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Posted in: Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes best-paid actress list for second year See in context

she received $59 Million from Netflix to do her documentary

If this earned her a place on the highest-paid ACTRESS list, it wouldn't be much a documentary

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Posted in: Man arrested after wife found dead at home in Yamagata Pref See in context

Sato lived alone with her husband Shigeru

That's an interesting sentence

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Posted in: Want Tokyo Olympic tickets? No problem if you have ¥6.35 mil See in context

Your wonderful memories of sitting on the sofa and watching it on TV will fade a few days later. On the other hand, I've got my tickets, I'm ready to brave the heat and the crowds, and I can't wait. Life is what you make of it, and I've decided to have a blast.

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Posted in: Letters from Japan: 'Ghosted in Portugal' See in context

According to my male Japanese friends, ghosting feels “kinder” than ending a relationship in person or over the phone. “It’s less confrontational, and means that you can’t be guilted into staying,” says one of my male friends. Another adds “if you ghost someone it doesn’t feel like you’re hurting them.”

An English teacher friend told me that one of the lessons she taught asked, "What's the best way of breaking up with someone?" and she reported that about 90% of students - male and female, from high school age through retirement age - responded that ghosting was the best way to do it.

I think ghosting is a reasonable option if something terrible has happened (abuse, cheating), or if you've only been on a few dates together. Beyond that, it's a coward's way out. Emotionally, need people need closure in order to move on. Ghosting denies them that. All of the reasons cited above (less confrontational, can't be guilted into staying, feels nicer) are all beneficial to the person doing the dumping, not the person being dumped. It's selfish and disrespectful - not "kind."

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Posted in: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer has a new song: 'Everyone must die' See in context

This comparison is ridiculous.

Enlighten us, onegai shimasu. Where did in the article mention any comparison between Pikotaro & PSY?

The article didn't mention it. Samit Basu proposed it in the comments and several other commenters have been discussing it. That's typically how conversations go.

@Hachidori: Do you evaluate music and art by the personal lives of the artists? That's a shame. If drug use and arrests are your main criteria, then you have to rule out the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan...and many, many, many others. So, if none of those musicians meet your moral standards, then what do you consider "good music"? In that case, maybe you're stuck with Pikotaro, the 2-week YouTube star (as far as international audiences are concerned).

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Posted in: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer has a new song: 'Everyone must die' See in context

This comparison is ridiculous. Psy produced not one, but two songs that were absolute bangers. They broke the "English lyrics-only" bias that dominates the American market (among others) and received so much airplay that people grew sick of him. He was asked to perform at the Grammy Awards. It's true that he couldn't maintain that momentum. But Pikotaro, on the other hand, never actually produced anything good that was enjoyed by foreign audiences. His "hit" was more of a curiosity - "Who's this strange internet guy with the weird costume singing in strange English?" People weren't sure whether they were laughing with him or laughing at him. He wasn't even "forgotten" - he wasn't known that much in the first place to be forgotten. If you were at a club today and "Gangnam Style" was played, people would scream and run to the dance floor. No one's ever going to play Pikotaro - not at a club, not on the radio, not on your ipod.

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Posted in: Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen singer has a new song: 'Everyone must die' See in context

English is a must for any Japanese talent to reach for a global fame and audience.

Tell that to Mari Kondo.

People connect visually with what Kondo has to offer. Comedians, singers, and actors have language-focused content that loses a great deal via translator.

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Posted in: New James Bond film title 'No Time To Die' See in context

That's a very Bond-ish name. I approve!

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Posted in: Twitter, Facebook accuse China of Hong Kong discord campaign See in context

It makes sense. China knows that it cannot be outwardly violent toward the protestors (although they'd like to), which would risk hurting their economic situation when foreign countries/potential trading partners decide that they'd rather not be associated with such things. So instead, they choose misdirection. They send their own people in, disguised as protestors, to do horrible things and tarnish the reputation of the protestors. They use the massive human resources they employ to spread propaganda across the internet. This is the modern way of things.

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Posted in: Violence poses conundrum to Hong Kong protest movement See in context

quercetum: This is from the WSJ and how the protesters are behaving.

It's an awful and disgusting story, but it's unfair to say that this story is how "the protesters" are behaving. Take absolutely any segment of society that's 1 million+ strong, and you're going to have some terrible people included in that group. Considering the numbers of people involved in the protest, and what's at stake, they've actually caused very little harm or damage overall.

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Posted in: Violence poses conundrum to Hong Kong protest movement See in context It appears about 1.7mil in HK are/have protested. This represents about 25% of the HK population. So, 25% of the population want change. If 25% of voters voted for a president, would that be sufficient for him to be voted in?

