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Posted in: Ninjas 'sneak' into Abe's office to ask for tourism promotion See in context

Sorry, but I find this recent ninja stuff a bit cheesy. Japan has more than enough accurate and traditional culture to promote tourism. Besides it was my understanding ninjas were more spies than anything else. And their main dress was normal clothes in order to blend into the population. I know this is coming off as sour... but there are places in Japan that still make soy sauce with 750 year old methods... Why try to promote some made up cartoon version of a piece of Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

I'll wear a blue MATFA (Make America Trump Free Again) hat with a Bernie 2020 on the back! I always vote, but don't openly show my support. For 2020, if the dems can muster up someone without two red horns on her forehead, I will be glad to publicly show my support in order to MATFA.

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Posted in: 4K, 8K ultra-high-definition broadcasting begins in Japan See in context

Japan is just NOW getting 4k programming?!

You have been able to get it from netflix for years now.

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Posted in: Prince's remarks become hot topic in Japan See in context

"baffling senior bureaucrats of the Imperial Household Agency". Yeah, I know, right?! Saying the right thing, speaking your mind, and saying something logical must be pretty baffling for those in power in Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese folk rituals approved as UNESCO intangible heritage See in context

You get UNESCO! You get UNESCO! Everyone gets UNESCO!

Yeah. Japan does seem to be taking the shotgun approach with UNESCO applications. 9 our 10 get rejected. That's okay, we only put in 100 last year so we still got 10 accepted.

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Posted in: Osaka to host 2025 World Expo See in context


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Posted in: Supporters of foreign workers call for same pay, permanent residence See in context

Same pay!!! Ha! The first university I worked for created a new level LOWER than lowest official instructor level (below joshu or jyokyo or koshi) just for "foreigner language teachers" so they could legally get away with paying far less than any other employee at the school. If universities that get government money and are audited regulatory by the government can so easily get away with this, what about all the lesser companies with far less oversight.

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Posted in: N Korean official urges Japan to apologize over forced labor See in context

That's a joke right? North Korea's motto is "we force you to work or we kill you:

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Posted in: Anti-doping body to be established in Japan ahead of 2020 Olympics See in context

Or in other words "the Russians Allowed Committee"

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Posted in: Gov't considering Y10 trillion stimulus to offset sales tax hike: sources See in context

", the "debt crisis" is not a major issue unlike other Nations with huge foreign debt and interest."

You are right. Its worse! Because the dept is in the hands of the people. Everyone taking out 20 year mortgages every 20 years to build a new house. People taking out 6 year care loans every 6 years to buy a new car every 6 years. 60% of the young now go to college... taken out student loans. Nearly every person in Japan is in dept. That is FAR worse national foreign dept.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

Sounds like a spoiled child: "Japan doesn't treat the United States fairly on trade."

And just like a child he fires Sessions during a tantrum.

Japan, ignore this guy, do whats best for you right now. In two years when some normalcy returns we can talk about trade again.

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Posted in: Police investigate speeding case after driver posts footage online See in context

"A passion? Another flawed argument. You compare a car travelling at 280kph with a set of expensive headphones or a personal computer? Are you serious? I wonder how many people have been killed by a $5,000 computer or a set of $1500 headphones. Perhaps they were killed by their wives for spending so much.

Domestic cars do not need the ability to travel at speeds in excess of national speed limits. There is not any logical reason for them to do so."

I guess you didn't read my comment. He should have kept it on the track. My other passions also include fast motorcycles and sports cars (though I can't quite afford either that go up to 280, but would 100% love to drive a car and motorcycle one day that speed... on track). And yes its a passion. The average person who buys viechils that can triple and quadrupedal the speed limit tend to be passionate about cars and motorcycles. My point is do you really think I put my 5000$ to the limit 100% of the time? Of course not. Its not like people driving GT-R are zooming down every street at 280. I drive a dinky Kei-car to work all the time. I pass dudes driving 300hp WRX STIs. They could smoke my car in a second. But they are driving slower than me. They enjoy that car for the engineering, for the styling, and for the POTENTIAL! That is what you are 100% missing.

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Posted in: Police investigate speeding case after driver posts footage online See in context

"My mind is still boggled as to why car manufacturers spend so much time and money producing domestic cars that will do these speeds when speed limits in most countries are 100-120kph."

Same reason people like me spend over $5,000 on a PC when most spend 1k. Or I spend $1500 on headphones when most spend 100$ or less. It's a passion.

But this guy should have stayed on the track

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Posted in: Car hits and kills 15-year-old cyclist; driver arrested See in context

Honestly asking: if a person is riding a bike and using their cellphone, has headphones in both ears, and/or holding an umbrella (all illegal in Japan), and a car hits them, is the driver still charged with the same severity of crime?

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Posted in: Japan's youth suicides hit 30-year high See in context

Free that weed and loosen up society a little. Put the cell phone down. I teach 20 year old that have about as much life expreeince as the average 12 year old back in the states/UK. Then bam work 60 hour weeks the second they graduate college (now that 60% are going to college), and the other 40% are working blue collar labor jobs, 6 days a week also 60 hours. Whats your hobby? Getting off work staring at my cell phone till I fall asleep. But.... you stare at your cell phone as your walk to your car, drive your car, and walk down the street.

