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Posted in: Japan constructs world's 1st wooden satellite See in context

A laudable project. It may make a difference but unfortunately most of the components inside the satellite have to be made from metal or other materials due to their functionality. The waveguides, filters, antennas, multiplexers and such cannot be made of wood thus making it a solution that, while helpful, is limited in scope.

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

Disney is just one casualty.

But it isn’t. As already established Disney has continued to return record profits.

Yes, but I wish that would be reflected in the stock. Still not back at later 2019 levels.

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Posted in: New Tokyo restaurant charges higher prices to foreign tourists than Japanese locals See in context

Does the owner realize that not every country has an exchange rate benefit over Japan?

Also, I guessing Japanese people aren’t getting checked and only foreign looking residents have to go through getting carded. Imagine one’s kids or family being subject to this. I don’t think this should be promoted or encouraged which this publication is clearly doing by putting business hours and pricing…

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Posted in: Is Japan’s custom of slurping noodles irritating, and why do people do it? See in context

I don’t mind the slurping of noodles at all as it’s the custom here. However there’s a certain subset of people that slurp EVERYTHING which is irritating. They will be eating a bowl of rice or anything for that matter and loudly suck each bite into their mouth no matter the food.

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Posted in: Ukraine-born Miss Japan relinquishes crown after reported affair See in context

This is a situation of "everyone sucks here."

But one does notice that Japanese society seems to put pressure on the woman to take the fall in these types of cases. In my company I have seen several cases where women employees were pressured into quietly resigning due to affair situations while the male employees actually cheating on their spouses were pretty much allowed to carry on free of any criticism.

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Posted in: How Mexico City influenced the icy Alaska mystery of 'True Detective: Night Country' See in context

Somewhere along the line True Detective became Pretentious Detective.

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Posted in: Fire destroys JAL plane after collision with coast guard aircraft at Haneda; 5 dead See in context

Alan Harrison Today  04:48 am JST

BBC coverage of this incident is, at the moment, focused on the professionalism of the pilot, crew and firefighters, along with sympathy for the five killed. (BBC news has described it as a miracle that all passengers were evacuated). 

Sad that people are speculating who is to blame at this time.

While the above is important, it’s not unreasonable for people to want answers and know who or what was at fault for the loss of the crew’s life and endangerment of 379 passengers.

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Posted in: Accused train groper claims he has been arrested on trumped-up charge See in context

…saying he has been arrested on a trumped to charge.

The correct expression is “trumped up.”

Moderator: Thanks for spotting that. It has been corrected.

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Posted in: Controversial U.S. livestreamer 'Johnny Somali' arrested in Osaka See in context

A nice stint in a Japanese prison followed by a unceremonious deportation and lifetime ban from entering Japan would the minimum I would hope for these scumbags.

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Posted in: New Trauma Curry retort pouches are traumatic…in the best sense of the word See in context

Ok for the domestic audience I suppose, but I would not try to market "Trauma Curry" to an English speaking audience any time soon. Overall this is just an example of poorly thought out branding combined with a throwaway design that's typical of most mediocre agencies in Japan.

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Posted in: For climate activists, New York's lights shine too bright See in context

This is one of the consequences of having large cities. However noble the cause, removing outdoor lighting could have unintended consequences.

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Posted in: Kishida, in U.N. speech, vows to spend ¥3 bil to help achieve world without nuclear weapons See in context

Basically he needed some excuse for an otherwise meaningless visit to the UN.

No doubt his staff came up with this one in the eleventh hour.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s newest ultra-cheap, no-barista cafe has a secret See in context

zulanderJuly 20  12:43 pm JST

I've never found UCC beans that are even remotely fresh.

As I like to say Ueshima Commodity Coffee.

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Posted in: NATO leaders send mixed messages in Japan office controversy See in context

Maybe they should create an Indo-Pacific Treaty Organization or IPTO as a new entity. Charter members could include India, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, USA to name a few.

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Posted in: Does capital punishment make Japan a 'barbaric' country? See in context

Oshima's Koshikei (Death by Hanging) is an excellent film that examines the death penalty as well as guilt and justice. Truly a masterpiece of Japanese film. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this topic.

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Posted in: WHO fires Japanese director in Asia, accused of racist misconduct See in context

A disgrace to be sure. Unfortunately, these types still pervade many corporate and governmental organizations. I had to report one such person for making racist remarks in our US office but they just covered the repeated incidents up and quietly transferred him back to a management position in Japan.

