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    akumakoe

    Wearing tights or leggings like they're pants.

    Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever?

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    akumakoe

    Commemorated annually on the first Friday of September, the day is intended to remind employees and employers that manners matter. From talking loudly on one’s cell phone and texting during meetings to dressing inappropriately and showing up late, bad manners aren’t just bad form, their bad for business.

    "Their" in the last line.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Minding your manners in the workplace

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    akumakoe

    Why is it every time survey results are reported, the sample size is so tiny? 300 people isn't enough to draw any conclusions, and as such isn't enough for an article with any meaning. Why isn't it possible to have larger survey groups?

    Posted in: Survey shows dating experience of average Japanese school kids

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    akumakoe

    Good. Open more of these and turn regular places into non-smoking establishments. As it stands smokers don't need a lot of concessions considering you can still smoke inside most eateries, bars, etc. But if the food industry did actually shift away from allowing it most everywhere, I say open more of these so people who like to smoke can do so while enjoying their food or drinks, and those of us who don't can enjoy our outings as well.

    Posted in: Smoking Cafe last oasis for increasingly ostracized smokers

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    akumakoe

    I'm really disturbed by the "let's stick it to the man" and "let's make a scene" attitudes that Russia's policies have caused. These columns, and this attitude, is one that says to me, "Making a statement is more important than our athletes' safety!" The solution is NOT to march into a country for a prestigious international event and make a scene over their laws, whether or not you agree with them. Why? Because it sure as heck isn't this author's neck on the line; it's the athletes'! It must be easy to push such an agenda when you aren't the one taking the personal risk of being disqualified, deported, arrested, beaten, kidnapped, or killed.

    Isn't the original concern behind all of this one of safety? Don't we want to keep our athletes safe -- isn't that what this is about? It seems to me like the original concern is warping into a political agenda to change Russian politicians' minds (good luck) by throwing individuals of the international community under the bus, utterly defeating the reason we were upset in the first place: SAFETY.

    This is a very serious issue that something certainly should be done about, but jeopardizing our athletes -- or encouraging them to jeopardize themselves -- is NOT the solution. Unless a large-scale riot broke out that police would be unable to contain, even minor protests like wearing a rainbow badge (let alone carrying a flag at the entrance! The author should be aware that there's a strict code of conduct for the opening ceremony) are going to result in serious consequences for the people making the moves.

    And authors like this one can sit behind their computer screen and continue to encourage others to fight their battles.

    All that said, I firmly oppose Russia's policies. I also firmly oppose endangering Olympic participants, trainers, and attendees by behaving like fools.

    Posted in: Let's hope athletes take a stand in Sochi

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    akumakoe

    Sorry; my previous comment was about Hirosaki Castle.

    Posted in: Travelers rank Japan’s 20 best castles

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    akumakoe

    The keep (the main castle building) did burn down; what stands now is its (smaller) replacement. The replacement keep was built in the 1800s though, and is one of the only castles standing in Japan original to the Edo era (many other Edo-era castles are reconstructs, after being destroyed in WWII's firebombing). There are also a few turret buildings remaining, but I don't think visitors are allowed inside those.

    Posted in: Travelers rank Japan’s 20 best castles

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    akumakoe

    It's so nice to see a beautiful parent-child story in the news every now and again among the slew of heartbreaking ones.

    Posted in: 3-year-old boy gets partial lung transplant from mother in world first

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    akumakoe

    From NHK's website (and personal experience):

    Two months (satellite-equipped): 4,340 Two months (terrestrial): 2,450

    When I first arrived in Japan my company had provided me with a TV, I knew nothing about NHK, and they showed up at my door on literally my second day in the country when I didn't even yet have my alien card, let alone a bank card or anything else. I was high-pressured into paying and was told that I had to, even though I said I didn't watch TV and mine was broken anyway (which, I thought it was).

    To add insult to injury, it turns out my building is equipped with a satellite, so even though on the one or two occasions which I turned on my TV and saw I had about 12 channels IIRC, I was paying twice what my friends were for a service that none of us used.

    I finally tossed the TV and had to fight an uphill battle to cancel the contract, because NHK simply doesn't want to believe that a person living in Japan doesn't watch TV in some form. Well, I don't. Now I have a smartphone and I will be damned if I pay NHK. I do think it's equipped, but I'm about to have the TV service disabled, which means even though it has the hardware to receive television broadcasts, the software will not allow reception, and if they try to get me to pay the hell if I will when there will be absolutely no way for me to watch TV on it anyway.

