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    genjuro

    Will Toyota be moving operations to Scotland then?

    Interesting point and this made me think how this would affect Japanese companies with factories in the UK. Perhaps this would cause them to start moving their operations outside of the UK/EU and back to Japan or Asia. Time-wise, I'm not sure how soon this Leave would have its effects on the economy (this year?) and its ripple to foreign companies in the UK.

    Posted in: Global markets plunge as Britain votes to leave EU

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    genjuro

    Are airBnB rooms really more affordable than business hotels or weekly mansions, particularly here in Tokyo? Perhaps in other countries but looking at the average prices listed on their website I don't see much difference and in some cases, actually more expensive.

    Posted in: Airbnb takes off in Japan, but the party is over for many seeking to ride the boom

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    genjuro

    48 girls don't dance and sing on the stage.

    Isn't this what they do in their theatres? Or do you mean to say that they don't technically "sing" because they lip-synch?

    I have to agree with most of the comments here. AKB music is mostly run-of-the-mill, bubblegum music produced for the masses. The producer, Yasushi Akimoto, already created an idol group called Onyanko Club in the 80s, and after that trend passed he waited a couple of decades and rebooted his same idea in the 2000s with AKB. Nothing original about it, just rehashed and recycled idolatry.

    As for their music, while there are a some talented members in the entire group, their talents are wasted performing bubblegum music. The only reason why their sales are high is because of fans buying multiple copies of CDs, as each one has a ticket that allows you to vote or use for handshake events. It has no bearing, in any way, of the quality of the music (some might say I'm too kind to call it such); it's just a money-making business model that's successful.

    In the end, it's simply a huge cash cow for Akimoto and the record/talent agencies involved--except for the girls themselves, who are mostly paid peanuts. Like Onyanko Club in the 80s, AKB will also eventually fade away into obscurity as trends do. It's inevitable and just a matter of time.

    Posted in: Sashihara wins AKB48's annual popularity vote

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    genjuro

    It could be anything: a cardboard box, shoe box, music box, police box, pandora's box, etc. It's all depends on context.

    Posted in: When someone uses that trite expression of telling you to think outside the box, how are you supposed to know what the box is?

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    genjuro

    Maybe Im just getting old, but I do have an issue with Starbuck, Maccas and alike being used as study halls, I don't go to these places often but having to wait to sit down, or not being able to at all, while 20 or so students are sitting there who clearly haven't brought anything in hours take up all the seats and tables

    Not just with students but also senior citizens who spend a great deal of their retirement time there loitering and chatting with fellow seniors. I see this especially at McDonald's. If you ever need proof of Japan's aging society, just walk into any of the golden arches.

    I suspect this will only make this issue worse.

    With free wi-fi, a chance to save from using up one's data plan, while taking advantage of the 100 yen menu, you bet.

    Posted in: Free Wi-Fi coming to McDonald’s Japan branches

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    genjuro

    I've been going there since I was a little kid in the 80s to see the latest Sony technology (back when it was the "latest").

    I had no idea it has been there that long. Only been there once; maybe I should check it out again before they tear it down.

    Used to be a fan of Sony eons ago, but somewhere along the way their quality just dropped (while retaining their premium pricing.) I believe they had a CEO change a few years back, but even then I really wonder if they can again find their footing, innovate and be a serious competitor. Aside from the PS III/IV consoles and games, I'm hard pressed to find any other areas where they're doing well or not in the red.

    Posted in: Landmark Sony Building in Ginza to be demolished in 2017

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    genjuro

    But you're suggesting forgoing medical treatment as a blanket solution to cancer, because you're denying that chemotherapy and radiation (and you seem to have forgotten surgery) are the most effective treatments that are currently available.

    Anyone can say that, even I. Your claim that chemo and radiation are the "most effective" treatments is just that: an opinion.

    genjuro, of course you have no concrete proof for what you said? Giving false hopes to hundreds of women out there, does it make you feel better?

    How do I give false hope when it's up to them to believe me or not? If they believe anything they read on the Net whose fault is it? Stop being too emotional.

    Incidentally, hemp or cannabis oil has cured quite a number of folks; look it up. How do you explain that, then? Those people who got actually got cured with medical proof from their doctors must just be giving "false hope," then. Hmm.

    Posted in: TV presenter Mao Kobayashi battling breast cancer

  • -4

    genjuro

    She should consider using hemp oil, with low THC and high CBD content. More effective and far safer than any of these chemo and radiation treatments without the side effects.

    Posted in: TV presenter Mao Kobayashi battling breast cancer

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    genjuro

    Police said Seto had been seen hanging around children in the park before and was thought of by locals as a bit creepy.

    Okay, if people already think of him as a "bit creepy" and is seen hanging around children in that park, why would the parents simply allow their children to go there unaccompanied by an adult? Lack of common sense and awareness, no?

