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Posted in: Sharapova dumped out in Australian Open 1st round; ruthless Nadal starts with big win See in context

Fognini, who lost his temper several times on Monday, also had a meltdown at the umpire, ranting in Italian and gesturing with his hands. He reportedly told Bernardes: "You're not fit for this."

I've read lots of reports suggesting that Fognini is a first-class a-hole.

The Mallorcan, the first man to be world number one in three different decades

Very cool statistic

Maria Sharapova's faltering career hit a fresh low

What a shame. She was an elegant champion and always someone who could be admired. She'd have gone down in history as one of the all-time greats, if her career hadn't coincided with Serena's.

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Posted in: Ariana Grande sued by hip hop artist who says she stole hit single '7 Rings' See in context

Ariana Grande and more than a half-dozen songwriters were sued...

I'll take a good singer/songwriter any day of the week over this nonsense of having a corporate team working on a magic formula to maximize profits from impressionable teenagers

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Posted in: Whitney Houston, Biggie among Rock Hall of Fame inductees See in context

There are two levels of inductees this year: Nine Inch Nails, and everyone else.

"Everyone else" aren't bad at all. They're just not on par with NIN.

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Posted in: Environment minister Koizumi to take 2 weeks paternity leave See in context

I once visited a Japanese company and had a meeting with 4 guys. One of them ashamedly asked if it would be all right if he kept his phone on the table, as he was waiting for a message when his wife finished giving birth to their child. Poor guy.

For those complaining that two weeks isn't enough - you're right. But you're also wrong to insinuate that big change can be made rapidly in Japanese culture. We should be encouraging of this small progress, as it will hopefully lead to more later.

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Posted in: 'Joker' leads Oscar nominations with 11 as women miss out See in context

This topic is endlessly grating. There is absolutely no need to equally distribute awards among any demographic. Every year will have a different make up of genders, races, and sexualities. Sometimes it will result in a nice, satisfying mix. Other years it will be weighted in one way or another. Deal with it. It's based on merit only.

That these types of "watchdog" articles and conversations are resurrected every year is horribly annoying.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic marathon set; 3 loops on a course in Sapporo See in context

The Paralympic marathons will remain in Tokyo and should avoid the heat since the Paralympics begin two weeks after the Olympics end and extend into the cooler month of September.

I hope so, for the sake of the athletes. However, this smells a bit like the "The calendar says October so I'm going to wear a scarf now, regardless of the fact that the temperature is actually quite high" logic that is quite common in Japan.

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Posted in: Is rugby in Japan on a roll after WorldCup, or will the 'rugby bubble' deflate? See in context

Of course it'll disappear. Japan is a "trendy" nation - people are quick to hop on the bandwagon for a short while. Rugby is just the latest example.

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Posted in: New Rays slugger Tsutsugo ready for big league challenge See in context

It's hard not to like Tsutsugo. He was great on the BayStars, but I don't believe he'll be all that successful in the MLB. He struggles with elite speed on fastballs, and he'll be getting plenty of that in the States.

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Posted in: After 25 years, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' tops U.S. charts See in context

HATE HATE HATE

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Posted in: Ed Sheeran crowned No. 1 UK artist of the decade See in context

Previous recipients of that award include Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber.

Not much else in common between the two

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

mainstream American audiences don't watch anime

To clarify, I'm speaking generally. A few anime series have become mainstream popular among children, such Pokemon and Sailor Moon. But those are the exception, not the rule.

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

@Alex80: You seem to be misunderstanding the conversation. I called the anime we're discussing a "niche interest," and you responded:

about Kenshi Yonezu popularity in Japan...He isn't a "niche singer".

No one referred to him as a niche singer, and no one questioned his popularity in Japan. I said:

"Very popular" is misleading for a very niche interest.

