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Posted in: 5 post-apocalyptic anime to watch while social distancing See in context

Saikano. Such a disturbing, beautiful anime.

The first person you start to love is a deadly weapon used in the ongoing war.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

And who would be naive enough to believe anything a communist country has to say?

Remember this is the country where people are literally buried and bulldozed alive inside a crashed train to cover-up and save some face.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

Brilliant artist.

"Japanese english teacher teaches foreigners english" was one of my fav sketches on Youtube.


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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

"virus" this "infection" that, to the point it made me literally sick, just some runny nose though. Even my motorcycle is in the garage for weeks, moving around Tokyo exclusively by car these days, no wonder the traffic got worse these days even with relatively less people going to work/school.

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Posted in: 13% of employees in Japan teleworking due to virus See in context

*peak hours

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Posted in: 13% of employees in Japan teleworking due to virus See in context

Been teleworking/self-employed since came to Japan in my 20s. A real waste of quality of life to travel every morning in jam packed trains to go somewhere to do exactly the same thing you could be doing at home/cafe/library/car.

Trains are less crowded here in Tokyo but I guess the number of cars increased during peaking hours, the same destination that usually took me 40min. now is taking 1h

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Posted in: Anxiety grips companies across the world as virus spreads See in context

This came to prove once again how fragile we are and how unpredictable tomorrow can be. All the suddens human beings lost their granted right of assembly in a worldwide scale. Who would imagine the whole music/movie/entertainment industry would be affected all at once, from Hollywood to Bolshoi Circus, Takarazuka, aquariums, boat companies, the turism/vocational school industry and the list goes on....

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Posted in: Lights, camera... no action? Hollywood rocked by coronavirus See in context

Meanwhile, Uber Eats, Netflix and alike might be booming right now.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

People already have psychological problems, this virus will push others finally off the deep end, instead running from, your fears, you confront your fears,like an adult

The japanese had been already nuts with this mask thing way before Corona virus, now I predict it will be hard to see people walking around without wearing those masks for months/years to come.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Avoid rush hour trains.

Perhaps I should teleport to work, minister? Or get there by means of Wonkavision?

or you could commute by car/motorcycle...

if you really need to use trains etc. avoid touching handrails or literally anything during your way to work would help a lot

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Posted in: Police crackdown nets over 15,000 tailgating violations in 2019 See in context

At the end he swung across the two lanes of a main road, got out of his car and started screaming at me to get out of my car. 

if something like this ever happen to me I would think about start recording and blast the horn, it would get a lot of attention (hopefully from the cops) and it might infuriate the beast even more, making him kick your car or anything else that leads to arrest as it seems the simple act of putting everyone's life in danger in the middle of the road is not a big issue here in this place.

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Posted in: Tapioca fad on the way out in Japan See in context

Are you sure? I do some Uber Eats around Kanto area (passion for motorcycles but too little time for touring) and at least 1/3 to 1/4 of all the deliveries come from small chinese/korean tapioca drink shops.

Stay sometime around Edogawa-ku and nearly 90% of your deliveries will be tapioca drinks.

You can also see hordes of people queuing for tapioca drinks around central Kyoto virtually any time of the day.

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Posted in: Mobile mosque to help Muslims pray at Tokyo Olympics See in context

fair enough.

as long as they don’t blast their prayer calls by 5:30am, multiple times a day..

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Posted in: #OscarsSoWhite: the Hollywood 'hashtag' activists demanding diversity See in context

diversity: code word in the west for anti-white

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Posted in: How to apprehend a 'chikan' and protect women from being groped on a train See in context

what is "right thing" from foreigner point of view is often "wrong thing" from other point of view.

on the point! people fail to realize how complex and different some societies can be from the others, a very dangerous situation for many western foreigners here that think coming to Japan and stopping a thief, groper by force will reward them a medal and instant hero status.

Every other day you see people on tv being awarded a commendation from the police for helping someone drowning or for rescuing a lost infant but ever wondered why you never see someone being given a medal for stopping someone committing a crime?

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Posted in: Love doll funeral service in Japan helps silicone lovers rest in peace See in context

what the heck did I just read

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Posted in: How to apprehend a 'chikan' and protect women from being groped on a train See in context

The cops most often than not side with the Japanese citizen and believe them over you. You will more likely be interrogated and treated like a criminal even if you are the one actually being assaulted or being a good samaritan.

Not a very wise act being a good samaritan in Japan, unless you are saving someone from a natural disaster, accident etc, but never from other (japanese) people.

The police will arrive at the scene and all they will see will be a rowdy foreigner disturbing the public/peace in Japan. Taking pictures from the chikan might not help either because believe me, the j-cops WILL focus on finding any wrongdoing they can charge you, including 肖像権 (taking pictures of someone without their permission), got a client trapped exactly by this law when he took a picture of a shoplifter in Daiso.

If you have a life in Japan, please do turn a blind eye.

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Posted in: How to apprehend a 'chikan' and protect women from being groped on a train See in context

besides if you grab someone’s smartphone without their permission, you are definitely going to be arrested for robbery no matter the scenario.

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Posted in: How to apprehend a 'chikan' and protect women from being groped on a train See in context

Please DON’T do this if you happen to be a foreigner in Japan.

