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Posted in: High court quashes ruling on fatal road rage case, jail term on technicality See in context

Sometimes I feel Japanese laws are still in the Feudal period and rely too much on payments and dodgy deals to keep people sweet...

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Posted in: Dentsu again found violating rules on overtime hours See in context


Overtime = better pay.

I would much rather work in a company with 100+ hours overtime per month for 15M salary than a no-overtime company with a 4 million salary.

Don't you have a home-life? Wouldn't you rather not be tired and overworked? Or does the extra money really mean more to you than anything else?

Companies which have good work-life-balance typically translates to pathetic pay.

That's really scary, mate... I'd much rather have a good work/life balance than more money. Health and wellbeing are much more important than a few quid extra.

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Posted in: Dentsu again found violating rules on overtime hours See in context

Dentsu has a labor-management agreement which limits monthly overtime work to 45 hours per person. The limit can be extended to 75 hours if employees apply in advance.

Wait a sec... the employees are asking for all of this murderous overtime?

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context


Another example of Japanese activism, refuting the stereotypes of the meek and afraid to speak out Japanese.

Also, she's an actress and freelance writer. What business does she have dictating what people wear in the offices. People don't like dress codes, then don't work there.

So what if she's an actress? Does that mean she isn't entitled to an opinion? Would YOU prefer women who need glasses to be forced not to wear them to make them look less 'cold'? Where do you stand on heels? Short skirts? Maybe wearing the hair up to expose the back of the neck? I know your username is 'Oldman', but you really have to act like one of the oyaji?

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

"I've asked Japan. I said to Prime Minister Abe, a friend of mine, Shinzo. I said, 'You have to help us out here. We're paying a lot of money. You're a wealthy nation. And we're, you know, paying for your military essentially,"

Just like a gangster...

Japan shouldn't be paying for Americans to be stationed there - it's completely the wrong way around... the Orange Baboon needs to pay Japan. Arse!

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Why, and this may be a tad thick of me, but why are the Japanese government buying an island for the AMERICANS to use as a training facility? Surely the Pentagon should buy the island if they want to practice landing... just sounds like Japan is trying to appease the bully that pretends to be a friend.

Just throwing it out there...

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Posted in: UK band Massive Attack urges music industry to pursue greener gigs See in context

So... how do 'green' bands power their instruments, sound systems, lighting...? Wind turbines? Petrol or diesel generators? Fart-power? What exhausts do bio-fuels give out? How do they affect the atmosphere?

Greenies can be pretty hypocritical at times.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context


Guys soapland is the best way. In the short or long run it is much cheaper on the wallet. You will even have enough left in there so that your not on the rice and beer for 3 weeks.

So for the majority of guys commenting your date has to end with getting your leg over if you've paid for the date? Are you really that shallow? No wonder women have the impression we all think with our meat 'n' 2 veg. Maybe I'm old fashioned.

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Posted in: Manga about 40-something man’s relationship with daughter’s schoolgirl friend sparks controversy See in context

Comics are books for children.

Have you ever read any comics aimed at adults? Ever seen the French comic "Metal Hurlant"? Heard of the "Barbarella" comics of the 1960s? "VIZ!" here in the UK, as well as the "2000AD" offshoot, "Judge Dredd Megazine"?Sorry for going off-topic but to say that comics are just for children is blinkered at best. They're not all about moralising superheroes or cute and funny characters getting up to high jinks with custard.

As far as the article goes, we've seen these stories in TV drama as well... one that comes to mind is an episode of Police Station Rashomon: there's a relationship between a teacher and one of his students that ends with her killing herself - okay, bad example, but it shows that the subject matter has been a part of prime time TV. Personally I think any adult lusting after a schoolgirl is a bit off, but when adult models and idols are dressed as schoolgirls for photo shoots/musical performances is it any wonder...?

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

I can't say I've ever thought life was hard as a man. Luckily I'm not a one-dimensional poser thinking with his John-Thomas and flexing his muscles to impress the ladies. My relationship works because I respect my partner, and treat her like a lady. You don't always have to splash the cash and head for the nearest love hotel.

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Posted in: Should Japan pay more to Washington for hosting U.S. bases? See in context

US forces are getting a free ride in Japan... the US government should be paying the Japanese.

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Posted in: Sniff... sniff... does Japan have a problem with odors? See in context

It wouldn't surprise me if the writer also complained about Japanese food (American food being naturally better, of course), complained about the Japanese driving on the left, etc... just comes across as another superior Yank.

As far as the smell... ciggie smoke in izakaya prevents me having lunch or dinner there, and heavy smokers also exude a particular smell from their pores - but that's true of smokers everywhere, not limited to Japan. Bad breath... yeah, but again not just limited to Japan.

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Posted in: Sawajiri to be replaced in NHK drama series after arrest See in context

BBC and ITV do that here too - if actors or presenters are found to have been abusing drugs or alcohol they tend to be dropped. So it's not a strange thing for me to read about.

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Posted in: 4 dead, 6 wounded in shooting at California backyard party See in context

I never even saw this one mentioned on the BBC - THAT is how commonplace these slaughters are becoming. American politicians know the answer, they just don't have the bollox to do anything about it.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context


My goodness, we need Greta Thunberg the young Swedish environmental activist here, pronto.

Unless she dressed as a schoolgirl or a maid and danced about with lots of frills nobody would take any notice.

