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Posted in: 13 teen boys caught peeping into girls’ hot spring bath during class trip See in context

Sure, what they did was absolutely inappropriate, and they should be made aware the reality of that.

BUT, have you seen manga or anime targeting that age? Even Doraemon has a common gag on peeping girls in the bath. When it becomes such a common thing to do for their characters, why would they think otherwise?

In the mind of a 13 year old boy, it's probably more up there with giving people a kancho.... just a funny thing boys do.

Life imitating "art" as it were.

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Posted in: Why does politics divide a country into "us" versus "them" (using the U.S. as an example)? Why can't people on both sides come together on issues to unify their country instead of dividing it? See in context

Alternatively, I think the people up top know if you keep the population focused on one thing, they will readily ignore others.

Regardless of the party, the top in USA are under no threat of either party falling, so why not pit the population against each other while they line their pockets. We’re the actual threat that the top would lose their jobs (as was the case in Australia years back) things might be different.

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Posted in: Gov't says official translation for next era name Reiwa is 'beautiful harmony' See in context

You know how people say a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it? Kinda getting those vibes.

Although I’ve gotten used to having my students look at me like I’ve grown a second head as I try to explain wasei go (eg cola isn’t considered a juice in USA), it is nice to turn the tables and have them explain to me for once.

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Posted in: 5 recommended movies based on Japanese anime and video games See in context

The linked article ends with:

Remember: when watching film adaptations, it’s easy to fall into the trap of immediately comparing them to the original source material. However, it’s always good to view the film as a work of its own. Did you not like the film because it truly wasn’t a good film or simply because it was different from the video game or anime? While it’s true that new works are beholden to their originals, it’s always better to go into the viewing experience with a clear mind. Less expectation equals less disappointment.

I couldn't disagree more. If I'm going to see a movie based on a game, there are certain checkboxes I am going in expecting to see. I mean, how could you not go into a movie sharing the hype/title of a beloved franchise and NOT have certain expectations?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven store owners submit request for shorter business hours See in context

Alternatively, shut the store down and have the workers move to a different 7-11. Surely the market is over saturated...

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Posted in: 'Shoplifters' director apologizes for French film awards no-show See in context

@talaraedokko

Or, as the article said, he was in LA for the Oscars and had prepared comments... except whoever was supposed to be there to accept the award wasn’t.

There was an unfortunate mistake, that’s all.

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Posted in: Writer for Hollywood version of anime 'your name.' says Japanese side wants Westernized viewpoint See in context

It wasn't a bad film, but a significant part of it involved the boy groping himself when in the girl's body, plus the up skirt shots of her underwear.

Just not in line with western (USA's) sensibilities.

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Posted in: Netflix announces it’s making a new 'Cowboy Bebop' live-action series; fans recoil in horror See in context

However, Netflix won’t be showing the 1998 Shinichiro Watanabe-directed anime TV series, nor its associated 2001 animated theatrical feature. Instead, the streaming service will be serving as the home to an all-new, American-produced, live-action "Cowboy Bebop" series.

Not to be a stick in the mud or "that guy" but actually the original anime is available on Netflix.

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Posted in: Japan gov't launches 1st survey on 'overtourism' See in context

For foreign tourists, why not start holding alternative events during peak foreigner season? It's not like the JP govt doesn't know/have access to the information. (eg. Expect Americans in the summer)

For Japanese tourists...Oh, I dunno... could start with allowing staggered vacation time as opposed to fixed Golden Week and/or Obon.

Oh, and get rid of the "lucky" Mondays. I'm going on a trip this month on the 28-29th for 1/3 the price it would have cost to do the exact same thing on the 7/8th. My wife got all kinds of crazy over it... "Can't take the kids out of school on a Monday!?? What are you thinking???" Me "To save $500 bucks? Absolutely we can."

Simply allowing..no.. encouraging the Japanese side of things to take vacations whenever they wanted would alleviate a lot. My wife just getting those 2 days caused all kinds of hemming and hawing at the department store she works.

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

Horrible news for her and her family.

Condolences to them, but at the same time there is a reason why there are laws on the books. Simply holding an umbrella in your hand, in use or not, can carry a fine of around 50,000 yen and potential jail time. Not usually enforced of course.

Therein lies the problem. In a country where fewer and fewer children are born, why don't the laws to protect them have bigger teeth? I can't count how many times I see a kid bouncing from seat to seat in a K-car, completely unrestrained. Makes my skin crawl.

Point is not to be overly harsh on parents, but to have the penalties be severe enough and that safety is just routine for bike or car travel.

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Posted in: Dental care before cancer surgery might be good idea See in context

A good friend of mine, a doctor in his 60s mentioned to me that he was trained to use oral care as a base for choosing who to save in emergency situations. The gist was all else being equal to try and save whoever had the best teeth/oral care.

He mentioned some of the above information/mouth being clean of bacteria...but he also added that individuals with good teeth tend to take better care of their body/will follow through with instructions post op.

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids develop jellyfish sting cream See in context

Good on them! I did a quick google search and while this kind of product already exists (eg. Sea Safe line of lotions), it doesn't seem so popular. Wonder if vinegar is just that much more effective and/or cheap?

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Posted in: Gregory Peck's grandson to play Spock in new 'Star Trek' See in context

@Cla68: Not sure where you're coming from bud, unless it's meant to be a joke?

