sighclops's past comments

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    sighclops

    I'm asthmatic & live next to a chain smoker, having to deal with her 2x cigarettes from 6am before heading out to work each morning, then I get one wafting through my air con / vents all weekend on the hour, every hour. I agree that Japan is decades behind in anti-smoking laws. But with JT chummy with the govt., things are never going to change. Cogarettes are too cheap here for starters. Govt. is chasing more revenue? Raise cigarette prices. They're $1 (~¥100) a cigarette in Australia.

    Smoking areas are also a joke here. They're either in some poorly ventilated "box", or sectioned off by a plate of glass or a partition. Australia leads the world in this area, where all smoking areas must be at least 75% open-air, and a certain distance from the bar / dining area of any establishment. I know for a fact that the UK is basically adopting a carbon copy of the laws.

    Again, never going to happen in Japan.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    More construction contracts for the Yaks, kickbacks for the pollies... where have I seen this before?

    Posted in: Fukushima wants to host Olympic events in 2020

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    sighclops

    The commenters on here defending Japanese TV are laughable. I've read through every comment and will address the following arguments.

    1. You don't understand the language - I'd surmise that a large percentage of commenters on here, who have expressed their disgust of Japanese TV, are like myself quite proficient in the Japanese language. How that has anything to do with gauging the quality of the TV content itself is beyond me.

    2. You don't understand the culture / humour - Interesting angle. How did you reach that conclusion? Again, the defensive types on here making brash & baseless assumptions. It's a straw man argument - We're talking about the quality of the televised content here, not whether or not so-and-so's humour is regarded as 'funny'. Crass is crass. You want my two cents? Japanese 'comedians' are anything but that - it's a collective group of one trick (or 'gag' in this case) ponies. Nothing more. True comedians are adaptive, innovative, very well-spoken - and witty.

    3. Oh, but NHK produces quality content - Comparable to the likes of BBC? Where's the online content? Big budget productions? Kohaku every year? You're going to have to do better than that. What about investigative journalism? You don't find it the least bit farcical that all the major boat-rocking stories on Fukushima have come from foreign news agencies? NHK is basically a government-censored mouthpiece.

    4. Well, at least the dramas are interesting - Right, so we get the same themes, same pool of 'actors' & programming that's jam-packed with ads. How about a drama on political backstabbing (along the lines of House of Cards)? The war on drug crime (think Breaking Bad)? Risque & multi-leveled love stories that captivate an audience? They don't exist. The Japanese entertainment industry is controlled & carefully curated by a handful of agencies - and TV is no exception.

    5. It's beyond your intellect - This is my favourite. You want to go there? I'm game. You name one hard-hitting TV programme that tackles the real issues. John Stewart-esque? Colbert Report-esque? A programme that goes against the grain and presents the viewer with thought provoking monologues from a well-informed (gasp!) host. A programme that prods politicians into choking submission, rendering them unable to form a convincing response. A programme that doesn't consist of a brain-dead has-beens who really have no credibility on the subject matter whatsoever. A programme with a real outsiders view, rather than a view of a clueless 'talento' who knows nothing about the world. And I mean nothing.

    Guess what? It doesn't exist. Much like your amalgamated, and quite frankly offensive, argument.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    sighclops

    And probably omit much of wartime history from the school curriculum in the process... Not that there was much there to begin with! The truth must be told!

    Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools

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    @JeffLee

    Monis is reported by several outlets as being a refugee, just like the imams who incited the Danish cartoonist violence. Facts are so often the enemy of political correctness, arent they.

    He was a political refugee, who came over from Iran in 1996. He was on bail on a charge of being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, along with FIFTY counts of sexual assault. How this monster was let out on bail is obviously something that will need to be addressed - and serious changes will need to be made.

    Posted in: Gunman, 2 hostages killed as police storm Sydney cafe

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    sighclops

    In short, yes. Worse even.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

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    sighclops

    Flavour of the month and around we go... Japanese advertising in a nutshell.

