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Posted in: Japanese girls go sexier in their fashion styles See in context

What the hell is a 'Lingerie concierge'? I know that unusual jobs and courses in Japan that give you a license are rife, but this takes the cake ...

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Posted in: Yakuza 'misunderstood' by foreign media See in context

I'm not sure what the reporter from Shukan Jutswa is smoking, but the claim that “Whenever American economic or financial interests head overseas, it is the CIA that draws the lines,” had me rolling on the floor laughing. I await the claim that the Yakuza are an important cultural asset that needs to be protected. I suggest that anyone interested in actually learning about the Yakuza reads Kaplan and Dubro's book on them. Scary stuff!

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Posted in: Business booming for Tokyo's plastic surgeons See in context

The current reliance on botox is scary. Just look at Nicole Kidman, supposedly a regular user, whose face no seems to be expressionless. I would also be worried in Japan as to how regulated the industry is ... if at all.

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

Two things bother me about the word. First, a lot of Japanese only apply it to 'Whites', using other terms to distinguish Africans, Asians and so on. Second, they use it when travelling outside of Japan to talk about the locals. The word's not racist, but the mindset of some Japanese is.

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Posted in: Between the Constitution and Kimigayo See in context

GrouchyGaijin, I have to agree with you. The continuing influence of the "Black Van Men" on Japanese politics harkens back to the bad old days pre-WWII and people like Toyama Mitsuru and Uchida Ryohei. Wakamiya's book looks like it is one that should be required reading, both within Japan and abroad.

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Posted in: The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts See in context

Ho hum ... when Japan was 'No. 1' there was a slew of books about Japanese martial arts secrets and how Western businessmen could learn how to do business in Japan by reading them. Now China is the next 'big thing' and once again we get books about martial arts as a way to do business.

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Posted in: Mobile commerce company cells fashion, image to gadget-loving Japanese women See in context

Argh! The Curse of Japanese Cute! I also can't see Titty Co selling too much outside Japan ...

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