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Posted in: Woman arrested for killing 6-year-old son in Osaka See in context

I've heard too many such stories recently. Is the welfare system really that bad here?

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Posted in: 159 passengers enter Japan without passing through immigration at Narita See in context

An epic foreshadowing of an Asian "Schengen Zone/Common Travel Area" anyone? I'd say immigration free movement between Taiwan and Japan is a scheme we realistically ought to aim towards. Both regions don't share any land borders with other states and the two get along quite well with one another.

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Posted in: Japan tries to destigmatize dementia; stresses community care See in context

How does a society stigmatize an illness that is not conclusively linked to a person's lifestyle choice?

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Posted in: Quake breaches historic walls of 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle See in context

Kato Kiyomasa was quite the builder. You can still see the remains of his work in Korea.

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Posted in: 'Spotlight' star Rachel McAdams says reporters deserve praise See in context

Has it really been 12 years since "Mean Girls"? I need to get a drink.

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Posted in: Gov't announces new train projects in Tokyo metropolitan area See in context

I didn't get the Yurakucho and Fukutoshin Lines' shared track and station arrangement as explained by my train enthusiast Japanese friend at first. "They are separate lines and yet they are not separate." I was as clueless as a teenage boy getting taught about the Schrodinger's cat experiment at school.

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Posted in: JR East to introduce numbering system at all stations in Tokyo See in context

Haha, what if they anglonized station and train line names in English like HK and Singapore? That would confuse the heck out of this monolingual society.

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Posted in: Okinawa: the new Hawaii? See in context

Okinawans could aim to become the new Hawaii, or try harder and become the Singapore of the North perhaps?

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Posted in: Japan speed queen guns for Formula One See in context

Women can tolerate higher G-forces than men, that means they can make tighter turns around corners and accelerate quicker on straight sections.

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Posted in: Makers of frozen snack apologize for Y10 price increase See in context

There's no need to apologize for reacting to inflationary pressures. The question is whether the wages of the employees who work at these companies are rising too.

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Posted in: Foxconn's head pledges turnaround at Sharp after takeover See in context

I noticed that many of the major companies just seem to be riding on the brand name reputation they had in the 80s and 90s when most of their products were made in Japan and arguably had stricter QC. Nowadays mostly it's Made in China, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. with the quality being hit-or-miss. Still, you have to pay the more expensive Japanese price for it since, well, it's from a Japanese company. It's no wonder they're losing to their foreign competitors.

At home I'm still using Japanese electrical appliances that are older than myself. They were all built back when this country saw better days and I cherish them so.

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Posted in: YouTuber conducts experiment to test Japanese people’s honesty See in context

In one, unbelievably, the had a Japanese person drop a bag of shopping in different capital cities around the world to see how honesty compares among countries... they started off with Japan... oh very honest, all shopping returned... but what about those big bad foreigners...

You think the mainstream media here is racist? Just come out to Minato-Ward on Sundays, there's Japanese nationalists parading around everywhere with blaring loudspeakers, black vans and so on.

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Posted in: Babymetal’s new album, 'Metal Resistance,' is out See in context

is this parody?

If a parody cannot have its own parody then no.

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Posted in: Foxconn's head pledges turnaround at Sharp after takeover See in context

I imagine how different it would be for a fresh grad to join a Japanese electronics in different eras:

1990: "Hello, welcome to Japan manufacturing inc. your financial security is set for life, nomikai parties are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6PM for anyone who doesn't want to do paid overtime.


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Posted in: 910,000 new recruits start work across Japan See in context

It would be a bummer for Western university grad got a high GPA and did their 3 month summer internships to end up on the same Japanese payroll as some local who cruised his way through an expensive Japanese varsity by merely turning up to lectures and doing part time work to fund his/her ritualistic nomikai binge.

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Posted in: Wear to be seen See in context

Obviously out for a pose.....pity the surroundings are so grey and drab.

Ginza looked way different back in the Meiji era, when women started wearing hakama on the streets with their kimonos.

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Posted in: New Nissan See in context

I thought Nakazato from Initial D was the eternal poster child of the GT-R for ricer petrol heads around the globe, but Nissan Sr, VP CCO will do just fine, I guess.

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Posted in: 910,000 new recruits start work across Japan See in context

For those who scored 900+ on their TOEIC exam and got into MNC gaishikei graduate programmes, I say good on them, you have an escape route on that inevitable day Japan inc. comes crashing down.

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Posted in: First day on the job See in context

Is it just me, or all these drab young people dressed in matching black uniforms and that decoration on the ceiling looks like a swastika?

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Posted in: Osaka police raid elite 'tiger blowfish' restaurant See in context

police raid, taste of its white meat, New customers must be introduced by an existing member, poison

That's one hell of a club

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Posted in: Deregulation of Japan's electricity market goes into effect See in context

Let's Global Warming!

I wonder if deregulation would divide the country into two camps: hippies and energy cheapos. Japanese PR companies digging up Western environmentalist cartoon characters from the 1990s (Captain Planet anyone?) to further the cause of clean energy. Japanese Shintoists creating shrines out of solar farms, etc. Yeah it's gonna get crazy.

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Posted in: China says Japanese base on Yonaguni shows its hypocrisy on South China Sea See in context

I wouldn't be bothered by Japan's hypocrisy if I were the Chinese Politburo. Instead I would be annoyed by the fact that a country with less than 1/10th the population and 1/30th the landmass to theirs is still giving them a run for their money.

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Posted in: Japan's factory output falls in February See in context

News that a developed economy is reducing its factory output itself is not a bad news on its own, it's natural that production jobs go to emerging economies. What we need to know is how many knowledge based jobs have been created and filled in comparison to those lost in manufacturing.

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Posted in: Fast-lane immigration service for VIPs to start at Narita, Kansai airports See in context

When I went back to the UK, using a computer to scan my passport and check my photo was a breeze.

If non-Schengen UK can do it, so can Japan!

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Posted in: Egyptian plane hijacker arrested, passengers freed See in context

surrendered and was taken into custody after he released all the passengers and crew.

What, did he realize there were no White hostages onboard?

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Posted in: Police launch campaign to encourage cyclists to wear helmets See in context

Because, as I've mentioned, that would be too logical, and too unpopular -- especially with moms who already ignore the no umbrellas and no shopping bags from the handles.

Who cares about DQN adults. I thought it would have more impact on the kids.

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Posted in: The rise of on-demand viewing divides Hollywood See in context

Goodbye most of the shows I could've started watching only because they would've been lead-out programs for decent shows on TV.

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Posted in: Police launch campaign to encourage cyclists to wear helmets See in context

Exactly/ageed pattycake, logicly its that simple... enforcment is another animal unfortunatly..

I thought the Japanese were law abiding people.

"Ohhh..the state has banned cycling without helmet, shikataganai, obey the law!"

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Posted in: Japan to stick to non-nuclear arms pledge despite Trump remark See in context

I can imagine the social effects on Japan if the US does pull the nuclear umbrella.

The Japanese news media will be covering stories like a children's book that supposedly helps parents calm their children over this new Trans-Pacific security arrangement, or the government distributing guide pamphlets with instructions that goes something like this:

"Your child may over the course of several days ask questions like, "Doesn't America love Japan anymore?" or "Daddy, I noticed that defense spending allocation has increased three-folds in the next preliminary state budget, is Japan returning to a fascist oligarchical state backed by quasi-military elements?." DO NOT PANIC, remain calm and change the subject to your recently enamored talento's favorite food."

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Posted in: Tokyo court rules IBM’s dismissal of 5 employees was unjustified See in context

More pressing news: IBM still exists.

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