HollisBrown's past comments

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    HollisBrown

    An absolute snake.

    Posted in: Abe to decide on sales tax hike after upper house election

  • 5

    HollisBrown

    Dear Nobuko Akashi,

    Your efforts might be better served trying to reeducate a large proportion of Japanese people who seemingly lack the manners, etiquette, and understanding of the basic rules of their own country. Also, a serious effort to combat the various -'hara's (power, seku, mora etc.) would help make the work place in particular better for everyone. Posters in corridors isn't really an effective solution is it?

    Finally, I challenge you to provide specific examples of 'breaches of etiquette by foreign tourists becoming a problem in tourist spots nationwide', because I guarantee I will be able to visit the same tourist spots and find more than one Japanese person also making 'breaches of etiquette'.

    In fact, I invite you to spend a couple of days with me as I go about my work. I see dozens of examples of bad manners, breaches of etiquette, breaking of rules, and harassment, every single day. Maybe I can open your eyes to what is undoubtedly a bigger problem than foreign tourists.

    Posted in: Steady efforts are essential, such as thoroughly notifying visitors about etiquette and rules before they come to Japan via information websites for overseas.

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    'Make me one with everything', said the Buddhist to the Lotteria staff.

    Posted in: Lotteria to offer massive Burger with Everything on It

  • 2

    HollisBrown

    I guess they are going for the 'bland, designed by a committee' look.

    I refuse to believe that these are the 'best' 4 out of 14,599 entries. Absolutely no way.

    Posted in: 4 candidates for 2020 Olympic logo

  • 4

    HollisBrown

    I have 'ignored' all attempts from the various contracts I do to provide them with my "My Number' - and will continue to 'ignore' their requests for as long as I can.

    The reason they all give for needing it is so they can ensure they deduct the correct amount of tax from my earnings. I reply that as I am self employed and have to do my tax returns at the end of the year I can make the necessary adjustments then.

    The only way they can be sure to deduct the correct amount of tax is if they know exactly how much I'm earning in total - i.e. from all my contracts. I don't want any of my contracts knowing how much I earn in total. It's none of their business.

    When I come to renegotiate my contracts at the start of each year, I don't want any of them using what I earn in total as a negotiating tool against me.

    Some people have suggested that an employer will be privy to an employees total household income. In my case that would be myself as well as my wife who is also self employed.

    How can it possibly be right that an employee who provides 10% of my personal income is able to know 100% of my household income? If that contract then represents 20% of my household income next year, the employer has a huge advantage when renegotiating the contract with me.

    Good luck to anyone who files a lawsuit about this.

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  • 1

    HollisBrown

    What about trans men? Seriously? They've opened a trans bar that discriminates against some trans people?!

    Posted in: New bar and club space especially for crossdressers to open in Tokyo

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    Prediction: Very few of their first 10 policy announcements will be in the slightest bit innovative.

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  • 1

    HollisBrown

    Judge Hiroko Kondo, you are an absolute disgrace.

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    HollisBrown

    So they've 'improved' it by making it smaller and more compact - but then totally limited any benefit that might bring by making it wired! So you've got more space on your desk - but a wire limiting what and where you put things on your desk.

    Why not just make it wireless?

    Posted in: Space-saving USB keyboard

  • 5

    HollisBrown

    Abe has failed in almost everything significant he's tried to do

    Article Unavailable

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    HollisBrown

    I reckon I could find 9133 drivers violating seat belt, mobile phone, and 'TV on the navigation' rules in less than a week, at just one intersection in my relatively small city.

    Posted in: Police report 9,133 cycling violations since new law went into effect

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    HollisBrown

    “What disgusts Japanese people about what Becky did was how she continued to lie about the affair,” said celebrity psychologist Yoko Haruka.

    “She carried on pretending to be a sweet girl. But when her lying was exposed, she became persona non grata,” Haruka added.

    Can this celebrity psychologist explain why the same feelings of disgust aren't felt towards politicians and leaders of big businesses (TEPCO, Olympus, the air bag maker, various dairy companies etc. etc. etc.) when lies and deceit are exposed?

    Posted in: Fallen idol Nori-P emerges as survivor of 'bullying' culture

  • 2

    HollisBrown

    Do the drivers work on different lines? It seems strange that 11 straps can be taken from the same car without anyone noticing. It wouldn't be so unbelievable though if the straps were taken after the train had finished its service for the day.

    "Bear a grudge against the railway", "fanatical hobbyists" - both of these could conceivably relate to a driver (or other staff with access to the train).

    Are there any tools in the cab in case of breakdown etc.?

    Posted in: Mysterious thieves on bizarre train strap binge

  • 2

    HollisBrown

    Maybe there are simply too many Japanese people who don't like McDonald's! Good on them! McDonald's having to scale back operations would be a good news story for a host of reasons.

    Posted in: We’re exploring the sale of a portion of our ownership in McDonald’s Japan if we identify a strategic investor who could help advance Japan’s turnaround efforts and unlock our growth potential.

  • 3

    HollisBrown

    @John-san - I agree with you to an extent, but go to a language school in London and you'll find Swedish, German, Chinese students and the teachers don't speak Swedish, German, or Chinese.

    It's important to say that being based here in Japan, Japanese English teachers should all be proficient in the language too! The amount of JHS and HS English teachers I've met in my area who have pretty poor English skills is quite shocking. Would you ever meet a maths teacher who can't really do quadratic equations?

    A lot of Japanese English teachers obviously have excellent language skills - but then they are constrained in a way by the curriculum and the awful textbooks.

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    HollisBrown

    @Strangerland - I see what you mean, but until any group starts to have some fundamental political beliefs, and is willing to stick with them for a reasonable length of time, there is no chance of them ever gaining popularity. These small groups re-launch and merge year after year, changing what they stand for, and I don't see any change in their popularity.

    I believe the only way to beat the LDP is to seriously go after and expose the corruption and the inefficiencies of the people running it. You need part of the media on your side too. We all know that this will take some kind of mini revolution in Japan, and a change in attitude from people towards politics. If that is part of their plan, then I'm right behind them. If it isn't, then all they are doing is wasting time and money and 'looking like they are doing something' - which unfortunately happens all too often here.

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    HollisBrown

    In the process of molding kids into 'robots' ready to serve a company, ambition and the curiosity to explore is reduced. Add to this the teachers who fail to motivate their students in any way, shape or form, and instead simply plough through boring textbooks...

    This news is no surprise at all to me.

    Article Unavailable

  • 0

    HollisBrown

    Pathetic.

    The leader of the 'Innovation' Party considering getting swallowed up by the ineffective system. If this is the extent of their innovation then there really is no hope.

    Stop making new parties and start OPPOSING odious Abe and his awful, corrupt ministers.

    Article Unavailable

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    HollisBrown

    I think Vietnam losing 8-1 to Man City is a pretty respectable result

    Posted in: Vietnam fires Japanese soccer coach for being too tough

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