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Posted in: Atsushi Tamura and Namie Amuro spotted on hot date in U.S. See in context

Bungalow at 10:32 AM JST - 7th January

. . . and who was reporting all this?

Thankfully Tokudane sent some reporters to America to cover this very important event. Using their best investigative skills, they showed photos of Amuro to random people in the street asking if anyone had seen her. Somewhat worryingly, no-one could recall this. Rest assured, I'm sure they will continue looking into this.

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Posted in: Oshio's arrest throws spotlight on drug route to entertainers See in context

After the police have put the entire entertainment industry in jail, perhaps we can finally get some decent music and TV in this country...

Yeah, but think about the short term consequences. Should any such celebrity be arrested, there will be wall to wall coverage of several hours a day including detailed analysis and debate, on all the channels.

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Posted in: Bringing Italian cafe culture to Japan See in context

Consumers come in for 5-10 minutes and have a quick shot of one espresso, while standing up, and then go.

This is unimaginable. There are no benches anywhere so if you want to sit down and relax in this country you have to pay for a cup of coffee or tea. There is always a high demand for seats, compounded by many people who will spend close to 6 or 7 hours with one drink while they read a book or even sleep.

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Posted in: Accenture marks 1st sponsor to cut ties with Tiger Woods See in context

numbskull at 09:20 AM JST - 14th December

You know perfectly well that a lot of the moralizers posting here would love to spend some quality time with any of the women named, and would if they thought they could get away with it.

I would guess that most readers of this site have little preference for blonds.

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Posted in: UK announces one-time tax on bankers' bonuses See in context

It should have been more, but then again, this is just another act of economic vandalism by the Labour party.

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Posted in: Facebook change gives users more privacy controls See in context

Still looks difficult to stop people tagging you in photos. That's why Facebook sucks so much. I won't use it until they require prior confirmation for photo tagging.

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Posted in: Becky beckons See in context

These kind of budget airlines seem strangely out of place in Japan for some reason. There must be a catch somewhere, otherwise they wouldn't allow it.

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Posted in: Blue Ocean See in context

Tasteless.

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Posted in: Moore urges Japan to recover caring social security system See in context

Judging by his hideous shoes I'd like to think he'd just left the gym. This could be unlikely looking at the whole picture. Nonetheless, the man has no dignity wearing such clothing.

Moderator: They are not his regular clothes. His luggage was lost by the airline.

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Posted in: Gals See in context

They might look alright, but going on a date with one of these would probably be about as interesting as watching paint dry. I can easily imagine the mind-numbingly boring conversation you'd have about nail varnish, clothes, cute pets, and, no doubt, food.

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Posted in: Is chivalry dead on Tokyo trains? See in context

Beelzebub at 08:43 AM JST - 16th November

I think it's a lot easier to enjoy this country by avoiding use of rush-hour transport in major cities.

Or avoiding going to places where the natives will be out in full force, like temples at new year's, anything to do with shopping, anywhere with cherry blossoms/koyo. Avoiding the trains is only one way to have a better quality of life in Japan.

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Posted in: Yukie Nakama's new TV drama suffers low rating See in context

Basically we're spoilt for choice here in Japan. There's always something interesting on the TV. It's a competitive market.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Japan should embrace more migrants See in context

You can travel anywhere in the World for work and use English. Learning Japanese is, while interesting, largely a waste of time when you could be concentrating on something else.

As in most things, I suspect they will dither on this for 10 or so years, then finally begin to introduce some significant changes. That said, in the 5 or so years I've been here, there seem to be more foreigners in Tokyo. I haven't faced trouble renting apartments recently either. Whether this is just to do with me or is a more general trend, I'm unsure.

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Posted in: Tokyo Midtown light-up See in context

Have to love J-girls style.

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Posted in: Self-centered zombies running rampant through Japanese society See in context

They expect us to be polite (or is that just a figment of my imagination!) - yet they cannot bestow on us the same courtesy now!

