Toshihiro comments

Posted in: Restaurant operator Skylark to end 24-hour operations by April See in context

Its starting.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Posted in: Taking the U.S. as an example, how can a democracy function if half the people hate the elected leader -- a state of affairs which usually continues until the next election cycle before repeating itself? See in context

A leader can still function even if half the population hates him, he just needs to deliver and get the job done. You can't please everybody. However, I'm imagining that having half of the population seeking to throw you off a cliff if given the chance would not make it easy for you live your private life

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Posted in: How crime suspects are treated by police and prosecutors is unknown to many Japanese, who tend to trust authoritative figures and assume anyone who gets arrested is guilty. Do you agree with this statement? See in context

Having a nearly 100% conviction rate doesn't really sound well for people who are unjustly accused of crimes. It just means that there is no justice. Why do high-profile J-personalities don't serve a prison sentence if they just publicly apologize and pay sorry money but regular people and foreigners get the short end of the stick?

22 ( +22 / -0 )

Posted in: Do you think gold is a safe investment in times of geopolitical trouble, threats of war or other international crises? See in context

Yes, currency can fluctuate in value depending on how much the government would like to set its price at. In the Philippines, the occupying Japanese forces during WW2 introduced a new currency called "Mickey Mouse" money where you would need a wheel barrow's worth to buy what you need. Just refer to Robert Kiyosaki's Youtube video on buying gold, that'll explain everything.

However, I also have to say no because while gold is valuable, it's essentially just a shiny piece of metal and you really can't do anything practical with it (look up Water-Diamond Paradox). Feel free to correct me though. I've heard from survivalists and preppers that an alternative to gold are basic and essential commodities like food, tools, medicine and even services (time to learn practical skills) can be used to pay in an event.

I also know that in very rural parts of the world, including Japan, people often barter with one another instead of using cash.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Kagawa politicians want to set daily limit on how much time kids can spend playing video games See in context

well said JJ, I could not have said it better myself. Video games are meant to be like that and people trying to prevent that is like forcing smokers to stop smoking. It can be done, but it will take time

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Rights group denounces Japanese envoy for comments on Myanmar Rohingya See in context

Gotta give diplomats a break though, they walk a very fine tight rope to maintain being diplomatic but staying politically correct.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Posted in: Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable See in context

interesting article. I wish they included air-cleaning plants

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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

I second Clippety, quitting your job (assuming you're leaving because you hate it and have somewhere else to go) is probably one of the best feelings an adult could ever experience. I've seen lots of my coworkers quit in my line of work and they always leave with a big smile on their face because it probably feels like being freed from a prison sentence. That being said, this is a nice stint this company is doing. I'm imagining their services could see a boom in the future once younger generations enter the workforce. But still, you really do need to have the cajones to (politely) confront people or else it will bite you in the long run

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: What can convenience stores and supermarkets do to reduce the amount of food waste? See in context

I second the soup kitchen and major markdowns late in the evening option. A bakery near where I live would have people wait and line up until the bakery nears its "closing sale" and just buy up any bread they could since they're almost at half price. The least they can do is to give away the inedible food scraps to nearby farms or gardeners for fertilizer. In my home, we never throw away food scraps and just bury them in out compost pit.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Japanese woman turns 117, extending record as world's oldest person See in context

I would love to hear the stories she can tell from when she was growing up, it must be something worth hearing

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Inside the rogue 7-Eleven, a convenience store completely cut off by its company See in context

This is the true Japanese spirit for me. As an outsider looking in, I've always had the impression that the Japanese stood their ground for what was right and what was just even if it meant being in an unfavorable spot. But upon reading current events in Japan in the past years, I feel that is now a thing of the past in favor of not being a nuisance to others. But I'm glad that some still have that spirit. Much respect to this guy, a system that no longer serves the people has no place in society

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Posted in: In 2018, according to Oxfam, 26 billionaires had as much money as the poorest half of the world. If that's true, what do you think will be the future consequences? See in context

Imbalance. But here's the catch, money is only as good as the people and the government that recognize it. Imagine if one day the world decides that those paper bills you've been amassing isn't worth the paper its been printed on.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: Two men beaten, robbed by gang in separate incidents in Sagamihara See in context

Never a comforting to read articles like this but I'm glad it was reported. In my humble opinion, Japanese cops should increase their public visibility even there's the constant presence of cameras. The presence of a live law enforcement officer carries more weight than the cold lens of a camera looking at you.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Posted in: What are your highest hopes for your life this year? See in context

Get married to the right person

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: In addition to a chronic shortage of nursery schools and high education costs, there is a risk that children might end up becoming social recluses who are unable to become self-reliant. Since assistance from the government is limited, many people are shying away from starting a family. See in context

On raising a family, here's what my grandparents told me when they were raising my parents post Second World War: raising a family is a sacrifice but a good one. I think it's not the lack of government support because from where I'm from, it's the most second destroyed city during the war (Manila) and my grandparents managed to raise kids despite that, but I think its more on the demands of society. Companies are just becoming greedier by the year and try to grow even though they've already hit the ceiling. Honestly, there's nothing wrong about being hungry for success but if that job is ruining the people it's supposed to serve, then It failed its purpose. I know this is blasphemy for the Japanese but people need to work less and live more, that desk should not be your home and your co-workers not your family, the company can replace you like a broken cog but you cant be replaced in your family.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Posted in: In addition to a chronic shortage of nursery schools and high education costs, there is a risk that children might end up becoming social recluses who are unable to become self-reliant. Since assistance from the government is limited, many people are shying away from starting a family. See in context

