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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

This is just so pathetic... girls with no self-respect and a rich tosser who thinks you can buy love.

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Posted in: Japanese company that will quit your job for you sees rush of clients to start 2020 See in context

If you have an abusive, foul or just plain nasty boss then I can understand people using this service. Not everyone likes confrontation - I try to avoid it personally - so this is an ideal way to avoid that highly emotional, highly stressful situation.

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Posted in: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage See in context

More shallow than a puddle

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Posted in: Hyundai to make flying cars for Uber air taxis See in context

So it's a small electric convertiplane?

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Posted in: Abe sticks to plan to deploy SDF to Middle East See in context

At least it's not ground forces - that place is a meat grinder... even more so now that the Americans have upped the tension levels.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows? See in context

Black Adder Christmas Carol, Alistair Sim Christmas Carol, Jim Carey CGI animated Christmas Carol.... and Muppet Christmas Carol - love the Christmas Carol :)

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Posted in: Death penalty a sticking point in Australia-Japan military agreement See in context

The real fact is that Japan takes violence and rape against women so seriously that these offenses can carry the death penalty. Which is why the incidence is so low...

So why do we repeatedly read about women raped and/or murdered in hotels or their homes, stabbed in the streets and yet nothing seems to be reported about the prosecutions and convictions of these vile pieces of excreta? Instead we have the bizarre case of women being told not to wear glasses at work? Japan's treatment of women is medieval, and so are the cases of men who abuse them.

Japan really has no moral authority over the Aussies.

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Posted in: Court orders journalist to pay damages to reporter Shiori Ito in rape lawsuit See in context

She should never have had to bring a private prosecution, but, though a small consolation, at least he's been found to have raped her - otherwise why the fine? He's guilty, clearly, so needs to serve time in prison for what he's done. From the article it sounds like he's just another dick who believes he can do what he likes and is untouchable.

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Posted in: Johnson says he has won a big mandate for Brexit See in context

I've never voted SNP before, but IF we get another referendum on independence I will be voting to leave the UK and rejoin the EU. The rise of the right wing and the boorish yobbos in England is deeply unpleasant. I prefer to live in progressive and inclusive Scotland... we may be small, but we're a lot more forward thinking.

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Posted in: Japan drops to 121st in 2019 gender equality ranking See in context

Is anyone really surprised? After the recent fiasco over female employees and glasses can there be any doubt that Japan is still stuck in a retro future version of the 1950s?

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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: According to a survey by JNTO, many tourists say Tokyo lacks interesting night-time activities and needs more nightclubs and music-related events. What do you think Tokyo should be doing to make its night-time economy more vibrant? See in context

Yeah, why not... turn Tokyo into yet another capital city where people only go to get pissed and have a party.

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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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