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    But the firm owns a big stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba which is soon expected to list its shares in a multi-billion-dollar offering that could be a huge cash windfall for SoftBank.

    I buy many of things from alibaba's retail subsiduary, aliexpress, prefering it to amazon due to the fact that its products are half the price.

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    Jizo is always shown with a completely smooth head, while Buddha's head has ringlets of curls

    There is a theory that Jizo are given red bonnets to disguise the fact tha some of them were originally originally roadside ancestral gods (Dousojin/Dousoshin道祖神) which were often phallic. ( Others depicted rice cake beating which represents sex and child-making hence the connection with the lost souls of children). But despite looking under several bonnets I have only ever found a smooth head.

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    Thanks for reading my list Cleo I agree with all you say. I prefer Japanese service to that I have experienced in any other country. My petty, prescious list merely contains services that I do not need. I do not have a problem avoiding almost all of them.

    @ Chris Ore-Sama Mair According to research carried out by one of my students, about 60% of Japanese mention a sense of obligation after having tasted the free food given out at supermarkets. I think that it is because you are not Japanese that you are able to eat it "and just walk away without even saying thank you," and why there is less free food in our countries since that is what people would do. I agree that the otoshi (? ) or tsukedashi is comes with a cover charge. I merely point out, I would rather do without both. All the purikura near me have the optional service of increasing eye size. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/10951734566

    Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service

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    I'd go with it being a video about a single old bloke, slohed on his veranda.

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    Another, "This may be your last chance folks..." press release.

    Posted in: Jackie Chan: It's time to slow down

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    Here is my list of 60 services I don't want, including many of the above http://www.burogu.com/2013/01/useless-japanese-services.html My most common problem is with till receipts used as paperweights when I have luggage in my other hand. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihonbunka/5091584880/

    Posted in: Japanese people reflect on examples of excess customer service

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    "But a film called “The Eternal Zero”, based on a best-selling novel, catapulted the squadrons back into the minds of the public earlier this year."

    There have been many Kamikaze movies, a long stream of them, and all the ones I have seen have presented the pilots as heros. E.g.

    Gekkou no Natsu (summer of the moonlight sonata) (1993) Very sentimental but good. Kimi wo Wasurenai / Fly Boys, Fly! (1995) - Imho sentimental dross but featuring SMAP's prettiest, Kimura Takuaya.

    My favourite was "The Winds of God" (1995 ), based upon the celebrated New York stage play of the same name, about a couple of Oosaka comedians that time slip into a kamikaze camp in the last days of the war, who at first say "You have got to be joking" but end up making the sacrifice. It shows the sexual/romantic motivation since the motivation of one of the two (ex-) comedians was the love of his (new/old?) wartime girlfiend.

    Kamikaze pilots were major heros before they died. I also read a local history book published (only locally) in Tsuchiura City in Chiba Prefecture. Tsuchiura like many other towns, has to this day a sizeable red-light sleeze area. The history bok included a reminiscence by an ex prostitue who wrote that the Kamikaze pilots were somewhat sad but glowingly attractive idols who, the writer said, all the prostitues were happy to serve for free.

    Their last letters - which I believe to have been trained to a considerable extent -- make me weep buckets. There are lots on the web. Here are some in English. http://www.kamikazeimages.net/writings/

    Posted in: Kamikaze pilots say war horrors lost on young

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    To put it another way, Japanese companies have no shame.

    The Japanese are famed for having shame. Shame is a moral emotion and the Japanese have it in spades. But there is nothing whatsoever immoral about this product.

    Posted in: Ronaldo endorsing Japanese beauty product

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    Toshiko Suspension can be added to the panel mounts. Bearing in mind the amount of land that is set aside for train tracks, and the rareity (1 or 2 percent of the time?) rains run over any segment of track, I am sure that someone can and will develop and produce solar panels that fit between train tracks. The panels may get dirty. They may not be high enough to get sunlight on some segments of the line, but there is plenty of track that runs in daylight and, the track is near to a consumer - the trains themselves which will one day (if not now) be electric. I am sure that someone has thought of this already and that it will happen.

    Posted in: Ken Corp to build 68MW of solar plants

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    People excercise every other part of their body. So why shouldn't they excercise the most characteristic part that is seen most? Once again, Japanese companies think out of the box while others are restricted by thinking it "weird."

    If they were cheaper I'd get one for my daughter....

