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Posted in: If you live in Japan, when you visited family or friends overseas (in pre-corona days), did you take your shoes off before entering their home, as you would in Japan? See in context

Taking off your shoes should be common sense in every country. I cannot comprehend people (mainly Americans) who go to bed with their shoes on.

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Posted in: School vice principal arrested after miniature camera found in women’s toilet See in context

Like no one would notice a camera in the toilet. This guy is so stupid.

You would be surprised with the amount of hidden camera porn in South Korea.

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Posted in: Japan, in pursuit of selfish interest, has illegally staked claim to nearly 700,000 square kilometers of jurisdictional waters based on the tiny reef. This undermines the overall interests of the international community. See in context

Does any other country have such a thing as an EEZ?

There are seven countries with a larger EEZ than Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to scrap extended-stay measure for foreigners at end of June See in context

So many people complaining about foreigners being "kicked out" when the whole point of the measure was to let them extend their visa.

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Posted in: Life in the shopping 'slow lane' helping aging Japan stay independent See in context

I would happily use the self-checkout when there's no cashier available. Conbini employees are busy enough as they are.

Not really. I often pay with my phone but I'm the one waiting for the cashier to set it all up - they usually have to press a million buttons and re-enter the price on a separate device before I can finally pay. And some stores only support PayPay which is slow to begin with.

Every store and restaurant where I use PayPay, it takes just one extra button. After scanning the bar code or QR code, the confirmation screen comes up in no more than three seconds.

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Posted in: S Korea to keep import ban on Japan seafood due to Fukushima concern See in context

If one of the Korean Olympic athletes can eat food from Fukushima, anyone can.

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Posted in: 'Old Enough:' Netflix show sparks global debate on parenting and child safety See in context

So many people complaining about Japanese men not being independent, as if it's not the same in other countries. I personally have acquaintances in the US whose college-aged children still live with them. One friend in South Korea has a son who is unemployed and spends all day playing LoL and Starcraft, hoping to get a career in e-sports.

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Posted in: Japan considering high-level dialogue with S Korea See in context

It is up to Japan and Japan alone to atone for it's barbaric WWII past and do so in a way that is viewed as unequivocally sincere. 

Japan has atoned for its war crimes. It is on South Korea to stop its anti-Japan antics and stop indoctrinating its children. The fact that South Korea has passed on its grudge for more than seventy years and view North Korea more favorably while countries like Taiwan have moved on and have a good relationship with Japan is abnormal.

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Posted in: Pregnant workers in Japan's controversial intern program face abuse See in context

Unlike Koreans, Japanese people are prideful and mostly xenophobic. 

Tell that to the English teachers in South Korea who were deported due to visa technicalities. Or the Yemeni refugees whom thousands of Koreans petitioned to deport.

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Posted in: Fujitsu develops new technology for mapping and analyzing space debris See in context

It's nice to have Japan finally be part of the space race. Good for them!

Somebody has never heard of JAXA.

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Posted in: S Korean World War II sex slavery victim seeks U.N. justice as time runs out See in context

Does this not make Korea a victim and Japan to be blamed????

Something that happened over eighty years ago is not a reason to teach your children to hate. Other countries like Taiwan have moved on from WWII. It's only South Korea and to a lesser extent China that still have a grudge against Japan.

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Posted in: Americans in Japanese prison for helping Ghosn escape seek to go home See in context

The western prison system is about rehabilitation while in Japan it's about punishment.

Western prison? In some European countries, sure. Definitely not in the U.S.

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Posted in: Ex-prosecutor Yoon elected South Korean president See in context

I'm afraid it's just going to be the Moon administration 2.0.

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Posted in: South Korea's presidential race puts misogyny in spotlight See in context

In other countries, minority ethnic groups and immigrants are targeted by would-be politicians, to gather the votes of the formerly adventageous groups tossed to the margins by neoliberal capitalism. In a more monocultural country such as Korea, women become the target.

Not just women, but also the LGBT. When Moon was running for president, he explicitly said on TV that he opposed homosexuality in response to another candidate who said that gay soldiers were weakening the country’s military. Not to mention Korea's "anti-pride parades".

In Japan, since there are so few foreign others within and women have never been given consideration, people in other nations are blamed.

South Korea has a similar number of foreigners, but that didn't stop the Park administration from raiding hagwons and deporting English teachers en masse, or over 700,000 people from signing a petition to deport Yemeni refugees in Jeju.

