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Posted in: Singer Chris Brown arrested for assault with deadly weapon See in context

Committing domestic violence and other crimes are ways of getting in the news and hopefully remaining relevant in the public eye.

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Posted in: Pokemon Go matchmaking events announced in Japan See in context

Perhaps Pokemon Go in Japan has the unintended side-effect of helping hikikomoris get out of the house and possibly help them make that first step in developing social skills, even if it's with fellow recluses. Not so bad after all.

As for this Pokemon Gokon, brilliant matchmaking idea. Hopefully this would lead to more unions and somehow help with Japan's declining birth rate.

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Posted in: Table tennis star Ai Fukuhara turns crisis plumber See in context

Who knew that she had the Mario in her.

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Posted in: America seen from abroad: Arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free See in context

About beer, there's Blue Moon, Samuel Adams, Anchor Steam and a slew of great craft beers especially from the Pacific Northwest.

It's not just Bud, Coors and Miller, y'know.

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Posted in: S Korean man gets 4 years for Yasukuni Shrine blast See in context

The Han is strong with this one.

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Posted in: Policewoman grabs man trying to grope her while dozing on train See in context

You make a reasonable point, but I think there's another way to look at it as well. Sometimes as people get older, they feel a sense of entitlement, or of being "above the rules." When I'm on the train station platform waiting in line to get on the train, it's always 60+ year-old women who skip to the front of the line and race to grab open seats, elbowing anyone who gets in their way. You almost never see that kind of behavior from someone in their 30's or 40's, for example.

I've seen this behavior as well. Just for fun, have you tried bumping into them (I was about to write "bumping them off" but that sounds a bit extreme) and claiming your seat that you properly queued for? Then you can glare at obaachan back with a smile on your face.

Of course, if you're a proper Western gaijin that would probably not be worth trying. If you're Asian and can pass for a Japanese, it should make for an interesting social experiment.

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Posted in: Nintendo announces mini NES loaded with 30 games that attaches directly to your TV See in context

If you go to Akihabara you'll find some retro gaming shops that sell consoles that plays both NES and SNES games. The slots are configured such that both type of cartridges can be inserted. Though, unlike the one above you still need to have the games.

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Posted in: Netflix to boost original series, films in and from Asia See in context

Plus I am already running into the "English language show that has been dubbed into Japanese and you can`t watch the original" problem, which just seems obnoxious.

I wonder why they like doing this. Even when they show American shows and movies on Japanese TV it has to be dubbed in Japanese. You'd think it would be cheaper to have one translator put subtitles on the show than to have numerous voice actors dub the English lines into Japanese.

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Posted in: In modern society, many people feel a desire to erupt in rage if something irritates them. If railway companies take no measures, the number of violent incidents would continue rising greatly. See in context

Another reason why the government should start promoting decentralization away from the capital. Tokyo is crowded and congested; this is the result when people are forced to commute to their jobs in the city. Businesses need to change their mindset as well as many seem to think that having a Tokyo office address is somehow prestigious. The government ought to provide incentives to companies so they consider setting up offices someplace else. Otherwise, scheduling additional trains, putting up posters to remind commuters of their manners, etc. is just a band-aid solution and does not address the root issues.

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Posted in: Newborn baby found in bag in Naha See in context

Thank God the baby was alive. It could've been tragic. Thank goodness the passerby was there at the right place and time when he heard the cries.

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Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' backlash brings out Internet trolls See in context

The viewing public has spoken. You don't mess with a classic just because you've run out of original ideas. Sony should've known better.

I smell a flop in the making.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin victorious in 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright trial See in context

It could all be a massive coincidence, but the jury not being allowed to listen to the 2 pieces throws a squirrely for sure.

Agreed. That's what I thought, too, when I read this order from the judge. You can't make an objective judgement if you don't hear both sides of the story, or in this case, both pieces of music.

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Posted in: Global markets plunge as Britain votes to leave EU See in context

Will Toyota be moving operations to Scotland then?

Interesting point and this made me think how this would affect Japanese companies with factories in the UK. Perhaps this would cause them to start moving their operations outside of the UK/EU and back to Japan or Asia. Time-wise, I'm not sure how soon this Leave would have its effects on the economy (this year?) and its ripple to foreign companies in the UK.

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Posted in: Airbnb takes off in Japan, but the party is over for many seeking to ride the boom See in context

Are airBnB rooms really more affordable than business hotels or weekly mansions, particularly here in Tokyo? Perhaps in other countries but looking at the average prices listed on their website I don't see much difference and in some cases, actually more expensive.

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Posted in: When someone uses that trite expression of telling you to think outside the box, how are you supposed to know what the box is? See in context

It could be anything: a cardboard box, shoe box, music box, police box, pandora's box, etc. It's all depends on context.

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Posted in: Free Wi-Fi coming to McDonald’s Japan branches See in context

Maybe Im just getting old, but I do have an issue with Starbuck, Maccas and alike being used as study halls, I don't go to these places often but having to wait to sit down, or not being able to at all, while 20 or so students are sitting there who clearly haven't brought anything in hours take up all the seats and tables

Not just with students but also senior citizens who spend a great deal of their retirement time there loitering and chatting with fellow seniors. I see this especially at McDonald's. If you ever need proof of Japan's aging society, just walk into any of the golden arches.

I suspect this will only make this issue worse.

With free wi-fi, a chance to save from using up one's data plan, while taking advantage of the 100 yen menu, you bet.