    Posted in: Ronaldo endorsing Japanese beauty product

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    Partime wages where I am are about 750 yen, cleaning and working in shops and most students for instance are keen to accept them for extra spending money. This job has massive prestige and with the dancing and all the adoration, may even be fun.

    The way in which fame is being democratised is commendable too; rather than being focused on a few stars, so many more people can participate syncronously due to this part time idolatory, and asynchronously due to induction and "graduation".

    I would encourage my daughter to apply if she were old enough.

    Posted in: AKB48 recruiting part-timers for Y1,000 per hour

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    From wikipedia

    It is the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history,

    Off-duty flight attendant Yumi Ochiai, one of the four survivors out of 524 passengers and crew, recounted from her hospital bed that she recalled bright lights and the sound of helicopter rotors shortly after she awoke amid the wreckage, and while she could hear screaming and moaning from other survivors, these sounds gradually died away during the night.[11]

    Posted in: 29th anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash marked

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    "The actor was partially clothed and suspended from a belt that was wedged between a closet door and the door frame. " https://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/sheriff-reveals-new-details-of-robin-williams-suicide-181808746.html

    Posted in: Official: Robin Williams hanged himself with belt after his wife went to bed

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    anyone who takes their own life is simply a coward.

    Why?! As Kaimycahl says, there are ways of dealing with problems and suicide is one of them - though he or she appears to be joking. What is the origin of the knee jerk "suicide is bad"? Dying is bad but we are all going to do it. Life is not necessarily better the longer it is. Choosing when to die is a choice and there is no way that the Japanese are going to be convinced that suicide is a "sin" when national heroes such as the 47 samurai have been immortalised.

    Inconveniencing and traumatising others is a kind of terrorism, and no one approves but I would like to know why so other people do not do it again. Apparently they were brothers one 59 the other 61 living together in Shibuya. http://mainichi.jp/select/news/m20140812k0000m040090000c.html

    Posted in: 2 men jump to deaths from train platform in Tokyo

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    They have to address the cause of why nearly 100 people kill themselves every day in Japan instead of suppressing it in the news and ignoring it.

    The world health organisation recommends that suicide not be covered by the news since it encourages other suicides.

    The largest cause of suicide (40%) in Japan is reasons of health, and as David Neagari pointed out, that Japanese have not been taught that suicide is a sin. Perhaps they should be taught that they will burn forever if they kill themselves? I think that would be a bad idea.

    Posted in: 2 men jump to deaths from train platform in Tokyo

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    The wreath at the Nanking memorial is a nice idea, and appropriate when a national team makes a visit to the site of a tragedy, but there is a problem in that there are mixed views of the history of the event. The post-war tribunal upheld the 300,000 figure, but many feel it was a sham. Irrespective of the numbers dead, there was imho at least enough rape to warrant a wreath every time a Japanese national representative is near for the next 30 years or so.

    Posted in: Japan's youth Olympians told to keep low profile in China

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    “The ball is important. It is our common language,”

    Is he going to wave a ball at his players? If they can't find a Japanese coach (how about Nakata?) then they should find someone who is prepared to learn Japanese.

    Posted in: New Japan soccer coach Aguirre outlines simple philosophy

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    still most do not talk to therapists .... about their problems.

    Talking about ones problems tends to alieviate those problems among Westerners, but increase them among Japanese. Butler, E. A., Lee, T. L., & Gross, J. J. (2009). Does expressing your emotions raise or lower your blood pressure? The answer depends on cultural context. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40(3), 510-517.

    There is no way that people can be prevented access to the track. These people appear to want to do it in public. It is easy to brand them as sick or sociopaths but I would be interested to know why they committed suicide ir in other words perhaps, what they had to say-in-another-way.

    Posted in: 2 men jump to deaths from train platform in Tokyo

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    Plus, I took Timtak's comment to be sarcasm. You took it at face value and I did not realize.

    My comment was without sarcasm. I approve of Japanese policing and its methods which I feel is partly to thank for the wonderful lack of crime in Japanese society. No justice system is perfect but I doubt that many innocents are forced to confess. I think that this suspect will be encouraged to confess if he is guilty. I believe that there is more to confession than proof of guilt. I think it very likely that confession is likely to reduce recidivism (still at 43% in Japan) and helps victims and or their families to move on. Confession may also act as a deterrent. I do not believe that the Japanese police devalue hard evidence.

    Posted in: DNA at Niigata murder scene links suspect to 2 other homicides

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    Why "naturalised Japanese"?

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