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Posted in: Japanese reality show 'Terrace House' cast member dies See in context

... and maybe, just maybe, it was staged by the producers as well.

Absolutely scenarios are set up. These shows have writers. The actors are told to be hyper versions of themselves. But just like wrestling, the storylines may be contrived, but the consequences can be deadly.

Tech companies and their social media platforms doesn't care about humanity. They just unleash social drug after social drug. If you're a user of Insta, FB, Twitter etc, then you got a choice to make - get off them or continue supporting the real enemies of society. Any excuse why you can't get off them is BS.

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Posted in: Major Japanese cities quiet after state of emergency declared See in context

Rome is burning and Nero is fiddling and Nero is not just Abe, it's all Japanese.

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Posted in: 7-year-old girl killed after car rear-ended in 5-vehicle pile-up See in context

DaDudeToday  06:14 pm JST

You act like everyone could afford to have a standard vehicle. Do you realize how much more gas, tax and the service check costs compared to a kei car?

That's not true. You can get a 2nd hand car for less than 500,000 yen that is far safer than a new Kei Car.

In Osaka you see mothers driving their children around quite often without a seatbelt on. You also see plenty of mothers driving with a mobile phone in their hand and a seatbeltless child in the back.

Honestly, Japan doesn't care about the safety of its children in cars. Plenty of ways Japan is great in terms of safety but this certainly isn't one of them. And it's such a simple thing that is easy to fix.

I asked a mother once why she didn't make her child put on a seatbelt. The answer? Because the child doesn't like it... Says it all really.

I'm not saying this little girl wasn't wearing a seatbelt either. We don't know. I hope she was for the sake of the grieving parents.

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

I can't believe all the love for cash. I barely carry any cash with me anymore and it's purely for emergencies. If a place doesn't offer cashless I won't shop there. It's fantastic to have a slim wallet without any coins in it. It's also a lot safer not carrying around 5-30,000yen in one's wallet/purse as is standard in this country.

But not all cashless payments are equal.

The Good...

CCs are great for accruing points and getting free flights.

Apple Watch using cashless payments is insanely convenient. It can be used for purchases and also a Suica card can be put on it so no need to pull anything out of your pocket when getting on any train or bus.

The Not So Good

PayPay is a PITA. It works but it's not very convenient which is one of the points of a cashless system.

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Posted in: S Korean opposition party submits bill to settle wartime labor dispute with Japan See in context

South Korea are deluded and it's kind of sneaky to continue to ask for money after it has already been settled twice. You can't keep moving the boundaries and expect the other team to just play along.

As an outsider to this dispute I look at it as both countries (but mainly SK) being small, petty and childish.

It's good that SKs have stopped coming to Japan in droves. Means far fewer tourists on the streets and while some tourists is a great thing, Japan has sold its soul for the dollar with tourism. It's ruining cities. And let's face it, trickle down is BS. they money is going into the coffers of the government and a select group of companies who pay pretty average wages.

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Posted in: 27% of municipalities concerned over surge in foreign visitors in Japan: survey See in context

I hope more places limit tourism. It's destroying the soul of the cities it infests. Not just in Japan but all over the world. Less is more.

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Posted in: Feminist scholar calls Japan's gender problem 'human disaster' See in context

One night, my wife (before she was my wife) got a call and said she had to go home. I was puzzled and ask if something was wrong. She said it was her brother calling and he told her the rubbish needed organising and preparing for collection the next morning. I was quite surprised and told her to just call him back and tell him he can do it himself. But she went home and did it. About a week later her family went on a trip back to their hometown. My wife was happy because she didn't need to drive so she could drink at the family reunion while the brother couldn't because he had to drive. That was his job. I think you'll actually find many Japanese women are quite happy with the way things work in Japan. Obviously not the ones in relationships involving DV or abuse, but many aren't looking to be Company presidents or the like. The problem is for the ones who do want to do that there definitely needs to be some fairness in the pathways.

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Posted in: Japan Post Bank to cap int'l transfers to counter money laundering See in context

If you have been wiring money internationally via your bank from before a certain date, you still don't need to give your "my number" when sending money overseas. The banks will try and tell you that you need to, but depending on your situation you don't need to... yet.

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Posted in: Canadian English teacher filmed hitting 2-year-old child at daycare facility See in context

It's obvious this guy has been doing the job too long and hates the job. What middle aged man wants to be teaching 2-4 years old on a daily basis? He's lost his cool, lashed out in quite a forceful way at a child who seems to be naughty. Doesn't excuse the adults actions though. In fact lashing out at 2 years old is beyond acceptable.

