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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

As an American I find British English to be uptight, condescending and prudish. Australia, NZ, Singapore, and even India "English" seems to be more open and fun. I get solicitations to teach American English because it is thought to be more global but also fun! American phrases like "chill the hell out" and "don't crap yourself" are far more desirable to learn than Oh, Penny it whilst be fine in time. People around the world are always trash talking Americans but they love our directness and honesty in communications. I have a lot of student who wish their culture would allow it. That is why American English is popular in a word "rebellion."

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Posted in: Japan extends virus emergency to Sept 12; weighs legal options to enforce restrictions See in context

Isn't it time we accept the fact corona, like the flu, is not going away. Thus let us get on with our lives: You can't live without encountering risk!!!!!!

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Posted in: Japan starts vaccinating people aged 18 or older at large-scale centers See in context

I am so happy I am a retired US Military person. I had my shots already. Easy to make appointments and hardly any waiting. I feel for all the expats that will be put on the bottom of the list. At the rate Japan is going it will take almost a year to get to 90%.

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

make a difference at you own, and not the tax payer, expense!! and when you have keep it to yourself because a true warrior will NOT

push their experience on others.

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

Pukey2: Have you suffered? Or are you a guilt ridden SJW? If the later give all you have to someone and live the dream!!

make a difference at you own, and not the tax payer, expense!! and when you have keep it to yourself because a true warrior will push their experience on others.

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

tamanegiToday  04:51 pm JST

Osaka has faced the worst prejudice in Japan as a child and since becoming a tennis star due to her being a “haafu,” or half a Japanese person. She was declared to be “too sunburned” by two Japanese comedians who said she “needed some bleach.”

Haven't we all but hey I gotta get to work you know?

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Posted in: Sympathy for Osaka in Japan over French Open withdrawal See in context

She can afford to quit. Most of us commoners have to work even though we suffer from depression, cancer etc. We can't afford not to. She is a great tennis player but does not live in reality. She really needs to grow up and even learn to perhaps keep her opinions to herself. Play tennis and stay out of politics and life. She has a privaledged life, and good on her, but she must remember most people do not. BTW she dropped out because she was about to have head handed to her on a platter again. She really is terrible at clay tennis.

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Posted in: Afghan retreat: U.S. formally begins withdrawing from its longest war See in context

I always say if your want to be a fighter understand it is a lonely thankless position But man the stuff

you will see and do WOW!

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Posted in: Afghan retreat: U.S. formally begins withdrawing from its longest war See in context

Bertie: For the most part any conflict between two or more nation states is considered a war. In Modern times they have been called conflicts so that the nations can cheat the fighters out of benefits. Afghanistan is technically a conflict because the President did not ask and congress did not declare a state of war. This varies from nation to nation it is all about the money in the end

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Posted in: 'Put me in jail': Fierce COVID vaccine resistance for Republicans See in context

Free will. People have the right to choose. Also, It is wise to see what the different vaccines do and what side effects they have before you make a rash decision. In America FDA approved the vaccines under an emergency clause and by law can not force people to take it even military folks. This is because the side effects are not fully understood and thus opens up the FDA, GOV and anyone forcing the issue up for monumental law suits and criminal negligence. I support people getting the vaccine and those that wish to wait. Remember tyranny always starts out in the best interest of the people.

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Posted in: Tech firm says musicians lose billions to illegal business streaming See in context

The reality is that almost all bands singers etc make their money from concerts and promo work instead of the actual download or physical copy sale of their music. That is why concerts are stupidly expensive. In the mid 80's and prior to that the artist made money from the sales of cd's, tapes and vynal as well as airplay but once the internet hit in the 90's the business model changed. In japan they are draconian about royalties and thus a lot of music never gets heard and thus never downloaded.

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

If you delete the programs after two weeks are you going to get kicked out?

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Posted in: Travelers entering Japan have to install location confirmation app, Skype on smartphones See in context

What if the person just leaves there phone at home for two weeks?

Or rents a phone and does the same thing?

