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Posted in: Devastation See in context

I was in Rikuzen-takata in May 2006. It was such a beautiful little place. So was Onagawa. Can't stop crying.

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Posted in: The Stress-Free Guide to Leaving Japan See in context

I would pay hard cash for a book that would teach me how to stop longing to return to Japan for the rest of my life.

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Posted in: Tokyo's catnap culture See in context

It has something to do with the early waking, I think. For years I had to put up with my J-husband bounding out of bed at 6 am insisting that we must get started on the day, but I'm happy to say that now he is getting older he's finally grasped the Western concept of the lie-in. In the old days, he was worn out by mid-afternoon and needed several naps to get through the day. The other point is that the Japanese ability to sleep anywhere can be a real asset. On long-haul flights I've seen entire planefuls of passengers fast asleep for hours with their heads on the fold-down tables in front of them - while I twist and turn, unsuccessfully trying to contort myself into a sleeping position.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes China becoming world's No. 2 economy See in context

Having lived in California, Chile, Japan and Britain - none of which are doing brilliantly economically - I totally agree with those who have said that quality of life is more important than economic supremacy. Freedom to step down from the economic pissing contest will be a very good thing for the Japanese.

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Posted in: Seibu Railways to introduce 'maid trains' See in context

WHY would you want to take a child on a maid train even at 3000 yen a pop ?

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Posted in: New breed of corporate head choppers set up errant workers for decapitation See in context

This, sadly, is how things are done in Japanese business. The surreptitious manoeuvre, the anonymous whistleblower. Sad to hear that it still hasn't changed, this far into the 21st century.

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Posted in: At your service See in context

dontknockit: missing the point re the guys with AK47s - they already have 72 virgins to look forward to, no need to bother with maid cafes.

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Posted in: Bye bye See in context

Can anybody explain to me why Americans are so obsessed with teeth ?

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