Your premise is centered around a very illogical assumption. Why are you assuming that the total number of people who would vote for the protestors' cause is exactly identical to the people who are on the streets? I don't think it's any stretch of logic to say that there are many, many more people who support (and would vote for) the protestor's ideals who haven't marched on the streets. Plenty of people are at work, elderly, sick, unable to leave their young children or elderly parents, or simply have a fear of being attacked by the HK police.

What makes this protest a remarkable one is the sheer numbers of people who DO appear on the streets, when it's a very difficult thing (anywhere) to get that number of people to organize publicly. Going to vote is an easy action, even for a lazy person. Marching all day in the hot sun is terribly difficult. The numbers that DO appear on the streets should suggest to you that the number of total supporters (i.e. voters) is very large indeed.

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Posted in: Kyrgios fined $113,000 for Cincinnati meltdown, faces suspension See in context

I love Kyrgios and often defend him, but I have to admit that it's gotten to be a bit much this year. Time after time after time - it's too much, too often. Even if he cuts it back by just 50%, he'll be fine.

Mocheake: including deliberately trying to injure an opponent

Oh, please. What a dramatization. Kyrgios was behind the baseline when he hit that shot at Rafa, and Nadal was just across the service line - even if he did hit Rafa with the ball, that's not going to injure him. Would certainly sting for a moment, though! People hit body shots against net players all the time. The issue is that it's "not nice," not that it was going to crack any ribs. If they were both at the net 2 feet apart, then "trying to injure" would be in the conversation.

Also, if Nadal was unable to get his racket on a body shot from that distance, then we could safely say his reflexes are going downhill in his graying years.

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Posted in: Gang member arrested over murder of woman in love hotel See in context

Sure would be nice to know a motive before I go pronouncing judgement and condemning Japanese society at large.

Oh, is this your first day on Japan Today?

This made me laugh a lot, Strangerland. Thank you for the much-needed wit today.

I would really love to know the story behind this one! 69 years old, love hotel?

Old dudes sometimes have the kind of money that can make women 30 years younger very agreeable.

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Posted in: Barty suffers shock second-round loss in Toronto See in context

It's a trend that means little for Barty or any other individual player, but there's been a pretty impressive recent history of world #1 players who've been completely unable to hold onto that ranking once she gets it. It's been a revolving door for years, with very few exceptions (Halep being one). Let's see if Barty's up to the challenge.

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Posted in: The 'bizarre trip' that was almost Woodstock 50 See in context

"I know what went wrong," Moutenot said when asked about Lang's festival. "I've done 5,000 concerts from Africa to Zimbabwe. I've been everywhere in the world ...

Surely a man with impressive knowledge of geography

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

Let me get this straight, a Japanese company may not want to hire a candidate because their hair is not naturally black?

I knew a Japanese woman who was searching for a kindergarten for her young daughter. She visited 4 or 5 schools, took the tour, met with the staff, etc. There was one school that she and her husband really liked....except for the fact that the teacher had brown hair. She immediately crossed that school off the list. She said the brown hair indicated that the teacher was "not professional enough." Her husband couldn't understand, but realized he wasn't going to win that point and gave up.

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Posted in: Judge narrows Woody Allen lawsuit against Amazon for quitting movie deal See in context

Like him or hate him, believe the charges or not, it's just dishonest business on Amazon's part for backing out of the deal. If Allen were convicted of a crime, then it would be understandable. But to renege on a contract over "allegations" and "accusations"? Let's hope, for the sake of a fair and reasonable world, that does not become the standard.

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Posted in: Osaka says she hasn't had fun playing since Australian Open See in context

wtfjapan: maybe shouldnt have dumped your last coach so quickly, he was paramount in getting Osakas mental game as good as her physical one

Utter nonsense. This is the default comment everyone goes back to every time Osaka loses. Do you people really think that there was one and only one magic coach who was able to summon the mystical energy into Naomi? If she felt it was appropriate to cut ties with him in the middle of her success, then there was a very good reason for it. And the fact that the new guy's results have been so poor is NOT evidence that the mistake was in firing the old guy. It's only evidence that the hiring of the new guy was the mistake. The old coach wasn't a legendary magician. There are other coaches out there. She needs to find another good one who didn't cause whatever personal problems the old coach did.

You "She shouldn't have fired him!!!" crowd are really just looking for the first, simplest explanation without putting much thought into the full situation.

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Posted in: 11 dead, 5,600 sent to hospitals last week due to heatwave See in context

I agree with almost all the sentiments here - while some incidents are unfortunately bound to happen, most are avoidable.

