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    sighclops

    @harvey parker

    Ive gotten into a bad habit of telling people off openly and loudly in English. I don't know, but in my home country I just let things go... What happened to me since coming here?

    I'm with you 100% on this. I think it's just the ridiculous proximity of people - in ridiculous volumes - all. the. time. Seriously, there's no escaping it! And doubly for the (mostly) rude seniors on public transport & in shops (especially supermarkets).

    It's really easy to take personal space for granted when back home - so I savour every moment of it!

    Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?

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    sighclops

    @Novenachama

    In a Japanese company a young employee will be trained in the different departments and learn every facet of the company operation and in a few years that knowledge will allow the company to be more productive.

    In theory, yes. However, the longer I live here, the more I've come to realise that it's in fact counterproductive. I mean I've talked to accountants going into marketing, clerks going into HR, HR going into accounting - the list goes on. It defeats the purpose of a "profession", doesn't it? Imagine - a large corporation with accountants involved with the 'creative process' of marketing...

    Posted in: It's a custom among Japanese corporations to promote someone who knows the company well: people who have been with the company a long time and have transferred to different departments and places. Women tend to end up quitting before experiencing all that.

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    sighclops

    Picking up bowls for sure. Another one is depositing money into an ATM - can't do it where I'm from! You have to actually walk into the branch and fill out a deposit form. Annoying!

    Posted in: What habits have you picked up from living in Japan that you sometimes have to try and stop yourself doing when you go overseas because you don't think it will look right?

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    sighclops

    This is a fallacy. Sexism is rampant in corporate Japan - and everyone knows it. Seriously, why does HR even exist in Japan? At my g/f's company, there are women that have been there for several years, yet a young male joins the company and is promoted within 12 months. The notion being that women in thhe workplace are only good for admin roles. It's disgusting and, with corporate Japan being one giant boys club, I fear it will never change.

    The stories I've heard...

    Posted in: It's a custom among Japanese corporations to promote someone who knows the company well: people who have been with the company a long time and have transferred to different departments and places. Women tend to end up quitting before experiencing all that.

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    sighclops

    "culture" - as used in the same context as "science" regarding the whale culling...

    Posted in: Dolphin-hunting season kicks off in Taiji

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    sighclops

    Considering the US government's military budget is in excess of $600bn annually, this is a drop in the ocean really...

    Posted in: Pentagon says Iraq operations costing $7.5 mil a day

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    sighclops

    @darname

    No pilot makes over A$150,000 in Australia and the national average is A$72,000. Here are the monthly salaries in Japan: Capt top pay $15,068 Capt base pay USD $10,902/mo. FO top pay $8,885.00 FO base pay USD $7,212/mo.

    Sorry to rain on your parade mate, but it looks like you haven't been back home in a while. A Holden factory worker earns $90,000 BASE salary for starters!

    • A Captain's base pay is well over $200,000
    • Second officers start on $150,000
    • 1st years start on $90,000
    • The highest paid captain of an A380 gets $536,00 average - an A380 captain's wage is $415,000

    (these numbers are going back a few years, so probably anywhere between 20% ~ 50% higher now)

    Again, salaries in Japan are less than half of those in Australia. Given the cost of living there is also much higher, but my point still stands - ¥20m is too low by international standards.

    For your reference:

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/qantas-pilots-on-high-flying-wages/story-e6frfm1i-1226165387483

    http://www.pilotjobsnetwork.com/jobs/Qantas

    Posted in: Gov't, airlines discuss measures to deal with pilot shortage

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    sighclops

    Pay them more. A JAL pilot gets a ¥20m salary, yet an airline like Qantas pays ¥50m (Qantas is not doing so well, though).

    Posted in: Gov't, airlines discuss measures to deal with pilot shortage

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    sighclops

    Hell hath no fury like an obasan in a supermarket. It was so bad at my supermarket in the weeks after 3/11 that staff were "on duty" trying to keep them in line!

    Posted in: Gov't advises citizens to stockpile toilet paper

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    sighclops

    Consumers would spend more if salaries were increased as was promised many times. Still waiting!

    Looks like that's never going to happen. Question is... where is that extra money going?

    Posted in: Japan's economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

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    sighclops

    @Wolfpack

    That band can really jam. As for the three singers I can think of several rock bands off the top of my head whose lead singer doesn't play an instrument - how about AC/DC and Van Halen, are they not legit?

    I'm going to pretend that you didn't just put this garbage & AC/DC - with the highest selling rock album in history - in the same sentence.

    1. They don't sing. They mime. Like 99% of pop when its live.
    2. Angus Young is one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. Malcom Young is a genius on the bass and wrote most of their songs. Brian Johnston doesn't play an instrument - granted. But he's definitely one of a kind (I've seen AC/DC live three times). Babymetal is three 'vocalists' (I cringe at using that term in this context) who just jump around miming the words. None of them write songs, nor can sing a note. THAT my friend, is the difference.

