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    TheInterstat

    tinawatanabe; Michiko became 'sick' (,ie, had a mental breakdown), not because of gossip in magazines, but from internal pressures from her own family. Standard Japanese bullying procedure.

    Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince

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    TheInterstat

    I think this pretty much sums up the difference between the UK and Japan as a whole, really. I am from London, and now live in Japan so have direct experience of both cultures. The UK is more of a laugh, by a very VERY long way. Japan has its advantages, but for general hilarity, chaos and overall being human and, well, normal, the UK is the winner.

    Can you imagine there ever being a video of the Japanese prince, standing there taking the p*ss out of his brother like this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2Luu08f70

    No chance. It is all stifled, Gormanghast levels of pomp and unfunny ceremony here in Japan.

    Good lad William, and good lad Harry, I say. Hazzah!!

    Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince

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    TheInterstat

    This is just Google Drive apps with an extra security layer so idiots dont mix their naked selfies with their work documents.

    I use Drive every day for work. It is excellent.

    Posted in: Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

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    Mike Critchley; I like the cut of your jibe, that man! Spot on.

    How they thought it was going to end in any other way than this, I have no idea.

    Oh hang, yes I do. They are idiots.

    Posted in: Japanese companies go on spending spree abroad

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    some14some; all investment carries risk. As I explained just above, there is more inherent risk in overseas investment. This does not change the purpose of investment, however, and that is to purchase an asset.

    I feel you are arguing for the sake of arguing! Haha.

    Posted in: Japanese companies go on spending spree abroad

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    TheInterstat

    @Harboe; haha, yeah I think that would work. If you can get everyone to agree to stick to the plan...

    The main problem with investing overseas, is that if (when) the tides change, there is very little the government can do to influence the foreign economy, so the risk is relatively higher. Like any decent investor, the key lies in diversification of the portfolio, however, which says to me that either this article is a bit sensationalist, and in fact there has not really been anything like the boosted spree it cites and that things are continuing as usual, or the economic professionals of Japan have lost their minds and ignored everything they have learned about basic economics. My money is on the former.

    Posted in: Japanese companies go on spending spree abroad

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    TheInterstat

    Pathetic. This guy did nothing wrong. Japan seriously needs to quit with all this being soft rubbish. The two girls getting stressed out by this is exactly the thing that needed to happen, so highlight the savagery and horror of what is happening at the moment with these ISIS goons. Ignoring it won't make it go away, and will only serve to make yet another generation of brain dead Japanese people with no interest or understanding of the world past the end of their train line.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

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    TheInterstat

    Amazing. Must have taken them ages to come up with this plan.

    Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea

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    TheInterstat

    I think some of the expert commenters here on JT need to realise a very basic economic reality;

    'Investing' is the purchase of an 'Asset', not a 'Liability'. Investing abroad, is the purchase of foreign assets, which will yield a return relatively independent of the economic situation in the country purchasing said assets. Meaning, Japan will benefit from the foreign economies, even if their own is not doing so well. This is junior economics 101, and makes perfect sense.

    What is more concerning though, is the fact that his is happening enough to notice a trend, meaning that the Japanese businesses are predicting that things are not looking good in the short to mid-term here, and are hedging abroad to prepare for the worst.

    Posted in: Japanese companies go on spending spree abroad

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    TheInterstat

    whats the point of this photo except to provoke some anti smoking trolls? just a badly taken photo of some dudes....

    Holding the entirely modern view that smoking, and especially smoking around food is negative, is not exactly 'trolling', is it?

    As a smoker yourself, your angle that smokers have the right to smoke is just the addiction talking. Give up, and do yourself, and everyone else around you a favour.

    Posted in: Afternoon break

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    TheInterstat

    Not true. The 9/11 hijackers came from well off (i.e. middle class) families and had college degrees and access to money to come to America and go to colleges in Europe. Also, bin-Laden was the son of a very rich man. If you look at the people that are going to Syria from England or France to join, they are not living in abject poverty in England being that they get plenty of government subsidies to get by.

    I said Islam, not extremism. Seems like you have jumped from one to the other automatically... Uh oh!

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

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    TheInterstat

    The overriding issue is that Islam flourishes in poor countries, and in poor countries it is easier to raise extremists. The reason for these nations being poor is long and complex, but looking at the other side, radical Islam will fade when the caliphate becomes a caliphate of capitalism and democracy. Nothing stops a fight faster than giving both sides a stack of cash to spend on whatever they want and to improve their immediate surroundings.

    The west does not have the direct equivalent of ISIS because it is richer and is not a bleak sand filled zone of nothingness.

