DiscoJ_2 comments

Posted in: Japan stunned by manner of defeat, admits coach Nishino See in context

What is even with this guy and this team? 'Oh no, we might have conceded another goal' was the exact reason given for the ridiculous gamble in the last round. Now the team actually earns a defensible position but decide to keep attacking?

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Posted in: Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in injury time to reach World Cup quarterfinals See in context

jcapan, so of everything in life, football is the one area where a person is not allowed to hold their own opinions and must simply toe some kind of nationalistic line?

And what happened in the previous match absolutely was the fault of the team itself. All the media was actually guilty of was of whitewashing the event and basically saying 'the ends justify the means' in a million different ways.

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Posted in: For governments and local residents in some countries, including Japan, Airbnb and other short-term rental companies are being blamed for pricing out long-term renters and side-stepping the regulations and taxes imposed on hotels and registered apartments. What are your views on this? See in context

I believe AirBNB was originally intended to let homeowners make a little bit of extra cash in two main situations: 1.) hosting guests in your spare rooms and 2.) allowing people to stay in your home whilst you are temporarily absent or whatever. If usage of the platform actually stayed in line with that, there would probably be no problems (as long as hosts paid applicable taxes). If hosts are going to use it as an easy way to run full-time lodging facilities, the law should treat them as such.

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Posted in: Japan's home-share listings grow ten-fold on month to 1,000 ahead of new law See in context

I take your point about formal classifications and maybe that's an argument for doing away with it or at least revising it. I still don't see any reason why some company should be left to simply ignore everything just tonline their own pockets.

Regarding the rules, what's this about restaurants? I've heard about the front desk rule and I actually do think that Airbnbs should be subject to something similar, both for safety and accountability reasons. Kyoto's local rules state that a property manager of some sort must be within a short distance of the property at certain times (in case any issues arise). It's not quite as onerous as requiring an actual front desk but it does mean that, same as hotels, 'hosts' actually have to take some care (and some responsibility) for their 'guests' during their stays.

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Posted in: Japan's home-share listings grow ten-fold on month to 1,000 ahead of new law See in context

180 days is a perfectly reasonable and even generous limit. It would make no sense to allow it all year round whilst still prentending the property can be classed as residential. The 180 limit is basically just saying 'this is a residential property and so should be used as a residence for the majority of the year'. There's really no reason why Airbnbs shouldn't be subject to all of the same restrictions and regulations as normal hotels/lodgings if they're being run as full-time commercial operations.

'It's better for me and my two small kids' doesn't matter. I fully agree that apartments are more suitable and much more economical for many families and groups, but it's not relevant when discussing the law.

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Posted in: Colorful park outing See in context

The puddle would need to be on raised ground to create a reflection like that.

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Posted in: Long-haul fight: Farmers battle Narita airport See in context

How is it a 'classic' case of that? It seems the hammer keeps missing if anything.

I mean, he is physically causing an obstruction and actually is being allowed to get away with it. In many other countries, including the UK, he would have been kicked off the land a long time ago.

The Japanese government and public have been remarkably tolerant.

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Posted in: 22 of Japan's most famous festivals: A travel calendar See in context

Number 10:

"There is no massive fireworks display"

Photo shows a massive fireworks display

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Posted in: Japanese train company issues official apology for 25-second early departure See in context

Fox Sora Winters

Many trains in Britain leave early. It just doesn't get reported at all since it doesn't fit the 'British trains are always late' narrative that constantly gets pushed.




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Posted in: Women in Japan reveal their worst dating experiences See in context

Just seconding the point that the problem with most of these places is the atmosphere and the inherent expectations that come with. There are so many small, independent italian/french/whatever restaurants that wouldn't cost much more than a family restaurant like Jonathan's or Denny's but would provide a much more pleasant experience. A man can be price-conscious in Tokyo (and Japan in general) without resorting to family restaurants.

Also, from the article, I don't know why people are trying to make sweeping generalisations about Japanese men being lame, or about Japanese women being entitled and demanding. It's women relaying their 'worst' experiences. They're not listing out a bunch of lofty ideals and they're not trying to say all men are the same.

