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Posted in: K-pop band TWICE basking in global popularity; plans U.S. tour See in context

Market-driven "music"? Songs by committee and "talent" assembled by management companies? The "image" doesn't scream "interesting." It seems like it's all been streamlined and simplified and formulated nowadays for easy promotion on the conveyor belt of production?

*Here you go: "JYP Entertainment Corporation (Korean: JYP 엔터테인먼트) is a South Korean multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate founded in 1997 by J. Y. Park. It is one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea..." (wikipedia)*

There song "Cry For Me" was written by these people: HEIZE (헤이즈), J.Y. Park, Sophiya, Ryan Tedder, Melanie Joy Fontana, Michel “Lindgren” Schulz & A. Wright.

That's a lot of people - especially for these lyrics:

Oh, on the outside I'll be all calm

Baby no more real love

Imma pretend we're going strong

Then at the end, break your heart

Bad boy, bad boy

Yeah, you really make me a mad girl, mad girl


And to think It only took one person to write "Sound of Silence." Wow!

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako, husband leave for New York See in context

Great life: Broadway, off-Broadway, symphonies, great restaurants, opera, jazz and every other kind of music, and lots of fashion shows, museums and openings. They can mingle with other rich people and enjoy one of the greatest cities in the world. I'm sure they'll find time to travel to other destinations and I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for the former princess.

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Posted in: Hyogo man arrested for stalking woman through her bank account See in context

I'm not sure why JT continues with Sora all these years. I guess they need some flavor of some kind and there just isn't anything else. It's startling how little there is in terms of media with something to say/tell. Think of how much is out there to delve into.

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Posted in: Alec Baldwin says fatal shooting was 'one in a trillion': TMZ See in context

No court is going to hold an actor criminally responsible for such a thing. People keep harping on this point but that line of thinking won't amount to anything. There's a reason why taking care of guns in movies is a specific job. Of course he may be open to liability as a producer but not as an actor. It's never going to happen that a court convicts an actor on a charge for firing a weapon that the crew hands him or her to use in a scene (or rehearsal). Whether he tweets or not is most likely well-considered and a "damned if you do/damned if you don't" kind of thing. Baldwin has no choice but to "be in the public eye" and I'm sure he'd rather be anything but that at this moment.

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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc on course to keep lower house majority: exit polls See in context


Every country has its own version of government. People like ice cream. "Western nations" + South Korea = nothing sensible ever written except maybe a pamphlet written by the Japan Foundation. Or you. I'd just drop talking about "THE WEST." Remember, it's meaningless. Remember also that if you've got nothing to say, you can't hide that behind bromides. They won't save you from the inevitable collapse.

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Posted in: University student arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend See in context

Narcissism is a disease. When you are told that your behavior is not scene as cute or romantic but threatening, you would be horrified. A normal person would wake up and think, "oh my god, I didn't realize that!." This person may be sick with narcissism personality disorder. Stay away from such people.

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Posted in: Mother, boyfriend filmed themselves abusing her 3-year-old son before his death See in context

Is this a wide-spread problem or just bizarre crackpot criminals getting on the internet for doing horrendous unimaginable things?

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Posted in: Former Princess Mako says marriage was a 'necessary choice' See in context

Lots of things to enjoy in NYC, especially if you're rich. Broadway is starting to open up again, little by little. Go see a show. You'll never run out of things to do. What a life! They are lucky to escape. Get out while you can!

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Posted in: Film crew voiced complaints before fatal on-set shooting See in context

A charge of manslaughter against Alec Baldwin should be forthcoming.

Whaaat? How can actors be held responsible for props? It has nothing to do with their jobs. If he was told it was "cold" then the firing of a projectile is not his fault. You can't expect actors to know how to ensure it's clear or "cold." A professional has to do that. Now, he is a producer and there is where he could be in for some trouble. But that's speculation at this point.

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Posted in: Japanese woman finds wallet with ¥1 mil, does right thing, then something even better See in context

I lost my wallet a couple of years ago in Osaka with about 120,000 yen inside. I had just picked up baby-present money from my folks from western union. This being Japan, I was sure I would get it right back. No such luck.

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Posted in: Growing American football on Japanese turf See in context

A specially destructive sport in terms of health. This is proven to be extraordinarily dangerous by medical research. I can't believe this sport is growing when it should be shrunk out of existence. You have to be somewhat negligent to let your child play it.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over sexual assault in classroom See in context

Well, doing a little research, I see there are many cases like this with suspended sentencing. What a shame. Shame shame.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested over sexual assault in classroom See in context

This is quiet common.

This is likely only the 1% or less cases that actually reached the justice system, and not covered up by the school or the police.

Because of how weak the punishments are for these crimes, this guy will highly unlikely sit a single day in prison, and likely will get a suspended sentence if he gets prosecuted at all (which is again unlikely). Especially for rapes vs. minors, Japan courts have rarely punished the perpetrators. I will be shocked if this guy gets anything more than a suspended sentence. Unless someone died or severely injured in the attack, sexual assaults/rapes do not get prison sentences in Japan.

Furthermore, he will quickly recover his teaching license after a few years and can go on the hunt again at another school. There are also pretty much zero social consequences for teachers who sexually assaults their students, which allows these cases to continue and propagate.

I don't doubt that this goes unreported often but I'd be more inclined to believe it wouldn't reach a judge than to believe it gets all the way to guilty and then the sentence is actually suspended and he ends up back in the classroom. I guess it's possible. Do you have any links to cases where that happened? I'm just curious. Suspended sentence means he's found guilty. Are there statistics on this? There must be something. Do you state all this from knowledge or just guessing?

