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Posted in: Lawson opens 1st avatar-staffed convenience store in Tokyo See in context

I bet this is really slow, with redundant confirmation steps.

I use the self-checkout at my local Family Mart all the time. It takes two taps of the touch screen. It's very convenient at lunch time, when there are lines of people.

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Posted in: Win or lose: Japanese fans tidy up at World Cup See in context

As I suspected, this is not some spontaneous act on the part of fans/players. It’s organized by the JFA/government of Japan. Like having Abe come out dressed as Mario, it’s all part of a soft power PR image campaign.

I doubt very strongly that the Japanese team spontaneously decided to make paper cranes and lay them out neatly for the cleaning staff to find. It was scripted.

They did it because they're courteous. I don't know why so many people commenting here never learned that in elementary school.

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Posted in: The work involved in carrying dishes to tables is of no value to customers, so robots can do the work instead. See in context

In nearly all (all?) other countries, customers expect and enjoy friendly and casual interaction with restaurant staff, discussing the weather, sports, etc. 

I never had servers like that in Florida. I'll take the ones in Japan over them any day.

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Posted in: Tidy fans See in context

I don't get all the complaints about Japan being dirty. There's way less garbage than my home in Florida, that's for sure. Tourist spots like Dotonbori and Shibuya can get filthy, but the workers can do an amazing job of cleaning them in the morning.

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Posted in: Japanese players put German friendships in deep freeze for World Cup opener See in context

Terrible result. Boooooooooo

Poor sportsmanship.

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Posted in: Why do you think South Korean movies, such as "Squid Game" and Parasite," for example, are achieving greater success and recognition abroad than Japanese films? See in context

The story is no better than some Japanese anime. The only reason they're popular is because of the rabid Koreaboos shoving them in everyone's face and spamming social media.

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Posted in: Over 80% of university seniors in Japan secure job offers See in context

That's true in my home in Florida. Also the fact that a lot of seniors get a job unrelated to their major.

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Posted in: Married man arrested over murder of pregnant girlfriend See in context

Japan is becoming a boilerplate about to explode.

All this crime raise is not a coincidence.

Watch your back.

So many people paranoid because there are two or three stories a day. We'd be lucky to get only that much back in Florida:

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Posted in: Tokyo marks record 9th day of temperatures above 35 C See in context

It's better than what we had back in Florida, even with the humidity.

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Posted in: 100-Yen shops caught in an inflationary wringer See in context

In Japan its ok to play footsie with the truth. 

Take the izakaya chains that claim 1000 or 1500 yen nomihodai AND THEN charge you a seating charge, otoshi charge, AND INSIST that you order at least 2 dishes per person for the nomihodai to work. So you actually end up paying DOUBLE or more for the nomihodai than its advertised

Faulty advertising should be a crime, BUT it is legal in Japan.

If you think that counts as a crime, business owners in America would be going to jail left and right.

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Posted in: Married couple convicted for forcing single mother into prostitution See in context

I don't think it's any more endemic than anywhere else, but they just pretend it's not, and often call it something else, and blame it on others.

A lot of people don't know that paid sex is legal in America if it's filmed, in which case it's protected as a form of art. In Singapore, even with the crackdowns on prostitution, you can still find hookers sitting on the sidewalks of Geylang.

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

Sounds interesting. I used to walk home from school back when I lived in the Florida suburbs. It was just a few blocks, and I never had a problem. When I moved to Miami, I always had to look out for traffic, homeless people, and anyone else who was fishy.

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Posted in: Are you planning any trips to or from Japan over the next few months? If yes, do you understand what anti-coronavirus measures you may have to take beforehand? See in context

Not planning trips to any country which hasn't abolished the death penalty yet, thank you.

Guess you won't fly to America then.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea exchange protests over World Heritage nomination See in context

This is a typical example of stereotype. Covid showed the real image of japan and japanese system, rights, x3nophobia and all. I think there lot more thing that needs to get exposed.

Complaining about stereotypes and stereotyping in the same comment. Sad.

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Posted in: Man arrested over ex-girlfriend’s murder See in context

Wow! The second such incident today.

We’d be lucky to have only two back in Florida.

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Posted in: Record 88% of Japanese 'feel friendly' toward U.S.: survey See in context

Amazing how people just can get their heads around the fact that Japan and many other countries have positive thoughts and feelings about America. Amazing.

I don’t have a lot of positive feelings about America. And I’m from Florida.

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Posted in: 1,000 women take part in New Year archery event See in context

Very positive article. I’m surprised this was the top story for a while before the missile one.

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Posted in: 3 stabbed at University of Tokyo ahead of entrance exams See in context

Is anyone else disturbed by how much violent crime goes on here? Every other day there is a story about some horrific event, some of which would even make America revile in disgust. Japan may be spared by the lack of guns and related violence caused by them, but there is no shortage of mental illness, anger, and violence brewing under the surface.

You think a few articles a day in the crime section for the whole country is a lot? We get more than that in just Florida.

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Posted in: Gus works See in context

I used to see lots of signs like this back home in Florida.

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