there is no reason to applaud the japanese government... really both governments are in the wrong here.
the only winners in this pissing match are the egos that have momentarily one upped their opponents.
the losers are the people of korea and japan who have their actual lives affected by these childish political games...
the settlements demanded by the supreme court of korea amounts to about 2 million US dollars. so the korean government would rather have this much damage done to their economy rather than just paying the victims themselves and telling them to move on?
similarly, the japanese government, is wasting this much time and effort over a million dollars, and some pride? why dont they just pay the koreans? 2 million dollars is an absolute bargain to have them shut up about it... instead, inconveniencing the livelihoods of many thousands of japanese who depend on exporting goods to korea is preferable?
whatever face that might have been lost in the eyes of the voters for capitulating to their "enemies" demands when this thing bubbled up 6 months ago is far less than the face they will lose when this brinksmanship runs its course
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GOT is a global phenomenon because of the massive piracy of episodes, available in perfect quality 30 minutes after it airs... no one wants to pay for a bunch of garbage shows when they are only interested in one
i will be waiting until the entire season finishes airing so i can watch everything unfold in my own time...
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i am guessing there were at least 2 dozen investors who bought up property in the area at marked up prices with the hopes that the land will be worth even more when amazon got up and running...
you win some you lose some eh
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abe is nefarious but he's not stupid... well, at least not stupid enough to get into a war.
he needs article 9 changed so he can justify buying more american military goods and weapons. it's hard to prop up the MIC when you can only buy out of the defense catalogue.
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@TigersTokyoDome ...sounds like your expertise on what constitutes a waste of time allowed you to avoid all that time wasted on reading the article
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I have heard this before and still does not make sense to me.
Good question. I am only familiar with Canada but upon landing the Canadian passport is used primarily for citizen identification. Canada recognizes dual citizenship so you just bring both passports with you and for immigration purposes they will stamp the passport used previously to exit the other country.
This requirement started in 2016, so before that I wouldn't even need to present a Canadian passport and would just check the box stating that I am a citizen while using my Japanese passport to enter.
It's probably different and more difficult with countries that don't recognize dual citizenship.
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i still have both my citizenships... definitely makes going through Narita a lot smoother, though one time a female airport worker kept aggressively repeating "THIS LINE IS FOR JAPANESE PASSPORTS ONLY" in my direction louder and louder while I ignored her and waited in line.
sounds like the woman in the article is just butthurt because her father gave her some bad advice. the lawyer's comments at the end are correct, under normal circumstances without going through the formal process of renouncing your citizenship you will likely never run into a problem. when you are in country A use country A's passport, when you are in country B use country B's passport.
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here is Prime Minister Trudeau last week speaking at my old high school on why Canada decided to legalize.
i remember sitting in that very auditorium, stoned out of my gourd while watching a kid on stage eat a goldfish for 5 bucks. good times... or maybe the entire thing was hallucinated since marijuana makes you see imaginary things!?!?!?!
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the canadian exploration vehicle will be made out of hockey sticks and adhered together with hockey tape. it's top speed will be entirely dependent on how fast the person in front of the vehicle can sweep the Moon's surface clear.
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no woman is worth this level of scrutiny on personal family affairs. if there is anything that drunkenly trawling the streets at night has taught me, it's that women will either be interested or not, there is no need to force it. then again, i didn't have a million dollar payday waiting for me at the other end of the it...
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Condo's and apartment buildings also need to start putting up nets
It probably would have been cheaper and more effective if they had just put up a net around that mother's uterus.
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"It is for personal use, I swear."
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Why does he not just move to Holland?
If the guy likes shabu methamphetamines, which it sounds like he does, Japan has some of the purest in the world thanks to North Korean imports. Holland has Japan beat with most drugs but definitely not ice.
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power rack with dips, pullup bar and lat pulldown - 70000
180kg weights - 20000
bench - 16000
wood flooring with rubber truck mats - 5000
working out naked at home with the sweet sultry sounds of roy ayers playing loudly in the background - priceless
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Great.. so while millions schlep to Tokyo on overcapacity trains for 70 minutes, a select few will be breezing in from Osaka in less time. Or best case scenario, this train alleviates the urban sprawl and with nature taking its course on the aging populace dignity will be restored to the daily commute.
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a lot of tv in any country is garbage... but once you find the gems, they can be great entertainment during dinner with a beer.
in my mind, what makes Japanese tv enjoyable is how the comedians are able to riff off one another spontaneously. there's a certain rhythm to the way that comedians work in their jokes and though i'm sure a lot of it is pre-planned and made more snappy with clever editing, the fact remains that they aren't usually doing multiple takes of the same jokes to try and get the one that lands best like they do with most scripted comedy shows.
doesn't it tend to be the people who don't make attempts to make jokes that criticise those who do? i can appreciate anyone who makes someone try to laugh since one of the hardest ways to be funny is to actually try and be funny. when a japanese comedian bombs, that adds to the naturalness of the program and can also make it funnier watching them squirm as a result. and when a joke hits it's mark, there's a certain magic to it that can't be found in scripted comedy.
a lot of "konto" sketches are absolutely abysmal and are often based on wackiness but the ones that are more grounded in truth like "Suberanai Hanashi" are hilarious.
