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Posted in: International Women's Day See in context

They should have written the banner in Kanji and Hiragana only, to show they are not just copying some idea from abroad, and mean business on a local level.

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Posted in: Would you support a complete ban on smoking in public places in Japan? See in context

Patricia Yarrow, you are totally correct. Smokers object to this because the voice of addiction is controlling their minds.

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Posted in: It's a conflict between the freedom of expression and choice, and the healthy upbringing of youths. I'd like to decide whether to go full steam ahead with the measure based on the opinions of resident See in context

Stop smoking outside every combini. That is FAR more damaging than seeing a half naked woman.

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Posted in: Toyota takes 23% hit to profit on lower sales, yen See in context

He is basing it on exports, because the domestic market doesn't exist.

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Posted in: Why Facebook keeps pushing you to go 'live' with video See in context

I think it is a good thing. There are some really decent people doing Live streams, and allowing people to ask them questions in real time. Technologists, artists, sports people, investors, traders, etc., all do Live stuff. It is the future, and extremely useful.

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Posted in: Japan eyes U.S. job, investment plan ahead of Abe-Trump summit See in context

Haha, Abe is terrified. And so he should be.

Japan is in serious trouble internally, and now America has a leader who is taking a hard line with them too. It is beautiful to watch. The petulant child is getting put in its' place.

And think about this for a second...

Apple, the American giant, has enough cash (not overall value... just CASH!) to buy Toyota and Mitsubishi UFJ outright.

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Posted in: Helicopter money talk takes flight as BOJ runs out of runway See in context

Whatever name they want to call it; Helicopter money, Fiscal Stimulus, etc., it is all addressing the same issue, which can't be fixed with tricks and tactics. The issue is far deeper; it is structural and cultural, and the Japanese are far too stubborn to admit this about themselves, and are certainly not going to fix the problems, so the issue will remain forever. They are their own worst enemy.

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Posted in: Back off, tablets: PC companies plan a $70 mil ad campaign See in context

Yeah, this is very true, innervoice. People are finally realising that average browser based activities (which are 99.9% of all computer users) don't need a mega-bucks ultra rendering workstation, and are buying task-appropriate devices.

Desktop PCs are indeed the realm of the enthusiast / professional / power user now (which I am a definite member of, and love)

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Posted in: What do Japanese men think about dating foreign women? See in context

@Womp101 Yeah, this is all correct.

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Posted in: Wales beat England 28-25; Springboks crush Samoa; Italy downs Canada at Rugby World Cup See in context

Erm, where is the news of Japan getting ruined by Scotland?

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Posted in: Studies show Japanese people drinking less than ever See in context

This is great news. As another person pointed out, the idea of the alcohol guzzling, cigarette smoking person is one of the past.

I look forward to the day when alcohol and cigarettes are gone for good. They serve no purpose, other than to make money for the drug dealers selling them.

I sense that consumption is on the decline the world over. The internet has provided a social and knowledge resource and shows people that easily accessible alternative non-alcohol soaked lifestyles are out there for everyone, and anyone can jump into a new way of living and be put in contact with new friends at the click of a button.

Instagram, Facebook, etc., have changed everything.

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Posted in: 7 decades after WWII, many praise Germany, scorn Japan See in context

^I absolutely agree with every word of this.

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Posted in: Heart-warming father-daughter Toyota commercial moves Japanese viewers to tears See in context

They missed the part where he is never there because he is too busy bowing to his boss, smoking, drinking, and 'hostessing'.

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Posted in: Nintendo says CEO Satoru Iwata has died of cancer at 55 See in context


According to Cancer.org, the Japanese lifestyle of heavy drinking, the presence of Liver Fluke injections from raw fish, and the stigma of testing for STDs (in this case Hepatitis B/C) makes Bile Duct Cancer highly probable. At 55 years of age, Iwata would have been prime for this kind of thing.

Take care out there, everyone.

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Posted in: Gackt lashes out at Cool Japan: 'Almost no results of Japanese culture exported overseas' See in context

Cultural exports become exports organically, through their own merit. The fact that nothing Japanese exists out side of Japan in mainstream circles, simply shows that nothing of mainstream merit is made in Japan.

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Posted in: Gay activists in Asia upbeat about impact of U.S. court ruling See in context

Surprise surprise, Asia is stuck in the past and refuses to modernise, continuing with archiac discrimination, dressed up as 'culture'.

“It’s one step forward for the United States that leaves Hong Kong one further step behind,” said lawyer Michael Vidler.

This applies to the whole of Asia, not just Hong Kong.

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Posted in: Are futons awesome or simply awful? See in context

If futons were so good, why don't all the top end hotels in Tokyo have them? Oh yeah, that's right, because they are junk. They only exist because they are cheap and 'cultural'.

A good quality western bed is absolutely leagues ahead of a futon, which is basically a glorified dogs basket. Japanophiles will downvote this. People who understand quality will not.

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Posted in: Gifu company pays workers to refrain from using smartphones See in context


Absolutely spot on.

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Posted in: The top 20 things that Japanese youth are distanced from See in context

Good. Everything on that list, apart from romantic love, and sex, is outdated.

No doubt all the new stuff coming through will be Japanized like the old stuff though, so we can enjoy all the bullying, fake ceremony and money manipulation as usual.

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Posted in: Japanese men share top 10 ways their weekends disappear See in context

These are all passive activities, which are standard for a nation of unimaginative automatons.

None of this should come as any surprise.

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Posted in: Meet and greet See in context

LOL@what the emperor is wearing.

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Posted in: Magazine publishes name, photo of Kawasaki murder suspect See in context

I posted a link to their names, photos, Twitter accounts, etc., last week, and got deleted. The info is very easy to find, and these goons are EXACTLY as you would expect them to be...

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Posted in: Japan has to toughen up, says J.League boss See in context

It is not just football. They don't do very well at any internationally participated sport.

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Posted in: At your service See in context

This is the future. I am very much looking forward to seeing this being a reality.

They are going to have to impose a pretty solid set of rules though, to stop the drones being robbed / shot down, however.

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Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures? See in context

Because if they took photos of the kind of concerts that go on in Japan, they would all be guilty of creating level 5 COPINE images.

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Posted in: Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time? See in context

In Japan, it is constant.

The Japanese simply do not like anything that is not Japanese. At best, they tolerate it.

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Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince See in context

tinawatanabe; Michiko became 'sick' (,ie, had a mental breakdown), not because of gossip in magazines, but from internal pressures from her own family. Standard Japanese bullying procedure.

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Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince See in context

I think this pretty much sums up the difference between the UK and Japan as a whole, really. I am from London, and now live in Japan so have direct experience of both cultures. The UK is more of a laugh, by a very VERY long way. Japan has its advantages, but for general hilarity, chaos and overall being human and, well, normal, the UK is the winner.

Can you imagine there ever being a video of the Japanese prince, standing there taking the p*ss out of his brother like this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2Luu08f70

No chance. It is all stifled, Gormanghast levels of pomp and unfunny ceremony here in Japan.

Good lad William, and good lad Harry, I say. Hazzah!!

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Posted in: Google releases work tools designed for Android phones See in context

This is just Google Drive apps with an extra security layer so idiots dont mix their naked selfies with their work documents.

I use Drive every day for work. It is excellent.

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Posted in: Japanese companies go on spending spree abroad See in context

Mike Critchley; I like the cut of your jibe, that man! Spot on.

How they thought it was going to end in any other way than this, I have no idea.

Oh hang, yes I do. They are idiots.

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