    The older sister said she took her eyes off her sibling for a little while and when she saw her again, she was back in the park, holding a bag with diapers and come candy in it.

    There might be more to this. The fact that the guy was able to take her 4-year-old sister quickly and return her again without the older sister and her friend's knowledge sounds like too much perfect timing for me. It's possible he already had the diapers and candy beforehand. Check the convenience store CCTV, neighbor's security camera footage, etc. This guy's story needs to be checked out.

    Posted in: 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping 4-year-old girl

  • 0

    genjuro

    Men these days need to work on their pick-up line. And also learn to woo the lady instead of imposing their will on them.

    This makes me wonder if they have any sort of businesses into confidence-building training or even "wingman" services for men here in Japan. I'd imagine there would be a market for that in this society.

    Posted in: Man arrested for forcibly kissing, groping woman

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    genjuro

    Best news I've heard all week. Glad to hear he's safe and sound.

    Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days

  • 0

    genjuro

    That should be changed to "world's self-appointed police officer."

    Then again, a police officer doesn't instigate wars, conduct false flag operations, exploit poor, weak countries for their resources or install puppet regimes, does he?

    Posted in: There was a time when the United States was considered the world's police officer who often became aggressively involved in maintaining peace and stability in the world. However, observing the presidential election, it appears the United States is moving further and further to a more inward-looking approach.

  • 0

    genjuro

    Galileo, the character Fukuyama plays in the popular drama, would have found this interesting. 実に面白い。

    Posted in: Woman arrested for breaking into apartment of singer Fukuyama

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    genjuro

    Brave lady and good on her for doing this. I hope she inspires other Japanese women to speak up when they experience any form of crime or injustice, whether it be overseas or in Japan. Their voices have been stifled for so long.

    Posted in: Japanese tourist returns to Niagara Falls to testify against attacker

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    genjuro

    Since the amount of respect a bow conveys is directly tied to how long it lasts, traditional etiquette dictates that you remain bent at the hips until the elevator doors cut off your client’s view. If you misestimate how long it’ll take the doors to close, though, you’re left with an awkwardly long and uncomfortable gesture.

    This is just so ripe for comedy. If the client just decides to have a bit of fun he purposely hold the open button inside the elevator and see how long the employees can hold it before their backs/hips give out. Once they try to straighten themselves up thinking their guest has left, the client pops out and the employees, thinking they miscalculated, quickly resume their bent positions again. Almost like a comic skit.

    Posted in: Newly hired Japanese list 5 business manners they find unnecessary

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    genjuro

    Good idea. Tokyo is packed, congested and too expensive for many people, especially families. If more and more companies follow suit this may start decentralization from the capital and farther outward into distant and less crowded cities. The government should support such efforts by companies, but I think they're utterly clueless on this matter to even consider it.

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    genjuro

    Just how much would it entail to ask the marketing department of Pizza Hut to ask a native English speaker or even a returnee Japanese 帰国子女 in the company to do a quick check on this? Really sloppy and slapdash.

    Posted in: Pizza Hut Japan asks customers: 'Don’t you hungry?'

  • 4

    genjuro

    Great, another reboot. Proof again that Hollywood is running out of original ideas.

    Posted in: 'Predator' reboot to begin filming by October

  • 0

    genjuro

    I can't count how many times I'd see a McDonald's, Matsuya, KFC, 7-11, and other shops here in Tokyo with foreign, mainly non-Japanese Asians, working there along with their Japanese colleagues. One time at a McDee's in Shinjuku I saw all the registers manned with non-Japanese. I'd say there has been a change in the last several years and an increase in foreign workers, mostly in service sectors like the above. Though, I'm not certain what visas most of them hold, if they're on temporary work ones and thus have to return to their home countries eventually.

    Posted in: Japan eyes more foreign workers, challenging immigration taboo

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    genjuro

    And it begins. I only hope he follows through with his promise to withdraw all the US troups. Problem solved! The real reason the US troops are here is to prevent Japan from joining China in the developing Chinese sphere of influence. Asia is where the future is! The election of Trump is certainly proof that the future is not in America.

    I beg to differ on the part of Japan joining China. Remember, China has been getting under the skin of just about all of her Asian neighbors that she shares a body of water with. If any, I see a mounting alliance between Japan and India (as well as other Asian nations) that once becomes stronger, would be formidable and can change the dynamics in the region. It has already started.

    http://asia.nikkei.com/Viewpoints/Geopolitico/New-Japan-India-alliance-will-transform-Asia

    I do agree, however, that Japan needs to kick out the US and stop paying them a single yen. Like the Rome of old, the US is a country in decline, and with her economy in shambles and a government known for instigating wars, installing puppet governments, conducting false flag operations, etc. around the world, her chickens will eventually come home to roost (and not talking about GMO-saddled KFC either). The center of power is shifting gradually to the East, whether the powers that be in the West like it or not. It is inevitable.

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