You are likely to go spend a couple of hours explaining yourself while the cops investigate YOU (for assault as always, as I have witnessed at least a dozen times working for the police), don’t do this!!!

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Posted in: Gov't official looking after returnees from Wuhan found dead See in context

Only people who've worked in a 100% japanese company (unrelated to any foreign business) know what might be in one of these people's minds.

How come? You rather kill yourself than quit your job? It sounds ridiculous but the reality is that once in a "shain" position, the company takes over your soul, you are only allowed to go home, have a 3-day trip or enjoy any life outside of the company when your boss says so, too much pressure and responsibilities on your shoulders, during your first week you are paraded around within and outside of the company (for clients etc) as the "new person in charge", this during your very first week while you don't even know you are going to stay or not.

You start questioning your own existence. So much stuff undone everyday you don't even feel hungry anymore.So this is life? Same train, same people, same seat, same pressure everyday for the rest of my life?

Fortunately the environment is pretty much different at international companies in Japan, but I really feel sorry for the average japanese. There is no different between a man and a hamster running-sleeping-running-sleeping.

My own japanese wife opened my eyes 3 months later. Why did you choose a japanese company to work? "Gaikokujin wa isogashiku shigoto shitakunai noyo" (foreigners don't like to work with so much pressure and urgency everyday). After so many years in Japan I totally forgot about that.

Working for a j-company/having a japanese boss, never again!

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Posted in: Japan classifies new-virus pneumonia as designated infectious disease See in context

More important for Japan would be that people with a viral infection should be allowed to stay home without repercussions and NOT to be expected to do the gaman thing and go sneezing and coughing on crowded trains to work or school.

Forget about it, Japan is the place where you can watch med ads on tv selling their pills with the slogan literally saying "for you who can't skip your work due to the flu".

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Posted in: Japan classifies new-virus pneumonia as designated infectious disease See in context

Shinjuku Terminal... reminds me of the last time I took a 6 hours night bus.. got a flu/cough that wouldn't go away for 2 weeks. Guess being confined with 30+ people for hours without any ventilation is not very recommended these days...

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Posted in: Cafe manager who dated one of his maids kidnapped and beaten by yakuza See in context

captors took him to the hospital to receive medical treatment for the wounds they’d inflicted upon him

for some reason this kind of thing happen a lot, the bully/perpetrator talking all softly and feining care for its victim after the mental/physical damage is done, almost making you accept the fact and blame yourself. What a strange place.

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Posted in: Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country See in context

one of the very first cultural "shocks" in Japan was when I realized how many people walk around looking down or like if they are dead inside, especially those wearing surgical masks.

Felt sorry every single time when witnessed the overly polite clerk asking with a smile "do you want your receipt?" or "should I warm it up for you?" followed by a "shitsurei shimashita" after the zombie doesn't even nod or anything. More than that, it was how naturally the clerks deal with this every time. In my home country this kind of attitude is only reserved to very affluent people, but in Japan this is pretty commonplace. Your life/upbringing should be really sad to ignore other humans' existence. Or it's just an asian thing.

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Posted in: Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs: U.N. See in context

.....and a lot are in Japan.

How? This might be one of the very few places you can work anytime anywhere with anything and get paid anytime you want. Walk around Nishinari (Osaka slum) at 3am and you will witness a massive number of vans with "jobdealers" scouting people to work, Japan is desperate for workers to keep its pace but in my opinion Japan should just chill a little bit sometimes.

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Posted in: Nishinari, the slum of Osaka, now at risk of gentrification after becoming a tourist hotspot See in context

Lived for 2 months in a literal Nishinari slum (500yen/stay), one of the best days of my life in Japan. Very safe place. So safe that you can walk by 4am and instead of drugs, you get "jobdealers" in every corner trying to get you into their vans for a full day of work somewhere in Kansai. So Japan!

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Posted in: Fukuoka man arrested for licking ear of woman he had a crush on See in context

For years now, there has been debate over the use of women-only train cars, with some complaining that its sexist and discriminatory.

This until you have a wife, a daughter who needs to use trains during peak hours. This carriage protects woman not only from chikan, but also from those horses that shove, push, elbow everyone around when getting into/off trains, even when there is plenty of space to gently walk into the carriage.

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Posted in: Man beats fast food worker because one chicken nugget was missing from his combo meal See in context

Exactly. He hasn’t “done anything wrong”. Because he was raised this way. Sociopathy can be also an outcome from bad parenting.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

I'm loving this. But will ordinary Japanese people see this

yeah, still skeptical about that too.... as anyone here might know, the slightest criticism or constructive idea in this place is swiftly brushed off with a "but this is Japan".

For many japanese, Ghosn might be seen as a foreigner trouble maker that "doesn't understand the japanese culture".

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

be telling this here for years. Absolutely anyone here can become a hostage of the Japanese injustice system in a blink of an eye, guilty or not.

How the Japanese media is trying to spin this its comical...lots of egg on face today..

indeed, hilarious watching an ex-prosecutor as a guest all nervous on tv trying to defend himself. ''we never ever discriminate foreigner defendants'' ''japanese justice is fair'' .... what a joke.

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