Tessa's past comments

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    Tessa

    How ironic that this article (at the time of writing) comes directly below the anti-Tepco demo one, with workers agititating for better pay and danger money.

    Posted in: Panasonic to give employees sent to China 'pollution pay'

  • -1

    Tessa

    I wish there was a category for "he hasn't been booted out yet, has he?"

    Posted in: Is Shinzo Abe doing a good job as prime minister of Japan?

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    Maybe yu don't know what a "Mai-tai" is ? It's got PLENTY of vitamin C...

    Oh, I know Mai Tai! I once had a Mai Tai at that bar at the top of the New Otani, cost 2,500 yen! Everytime I bump into the guy who bought it for me, he reminds me of it ...

    Posted in: Gargling to prevent colds – just a Japanese old wives’ tale?

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    Tessa

    Love Japanese ads! Countries everywhere have really funny and unique CMs, but nowhere manages to pack quite so much craziness into such short time slots as Japan.

    Posted in: The weirdest Japanese TV commercials are weird in Japan, too

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    Tessa

    That allergy is going. People realize a military is necessary.

    This is absolutely true, at a grassroots level. A few years ago my students visibly balked at the idea of Japan becoming a military - or even self-sufficient - power, but now those same people have completely changed their minds.

    Posted in: Tank-commanding anime girls capture fans for SDF

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    Tessa

    I am no expert, but I can't be the only person who walks past building or construction sites (which is often, in Japan) and thinks "are those guys really on the level when it comes to safety?"

    Posted in: Worker crushed to death by falling panel at school construction site

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    Tessa

    those guys look like they could use a case of the munchies ...

    Posted in: No pot

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    Tessa

    People don't like hearing any criticism about their own country from a "foreigner."

    Well, here's how I learned the hard way: I confided to a group of Japanese female "friends" that I was being badly sexually harassed at work. They dropped me like a ton a bricks. My sin? Pointing out that one of their compatriots was behaving in a less than gentlemanly fashion. Can you imagine something like that happening in your own land?

    And yes, Japanese people quite freely and happily criticise British food, even the ones who've never even eaten it before!

    Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people

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    Tessa

    I don't get the need to have the other person say something profound when talking to them.

    I don't have a need for this, but it's nice to know that I'm going to be pleasantly surprised from time to time. I don't think I've ever heard anything from a Japanese person that wasn't following the official party line (state or media sanctioned). On the other hand, to my great personal astonishment, I've been told many times that my utterances are profound and even life-changing. Let me give you a small example: one day, in conversation, I casually mentioned to a group of Japanese friends that "there are many paths to happiness, you know?" They almost keeled over in shock. They'd never thought of Life that way before, ever!

    To me, I was merely stating the obvious. To them, I was suddenly a font of all wisdom.

    Just one example of many.

    Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people

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    Tessa

    From who??? TEPCO lol

    Ha, good one! Yep, we can really trust TEPCO.

    Posted in: Back in business

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    Tessa

    In all that time I can't recall ONE instance where a Japanese person said something that truly rocked my world and left me feeling more enlightened or educated. Cultural differences, I guess.

    Excellent post, Leikireiki, and describes how I so often feel when conversing with Japanese people. In fact I often get the feeling that I'm having exactly the same, safe conversation with only tiny variations. The range of topics that you can discuss openly are very, very narrow and circumscribed. And then there are the myriad conversational minefields, that you have to step over very delicately, if you don't want people to hate you. (You know what I mean, right?) Sometimes Japanese are so swift to take offence, it's as if they have a huge complex or something, which is really not fitting for a supposedly modern and progressive society.

    Dealing with it becomes such a headache after a while, that you just cannot bother anymore.

    Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people

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    Tessa

    We don't know the whole story, but that is probably not a happy family. My sister did exactly the same thing at 13, left a note on the table saying that she was going to live with friends. At the time our domestic situation was terribly unhappy, and she just wanted to get away from it all. I hope the girl is found soon, and I hope she can reconcile with her mother.

    Posted in: 13-year-old girl missing in Saitama since March 10

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    Tessa

    So much white-knighting here.

    If she did in fact commit scientific fraud and plagiarism, then yes what she did was very very wrong . But she didn't do it alone. It would not have been possible.

    Anyway, my main argument is with the media here in Japan. The way they build 'em up and tear 'em down, like wolves on the hunt. It's heartbreaking to watch, sometimes.

    Posted in: Nobel laureate calls handling of stem cell research data sloppy

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    Tessa

    No wonder I haven't had a cold in years ! (Ever since I decided "Mai-tai" was my favourite "antiseptic"...)

    :) My former boss swore by hot whiskey and lemon juice. I asked him if it cured the cold, he said "no but it makes me feel better for having it!"

    Posted in: Gargling to prevent colds – just a Japanese old wives’ tale?

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    Tessa

    i wouldn't want to be friends with someone with that attitude and wouldn't waste my time talking about anything more than hello how are you, get off your high horse and stop looking down on people who don't fit in your criteria.

    Oh no, I'm devastated. My lifelong dream of befriending a braindead housewife has been shattered!

    Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people

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    Tessa

    From the guest post on March 13 in the good link above - a damning assessment by Robert Geller, seismologist at the University of Tokyo.

    Excellent. Published on March 13, a day before the official press conference and Prof. Geller seems to have correctly predicted that Obokata would be thrown under the bus, and her co-authors simply reprimanded, in order to save the faces of the bureaucrats that control RIKEN.

    I’m afraid that until this system is changed, which seems unlikely to happen any time soon, the structural problems that led to the STAP cell mess won’t be corrected, and business as usual will continue.

    How well he knows Japan!

    Posted in: Nobel laureate calls handling of stem cell research data sloppy

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    Tessa

    If Japanese could all read this page of comments they'd probably give up trying to be friendly as they'd be too scared of saying something that offends someone.

    Hah! If Japanese could read (and comprehend) this page of comments, it wouldn't have become an issue in the first place.

    Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people

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    Tessa

    Chris Pine doesn't have that third season paunch.

    He appears to have his own hair, too.

    Posted in: Actor Chris Pine charged in New Zealand with DUI

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    Tessa

    Yeah, could see myself saying that even if it included a good French guy I've known for years, depends on the context.

    I could possible imagine mentioning three French guys at (say) tonight's wine tasting session, or three New Zealand guys at (say) tomorrow's rugby match. But three foreigners? Seriously, you say that? Nope. Wouldn't fly, not where I come from.

    Posted in: 5 reasons foreigners find it hard to become friends with Japanese people

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    Tessa

    8 month old and 1 year sister? Sounds like they wasted no time to reproduce

    I don't know why this is relevant. It actually used to be quite common to have children close together (my sister and I are separated by only 15 months, and one of my friends has a kid brother born in the same calendar year as her!), but somehow parents coped. Eight months is such a cute age, what happened?

    Posted in: Abuse suspected in death of 8-month-old baby girl

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