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Posted in: Harry Potter theme park expected to replace Toshimaen in 2023 See in context

They should replace it with a theme park that is more Japanese... monkeys or ninjas... something like that.

Harry Potter seems old hat now (old wizard hat)... past its sell-by date.

I remember first visiting Toshimaen in the early 1990s with my girlfriend of that time. It was a spring day, cherry blossoms in full bloom, but raining in the morning. The rain stopped around lunchtime and the sun came out... so us and a few others had an almost empty theme park for the whole afternoon. The cherry blossom looked beautiful all over the park... a really great memory of a Japan that seems to be slipping away.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 3rd place in U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings See in context

In surveys like this, I always take the data from Japan with a huge pinch of salt.

You see, the thing is that many Japanese become very nationalistic and defensive when asked about Japan by foreigners.

They seem to feel that they must protect "team Japan" at all costs.

So they will convince themselves that "it is great to live in Japan" and answer the survey questions along those lines, even though their lives are in many respects and by any objective measure almost completely miserable.

Look at the lot of a typical male salaried worker in Tokyo...

Low pay, brutal hours, a terrible journey every day on the train, bullying and power-hara at work, a handful of days holiday per year, no vacations abroad, minimal pocket money, a sexless marriage, huge stress, etc etc

But if they meet a foreigner, they will still go on about how wonderful and superior Japan is!

So let's be very aware of the biased data from Japan.

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Posted in: Olympic flame ceremony to integrate culture, mythology See in context

a story about how the flame, kindled from the rays of the sun, becomes the light of hope for the future.

For heavens sake.

More appropriate would be a story about how the flames burn all who get near them, provoking rampant greed and corruption and saddling ordinary people with huge amounts of debt for the future.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

It's racist to assume that people are 'different' just because their skin happens to be a different colour.

It's racist to assume that people have the same cultural background as you.

Maybe they feel they do, maybe they feel they don't.

If they don't, that of course is fine.

I want to hear from people of colour what they feel their cultural background is... not have it presumptiously assigned to them by a white priveleged female.

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Posted in: Mother of Kyoto Animation artist who died in arson wants memorial; residents opposed See in context

How about an online digital memorial instead?

As long as people remember, surely it doesn't really matter where the actual remembering takes place.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

A black Brit has the same cultural background as any other colour Brit.

Who are you to speak for people of colour?

They may consider that they have a very different cultural background.

It's very arrogant and presumptious to assume that you can assign cultural backgrounds to people of other ethnicities.

Especially given that you are speaking as a white priveleged female.

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

If a black person played James Bond it would be terrible cultural appropriation.

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

Meghan will tire of Harry quickly.

I give their marriage 5 more years at most.

They will blame the media for their divorce when it happens.

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Posted in: Queen, Prince Harry, senior royals set for crisis meeting See in context

While no supporter of royal families, the British tabloid press has to be some of the worse in the world. Vile racist attacks.

Could you give a link to one example of a "racist attack" against Meghan in a British tabloid?

I'd be interested to see it.

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Posted in: Abe to visit Middle East as planned after tensions ease See in context

Make sure to come back safely...

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors condemn Ghosn's remarks in Lebanon See in context

"our country's fair criminal justice system"

That might be the funniest thing on JT this year.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

Ghosn was cleverer than the Japanese.

He escaped their ludicrous and backward legal system that would never allow him a fair trial.

I say good luck to him.

Nissan is finished... nobody wants to buy their ugly cars any more.

They played dirty and it exploded in their faces.

At least the world can see clearly how biased, unfair and corrupt the Japanese system is.

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Posted in: Nissan bolsters taskforce to prepare for Ghosn onslaught See in context

I guess office politics and backstabbing exists on any country but what's unique to Japan is that they actively employ Gov't and prosecutor's office to achieve their aims. 

Good point Jeff.

This episode has made Japan look like a third world nation.

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Posted in: Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company See in context

I hate this bullying aspect of Japan.

This country likes to present a benevolent and friendly face to the world.

Behind that is a really nasty and vindictive tendency.

It's horrible and scary.

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Posted in: Nissan bolsters taskforce to prepare for Ghosn onslaught See in context

You tried your dirty tricks Nissan.

Sorry... you failed.

Now we will hear the truth from Mr. Ghosn.

The Nissan executives are running around like headless chickens... terrified of the coming revelations.

They look like fools.

I for one will never buy a Nissan car again.

And I am making it my mission to persuade all my relatives and friends in my home country to never buy Nissan again.

