PerformingMonkey comments

Posted in: More details emerge about anime studio arson attack that killed 33 See in context

The killer will get what's coming to him, but there is no way that building was not in violation of (weakly enforced) fire safety regulations.

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Posted in: Trump says he does not have 'racist bone' in his body See in context

I believe Trump's statement, simply because racism does not concentrate in the bones.

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Posted in: Should bullying incidents at school be treated as criminal cases, and if so, at what point does bullying become criminal behavior? See in context

Yes.

Anything that would be unacceptable in a workplace environment should not be tolerated in schools.

It is ludicrous that adults are accorded far more protection than children.

Obviously, the penalties should fit the offence, but there should be zero tolerance.

Unfortunately, state schools are powerless and cannot suspend troublemakers, so it is the victims who have to stay home. This needs to change.

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Posted in: Japan's disadvantaged generation seek changes in hiring practices See in context

Introducing some laws to counter the rampant age-discrimination here would help.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

Fax-based payments – it's the only solution.

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Posted in: Sailor beachwear from Village Vanguard See in context

Love Village Vanguard. One of my favourite shops.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over man’s death in Osaka bar See in context

Japanese news reveals that the "boy" was drunk and punched the old man in the face. No weapon was involved.

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Posted in: Man in Fukuoka arrested for shoplifting a 49-inch TV weighing 12 kgs See in context

Why keep going on about 12kgs? The weight of the item isn't the issue here.

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Posted in: The economics of dating in Japan: Who pays the bill? See in context

I went on a date once, and after dinner, while she was in the ladies room, I paid the bill.

When she came back she was a little annoyed because she had planned to pay all along.

On a subsequent date, after dinner, when she needed to answer the call of nature, she grabbed the bill and took it with her.

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Posted in: Antiterrorism drill See in context

In Osaka, their counter-terrorism preparations consist of standing on boxes in the station all day long.

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Posted in: Maker's Shirt Kamakura: The family business with the right business garment for the times See in context

I own a few, but hate the silly name.

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Posted in: Woman sues Tokyo medical schools over discrimination See in context

If there ever was a country that cannot afford to turn away any potential home-grown doctors, it is Japan.

There is a massive shortage and Japan doesn't have the option of importing them from overseas.

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Posted in: Former Mt Gox head Karpeles plans new bitcoin tech business See in context

Surely he'll be deported soon enough anyway.

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Posted in: UK’s diversity, innovation, skills, global culture help Hitachi revolutionise its railways See in context

Surely the US is a better market. Europe already has train technology comparable to Japan's.

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Posted in: Japanese man dies inflight after eating 246 cocaine packets See in context

People still do this?

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Posted in: You can now buy bully insurance for your kids in Japan See in context

Some, not all, schools need you to show them that you are serious, otherwise they just try to brush it under the carpet.

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Posted in: Studio Ghibli sunglasses let you channel anime film characters from 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky' See in context

I'm currently in the market for a pair of sunglasses.

The Muska's are nice, but I don't fancy brown.

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Posted in: Man assaults wife after learning she trolled his YouTube videos for six months See in context

Misogynists out in force today it seems.

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Posted in: Kono to ask foreign media to switch order of Japanese names See in context

I assume that the Japanese media will reciprocate by never, ever, transliterating foreign names into katakana again.

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Posted in: Iraqi sues Japan for refusing refugee status See in context

Hasn't he heard of sovereign immunity?

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Posted in: Australia election stokes mistrust in opinion polls See in context

As if Brexit and Trump were not enough evidence.

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Posted in: Kobe city bus hits several pedestrians; 2 dead See in context

I often cross that road at lunchtime.

Never thought of it as being particularly dangerous.

This incident has scared a lot of people.

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Posted in: Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for businesses See in context

It is not a misprint. Do some basic research and you will see that it is quite possible to get an all-inclusive wedding package (ceremony only) for under 70,000 yen that includes a surprising amount.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

@roughneck

And most of them never actually know what discrimination is, especially the way the minorities find it in their own countries.

Precisely. No discrimination should be tolerated, but let's get some perspective here.

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Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

I'm pretty sure racism is far more prevalent, in-your-face and, at times, fatal, in most Western countries.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic minister resigns over 2011 disaster remarks See in context

Thank goodness for gaffes like these, it's the only way we can be rid of these incompetents.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

My current favourite mis-translation is for the sign "開放厳禁", often seen on doors, which warns you not to leave the door open, particularly in summer and winter when the building is being cooled or heated.

I was confronted with one they other day, bearing the English translation "Opening the Door is Strictly Prohibited" underneath. I did hesitate for a split-second before going in.

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Posted in: Odd translations found on English websites for tourists in Japan See in context

Some websites pay for people like me to do their translations, others go the cheap (or free) machine-translation route. The high-context nature of Japanese poses particular problems for machine translation, and using unchecked machine-translated output as-is is reckless at best.

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Posted in: Nostalgia, excitement as Japan awaits new imperial era name See in context

Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

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Posted in: Hooters goes bust in Japan See in context

Went once in Osaka and was unimpressed.

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