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Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan See in context

There is the one subcategory of Free English lessons hunter: the ones who suppose that all countries in Europe and Americas have English as their native language, and who are shocked to hear that yes, people in Sweden speak Swedish and people in Finland speak Finnish.

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Posted in: Gov't to release flight, other info on anyone suspected of being infected with Ebola See in context

Agree. In some other country this might work, but in Japan - no. Those people on the same flight have to say goodbye to any normal life for at least for a year.

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Posted in: Unraveling how children become bilingual so easily See in context

I read somwwhere that to gain a native accent of any language require that you move to that country before you reach 16. After that you cannot gain a perfecr accent. This I found true: I moved to both U.S. and Japan as an adult and was never able to gain a native-sounding accent of either American English or Japanese.

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Posted in: Filmed on location in Tokyo...not quite See in context

I talked with one European documentary filmmaker, who was invited by NHK to shoot a doc here, and she had a lot of trouble with shooting and permissions. For ex. you are not allowed to shoot in the trains. If you shoot a scrnery where the electricity poles show up, you have to get permission from Tepco. Ridiculous rules like this.

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Posted in: Pushy French are world's worst tourists; Japanese are top: study See in context

Re: trying to help other foreigners in Japan, this came to my mind. I was at Yurakucho, when 2 American women asked me where the International center is. I pointed where it is and explained where they have to go. They started whining really unpolitely that I pointed towards a building. Well, I did, as the int. center was right behind that building. Some American man came to the same spot and the women immediately turned to him, asking the same, and then thanking him with all smiles etc. without giving even a look at me or thanking me. I swore this was the last time I try to help American b-tches with no manners nonesoever. Any Japanese woman in a similar situation would have looked at everybody and thanked everybody who tried to help.

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Posted in: Finnair launches A330 service on Osaka route See in context

Great! I fly mostly Finnair, when I go to Europe.

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Posted in: Takeo Doi, scholar on Japanese psyche, dies See in context

I read this at the university as well. It did make me understand some things, but beware of overt nihonjinron-type of interpretation. After all, not all of us WEsterners behave according to Freud's theories either. Or do we?

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Posted in: Fitness regime makes light weights heavy See in context

I met somebody, who had trained with this system. Her arms got a lot of muscle in 2 weeks!

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Posted in: Tokyo residents pedaling to work in increasing numbers See in context

Workplaces, fitness clubs etc. should put up free bike parking places, or come up with a very cheap monthly parking bike park. Workplace, of course, should compensate for it, they way they give money for train passes.

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Posted in: Drop in household income puts strain on many marriages See in context

Why do you have to spend time with your co-workers after spending 8 hrs in the same office. It is time for the couples to start builöding a real relationship - also in Japan.

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Posted in: The Otaku Encyclopedia See in context

IvanGoughalot: Both the JT review and Galbraith's book are about 100 times more interesting than your message.

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Posted in: Is Tokyo really top dog in global rankings? See in context

I've lived in L.A. and Tokyo certainly beats it.

Never heard before of this Tyler Brule, but checked on the web. He is some handsome guy, so he must have good time with the local ladies here. Good for him!

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Posted in: New flu fears stir swine to swindle seniors See in context

Bogus medicine salesmen started on the web around the world about the next day when news from Mexico appeared in papers in April. There are homeopathic medicine, pils, god knows what.

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Posted in: Is Tokyo really top dog in global rankings? See in context

sydenham: Tokyo is quite comfortable, especially if you think of it's size - the largest metropol in the world. It is safe, clean, offers a lot in terms of freetime activities, shopping, entertainment, good public transportation system. I lived 6 months in the Kansai area, which is better in some terms (not so crowded, easier access to nature, friendlier people).

I am not a true expat either, so don't know their criteria.

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Posted in: NHK and Johnny's reportedly feuding See in context

Non-scripted documentaries? What are those? I did film studies at uni, and never heard of such.

