted in: 6 found dead in house in Miyazaki Pref; 7th body found under bridge See in context

From what i read in the Japanese articles, it appears that the man found under the bridge was the culprit, and it is looking like a murder-suicide incident. In the house they found his father (72), mother (66), wife (41), son (21) and daughter (7)... And one of his coworkers Fumiaki Matsuoka (44).

While it is very early to speculate, my suspicions are on an affair between his wife and this Matsuoka guy. Or Matsuoka was just an innocent bystander in a meltdown of tragic proportions. Still not sure how he could manage to kill all those there without being overpowered or anyone escaping. So so sad...

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Posted in: Japan to beef up defense against cyberattacks, space monitoring See in context

Can they please get rid of the useless Luddite in charge of cyber security first? The one that has never used a computer. I'm sure his first suggestion would be to send faxes to hackers asking them to stop.

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Posted in: Osaka police still relying on facial recognition skills after 40 years See in context

There has not been a single wrongful arrest.

I guarantee that it just means nobody has managed to endure the forced confession attempts, or been successful in their appeal against the charges, using frivolous excuses like DNA or alibis.

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Posted in: Realistic masks made in Japan find demand from tech, car companies See in context

I kind of want one. Is that being narcissistic?

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Posted in: Would you recommend that people get a flu shot before the onset of winter? See in context

I never got the flu shot, but i also never got the flu. Then last year at 37 years old i caught the flu for the very first time. And subsequently infected my wife and child.

My wife had taken the flu shot, yet she got it too... Useless you may say? No, she was back up and healthy after 2 days whereas i felt like death for a full week (apparently if you do get the flu after the vaccine its usually goes away quickly).

But the worst was the fact that i gave it to my daughter; so from this year on, i will be getting the shot. Its funny, people will make fun of anti-vaxxers till the cows come home, but when you ask them if they get the flu shot they will say "ah no, i dont think its effective" or "i dont need it, i just avoid sick people". Dont do it for yourself, do it for the off chance you might pass it onto someone who is too weak to fight it off...

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Posted in: 2 megabanks in Japan to share ATMs to cut costs amid fall in users See in context

2,000 ATMs, including unmanned machines installed outside of the banks' offices

Ah-hah! so they are saying they have ATMs that are 'manned', this explains why their ATMs arent 24-7, i always suspected that they dont have a computer behind it, and in fact its just a little ojichan sitting in there taking your card, faxing details to head office, receiving the OK and then pushing money through the slot...

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Posted in: Man arrested over lewd act with minor in car See in context

The wording used 'lewd act' and the price paid makes me think he didnt actually touch the girl. Just paid her money to watch him or something disgusting like that. Either way its disgusting and i am happy he was arrested.

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Posted in: 33-year-old man arrested for abusing girlfriend's 2-year-old son See in context

Insane Wayne, not all people who commit domestic violence are gangsters. Japanese companies are full of bullying behaviour, and even if he is not a tough guy at work, it would seem that he has some unresolved stress management issues. Some time in the slammer should hopefully teach him a lesson.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st AI-powered ATM developed to combat money transfer fraud See in context

They cant seem to work out how to make ATMs (with the emphasis on "Automatic") work 24-7, yet they are busy working on adding AI to them??

The line up for the ATMs on Friday evenings is always a laugh to me.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

Alfie, i was there 2 years ago as well. And the year before that too. Year by year it is getting worse and worse. The first year i went it was 80% costumes, and a really good time. 2 years ago it was less than half costumes, half tourists and photographers. Last year there were only a few costumes, or at best just girls with some blood marks drawn on their faces, and guys with Donki character hats. Each year more and more people are going just for the chance to get drunk and do nampa.

Looking at the pics this year it was mostly non-costumes, and mostly just drunken idiots. Twitter searches show a lot of really disturbing behaviour. Just too many people in one area, so of course there will be a few bad eggs there doing their best to ruin it for everyone.