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Posted in: Average monthly household spending down record 5.3% in 2020 See in context


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Posted in: Tennis star Osaka slams 'ignorant' sexism from Tokyo Olympics chief See in context

Simian Lane

You are wise and speak it well.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign workers hit hard by pandemic See in context

Koreans do well in Japan. Honestly in about 45 years Japan will implode and become a haven for expats. The old guard is dying off and the up and comers are few and far between. They will have no choice. I suspect you will see a huge influx of Chinese, Mongolian, Korean and Indonesian people. The Japanese will be a minority.

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Posted in: Billionaires thriving as poor suffer in widening COVID-19 divide: Oxfam See in context

and yet each and everyone one of you shop amazon, star buck's apple etc.. and make them richer. Oh praise ye virtue signalers

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Posted in: Man arrested for buying cup meant for ¥100 coffee but pouring ¥200 latte into it See in context

If this is so bad that it makes national news it sounds like the police are fearful of job losses

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Posted in: Garth Brooks joins lineup of entertainers at Biden inaugural See in context


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Posted in: Tokyo’s latest plan to boost birth rate: Pay people 100,000 yen per baby they give birth to See in context

If Japan is serious about increasing the birth rates and stabilizing or growing its population it needs to do what the US has: We encourage unwed mothers to have as many children as possible. We support them through both local and federal subsidies. Then we heap on a huge amount of praise about the struggle of single motherhood. The guys that knock them up are not required to support their kids but we the tax payer will do that. And when the child grows up they can play the victim card and blame all their demons and short comings on society and start collecting money and breading just like their parents. Trust me once you create that success pool of parenting your population will explode!!

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Posted in: NTT Docomo to lower large data usage fees under gov't pressure See in context

Still a rip-off compared to all other developed countries.

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Posted in: Sometime soon, your car will park itself in urban garages See in context

First the stick is gone and now self parking.? What is there to learn? everything is vanilla

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Posted in: Leaderless WTO in troubled water with no land in sight See in context

The WTO WHO and UN are all a bad joke!!!!

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Posted in: U.S. 'cloud' supremacy has Europe worried about data See in context

Well said, and true

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Posted in: EU regulators to probe Alexa, Siri and other voice assistants See in context

It's another EU shake down for cash.

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Posted in: Apple's bombshell and the trillion-dollar question See in context

Apple had a good game of talk and hype but in the end it is a one trick pony. Everything ever put on an iPhone was already available long ago on android phones. Plus you can add memory with an sd drive which Iphone does not offer. Over hyped over priced. If they are smart they will license the mac OS out. I love it but I'm not paying 1200-2500 for a mac that has the things a 300 windows or chrome based computer has.

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Posted in: Japan's road system needs to be redesigned to make it safer for cyclists See in context

Compared to America where hitting cyclist is a sport and juries often side with a car Japan is a safe haven. I have even been struck by a scooter on two occasions; One resulting in limited use of my left arm for life: I stll cycle and feel safe. The only issues I have are with Prius owners who hog the side of the road and take an eternity to turn. nd of course Panel vans AHAHAHAAHAA

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Posted in: Illegal drone flights double in 2017 amid ignorance of regulations See in context

I fly mine around rivers and the ocean areas, so far no issues . I also fly over heavily forested areas.

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Posted in: Native speakers in demand as Japanese schools step up English lessons See in context

The problem with being a teacher of "English" in Japan is that the companies pay is very low. This is because the profit margins are slim. I have also noticed that the companies really try and get people who are desperate for money and pose no threat of walking off the job. I personally have made through the typical three interview system and then never get called. I did some research and came to find that being a retired person and not having to totally live off of what the company pays makes them nervous. I enjoy teaching so I do free community based class and it is standing room only and my school aged students score have gone up. This is because I do not teach under the "Stalinistic" memorize or die principle. I also believe in having fun and poking fun at English itself. I also stress the importance of making mistakes and knowing it is ok to do so. My Japanese id horrible and I will have the kids laughing when I try and speak.

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Posted in: Foreign job seekers need better preparation for working in Japan: experts See in context

I'm a retired USN American expat. The amount of time ad energy it takes to become skilled in the Japanese Language and writing styles does not translate into a good or even mediocre job. I am fortunate that I'm an American and I was able to get a comfortable employment on a US base; otherwise it would have been poverty level English teacher. I truly feel for the expats from other nations.

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