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    “When I was 13 or 14, I even tried to make a full-body suit myself, sewing stockings together. But I stopped, thinking maybe I was doing something weird.

    And, you would be right.

    Posted in: A fetish for full body suits in Japan

  • 14

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    Interesting move, but the cynic in me can't help but believe this is just a ploy to give all those male fans the chance to dream of an ABK48 mother-daughter fantasy.

    Posted in: 37-year-old mother of two joins AKB48

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    They aren't the first ones to apologize for defective balls, amirite?

    Posted in: Mizuno apologizes for ball defect in pro baseball

  • 13

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    King of Hosts

    So he's a Royal Host, eh?

    Posted in: Women, money and time: Behind the scenes with Japan’s 'King of Hosts'

  • 14

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    Raise your hand if at least half of the Japanese females you've come across in your life have answered the question "What do you want to do professionally," with any of the following: esthetician; airline attendant; run own cafe; make-up artist; run a bakery; homemaker; wedding consultant; or fashion designer. (My experience may be rare but I doubt it.) My point isn't that these aren't lofty goals, it's that overwhelmingly Japanese women seem to choose "girly" careers. The challenge isn't making science (or the fields of law, medicine, engineering, business, finance, etc.) more open to women; it's getting women to want to join those fields. (It won't be easy though; as this article illustrates, even societies without Japan's level of sexism are male dominated.)

    Posted in: Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study

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    It sure says a lot about the strength (I guess) of Japanese "family values" that, if the article's suggestion that risks are increased due to fractured extended families that don't talk or see one another for several years, despite being completely shut out of their relatives lives or otherwise ignored, when they come calling for help these elderly just do what their asked and offer a helping hand. I can tell you one thing - if I went several years without talking to my parents and called up out of the blue asking for a large sum of money I would probably get hung up on. These Japanese sure show some unconditional love!

    Posted in: 3 teens arrested for conning elderly people out of Y400 mil

  • 0

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    Does anyone else see this commercial, with the blossoms blowing through the streets of the town, as an intentional reference back to their earlier HD TV commercial from 5 years ago or so, with all the colorful little balls bouncing through the streets of San Francisco? I'm pretty sure JT even ran a story about it. Just youtube "Sony balls commercial" and you'll see the similarity... Anyway if that was the idea, I think it is pretty cool.

    Posted in: Sony 4K commercial is so dazzling, the scenes almost look fake

  • -2

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    put a mike in his hand and he becomes an idiot

    Hey, when in Rome... They are on Japanese TV after all. But I think we gotta give credit to Dave Spector. He was one of the first, helped make inroads for those that followed, got rich, and in the end he is no more unfunny or stupid-sounding than 99% of the local Japanese talents.

    Posted in: What do you think of the various foreigners who appear on Japanese TV? Do any of them make you cringe? Are there any whom you think do a good job?

  • 13

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    He wasn't the captain, nor was he one of the ships engineers so why should he have gone down with the ship?

    I think the phrase "go down with the ship" as chosen by the author here is a bit misleading... I thought the same thing and read a little elsewhere. Turns out he and another guy left the ship at the last minute and jumped into a lifeboat that they knew was supposed to be for women and children only, but didn't get found out because it was too dark and those in charge of the lifeboat were too busy to notice. (I remember a similar such scene in Titanic where it showed people shoving other women and kids away to get into lifeboats; they were certainly portrayed in a negative light.) Essentially he was viewed as embarrassing Japan; other western people investigating the incident did call him a coward, so it wasn't only Japan... Of course who knows what one would do in a situation like that; you see a spot on a lifeboat about to depart and you jump in it. I can't blame him...

    Posted in: Titanic survivor Hosono's memoirs to go on display in Yokohama

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    Wait, really? How is that not considered a a form of insurance fraud?

    Same thing happened in a case back in the late 1980s where a person defrauded the insurance companies by claiming to be someone else, and then killed that someone else to obtain the payout. A creative attorney I know sued the insurance companies for being so gullible and negligent in allowing such an easily-detectable fraud to be perpetrated on them. A little investigation can reveal who anyone is. The lawyer won that case for his client, the victim's family. Granted that may not fly in Japan...although it should.

