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    kaminarioyaji

    "Mods" -

    Post deleted twice, with no satisfactory explanation in spite of a request to do so, as it was very much on topic both times.

    A later post heavily edited, completely distorting what I had said, and twisting its meaning to sort YOUR agenda.

    As usual, any criticism of you has to be posted here, so that you can conveniently delete it and sweep it under the carpet because you're too pathetic to hold yourselves accountable and have a mail address where grievances can be submitted. I tried in the past after finding a contact address of some sort; that mail was summarily ignored.

    I've written "mods" above, as you've no real claim to the title, so poor are you at your "job". Power tripping here of all places; grow up.

    Go forth and multiply yourselves.

    Posted in: First gay wedding held at Tokyo Disney Resort

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    @Cortes Elijah

    Traditionally marriage is a man/woman thing, but times change, and so do social mores. You can't let other people's prejudices & insecurities dictate your happiness.

    Posted in: First gay wedding held at Tokyo Disney Resort

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    If it might just possibly curb those who habitually run red lights, I'll be happy to see them. Roundabouts make for more fluid and quicker movement of traffic anyway. Perhaps part of the reason that so many run red lights here is the knowledge that they'll have to wait a good 2 minutes or more before they can go again. That said, those who do run the red still catch one another 100 metres up the road anyway, so really, I still don't understand them...

    Posted in: In places where traffic volume is low and securing land is easy, roundabouts can be effective.

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    Miso Tokotsu Ramen: It's heart attack in a bowl, but by god it tastes so good. Agree with what someone said above about it being Soulfood.

    I'm now in Kyushu, but remember a great place named Tsukumo Ramen (Has the Kanji for 9-10-9) in Ebisu (Go out the west exit toward Meiji Dori, and then it's on the other side of Meiji Dori going towards Aoyama, about 100m up on the right) and their sister shop in Tsudanuma (Chiba pref).

    For it's customizability, Ichiran (nationwide chain) are always worth a venture in.

    Anyone ever tried the legendary Ramen Jiro in the Tokyo 'burbs? I never got around to going whilst there, but friends said "There's Ramen, and there's Ramen Jiro"

    Posted in: A salute to ramen

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    To be honest I don`t think the police are useless, as they are bound by the laws that govern them.

    Hmmm, but there are plenty of laws that are on the statute that they still consistently fail to enforce, are there not?

    Posted in: 19-year-old man in Nagano believed killed by aunt's ex-boyfriend

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    I'm always amazed that a student will walk in with a mask on, say they have a cold, then take the mask off when they come into the confined space which is my classroom. Yeah, thanks for that.

    Zenkan - Interesting point. Most Japanese DON'T cover their mouths when they cough; is it because of them being used to having a mask over their mouths instead I wonder...

    Posted in: Do you think those white face masks that are so popular in Japan are effective in combating allergies or the flu?

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    Japan_cynic. I'm from the UK, and I can't recall ever seeing a pedestrian having the horn blared at them for having the temerity to cross on a designated pedestrian crossing there. Nor could I see cars tearing through intersections everyday when the light for pedestrians had already turned green... I could go on.

    In Japan however...

    Posted in: 74,483 danger spots found on roads around public elementary schools

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    Man threatens to kill not-yet-PM, with no realistic chance of ever getting close enough to him to carry out said deed, police arrest him.

    Man threatens to kill ex-girlfriend, police go on holiday to Sapporo and leave him to it.

    I've just seen on the news that yet another cop has been charged with some upskirt photo action, this time the victim was an 8 year old girl.

    The NPA needs a shake-up, and then some.

    Posted in: Man arrested for making online threats to kill Abe

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    Chibachick hits the nail firmly on the head. Drivers lacking due care in such road situations. They're told to be mindful of pedestrians, especially young children & the elderly in driving school, but still pass at speed within inches of pedestrians on narrow streets with too much "street furniture". And yes, the police are as useful as a paper raincoat in enforcing the law.

    Speed bumps do exist in Japan; I've seen them - on the uphill lane of a mountain road, which about says it all really...

    Posted in: 74,483 danger spots found on roads around public elementary schools

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    Agree with other here requesting something from Haafus who were born & raised here. An interesting read nonetheless.

    "If I had 100 yen for every time I was asked that, often not even "Are you haafu?" but simply "Haafu?"

    The politeness gloves do seem to come off a fair bit when it's Japanese - Foreigner interaction. How many here have been approached by a Japanese (usually an elderly man), and the first words to leave their lips are "where are you from?" No pleasantries, no courtesies, just BANG! straight in with the place of birth question.