I'm not an expert on child psychology and only have an outsider's sociological view on J-society but here's just my humble take on this problem. Yes, the government really does need to step up its support for children's education and welfare but there's a LOT more important matter that is not mentioned - the parents and the family. Parents should raise their kid with more compassion, more hands-on if you will. From my encounters with Japanese kids, I get a feeling that their parents function more as their housekeepers and less as their actual parents that give them love and guidance in these vulnerable time of their lives. I hate to say this but there's probably nothing we can do about how fast-paced, output-only-focused, robotic J-society is but in the very least, raise your kid strong and kind enough to cope with it. Especially now that birth rates have dropped below a million, if more become recluses and drop outs...well, you get the picture

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Posted in: What is your mood usually like during the time between Christmas and the New Year? For example, do you feel flat or is it a quiet time of reflecting on the past year? Or something else? See in context

Stressful. The time leading up to Christmas and then New Year is probably the most congested period of the year, it's as if people are forced to buy and do all these things just because they developed a habit for it.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Posted in: Forcing people to go to a drinking party is sometimes seen as harassment. In the past, it happened all the time. It was part of normal corporate culture in Japan but now it's seen as power harassment. See in context

How about saying NO. I know how Japanese culture works but if pleasing the many and not being a bother puts you in an inconvenience and a potential health risk, then why put up with it? Sometimes, people just want you to just be there physically, if you don't want to sing, drink or eat, just sit there and bide your time to make a stealthy exit. Life isn't just about work, it's just a part of it we must put up with to fund the other parts of out lives.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Posted in: Japanese anime industry earning more money than ever, almost half of it from outside Japan See in context

Agree with Madden, the real heroes here are the people who spend sleepless nights to produce manga and anime on time. If there was only a way to give directly to these people.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Posted in: Do you enjoy spending the Christmas-New Year period in Japan? See in context

In my humble opinion, Christmas in Japan is not as festive as it is in predominantly Christian countries but I will say that they really do love to commercialize the holiday. New Year is an entirely different thing, the Japanese really celebrate it spectacularly and you can really get a sense of how spiritual the event is for them. To answer the question, I love spending new year in Japan but not so much for Christmas

8 ( +9 / -1 )

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

Growing up, I've always watched the live action of the Grinch and Christmas specials of cartoons every year, too bad they hardly show it on cable these days. My favorite Christmas movie would be Die Hard, yes it is a Christmas movie. I wonder what the Japanese usually watch during Christmas?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Japanese photographer captures stunning images of 'time-traveling samurai' See in context


0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Man arrested over murder of drinking companion See in context

This idea is probably very unpopular but there really should be a list of people who should not be allowed to drink. Violent, reckless and promiscuous drunks should be on the top of the list. And yeah I'm pretty sure there was a folding knife that is conveniently nearby at that time, he should've just clocked him hard instead

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Posted in: 67-year-old man fatally beaten after calling police to report intruder in house See in context

I'm willing to give this man the benefit of the doubt that he was just overjoyed about having so much money that he had to share it with neighborhood but unfortunately not everyone that can hear him are good people. That being said its still sad to hear this incident happen. I hate to be that guy who said it but he should've at least locked his door or kept his mouth shut. Poor man

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Angry anime shopper tells store employees to 'die' 3,852 times in death threat emails See in context

Choi’s connection to Animate stretches back to at least 2014, when she made her first purchase through the chain’s online shop. However, her repeated canceling of orders she placed got her account suspended twice

Yup, it was definitely her fault that she got banned and yet she still got angry. I'm pretty sure there are LOTS MORE anime shops out there where she could buy from but chose to take her anger out on this site, must be an interesting life she lives

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: 2 junior high school students arrested for extorting ¥220,000 from boy on threat of violence See in context

Good on the kid to report this! Never tolerate bullying and violence. Stand up and fight back. I've been bullied once like this during my high school days, I was a transfer student so I was fresh meat for the predators. Luckily, they were just punks who had more bark than bite and nobody ended up in trouble or injured that day. I wish Japan had that Scared Straight TV show program in the US where they immerse delinquents in prison to set them right

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban See in context

Man, this is a tough one. In one hand, we can't leave our LGBT comrades to discrimination but at the same time we also must be concerned of the welfare and safety of our heterosexual demographic. Its essentially safety vs discrimination but where do we draw the line? I really want to know how Japan will handle this issue. From what I've heard from trans people in my country, they use the separate restroom reserved for persons with disability if nobody is using it since it allows both sexes to use it.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Posted in: Man says he followed 10-year-old girl because she was cute See in context

regardless of one's fetishes, people should learn to keep those things in the sheets so to speak. It's only a matter of time before fascination leads to another thing and before you know it, you're neck deep and still don't realize that it's wrong. At least this guy was saved from that if he changes his ways.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Japanese, Korean, Chinese: Which language is the easiest to learn? See in context

We studied all three languages during college and here's my humble opinion on it. Korean is the easiest since it has no Kanji and pronounciations are easy. Japanese is a couple of notches tougher since there are three writing styles and memorizing and writing Kanji is challenging. Mandarin is by far the toughest since you have four intonations for every word, get it wrong and you can something totally off, Oh, and every word is in Kanji.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Posted in: Do you think Christmas will still be celebrated in some form 100 years from now? See in context

Of course. Japan should know this very well. Some traditions really continue for centuries while some are just fads and fade away. Here are just some facts about it:

Christmas has been a US federal holiday since 1870

It was Pope Julius I that decided to place Jesus' birth at Dec 25 so it would coincide with the Romans' Saturnalia festival ( a pagan festival meant to celebrate Saturn and involves Christmas-y things)

the Christmas season is celebrated in the Philippines as early as September (Trust me, I'm Filipino)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.