I agree with a lot of the other posters. Many of the Japanese movies available on Netflix are viewable with English subtitles on American Netflix, on international flights, etc, but in Japan, most of the Japanese content is only viewable in Japanese. If I wanted to watch a Japanese movie with Japanese subtitles, I could just go down the street to Tsutaya and rent something. If Netflix wants to distinguish itself, it should add English subs to more of its Japanese offerings (like it has done with original series like Terrace House and Hibana Spark).
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A word on the movie theaters: People who say that Japanese theaters are nice need to visit another Asian country. When I visit Hong Kong, Singapore, or Korea, I always make it a point to go to the movies. When I went to see the new Batman movie in Japan, I ended up paying out 2000 yen for ticket and popcorn and sitting in a poorly air-conditioned theater with bad sound and seats that were uncomfortable. When I went to see the new Bourne movie in HK, I paid 950 yen for the ticket, popcorn, and soda The theater was freezing cold, the seats were deluxe, and the sound and screen were excellent. Also, all the Cantonese movies are subbed in English!
BEER. Asahi and Kirin are priced like luxury items in Japan. Go to HK, though, and you'll find that those 500ml cans of Suntory Premium Malts that cost Japanese 300 yen can be had for 9 HKD, or 95 yen. I refuse to buy it unless I leave the country.
TAXIS. The taxis here are outdated, small, and slow, but you'll pay 3-4 times more than you will for a breakneck ride in a big, new, air-conditioned Hyundai in Korea. Seriously, 660 yen just to sit down? I hope the cabbie gets a sizable chunk of that cash.
Japan's uniquely consumer-punishing brand of price-fixing will have to cease at some point. Things like low-cost carriers (fly Peach!) and online shopping are helping to break the spell, but we definitely need some more real competition here. Thanks for the opportunity to rant.
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