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Posted in: Which is more popular in Japan: British English or American English? See in context

It's been a while but I can't help but wonder if Japan (and South Korea) still have a lower payscale for non-White native-level English teachers? That has always been my primary deterrent to applying for a teaching position there or South Korea. Not playing the race card or anything but I would like to be paid the same amount for the equivalent workrate of my White colleagues. I just laugh thinking of a hypothetical job interview between White teaching candidates that are Glaswegian, hillbilly American, or Bush Australian! LOL!

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Posted in: First Don Quijote stores for liquor and sweets open at Tokyo Station See in context

"...aimed at tourists..." When exactly will THAT happen?

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Posted in: Sex workers, AV actresses tread lightly when searching for a spouse See in context

Can't help but wonder if the actress named "Nami" is the currently-on-hiatus AV actress, Namiki Touko? The first four letters of the pseudonym, her age, the amount of works and the fact that she is now telling her fans on Twitter that she is married kinda points to her. She's cool when engaging with her fans on Twitter and I wholeheartedly congratulated her when she made her announcement about slowing things down and doing only "pink" films primarily now. She did a lot of daring things in her movies which no doubt would've bothered her husband but I respect her choices and she laughed when I said that I was jealous of her husband in having her as a wife LOL! At the end of the day if the actress isn't being exploited, abused and got into the industry of her own volition, who are we to judge? When I last checked, empowerment does not equal ridicule.

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Posted in: One question hung over 2008 OIympics: Would they change China? See in context

Only now is the West realizing the hypocrisy of the CCP and the false hope of "changing" the system through "soft" measures. The CCP only knows profit and if the West takes that away then maybe it'll have stronger bargaining chips against the CCP, but it may be too late. The CCP burned the West bad and now the free world's paying dearly for it. I'm just surprised that the almost all of the Asia experts that the West, especially the US, trusts are White outsiders, yes outsiders. Why don't they ever ask us Asians? We've well known the duplicity of the Communist Chinese for decades now.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for tossing newborn baby into sea See in context

Always at a loss for words whenever I read about these sorts of things. Very sad. I grieve for the overall loss of these situations.

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Posted in: China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic See in context

@Vanessa Carlisle

Wow! Really? I can understand if Wuhan were a coastal city or a major international city on par with Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and to a lesser extent Chengdu, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Chongqing and Macau but it's not. So if it showed up in the middle of China (look up Hebei province on a map) and it was the first place where the outbreak was reported, even without the virus lab theory, one can only conclude that China was indeed where it started.

I get it, the CCP will always have folks, like yourself, who'll always blindly believe the lies that routinely come out of the oppressive regime running China, who by the way only very recently started casting very spurious doubts that the virus originated in China when pressed by the international community regarding information about it.



Thank God for freedom of the press in other countries so that we won't have Red wool pulled over the eyes of the free world. To your credit, I find your naive belief in China and it's opaque Communist machinations rather cute.

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Posted in: China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic See in context

How anyone who's considered "experts" on China would believe ANYTHING that comes from ANY official CCP mouthpiece!

Somehow I'm getting nostalgic for some 80's New Wave...I'm thinking "Lies, lies, lies" by Thompson Twins. What does everyone think? Now back to my Chinese Bridge-Selling Licensing Course...

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Posted in: Japan’s first 100% non-alcoholic and vegan bar to open in Tokyo’s Roppongi district See in context

What's the point really?! Focus on less premium ingredients with premium price tags equals bigger profit margins. Sorry, Millennials and Gen Y'ers but you can't fool me with your latest stupid zeitgeist!

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Posted in: Asia shares drop on jitters over virus, China-U.S. friction See in context

Good for them! Time for Billionaires to know what's good for Capitalism (Hint: It's NOT China's brand of hypocritical Communism)

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Posted in: U.S. debates school reopening; WHO warns pandemic will intensify See in context

Both WHO and the CDC are useless. First no masks now masks are mandatory. As an American, I'm extremely disappointed on how the US and any governmental authority has politicized every decision (Yes, I include BOTH Conservatives and Liberals here). When in lockdown, accelerate vaccine testing and processing NOT trying to figure out if one needs a mask to protect oneself from an AIRBORNE virus. Was proudly wearing a mask when the Chinese were panicking (despite their reports to the contrary) because I work in the airline industry. I put up all the ridicule and abuse hurled at me because I was the only one wearing a mask and I was scaring passengers ( I replied, "Too late, the Chinese beat me to it"). Safety equipment AREN'T muzzles or images of slavery, rather it's to protect myself, my family, and YOU from this still being studied and very real virus!

