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Posted in: Tom Hanks blends in with diners at restaurant in Tokyo See in context

This would've been surreal. In any other country, just as surreal of course, but in Japan, even more so, given that they react like this and go "ARA....YOU ARE TOM HANKS?" etc to other random, barely-similar foreigners. This time though it'd be "holy shit....it actually IS tom hanks!". I would've loved to see this happen first hand.

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Posted in: JR East driver reprimanded for urinating from train at station See in context

I wonder if he also pointed at the target location while doing it as a show of safety?

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Posted in: Actress Mika Mifune files property division suit following divorce from rocker Joji Takahashi See in context

Mika Mifune, 34, and Joji Takahashi, 58. Takahashi first met Mifune when she was 13 years old and married her on her 16th birthday.

Am I reading this right? This dirty old geezer met her when she was 13 and he was 37?! And married her the moment he could, only a few years later? Jesus Christ...

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy falls to death from 9th-floor balcony See in context

I've said this time and time again, but if I had a dollar for everytime I've read an article literally identical to this, I'd be a rich, if somewhat depressed man.

Seriously, why does this keep happening? Can somebody please tell me? If this happened more than a couple of times in any other country, there would soon be measures taken to stem it, at the very least some kind of PSA. I have read articles about this exact thing happening almost monthly, for several years now. HOW does it keep happening?

You'd think, given the desperate need for more children, that the Japanese would be extremely careful about these things being allowed to happen, given the paranoid level to which they obsess over/try to ensure 'safety' in other areas.

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

The walls of gyms in Japan are plastered with rules, many of which you will frequently see Japanese people flagrantly breaking. You, however, as a foreigner, will be under extra scrutiny

Hah, my time at Konami Sports Centre was like this. Numerous (Japanese) people didn't wear the designated slippers when going to/from the locker room, so the one day that I did it (a few metres behind an ojisan who was still wearing his gym shoes) I got literally SCREAMED AT by some 40year old oyaji. "Kutsu nuge ya! Koko ha NIPPON DAYO" or something insane. He of course followed it up by going and telling the staff like a good little J-kokumin. Thanks, buddy.

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Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner See in context

Over the years, though, I've come to find most of it unbearable. There are the leering jiji being "hilarious" while doing things traditionally associated with young girls here like painting their nails and doing purikura. Haha, except for the sexist overtones. The leering jiji creepily interacting with AKB members, that genderless-kei kid on every single show sqealing YADA when jiji mock him, the time the hilarity involved locking effeminate gay men and transgender women in a shed and then telling them they were going to be exploded with TNT to see if they would drop their "act" and respond in a masculine way as the timer ran out on them (NONE DID, in case you're curious) and the one the other day where they showed an overweight guy with health troubles and every fact in his case was responded to with a resoundingly loud "EHHHHH?!" from the talent on stage and the audience. Then the profusion of Sanma and Sanma-related shows, the exact same music cues used in every single show, the constant use of the "rule of 3s" when something ostensibly hilarious happens and it's repeated exactly three times for three times the fun. And about eighty million hours of programing a day involving people walking around dull places and going to dull restaurants and having dull conversations while exclaming, "Oishi!" and "Umai!" at every dish they're served.

LOL, amazingly spot on

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Posted in: Japanese satellite made 'surprise' find before failure See in context

The breathtaking discovery was that Perseus is the only galaxy that has four seasons.

LOL

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Posted in: Man arrested for placing condom full of semen in high school girl’s bag See in context

And who said romance was dead.

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Posted in: High school student murders 42-year-old woman, dumps body in Ibaraki river See in context

But I thought Japan was a 'safety country' and Japanese were the nicest most honest people in the world?!? Maybe the boy was a secret Korean - that'll explain it.

Sarcasm aside, I'm really not at all surprised by these murders anymore. I'm really not. I look at the headline and go "Yup, that's Japan". The crime figures are arguably lower in other countries, but it's the sheer lunacy and depravity of the crimes committed here that is unbelievable. And the argument "it's just one or two bad cookies" doesn't cut it when you have so many that you can actually identifying trends like this (or trends with perverted police, for that matter).

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Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima See in context

IF he apologizes (which would be absurd) he should phrase it as "Regrettable"

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Posted in: Almost half of Japanese people hide when doorbell rings: survey See in context

I was left flabbergasted when I moved to Japan and called in sick to work one day. My supervisor and her boss came around later in the day to 'check' on me, they knocked on the door but I didn't answer as I had literally just got out of the shower and was butt naked. Next thing I notice is the door handle opening, and they're just letting themselves into my house, I was like "WTF?!" It's not 1800's Meiji era-Japan anymore guys, get the hell out of here.

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Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream See in context

Unfortunately I doubt Japan will learn from this.

The fact they still 'want Australia to explain themselves' despite the reasons being obvious to any reader of this article, says it all.

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Posted in: Plans for daycare center scrapped after residents complain of possible noise See in context

The organization suggested installing sound-proof windows and other means to block noise from the facility, but none of the suggestions were accepted.

