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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition secures upper house majority See in context

Nonetheless, Abe welcomed the results, saying winning a majority indicates a public mandate for his government.

The LDP got 57 seats out of 124 with a 49% voter turnout. So you got less than half the votes from the less than half people who bothered to vote. Not exactly what I would call a "public mandate".

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Posted in: Japanese entertainment mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at age 87 See in context

The court ruled that there was sufficient evidence of his sexual abuse of underage boys as well as his habit plying them with cigarettes and alchohol but that the 15 year statue of limitations had passed in the incident that was brought to court.

Didn't do much to dent his popularity.

I hope these allegations aren't papered over in what I'm sure are going to be the around the clock effusive outpourings we will witness on TV.

Perhaps fans should be a little more conscientious about what they consume. Does knowing what he may have been doing to the pop stars they worship not cause any sort of conflict in loyalty?

Guess not.

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

Of direct debit functioned as it does in any other country and was accepted widely by stores there'd be no nees for the one hundred and one new payment formats now emerging. Rakuten pay, Fami pay, Pay pay, Line pay etc etc.

I'm sure they're all prime targets for hackers and savy fraudsters. Especially with Japan's rather patchy record of cyber security.

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Posted in: 'Skid Row' of Osaka may be a dream for budget-conscious tourists, but is it safe? See in context

I lived down the road from Nishinari for several years. Generally a pretty safe area despite it's reputation. Has a ton of character unlike a lot of other places in Japan.

I would advise that if you are a tourist though not go round taking pictures like it's the center of Paris. The locals don't take too well to that.

It's also the only part of town where you can leave your cans out on the street any day of the week and have someone whisk them away within the hour.

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

Some 25.4 percent cited tourists' manners as a problem in relation to the use of restrooms,

Tourists need to learn that cubicles are primarily to be used for smoking and reading newspapers on your lunch break and that it's customary to pee on the floor IN FRONT OF the urinal and not actually in it.

When in Rome people.

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Posted in: Japan's #KuToo movement giving women a leg-up in the workplace See in context

I propose a #zutoo where women are forced to wear stuffy trousers and suffocating ties on hot days rather than their usually breezy skirts blouses.

For the sake of everyone maybe we could just away with torturous formal wear and allow office workers to work in comfort.

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of paying 2 high school girls for sex See in context

It takes 2 to tango. Or in this case. Are the underage girls who solicited the money from the man being charged for anything?

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Posted in: End of 'Big Bang' stirs debate over future of TV comedies See in context

In 2006, TV critics swooned over "30 Rock," part of a new breed of comedy that dared to fly without a laugh track

2006? I want to say by the late 90's laugh tracks had become outdated in UK comedies thanks to shows like The Office, People Like Us and The Royal Family.

I one day dream of Japanese TV "daring to fly" and ditching worthless food segments, panels shows with of armies of d-list nodding head "talento", eye bleeding set designs and garish subtitles. One can dream. . .

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Posted in: Gov't considers amnesty in honor of emperor's enthronement See in context

In past cases, many were restored their civil rights that have been suspended due to election violations.

Some critics also say the restoration of rights can be seen as equivalent to granting amnesty to political offenders, given that those who violated the election law are often rewarded in that case.

Not dodgy at all.

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Posted in: Paris ties Singapore, Hong Kong as world's priciest cities See in context

So Osaka is now more expensive than Tokyo? That's an interesting development.

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Posted in: Teenager ashamed of given name 'Prince' adopts traditional one See in context

"His mother was unhappy with his decision but his father accepted it, telling him, "This is your life."

In other words it was Mum's idea.

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Posted in: Bones from 500 people found at Tokyo skeletal model company See in context

The bones were discovered when a man related to the company was found dead on the premises last fall. Police do not believe his death was suspicious.

He probably found the room with a mountain of human bones in it.

But does all this mean the company instead of manufacturing skeletal models was just using actual human remains instead? Or is this a research thing?