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Posted in: Elderly Japanese pine for return to 'lost' northern islands See in context

Just a humble brag. I have an original map with these islands still part of Japan.

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Posted in: British woman sues Japanese university over power harassment See in context

70,000,000 yen is not a lot to ask. That is about 6.5 years salary at professor level at Ritsumeikan. Her reputation was forever tarnished because of them before the lawsuit. Trust me, I know people who have had their CV thrown in trash for far less. The academic world in Japan is a small community and a very competitive one at associate professor and professor level. And someone correct me if I am wrong, but once you get promoted to professor, it comes with tenure. So she wasn't just denied a promotion, she was denied job security, which is worth far more than 6 years salary. Trust me, I have been on a one year contract for my first 10 years in Japan. Its hell not knowing where your life is going next year until the last minute year after year. I only now got a 3 year contract. That added years to my life just because of the decreased stress of worrying about tomorrow.

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Posted in: 13 arrested for groping, theft after Shibuya Halloween chaos See in context

""I fear Shibuya will be labeled a scary place." Lol... just visit any city in the EU or USA. Its called normal life.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. and tell Americans to stop building disputed military base See in context

Either he is woefully naive. Or he 100% knows this is pointless and is only doing it to appease his constituents. I say 50/50 either way. Both sad.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

The core values of the three nations are still the same.

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

"I am so happy that the three northeast Asian nations take the same stand against the drug use. The core values of the three nations are still the same."

LOL! I guess gaijin know more about Asia and Japan. Because Korea and Japan have had a LONGER history of marijuana use than the USA. They have had marijuana in their culture longer than the USA and Canada where even colonized. I am only an "outsider" but even I know that there are government run hemp farms in Japan that make the hemp clothes for the Japanese emperor to wear. And that marijuana was used in shinto rituals for hundreds of years. The only reason marijuana was outlawed is because of the US occupation in Japan and US led NATO forced basically running Korea for 3 years the continued NATO presence in South Korea. You do realize that in North Korea, still Korean, still Asian, marijuana is legal.

"The core values of the three nations are still the same." So in this case core values = keeping its citizen's mind in a box expecting them to never truly question. Yep, I 100% agree

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Posted in: Japan, 2 other Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada See in context

I think pigs are starting to sprout wings when China is starting to sound like the level headed nation:

Chinese in its jurisdiction — and students in particular — "to avoid contact with and use of marijuana for the sake of ensuring your own physical and mental health."

> Most outsiders wouldn’t understand

Lol. I agree with you, but while most outsiders wouldn't understand, zero Japanese people do either.

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Posted in: Quake shock absorber maker says products may have been used nationwide See in context

This is really getting out of hand. Japan needs to start throwing these people in prison and start rewarding whistle blowers. Its the only way to get these companies to act like a decent human adult should act in this day and age.

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Posted in: After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world See in context

Guess who is getting my tax dollars, if you know what I mean? Not Japan. Places like Canada will reap in extra sales tax from me.

"It will never happen in any central Asian country." Not true Malaysia, belive it or not, is already in talks to allow medical marijuana. Surprise surprise, something Japan will not even talk about talking to consider talking about the possibility of discussing the possible testing of medical marijuana.

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Posted in: Gov't considers 10-day holiday period around 2019 imperial succession See in context

As Uni teacher this will do me zero good. I will either have to teacher anyway. Or it will just eat into my regular vacation. Do you really think a 16 week semester isn't going to be 16 weeks? They are going to have is teach 16 weeks worth of classes one way or the other, so this is zero days off most teachers unless I am missing something.

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Posted in: Mother, daughter killed in crash; truck driver arrested See in context

I ride the express way every day to work. One thing I NEVER do is cruise behind or in front of a truck. Certainly never between two trucks.

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Posted in: New Okinawa governor urges government to move U.S. base out of prefecture See in context

What a surprise!!!

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Posted in: American DJ David Morales arrested in Japan for ecstasy possession See in context

MDMA is close to being legalized for a depression. Marijuana is now legal in Canada and half the USA. What many of you think of "dangerous drugs" is just archaic.

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Posted in: New governor vows all-out efforts to block base move within Okinawa See in context

Thats great and all, but maybe Okinawa should focus on something a little more important. Because if you somehow get ALL the US bases to magically disappear from Okinawa, guess what? Okinawa will still be ranked 47th out of 47 poorest prefecture in Japan.

"and the people here have no desire to be independent either." When I visited Okinawa and from what I have read, that is not the impression I got. I very much understood that a decent percentage of people do want to be independent from Japan.

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Posted in: With grid now crowdsourced, digital maps can steer you wrong See in context

Open source maps are the future. I prefer that having monolopy companies have control. With a monopoly company no one has control. So with maps they can high light one buisness while hiding another. Sure with open source people can put false information but we police it rather than some company whose motivations are only money. I swear by open source maps. I use them on my motorcycle GPS. Japan is one of those countries with such a monopoly on GPS maps. The have forbidden any non Japanese gps device from using maps of Japan. No Tom tom. No Garmin. You have to buy in Japan from japan. (Garmin does sell one model, but only though Garmin Japan and it's been discontinued outside Japan for 3 years and costs 3x the price of newer Garmin modles in the west).

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