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Posted in: Man found innocent of molesting charges by claiming he was pickpocketing See in context

So now gropers have figured out a way to get lighter sentences.

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Posted in: Politician pushing to double price of cigarettes in Japan by start of 2020 Olympics See in context

Raise the price and use the extra fees to put out anti-smoking campaigns.

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Posted in: In your experience, how easy or difficult is it for a foreign resident to obtain a credit card in Japan? See in context

As a foreigner, getting a credit card in Japan depends on 1) how long you've been in Japan 2) how good you're Japanese is and 3) and most importantly, if you have Japanese family. When I moved to a new city I had to open a new bank account because my previous bank was a regional one. When I was opening my new account, I asked what the process for getting a credit card was and was just told "It'd be really hard". End of conversation. I also have known people who have been in Japan for several years and had to struggle quite a bit to find a company that would accept them. On the other hand, there are people who haven't been in Japan for long, but because they have Japanese spouses were easily able to get a credit card if their spouse submitted the application. Companies are always afraid of the risk of a foreigner running back to their home country and leaving a ton of debt behind. But if that foreigner is married, it's assumed that the Japanese spouse will be responsible. I can't totally blame the companies for being cautious, but it is extremely frustrating especially considering most foreigners are more used to a credit economy than a cash economy.

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Posted in: Japanese fishermen say they are portrayed as 'sadists' in Oscar-winner 'The Cove' See in context

I feel like this film was specifically designed to counter "The Cove", but I doubt it will get even half the attention the first movie got. There's not enough controversy in "we're telling both sides of the story" to get viewers interested. But I do agree with one thing that was mentioned. We only care about the dolphins so much because we could see the cruel way they were killed. But everyday we, myself included, eat meat not even thinking "how was this animal raised, how was this animal killed". And when we do see the footage, it's often crueler than how these dolphins were killed.

But the point is, overall times are changing. And people aren't going to accept being cruel to animals just because of tradition.

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Posted in: Cash is the easiest to use, and people don’t find it inconvenient. See in context

Cash is only convenient because debit cards and credit cards are so inconvenient to use. Like my debit card can only be used during certain hours. What's the point of this? And I can't even comment on if credit cards are convenient or not because it is so hard for foreigners to get one.

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Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress See in context

I feel like most of this is just old superstitions. Also, everyone's body reacts differently, so it can depend on the person

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Posted in: A reader moving to Japan asks how much a month it would cost to live here comfortably. How much does it cost you? See in context

It all depends on this person's definition of living comfortably. I don't make a lot of money, but because my hobbies are cheap (reading and watching tv) I never have a problem with money and feel that I'm living comfortably.

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Posted in: Japan issues measles warning after infected fan attends Bieber concert See in context

Do they not vaccinate for measles in Japan? Is it not usually a problem here?

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Posted in: What aspects of Japanese history, culture, lifestyle and tradition would you like to see in the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? See in context

I'm hoping there won't be any AKB or other J-Pop idols, but I know I will be disappointed.

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Posted in: Sony: No decision made yet on 'Ghostbusters' release in China See in context

It seems strange that China would ban supernatural movies. But Chinese people are strangely really superstitious so maybe the govt is worried people will start believing the ghosts in this movie actually exist.

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Posted in: Property owners: Get off my lawn, Pokemon! See in context

I was wondering how these locations were getting chosen. They should have only used public places and private places that personally requested to be included. It might raise business for some places, but for private properties like churches and people's homes, it'll only be a nuisance. But I did find it hilarious that one church was worried that people might be "casing" the place. Really? Does a church even need to worry about being robbed? Should a church even own property so valuable that people would want to rob them?

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Posted in: What do you do to stay cool in summer? See in context

Use air conditioning. During the day, go to places that have air conditioning. At night, turn on my own air conditioning. I really hate the heat. I should just move to Canada.

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Posted in: Naked restaurant lifts age and weight restrictions See in context

I'm glad they changed the restrictions. But what's up with them also saying it's okay if you don't want to be naked? How is this a naked restaurant if being naked is now optional?

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Posted in: The digitization of textbooks makes it easy to explain a logical structure, but students’ academic ability will not improve in classes if they are completely reliant on digital textbooks. The ability See in context

I don't understand the health concerns. Are they worried about bad eyesight or something. Anyways, I only had a digital textbook once, and that's while I was in college. I loved it actually. I was able to save a lot on the price of the textbook (and college textbooks are ridiculously expensive). So I think this definitely could be a positive thing.

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Posted in: 'Star Trek' fan favorite Mr Sulu is gay in new film; Takei disapproves See in context

Sometimes I wonder if anyone edits these articles. Why does it repeat itself at the end of the article?

Anyway, I think it's a good move. The movie wanted to have a character who's gay without having a "token" gay character. I don't see why some people are upset by this. Guess what, the world is going to change and evolve. And movies reflect what's going on in society.

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Posted in: New Renaissance Party backs use of medical marijuana; gets mixed reaction See in context

To me its amazing that they're saying there's "no scientific proof" of the benefits of medical marijuana. There's plenty of evidence if they look at American and Canadian research. It's simply tradition that is keeping this ban in Japan. Not evidence.

