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Posted in: Toyota gives Corolla a sporty makeover to draw young drivers See in context

Young people?! Most don't care about cars anymore. Initial D generation is long gone. And the young can hardly afford a scooter. How are they going to get a car they don't want. They want Cute Eco Box.

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Posted in: 6 types of students language teachers will meet in Japan See in context

"1. The Whisperer"

The bane of my classrooms. Literally. "Oki koe kudasai" "psssspspspsssssss". "Kikoenai. Oki Koe. Mo ikai". "pssssssspppssssssp" ""Kikoenai! Oki Koe! Mo ikai kudasai.". No change. Nothing. Its one of the few times I use my terrible Japanese in the classroom. I want them to be 100% clear and I can not hear them and I want them to speak up. The simply repeat whatever they said at exactly the same volume. It makes me want to cave my head in sometimes. And we are talking about ADULTS! An ADULT that is legally able to vote now. An adult that can follow the simple request of someone begging you to speak louder because physics prevents them from physically hearing you, yet you hold 100% of the power to remedy the situation and are even given instruction on how to do so.

This isn't about motivation. Or good English or bad English. Or about any of my abilities as a teacher. It's just insanity. You are sitting so far away and its 40C and the aircon is on. I physically can't hear you. I am telling you in your native tongue that I physically can't hear you. I am telling you to say it again louder and you 100% completely ignore 2 or 3 or 4 times and don't change the volume of your voice at all. I have no words to explain this phenomenon other than shear bewilderment.

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Posted in: Japanese firms shift to clean energy despite state's cling to nuclear power See in context

"While Japan's government clings to atomic power even after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, its private sector is moving ahead with more use of renewables to power"

Just replace "atomic power" and "more use of renewables to power" with anything and everything and you described pretty much every action J-gov takes.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

I guess I don't have very good survival instincts. I was still in bed asleep. It woke me up for sure, and I just sat there jiggingling. I said to my wife, "boy this sure is a strong one" and went back to sleep (I have monday morning off). I agree, in a decade that was probably the strongest I ever felt. Wonder what it will take for me to actually get me out of bed (that being said I was on the 10th floor in a building during a much weaker quake and the entire building was swaying left and right. I made it to the 3rd floor by the time the building stopped swaying)

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Posted in: Over 2,000 fire ants discovered in Osaka; 2 people hurt See in context

lol. 2,000 found.

2,000,000,000,00,000,000 not found.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to lower adulthood age to 18 See in context

"@stepoutsidethebox: I'm not asking this to attack you but, what made you think that?"

It is hard to explain this without sounding judgemental, because I am not.

I think Japanese people, on average, seem to mature into independency later than many western culture. I think this is because of the way society in Japan runs. Kids stay closer to home more and longer than in the west. Schools raise kids more than they do in the west and kids can largely depend on those around them like school and family to take care of nearly everything. I have taught college kids a long time. Smart, but largely clueless about the world around. If it isn't on one of their tests from school, they often don't know about it. I am constantly astonished by how unfamiliar many of my students are with common day things. How to google something, how to use MS word, what "billing address" means. They were never taught any of those things in school, or club, and its not one of their hobbies, so they don't know it. But once kids leave school, leave the house, they seem to grow instantly. It's like night and day I don't get it. Japanese are fast learners I suppose, but they don't seem to learn until they are on their own forced to learn by themselves and not being spoon fed which is often what Japanese society does until they leave school and enter the workforce.

I had my first job when I was 16. Many Japanese do not work until they are in university, some not until they are out of uni. I had my first girlfriend when I was 16. My first car when I was 16. Again these things come later in Japanese society. There is nothing wrong with that at all. Its not a race. And I don't want to say "maturity" but I think the average experience of an 18 year from the west is much greater than the experience of an 18 year old in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to lower adulthood age to 18 See in context

I know this will get down voted.... but I have lived in Japan over a decade and have taught 18-25 year old students for a long time. I hate to say this. Its just the way their society is wired, but I think they should RAISE the age to 22 or 24.