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Posted in: 5-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in Yokohama See in context

People drive unsafely where I live. It's a real problem. Sometimes they post a cop on the corner, maybe once a year. I'm in a suburb at the foot of a mountain and people seem very much in a hurry to zip to and from their houses. The streets are narrow with traffic going both ways and vehicles often having to stop to let each other get through. I live next to a turn and it's almost blind. Cars have to be very careful to make the turn because it's narrow. We live right on the road and we have very small children. I'm worried every day about this. I was thinking of building a fence but it's costly.

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency nationwide See in context

I wish they could speed up the boosters. They should really pull out the stops if it'll prevent further problems.

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Posted in: Boeing forecasts China’s airlines to require 8,700 new planes by 2040 See in context

There is a Lock Ness monster and also Big Foot. We have at least one photo of each. There are millions of Uighurs in this genocide you speak of but we can't find a single photo in this day and age.

I watched the BBC documentary and others on the supposed concentration camps. It doesn't even look like a prison. It looks like a school.

This brings back fond memories of university:

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Posted in: Ohtani, Osaka among TIME's 100 most influential people of 2021 See in context

"Naomi Osaka's humility and dedication to others has been spectacular to watch. It's incredibly meaningful that she has been able to talk honestly about struggling with her mental health and share with us her vulnerability," Wilson wrote.

Wouldn't it have been braver to NOT mention it to the world, but to deal with it privately? Or, perhaps she should have targeted the Japanese audience, maybe in the Japanese language, where racism and mental illness probably aren't discusses very much at all. I don't see Osaka as someone who's spoke articulately about any particular topics but maybe that's OK. This fad of the appearance of celebrity activism is tiresome. It's just that the narrative seems insincere and there are many other people who do have depth and influence.

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Posted in: Teens Raducanu, Fernandez advance to U.S. Open women's final See in context

Great young players who seem to be genuinely enjoying what they're doing. I hope the loser takes it easy too, especially as both will get big endorsement deals and have already achieved a lot. There's a lot of hard work, sweat, amazing mental and physical vitality and tons of luck on display. But they will become very rich forever. People like to see athletes enjoying their talents - especially as they do get to be immediately wealthy. These two seem to delight in the game and they've spread some cheer.

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Posted in: Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin washed away during typhoon in Japan See in context

@iron Lad I'm always interested to look at something new. Do you recommend any artists in particular? I always have to remind myself that one of the richest artists in the world is Japanese: Murakami. Maybe he's another example of a bad trend. I'd love to see something different.

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Posted in: Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin washed away during typhoon in Japan See in context

Why do people describe it as weird? Doesn’t she do kind of the same thing over and over again? And isn’t it kind of safe and easy? There is something in this concentrated repetition that seems representative of Japanese society/arts and crafts. That might seem “weird.”

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context

While Japan's commitment to world peace and non proliferation is a commendable act, one must face the stark reality that there are many nations with or developing nuclear weapons who have no such scruples or moral limitations.

Japan has no such commitment. It is a strong supporter of the nuclear umbrella and has been steadfastly against any reduction in nuclear weapons. It also lied to its own people for decades about letting nuclear ships through.

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Posted in: Man dies after being assaulted, thrown off bridge in Osaka See in context

I am being told that the perp was part Vietnamese and has been caught. Could be a rumor but this is what the Vietnamese online are saying.

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Posted in: Man dies after being assaulted, thrown off bridge in Osaka See in context

If filming this aids the police, then it will have been a good act. People here are making tons of assumptions about who did and didn’t do what and when. As for intervening, what would you have done? Do you recommend anyone to get involved? Anyone of any size and ability? I agree that it’s good if there’s someone who can but I don’t think I could have. I would recommend the average person to call the police. Scream as well and try to get their attention. Scream murder. But I wouldn’t advise the average man or women to physically get in between. A person who does, has my admiration.

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Posted in: Man dies after being assaulted, thrown off bridge in Osaka See in context

The videos were sickening and I'm sorry I watched them. If they do not get these guys, well...there's too much evidence for them to walk. They have to get them. In the States, they'd all be done up for murder and they'd be gone at least 20 years. Here, maybe only the one and, maybe, what, like 7? As for intervening, not me. I admire anyone who thinks they can do it and who thinks they'd know what to do. Maybe if I knew Brazilian jiu jitsu. I do not. That video is going to give me nightmares. How can someone have such little value for life?

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Posted in: Nursery school head may face charge over boy's death in bus See in context

Reading this makes me physically ill.

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Posted in: Will Suga's Olympic gamble pay off? See in context

"And that may actually still work, particularly if Japan happens to get a big medal haul."

Komiya-sensei, that's a whole lot of cynicism and contempt for the people. Say it ain't so!

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Posted in: Osaka says Djokovic, Michelle Obama, Phelps, others reached out to her See in context

An elite problem for the privileged few: "to press conference or not to press conference"; "to pick up the phone when Michelle Obama calls - or not." For many people, especially Americans, and she's basically an American, the issue is access to quality (mental) healthcare at all. It's generally very expensive. I hope she gives some of her riches to charities in this area.

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context


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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context


point taken. She’s mentioned it a bit in interviews. But she doesn’t speak up loudly about when, arguably, it’s very apparent in her experience. As for her country, yes, she can be whatever she likes since she’s rich and famous. Japan will take her as Japanese because of that. My only point is that she could do a lot of good in speaking up about Japan the way she speaks about the U.S. - especially considering how awfully she’s been treated in Japan.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context

There's some paradox here. She's Japanese but doesn't speak the language and hasn't lived here. Maybe she's rightly American in terms of what culture she's from; she's lived in the U.S. all her life. She criticizes the U.S., as is her right, on the issue of racism and is considered an activist. Her family suffered deeply from Japanese racism but she never criticizes Japan at all. Her success in Japan is monetary; she makes a fortune from Japanese companies. Maybe she has not once criticized racism in Japan.

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