PerformingMonkey comments

Posted in: Japan's middle class being gutted as salaries fall See in context

Nice. My company of close to 20 years pays less than a "food processing concern".

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Posted in: Osaka Castle Illuminage See in context

Is the word "illuminage" British, or maybe French? Could not find it on Merriam-Webster's dictionary's online website.

The Mod is from the UK, so I think it is UK English.

I am not a native speaker. But I think it should read:

Osaka Castle illumination

Er, no, no, and no.

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Posted in: Ryuichi Sakamoto releases stream of 'last' concert as he battles cancer See in context

I am only really familiar with Ryuichi Sakamoto collaboration with David Sylvian.

Yeah, Sylvian and Sakamoto in the early 80s was my first introduction to him. I subsequently went on to discover his solo work and YMO (my first exposure to YMO being the loading screen music for Daley Thompson's Decalthlon on the Commodore 64).

Anyway, Mr Sakamoto's not dead yet. Hope his remaining time on the planet is as comfortable as it can be.

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Posted in: Movie about Japan’s file sharing pioneer Winny coming in March 2023 See in context

Used it (and its successor "Share") quite a bit back in the day. It was useful for tracking down obscure Japanese stuff that was hard to find on contemporary services such as Emule.

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Posted in: Hong Kong mahjong carver among the last of his kind See in context

First started playing in the arcades about 30 years ago, then on the PC, then online, then for real a couple of times after coming to Japan. Haven't played in years, but I still have the set I bought in Chinatown somewhere.

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Posted in: Court rejects claim Seven-Eleven unjustly ended franchise contract See in context

I use self-regies almost exclusively.

Soon these stores will be mostly unmanned.

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Posted in: Malaysia Islamic minister says Bon Odori dance not for Muslims See in context

Anyone who lets others, real or imagined, to dictate how they choose to live their lives and enjoy themselves, particularly in ways that are harmless and widely accepted, deserve everything they get.

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Posted in: What's your stance on abortion? See in context

How about pro-lifers focusing their energies on eradicating child poverty worldwide first.

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Posted in: Operator of missing Hokkaido boat apologizes for causing fatal accident See in context


So, all is forgiven, then?

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada releasing vinyl version of all albums; pop-up store opening in Shibuya See in context

Not very SDGs.

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Posted in: Record-low yen risks turning Japan into a 'poor country' See in context

I think I need to start getting some freelance work that pays in dollars, not Japanese funny money.

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Posted in: Man arrested for shoving commuter off train platform in Osaka See in context

Come on attempted murder?

Yes. It should be an instant attempted murder charge.

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Posted in: Trump PAC gives $500,000 to attack Georgia Gov Kemp See in context

Perdue? Sounds like a loser........

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Posted in: U.S. orders non-essential staff to leave Shanghai as virus surges See in context

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

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Posted in: Next stop the Oscars? Lewis Hamilton eyes biopic similar to 'King Richard' See in context

Similar in that it will flop at the box office and the star will have to slap Chris Rock?

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Posted in: How to ease your way into wearing an 'edgy' black mask in Japan See in context

I currently wear a mask with a Moomin design on it.

I have three of them.

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Posted in: How religious would you say Japanese people are? See in context

Religion by and large is a good thing,

I beg to differ/

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Posted in: How religious would you say Japanese people are? See in context

One of Japan's saving graces is the lack of religion.

Could not agree more.

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Posted in: It's time for doctors to hang up the white coats for good See in context

Yeah, it should be red coats for surgeons, yellow for urologists and brown for proctologists.

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Posted in: Uniqlo defends decision to stay open in Russia See in context

The Russian people aren’t walking around naked. They can get along for a while without buying more plastic clothes from China.

Exactly! What a ridiculous argument. I guess Uniqlo's logo is red for a reason ;)

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Posted in: Ukraine-born woman in Japan awaits reunion with family See in context

My family can’t visit.

And why is that?

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Posted in: Bandai raising all full-time employees’ salaries by roughly 30% See in context

That's like a 2.7% annual raise applied retroactively over the last ten years.

I'll use that to try and convince my boss.....

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Posted in: Japan venture to build country's first nuclear fusion power plant See in context

Great news!

Coupled with NIF, ITER, and what the South Koreans and Chinese have been doing, we might finally move from fusion being in a perpetual state of being 30 years away, to being actually 10 years away.

I still say we build loads of mini thorium reactors as a stopgap until then.

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Posted in: Are you watching or do you plan to watch any of the Beijing Winter Olympics on TV? See in context

I will see it, no doubt, but not actively watch it.

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Posted in: Meta, formerly Facebook, faces historic drop as stock tanks See in context

Good. I have zero interest in any of their silly products.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 19,798 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 95,453 See in context

Vax or no Vax, we are all humans and we all deserve to be respected.

Tell that to the virus.

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Posted in: Japan to cut quarantine days for COVID close contacts to 7 from 10 See in context

Japan is like light years behind other advanced countries with respect to COVID decisions.

And light years behind in fatalities too.

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Posted in: Umaibo have been the same price for so long so a 2-yen increase is a big deal. I was surprised. See in context

My wife was nibbling on one the other night while we were watching TV.

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Posted in: Human torso found in suitcase dumped at disused Nikko golf course See in context

According to Japanese news sources, the head and arms were also found, but the legs are still out there.....

The man is thought to have been killed over 3 months ago.

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