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JoshuYakiMar. 08, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
The dogs aren't evil by nature but they are definitely dogs and not people. If you don't follow buy dog rules you will really suffer. This is the reason why I am super weary of petting strangers dogs. I love dogs but this is the kind of thing that happens if you aren't aware of what they are communicating or who they are being exposed to.
This is triple misery, a severely traumatized and disfigured girl who will suffer her whole life through surgery then by being bullied at school then a family who are to blame for her suffering and the final one is the legal ramifications of owning such a high responsibility breed without watching them. Like the Japanese family want to sue their friends...
Posted in: Japanese girl mauled by dogs in NZ was bitten 100 times
JoshuYakiMar. 05, 2014 - 09:48AM JST
Part of me believes he should rot and never see the light of day or breath an ounce of free air ever again but part of me wonders what would make a talented 18 year old make such a horrible decision. Its such a waste of life and for the woman who died and her family that has to carry the pain forever.
True justice would be for him to serve his sentence in a Romanian jail instead of a Japanese one.
Posted in: Romanian youth gets life for killing Japanese woman
JoshuYakiMar. 03, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
I don't think that anyone in Japan owes us (Canada) for a natural disaster. The gesture is very much appreciated. I am sure most Canadian people would love a few minutes over a beer or a coffee to say thanks for sure...
Posted in: 70 Japanese students volunteer to help clean Canada’s shores of tsunami debris
JoshuYakiMar. 01, 2014 - 09:15AM JST
I think this is what happened with the first few banks and credit unions when they first opened up. Didn't the train that transferred money across the US get robbed regularly?
The internet is an amazing place to make yourself a millionaire with just brainwaves and clicks. But it isn't a good place to store your money at all. Even national banks are at risk for people stealing money, personal information, credit cards etc...
Posted in: Mt Gox files for bankruptcy; CEO says 750,000 bitcoins gone
JoshuYakiFeb. 27, 2014 - 08:04AM JST
It still baffles me why someone would have even done this in the first place? Its so strange how much Anne represents different things to different people.
Posted in: Israel to give copies of Anne Frank book to Tokyo libraries
JoshuYakiFeb. 20, 2014 - 10:38AM JST
Fact is, in Tokyo, there are millions of ways to make money to pay the rent. I was scraping for coins when I moved to Osaka and I was able to get four jobs to pay the rent. Poor lady. To imagine getting stabbed when you are working so hard to reach your dreams.
JoshuYakiFeb. 17, 2014 - 11:38PM JST
I think someone went to a vendor stand 20-30 years ago and saw melons and peaches and grapes being sold for 10,000 yen+ and they misinterpreted it as being the price everyone pays for everything. Ever since then Tokyo has the image of ultra-expensiveness...
There are lots of resources for low income people, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, hotels, etc...
Posted in: GPod - The cost of living in Tokyo
JoshuYakiFeb. 06, 2014 - 10:35AM JST
I think this has more feeling to it than a box of chocolates or some plastic flowers from a convenience store,,,
But isn't Valentine's Day for men in japan? I think I would be super stoked if I got a pizza for sure..
Posted in: Heart-shaped treat for Valentine’s Day — from Domino’s Pizza
JoshuYakiFeb. 06, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
How much dough did this guy make? Its almost worth using his method as a template. I am sure he is wiping his tears with 10,000 yen notes heheh
Posted in: 'Japan's Beethoven' admits using ghost composer
JoshuYakiFeb. 04, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
I really respect and I am fascinated with Japan but after 12 years of being a japan-otaku I still cant say 'I get it.' But that's cool. That's why I loved japan in the first place...
Posted in: Foreigners reveal when they felt they really 'got this whole Japan thing'
JoshuYakiJan. 29, 2014 - 08:37AM JST
I don't think there is a 'Canadian' type or an 'American' type (Etc...etc..)
Just because japan seems so mono-cultural and every Japanese person seems to want to associate as a whole with the country, its difficult to read the feedback from these individuals and just be able to paint the whole country with the same color.
If sexless marriage, money focused wives, angry women was limited to one island on the pacific rim the rest of the world could enjoy life-long sex intensive marriages just by avoiding japan.
Posted in: Foreign men share their reasons for divorcing Japanese wives
JoshuYakiJan. 25, 2014 - 08:22AM JST
First time I rode the shinkansen I was shocked that it had started moving exactly on scheduled time to the minute. One of the nicest trains I have ever been on in Japan is the Hanshin train from Umeda to Koshien stadium. The train was spotless and every surface except for the seats was polished shiny. Super impressive...
