ukguyjp's past comments

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    ukguyjp

    WHAT the hell is going on!? Seems very suspicious. There should be an official inquiry.

    Posted in: Two detainees die at immigration center

  • 6

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    This week I had to report a stolen ATM card to UFJ bank. Since my Japanese is basic, I asked for help in English. The customer assistant said, " Oh, we aren't allowed to speak English,"...in perfect English,

    Posted in: Are Japan’s efforts at internationalization succeeding or not?

  • -1

    ukguyjp

    FFS!! Hasn't this crap been dead and buried already!???

    Posted in: Japan’s curious obsession with blood type and personality

  • 2

    ukguyjp

    SMAP advertising a product? Who'd - a thought it!?

    Posted in: SMAP impressed by 'Alien Jones'

  • 3

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    The article is right about one thing: Japan as a 'self-policing' society. If I were doing anything even the least bit illegal, I'd never confide in a Japanese person. With their healthy, indoctrinated respect for authority, they'll turn you in for sure.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people obey traffic laws? Chinese students give their opinion

  • 0

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    Kyoto City has a "three free hours of wi fi" program in place for tourists. But you can only get the free service by first registering for it on the internet! So first, as a tourist, you have to find a place which has internet service so that you can apply for this free access. There is easily accessible free internet all over Asia, Thailand,Cambodia, you name it......this is just embarrassing for Japan!

    Posted in: Free Wi-Fi for tourists to become available at 11 JR West stations

  • -1

    ukguyjp

    Good and getting better, though I would say generally French is better than Itailan here.

    Posted in: What do you think of the quality of French and Italian restaurants in Japan?

  • -1

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    Who needs a police force when you have civic minded members of the public who are willing to turn you in?!

    Posted in: Teacher suspended for taking part-time job as call girl

  • -1

    ukguyjp

    Of course. If you are straight, and opposed to gay marriage, you are denying gay people a right which you yourself enjoy.

    Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?

  • -1

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    Depressing. Maybe Oprah has encouraged reading among her fan base, but she has caused untold harm thru her uncritical promotion of all kinds of claptrap: the paranormal, psychics, new age spiritualism, conspiracy theories, quack celebrity diets, past life regression, angels, ghosts, alternative therapies like acupuncture and homeopathy, anti-vaccination, detoxification, vitamin megadosing, you name it.

    Posted in: Oprah named most influential celebrity for 2nd year

  • 0

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    They are generally good and not necessarily expensive. My barber charges 1600 yen for a good cut.

    Posted in: What do you think of barber shops and hair styling salons in Japan?

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    "Irasshaimase". Isn't only a way of welcoming customers. It also has the function of letting customers know their presence has been noted, thereby also detering possible thievery, and also alerts other shop workers to be on their toes.

    Posted in: 7 services that don’t make sense to foreigners in Japan

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    Of course these prisoners have the right to be informed when their punishment is to be carried out.

    I am amazed at the cruel and vindictive lust for revenge expressed by some comments above.

    When we decide public policy, we do not look to vengeful, vindictive, " eye for an eye" emotion for moral guidance. Rather, we aspire to a higher morality, one which is considered, sensible, humane and compassionate.

    In Japan, death row inmates may wait, year in, year out, never knowing when their time will come. Though we may despise their crimes, prisoners DO have human rights.

    Posted in: Death row inmates want prior warning instead of being told on day of execution

  • 2

    ukguyjp

    Shame on these men for such a cowardly and ferocious attack, and shame on men anywhere who perpetrate violence against women. My heart goes out to this young woman and her family.

    Posted in: Indian gang-rape victim dies in Singapore hospital

  • -1

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    KariHaruka: Do you know how the death penalty is carried out in Japan? Its a human rights disgrace:

    http://asiapacific.amnesty.org/apro/aproweb.nsf/pages/appealsjapandp_okunishiMasaru

    Posted in: 111 countries vote against death penalty; Japan among 41 voting for it

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    ukguyjp

    KariHaruka: those feelings would be understandable. Most people who lost a loved one to violent crime might have feelings of vengefulness. But thankfully we don't make public policy in the heat of the moment, while we feeling emotional or angry. We make those decisions after giving calm and considered thought to an issue. Capital punishment does NOT prevent murders, this have consistentl been proven by research, as has the fact that the death penalty is applied unfairly.

    Posted in: 111 countries vote against death penalty; Japan among 41 voting for it

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    ukguyjp

    " Japan said it had to keep the possibility of hanging prisoners because “heinous” crimes are still being committed."

    What exactly is that supposed to mean? Typically vague, meaningless, thought processing.

    Posted in: 111 countries vote against death penalty; Japan among 41 voting for it

  • 4

    ukguyjp

    Eve Aphayboun:

    I agree.

    It's true of course, that you can find great food which is much cheaper than in a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    For the price, many restaurants in Japan and elsewhere are excellent. An ordinary lunch teishoku can be fabulous..for that price.

    However, in my experience you can always tell the difference in a Michelin-starred establishment. The ingredients, overall quality and creativity are a cut above.

    Whether it's worth the money is for each individual patron to decide for him or herself.

    I've paid 20,000 yen (per person) for Michelin-recommended food in Japan. It's a hell of a lot of money for me, but what an experience, especially for a special celebration such as a birthday.

    By the way, if you look around, you can find fantastic Tokyo Michelin experiences in the 3,000 to 8,000 yen price range.

    Posted in: Tokyo retains title as Michelin's world gourmet capital for sixth year

  • 0

    ukguyjp

    "You, as a customer, have a different role"

    Yes, I'm always amazed at the way Japanese (men, usually) bark orders at waiters and waitresses. Yet Japanese people (women, usually) seem appreciative, even admiring, when I say 'Thank you' to the waitress.

    Posted in: How to bow like a Japanese

  • 0

    ukguyjp

    I'm a uni teacher.

    I recently met two western women who are studying Japanese here in Japan. One, 20, is at a university in Kyoto and quite satisfied with the language practice she receives, though not the content of the classes.

    The other, 29, is at a university in Hyogo. She is truly appalled by the academic standards she has encountered. It's only the fact that she is getting a lot of Japanese practice, and making friends, that saves the day.

    One interesting observation she had was that it's the students who DON'T speak up and participate or challenge the teacher who get the best grades. Again, she's a 29 year old mature student and a teacher herself.

    One of my Japanese colleagues lived in the USA for ten years. I asked her if she missed anything about it. She said yes, the academic freedom and engaged students. She says students in Japan have declined dramatically in terms of being academically engaged in the last twenty years.

    She teaches a course in japanese literature for a combined class of foreign and Japanese students. They read then discuss the texts, as you'd expect in that kind of seminar.

    For the first three weeks the foreign students were very patient in painfully slow discussions with their Japanese classmates, but after the third week they started to have their own conversations.

    Soon after, all the Japanese students dropped out.

    Posted in: Japanese universities in crisis - what they can learn from Europe

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