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Posted in: 100 kgs of Japanese cherries stolen in Niigata See in context

Lol, I will never taste them either way. I think it was here just the other day that someone said in Japan they spend 12% of their income on food and in the USA its only 4%. I sure don't buy fruit with my own cash. Luckly my in-laws gives fruit from time to time and my wife gets fruit as presents a good bit. There is one exception. Every winter I buy 30kg of buntans (文旦) from Kochi. Oh my god, what an amazing fruit. One of my top 3 favorite foods.

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Posted in: Pet insurance market in Japan expanding due to rising vet bills See in context

I second that Yubaru. I don't the massive divide we see in how they treat animals here. On one hand you have families that treat their dog like a another person family member. Even getting insurance for them. On the only other hand you have puppy Mills that the public is ignorant of and/or apathetic of. I read there are more cat and dog pets in Japan than children. Yet Japan still has a catch and kill order for strays killing 500,000 a year. Animal cruelty court cases are about 50 a year, whole animal cruelty convictions in the UK are about 500. Animal right overall need to increased and more importantly elevated to awareness. Only a few celebrities advocate such things. Back on the USA its a regular thing to see an animal shelter in your neighborhood and have the local news show some puppies and kitties for adoption.i only seen that once in Japan and of course it was more just for some variaty show to get something cute to show.

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Posted in: 60,000 elderly drivers in Japan suspected of having dementia: police See in context

In other news 60,000,000 million non elders drivers were found simply be terrible drivers igorong red lights, not using indicators, texting while driving, installing TVs over the steering wheel, having their children stand up in the car, and not know what "right of way" means.

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Posted in: Anime adaptation of popular novel canceled after offensive tweets See in context

Half my students don't even know that Japan was once a colonial power at one point. The setting of this manga would have baffled them. (What do they teach these kids in school?!?)

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Posted in: 39-year-old driver arrested over road rage incident on Tokyo expressway See in context

Sounds like TWO road rage incidents. Honking for 3km sounds like harassment. But also let me guess... The guy who merged did this: merged, 90% complete merging action, finish action, then look to see any vehicles are around them.

You need to be aware of cars in front of you, to the side and behind! And they are called indicators, not 'winkers'. We call them indicators because they are supposed to indicate what you are about to do. I promise if he had used his indicator, the truck would have given a little honk saying, hey buddy I am right here, don't merge yet.

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Posted in: Man arrested for driving among pedestrians at Shibuya scramble crossing See in context

Nothing to see here. I can totally understand the confusion. The light was red and Japanese people are not taught what that means.

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Posted in: Japanese couple attacked in Honolulu face $50,000 in medical costs See in context

A: Who in the world travels without travel insurance?

B: The USA seriously needs to be ashamed of its medical system

C: What an ultra specific knee jerk reaction " Japanese consulate to issue a warning Tuesday for tourists to avoid public restrooms in Kakaako". So a public restroom anywhere in the world is okay.

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Posted in: Idol group AKB48 sells 2.5 million copies of new CD; bags full of them end up in trash days later See in context

"Clever, clever marketing ploy. But extremely wasteful.

That's capitalism for ya!"

And a whole lot of sheeples that would rather drool over a manufactured personality, throw cds in the garbage, never add to society, and not have a family and kids.

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Posted in: Woman killed, others injured after 90-year-old driver hits pedestrians near Tokyo See in context

"running a red light": this is so common, just like merging first, then using a blinker well after the turn is initiated, then looking. These two actions are so common, I see them both every single day of my commute to work that I swear they have to taught in driving school.

The must say "see that yellow light? it does not mean anything. And when the light turns red, don't worry you have 10 more seconds until you should probably think about stopping. And always remember, merge, then wait 3 seconds, then put your winker on, not indicator, it would be silly to call it something like that, because we are not indicating anything, we are winking at god that we didn't just get in a wreck, then wait 3 more seconds and look in your mirrors to see who you just almost hit. Okay you pass your lesson today"

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Posted in: Castle restoration plan with no elevators causing controversy See in context

Im with Mayor. Nagoya Castle is pretty aweful as it is now. There are two pretty big famous ones that when you step inside it all feels super fake. Is it Nogoya or Osaka castle that has a shop at the top playing pop music through speakers.

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Posted in: Number of foreign visitors to Japan in January-April tops 10 million See in context

Good for Japan economy, but annoying.

