kanadamanada comments

Posted in: Why do most adults tend to exercise less as they get older? See in context

I'm too busy making money to exercise. I can do that when I retire in 12 years at 50. I find that I'm too busy to drink anymore, as well.

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Posted in: The downside of twittering as Japan goes at it 24 hours a day See in context

I'd like to change my user status to "bored"

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Posted in: Veteran pickpocket caught red-handed stealing wallets on bullet train See in context

Japanese pickpockets! I'm thankful the police got him as now I don't have to worry quite as much about the "Chinese pickpockets" people told me about on the shinkansens. Nice going j-copos!

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Posted in: Ragtag military left to defend Japan on shoestring budget See in context

This is the beginning of the campaign to psychologically prepare the Japanese for the huge military budgets needed before the crash comes. If they scare enough people, they will get their money. Now cue a few million $ channeled to NK via the secret forex accounts the J-gov have and don't talk much about and we should see a new missile test in the coming months. If there is any one country in the world ripening for communist revolution, it is Japan. Think about it, can you imagine a people more passive and willing to be controlled, no WISHING to be controlled than the average Japanese?

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd ends Antarctic campaign against whalers See in context

In the past 3 years I have noticed the pendulum swinging back away from Watson's cult. It's an interesting turn of events and just shows what the internet can do. That boat of theirs which they rammed into the Japanese whaling ship was an interesting one. Not sure is it has been reported here but she used to be called EARTHRACE. She had the same stupid captain who ran out of money, and took a job with SS. She used to be silver and quite a good looking boat, before Watson decided she needed to look like the Batboat. I would have preferred to have seen her lost in the ice off Newfoundland...

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd ends Antarctic campaign against whalers See in context

Translation: Full steam ahead to Newfoundland! It's almost March. Paul Watson is a multi-millionaire. He wasn't, before he started Sea Shepherd.

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Posted in: Managing gaijin teachers See in context

Great article, Dean. Well written, too. Armchair editors need to try and run their own busineses before slapping an English lesson down on one who does. I run 3 businesses here and once out from under the umbrella of Japanese "management", I have never looked back. "Always be consulting."

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Posted in: The state of the language school industry See in context

yabusama at 05:55 PM JST - 4th February

kanadamanada- was that the view of upper management before the sale or after?

Before. I wouldn't know what he thought after. I never had any dealings with the company after they closed the shop, though I hear that manager is still attached - the same one I mentioned above.

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Posted in: The state of the language school industry See in context

Interesting comments about Hummingbird above. I worked for them before it went under due to mismanagement and misappropriation, got sold and repackaged and let me tell you, upper management had a very poor view of students and their motivations. I was once told by saxophone-playing upper management that "they all want to sleep with foreigners - men and women, and don't think about what is taught; only that they feel good". Only the branch managers and teachers cared.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese TV programs this time of year? Seen anything you like? See in context

Most of the television is done in the way of 1950s American TV. The same talents cycling on and out of poularity, crossing over into movies and music. The lack of exportability of Japanese TV is an indication of its quality. Many parts of the world are mad for Korean dramas, but comparatively few J-doramazu are popular outside these islands. The TV here is crap. Crap production value. I watched a group of 6 tarento sing karaoke for 2 hours on new years day - WTF is that??? It probably cost 20 bucks to make that. It reminds me of how they used to ad-lib stuff on Muchmusic, 20 years ago. So far ahead, yet so far behind...

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Posted in: Should Noriko Sakai do jail time for possession and use of stimulants? See in context

NO. Besides, all the TV producers are lining up, getting ready for the big Noripi comeback tell-all! She's too marketable, good or bad, for TV to give up on her now. Watch and see.

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Posted in: 'I hate whale meat,' Hatoyama reportedly tells Dutch PM See in context

They aint at the top of the food chain if I'm eating them! Hatoyama, as was mentioned earlier, didn't have to eat whale after the war. He was growing up on caviar and steak.

yamashinaku at 01:29 PM JST - 1st November

Do your research. Whale meat is loaded with toxins because it is at the top of the food chain. So, whale meat lovers, eat your share, but you'll be paying the price healthwise.

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Posted in: Japanese society going over to the 'Dark Side' See in context

"Within weeks of the outbreak of H1N1 influenza, hucksters were peddling spurious medications. Now, with reports of the first fatalities and fears of an epidemic as the weather turns cooler, more flu-related scams are a virtual certainty."

What, you mean like, MASKS???

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Posted in: Is Kabukicho dangerous? Mizoguchi's new book tells all See in context

Kabukicho is a joke compared to the western bowels of Susukino - where the REAL DIRT happens.

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Posted in: British film board bans sale of Japanese horror movie See in context

I saw the Japanese dissection torture movie GUINEA PIG while in University. I couldn't get through it and had to turn it off after about 15 minutes. I suppose this is along the same lines. i couldn't see a point but my understanding is these are made on low budgets and when one hits, the producers can cash in. I'm sure this ban only translates to increased sales for the producers.

