PerformingMonkey comments

Posted in: A significant number of foreigners experience housing discrimination in Japan See in context

Shame on you, Japan! Don't you know that in every other country, functionally illiterate immigrants can just walk into any apartment they choose, no questions asked?

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Posted in: Sex dependency syndrome – no medication for that See in context

My wife can take it or leave it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday See in context

And 769 new cases in New York yesterday.

Where would you rather be right now?

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Posted in: Street Kart company ends crowdfunding campaign with dismal support See in context

For perspective, Tokyo arcade ゲーセンミカド raised 37,328,892 yen from 3872 backers in just one month!

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Posted in: The discreet charm of Japan’s anti-smoking campaign See in context

Plus ça change...

Exactly. This, like all its predecessors is not an "anti-smoking campaign" by any stretch of the imagination.

Maybe when the government finally jettisons its shares in JT (not Japan Today) we will finally see something that actually compels people not to smoke, period, rather than preaching smoking etiquette.

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Posted in: 18-year-old girl arrested for not paying ¥160,000 Tokyo-Shiga taxi fare See in context

Didn't find it strange that she wanted to travel all that way in a smelly, uncomfortable cab when she could have taken the Shink for less than a tenth of the price?

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Posted in: Pachinko: A brief guide to a Japanese obsession See in context

I find it very hard to believe that just over 1 in 9 people in Japan play pachinko in 2020.

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Posted in: Why are most pedophiles men? See in context

Are we talking genuine paedophiles or opportunists who, unable to achieve success with women their own age, prey on emotionally immature teenagers?

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Posted in: Japan Self-Defense Forces Twitter account issues apology for cute emoticon salute See in context

Waste of an article. With everything that’s going on in this country, you’d think people have better things to complain about!

(1) Space for online news is practically unlimited.

(2) People are more than capable of complaining about multiple things simultaneously.

(3) The article does not state that this change was in response to an outside complaint.


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Posted in: Official Sylvester Stallone 'Rambo' manga portrait from over-the-top artist is crazy and awesome See in context

Last Blood is a horrible movie that should never have been made. An insult to the franchise.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: Should I stay or should I go? See in context

I’ve lived in Japan for almost four years ...

I’m sick of being treated differently because I’m foreign ....

I don’t speak Japanese ... 

I hear you.

The least the locals could do is treat you as an honorary deaf, mute illiterate Japanese person, seeing as you have put in so much effort to assimilate.

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Posted in: Osaka to name and shame more pachinko parlors defying closure request See in context

Indeed, given their unsophisticated clientele, naming the offending establishments merely amounts to free advertising.

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Posted in: Kanye West officially now a billionaire: Forbes See in context

And I've still never heard any of his songs.

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

People need to stop spreading misinformation here.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context


And any smoker found discarding cigarette ends on the street should be made to pick them up, along with any others in the vicinity, and eat them on the spot.

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Posted in: Japan enacts legislation to facilitate employment until age 70 See in context

The good question to ask is there going to be work. Seems for me like big unemployment is coming up!


I would be delighted if the government could guarantee me gainful employment until the age of 70.

No going to happen, though.

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Posted in: Gov't considers cash handouts to households to ease virus impact See in context

Per day? Count me in.

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Posted in: Japan testing for coronavirus at fraction of capacity See in context

As long as Japan isn't faking the death and serious-case statistics, I'm not too worried about the low number of tests being conducted.

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Posted in: U.S. stock market plunges to worst day in more than three decades See in context


If only I had spare cash to throw at it once the chaos clears.

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Posted in: Japan to expand anti-online piracy law to encompass manga, magazines See in context

They can only catch you if you use a fax machine.

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Posted in: Eilish's 'Bad Guy' named top global song of 2019 See in context

Methinks "global" is a bit of a stretch.

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Posted in: Abe requests event cancellations for 10 more days See in context

One of the persons infected via the live house in Osaka apparently worked on the 14th floor of my office building.

I work on the 9th. Probably rode the elevator with her once or twice. Who knows?

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Posted in: Health ministry not helpful for foreigners in Japan seeking virus info See in context

What exactly do they want to know?

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Posted in: Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan See in context

@ rgcivilian1 & beentofivecontinents

What, pray tell, is "blasting"?

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Posted in: Olympic crowd crush expected as Japan Inc rules out work from home See in context

Fax machines will fly before telework becomes commonplace.

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Posted in: Professor denies he was pressured to remove videos on virus-hit ship See in context

To those wondering why, watch the video linked to by showchinmono:

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Posted in: Mother-son pair cost hotels over ¥100 mil in no-shows See in context

That's a lot of work just for some crummy points.

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Posted in: Former 7-Eleven store owner sues firm over contract termination See in context

... and also for the sake of franchise store owners across Japan (similarly experiencing a labor shortage)

Let's see how many of his fellow franchisees pitch in for his legal costs.

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Posted in: 88-year-old ex-bureaucrat indicted without arrest over fatal car accident See in context

In the meantime, I regret Japanese people never stand up to unfairness - a special treatment for a former high government official.

What do you propose the average Japanese citizen should do?

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Posted in: Face masks scarce in Japan; resale prices soar See in context

I saw a young guy on the train wearing a surgical mask with another closer-fitting mask on top!

Whatever makes you feel safe, I suppose...

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