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TheInterstatMar. 06, 2014 - 10:42AM JST
Whenever Japanese girls try to do 'slutty' it always comes across as fake, and looks like the kind of over-acted poses that synchronized swimmers do.
Posted in: Revelry
TheInterstatMar. 06, 2014 - 10:40AM JST
Seems the standard Japanese young relationship fantasy perpetuated by the endless meaningless adverts on Youtube is still going strong.
Posted in: Magazine’s checklist for ideal girl has whopping 23 points
TheInterstatFeb. 12, 2014 - 08:19PM JST
Without any shadow of doubt, it is Otomo Katsuhiro.
Nobody else comes close.
Posted in: Who is the greatest manga creator ever? Japanese comic fans cast their votes
TheInterstatJan. 06, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
I am still seeing parents smoking around their kids here, kids dancing around on the front seat of the moving vehicles, kids allowed to play in heavy traffic areas, etc. Ridiculous and they will never learn.
Posted in: 5-year-old boy dies after being hit by train in Ehime
TheInterstatDec. 25, 2013 - 04:40PM JST
More good points;
24 hour ATMs which my bank doesn't charge me for, electrical tape, blocks of tofu, wet tissues, household stuff, t-shirts/pants/socks, umbrellas, payment for dodgy online stuff no questions asked, etc.
They are good.
Posted in: 5 reasons Japanese convenience stores rock
TheInterstatDec. 24, 2013 - 02:51PM JST
In Asia, I prefer the older girls; less of that squeaky hamster voice they all do, and less pretending to be pre-pubescent. You can also have a decent conversation with them which is of utmost importance.
Posted in: One third of single Japanese men surveyed say they prefer an older lover
TheInterstatSep. 22, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
This is Asia. What do you expect?
Posted in: Autumn traffic-safety campaign starts
TheInterstatSep. 16, 2013 - 09:18AM JST
People who get offended, deserve to be offended.
Once again the Japanese show how unsophisticated they are, by playing the victim card and continuing the pantomime of being offended.
Posted in: 'Lighten up,' French magazine tells Japan after Fukushima cartoon complaint
TheInterstatSep. 15, 2013 - 05:35PM JST
Saxon Salute; yeah, I am in the same situation as you now. I am employed by a Japanese company doing the same job as the Japanese people in my office (hell, I do my work a lot faster, never sleep at my desk, etc. but let's not get into that here; you know the deal!), but unlike everyone else in my office, I am on a yearly contract. It is scary, knowing that at any time, I could be told they are not going to renew my contract. It honestly keeps me from doing things like going all out and buying a house here, or signing up for a decent, expensive apartment, etc, as I am in a constant state of self-preservation, especially towards the end of every contract cycle. I work with a few other foreigners in the same office who like me, are on yearly renewable contracts and some of them have done things like start families, and buy cars, etc., and I honestly get a shudder going down my spine when they tell me how they have locked themselves into long term payment plans for these things, on the same contract I am on. I feel they are skating on extremely thin ice!
And all because the Japanese refuse to let us integrate, like we want to.
Posted in: 'Black companies' exploiting foreign trainees
TheInterstatSep. 15, 2013 - 09:56AM JST
Reinventing the wheel. Japanese shops and businesses are only really just beginning to use Facebook to connect to their customer base. Expecting them to adopt a new service like this which is WAY down on the Alexa ranking list is a pipe dream.
“Many stores think that loyalty is about point cards, how much a customer spends, how many times they visit the store—but these are all traditional and out-dated concepts”, Fykes said.
LOLWHAT? Yeah, Fykes, how much a customer spends and how many times they visit the store is not important at all, is it. Hahahahaha.
I am sorry to say, but this reeks of someone hypnotising themselves with their own product and dreaming that the world will adapt to it, rather than the other way round. The Alexa rating is pretty much all you need to know about how successful this is...
http://quchy.com/ is 35,725th in Japan, with a MASSIVE 3.2 page views per day, while they managed to get between 500 and 1000 people to install the app since July 9th.
If it works out for them, that is great, but I honestly think that it won't. I am also wondering how they are going to make any proper money from this; I assume they have a subscription fee for businesses who wish to appear on the app, and users get to use it for free. They are going to need a hell of a lot of restaurants signing up before they can start pulling in anything near what looks like a wage from this...
Posted in: Friend-based app helps shops create online member programs
TheInterstatSep. 15, 2013 - 09:34AM JST
Frungy, spot on. I experienced something similar; worked through an agency for a few years, then was unceremoniously not given a new contract. No warning, no reason given, etc. Totally shady, and totally Japanese. I seriously think the desire to fire at will is a major reason these intermediary agencies manage to exist, skirting the law their pay and practices; the employer doesn't have the balls to tell someone to their face that they are fired, but dearly loves having the ability to do so, so they use an agency.
