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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

If the campaign fails to change the status quo, a second issue should be addressed, and that is to standardise which side of the escalator one should stand on. International and domestic travellers alike will be less confused, locals will be less frustrated, and safety may improve. Though I'm from Kansai, I vote for standing on the left and walking on the right, as this aligns with Japanese road rules—perhaps this partially explains why Osaka has more car accidents. Oh, and even when walking, keep left unless overtaking.

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

When convenience stores started selling Japanese craft beer, even I stopped drinking the bland pilsners from the 'big four'. The far superior offerings from Yo-Ho Brewing, Ginga Kogen, etcetera, might account for that 3% of Japanese exports that they just.. can't... stop... drinking!

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Posted in: S Korea formally asks IOC to ban 'rising sun' flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Why would anyone want to wave (what has become) an officially-designated military flag at a sporting event when there is a far more appropriate and acceptable alternative that pisses off far fewer people? Are there any athletes that feel more encouraged from seeing the 'rising sun' flag rather than the Hinomaru?

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Posted in: South Korea calls for ban of 'rising sun' flag at 2020 Olympics See in context

Whatever you think of the associations of this flag, there's only one reason South Korea is bringing it up now.

To provoke Japan.

Whatever you think of the associations of this flag, there're only two reasons someone would wave it at a sporting event:

Ignorance, or to provoke South Korea.

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Posted in: South Korea calls for ban of 'rising sun' flag at 2020 Olympics See in context

When a Japanese Navy Ship visits Pearl Harbor, it flies the Rising Sun Flag. If the USN, does not have a problem with it, why should anyone else?

Because it's a naval flag representing the navy. The athletes are representing the whole of Japan. There's a (far less provocative) flag for that.

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Posted in: South Korea calls for ban of 'rising sun' flag at 2020 Olympics See in context

You have to question why people feel the need to wave a military flag at a sporting event when there is a perfectly acceptable alternative? The flag in question was used by the pre-1945 imperial forces and now only the SDF navy. It obviously means a lot of different things to different people. A prefectural or city flag would make more sense in supporting a particular athlete, but my guess is they are competing for Japan, not just its navy.

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Posted in: How do you think the planned increase in the sales tax in October will affect your spending habits? See in context

When tax increased from 5% to 8%, Starbucks, Uniqlo, and many other companies deceived the public by charging the original price (which already included the 5% tax) and added 8%.

I'd like to see JT make a blacklist of companies that take the opportunity to make another sneaky price increase when price tags include tax again.

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Posted in: 15-year-girl on bike hit, killed by truck; driver arrested See in context

Oh, get off your high horse, TTD. Where exactly did I "pass judgement" on anyone? Do you always react so strongly to people questioning what the full story might be? Hope you're not a judge, mate. Or a Jussie Smollett fan.

The driver was in the wrong and (hopefully) will be appropriately punished, but could a death have been avoided with better education/awareness on the part of the cyclist? Just voicing a question based on what I see every day. Many comments had already condemned the truck driver (—fair enough!), so there was no need to repeat what'd been said. I simply suggested that cyclists also need to be careful and pay attention—even when they know they have 'right of way'—as this can save lives. Ever driven a truck? Or even a bicycle? Ever heard of 'defensive driving'? 'Safety first'? 'Better safe than sorry'? Don't know about you, but there are more kids than truck drivers in my life, so I'll do what I can to help them be safer when they're out riding their bikes. If you know for a fact that all truckies "are the biggest liability on the roads", "never slow down on crossings", "always drive at speed" and are 100% to blame for any accident, I'll leave educating them to you. But I'd avoid the generalisations—they (also) make you seem narrow-minded.

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Posted in: Mongolian professor says Japan’s name for Mongolian barbecue, 'Genghis Khan,' is disrespectful See in context

It's less disrespectful than silly. Just like calling a buffet, which works fine in katakana-go, a "viking" because Japanese can't say smorgasbord.

Do the French and Scandinavians think it silly that English speakers rarely pronounce buffet, smorgasbord and yes, even viking, the way they do?

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Posted in: 15-year-girl on bike hit, killed by truck; driver arrested See in context

victim blaming is disgusting

I completely agree. Please re-read.

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Posted in: 15-year-girl on bike hit, killed by truck; driver arrested See in context

Can't really make a judgement call without more information. Sure, the truck driver has admitted to reckless driving (and by Japanese law, that trumps ANY kind of recklessness on the part of the cyclist), but was the cyclist also abiding by the road rules? Was she crossing on a shared crossing? If not, she should have dismounted and walked her bicycle across. Was she riding on the road (if it was safe) as she was supposed to? Did she shoot out from a place that hid her from the view of turning cars? On any given day, I see more cyclists breaking the law at crossings than drivers. I don't know whether it's through their ignorance of the law or if they're simply ignoring the law, but, particularly because they are more vulnerable to being injured, they don't ride as safe as they should. Sad news but possibly could have been avoided. Ride safe, people. Learn the laws, use common sense if you bend them, and ride even safer! https://www.jitco.or.jp/download/data/leaflet_English.pdf

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Posted in: 8-year-old girl drowns in Toshimaen pool See in context

How could this scenario not have been considered when designing he park? It doesn't take much imagination to consider that a lifejacket would be more of a hinderance than a lifesaving device in an area full of wide pontoons. RIP little one; sadly, once again, customer safety was disregarded in lieu of profit focus.