I personally am glad to live in a country where I can choose to protect myself to the fullest extent that I can afford as opposed to one that only listens to so-called "experts" motivated by politics whose decisions change frequently.

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Posted in: U.S. warns citizens of heightened detention risks in China See in context

Truly free countries wouldn't detain without due process. Even the illegal immigrants in the US have their day in court. China? Just crazy punitive sentences via a very opaque process!

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Posted in: China leads COVID-19 vaccine race See in context

Well, if one is responsible for the outbreak then one should be the one taking the lead in curtailing it. Bright side for Akie, et al. (the primary cheerleaders of the CCP propaganda on this forum), it'll be big profits for Xi Jinping and Mother China if the Chinese solution is actually successful. NOT holding my breath given Chinese product quality, not that it's any better than some USA-made products. See! I can be objective unlike some of you!

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Posted in: TikTok says it is stopping app operation in Hong Kong See in context

Smokescreening again from a patently Communist Chinese company trying to pose American. Classic move that always works on the West apparently. When will they ever learn?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, France prod companies to rely less on China, but few respond See in context

Just plain lazy manufacturing strategies. Many other nations that can provide cheap, reliable labor.

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Posted in: Mandatory charging for plastic shopping bags starts in Japan See in context

Ridiculous! How am I supposed to carry my omiyage back to my hotel whenever I visit Japan. Target here in the US is already oppressive with their bag policies. Free profit for the company in my opinion. Bags should be provided as a service as it already has been for years. Many other ways to go green, and for the record, I don't like plastic bags as there are many alternatives and I hate it whenever I see people present raggedy old reusable bags to put their purchases in. Ugh!

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Posted in: Japan calls China's reported move on Hong Kong 'regrettable' See in context

Regrettable is not a word I would have chosen given that oppressive overlords have been given the green light to expand their freedom-hating ways to yet another international entity. Vote my comment down if you wish while the current forum we are all on allows you to have free speech.

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Posted in: China passes controversial Hong Kong security law See in context

Not surprised. Send in the next nation(s) and territory(ies) to take the Red, if they haven't done so economically already.

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Posted in: 4-year-old girl falls to her death from 6th-floor apartment See in context

So sad.

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Posted in: Air New Zealand to resume flights from Auckland to Shanghai, Narita next week See in context

Wow. Just wow. I guess the gains that they've gotten through careful control doesn't matter anymore. Here, I though Jacinda Ardern was one of the few truly prudent world leaders by comparison. People forget that China didn't get rich on its own merit, rather it was made rich by its enemies, the free capitalist democracies of the West. Add to that the systematic theft of intellectual and physical property so can they can rebrand such as "original" Chinese products.

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Posted in: Bolton says Trump pleaded with China to help him get reelected See in context

Explains all of Trump’s public grandstanding without any real sanction enforcement against China. The West is soft towards the CCP.

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Posted in: Man arrested for trying to molest baby boy mistaken for girl See in context

What a sicko! Glad they caught him, and I hope that justice will be served.

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Posted in: U.S., China to each allow 4 weekly flights for airlines; Delta to fly next week See in context

Here come the second, third, fourth+ waves of COVID-19 for both countries!

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers ask Zoom to clarify China ties after it suspends accounts See in context

I'm too old for the stupidity of TikTok but as I have said in a previously mod-deleted post, I am forced to use Zoom within my organization. ANY company that kowtows to Communist dictators (Chinese, North Korean, and to a certain extent, Russia) is bad for business and freedom in my book. For parity's sake, I also hate Apple, Facebook, and other companies that side with China when the going gets rough for them profit-wise.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers ask Zoom to clarify China ties after it suspends accounts See in context

Wow! As bad as the US can be, it has never quashed other countries' right to free speech. US flag burnings are the norm overseas without being interfered with by the US government!

