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Posted in: 8 types of men you’ll meet on Japanese dating sites See in context

An online magazine that discusses issues relevant to women is fine, and I can’t imagine anyone in this modern age arguing otherwise.  But try this thought experiment; an online magazine with a focus on men’s issues. Then, an article entitled “8 types of women you’ll meet on Japanese dating sites”.  For want of a better expression, this article is an example of “reverse sexism” that is so damaging to the whole point of Savvy Tokyo and empowerment of females. It seems people unwittingly have one foot in the past.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors fascinated by emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

The ritual itself originated in Tang China (600 to 900 CE) so I am not sure if it can be described as representing Japanese "culture and history." The floppy paddle (shaku 笏) is also of Chinese origin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaku_(ritual_baton)

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Posted in: Knowing your worth in an international relationship See in context

she and her foreign friends can be really scathing about foreign men with Japanese women but seem less scathing about foreign women with Japanese men.

They sound like the very reason some foreign men have a preference for Japanese women.

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Posted in: How to ask for time off in Japanese See in context

Nice article. Could you do one on the so-called passive tense 受身形? It keeps confusing me...

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Posted in: Road rage suspect arrested after dashboard camera records assault See in context

What did the 24 year old driver who was assaulted do to provoke such a reaction?

He had his window down. The guy stopped his car and stormed towards the other car. In that situation, the most natural thing to do would be to try to close the windows.

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Posted in: An interview with #KuToo founder Yumi Ishikawa See in context

Where I work in Japan, women can wear what they want (within reason) but men have to be business formal in a white shirt and tie, all day, everyday.

Things are truly FUBAR...

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Posted in: Japanese woman returning from Congo tests negative for Ebola See in context

Good news.

Imagine the roasting she would have gotten here, if things had turned out differently...

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Posted in: Road rage suspect sent to prosecutors after bottle-throwing incident on Nagoya Expressway See in context

Just pointed and laughed loudly at him

I think your passive-aggressive behaviour just dropped you wwwwaaaayyyy down to his level. Bragging about it on the Net makes it even worse IMHO

Just saying like.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 85-year-old common-law wife; says he was worn out from looking after her See in context

It amazes me how judgmental most posters are. Shame on you.

Desperate situations can lead to desperate measures.

(How does it feel to be judged?)

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Posted in: Japanese drink vending machine capsule toys: A must-have for recreating Japan in miniature See in context

Should it be made out of wood, Tokyo-m?

Wood would be good.

Same people complain about this "crap" being made out of plastic can freely look around their house at all the plastic used in everything they buy - both needs and wants

Make them out of wood, too.

Seems you have solved the problem of too much plastic waste. Well done!

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Posted in: Japanese women running for Diet seats in record numbers, but face many obstacles See in context

To overcome these obstacles, someone should write a Savvy in Japan article about how to succeed. With lots gifs.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

TOEIC is a business English test, so what is it doing as part of university entrance tests in the first place? Tests of academic English are more suitable. It seems TOEIC can’t (be bothered?) to organize the testing of the 4 skills to be done on one day, which will be a basic requirement for all English tests from April 2020 if they are to be used as university entrance qualifications.

I know a lot of people who take Toeic, Eiken, an other tests (like TOEFL), and I have to say that while I think TOEIC is a decent supplement to language Learning, and of course the listening portion is a good test of ability, on the whole it is not indicative of any kind of ability to communicate. Eiken is the better test for that. TOEFL is just insanity.

There are two types of language learning; the learning of knowledge (grammar, also known as ‘focus on form’) and the learning of skills (communication, also known as ‘focus on meaning’). For language learning, both types of learning are necessary.  From my experience (and I have a lot of it) generally speaking, Eiken is a knowledge-based test that tests language form (grammar). The most obviously indication of this is the fact that people who succeed in Eiken tests (and from general observations, TOEIC too) generally cannot communicate in the English language based alone on what the test requires them to do. The Eiken speaking tests are in the most part very systematic and can be 'winged' quite easily with diligent practice.

The purpose of real language use is to not pass tests but to give and receive new information. This involves gathering, processing and giving information, something Eiken does not do. The TOEFL, IELTS and the TEAP tests measure these areas to different degrees and are the best of the bunch if you want to produce learners who can actually use English (not just pass tests), which is the main point of language learning in the first place.

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