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    Tessa

    Love the smell, it draws me in.

    Posted in: Convenience stores vie for coffee market crown

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    Inexpensive, ready-to-wear kimonos woven from pre-dyed yarn were so easily mass-produced that customers began to expect new designs every year. At the same time, improved dyeing techniques meant more sharply delineated designs and color gradations.

    Well, now we know where Uniqlo got the idea!

    Posted in: Kimono's evolution reflects changing Japan

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    I have met many Japanese people who believe that Valentine's Day originated in Japan. In a few years they'll be saying the same thing about Halloween.

    Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?

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    I think it has more to do with the availability of cheap Halloween imports, such as costumes and candies. I remember how very difficult it used to be to find these things, now they're everywhere.

    Posted in: Halloween is now the second most popular “imported” festive season in Japan after Christmas. Why do you think it has exploded in popularity in recent years?

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    So, in reality, 10 million visitors, for the world's third largest economy, and a country steeped in ancient sites and traditions is really not worth shouting about, and does not make Japan a "top toursist destination".

    It's getting better all the time. Please give Japan a chance.

    Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million

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    I am astonished, and quite pleased, by the large numbers of tourists (mainly Chinese-speaking and Korean) that I encounter on a daily basis. Many times I find them in areas that could never be described as tourist attractions, and I marvel at the Japanese ability to sell their boring inaka towns and outlet stores to the outside world. By and large the tourists are well-behaved and respectful, and by and large their Japanese hosts are kind and welcoming (as long as the money rolls in, to be sure). Japan has a long way to go to match its counterparts in other countries as far as tourism is concerned, but so far it's doing pretty good!

    Well done!

    Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan exceeds 10 million

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    Has Takata buried Made in Japan?

    Since when was Takata made in Japan?

    Posted in: U.S. probes air bag maker Takata after 7.8 mil vehicles recalled

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    Of the many things I love about Japan, the extremely strong work ethic (as epitomised by the scrap can man) is definitely in the top ten!

    Posted in: Eking out a living

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    I always am amused to hear a Brit, Aussie or Yank with a strong native accent speaking Japanese and not making any effort to sound like a native Japanese speaker.

    Yes, just in the same way that I'm amused to hear a Japanese person speaking English and not making any effort to be intelligible or coherent.

    Kudos to Zuckerberg for seeing which way the wind blows.

    Posted in: Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer

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    In the words of Basil Fawlty: don't mention the war! Works for me.

    Posted in: Japanese politics: Foreign executives beware

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    Yes and no. Recently I met up with a bunch of old friends, and we went out for dinner together. I found it sad that at any given point of our meal, at least one or two members of the group would be checking their smartphones and missing out on the conversation. I found it even sadder that they didn't feel the need to apologize for it, either. When did people get so rude?

    Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing?

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    Statistically. Its more life threatening going to fix the airbag and get killed in any way(accident, gunshot, etc). than to stay at home and forget about the airbag issue.

    Very odd rationale. Suppose your child's stroller had a potentially life-threatening fault, but you refused to go and get it fixed because "I could get bombed by a terrorist on the way there."

    Posted in: Faulty Takata air bag warning expanded to 6.1 million U.S. cars

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    "And found in a neighboring park, 5,000 empty tissue boxes."

    Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park

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    Whenever I feel down and out, I just take a nice long walk outside and find things to be grateful for. It never fails to cheer me up. I think doctors should prescribe "a brisk walk" as a kind of medicine.

    Posted in: Exercising three times a week significantly cuts depression risk

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    My husband and I are currently taking care of my mother-in-law who is in the first stages of Alzheimer's. People with the disease become really intolerable. They say extremely hurtful things and are in a permanent state of paranoia. They unlock the door and accuse you of leaving it open. They hide things away and forget where they put them and then accuse you of stealing them. Even things like a department store bag or a used envelope! They can't count and accuse the gas person, newspaper delivery person etc.of short changing them.The call the police continuously about apparitions they see on their intercom system. They lose parts of their memory which results in them piecing together different events to create a distorted new 'memory'. They say the same things over and over again. They drive the people around them to insanity. So while I don't know the details of this man's case and deplore his actions I can empathize.

    I hear stories like this on a near-daily basis. What makes it worse is that physically these people are strong and healthy, which means that they cannot be man-handled as easily as children, and certainly not reasoned with (imagine having to care for an adult-sized four-year-old with a bank account and access to a telephone). Families get ripped apart. One woman told me that she was constantly having to deal with her senile mother accusing her teenage son of stealing from her in the night, and it was tearing her apart. Another woman could no longer invite her friends over to visit, because her senile mother would rifle through their belongings and sometimes steal them. And yet another quit a very good job because her irate neighbors were constantly calling her at work and complaining about the antics of her elderly mother. She is now a full-time carer, and has cut herself off completely from her friends and colleagues.

    Female and male caregivers in this situation gradually become more and more socially isolated. It's not surprising that they snap. Whenever I read stories like this - and they are becoming increasingly common, as the population ages - of course I feel sorry for the victims, but my heart goes out to the perpetrators too. Just how much can one person stand?

    Posted in: Man arrested for attempting to strangle 77-year-old mother to death

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    She sounds lovely and sincere, and they seem to be a devoted couple.

    Posted in: Empress Michiko celebrates 80th birthday

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    Another day, another scandal. Blah, blah, blah.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers

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    Actually her life doesn't sound very different or more difficult than the average catwalk model. I don't know what she's complaining about.

    And I've always found it very curious that so few Japanese models make it on the international scene. My own informal research gives me the impression that most popular Asian catwalk models are Chinese or Korean.

    Posted in: Hours of prep make perfect for Japanese model

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    I think it's considered safe in Japan. I see plenty of kids doing these things alone or with other kids.

    I see uniformed little kids on the train, alone or with friends, and I marvel that they can commute to school or juku every day without adult supervision. This would be unthinkable in the neighborhood that I come from (where most kids nowadays are chauffeured to and from school by their mothers). I hope that this is something that doesn't change in Japan, but I fear that it will.

    On the other hand, the private school where I currently work in Japan has a touch-card system. Children and staff cannot enter or leave the school without showing their personal card to the machine, and when they do it sends an automatic text to their parents, or our bosses. Our whereabouts are known at all times. I have mixed feelings about this ...

    As a child I enjoyed an enormous amount of personal freedom (I didn't have to come home until dinner time, even on school nights!) and I was also allowed to keep secrets from my parents (within reason). They didn't expect or desire to know my personal whereabouts, and they trusted that I was safe in my own neighborhood. They didn't snoop in my room, or read my diary. The idea of keeping tabs on me 24 hours a day via GPS would've horrified them.

    Children were allowed to be children, back then.

    Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?

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    I did an image search for "junior idol," I wish I hadn't. Did someone find 14, 11, 9 year olds in bikinis? I found a five-year old. To add to my shock, I also found a couple of kids who appeared to be so-called "haafu."

    The pictures were disgusting, they were quite simply highly sexualized photos of innocent children, and could not be described as anything but whacking material (unless there really are grannies out there who enjoy collecting pics of tiny little girls wearing tiny little bikinis with their legs splayed out, and licking ice creams).

    What the heck are the parents thinking? How could a five-year-old consent to having her photos taken and used in that manner? How is she going to feel in the future knowing that her parents sold her body, and the photos will probably be circulating forever?

    And for those of you who are attempting to defend, justify or normalize the practice: shame on you. You'd never get away with it in your own land, and you know it.

    So disappointed right now.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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