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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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MQFq_5aZ2I

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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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Posted in: Japanese anime industry earning more money than ever, almost half of it from outside Japan See in context

The title of the article says it all.

Very satisfying to see more and more shops and industries appealing to the foreign audience.

Plenty of opportunities especially to foreigners already living in Japan. 2 keys to success and independence in Japan:

・export Made in Japan goods/services

・supply goods/services to foreigners in Japan

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

The driving test needs to have a driving with toddler section added.

I might be wrong but I guess the current driving tests already require you to go check the surroundings of the car before getting inside. I remember even checking if there wasn't anything under the car to secure those points. The problem is when drivers get way too confident and forget/neglect all these 'pesky' details that cost points during your test but they are there for a reason.

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Posted in: Most people in Japan know acronym LGBT but understanding limited: survey See in context

Here we go again....

I have a feeling people would be more respectful and open toward LGBTXYZ people if they didn't make this 'a cause'.

Different from my country Japan is not a country gay ppl have to 'fight' and/or fear violent assaults.

Last time I saw there was even an option to search for "LGBT-friendly" apato/manshons...

What the heck does that even mean to your landlord/neighbors??

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Posted in: High school student 'forced' to quit school sues Kumamoto Prefecture for a single yen See in context

I feel sorry for these kids.

I feel sorry for people working at 100% japanese companies (ALTs and such included).

Japan is such a pleasant place to live but the working environment is horrible, there is constant stress in the air you can even smell it. The practices and customs are pretty hard to understand, even if you come to the country already speaking N1 japanese. You are eating and laughing with your colleague, as soon as you step in the office, the smile vanishes and they treat/speak to you in such a cold manner, almost as if they are angry at you (what the??).

After more than 10 years in Japan and 2 failed attempts trying to fit in the japanese working culture I decided to be my own boss. Best choice ever.

This pupil can see through all this bs, guess he will run away from Japan at the very first chance he gets!

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Posted in: Japan plans harsher road rage penalties after high-profile incidents See in context

people using cars as a weapon to threat others should be dealt as people using kitchen knives to threat others

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

@kohakuebisu

I guess this difference you pointed out is more a matter of gaijin/nihonjin than talented/talentless artist.

Talented or not, any japanese "artist" will be hammered nonstop for weeks for simply taking a picture with a gang member, offering their entertainment show (doing their job!) in a small party with the attendance of a small scam group, evading taxes or god forbid smoking a joint in the privacy of their homes.. meanwhile stuff like "smashed the papparazis' cameras " "took hard drugs in the past" are just a 3sec. small detail when introducing a foreign artist in a talk show etc

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

I hate drugs of all kinds but this place is a big circus and I'm not talking about wasted taxes on these cases.

How ridiculous all this massive mob bullying from the same society who says it had enough with ijime.

Not 1 or 2, but hundreds if not thousands of people taking their time to call every single TV channel/movie company/advertiser the actor/actress is related to, and demanding they cut all relations with that person. They literally want to destroy someone's life over a joint.

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Posted in: Tens of thousands attend event for emperor's enthronement See in context

they had to bring Arashi for that number though....

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Posted in: National Police Agency mulls revoking driver's licenses over road rage See in context

Can't wait!!

Start revoking licenses and prosecuting people threatening to hit your car as intentional harm/murder and all this nonsense will stop within a week or so.

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