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Posted in: Television titans bulk up to battle internet rivals See in context

@ maybeperhapsyes

Although I live in Japan, I wish I could subscribe to Netflix or Hulu US

VPN, my friend, VPN.....

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

@ katsu78

The same comment gets posted here nearly every year. I wonder, what exactly are we supposed to see in the pictures to believe that Japan's future is doomed?

True. It may be me doing the posting. I suppose it could be wishful thinking on my part. This is one of the least appealing aspects of Japanese society to me and I suspect many others, it's all so mind-numbingly depressing watching these young nobodies begin their journeys toward becoming older nobodies...

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

What I would give if just once - JUST ONCE - one of  these wee automatons would show up for his first day at work in a lavender coloured suit. How happy that would make me....

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Posted in: Job-hunting season begins for Japanese university students See in context

Look at those pictures. This is Japan's future. Japan is doomed....

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context

@ Alex Einz

yes, maybe medieval but notice how society is super safe and advanced? or do you have better example of a safe achieving society ?California? Skid row? Silicon valley?

Until recently, there have been very few real child pornography laws on the Japanese statute books. Likewise, many, many cases of rape go unreported in Japan. So, there are just two examples of how your 'safe' Japan is probably not the country you think it is. I am afraid you may be a little naïve in this regard...

Regarding this particular topic, though, ask yourself this question. Where are all the Japanese feminists...?

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Posted in: Japanese race queens give their opinion on Formula 1 abolishing grid girls See in context

@ Mocheake

Look at where the camera is focused and you will understand what the only real criteria is.

Absolutely, objectification of women at its very worst. C'mon, Japan, it isn't the eighties anymore, get with the programme. What I don't understand is why Japanese women allow this to happen, have they no self esteem at all...?

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news? See in context

@ quercetum

I would have liked to see other gold medal games but the media assumes we are only interested in ones where Japanese appear.

Ain't that the truth...

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news? See in context

Curious. Why the America-centric slant on this question? Why not "What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and WESTERN media report the news?" Are you looking for specific, US related answers here, I wonder...?

In answer to this question, though, being British and having experience of having spent time in both countries, I would say that there are fewer differences than there are similarities. Both sets of news media focus heavily on domestic issues rather than international ones. It can be a very long wait sometimes in the States waiting for the first non-American news story on the evening news...

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Posted in: Court told Geoffrey Rush inappropriately touched actress See in context

How come she gets anonymity through all of this? If she has an allegation to make, let her stand up in front of the world. It's all to easy to make these kind of claims from the shadows. Time it stopped...

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Posted in: Defending champ Hanyu leads; Uno 3rd after men's short program See in context

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Hanyu.....there, that's better. All I'm gonna hear from my Family, my students and the Japanese media for the next ten days or so. Thought I'd get in early.

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Posted in: Speculation swirls over postponement of Princess Mako's wedding See in context

@ Civitas Sine Suffragio

She's so gorgeous, there must be thousands of men who want her

Really? It must just be me, then....

I seriously doubt that this wedding will ever happen. Powers that be and all of that kind of stuff....

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Posted in: Times are changing in Japan See in context

...and nobody yet has commented that even here, on a presumably government sanctioned notice board, the English is appalling. Seriously, all of us who are here attempting to improve the English ability of those Japanese citizens who want to learn the language are wasting our time.

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Posted in: MSDF members arrested for committing lewd acts with 14-year-old girl See in context

The girl is obviously duplicitous, having willingly gone with two adult men for what would presumably have been financial gain. No mention of that, is there...?

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Posted in: Father arrested for burning sons with hot metal See in context

@ Disillusioned

No reason? Was it some kind of malicious discipline or just sickly abuse.

Does it really matter why? Like he can justify his actions...?

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Posted in: Two 15-year-old boys arrested for beating woman with baseball bat See in context

@ Michael Jackson

But these little pr***s will walk away with a smirk after their fake apology and their parents pay off the victim put them in juvenile for a couple of years

As I have said so many times before but I always get shouted down by people on this forum, in Japan money is the answer to everything, it makes any problem disappear. The victim should tell them to stick their money where the sun don't shine and they should do some time...but, of course, she won't.