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Posted in: NEC technology recognizes people based on partial images See in context

The very definition of Freudian slip right there. ;)

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Posted in: Man gets 7 years in jail for kidnapping woman who was later found dead See in context

Very odd. Why is the word murder never used? How was it that she was kidnapped and somehow "found dead" later.

Seems both men in the case got off very lightly for kidnap, murder and the hiding of a body. They're adult men, do they somehow lack responsibility because it wasn't their plan? They could have walked away from this awful crime any time they liked.

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Posted in: Man cons woman out of ¥6.35 mil in romance fraud See in context

I was once conned out of 15,000 yen in movie tickets, expensive meals and drinks. How do I file for romance fraud?

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Posted in: Japan too soft on sex offenders, vast majority of survey respondents say See in context


The public should also do their part by boycotting the work of known pedophiles to show their disgust. Seems like Japan is about the only country where known pedophiles and sexual offenders can continue to have successful careers.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

some people will place morality above a paycheck.

I wouldn’t count creators of manufactured pop groups amongst those people. But ultimately having shows cancelled and the uproar surrounding the issue does affect their pay check. The fact that it seems that the members themselves haven’t come forward to apologise only highlights the fact that they’re glorified ken dolls.

Its also dissapointing to see this issue bringing Japan’s fringe nationalists out of the woodwork, bringing out the worst and most petulant of both sides that don’t represent the majority of Koreans and Japanese.

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Posted in: Tasty tower See in context


is it me or is that thing leaning to one side?


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Posted in: Tadao Ando exhibition in Paris See in context

That’s a fantastic photo of one of the world’s most overrated architects. Though that scribble on the board looks rather imaginative by Ando’s standards.

Google his Azuma House for a perfect example of his “iconic” designs.

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Posted in: Trump: I told Saudi king he wouldn't last 2 weeks without U.S. support See in context

Trump: I told Saudi king he wouldn't last 2 weeks without U.S. support

...and then the Saudi King says “American wouldn’t last 1 week without Saudi oil.”

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Posted in: Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop See in context

Looks like the old boys have painted a target on her back for making them look bad last year.


Hammer the nail that sticks up.

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Posted in: In Gaza and Israel, war fears mount despite truce See in context

Can you call it a war when only one side has an army?

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Posted in: Cabinet approves guidelines for ¥100 tril budget for fiscal 2019 See in context

Japan currently has a public debt to GDP ratio of 236% and it’s only increasing. The bubble has to burst some time and I guess as long as it doesn’t happen on Abe’s watch he doesn’t really care. Maintain the illusion of a healthy economy and pass the buck on to the next generation.

or better still, wait until the opposition get into power and heap the blame on them for decades of self-destructive, irresponsible policy making. Just like Fukushima.

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Posted in: Japanese newlyweds can order a special wedding service that won’t leave a dry eye in the house See in context

Sounds more creepy than emotional. Watching some saccharine child actor reenact your life’s most treasured moments sounds like a cringeworthy nightmare.

Also sounds a lot like the premise for Hirokazu Koreeda’s film ‘After Life’. Life imitates art?

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Posted in: Japan took in 20 asylum seekers in 2017 from nearly 20,000 applications See in context

Japan is a first world country and as such has a moral obligation to take in refugees and provide sanctuary to those who have no other option.

Worst still is that Japan is sorely in need of an immigrant population to replace its rapidly aging population. In a few generations Japan will be begging for an immigrant workforce.

It would be a great shame to see Japan destroy itself due to hysteric ethnic protectionism.

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Posted in: Music piracy on increase worldwide: industry group See in context

Musicians make their money performing.

Sadly not true for a majority of musicians in Japan. Anyone who's been involved with performing here will be aware of the "noruma" or "pay to play system" where to play in even the smallest of venues will cost a band upwards of $200 and audiences will have to pay between $15-25 to see a short list of unknown bands. It guarantees that venues make hundreds of dollars every night while the musicians themselves are left out of pocket.

Venues here are just as greedy and self-serving as the record labels.

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