    This really is extortion. The government must have a lot of stock in NHK or something.

    Posted in: Court ruling orders anyone with a TV-equipped device to pay NHK’s public broadcasting license fee

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    akumakoe

    I think laws in most of the rest of the world take internet crime a little more seriously, right? Just because it's digital data doesn't mean it's not serious. I really can't wrap my head around the fact that this was okay -- and that the law is only limited to email, not other digital communications even now. This kind of law does nothing but show people that you can get away with hiding behind an anon mask by making fake accounts online and doing the same stuff in secret that you would never get away with in person.

    Ridiculous.

    Posted in: Anti-stalking law amended to include email harassment

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    akumakoe

    Wow. This adoption and evolution of language happens in every culture. Get over yourself, mister.

    JT, please please please followup on this when there are developments! This is super-entertaining.

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    akumakoe

    I'm with tmarie. Wow, first world problems. How about being grateful you get to see it at all?

    Posted in: Moviegoers upset about Studio Ghibli anime’s trailer after film they came to see

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    akumakoe

    The court heard that Tsutsui had been warned twice by Chiba police and was already under investigation for assaulting Mitsuko Yamashita’s then 23-year-old daughter. The girl’s father, Makoto Yamashita, first contacted Chiba police on Oct 29, 2011, to alert them to the violence, following which Tsutsui was given a warning by police.

    This is a problem. He didn't JUST stalk her, he assaulted her. Isn't assault a crime? Oh, yeah, this is Japan. A "warning" will suffice. Right.

    Posted in: Stalker gets death sentence for murdering 2 relatives of his victim

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    akumakoe

    This is disgusting. He killed 16 people. Ranger_Miffy, a life for a life, as in ONE life, might not be the best policy in all cases, but he killed 16 people! He has no explanation. (Or, as an above poster said, he was drunk and just went for it.)

    There is absolutely no good reason to not apply the death penalty. He's not insane, he doesn't sound apologetic. I'm with the Afghans.

    Posted in: Afghan fury as U.S. 'massacre' soldier escapes death penalty

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    akumakoe

    But a cat in a cage with a cover over it, how much of an allergic reaction is that going to cause?

    I have known people for whom this would cause an asthma attack that could be life threatening.

    Being an athsmatic myself, I have to say that this statement and 80393's diatribes are nearly rubbish. Are you aware of how large trans-continental airplanes are? I can understand, with the size of planes on domestic flights in Japan, putting animals in the hold. I feel terrible for it happening and wish there were better conditions on some airlines for the animals, but smaller planes have higher potential for allergies and asthmatic reactions, you're right there. But a flake or two of cat dander floating around in a trans-continental-use airplane's air system isn't going to cause anyone any attacks. If such a meager amount of pollutant does, there are probably plenty of other allergens on board that the person shouldn't be in contact with, and they should reconsider flying with the general population at all.

    It's really easy to tell here who has owned pets and who hasn't. And everyone should just try to have a little more compassion for the other side, honestly. There's no reason to make such a fuss about this article; I'm sure you have more important things to spend your time on.

    Posted in: Flying with a cat to Tokyo

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    akumakoe

    Big Brother is watching..

    Posted in: Purchasing behavior analysis system wants to know what you like

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    akumakoe

    although there's probably not much else to do in Aomori except solve other people's crimes.

    Fact. I live here.

    Even so, it's really puzzling how they managed to find him.

    Posted in: Man arrested on train in Aomori after knifing girl in Kanagawa

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    akumakoe

    Well, I'm glad we don't judge what is well-known and what isn't on hoserfella's opinion. Naturally, there are going to be some people who don't know of them, but acting like your knowledge or lack thereof is the definitive determining factor as to whether or not they are well-known is rubbish.

    I went to see Yoshiki's figure the winter before last, and I'm looking forward to seeing the others. I think it's pretty cool they're in there. Also, hoserfella, if you went to the exhibit as I have, I'm sure you'd notice plenty more Japanese celebrities who must not be 'well-known' because I doubt you would know all of the others, either.

    Posted in: Wax men

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    akumakoe

    "May the force be with you" is a famous line from Star Wars. So, on May 4th, it's become a thing to say "May the fourth be with you" :)

    Posted in: Star Tours attraction reopens at Tokyo Disneyland

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    akumakoe

    Damnit, I was hoping for veggie patties.

    Posted in: Mos Burger goes green with Natsumi burgers

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