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Posted in: Could you marry an otaku? Japanese people rank the geek hobbies they’d let slide for love See in context

I don't think it matters what your partner is interested in, just how much they are into it. There's a world of difference between being a passionate enthusiast and a crazed obsessive. The important thing is that they are able to balance their interest with being a functioning member of the family/society.

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

I find it hard to binge watch as I usually get a bit tired after two or three hours of something. If I like a show I tend to watch it over a few evenings. When I was a student I watched both series of Spaced in a single day, which must have been about six hours.

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Posted in: What are some ways that living with a spouse are different from living with someone you’re going steady with? See in context

Day-to-day life with the wife didn't change much after we got married. Just had to find a place to put the wedding ring at night so I didn't lose it.

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Posted in: Japan stays perfect on road to World Cup See in context


Looks like we found out what happened to all those 90's goalkeeper shirts.

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Posted in: What's your view on workplace romances? See in context

I think adults should be able to do what they please as long as they are willing to face up to the consequences of doing so. The only situation that I can think of where it is any business of the company is if one partner is the direct supervisor of the other.

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Posted in: Japan is changing and trying to increase communication-based learning, but it will take decades to catch up with China See in context


I think they mean learning where the goal is to be able to communicate (i.e. make yourself understood to a conversation partner even if your English isn't perfect).

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Posted in: More young Japanese men romantically involved with older female coworkers than younger ones: survey See in context

Half of the lovers are only 1-3 years older than the man so while they are technically older, I don't think it is all that different from having a lover the same age or 1-3 years younger. My wife is two years older than me and I don't think she would appreciate it if I told her she has a "mature atmosphere."

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Posted in: 'Queer Eye' mini-series takes detour to Japan See in context

I'm curious, but western TV doesn't have the best track record of handling Japan. I hope the "heroes" are relatively normal Japanese and not the 'quirky' stereotypes that usually get trotted out (super-otakus, idol fanboys, kawaii-obsessed airhead girls, etc.)

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Posted in: 7 taken to hospital after mini-truck plows into group of children in Tokyo See in context


It's infuriating. I'm currently getting my license and rules about lights and zebra crossings are covered very thoroughly in he theory section. The problem is that the majority of drivers on the road (including the guy in the article) probably got their license more than 30 years ago. I wonder if they are ever required to take refresher courses to remind them/explain things that have changed.

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Posted in: What do you think of the names that Japanese automakers give to their cars? See in context

We have a Daihatsu Thor, which despite the name is not a very powerful car.

I also enjoy annoying my kids by shouting "You're not my real wagon!" every time we see a Honda Stepwagon.

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Posted in: How difficult is it for you to avoid to looking at work-related emails on your days off? See in context

I'm freelance so I check it every few hours but if my kids are home (evenings and weekends) I only respond to something if its truly urgent. I always put my phone away in my office before I go to bed.

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Posted in: The program will have a positive impact because it provides timely support to child-rearing households considering having more children. See in context

The savings our family has made through this program, while welcome, have been more than offset by an increase in our health insurance payments. Also, even though hoikuen is now free for our oldest child, we still have to pay for required extras like hats and smocks. If a family is seriously considering whether to have another child, I doubt this will be enough to tip the scales.

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Posted in: Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League See in context

The Liverpool vs Salzburg game was fun one for the neutrals. Although I'm a bit suspicious about a big corporation owning multiple clubs in different countries, Red Bull seem to be doing a good job of scouting and developing players.

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Posted in: Vinyl records, paper books and magazines are showing growth in some markets. For example, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl album sales grew 12.9% in the first half of this year. What do you think is keeping these old formats going in the digital age? See in context

I still read paper books because I like to go to the library and choose a book based on its cover and blurb. It means I read things I probably would not have come across searching online. It's also a nice break from looking at screens. My Gran has switched to e-books because she can make the font bigger. Different formats meet different needs, so I think there will always be demand for old and new.

