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Posted in: Japan court rules in favor of Sri Lankans over rights to fair trial See in context

Another example of real omotenashi

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Posted in: Osaka man arrested for scalding toddler to death with hot water See in context

In May, the boy's mother consulted the local government in Settsu about Matsubara allegedly abusing the child, but the city's consultation center concluded the situation at the time did not require any protective measures for the child.

I guess these officials are all 公務員, who have huge financial and career privileges than the average salaryman?! Hope some heads will roll, but they will probably only reprimanded as it the usual procedure here.

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Posted in: 'Batman Ninja The Show' is Japan’s first Batman theater production See in context

Saw it on Netflix and enjoyed it.

A Batman show with real life actors on stage in Japan? Well, based on these pictures please count me out, unless you can provide me with anti-cringe pills.

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Posted in: Mother asks public for help in finding daughter missing since 2019 See in context

In the two years since Misaki disappeared, Tomoko has been on the receiving hand of hateful messages online.

what is wrong with social media? I guess modern people are so unhappy with their lives, that they have nothing better to do than insulting a grieving mother who is desperately looking for his daughter.

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Posted in: FIFA sets talks with soccer leaders on biennial World Cup See in context

FIFA argues biennial World Cups will give more players and teams the chance to compete in meaningful games, improve talent globally and raise more money to fuel development programs.

Let me translate into simple English:

“we try to make more money through sponsorship contracts and tv rights, because we have to raise the salary of our officials and a bigger bonus would also be nice.“

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Posted in: Woman arrested after body of newborn boy flushed down toilet See in context

Sweet Jesus, has she never heard of an abortion? There is never any scenario when this needs to happen. The woman is either mentally retarded or sick.

Obviously, it is a terrible and tragic story, but at this point there is barely any Information why she did it, if it was an unwanted pregnancy or - as the article mentioned - a stillborn. Keep that in mind before you recommend abortions out of the blue.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese dramas for studying Japanese See in context

Thanks for the list. I can definitely recommend dramas with Nagase Tomoya. His shows are usually very funny and he is a good actor. Ayase Haruka also has a couple of good shows.

However, most of the time I stay away from Japanese dramas. A lot of them are very cringey, have the same characters (eg. the stoic, intelligent ikemen) and it is just awkward seeing real life persons overacting like anime characters. There are even embarrassing rip offs from successful US-shows such as 24, Suits or Walking Dead.

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Posted in: 19-year-old woman arrested over theft of ¥13 mil watch on 'papa-katsu' date See in context

LOL. I can’t help but laugh when I think of these creepy salaryman who let the girl treat him like a living ATM so he can get a few compliments and feel attractive. The only thing that I consider more dasai is going to a hostess bar.

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Posted in: U.S. reality show 'The Activist' backtracks after uproar See in context

Mother Teresa was an activist for social causes but she got her fame by her actions and not by TV shows. And when I saw her funeral live via satellite, the attendees were of various religions - monotheistic and non.

Mother Teresa is one of those examples where due to mystification, unreflective media coverage and support from followers a symbol rather than an actual human being was created. Yes, she helped a lot of people, but if you actually read about her life and philosophy, you might come to the conclusions that she was a heartless Christian radical. She would let people suffer intentionally, because she would consider sickness and suffering as a pathway to get closer to god. Not to mention the hygienic situation in her hospitals and the question where all those millions of dollars went.

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Posted in: NTV employee arrested for groping woman on train See in context

If he did grope her, then he should be punished without any doubt. Chikan is still a big problem in Japan and these creeps must be taken into custody.

However, information about this particular case are not very concrete and it has not been ultimately proven that he did it intentionally. It is merely statement vs statement up until this point.

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Posted in: Japan's streetwear veteran Nigo takes over at Kenzo See in context

Young hypebeasts will go crazy for it. As a grown up man with interest in fashion, both Kenzo and A Bathing Ape are completely overrated. Kenzo design can be summarized as pretty much „Big letters and a tiger“ with average quality and Bathing Ape has some of the ugliest designs I have ever seen. Who wears those ugly overpriced shark hoodies with zipper?

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Posted in: Osaka immigration footage shows mistreatment of detained foreigner See in context

Not so good story for Gaijins. Do they ever support Japan truly other than complain about the Japan this and that?

Well, considering many gaijin in Japan are highly qualified, they assure that Japanese companies stay competitive and they also pay a lots of taxes, probably more than some Japanese. Those foreigners who don’t fall in that category keep the Japanese service industry alive and keep on smiling even when Mr. grumpy salaryman goes irate for waiting for a few seconds at the register.

If you talk about direct support of Japanese, my faculty in Germany had a lots of Japanese exchange students and we approached them positively to make friends with them and help them out. However, when we went to Japan on a year abroad we all were surprised that no Japanese students took the chance to approach us first. Of course, cultural differences, but it goes both ways.

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Posted in: Osaka immigration footage shows mistreatment of detained foreigner See in context

Japan loves to portray themselves as this kingdom of kindness which welcomes and supports foreigners with the best omotenashi imaginable. However, long-term foreign residents are aware of the dark side of this society. Discrimination, nationalism and feeling of superiority are often palpable in the interaction with us foreigners.

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Posted in: Japan to lift virus ban on re-entry of some foreign residents from Aug 5 See in context

No reason to praise the government. They have banned foreign residents from re-entry despite them having valid visas. That is not only discrimination, but also shows the real level of omotenashi towards foreigners. I can understand gaijin complaining about being treated like second degree residents here.

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Posted in: 'Watchmen' leads charge for Emmy nominations relevance See in context

I see. Thanks for the clarification and sorry. I misunderstood the intention of his post. I guess, I would even agree to that.

