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Posted in: Kobe city bus hits several pedestrians; 2 dead See in context

2 dead by now.

This is one of places in the city that might be called the "Shibuya crossing" of Kobe.

Auto makers really should hurry to improve automatic braking systems, especially in the aging Japan.

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context

@Strangerland , MarkX - same here, decided to pay off in cash my iPhone bought at Softbank just to find out my bill hasn't been decreased at all. When I realize, I was paying almost 9000 for Softbank and 4000 for UQ Wimax pocket wi-fi, which I used 90% of the time (just used Softbank when riding the subway).

Now paying 30 ringgits (1000 yen/mo) for Unlimited data in Malaysia and 10 (300 yens/day) for Unlimited data Roaming while in other South East countries I don't even think about the idea of going back to Softbank when back to Japan in a few days.

If taking countless mobile fee comparison sites into consideration I think UQ mobile should do the trick.

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Posted in: Disney throws down gauntlet in war on Netflix See in context

Wished they had a cable news service as easy as movie/documentary streaming services nowdays....Netflix is good and I will be looking forward to testing this new Apple TV+, but wished they had tv streaming services you only provide your credit card and you're ready to go.

Cable TV contracts are still a pain in the ass when working here and there in different countries.

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Posted in: Docomo to lower mobile phone fees by up to 40% from June See in context

You realize how absurd and tricky japanese mobile companies are when you travel around on business.

Here in Malaysia I pay 30 Ringgits (less than 1000 yen) to have unlimited data + some 90min. calls per month using one of the major mobile companies, and the service is even more reliable than in Japan.

I feel "rich" simply by watching Netflix or playing heavy data consuming online games while on the subway, unthinkable while in Japan, as you need a pocket wi-fi for these and they simply don't work underground.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for leaving baby after giving birth in convenience store bathroom See in context

What a tragedy. Being by myself since I was 18 I feel like the luckiest man in this world just for being treated like a son by my in-laws, I can see how okaasan is so happy every single day when we gather at the dinner table. 3 generations (or 4 during Christmas seasons) under the same roof, wished the whole world could enjoy this family happiness. All the luck for the baby.

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Posted in: Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online See in context

Wayne - no I wouldn't. It would be a public service. Daft old soak wouldn't have figured out what happened until the train was halfway to the next station. They'd give me a rousing cheer and wave me on my way.

I respect your courage, but please, don't do it. Not worth losing your visa, work and life in Japan.

Cheers? You would look around and they would flinch, look terrified at you, a criminal investigation would be launched on spot and you would appear on tv in one of those non-story piece of news. Why do you think barely no one in that car full of people moved a finger? Some parts of the japanese education from birth are one of the main causes of the "invisible rules" that puzzle so many foreigners in this place.

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Posted in: U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy See in context

Gandalf is that you?

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Posted in: Japan slams WTO ruling on South Korean Fukushima food ban See in context

When i was in my 20s I got a 2day arubaito in a warehouse in the Port of Osaka.

The job? To spend the day scratching off labels from some unopened whine bottles. Mmmm....

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Posted in: Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online See in context

Kudos to the folks who kept their cool! 

> I would have pushed him out after the third time.

> Yeah, im not sure why they just didn't pull him out.

> This video made me want to punch him in the face lol

> If I was on that train, he would have been picking himself up off the platform.

> Why didn't anyone just shove him out?

↑↑ these comments reflect the dangerous situation the average foreigners face while in Japan. Believe me, every few months I have to talk with foreigners in handcuffs because they tried to apply western common sense in Japan. Never touch anyone here, leave it to the station staff.

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Posted in: Safety steps for foreign drivers introduced amid rise in accidents See in context

Every red light runner who nearly plowed into me as a pedestrian, or no signal turner who cut me off on my bicycle in the bike lane, or tailgater who nearly plowed into me when I started to slow down at the yellow light were Japanese.

Nagano has some nice, smooth roads as most of Japan. I think you should buy a motorcycle (above 150cc), life is too short to be stuck on traffic, be ostracized at trains or get stressed over inconsiderate people behind the wheels. 1 twist and you leave all your problems behind.

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Posted in: Group investigated for placing bed in center of Shibuya scramble crossing See in context

They didn't obstruct traffic, so Road Traffic Law was not violated. Or was it? I forgot, this is Japan...

they will try to prosecute the group on grounds of "damage of public property" when they drop the bed and scratch the asphalt (3:45), the japanese "justice" is a joke

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Posted in: 4 to face charges over prank video of fake stabbing See in context

this is the kind of "prank" you should be investigating

give the shibuya sleeper a pass

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Posted in: Group investigated for placing bed in center of Shibuya scramble crossing See in context

one of the very few good japanese youtubers. should watch when he tries to mess with a real drug dealer, guess its in one of his most viewed vids

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Posted in: Virgin territory: Study shows heterosexual inexperience rising in Japan See in context

Why would an educated person from a Western country VOLUNTEER for a life in a work environment that dominates the lives and unhappiness of millions of Japanese?

