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Posted in: Planning a BBQ? Not if you want to save the planet See in context

BBQs?! What a sensational headline. Some people eat McDonald's every week. There are people that eat McDonald's every day. Ever seen their sign in the USA? BILLIONS served.

I don't disagree that we need to consume less meat. This is a must. But talking about BBQs? How about lab meat, veggie burgers, halving your fast food outings.

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Posted in: Low voter turnout expected among politically apathetic youth See in context

A: "what's your hobby"

B: "sleeping"

A: "are you going to vote"

B: "no"

A: "wow, that seems so surprising"

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Posted in: Reports say suspect in deadly Kyoto arson attack had grudge See in context

"Small office buildings are not required to have sprinklers." 33 dead 30 more injured... maybe its time to rethink this. If 70 people can work in a "small" building with ZERO fire protection its might not be the best law/rule to not have.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context


SJToday  09:25 am JST

South Korea and Japan are both democracies

Many people thank that Japan is democracy, and I also had thought so. But recently I found it is not at all"

SJ got downvoted heavily for this, but sadly they are partly right. Japan has a VERY effective illusion of freedom. They are ranked around very low when it comes to freedom of press and freedom of speech and such things the represent a TRUE democracy. Just yesterday a few hecklers at an Abe speech, in public (not at a closed rally or speech), yelled "no new taxes". Plain closed police forcibly removed these people. If that isn't oppressive. I don't know what is. The government all but 100% controls the news outlets and media. Sure Japan is nice and safe and peaceful... but it definitely comes at a price that the vast majority of people have are unaware they are paying.

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Posted in: S Koreans boycott Japanese beer See in context

You know what South Korea and Japan have in common? They both love watery weak beer. They should take that fact and use it to get along better, no use it to fight more.

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Posted in: Trump says he does not have 'racist bone' in his body See in context

"He didn't say anything racist. "

This makes me feel disgusted to the core of my being.

This makes me sick to my stomach: "To label Donald Trump racist is plainly incorrect. How can he be?

His wife is from Slovenia and his daughter is married to a Jew!" That is like saying we have black friends, we can't possibly say anything bad or do no harm. This type of mentality is disgusting.

I want to ignore all this. Everything inside screams to just ignore it and become apathetic to it. But I am too angry and disgusted by the MASSIVE amounts of terrible horrible people in this world that think comments like this are okay.

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Posted in: Bitpoint Japan finds extra ¥250 mil of cryptocurrency stolen abroad See in context

"The thing that everyone touts about them is blockchain and how it's essentially an open, easily traceable log of all transactions. How it's totally safe and transparent because everyone can see where every transaction went and who was involved"

you obviously have ZERO idea how it works. And this is 99% incorrect. So maybe before you call something a joke, you should learn what it is actually is and how it actually works.

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Posted in: Japanese firms to offer telework to ease traffic jams during 2020 Games See in context

Here let me fix that ya: "Japanese firms to offer telework and joins the rest of the world from 2005 to ease all the wasted time at work that where nothing really gets done, but only for one month because drones can't live long outside the hive"

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Posted in: Bitpoint Japan finds extra ¥250 mil of cryptocurrency stolen abroad See in context

I am a huge proponent of cryptocurrency. Its here to stay. Plain and simple. Whine all you want. Its here and its not going anywhere. That being said... its like Nuclear power andJapan... do you REALLY want Japanese in charge of it? I swear that the majority of crypto hacks I read about are from Japanese exchanges.

Coincheck and Mt. Gox where not enough?? Nope. They didn't learn a thing.

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Posted in: Hokkaido ski resort tackles growing tension between Japanese, foreign residents See in context

"Japanese proficient in English"

" Hello. Please have a chair. Nice to meet me. Sorry no crejito cardo for gakukujin-san. Thank you very much"

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Posted in: Japanese people least likely to talk to strangers or offer help on airplanes, survey finds See in context

"Again, with Japanese being a comparatively less-spoken language than many others"

Not an excuse at all (they should all be speaking English by now anyway and language is only about 15% of communication.) And also not true at all. How amny languages nsre there. 200 major languages. 1000s of minor languages. Japanese is 12th or 13th in the world

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Posted in: Comedians pocketed up to ¥1 million from alleged crime group See in context

A million yen!!! The horror. The amount most celebs make for a 5 sec radio commercial.

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Posted in: Japan-South Korea trade dispute threatens global tech market See in context

wow. This entire article is EXACTLY what I was talking about in my massively down voted post a few days ago "This is a Japan Korea thing, but this is hurting the west too..." \ Typical Japan today users.

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Posted in: Japan rejects S Korean calls for scrapping of tech export curbs See in context

This is a Japan Korea thing, but this is hurting the west too. All those chip manufacturers that ship chips to your phone, your gpu, basicly most of the ram in the world, comes from Korea. And is dependent on timely delivery of Japanese chemicals. Ram is cheaper today than it has been in over TWO years. Expect prices to triple again, like have been for about 60% of the last two years. That means more expensive computers, gpus, and phones for everyone. So Japan is trying to bully Korea, but really just shooting itself in the foot, and everyone else in the world who buys modern electronics. (Hynix and Samsung are the two largest memory makers in the entire world, both South Korean)

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for possession of marijuana See in context

"i dont understand why mj is big deal there"

Says the person who never tried it. I don't drink these days and the worst thing about Japan, seriously, 100% honest, is no weed (i know it's here, but not worth the risk here, to me). I take almost yearly vacations around the world just to smoke and injest MJ.