The "interest" is the anime. You called it "very popular internationally," which it isn't. It may be very popular in Japan, but overseas ALL anime and mange remain a niche interest. That doesn't mean it's bad. And of course, it remains very popular in Japan. But let's not go overboard by calling it "VERY popular" globally.

it's mainstream both in Japan and internationally, to the extent that Hollywood is already working to a live action:

Do you know why Hollywood is making a live action version? It's because mainstream American audiences don't watch anime. An anime or manga series might be wonderful, but mainstream American audiences will never watch/read it. Therefore, they're making a live action version, because that's the kind of thing American audiences will consume. They're taking a niche Japanese anime, and trying to change it into a version that Americans will consume. And who knows - maybe it'll become very popular. We'll see. But it isn't yet, no matter how much you like it.

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

Alex80: Currently My Hero Academy is very popular both in Europe and the US.

This is like saying "The English Premier League is very popular in Japan" or "American football is very popular in Japan." There are definitely small communities of passionate fans, but the average Japanese person on the street has no idea about these things. "Very popular" is misleading for a very niche interest.

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

Japan doesn't seem to understand that "laughing with you about something" is different from "appreciating something." These little gag songs that have come out over the years are nothing more than passing amusements that gained some attention overseas because they were weird and fun for a few minutes, not because people "loved and enjoyed and connected with" them.

Alex80: [Yonezu is] well known internationally for his talent

I'm curious how you define "well known"

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Posted in: Peace Olympics See in context

That's a mighty firm handshake going on.

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Posted in: Netflix dominates Golden Globes noms as 'Marriage Story' scoops six See in context

The show will be hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais

By far the most important detail. Gervais's previous turns hosting this event were incredible. Wonder what he can do for a follow-up.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st bill to punish hate speech submitted in Kawasaki See in context

oldman_13: Once again, a statement and belief that is proven false by a simple online search. I even posted a link to a video above showing Japanese citizens marching in counter protest against right wingers in Japan. Japanese citizens are more than willing to be vocal and publicly march against issues they feel passionate about, including Abe and other political issues.

I don't understand why people keep repeating this falsehood about Japanese, when it's been proven baseless time and time again.

A simple online search proves that year after year, Japan ranks among the lowest modernized nations in terms of voter turn out. This site has Japan 4th-worst among 35 nations, in terms of registered voter %: http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/voter-turnout-by-country. The Japanese cannot be bothered to go vote for their own leaders, and the issues and laws that are represented by those leaders. So, am I supposed to believe that those same Japanese people feel passionately enough about the issues to go to the streets to protest and scream and carry signs? I think that would require a vivid imagination.

I'm glad you found one video of one protest. We can find some others, for sure. I've seen some myself. Most are attended by a few dozen people, the majority of them retired folks, to protest nuclear power or the State Secrets Act from a few years back. But do you have any clips of the Japanese people REALLY making a difference with their protest? Thousands marching through the streets, making demands that cannot be ignored? No. Not for many decades.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st bill to punish hate speech submitted in Kawasaki See in context

In my home country, when hate groups organize publicly to shout and promote their filth, there is always a healthy counter-demonstration right next to them by people promoting tolerance and friendship. I believe that's the way it ought to be, rather than making illegal the words themselves, which as other commenters have pointed out can be a dangerous path to go down.

The problem is, I think that would be difficult to implement here, as the average Japanese citizen seems much less likely to go out in public to support a political or social cause, even if they do agree with it. The other problem is, the average Japanese citizen seems quite ignorant of the racism and discrimination that exists in this country. "Racism? There's no racism problem in Japan." The media is partly to blame for that.

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Posted in: Men in UK and U.S. seen growing less comfortable with women leaders See in context

I've had two female Japanese bosses. Both were absolutely terrible. Boss #1 was a tough, cruel, harsh person all the time. Did not care for her workers as human beings. There was a very toxic atmosphere in the office - everyone fought and no one got along. I believe a lot of it stemmed from her. Boss #2 was completely incompetent, and everyone knew it. In order to make up for her incompetency, she conducted business in a very sneaky, non-transparent way. She told different stories privately to different people. Lots of back-stabbing, dishonesty, and "Don't tell anyone I told you this, but..." kind of things going on.

I'm not saying these problems were connected to their gender. Just saying that I'm 0-for-2 on female Japanese bosses.

