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Posted in: More Japanese women buying Valentine's Day chocolates for themselves See in context

So does this mean the end of one of the classic anime tropes? What will happen to those high school comedies/dramas when February comes around and they can't show the horror of a clumsy girl forcing herself to learn how to make chocolate for the boy she loves?

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Posted in: Japan’s Homo Sausage now comes with cheese See in context

It looks like the perfect product to be sold by CMOT Dibbler.

Sausage inna bun.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for Kyoto Animation arson attack See in context

"I didn't think so many people would die, and now I think I went too far," Aoba told the Kyoto District Court when the trial opened in September.

Sorry, what!? "I think I went too far"? There speaks a man who still hasn't accepted the responsibility for his actions.

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Posted in: In Davos, an Australian mining boss presses industries to go green See in context

While solar and wind energy can be used for power generation, maritime shipping, aviation and road haulage will still require fuel, she said.

Yes, because no-one could possibly imagine a world in which maritime shipping uses wind power!

/sarc

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Posted in: Why rich families are rich and poor families poor in Japan See in context

As Billie Holiday sang, nearly a century ago:

Them that's got shall have

Them that's not shall lose

So the Bible said and it still is news

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Posted in: Help, I’ve just discovered my teen has watched porn. What should I do? See in context

Help, I’ve just discovered my teen has watched porn. What should I do?

Congratulate them for reaching puberty?

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Posted in: OpenAI to launch anti-disinformation tools for 2024 elections See in context

ChatGPT maker OpenAI has said it will introduce tools to combat disinformation ahead of the dozens of elections this year in countries that are home to half the world's population.

Well, I for one feel reassured that our IT overlords are looking out for our welfare!

/sarcasm

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Posted in: Legendary Paris restaurant reopens with view of Notre Dame's rebirth and 2024 Olympics See in context

The simplest fixed-price lunch menu runs to 150 euros ($167)

So just two and a half times the price of my return ticket from London on the Eurostar. Somehow I don't think I'm the clientele they are looking to attract.

:-)

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Posted in: Snow job See in context

Usually one waits for the snow to stop falling, don't they? Not that we here in the UK have that problem (London is apparently set for its warmest Christmas since 1920!).

Enjoy the festive season, wherever you are.

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Posted in: Court revives Nirvana child pornography lawsuit over 'Nevermind' cover See in context

Someone needs to point out that being naked is not always about sex/pornography.

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Posted in: Losing control See in context

It appears a number of comments think this is a problem peculiar to Tokyo/Japan. Sadly, it is happening everywhere. Oxford Street in London is a hotbed of people addicted to screen staring.

When I was young, I trained myself to read and walk by honing my peripheral vision and not blocking out the sound of traffic. Perhaps what people need is a course on how to stare at a screen while walking without crashing into people or walking into traffic. Maybe a good idea for a start-up?

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Posted in: AI could judge if user is of porn-watching age under new UK guidance See in context

Expect to see AI given as the answer to all life's problems for the next year or two, until the whole shaky edifice comes crumbling down. Surely people can spot a inflating tech bubble by now?

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Posted in: Japanese workers took 62% of paid leave allocation in 2022: gov't survey See in context

It seems that like workers in the U.S, Japanese people love working and are very loyal to their company,

Sadly, the companies very rarely show a similar level of loyalty to their staff.

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Posted in: Law change puts traditional Japanese daikon farmers in a pickle See in context

The Food Sanitation Law was amended in 2018 in response to an E. coli outbreak in 2012 in which eight people died after consuming pickled cabbage in Hokkaido due to a problem in the manufacturing process.

But was it in one of the large-scale factories or a small traditional local producer? It would be ironic if a tragedy caused by a big company ends up shutting down all its small scale competitors.

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Posted in: Chaos at unstaffed Japanese bento shop shows pitfalls of technology See in context

Most problems are customer generated except for the occasional unreadable barcode.

Not the case in my experience. There are also the frequent problems when the weight doesn't quite match what has been coded or the discount on the shelf hasn't been updated for the registers, and recently I had to wait two minutes for a coin, while the machine rattled and whirred (with the attendant watching on) looking for the coin. A local store has four "cash or card" machines, three of which are regularly adorned with a sign saying "card only".

