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Posted in: SMAP members say they will remain together See in context

Dang it...knew it was too good to be true...

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking woman down, stealing her bag See in context

Dear Japan: Mental Health Care, NOW.

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Posted in: Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey dead at 67 See in context

Man, that totally sucks. Been a bad week for entertainer deaths. I was was totally going to think it was Cancer he suffered from. R.I.P. Glenn.

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Posted in: No. of suicides in Japan drops below 25,000 for first time in 18 years See in context

A step in the right direction if it really continues to drop, but Japan needs to address mental health here badly.

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Posted in: 5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan See in context

Hampton, that was the most well written piece of advice I believe I've ever seen in a reply thread. You spoke volumes there, brother!

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Posted in: 5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan See in context

Perspective really might be the key. I remember before I came here I used to read a website called Lets Japan. At the time, I was shocked over some of the comments on daily life posted there. "How could they dislike it so much?" I thought. Of course, now terms like Naked Theft and NYSINYD (Now You See It, Now You Don't) have entered into my lexicon. :-)

A good rule of thumb, I believe, is just this: If it was cool before but now it's just totally starting to suck, then it might be time to move along. If you have more to contribute/ learn from, hang in there.

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Posted in: 5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan See in context

Problem is when I dumb down, its an act, and feel worse and not my true self. any advice?

Alcohol. ;-)

All kidding aside, I've heard trying to have a hobby or interest and focusing on that can help. But that seems more like a band-aid on the problem.

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Posted in: 5 life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan See in context

Some good replies to this article. Made me think about the various stages of the experience. I agree it's easy to fall into a rut here. Especially with all the demands on your time--and the lack of any flexibility at all.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' becomes highest grossing U.S. domestic movie ever See in context

It was a great film. Might just be enough to erase the sting of the prequels from memory. Made going back to the movies fun again.

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Posted in: Madonna's Singapore concert is for adults only See in context

One thing is for sure, I'm not going to shell out hard earned hundreds of dollars / yen just to see some nearly 60 year old woman thrash about onstage because she's 15 in her own mind. That, would be...over the Borderline.

;-)

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Posted in: 15-year-old boy dies after being hit by Nagoya subway train See in context

Because it's a dirty word associated with a huge problem the Japanese like to pretend doesn't exist.

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Posted in: Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person? See in context

To be sure, I became a greener person by walking/riding a bike everywhere and using mass transit. And my diet got a hell of a lot better. There are good things to take away from this country/ culture.

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Posted in: Madonna's Singapore concert is for adults only See in context

yawn *

A struggle to remain relevant.

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Posted in: Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person? See in context

That was quite well written sighclops. I don't think I could have expressed it any better as I feel the exact same way. I know most foreigners probably get to this point living here--where the pointless rituals and monopolization of personal time grind you down.

I've tried for the last few years to recapture that original wonder and excitement about living here...but damn it if Abe and Japan Inc. haven't done their level best to drive it out of me.

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Posted in: Traffic deaths See in context

Yeah, you beat me to the punch with that comment about kids not being restrained in seats in cars here. I remember the first time I saw a 3 or 4 year old standing on the passenger seat so he could see out while his idiot mother almost rear ended the car in front of her--I was totally shocked.

Now, of course, that's old hat. Especially when I started driving here did I really witness the absolute stupidity that passes for driving here. To be sure, there's a fair amount of this going on back home, but given how asine and difficult the driving test was to get the JP license, you would think that people would exhibit some of the manners/rules they pretended to know and follow whilst applying.

Some examples:

Reading while driving Eating while driving Watching stupid J-tv while driving Using the g-dam smartphone while driving And that all-time hit maker: "It's not REALLY a red light...yet. "

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