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Posted in: 2 dead, 3 wounded in California school attack; gunman shoots himself See in context

Just shows how common this is - only a handful of comments and not even on JT's front page any more.

More deaths - how many more until US politicians get the message? BAN GUNS!!!!!

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Posted in: N Korea calls Biden 'rabid dog' that 'must be beaten to death' See in context

Whoever wrote those comments clearly has a slate loose... totally insane.

What I found the most shocking is that they would rather beat a rabid dog to death than treat it humanely? Oh, what am I thinking? They eat dogs, so obviously there's zero empathy for man's best friend.

Back to Biden... these sort of personal attacks... wishing he was dead, violently or via euthanasia... it's just sick. I can't stand Trump, but do I wish he was dead? No... I wish he was in jail, but that's something else... but you don't wish for death for people in public like that. You really have to wonder at the sanity of the people writing that sort of garbage.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police shoot protester as activists block streets See in context

What is about to play out in HK is possible in any country because no country's policeFORCE is a democratic institution. The guard dogs of the state are on principle beholden to only a few men (and fewer women). They are allowed to kill with impunity. This is a sore point in our "democracies" that needs to be attended to if true democracy is to be ever realized.

In your country maybe... our police aren't armed except at airports, sensitive installations and London city centre.

As far as HK goes, there are clearly orders coming from Beijing to gradually crank up the aggressive stance of the police.

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Posted in: 7 taken to hospital after mini-truck plows into group of children in Tokyo See in context

I've always been a bit dubious about the Japanese traffic light system... cars crossing the zebra crossing while people are still walking... crazy.

I'm relieved the kids are okay... one more tragedy averted.

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Posted in: Tokyo gubernatorial election likely to be on July 5, 2020 See in context

Why refer to it as a 'gubernatorial' election - not all of your readers understand the term since we're not all Americans... I had to Google it for example:

relating to a governor, particularly that of a state in the US.

"a gubernatorial election"

Please consider your global readership.

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Posted in: UK's Rees-Mogg apologizes for comment on 'common sense' of Grenfell fire victims See in context

Number 1: the fire brigade did not know at the time that the cladding was dangerous - they turned up to a tower block fire.

Number 2: the advice given was probably standard procedure for a fire such as this appeared to be. Again, the fire brigade did not know the cladding was dangerous at the time.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing... unless you're being blamed for something you had no control over.

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Posted in: U.S. exit from climate accord very disappointing: Japan See in context

@Sh1mon M4sadaNov. 5  05:49 pm JST

I can't believe so many people here have swallowed whole the 'polluting countries' narrative and from none other than the main stream media, whose sole existence is entirely dependent on the big corporate elites.

I'm sorry, but as soon as you start banging on about 'elites' and 'main stream media' you lose me. I'm getting heartily sick of these paranoid conspiracy theories.

Trump relies on his working class voters, and a lot of them are employed by factories and fossil fuel suppliers, so he's clearly going to support them rather than cutting pollution. Votes are much more important than the atmosphere

I'm no tree-hugger but even I can see that America just pumps out smoke and gas like the Industrial Revolution only just happened.

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Posted in: Yokohama legal firm refuses to return passport to Filipino woman See in context

Isn't this a form of slavery? Or at least medieval indenture?

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Posted in: Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads See in context

noypikantokuToday  09:35 am JST

Just ban tourism , problem solved. Culture preservation is more important than tourists who do nothing but destroy things, they are also the culprits who take pictures of Geishas, they don't understand that these Geishas are not for tourism. Tourists are Jama! Keep it the way it was before, when Japan let all the tourists out. Japan is a very wealthy country they don't need tourism to survive.

Thank you for making me so welcome in Japan... Seriously, I'm glad not all Japanese are so anti-tourist.

I've only been to Kyoto once and it was nice... and no, I didn't grab a Geisha/Maiko, I never wandered into private roads and went snap-happy... I respect Japanese culture, I know a fair number of people in Japan... Hell, my partner is from Japan...

Don't be so isolationist... that's a HUGE leap backwards. Or is it that you just don't like foreigners?

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Posted in: Here’s what Studio Ghibli heroine Nausicaa will look like in her live-action kabuki play See in context

I really don't know how this will work on stage. Nausicaa's world is huge, and some of the creatures are enormous... I mean the Ohmu and the giant flying insects are bigger than houses. Then there's Kai her big riding bird (horseclaw), Tito her little fox ferret thingy... the God Warrior... not forgetting all of the aircraft and armoured vehicles... I honestly don't know how they can get this onto a kabuki stage....

I'd love to see it though. Been a fan of the anime and the comic series ever since they came out.

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Posted in: Shibuya bans public drinking for Halloween in some areas See in context

After the near riot last year I'm not surprised they've clamped down.

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Posted in: Alexis Bledel is online celebrity most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware See in context

I've never heard of her, so I'm pretty safe from malware and stuff related to her

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Posted in: Visually impaired woman hit, killed by train after falling off platform See in context

God, that's horrible

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Posted in: AKB48, Japan’s biggest idol singer group, apologizes for selling 'Date Tickets' See in context

AKB is selling underage sex appeals. We SHOULD judge them and make them feel ashamed of themselves. No respectable middle aged man should be drooling over little kids dancing.

Google them - about two-thirds are over 18, there are a handful at 15 and (admittedly rather worrying) a 13 year old.

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