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Posted in: Asian soccer champions facing match-fixing ban See in context

Again? Didn't something like this happen 5 years ago?

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Posted in: No. of births in Japan in 2016 likely to be below 1 mil for first time See in context

Interestingly the fertility rate is the highest it's been in the last 20 years.

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Posted in: Company president, employee beaten and robbed in Tokyo See in context

Sounds like an inside job. There are security cameras all over the place so I hope they catch them soon.

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Posted in: Do you enjoy spending Christmas in Japan? See in context

I enjoy spending Christmas with my family and my family lives in Japan, so "yes." How enjoyable Christmas is depends on who you are with and how much you want to enjoy it.

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Posted in: Piko Taro dances with candy, beetles, lemons and Japanese idols in new versions of 'PPAP' See in context

I find it funny that Japanese people will tell you quite proudly that this is popular "all over the world". without any sign of embarrassment.

I know. It's like Gannum Style 2.0

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Posted in: Man arrested on suspicion of pushing woman off platform at Osaka train station See in context

Wish I could've been there to place the perp in a choke-hold until the cops got there.

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Posted in: Woman cut by blade on train in Tokyo See in context

Always be alert during your commutes.

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Posted in: Japanese kindergarten teaches students pre-war ideals See in context

Sounds dangerous.

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Posted in: Trump singers See in context

Poor girls ...

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Posted in: Hanyu leads as he bids for 4th straight Grand Prix Final win See in context

I feel as though I'm watching a 12-year old, whereas others like Fernandez and Chan are like men.

Well yes, he is baby-faced and has a boyish figure and the other 2 you mentioned are actually a few years older than him, but I doubt you'd feel that way if you had seen him skate last night. He quite literally "rocked" it.

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Posted in: New 'Love Dance' takes Japan by storm, thanks to a Japanese drama and a handsome J-Pop star See in context

Cute drama, catchy song, but I was most surprised by the fact that Hoshino Gen can act.

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Posted in: Court upholds deportation order for Thai teenager born and raised in Japan See in context

I'm sure he'd make an outstanding citizen.

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Posted in: Nissan's Armada SUV returns with upgraded engine, look See in context

"... and a more horsepower than ever" "... is so loaded with ..." "There’s a bit more torque, too" "... produces a soft ride with some bounciness ..."

Who wrote this, a high school student?

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Posted in: More awards for Japanese star pitcher-batter Otani See in context

I don't think Otani would be the dual threat he is now if it hadn't been for the head coach of the Fighters. I hope he continues being a modern day young Babe Ruth even when he goes over to the states.

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Posted in: Anti-Park protesters march in Seoul for 5th straight week See in context

It's over for Paku. It's scandal after scandal. The government is corrupt. Why doesn't she resign?

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Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive See in context

How about reducing the cost of public transportation and making it more readily available?

I don't know about other prefectures, but in Tokyo you can get a "Silver Pass" for a 1000 yen per year if you are elderly and not earning money. It includes Toei subway lines, Toden, Toei Bus, etc. If you're making money you can still get it for 20,000 yen a year, which is less than 2000 yen per month. A regular Toei Bus monthly pass is 9000 yen.

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Posted in: My girlfriend told me, if this is all I make, we can’t get married, we can’t have children. Honestly, it was pretty shocking to think about. See in context

over 40% of the working population can only find crap part time and contract jobs

Yes, and over 80% of said jobs are held by women.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks currently on the market? See in context

Cheese tara.

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Posted in: Some women find escape from poverty in sex trade See in context

Aly, I think you need to understand that it is 1.2 million per person. A family of 4 with a stay at home wife would need the dad to be making around 5 million a year to stay above the poverty line. As for the single mother in the article, she needs to be making 2.4 million, or 200,000 yen a month.

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Posted in: Samsung to offer digital assistant service in Galaxy S8 See in context

After their cell phone and washing machine scandals, I think samsung should just worry about making products that don't explode.

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Posted in: In your experience, how easy or difficult is it for a foreign resident to obtain a credit card in Japan? See in context

Easy if you earn over 5 million yen a year.

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Posted in: Dodgers down Nationals in wild series finale See in context

Meanwhile Kershaw's postseason struggles (jinx?) continue. His ERA in the regular season was 1.69 but it's a whopping 5.84 in the postseason. His WHIP is also an alarming 1.46, about double his regular season numbers.

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Posted in: How do you think Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike is doing so far? See in context

Doing twice the work for half the salary is my impression.

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Posted in: The purpose is not to reduce my salary, but to express my determination and commitment to reform the government. The move would apply only to me, as an exception. See in context

Wasn't a fan when she was running, but I'm starting to like her.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd unveils new high-speed ship against Japanese whalers See in context

Hold on, let me get the popcorn.

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Posted in: Ad agency Dentsu admits to overcharging more than 100 domestic clients See in context

Chance for Hakuhodo

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Posted in: What do you think of the various foreigners who appear on Japanese TV? Do any of them make you cringe? Are there any whom you think do a good job? See in context

I like Robert Campbell and Robert Feldman. "Bobby" Ologun may be cringe-worthy, but he's probably laughing all the way to the bank.

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Posted in: Daihatsu targets new light car at single women See in context

There will be no shortage of customers as most women are single, divorced or separated in Japan.

Facts disagree with you. 62% of women 30 to 39 are married.

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Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide See in context

There are a lot of public gyms in Tokyo names " sports center" " kenko (health) plaza" or whatnot. Some of them are as cheap as 200 yen per 2 or 3 hour session. Since I can only go once a week tops, these are much more economical. Some of them provide a fairly large free weight area with plenty of options.

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