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kanadamanadaJan. 07, 2011 - 11:07AM JST
I'm too busy making money to exercise. I can do that when I retire in 12 years at 50. I find that I'm too busy to drink anymore, as well.
Posted in: Why do most adults tend to exercise less as they get older?
kanadamanadaApr. 21, 2010 - 12:32AM JST
I'd like to change my user status to "bored"
Posted in: The downside of twittering as Japan goes at it 24 hours a day
kanadamanadaApr. 08, 2010 - 01:57PM JST
Japanese pickpockets! I'm thankful the police got him as now I don't have to worry quite as much about the "Chinese pickpockets" people told me about on the shinkansens.
Nice going j-copos!
Posted in: Veteran pickpocket caught red-handed stealing wallets on bullet train
kanadamanadaApr. 04, 2010 - 10:45AM JST
This is the beginning of the campaign to psychologically prepare the Japanese for the huge military budgets needed before the crash comes.
If they scare enough people, they will get their money. Now cue a few million $ channeled to NK via the secret forex accounts the J-gov have and don't talk much about and we should see a new missile test in the coming months.
If there is any one country in the world ripening for communist revolution, it is Japan. Think about it, can you imagine a people more passive and willing to be controlled, no WISHING to be controlled than the average Japanese?
Posted in: Ragtag military left to defend Japan on shoestring budget
kanadamanadaFeb. 26, 2010 - 05:26PM JST
In the past 3 years I have noticed the pendulum swinging back away from Watson's cult. It's an interesting turn of events and just shows what the internet can do.
That boat of theirs which they rammed into the Japanese whaling ship was an interesting one. Not sure is it has been reported here but she used to be called EARTHRACE. She had the same stupid captain who ran out of money, and took a job with SS. She used to be silver and quite a good looking boat, before Watson decided she needed to look like the Batboat.
I would have preferred to have seen her lost in the ice off Newfoundland...
Posted in: Sea Shepherd ends Antarctic campaign against whalers
kanadamanadaFeb. 26, 2010 - 03:26PM JST
Translation: Full steam ahead to Newfoundland! It's almost March.
Paul Watson is a multi-millionaire. He wasn't, before he started Sea Shepherd.
kanadamanadaFeb. 17, 2010 - 02:08PM JST
Great article, Dean.
Well written, too. Armchair editors need to try and run their own busineses before slapping an English lesson down on one who does.
I run 3 businesses here and once out from under the umbrella of Japanese "management", I have never looked back.
"Always be consulting."
Posted in: Managing gaijin teachers
kanadamanadaFeb. 06, 2010 - 02:35PM JST
yabusama at 05:55 PM JST - 4th February
yabusama at 05:55 PM JST - 4th February
kanadamanada- was that the view of upper management before the sale or after?
Before. I wouldn't know what he thought after. I never had any dealings with the company after they closed the shop, though I hear that manager is still attached - the same one I mentioned above.
Posted in: The state of the language school industry
kanadamanadaFeb. 04, 2010 - 05:50PM JST
Interesting comments about Hummingbird above.
I worked for them before it went under due to mismanagement and misappropriation, got sold and repackaged and let me tell you, upper management had a very poor view of students and their motivations. I was once told by saxophone-playing upper management that "they all want to sleep with foreigners - men and women, and don't think about what is taught; only that they feel good".
Only the branch managers and teachers cared.
kanadamanadaJan. 09, 2010 - 01:00PM JST
Most of the television is done in the way of 1950s American TV. The same talents cycling on and out of poularity, crossing over into movies and music.
The lack of exportability of Japanese TV is an indication of its quality. Many parts of the world are mad for Korean dramas, but comparatively few J-doramazu are popular outside these islands.
The TV here is crap. Crap production value. I watched a group of 6 tarento sing karaoke for 2 hours on new years day - WTF is that??? It probably cost 20 bucks to make that.
It reminds me of how they used to ad-lib stuff on Muchmusic, 20 years ago.
So far ahead, yet so far behind...
