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    sighclops

    @gainjinfo

    Leave it to the Japanese to turn a bunch of kids running around outside into some kind of top down, organized event where people go on guided Pokemon hunting tours. I can see the busloads of Japanese tourists walking around with the guy in front with the flag pointing out where all the Pokemon are.

    Definitely. This is already happening in Sth. Korea & Indonesia - and the game isn't even officially out in those countries yet! I was at a World Heritage site down near Izu yesterday & there were tonnes of people playing Pokemon Go. The rarer Pokemon were around the area - including the gift shop. Whilst the technology is amazing, like everything in Japan you can't take everything at face value. It will turn this into a giant "con" where the best Pokemon / items will be at places where you'll have to pay for entry (either directly or indirectly). Nickle-and-diming is the Japanese way.

    Posted in: If more people go out to look for Pokemon, it will increase consumer spending because these people will pay for transportation and meals. If local bodies organize regional Pokemon tours, it will help vitalize local economies. Its economic effects are far larger than other games, whose benefits are limited to those generated by relevant goods.

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    sighclops

    Mine has been the 'start line' atop Mt. Haruna mountain pass, featured in many Initial D episodes. To add to the awesomeness, I did it in a AE86 Trueno. Truly a bucket list item crossed off!

    Posted in: Japanese comic publisher to pick 88 'pilgrimage' spots to promote tourism

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    sighclops

    “There are some things you can put up with if you’re married, but would bother you enough that if you were just living together you’d break up.” (Female, mid-30s) “Living together can make you lose the impetus to get married.” (Female, mid-20s)

    The last two remarks are especially telling

    Definitely. My ex-fiance & her parents were initially against us living together before marriage. This is the way of thinking of the more conservative element of Japan's population - particularly those out in the countryside. They see living together pre-marriage as a risk, rather than a sort of natural progression in the relationship. Each to their own of course, but my train of thought always was that it'd be better to at least live together first (& iron out all the inevitable 'kinks' that would arise).

    As we'd been in a long distance arrangement & only spent short bouts living together, it was the single thing that saved me from a lifetime of torment. We called the engagement off after eight months living together. We drove each other up the wall living together (let's put it down to 'incompatibility). Something we both wouldn't have discovered until it was too late if we'd gone the way of her family's initial wishes (it took years of convincing, trust me).

    Like many elements of Japanese society, it is still very much locked in an old-fashioned mindset. Which is totally fine, but this is most definitely something you need to be aware of if you ever think of taking your relationship that one step further here. Most, if not all 'baby boomer' parents will be against you & your significant other living together until you tie the knot. You will never win against his / her family, so be prepared.

    Posted in: Men more enthusiastic about moving in with girlfriends than vice-versa, survey says

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    sighclops

    @kohakuebisu

    It's also a chicken and the egg problem because the places are subsidized to make up for the poor earnings of most women. The government really needs to look at improving wages for women and then getting them to pay more for childcare, which would reduce the government's burden in providing places and enable them to provide more.

    This. Where I come from (Sydney), daycare is the equivalent of 10,000 yen per day (+ everything else). More than even the most expensive schools in Tokyo. Then again, minimum wages are the highest in the world & carers can earn anywhere between 4 - 5 mil yen / year (based on a 40hr working week).

    The sad fact of the matter is, Japan is an Old Boys' Club who is woefully out of touch with a modern society. Any issue pertaining to women's rights - 10x worse.

    Posted in: No. of children on waiting list for nurseries in Tokyo tops 8,000

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    sighclops

    Yahoo has nothing of value. None of their assets are sellable, nor does it produce any content. It's a portal - nothingness in 2016.

    Posted in: Yahoo reports another big loss, writes down Tumblr value

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    sighclops

    @CyburneticTiger

    Japan has one of the best IT infrastructures in comparison to all the places I've been in the world (US, SK, China, Thailand, Indonesia, PI, Australia, UK). I can download a gig sized movie in about a minute with my Japanese ISP. They're a world leader in electronic entertainment and are the third largest mobile game market in the world. How did they not have servers that could handle the game?

    True - with the exception of the cell networks. Advanced as they may be, the towers just can't handle the sheer traffic volume when hit at the same time. Ever been to a fireworks event in Tokyo? A good indiciation of what to expect when Pokemon Go arrives here.

    Posted in: Pokemon Go may be launched in Japan Wednesday: report

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    sighclops

    Everyone's on the gear, Russia were simply unsuccessful in keeping a lid on it all.

    Posted in: IOC explores legal options on banning all Russians from Rio

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    sighclops

    Over-produced, saccharine & samey? It's exactly what the pop world needs!