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Posted in: Ghosn says he will reveal names of Japan gov't officials behind his arrest See in context

Can't wait to hear what he has to say.

I hope he reveals more about the criminal Saikawa.

Why isn't Saikawa being prosecuted in Japan for his crimes?

Oh I forgot.

He's Japanese.

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Posted in: Arrest warrant issued in Japan for Ghosn's wife See in context

This whole episode has exposed Japan's medieval justice system to the world.

It's good that CEO's around the world can now understand how dirty the Japanese play.

Japan can forget about "attracting international executive talent" for it's companies.

The Ghosn's have made fools of Japan... or more accurately... the Japanese have made fools of themselves.

Whatever... it's a huge humiliation for Japan.

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Posted in: Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing Japan See in context

Poor Japanese.

Completely outsmarted by Ghosn.

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Posted in: Japanese media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape See in context

The Japanese prosecutors thought that they were very clever by luring Ghosn and Kelly under false pretenses.

Well, it looks like other people can play tricks too... and more cleverly.

The Japanese have been left with egg on their faces this time.

Play with fire and you just might get burned.

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Posted in: Why housewives refuse to visit their in-laws during holidays See in context

I know of one Japanese housewife.

She has to return home to visit her husband's family every o-shougatsu.

Then in January, every year without fail, her mother-in-law sends her a letter listing all the mistakes she made (in the eyes of the mil) as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law during the visit.

And it's the most ridiculously detailed things such as "not grilling the mochi cheerfully" etc.

What kind of horrible old witch of a mil would do that??

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

Japanese justice has been shown to be disgracefully injust by this whole episode and the Japanese authorities have been shown to be amateurish and clownish.

It really is a humiliation for Japan.

What particularly disgusted me at the start of the case was the prosecutors constantly leaking information about Ghosn's supposed misdemeanors... an amateurish effort to bias public opinion against him.

Pathetic and disgraceful but apparently the norm in Japan.

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Posted in: Christmas in Japan is a time for love, preferably romantic See in context

I love Japanese Christmas.

Always have a good time.

Spend it with a cute Japanese lady who is happy to wear a miniskirt santa costume.

I'll cook a turkey.

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Posted in: Mahathir: Islamic conference to tackle Islamophobia See in context

I find it hard to communicate with muslims because we can't have a beer together, they don't want anything to do with my dog and they won't accept my gay friends.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows? See in context

Snowman and Snowman 2

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Posted in: Does living in Japan change the way we speak English? See in context

In situations where I must speak English, I find that the Japanese understand me better if I put on an exaggerated American accent.

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

She has may supporters and many were with her today. Just because none happened to be in that one photo you saw doesn’t lead to your conclusion.

OK glad to hear it.

I've been at work all day so this is the only pic I have seen. No time to view multiple media sources.

These kind of photos in Japan often show the victor surrounded by supporters.

I was struck by how alone Shiori Ito looks in the pic.

But in a way it almost symbolizes how she has had to almost everything by herself... WITHOUT the help of the useless police and prosecutors.

She is one brave woman.

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

Usually in this kind of photo in Japan, the victor in the court case is surrounded by supporters.

Why is nobody supporting Shiori Ito in the photo?

Are people in Japan afraid of being seen to support her?

If that is the case, it is a damn shame.

It also indicates what a brave and determined woman she is.

She has had to do almost everything by herself to get this far... the police were useless, the prosecutors were useless... in fact worse than useless... there may have been colusion thanks to that rapist sumbag's political connections.

I just want to say well done Shiori Ito.

You are a million times better and stronger than all those useless men.

I sincerely hope that you can find closure and continue your career as an excellent journalist.

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Posted in: After UK election, Trump sees 'harbinger' of things to come See in context

The writing is on the wall for the Democrats.

The lefties are so funny... they surround themselves with other lefties and spend hours talking about the issues they think are trendy but nobody else gives a damn about.

They come with ridiculous radical policies and then get floored at the election.

But then they don't reflect on that... they don't change!!

We can see that happening now with Red Corbo's Labour and his sheeple supporters in the UK.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas illumination spots in Japan? See in context

My favorite spot to see Christmas lights is Sagamiko-resort Pleasure Forest. Really beautiful and away from the Tokyo crowds.

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Posted in: Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup See in context

The Labour supporters crack me up.

The joke's on the Labour party this weekend.

How many seats did they lose in the election?

In its present form, the only election the Labour party could win is a student union election... maybe not even that.

The Labour supporters here don't seem to care about the future of their own party. They act as if nothing happened... just want to make ridiculous "predictions" about the future of the UK.

It's funny.

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