    Besides, if you look at my original argument, I wasn't targeting the group specifically. I was more taking issue with them being referred to as 'metal'. That in itself is highly offensive.

    For the record, I'm a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to music.

    Posted in: Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock

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    @ReformedBasher

    Sighclops, magnanimously assuming you're not the same age as they are, I'm sure they didn't form their band with people like yourself in mind. Do you also complain about TV programs on the kiddies channel?

    That's a straw man argument and you know it. With all due respect, I'd like to draw a comparison based on your very argument. It would be akin to Sesame Street calling itself Breaking Bad. We both know that doesn't work. Sesame Street is not trying to be something it it isn't. It's just Sesame Street, and that's fine.

    The same could not be said for Baby'metal'.

    Posted in: Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock

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    sighclops

    How you can even consider for a nanosecond referring to this garbage as "metal" is highly offensive to those of us with musical taste. None of then even play an instrument! What kind of "metal" is that? They sound atrocious to boot...

    Posted in: Babymetal plot world domination with Lolita rock

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    sighclops

    The question could've been a little more specific.

    In terms of Japanese TV - no way. Name one intellectually stimulating programme with thought-provoking commentary. Or how about some investigative journalism, tackling the real issues? Just never going to happen. Year after year, same has-beens, same programming, same awful pop "stars", same old.

    In terms of Japanese dramas - again, same old. Here's the template: (random pop star / occasional actor) + (beauty products model) + (nondescript workplace of choice) + (nondescript city setting / rural area) + typical 'hopeless in love' story. The originality is killing me.

    In terms of dramas abroad, definitely. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards - all winners. Sitcoms jumped the shark many years ago. Most are not funny.

    In terms of documentaries, for sure. The BBC has been producing some excellent documentaries as of late. You can also find some really good original material on YouTube, such as pieces from VICE (all free).

    In terms of "golden time" television (ie. where viewer numbers are at their peak), definitely not. Western TV is nothing but reality TV shows. Choose your flavour - cooking, DIY, career, bachelors - you name it. Save us the awful acting and melodrama!

    I pay for content, but refuse to watch free-to-air. The repetitiveness of Japanese commercials is a test of one's sanity...

    Posted in: Do you think TV programs these days provide much higher quality entertainment than movies?

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    sighclops

    They'll literally pass anything as art these days

    Posted in: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint

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    sighclops

    Was fhe family thing really necessary...

    Posted in: Beyonce reigns at MTV Video Music Awards

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    sighclops

    @Ali Khan

    again this is a woman choice, if she does not want to be pictured in public places, or does want to be glaring by men or wants to keep herself safe from sexual harassment at trains, offices and public places then it is her right what to wear.

    It is this way of thinking that gets you into trouble. We live in a modern democracy where women are allowed to wear whatever they want (and so they should be able to). Women should feel empowered to dress nicely & look good. That's the beauty of a modern democracy. Who said anything about sexual harassment? Why is the woman to blame?

    Case in point: There was an extremist Islamic cleric in Sydney a few years ago who outlandishly claimed that women dressing in risqué outfits on a Saturday night brought it upon themselves (by "it" I'm referring to sexual assault). This is absolutely disgraceful and should not be tolerated.

    This right should be given to the person it should not be imposed by others.

    Yes, that is precisely what everyone on here is arguing!

    this is simply become a showpiece if YOU decide for them what to wear

    You just said that it's the woman's choice... Who's side are you on exactly?

    Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?

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    @CGB Spencer

    Too many atheists in politics today with their hate against religion.

    On the contrary. Secularism is slowly being swallowed up by religious fascism. Look at the US - with no separation of church and state. Creationism is being taught in government schools! What the HELL? (pun intended) Look at the UK - there are 1500 mosques nationwide, with hundreds in London alone. Can you believe that some areas impose Sharia law, parallel with local laws?! There are actual Islamic "officers" that patrol the streets! In Australia, parts of Sydney are slowly becoming closed-off Islamic communities. Extremists have been indoctrinated in mosques there, and are now fighting for ISIS.

    This is how it starts. I'm happy for people of any faith to wear whatever they like, but they must adhere to local laws AND cultural values. Assimilation is key. By covering themselves up, this makes assimilation impossible.

    Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?

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    sighclops

    Love them or loathe them - casinos need to happen. The govt need to double the number of tourists coming annually and casinos will make this happen. We're not talking one in every town, just one or two major casinos. It's not just about the gambling angle, casinos also provide live entertainment, restaurants and hotel accommodation among other things. I personally don't like casinos, but think of the jobs that will be created and, more importantly, the tax revenue for the govt.

    Posted in: We have operational capacity, experience know-how, and I don’t think we would be stretched to participate in more than one casino resort.

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