    Posted in: Former associate professor arrested for murder of company president

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    “It’s wholly implausible,” the company says in its response, “that military commanders in charge of thousands of personnel and armed with some of the world’s most sophisticated equipment, relied instead only on the press releases and public statements of a foreign electric utility company.”

    In other words: The US military, with all its sophisticated technology, should have known we were lying through our teeth. Our press releases, full of willfully misleading information about radiation levels was obviously intended for the droves of our Japanese citizenry who are much easier to fool.

    Posted in: 79 U.S. sailors sue TEPCO over radiation during Operation Tomodachi

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    @Marilita, as you may know, remote areas within very rural parts of Japan like Gifu and Gunma often have homes without any modern plumbing and therefore use outhouse toilets, septic tanks, etc. They are routinely maintained, as they must be to work properly. You probably wouldn't ever come across this in Tokyo but I could be wrong...

    Posted in: Woman arrested for dumping body of baby in toilet in Gunma

  • 14

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    To those knocking the comments about having a fun time with this, don't judge - if you're not in a bad, sad and irreparable marriage (or even a "good" one but without any sexual attraction to your spouse) then you will not understand. Japan in particular is one of the worst places to get divorced; not only is there the complications of stigma, money and the like but as all those familiar with the family court system know, a man who wishes to divorce his wife is for all intents and purposes viewed as a deadbeat who wants to bail on his family and will have no rights to his kids (it's not just that way for foreign spouses, btw; the Japanese courts are just as bad to Japanese men). And even for women, they get far less here than in countries to which Japan considers itself to be an equal. So if there exists a tool where a person can have some fun sex on the side without having to go all nuclear on his family, all the better. Frankly, it is just so naiive to look at this and say, "Tisk tisk, you should invest your money into fixing your marriage." Puhhleeeeze..

    Posted in: Adultery website shows fastest growth in Japan

  • 3

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    This looks like the guy sitting on the left is opening his robe to reveal an Iranian woman hiding inside.

    Posted in: Iranian VP visits Abe

  • 1

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    Police officials said they could not immediately confirm the website was made by the Yamaguchi-gumi, nor comment on it.

    It couldn't have been made by them. These guys are supposed to be a powerful, wealthy bunch, right? Surely they could have found a web developer to come up with a fairly decent web-page that (1) does NOT have a hit counter straight out of 1995, and (2) does NOT use a URL so hilariously long (Guy: "Dude, What's your email?" Gangster: "It's Hiroshi@zenkokumayakuboku... Guy: Hahaha... No, dude, seriously. What is it.). In their defense, accessing this link from a smartphone leads to a page apologizing for how poorly their web-skills are.

    Posted in: Yamaguchi-gumi launches website with song, anti-drugs message

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    The record company then asked producers to “contemporize” the music while “retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity”, it said in a statement.

    Same thing happened to Jimi Hendrix's music shortly after he died, when producer Alan Douglas "contemporized" some unreleased songs of Jimi's for a new album. The result was abysmal and fans were enraged. Fortunately the same songs were later released as they were originally recorded. Anyhow, I'm really hoping MJ gets better treatment here but it's going to be controversial for sure.

    Posted in: New Michael Jackson songs set for release

  • -1

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    You know, Japanese men look pretty good when they dress outside the box and put on a tan suit. I'm always a little let down when you see not a single tan or brown or gray suit in a photo like this. Maybe the Japanese view suits like karate belts. When you start out at the bottom, it's one color, and you have to advance in skill and experience to be able to wear different colors.

    Posted in: First day on the job

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    Just curious as to how this "mother loss syndrome" is different from what is known as "depression," something anyone feels when they lose a loved one or parent.

    Posted in: 30% of women in 40s suffer from 'mother loss syndrome'

  • -3

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    Well, that's gotta be the most humiliating check to cash...

    Posted in: Schwarzenegger, Willis team up for coffee commercial

  • 3

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    $50K is almost more insulting than if they had just thrown his case out. Good to see the family has some closure at least...

    Posted in: Court awards damages over Ghanaian's deportation death

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