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Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

Great idea! Smokers = people who can't handle life without some kind of narcotic.

Apply the same ban to teachers in high school, JHS, or elementary school. Talk about poor role models.

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Posted in: British rock band Queen to bring 2020 Rhapsody Tour to Japan See in context

Lambert is actually pretty decent as the lead vocalist.

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Posted in: France to open redesign of Notre Dame's historic spire to international architects See in context

All of my years of looking at the building - including twice in person - not once did I notice there was a spire in the middle (hard to see from the ground level). From the photos, it looked like more of an afterthought than something that blends seamlessly into the original structure.

To Hello Kitty 321, I see your point, but the church (any religion) needs iconic structures to fuel emotions and maintain/increase membership. Besides, ND is a cash cow for Paris.

I think they should instead, put a giant gargoyle right in the middle of the roof, because gargoyles are cool.

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Posted in: 'Avengers: Endgame' movie directors plead: 'Don't spoil it' See in context

Spoiler alert: the superhero's probably will not die.

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Posted in: English level at Japan's secondary schools falls short of gov't target See in context

There is no shame in being able to communicate in only Japanese, or speaking broken English. It adds to the exotic image of Japan, and to celebs like Marie Kondo and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, or this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm9bEizIGBE

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

There is one place in the world that does not have discrimination - Antarctica. Although, I heard penguins might give you the "cold" shoulder.

If you are white, and wearing a suit, you should be OK.

If you are Asian, or at least a pale-skinned Asian, then speak only Japanese so people can imagine you are perhaps Japanese - despite the name tag thing giving your ethnic background away.

Basically, wear a suit. You will be treated with a lot more respect.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

Soooo, about that NHK fee. - still an emphatic "Not today, or ever, my friend".

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film titled 'The Rise of Skywalker' See in context

Should be called "Earth Wars", as so little of the movie now is set in the "stars".

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

Well, I wish him the best.

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Posted in: Astronomers reveal first image of a black hole See in context

50 to 60 million for that?

And shouldn't it be called a "black ball", not a "black hole", since it's technically not a hole but a ball. If it was hole, it should send you off into another dimension.

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

I expected more of Aussies.

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Posted in: 30% of young Japanese say Diet not helping people's lives See in context

"30% of young Japanese say Diet not helping people's lives"

So instead of a Diet, try exercising.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

Engrish is part of the charm of the Japanese. It's makes them sound exotic and naive.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

Very slick, Nissan.

They had this charge in their back pocket to serve up in case it was needed, and turns out, they felt this time it was needed to silence him.

Well played, Nissan. Well played.

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Posted in: Man arrested for goading girlfriend into setting herself on fire See in context

Is that a crime? Many a times, in a heated argument, women (and it is mostly women) who take hold of a knife threatening to slash herself or worse, and then the "caring" boyfriend double-daring her, and she does.

But yeah, the kerosene thing was a bit much.

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Posted in: Some see Japanese era system as unnecessary, unsuited for modern age See in context

As apparently one Japanese high schooler had suggested, the name should have been "tapioca".

A lot of Japanese use era names to talk about lifestyles, architecture, etc. way back when, so showa is post-war, meiji is pre-war. Heisei is ??? (to be defined later).

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Posted in: Does #nomakeup trend help women or is it bare-faced cheek? See in context

I'm all for women who look good without makeup to wear no makeup. However, 95% of women do not look good without makeup, so they should wear makeup.

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Posted in: Gov't investigates 700 foreign students AWOL from Tokyo university See in context

Whatever. That cheap labor is helping J-incorporated and the economy - unless they're dodging taxes like they are classes. As long as my gyudon price does not go above 400 yen, I'm OK with it.

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Posted in: Japan exports fall for 3rd straight month on waning external demand See in context

Lots of Japanese cars are built in the U.S. and other more local areas where they are sold, so at least in terms of cars, I don't know if a drop in exports means gloom and doom. But make no mistake, if car sales drop, so will the J-economy in a big way. The Japanese can thank their affluence on the car-dependent culture of the U.S. There's a reason why Japan is the U.S.'s best buddy.

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Posted in: New Zealand students walk out of class, kicking off global strike on climate change See in context

Wish I had thought of walking out for some "cause" to get out of taking a few exams I was not prepared for.

All these students have to do is think of 200 more "causes" to walk out of school for the whole year.

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Posted in: Japanese space probe lands on asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth See in context

Yes, amazing. This achievement must make Japanese people so proud to be Japanese.

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Posted in: Face tattoos: A trend that is here to stay? See in context

If you're career aspirations are to be a rapper, drug dealer, truck driver, or if you're not planning on settling in Japan, what's the problem?

I was thinking of tattooing my face with a permanent smile, because people like people who smile, so I heard.

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Posted in: Matsuzaka sustains freak injury after fan pulls his arm during spring training See in context

Ban fans from fan events.

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Posted in: Elementary school girl detained after stabbing sleeping mother See in context

To all parents - sleep with one eye open. Your kids may be smiling when you take away their game controller, but maybe, just maybe, they're plotting how to use that futon whacker on you.

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Posted in: Actor Liam Neeson fights to recover after sharing racist episode See in context

Over the weekend, the lead singer in some band was shot in a botched robbery attempt in Nashville. The victim was white. The assailants were black, and all teens or pre-teens. Like none of the victim's family members or friends don't have a shred of contempt when looking at young black people?

In today's modern world, EVERYONE is racist and stereotypes to some degree, whether you think or say something negative or positive about another race or culture.

Neeson was aware/intelligent enough to know that what he was feeling was going to lead to no good, and so good on him.

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Posted in: Grammys producer on why Ariana Grande isn't performing See in context

The Original - You should give Cardi B a listen - kind of grows on you.

RHCP - They've got at least 5 classic tunes that put them right up there with the rest of rock royalty.

And throwing shade on Dolly Parton? That woman is hilarious, and doesn't take herself too seriously, and gives LOTS to charity. What is your great contribution to humanity?

wasteland (n.) - The Original Wing's comment

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Posted in: Automakers in U.S. recall 1.7 million cars with Takata airbags See in context

kazetsukai - I see what you're saying about airbags saving lives. However, according to reports, officials at Takata tried to cover up potential issues back when the first known accident occurred: https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/motoring-news/takata-alleged-to-have-known-about-airbag-defects-as-early-as-2000/news-story/080fdfd29b8931eb113fa9701d8f1785

23 lives lost. There's blood on their hands because they were slow and finally were forced to admit fault.

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Posted in: From judo to ice cream See in context

Ice-cream for weight loss? In Japan? Doomed, I tell ya.

A famous American comedian joked about McDonald's offering healthy items - like people on a diet should go to McDonald's.

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Posted in: Man breaks into Defense Ministry, apparently to steal rifle from guard See in context

Reminds me of a Seinfeld joke - something like apparently the Great Barrier Reef has sharks...not such a great barrier.

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Posted in: Idol singer who was attacked at home removes affiliation with idol group from Twitter profile See in context

Kenji - She should just go solo? No way can she make a living off of her "talents" as a solo "artist". She should deliver for Uber Eats if she wants to make enough.

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