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Posted in: How do you think movies made in recent years will be perceived in the future, say, 50 years from now? See in context

Similar to how we see movies made 50 years ago from today. It's like a time capsule what happened and how was it like during that time. Whether kids 50 years from now will look at the movies of today fondly or not will remain a question.

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Posted in: The redelivery rate for home deliveries is rising as the number of parcels increases due to online shopping. This is placing a growing burden on the logistics industry, which is suffering from a labor shortage. What can be done to alleviate the problem? See in context

I have two ideas:

one, just have the customers pick them up at a local hub designated in each area, and offer a discount if they opt to pick it up instead of being delivered at their doorstep

two, hire part-time delivery workers to fill in the capability gap.

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Posted in: New Zealand leader plans to ban cell phone use in schools and end tobacco controls in first 100 days See in context

I grew up in a strict school environment where phones weren't allowed. I support the banning of mobile phone use in schools, but they should be ready to have landline phones ready for parents to call to. On the tobacco part, how I wish there would be a country that would ban it completely out of health concerns.

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Posted in: What's the best way to salvage your day after a bad night’s sleep? See in context

I agree on laying off the caffeine for the day and avoid greasy foods. I'd add avoiding sweets as well. If you can, take a nap during lunchbreak. Then, punch out as early as you can and recover.

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Posted in: What do you think are some of the major differences between J-pop and K-pop music? See in context

Kpop music and their idols are usually of higher quality. They're better trained in performing. In terms of music, J-pop is usually sung chorally while K-pop songs are sung with each member taking a verse individually. Lastly and has been said by other commenters is that K-pop idols are grown women and look and act like one. J-pop idols are the opposite. To each their own preferences.

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Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right? See in context

being cleaner and more polite in general as well as being more considerate of others. It does go a long way

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Posted in: What do you think of year-end company parties? Do you attend them? See in context

I attend these for the free food. What I don't like is you get forced to become a servant to higher ups and expect to entertain them.

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Posted in: Do you think Christmas decorations and light displays are put up too early in some countries? See in context

I'm Filipino and we generally begin decorating by the end of November 1. It's a cultural preference. It's just a festive mood, let's leave political correctness and other needlessly sensitive stuff out of our holidays. let the people enjoy their lives.

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Posted in: New island off Japan may not last long, say experts See in context

Better claim it as Japan's before China catches wind and starts citing millenia-old documents of its claims.

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Posted in: SDF exercise suspended after member shows middle finger to reporters See in context

MarkXToday  07:33 am JST

While the action was very childish and short sighted, the idea of cancelling the entire event also seems extreme. Pull the idiot aside, discipline him and continue on. All you have done is make more of a issue out of it.

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Agree! People make too big of a fuss over the wrong things nowadays.

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Posted in: Quick-thinking Japanese cab driver prevents passenger suicide at dam See in context

People like him give me hope for humanity, we need more people like this.

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Posted in: Tokyo holds first missile evacuation drill in years See in context

A few dozen anti-war demonstrators gathered in front of the train station where the drill took place, chanting and holding signs that read "Missile drill is preparation for war" and "Diplomatic dialogue instead of missile drills".

Tell that to Little Rocket Man and see if he listens. People like these are either too pure and innocent or are actively in denial. I see missile drills useful for other situations, and considering the Japanese are used to practicing other disaster-related things, this shouldn't be of much concern to them.

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Posted in: Unmanned shops are increasing as a means to help solve serious labor shortages. What do you think of the trend? See in context

I think its great, but like all things, it has its pros and cons. With the labor shortage, this is a good thing. Things that can be automated should be delegated to machines. Just have a contingency plan when the machines break down.

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Posted in: Man cycles across Japan, hoping to change views on mental health See in context

theFuToday  09:05 am JST

Two questions.

East-West or North-South?

How is it that someone under 30 can afford to leave their job and bicycle without a job? I don't understand how he can pay for food and a place to sleep without any income.

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I'm guessing people have taken him in several times. Rock on Takumi, you're already an inspiration to us by facing your demons head-on.

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Posted in: Tokyo's Shibuya braces for Halloween crowd despite calls to stay away See in context

all I can say is this, they may not converge in Shibuya, they can still converge in other open areas. All it takes is for enough people to gather and the festive mood is already set. Just saying, damming up Shibuya will just make them relocate elsewhere. Let the people have fun once in a while. Japan is an overly sterile and dry country already, let them live.

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Posted in: What is the most effective way to eradicate the sale and possession of child porn? See in context

use propaganda to make it unappealing. make it look gross and unsavory. similar to how certain things are portrayed in mainstream media that make them desirable or undesirable. taking a heavy-handed approach doesn't work, we've proven that throughout the years already.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ¥50 million from homes, offices in 13 prefectures See in context

An investigation into a string of thefts across the 13 prefectures in the Kanto, Chubu, Kinki and Chugoku regions found that Takahashi had robbed 134 homes and offices. He is accused of stealing approximately 45.62 million yen in cash and 6.68 million yen from stolen small safes and wallets.

