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Posted in: Ethics textbook change causes widespread constroversy See in context

“Bread is also an excellent culture in Japan.”

Well, I kind of have to disagree with that when I think of the thick, purely white loafs of nutritionless "bread" that are everywhere.

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Posted in: Suspect may have dumped Vietnamese girl's body before daybreak See in context

The evidence is pretty damning, you have to agree.

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Posted in: Toshiba's survival in doubt after reporting unaudited results See in context

Literally a day or two ago the Japanese government was urging people to invest in Toshiba.

The company is beset by scandals and troubles on every side - CLEARLY in no position to keep going - and yet the government is urging people to invest in them. Is this real life?

How much more stubborn can you get? How desperate are they to attempt the obviously foolish, simply in the name of propping up a famous Japanese company simply because it's Japanese? Just let the company die already!

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for stealing 5 mil yen from 89-year-old man See in context

Ahhhhh, J-cops. What would we do without them.

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Posted in: Another arrest warrant served on ex-NHK reporter over 3rd rape See in context

How the hell is this rapist allowed to walk free and commit more rapes, even after they have him on the books for 2 already? WTF Japan?

Is this like that story about the rapist from last week who was let off because the judge decided "It's OK, he showed remorse"?!

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Posted in: Abe rejects calls for minister to quit over Fukushima evacuee comments See in context

For those who missed the video of it in action:


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Posted in: Scandal-hit Moritomo Gakuen sued over unpaid construction costs See in context

Brilliant photo.

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Posted in: Elderly woman's body found in freezer with lid closed, power turned on See in context

Imagine being the cop and the woman, and deciding "hey, let's look inside the freez.....oh....well here she is"

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Posted in: American man arrested for assaulting taxi driver, refusing to pay fare See in context

He clearly read the numerous articles that crop up now and again about Japanese people doing exactly the same thing, only this time the "I was drunk and don't remember" excuse won't get him off the hook.

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Posted in: Decluttering guru Kondo now has an app for tidying up See in context

I've been in a number of homes in Japan, and seen inside many more on (Japanese) TV, and almost invariably they are beyond cluttered. The first couple of times I saw it I was shocked and thought it was just this particular person - are they a hoarder? But no, it soon became a recurring theme. I understand that space is limited, but it goes beyond that; there's crap piled everywhere, crap on top of crap, junk in between the crap, you can barely move in some places without almost knocking over a tower of decades-old junk.

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Posted in: Abe's support dives in wake of school scandal: online poll See in context

As much as we all probably hope this does affect him, we all know it won't.

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Posted in: Koike to launch comfortable commute movement this summer See in context

But...but this would make sense!!

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Posted in: Chiba zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes See in context

First monkeys, next zainichi

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Posted in: Admit women or lose Olympic golf, IOC tells club See in context

As always it has to be outside pressure to effect any meaningful change and force the oyaji dinosaurs to grudgingly realise it's 2017.

LOL, I couldn't have said it better myself

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Posted in: Housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords See in context

One of the issues is that some Japanese folk, especially older ones, seem to think that 'gay' or LGBT (just lump them all together as 'gay', because I guarantee you the term LGBT and it's meanings will absolutely confound these poor people) are these wild, flamboyant and outrageous, possibly even dangerous, stereotypes. You can hear them comment sometimes that "there are no gay people in Japan", and part of the reason is that they are imagining them to be the extreme version of the stereotype. They can't fathom that such people are actually entirely normal people. It's 2017, get with the times....wait, yeah, Japan.

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Posted in: APA hotel chain under fire over book denying Rape of Nanking See in context

“We have no intention of withdrawing the book from our guestrooms even if we receive criticisms from those with different viewpoints,” it said. “Japan guarantees freedom of speech, and no one-sided pressure should be allowed to cause a retraction of a statement.”

In a statement on its website, APA also reiterated its position that there is no documentary proof 300,000 people were massacred in the Rape of Nanking.

Absolutely disgusting.

