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Posted in: Company president gets five years’ probation for killing employee See in context

People here prefer to take their own lives them simply quitting a job all because of this stupid "gaman" culture.

It's sad that these people would rather die than stand up for themselves. This gaman culture is toxic.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s school education system? See in context

Heavily flawed system. Kids are not taught to think, but to pass a test and make high scores to impress others. Also there is no threat of being thrown out of school, as there is no expulsion. That's probably the worst thing, I have heard horror stories of kids getting into fights everyday and they are still in school because they can't be expended.

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Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination? See in context

It's not necessarily that expensive in Japan, but it is expensive to travel there. Also a major lack of English services in Japan. You ever find a policeman or a worker at the train station who can speak more than rudimentary English? Those train maps are pretty daunting. Also there's a pretty big lack of free wifi in Japan.

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Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

Like stated before, the biggest problem I would say is the fact that the Japanese English teachers don't use English for English class... The little English that does come out of their mouths is pronounced wrong, using the katakana phonetics system. They are also always teaching wrong grammar to the students because they are too arrogant to check their own English. So this circle of people who can't speak a single word of correct English continues despite learning it for years in middle and high school.

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Posted in: Should you put your child on a leash? Japanese mothers weigh in See in context

I put my kid on a leash, he won't feel awkward because the dog is on one too!

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Posted in: Tokyo rated No. 1 city in the world in Trip Advisor survey See in context

Good thing they didn't rate for English because then they would of ended up dead last in that category.

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Posted in: Healthy ice cream? Well, these new Häagen-Dazs vegetable flavors at least sound healthy See in context

Yeah, just sounds healthy. Tomatoes and carrots are full of sugar, and I'm sure this ice cream will be chock full of it.

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Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi See in context

How were they able to prove that the increase in cancer and the birth defects were caused by their work done in Sendai? Has the number of cancer cases and birth defects also risen in Sendai? We haven't heard anything detailing this(although that information might be quashed). I'm afraid, this is the work of some unscrupulous lawyers looking to make a quick buck, thinking they had an easy mark.

I'm pretty sure they traced it to the cesium-infected seawater that they drank.

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Posted in: Ideally, should English teachers at schools in Japan be native speakers? Can non-native English speakers do just as well or better? See in context

There are good and bad teachers on both sides, but I would say overall the native speaker is better. Non-native teachers of English(especially Japanese) tend to use gramatically correct, but rather awkward phrases from time to time.

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Posted in: Obesity as a market failure See in context

However don't think that eating fat gets you fat. Much more so, it is eating an excess of simple carbs, including high fructose or fruit sugar that will lead to a cascade of disastrous metabolic effects in your body. The bottom line is that fructose leads to belly fat, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and could result in many types of chronic disease.

Novenachama is correct, it is the overconsumption of carbs that is making people fat. So called "healthy" whole grain bread, rice, fruit etc. etc. is making you fat. Eating a lot of fat is not bad for you. The Ketogenic diet has proved this again and again.

Also it is not true that all Japanese are skinny and healthy. Obesity rates have been rising over the years, and so many of these so called "skinny" people are in reality skinny fat.

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Posted in: Foreigners reveal when they felt they really 'got this whole Japan thing' See in context

Because eating sushi is something only a Japanese can do!

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Posted in: Japan ranks 26th of 60 countries in global English proficiency See in context

I think China has the same problem as Japan- delivering English classes as a lecture entirely in Chinese. I saw a video of a Chinese English class and I couldn't even tell that they were speaking English.

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

You guys think this isn't racist? If they make another ad promoting tourism to Africa and the second guy comes out in blackface and an afro will it still not be racist, and just funny to you?

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Posted in: Foreign trainees in Japan face exploitation See in context

forced to work overtime, being charged exorbitant rents for cramped, poorly insulated housing.

However this is the norm in Japan.

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Posted in: Is Japan really racist? See in context

Yes Japan is really racist. Like OP said, there's not a lot of blatant racism like the anti-korean marches, but there is A LOT of microagression(I like op's word "innocent racism"), you might not notice it at first but it's there.

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Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000 See in context

Only if they made grades for English or required people to pass it, I imagine they would get some results. Teachers here at Elementary school are also abyssmally unmotivated. Whenever it comes time to team-teach in English, they just F off to a corner in the classroom and start grading papers instead of helping with English.

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Posted in: Have Japan’s anti-smoking laws gone too far? See in context

Some people are allergic to the smoke, and noone wants to have their clothes smell like smoke...

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Posted in: 20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing See in context

I don't think people will look at you funny if you ask for take-out or a coin laundry in the US...

However, I recently went to Hong Kong, and they kept saying "take away," and I was confused as to why they weren't saying "to go." I guess they learned British English!

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Posted in: Do you consider the way AKB48 are presented and marketed a form of porn? See in context

The way they are presented no, but the way they are marketed, yes. Shops selling pictures of them in bikinis and skimpy clothing for hundreds of dollars and I've seen tons of people trading those pictures in Akihabara...

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Posted in: DOCOMO launches real-time phone translation See in context

Let's hope it doesn't use Google translate as basis.

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Posted in: 26 amazing things about Japanese budget hotels See in context

Onsen baths

What budget hotels have onsen baths!? Hokkaido?

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Posted in: Fans rank the 10 anime to watch out for this fall See in context

Aside from three of those titles, sounds like all super-otaku titles...

I've only heard of like one of those titles, they must be...

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Posted in: Calls made for bicycles to have number plates See in context

As a cyclist I would love to ride on the road rather than the sidewalk, but with no bike lanes it's pretty difficult. But the idea of bike lanes also seems impossible, the roads are already narrow enough and it would also require people to stop parking on the side of the road anywhere and everywhere.

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Posted in: Beat Takeshi compares same-sex marriage with bestiality See in context

Not possible. Animals and furniture cannot enter (nor do they have the capacity to) a social contract such as marriage since they do not have legal rights.

Animals do have legal rights, just no legal rights for marraige...

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Posted in: Beat Takeshi compares same-sex marriage with bestiality See in context

I think bestiality is a bit of a stretch. But this does open up a few doors. Seriously, if gay marriage is fine, what makes polygamy so bad? As long as everyone involved is a consenting adult, why not? Prepare for FLDS to mount a legal challenge calling anti polygamy laws religious persecution.

I think it's a bit of a stretch too. Where does he mention bestiality in his speech? I think it's a bit irrelevant.

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Posted in: Looking good See in context

Guys should NOT wear lipstick! Gackt looks so weird

Until I read other posts with the pronoun "He" preceding his name, I wasn't sure if Gackt was male or female.

Lipstick, earrings, looking like drawn on eyebrows... I see how anyone could make the mistake...

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Posted in: U.S. hamburger chain restaurants offer some unusual items in Japan See in context

I tried the Cheese Teritama, it was utterly gross. One bite and it was all over the place. They put way to many ingredients on these burgers, I mean, just look at the monstrosity in the main picture or at any of Macd's "Big America" burgers...

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Posted in: Karasia See in context

Looks like they gained a bit of weight.

Yeah, what are they, 100 pounds now? Time to get back on that diet!

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Posted in: What's wrong with Japanese education? See in context

Yeah, let's abolish all public schools, so all of these non-educational problems can dissapear. Noone will ever behave violently, there will be no school prostitution, and no more discipline problems!

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