    Putting these acts & "musical forms" in the same sentence is an offense to music. Do Babymetal write their own songs? Play any musical instruments? No. A bunch of salarymen in an office write their songs. Like every other act in J pop. Perfume being unique? Give me a break.

    Posted in: All three acts – Hatsune Miku, Babymetal, and Perfume – present fresh approaches to mostly familiar musical forms. You see Perfume, it’s not like anything else you would find in America.

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    sighclops

    You should see these guys on the early morning platforms along the Chuo & Yamanote lines. Truly fascinating!

    Posted in: Train men

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    sighclops

    $59.99 according to multiple sources

    Posted in: Nintendo announces mini NES loaded with 30 games that attaches directly to your TV

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    sighclops

    I've read through the comments & largely agree with what people are saying - especially choiwaruoyaji's comment about Japanese TV becoming increasingly nationalistic. It's not just the TV, it's the nation as a whole!

    I'm amazed no one has mentioned the window in the top right corner of the screen of the tarento, showing their reactions after each scene. It's as if you're being shown how to react. Wait a minute, ...

    After being here for almost a decade, I've concluded that Japanese TV is extremely childish. No investigative journalism, no hard-hitting topics in the news ('news' ie. propaganda), same-old dramas (no adult themes, controversial plots or edgy characters) that seem to be a copy & paste on-the-setting affair (eg. office, hospital, ship, police department... you get the idea).

    What I'm trying to say is, the entire country is run by the Old Boys' Club. The media is for their entertainment & thus to their tastes. Very insular & full of outdated stereotypes, very stale 'comedy' (funny if you were born in the 1920s).

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

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    sighclops

    ...in the foot!

    Posted in: Abe's 4th arrow

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    sighclops

    Ummm Nine Dash Line, guys?!

    Posted in: China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea

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    sighclops

    @Aly Rustrom

    And for those who think we'll have more space- we already do! just leave the metropolis and have a look.. Japan is empty.

    I spent the day down in Zushi / Enoshima the other day and in the few hours of driving around, I must've seen a handful of people under the age of 80. It was depressing! Then I came across a sign that said 'No barbeques, no music, no alcohol, no tattoos'. Very telling insight into what lies ahead...

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    sighclops

    Tokyo is unbearably overpopulated. The train networks can't handle the sheer volume of people (200%+ capacity in many cases) & the roads are not designed to handle 2016 traffic. Do enough drivig in & around Tokyo and you'll see what I mean. That sould also extend to the likes of Chiba, Saitama & Kanagawa. 36 million daily commuters into an area 50km x 50km - while the rest of the country shrinks - is just poor planning. Too centralised.

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    @sado001

    If Japan becomes imperial again I'm out of this country

    I hear you brother. Abe & his cronies have done so much irreparable damage to beautiful Japan that it was a contributing factor to me leaving Japan for good, after nearly a decade here. The place is really going downhill.

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    sighclops

    "Ultraconservative" is one way to put it...

    It’s time to grow out of Japan’s “silly” postwar goal of becoming an economic power with lightweight military, and seek to restore Japan with more self-respect, traditional family values and principles under the emperor as head of nation,

    To quote the Daily Beast:

    Nippon Kaigi originally began in the early 1970s from a liberal Shinto group known as Seicho No Ie. In 1974, a splinter section of the group joined forces with Nippon o Mamoru Kai, a State-Shinto revival organization that espoused patriotism and a return to imperial worship. The group in its current state was officially formed in May of 1997, when Nippon o Mamoru Kai and a group of right-leaning intellectuals joined forces. The current cult’s goals: gut Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution, end sexual equality, get rid of foreigners, void pesky “human rights” laws, and return Japan to its Imperial Glory.

    Japan’s leading constitutional expert, Setsu Kobayashi, who is also a former member of Nippon Kaigi, says of the group, “They have trouble accepting the reality that Japan lost the war” and that they wish to restore the Meiji era constitution.

    Posted in: Ultraconservative lobby Nippon Kaigi backs constitution revision

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    sighclops

    JT, I think it's about time you did a piece on Nippon Kaigi. I just finished reading this and am truly gobsmacked. In essence, Abe & the LDP - with Nippon Kaigi's blessing - are yearning for a return to Imperialism & the Meiji Era.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/10/does-this-religious-cult-run-japan.html

    It all makes sense now.

    Posted in: Japan ruling bloc election win threatens regional stability, says China's Xinhua

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    sighclops

    This just in - 40.5% of Japan's workforce is now made up of part timer & sub-contractor positions. Further down the spiral we go! Thank you Dear Lord!

    Posted in: Ruling bloc wins landslide in upper house election; voter turnout at 54.7%

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