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PidestroikaNov. 28, 2015 - 01:48PM JST
after "the walking dead", here come "the seafaring dead". The whole story could easily come out of or become a horror movie.
Posted in: Boats with decomposed bodies recently found drifting off Japan
PidestroikaNov. 26, 2015 - 10:33AM JST
Yubaru - Putting aside the Greeks who 50+% speak English fluent enough due to the 25mil tourists visiting the country annually, what did the Chinese do when they hosted the Beijing Olympics? Did they ask their guests to change or did they try their best to accommodate them and make them happy (and take their money)?
It seems there are people in Japan who feel uneasy or are clearly afraid because they think there's going to be a "foreign invasion" and they will be "required" to change. They see the Olympics and other issues (whale and dolphin hunting for example) as efforts by "foreigners" (who exactly?) to make the Japanese lose their identity and "uniqueness". Imagine the Japanese stop going to MacD and to start going to WenD because foreigners told them to!
Other Olympic host countries saw the games as an opportunity to fix some things, put up a good show, attract investment and generally looked in the future. Some in Japan look in the past. Thankfully they are a minority.
Posted in: 9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for 2020 Olympics
PidestroikaNov. 26, 2015 - 09:58AM JST
gogogo - how about Japanese realize that their foreign guests for the Olympics don't speak Japanese and are not interested to learn for the few days the games are held.
PidestroikaNov. 26, 2015 - 09:24AM JST
The suggestions are all "Mediocre" as IJ would say.
Last week I was at Nippori station taking my parents back to their home country when I discovered they had installed an excellent "Train Route Information" machine-thing. It looks like the ticket machine and is in English, French, Chinese and Korean (if I remember correctly). You type where you want to go and out comes a lovely little printed piece of paper like a bank receipt with instructions. Which line and track as well as estimated time and fare. Clear and precise and absolutely wonderful! Congrats to those who thought of that. More of these at major stations properly indicated (not just hidden at some dark corner) would be a great help to all visitors.
PidestroikaNov. 20, 2015 - 08:51PM JST
First the "handicapped children", then the adult individuals with physical disabilities, then the mentally challenged...sounds like the first step to "keep the race clean". Do those who support her here like to sallute her "by extending the right arm in the air with a straightened hand"? I wonder?
PidestroikaNov. 19, 2015 - 08:38AM JST
No guns and no drugs. These are the only two reasons. The rest are just "suppositions and assumptions" as others very correctly mentioned put together by an Abe supporter.
If there was easy access to guns as in the States we'd read of school massacres by bullied students every other week and turf wars by bosozoku gangs.
Singapore is a multi-culture, multi-ethnic, multi-religion country as safe as Japan.
Posted in: 10 factors that make Japan a safe country
PidestroikaNov. 12, 2015 - 09:54PM JST
No comedy at all! Because of these two A(capital)$#"%&' I was imobilized in Tabata for more than 40 mins and arrived home by taxi an hour later completely exhausted after a long day's work. Who's gonna pay me back the 2500yen of the taxi? Who's gonna compensate me for the all the trouble? Why JR doesn't give other passengers the right to sue these two for damages? I could use the 56yo drunk's house.
Posted in: Irate passenger arrested after getting off train stopped between two stations
PidestroikaNov. 10, 2015 - 11:04AM JST
Bill Adams: when you've spent quite some time here in Japan and see the polite and delicate manner Japanese (not all ofcourse) interact with eachother and then...all of a sudden the switch goes on and they (not all ofcourse) behave awkwardly, blunt or utterly weird towards foreigners, then there are grounds to share the frustrations you've experienced, wishing they could at least just behave towards you as they behave towards eachother. In my konbini there is a clerk that always says "arashta" (the kombini version of "arigato gozaimashita") to every single customer except to non-Japanese like me to whom he says absolutely nothing. You can call this "paranoia" on my part or whatever you like. In my eyes the clerk lucks social skills. And I believe that's what this is all about.
Is it rude for the Japanese to automatically speak English to any hakujin they see? Well, presumptuousness is indeed a form of rudeness. When you see a woman wearing a wedding ring you don't immediately ask how many children she has. You ask more delicately IF she has any children.
Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan
PidestroikaNov. 10, 2015 - 12:30AM JST
crustpunker: The 3rd question I'm ALWAYS asked is whether I like Japanese food (duh!) followed by the the absolutely obligatory "do you eat nato?" Then I get depending on the answer:
"No" - "Why not? It's good for your health"
"Yes" - "Really? Isn't it smelly?"
I've never met any Japanese who doesn't want to know whether I eat nato or not.
It seems somebody, somewhere has written a "how to break the ice with a foreigner" textbook which is compulsory reading for all Japanese with absolutely no exceptions and no deviations. No Japanese has EVER asked me what kind of music or movies I like, if I like manga, what's my favorite sport, my best or worst experience in Japan or any other conversation starters. It's always, ALWAYS the "nato question". Japanese readers, please help, I really want to know: do you ask the "nato question" when you encounter another Asian or African or is it an exclusive to hakujin question?
PidestroikaNov. 08, 2015 - 09:37AM JST
In connection to the previous article "noteworthy types of foreigners" I wonder what types of Japanese "non-westerners" encounter while living in Japan. The six mentioned here and good and true, at least to me, and I've encountered all of them but does a Korean living in Japan ever meet the Wannabe Westerner, perhaps mutated to Wannabe Korean? Does a Chinese living in Japan encounter the English Vampire, transformed into the Chinese Vampire? If an Asian looking US citizen asks something in perfect English, what response/reaction would they get? What is the commonest reaction when a Japanese encounters a fashion model from Kenya or Brasil? How do Japanese behave around faithful Muslim women casually doing their shoping?
