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Posted in: Cafe de Nature: A little taste of France in Aoyama See in context

Cafe Nature or Cafe de la Nature Never trust a bistro pretending to be french with a misspelled french name (by the way, same applies abroad for Japanese Restaurant with broken names )

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Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids See in context

So I my kid, being born to my beautiful Hafu wife, is a quarter, should it mean that people will argue that he/she would better be called a quadruple ?

Words are not important, it is the meaning that you stick to them that is.

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Posted in: Which do you think is Japan's most attractive city? See in context

Kobe & Yokohama, with honorable mention to Kanazawa

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Posted in: I don't want people to get the wrong idea (and think) that I'm an IS supporter, because I hope to continue covering the issue. See in context

You took pictures with them carrying their weapons... If you are not one of their supporters, at least we can admit that you are NOT a journalist, as you let down your ethics. Many real journalists have been murdered or executed by IS, in Syria, in Iraq, in France, did you forgot ?

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Posted in: Sony Music apologizes for Japanese group's Nazi-like outfits See in context

Lots of ignorance on this thread. You shouldn't have slipped History classes, this might be useful.

YES, those hats and uniforms are similar to the ones wore by Nazis that burnt, raped, killed most of Europe. I suggest Mr Akimoto and ISIS/DAESH-theme next time. Huge potential

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Posted in: In your experience, how easy or difficult is it for a foreign resident to obtain a credit card in Japan? See in context

Credit Cards from banks seem still difficult to obtain for some, but from the Credit Cards Agencies like SMBC-Card (especially when it is Airlines Mileage-linked like ANA, JAL...), it has never been a problem. Got mine after 6 months in Japan on my first application, with no Japanese family nor permanent residence.

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Posted in: What do you think of streaming providers Hulu and Netflix? Do you watch their content? See in context

I wish Netflix Japan add more subtitles to its content, English for the JP students learning the language, Japanese on JP movies for foreign students, and even for me when I am watching a Spanish or German movie.. I don;t understand, it's in their catalog on overseas Netflix channels, should be easy to do it. Anyway, overall content is good, price is worth any NHK payment

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Posted in: It's time for Europe to stop holding referendums See in context

Yeah, what's next ? Ditch Democracy and general elections... ? The Economist is an increasingly nasty newspaper

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Posted in: Go for 2020 Street See in context

Yes indeed, in 4 years it will be great, but the road to 2020 will be long and painful. Even during Rio 2016, all what newscasters were talking about was Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo... I hope they keep a bit of focus on the three main and real issues of Today: Fukushima, Birthrate and the Elderly but I'm losing faith...

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Posted in: FA hopeful of fielding British soccer team for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Usually the U-23 teams + 3 extra players (like Neymar did for Brazil in Rio) are sent to the Olympics so this is not a real problem conflicting with Euros. The issue would be much more the level of a British team. Except of course if you take the N-Ireland players to reinforce the pitiful English team to raise the level.

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Posted in: Half-Indian elephant trainer crowned Miss Japan See in context

I am amazed that being "hafu" is still an issue in 2016's Japan. They are everywhere today: in media, modelling, entertainment, shoshas, combinis... wherever you go, name it..

And they are getting married as well, and are having children. Those complaining about "mixed race", "half-breed", "hafu" (or whatever stupid label you want to stick on them) have no idea of what is already happening and coming next, with a full generation of "quarters" that will shake furthermore the idea of pure race..

Congratulations Miss Yoshikawa, you are beautiful and paving the way to our children

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Posted in: Back to the past See in context

Stuck in the past

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Posted in: Bradley Cooper develops HBO miniseries about rise of ISIS militant group See in context

And how a bunch a high-ranking militaries thrown out of the Iraqi army after the US-UK invasion eventually joined forces with Al-Qaeda fighters...

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Posted in: Why do media put so much pressure on athletes to win gold at Olympics, for example, Japan with its judoka, South Korea (speedskating), Australia (swimming), Brazil (soccer), and so on, and then treat See in context

Because nobody told Japan what was the initial spirit of the Modern Games, as stated by Pierre de Coubertin :

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."

