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Posted in: Knife-wielding man arrested at ward office in Yokohama See in context

Back when I worked in a Japanese city hall, we often had people come in and yell expletives at the top of their lungs in that pseudo-yakuza manner, usually on some trivial issue such as cleaning up leaves in autumn. Never had a knife incident, but for some reason many people feel it's their right to just walk in to a public office and start yelling.

What amazed me at the time was that they were just dealt with until they stopped yelling, which usually took at least 30minutes. Security never attempted to kick them out, they just watched to prevent escalation into physical violence. But the disruption to official duties (which I believe is a criminal offence in and of itself) was quite severe.

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Posted in: Hacked cryptocurrency exchange refunds Y46.6 bil to customers See in context

Amazing these guys were able to pull almost half a BILLION dollars out of their own pocket to cover this.

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Posted in: 46-year-old man, 16-year-old girl found dead in apparent suicide at love hotel See in context

I don’t think the Japanese see suicide as honourable.

Well you clearly don't know much about Japan or the Japanese. Historically, it was the way to properly atone for a litany of offenses, both perceived and real, and remnants of that mentality most definitely remain today.

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Posted in: Alabama student dies in accidental school shooting See in context

More guns is the answer. You can argue it all you want, but it's part of what makes America America.

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Posted in: Japan clamps down on apparent job seekers applying for refugee status See in context

Japanese culture of collective responsibility dictates that, as a result, all refugees applicants will be impacted. As punishment, they should limit those accepted to 0.001% of applicants.

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Posted in: Mitsuoka unveils fully restyled Himiko convertible See in context

Mitsuoka's are purely for those who put image above performance. They are basically redressed economy cars.

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Posted in: Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 mil for Cambodia election See in context

A more accurate cost breakdown per box would likely be:

$100 box cost / $50 "consultant fees" / $600 profit for winning bidder.

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Posted in: 8 bodies found after boat believed to be from N Korea washes up in Japan See in context

Why didn't they catch some fish to survive?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for stabbing son’s 8-year-old classmate to undergo psychiatric evaluation See in context

Disillusioned: So what? You stab a child for no reason, you get locked up. End of story. Hopefully for at least a decade. Claiming diminished liability due to mental impairment is just a red herring. If you really are so mentally gone that you can't prevent yourself from stabbing a child, you should be locked up much longer than a decade.

Just like we quarantine people who carry highly contagious viruses, we should quarantine these mental case types away from the general population, for the protection of society.

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Posted in: 18-year-old gets 10-15 years in prison for ice pick murder of woman in Ibaraki See in context

I remember this case, this was one of those "I wanted to feel what it was like to kill somebody" cases.

10-15 years for such a brutal crime is a joke though.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man robs general store in Kawasaki See in context

A general store?

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Posted in: Foreign job seekers need better preparation for working in Japan: experts See in context

@Dirk T

I'm surprised they were being so honest with the new graduates! Better for your daughter that she got that from the job fair, rather than after having gone through the entire rigamarole.

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Posted in: Sumo grand champion Harumafuji retires over assault See in context

If you listen to the sumo elders who take turns doing the colour commentary on NHK during the basho, you really get a sense of the antipathy and deep-seated racism (lets call it what it is) against foreigners, particularly the successful ones. Nothing is ever good enough, and the constant potshots, undermining against the likes of Hakuho are maddening to listen to. The sense of hand-wringing and despair about the lack of Japanese success, particularly during the stretch of almost ten years when not one Japanese rikishi even won a yusho, often bordered on the comedic if it were not clear that they were serious.

The elders did what they could to purge the sumo world of gaijin's, and you can see this most clearly manifested in the winners list of the lower divisions. 5-10 years ago it was dominated by foreigners who were coming up the ranks, now there is barely a foreign name in there. This is due to severe restrictions placed on the number of foreigners.