In other words could we please have, at some point, an article not written by and for "westerners" but at the very least from a different viewpoint? Or is there to be a followup with "5 types of girls you'll probably like to meet, or not, in Japan", "5 types of salariman you really hate", "5 types of wonderful obasans"...
PidestroikaSep. 29, 2015 - 10:30AM JST
As the the Church of England Inquisition would say: "Cake or death?"
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PidestroikaSep. 28, 2015 - 08:17AM JST
I think the-very-Softbank finally replied to my repeated suggestions for improvement and claims for compensation. I told them a million times that every time I try to put a hose on Pepper it runs a ladder and in the process I've ruined dozens of them. Don't get me started on garter belts, fishnet stockings and high heels. A nightmare! Either they improve the design to be lingerie-friendly or compensate me for the ruined clothes.
A dissatisfied customer.
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PidestroikaSep. 10, 2015 - 10:46PM JST
Absolutely NO. Because it all comes down to the length of your intestine! I am convinced that the correct length gives the Japanese, and the Japanese only, this unique ability to choose their own government.
Do you have the uniquely Japanese extra-long intestine? No? Then you should not be allowed to vote.
"Permanent" - spermanent. A thorough measuring test of the intestine, and that only, should determine whether a gaijin is Japanese enough to vote. Actually I think we should all wait to be reborn with a longer intestine to be allocated the right to vote. Tough, I know, but stop eating too much meat, eat your vegies and especially your fermented soybeans, don't forget the occasional whale meat to feel natsukashiiiiii washed down by plenty of haibooru and in a thousand years maybe you'll grow an intestine Japanese enough to vote. Until then...gaman sinasai.
Posted in: Should permanent foreign residents in Japan have the right to vote?
PidestroikaSep. 06, 2015 - 11:52AM JST
How about the Iranian guy working in a kebab stand who left his country to get away from the religious oppression?
Or the Nigerian guy working as a construction worker. Or the Korean lady cleaning hospitals who fell madly in love with her Japanese husband 20 happy years ago. Or the Chinese couple running a tiny clothes store arguing every single night next to my bedroom because she wants to bring her family to Tokyo while he is desperately pleading: "but we left China to get away from them!". Or the Greek criminal anthropologist professor who was constantly harassed by her Japanese colleagues just because she was a woman. Or the Argentinian guy with his own design company who loves it here. Or the guy running a bar in Yokohama for 50+ years who calls the guys with the tats when there is a problem. Or the British guy with the nose stuck to his forehead trying to teach the Japanese how to properly write in romaji. Or the guy from Bangladesh, modern and open minded as any of us, with an extremely religious conservative family who destroyed his marriage with his Japanese wife. Or the Philippine girls spending their nights and youth at the local kyabakura keeping company to drunks who just can't keep their hands to themselves.
I wonder which of the 5 types these foreigners belong to. But I guess all these decent people struggling on a daily basis to fit in and make a living are just not funny enough so we'll never hear how they see Japan.
Posted in: Five types of foreigner you’ll meet in Japan
PidestroikaAug. 13, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
For me it would have been more interesting to read how other colonial powers have atoned for their past sins and what apologies they have offered. The French to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the Dutch to Indonesia, the US to the Philippines, the British to Burma and especialy to India. Because I never read about apologies and reparations given or demands for such. THAT would be an interesting article; comparing Japan to Britain or France, instead of the classic with Germany all Korean and Chinese nationalists like to do.
Posted in: 7 decades after WWII, many praise Germany, scorn Japan
PidestroikaJul. 26, 2015 - 06:16PM JST
Strangerland-You can keep saying it, doesn't mean you are right. Western Media do not use the word "suspect" after every criminal's name.
Here. I'll give you the last word and you can go to bed happy.
Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?
PidestroikaJul. 26, 2015 - 06:02PM JST
*Because I read it every day. *
WOW! How many languages do you speak? French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish...
No, which is why I mentioned that your country may be different.
So, you do read meadia from all the Western countries but you don't know how they report it. Interesting.
And I'm saying it's the norm in western media too
Ok.You can keep saying it, doesn't mean you are right. Contrary to ALL Western media, only in Japan they instist on "Bin Laden-yogisha" and "Kouachi-yogisha" but you can keep insisting that BBC and CNN call them "Bin Ladin-suspect".
But instead of being opinionated and just repeat what you think I got wrong, do you have anything to add to the conversation about the differences between the "Western" and Japanese media?
PidestroikaJul. 26, 2015 - 04:35PM JST
Strangerland-Still talking about my country...How do you know what they do in the "Western media"? Do you know how they report the news in all the "Western" countries? If no, talk about YOUR country. And I'm talking about the constant use of the word. Too difficult to comprehend?
PidestroikaJul. 26, 2015 - 04:23PM JST
Strangland. I'm talking about the constant need to add the term "yogisha" which is peculiar to the Japanese reporting. Even after a criminal has been found guilty by a court and sentenced you never hear any "name-murderer" or whatever. It's one thing to report "police claim..." and another to constantly add the "yogisha" thing as if there are no actual criminals in Japan.
PidestroikaJul. 26, 2015 - 04:00PM JST
In Japan if you follow the way the news is reported by the media there are no actual criminals in this country. Everybody that gets arrested is a "yogisha" (suspect). Name+yogisha. Even the guy that got caught on the spot in Akihabara trying to kill as many people as possible with his car, was called name+yogisha. Ever heard of a "Name+satsujinhan (murderer)" or "Name+setohan (thief)"?
And how about the "mozaiku" (blur) everywhere? You see the reporter saying "in this house...", and the house is completely blured. What's the point then? Or the stupid interview of the neighbours through the intercom...is supposed to show what? Just report what they said.
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