If the police manage to shut it down hardcore. Block off Center Gai and the surrounding streets, people might start to bring the halloween spirit to other areas. Stop concentrating in one area and i think that the bad behaviour will stop happening. Some of the other cities in Japan could get into it too... no need to have all the country bumpkins travelling to tokyo to rage out in Shibuya

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Posted in: 10,000 or 1,0000? Japanese schools are starting to move commas on big numbers, but why? See in context

Maybe one in 10 kids will try to go out to be 'competitive in the world'. Actually that goes for most countries. I know that i am the only one out of my school friends who works in a different country now. And those that do go for overseas jobs would have no trouble learning the different comma systems, just as they would have to learn the language.

Computer programs can be patched to handle the commas very easily. Internally no commas are used. Programs already have to deal with the various thousands and decimal separators used around the world

This is only confusing to foreigners in Japan. but you are a very tiny minority here. Have you ever watched a japanese person count digits trying to work out how much a large number is? Thats because they are converting a 3 digit separation into their own language. That problem goes away if you separate digits as they are used

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Posted in: Which Japanese and foreign celebrities are you tired of seeing, hearing or reading about? See in context

kawabegawa198, I also used to hate him but if you actually listen to what Matsuko says, you will realise its not because of his/her weight or crossdressing, but because he is incredibly witty and a straight-talker. He is now probably one of the few comedians who i will intentionally watch on TV. There are much worse 'talents' out there who are famous only for one-line gags or childish behaviour.

Two that come to mind are Tomio Umezawa, famous for joking about all the times he has cheated on his wife, And sunshine ikezaki whose entire comedy routine is based around screaming random words at the top of his lungs. Get them both off TV please.

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Posted in: Juntendo University medical school suspected of bias against female applicants See in context

One more reason why i will make sure my daughter doesn't go to university here in Japan.

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Posted in: 3 Colombians, 1 Peruvian arrested over at least 150 burglaries See in context

How did they know the residents were on a trip as opposed to just out at work, school, shopping, and errands?

Instagram and Facebook posts about being on holiday is one method. Scoping out the houses over several days is another method. They organised fake passports, came to Japan and robbed 150 houses, its likely they are pretty good at what they do.

Japan probably has a bit of a reputation overseas as a soft target for crime like this. Coupled with the love of hoarding cash, I hope this doesnt become a regular occurrence.

Lets hope they arent just deported for not having valid passports/visas. I hope they get a lengthy jailterm here in Japan, to send a message to others thinking of doing the same thing.

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Posted in: Youngest Othello world champion flown home by man whose record he beat See in context

I wonder if he was allowed to go into the cockpit to meet the pilot?

Of course not. Because terrorism messed that up for us. Glad i got to do it when i was a young kid, and i wasnt even a champion at anything!

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Posted in: Abe says sales tax to go ahead as planned in Oct 2019 See in context

You cannot compare australia's economics to Japan. Completely different countries with totally different economic factors. Australia's cost of living is high because inflation has been at an almost constant 2%, not because of the GST. Japan has been close to zero for as long as i can remember.

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Posted in: Abe says sales tax to go ahead as planned in Oct 2019 See in context

I'm sure i will get downvoted like hell, but i'm glad that it will soon be easier to calculate the totals at grocery stores and restaurants that dont include tax in the prices. 2% isnt going to break my budget, but i feel bad for those who are so close to the edge that it will cause them problems.

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Posted in: Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones See in context

2020hindsights, on Samsungs at least the SD card slot is in the same opening as the sim card slot. So unless they are going pure eSIM already, it would be no different whether the SD card option is there or not.

Not sure if newer phones have fixed this or not, but at least even on the S8, copying large files to the microSD and then putting that SD into my PC is still the fastest and most reliable method of getting stuff to/from my phone (talking about moving 40+gb of data

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Posted in: Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones See in context

Obviously you have never used a Pixel. They are top of the line phones, on the same level, or higher than Apple/Samsung.

Having said that, nobody is mentioning the damn notch. This is a stupid design choice, and i really hope Samsung doesnt follow it.

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Posted in: Australia seeks to settle migrants outside major cities See in context

If the problem is with the immigrants that come in and are subsidized by the government (through welfare programs etc), then that should be easy to enforce - since they still need to come into the Centrelink offices to collect their welfare payments. So just make it that they can only collect in their designated area.

If this is talking about working immigrants who pay tax, then i think they should be allowed to live where they need to be for work. As long as they are paying taxes!

