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Posted in: Japan Post may cut as many as 10,000 jobs: Nikkei See in context

The postal group needs to cut as many rank and file employees as possible in order for their shareholders to have a nicer cut of steak and smoke a finer brand of cigar because that is how privatization works. There, fixed it.

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Posted in: LDP to back Koike for re-election in Tokyo gubernatorial election See in context

So the story continues. She started a party to pull away electable candidates from the only party able to stand a chance against the LDP a few years back and then went on to torpedo the party before the election. At the time I said she would be paid back by the LDP for her deeds of collusion and here is a taste of that payback. She is as dirty as they come. This is democracy in Nippon.

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Posted in: Finance Ministry will not probe Moritomo Gakuen scandal again: Aso See in context

That rug is getting awfully lumpy sir

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Posted in: Abe tells Trump Japan preparing for Tokyo Olympics as planned See in context

Preparing for the Olympics to go ahead as planned is only as logical as preparing to delay or cancel if needed. Failing to do both at an uncertain time like this is just willfully ignorant or naive. In either case, it this is simply poor leadership (if we are to take their their words to be sincere).

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Posted in: Couple at center of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty over fraud See in context

Rook takes out pawn and the spectators yawn

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Posted in: My scariest thing before I became a porn star was that people would judge me and also fear of what my mom would think. I love porn. I'm a little bit of a naughty girl. See in context

Good for her. There is seemingly no end to the amount of people in this world who are hung up about sex and who will project their insecurities onto those who are not. Good to see she doesn't let it drag her down.

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Posted in: Medical worker blasts ill-mannered response to mask shortage and coronavirus at Japanese hospitals See in context

If this happens elsewhere I am not surprised but it is Japan then I am surprised

Well, let me be the first to welcome you to reality. You must have missed the post-quake manner-amnesia that struck here.

Having more societal rules does not make a place better mannered. It makes it “more mannered”.

Another point to consider, if a concept falls apart when you need it most was it ever actually there in the first place?

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Posted in: 'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders See in context

She won (?) the nomination. What on earth does she have to whinge about regarding Sanders?

The most glaringly disturbing part of these quotes to me is how public-election-as-popularity contest is simply taken for granted like she is Willy Loman.

I think it is naive to believe that sexism didn't play a part in her losing the election but equally naive to think it was the primary factor.

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Posted in: Abe says Olympic Games mark new era for nation See in context

New era? It is already the most in debt country (debt to GDP ratio: 235%) by a long shot. It will still be that 10 years from now but maybe he is going for a galaxy record in terms of owed money?

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Posted in: Mother of 7-month-old girl who fell to her death arrested on suspicion of murder See in context

Glad she was caught out in her filthy lie. Now, punish her unmercifully to the full extent of the law (which in Japan isn’t very much in these cases)

Perhaps she can be afforded a trial before we boil her in motor oil?

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Posted in: Survey reveals rudest behavior seen on trains and at stations this year See in context

girl_in_tokyo I think #2 mentions what you talk about. and about grouping being rude.....well that is not a rude behavior...its an illegal one. Thats why stabbing someone on the train is also not on the list.

No sir, stabbing is not on the list because it is not a daily occurrence. Unlike sexual assault.

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Posted in: Survey reveals rudest behavior seen on trains and at stations this year See in context

Girl in Tokyo, I totally agree. Perhaps the pushing and other physically disruptive behavior is covered by the “getting on and off the train” category but it is far more annoying than someone putting on makeup on a train which you can simply ignore if you don’t like. You can’t ignore someone smashing into you without apology or grabbing a handful of your flesh or jamming a mobile phone into your back because they can’t bare to be off the grid for 7 minutes. The unnecessary pushing in an obviously already orderly and moving embarkment or disembarkment line would top my list because it is simply so pointlessly aggravating.

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Posted in: Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Tokyo See in context

Not excusing someone driving away, but they simply MUST mitigate the punishment when pedestrians are some place they shouldn't be.

What significance is “”jaywalking” in a country where crosswalks are of no significance to drivers? You are probably as likely to be hit by a car In a crosswalk as you are in the middle of the road.

He hit the guy and kept going. The punishment should be as harsh as possible.

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Posted in: U.N. declined Abe's request to speak at Sept climate summit: sources See in context

This is only the start of the dinosaur extinction process. Or so one would hope.

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Posted in: A recent Jiji Press survey showed that about 10% of Japanese people in their teens and 20s do not watch television, with the majority saying they find video-sharing and streaming sites more attractive, or it is more fun to play with smartphones and game consoles. How much television do you watch each week? See in context

The only TV I watch (if "watch" is the correct term for something which is merely is in my line-of-sight) would be at bars (which I infrequently patronize these days) or department stores. Aside from that, it has been goose eggs for me for well over a decade. Luckily social media has arisen in this time to take over the poisoning of my already effete central command center.

