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movieguyNov. 28, 2013 - 08:37AM JST
@Spudman - Walmart and Target had Christmas things up BEFORE Halloween. Isetan also had Christmas decorations up before that.
Posted in: Christmas kiss
movieguyNov. 23, 2013 - 07:19AM JST
And don't believe for a minute that the media didn't know all of this was happening in the lead up to the Olympic vote. All of this stuff is laid out and deals are made to let these criminals set up everything to lessen the impact. This will be dead by next weekend.
Posted in: Tokyo governor admits receiving Y50 mil from scandal-hit Tokushukai
movieguyNov. 18, 2013 - 10:02AM JST
lostrune2 - Thanks! I had forgotten he was still under a regular contract, but I was just talking about the ability to play anywhere once a contract is finished. They don't give nine year contracts so as long as they are not under contract any court would say they have the right to go anywhere without the stupid posting system.
toshiko - Let's stay on topic. ANY example I give would fit the scenario, but since you want to show the superiority of Japan let's say a Sony employee wanted to work at Apple. What's Sony, you ask? A washed up, out dated company from the 90s that hasn't done anything, but lose money for decades.
Posted in: Tanaka in limbo as U.S.-Japan posting system at impasse
movieguyNov. 16, 2013 - 06:32PM JST
Please tell me why this system exist. I can't understand it. If I work for Toyota and a U.S. auto company wanted to hire me, the U.S. auto company would not have to BID just to talk to me. Give me a contract that beats anything Toyota is willing to pay me and I'll work for you. When is someone in the MLB players' union and a smart owner or two going to step up and say, "We don't have to pay you anything to hire a player." I don't think any court would/could stop it if any of the U.S. teams said, "we're just going to offer him a contract and if he agrees to play he's ours."
movieguyNov. 09, 2013 - 07:14AM JST
Well this writer is from Korea, but it reads just like those sour grapes articles that said that the iPhone would never sell well in Japan and that Facebook would never work over Mixi. Doesn't Japan have a number of records in tweets in various categories?
Posted in: Twitter appeal wanes in parts of Japan, S Korea
movieguyNov. 02, 2013 - 04:11PM JST
I'm not sure why PaulInJapan had a "BAD" vote. News from the "experts" when it first came out was TOTALLY about how the iPhone wouldn't sell in Japan. He's exactly right on this guy (Serkan Toto) too.
JeffLee too. The companies in Japan have all tried to control the market in every form of electronics the last 15 years instead of focusing on innovation. Something that Apple risks doing too if they don't start adding more features and just relying on their clever marketing.
Posted in: Japan is Apple country. It (iPhone) was positioned as a cool gadget to have, not because of its advanced features - it doesn't have a lot of things feature phones have, no e-Wallet, no digital TV tuner - it's a lifestyle product.
movieguyOct. 21, 2013 - 09:42AM JST
@bannedaccstam - I've always liked Jackie too, but I lost some respect for him after his "America is the most corrupt country in the world..." comments. All countries are corrupt in some way, but to make a sweeping generalization about a country that he's made millions of dollars from while ignoring his own is not very classy.
Posted in: As body ages, Jackie Chan longs for Hollywood's full embrace
movieguyOct. 14, 2013 - 07:02AM JST
I think it's great that LGBTs are on TV and other forms of entertainment, but doesn't this mean that LGBT characters are OVER represented and not equally represented since there are far fewer LGBTs in society?
Posted in: Men, women represented equally among gay characters on U.S. TV
movieguySep. 14, 2013 - 07:55AM JST
ALL countries are "foreign." Why the redundancy???
Posted in: It is important to respect the cultures of foreign countries, considering we will host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and expect many visitors to come to Japan.
movieguySep. 10, 2013 - 04:19PM JST
Sounds like Mr. Lucas is trying to set himself up for a job in Japan. Only three Olympics have made money and this government will not be number 4.
Posted in: Japan winning the 2020 summer Olympics is a massive boost. Business confidence will improve as industries see the effects of increased government and private spending over the next seven years, plus never discount 'national pride' and the effect it will have on consumer spending and household spending.
movieguySep. 01, 2013 - 10:21AM JST
Found??? Really??? Shouldn't that be "STILL?"
Posted in: High radiation readings found at Fukushima tanks
movieguyJul. 24, 2013 - 10:27AM JST
@jumpultimatestars - Which is exactly why Corey Monteith died of a drug overdose at the ripe old age of 31, because he didn't need supervision of his parents and went out and had fun and partied. Oh... and discovered drugs to help him party more and lived his own life. All before he even thought about working in the entertainment industry. The brain doesn't mature until age 25; basic psychology. No... teenagers aren't kids anymore...