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Sadly not. The recession increases supply (more women who need money) and reduces demand (fewer men with money to spend).
Just because someone manages a whore house doesn't mean they don't understand basic economics. Supply increases and demand shrinks... so they lower the prices and the business is back on track.
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in the west, the television news uses someone who is somewhat involved with the story to offer an educated viewpoint while in Japan they use planted unionized actors to read off prepared lines while pretending that they just happened to be wandering around the street near the news crew. these comments supposedly express the thought of the Japanese everyman but are really methods to control the narrative from going beyond a superficial level.
American news typically uses dramatic music and exaggerates risks to keep you in a state of fear which primes you for being brainwashed by the propaganda they spout and more susceptible to purchasing the products being advertised that much easier...
so they are similar in the sense that they both employ mass media as tools for herding sheeple...
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Sometimes you have to drink the pain away.
I can wholly understand medicating with alcohol but why are some people drunk before the match even starts and plastered by the time half time rolls around?
When I want to watch something entertaining that needs some level of analysis, alcohol detracts from the enjoyment as all the subtleties of the skill involved and story being told is lost. Is it because the only way for soccer's languid pace to be remotely tolerable is to dull the senses?
On top of that, the odds of you leaving satisfied (with your team winning) is 50/50, so why waste a good buzz on something where the outcome is undetermined? I'd rather get hammered with people whose mood doesn't hinge upon the goings on of an electric box.
The athletes themselves are (usually) not drunk, so if I'm going to support the team/individual and live vicariously through them, it feels most cathartic being in as close of a mind state as possible to the participants... but maybe that's just me...
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New Zealand population: 4.4 million, Personnel involved: 500 Japan population: 128 million, Personnel involved: 40
What a joke. Sending that many forces is about the same as not participating at all. Either Japan was asked to participate and couldn't be bothered to devote any actual manpower to it or Japan asked to participate and was forced to limit their numbers since they'd get in the way. Either way, it's pathetic.
Not that I think militarism is the right way to spend tax money...
Unmanned gundam mechs I could go for however...
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@cleo I don't see how all that beefcake is 'manly'.
i see what you're saying but no one is out there getting swole lifting 100+kgs for your benefit.
there is a specific segment of women that find muscular men attractive. typically they are young, alpha females with no attachments, sexually liberated attitudes, ultra-feminine and who need a partner that displays the same dominant characteristics that they do.
A manly man is one who gets his (normal, not Mr. Universe overkill) muscles from gardening and/or DIY, lifting toddlers onto his shoulders and carrying heavy shopping bags for his lady/mother/neighbour.
you don't get muscles from gardening or carrying heavy shopping bags. you're lucky if that minor level of exertion will even let you keep the muscles you already have, seeing as how men typically lose muscle at a rate of 1% per year once they turn 30. plus, if you work out... those shopping bags are considered light.
what makes you the arbiter of what constitutes a manly man? i'm sure there are plenty of people who would take offense if i said that a womanly woman cooks, cleans and doesn't talk back. assessing people's value within narrow categories is neither true or fair.
Seeing that it takes them way more time and effort doing stuff like body sculpting, dieting and posing in tiny briefs than your average herbivore spends on doing his hair & nails and choosing his wardrobe, I don't see that one is any less narcissistic than the other - they're just at opposite ends of the same spectrum.
don't you think it's myopic for someone who spends their time typing out replies on a forum to be criticizing others for how they spend their time? why frame your view of these people using the pejorative "narcissist" to describe something which could easily be equated with a trait that is universally attractive, the more positive connotation of "self-esteem"?
the benefits of being in shape are not just aesthetic but also include prolonging lifespan, increasing bone density and improved cognition due to neurogenesis. the reduction in stress and deeper sleep also makes you more effective and resilient at your job.
these macho men are undoubtedly going to make terrible music but if they can get people to take exercise more seriously then me and my health care subsidizing biceps are all for it.
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Here are some lies Japanese women say that I can spot immediately:
here's a few more that have set off my BS detector...I've only had 3 cookies. I'll be ready in 20 minutes. / I'll be there at 8 o'clock. It won't fit. You're not going bald! / I actually like men with a little belly fat. I can drink a lot! / I can handle my alcohol. I'm sorry, the phone on my battery is dead and I don't know my number. All my friends say you're handsome. (okay maybe this one is true) You're the first gaijin I've ever dated. I don't mind if you ____ / It's not a problem.
in hindsight, it would seem some of these are not cultural specific...
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has anyone noticed how stores used to have the after tax prices listed but after the tax hike pretty much everywhere lists the pre-tax prices?
it's like businesses are trying to say "hey we know that you know the prices have gone up but let's continue giving you the illusion that things are less expensive because you like that warm fuzzy feeling of keeping your head buried in the sand, right?"
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