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smithinjapanJul. 23, 2016 - 11:22AM JST
Posted in: Aso, Suga to keep jobs in cabinet reshuffle: sources
smithinjapanJul. 23, 2016 - 09:12AM JST
Hell, I do it for free. Sign me up!
Posted in: 'Rent men' are paid just to listen
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 10:45PM JST
Christopher Glen: Come on, now... this is for manga fans, and a chance for their favourite spots to be published in a list of must-sees. One of the reasons I first wanted to see the Dotonbori Dori in Osaka City was because they said the neon walls inspired some of the scenery in the city in Blade Runner (or else that is just like it). Went to see it, and while of course it's not the same it was part of the appeal. Do you know how many people go into the bar in Tokyo to have a drink where Bill Murray did in Lost in Translation? HEAPS. and I bet there are some movie spots you've seen that you want to go to because of the movie. This isn't different, and while I'm with you in choosing my own spots, this is harmless, and no doubt some the spots I choose will be based on what I've read (novels or otherwise), or what I've seen or heard from movies, culture, history, etc.
Posted in: Japanese comic publisher to pick 88 'pilgrimage' spots to promote tourism
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 10:41PM JST
inkochi: "The older mid or late 20s guy walking up towards these kids is smacking his forehead in recollection: 'So, it begins again!', or something more profane."
Yeah, tell that to the numerous accidents that have happened so far world-wide, including shootings when strangers walked onto private properties in the US. I guarantee that by the end of the weekend we'll be reading about accidents caused by people playing this game in Japan. There are already enough accidents caused by people who aren't concentrating, imagine when they bolt across the streets to catch characters. I rode my bike home and there was an idiot on his bike down the road, weaving, and then doing circles in the middle of the road, not taking his eyes off his phone for one second until he hit the curb and nearly wiped out. Turns out he was circling around to catch a Pokemon because he missed it when swerving from right to left. I could go around him easily enough, but had I been driving a car I would have had to stop or else would have hit him. He honestly looked like he was drunk and trying to ride a figure eight.
Posted in: On the Go
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 06:17PM JST
Chistopher Glen: "@Smith: I see eye to eye with you on most issues, but not this one. The Japanese government needs to stop bribing Okinawa to get their way. Onaga and the Okinawan people have a right to have their wishes respected."
Our opinions on how Okinawans are treated by 'mainland' Japan in general don't differ much, actually, especially to how they were treated during and after war time (and prior), like second-rate Japanese if even that. But where I might get my teeth knocked in if I went to Okinawa and said, "Your not Jaoanese!", and rightly so, why is it so many people on this issue suddenly insist "Okinawans" be used, and that they are different, or NOT Japanese? I'm sorry, but Okinawa is part of Japan, and Okinawans are as Japanese as everyone else across Japan, and likewise must abide by Jaoan's security laws, which are not local but nation. They have a right to their opinion, but that is all. Onaga must also abide by them, like it or not, and you can't pick and choose when to be Japanese when it suits you.
So, if we don't see eye to eye on that its because you cannot separate emotion from the issue and are unwilling (or support those who are) to acknowledge and abide by said laws. Onaga has broken the law here, and the central government has every right to file suit.
As to the fear factor, it doesn't matter if you buy into it or not; fact is when Chinese boats go by Onaga and crew shut up, and even Yuri and others on here who demand the US leave always fall back on the "they have to protect us anyway", when they very well don't if Japan doesn't live up to its half of the obligation -- which is currently to relocate the base within Okinawa.
And as for "bribing", what are you on about? Fine, I say. Don't pay Okinawa anything to house the bases then. Watch Onaga turn as quickly as Nakaima once the people realized they can't ACTUALLy free load.
Posted in: Gov't files new suit against Okinawa over base relocation
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 12:49PM JST
It's ended up being the opposite for me in terms of benefits -- I do nearly everything, including laundry, cooking, shopping, and paying all the bills, etc. Not in ALL cases of course, and it just so happens I love cooking and have a lot of experience living on my own (hence the housework) whereas she still lived with family until marriage. Once in a while.... a very long, long while... she'll stop and say she is lucky and thank me. haha.
