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Posted in: 10 Japanese dramas to binge on Netflix See in context

That’s the one starring Matsushige Yutaka? Don’t have Netflix but

occasionally see that program late at night on the TV. Don’t remember

any screaming. Could be wrong

You're not, because there is none. It's just a guy ordering food, then eating it.

The viewer learns about local regional dishes, and local variations on traditional dishes.

I find it both educational, as well as enjoying the mouthwatering photography of the foods.

Samurai Gourmet is similar, except he doesn't travel. Instead, he (and we) experience the strong role food plays in Japanese society, as well as in the human emotional experience.

OTOH, the "variety" shows featuring celebrities eating and shouting oishii are a different story.

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Posted in: U.S. warns N Korea as Ivanka watches Olympics See in context

Good to hear America isn’t fooled by NK’s see-through attempts to gain time to finish off their nuke missiles, unlike many unfortunately guillible useful idiots around the world. We are fortunate that those in charge aren’t that stupid

And, sending the president's daughter to watch the games in what way signifies this lack of stupidity?

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Posted in: U.S. warns N Korea as Ivanka watches Olympics See in context

It's always been an American tradition at the Olympics to send their...wait...what the hell is her official government title again? Princess? Second First Lady? Daddy's Little Girl?

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Posted in: 10 Japanese dramas to binge on Netflix See in context

I generally like the food-based ones, as long as the acting doesn't get too silly and over-the-top. The awesome photography of the food makes it easy to overlook the occasional lapse. But, not if it's constant barrage of facial mugging and shouting.

Solitary Gourmet (Japan-only), Samurai Gourmet, and Midnight Diner are some of my favorites.

I can also watch Aburenbo Shogun anytime I can catch an episode. Netflix or Amazon should buy the rights to that one.

For those who like JP drama, but don't live in Japan, find a good VPN provider that works with Netflix, Abema, and Gyao, and you'll open up your PC or device to a world of JP programming, for good or bad.

Just be forewarned that almost all content for the JP market doesn't have English subtitles available, even if they're available outside of the JP market. Very annoying, when you know a specific program has subtitles when logging into Netflix from a non-JP IP address.

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

Oops. "NEW" signs. Doh!

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Posted in: LDP approves antismoking plan with many loopholes See in context

No signs being printed right now:

"NO SMOKING...unless you want to."

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan over nontariff barriers against American cars See in context

Volkswagon started advertising about 3 years ago, and guess what, there are Volkswagons on the streets now!

Unfortunately, their pricing is ridiculous in Japan. For what a VW cost in Japan, you could buy the equivalent Audi in the US.

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan over nontariff barriers against American cars See in context

There is something going on in Japan that causes a European car to cost over $10,000 more in Japan than it does in the US. If it isn't tariffs, it's something else with the same effect. And, it worked, as it forced me to choose a Japanese model over a similar class German one in Japan, whereas in the US, I choose the German ones as they are roughly the same price as their JP counterparts, and actually less expensive in the pre-owned market.

As for all the negativity here towards US cars, long gone are the days of the poorly-made American land boat, starting to rust in the showroom. The current quality is on par with EU and JP brands.

As for the market, the Japanese obviously love SUV's, as they are quite common. The US is the leader in that segment. There are also some well-made and globally popular small models like the Ford Focus. And, the EV Chevy Bolt is arguably superior to the Nissan Leaf. (Longer range, better handling and acceleration, etc.)

And, I guarantee that if Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers were available in RHD for similar pricing as they are in the US, you'd see plenty of them in Japan, even if they won't fit in many public parking spaces. Hey, I see even them now, even with the steering wheel on the wrong side, albeit in low numbers. (There's a big "exotic" and muscle car dealer near my JP home.)

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Posted in: Japan donates ballot boxes worth $7.5 mil for Cambodia election See in context

This has nothing to do with the Japan gov't supporting Cambodian elections. It has to do with them supporting the company that makes those boxes.

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Posted in: Russian athlete suspected of doping at Olympics See in context

I'm shocked SHOCKED to hear that Russian doping is going on in here!

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Posted in: Japan took in 20 asylum seekers in 2017 from nearly 20,000 applications See in context

Well, it should be noted that Egypt, Syria and Vietnam accepted zero. So, Japan accepted 20 times what they did.


20 times zero is still zero.

