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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


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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Posted in: Filmmaking icon Tim Burton soars to new heights with 'Dumbo' See in context

Another flop that will be marketed here as "America's No. 1 hit!"

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque killings spark debate over free speech See in context

Well, I watched the footage of the attack, and it wasn't free speech that killed those poor people.

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Posted in: TEPCO loses damages suit filed by Fukushima evacuees for 10th time See in context

27 million yen is barely enough to buy a single apartment.

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Posted in: Teenager ashamed of given name 'Prince' adopts traditional one See in context

At one placed I've worked, a lady named Megan married a man with the surname of 'Love'. Her married name then became...

Am I missing something?

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Posted in: 2 men in serious condition after being shot in Osaka gambling joint See in context

I'm moving to Chuo-ku next month.

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Posted in: Banner showing 3/11 tsunami height hung at Shibuya’s scramble crossing See in context

Yes、but how far inland was that 16.7 m?

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Posted in: Ootoya to close most restaurants for a day on March 12 for staff training after video prank See in context

I'm sure many will just quit rather than turn up to work to be told the bleeding obvious.

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Posted in: Smoking, vaping to be banned at Tokyo Olympic venues See in context


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Posted in: Beautiful onsen complex opens in downtown Osaka See in context

Didn't this used to be called "Freizeit"?

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Posted in: Sanders says he's running for president in 2020 See in context

As much as I like Bernie, I will always maintain that the world must not be run by those who have no stake in its future.

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Posted in: Video of Ootoya restaurant employee exposing himself posted online See in context

If Japanese variety shows are anything to go by, covering your private parts while cavorting around is considered the highest form of art.

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Posted in: Koike says 2020 Olympics can be springboard to transform Tokyo See in context

Japan is really overestimating the impact the Olympics is going to have.

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