Posted in: Men more enthusiastic about moving in with girlfriends than vice-versa, survey says
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 12:45PM JST
Yubaru: ", and then busted out laughing, a pokemon was evidently sitting on my knee and bouncing around in rhythm to my movements"
Sounds pretty amusing, actually, and the source of a lot of potential fun (I mean the game in general, not strictly because it's on your knee), but I sure hope the guy didn't tackle you in an attempt to get it or use it as an excuse to molest you. :)
Posted in: The wait is over for Pokemon Go fans in Japan
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 12:42PM JST
Sounds like a horrible idea. There hasn't been a very high success rate for popular manga or games made into movies of late. Attack on Titan was NOT received well, and more recently Dragon Ball was a complete disaster. I can only imagine what a live action movie based entirely on creatures that will all be CG is going to be like.
Posted in: Live-action Pokemon movie is coming
smithinjapanJul. 22, 2016 - 09:11AM JST
“It’s extremely deplorable,”
Well, it's a slight change from being 'extremely regrettable', at least, but is still laughable. The man brought it on himself with his illegal actions (in this case, omission), so he has no grounds to say what is deplorable and what is not. The base, thrice agreed upon, is going forward.
voiceofokinawa: "Shame on P.M. Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and other mainstream politicians in Tokyo"
At least they are working legally here, whereas Onaga is not. Shame on HIM for that.
Yubaru: "Like it or not, Onaga had no legal basis to revoke the permission given by his predecessor."
Exactly! But instead the few supporters say "shame on the government" for taking legal measures against illegal ones by Onaga. Suddenly they don't like what's legal.
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 11:30PM JST
Deep Forest: "Wonder how many people have multiple FB accounts. I have 2."
I'm guessing you're one among millions. I know some people with several: they use them with identities of the characters in online games they play so that they can interact with other group members, about the group and the game, without interfering with regular FB activity (and in some cases to avoid giving up their real identities). One is more than enough for me, though I almost made another for the aforementioned purpose when I use to game a little.
Posted in: Facebook Messenger hits one billion users
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 10:34PM JST
commanteer: "There's a difference between a woman who dates a guy because he is rich and a $5 streetwallker"
The difference is in class, not in what they do. They are both still prostitutes, regardless of how you try and manipulate it as though one is above the other. The fact they are selling their bodies does not change because of how much they charge. It is YOU who is being derogatory with the 'streetwalker' comment, not me. I have not said anything negative about the woman or women like her at all; just pointed out the fact that it's prostitution. In fact I have nothing wrong with prostitutes or prostitution so long as it is the person's choice, and does not harm anyone.
"That's very disingenuous. It is obviously being used in the comments I cited as derogatory."
It doesn't matter how you view it: it's still sex for money and therefore prostitution. But just in case you're not sure, please tell us the definition of prostitute. Ah, I'll save you the trouble: "prostitute (n): a person who has sex with someone for money"
Notice how it does not say "only if one is poor, and only for a pittance".
Next you'll be telling us this woman's poop doesn't stink because she does it in an expensive apartment.
Back to your silly analogy again, smoking grass is smoking grass; doesn't matter if you're addicted or trying it for the first time. So, quit with the "you're parsing words", and "you're being disingenuous" stuff when you are saying a spade is not a spade if it's classy or expensive, or just for fun.
Posted in: 'Mistress market' expanding in these hard times
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 06:27PM JST
commanteer: "It is what it is."
Yes, it's sex for money; aka prostitution. Whether you consider that positive or negative or in between is up to you. Doesn't change what it is, as you said.
"But if JT prints an article on young professionals getting into marijuana, I am not about to jump in and say "call them what they are... drugs addicts."
Stupid analogy; they're only drug addicts if they can't step. No one is calling these women (or men who do the same) sex addicts. You could call them drug 'users', same as people who take regular meds, and technically you wouldn't be wrong. "Drug addicts" would be, though.
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 06:00PM JST
Oldest occupation in the world.
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 03:39PM JST
How's is it 'all in the mind'? It's all in the goggles and what you see.
Posted in: All in the mind
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 03:36PM JST
"The Pokemon Go craze has yet to hit Japan, but reports of robberies, traffic accidents and other mishaps abroad already has the government worried."
Now who was it on the previous thread about this game today that said no one has a right to be against the game and they can't understand why anyone would be? And these things are happening in nations with wide roads and less problems with people staring at phones while on bicycles or while driving.
Posted in: Gov't kicks off safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch in Japan
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 03:34PM JST
SuperLib: "Ah, one Republican stabs another in the back on national TV. And it's Ted Cruz, a guy who has zero change of getting elected in 2020. Talk about a win-win tonight. Just beautiful."