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Posted in: Aerosmith taiyaki now available in Japan for limited time See in context

It's strange to realise I saw Aerosmith play live back in 1991/2, as part of their comeback tour. How are they still going? It must be all that taiyaki. :-)

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Posted in: Japan's beloved Hachiko dog statue showcased in pop-up bedroom See in context

Was Hachiko a better dog than Greyfriars Bobby? They'd certainly never put Bobby in a room, mostly because his statue is squeezed onto the corner of some major intersections.

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Posted in: After 33 years, Hello Kitty’s voice actress, the legendary Megumi Hayashibara, being replaced See in context

Unfortunately for fans wanting to go back and re-listen to Hayashibara’s performances in Kitty-chan’s YouTuber-style videos on the official Hello Kitty YouTube channel, it appears that all videos in which she voiced the character have now been removed.

If she's been voicing the character for 33 years, that doesn't leave much left on the channel, does it?

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Posted in: Disney to complete takeover of Hulu with $8.6 bil deal See in context

And as the media conglomerates take over and shut down DVD/BR suppliers (yes, I'm looking at you, Crunchyroll), their stranglehold over home entertainment is almost complete.

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Posted in: Deep-fried KitKat 'katsu' on sticks See in context

I tried a deep fried Mars bar in Edinburgh once about ten years ago. Afterwards, all I could think of was getting back to my hotel and cleaning my teeth (which were tingling and possibly vibrating).

I have felt no desire to revisit the experience.

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Posted in: At least 22 dead in Maine shooting, dozens injured; firearms instructor sought See in context

“Law enforcement is currently investigating at two locations right now," Shannon Moss said. "Again please stay off the streets and allow law enforcement to diffuse the situation.”

You might want to change diffuse to defuse. as the former means to spread out freely.

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Posted in: Mike Johnson, staunch conservative from Louisiana, elected House speaker with broad GOP support See in context

I suggest we all wait and see how he acts in the next few weeks. And if the US government doesn't pass those bill to pay its staff and support Ukraine and Israel, then we will know.

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Posted in: Japan to delay bill blocking sex offenders from working with children See in context

Kato said she intends to "make progress while carefully listening to a variety of views" when asked about the prospects for the legislation

Is this code for taking things very very slowly?

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Posted in: From human ashes to cell phones, what's going on with concert fans lately? See in context

It's sad musicians have to perform to get income and then have animate objects hurled at them.

Most musicians love playing to a live audience, payment or not, and it would be a sad world if idiots force them to hide behind screens/security or only perform online or in a recording studio. There has been a similar problem reported in the UK recently, where audiences appear to have forgotten how to behave during West End theatre and musical shows, which the media blamed on Covid lockdowns.

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Posted in: Hit Japanese anime genre offers escape, second chances See in context

Instead, you're reading comics in your train home daydreaming about a reset button in your life.

Is it a worse life than all the people who spend their 30s and 40s drinking in pubs as a form of escapism? Or watching reality TV?

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Posted in: Scientists make 'disturbing' find on remote island: plastic rocks See in context

This reminds me of a classic George Carlin routine (the whole HBO special is worth watching):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBRquiS1pis

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Posted in: Higher prices test Valentine's Day chocolate-buying Japan consumers See in context

Trivial point. In the UK, Marks & Spencer is selling a chocolate topped pizza (https://www.ocado.com/products/m-s-s-mores-pizza-594319011).

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Posted in: Live-action 'Evangelion' play ditches Shinji, Rei and entire anime cast for new story, characters See in context

So is it subtitled Evangelion: The Next Generation?

I'm sure this news is going to impress the Eva purists.

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Posted in: Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says See in context

A year or two ago in the UK, there were a number of articles about a new trend for apartments without kitchens or cooking facilities.

I prefer the theory that it's dodgy builders who forgot to include vital facilities in their construction plans attempting to offload unsaleable properties by planting stories in the media of "modern lifestyles".

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Posted in: Japanese salted plum industry in dire straits, according to umeboshi company’s tweet See in context

umeboshi warehouses are packed with umeboshi with nowhere to go.

and

many older people have been put off buying umeboshi due to the recent price increase, which came as a result of a poor harvest back in 2020.

So the warehouses are packed with unshiftable stock, but they put the prices up due to one poor harvest. Maybe they should think of reducing the prices again, rather than complaining that no-one wants to buy them.

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