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Posted in: Message to foreigners at Japanese convenience store sparks controversy online See in context

I worked at chain restaurants in Japan for a couple of years when I was younger and plenty of Japanese customers would point their finger at menu pictures and say "kore" when ordering (this would happen to both me and my Japanese co-workers) - so I'm kind of surprised to see combini staff get flustered by that kind of behavior. Also, they probably have a customer service manual that instructs them to confirm the item before taking the nikuman and packaging it (like how they are trained at McDonalds to point at the counter menu to confirm foreigners' orders)...

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Posted in: KFC releases overflowing lobster fillet burger for winter in Japan See in context

Hmmm...the product seems ok but the product photography is quite unnatural and feels kind of gross.

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Posted in: One of Japan’s best revolving sushi chains lets you check online if your favorite fish is in stock See in context

This is actually an excellent feature.

I would easily say that Sushiro is the top in quality of the major inexpensive kaitenzushi chains followed by Hamazushi. Kura strikes me as gimmicky and low-quality. Kappa is also quite mediocre - and it also turned out their CEO Tanabe-san was arrested....

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Posted in: Sushi fans mark your calendars! All sushi is half off in unprecedented Kappa Sushi one-day offer See in context

Now their CEO was arrested. This guy was actually in the US for a while when he worked at his old company. I have heard stories that he was arrogant, entitled, and regularly mistreated restaurant waitstaff and service workers wherever he went.

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Posted in: At 50, TV's ‘The Waltons’ still stirs fans’ love, nostalgia See in context

Among the Waltons, Walton Simons was always the most influential.

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Posted in: World’s first Takoyaki Guitar created in Japan; features a gas grill and octopus balls See in context

In 2022 Yamano music gave us the Takoyaki Guitar- and we gave it back, almost immediately.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese navy sailing near disputed islands See in context

How very regrettable.

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Posted in: After 40 years, the final Anna Miller’s cafe in Japan closing down See in context

I think I came here a couple of times and I suppose the familiar sight will be missed. I wonder what they will replace the Wing complex with.

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Posted in: Osaka Expo mascot needs name; organizers ask for suggestions See in context

This is what happens when a design is decided by a committee of out-of-touch autocratic oyaji.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya beef bowl chain exec dismissed over sexist remarks See in context

I work at a Japanese company in the same type of industry and I'm sad to say that kind of attitude is the norm. The smart ones know better than to expose their vile opinions openly, but behind closed doors I've heard some truly appalling statements over the years:

"Jews, Indians, Koreans, and Chinese - these are races you cannot trust"

"You cannot promote women to managerial positions because they are hysterics"

"People in developing countries have low IQs so we have to make our advertisements simple and easy to understand"

That's just a couple of the choice zingers I have heard over the years from people who were high up in management. The last one came from our director of international business....

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Posted in: Couple at heart of Abe cronyism scandal found guilty again over fraud See in context

I think calling it cronyism is too complimentary. The headline should call it what it is: corruption.

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Posted in: Hayashi returns from Poland with 20 Ukrainians See in context

The refugees are not living in third-world conditions. They have access to government services and there has been an outpouring of support from the public in Poland. Also although Ukrainian and Polish are different there is a very significant level of mutual intelligibility that facilitates communication and refugees being able to pick up Polish faster than they would other languages hence the already sizable Ukrainian immigrant population in Poland. While I am certain more than 20 people are interested in moving to Japan, I don't think the teeming masses are exactly lining up either.

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Posted in: Tokyo stock market revamped in hope of attracting foreign investors See in context

Japan definitely has some investments that could be viewed as attractive for their stability, but that's about it.

Unfortunately, companies and regulators have acted against the interests of foreign investors on numerous occasions. We've had situations where companies have colluded with the JFTC to prevent overseas investors from gaining a controlling stake just because they don't want foreigners controlling a Japanese company. (Bear in mind that Japanese companies have no compunctions about acquiring foreign firms.) This and the numerous incidents of coverups and false reporting (Kobe Steel, Takata, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki etc..) make for a very unattractive investment market. Investors might be willing to take on the risk if there was potential for high growth like in other markets, but it's simply not to be found in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese fast food chain serves up burgers with Camembert 'buns' See in context

Another example of a questionable product for the sake of newsworthiness. Although I admire the creativity of product development chefs in Japan, one can tell that the constant need for new and exciting products has pushed the people at Dom Dom to desperation.

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