    A new student joined one of my classes recently. The moment she walked in, she looked around the room, noticed a non-traditional looking Japanese student, and simply asked her "Are you Japanese?" This was mere seconds after entering the room.

    Posted in: What it means to be 'haafu' in Japan

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    kaminarioyaji

    "I used to eat out for every meal, but paying 1,000 yen for one meal is absurd" comments Takayuki Wada (26). Wada now eats a granola bar for lunch every day. Now he can eat for six days on his former daily food budget.

    This guy must be a smoker. No way a 26yr old man can get through a working day on a granola bar alone without suppressing his appetite somehow.

    Posted in: Survey reveals 24% of workers in Japan spend Y250 on lunch

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    Quoting an old colleague -

    "When you first come to Japan, you don't watch TV because you can't understand it; fast forward 5 years, and you don't watch it because you CAN understand it."

    Posted in: How much TV do you watch each week?

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    kaminarioyaji

    For Gents - A well-cut,double-breasted gentlemen's overcoat. Brogues.

    For Ladies - Knee-high boots. Pompadour hairstyle.

    Unisex - Dark blue Levis with White Converse Chuck Taylors. Black leather "cafe racer" jacket. A Trilby. A flat cap.

    Of course, almost any look can be carried off at any time if the wearer has enough panache.

    Posted in: What fashion trends do you think never go out of style?

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    kaminarioyaji

    The renaming of western movies here seems a bit inconsistent.

    The recent Total recall is named after the antagonist company in the film, and is simply rendered in Katakana here, whereas films like Jack Reacher and the other eponymous movie from Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire are given either outlandish or pedestrian titles in Japanese (Jack Reacher & Jerry Maguire are Outlaw & The Agent respectively).

    English - Napoleon Dynamite, Japanese - Bus man (hardly peaks one's curiosity).

    Pixar's Up! (surely every Japanese knows the meaning of "up" as it's in a lot of borrowed phrases) is rendered in Japanese as "Old man Carl's flying house".

    Too many to mention.

    Posted in: What do you think of some of the Japanese titles given to foreign movies when they are distributed in Japan?

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    kaminarioyaji

    Competition to join Japan's police force is stiff, with only 14,700 out of nearly 126,000 candidates passing exams

    Wow, so that means that what we have as a police force in Japan are the supposed "cream of the crop". Lord help us.

    Posted in: Police recruiters eye polygraph tests to weed out possible sex offenders

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    Up to 3 a.m. on the day of Hawker's murder, his ex-girlfriend had been at his residence. They quarreled and she fled his apartment, but apparently sat fuming in her car for the next two hours in the apartment's parking lot before going home. The next day she returned in the hope of patching up their relationship, and saw that the police had strung up tape to block it off as a crime scene.

    What is this nonsense? This suggests Hawker met Ichihashi, was killed by him, reported missing, and found all on the same day?

    Posted in: Ichihashi's former mentor sheds new light on 2007 Hawker murder case

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    @Edbardoe & Ranger_Miffy2

    The lack of formal events might have something to do with Japan having only 2-3 months of decent cycling weather in a year. The rest of the time is either too cold, or too hot or too wet; not particularly conducive to proper training. That said, I know a couple of Japanese who do semi regular Triathlon events.

    Posted in: Saitama to host Tour de France event

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    kaminarioyaji

    Couldn't agree with Semperfi's opening comment more, but would add that the "work ethic" needs adjusting insofar as currently, there don't seem to be any ethics at all. Bosses routinely flout what little employment law exists, and very, very rarely is a case taken to, and then acted upon by the labour standards bureau.

    That said, the Japanese only have themselves to blame for this situation. Everyone is complicit in it; bosses for perpetuating and taking advantage of the situation, and employees lacking a backbone and just capitulating to it.

    I've said it before, but it's amazing how a society supposedly governed by a group mentality seemingly just cannot get it together to improve their working lives...

    Posted in: The workload at all schools has been increasing, and everyone has no leeway. The volume of work needs to be adjusted.

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    They're just not taking it seriously at all, are they?

    Shocking, but far from surprising in TIJ

    Posted in: Gov't completes just 40 of 23,000 emergency houses for Tohoku disaster victims

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    Both of these "bad manners" are trumped by lighting up a cigarette next to the person still mid-meal without asking them if they mind; the Japanese excel at this.

    Posted in: Which is considered worse, holding your chopsticks the wrong way, or eating noisily?

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