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Posted in: Japan to let in 250 foreigners per day from Australia, NZ, Thailand, Vietnam under eased travel curbs See in context

Does the ban include those connecting to flights to other destinations? Asking for a friend.

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Posted in: BTS fans match group's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter See in context

@Artemis Rogers

If you read a little further I mentioned others as well. It’s just that it’s only about George Floyd right now without any major mention of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, both instances of which just happened a few weeks ago. I’m never one to minimize the loss of any life to bigotry/racism but George Floyd had NBA friends like Stephen Jackson, in turn, LeBron James who made his martyrdom a cultural zeitgeist. I’m just saying all of the victims, voiceless or otherwise, deserve equal standing on the stage against racism. The last time the US had major race riots was Ferguson, MO for a name many had forgotten, Michael Brown. The media was christening it as the opening of a needed conversation on race relations and that’s when Obama was President. That was 2014, six years later and we’re still stuck on square one because people are just treating it a social media experiment and not as the serious catalyst for change that it should be.

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Posted in: BTS fans match group's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter See in context

Man, my one negative vote touched a nerve with someone who denies that East Asian cultures are generally racist towards their darker-skinned brethren. Case in point, Naomi Osaka was bullied hafu till she won a Grand Slam title, then suddenly she’s Japan’s “It” girl! I remember that there was a Harvard University graduate thesis paper on the anti-Africanism of China. Then, there’s my friend, who’s Black, who married a Korean woman. His wife was disowned by her family for marrying him and, in their words, giving birth to a “black monkey!” They even said that if she had to marry a non-Korean, why didn’t she marry a white guy, then at least the shame of her marrying a foreigner would be glossed over by her producing “cute” babies. If that isn’t systemic racism, I don’t know what is.

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Posted in: BTS fans match group's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter See in context

First off, who gets this money? Yes, Black lives DO matter, however this has become a social media circus. Why just George Floyd? Where’s the demonstrations for Ahmaud Arbery? Breonna Taylor? Known xenophobic/rascist cultures are monetizing unnecessary deaths via police brutality to increase their media footprint. I used to live in New York and whenever I’d go into a Korean grocery store, Black customers and I (thanks to my darker mixed race features) would get followed by the Korean owners and shoo’d away or hurried up if I was taking too long in deciding whether or not to buy an item. Now, living in Hawaii I see the systematic and willful ignoring of Black tourists/residents by East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) store owners. So I just have to laugh at notably and inherently rascist Asian cultures appropriating Black culture while now saying that Black Lives Matter! I’d laugh that I would a more egalitarian attitude toward darker-skinned members of the human race will happen in my lifetime once all this sturm un drang du jour subsides!

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Posted in: Ibaraki Airport considers name change to Tokyo Ibaraki Airport despite not being in Tokyo See in context

C'mon Ibaraki have more pride in yourself! Each prefecture has its own charms that are decidedly non-Tokyo and are great because of that!

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Posted in: AINU trademark application in China criticized by Japan's indigenous people See in context

Where are the Chinese apologists lurking here? Where's the usual CCP mouthpiece message of the Chinese being the most benevolent people that all can learn from? From appropriating other countries' indigenous cultures to oppressing religious and ethnic minorities to forced reeducation to open racism to people of African descent rivaling that of the US to continuous reneging of agreements most recently that of Hong Kong's semi-autonomy to stealing of non-Chinese intellectual property to false imprisonments to hiding/obscuring/lying about anything related to the coronavirus to false claims of sovereignty over other countries territories such as the West Philippine Sea.

Hmmm...none of those hallmarks of the CCP endear them to me. I'm not including the reasonable Chinese people like my girlfriend who's from Mainland China and absolutely hates the CCP for what they did to her and her family, rather those Chinese and otherwise who continually support the CCP and its malevolent machinations openly and tacitly.

Awaiting the apologists any time now...

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