As for him hitting the kids often, I'd say the kindergarten may tolerate this behaviour, otherwise how could he continue to get away with it?

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Posted in: Number of foreign visitors to Japan in January-April tops 10 million See in context

I hate the number of tourists in Japan. The county can't handle this many people and it ruins the cities and places the hordes of tourists visit. I've got nothing against manageable tourism, but when it's this pervasive, it's absolutely nothing more than a massive grab for cash by the government and some large corporations. It's sad to see every major city losing it's soul to tourism. The very things people are coming to see is being washed away by tourism.

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Posted in: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run in Saitama See in context

Riders in the country place their lives at risk every single minute of every single day.

-listening to music when they ride. -not using their lights at night. -riding in the middle of the road at night.

-pulling out onto roads without even looking. - crossing roads between traffic and generally disobeying the road rules and putting themselves at risk.

Drivers in this country place other people's lives at risk every single minute of every single day.

-using mobile phones when they drive. -not indicating. -running red lights constantly. -not stopping at stop signs. -watching TV when they drive! -reading manga when they drive!!

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Posted in: Southwest passenger trolled for livestreaming stricken flight See in context

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Get rid of them. It's actually a really good way to judge somebody in my opinion. Use 2 or 3 of them constantly? Then you've more than likely got mental issues.

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Posted in: Deputy minister resigns over Okinawa gaffe See in context

The comments are insensitive and foolish even though they were technically correct. But, I think the US military presence in Okinawa hasn't just been a negative one (the rapes and other major crimes have been inexcusable). It has added to the culture and made Okinawa feel quite unique. The amount of interesting restaurants there is reason enough to visit the main island. Those restaurants have only come about because of the large US population situated there. Many of the great restaurants there are run by former military personnel who now call Okinawa their home. It's shameful that Okinawans were never given the chance to decide what would happen with their islands, but we can't change the past at this point.

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Posted in: Australia's women players to be paid for test matches under new deal See in context

Equal pay in sports debate is a complicated beast.

(FOR) If you pay women more then more women will be attracted to a traditional male sport professionally and thus the female version will become more exciting to watch due to better athletes being involved.

(FOR) The popularity of a sport doesn't need to be based on who is the best, fastest etc. It's about the competition. College football is extremely popular in the USA, but it's not the top level.

(AGAINST) Sport is based on popularity. The more people who watch it, the more money goes into it. Trying to artificially manipulate it won't work in the long run.

(AGAINST) Many people want to watch the top level of sport. Unfortunately most traditional male sports like rugby, cricket etc, aren't conducive to women being able to match their male counterparts due to biology. For example, the fastest female cricket bowler is around 115-125 kph. Compare that with the fastest man who is around 150-160 kph. It's like riding a roller coaster at ¾ speed.

In Melbourne, they introduced a female AFL league. It is very popular. 20,000 to a game. Thing is, entry is free and Melbournians will watch paint dry in a stadium if given the chance. They are an incredible population of live sports watching people. The aim would be for it to gain traction in the minds of the public and then slowly introduce payment at the gate and build from there. To get a young generation of people interested so in the future they will watch it on TV and then advertising dollars can support it at a professional level.

The player of the tournament last year was previously a man who had a sex change operation and got her testosterone levels down to the required levels. A lot of the female born players were very unhappy about it. Said it was an uneven playing field.

How about female tennis? Shorter games, less advertising and fewer people watching on TV, yet the same amount of prize money. Is this okay or is it wrong?

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Posted in: Cash-loving Japanese savers opt to play it safe See in context

The real reason people are buying safes is MY NUMBER. From next year the Govt. will force people to hand over their bank info and a lot of Japanese are freaking out about it.

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Posted in: 89-year-old man arrested for assaulting 'noisy' children See in context

Well done to this old geezer. The kids were probably playing were they weren't supposed to. Parents in this country rarely tell their kids to be quiet and think about those around them or stop them from doing what they want. Especially if it's a boy. That doesn't mean kids won't be noisy... they are kids..., but at least trying to educate them on such things is important. The amount of times I've had to tell kids to stop their anti-social behaviour in front of the parents is astounding. The parents just stand there and watch little Taro be a little brat. So this bloke is my new Hero!

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Posted in: Oscar diversity campaign may take time but Chris Rock will still host See in context

lostrune2JAN. 26, 2016 - 04:58PM JST Foreign movies don't stand a chance in the Oscars since there's not enough foreign-minded people in the voting people - everyone's so ethnocentric

Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not, but whatever... The Academy Awards have a foreign movie category - an award for the best foreign movie of the year. Because, and this is the important part, this is an award show for American movies.