Wow. People are downvoting math. Math.

Indisputable, inarguable, actual math.

Proving once again how illogical nationalism is.

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Posted in: Mie man arrested for collecting photos he took of female coworker while at work See in context

The defense of this creepy stalker is pretty strange.

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Posted in: Murder, outrage, impasse: How gun crime bedevils U.S. See in context

If the US Gov't would support the ENTIRE 2nd Amendment, that is "As part of a WELL-REGULATED militia, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed."

WELL-REGULATED is part of the damn thing. Yet, all of the gun nuts and NRA toadies always fail to mention that part.

As many nations have proven, it is possible to have citizen gun ownership AND the regulations required to keep innocent people relatively safe from gun violence.

Disclaimer: I shoot. I enjoy shooting. I've owned guns. I'm not anti-gun. I'm anti-stupidity.

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Posted in: Bold, black and beautiful, 'Black Panther' hopes for cultural shift See in context

clamenza: why on earth would an adult look to children’s comic books for moral guidance?

You're someone who either lives in Japan, or has a keen interest in it, if you read and post in JT.

And yet, you don't understand how people might look to manga for inspiration?

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Posted in: Japan took in 20 asylum seekers in 2017 from nearly 20,000 applications See in context

Well, it should be noted that Egypt, Syria and Vietnam accepted zero. So, Japan accepted 20 times what they did.

20 times zero is still zero.

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Posted in: North's 'army of beauties' cheer but Koreans suffer ice hockey rout See in context

making olympics a political statement. sigh

I shall assume you sigh every two years when the Olympics are used for political statements, as they are used as such, each and every time they are held.

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Posted in: North's 'army of beauties' cheer but Koreans suffer ice hockey rout See in context

The South Korean women's hockey team was always going to lose. There was never any question.

At least this political stunt may have some positive impact on relations between the North and South. And, if it doesn't? Nothing lost that wouldn't have been lost anyway.

Did all of you sourpusses have the same reaction when East Germany made overtures to West Germany?

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Posted in: Teachers at Toyama high school cut hair of 44 students to comply with rules See in context

Yeah, that's called the military. Which is not really that different from most schools in Japan.

Yeah. That's the problem.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't worried S Korea may rush into talks with N Korea See in context

Looks like NK's nuclear and missile program has successfully intimidated and scared Moon into rushing prematurely into talks with NK without US/UN involvement......talks surely leading to appeasement and agreeing to unification of SK with NK under the DPRK regime.

Looks like the international community has successfully intimidated and scared Kim into rushing into talks with SK to avoid further US/UN involvement...talks with no clear outcome at this point because it's too early to tell, but will certainly not lead to a DPRK-led unified Korea due to the aforementioned US/UN and general international involvement, as well as the SK population's clear opposition to such a regime.

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Posted in: At least a dozen U.S. sailors under investigation over drug use in Japan See in context

I heard thru a source that it was ED medicine. If you think about, being at sea for 3 months and then coming home you would want to use some ED medicine.

After three months at sea, I would think most men would need the opposite if Viagra, like a cold shower.

I'd be a walking hat rack.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't worried S Korea may rush into talks with N Korea See in context

Oh no! Diplomacy! How awful!

Why open conversations with one's adversaries like actual adult human beings, when you can thump your chest like gorillas trying to appear dominant, or pout, stomp, and shout threats like children.

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Posted in: Teachers at Toyama high school cut hair of 44 students to comply with rules See in context

Actually agree with you on this it prepares the students for the real world where dress standards are upheld

Real world? No. Real Japanese office for a salaryman with a wrinkled, ill-fitting navy suit from Aoki. Yeah.

For those working for the highest-paying, most successful companies in the world, such as Apple, Google, Facebook, etc, there is no dress code. This even goes for their office in Japan. Costco Japan, too.

> Before all the Social Justice Warriors start commenting and voting down, I've worked at employers where staff have been sent home for failing to meet the minimum dress standards, it was a condition of employment no different than the condition of attendance and schooling in these cases.

It has nothing to do with being a "SJW". I'm sure dress codes at work were a big thing back in your day at your undoubtedly exciting and emotionally fulfilling job. I've had sucky jobs like that too, when I was young. But, today, that crap don't fly, unless you work in certain fields in certain geographies.

If consent was given then I fail to see what the teachers have done.