Wonderful, how stubborn of them.

So there was a massive hoo-ha a few weeks ago about working mothers and the lack of childcare availability, and how this was forcing mothers out of work and essentially ruining the economy, the population levels, and the country as a (distant) result. Hear hear, everyone agrees, Abe steps up and promises more facilities etc.

And then you see articles like this (yet again) and can't help but be amazed. I'm sorry, I thought Japanese people (or so they always tell you) are the most selfless, kindest, most warm-hearted people on Earth? But they don't want a childcare facility in their area because it's noisy - and somehow all the other noisy shit that's somehow allowed (political trucks, 2nd-hand goods trucks, goddamn yaki-imo trucks) is tolerated just fine?

Japan will be it's own downfall.

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Posted in: 6-year-old girl falls to death from 43rd floor balcony in Osaka See in context

My feelings of sadness for the little are almost over-ridden by how angry I am that this sh!t keeps happening. Little kids falling from windows/balconies/rooftops - seriously it happens probably once a month or more in Japan, if the constant articles are anything to go by. Seriously, what the Christ?

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Posted in: 4 candidates for 2020 Olympic logo See in context

These people have no idea what they're doing.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for strangling 11-year-old son to death See in context

I don't even raise my eyebrows anymore, everytime an almost identical article of this nature appears.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl dies after being hit by car driven by father See in context

It's incredibly sad but yet again I find myself having to be the negative nancy by saying that carbon copies of this sort of article/accident aren't few and far between in Japan. I wonder if the parents just waltz around life in a daze, sometimes.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics boss denies image problem amid corruption probe See in context

"Back in Tokyo, a comedy of errors"

About sums it all up, in most cases even :P

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Posted in: Can 'nekonomics' save Japan’s economy? See in context

No, I'm afraid 'nekonomics' can't save Japan unfortunately.

Though rather interesting was this quote:

. In Japan the tendency is to rely on breeders – who, she says, easily forget that they’re dealing with living creatures, not mere merchandise. It’s something would-be cat owners should at least be aware of.

Very on-point quote. Pet shops are disgusting, with animals in tiny plastic boxes in blinding white flourescent light, the zoos are no better (concrete enclosures, void of plants, maybe some dirt if they're lucky), and the obscene practice of Japanese to buy cute little puppies, then summarily dump them once they either grow past the 'kawaii' stage and/or they realize they're living, breathing, urinating creatures, and not fashion accessories to be toted around in their handbags.

Even more appalling is that the response to this is to have roving, mobile gas-trucks, where unwanted cats/dogs are stuffed into boxes before being gassed. Why do they do this in moving trucks, you ask? Because prefectural residents "don't want that kind of business happening in our neighbourhood". Doing it in a moving truck 'technically' avoids that, apparently. No compassion or thought spared for the reason it needs to happen, just another disgusting example of "I don't care about the problem, so long as I don't have to see/hear about it how it's dealt with - and preferably not in my backyard"

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Posted in: Sakai city launches initiative to cover up adult magazines at convenience stores See in context

It's 2016, only a few decades too late (and even then, only a tentative plan, and only in one city!). And people around the world wonder Japan is so deviously sexually perverted...

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Posted in: Man sues solar panel plant over glare, heat from reflection See in context

What's everyone's take on this? Is the guy another 'claimer', or does he have a valid point? I'm erring towards his side.

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Posted in: Japan’s 1st ’paternity leave’ lawmaker resigns over extramarital affair See in context

Japan's government and more specifically the muppets that work there make a complete laughing stock of the country, the amount of ridiculous scandals like this....

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy found dead in apparent suicide at home See in context

The Sendai City Board of Education said it is investigating to see if the boy was being bullied at school.

I'm sure this will be very efficient and produce great results.

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Posted in: China arrests 4th Japanese over spying See in context

Japanese spies? lol, I'd love to see the bumbling baffoons try (on an international level). It'd be like Mr. Bean.

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Posted in: Abe asked to comment on SMAP in Diet See in context

Is this real life?

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Posted in: IOC asks for transcripts suggesting 2020 Olympic bid bribery See in context

I thought it was common knowledge that Japan bribes small African countries for votes in support of whaling and the Olympics.

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Posted in: Health ministry says flu season has officially begun See in context

"Officially" begun, lol. How Japanese.

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Posted in: Sushi chef kicks woman out of restaurant for asking him to hold the rice; manga author approves See in context

Just like the time I went to KFC and asked them to hold the slice of tomato in my burger. They teeth-sucked and 'ano....'ed for a while before calling the manager who gave me a stern talking to and said this would be a once-off. Jesus.

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Posted in: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo receives bomb threat See in context

According to police, a man speaking rudimentary Japanese

Oh god, here we go...

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Posted in: Teacher slaps, headbutts 12-year-old student in Ehime See in context

Not only does seemingly nobody think this is a big enough deal to really do anything about (except the parents of the child that got beaten), but you can also see how this will begin again anew the cycle of bullying within the student.

Japan!

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