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Posted in: Ex-husband of singer Noriko Sakai arrested again for drug possession See in context

So-called “dangerous drug”

Lol, cracks me up every time

@Sherman Why does he not just move to Holland? Japanese can work and live there freely without a visa and every drug known to mankind is available in coffee shops and elsewhere. Twat.

Because, Gaikoku is abunai.

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Posted in: Japanese news program criticized for translating Lady Gaga’s protest message as 'I hate Trump' See in context

Jesus that's an abysmal translation. I'd say that they can't possibly so dumb as to genuinely believe that's how it should be translated and that they were doing it on purpose, but then again, we are talking about Japanese people dealing with Eng-Jap translation here...

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Posted in: Car driven by 83-year-old woman hits, kills man and woman See in context

「まあ、しょうがないね。。」will probably be the common internal response to this.

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Posted in: Japanese parents afraid of stranger danger ban on saying hello in their condos See in context

And deeper down the anti-social hole you go, Japan.

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Posted in: DNA links man to stabbing of woman at Yokohama Station in 2009 See in context

The excuse usually given for randomly stabbing and murdering someone you don't know (pre-meditated, as you can see in this article) is often "I was irritated".


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Posted in: Panel head says Tokyo 2020 organizers not cooperating to reduce costs See in context

Is anyone surprised in the slightest?

Not only are the bureacrats running the show comparable to a bunch of elementary school kids in suits, but also, of course they don't want to co-operate to reduce costs. It would mean fewer kickbacks for all the amakudari oyaji that have ties in the construction companies.

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Posted in: Japan wary over Philippine leader's policy, manners in front of emperor See in context

I, for one, sincerely hope he DOES chew gum or other apparently "bad manners in Japan" things in front of the Emperor, just to see the reaction of horror from Japanese officials. That would make some excellent entertainment.

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Posted in: Espresso yourself! Japan perks up to 'sexy' coffee See in context

This is great and all, but bugger me if I can actually find a goddamn espresso machine at so-called コーヒー専門店 in Japan, let alone at your average restaurant/cafe. Using a basic percolator and making basic pot coffee does not equal proper good coffee, but apparently that's all any shop (apart from Starbucks?) seems to do.

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

It certainly looks as if the Japanese press instead of just telling the truth that this restaurant was being bad, is instead making excuses for the restaurant for some reason. Like I said, it only got Japanese press attention after this story went viral in Korea, and the Japanese press decided to get involved to do damage control. They only decide to concentrate on the wasabi story, and totally left out the accusations of racial slurs, jokes, and rude behaviors thrown at Korean customers. Totally missing in the Japanese news stories.

This makes me so angry, that yet again the Japanese media 1) is being completely biased, 2) actually omitting very important information and trying to make it seem a non-issue.

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Posted in: Man arrested for slashing jogger, assaulting 3 women in Aichi See in context

I'm glad nobody was seriously injured, because that makes me feel less bad about laughing about this. Especially the last part about a dude trying to stop him "by throwing a bicycle at him".

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Posted in: Panel urges Olympic venue changes as 2020 Games costs likely to top Y3 tril See in context

When it won the Games, Tokyo said they would bring in economic benefits of 3 trillion yen and create 150,000 jobs.

Of course they did. Liars.

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Posted in: Gov't to import 4,000 tons of butter to ease shortage See in context

Incredible that such a thing needs to occur, and that once wasn't enough to make them pull their heads out of their behinds.

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Posted in: Kyoto accidentally calls all old people 'terrible drivers' See in context

LETS! Terrible translation.

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Posted in: Canadian YouTuber explains why she quit working on Japanese TV See in context

Not one of my try-hard-to-speak-Japanese bits was shown. Everything was dubbed over in comical Japanese. A Japanese friend who watched the program said they made me sound like a "country hick", probably because they thought my antipodean accent sounded like someone from the Ozarks. I recall a big "Ehhhhhhh!" in the show was the focus on me cooking (peeling potatoes & carrots actually) and washing / drying dishes, took over 2mins of the 10mins.

It's incredible really. You've given them this wonderful opportunity, and instead they turn around and try to force you back into the box they've painted for themselves by editing and doctoring to fit their narrative.


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