Considering the number of hours they study English through junior high school and high school, their speaking ability is not as well as it should be (or they expect it to be). I think many students know that too. The way they teach English in Japanese public schools is not practical. I don't think everything has to be practical, but at some point the teachers should focus on writing and speaking more, and in most Japanese schools, all they do is memorize words and grammatical rules. I know many Japanese that do well on tests, but can only speak very little English.
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Who taught women to expect something from men? Don't expect anything from men...anything! It will only make you feel miserable. If by chance your man gave you something on a "special" occasion, then your're super lucky. No no no.., love is not give and take. Love is give and give, because you love the person, right?
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@Strangerland I guess so... what about waitresses in countries outside Japan. Some waitresses are hired by female managers. Maybe similar to that. Japanese corporations need waitresses in their office. That will keep a lot of men in the company happy, thus beneficial for the company. So I don't think its a matter of male manager or female manager.
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@Strangerland Like it or not, tea serving women in big companies is one of Japanese customs. Some women even think, I get paid to serve tea and make copies of documents. So lucky I have such an easy job! Many Japanese women are not as aggressive as women in Western countries.
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"Women in Japan dominate men totally." Yeah, in usual daily life situation. But not in unusual disastrous situation. Women are physically weaker than men (obviously) and both men and women need to accept that. I think so many people are misunderstanding "gender equality" that it's even more unequal these days.
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@100CPM "It appears that so many Japanese people have become so dissatisfied, that they too would like to kill or die, or get locked up." I hope I understood what you meant here. I guess you're right in some respects since Japanese, in general, seem to be very quiet and polite people, could turn into some outrageous monsters by mere chance. Maybe better these days, but a few decades ago some Japanese people especially men were quite hot-tempered (like my grandpa!).
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I agree with uniden. Too much pc these days. It's pretty difficult to draw the line, though this commercial is acceptable and fun to me.
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Horrible incident. The convict is an impatient, self-centered, immature loser.
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War is old people telling young people to kill one another. I feel very very fortunate to live in Japan at this time of period. The least I can do is to listen to stories like Saotome's and remember the past.
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First of all, congratulations to Ms. Osakabe. Dispite having such an offensive boss, her action was couragious and cool-headed. Second, this "matahara" issue is about stable vs. unstable. Companies want people who can provide stable workforce, and women who are trying to have a baby, or who just gave a birth to a baby are not very reliable in general. Therefore, companies should change the employment of women who are planning to have a baby in less than a year, from full time worker to part time worker. In order to make this happen, women need to be honest. I can imagine this is very difficult, but we all need to understand each other more, and cooperate so that everyone can do what they want/have to do.
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My friend went to Motley Crew (rock band) concert in Tokyo last month, and as it is said in this article, there were no photos/videos signs everywhere. But one of the band members told the audience to just ignore that and he allowed everyone to take photos/videos. So the audience did, and the security guys could not do anything about it. My friend said that was the most exciting part of the concert. I usually don't take any photos/videos anywhere in order to fully enjoy the atmosphere at that moment. But for some people, taking photos/videos is a big part of the fun event, so I guess they can allow the audience to do so.
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Nonsense. I don't think anyone who doesn't follow the rules in the society that they belong in can say anything reasonable. Bunch of rule breakers... Many of you choose to live in Japan because you like it better than your own country, right? I would appreciate it if you would follow our rules, or at least don't be proud of not following the rules.
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I look at the facts, I hear both opinions, and no, I'm not ashamed to be Japanese. Unfortunately, Ms. Park seems to dislike Japan quite a bit. She has only done things to worsen diplomatic relations between the two countries over the past 2 years. I would be ashamed if I were Ms. Park for taking such irrisponsible actions. But at the same time Japanese and Koreans think differently, so I am in no position to judge anyone.
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This type of news gives me a headache. It's like my friend is still angry about what happened a long time ago, which I thought I had already apologized for. In such case, I just assume that this friend may have some issue on his/her own, and I may not have much to do with that.
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Sadly, this type of crime occurs time to time. I would like to ask the people around the murdered boy, "Didn't you notice any signs from Ryota that he is suffering and needs help?" Some of them might say, "Well he said he's OK." Of course he doesn't want to admit that he's suffering. Under this kind of circumstance, I think it is OK for people to be more nosey and try to find out what is really happening, before something really tragic happens.
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I was surprised when the father of one of the suspects first made a comment in public, saying "I feel sorry for the murdered child, but my son did not do it." I'm sure the father did not want to believe what his son has done, but if I had committed the same crime, my parents would beat the hell out of me and send me wherever. I know that's not the right thing to do, but the father... I hope he feels sorry for the murdered child at least a little.
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