This guy should really be locked away. What he did was bad but, that's quite a streak he had there. All the more reason to barricade my home at night and when I'm not there.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Japanese snacks or sweets? See in context

takoyaki and onigiri. I'm a bit of a chowhound, these are just snacks for me.

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Posted in: Are there any customs that, for you, are sadly no longer a part of lifestyles today? See in context

taking it easy on Sundays. people are just too busy nowadays.

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Posted in: Japan's Self-Defense Forces struggling to recruit new members See in context

JayToday  08:09 am JST

Here's a novel idea: how about a French style foreign legion? Then, reward those with a certain number of years service with honorary Japanese citizenship. I'm sure the multitude of Japan idealists/apologists who lurk these parts would be flocking to the recruitment tables.

I second this. Wouldn't mind serving the JSDF if it guarantees me citizenship, I'd gladly fight for Japan if there's a need for it. But realistically speaking, we're most likely looking at the downsizing of the JSDF manpower. They could compensate by investing on more advanced systems like Singapore, a small standing military but has a lot of new toys to play with.

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Posted in: Saitama Prefecture is expected to be the first in Japan to have an ordinance that defines leaving children in the elementary school third grade or younger alone in their homes, cars or elsewhere alone as abuse. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

SpeedToday  08:20 am JST

Oh, god, please don't go the way of the US.

was going to say this! My parents were almost fined because my sister was left at home for just 15 minutes and some nothing better else to do neighbors decided to report it. Japan, don't go down that road. I would count leaving them in a locked car as abuse, but at home should not count.

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Posted in: Japan logs hottest September on record; 2.66 C higher than average See in context

nothing surprises me anymore about anything weather-related breaking records. New York recently got flooded, and the hottest summer recorded in China as well. I wonder what would be the breaking point for humanity on this. Will we just wake up one day to learn that cities will be too hot to live in or the weather so erratic that the season's we're used to are no longer reliable.

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Posted in: What are some of the best recreational bike-riding routes in the part of Japan where you live? See in context

might be overstated, but the coastal highway near Enoshima. Any anime fan or just someone who appreciates a good seaside view will love it, guaranteed. That and basically any mountain pass, the route to Takabocchi highlands in Nagano is also nice.

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Posted in: Ghibli-themed dating event organized by government flooded with applications See in context

I welcome this news to be honest. At least people are taking steps to meet other people. Let's just hope those with not so pure motives don't get what they came for.

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Posted in: 73-year-old man fatally stabs wife, daughter, then kills himself at Shizuoka hospital See in context

something needs to change at the individual level among Japanese. I think, people should learn to speak it out and debate about issues constructively at home and all other aspects of life. Defending the Wa and not being a bother has its place, but people need to speak up.

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Posted in: American cyclist dies in expressway accident in Yokohama See in context

John-SanToday  07:15 am JST

These bike are racing bikes. Design to race on closed roads. Key word closed. They are built for aerodynamics placing the rider in a position making visibility of traffic around the rider difficult and slower to respond. Couple this with skinny tires meant for racing super lightweight frame Which flex under sudden load ( like emergency braking ). Just too many variables and accidents will occur. Only commuter bikes should allow. Like you are allow drive a passenger car on the public road but not your race car. The same should bike for bikes.

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I get your point here, road bikes aren't the best at maneuvering in dicey situations. That is where mountain bikes shine in my opinion. I've cycled in Japan during my stay there and have even ridden my bike during winter. My experience is this, always assume you're invisible to vehicles. Always have your lights on when visibility is poor, have reflectors and always double take when changing lanes and making turns. That guy's demise is unavoidable and does happen. My take is to always ride defensively. Self-entitlement won't protect you from two tons of metal.

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Posted in: Information and stimuli bombard us at a rate never seen before, and it can be overwhelming. How do you maintain a sense of calm and inner peace? See in context

filter the stuff that you want to give attention to and those that are just distractions. It's easy to chase the rabbit when you're hunting for elephants, but learn to hold yourself. Have a decent adblocker and minimize your time on social media. You can easily spend hours there scrolling mindlessly.

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Posted in: How has travel on international flights changed the most in the past 20 years? See in context

the screening at the airports, especially if you're coming from a rougher country to a more well-off country. The immigration questions are just too much. Also, there are more paper works.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stalking female store employee and taking photos of her See in context

Police said Hamada told them he had developed feelings for the woman and just wanted to have photos of her.

he could've tried striking up a conversation and see where it goes instead of going the creeper route.

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Posted in: What's your view on workplace romances? See in context

I am fine with it. Most couples meet in places they frequent anyway. In my work, there are several couples who are coworkers. So long as it doesn't affect the job, I don't see any good reason to disapprove.

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