Glad I live in the inaka and am unaffected. Took a weekend trip to Kyoto last year. It was so packed it just wasn't fun to do anything toursity. Push it along we have to take our picture. Majestic as heck view, serene vista, contemplative atmosphere, too bad! Movie it along so everyone can take their selfie.

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Posted in: Suntory needs time: Whisky casks dry up for 2 premium products See in context

And I forget to spell check "anecdotally"

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Posted in: Suntory needs time: Whisky casks dry up for 2 premium products See in context

"partly because of the renewed popularity of the whisky-and-soda "highball",

I don't buy this for a single second. This is just poor reporting. No one mixes a 50,00, 10,000, or especially a 20,000 yen whisky with soda. I drink at enough cocktail bars to anedicalty report that 99 out of 100 people I have seen drink decent whisky drink it straight, on the rocks, or mixed with a splash of water at the most.

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Posted in: Japan passes law to get more women into politics See in context

I am confused. Japan passed a law to change the mindset and fundamental nature of their society?

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Posted in: Group of Japanese teens busted for marijuana; say 'We wanted to be like foreign musicians' See in context

The entire world is going legalize this stuff. Like oh so many things in Japan, they will be decades behind. Literally, my only lamentation about choosing to live here permanently is it's just too risky to light up here and probably will be for decades to come. You can only smoke and take so many edibles on trips back home (or Australia, Canada, Portugal, Holland, South Africa, etc)

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Posted in: Associates shocked at arrest of suspect in 7-year-old girl's murder See in context

If I live here 100 years this is something else I will never understand: confession to a crime.

They never say "I didn't do it". They admit to their crime 100% of the time instead of just saying NOTHING. But what I don't get is they admit to the crime by give some insane like that is so obvious to prove false. We had murder in my parts and the when caught the guy admitted to it.... But said she wanted to die, assisted suicide, sure by being chocked to death, and he was having an affair with her. Suicide... Sure.

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Posted in: Japanese 'Marines' engage in exercise with maritime defense force See in context

"state that the Royal Marines are far superior to the US Marines. "

I mean.... I can't blame you because you have to root for your team, but you are not really looking at things in perspective.

There are less than 8,000 active Royal Marines. They are trained more like commandos. Spec ops.

There are 186,000 active US marines. So if you put the two against each other on the battlefield it wouldn't even be a joke.

You really need to be comparing the Royal Marines to the MARSOC marine unit if you want a fair comparsion.

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Posted in: No. of children in Japan falls for 37th year to new record low See in context

Its really pretty simple. Life costs more these days. Wages staying the same, cost of life going up.

Even being a DINK if barely enough to live a financially happy life.

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Posted in: Travelers get going for Golden Week vacation See in context

The harder I work, the harder I sit on my rear end when I get the chance. No way you can get me to go anywhere in Japan in or around golden week. These people are nuts, traveling in Japan around this time is simply more stressful WORK.

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Posted in: Music business grows at record pace as digital dominates See in context

Apple downloads have actually been down every year for a decade as well. Apple streaming is where it's for sure.

Here is a better article (than this one) explaining downloads are down, vinyl is up, streaming is way up. It actually ncalls digital sales archaic. So I don't know this JP article considers streaming digital sales

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Posted in: Music business grows at record pace as digital dominates See in context

Not sure how they are getting their conclusions or why they are working it this way. Digital streaming IMO doesn't count as sales. Here are some better pictures: vinyl is up for the twelfth straight row. Digital sales, actual sales, are down for the 10th year and for the first time in a very long time physical sales have passed digital sales. Streaming is indeed dominating though.

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Posted in: IOC tells Tokyo 2020 organizers they must prepare for questions, criticism See in context

"And one thing that Japan is definitely not good at, is accepting criticism."

Lol, no one said they have to accept it. Just ignore it or more than like likely find someone else to blame it on.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker calls sexual harassment whistleblowing almost 'crime' See in context

"There has to be an assumption of trust between a reporter and source, and if off the record statements are in fact recorded and used, no one in their right mind is going to talk with Asahi ever again."


Point 1: "There has to be an assumption of trust between a reporter and source," If normal human decency is observed.

Point 2: "no one in their right mind is going to talk with Asahi ever again." Yeah... unless they are a normal decent human.

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