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Posted in: Kyoto University dorm pamphlet advises residents on how not to commit sexual harassment See in context

Don’t automatically assume that every college student should have a significant other.

This one's a bit odd to me. Why would anyone make that assumption? Never heard of this being problematic before.

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Posted in: Train operators refining 'live' foreign-language announcements ahead of Olympics See in context

I was at a Tokyo-area tourist attraction over the weekend, and they had a Japanese staff member reciting the instructions to the group in both Japanese and English. Horrific English pronunciation. I've been in Japan well over a decade and have become very good at deciphering katakana-flavored English, but I had no clue what this woman was trying to say. It's a problem when Japanese companies think this is passable for foreign customer service.

Thunderbird2: smarmy American accents...Have a neutral accent rather than a drawl... neutral Brit or Aussie... clear and concise.

LOL. "I don't have an accent. Everyone else has an accent." Spot-on logic, mate.

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Posted in: Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus See in context

I won the entry lottery and have been training extremely hard for this event since October 1. I'm so disappointed. And then they won't even refund the entry fee!

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Posted in: Mitsubishi’s solution for stressed office workers in Japan: fake skylight video displays See in context

This solution pales in comparison to actual improvements to working life, as many commenters have suggested already.

However, don't underestimate the efficacy of solutions like this, which do seem awfully silly at first glance. For example, JR (and a few other) train lines have installed blue LED lights at the ends of train platforms, which are designed to reduce suicide rates. And according to a study, stations with the blue lights have an 84% (!) reduction of such incidents ( People are much more sensitive to environmental factors than we think (light, sound, color, etc.), and they can affect everything from mood to productivity, blood pressure, and spending habits.

So, do we need better working conditions for all? Absolutely. But if this fake skylight can make people happier and more productive, then why not?

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Posted in: Billie Eilish releases theme song to forthcoming James Bond film 'No Time to Die' See in context

In general, I love that every Bond theme song is newsworthy. I miss the days when soundtracks and theme songs were relevant parts of (non-children's) movies.

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Posted in: Survey finds only 6% of Japanese workers motivated; 7th lowest in the world See in context

One reason for this is that Japanese people rarely pick a line of work because it interests them. I used to teach at a university in Tokyo, and I was always so disappointed when student after student ignored what their major was in favor of pursuing a practical job. People studying theater and philosophy and broadcasting shuffling off to safe desk jobs at insurance companies and trading firms. And then we wonder why they aren't motivated at work.

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Posted in: Can foreign-language films ever win over Hollywood? See in context

In my movie-watching lifetime, a non-English movie should've won the "Best Picture" Oscar twice:

2000: "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" should've beaten out "Gladiator" (another great movie)

2019: "Roma" was robbed by "Green Book" (a not-great movie)

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Posted in: Thiem beats Nadal, Zverev knocks out Wawrinka as 'youngsters' power into semis See in context

Much love and respect to Nadal, but Thiem is my favorite of the new generation. He won me over at last year's French. Guy plays with a lot of skill and a ton of heart. He gets very little press compared to others in the next wave of players, but I think that'll end soon enough.

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Posted in: Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals See in context

That's a cracker of a match up. Looking forward to that one! Big Halep fan, but both ladies are very entertaining.

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Posted in: Djokovic keeps focus to set up Federer semifinal See in context

Here's hoping the marathon comeback didn't take all of Federer's energy. Would love to see another classic battle between he and Novak. Enjoy this generation of legends while we still can!

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Posted in: Is Coca-Cola Japan’s brand-new strawberry Coke any good? See in context

I tried it. It has a strawberry smell, but it doesn't taste like strawberries at all. It tastes like regular Coca Cola. What a boring disappointment

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Posted in: Nadal settles Kyrgios score to keep heat on Federer record See in context

Brilliant match - I really enjoyed watching this one. Disappointed by the loss from Kyrgios, but Rafa played incredibly - no feeling bad when you lose against that machine.

The article concludes that Nick's stamina gave out

It seemed so at the beginning of the 4th set, but once Nick dug his heels in, he was flying on all cylinders at the end of the set. He steadied the ship just fine, in my opinion

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Posted in: Japanese politeness is a myth: One person’s tale strikes a chord with people around the country See in context

I worked as a waiter during my student days, and was exposed to the worst of human behavior directed at me. As a result, I will forever be extremely kind to others in the customer service world, who get dumped on by the rudeness and thoughtlessness of the public. I think all people should be required to work one year in a crappy customer service job - maybe then we'd learn to treat each other better.

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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


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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 %: 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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