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yyj72Jun. 18, 2013 - 10:13PM JST
Working level diplomats from developed democratic countries have a prestigious occupation no doubt, but anyone who thinks they are living high on the hog is carrying an image from a bygone era. They are most certainly not the 1%.
Posted in: Japan losing diplomatic banquet battle to China
yyj72Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:53PM JST
The food at these events is supposed to be the representative cuisine of the country, but in most parts of the world it's tough to find authentic Japanese ingredients so the stuff is imported from Japan, adding to the cost. With Chinese food on the other hand...any old stir fry will suffice for the foreign palate - read up on the origins of "chop suey" for a classic example.
yyj72Jun. 16, 2013 - 12:41PM JST
In other words, the studio oligarchy is crumbling. Boohoo.
Posted in: Spielberg, Lucas warn of film industry 'implosion'
yyj72Jun. 15, 2013 - 12:02PM JST
Vic, you forgot the #1 reason: it hurts like hell!
Posted in: Asia's low fertility rate opens opportunities in IVF market
yyj72Jun. 15, 2013 - 11:54AM JST
Stalking is rampant in Japan because young men rarely get taught the difference between stalking and "ganbaru-ing". Add it to the list of educational failings in the area of mental health and gender equality.
Posted in: Stalker gets death sentence for murdering 2 relatives of his victim
yyj72Jun. 14, 2013 - 12:22PM JST
If you don't know the answer, then say so and advise that you will look into it and promise to get back to them as soon as possible.
Posted in: Handling nasty questions from nasty people
yyj72Jun. 12, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
One aspect of daily life in Japan that stands out for me is the degree to which tradionally masculine endeavour has been engineered out of existence. The country, especially in the cities, is so "safe" and "convenient" that it's often a complete bore. Pain in the arse though they may be, activities like shovelling snow, fixing a leak, changing a tire, building a fire, repairing a roof, chooping a fallen tree, etc. are rewarding, for men especially. I suspect many guys here feel emasculated and coddled. The buildup of frustration from this leads them to engage in all sorts of negative behaviour. Japan really needs a Fight Club.
Posted in: Middle-aged males suffering from epidemic of wife-induced disease
yyj72Jun. 11, 2013 - 09:08PM JST
For the record, corpses do NOT pose a health risk. This comes straight from the Red Cross:
Posted in: Australia defends decision to leave asylum-seekers' bodies in ocean
yyj72Jun. 10, 2013 - 09:45PM JST
Facebook users everywhere are losing interest. We didn't sign up for a rolling billboard.
Posted in: Facebook users in Japan losing interest
yyj72Jun. 10, 2013 - 09:43PM JST
Got to admit, the Koreans gals have it when it comes to shapely legs.
Posted in: Girls, girls, girls
yyj72Jun. 10, 2013 - 09:38PM JST
Although nobody actually does amphibious attacks anymore thanks to the helicopter and STOL aircraft like the Osprey. Former Defense Secretary Gates went so far as to openly question the need for the Marine Corps given that they were essentially performing Army infantry missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted in: Japan to hold unprecedented military exercise in U.S.
yyj72Jun. 05, 2013 - 11:03PM JST
Any places like these in Kansai readers can recommend?
Posted in: Crazy, beautiful cafes in Tokyo and Yokohama
yyj72Jun. 03, 2013 - 09:47PM JST
It would help if it weren't the case that every single outdoor surface in a Japanese city is noise (and heat) amplifying. More trees and grass would dampen the sound and cool things down (including tempers).
Posted in: Aging Japan complains over the noise of children
yyj72May. 22, 2013 - 10:14AM JST
Waste of precious food.
Posted in: Bad eggs
yyj72May. 21, 2013 - 08:40PM JST
I wish my mayor would get back to work on something he is responsible for, like cleaning up the filthy polluted Neyagawa River or making more green space. Useless putz.
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
yyj72May. 17, 2013 - 09:27PM JST
My favourite was seeing a Chinese woman clip her finger and toe nails on the public bus and brush them onto the floor and then hoark a lugie out the window! WTF, lady?!
Posted in: Some Chinese tourists 'uncivilized,' says top official
yyj72May. 16, 2013 - 08:37PM JST
Hashimoto: "And a free lifetime supply of tako-yaki for everyone!"
Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize
yyj72May. 14, 2013 - 06:44PM JST
Another mayor expounding on foreign policy issues, which are not within his mandate as a municipal politician. Stick to managing traffic and sewage, Hashimoto, especially since the latter seems to be spewing from your mouth.
Posted in: Hashimoto says comfort women system necessary for wartime troops
yyj72May. 13, 2013 - 08:46PM JST
Jimizo and tmarie, I couldn't agree more. Listening to my inlaws, you'd be hard pressed to find one complete sentence throughout the entire conversation. Love them, but they definitely were never taught how to express themselves in a lucid manner. I think the lack of education in this area contributes a great deal to the trouble Japanese have learning foreign languages too.
Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese
yyj72May. 11, 2013 - 09:27AM JST
Eventually they'll grow up and find more constructive toys to play with.
Posted in: NRA kicks off annual convention, saying it is fighting 'culture war'
Jun. 20, 2013 - 11:21AM JST
Boxing also works.
Posted in: Main parties agree on anti-bullying draft bill
Jun. 20, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
Zero tolerance sounds great in theory. Who could object to that? And so of course the…
Jun. 20, 2013 - 11:17AM JST
Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity.…
Posted in: Gamer outrage prompts Xbox One policy change
Jun. 20, 2013 - 11:15AM JST
If the university year started in Sept. and they also took the long summer break like…
Posted in: University of Tokyo gives up on plan to start academic year in autumn
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