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Posted in: Pope Francis arrives in Thailand at start of Asia trip See in context

@semperfi

Do you not think that taking a stand on the ethics of weapons of mass killing and destruction fall beneath the reasonable teachings of a head of a religion? He has plenty of in-house matters to clean up, I'll agree with you there. But I don't see this as venturing too far from his appointed mission.

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Posted in: Mario mugs, Zelda tote bags as Nintendo opens first store in Japan See in context

Ganbare Japan!: Nintendo's made in Japan, dont worry!

Unfortunately, it's not. This article from a few years ago talks about its products being made and assembled in China, and under not-so-nice conditions:

https://kotaku.com/report-chinese-kids-were-used-to-manufacture-the-wii-u-5952422

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yamanote line partially shutting down Saturday for station construction See in context

@Jimizo

Well, any name would do the job. My issue with it is that it feels unauthentic.

First of all, it's not common that katakana words get used in station names unless it's referring to a nearby building, park, company, etc. name that's already in katakana. On the Yamanote Line, zero stations have katakana, and all of them refer to neighborhood names.

Second of all, as far as I'm aware, "gateway" isn't a commonly-used katakana word in Japanese (although I might be wrong - open to being corrected on that point). So, my issue is that the name doesn't follow normal naming conventions, and that it has a "trying-too-hard-to-be-cool" (by using a foreign word, and by choosing a word with such an aspirational meaning) element to it.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yamanote line partially shutting down Saturday for station construction See in context

preparation for Takanawa Gateway Station, scheduled to open...

We're still going with that name, eh? How ugly.

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Posted in: U.S. drops to 0-2 in Olympic baseball qualifying round See in context

@Kuro: The name "World Series" was coined in the U.S. in 1903 after professional baseball had existed there since 1869. Pro baseball wasn't established in Japan until 1934 and wasn't popularized until after WWII. Rough Latino leagues were formed and disbanded frequently. Pro baseball didn't start in Korea until the 1980's.

Who else exactly do you think the Americans should've considered as contenders in 1903 when they named their championship the "World Series"?

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Posted in: U.S. drops to 0-2 in Olympic baseball qualifying round See in context

It's always a bit hard for my Japanese friends and colleagues to comprehend, but the U.S. truly does not care at all about international baseball. The domestic pro MLB is everything. Professional players, their managers and their team owners have little interest in risking injury for international tournaments that do no matter. It's a very different attitude than Japanese players and fans have, where things like the World Baseball Classic are so beloved here.

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Posted in: Pro-Beijing politician wounded in Hong Kong knife attack See in context

There is a LOT of chatter and fierce speculation that this was staged. Not a true attack

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Posted in: G20 ministers to address issues involving 'overtourism' See in context

No over tourism problem in South Philadelphia.

Just curious. Why is that ? Is there no love South of the City of Brotherly Love ?

A couple of guys, they were up to no good! Starting making trouble in the neighborhood

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Posted in: In Scorsese and Coppola, Marvel meets formidable foes See in context

Have a fantastic evening, Peter14

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Posted in: In Scorsese and Coppola, Marvel meets formidable foes See in context

What you seem to be misunderstanding is the difference between 'I like it' and 'It's good.' One is subjective and the other is objective (or trying to be). I love Taco Bell burritos. Those burritos make me happy. But I still recognize that they're greasy, fattening, mass-produced junk food. I like them, but they're low quality.

I don't go down to the nearest 5-star restaurant and scream 'This is higher quality than your fois gras, because Taco Bell sells thousands every day! Take that, you arthouse idiots!'

On one line, there is like and dislike. On a separate line, there is high and low quality. They have very little to do with each other. You like something that's low quality. Me too. Same as everyone. Quit being defensive over it.

Also, popularity is totally irrelevant to high or low quality.

Also, you should check out an actual arthouse movie some day, if only to give you a sense that Scorsese and Coppola are REALLY far from it.

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Posted in: In Scorsese and Coppola, Marvel meets formidable foes See in context

the proof is in their popularity.

We can only assume Peter14 has some high praise for the technical musicianship of AKB48 as well. They're the most popular and highest-selling group in Japanese history, after all.

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