The lengths at which many Japanese men go to get some kind of attention from women boggles the mind. If all that energy could somehow be channeled into fixing the Japanese economy or work on their looks so they'd be able to find a real partner, Japan's problems would be fixed overnight.
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@lucabrasi "Relax folks, there's a lot worse happening out there" - not in Japan, the Japanese would like you to believe.
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Even with declining manners, public transportation safety in Japan is still paradise compared to US or European major cities. I've lost count of the number of Japanese people I saw on the Paris Metro, terrified and close to collapse, clinging to their bags, nervously looking around for muggers.
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@nandakandamanda I saw that too this morning. I am always appalled by that TV program and how they are oversimplifying things to the point of misinformation. It makes me wonder about the intelligence of the people who use J-TV as their information source.
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I'm taking bets now on how many 90+ aged senior citizens will die because they felt in was necessary to climb up their roofs in the middle of the storm to "check things".
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Men like Ishihara will be blamed for the downfall of Japan in future history books. We will hopefully not live to see it, but China will take Japan one day. The US / Nato will be too weak to jump into WWIII over it. Then the Senkaku Islands will look like very small matter.
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...that doesn't mean that some woman aren't able to delude themselves into thinking that now, after a failure with a "real" man, they now prefer an "Otaku" man. But sooner or later (for some, decades later), the sobering realization will come that they can't go against what has been imprinted in their genes since millions of years, and they will ditch their Otaku man for either nothing, or a powerful alpha man. I'm glad to be one of the latter.
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The laws of attraction have never changed and will never change. That's because they are founded solely on biological reasons. Anyone who tries to come up with theories that suddenly, formerly undesirable partners are now for some reason desirable, is trying to sell something.
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@gogogo You are right on all points. I think AKB48 is a very good example of how the Japanese psyche works - "Tatemae" is everything. Asking for the "Honne" to be good also is considered rude or even "dark".
If people want to be shallow, let them be. They will have to deal with the consequences.
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Japan is not able to defend those Islands themselves against the nuclear power China. If China wants those islands, China will take those islands, regardless who formally owns them - end of story. I reckon Ishihara thinks that the US or even Nato will jump into a war with China in that case - which makes him even crazier than his reputation. This is simply the hobby of a small, old, bitter man. Too bad there are too many like him who look up to such behavior.
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In the beginning, I (like many fellow foreigners coming to Japan) was a bit offended by the Japanese drawing such a strong line between them and the "outsiders". In the meantime, having made certain experiences, and having gained an inside view into how politics, the media, the workplace, the social structures here work, I am almost proud to not be a part of it. I will happily spend my remaining time here, because Japan is an interesting country, but I am at the same time very glad that I will never have to really deal with life here like a Japanese person has to (unless they want to be the outsider). It's just too much hassle, and it's not a free, self-determined society.
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@Elbuda Mexicano - why don't you simply delete that crappy Yurekita app and use the built-in warning function? It's much more reliable. That being said, being warned a few seconds before an earthquake isn't really that useful anyway.
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@shanbelle "this country has no real leadership, at least Hashimoto has ideas, although some of them are crazy...some are good!"
Exactly what the Germans thought around 1930 - can't you see having this "at least he does something" attitude is never going to end well?
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If he says the Japanese should be more like cockroaches (i.e. running away in the face of danger), I don't think he'll be able to get a majority backing that view.
The guy is simply a populist - he is not of very high intelligence, but clever enough to understand and use popular opinions currently en vogue among the influential Japanese (i.e. the old men who have become bitter leading Japanese companies into submission to Korean and Chinese companies, and the do-no-good political class who are only interested in personal monetary gain through side-deals).
The scene is set for a dictator (or sort-of-dictator) to take over Japan. But I don't think the world would have worry much, as Japan can be wiped out by China in the bat of an eyelid.
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In any other country, Kitano would be just another bitter old loser. In Japan, he can have a big career. Huh.
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I had people mention to me that Kitano Takeshi is considered an intellectual in Japan. A comedian yes, but also an intellectual. I have yet to hear a statement from him that would support that notion. I also don't find him funny, but that's just my taste in comedians I guess.
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Ah, Tokudane - the worst show ever, in any country. A collection of the most repulsive people Japan's TV has to offer.
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What the people complaining are actually disgusted about is themselves - it's the same as with those US politicians who are anti-gay hardliners, and then get caught in airport bathrooms having sex with men.
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I think it's not that remarkable that men who are desperate for sex do not care about the looks or character of a woman. But what I find remarkable is that they gave this woman so much money - all their savings in one case - over an extended period of time and repeatedly, without sensing that something is wrong about her. It may have to do with the fact that it seems normal in this society for a man to "support" a woman, i.e. give her all his money without asking questions. After all, it all comes down to Japan's main problem - the fascination with conspicuous consumption, where people will refuse to buy things at a discount and seek out the same goods at a higher price in order not to appear poor or needy.
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@CapnSinbad Very good observation. I have heard similar comments from other Japanese. Better go down than embrace change. But the problem is that Japan won't get simply "smaller", it might go down to levels that people who were growing up during the bubble years will not be able to tolerate. What will the Japanese do with their time once conspicuous consumerism is out of the question?
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Beyonce sound a bit like beyond, especially when it's spoken in pigin English. Takeshi Kitano really has a brilliant, comedic mind to come up with such gems!
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@mikemcfly87 US technology picked it up first. It does not matter who the US shares the info with, and at what time. Who they let sit in the room is simply based on current allied politics.
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@NetNinja even more interesting is the fact that the US had the news earlier than Japan. So much for Japanese military technology. I wonder if people here realize that setting up so much needless defense ( Pac3 ) is nothing but a very expensive waste of money which is a form of propaganda on its own right. That money could be better spent towards helping people who are still struggling in Tohoku, or pay off some of Japan's debt.
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I think one problem is that in Japan, the Japanese people living in a huge city, are far from being cosmopolitan in a sense that they're used to seeing foreigners so much that they barely notice them. In the big cities in the Western world, there are so many different nationalities living together that nobody really can think along the lines of "we're insiders, they're outsiders" - because everyone is in a minority. So, despite of the Tokyo area having 35 million people crammed into a small space, it does not feel like an international, or if you want, liberal place - it feels the same as a backwater village somewhere in Akita-ken. Of course, the right-wing Japanese media also plays a part, blowing up foreigner-related crime out of proportion in relation to the homemade crime and organized crime everybody knows runs big parts of the economy.
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@gyouza After the strong winds yesterday (I never said light breeze, by the way), I have to reinforce my viewpoint that the over-the-top sensationalist reporting is doing more harm than good. On the morning shows, I saw reporters running around screaming - yes, screaming - things like "the wind has become stronger", or "there is also rain now", or "let's check this building - yep, it has also been hit hard by the rain!", or "it's very hard to walk against the wind!". If I didn't understand Japanese, I'd probably think a moon-sized Asteroid was about to hit, only judging from the screaming and running of the news reporters. And this is a profession where neutrality and calmness are mandatory, at least where I come from. My point is - if you act like the world is going to end every time there is some bad weather, it can do harm to overall alertness should something actually catastrophic happen. Also, the news reports that one of the people who died yesterday was a 96 year old man climbed onto his roof in the middle of the storm.
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