NathalieB comments

Posted in: Japan wary over Philippine leader's policy, manners in front of emperor See in context

God can you imagine if he chews gum in front of the Emperor? what would that do to world order?

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Posted in: Obstetrics clinic delivers babies with service fit for a queen See in context

Yeah yeah yeah yada yada yada - forget the opulent rooms, dazzling decor and marketing blurb. Let's get to the bottom line here: do they offer pain drugs, or not?

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Posted in: Why is "Pokemon Go" mania sweeping the world? See in context

Take a bunch of people trained to drive at speed and miss red lights. Add a portion of people wandering around the streets glued to their cellphones not watching where they are going. Mix well.....

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Posted in: High school student expelled for having sex, sues school for Y6 million See in context

I must admit I used the bed at that guy's age, but I wasn't thinking intercourse was what comes naturally. Maybe that's how it is in your country. However, try to comprehend that not every country is that way. This guy is a minority where he's living.

Sorry but this had me laughing out loud!!! You clearly know nothing about today's Japanese teenagers!

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Posted in: Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows See in context

It always amuses me that foreigners outside Japan who have never even been there still have this impression of Japanese minimalism and how tidy and organized they are. Virtually every Japanese apartment I ever went to had crap everywhere, on every available surface, mismatched furniture, glass door cabinets crammed with odds and ends and bits of crockery and piles and piles of "stuff" from the front door inwards.

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Posted in: Disney installs gator warnings, barriers after boy's death See in context

I can't imagine the lawyers falling over themselves to court this poor family right now while they are grieving. It's a horrible, horrible thing to have happened and my heart goes out to that poor family. You wouldn't believe the number of people here in the US declaring they are negligent parents! There were NO warning signs, they were from Nebraska where - correct me if I'm wrong - there is not a big alligator problem, the father was right by the son the whole time, but even he was so match for a 5-7ft (they estimate) alligator.

I agree. Disney is going to have to pay very big for this. However, there is no money in the world that would be preferable to having their little boy back.

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Posted in: How to avoid being a 'third-rate patient' See in context

The doctor who diagnosed my gallstones told me that he'd never encountered such a young patient before (I was 33 at the time) and that it was obviously caused by my decadent foreign lifestyle and eating habits.

Exactly the same thing was told to my Canadian friend, who was about 35 at the time. She is 5'2" and about 105lbs, the Japanese doctor who said those exact same words to her was about 5'9" and over 200lbs! She just started laughing and said "Have you taken a look at yourself recently?!" He had the grace to laugh too and said yes, you are right!

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Posted in: Some handy phrases so you can speak the Kansai dialect See in context

Very useful, thanks. Now if you could just translate the other 500 unique expressions they use I might have an outside chance of one day arguing successfully with my husband! TIA!

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Posted in: Parents appeal for help to solve 1996 abduction of 4-year-old daughter See in context

Japan's Madeleine McCann. I can't even begin to imagine what these parents go through on a daily basis and I don't even want to. When you're at the point where even the proven death of your child is preferable to the daily nightmare you are living in, it beggars imagination.

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Posted in: New hires shock Internet with their sameness See in context

Curious - I've never had an answer to this question: when they take you into a company as a "blank slate", do you get to choose what you do - for example, if you have an interest in marketing, or design, or something creative, do they take that into account when placing you, or do they need someone in accounts so you get plunked in there and taught how to do the job?

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Posted in: Obokata 'types' not uncommon in business world See in context

In don't know what scares me more: the fact that this woman got away with what she did for so long, that this so-called "expert" that made up this unrecognized nonsense (Histrionic Personality Disorder??!) lectures at a top university, OR that actually he might be on to something as he has just described at least 40% of the Japanese women I have met in the business world, possibly more.