Yeah. I'm sure it was voluntary. Like going out drinking with one's co-workers is "voluntary". Or, not taking all of your vacation days is "voluntary".

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Posted in: Armani uniform at public elementary school spurs parents' complaints See in context

Im still not use to the idea of making children wear uniforms at a public school.

Does anyone know the reasoning behind it?

I believe the official reason is "This is Japan, and that's the way it's done here."

It's the official reason for every illogical rule and/or custom, when somebody, usually a foreigner or younger person, points out the illogic.

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Posted in: Subpar AKB48 performance in Thailand earns scathing remarks from netizens See in context

JP idol and boy band acts have always sucked. It used to be even more evident when none of them lipsynced during TV appearances. Nowadays, I notice the harmony and chorus parts of the songs are usually lipsynced on TV. Although, the individual verses are often still sung live, although often mixed with a recording, so the sucking is still occasionally evident.

I remember first seeing Smap, and wondering how the hell those five talentless guys could be so popular. And, forget about Morning Musume (The fore runners of large idol acts like AKB48). Some of the members were like 10 or 12 years old. And those ridiculous costumes!

At least there are some decent Japanese rock bands and singer-songwriters. Or, I'd never be able to watch JP music shows with my wife. (As it is, I have to leave the room when she watches those horrible "variety" shows where a bunch of "comedians" sitting in rows of chairs yell at each other for an hour, while the audience goes えええええええ!.)

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Posted in: Japanese scientists regrow hair at record rate See in context

OMG! OMG! OMG!

This is the absolute greatest achievement in medical science since the polio vaccine.

Prof Fukuda would win a Nobel prize, if I had anything to say about it.

You people with full heads of hair just can't understand.

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Posted in: What is Japan’s most used on-demand video streaming service? See in context

The author is not very smart if he/she cancelled Amazon Prime after the trial (which he/she spelled "trail", btw).

At Y3900/yr, it's easily the best bargain I've run across in Japan. That's Y325/mo for streaming video, streaming music, and free 1 and 2-day shipping. Incredible. And, it has tons of content. It's annoying that in order to get the most content from US and JP, one must have two accounts. (I do need two accounts for the shipping to my homes, anyway. So, I'm not spending more than I would have.)

Is Netflix better? Of course. It has more and arguably better content. And, you only need one account. You get the country-specific content depending on where you log in from. (In my case, I can log in from the US, JP, or UK.) But, Amazon is easily my number 2.

I never cared for Hulu in the US, and Hulu JP even less due to its horrible interface on the Fire TV. For me, it has the least interesting programming, and, in the US, they show commercials! If I'm paying for a service, I shouldn't have to see commercials. (I can't remember if they showed CM's in Hulu Japan.)

For free JP content, there's also Abema TV, GYAO (Yahoo Japan), and YouTube.

I always smile when I see all those Tsutaya and GEO shops still selling DVD's and BD's. I wonder if I can FAX in my order?

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Posted in: What is Japan’s most used on-demand video streaming service? See in context

I use whichever one has the least Japanese content.

Wouldn't it be smarter to use the one with the most English language content?

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Posted in: What is Japan’s most used on-demand video streaming service? See in context

I'd just wish they'd stop stripping out subtitles that already exist in other markets for the Japanese market.

THIS x a bazillion!

I hate that so much! There are JP TV shows/movies that I had in my queue from my US Netflix account that had English subs. But, when I go to watch in JP, the EN subs are not listed.

Conversely, very few EN-language titles in the US have JA subs available, even though the same titles have them when logging in from JP.

A partial solution for me has been using VPN servers. It enables me to log into Netflix "from the US" while in Japan, and "from Japan" while in the US. I originally subscribed to a VPN service, but Netflix, Amazon, etc are constantly finding ways to block them. So, I just put a physical server in each location, so I am actually logging in from my homes, using each local home's Internet provider and IP address.

As cool as that is, it doesn't solve the subtitle issue on many of the shows and movies, only the few that are available in the US.

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Posted in: Trump says it's 'un-American' not to applaud him See in context

Next, he'll want everybody to call him "Dear Leader".

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Posted in: Man wanted on suspicion of killing son found dead on expressway See in context

Violent Dad! He should have just walked out never to be seen again,,, very sad...

How do you know the father didn't save his family from a violent son?

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