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    And it turns high street stores into showrooms for online retail giants.

    Posted in: Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

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    "This society" "These people"? There is nothing in the article to suggest that this is not generally the case when large numbers of people are evacuated. If you Google "friction/tension between evacuees" or "toward evacuees," you will see that sadly, as Luca says, this is a side of human nature.

    Posted in: Fukushima fallout: Resentment of evacuees grows in nearby city

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    It is a common trope in Japanese mythology since that of Izanami, legends, manga, and horror cinema for the monster to be female, and for the monster to seem to have the ability to come out of images, and to turn people into images or to freeze them.

    Monsters used to come out of lamps and scrolls, Sadako comes out of a TV set and turns Ryūji Takayama (played by Hiroyuki Sanda) into a negative, A Juon/Grudge monster comes out of a developing photo and drags her victim back into it, and comes out of a mirror to drag her victim into it. Like the queen in this movie, the most famous Ultraman monster, Barutan Seijin (An alien from Barutan Star) freezes people. That the essence of horror is a hidden woman is shared with the oldest mythology in Japan. And yet in this movie, we have such a monster, who turns out to be loved, and lovable. This forgiving the hidden female monster trope is shared not only by this film but also by Yamanba fashion, the cutie horror of Kari Pamyupamyu, and the cute death metal of Babymetal

    Things hidden since the foundation of the world, are coming out now in Japan, and in Frozen.

    Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan

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    I agree with fxgai. 31.37 trillion yen is 300 billion USD. That is a lot of money. <http://deluxedojo.com/2014/04/1-billion-visualized/ >

    The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare thought of a clever way to announce that they are asking for so much money without anyone noticing, by having everyone (except fxgai and his up-voters on this page at least) concentrate on the drop in a bucket increase, which most Japanese will agree with anyway. Very clever. But when is Japan going to default on its debt?

    Posted in: Health ministry requests Y1.1 bil budget to deal with 'dangerous drugs'

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    When I got in touch with them about promoting a British artist's artworks in Japan they were singularly unhelpful. They are only helping 1000 companies and individuals. I wonder how many staff they have and the ratio of staff to companies helped. Only 220 people attended their annual promotion of British companies. "It has really grown!" The person I spoke to on the phone seemed to be a crystallisation of self-importance. Unless you share the same school tie, ask them for help at your peril.

    Posted in: BCCJ: Helping members promote and build their businesses in Japan

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    Here is the full list http://aene.jp/hq_ranking/ My town, Yamaguchi, does not make it into the top 50. I live on a beach and cycle to work.

    Posted in: Magazine survey picks Japan’s 10 best places to live in

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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.

    Posted in: SoftBank still merger hungry despite T-Mobile flop

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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.

    Posted in: Lost souls

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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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