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Posted in: Missing boy case sparks discipline debate in Japan See in context

It's both intriguing and frustrating reading some of the comments online in places like yahoo and the like, from people who have clearly never been to Japan and know nothing about it. There seems a general trend among people who know nothing to decry their home countries and it's lack of "discipline" and laud up their romantic notions of how honorable and disciplined Japanese society is. Personally I blame the Karate Kid but it is just ridiculous some of the nonsense about all this that they are spouting, mostly based on their experiences of observing Japanese who have moved to America. There seems general trend these days for Americans to bash themselves at how "terrible" their country has become, let alone anyone else bashing them. Like everywhere else US kids have their share of behavioral problems and child-raising issues but everything seems to be all or nothing these days. No one seems to be able to see a middle ground, and no one seems to be able to accept a differing opinion on something. I've actually had to block and remove friends on Facebook in the last week after verbal abuse because we have a differing opinion, all over a gorilla I've never even seen or heard of until last week! And it's the same with this situation - people who know nothing about the situation, the culture, the country and the people spouting opinionated rubbish and getting furious with anyone who disagrees with them. People are getting more and more insane.

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Posted in: Medical examiner: Prince died of fentanyl overdose, accident See in context

I was given fentanyl fairly recently when I had surgery. It knocked me sideways and after waking up I was puking for 24 hours. Horrible stuff. The post-op Vicodin made me feel lousy too and I gave that up after 3 days and just went with the pain with Tylenol.

Genuine questions: I just don't understand how you can become addicted to something that makes you feel crappy. Is is that some people don't have a bad reaction to it and it makes them feel good from the get-go? Is there a genetic thing where some people are predisposed to addiction and some just aren't? Is it that even the crappy feeling is better than the chronic pain? Once was enough for me, I couldn't imagine WANTING to take fentanyl. Just trying to understand how it happens.

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Posted in: Introducing Akita Prefecture’s new mascot character -- Sui Kizakura See in context

That should definitely turn everything around. I mean, I always thought subsidized housing, job opportunities and training and free healthcare and daycare was a stupid idea anyway...

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Posted in: Fares are cheap in U.S., but airlines don't want them to stay that way See in context

Fares are not cheap in the US. It is way cheaper to fly here from Europe, than it is to fly there from here.

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Posted in: New photo of Japanese journalist missing in Syria appears with message plea for help See in context

@interuni321 No, this guy is experienced and was well-aware of what he was getting into. Do you have any statistical evidence or is it just an assertion based on your feelings?

Statistical evidence of the % of Japanese people who believe the rest of the world is like Disneyland?! Oh come on! Does this need to be quoted too: "I do get the FEELING..." Yes - it's an assertion based on his feeling.

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Posted in: Man run over by car believed to be victim of earlier hit-and-run See in context

Poor guy is going to be severely traumatized by this experience I am sure. :(

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Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence' See in context

The Japanese don't defecate and urinate in public, or on planes or in churches and temples,ok!

I have never seen such a public piss-fest outside of Paris since moving to Tokyo.

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Posted in: 23-year-old woman arrested for beating 3-year-old son See in context

I was sick to my stomach of the number of times I saw young screechy gyaru mothers whacking the crap out of their toddlers in stores and on the street in Japan. I watched a woman come from nowhere and punch her 9 year old daughter square in the face one time, and then laugh at the horrified look on my face.

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Posted in: With regard to our reporting about nuclear plants, we are transmitting accurate information based on facts, as has been the practice from the past, in order to avoid unnecessarily arousing concerns am See in context

"We ARE transmitting accurate facts. Just not all of them. And only the ones deemed accurate by the government..."

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Chiba woman See in context

I don't even believe his confession. He went with the intention of robbing, killed her, and left everything there? Plus the sexual assault on another woman? Doesnt add up. He went to attack rape and probably murder her too. Scumbag.

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Posted in: 90-year-old man, driving wrong way along expressway, killed in head-on collision See in context

Mum did this last night visiting us here in the US form the UK! She just made to turn into the left lane instead of heading into the right hand lane and we all screamed. Made for some great Facebook fodder this morning! It was a quiet road and no traffic, but that doesnt make the story as entertaining.

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Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence' See in context

Tell that to the Japanese Oyaji who I saw urinate outside a 7/11 last night in full view of everyone outside the store. There was no queue at all for the toilet inside.

He was drunk, he doesn't remember a thing.