Actually, there's much to be said for playing the noble gaijin amidst the sea of impoliteness, inconsideration and rudeness found here. To hold the door open for people, let ladies go through the door first etc, while this is all common practice back in the UK, it makes you feel somewhat distinguished if you do it here. One can only hope that such demonstrative politeness will have a civilising effect on the natives.

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Posted in: Self-centered zombies running rampant through Japanese society See in context

People overseas always ask me about Japanese politeness. I always think there is a big myth about this. They have no politeness unless you know them or they are in some way connected via an acquaintance or colleague. Otherwise, their manners are terrible.

It seems that unless there is someone shouting frantically into a Tannoy system, or there are lots of posters and stickers somewhere telling people to do something, then they just basically have no manners or consideration to other people. It's very depressing.

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Posted in: The age of listless, wary, anxiety-ridden and insecure young men See in context

Been here over 5 years and have only one Japanese male friend. He spent a lot of time overseas so is pretty normal and well adjusted. Mostly, find them very difficult to get on with, or mostly just boring. Generally, those that have lived overseas have a bit more life in them.

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese movies? See in context

A few years ago there was a spurt of original good movies: Battle Royalle, Audition, Ring. Over the past couple of years, I've seen some small-scale films in little cinemas that have been pretty good. Climbers High and After School were fairly ok.

Some of them have been shockingly bad. That 21st Century Boys thing that is really being marketed heavily is childish in the extreme and pitifully bad.

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Posted in: New breed of employees can’t communicate and wilt under pressure See in context

I worked in a Japanese company that was full of the old school guys, where work defined your life and the boss told you when to breathe and take a crap. Unimaginably awful. I stopped going as well, and pledged to myself never to work for a Japanese company again.

It's the only thing you can do when dealing with dinosaurs.

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Posted in: Man slashed on Tokyo street See in context

Too many people playing computer games combined with too many people who walk down the street permanently glued to their keitais, or just show a general lack of consideration to others is turning into a violent mix.

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Posted in: 8 essential tips for your next flight See in context

How about getting to Narita in less than an hour?

That would have the greatest benefit for most of us in Japan.

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Posted in: Rio wins bid for 2016 Olympics; Tokyo eliminated in 2nd round See in context

An Olympic Committee that can say No.

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Posted in: Mixi plans to double users within 4 years See in context

And the fact that you need an invitation from someone in order to join. It's very representative of the closed nature of Japan.

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Posted in: Should foreign residents have local voting rights? See in context

No, I like being a grouchy foreigner.

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Posted in: Why do you think so much media coverage is being given to Noriko Sakai's case? See in context

The day she went to court NHK news gave 15 minutes of their 30 minute broadcast to this case.

A couple of days before that they dedicated 20 minutes of total the 30 minutes to Ichiro getting his new record.

There's only one realy conclusion you can draw from this. Don't get your news from Japanese TV.

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Posted in: Junichi Ishida talks about girlfriend's great legs See in context

This lass is a Cancam model. There's only a 30 year age gap between her and Ishida. To call this a waste is something of an understatement.

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Posted in: Waiting for Nori-P See in context

Yeah, good on these chaps for going against the flow. I don't dare turn the TV on today, I can only imagine how bad it will be. A pure witch hunt.

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Posted in: Low-income bachelors victims of widening 'sex gap' See in context

My British male friend just married a Japanese girl recently. He was over the moon the day they got married.....and on the phone to me a month or so later absolutely FURIOUS that she is now demanding he hands over his entire salary every month.

Yeah, they try and do that. It's the worst mistake a newly wed chap can make. Under no circumstances should such an agreement be entered into, he'll regret it for the rest of his married life.

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Posted in: 18-year-old Japanese woman loses Y8 mil antique violin on Austrian subway See in context

I left my Selmer Mark VI on the bus once. Didn't even realise I'd forgotten it until they phoned me up about it. Must be like losing an arm for this lass.

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