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    borax

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    Say what? The smoking rate in Japan is falling every year and is now around 20%. The OECD average is also 20%.

    http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Briefing-Note-JAPAN-2014.pdf

    Those numbers are a bit misleading, though. As the same PDF report states one page earlier, there is a huge gender gap among tabacco users in Japan: 34% of men, and only 9% of women. From my (observational) experience Japanese women are far more likely to smoke at home or away from other non-smokers, due to manners, whereas Japanese men are more likely to light up in restaurants, cafes, on the street, etc. The result being that when you're out and about, it certainly seems like a lot more than just 20% of people are smokers.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Timothy Bedwell

    Unless you have absolutely no vices, never overeat, always eat 100% healthy food, exercise daily, and don't get sick, you don't have a right to call smokers stupid for enjoying a vice they know isn't healthy.

    The one hugely important difference being, eating unhealthy foods or not exercising are not direct, repulsive nuisances to the people around you. Smoking very much is.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Yes, yes it is. I loved living in this country for a good five years, until I started watching TV regularly.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    Am not condoning/never will condone looting and violence, but...whole lot of people posting comments here who cannot possibly understand the years' and lifetimes' worth of anger and frustration that are causing this nationwide outlash.

    Posted in: National Guard ordered in as Ferguson businesses torched

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    Even the Shinkansen does this: on the Nozomi train between Tokyo and Hakata Stations, they usually change drivers at Shin-Osaka Station.

    They change the entire staff at Shin-Osaka. This is beacause Shin-Osaka is where operation of these trains is divided between JR Central and JR West.

    Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort

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    Galapagos-

    The ones I've been on had two drivers from the start, they switched at a rest area partway through the trip.

    Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort

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    Wonder what effect this will have on the value of the yen in the interntional market? Haven't seen any major changes since the news broke yesterday.

    Posted in: What Japan's recession means for the country

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    That's considerably more than what an Egg McMuffin costs, which is essentially the same thing minus the hollandaise. If this were Starbucks or another eat-in coffee shop that would be fine, but for prepared-in-advance combini food? That's a bit too steep.

    Posted in: Finally, an acceptable breakfast option at 7-Eleven: Eggs Benedict Sandwich

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    People staring at their phones while walking are a nuisance, but probably more of a danger to themselves than those around them. People staring at their phones while riding a bike, however...

    I see so many of them while I'm biking to work every morning, mostly high school students: headphones in, phone in hand, staring down as they blaze through intersections with one hand on the handlebars. It's so obviously, astoundingly dangerous, I struggle to comprehend how anyone could be so, so stupid. It's a miracle that half of them aren't dead or paralyzed by graduation. Police need to step out of their koban, flag these people down, and give them a ticket.

    Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

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    Neat! As a New York-born train geek, I got a real kick out of seeing that sign.

    Posted in: Tokyo Station lists departing train’s destination as…New York

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    I don't think we're dealing with a random criminal here, but rather a pet store, or perhaps a supplier. Just look at the breeds, those are the three most popular in Japan right now. Whatever the circumstances, this is obviously appalling, and will hopefully bring increased attention on the despicable state of the pet industry in this country.

    Posted in: 27 more dogs found dead in Tochigi

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    These cake-based varieties are a ripoff. When they replace dense, rich ice cream with light, airy cake layers, you're getting way less bang for your buck. Excellent marketing as always, HD.

    Posted in: Häagen-Dazs Japan making ice cream classier than ever with wine and Opera flavors

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    She gets a gift of 100 million yen for marrying out of the royal family. Our tax money at work!

    Posted in: Wedding send-off

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    I'm usually bothered by most uses of the word foreigner too, but in this case I'd much rather blame society as a whole than this particular karaoke joint. Instead, I'll give them small kudos for making the effort (keeping in mind they're just trying to bring in more business, not spread world peace).

    Posted in: Step in

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    Bamboo charcoal is used frequently in some Japanese sweets. It's natural, flavorless, and turns the product very black indeed. No reason to believe BK is sneaking in artificial colorings.

    Posted in: Black burgers

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    Marnie was one of the best Ghibli films in years. It had heart, beauty, and characters who felt very real. People just didn't give it the chance it deserved...while it may not be at the same level as Miyazaki's legendary works, no movie ever will be.

    Posted in: 'Spirit' fades for famed animation studio after Miyazaki signs off

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    Another day, another "foreign people eat sushi wrong!!!" article. But look around at the Japanese customers in your local sushi joint and tell me how many of them are eating it "wrong" according to this article...from my experience, it's most of them. These are guidelines, not rules. Eat sushi in the way that makes you happiest.

    P.S. most wasabi sold INSIDE of Japan, at grocery stores, is actually a mixture of horseradish, mustard, starch, and green food colouring, which is a poor substitute.

    Posted in: Do you really know how to eat sushi? Probably not

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    The question has to deal with the best technology. As it stands currently, TGV without any doubt.

    Based on what? Taking into account safety and reliability, the shinkansen's technological track record is pretty much impeachable.

    Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?

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    borax

    Correction: women tend to end up being forced to quit, through a desire to raise a family and give more time to their family life, or simply because they are fed up with a business culture where they have to push and fight, and endure criticisms for their pushing and fighting, just to get half the respect their male counterparts get by default.

    Posted in: It's a custom among Japanese corporations to promote someone who knows the company well: people who have been with the company a long time and have transferred to different departments and places. Women tend to end up quitting before experiencing all that.

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    There isn't even enough grounds for a debate, it's obviously Japan.

    Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?

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