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Posted in: South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day See in context

The government has used the day to communicate to the international community that the issue is a matter of sexual violence against women during wartime and of women's universal human rights.

So make it clear that it isn't simply a Korea vs Japan issue and put an end to the nationalist-based bickering. They would get support from women everywhere (and from those that love them) if they acknowledged that Chinese, Filipino, Taiwanese, Burmese, Indonesian, Melanesian, Dutch, Australian, and Japanese women were also used as sex slaves. Until then, people will suspect that there are ulterior motives.

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Posted in: 4 Australian kids take stolen car on 1,000-kilometer road trip See in context

Thanks KWBO, I'm all too familiar with the police weapon of choice (being a ninja an' all). 'Baton' had been misspelt in original article. All good now. Didn't expect praise for spotting the funny mistake, but laughed when I saw that someone thumbed me down for it!

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Posted in: 4 Australian kids take stolen car on 1,000-kilometer road trip See in context

Police had to use a what to get into the car?

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Posted in: Folau unrepentant; says he is content to walk away from rugby See in context

*"Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:28*

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Posted in: Cracking down on drivers at pedestrian crossings by police will prove successful in raising the awareness of the pedestrian-first policy among drivers. See in context

...more than 90 percent of motorists do not abide by the law.

Sounds like it would be far easier to change the law. Perhaps a pedestrian crossing could instead indicate a safer place to cross when there are no cars coming?

Either way, better get this sorted before more Aussie tourists suddenly march out across a pedestrian crossing, knowing they have right of way, but forcing surprised drivers to swerve or screech to a stop. You know what they say, "When in Japan, do as the Romans do".

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Posted in: 'AirDrop perverts' on Japanese trains now a thing See in context

...how would the sender know to whom they are sending it to on a packed train?

They wouldn't know for certain, but if "RebeccaのiPhone" appeared as an AirDrop recipient on the sender's phone on a train in Japan, they could probably guess.

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Posted in: Australia seeks to ban schools from expelling gay students See in context

Good. A law that should've been changed a long time ago, but only highlighted now to gain political points in the debate over personal rights ahead of a by-election. The law, as it stands, isn't commonly supported (even by the Christian schools themselves) and, as the absence of past examples in the article suggests, has rarely (never?) been claimed as grounds for expulsion for decades.

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Posted in: Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue See in context

I'm not sure how many San Franciscans were directly affected by the terrible treatment of women by the JIA. However, if the monument was erected to simply be “a symbol of the struggle faced by all women who have been, and are currently, forced to endure the horrors of enslavement and sex trafficking” as SF Mayor London Breed says, then it should a) acknowledge the Japanese, Taiwanese, Burmese, Indonesian, Dutch and Australian women that were interned, and b) state which regimes are "currently force women to endure the horrors of enslavement and sex trafficking". Instead, it depicts women from just three nations (that continue to maintain a resentment toward modern Japan/Japanese) and carries a plaque which specifies that 200,000 women were abducted by the armed forces of the government of Imperial Japan.

Into the future, on any given day, I envisage this incongruous, parochial monument will promote more Japan bashing than food for thought. Woe betide any innocent, Japanese-American school children that must pass by this monument on their daily commute. It doesn't quite provide a forward-looking, hope-for-a -better-future image that a Peace Memorial or Peace Park would promote.

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Posted in: U.S. troops in Okinawa banned from drinking, restricted to base after fatal crash See in context

...an alcohol level that was three times the legal limit

What's the legal limit? I've always thought it was zero.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

Clearly, y'all are taking this a lot more seriously than the guy that signed off on it all, Bill Crews, who is seen showing his support for women's rights by sitting casually with his arm around the statue representing the victims, and a big grin on his face.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue at Sydney church upsets Japanese-Australian community See in context

No need for a statue like this to be erected in Australia. Australians may occasionally need to be reminded of atrocities done by those who originally founded the country to right wrongs that are yet to be atoned for (with regard to indigenous Australians), but a constant reminder of atrocities involving two foreign nations is unwelcome and will beget nothing but prejudice towards new Australians and their innocent children. Welcome to Australia, embrace your heritage, but leave your anger and possible subsequent racist views behind you!

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Posted in: Nicole Kidman keeping it real in latest roles See in context

Rather looking forward to her 'keeping it real' even more when she gets to use her natural Australian accent again in next years "Strangerland". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2325977/

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Posted in: No. of foreigners arrested for crimes in Japan up by 8% in 2013 See in context

These announcements seem to be becoming part of a cycle. Here's the breakdown of how skewed last year's stats were: http://www.debito.org/?p=11557

And for those of you who are wondering what to do if you're stopped by the police: http://www.debito.org/?page_id=506

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Posted in: 10-year-old girl in coma after being hit by car See in context

Not again! http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/7-year-old-girl-run-down-killed-at-pedestrian-crossing-near-home

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