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Posted in: Ad asks why new graduates in Japan are forced to look the same when job hunting See in context

While i am sitting here thinking "this is amazing, props to Pantene" i am sure there are all the ojisans sitting there reading the ad going "of course you will have your offer removed... how dare you let your hair down!"

Unfortunately it will be a long time before this changes in Japan

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for injuring passerby who caught him filming up woman's skirt See in context


But what about the actual upskirt filming???

Is that what the anti-nuisance charge is for??

The anti-nuisance charge covers all forms of unwanted photography, such as up-skirt photos, or actually even just tourists who come here trying to take that artistic photo of a sleeping person on the train without asking for permission first.

As for the people saying girls should be allowed to wear what they want and NOTHING should excuse this behaviour; I agree its illegal and bad. But if i go into a poor neighbourhood in the US or wherever, i make sure i dont have gold chains or flashy shoes on. I know that i should be able to show off what i worked hard to buy, and that i should expect not to get mugged... But i also know that humans are flawed and that i can minimise my risk by wearing modest clothes....

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Posted in: Tokyo Medical University chooses 1st woman president after sexism scandal See in context

The school had also padded the scores of some applicants with alumni parents to garner donations.

This comment worries me a little more than the one about docking points off women and people who fail the test more than a couple of times. Of course, blocking potentially great doctors from becoming doctors is terrible, but the thought that they are helping unintelligent (but rich) kids become possibly sub-par doctors is DANGEROUS.

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Posted in: It became clear that a large amount of unpaid taxes can be collected from overseas assets, so the latest case will have high ripple and deterrence effects on other tax defaulters. See in context

At first i was thinking "damn that is rough of them to go after him in Australia"

But when i read he received billions of yen, it became clear that this wasnt a guy who is struggling to meet their rent payments each month. As long as they arent chasing the little guys like us, i am fine with them collecting on the big fish like this.

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

Anyone know anything about her relationship with her dad? He is never mentioned, except in passing. And in her post match interview she said something like "My dad doesnt watch my matches physically, but he walks around, i will let him know when i see him"... It was a weird statement, is he a homeless vagrant or something?

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

@Vernon Watts

The Japanese government does not force people to choose citizenship; dual citizenship was abolished here some time ago. 

Can you explain this statement? My daughter has two nationalities, one of which is Japanese, since she was born here. My understanding is that this is allowed until she turns 22 at which point she is obligated to either renounce her Japanese citizenship, or the foreign one. However nobody really enforces this obligation, and many people continue to have dual nationalities well past that, until they stuff up at the airport, or get investigated for whatever reason.

However since Naomi is so high profile, my guess is that it would be hard for her to slip under the radar having both nationalities intact past her 22nd birthday (which is just before the 2020 olympics!)

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Posted in: Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is here to keep you both bubbly and caffeine-charged See in context

I thought it was quite nice when i tried it last year. Only problem being that the size of the can, and caffeine contents were not enough to give me a morning pick-me-up. I'll stick with my Tully's Barista Black.

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Posted in: Osaka charms Japan with her manners — and broken Japanese See in context

I wonder if the Japanese govt will try to push her to renounce her American citizenship, now that she is nearing the official deadline (22). I am guessing that given an ultimatum, she would choose the country where she has lived most of her life....

Or perhaps Japan, facing the loss of its only grand slam winner, might consider allowing dual nationalities?? We can only hope...

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Posted in: Brazilian pilot arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman See in context

So, based on what posters here have written, if a man I have met, get on with, and don't think is a risk to me, invites me to his place for a coffee, a glass of wine, a meal, I am meant to have sex with him?

Of course there is no obligation. But if you live here for any amount of time you will know that people dont visit each other's houses very often. Nowhere near as much as other countries where it would be common to go over for a cup of tea, or even hold a small party with friends. Being invited to someone's house here is seen as a sign of very close friendship/trust. Houses are smaller, and as a result, often messier so going to someones house is very much a look into their private life.

If a guy invites you into his house alone, it probably means he has tidied the place up, and possibly even prepared toothbrushes and extra pillows for you to stay the night. What you do after that is entirely your own choice though.

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