Posted in: NHK to air condolence footage for 'Glee' star Cory Monteith
movieguyJul. 24, 2013 - 04:45AM JST
@jumpultimatestars - This story is about a TV show made for teenagers. Last time I checked teenagers are still considered kids and my comment has no relevance to celebrity worship because this article isn't about celebrity worship. It's a plug for NHK kicking off season 3 of "Glee."
movieguyJul. 23, 2013 - 04:32PM JST
@Davinyoko - No, I don't care about it. I don't watch the show, but I don't see the need to criticize kids for what they find to be entertaining. Kids are in school for at least seven hours a day and then after sports or other extracurricular activities they should have rules that they not be out "making their lives interesting." They should be home. Most parents are working and get home exhausted from their 10 -12 hour work days not to mention the commute so they can't entertain their kids every night. Better to have an escape like TV than out on the street unsupervised. This story doesn't pertain to you. It's not about what's better for their lives. It's for the people who are interested in the TV show "Glee." Go tell your friends how cool you are that you don't watch it.
movieguyJul. 23, 2013 - 03:37PM JST
@Davinyoko - I have never understood people's obsession with commenting on things they don't care about. If you're not interested in something keep scrolling down. Your "cool factor" of not caring about this stuff drops substantially when you make comments that don't pertain to you. People and especially kids in this case use entertainment and celebrities to escape from the boredom and routine of every day life. RIP Corey Monteith.
movieguyJul. 22, 2013 - 10:39AM JST
@Virtuoso... Thanks! OK... I can see a little that he's trying to make that connection, but not the entire population of seniors. They've gotta be petty thieves in most cases.
Posted in: Shoplifting by elderly folks has surged. Many worked tirelessly through Japan’s boom years, and when they hit 60 or 65, they realized they were no longer needed. That’s what’s happening in Japan.
movieguyJul. 22, 2013 - 07:40AM JST
So is he saying they are shoplifting for attention and not because they don't have money to purchase items? Is there logic in this statement?
movieguyJul. 11, 2013 - 03:38PM JST
I love it when "cool" people like It"s Me jump into conversations that has nothing to do with them. If it's not relevant to you why waste your time? If everyone stops using Facebook you won't be "cool" anymore. This is useful information for people to be aware of. Thanks JT.
Posted in: Number of Facebook identity thieves on the rise
movieguyJul. 02, 2013 - 08:21AM JST
"... Becoming Intolerable???" My 20 summers in Japan have always been miserable and @theResident, where in Japan do you live? I live in Tokyo and there is no measurable about of snow or cold temperatures to be considered winter. There's no such thing as frostbite in Kanto and people could never die from being exposed to a Tokyo "winter" and if there was snow on the ground that lasted past noon after the one or MAYBE two days of flurries that happen to drop in January I might consider it real snow, but the Kanto region does not have a "defined" winter. People from Hokkaido would laugh and walk around in T-shirts in a Kanto area "winter." I've never worn a coat in a Tokyo "winter." As for summer, even in the shade you can't hide from the Tokyo humidity. The only thing that makes summers in Tokyo bearable are the women in short skirts, shorts and trips to the beach to see more women in bikinis.
Posted in: Summers in Japan becoming intolerable
movieguyMay. 08, 2013 - 12:06PM JST
@1 Aussie - I've lived and worked in Japan for 20 years and have permanent residency. I love living here, but if we are encouraged to praise the country, we also have the responsibility to point out the problems as well. No country is perfect. I have every right to joke and criticize as much as any Japanese person. It is not anti-Japan nor anti-Japanese to point out problems with the system in which we live.
I'd bet a month of my salary that the police did not even think of tracking down the cell phone the mugger stole.
Posted in: Serial mugger targets women in Kanagawa
Dec. 05, 2013 - 03:22AM JST
The police "replaced" him under arrest? Or placed him under arrest?
Posted in: 20-year-old man turns himself in at Tokyo police station for killing his mother in Sapporo
Dec. 05, 2013 - 03:19AM JST
Perhaps this perhaps that..... He is a criminal it's all pretty simple! Lock is button jail…
Posted in: 65-year-old man arrested for theft says he never worked
Dec. 05, 2013 - 03:14AM JST
Mistakes like this happen all around the world not just Japan. However it is nice at…
Posted in: Doctor leaves gauze in patient's body in Sagamihara hospital
Dec. 05, 2013 - 03:08AM JST
I know a way to completely diffuse this entire situation:
Declare the Senkakku Islands as a…
Posted in: Biden arrives in China as air zone tensions simmer
Dec. 05, 2013 - 03:02AM JST
With Nuclear Fallout like this the animals become affected and I as reading research results that…
Posted in: Typhoons spread Fukushima fallout, study warns