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Posted in: After bodysuit blow, Japan's Zozo embarks on hiring spree to shore up online mall See in context

I ordered a business suit sized using the Zozosuit. The thing arrived some 3-4 months(!) later completely mis-sized... it was oversized, baggy, and was so far from the "custom fit" they were pitching that I was convinced it must have been some other (much fatter) guy's suit delivered to me by mistake. But no, it was my suit. They refused to refund me because it was a "custom made product", but offered free alterations instead, which I had to measure out myself. This then took another 2 months to deliver, but unfortunately was still misfitting. Likely because I'm not a tailor, and couldn't measure all the circumferences properly. All in all a complete waste of time and 30,000yen. Thanks for nothing Zozotown.

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Posted in: Man slashed in apartment building car parking lot in Niigata See in context

Ever hear of this cool thing called door locks?

Yes, it's the victim's fault.

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Posted in: Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing cuts full-year outlook See in context

They're merely announcing a downwards revision of their predicted profit.

They're not announcing that they'll be losing money. They're far from reaching that level.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for robbing store says she needed money for Christmas Eve date See in context

Hope the date was worth it Misana-chan! It might be your last for a while.

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Posted in: Japanese mobile pay service PayPay offers new, easy-to-use cashless payment system See in context

Two big problems:

The "convenience" they are selling us is not free. They skim a bit off of each purchase, and they harvest all of our data. The more data points, the more valuable it is (for them).

Too many competing services makes it a hassle for any one individual to commit to any one service, as it's likely that it won't be available at many of the retailers you frequent. There comes a point where signing up for and juggling multiple cashless apps moots the convenience factor.

I'll just keep using cash (accepted everywhere!) and my Suica card.

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Posted in: Marie Kondo's Netflix show has cluttered Americans abuzz See in context

I'm personally on board, but also hoping that this doesn't become mainstream, especially in the US. I need them to keep consuming to keep my stock investments humming!

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Posted in: Japan plans to build 'multidimensional' defense force See in context

So, what threat is Japan attempting to defend itself from ?

Surely you jest? Unless you live in a little bubble insulated from any and all geopolitical news.

What the potential threat is plain for anyone to see, the question is how to prepare. Building up the military is certainly one of the options on the table.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he does not want to make false confession: sources See in context


You're actually defending the system that locked you up for over a day for jaywalking? It's a scary place where you can be picked up for randomly crossing the road and locked up with no charges until you "confess".

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Posted in: Man pleads not guilty over death of husband, wife in road rage accident See in context

Interesting that he didn't plead guilty as is usually the case in Japan. I guess the cops weren't able to "extract" a confession from him. He's going down fighting to the end. I hope he gets what's coming.

On another note, an awful lot of working-age people seem to be free on Mondays.

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Posted in: Princess Ayako to receive ¥107 mil after marriage to commoner See in context

A million bucks won't go far in maintaining your dignity. She can buy a 2LDK apartment in central Tokyo and then she's out of cash. But I'm guessing she won't be arubaito'ing at Lawsons to make ends meet.

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Posted in: Trump congratulates Abe on 'HUGE' re-election in Japan See in context

estimated net worth of 4.5 billion dollars.

I'm no fan of Abe, but this is simply not true. FAKE NEWS!

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping and sexually molesting 8-year-old girl in Akita See in context

If the government won't do it, someone (a private citizen) should aggregate news articles such as this one and make a database of their own. Just register the domain in Estonia or something and you're set. Protecting the human rights of the offenders ... please.

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Posted in: Sato most common surname in Japan; Suzuki 2nd, survey shows See in context

The insurance company surveyed 6.55 million customers. Results showed that 1,940,000 individuals possess the surname Sato, 1.82 million Suzuki, 1.43 million Takahashi, 1.33 million Tanaka, and in 5th place, Watanabe at 1.19 million.

The sum of the five names listed is 7.71 million, while they only surveyed 6.55 million people in total. Something doesn't give.

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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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