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Posted in: Getting stopped by police in Japan – how often does it happen (and why?) See in context

Over 11 years, I have been stopped twice, but within 10 minutes. It was during the old days when Narita was a fortress. Once immediately after the ID check out the train, and a second one in the Departures Lobby. I raised my concerns to the 2nd officer, who politely excused himself and we both went on with our day.

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Posted in: No. of children on waiting list for nurseries in Tokyo tops 8,000 See in context

Considering the amount of taxes we pay in Setagaya, a little effort would be appreciated.

If the Tokyo voters wouldn't have to recast votes every 2 or less years for failing Governors, the money could be put in such urgent matters... Or maybe the Setagaya mayor secretly hopes that the birthrate tops 0.00 to -not do- anything...

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Posted in: Recent rise in yen extremely worrying, says Aso See in context

Aso and Abe still in charge is what really worrying me...

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Posted in: Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan See in context

It was a good measure until it became almost mandatory... If METI says, you must obey

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro under fire after baby stroller gets caught in train doors See in context

Unbelievable... As a rider of the Hanzomon for 10 years, I hope she is simply suspended and thrown into a ticketing office. She has no excuses whatsoever

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Posted in: Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan See in context

This seems to be really the beginning of the end for the Abenomics, as chinese tourists; shopping was one of the last steady thing bringing growth... If this starts to fall as well....

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Posted in: In race for 2024 Summer Olympics, losing is winning See in context

If firmly committed to the idea of cutting costs, Los Angeles would seem the most prudent choice.

But in terms of environmental footprint would it ? Unless everybody drives in Tesla-made buses or tramways by 2024. What's lacking in LA is probably group transportation, especially compared to Paris. But it has also lots of good points. It will be one or the other, and an interesting race. May the best win

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Posted in: New novel on 3/11 disaster explores optimism amid despair See in context

"biracial" ? Even though I do not like the word "half", I find "biracial" equally offensive.

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd struggling to find Japan's whaling fleet See in context

I wish a giant whale would eat both the outlaws (the Japanese fleet) and the pirates (Sea Shepherd) in a nice Moby Dick-style move, never to be heard again.

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Posted in: Do you think the names of minors convicted of violent crimes should be reported by the media? See in context

Yes from 18 at least. In many countries you are considered as an adult for crimes from the age of 16, and judged as a minor under. And before 18, how about withholding the name and just keep it like Taro, 16 ?

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Posted in: Kondo is back with more tidying advice in 'Spark Joy' See in context

I am using her method now, and started by throwing her books away. Now I feel relieved.

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Posted in: Ahead of Holocaust day, Netanyahu warns of European anti-semitism See in context

Nethanyahu himself plays with fears. Long gone are the days of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat, when there was still hope...

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Posted in: Group urges changing Buddhist temple mark on maps to avoid Nazi connotations See in context

"Someone might complain so we change things" What a stupid idea and wrong approach to diversity. as it always is such case.... I doubt that temples will remove the symbols from their offices as well...

How about something marvelous called " Education" ? You know, teach, learn, understand different thing, raise curiosity

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd warns Japan against resuming whaling See in context

I oppose the false research alibi and the whaling lie of the J-Government. And I also oppose the violent quasi-military style of Sea Shepherd which owns no legal authority and has lost all moral authority when they attacked ships at sea with acts of piracy.

Time to boost moderate but deliberate opposition to both.

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Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for 2020 Olympics See in context

I would suggest having soap in public restrooms, and paper or dryer to dry your hands, both for practical and disease prevention reasons.. (first example being Narita or the Shinkansen ...) I could add that not every tourist walks around with its own handkerchief.

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Posted in: France has big night at International Emmys, with 3 wins See in context

I invite you to watch Spiral. It was aired in the UK from the start. The 1st season starts slowly, but from the second it's brilliant and breath-taking.The storytelling approach differs a little bit from US dramas, more realistic and less black & white between the good guys and the bad guys.

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