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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

I know far too many women, single, who literally HATE going home to attend "family gatherings" like OBon or New Year's because invariably Mom, or Grandma, or some other member of the family, usually another woman, and also men too, will ask "When are you getting married?" "When will we see our Grandkids" and they make them feel like guano and make them feel like they aren't "serving their purpose" in the world or "not doing their job" by not having children.

That happens all the time in the West, too.

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Posted in: Man assaults woman, steals her underwear in Sapporo See in context

Porn socializes young boys to develop into perverted creeps like this.

Lots of boys watch porn and end up fine.

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Posted in: Many Japanese outside major urban areas do not engage with foreigners: survey See in context

As someone who lives in the Japanese countryside, I can say that most Japanese here do not engage much with other Japanese.

There is no way you can live in a town with a small population without seeing the same people every day and engaging with them.

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Posted in: 3 Philadelphia officers injured in shooting after dispute about video game; suspect dead See in context

Where do you think this all comes from? The VIDEO GAMES !

Exactly what game were they PLAYING?!

Lots of people play video games and don't go shooting other people.

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Posted in: Japanese universities climb rankings in Times global survey See in context

Language alone is a big challenge.

One needs to study and be good in Japanese before actual schooling.

All the other universities probably use English

There are plenty of programs in Japan that are in English.

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Posted in: Memes win U.S. fans for 'Oppenheimer' but raise eyebrows in Japan See in context

It hasn't been banned.

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Posted in: Good sports See in context

Most people (in the countries I'm familiar with at least) take their rubbish with them as they get up and leave. I'd say 90% do that. It's the 10% (mostly teenagers) that willfully or unintentionally leave it behind.

I have never seen a country where 90% of people picked up their own trash. Either you don't know anything about any country or you're trolling.

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

*lived in

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Posted in: Japanese high school kids average 12% correct answers in English oral test See in context

The level of English in South Korea is excellent.

I thought so too relative to Japan but I've only been to Seoul.

I've lived Seoul, Yongin, and Daejeon. Their English level is more or less the same as in Japan. I've met Korean university students who supposedly went to international schools and had very bad English.

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Posted in: Is 88 million the magic number for Japan’s population? See in context

Get a train out of London at 10pm and most of the passengers have been in the pub and are having a great time. Get a train out of Tokyo at 10pm and most of the passengers are barely able to stand (and most are standing) from sheer exhaustion.

I've lived in both London and Tokyo. Those are both terrible generalizations.

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Posted in: Companies hold in-person welcome ceremonies for new employees See in context

I never understood why Japan does this "once-per-year" hiring nonsense. Why not just recruit year round when a position is available, like the rest of the world.

They do hire year round.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Licca-chan, 'Japan's Barbie,' casts spell over grown-ups See in context

I've seen dolls with wigs and impressive handmade clothes modeled after anime characters. It's a craft, just like gunpla or cosplay.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Japanese makers of Tropicana fined ¥19 million for '100% Melon' juice with only 2% melon juice See in context

Any one tired drinking orange juice in Japan? 

It tastes like medicine even the ones that say is 100% no difference! I wander what crazy substances they use. I tried once I almost vomited, I stay away since then! They should be all investigated but it will never happen…

I've tried several brands in Japan, from the local conbini, Shizuoka, Ehime, and Gamagori. None of them are like what you described.

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Posted in: South Korea plans fund to compensate World War II forced labor victims See in context

Japan should apologise annually forever, just like Germany does. How can it hurt to show remorse if it is genuine?

No country should do that. Moving on is part of the restoration process after every war. Without it, you have countries like South Korea and China passing their grudges onto their children and trying to exploit their victim status.

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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.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

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.

3 ( +22 / -19 )

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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