The main lead of Discovery is a black woman- with a secondary major character being a chinese woman. Quite a few major characters in the show are women, of varying skin color and (as typical in Star Trek) the cast is generally diverse.

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Posted in: Child statue in protective suit in Fukushima criticized See in context

But he admitted that his earlier explanation of the artwork -- such as calling the clothing "protective gear" and the device on the statue's chest a "Geiger counter" -- may have led to misunderstanding."

...What's to misunderstand? If not a protective suit with a radiation counter, what is it supposed to be?

Not the biggest fan of the art style, but I very much appreciate it NOT being a generic cutesy mascot or anime-girl.

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Posted in: New Netflix series 'Insatiable' faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations See in context

Ah, "nothing wrong, per say" I mean.

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Posted in: New Netflix series 'Insatiable' faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations See in context

@Strangerland: Nothing per say with building up a story... but whatever this particular story is about, it should be represented in the first episode fairly well. Shows like Stranger Things build up, but it's right there episode one that the show is going to be a little bit scary, a lotta bit nerdy and full of nostalgia.

Other shows like Battlestar Galactica (the "new" one) also develop over seasons with various arcs and mysteries, but right away you know it's a show about survival against an overpowering enemy.

Again, didn't see this particular series so I really can't comment too far, and I certainly don't know what the show is supposed to be about in any kind of detail. Whatever it is though, should have been on display even if only to show where the show plans to go overall.

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Posted in: New Netflix series 'Insatiable' faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations See in context

Did not see the show but honestly I feel this is a problem across all media these days. Many times I have heard “it gets good around episode 6” or “it really picks up 4 hours into the game”..

ok, sure, but it should really be good out the gate with generally what to expect in tone all laid out in the first hour.

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Posted in: Nationwide probe launched after Tokyo Medical University scandal See in context

@Meiyouwenti

Because however privileged they are, they are people too and deserve the same protections and freedoms you do.

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Posted in: Toxic fan culture: A 'Star Wars' Story See in context

If you follow the interviews, you can see even Hamill wasn’t a big fan of where they went with TLJ, but he could accept it as the direction the powers that be wanted to go with the characters. Long story short, he has it right with #GetALifeNerds.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies after being hit by car driven by mother See in context

@DaDude: "Brothers and Sisters" is common English to mean "siblings".

eg "Do you have any brothers and(or) sisters?"

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Posted in: Medical interpreters in demand at popular ski resort See in context

Or they could, you know, utilize google translate on smart phones.

It isn’t perfect, but for short, specific phrases it is often enough to convey what is going on.

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Posted in: Japanese race queens give their opinion on Formula 1 abolishing grid girls See in context

I am a little bit confused, did F1 ban grid girls/race queens in all things F1 or not? Are race queens in Japan somehow special/different/exempt from the grid girl ban?

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Posted in: Spate of violence targets people walking while looking at their phones in train stations See in context

I can't say I've ever really experienced any of this to be honest. I live in a smaller city, but it has fairly crowded shopping streets or train stations. While I tend not to use my phone so much, there are times I'm reading news or whatever while walking down the streets and honestly, I've never been so engrossed that I wasn't aware of what was going on around me. I'd also wager most people are similar as anyone else who's walking around me on their phone was aware enough to sidestep around me like anybody else. I'm sure there are some cases of clueless people not paying attention, but this all seems more about bad decisions of where to stand around, or just malicious people trying to get their jollies off by preying on phone users.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders praise EU trade pact but farmers worried See in context

@Gary: Not sure if it can feed itself at current consumption without drastic overhaul of their farming system. For example. from what I understand something like half of all meat consumed is imported.

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Posted in: Japan's business leaders praise EU trade pact but farmers worried See in context

If they are worried then ey need to get their ship in order. Several times in the last few years there has been a butter, cheese or milk shortage for some reason or another.

If the EU can prodice a decent prodict for a cheaper price, the Japanese will need to modernize and get competitive. Instead of waiting in the dark they might spend their time figuring out what the farms in EU are doing so they can be ready to adopt or adjust their production.

For those worried about Japan becoming too dependent on foreign sources of food, reminder that Japanese import roughly 61% of their food. It is admirable to try and reduce that, but frankly with only something like 3 million farmers in all of Japan, with an average age of 65...consider me skeptical.

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Posted in: Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a redesign? See in context

I don't see the issue. American coins are all kinds of confusing too, but there seems to be no problem once you spend the 30 seconds to familiarize yourself with them. (Coins being labeled "one cent", "five cents", "one dime", "quarter dollar" in addition to varied thicknesses and sizes)

Worst case it would a simple thing to make the 5 kanji into an actual 5 numeral on future coins, no?

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Posted in: Japanese high school students fail to meet English proficiency target See in context

@wtfjapan:

As a teacher, the problem is both in the management and the parents' expectations. I could spend 1/3 of my class time talking to the kids about their week, asking this and that about what video game they're playing or what band they're into, but if the management thinks its a waste of time..well, they pay my bills.

Similarly, the parents have these ridiculous goals along the lines of "I want my kid to pass Eiken Pre-2 in a year", yet only allow for 1 hour a month and no home support. It's like expecting to have a sexy body by only hitting the gym once a week or so.

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Posted in: Petition to boycott Netflix adaptation of 'Death Note' reaches Japan See in context

Don't really see what the deal is, as long as they make it their own. No problem with having the same plot or even characters.

..didn't see this reaction over the Magnificent 7 (aka 7 Samurai remake)

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