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Posted in: Taiwan lifts import ban on Japanese food linked to Fukushima disaster See in context

So much fearmongering here when Olympic athletes ate produce from Fukushima.

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Posted in: How has Japan changed for the better since you have been here and how has it changed for the worse? See in context

So many people complaining about Japanese people based on anecdotal evidence. I think the Japanese have gotten nicer over the past ten years, while in the US (especially LA), the youth have gotten more loud and obnoxious. But hey, that’s just from my experience.

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Posted in: Taiwan eases nuclear-accident food import ban from Japan See in context

If a Korean Olympic athlete can eat food from Fukushima, anyone can.

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Posted in: Elementary school principal arrested for filming up woman’s skirt See in context

Is there any other country where this sort of thing even occurs?

I guess you’ve never heard of South Korea’s hidden cam porn obsession. Incidentally, you can’t turn off the shutter sound on Korean smartphones, either.

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Posted in: Japanese publishers to sue U.S. firm over manga piracy See in context

Isn't it time to leave the comics behind once we graduate from grade school? Pursuing this hobby into adulthood is so immature.

I guess you don’t watch Marvel, since they were originally comics.

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Posted in: Trickle of residents return to Fukushima's last deserted town See in context

Would you eat food from Chernobyl area even now? No thanks.

If one of the Korean Olympic athletes can eat stuff from Fukushima, anyone can.

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Posted in: S Korea, Taiwan expected to top Japan in GDP per capita in 2027, 2028 See in context

Yeah, I am enjoying a very high standard of living in my 58 sqm apartment for a family of 5 in Adachi ward

one bath , one vanity and a living room that is a whooping 7 tatami and cannot take a sofa for 4 people with bedrooms that measure a whooping 4.5 tatami that is easily filled up by a semi double bed. I want to buy a dish washer but no place to place it because the 3 place gas cooker is so large it has taken much of the space. I can write a book about my high QOL.

That sounds a lot better than the three apartments I stayed in while I was in Seoul and Yongin. No bathtubs, not even a shower stall, just tiny square bathrooms with a shower nozzle. My toilet seat was drenched every time I showered.

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Posted in: Quiet reminder See in context

So many bitter people here who lack self-control.

Still, asking for silence on a subway train, a noisy subway train. Don't make me laugh.

Apparently you’ve never taken a train in any other country.

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Posted in: LA critics pick Japanese film ‘Drive My Car’ as year’s best See in context

So, don't be upset and jealous Japan has NEVER, EVER produced anything more mainstream than is as popular as the current wave of Korean products

Someone has never heard of Pokemon.

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Posted in: JR East, West to cut commuter services next year amid pandemic See in context

If that were true, the logical conclusion would be to have to no trains at all for the most benefit to their business.

Someone has never heard of diminishing marginal returns.

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Posted in: Kobe Illuminage See in context

So many people complaining about illumination when in the West, people spend hours decorating their houses in Christmas lights and light-up reindeers/Santas/elves.

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Posted in: Famous maid cafe will open its biggest flagship in Akihabara See in context

It seems everyone here knows nothing about maid cafes and is just making their own biased opinions. Maid cafes are like girl bars; regular customers go there just to talk to girls, except here, the target customers are of the otaku variety, and touching is strictly prohibited. The moe/kawaii schtick is targeted toward tourists who visit once, take a polaroid, and probably never come back.

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

It wouldn’t be a Korean election without some kind of anti-Japan propaganda.

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Posted in: Comiket will require proof of coronavirus vaccination or PCR test results for admission See in context

Good move. The performers should also provide proof of humour before selling tickets. Most of these routines aren't in the leat bit funny.

You should watch the performers before you judge them.

For that matter, you should know what Comiket is before you comment on it.

Hint: There are no performers.

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Posted in: What do you think about the way Halloween is celebrated in Japan? See in context

In Japan, people should know, at least, that Halloween is also known as All Saints’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day, and two days before All Souls’ Day.

A lot of people in the U.S. don’t know that either.

Why should an American festival be celebrated in Japan?

Halloween originated in Europe. Should the U.S. not celebrate it? For that matter, should they get rid of Santa Claus, who is based on the Dutch figure Sinterklaas?

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Posted in: Tokyo Disneyland holds first Halloween event in 2 years; admits more visitors See in context

So many people complaining about adults going to Disneyland when the winners of the Super Bowl go to Disney World almost every year.

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