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of Japanese TV programs this time of year? Seen anything you like?
kanadamanadaNov. 04, 2009 - 11:56AM JST
Besides, all the TV producers are lining up, getting ready for the big Noripi comeback tell-all! She's too marketable, good or bad, for TV to give up on her now.
Watch and see.
Posted in: Should Noriko Sakai do jail time for possession and use of stimulants?
kanadamanadaNov. 01, 2009 - 03:30PM JST
They aint at the top of the food chain if I'm eating them! Hatoyama, as was mentioned earlier, didn't have to eat whale after the war. He was growing up on caviar and steak.
yamashinaku at 01:29 PM JST - 1st November
Do your research. Whale meat is loaded with toxins because it is at the top of the food chain. So, whale meat lovers, eat your share, but you'll be paying the price healthwise.
Posted in: 'I hate whale meat,' Hatoyama reportedly tells Dutch PM
kanadamanadaAug. 30, 2009 - 12:25AM JST
"Within weeks of the outbreak of H1N1 influenza, hucksters were peddling spurious medications. Now, with reports of the first fatalities and fears of an epidemic as the weather turns cooler, more flu-related scams are a virtual certainty."
What, you mean like, MASKS???
Posted in: Japanese society going over to the 'Dark Side'
kanadamanadaAug. 26, 2009 - 10:53PM JST
Kabukicho is a joke compared to the western bowels of Susukino - where the REAL DIRT happens.
Posted in: Is Kabukicho dangerous? Mizoguchi's new book tells all
kanadamanadaAug. 20, 2009 - 09:03AM JST
I saw the Japanese dissection torture movie GUINEA PIG while in University. I couldn't get through it and had to turn it off after about 15 minutes. I suppose this is along the same lines. i couldn't see a point but my understanding is these are made on low budgets and when one hits, the producers can cash in.
I'm sure this ban only translates to increased sales for the producers.
Posted in: British film board bans sale of Japanese horror movie
kanadamanadaAug. 18, 2009 - 11:04AM JST
This is a great thing for golf. Incredibly enough, the Japanese news coverage of the tournament had over 50% of each segment dedicated to Ishikawa - Ishikawa tees off...into the water, hits into the ruff - tees off like Happy Gilmour...
If anyone says that Japan doesn't know how to market its golfers, they're completely wrong, as you they take a relativley unskilled 17 year old and make the whole of Japan think he's a contender. Ai-chan, anyone?
Posted in: Yang's PGA win helps Asian golf surge
kanadamanadaAug. 17, 2009 - 11:29AM JST
One of the best dorama I've seen.
Posted in: 'Liar Game' sees second season and movie
kanadamanadaAug. 16, 2009 - 06:12PM JST
I think Japanese people are the only ones in the world who fail to realise just how stupid looking are Crocs.
Posted in: Crocs double up as cell phone holders
kanadamanadaAug. 16, 2009 - 06:09PM JST
Do Not Walk Like an Egyptian
Posted in: Mystery sign
kanadamanadaAug. 13, 2009 - 12:45PM JST
A girl, bound and gagged in a box, hidden from view and the police see no reason the charge him?
Posted in: Man held for attempted murder of policeman after detention for confining girl expires
John Occupythemoon Daly
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:25PM JST
This is absolutely terrifying. There is effectively no expectation of privacy right now, and I cringe…
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Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:17PM JST
nandakandamanda at Jun. 20, 2013 - 07:53PM JST
The headline and the article are totally misleading.…
Posted in: Hashimoto may resign if his party fares badly in Tokyo assembly election
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@ Janes Blonde
This is what happens when children who are brought up in an environment…
Posted in: Korean campaigns for removal of Japanese flag from French stores
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:12PM JST
The U.S.A. just doesn't get it.
I think more like, people like you that haven't…
Posted in: U.S. tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects
Jun. 20, 2013 - 08:11PM JST
"Diet Building... murals depicting the four seasons"
If there's one thing Japan has, it's four seasons,…
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