Cant wait to ride the rails again this summer!
Posted in: Why we love riding the rails in Japan
JoshuYakiJan. 18, 2014 - 10:32PM JST
I could imagine the shock and upset that would have rippled through management if someone from the bread factory had decided to indulge in the luxury of calling in sick for work.
Having noro virus has the most awful symptoms I can only imagine the commute to work and trying to actually work sick.
I really wish people would feel comfortable to stay away from work instead of doing the "honorable" thing and forcing yourself to come in at any consequence
Posted in: Bread identified as source of food poisoning at Hamamatsu schools
JoshuYakiJan. 15, 2014 - 12:47PM JST
I guess batteries aren't designed to take the non-stop wear and tear of commercial flight? There must be people at Boing and at ANA suffering some pretty high stress right now...
Posted in: JAL grounds Dreamliner at Narita after battery problem
JoshuYakiJan. 09, 2014 - 09:41AM JST
China has noticed the 'Arab Spring' more than many other nation out there. With an aging gang of cronies passing their unheard of fortunes and political titles onto family and friends for decades while the majority live well below poverty; with the lopsided thousands of citizen for every soldier they have created a paper dragon. This way they can avert attention away from the obviously contradictory "communist people's party" and towards an old enemy.
The sad part is that the old men of japan are so hateful towards their pacifist evolution and are dreaming up ways of returning to their senseless warrior past. Why hasn't the Japanese government noticed how successful Germany has become now that they have made clean with their history and made amends with those they hurt.
This isn't a who is better or worse. China has and does awful things to people and nations. Asia is like the most powerful V12 engine except each cylinder, Japan, Korea, China, etc. all want to run independent of the other or crash through the cylinder wall in hope of a catastrophic end. It's the only thing that has kept them from destroying the US based global economy.
Posted in: 60% of Chinese execs say they cannot work with Japanese firms
JoshuYakiJan. 06, 2014 - 08:39AM JST
I will buy anything advertised by Bill Murray
Posted in: Japan's whisky makers drum up global market for their drams
JoshuYakiJan. 02, 2014 - 08:56AM JST
I bought fukubukuro. Its actually a great deal for undees and socks. I also got sports gear for a great deal. I wish I could buy them every year
Posted in: Lucky bags
JoshuYakiDec. 29, 2013 - 07:57AM JST
I've had some great customer service in Japan. Often I wont shut up about it to my friends. I have had some bad customer service too. I find that the more expensive the store the less likely I am going to be served properly. I have had an employee hiss at me to stop touching the merchandise (I was looking for my size) at a department store in Tokyo and I have been avoided and ignored in Gucci, Vuitton, etc... I don't have the appearance of being overly wealthy and I get an appropriate reaction because of it.
I think Japan's customer service core is migrating towards the sort of 'whateva' attitude found in the rest of the world bit by bit. What can you do?
Posted in: Tales of divine customer service in Japan
JoshuYakiDec. 25, 2013 - 07:47AM JST
I love and miss Kombini every day I left japan. I have to say though, you can get burned-out on the onigiri / sandwiches pretty quickly. You dread them after a while especially if you are in a rush. Also the traditional "Irashaii mase" has changed from a warm welcome to a pre-programmed war cry sounding shriek. Sometimes coming in at 3am or before work it's a bit jarring to say the least.
I will say its the first place I go to on every trip back to Japan. I wish they had that kind of place in Canada...
Posted in: 5 reasons Japanese convenience stores rock
JoshuYakiDec. 20, 2013 - 10:05AM JST
I just read this and realized I am a gigantic slob when it comes to any of these rules. How embarrassing..
Posted in: 10 little-known rules for eating Japanese food
Mar. 12, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
Why am I not surprised that priority is being put on building for the Olympics --…
Posted in: Construction crunch slows Tohoku rebuilding
Mar. 12, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
And the winner is...
“hijacked by elves”
Posted in: Wild theories fill void left by missing Malaysian plane
"included in her sphere of influence" sounds...pretty damn controlling if you ask me...
Whatever you call…
Posted in: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'gray zone' military threats
Mar. 12, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
$600 million must not go far in Japan, because only 3.5 percent of the cramped temporary…
Posted in: Amid complex problems, Red Cross stands by tsunami survivors
Mar. 12, 2014 - 10:01AM JST
Washington takes no position on the sovereignty of the islands, called the Senkaku by Japan and…