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Posted in: 'Watchmen' leads charge for Emmy nominations relevance See in context

I have not seen it, but in these unprecedented times, it doesn't matter if it is good, it has to win.

That you have to explain to me, because I don't get your criteria for evaluating a media. You have not seen it and therefore you can't really properly review it, but the quality doesn't matter to you anyway, because you sympathize with its political and social views and therefore it has to win regardless of its quality?! What kind of statement is that?

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Posted in: Gov't persists with 'Abenomask' giveaway, reigniting social media outcry See in context

These ugly masks arrived at my apartment around the time when every drug store sold them as usual.

Maybe they should focus on transacting the promised 100.000Yen. It has been almost seven weeks since I have applied, but still no sign of it.

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Posted in: Cancel culture takes the fun out of life, says comedian John Cleese See in context

Cancel culture pretty much translates to "I am too lazy to deal with other opinions or any social and historical context, which oposes my own world view, so please shut up and leave me alone."

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Posted in: Man arrested for spreading false Twitter rumors about five Japanese idol singers for revenge See in context

However, the Japanese entertainment industry routinely takes an extremely strict anti-drug stance, with studios and music companies quickly cutting ties with even A-list talent if they’re found to have been in possession of illegal substances, and often also purging the performer’s completed works from circulation

Japanese entertainment industry is another word for hypocrisy. Drug abuse, sex affairs, sexual and power harassment and corruption are common in that industry, yet when there is a scandal, they excommunicate the artists involved and act like they are the purest industry in the world.

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Posted in: Japan's Go To travel subsidy campaign kicks off See in context

First, the ugly Abe-masks that nobody wanted and arrived exactly at my place when you could buy masks at every drug store. Then, the promised 100.000 yen which take decades to be transfered to our accounts. Now, every day we are having significantly more new cases than before the state of emergency was declared. So the best the government can come up with is to launch a campaign that invites the virus to spread throughout the country. What a terrible resume for Abe.

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Posted in: Japanese summer holiday spending to hit record low due to virus: poll See in context

Still waiting for the promised 100000 Yen. It has been more than six weeks now since I have applied.

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Posted in: Japan's sports leagues seek entry of foreign players hit by travel ban See in context

Banning foreigners despite a valid visa for residency and the lack of coverage in media shows the true level of omotenashi towards gaijin in Japan. No wonder a lot of foreigners feel like second class citizens here.

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Posted in: Downloads of Japan's COVID-19 tracing app slow to 7.7 mil See in context

I installed the app. The concept is great, but unless all infected actually use it and have their results registered, it won't work as well as originally intended. the best way to protect yourself drom the virus are hand washing, social distance and masks, anyway.

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Posted in: Japan's governors want more areas cut from travel program as needed See in context

Considering the recent developments, the timing for this campaign is simply not adequate. Cancelling it entirely is too drastic, as economic revitalization is necessary. Excluding Tokyo is unjust, because residents will pay for something they will not benefit from.

Postponing for a few months is the only option that makes the most sense in my opinion. Priority should be given on anti-virus measures first, otherwise it will be a never ending circle of new infections and all its economic and social consequences.

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Posted in: 650 new coronavirus cases reported in Japan; 290 in Tokyo See in context

Without testing en-masse, without contextual reading, these daily numbers mean nothing.

Well, here is some context:

Japan 985 deaths,

USA 140,000 deaths,

here is some context:

There have no covid 19 deaths in Japan in three weeks.

In the USA 8000 in one day.

As we are talking about context, please elaborate what your point is. Nothing to worry about? Continue as usual? Life goes on?

Yes, the US has significantly more infections and mortality rate, but that does not mean that we should ignore the recent numbers. Moreover, why should the situation in a foreign country dictate the anti-virus measures in another? Germany for instance just reported four corona deaths yesterday. So should the Germans be happy that they have less deaths than the US? Realtivism is dangerous in this matter, as it leads to carelessness.

Keep on wearing masks, wash your hands and avoid clusters.

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Posted in: Paper made up quotes to defame Depp, actress tells UK libel trial See in context


I wasn't refering to individuals suffering from physical or emotional abuse, who finally couldn't take it anymore and snapped. I think we still have the moral double standard, where when a woman slaps a man in an argument, it is widely accepted that it was him who deserves it and if he complains, he should man up and just take it. Using violence to emphasize a point or outrage in an argument is despicable.

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Posted in: Paper made up quotes to defame Depp, actress tells UK libel trial See in context

Regardless of gender, if you start getting violent in an argument, then you are an abusive piece of trash. No tolerance for such a behaviour.

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Posted in: Divided Americans clash over mask wearing and schools reopening as coronavirus cases surge See in context

I don't understand why some people consider masks as a violation of their freedom and refuse to wear them. I mean, I couldn't care less when they and their family member end up getting the virus due to their selfish and stupid behaviour, but the problem is that they put others at risk as well. So wear masks to protect yourself and others.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic venues lined up, schedule remains the same See in context

As much as I want to see the Olympics, neither Japan nor other countries and regions will be able to control the virus until next year. Even if they manage to largely decrease infection numbers, an event as big as the Olympics is too much of a risk for another outbreak.

I feel sad for the Japanese, as they were really hyped up for the Olympics.

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Posted in: Abe faces backlash after Tokyo residents excluded from Go To travel campaign See in context

Basically, the logic here is that residents of Tokyo are paying with their taxes for a program, they are excluded from, but non-residents will benefit from. If they don't want to cancel, maybe postpone the campaign or at least introduce it step-by-step. For example, start with the least affected prefectures and then have bigger prefectures gradually join throughout the year or next year. Why is it all or nothing?

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