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Posted in: 'They slipped ¥10,000 bills into rice balls' — Bizarre election corruption in Aomori revealed See in context

Some analysts have said they fear that even with the recent arrests, the corruption is so deep that it will continue anyway.

Yup and that's not only the region.

“All the jails being full of corrupt politicians seems… fine to me?”

My sentiments exactly.

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Posted in: Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda See in context

The photo says it all: Taro reading comics (because that's appropriate for anyone older than 11) and Shin-chan grabbing a nap (because Jaoanese people work so hard).

spot on chip!

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Posted in: Court rejects call to revoke approval for nuclear reactor restarts See in context

"It is regrettable," Ryoko Torihara, a 70-year-old plaintiff from Kagoshima Prefecture, said after the ruling, adding, "The lessons of the nuclear accident (in Fukushima) have not been learned."

couldn't have said it better myself.

Stupid is as stupid does.

YUP!!

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate falls to 47.6% amid pension system controversy See in context

Makes no difference , the army of farmers and pensioners will keep voting the LDP daimyos no matter how much they get screwed....this slowly sinking ship is beyond help.

exactly!

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

Japan already has free Wifi throughout most of its cities and train stations. You are lucky to get 2G speeds out of it though. Don't expect to be watching YouTube or uploading photos. Another example of minimalist Japan.

Exactly! Hit the nail on the head

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

http://www.englishspectrum.com/free-wi-fi-anywhere-korea/

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

by the way, South Korea has free wifi for all..just saying...

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

A few days ago Japan was complaining about tourists. and now today they want to boost tourism.

exactly

Can they not make a decision?

Nope.

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Posted in: Review: Madonna offers a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album See in context

Now she's like that daffy aunt who shows up at the holiday party inappropriately dressed, slightly high and offering to buy beer for the teenagers.

Brilliant!!

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

How about free Wi-Fi for residents as we are the ones who will be paying for it!

exactly

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Posted in: Japan to expand language assistance, free Wi-Fi for foreigners See in context

free Wi-Fi for foreigners

so how wil they know if the user is a Japanese or not?

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Posted in: In our digital culture, with all its devices, how often each week do you switch off, tune out or enjoy some time alone without any electronic distractions? See in context

I don't have time to do so. I do wish I did...I would go travelling around Japan more as well as hiking and camping

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Posted in: Japanese comedian baffles, amazes judges on 'America’s Got Talent' with weird dance, Japanese humor See in context

when mojimoji-kun is the peak of comedy in a country, it's fair to say the cupboard is bare.

before her was pikachu..  it's fair to say the cupboard has been bare for a pretty long time.

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

Maria 'Bing' Velasquez Reid

Lesson - follow rules and you won’t Get fingerprinted.

Sorry, just a question- did you not get fingerprinted in the airport when you came here?

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Posted in: Woman sues Japanese gov't for DNA data kept even after end of probe See in context

There is no reason for the police to keep DNA records of people who were never convicted of any crimes!

Oh yes there is! They want to shove a leash up our posteriors

They took fingerprints and DNA for a lost dog poster?? Remind me not to even breathe on the pole outside my home.

Exactly. This Orwellian society is really frightening. And its going to get alot worse, mark my words. That's how dystopian societies get formed. Slowly. Gradually. Patiently. 

This is a lesson to all foreigners living in Japan.... it ain't just because you're a foreigner that you sometimes get treated poorly. This poor Japanese women had her DNA taken for trying to find her lost dog.

Excellent point

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Posted in: Does Kawasaki stabbing rampage signify start of lost generation's revenge against society? See in context

Are these merely isolated incidents, or an early sign of worse to come? The hikikomori population aged 40-60 stands at roughly 610,000,

I think they just answered their own question there

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Posted in: Japanese comedian baffles, amazes judges on 'America’s Got Talent' with weird dance, Japanese humor See in context

While Howie is loving it and Gabrielle seems amused, Simon is quick to hit the red rejection buzzer, and Julianne, clearly unable to process the level of raw talent she’s witnessing, pushes her red buzzer with a shrug shortly after.

Welcome to our world

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Posted in: What's app? See in context

I suppose its less disturbing than the Sadako van advertising Sadako vs Kayako.

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Posted in: 34-year-old man arrested for assault after allegedly hugging 2 high school girls See in context

maybe he thought they were cold and wanted to warm them up...

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Posted in: The four most competitive activities in life are the entrance exams for university, getting a job, finding a spouse — and securing a nursery school spot. See in context

In crowded Tokyo neighborhoods, many mothers begin the search before their babies are born.

The LDP needs to fix this problem before howling about the declining birthrate. Take care of the existing kids before asking for more

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't website ridiculed for child abuse snafu See in context

Just deal with the problem like a normal country please Japan

For a change

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

Don't give me that visitors manners crap. There are plenty of Japanese who have no manners. If I start citing all the examples I experience everyday, the monitors will delete my post

agree

Sorry Japan, you can't weaponise tourism as part of your soft war against your neighbours and then complain that the visitors aren't up to the standard that you'd like.

exactly!!

And don't even start with the toilet business because the number of Japanese men who don't wash their hands after using is crazy. And that includes the traps as well as the urinals. I see "manner" posters everywhere in the train system but nothing about washing your hands. Why is that?

good point.

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Posted in: The Cultural Affairs Agency plans to issue a directive calling on public offices, media agencies and other organizations to use the surname first for Romanized Japanese names, something which Foreign Minister Taro Kono has been urging. What's your stance on this? See in context

I really don't care, but I think there are more important and pressing issues the foreign minister should be focusing on as opposed to name tags.

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Posted in: Proxy company advises Nissan shareholders to vote against Saikawa See in context

That is the smartest thing I’ve heard in a while when it concerns this entire Nissan situation.

I'll second that.

Snakeawa needs to go!

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest clothes or accessories you have seen staff wear to your workplace? See in context

Girls wearing jeans under a skirt.

Beat me to it

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

Agree with all the above posters

> "Is Japan a country in which people will face difficulty in living without having 20 million yen when they get old?"

yes

Akira Koike of the Japanese Communist Party also said at the Diet, "It is an approach equivalent to fraud by the government to tell the public not to rely on the pension and save money on your own."

100% correct.

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

Well guys, lets just try to be positive. Maybe, just maybe, something good will come out of this..

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