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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

This ad doesn't offend me. But it is racist. And I think we should be against all types of racism, no matter who it is directed at.

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Posted in: Japanese kids rate their own country in survey See in context

Ignoring all the debate for a moment, I am glad that so many people said they were happy. That makes me happy too.

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Posted in: Mad scramble See in context

“Fukubukuro” is an adorable word! I could just say it all day! These girls look like they're having fun. :)

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Posted in: Gov't promises equality, but women find few jobs See in context

Well, small steps are better than none I suppose. I just wish this whole stupid mindset could be over with and we could have equality already.

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Posted in: Disney New Year See in context

That's adorable.

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Posted in: China says Abe not welcome after Yasukuni shrine visit See in context

The significance of this is not that China doesn't want to take to Abe, but that they officially said so. In other words, it means foreign relations and deteriorating further.

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Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past See in context

An apology is not made, not just by words, but by actions. Japan's leaders' current actions do not show apology nor respect for those who died to live in a peaceful world.

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Posted in: The meaning of Japanese New Year traditions See in context

What a nice article! Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

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Posted in: Abe says it is time to revise pacifist constitution See in context

I wouldn't care about them shoring up their military, if Abe hadn't already shown willingness to pick petty fights and disregard any sense of regret for Japan's past mistakes. He's acting like a war monger. There's no possible way Japan could be combat ready for many many years, and attempting to be will only drain Japan of money and increase debt.

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Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese See in context

I actually enjoy learning Japanese in the same way other people enjoy taking a pottery class or listening to music. It's fun and useful. Because please do not believe for one second that learning Japanese will hurt you. It doesn't take long in Japan to figure out that having knowledge is always better than remaining ignorant. At the very least, you'll have to learn simple kanji, katakana, hiragana and basic spoken phrases.

I feel like a lot of people forget that just because it's easy for YOU to not speak Japanese in Japan, you're being inconsiderate to everyone around you.

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Posted in: Girl rejected by boy she never actually met takes revenge See in context

I don't think "rambunctious" is the right word for this. 'Violent" is right. This shouldn't be an issue of gender, it should be an issue of violence. And it's not okay.

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Posted in: Swimming Santa See in context

I don't know why this is happening, but I approve of it.

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Posted in: No. of reported school bullying cases reaches record high 198,108 See in context

To the people saying this is a bad thing, NO. The number of reported bullying cases going up is a VERY good thing, because for the first time ever people are actually reporting them. You can't fix what you ignore.. The bullying issue has always been bad, but at least now people are starting to realize it needs to be fixed.

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Posted in: Pop singer Miley Cyrus named MTV's best artist of 2013 See in context

I think they're confusing 'Best' with 'Most Popular.'

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Posted in: 16 films based on popular manga series hitting Japanese cinemas in 2014 See in context

Very exciting! The Black Butler one is a bit odd, for many reasons (Please, for the love of god, take the shota vibes out.) but it could work out into an interesting dark drama.

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Posted in: Boxers, manga, umbrellas… absolutely free See in context

What awesome ideas! It's nice to see things like this.

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Posted in: Japanese college students struggle to answer basic astronomy questions See in context

I'll be honest here: I have to think about which direction the sun sets, because it is not something I ever have to use in every day life. Not defending the wtf education we have, both in Japan and America, but just throwing that out there.

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Posted in: Japanese bathtub recipes to keep you warm this winter See in context

I'll be honest: Weird baths are a guilty pleasure. Bring on the bubbles!

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Posted in: What do you like about the way Christmas is celebrated in Japan, and what don't you like about it? See in context

@SimondB Jesus was not born in December. That's just when we celebrate it. It more likely he was born in September, so I don't think you have any right to be making fun of that woman.

I quite like celebrating Christmas, though it is kinda interesting how secular Japanese Christmas is. The reason is obvious, but it's still a change. The way it's viewed as a romantic holiday is also a bit strange.

And really, people in here sure are in a bad mood about Christmas!

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Posted in: Lonely or in need of female assistance? Try a rental friend See in context

I have no doubt that some idiot is going to try to use this like a prostitution service, but the fact that they have older women and women with children suggests that that kind of thing wouldn't be tolerated. I can't help but still find many aspects of this sexist (why only women? why not a dude for guys to hang out with?), but can understand how a normal person with extreme social anxiety could find this very useful. I guess it all depends on how this is being carried out in practice.

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Posted in: Big ads atop Google results point to broken promise See in context

Thank you google!

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Posted in: Wedding held on Yamanote line in Tokyo See in context

This is adorable!

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Posted in: Which aspects of Japanese culture will 2020 Olympics showcase? See in context

I'd like a mix of traditional and modern culture, both tasteful. There's nothing wrong with old culture, but Japan doesn't have to pretend its modern entertainment industry doesn't exist as well.

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context

See-through shirts. I live in a hot climate and layering is the last thing I want to do. Not to mention, being able to see your bra is just tacky.

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Posted in: Women buy giraffe for local zoo See in context

Woah. Way to go, ma'am.

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Posted in: 11 unique experiences for tourists to Japan See in context

I want to check out an idol performance or a maid cafe just for a few geeky laughs, but the other ones on the top are just... Creepy. Very creepy.

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Posted in: Japan's defeat in WWII not only due to atomic bombs, says China See in context

While this does reek of 'Go China! We the best!' he does make some valid arguments. Japanese nationalism is starting to look like it will become a big problem. (Specifically, it will mean politicians making more and more stupid choices that are hurting international relations.) The war with Japan was much more complicated than 'we won only because of the bomb.' Yes, that IS why the Allies won, but if the bomb had never been dropped (and even before it had) the war was going very very badly for Japan. It was going badly for the Allies too, yes, but even without the bomb, Japan almost certainly would have lost. So for some of these Japanese nationalists to be painting the war as a 'Japan was doing so well!' (not the majority of them are saying this, thank god) is a blatant misrepresentation of history. Nationalism needs to be tempered by realism, and a need for good relations with your fellow countries. So while China is being childish as usual, they did get one thing right: We live in a global society and Japan's politicians need to stop trying to antagonize the world so they can 'win' some imaginary contest of 'how big is my dick.' There is nothing to be won in this situation, but a lot to be lost.

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Posted in: Twitter launches emergency alert system See in context

This is a very creative idea from twitter that will most likely benefit a lot of people. Nice to see a company doing something that won't earn them any money, but will help people out.

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Posted in: Man caught driving wrong way on expressway said he was going back the way he came See in context

I... this is one of the strangest things I've read all day.

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Posted in: 1 in 3 Japanese women want to be housewives: poll See in context

There's nothing wrong with wanting to be a housewife and raise kids. I'm a feminist, and I would be perfectly happy to be a housewife. Feminism is about making choices. Raising kids is incredibly difficult and not everyone is up to it. Not to mention, being a housewife doesn't mean ALL you do is raise kids and cook and clean. You can have hobbies and interests and passions even when not at a 9-5 job.

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