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Posted in: Man on platform hit by train after argument with commuter See in context


Yes, but people do have an obligation to be considerate of others, even if only to be treated in kind.

Indeed, it does go both ways. Tolerate and be tolerated.


It is interesting the speculation and assumptions going on here by people who know next to nothing about what actually happened. The article is lacking sufficient details to determine whether or not the old man disliked the fact this man was speaking in Chinese or is Chinese.

The only 12:35am train at KR Kichijoji is the one coming out from Tokyo/Shinjuku on the Chuo Line (this was very easy to check). It's a busy line and this was on a Saturday night so it will have been carrying mostly people heading home from days/evenings out.

Now in that context, do you think the perpetrator and his friend were the only drunks on that train? Do you think they were the only people talking in the carriage? If that part of the story is even true (as far I can tell, it's based on what the Chinese guy said, not eye-witness reports and obviously the victim can't give his side of the story), then there must have been a reason why they were targeted.

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Posted in: Man on platform hit by train after argument with commuter See in context


But particularly in Japan when people are trying to sleep, read or just decompress on the train if you are asked to quiet down there is probably a good reason for it.

People don't have a right to quiet trains, especially not for the largely selfish (not 'good' at all) reasons you just listed.

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Posted in: Hollywood is bombarding us again this summer with lots of sequels and remakes. Do these sorts of films interest you? See in context

If anything, it's the people complaining about sequels and remakes so much that are implicitly trying to stifle creativity. Should there be a one-and-done limit for novelists too? One season only for TV shows? If the writers and production teams feel they still have stories to tell, then they should be free to do so. The only issue I have is with poorly conceived follow-ups designed to just cash-in on a popular original but without a decent story to tell (e.g. the long-awaited but extremely disappointing Independence Day 2).

Remakes/Reboots are a different story of course, but just as I can respect remixes, cover versions and different arrangements in music, I can also appreciate seeing different takes on a core concept or source material. The original set of Planet of the Apes movies and the modern trilogy tell a very different set stories within that one core idea. I don't think for a second that the money spent creating the new films should've been apportioned elsewhere just for the sake of being 'original'.

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Posted in: Severed human head found in Osaka in missing woman probe See in context

Japanese prosecutors failed indict Gregory Gumo for the murder he obviously committed. This guy will also probably walk or be imprisoned for a lesser charge as long as he resists the pressure to confess.

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Posted in: Japanese man wins custody of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates See in context

TigersTokyoDome - Agreed 100%. It's just inconceivable to think he did all that with only paternal desires in mind. I just hope, for the sake of the kids, that the authorities keep a close watch until they're old enough to take care of themselves.

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Posted in: Japanese woman publishes book about being groped on trains for six years, from age 12 to 18 See in context


An unfortunate fact in this (probably) tragic tale is that the 'every day, by multiple different people' aspect is so extreme as to be unbelievable. Another unfortunate fact is that people, including women, do sometimes lie or exaggerate things for their own purposes (in this case perhaps to sell more copies of her book).

I understand and 100% agree that it's important to create and maintain an atmosphere where victims feel empowered to speak up, but if anything the author may damage such efforts. Doubly so because it's published in French for France so again it looks like she's just trying to sell a book not tackle sexual abuse in her home country. I feel like your posts react to the general idea of chikan and abuse without considering the fallibility of the 'facts' presented by the article.

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Posted in: What do you like about the way Christmas is celebrated in Japan, and what don't you like about it? See in context

I just think it's really odd here. There's so much build-up but then it's just a normal working day and no-one does anything special. It's especially weird coming off of Halloween, which clearly does a payoff (in the Tokyo area at least).

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Posted in: Airbnb raided by Japan fair trade watchdog, denies wrongdoing See in context

Looks like the AFP is still falling for 'sharing' nonsense. It's not sharing and it's often not the 'homeowners' actual home.

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Posted in: Autumn in Aizuwakamatsu See in context

I was just up there over the weekend. The peak season around the lake and Mt. Bandai has already passed.

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Posted in: Happy Halloween See in context

Halloween is its own thing here, same as every other imported holiday. You can go along with it or ignore it. The fact that the big halloween events are focused on a few areas and otherwise private parties means it's easy to avoid seeing people having fun in a way you don't approve of.

