Geoff Gillespie comments

Posted in: Tidy Japan fans make us proud, says Yoshida See in context

Seriously, who cares? I would rather the Japan team concentrated on winning games than whether or not their fans are tidy.

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Posted in: Video game bar managers arrested for alleged copyright violations See in context

@ MiaTanaka

Thing is, outside of Japan, USA, UK (USA jr), no one really cares.

Wow. Really...? UK (USA jr) ? You need to show a little more respect. Could you be any more insulting...?

Maybe you would like to take time out from what I'm sure is your very busy day spent putting the world to rights to qualify that remark...?

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Posted in: Idol group AKB48 sells 2.5 million copies of new CD; bags full of them end up in trash days later See in context

All shapes and sizes in JP girl groups. South Korea, they look like clones.

Yes, maybe...but they are sexy, adult clones and not unappealing, underage and largely talentless jailbait.

And they can dance...which is more than J Pop groups can manage.

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer to hold memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral See in context

@ commanteer

Here's the thing, Geoff. Nobody cares about your opinion of the idol culture

Quite rightly so, and neither should they. But strangely, they still do, don't they...? You'll appreciate that there is a difference between my posting my opinions and others posting negatively about my opinions, do you? I was not posting in any way negatively about anyone else's opinions because, as you say, I also don't care what anybody else thinks. I was merely reacting honestly to how the story made me feel.

...you seem to have no trouble profiling the deceased in this story. Have a little sympathy. You know nothing of him or his past or even why he was alone

If you look back at my original comments, I merely stated that this guy obviously obsessed over this artist and at least one other like her, going to EVERY EVENT she took part in, and that he died alone and friendless without any family. This is all fact. As for having any sympathy....well, OK, it's all very sad and it's a nice gesture by this girl. The really sad thing is that we all live in a society here in Japan where dying alone in your fifties is possible.

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Posted in: Ex-worker at nursing home sentenced to death for killing 3 residents See in context

Japan is very much a victim of its own success. They manage to keep elderly people alive longer but the infrastructure to take care of them is poor to non-existent. Until the government wakes up to the fact that there is no cheap fix to this problem and puts its hands deep into its pockets for quality care for the elderly, we are going to see more and more distressing stories like this one.

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer to hold memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral See in context

@ Jalapeno

A sour Brit: double check!

Remarkable, you've never met me and it's possible for you to be able to profile me from just a single set of comments. A career hunting down serial killers with the CIA beckons...

In all honesty, I am not the least bit sour, quite the opposite, actually. I just hate the whole idol culture thing. It creeps me out...

@ Thunderbird2

Never ceases to amaze me that some people on here never see anything nice in the world. 

Again, another mystifying leap in logic. Because I find this particular story unpleasant I myself am incapable of seeing nice things in the world? Really? Are you incapable of understanding that not everybody feels the same way about things as you do and that in doing so that person doesn't necessarily torture animals and small children? A little perspective here, people...

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer to hold memorial concert for 55-year-old fan who died alone and had no funeral See in context

This story is, for me, the perfect storm of a story, being as it combines most of the elements about Japan that make me feel a little uncomfortable. Let's tick them off the list, shall we? Deplorable idol culture? Check. Middle aged man obsessing over said culture? Check. Same middle aged man dying alone, seemingly friendless and devoid of family? Check.

Nice story? Not for me, I'm afraid....

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Posted in: Ex-worker at nursing home sentenced to death for killing 3 residents See in context

No evidence and just a confession? Death penalty...?

How easily that veneer of civilisation can be tarnished.

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Posted in: Man on a mission See in context

"The Commuter" (titled "Train Mission" for Japan)...

Why? If there was one country in the world familiar with the word commuter, it must surely be Japan.

I get the feeling distributors in Japan change western movie titles for fun and the Japanese titles are, with VERY few exceptions, inferior and sometimes plain stupid. Time for this practice to stop, methinks...

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Posted in: Japan's isolated older 'hikikomori' shun society for years See in context

"Maybe it's common overseas that grown-up children leave their parents' home, but in Japan, parents let them stay," said Ikeda, the clinical psychologist.

And there we have it in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen. In that short sentence we have the cure for Japan's ills. Treat your 'adult' children like adults, have them out from under your feet at 18, out in the workplace earning a living. University? Gimme a break, ask any Japanese university graduate what value they place on their education and they'll tell you they did nothing and it was a waste of time. Sure worked for this guy, right?

Parents must take all of the responsibility when their kids can't deal with the outside world and all of its trials and tribulations. A little tough love goes a long way...

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Posted in: The flu vaccine: A high-stakes gamble See in context

@ sf2k

If you have a terrible meat based diet then you're probably sick a lot and a perfect flu candidate. There are many ways to fight, but to lie to oneself about health isn't working for those people

As veganism spreads it'll be interesting to see what diseases go down and turn out to be meat related

Ah, that's a pity. What started out as an interesting and informative post soon degenerated into vegan propaganda.

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Posted in: 'The Shape of Water' and cinema's love affair with monsters See in context

@ Ko

The Shape of Water is a grotesque film with very little in the way of redeeming qualities. The film contains gratuitous scenes of nudity and sexuality as well as violence. These scenes serve only to titillate the audience with prurience.

The concept and theme are both ridiculous and inane and the outcome is equally silly and pointless. The film was not deserving of any awards at all. We can only look forward to the latest by Mel Gibson with his soon to be released Life of Christ film following up on his masterpiece "The Passion Of The Christ" from 2004.

I, too, didn't care much for The Shape of Water but my reasons for not liking it are, I think, a great deal more valid than yours. And, for the record, I don't think 'The Passion Of The Christ' was a masterpiece. It was, in its own way, just as offensive as you feel this movie was...

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Posted in: Marvel man Jon Favreau to direct 'Star Wars' series See in context

Works for me....

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Posted in: 'Shape of Water' wins best picture; acting Oscars go to Oldman, McDormand See in context

@ Bintaro

Looking forward to see Three Billboards and Shape of Water.

You're in for a treat. Both great movies...but I fear the wrong movie won today.

@ Toasted Heretic

For me, it was all about the soundscapes in that movie. Plus, it was Christopher Nolan. If he did a ten hour movie about paint drying, I'd probably watch that!

As great as Nolan obviously is, his decision to rely on practical effects and not employ a limited amount of CGI left everything feeling a little flat. The scale was all wrong and it will be a very long time before we get a movie that actually reflects the momentous size of the operation. The twenty second shot in Darkest Hour - which is frankly no more than a so-so movie -  depicting the flotilla showed much more than Dunkirk did during its entire duration.

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Posted in: Keeping up with Kardashians See in context

I didn't know how badly I didn't need to see this until I saw it. They'll let anybody into this country these days...

A new low...

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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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