    While culture and religion are twisted and used to drive the hatred, and are not the root cause. The fact that these people are living in really poor and nasty environments is.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

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    TheInterstat

    @Yelnats; yeah, because a common feature of high end restaurants is the chefs smoking in the kitchens, right?

    This is objectively scummy behaviour.

    Posted in: Afternoon break

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    TheInterstat

    Very good post, PamiPame. Thanks for coming on here and telling it like it is. I agree with everything you said, and actually have had the very same conversation with many Japanese women over the years I have lived in Japan. It is pretty obvious really, and I can't see how a place like Japan would breed any other kind of women. The only women I know from Japan who don't display these characteristics are the ones who feel disenfranchised by the system, and exist on the outskirts. A lot of these often speak English pretty well, as they have studied it as a means to escape the reality of their nationality.

    Posted in: Magazine asks women if they’d rather date an ugly millionaire or unemployed hottie

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    ^yes, indeed, but they will not be destroyed. They are not a completely modular unit, removed from the rest of the world; they are linked directly with the more extreme side of Islam, and are fragmented across the globe, so will, I hate to say, most likely never be eradicated. Not until the idea of religion is eradicated, and to do that we need to wipe out hate, fear, and inequality, and educate people beyond believing in fairies.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

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    TheInterstat

    Smoking around food preparation. How Japanese (actually, how Asian continent in general)...

    Posted in: Afternoon break

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    TheInterstat

    SunnyDaze; you obviously got downvoted, but what you said is the truth. I used to hang around in the Eikaiwa teacher circles, and honestly, they were mostly a pretty basic bunch, just out for a good time. The ones who were not, and wanted to better themselves got out of it quickly after arriving in Japan and moved into other professions (or realised there was no future in it for them and went elsewhere).

    There were (are) three types doing Eikaiwa work...

    1. The new, young people who are here to party in their mid-20s, live it up, get with girls, boys or whatever, and not worry about making a future for themselves in Japan. There is nothing wrong with this lot, and they are usually more of a laugh than the other types, and in a roundabout way actually do a better job (as per the requirements of the job) as they are the most 'genki'. I had no problem with these guys, despite them getting up to some pretty illegal stuff (drugs and general high jinx). All part of being young. Really just a working holiday, travelling thing for sure.

    2. The people who intend to stay in Japan, and are using it as a stepping stone into the country; it used to be that Nova would sort out flights, visa, initial accomodation, a bank account, etc etc., meaning all you had to do was pass the interview and turn up at the airport on time. Simple and good if you wanted to get into Japan the easy way, then work your way into whatever it is you want to be doing here. Again, no problem with these guys. I met these types too (hell, I kind of WAS one of them!), and I admired their ambition and resourcefulness. The ages of these guys varied a bit more than the working holiday travelling crew, but they were mainly young-ish.

    3. And now we get to the 'problem' group... these guys are generally in their late-30s - early 60s, have been in Japan forever, but have not progressed anywhere past the exact same entry level job that anyone in the first 2 categories I described above. They are often in loveless marriages with Japanese women, are perpetually skint, have drinking problems, spend all their time waxing lyrical and putting the world to rights in The Hub, or wherever, but never actually do anything to better themselves, despite being full of the chat about doing so. It is this group that gives Eikaiwa a bad name.

    Posted in: Why is teaching at English conversation schools in Japan such a maligned profession by some people?

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    TheInterstat

    This is not exactly very encouraging.

    I actually had to do a bit of training with the new recruits in my work place. They have been here since late-January 'preparing' to start work with us in April. Fair enough, but I didn't get any such training, when I started...

    Anyway, they are a mixed bunch. And by that, I mean one of them is very good and a good guy to boot. The other 8 of them turn up stinking of GyuKaku and last nights alcohol every day, talk amongst themselves when the people training them are trying to speak (ie, they behave like school kids, when they are all at least 22 years old), and get this... two of them actually fell asleep in a meeting we were having. The meeting with me, three Japanese staff who I work with, and 3 of these new trainees. Absolutely ridiculous. The quality is horrifically low. But this is what you get when you favour drilling and conformity over any actual innovation or original design.

    Posted in: Pep rally for graduates

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    TheInterstat

    For the exact same reason I have not demanded an official apology to my Dad for smacking my ass when I was misbehaving as a child.

    Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?

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    TheInterstat

    Yeah, but you don't get the 'joy' of living in Japan though, do you Ken.

    Posted in: Japan's old flip-phones soldier on while smartphones shrink

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