In all my time here, I have worked with hundreds of different Japanese people who have been variously full time tenured, part time, hourly paid, weekly paid, monthly contracted, yearly contracted, etc etc., and despite a lot of disgracefully poor working practices, and total ineptitude at the most basic of tasks, I have never seen a single Japanese not have their contract renewed, and I certainly have never seen any Japanese getting fired. It is pretty much unheard of, unless they do something GROSSLY out of line (ie, illegal).
Foreign workers, on the other hand... I don't think there exists a foreigner who has been here for over 5 years who has not had at least one dodgy thing happen to their job, be that non-renewal of contract, payment issues, weird passive-aggressive feedback about performance, some weird complaint about a non-issue, etc.
It really is dodgy as hell here.
TheInterstatSep. 14, 2013 - 05:31PM JST
akihase; haha, what? It is 2013, nearly 2014. The rest of the modern world is completely and utterly fine with the mass migration of people, and doesn't even bat an eyelid when dealing with people who are not identical to themselves. Walk around in London, New York, Paris, etc., to see for yourself. And this level of integration is sky-rocketing ahead on a daily basis, while poor old silly Japan still refuses to get with the program.
Posted in: Visitor-friendly
TheInterstatSep. 10, 2013 - 02:16PM JST
Yeah, but Japan has to wait for about 3 months after the US release to get the PS4. I guess the market for consoles just isn't that great in Japan anymore; they are all too busy on Twitter and Pazu-Dora to bother.
Posted in: Sony's game plan
TheInterstatSep. 08, 2013 - 08:27AM JST
This has nothing to do with the Olympics, obviously...
Utter sad acts.
Posted in: TEPCO posts message in English on Fukushima crisis
TheInterstatSep. 08, 2013 - 08:06AM JST
I shudder to think how lame the opening ceremony is when they focus on the 'best' popular music Japan has to offer. Vomits.
Other than that, congratulations.
Posted in: Happy day
TheInterstatSep. 04, 2013 - 03:46PM JST
Smoking is only perpetuated in business and society because it is highly addictive and makes huge amounts of money.
Businesses push it because it makes them money. Smokers twist and turn their arguments for smoking to remain legal because they are addicted, and it is the addictive voice inside them talking.
Exactly the same with alcohol.
These things are destructive, pure and simple and are a hangover from the past that needs to go. Japan as a culture clings to the past more than probably any other country in the world (just look at the average Japanese office) so the problem is even worse and immovable here.
Posted in: Smoking Cafe last oasis for increasingly ostracized smokers
TheInterstatSep. 03, 2013 - 06:55AM JST
Whatever. It was nothing.
Posted in: Tornado rips through eastern Japan, injuring dozens
TheInterstatSep. 02, 2013 - 05:42PM JST
This is perpetually ridiculous. Nothing will happen, and these 'pledges' will keep on coming.
Posted in: Abe pledges comprehensive, prompt steps for Fukushima
TheInterstatSep. 01, 2013 - 09:50AM JST
Here is the main point of concern; these groups are not some niche fetish by a small group of weirdos, rather they represent the what is considered sexually attractive by the mainstream in this country. The majority of men in Japan are sexually aroused by women dressed to look absolutely like children. If it was the other way round, with the majority of men attracted to borderline young girls who look like women; curvaceous, long legs, larger breasts, adult body ratios, etc, this would be slightly dodgy but understandable. But it is not. The majority are sexually aroused by children, or the image of children. Intensely disturbing and basically legitimised paedophilia on a mass scale, with an industry sat behind it giving it further validation through sponsorship. Sick.
Posted in: Singalong
TheInterstatSep. 01, 2013 - 09:39AM JST
Actually brilliant. Good work, I say. I see a bright future in investment banking in London. She should get her English up to scratch and head off to the west and take them to the cleaners.
Posted in: 15-year-old girl attempts Y4 mil identity fraud
Mar. 10, 2014 - 10:30PM JST
Heda_MadnessMar. 10, 2014 - 06:57PM JST
It's because of how the Soviets dealt with Chernobyl…
Posted in: Children of Fukushima battle an invisible enemy
Mar. 10, 2014 - 10:29PM JST
"Kubota confessed to using illegal substances during the time of the incident. " whoa..an addict-junkie behind…
Posted in: Nara man arrested for reckless driving in truck
@fukuppy - they've made some new designs in robots, and tools to go with them such…
Posted in: Future business opportunities seen in Fukushima cleanup
Mar. 10, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
If Putin had gained any respect and admiration for the way his country organized the winter…
Posted in: Clashes in Ukraine as Putin stays defiant
Mar. 10, 2014 - 10:23PM JST
Money for the olympics but none for these children to be moved to safety... an absolute…