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Posted in: Suicide pacts, cults and violence shape director Sion Sono See in context

I like Love Exposire also a lot. It is 4 hours, but did not feel as long.

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Posted in: NHK and Johnny's reportedly feuding See in context

I think NHK is pretty decent as compared to the commercial channels. Sometimes they are a bit preacherly (the other night at the 10-min before midnight teach-in some specialist talked about why in Mexico 100 people have died of swine flu, kind of making the assumption that in Japan no worry, as there is national health and better knowledge...he forgot to mention the 90-something U.S.deaths..).

I guess soft focus conference is the kind is arranged with the release of Japanese movies: nobody asks questions about the meaning of the film, filmmaking choices or anything relevant, it is just goody-feel and the actors going one after another "It was an honor to work with director X and my co-stars. Please all enjoy the movie."

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Posted in: Japanese hiker lost in New Mexico repeatedly dialed for help See in context

flyingfish: Really? Can you give an example of this kind of story before?

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Posted in: 30 Japanese schoolchildren in Germany have swine flu See in context

I wonder how widely this news has been reported in Japanese-language news...it is now Japanese bringing the disease to another country.

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Posted in: New graduates show lack of zeal for jobs and job-hunting See in context

Beerplease: I agree. The reason is not the yutori education at elementary, mmiddle or high schools, but the university education. A lot of students just sleep their way through the uni.

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Posted in: Tokyo's iconic buildings being lost to zoning laws See in context

Japan does not respect architecture at all. The nostalgic post-war buildings of Omotesando, with listeria on the walls, and a horribly ugly mall was built instead. I am surprised to read above that it is actually designed by somebody. In the U.S. they at least have the decency to put these malls outside of the city center.

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Posted in: New graduates show lack of zeal for jobs and job-hunting See in context

Cleo: If somebody applies to a company as a bilingual (Japanese and English), clearly they should expect their bilingual skills to be used for the benefit of the company at some point.

In the same company, this foreign worker said the Japanese co-workers were often amazed that she initiated to do some tasks herself, when nobody had even asked her to do them.

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Posted in: WHO raises new-flu alert to highest level, declares global pandemic See in context

ViginJapan: around 550.

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Posted in: WHO raises new-flu alert to highest level, declares global pandemic See in context

KnowBetter: I don't understand. First you claim that people die at home, but then they die anywhere else. How can somebody die twice?

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Posted in: New graduates show lack of zeal for jobs and job-hunting See in context

I think there is some truth here. A European employee of one European big company, who has an office in Tokyo and a lot of Japanese workers there, said that once she asked a Japanese office worker to translate a press release she had written in English, into Japanese, and the Japanese worker declined, stating that it was not written in her work contract. Many Japanese workers just do robotically what they are trained to do, but ask them to do something unexpected and they go totally 0 in their heads.

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Posted in: WHO raises new-flu alert to highest level, declares global pandemic See in context

WHO succumbed to the demands of Japan and some other countries, who did not want the phase raised to 6. We were in a pandemic already 2-3 weeks ago.

Statistician: that will not happen, thanks to some bright politicians, such as Masuzoe.

bamboohat: Maybe you should check first what their reasoning is.

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Posted in: In-flight madness with the kids See in context

dano: The guy turned on the laptop probably because for the previous 6 hours he had been trying to sleep, but could not bec. of the screaming brat. So now he was fully awake and had to pass the time to arrival somehow.

I also wonder why they can't place all the families with kids in the same compartment.

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Posted in: Murakami's novel a hit in Japan before it arrives See in context

I forgot the cat.

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Posted in: Kusanagi returns to showbiz after arrest See in context

Welcome back, Kusanagi-kun!

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Posted in: Murakami's novel a hit in Japan before it arrives See in context

My guesses: 30 to 40-yr old jazz lover, shops food at Kinokuniya, likes to prepare food himself, no kids, some juicy woman carrying brand name clothes enters his life, they have steamy sex, and some fantastic non-realistic stuff happens.

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