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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context

After 12 years here, I've become pretty desensitised to this kind of treatment. That said, I do make a point, however, to illustrate these instances to my Japanese wife. She used to brush it off but eventually, after experience situations with me, she could't deny it any more..and for those alluding that only foreigners are capable of being late to appointments/frequent cancellations, maybe I'm associating with a different group of Japanese people(hehe) cause they have no qualms about turning up late/flaking out.

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Posted in: Driver struck by another vehicle in the wrong lane ordered to pay Y40 million See in context

Wow. I've read some strange rulings but this certainly is near the top.

Hopefully, this ridiculous sentence will be overturned SOON. It would be a shame if Driver B had to spend years of his life trying to recoup the cost of this nonsense much like the soccer ball kid's family.

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Posted in: Residents up in arms over children's noise at daycare centers See in context

Ironically, I would welcome the noise of children playing in the park, rather than the family living above me that insists on airing out their futon between 6am-8am on Saturday & Sundays. Having lived in Tokyo for quite a while, I can deal with the noise that accompanies the surroundings. However, I'm not so thrilled when the family insists on airing their futon at the break of dawn. Bang, bang, bang rattling my ears( lol ).

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Posted in: From 'Massan' to 'Chicago' See in context

I saw her on SMAP SMAP a few weeks ago. I thought she did pretty well considering her limited Japanese. Even when the interpreter tried to jump in, she would often try to answer in Japanese on her own. Kudos for handling herself well.

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Posted in: Boss arrested for assaulting employee with a stun gun for being late See in context

As Stephen Knight & Wipeout have alluded, I'm going to assume some connection to the yakuza simply because of the graphic nature of the beating. That said, when I worked in a Japanese publishing company about 7 years ago, I saw the leader of the sales division straddling the line of discipline/bullying. One of my Japanese peers told me to "ignore" it. The top-down mentality permeates all walks of life here.

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Posted in: 3,800 Unification Church couples wed in mass ceremony See in context

I went to boarding school in the US back in the early 90s with 2 of the 16 Moon children. I didn't know about their family background so I never really questioned why they both seemed a bit "odd." Sadly, one of his sons, Phil(can't recall his Korean name) committed suicide shortly after graduating university. After learning of his family's history, I always wondered if he simply couldn't handle the connection to his father.

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Posted in: Man runs out of gas; steals highway support vehicle that came to his aid See in context

I'm curious whom he was headed to meet. Anyone willing to steal a rescue vehicle to keep an appointment is up to no good. Or he's just not too bright...

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Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura's 'Doctor X' garners highest rating this year See in context

The drama's pretty entertaining. I've seen far worse J-dramas throughout my time here.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing woman's high heel shoes, smartphone See in context

for slapping a 22-year-old woman and stealing her high heel shoes and smartphone

Wel, something's clearly amiss with this dude. Not sure what he was planning to do with those heels.

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

I agree with everyone who say that J-dramas are a good vehicle for learning or improving one's Japanese. I'll watch them on tv and then go to one of the J-drama online sites to get the English subtitled versions. It's a great way to expand vocabulary and day-to-day vernacular.

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Posted in: Taking the trains to Tokyo's foreign enclaves See in context

I'm surprised the article didn't mention the famous Brazilian enclave around Oizumi in Gunma Prefecture, which is accessible by Tobu trains.

I think that's because the focus is on Tokyo-based locations. That said, you're spot on about the Brazilian population in Gunma. I lived in Gunma 10 yrs ago and would go to awesome restaurants in places like Isesaki & Ota.

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Posted in: Mother holding 1-year-old baby jumps in front of train in Tokyo See in context

Thank goodness the child survived. Hopefully, there will be someone able to help take care of the baby.

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Posted in: Police standoff with man threatening to commit suicide ends after 16 hours See in context

I'm glad it ended without any injury. Perhaps, he can get the help he needs.

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Posted in: After 15 years of ninja action, manga Naruto is ending next month See in context

Wow! Very sad. Naruto & One Piece are my favorite. If it does come to an end, thank you to Kishimoto san for a wonderful read.

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Posted in: Nishikori up to career-best No. 6 in world rankings See in context

Kei- good luck with the remaining tournaments leading up to London. I hope that you can make a showing in Shanghai this week and accumulate some additional points. Stay healthy and don't overdo it. I understand that you were somewhat injured during your Tokyo run but your commitment to qualifying for London encouraged you to play through some pain. You and your team know your body the best so please rest up and hopefully, you'll be the first Asian man to qualify for this tourney. Although I've been a big Nadal fan the last 5 to 6 years, it's great to see you making your mark on the ATP. Wishing you the best.

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Posted in: Father of girl who murdered classmate in Sasebo found dead in apparent suicide See in context

I'm with Vernie Jeffries. The story just gets sadder and sadder. I was going to post something as simple as that earlier today.