I don't think anybody has a monopoly on civilized behavior. Maybe we could all just try to improve. And if you don't think you need to improve, you are probably part of the problem... or at least part of somebody's problem.

I think you are missing the whole point of the thread. No one here is denying any other cultures are better than the Japanese. Just that at least, unlike the Japanese, we admit it.

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Posted in: Golden Week holiday rush begins See in context

most western countries give there worker paid holidays 3~6 weeks depend where you are, and your allowed to take them WHENEVER YOU WANT, not when the company tells you when you can go.

America doesn't. I was shocked when we moved here just how little holiday people get. And they were equally shocked when they heard about the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan.

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Posted in: Make a bold fashion statement by swapping your briefcase for a teapot bag See in context

Functional I'll give you - that spout for example is the perfect accessory for pervy salarymen to hook up girls skirts with. But good looking? Well, yes, if you stepped into an Alice in Wonderland movie set I suppose. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but a guy turned up to a date with me carrying that - massive code red, abort mission.

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Posted in: Increasing number of Japanese ditching traditional attitudes about weddings and funerals See in context

I find some of these comments really interesting and very telling of Japanese mindset.

The ones I agree with most - the wedding is for the parents. Mine certainly was. My mum's outfit cost twice my dress and most of the people there were HER friends! But she was thrilled and had a blast. She had been planning my wedding day since the moment I was born, and I didn't want to begrudge her that so soon after losing my dad.

Weddings do make good memories. We did the handing in forms at the ward office, and boom we are married, but mum was never going to let me get away with that and in the end I am so glad we did the full ceremony too - lovely memories. Mostly of my pissed up father in law, but still - nice!

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Posted in: Disney announces 'Jungle Book,' 'Maleficent,' 'Mary Poppins' sequels See in context

"Don't like it? Don't go see the movies." I hear that argument so many times and while it seems like an obvious one to make, the trouble is that we won't know exactly how bad something is until we have actually seen it. Of course once we know that the rodent is taking us for sheeple then yes, we will avoid it. If enough of us avoid it then they will need to address the problem or go out of business. Simples!

Well, the fact that you hate sequels and the movie is a sequel is a pretty good heads up that you won't like it. But in any case, you seem to be the minority - as Disney's bottom line and box office success just last weekend will attest. Don't see very many people joining your cause to boycott Disney as yet.

The reference to the good work Disney does is in response to comments suggesting they are just all about the money. Of course they are - they are a business! But they also employ a lot of people and do a lot of community work outside their offices.

There are plenty of innovative films from small art house production companies you can go see, especially in Japan. I would hardly describe the whole industry as failing to innovate. Quit whining about Disney and let the rest of us enjoy their movies while you go huddle in flea pits and consider yourself a connoisseur.

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Posted in: Prince had opioid meds with him when died: reports See in context

What are opioids? Does anyone know some real-life examples. Do they mean things like vicodin?

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? See in context

I really don't understand this whole debate. Here in California, I can't take the dog out for a walk without both of us catching the sickly sweet scent like a couple of Bisto kids. And when I come home, I have to keep a cupboard full of munchies now just coming up the front path thanks to next doors teenage girl and her homies hiding out in their garage den with an air vent that opens on to our path. It's already everywhere and no one does or says anything about it, so...makes no difference whether it becomes legalized or not to us.

Most people can use it with no problem. But when you have the type of body chemistry and psychological make up that leads to addiction, that's when it becomes an issue - just like any other drug (alcohol springs to mind). My dad drank himself to death years ago, and my cousin has just got out of rehab - started on MJ and wound up on pills, couldn't get the same high and took a massive overdose. But far better to be legalized and controlled, than people out there drinking hooch and smoking god knows what.

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Posted in: Disney announces 'Jungle Book,' 'Maleficent,' 'Mary Poppins' sequels See in context

Wow. so much hate on Disney! Don't like it? Don't go see the movies. Since when has it been a bad thing to try and make money? And lets just ignore all the original films they have produced in the last few years and claim they need to "come up with something original and new for a change". Lets also ignore all the amazing charity work Disney do, that most of you clearly know nothing about.

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