I live in Japan since my 20s and that is the question I've been asking myself since a while.

But again, we can live a pretty much happy and stress-free life in Japan if you know how to adapt yourself to this environment. Not to the japanese environment off course because 10 years later and you will still be treated as a foreigner fresh off the boat. Moving around by motorcycle (so you don't have to start your day dealing with the empty seat next to you), being your own boss or at the very least working in a a international company with at least half of foreigners can help a lot.

And yes. I wonder where do they hide the pregnant women in this place.

Take a stroll around Shibuya or Umeda and you will see tons of girl friends hanging around, 1 or 2 couples holding hands.

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

what many foreigners find difficult to learn is that for many things that would result in a slap on the wrist overseas is punishable by handcuffs and criminal record on the spot.

Even I find it shocking sometimes when watching those north american Immigration/Customs shows, "ok, you got weed in your pocket but this is not allowed, we have to seize it"

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context


what a pain the neck. at least your proofreaders are other translators, not a monolingual japanese who reverts your translation back into japanese using google translator and demands an explanation about every untranslatable japanese word.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context


it's usually an 1 time/once a year client, who reverts my translation (not english) back into japanese using Google Translator just to come back with dozens of silly questions such as "where is the お疲れ様です?" or "why you translated ごちそうさまでした as 'it was really delicious/I am really full'? I didn't use the word 美味しい or お腹いっぱい! "... ... and the mind numbing interaction might last for hours, usually on the same topic, convincing the client you can't translate literally every single word into a foreign language because it sounds really odd, but sometimes I almost give up and say ok go ahead and change the 行ってきます to your "I go out and come back"

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

God knows how many times I've translated something properly for a client and they don't believe me

1 hour translating a text, 3 hours explaining and justifying every single word through countless e-mails to the client who always finds something "incorrect" when checking your translation on google translator

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Posted in: Too close for comfort? Biden, Beyonce spark personal space debate See in context

Everytime I see articles like this it reminds me of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

meanwhile twitter already booming with 令和18年生れ (R18) jokes..

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

still unable to type [令和] on Linux Windows or iPhone here....

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Posted in: Abe explains choice of Reiwa for next era name See in context

mmm... mixed feelings

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Posted in: Nostalgia, excitement as Japan awaits new imperial era name See in context


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Posted in: 49 killed, more than 20 wounded in 2 New Zealand mosque shootings; 4 suspects in custody See in context

World is a powder keg right now. Race/Holy wars in the West don't seem to be a far fetched paranoia anymore

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Posted in: Gov't warns organizations against firing pregnant foreign trainees See in context

Japan, a country of intense juxtaposition of extremes.

Definitely one of the main reasons for this never ending love & hate relationship with the country.

Beautiful modern safe Japan, blackmailing female workers to discard their own unborn children for the sake of ¥¥s.

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Posted in: Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee See in context

I would be glad to pay for NHK if they ditch all their advertisers.

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Posted in: Mammoth moves: Frozen cells come to life, but only just See in context

AI is way more dangerous than resurrecting extinct animals that can be controlled

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Posted in: Canadian man indicted for smuggling record amount of stimulant drugs to Japan See in context

There is a job in Japan called ハンドキャリア "hand carrier".

People are paid to ride bullet trains and planes to delivery important stuff, the pay is ok, but the most promising here is the opportunity to travel abroad with all the expenses paid. Wouldn't have the courage to do this kind of job though... What else can be so much important you literally pay someone to hand deliver it for you all the way from another country?

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Posted in: Teenager ashamed of given name 'Prince' adopts traditional one See in context

We setup here some rules for when we have kids.

1-A name that can be used both in Japan or overseas, nothing too complicated or overly japanese like "Tsutomu", "Haruto" etc

2-And yes, a "readable" name that won't require our kid to explain his own name throughout his whole life.

3-A name without crazy big kanjis that won't make our kid sigh everytime he has to write his name on a piece of paper. (Just saw the other day a "Kaori-san" written as 香織)

富 とみ Tommy would be a choice for our boy I guess

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Posted in: Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near See in context

Tell me you wouldn't live in any of these properties for some time, evacuee or not.

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