Purging at the higher ranks has been more subversive and subtle, and Asashoryu was their first major scalp. Forget that his bouts against Hakuho provided some of sumo's most exciting moments ever ... no, for them, it was more important to get rid of the successful (and non-compliant) gaijin at the top. Hakuho was tolerated more due to his easy-going personality, but as others have mentioned above, the constant tsubuyaki, disparaging undermining comments continue to be broadcasted daily by the elders doing their colour commentary on NHK.

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Posted in: Taxi passenger flies into rage after accusing driver of going wrong way See in context

What is it with Japanese guys and their penchant to attack taxi drivers?

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Posted in: Which country’s form of government comes closest to your ideal? See in context

Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew. Benevolent dictatorship, by far the best form of government, as things get done.

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Posted in: Five of the worst areas to live in and around Tokyo See in context

Gotta say I agree with much of this list. Where I live now, I have 8 large supermarkets within a 10min walk, two of which are 24hrs, tons of cheap places to eat and drink, drugstores, konbinis, a decent amount of greenery, and a good vibe of the area being "alive" without being overly crowded (like Kamakura can be on the weekends). All this despite being just 15min away from both Shibuya and Yokohama.

I know people who live in Shirokane, Makuhari, and Kasukabe, and I'm astounded they have to drive/bike just to get basic supplies like food, especially for those in Shirokane as it's smack dab in the middle of Tokyo. Yanaka I visit often and although I like it, it's definitely creepy after dark and has a lot of unsavory characters roaming about. Makuhari is just artificial. And although Kamakura is great, I prefer being able to visit easily than actually living there.

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Posted in: More Japanese wives in workforce despite husbands' high income See in context

You can't draw a conclusion from this data that the husbands are "high earners".

Any household with income over 10mil yen could very easily have the woman as the major earner, and two people making 5mil yen each are hardly high earners.

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Posted in: Court orders Japan Post to close wage gap for contract workers See in context

Sounds like the perfect opportunity for JP to lower the wages and benefits of their full-time employees!

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Posted in: S Korean film about forced labor in Japan sets box office record See in context

So where can I see this here in Japan?

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Posted in: Indonesian maids working in Hong Kong lured by Islamic State recruiters: report See in context


The "types of people who employ domestic helpers?" Haha, get a clue. EVERYONE middle class and above in HK has a maid.

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Posted in: Manager of adult entertainment business stabbed; assailant jumps to death See in context

Hope it was worth it.

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Posted in: Idol unit disbands after male fan discovered to have personal relationship with…idol’s mom See in context

This story encapsulates much of what is wrong with Japan very succinctly.

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Posted in: Higashi Ikebukuro 52: New Japanese idol unit made up of credit card company employees See in context

How original!

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Posted in: Tokyo music venue looking for a band to live on the premises and perform every day for a week See in context

Sounded like a quirky idea at first, but that quickly devolved into yet another set of "Japanese rules to obey".

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Posted in: Cambodia charges Japanese man, 2 others suspected of sex trafficking See in context

Wow, I remember reading about this a month or so ago, and I'm impressed they actually followed up with this to the source and arrested this scumbag.

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Posted in: Toyota, Suzuki to work together in green, safety technology See in context

Suzuki, as usual is taking the cost-effective route to greener engines. Good on them. Can't really see what benefit there is for Toyota in this though ...

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Posted in: Japan considers buying more U.S. energy as Abe prepares to meet Trump See in context

Abe is bending over and grabbing his ankles hard.

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Posted in: Doll president See in context

How on earth would that divergence have occurred?


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Posted in: Starbucks teams up with Japanese clothing brand to create new contactless payment system See in context

Based on that video, I am hardly cool enough for this key fob. I'll leave it to the hipsters to keep the economy going.

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Posted in: People like myself have grown up in an environment so close to military bases that it is very difficult for us to have any opinion of the issue of military bases. Both the views of the opponents and t See in context

Just sounds like your typical Japanese person unwilling to express an opinion for fear of offending god knows who. If anybody is in a position to express an opinion, it would be somebody living next door his entire life. But no ...

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