Anyway, I have some good news. The Kawasaki Parade was actually cancelled yesterday due to the rain. The cancellation wasn't decided until around 1:30pm though, so a lot of people got dressed up and were already in the area when the announcement was made. I think a lot of people just went home disappointed (that's the good news for some of you).

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Posted in: Typhoon bringing heavy rain to wide areas of Japan See in context

I don't blame people for marking themselves as safe (although I personally selected 'doesn't apply to me' even though I was in Tokyo), I blame Facebook for being alarmist. There was no need for them to activate that 'feature' in response to last week's weather event.

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Posted in: Station lockers in Tokyo start closing due to upcoming Trump visit to Japan See in context

It's not a 'necessary evil' when it doesn't even affect every set of lockers in every station. According to another (non-tweet-based) article I read, it's only lockers at the bigger, more frequently used stations that are getting this treatment. So terrorism may be prevented at Ueno, but Ueno-Hirokoji remains open for business.

Shutting down the lockers at Shibuya, Roppongi and Ikebukuro over this Halloween weekend is just bad timing though.

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Posted in: Man arrested for causing death of two in Tomei Expressway crash following argument See in context

Yeah, it seems some people are so accustomed to stopping wherever they like and where the police won't even ticket them for it, they clearly don't take kindly to being reprimanded by strangers. What needs to happen is for the police to actually tackle this behaviour and ticket/fine people who stop illegally (even with hazards on). These tragic and unfortunate deaths were as much a result of Japan's poor (enforcement of) traffic laws as anything else.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy goes missing at Shizuoka leisure facility See in context

I really think more parents should get GPS trackers for their kids precisely because of stuff like this. I don't know the circumstances so can't say how of it was negligent guardianship and how much was 'kids will be kids', but assuming the latter, it's good to have a safety net.

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Posted in: Piko Taro reveals how much money he’s made from PPAP: As much as he did in the past 25 years See in context

Made nothing from the song, made money from everything else.

He probably did make a fair bit from the Youtube video of the song itself. It's on an apparently official PIKOTARO channel with an ad attached (so is monetised) and has 125M+ views. But yeah, however much he got from Softbank (+Y-Mobile) and other ad endorsements probably makes up the bulk of it.

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Posted in: Sands, Beckham woo Japan with vision for top sports, concert venues See in context

Is Beckham out of money or something? It's a pretty shameful thing to encourage when you're one of the richest sportspeople in history. He had humble beginnings and got to where he is through talent and hard work. I'm disappointed he would endorse a casino.

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Posted in: Piko Taro reveals how much money he’s made from PPAP: As much as he did in the past 25 years See in context

Good for him, but the amount of endorsements and derivative ads that funded his windfall just goes to show how creatively bankrupt agencies like Dentsu (or whoever) really are. There's no way all of those brands benefited enough to justify his price, but gotta be 'on-trend', right?

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Posted in: Being a taxi driver is all about customer service. While considering their personalities, I hope to hire more foreign nationals in the future. See in context

Uber's already in Japan. The fact you guys are apparently unaware of that fact is an indication of how well they're doing here.

They are probably working on an app that the taxi industry can use to roll over onto in 3 years time lol.

3 years time



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Posted in: Nice shot See in context

That performance was literally a strip show on a stage. You can see their clothes behind them.

Toasted Heretic: There was gay wrestling performance not that far from where the above took place. The guys there only had wrestling briefs on and were doing all-sorts to each other. Maybe won't appear here though..

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Posted in: An often-forgotten part of Japanese train etiquette that we should all keep in mind See in context

The low risk of crime on Japanese trains is obviously a great thing, but that doesn't mean they are perfect in every other way. Services in Japan are open for criticism, same as everything else, everywhere else.

I'll also point out that the original article was written based on a tweet/gripe from a Japanese person, so bringing in other countries is doubly-unnecessary as this isn't 'just another gaijin gripe'.

Personally, I've more or less stopped sitting in that seat for this reason. I haven't had any serious issues, just some irritation at people who lean in too close (but without actually coming into contact so I don't feel justified in pushing/asking them to move).

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