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Posted in: Japan limits scope for illegal downloads of copyrighted work See in context

Again, unless they are planning on actually enforcing any of these "laws" they will probably have more harm than good. With bootlegged music for example, you could find hard copies in almost every music store a decade or so back in regards to Western music at least. It didn't seem like the gov't gave much of a toss at all about it then. Of course now it is much easier and cheaper to download bootlegged records and the only difference is you are hurting the bootleggers themselves too (if actually anyone). I wonder why the seeming change of heart? Is the oft-repeated word in this article "manga" a clue as to why this recent interest in copyright law I wonder? I really don't know

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

In terms of who pays, it seems the trouble here is all in the expectations. I don't think anyone should walk into the context of a dinner between 2 people and expect for anyone else to pay for the food they eat, regardless of gender or anything else what if anything is pre-agreed upon. I think it's a bit weird and presumptuous to expect anyone to pay for your dinner as an adult. Personally, I've offered to pay for friends and dates on occasion when I could and was feeling generous and have not when I couldn't or wasn't. And these aren't business transactions for Pete's sake. Why on earth would you expect something in return except maybe for that person to reciprocate at a later dinner? I had very little trouble with this dating at the time (or perhaps I did but I was blissfully unaware). It is very much a simple concept in my mind anyway. I'm a bit surprised it causes so many such pain.

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Posted in: Ex-entertainer Tashiro admits to drug possession charges See in context

For the life of me, I can't understand why so many people are so obsessed with what people do to their own bodies. It is almost as if you don't own your own physical shell.

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Posted in: Single? I'm self-partnered, says British actress Emma Watson See in context

It looks to me like a lot of men don't really quite understand the pressure that women face from society to marry and have children, or sympathize with the sexism women face when they go against societal norms. While I think inventing a new term for it is unnecessary, I understand quite well what she is going though.

Well said girl_in_tokyo. I'm a man but I think I understand the pressure pretty well. At least I am always doing my best to keep my mind and ears open to empathize. I'm a bit surprised by the amount of vitriol aimed at her in these pages. Sure, the term "self-partnered" is a bit odd and silly on the surface and it will not catch-on but the sentiment is great if it helps you change your mindset. Not to get all Whitney Houston about it, but one really isn't going to make much of a partner to another human being anyway until they are comfortable being alone and enjoy their own company.

You can choose to focus on the hypocrisy of some one her financial stability and who enjoys the level of mass adoration she receives from the public making such statements or the awkwardness of the terminology she in advocating or the suspicion that she may be making such waves to draw attention to herself OR you can take seriously and consider the message she is trying to convey with the platform she has been granted and take the words and concepts by itself and weigh it independently. I don't really like John Lennon much as a person from what I have read and there is a massive hypocrisy of him having been the one who wrote Imagine from his ivory tower but it does not mean that we would be wise to disregard what it wants to help us to understand.

Anything that tries to communicate to others ("the other") what certain sections of society feel, particularly when it is grief, I think is valuable and should be given the respect that you would want for your own. More empathy will certainly not be the end of humankind.

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Posted in: Have you had enough of "Star Wars," Marvel and other superhero movies? See in context

I remember my professor lecturing us that you can tell the sociological situation of a time period from the general theme of the movies being shown. How you interpret the constant stream of superhero movies differs among people, what do you guys think?

I like this exercise. From the surface I would say that people are seeking escape into a fantasy world where altruistic (maybe an extreme assumption) super beings balance out the world for us because we are generally in a state of despair and feeling like we have no ability to control the direction our world is heading (authoritarian autocracy by way of tacit agreement?) and are suffering from a sort of mass depression. If I dig a little deeper though I would infer that Hollywood is simply out of ideas and/or a slave to accountants and marketing concepts (like radio and the music industry started to be in the 1970s/80s thanks to Clear Channel). Therefore, the marketing machines demand more and more serialized films that are tried and tested (read: safe) and people eat them up because the climate is ripe and, more importantly, that is all we are being fed. I don't think these films are worthless because people gain joy from them (I do not) but I do agree with Scorsese's and Coppola's indictment of Hollywood on those grounds. I don't think that their intention was to attack the filmmakers or lovers of those films. They are elder statespeople of film and they want to know that when they leave this world, they leave film in a safe place, I think. Where are the risk takers?! Where are the films that are challenging us? Where are the films that are challenging forms and the medium itself? Yes, they are out there but they can hardly compete with the bang boom crash of superhero marketing WMDs.