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Posted in: Unicare unveils 'anti-loneliness' hugging chair See in context

While I think 'HaraldBloodaxe' may have been a bit harsh in his assessment, I think he raises a point several commenters have mentioned. Wouldn't it be nice if they elderly had someone real that could hug them or talk them? I can't blame the elderly if most of their children/grandchildren have moved to urban centers and don't take the time to call, etc. If this hugging chair can bring them a little happiness and an extra smile, I don't think it's harmful. I make a point to hug my friends(Japanese, etc) and call them when I can. I've been living here 11 years and yes, at first, some of my Japanese friends were surprised by the affection but they've grown accustomed to it and now naturally do it themselves.

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Posted in: Takako Doi, former head of Social Democratic Party, dies at 85 See in context

I didn't know of her but from the little I've read today she seemed pretty awesome. RIP and hopefully, more female politicians will have the gusto she seemed to have possessed.

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Posted in: Ryoko Yonekura returns as Doctor X for third season See in context

It's actually quite good and I'm looking forward to Season 3. It's a fictional drama for God's sake so of course, the producers are more than welcome to push the envelope.

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Posted in: Longtime anti-suicide crusader patrols cliffs of Tojinbo See in context

I lived in Fukui Prefecture 11 years ago and Tojinbo was one of the first sightseeing places I visited. To my dismay, I learned about the other side of Tojinbo. I'm so glad to hear of Shige's tireless efforts. I imagine that they're more people like him here in Japan than we hear about. My ex suffered from depression(ups/downs) and like Shige suggests sometimes the worst thing you can say is "think about the others you'll affect. " Instead, I tried my best to help my ex by improving her situation. Thankfully, she's doing much better now and has actually been able to lend an ear to others. Good Luck with your efforts, Shige!

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Posted in: Man who beat mother to death in 2008 arrested for beating father to death See in context

I'm not so shocked that he was only given 4 years considering the paltry sentences that many mothers/fathers get for abusing/killing their children. We've seen several repeat offender cases there too. What will it take to make real changes to the judicial system? Perhaps, it'll take the death of a high profile police offer or politician to get people's attention.

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Posted in: Saitama citizen offers Y1 mil reward in guide dog stabbing case See in context

This is great news to read this morning. There are wonderful people all over. I applaud Kaneko san and his colleagues for taking the initiative to find that bum that hurt the precious dog Oscar and endangered the life of the visually impaired man.

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Posted in: Rola plays Marie Antoinette in TV ad campaign for GU See in context

I'm glad Japan hasn't tried to blacklist her with the issues around her father, though they inevitably were unable to charge him with anything. I was hoping they could separate the two and it seems they have so that's my positive spin on this.

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Posted in: Long-haired woman in long dress sought over purse-snatching spree in Tokyo See in context

Well, it seems that the purse snatcher was clever enough to wear the most non-descript and general disguise possible. Perhaps, if he/she continues the spree, they'll stumble over during the getaway wearing that one piece.

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Posted in: Tokyo-Nagano shinkansen line to be extended to Kanazawa See in context

I used to live in Fukui City, Fukui 10 years ago and Kanazawa was a 45 min Limited Express ride away. It was always quite difficult getting to Hokuriku. The Tokaido Shinkansen takes you to Maibara and then you change to a Limited Express to Fukui. This still takes about 3.5 hrs + (depending on start point within Tokyo). I wonder if they plan to extend the Shinkansen from Kanazawa to Fukui. If so, that would make the trip to Fukui a bit more manageable. Either way, this is great news. Kanazawa is known as Little Kyoto and has a lot to offer.

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Posted in: 10-year-old boy falls to his death from 13th floor of condo See in context

Yikes. Very sad news indeed. I wonder what he and his older brother were doing at the time. Either way, I pray for the family to get through this.

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Posted in: Chiba teacher arrested for threats to blow up government buildings because of Saturday classes See in context

Wish he was smart enough to have stopped at the initial comments. Makes you wonder what sent him over the edge! Perhaps, it was the exhaustion. No excuse for his threats though.

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Posted in: Youth attacks 70-year-old man with ice pick in Yokohama park See in context

Well, at least, his friend actually reported this to the police. I suspect there are some "friends" who actually might keep these things a secret.

Glad the older gentleman seems to be in stable condition.

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Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan See in context

To Himeros

I can understand your hesitation to make yourself stand out any more than you already do as a foreigner. I have 2 friends who lived in Toyama Prefecture years back who went through the same situation. Interestingly, they came at the same time but took opposite approaches. One did friend decided to keep his sexuality to himself, while the other was fairly open about it. My open friend received mixed reactions but overall he was treated very positively. Granted some people couldn't "understand" it but he never faced any direct discrimination, etc. They've both since moved to Tokyo and seem to be much more comfortable in this environment as there's a real community that exists, people seem much more receptive to it.

Like anything, progress takes time and Japan seems to be going in the right direction. That's a good thing.

To those posters who suggest gay people should shut up and be quiet, you miss the mark. Shutting up and hiding it only reinforces the notion that "being gay" doesn't exist.

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