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Posted in: Rugby chief apologizes for half-empty stadium at Top League opener See in context

By the way, what does "sold around 20,000 tickets for the fixture" mean? What is "the fixture"?

It's just another word for the game/match.

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Posted in: Sam Smith to sing title song for James Bond film 'SPECTRE' See in context

The feminisation of Bond continues. Can we just stop calling it James Bond and call it something else..?

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Posted in: Muslim man accidentally served bacon while being detained at immigration center See in context

cleoSEP. 01, 2015 - 02:56PM JST More like asking not to have something you find disgusting or dirty. Like a plate with sticky fingerprints on it. Or a glass with someone else's lipstick on it. Or stewed cockroach.

Just because somebody believes that pork is dirty, doesn't mean they are right and doesn't mean they should be respected for it. I find it hard to respect anybody who watches reality TV or any of those cooking shows like Master Chef.

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Posted in: Police investigate online prank video taken in supermarket See in context

The long fingernails is a dead giveaway for an creepy otaku or mentally unstable Japanese male. Hey, I'm generalising, but I've seen it so often that it's more than just random.

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Posted in: Man sues women's university over rejection See in context

KagemushaDEC. 01, 2014 - 08:28AM "If it was simply some misogynist trying to prove a point then that's a problem."

Why would he be a misogynist for trying to prove a point? Why would you assume that if he were trying to prove a point that he would also hate women? I don't get it. Wouldn't you naturally assume he was trying to highlight the natural bias that exists in this institution? Or perhaps men are the enemy no matter what, hey?

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Posted in: Police say schoolgirl made up story about being attacked See in context

It could be strict parents, an over fertile imagination or it could just be that like many children, she is telling a lie. Children lie because it's easy and they can't understand the full consequences of the lie. They don't understand that something like this can have massive repercussions in the adult world.

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Posted in: Halloween revelers turn Shibuya into garbage dump See in context

So what? You should be allowed to act like a pig just because YOU want to have some fun? Selfish behaviour of this generation. Take your trash with you. IS that so hard? Better yet. take a bag with you and put it all in the one bag at the end of the night. I've been going out for years and never once needed to throw things on the ground. This is a pathetically poor excuse just to act like a pig.

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Posted in: Biker assaulted by iron bar-wielding Nara innkeeper See in context

DaDudeOCT. 14, 2014 - 09:25AM JST "Noise pollution is not illegal in Japan which it should be."

Not quite. It is after 10 or 11pm at night.

ironmonkeyzOCT. 14, 2014 - 10:55AM JST "Bosozoku are another reason I'm glad I no longer live in a country which doesn't allow its citizens to arm themselves."

What a joke. Japan is statistically the safest country in the world.

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Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music See in context

hokkaidoguy wrote in reply to KnobbyRoads:

"What? Pandora is back on????

Dear Pandora Visitor,

We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints... blah, blah, blah, not available in Japan. dammit. Should I even bother to check spottily?"

Hey buddy, what's up with the snarky reply? You're missing the point. Pandora not here in Japan? Doesn't matter. Point is, Japanese don't use a streaming music service. And besides, Netflix is massively popular in Australia even though they don't offer a service there. Ever heard of a VPN? Perhaps you need to get with the times...

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Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music See in context

Yes, it's all to do with voting here in Japan. But... that's otaku, what about casual music listeners and in particular, teenagers? Do they use spotify? Pandora? No and No. Do they Download via torrent? Ha! No way! They are not that net savvy. What do they do? They either watch youtube or use an app like "clip box" on their phones to rip it to their phones and listen to it that way.

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Posted in: 3-month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault See in context

5petalsJUL. 30, 2014 - 06:32PM JST

No, males get it too, if not worse.

I think in any country, if you stand out you become sort of sh*t magnet.

I experience things on a daily basis here; a vent from a Japanese who would otherwise hold his tounge in the company of his countrymen, a dirty eye,and avoidance, an obfusacation of events, situational ethics, occasional shove or push etc. .I dont think its a healthy thing, because for the body it takes its toil. I found my own ways of dealing with it, and it never involves denying or apologising. Haha… Settle petal. Nah. No way. It works both ways. Sure it can be uncomfortable sometimes, but the benefits are great in Japan. Gotta take the good with the small amounts of bad. I think you are projecting a little. Maybe your personality or general atmosphere is causing these things to happen way more often than they should. Maybe you need to seriously think about leave Japan for your own health.

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Posted in: Kidnap suspect said he threatened to kill girl unless she got into his car See in context

Freak. What a big man he is to kidnap a little girl. Castrate the mongrel and then we'll see how much of a man he is.

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Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine See in context


If this is legit and it's being reported as such in online newspapers, then it says exactly who did it and why.

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