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Posted in: Teens think Facebook uncool, but still use it See in context

Facebook is internet-lite and Im often surprised by the lack of tech savvy of millennials compared to Gen Xers who used the internet from its inception.

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Posted in: Ninja will murder you if you use your smartphone while walking, safety video warns See in context

No they won't. The willful lack of situational awareness provided by smartphones fits perfectly well with Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Bangladesh asylum seeker deported after working for years in Japan See in context

There is something to be said that the West has erred on the side of insouciance in accepting immigrants,. That is a testimony to the societies there. The same may be said that here we have a shining example of 'Omotenashi Nippon'.

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Posted in: KitKat Mail See in context

Quite a mismatch. A man and four ladyboys?

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Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation? See in context

Most of the comments seem to be directed at American neologisms and colloquialisms that have spread due to the influence of American popular media and the Internet. C'est la vie those in the Anglosphere.

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Posted in: How do you feel about legalizing some drugs? If you are for it, which drugs do you think should be legalized and which ones shouldn't be? See in context

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/why-punish-drug-users-at-all/ A recent cogent summation of the issue. I have yet to find anyone that can argue the "war on drugs" has been a thoughtful, successful policy. It has multiplied the misery involved in a complex problem. Bloated bureaucracies and associated makers of other distractions (like the legal substances) are the only ones benefiting. Since they are entrenched and powerful, change is slow.

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Posted in: Cyclist assaults woman pedestrian after running into her See in context

These sidewalk bicycle riders here can have a misplaced sense of territoriality. Ive had them yell at me after trying to pass from behind on crowded sidewalks,while I was wearing headphones and not listening out for their little bicycle bell, brushing up against me in the process. Needless to say they get an earful in return.

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Posted in: Cup noodles and chocolates keep Abenomics' pulse beating See in context

The statements by those in the Cabinet and pro-Abenomics financial analysts reek of desperation. Not about their finances but an effort to convince the working class Japanese that they have one whit of concern about their welfare. This article is ripe for submission to a website idea I've been thinking of which would catalog pieces like this and have readers vote: Actual article in Mainstream Press or Onion article?

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Posted in: Should the Paris terrorism tragedy be called a 'kamikaze' attack? See in context

As others have commented here,apropos, considering the usage of the loan word in English and French. In the same way a cowboy is a symbol of rugged individualism in the States and an uncultured, Victorian, migrant agricultural worker as some Europeans consider it.

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Posted in: Gov't to step up measures to prevent terrorism in Japan See in context

Yes, the obvious response will be stepped up ID checks of foreigners ranging from the dark skinned to slightly swarthy and those not wearing suits or riding bicycles. Meanwhile, there are out and out illegal or at least suspect immigrants contracted to work in the "entertainment" areas who often are shielded by domestic organized crime organizations.

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Posted in: New 'Star Trek' TV series to debut in 2017 See in context

Bring back the Federation Timeship Relativity and have them exploring the entire Star Trek space-time continuum.

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Posted in: Tourist center asks travelers to not make a mess in restroom See in context

And from South Park I was given the impression that Japanese thought "Americans so big".

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Posted in: To contribute to the prevention of juveniles repeating offenses, it’s essential to secure opportunities for them to be able to interact with ordinary citizens through such activities as clean-up activ See in context

Extraordinarily unperceptive "expert". On the other hand even the most callow youth are perceptive of the hypocrisy, disguised egotism and corruption of their elders and act accordingly in such a social system.

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Posted in: 3 ways the Japanese entertainment industry keeps idol singers from dating See in context

I agree with djv124 that most of the idol obsessives don't even imagine having sex with their idols. Because their eunuchs.

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Posted in: 'No dogs allowed': Why one service dog was refused entrance to these restaurants in Japan See in context

This is where I would like to see the judicious application of U.S. style internet justice in Japan. Publicly shame them. Post a video or photos on Facebook of the offending stores and let consumers punish them with the power of the pocketbook. Too bad their would not be enough public support if and when the same thing would be done to businesses that discriminate in other ways, I.e. towards foreigners.

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Posted in: New arrival See in context

M3M3M3

Unfortunately for America, the Royal Navy has already monopolized most of the best ship names thoughout history; The (HMS) Colossus, the Falcon, the Champion, the Neptune, The Relentless, the Minataur, the Indefatigable, the Undaunted, you get the idea...

You Brits compensating much? Be that as it may, prefer the naming schemes like America and Enterprise rather than echoes of presidential foreign policy fiascoes

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Posted in: Not a full house See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, boldly looking backwards as he leads Japan into a future of obscurity and insignificance.

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Posted in: Hands up See in context

One is reminded of Burroughs description of these evil, decrepit politicians as "vampires" feeding off the energy of a population.

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Posted in: Abe unveils 3 new arrows for reviving economy See in context

Abe's "arrows" have always had their real aim of hobbling working class Japanese as part of him and his party's neo-liberal mercantilist agenda.

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Posted in: Crowd control See in context

The cowards in blue are out in force.

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Posted in: Japan overturns midnight dancing ban See in context

Agree with Moonraker. Another arbitrary law that will be selectively enforced whenever the police have one of their obnoxious "campaigns".

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Posted in: Abe says he is 'deeply pained' over 'comfort women' See in context

Prime Minister Abe smiled assuredly to himself as he considered his subtle wording, the gradations of meaning mostly lost on his Western audience, which would reassert the rightful historical context of the noble mission led by people like his father. This feeling of self-satisfaction was only marred by an uncomfortably sharp memory and subsequent arousal at seeing his father's wartime souvenir photos of Korean comfort women and last night's spicy stewed okra from Michelle Obama's organic garden that was doing a Bataan Death March through his lower intestine. Keeping to the Japanese virtue of brevity in expression like the incomparable haiku he excused himself..

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Posted in: Singer Gackt claims he was victim of discrimination in Paris hotel See in context

For someone who tries so hard to look like a Caucasian transsexual it must have been mortifying to be lumped in with the Asian hoi polloi.

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Posted in: Phallus Festival See in context

Would have been nice to have some coverage or a show of support for Ms. Megumi Igarashi and the hypocritical persecution she is suffering due to her vagina kayak.

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Posted in: Police called after Okayama teens dress differently for graduation See in context

The police would have been better off keeping watch on the "unruly" behavior of their own.

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Posted in: Osaka railway creates superhero to attract foreign tourists See in context

The name is reminiscent of another infamous Japanese superhero that started with R

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Posted in: Why do Asian pop stars have a hard time succeeding in the U.S. market? Is it mainly a language thing? See in context

There does seem to be a gap in musical ability even among the most heavily marketed pop stars but let's face it among the most popular "artists" it's more about selling an image. And the tween target demographic who think Adam Levine is "hot" might not be attracted to the boys of Johnny's Jimusho

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Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?" See in context

As a New Yorker: I have never heard this from a native speaker

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Posted in: Mystery in Shinjuku as woman plunges to death from restroom See in context

"Needless to say this mystery is murky as all living parties will surely want to avoid liability". And thus such colossal negligence is perpetuated. It"s cases like this that cry out for American style litigation here in Japan.

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