I've also heard that many of the medical problems and deaths to the elderly happen in homes where there is an air conditioner that is turned off and rarely (or never) used. They choose to follow "traditional" (read: ineffectual) methods of keeping cool, and for whatever reason are against those fancy contraptions mounted on the wall. I've also got aging parents who resist many forms of modern technology, but they might stab you if you ever got in between them and the air conditioner in summer.

klausdorth: club activities must go on

dabestsushi: Remember being told at school too try not to drink water in front of the students because it wasn't fair because the students couldn't drink water.

Exactly. Idiotic 19th century thinking about what's "necessary" or "tradition" trumps common sense. People get so caught up in their obeying of rules that they forget to think for themselves. I've had Japanese friends tell me stories about their school days on sports teams, where they were forced to practice hard outside without water, in order to build their mettle.

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Posted in: Is it OK for a man to take his girlfriend to restaurants like Yoshinoya on a date? See in context

No. Your love is directly proportional to the amount of money you spend on her. Any woman in Tokyo will verify this.

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Posted in: Woodstock 50 fest will go on -- in Maryland See in context

lineup announced earlier this year boasted heavy hitters including Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus

I don't have enough vomit in my body to express how I feel about this

along with performers who took the stage at the original performance, such as John Fogerty and Santana

Fogerty already backed out. Santana is a legend.

Also on the original lineup: Gary Clark Jr. (incredible), The Killers, Robert Plant, The Black Keys, The Zombies, The Raconteurs (yes, that's me picking and choosing the ones I like)

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Posted in: Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie reconcile a changing Hollywood See in context

makes the same movie over and over

paint by numbers the same formula for every movie

extanker, I respect your differing opinion. But I'm curious about this formula you're referring to. Could you explain it? I feel that there is a lot of diversity between his movies, other than his numerous homages to older films (which you alluded to).

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Posted in: HBO's 'Dark Materials,' 'Gemstones' both grapple with faith See in context

Loved His Dark Materials as well. Incredible books. They're aimed at maybe teenage readers, but I read them in my late 20's and thoroughly enjoyed them. But this article is sugar-coating the religious aspect. The trilogy's anti-religious concepts are not an "interpretation" - they're very blatant, and are echoed by author Pullman's outspokenness on the topic. Whether that bothers you or not is another thing - just let's not tiptoe around the issue.

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Posted in: Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie reconcile a changing Hollywood See in context

As a huge Tarantino fan, I think that Pitt (in "Inglourious Basterds") and DiCaprio (in "Django") gave the two worst acting performances of his entire film catalog. Both over-acted, both over-did their accents, and both were simply distracting somehow, like they didn't fit in, maybe they didn't match their roles. Either way - I think QT got carried away with his ability to recruit A-List stars, and did that rather than searching for people who were most suitable for the characters.

Regardless, I will absolutely be at the theater to watch this one ASAP, and hope that Pitt and DiCaprio fare better this time around.

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Posted in: Marvel's next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off See in context

Strangerland: counter to the claims of the right, social justice is...

Strangerland: the right often tries to claim...

It's a shame that, when discussing a social issue, some people insist on inserting political labeling and generalizations into the conversation. How about dealing with the dealing with the contents of the current discussion, rather than trying to find a way to inflame large percentages of the population that you have an axe to grind with?

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Posted in: Marvel's next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off See in context

In a recent poll of 100,00 moviegoers between the ages of 16-34, the two most popular elements that would encourage them to buy movie tickets were:

virtue signalling

45-minute long fight scenes between two dozen characters flying around and shooting purple laser beams at each other simultaneously

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Posted in: U.S. Open purse to surpass $57 million, richest in tennis See in context

Strange comments here. If the prize money is increasing, presumably that means income (ticket sales, TV broadcast contracts, merchandising, etc.) is also increasing. If income is increasing, then why shouldn't that extra money go to the talent who directly helped it increase? When a company does well, ideally the workers get raises.

I wonder how all the naysayers above would prefer to distribute that money.

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Posted in: Take that See in context

kimchi, a South Korean traditional pungent vegetable

Vegetable? In that case, I'm going to plant myself some kimchi bushes out back. Can't wait for it to grow next year - love the stuff.

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Posted in: Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler See in context

This is DANGEROUS. It legitimately scares the crap out of me.

The evils of Hitler and the Nazi regime cannot be denied nor compromised. However, honoring attempted assassins will only embolden the crazy political extremists that exist in every country, who all feel that their political opponent is a Hitler-esque threat to the peaceful world at large. Those people exist everywhere, in all parties, regardless of nation or political ideology. Those people do NOT need to be encouraged that assassination attempts lead to ceremonies marking them as heroes by the leader of their country. Bad idea. Bad, bad, bad.

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Posted in: Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base See in context

Why did this maniac do this??? Why did he target this company???

I've read reports/rumors elsewhere that he accused them of plagiarism. Not sure how accurate that is.

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