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    genjuro

    The Han is strong with this one.

    Posted in: S Korean man gets 4 years for Yasukuni Shrine blast

  • 0

    genjuro

    You make a reasonable point, but I think there's another way to look at it as well. Sometimes as people get older, they feel a sense of entitlement, or of being "above the rules." When I'm on the train station platform waiting in line to get on the train, it's always 60+ year-old women who skip to the front of the line and race to grab open seats, elbowing anyone who gets in their way. You almost never see that kind of behavior from someone in their 30's or 40's, for example.

    I've seen this behavior as well. Just for fun, have you tried bumping into them (I was about to write "bumping them off" but that sounds a bit extreme) and claiming your seat that you properly queued for? Then you can glare at obaachan back with a smile on your face.

    Of course, if you're a proper Western gaijin that would probably not be worth trying. If you're Asian and can pass for a Japanese, it should make for an interesting social experiment.

    Posted in: Policewoman grabs man trying to grope her while dozing on train

  • 1

    genjuro

    If you go to Akihabara you'll find some retro gaming shops that sell consoles that plays both NES and SNES games. The slots are configured such that both type of cartridges can be inserted. Though, unlike the one above you still need to have the games.

    Posted in: Nintendo announces mini NES loaded with 30 games that attaches directly to your TV

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    genjuro

    Plus I am already running into the "English language show that has been dubbed into Japanese and you can`t watch the original" problem, which just seems obnoxious.

    I wonder why they like doing this. Even when they show American shows and movies on Japanese TV it has to be dubbed in Japanese. You'd think it would be cheaper to have one translator put subtitles on the show than to have numerous voice actors dub the English lines into Japanese.

    Posted in: Netflix to boost original series, films in and from Asia

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    genjuro

    Another reason why the government should start promoting decentralization away from the capital. Tokyo is crowded and congested; this is the result when people are forced to commute to their jobs in the city. Businesses need to change their mindset as well as many seem to think that having a Tokyo office address is somehow prestigious. The government ought to provide incentives to companies so they consider setting up offices someplace else. Otherwise, scheduling additional trains, putting up posters to remind commuters of their manners, etc. is just a band-aid solution and does not address the root issues.

    Posted in: In modern society, many people feel a desire to erupt in rage if something irritates them. If railway companies take no measures, the number of violent incidents would continue rising greatly.

  • 1

    genjuro

    Thank God the baby was alive. It could've been tragic. Thank goodness the passerby was there at the right place and time when he heard the cries.

    Posted in: Newborn baby found in bag in Naha

  • 5

    genjuro

    The viewing public has spoken. You don't mess with a classic just because you've run out of original ideas. Sony should've known better.

    I smell a flop in the making.

    Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' backlash brings out Internet trolls

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    genjuro

    It could all be a massive coincidence, but the jury not being allowed to listen to the 2 pieces throws a squirrely for sure.

    Agreed. That's what I thought, too, when I read this order from the judge. You can't make an objective judgement if you don't hear both sides of the story, or in this case, both pieces of music.

    Posted in: Led Zeppelin victorious in 'Stairway to Heaven' copyright trial

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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

  • 0

    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.

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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?

  • 2

    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

  • -1

    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

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    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.

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