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Posted in: After the Oct 1 rise in the consumption tax from 8% to 10%, do you think the one-yen and five-yen coins will gradually disappear from circulation? See in context

If 5 yen coins disappear from circulation, what will people use for shrine visits?

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Posted in: Japan's first free water refill app, MyMizu beta version, now available for download See in context

If I'm in an unfamiliar area, I usually open up Google maps and look for the nearest park. Probably about 8 times out of 10 it has a water fountain.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

I've got into a weird habit of adding "ne" to the end of English sentences when I'm talking to my kids. Last time I was in the UK I became hyper-aware of it and irritated myself no end.

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Posted in: What to do if you are stopped by the police in Japan See in context

This article seems to be aimed at British fans in particular and the message is ”Keep your trousers on." Fair enough. The rugby team at my school would strip themselves naked at the drop of a hat (sometimes for charity, often not).

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Posted in: Having a ball See in context

Mascot for the next World Cup in Australia?

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Posted in: Former Empress Michiko to have surgery for breast cancer on Sunday See in context

Hope it goes well and the cancer is totally removed through the surgery. There are no real positives when it comes to cancer but a removal without the need for chemical or radiation treatments is probably the best outcome for a bad situation.

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Posted in: 15 rude things not to do on trains in Japan See in context

No. 6 really annoyed me when I lived in the Kanto area. It's really simple - first the people getting off get off, and then the people on the platform get on. It was amazing the amount of barging and shoving some people were willing to do in the slim chance of getting a seat.

Now I live in the inaka I don't take the trains often enough to get bothered by much, but people (usually high schoolers) eating McDonald's can be annoying. I have no problem with people eating on trains, but choose something that doesn't stink out the entire carriage.

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Posted in: Peach Aviation 1st Japanese carrier to drop S Korea flights See in context

LCCs operate on really fine margins (which is why they are so cheap), so a service needs to be about 80% full on every flight or it gets dropped quickly. This is almost certainly an economic decision.

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Posted in: Flat-packed cities: Wooden skyscrapers sprout over concrete concerns See in context

Although it's better than concrete, I wouldn't really describe their properties as an "advantage," just slightly less of a burden. Once wood and bamboo start becoming used in greater quantities, I'm sure it will result in other negative effects on the environment. Urbanization and environmental conservation are not really compatible.

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Posted in: Japan’s problem with noise pollution See in context


A few years ago I had finally got my infant daughter to sleep when she was woken up by one of those cars blaring out the promise of "a quiet neighborhood in which to raise your family."

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Posted in: Johnson assures Abe of smooth Brexit See in context

Caption for the photo above:

Johnson: "Brexit will be smooth."

Abe: "That's a good one. Did I tell you about the time I told everyone Fukushima is under control?"

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Posted in: 5 parakeets stolen from pet store in Fukuoka Pref See in context

I grew up in West Africa and a lot of my friends had African Greys. They are incredible mimics. One of my friends' parrot could mimic the sound of the phone as well as the footsteps of the person running to answer it. The thieves better be careful not to make any incriminating sounds.

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Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad? See in context

Marmite, tea, Oxo cubes, and liquorice allsorts.

I also bring back treacle, although I'm sure there must be a Japanese alternative.

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Posted in: Powerful storm lashes parts of Japan; snarls holiday travel See in context

We're getting level 3 warnings here in Okayama which seems about right (stay alert and elderly people should consider evacuating). The wind doesn't seem too bad but after last year's floods everyone is a little wary of the heavy rainfall.

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Posted in: Have you ever used a capsule hotel in Japan? If so, what was the experience like? See in context

I sometimes use them when traveling alone because they often have really good baths. One person snoring can ruin your night's sleep though.

I remember staying at a really small, run-down one in Hiroshima around twelve years ago. When I went to the bath, it was just me and an older Japanese guy. He looked like a really ordinary salary man, maybe about 60 years old, in a plain grey suit. However, when he took it off he was completely covered in tattoos, neck to ankle. Added a little colour to my trip (literally).

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of teleworking? See in context

@reckless: No, but only because my wife also often works from home.

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