    Posted in: Rola is TV commercial queen for 2014

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    @ThatGuy

    No idea what I said wrong. Is it useful to pretend that the overbearing raids in September played no part in this? Or the summary removal of passports? These people might not be liked for their beliefs, but if you mess with them, do you think they won't mess back? Really? Is it wrong to point this out? Cause I promise you, I am not a jihadist or extremist and I won't be perpetrating anything like this, but I promise you, this is not the last and its not happening "just because".

    That's a RIDICULOUS argument and you know it. What, so the government is meant to just sit on its hands and let the world go by? Do you have any idea as to what we're dealing with here? Extremists will stop at NOTHING until the entire West converts to Islam. This is what the Quran demands - at least in their eyes. The govt. has been taking countermeasures for years, and needless to say they will only tighten their grip after this farcical incident...

    Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe

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    sighclops

    "Here's to generations of mounting debt!"

    Posted in: Learning young

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    sighclops

    THEY DON'T EVEN PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS! Offended.

    It's just another idol group under the guise of "metal". Nothing "hardcore" about this talentless GARBAGE.

    Posted in: BABYMETAL voted Best Metal Album of the Year by magazine

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    “But there was absolutely no cannibalism,” said Mutsuhiro Takeuchi, a nationalist-leaning educator and a priest in the traditional Shinto religion. “That is not our custom.”

    Sorry but there have been first-hand accounts of cannibalisms seen by Australian troops - in Australia. "That is not our custom" cannot be applied in war - the things that the Imperial Army did defy belief...

    Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan

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    sighclops

    Let's be honest here, he's just preaching to the choir - with the choir being the octogenarian votin public...

    Posted in: Abe's base aims to restore past religious, patriotic values

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    sighclops

    Kitte is the biggest dssapointment in Tokyo. Absolutely nothing of interest in there. Oh yeah - 20 stationery shops! Just what we all wanted!

    Posted in: Standing tall

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    I've been trying to get out of this pension scam for years - as I was forced into it by my psycho ex-fiancé. The long and short of it is, once you're in - you're in it for life. ¥15,000 / mth regardless of what you earn. On top of health insurance & the inhabitant's tax, I simply cannot afford it. It cannot be adjusted nor deferred, either. Such a joke!

    Posted in: Japan's looming benefit cuts an unspoken, unsettling election theme

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    sighclops

    Aha this is great!

    Posted in: Snickers may have come up with their best campaign ever: A free barber shop

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    sighclops

    I used to frequent Yoshinoya (almost weekly), but have definitely seen fhe quality slide over the years. As someone who worked in hospitality for over 10 years, it's clear where the corners were cut. I'd also add that ¥270-odd pricing was simply unsustainable. Sukiya and Matsuya will most likely follow suit.

    Posted in: Japan's beef bowl - symbol of deflation - to get price hike

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    @gogogo

    They'll pump it full of talent-less talento's and make it unwatchable.

    I can just picture the vegie-loving, stick thin Johnny's Jimusho members attempting to fight Godzilla, perfect nails & hair in-check. Seriously, they're a joke...

    Posted in: Made-in-Japan Godzilla to return after Hollywood hit

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    @25years in Japan

    Just pray that no disaster hits Japan. No butter and no chips. What next ? Remember Fukushima ? Many stores in Osaka with empty shelves for weeks. Japan is not very self sufficient, is it ?

    I believe that Japan has one of the lowest self-sufficiency rates in the world - around 17%. Putting that in real-world terms, it has enough food supply to 2-3 weeks & oil / gas for 3 months - MAX. Who could forget the carnage after 3/11...

    Posted in: Airlift to ease Japan french fry shortage

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    @JapanGal

    Is anyone else here sick of the vans with the waving people just screaming out the candidates name, party, and arigatou?

    1000%. I don't understand how this isn't made illegal. It's disturbance of the peace at its worst. Then I realised that the Japanese public are basically obsessed with noise. Loud speakers everywhere, incessant train announcements, storefront staff shouting at the top of their lungs - just no end to it!

    Posted in: Abe works the crowd

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    sighclops

    Politicians have it so easy here. State-controlled media, pushover press clubs that asked prescribed questions, and now secrets can remain just that at their discretion. Unbelievable.

    Posted in: A new law, which vastly broadens the scope of information that ministers can designate as a state secret, goes into effect for the first time in Japan this week. Do you think governments need such laws?

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