Tim_Fox comments

Posted in: Video asks young Japanese adults what they know about Canada See in context

And Preston Phro, you sound lazy and unqualiied to write the piece. It sounds like even after writing this piece you still know absolutely nothing about Canada. The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. Some famous Canadians among many include James Doohan (Star Trek Scotty), William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Keanu Reeves, and Shania Twain. The current far right national embarassment of Canada is far right anti-environment / anti-democracy Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Posted in: Toaster bakes bread while humidifying it See in context

This invention is also useless for me. There is no crusty bread in Japan - it all tastes like cake to me

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Posted in: Japan’s 10 weirdest ice cream flavors See in context

Generally the range of ice cream flavors in Japan is extremely limited unless you search out these rare and exotic, hard to find places.

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Posted in: Bad behavior by teachers a growing problem See in context

Not growing. It's just being enforced now more than in the past. People pay more attention to student complaints these days, and what would have been quietly shrugged off or swept quietly away under the rug and now topics for media headlines.

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Posted in: Japan planning moon mission See in context

Japan should fix its problem at home such as collapsing demographics and out of control domestic debt before exploring deep space.

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Posted in: 'Paris Cannibal' Sagawa reminisces over his grisly crime See in context

Why is he "celebrated" by even being mentioned or let alone interviewed this 100 Million Japanese series??!! This sick man has had far too much media attention, and each interview ends up glamorizing or drumming sympathy for the monster - with NO words from the victim. After, Renee cannot speak because she is no longer with us. Let us remember her and her suffering and not the words of a sick sick man.

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Posted in: More than 8,700 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories See in context

It is one thing to apologize for a bad source, but when several eye-witnesses and historical documents indicate that there were enslaved sex-workers, why is the Asahi Shinbun suggesting in its apology complete support for the Abe government's historical revisionism?

Perhaps I should sue 7 or 8000 people should sue the Asahi Shinbun for printing outright denials of historical fact.

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Posted in: Japanese restaurants are springing up all over the world - most of them fake See in context

It's called fusian cuisine - a concept perhaps foreign to this writer who is evidently unfamiliar with Western multiculturalism and fusian cooking on the writer's own doorstep. Take the many bastardizations of pizza with octopus on it and mayonnaise, or German style bread sweetened with sweet beans. What about Japanese Curry Rice which tastes nothing like curry prepared in India? Most discerning tourists know these dishes are being played with and expect a good chef to do so.

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Posted in: Impoverished foreign students fall into life of crime See in context

Misleading article title considering it focused entirely on Vietnamese students. Until the crime situation is reduced, simply curb the number of visas available for students from certain countries.

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Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation? See in context

Reddit isn't necessarily the best guage to see how foreign people feel about Japanese TV. Many people, like myself, never use Reddit.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan rations french fries due to strikes on U.S. West Coast See in context

Japan already grows its own potatoes. It should grow more commercially.

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Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools See in context

Japan needs an American written constitution to protect it from itself. Sorry to say this, but Abe and company don't fully understand what healthy democracy is.

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Posted in: Japanese wives in int'l marriages share what they hate about Christmas overseas See in context

Many people from North America have these same gripes. Holidays are a time when relatives get on each others' nerves.

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Posted in: Cool Japan? With new resident system for foreigners, 'Cold Japan' fits better See in context

Ok so now that I have PR why are companies refusing to sell me a life insurance policy?

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Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition See in context

I beg to differ about an earlier assertion that slaves are unpaid. Slaves can in many cases be paid, but the work that they do is coerced.

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Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition See in context

There was no "error." And, I absolutely do not accept the Yomiuri's apology. The Yomiuri is apologizing to Abe who has trouble with the term "sex slaves" and would prefer his fantasy land hearkening back to his Norman Rockwell version of Japan. The term "sex slaves" is an accurate description of what really happened historically.

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Posted in: Hours of prep make perfect for Japanese model See in context

Kuribo1, it actually sounds like her life is controlled by a doting manager who constantly nags her about her next schedule, diet, and sleep. She probably has very little free time and few friends, and very much like a film actress she faces the daily pressure of she herself being the product. Not really an easy life and many points of it don't sound enviable or fun.

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Posted in: 10 instances when Japanese people feel thankful to be Japanese See in context

Most Japanese have no comparison and haven't traveled very far from their prefecture. This survey was backed of course by Abe friendly pundits who want to spur national pride onwards and upwards to their doom.

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Posted in: As a male employee in Japan, you can't really leave the office at around, say, 3 p.m. to pick up your kids and still expect your boss to grade you favorably. See in context

So our "good" professor thinks that badly needed access to daycare for working people in Japan is either impossible or unnecessary because "that's not how things are done in Japan."

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Posted in: Anybody care for horsemeat sushi? See in context

Why not Tessa? Too many expats pander to cultural relativism in Japan. Cultural exceptionalism or whatever Japan sees itself as is no excuse to dodge critical thinking about cultural practices and kicking controversial traditional dining habits.

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Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans See in context

Abe234, good point. Unfortunately, these jobs often don't usually lead to anything after. A small handful may get into TV acting, but there is maybe not much for the rest.

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Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports See in context

Is Asahi being forced by the government to declare fact gathering on Comfort Women was falsified??!!

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Posted in: Growing restrictions make for frustrated park users See in context

The aging demographic is becoming more numerous and therefore more powerful as a force in society. Society's priorities will get less and less focused on the needs of the young and more and more on the old.

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Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links See in context

Even if it isn't the new ministers' fault, they are very poor appointments for the PM to make because of this inevitable controversy these photos are stirring up.

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Posted in: Hello Kitty not a cat, has never been: Sanrio See in context

Double think and 1984

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Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative See in context

These Zones won't expose foreigners to Japanese culture. They will instead expose Japanese to foreign culture in the form of the English language.

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Posted in: AKB48 recruiting part-timers for Y1,000 per hour See in context

Is AKB48 cost cutting by outsourcing to part-time "contractors?" Sounds like a new way to max out the profits and not pay workers expensive benefits such as holiday days, overtime, bonuses, and health care. High time for the members to unionize.

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Posted in: Magazine speculates McDonald's may pull out of Japan if things don't improve See in context

I think people in Japan are well aware that McDonald's is a "gastro-tainment", "gastro-painment", or a "gastro-fortune" of a dining experience. What concerns me about McDonalds everywhere are workers rights and exploitative factory farming practices.

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Posted in: Society's shut-ins are getting older See in context

In the US or Canada, the family could involve the police working in conjunction with emergency health care professionals for forced removal of the family member suffering this condition. These individuals would be cuffed by police and sedated by a doctor, and taken to a mental health facility for 2-3 months for rehabilitation. While this may sound completely invasive and sounds like it goes against human rights, this process could greatly shorten the period of time individuals suffer this condition and the suffering for the whole family. Wouldn't this be better than 10 years of agony for the entire family?

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Posted in: Cheaters beware – 30% of Japanese women have checked boyfriend’s cell phone See in context

Cheating is no worse here than anywhere else.

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