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Posted in: Yang's PGA win helps Asian golf surge See in context

This is a great thing for golf. Incredibly enough, the Japanese news coverage of the tournament had over 50% of each segment dedicated to Ishikawa - Ishikawa tees off...into the water, hits into the ruff - tees off like Happy Gilmour... If anyone says that Japan doesn't know how to market its golfers, they're completely wrong, as you they take a relativley unskilled 17 year old and make the whole of Japan think he's a contender. Ai-chan, anyone?

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Posted in: 'Liar Game' sees second season and movie See in context

One of the best dorama I've seen.

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Posted in: Crocs double up as cell phone holders See in context

I think Japanese people are the only ones in the world who fail to realise just how stupid looking are Crocs.

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Posted in: Mystery sign See in context

Do Not Walk Like an Egyptian

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Posted in: Man held for attempted murder of policeman after detention for confining girl expires See in context

A girl, bound and gagged in a box, hidden from view and the police see no reason the charge him? WTFF?

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Posted in: What do you think Noriko Sakai's fate should be? See in context

Yeah, this "the gaijin made me do it" thing is entirely out of hand. The fact that the average Japanese buys into it is all the more disturbing. Have you ever once heard somebody use the "the Yakuza sold it to me" excuse??? No, right?

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Posted in: Why the Japanese Are a Superior People See in context

Onibaku, You've misquoted me. I di dnot say this. I'm on about the "inferior people" angle.

onibaku at 03:16 PM JST - 2nd August

I am not sure if Japanese are superior or disparate to other people in anything because of the way their brains process sound information from outside. But I remember being surprised to hear a comment by an American who said that the chirring of cicadas in this season is just noisy. I have never heard a Japanese make such a comment.

@kanadamanada: Hmm... could you develop a bit please? I mean, what you wrote doesn't mean much to me. First, comparing the opinion of a single American with the opinion of thousands of Japanese is irrelevant. Second point, Japanese people have lived generations with "noisy" semis. To compare with Europe for example, cicadas are not as numerous and noisy as here. Finally, if I may correct you, Japanese people themselves have been commenting about the semis' "noise". One of Basho's most famous haiku reads something like this (I'm not sure anymore so feel free to correct me):

閑かさや岩にしみ入蝉の声 (in the quietude, piercing/penetrating the rocks, the cry of a semi)

I mean, you can always say that I'm misinterpreting the haiku, but "penetrating the rocks" clearly means that he considered this sound as terribly "noisy".

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Posted in: Why the Japanese Are a Superior People See in context

I'm sure his book contains an extensive list of all the great Japanese inventions such as the..... the.......... the.............. oh yeah, the handheld kerosene pump and the 1st floppy disc. Those Japanese sure are superior. Literally everything else they have made has been to some degree reverse engineered.

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Posted in: Barrage of complaints force Miss Universe Japan to change costume design for finals See in context

A "shame" to disfigure the kimono - oh God forbid! However, the fact remains that it is perfectly acceptable that the manager of Miss Universe Japan has told all her girls "If you want to win, you need implants, tans, and perfect teeth."

So, where is the moral outrage at this disfiguring of Japanese women?

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Posted in: Barrage of complaints force Miss Universe Japan to change costume design for finals See in context

A "shame" to disfigure the kimono - oh God forbid! However, the fact remains that it is perfectly acceptable that the manager of Miss Universe Japan has told all her girls "If you want to win, you need implants, tans, and perfect teeth." I think the manager is European.

So, where is the moral outrage at disfiguring Japanese women?

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Posted in: Fuji TV announcer reprimanded for sexual harassment in South Africa See in context

1 in 4 South Arican men admit to having raped somebody in their lives. You don't believe that? You ought to google "South Africa rape statistics". He was lucky to have done this in South Africa where, with the appropriate ブライブ, a man can do almost anything he pleases with a woman. Dirty scumbag. It's just another example of a man with little to no pull getting angry at some hot young thing who has the audacity to repel his advances. Was the girl Japanese? There is nothing in the S.A. media aout this. Not that they'd care much, anyway.

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Posted in: 'World's most beautiful' politician Fujikawa dodges scandal See in context

Now... Why print her name but not his? It's only scandalous for her, the single woman, but not for him, the married with children politician?

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Posted in: Mercedes See in context

Cleo, Saying that the animals would have been better to have never been born than to have lived in a cage smacks of hypocrasy. You are a dog owner. You own an animal that was bred for the enjoyment and captivity of humans. You, for all intents and purposes kee it in a cage (house, dog crate) and take it out when it suits you. It was only ever bred to be purchased by you or someone else - just as the mink that went into that coat were bred for that coat.

Mercedes Japan knows a good thing when they see it and a has-been leggy, busty actress in a FENDI fur will get shoes in the showroom. ディス イズ ジャパン, afterall.

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Posted in: Mercedes See in context

SMITHINJAPAN, Allow me to take a nice big dump of logic here. Without the fur industry, the animals whose lives you value so would never have come into being. Most of the world's highest quality fur is farmed for quality control. No fur coats = no furry little mink. So ask yourself, is it better that the mink had never be born at all, even if to live in a cage, or is it better that the fur industry at least created the life in the first place?

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Posted in: Mercedes See in context

Leather is just fur without the hair. What's the moral outrage? Leather is good. It's strong and looks great, provided you're not already too frumpy to be fashionable.

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