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Posted in: Famous manga artist avoids drawing one everyday item in his comics for the sake of future readers See in context

I think it's nearly impossible to create a manga or anime that a person can watch decades later and not tell that the series is dated. As is mentioned at the end of the article, art styles and animations change over time as well, not just technology. But I don't think this is a big deal, as a good story will remain a good story for hundreds of years.

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Posted in: Hyogo school introduces trial afternoon nap time for students See in context

Only 10 minutes? How is that a siesta? Kids would be better served by shorter school days, rather than a pathetically short nap break in the middle of a long day. I've never understood why high schools start so early, when scientists say that it's adolescents who need the most sleep for developing. They should ban morning practices, and not start high schools until 9am imo.

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Posted in: New hires shock Internet with their sameness See in context

I remember traveling during rush hour one day, and thinking it was the most depressing sight ever seeing everyone dressed the same. I can understand the need to look professional, but what's the point of everyone wearing the same work uniform?

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Posted in: Law says Masuzoe can't decline Y3.8 mil summer bonus See in context

Is he able to at least donate his money? Either to the city directly or through a charity?

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Posted in: Missing boy case sparks discipline debate in Japan See in context

I often feel that parents need to be raised as much as kids do. Being a parent is a hard and stressful job. Not everyone knows how to handle it, and not everyone should be expected to just naturally be fit for being a parent. The fact that some can defend these parents are insane. Yes, it's normal to get frustrated at a child. But not, it's not normal to just abandon a child. Instead of just psychologically treatment for these particular parents, it seems like the entire country could use a lesson on what's acceptable parental behavior.

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Posted in: Gap to close 75 stores outside North America, including all 53 Old Navy stores in Japan See in context

@blvtzpk, there was a Gap that just opened last year in Sapporo. Less than a year of being open, and it's already closing.

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Posted in: Almost half of Japanese people hide when doorbell rings: survey See in context

I don't answer the door unless I'm expecting a visitor or package. Anyone else is surely just a nuisance. There's nothing I would want to buy from a door-to-door salesman, I don't like neighbors or friends dropping by unannounced, I don't plan on becoming religious, and I don't feel the need to argue with the NHK man.

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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese men and women think about cheating See in context

I can't tell if Japanese thinking is advanced or behind the times. I don't think that monogamy works for every couple. But I think that's something for the couple to talk about and come to a consensus about. It shouldn't just be assumed that "this" is cheating but "this" isn't, and that your partner has the same views about it. And I also didn't like the idea that only men can be emotional detached during affairs.

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Posted in: Should Japan adopt daylight saving time in summer? See in context

I always hated DST in the U.S., and I'm so glad they don't have it here in Japan. There's been research done on DST showing that it is actually harmful to your health and accidents are more likely to happen in the weeks following the change over.

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Posted in: It's shocking that the suicide rate is this high among women who are pregnant or have just given birth. See in context

It's not that surprising if you take into account postpartum depression. Or overall depression rates in Japan. I don't think Japan is the best at handling mental health issues.

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Posted in: Increasing number of Japanese ditching traditional attitudes about weddings and funerals See in context

“Throwing a wedding isn’t something you do for yourself, but so your parents can see you and be proud.” Such a different attitude from the West, where the wedding day is considered the bride's day. Are there bridezilla's in Japan? Anyway, I see nothing wrong with having weddings and funerals, but I don't see the need to do things the traditional way. Your wedding should be something you enjoy, and not just a ceremony you just have to get through. But I can understand people who skip the wedding for financial reasons. After all, it's the marriage that matters the most, not the wedding ceremony.

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Posted in: When fans cry: Can you mourn someone you never met? See in context

Of course it's possible to mourn someone you haven't met. Some celebrities have a great influence on people and their daily lives. Now not all celebrities are going to cause the same sort of feelings, and it really just depends on your personal connection to them. For me, David Bowie's death didn't affect me because I never really paid much attention to his music. But as for Prince, my parents were huge fans of his so I grew up listening to his music.

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Posted in: Which do you think is the most foreigner-friendly bank in Japan? See in context

I'd have to say one of the least foreigner friendly banks is Resona. I went there to open an account, and sadly my Japanese isn't good enough. Even when I said I could call someone who spoke Japanese fluently and have them translate for me, they still refused. Such a bad experience there. As far as friendly banks though, I have experience with Hokuyou, and opening an account there was pretty easy for a foreigner. Getting their debit card was hard, but that was more due to the card company than to the bank. The bank staff were actually very helpful and understanding as we argued with the card company.

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Posted in: Docomo to offer additional advantages to long-term subscribers See in context

It really surprised me that the Japanese companies didn't offer any long-time customer discounts. Recently, my 2-year contract with au ended, and when I went there to talk about renewing my contract and buying a new phone, they couldn't offer any discounts to me. It was simply 'your monthly bill will go up to this amount". I even mentioned I could get a cheaper price at Softbank, but they still weren't able to offer me any discounts. So I switched to Softbank. It's so strange to me that you get the cheapest deals when starting a new contract. Of course customers are going to change to new companies if they can get better deals there. The big 3 basically offer the same services, so there's no point in being loyal to only 1 of them.

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