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Posted in: 4 pressing questions ahead of Tuesday's Oscar nominations See in context

@ Luddite

Three Billboards was a horrible, self indulgant film made by a bloke who is so far up his own rectum I don't think he has seen daylight in years.

To some degree, the jury is still out on Martin McDonagh. In Bruges was superb, Seven Psychopaths not so much. Still looking forward to Three Billboards...., though.

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Posted in: 4 pressing questions ahead of Tuesday's Oscar nominations See in context

Dunkirk was HUGELY disappointing, giving no real sense of the scale of the event and lacking - for me, at least - any tangible sense of danger. The Shape Of Water is superb, probably Guillermo del Toro's masterpiece...and given the fact that he made Pan's Labyrinth, that's really saying something. My money is on this movie to pip Three Billboards...for the best picture gong.

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Posted in: 2 boys arrested for pouring shampoo into onsen See in context

Umm...sorry, but isn't this funny? Am I the only one here who sees the humour in this?

Probably, yes....

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Posted in: Teacher says Japanese schools’ mandatory extracurricular activity rules don’t benefit students See in context

He is correct. Students spend a shocking amount of time away from their studies. If they spent more time actually studying we could probably do away with this national obsession with cram schools...

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Posted in: Zushi City ordered to pay compensation to man whose wife was killed by stalker See in context

I just don't get it. How can he enjoy the money, it's blood money that his wife had to die for.

What is Japan's obsession with financial pay offs? It seems that money can make any problem go away in this country. Now that's shameful....

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Posted in: Trump cancels UK visit, saying he will not unveil new U.S. embassy See in context

America, you have elected a w anchor and we all have to live with that painful fact...

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'heartfelt' apology from Japan over 'comfort women' See in context

Bollocks to all of that, how about Moon's Neville Chamberlain-style appeasement of North Korea - now that's something to apologise for! Kin Jong Un isn't the fool everybody though that he was.

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Posted in: Bitcoin proving big hit in Japan See in context

This feature is about 3 months too late, Bitcoin is on its last legs. All the money to be made has already been made. I'm very much afraid that "Miss Bitcoin" is headed for a fall. Ethereum is the way to go if cryptocurrencies are your thing. Personally, I think it's all nonsense...

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Posted in: Tokyo man arrested for forcibly tattooing his initials into the butt of a maid cafe employee See in context

Butt...?? Is that the word we're using here, some frat boy terminology for the posterior or rear end?

Shame....

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting 22-year-old ban on British beef imports See in context

Australia and New Zealand still don't import British beef.

Yes, but that is pure protectionism, well documented and partially admitted to a few years ago by the then incumbent Australian minister for food and agriculture. The whole CJD issue was grossly overstated. With an incubation period of 2.5 - 5 years, the expected avalanche of cases never materialised and, with the eradication of spinal columns and infected brain tissue form the human food chain, they are very likely to in the future.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting 22-year-old ban on British beef imports See in context

About time...

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Posted in: Japan hangs 2 inmates; first executions since July See in context

@ Vernon Watts

I wonder how the liberal-minded posters on this site would feel if it was one of their loved-one's killed my these monsters.

Such a tired argument. Of course, we would would want revenge, we're only human. But revenge is not justice and its a huge mistake to confuse the two. As has been said elsewhere on this thread, murder is murder no matter who commits it. Two wrongs don't make a right and they never will.

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Posted in: Baby panda appears before selected guests, media at Ueno Zoo See in context

I'm afraid you're all missing the point slightly here. The panda is endangered for a reason. Nature has decided it's time for it to check out and all we're doing is getting in the way. I saw a documentary a while back about the panda's lot and it was heartbreaking. Those sad eyes are actually saying "...please, put me out of my misery". And what do we do? Just 'cos they're cute...? Spend the money on preserving a more deserving species, that's what I say...

(Sandbags and tin helmet at the ready...)

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Posted in: Man sent to prosecutors for shooting at cat with air gun See in context

Police quoted the man as saying he used to like cats and fed them but after one badly scratched him, he wanted to “get back at them.”

Extraordinary. I pity the girlfriend that dumps him....

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Posted in: Paris, London have highest rates of psychosis: study See in context

As a South East Londoner born and bred, I and my multiple personalities say this is nonsense...

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