Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    Remaking a movie that does not need remaking. Why?

    If the trailer is anything to go by, this will bomb at the box office. It will probably be on Netflix by Christmas.

    Posted in: Who you gonna call? 'Ghostbusters' is back in business

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    Ah_so

    All this fuss about a 44 years old wick-wack.

    If the police had not decided to get themselves involved we would never have heard of this woman or her canoe. They did, and now we understand how Japan infringes art and free speech through the use of archaic obscenity laws.

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  • 1

    Ah_so

    What happens if you just answer "No comment" to every question? (As is legally permissable in my country)

    As long as you can keep it up for three weeks while sleep deprived.

    If you are a foreigner and get arrested in Japan, refuse to speak any Japanese no matter how confident of your abilities. They will be forced to get a translator sling for all interviews.

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    Ah_so

    It's not what she made that is the issue. It's that she distributed DIY instructions and took money in exchange.

    At the same time, the various penis festivals have opportunities to buy various phallic momentos and candy. But no one gets arrested.

    She may have technically broken the law under one interpretation of it, but it is a canoe not a sex toy. It just makes Japan look prudish, childish and anti-free speech. The authorities did not have to prosecute her for this - they chose to.

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  • 3

    Ah_so

    Can we stop hearing about her vagina please, you're doing just what she wanted

    It is important because it tests Japan's slightly archaic notions of art, obsenity and acceptable free speech. I am not so interested in the ins and outs of her vagina.

    This case shows a number of things: 1) Japanese obsenity laws trump valid artistic licence and free speech; 2) the obsenity laws define the human body as being innately obscene, even when in a non-sexual context; 3) hypocrisy is rife - male genitalia is not equally frowned upon; 4) the police are quick to involve themselves in matters where nobody is being harmed.

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    Ah_so

    Japan is much more of a TV culture nation than a movie culture nation, so the Japan movie industry is getting undernourished

    I'm glad that you mentioned this because Japanese tv is also pretty bad. The dramas are cliché ridden and monotonous. I cannot think of anything that could be sold abroad to an adult audience. In the West, tv drama has got better and better with very high production standards.

    Posted in: 3 reasons Japanese movies today suck, according to distributor and producer Adam Torel

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    Ah_so

    Success has come spectacularly for American actress Charlotte Kate Fox

    Let's not over-egg this. The star of an East meets West drama has been cast in another East meets West drama several years later. She is not quite Scarlet Johannsen!

    While I enjoyed Massan, Ellie's character did not seem based upon the historical figure. It appeared to based on the dress and manners of Little House on the Prarie, rather than the fashionably dressed woman of the 1920s I saw in pictures. I hope that this new drama does not make similarly lazy charactures of modern women.

    Posted in: Charlotte Kate Fox relishing new challenges on TV or stage

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    Ah_so

    Translating software for European languages is not too bad, helped be the grammatical similarity between the languages. No doubt they will improve in time to become near perfect, but it seems unlikely that perfect translations will be possible, but with a human editor, the efforts will be pretty good.

    The state of Japanese/English translating software is laughable. The output is pretty laughable. However, I have just checked a few translations using Google translate and it does seem to be a lot better than it was only a year ago.

    Posted in: Do you think machines will ever be as good as humans at translating from one language into another?

  • 0

    Ah_so

    I should clarify shonanbb's comment to "Most Hindus choose not to eat beef curry; however, beef curries are a favorite dish of the rest of the Indian population"

    I never saw any beef for sale in India. Very little pork as well. Chicken and lamb were the only meats I saw widely.

    Posted in: Japan’s biggest curry chain now offers a true vegetarian curry

  • 4

    Ah_so

    Yabaru what you fail to understand is most non native english speakers want to learn english from a native speaker from a country where the main lanuage is english, that is they pick up on the accent of the native speaker be that American, British, Australian NZ etc. Its a bit like being fluent in Japanese but with a slight chinese accent, while thats perfectly Ok it doesnt sound quiet as good as a native Japanese speaker. Yes philippines have many excellent english speakers but most have that philipinnes accent. If im learning any new language I want to sound as close to the native speaker of that lanuage as possible

    wtfjapan - I would find the English spoken by an educated Indian to be far easier to understand than some of the thicker British accents and I say that as a Brit.

    My Japanese wife is often completely confused by an strong British accent, because she is used to mine.

    Singaporeans often speak English as their first language and many do not speak Chinese, yet speak English with a strong "Chinese" accent. As native speakers, should they teach English?

    English as a language is used by people all over the world and in Asia, you are far more likely to speak it with a non-native speaker and to be in British English (a relatively minor point). Getting used to different accents beyond the big 3 (US, Brit, Oz) is very important and useful.

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    Ah_so

    Pity. Will try and visit before it closes.

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    Ah_so

    Absolutely, but it's an entirely legal way of avoiding tax, not evading.

    M3M3ME

    Whether it is avoidance or evasion will depend on your domestic tax regime. In my fairly substantial experience of the matter, it is almost certainly likely to be the latter when it comes to individuals.

    The use of companies, trusts and bearer shares is there to conceal the true identity of the benefial owner.

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    Ah_so

    M3M3ME

    Having worked in this bit of the industry I can assure you that you are quite wrong. The use of Panama and other off-shore jurisdictions is nearly always to evade tax.

    It is nothing like having a brokerage account to buy foreign shares.

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    Ah_so

    I'm sorry but this festival plus the child porn in this country makes my blood boil. I've seen this festival and watched how preverted it is for parents to be buying their little children penis lollies to suck on... It's freaking sexual as all hell and rather sick.I think this should be a 18 only event.

    Cortes Elijah, I really think you may be living in the wrong country. You may be a little bit uptight for such things.

    Posted in: Size matters at Japan phallus festival

  • 2

    Ah_so

    I loved the Two Ronnies as a youngster, but was always perplexed why the fun would stop for a song by Barbara Dickson every episode.

    Posted in: British comedy great Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

  • 3

    Ah_so

    Comedy genius.

    I am a bit surprised to see the news on Japan Today!

    Posted in: British comedy great Ronnie Corbett dies aged 85

  • 1

    Ah_so

    The video of her pulling the young lady's dress down suggests it was nothing to be worried about. In fact, I watched it several times just to make sure.

    Posted in: Madonna again criticized by Australian fans for stage behavior

  • 0

    Ah_so

    It is not just the disaster itself, but Japan's paralysed reaction to the disaster. For a country prone to natural disasters, it is always caught out by them.

    Posted in: Has Japan learned anything from 2011 disaster?

  • 0

    Ah_so

    Superman: superhuman strength, can fly, and the ability to melt things with his eyes alone. Vs. Batman: a man in a rubber suit

    This should be a pretty short movie.

    Posted in: Heroes face consequences in Batman v Superman clash for justice

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    Ah_so

    The Japanese media did not cover themselves in any glory with coverage of the Olympus scandal, picking up on it well after it had been broken overseas. The UK's FT was running the story prominently well before the Nikkei (it is worrying that the Nikkei has subsequently bought the FT).

    Coverage of the aftermath of the tsunami was also poor, playing down risks related to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Yes, this may have prevented panic, but it is not the media's role to be part of the government's PR operations - it is to acquire and publish the truth to allow the public to make up its own mind.

    Posted in: Overseas media organizations report that Japanese news programs on politics are cowardly. This is extremely shameful and it's impermissible.

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