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Posted in: Nintendo answers questions on VR, 5G and staying behind the trends See in context

"staying behind the trends"

I had to laugh at this. Don't get me wrong Nintendo does a lot of good. But this isn't one of them. No or limited voice chat.... How is that a good thing. The examples are plentiful.

Nintendo will always do its own thing. And that's good. But "staying behind the trends" is becuase Nintendo makes games and consoles for Japan FIRST and Japan is "staying behind the trends". It's really that simple. PC gaming in Japan. Behind the test of the world. Even Capcom could not believe how well Monster Hunter Sold on PC. One of their first okay PC games. They were like... Oh maybe people play PC games out side of Japan. We didn't know that. Same goes for online chatting and such. Japan is in the minority. I used to play a lot gas and mp games online. Jump on a team of randos. No problem. I'm playing on Japanese servers... No Japanese people chattinf. No Japanese want to team up. It's just not very much into their gaming culture to jump on and chat especially with randos. The test of world, 90% of the gaming world, no probkem. So honestly I think it's just Nintendo not looking past their boarders to even realize what the trends are. Why was the Game Boy VR thing and a Wii U such a failure? The Wii Uwas 100% impossible to market outside of Japan. They never considered how sell something called a U with Miis and Wiis? Yeah... That might fly in Japan... But not in most languages. I bet if they had changed the name it would have sold 5x better.

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for possession of marijuana See in context

"Can you call it cannabis please."

In Japan cannabis refers to both the legal strain of hemp and archaically illegal strain of marijuana.

"It IS legal for recreational use here, but it also has SIDE EFFECTS." We are talking about alcohol and tobacco right?

"an ounce, a kilo? " Are you kidding. If it was more than a gram it would have made the headlines. It would be announced over the neighborhood emergency speakers. I think the largest bust ever in the history of Japan was 3 grams (sarcasm). If they found an ounce on this guy, I am not sure they have a jail dark enough and a pit deep enough to lose him in.

Legalize it! Join 2003!

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

insert meme here: Japanese IT specialist "is this a password?"

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Posted in: Two 19-year-old drivers arrested for racing each other 6 kms down mountain road See in context

Minors?! This joke is still going on? Old enough to vote.... Yet still minors.

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Posted in: Depopulation in Japan leads company to renovate two apartments into one huge living space See in context

Lol. "Huge". Most plots of land in Japan are smaller than I want for my dog's yard.

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Posted in: TOEIC drops out of Japan's new university entrance exam See in context

What does this really change?

First off PLENTY of schools have their own in-house or privately outsourced entrance exam. 2 of the 3 universities I have worked for have. And the 3rd one had an in house grammar test along with the TOIEC Bridge.

And why boo hoo for all the students who had been studying for TOEIC. They are still going to take TOEIC, probably 4 more times AT LEAST by the time they graduate. I am sure there are some out there but every uni I know of has the students take the TOEIC at least twice while enrolled in English classes.

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Posted in: Abe criticized for calling elevator installation at Osaka Castle 'mistake' See in context

I am a castle otaku. Been to around 60+. I have hit 30 of the official "Japan top 100". Osaka castle ranks as one of the worst. The outside looks great. Take a picture and leave. I agree the inside is terrible and the crowds make it worse.

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

Finally, part of 1995 has arrived in Japan. Now for the rest of the the 90s, 00s and 10s to catch up as well.

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Posted in: Olympic spectators may be allowed to bring own drinks to beat heat See in context

I sure hope sure. And to the dismay of Japan I can promise you many will also bring dat weed.

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Posted in: Abe criticized in Diet after pension report highlights income-savings gap See in context

Aiming and on track (possible with a tiny teacher's salary) to save 100 million by retirement. Not even counting nenkin, just icing on the cake. Why people put so much faith in the state is beyond me. Its great when they are there, but don't count on it. The state isn't there for you, its there for itself. Sorry.... I keep calling it the state. I mean "Japanese society".

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

Lol what. I am planning and on target for 100millon yen to retire. That is what couple retiring TODAY should have.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer facing marijuana charge released on bail See in context

"Wow, 2.2 grams of weed! Must be they were planning to sell most of it!"

you have to be kidding. That's 2 20$ joints, legal in 25% of the world.

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Posted in: Police question man for not looking good in a suit; turns out he bought it with stolen money See in context

"So perhaps it was due to the country’s high fashion standards

"High fashion standards in Japan?? This is the most ridiculous statement this year. :)))"

Lol. You mean potato sacks, shoes that don't fit, clothes that are too big and lace whatever are not high fashion?

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Posted in: 3 dead as high temperatures continue across Japan See in context

Its 2019 in supposedly one of the most educated countries in the world. With the 3rd highest GDP in the world. How does this stuff happen?

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Posted in: Japan to stop labeling people unmarried at 50 as 'lifelong singles' See in context

Woah!!! Hold on a second. I was about the bang out an angry reply that the government can't just mandate some change in language that is created from society. But then it states this was the terminology used by the government themselves?! Omg LOL.

I have a proposal. From this point on all Japanese news tv and print and internet must now refer to the Japanese government as "バカきょうりゅう"

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