Exactly! It's hilarious to see the loser of the final two of a larger group of losers still holding a grudge and making what looked like an acceptance speech for the 2020 nomination, since it also seemed like, given what he said, he knows Trump doesn't stand a chance in hell. That would be fantastic if he did win the nomination for 2020 because that would mean not only has the party continued to devolve, it's another guaranteed WH win for the Dems, or Hillary's second term.
Posted in: Ted Cruz booed as he refuses to endorse Donald Trump
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 01:00PM JST
Sairu Ando: "How can anyone be against a mobile game that finally encourages players to get out of their couch, get outside, and walk, exercise, and learn about hte history of your area..."
There have been a number of health-orientated games in the past, most notably with Nintendo Wii Fit (and praise to the Japanese company for inventing it!), but there are plenty of reasons why this game might be good in theory, and have people's interests in line with profit, but there is PLENTY wrong with it, as can be seen by complaints in other nations of kids (and adults) going onto private property, and disregard for the places they enter besides. I mean, if people want to go to Hiroshima Peace Park to learn about what happened and the disasters of war, all the power to them. If they're going to stomp around the place where so many died to collect an imaginary figure, possibly disrupting those who are there to learn, then I think there is a legitimate concern for how the aforementioned good idea is executed. And lest we forget, it requires children and adults have a mobile device to play the game to begin with, which means buying one in many cases.
Loren Fykes: "Line has millions of users"
And doesn't require near hte processing power of software that runs realtime navigation systems and animation, as well as constant network access. Line is just simply graphics and bit text being transfered back and forth. There's a lot more to it, as servers aren't just one place or thing for the entire nation. If you said, "The server is down at work" it would not mean the entire nation is down, it would mean the server your workplace uses is. The servers that would run this game, as well as local servers for maps, etc. don't seem to be equipped to run the massive amounts of data smoothly. As another poster said tongue in cheek but to illustrate the problem, they are probably still running on Windows 95
Posted in: Another disappointing day for Pokemon Go fans in Japan
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 12:12PM JST
Pukey2: "I wonder whether South Korea are making similar projections or whether they'll just let their actions in Rio do the speaking"
I don't know about this time around, but in the past they have in some cases been guilty of making projections (not quite as lofty) of medals. The key difference, though, is that they get or surpass them. Japan always ends up holding press conferences as to why not only they could not get even close to their expectations, but were exponentially beaten by SK (especially in winter Olympics).
I wish they would just say they'll do their best and that's that. The whole entitlement thing or, as has been said in the past, "South Korea got this many last time, so we should be able to beat it", is not only tired, it's embarrassing when they end up losing and/or not making their predictions.
Posted in: Japan Olympic chief seeks 2020 lift-off in Rio
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 12:05PM JST
These people are just proving how low Americans have stooped to on the right. The absolute rubbish and racist policies of the GOP have affected the brainwashed and brainless supporters to say things like the opposition should be murdered. I'd say it's unbelievable, but it is entirely believable. I wholeheartedly believe that any one of these nutbags, including some posters on here, could be brainwashed enough into taking up a gun and shooting her themselves -- and would be called heros for doing it. That is the sad, sorry state of politics in the good old USA these days. People who support Trump, Albadassaro, or anyone like them should be utterly and completely ashamed of themselves.
Posted in: Liar. Lock her up. Shoot her. GOP denounces Clinton
smithinjapanJul. 21, 2016 - 09:44AM JST
bass4funk: " "when America sneezes, everyone else catches a cold."
Not really. More like, "When America sneezes (which is a LOT these days, plus major hiccups), the world chuckles but still says 'bless you' (for fear the plague will spread)".
Anyway, no more denying the speech was plagiarized, my friend, and all those who defended her yesterday. What a total loser! hahaha. And she said she wrote it herself 'with some help' and that saying it was plagiarized was an insult to her and her children! HAHA. So now that it's proven, I guess she was just insulting herself and her own children. I'd say her intellect as well, but if she's with Trump she's clearly stupid to begin with.
Posted in: Trump speechwriter takes blame for Melania Trump's speech
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Posted in: Trump's 'America First' causes concern about U.S. commitment to defense of Japan
Jul. 24, 2016 - 03:34AM JST
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Posted in: Clinton chooses Virginia Sen Tim Kaine as running mate
Jul. 24, 2016 - 03:12AM JST
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Posted in: Twitter announces crackdown after online abuse of 'Ghostbusters' actor
Jul. 24, 2016 - 02:46AM JST
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