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Posted in: Landmark Sony Building in Ginza to be demolished in 2017 See in context

I've been going there since I was a little kid in the 80s to see the latest Sony technology (back when it was the "latest").

I had no idea it has been there that long. Only been there once; maybe I should check it out again before they tear it down.

Used to be a fan of Sony eons ago, but somewhere along the way their quality just dropped (while retaining their premium pricing.) I believe they had a CEO change a few years back, but even then I really wonder if they can again find their footing, innovate and be a serious competitor. Aside from the PS III/IV consoles and games, I'm hard pressed to find any other areas where they're doing well or not in the red.

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Posted in: TV presenter Mao Kobayashi battling breast cancer See in context

But you're suggesting forgoing medical treatment as a blanket solution to cancer, because you're denying that chemotherapy and radiation (and you seem to have forgotten surgery) are the most effective treatments that are currently available.

Anyone can say that, even I. Your claim that chemo and radiation are the "most effective" treatments is just that: an opinion.

genjuro, of course you have no concrete proof for what you said? Giving false hopes to hundreds of women out there, does it make you feel better?

How do I give false hope when it's up to them to believe me or not? If they believe anything they read on the Net whose fault is it? Stop being too emotional.

Incidentally, hemp or cannabis oil has cured quite a number of folks; look it up. How do you explain that, then? Those people who got actually got cured with medical proof from their doctors must just be giving "false hope," then. Hmm.

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Posted in: TV presenter Mao Kobayashi battling breast cancer See in context

She should consider using hemp oil, with low THC and high CBD content. More effective and far safer than any of these chemo and radiation treatments without the side effects.

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Posted in: 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping 4-year-old girl See in context

Police said Seto had been seen hanging around children in the park before and was thought of by locals as a bit creepy.

Okay, if people already think of him as a "bit creepy" and is seen hanging around children in that park, why would the parents simply allow their children to go there unaccompanied by an adult? Lack of common sense and awareness, no?

The older sister said she took her eyes off her sibling for a little while and when she saw her again, she was back in the park, holding a bag with diapers and come candy in it.

There might be more to this. The fact that the guy was able to take her 4-year-old sister quickly and return her again without the older sister and her friend's knowledge sounds like too much perfect timing for me. It's possible he already had the diapers and candy beforehand. Check the convenience store CCTV, neighbor's security camera footage, etc. This guy's story needs to be checked out.

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Posted in: Man arrested for forcibly kissing, groping woman See in context

Men these days need to work on their pick-up line. And also learn to woo the lady instead of imposing their will on them.

This makes me wonder if they have any sort of businesses into confidence-building training or even "wingman" services for men here in Japan. I'd imagine there would be a market for that in this society.

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Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days See in context

Best news I've heard all week. Glad to hear he's safe and sound.

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Posted in: There was a time when the United States was considered the world's police officer who often became aggressively involved in maintaining peace and stability in the world. However, observing the preside See in context

That should be changed to "world's self-appointed police officer."

Then again, a police officer doesn't instigate wars, conduct false flag operations, exploit poor, weak countries for their resources or install puppet regimes, does he?

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Posted in: Woman arrested for breaking into apartment of singer Fukuyama See in context

Galileo, the character Fukuyama plays in the popular drama, would have found this interesting. 実に面白い。

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Posted in: Japanese tourist returns to Niagara Falls to testify against attacker See in context

Brave lady and good on her for doing this. I hope she inspires other Japanese women to speak up when they experience any form of crime or injustice, whether it be overseas or in Japan. Their voices have been stifled for so long.

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Posted in: Newly hired Japanese list 5 business manners they find unnecessary See in context

Since the amount of respect a bow conveys is directly tied to how long it lasts, traditional etiquette dictates that you remain bent at the hips until the elevator doors cut off your client’s view. If you misestimate how long it’ll take the doors to close, though, you’re left with an awkwardly long and uncomfortable gesture.

This is just so ripe for comedy. If the client just decides to have a bit of fun he purposely hold the open button inside the elevator and see how long the employees can hold it before their backs/hips give out. Once they try to straighten themselves up thinking their guest has left, the client pops out and the employees, thinking they miscalculated, quickly resume their bent positions again. Almost like a comic skit.

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Posted in: Pizza Hut Japan asks customers: 'Don’t you hungry?' See in context

Just how much would it entail to ask the marketing department of Pizza Hut to ask a native English speaker or even a returnee Japanese 帰国子女 in the company to do a quick check on this? Really sloppy and slapdash.

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Posted in: 'Predator' reboot to begin filming by October See in context

Great, another reboot. Proof again that Hollywood is running out of original ideas.

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Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo See in context

I can't count how many times I'd see a McDonald's, Matsuya, KFC, 7-11, and other shops here in Tokyo with foreign, mainly non-Japanese Asians, working there along with their Japanese colleagues. One time at a McDee's in Shinjuku I saw all the registers manned with non-Japanese. I'd say there has been a change in the last several years and an increase in foreign workers, mostly in service sectors like the above. Though, I'm not certain what visas most of them hold, if they're on temporary work ones and thus have to return to their home countries eventually.

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Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence' See in context

What's the official advice for snorting up snot through the reverberant nasal cavity, gargling it at the back of the throat for a while before hawking it up into the mouth and gobbing it out onto a crowded station platform?

They should hold a competition for distance snot and phlegm spitting, like the ones they have in Gunma for plum seed spitting. I'm sure some salarymen can set some world records.

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