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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I wonder if he also pointed at the target location while doing it as a show of safety?
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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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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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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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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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The breathtaking discovery was that Perseus is the only galaxy that has four seasons.
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And who said romance was dead.
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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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IF he apologizes (which would be absurd) he should phrase it as "Regrettable"
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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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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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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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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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I don't even raise my eyebrows anymore, everytime an almost identical article of this nature appears.
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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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"Back in Tokyo, a comedy of errors"
About sums it all up, in most cases even :P
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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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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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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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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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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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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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"Officially" begun, lol. How Japanese.
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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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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.
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