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Posted in: Asimo See in context

Which one is Fukuda? I never knew he had a Honda tat on his back!

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Posted in: Seiko Noda See in context

What about Fukuda and a whale kissing and making up?

"We're laying down our harpoons and embracing a more enviornmentally friendly stance. We'll only eat whale on Thursday nights, after Aibo, perhaps with a nice ponzu sauce"

Seiko Noda is getting on a bit, surely there is someone even more ineffective they can find to hold the poster...Oh and I love that smile on Fukuda, I can't even see the strings.

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Posted in: 18-year-old arrested for killing friend's mother in Mie See in context

Whenever something sad like this happens everyone screams "We have to do something" but of course, nothing ever happens.

Is there anything we can actually do? Obviously the death penalty isn't a deterrent (Akihabara).

If the government wants to actually do something, perhaps we start with schools and parental advice.

I remember when I was about 12, my great aunt said to me, "a real young man would open the door for a lady" and you know, small things like that. Those pieces of life advice from your elders really shape you.

Sadly I'm yet to hear a Japanese person admonish their sibling. Oh you hear them get mad etc, but I would like, just once for a parent to EXPLAIN to a child what they did wrong. Violent reactions without understanding the cause sadly leads to events like this.

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Posted in: Documentary on forced confessions screened in Tokyo See in context

Take note that "Trial by Jury" only began this year in Japan.

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Posted in: Lighting a candle for success See in context

Buy a candle quick, because it looks like the CEO won't last very long at the rate he works.

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Posted in: Badminton uniforms See in context

Glad to see that the uniform manufacturer included the standard feature of all women's Olympic uniforms.

The Peace Sign.

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Posted in: Stereotypes ’R’ Us See in context

Fantastic article.

Chalked up my 31st year in Japan this year and in that time Japan has changed a lot. We have romaji signs on railway stations, western toilets, macdonalds.

One thing that most "visitors" forget is that this is Japan. No it's not another American state or a small country in Europe, it's Japan. Therefore we can all fret as much as we like about what Japanese people think of the visitors and what the visitors think of the locals, but it really doesn't matter.

What does matter is some basic human interactions like "equal before the law" and "kindness to others" etc and there have been some landmark events in recent years that aim to prove that yes, we are all equal before the law.

We all seem to go out of our way to point out the differences. Yes there are differences. Differences in education, politics, religion, upbringing, economy, values etc. Most of the time, for the person new to Japan, these are fun to explore. These are the excitement and the adventure that makes coming to Japan, a seemingly closed society, very interesting indeed.

As Katherine points out, guys are able to meet girls seemingly more easily and I know several foreign women who are completely idolized by their Japanese men. Not a bad thing at all.

Sure, every time I go into a hotel it's "good morning" not "ohayougozaimasu" but hey, do I care? No. Either is fine. My friends mothers fret that I won't like something particularly Japanese like "uni" or "umeboshi", but it doesn't bother me. It's kind of cute.

Katherine points out issues within the workplace and yes I can see how this can happen. Mostly this can be solved with patience, hard work and good results. Once the CEO invites you out for dinner because of your outstanding performance, these issues normally fade away.

I'm not saying that it's all easy going and fun fun fun. Like any country there are things that will get on your nerves, but in the end, the very things that make this country different are the things that make it interesting.


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Posted in: The pizza man See in context

Hey northlondon, totally agree about the service. Snooty waiters for sure. I think they are just trying too hard.

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Posted in: International Tokyo Toy Show 2008 See in context

I really like these fake dogs. At least their owners won't be walking them past my window at 6am on a Sunday morning while their bark their heads off. SELL MORE I say!

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Posted in: Obama says he won't take public campaign funds See in context

Hey, I'm not American so I can't claim to understand the intricacies of the whole election farce, but isn't it a good thing that he's not spending PUBLIC money and raising it on his own?

Perhaps then the government could use the PUBLIC money for something more important like... say... health care or a couple of hospitals or some new textbooks for schools.

84 million. For that much, we could even do something radical like dispose of a few nuclear weapons. But that's just crazy talk.

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Posted in: Hostesses See in context

<Looking at the guy moving out of frame> Think about it, you're in your 40's, no hope of a promotion, balding, unfit, smoke 40 a day, lazy, married with 2.4 kids and an annoying little dog that the wife adores. If he doesn't pay for it, he ain't likely to get it.

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