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    oikawa

    The beauty of the Senkaku islands is apparently unsurpassed.

    Posted in: British Embassy seeks suggestions for Prince William's Japan itinerary

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    After reading previous comments on JT I've been checking recently to see if people do actually wash their hands after using the toilet and I've been seriously shocked. I work in a good private school, very educated teachers and staff, and I think in the last 2 weeks or so I've seen 1 person use soap to wash their hands after taking a dump, with others little more than a perfunctory 1 second splash of water and quite a few just walking straight out. Like a lot of things in Japan it seems if people just did what common sense dictated they wouldn't have to do what would be a big show of doing something, like using masks, gargling, and taking 78 different kinds of medicine, which often actually do very little and can even make things worse.

    Posted in: Gov't issues nationwide influenza epidemic alert

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    So apart from being made darker, the darkness is unaltered?

    Posted in: A walk in the park

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    Trevor, don't know about the photography but I find it hard to believe you could naturally get a photograph with such contrasting park and sky views as we see here. It looks very doctored to me, not to mention the fact that the weather in Tokyo today was as it says in the caption, sunny, not dark and overcast.

    Posted in: A walk in the park

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    The park looks beautiful. The background weather looks rather out of place though, especially on an apparently "sunny" autumn day.

    Posted in: A walk in the park

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    I agree Shimomura's got something good in his pipe, but I don't think it's necessarily about how language learning works, it's about Japan and the entire Japanese education system.

    Quotes like these

    partake in challenging debates with their fellow students.

    students would be encouraged to exercise more independence in addressing and finding solution to problems.

    show a tenuous grasp of how Japanese society works, let alone the education system.

    Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade

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    No offense but that was one the most boring stories I've ever read here.

    Posted in: Hanky-panky in kobans leave police blushing

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    He should have heard me do Hey Jude the other day at Karaoke in Sakura

    Posted in: Lackluster tribute to Paul McCartney

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    Yeah I think taxi drivers are the worst drivers of all, especially considering they are supposedly professional drivers. I don't get all the hate here for lorry drivers, I use my bike on main roads almost day and the lorry drivers always give me a wide berth and seem very careful. The taxi drivers, as Fighting Viking says, do absolutely moronic things like opening their doors road side right in front of oncoming traffic.

    Posted in: Motorcyclist killed after crashing into taxi

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    Just send them all to the chikan role play shops around the west exit.

    Posted in: Police launch 'chikan eradication' campaign at Ikebukuro Station

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    SAITAMA!!!

    Posted in: Man stabbed on Saitama street; suspect turns himself in at koban

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    ‘Your mom must not have been much of a cook, huh?

    I thought that was a pretty joke actually! If you go out to Denny's and compliment the food that's what you get. Japanese people can't usually take personal jokes which is a big reason the comedy is so crap.

    Posted in: Men list top four reasons why they dumped their past girlfriends

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    For most of Japanese, eating the specialties of the visiting places is half of the joy of traveling.

    If the place they're visiting is in Japan, yes.

    Posted in: Bringing Britain to life for Japanese visitors

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    Why are we blaming the truck driver? Has the article been changed since it was originally posted? It says the motorcycle rider was hit by the car not the truck. The truck probably rear-ended the car cos the car had stopped suddenlly after it hit the biker.

    Posted in: Motorbike rider killed after being hit from behind by car

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    Favourites I've seen,

    At one end of Nippori station, Keisei line platform, "Lear carriage of a 4 car train". Although perhaps one end was the women only car and other end was the Lear car. Could have been correct.

    Sign outside a Philipine hostess club, "Foreigners not allowed inside a Philipina unless accompanied by a Japanese". Would be a bit of a tight squeeze.

    Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?

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    Hashimoto started off riled up and then probably realised he'd better calm down. Seemed pretty cool then but not sure he's not a bit of racist himself.

    Loved the way the racist dude said "Owari!" after Hashimoto had already walked out.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    SAITAMA!!!

    Posted in: Univ student stabs woman to death because he 'wanted to kill someone'

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    Erik Jacobs The point is it's not in common usage as an English word. It's not hard to understand.

    Fadamor > Why would this be ridiculous? English "acquires" foreign words on an almost daily basis. From Japanese alone we have hibachi, sushi, typhoon, karate, and karaoke to name a few. This is no more ridiculous than English taking "magazine" (store) from the French and using it to refer to a weapons storage location or ammo storage device.

    Fair point, but the difference is as you say these words have been acquired, altered, mashed up, and ended up in common usage. It doesn't matter where the word originally came from. Very few "English" words originally came from England. The point is simply that I don't think kawaii is in any way shape or form in enough usage in English to warrant inclusion in an English dictionary. That's why I think it's ridiculous. A hell of a lot of people with connections to Japan know the word gaijin but I think it would be equally ridiculous to include that in an English dictionary. Just because people know what a foreign word implies doesn't mean it's "English".

    Posted in: Kimono-clad princesses offer apologies for roadside construction in Kyoto

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    Think you'll find otaku culture has long ceased being an "only in Japan" thing. The number of foreigners who avidly read manga, watch anime and take part in cosplay events, etc, etc, held in their own countries and organized by themselves, might astound you.

    No idea what that crap was supposed to prove.

    Kawaii is not an English word, simple as that.

    Posted in: Kimono-clad princesses offer apologies for roadside construction in Kyoto

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    the word “kawaii” has now been accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary

    you are kidding me... that is absolutely ridiculous

    Posted in: Kimono-clad princesses offer apologies for roadside construction in Kyoto

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