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Posted in: Documentary focuses on man behind a cruelly bizarre 1990s Japanese reality show See in context

This article makes is sound as if this were a one-off show. It was actually part of the Denpa Shonen series, which were all wacky and often cruel to the contestants. I remember a guy who was stuck in a box on wheels and would have to ask passersby to push him up the road, as he couldn't get out and walk.

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Posted in: Yen sinks to 34-year low past 160 per dollar See in context

David BrentApr. 29  03:37 pm JST

I'm glad this doesn't affect me. I live and work in Japan, and earn yen. I have no plans for foreign travel.

Do you eat? Japan imports over 60 percent of its food. The lower value of the yen means imported food will cost more.

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Posted in: Japan launches ride-hailing services in Tokyo; other areas to follow See in context

Welcome to 2009, Japan.

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Posted in: Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success See in context

There are already several films about the bombing from the perspective of Japanese people. A film called simply Hiroshima, Black Rain (not the Michael Douglas movie) and Children of the Bomb come to mind.

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Posted in: Osaka Prefecture eyes collecting fixed fee for inbound tourists from 2025 See in context

They should charge 20 bucks to everyone who takes a photo in front of that Glico sign.

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Posted in: Japanese teacher beats up student for making fun of his body by calling him anime character name See in context

Psycho. Throw this person in jail for child abuse.

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Posted in: 3 foreign-born residents sue over racial profiling by Japanese police See in context

For those saying there are no rules against it, the law on police duties prohibits the police from questioning anyone who is not suspicious. Looking foreign is not grounds for suspicion. The police stopping these people even once is illegal.

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Posted in: Japan's ever-faithful dog Hachiko turns 100 See in context

You can also see the real Hachiko at the natural history museum in Ueno. He was taxidermically preserved.

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Posted in: 1st shipment of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau arrives in Japan See in context

All the really high-end French reds go to China. Japan gets this ripple. That is telling.

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Posted in: Parents arrested for shoplifting by stashing items in baby stroller See in context

Lego theft is a big thing in Europe. Not only are the sets valuable, but they can be separated and all the parts sold separately, often for a higher total than the set, meaning they are impossible to trace. Also, a recent economics study found that Lego sets appreciate in value faster than gold.

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Posted in: Novelist Murakami hosts Japanese ghost story reading ahead of Nobel Prize announcements See in context

It's that time of year again. The Japanese media will create a lot of buzz and he will not win again. A few years ago, a Japanese lit professor was on TV saying that he knew that Murakami had been shortlisted at least 3 times, even though the nomination process is sealed for 50 years.

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Posted in: Japan gov't panel proposes introducing joint custody after divorce See in context

Japan considers boldly stepping into the 19th century.

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Posted in: In Japan, which bans dual custody, a table tennis star refuses to hand back her son to her ex See in context

The government doesn't seem to care about issues until a celebrity is involved, so hopefully this will get the ball rolling.

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Posted in: Nissan plans $663 million investment in Renault's EV unit; says profit leapt in April-June See in context

And they threw Ghosn under the EV bus because he wanted to merge the two companies.

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Posted in: Kyoto wants to add extra charges for tourists to use city buses See in context

Will this apply to Japanese tourist from other parts of Japan? It is not hard to guess the answer to that one.

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Posted in: Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade celebrates advances in LGBTQ rights See in context

Circumstances in each country are different.

This is the old "Japan is a completely unique country so other countries can't tell us what to do" excuse. But the circumstances are not really different. There are gay couples who want to get married. They fought for that in other countries and in Japan they are still fighting for it.

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Posted in: Musk says owning Twitter 'painful' but needed to be done See in context

Probably more painful for the people he fired with not notice, then didn't pay the severance pay that he said would make it all OK.

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Posted in: Kishida says ban on same-sex marriage not discrimination See in context

Saying that Japan does not currently allow same-sex marriage is stating a fact. Claiming that this is not discriminatory is Orwellian double-speak. If prohibiting some people from doing something while allowing others to do it is not discrimination, then what is?

Also, good job saying this right before Japan hosts the G7.

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Posted in: Kishida says ban on same-sex marriage not discrimination See in context

Allowing some people to do something while not allowing other people to do that same thing is the definition of discrimination.

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Posted in: Fight terrorism See in context

What is the woman meant to represent? Is she a terrorist? Or a person concerned about terrorism? Or is she a police officer?

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Dentsu in widening Tokyo Olympic probe See in context

Or is this just a show to give the impression that the government is tough on Denstsu, while allowing the company to do whatever it likes?

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Posted in: Japanese Justice Minister Hanashi dismissed over execution comments See in context

This is a welcome change from yesterday, when Kishida said he had no intention of letting him resign. What this arrogant jerk doesn't understand is that when he signs a execution order, he is doing it in the name of the Japanese public, a portion of which is against the death penalty, and a larger portion thinks it is nothing to joke about.

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan urgently needs to strengthen its military See in context

But Japan doesn't have a "military".

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Posted in: Ready to roll in Mexico See in context

Is he old enough to drive?

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Posted in: Japan's sperm donation law spurs controversy See in context

It does cause harm to the child. Imagine how a kid would be treated if other kids found out they had "two mommy's".

This was the logic behind banning people of different racial backgrounds from marrying in 1950s America.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral cost ¥1.2 bil, less than ¥1.66 bil initial estimate, gov't says See in context

Hollywood accounting! They are moving some of the expenses over to other events or budgets in a desperate attempt to win back public approval. Too late, guys.

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Posted in: Japan's total COVID cases top 20 mil since start of pandemic See in context

Don't forget that if people pay for their own test and then test positive, it does not go into the official count. That ups the number. The 20 million are only the people approved for testing by the hokenjo who tested positive and early in the pandemic, many people who wanted to be tested were refused because they did not have a high enough fever. The real figure is probably much higher.

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Posted in: Cost of Abe's state funeral rises to ¥1.6 billion See in context

Let the LDP pay for it.

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Posted in: 3-year-old girl dies after being left in bus for 5 hours See in context

The same thing happened to a boy last summer. You would think that one tragedy would make teachers more careful.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral to cost ¥250 million See in context

He was disdainful of the constitution and democracy and displayed a poor understanding of the financial circumstances of the average resident of Japan. Yet we have to pay for his funeral. His family or his political party have more than enough money to pay for this.

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