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Simona StanzaniJan. 29, 2015 - 10:13PM JST
Aso and his mates are under the impression that "Cool Japan" [whatever they think it is] is really cool and the AKB producer has got enough money and connections to get a prime spot on the organizing committee - being this Japan, which we all know is run a bit like a mafia syndicate and an old boys club, we can get an idea of why the guy has got carte blanche to promote his stuff on the big world stage.
AKB is unfortunately part of modern, let's say current, Japanese [sub]culture and it's going to be hard to convince the old boys club otherwise, especially if it means lost revenue for them or their friends.
I'd rather see more talented people there, and if it really has to be idols methinks the five little ranger-like ones are much better [and sportier, too!] though Japanese pop [esp. the idol kind] is mainly trash, unfortunately (Y_Y)
Posted in: Cross-dressing Matsuko Deluxe: AKB opening Tokyo Olympics 'would embarrass Japan'
Simona StanzaniJan. 17, 2015 - 09:39PM JST
since she hit her father with a baseball bat, it was probably safer to keep her away from the family; at that age she probably wanted to be on her own herself [I would]. let's hope she doesn't really get out at 20 - plus she should get at least some psychiatric help while behind bars, if anything to realize what the hell she did and repent.
Posted in: Sasebo girl who killed classmate judged criminally responsible
Simona StanzaniJan. 17, 2015 - 09:06PM JST
Posted in: Haneda Airport strengthens security in response to France terror attack
Simona StanzaniJan. 17, 2015 - 08:56PM JST
when I was 18 the best thing my parents could do for me is to give me food/drink when needed and maybe help with a mock test but especially LEAVE ME ALONE.
Posted in: Entrance exams: How parents ruin their kids' chances with misguided 'support'
Simona StanzaniJan. 17, 2015 - 08:50PM JST
"if you freeze to death, you’re stuck like that until morning." - sounds like the perfect place for suicide.
Posted in: Cold doesn't bother you? Then spend a night at this Hokkaido ice hotel
Simona StanzaniJan. 06, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
pissed off cos he didn't get any cards? XD
Posted in: Yakiniku sauce poured into post boxes
Simona StanzaniDec. 24, 2014 - 09:45AM JST
if you like anime methinks it's pretty much the only thing worth watching in Japan.
The 7 Deadly Sins, Your Lie in April and Parasyte are my current recommendations.
Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?
Simona StanzaniDec. 21, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
only in Japan XD
as an Italian, I am still utterly fascinated with the love of queueing (for some limited edition of something, but not only) in this country.
Posted in: Chaos as Tokyo Station celebrates centenary
Simona StanzaniDec. 20, 2014 - 12:32AM JST
if you do you don't want to see people kissing just turn the other way. Lovemakes the world go 'round.
Posted in: Sex is going public, but decorum is fighting a losing battle
Simona StanzaniDec. 17, 2014 - 05:19PM JST
a very happy day for Japan and the World.
Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics
Simona StanzaniDec. 06, 2014 - 10:59PM JST
they don't have fries? give'em chips!
Posted in: Airlift to ease Japan french fry shortage
Simona StanzaniDec. 02, 2014 - 09:45PM JST
definitely signing in the stations needs bettering, even native or near native Japanese get lost in Ikebukuro or other big stations because the signing is totally demented [like you find the right sign that sends you in one direction then suddenly no other sign tells you where to go halfway, and you have to ask a human.] for some reason I do have very low expectations though (Y_Y)
Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen?
Simona StanzaniNov. 21, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
it doesn't generally happen to me but in those rare cases it's generally some ojisan who obviously wants to speak English so I'll let him do it but I keep speaking Japanese. if he's really bad I tell him to speak Japanese but since I'm Italian it doesn't really bother me that much on the emotional side (bad English doesn't offend my national pride, so to speak XD)
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
Simona StanzaniNov. 19, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
I suggest to shift the market to Italian novello!
Posted in: Fans brace for Beaujolais Nouveau
Simona StanzaniNov. 19, 2014 - 09:25AM JST
it's not "unique". mixi has been doing that since line wasn't even conceived.
Posted in: Nengajo numbers falling, but smartphone apps offer an easier solution
Simona StanzaniNov. 11, 2014 - 11:32PM JST
yeah, just wait until December and we'll see even less of that stuff. Japanese media never really wore the 'watchdog' hat, and now they'll have a good reason not to.
Posted in: Media not doing their job on covering political fund use
Simona StanzaniNov. 02, 2014 - 11:14PM JST
Japan is way too obsessed with getting married and having a family; not surprised there are so many hikikomori and wagamama girls who don't want to follow society rules. as far as man-woman relationships, equality etc. Japan should really get out of the 1950s - Showa is cool, OK, but being retro doesn't mean being retrograde.
Posted in: Solo wedding service for single women who want to be brides for a day
Simona StanzaniNov. 02, 2014 - 05:06PM JST
I think it's your phone, I see the right photos in all my devices.
Posted in: Award-winning Japanese actor seeks complete art
Simona StanzaniOct. 31, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
I don't really like Sometani that much, I think that Masahiro Higashide is a much better actor for what I've seen so far.
Hope Parasyte will change my opinion [but I doubt it].
Simona StanzaniOct. 30, 2014 - 08:44PM JST
they have spooky walks around and underground London too. it's the right time of the year as well XD
Posted in: Bringing Britain to life for Japanese visitors
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:59AM JST
Posted in: Japan says hostage negotiations deadlocked
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:55AM JST
Sadly there is a breaking news alert on Yahoo news. These pigs just posted a video…
Already dead. No more need for negotiations.
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:54AM JST
Too late. ISIS just released a tape showing the beheading of Mr. Goto.
Feb. 01, 2015 - 05:49AM JST
I wonder if those 7 kids had a license to "Beat the hell out of people…
Posted in: 7 youths arrested for beating up cyclists last October