We are though, I think, in a sort of golden age of documentaries and that is where my film watching habits have drifted personally. Yes, I'm fun at parties :)

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Posted in: Japanese Embassy withdraws approval for Vienna art exhibition See in context

The embassy said its officials who visited the exhibition concluded it does not facilitate mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries and notified the organizers of the retraction of its approval on Oct 30.

WelI, I don't know about you but I only surround myself with and call "friends" people who constantly praise and blow wind up my rear and never approach anything that might be considered critical or advisory. My fragile ego could never take such balance in my life. Horrendous treachery!

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Posted in: Beyond Netflix: A look at what you get with new streamers See in context

Thanks for this article that smells an awful lot like a paid advertisement (or maybe it just smells period haha) but I have a few questions:

Are any of these new services actually available in Japan or will they be? Or was this just a story that was copied verbatim off the wire and lazily not even considered or customized for regional relevance?

Did I read that correctly? The Apple Plus service will start with only 9 programs?! I mean, not like I would ever subscribe to it, but just for my own morbid curiosity. Are my eyes deceiving me?

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Posted in: Cranky old guys becoming a regular part of national landscape See in context

Attilathehungry. Well put. I don't think the service is necessarily "bad" nor do I buy that Japan features the best CS in the world. I think, like most things, it is subjective. It depends what the customer values more. I personally don't care much how the employee looks like or dresses, whether they smile, whether they like me or pretend to, or really what they say to me to a certain degree. What is important to me is the quality of the service or product the company provides and whether it meets what they promise/advertise and particularly if I have already paid (i.e. fulfilled my part of this tacit agreement). Other people may not feel the same way. In no way does this failure give anyone the right to behave like this cretin did though. I have the greatest amount of empathy for people who face the public for work. It takes talents and skills that I do not possess myself. At the same time, I would not allow myself to be steamrolled due to some sort of convention.

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Posted in: Cranky old guys becoming a regular part of national landscape See in context

I'm sorry, "becoming"?!

In this case, obviously the customer took this way too far and is in the wrong. That cannot really be debated. On the other hand, I have been in his shoes countless times in Japan as a customer. If the ordering process does not resemble the training manual exactly then in tends to degrade into chaos. The customer is not divine (I don't think he/she should be) but the customer is at the same time, not mortal. He/she is a computer program like me. Customer service with a smile; yo'd be hard pressed to find that better anywhere else. Customer service with even a whiff of flexibility? Look elsewhere.

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Posted in: Koike remains defiant over IOC decision to move events to Sapporo See in context

Abrupt changes and about face? Of course Tokyo hasn't done this themselves in any way over the past several years on the topic of the Olympics. And Koike herself in other matters come to think of it. Ahh what beautifully absurd chaos. Certainly there must be easier ways for the frothing corporate goons like Visa to make bank than this tiresome charade.

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Posted in: Man arrested for arson after setting fire to bamboo blinds at home See in context

The owner’s adoptive father, 78, discovered the blinds burning and put out the flames using water from the bathtub.

Beyond everyone's employment status, what on earth does the owner having been adopted have anything whatsoever to do with this story?

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Posted in: We shouldn’t treat plastic as an enemy, nor ostracize those who use it. What’s needed is appropriate management of trash and to search for solutions through innovation. See in context

This political message bought and paid for by...

We can massively reduce our use and waste of plastic AND seek appropriate management of its waste via technology concurrently. The two are not opposing actions.

We absolutely should strongly discourage the superfluous use of plastic at all levels. I mean, what exactly is his message here?

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Posted in: Int'l labor union wants Tokyo Olympic venue inspection, worker interviews See in context

Have there been any actual reports of Olympic construction related working deaths

Yes, there has. One died in August from heatstroke for example.

They'd turn Japan into a 3rd world country like the rest of them

The term "third world country" hasn't been relative since the previous century FYI.

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Posted in: Vinyl records, paper books and magazines are showing growth in some markets. For example, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl album sales grew 12.9% in the first half of this year. What do you think is keeping these old formats going in the digital age? See in context

People want something tangible to hold on to (both literally and figuratively) in this fast-moving immediate impact/instant gratification over substance. In terms of music (and books to me), intangible formats disrespect and do a great disservice to the importance of the art form and relegate it to the status of something like wrapping paper design, implying it should be enjoyed in the context of the present only. Art like our emotions, ourselves and life in general should not be treated as disposable. Somehow I think this phenomenon speaks to a great revolt of the human soul against this kind of post-modern oppression.

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