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Posted in: Company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media See in context

I always find the best way to come across as being fun to be around, is to actually be fun to be around.

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Posted in: Dog bite incidents in Japan number in the thousands every year See in context

Leash control of dogs in Tokyo is generally pretty atrocious, many people I see are being taken for walks by their dogs.

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Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids See in context

If anyone ever refers to my daughter as 'Hafu' I ask the person "which half of her is Japanese? and does that mean my daughter is somehow incomplete and inferior?" usually they look at me like with a clueless expression like a surprised cat...

That's just stupid

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Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids See in context

I tend to agree with that Kibousha, those of us who live here know how much the locals like to shorten terms, sometimes pointlessly so and usually pretty annoyingly so.

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Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids See in context

I'm the proud father of 2 gorgeous girls, it doesn't really bother me when people say they are half because they aren't being derogatory but I think the whole 'my kids are double' thing is actually pretty lame. Personally, I use the term mixed race.

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Posted in: Do you think North Korea poses a real threat to Japan? See in context

Currently I feel they are a slight danger to Japan but more so to South Korea. They did shell that South Korean island not so long ago, so they aren't too scared to have a go.

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Posted in: Man beats stranger to death in order to get arrested See in context

Japan is weird, I do feel safer here out late, in that i'm less likely to get involved in a stupid fight or get mugged but I do feel more vulnerable to totally random nutters.

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Posted in: Trump White House sees 'deep state' behind leaks, opposition See in context

The US is a joke now, stand aside as the leader of the 'free' world. Pull the shutters down and throw custard pies at each other behind closed doors please.

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Posted in: Europe on knife edge of uncertainty, maybe catastrophe See in context

Northern Ireland SHOULD be back in the Republic and i'm an Englishman. Scotland however, voted to remain part of the union and there were no conditions set for the outcome of the EU ref, they didn't even try to set their original indyref after the EU ref, so i'm afraid you should live with that Scotland. SNP desperation!

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Posted in: Toshiba crisis shines light on Japan's corporate culture See in context

Toshiba crisis shines light on Japan's culture would be a more accurate headline.

It's not just corporate culture though is it, it runs right down from government through to schooling.

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Posted in: Cost of giving birth in Japan See in context

After reimbursement I think it cost me about 200,000 for the first one but the second was more expensive as it was c-section. not more than 400,000 though.

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Posted in: Turkey imposes sanctions on the Netherlands over ministers' treatment See in context

Turkey is using the migrant deal card already, ignore them and if they pull out of that deal, deport Turks in Europe.

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Posted in: Kristen Stewart says coming out is worthwhile if she can help others See in context

And in other news, seals have been observed humping penguins.

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Posted in: Celebrate pancakes with a maple syrup bath at famous Japanese hot spring resort See in context

Spent 2 nights down there with my kids and sister earlier this week, the children absolutely loved the place. This resort has the fun bath area, inside and out, that requires a swim suit and a proper Japanese style onsen area for traditional bathing. The novelty baths really just seem like scented water as opposed to really feeling like bathing in actual syrup, coffee or wine. It's a good bit of fun in the novelty area but better for young couples, young groups of friends or families with young children

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Posted in: Parents of children unable to enroll in daycare centers protest at Diet See in context

Think about how many new high rise buildings are springing up around Tokyo. This shortage could easily be rectified if planners stipulate some childcare space in these buildings.

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Posted in: 2 sisters die after car plunges into sea in Nagasaki See in context

Were they blindly following the navi? Awful for the family whatever the reason though.

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Posted in: What are some differences you have observed between waiters and waitresses in restaurants and cafes in Japan and other countries and also the way in which customers treat them? See in context

I do like the wet towels and constant glasses of water you get in restaurants here but yes I agree with others that special requests, even little ones, are sometimes denied without any good reason.

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Posted in: 3-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck; driver arrested See in context

Unfortunately see people driving too quickly down the little side streets, the worst culprits are the delivery scooter riders but the smallish delivery trucks can be pretty bad too. If the kid just darted out it's really rough on the driver but the police will establish what speed he was doing. Be sure to drive slowly and diligently down those little streets and if you have a child make sure they wear a helmet whilst riding a bicycle, no matter where they are.

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Posted in: Scotland says May's Brexit stance ups chance of new independence vote See in context

Whilst it is true that the outcome of the brexit referendum is highly unpopular in Scotland and has changed the opinions of people, the Scots knew well in advance there would be that referendum, so why the hell didn't they negotiate for their independence referendum to take place after the brexit one? It just isn't cricket to call for another referendum to try to force the desired result. Whether they now like it or not Scotland voted to stay in the union, nothing was conditional on the brexit vote, which whether we all like it or not, happened.

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Posted in: Scotland says May's Brexit stance ups chance of new independence vote See in context

Why should less than 10% of the British population have such a say on the fate of a nation? Sorry Scotland, you had your chance, I don't think another referendum should be held so soon, live with it. The next time a referendum is held it should be Britain wide but I suspect the English would now vote Scotland out of the union anyway because they hate Sturgeon.

Itsonlyrocknroll, you might well be aware now that the EUs stance against accommodating Scotlands wishes is that they don't want to encourage more dialogue with breakaway regions, such as The Basque.

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Posted in: Yoshinoya, Japan’s biggest beef bowl chain, now serving fried chicken in Tokyo See in context

^^^^^ You sure do now how to treat your ladies...

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Posted in: 5 Japanese words with cool ancient origin stories See in context

So according to Japanese nationalists the Japanese race is pure and unique. About as pure and unique as the roots of the language it would seem!

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Posted in: 129 stolen kindergarten application forms confiscated from man’s home See in context

I don't get it.....

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Posted in: Would you support a complete ban on smoking in public places in Japan? See in context

Stink your own house or car out by all means but not anywhere around my family..

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Posted in: If money were no object, would you buy an apartment, existing home, or have one built to order in Japan? See in context

I'd build a strong house on high ground near a beach in southern Izu.

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Posted in: Japan's silver-tongued Lotharios sell dreams to lonely women See in context

I saw a western host outside a club in Kabukicho and he looked bloody hilarious, had the full on J-host hair, winkle picker boots etc it wasn't a good look for him and he looked very sheepish indeed when he clocked me haha.

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Posted in: Former Nova teacher pleads guilty to defrauding students in Hawaii bank scam See in context

Those were some expensive English lessons!

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy killed after being hit by truck in Kagawa; driver arrested See in context

I don't know about Japan but in England I got hit by a car when I was 11 and was hospitalized for 6 weeks. It was my fault , as I skated straight out into the road apparently (I don't remember anything past leaving my house, late to meet a friend) and the driver or drivers insurance company sued my parents for the damage to the car.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy killed after being hit by truck in Kagawa; driver arrested See in context

I think in most countries if a pedestrian is hit and killed the driver will initially be arrested pending an investigation but not necessarily charged.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy killed after being hit by truck in Kagawa; driver arrested See in context

Jeez I actually feel quite sorry for this driver. I can't even imagine letting my almost 2 year old cross our street alone and it's about 2 meters wide with hardly any traffic.

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