HollisBrown's past comments

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    HollisBrown

    It probably tastes better because it's shaped like a rabbit.

    Posted in: People in Japan go crazy for bunny bread loaves from new Tokyo bakery

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    HollisBrown

    You just know they'll spend tens of millions of yen and have an advisory group of elderly intellectuals and amakudari and come up with something as obvious as Omote kun and Nashi chan.

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    HollisBrown

    Just asked the father-in-law, who works at the local City Office, if he will be partaking in 'Premium Friday', and his response was...

    ..."What's that?".

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    HollisBrown

    Some people will finish at 3pm or 4pm for a couple of months while it's still a novelty. Some company managers will 'allow' workers to leave early for a couple of months while they assess what other companies are doing.

    But this simply isn't going to continue long term. There are way too many reasons why people will just end up working as usual - whether that is due to peer pressure, company culture, business culture, business demands, being a contract worker, being a part-time worker, being a freelancer, companies taking on more work in order to profit from 'Premium Fridays' etc. etc.

    Service industry, teachers, medical staff, financial services, sales people - can't see them benefiting much.

    Just properly enforce the existing rules about working hours and allow people to take their full quota of holidays and you'd have something 100x better than 'Premium Fridays'.

    'Premium Fridays' is nothing but another attempt to avoid the real issues.

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    HollisBrown

    Because Japan is inherently childish. (Which is not necessarily always a negative)

    Posted in: Why are mascots so popular in Japan?

  • 7

    HollisBrown

    Often in Japan, people who live certain lifestyles must deal with rejection from discriminating renters

    Just not being Japanese is enough for some - as I found out when trying to find a new place 10 years ago.

    When I asked the real estate agent specifically why one landlord had suddenly pulled the plug upon receiving paperwork, he said that the landlord's reasoning was "no foreigners because they are dirty", but the estate agent reassured me by adding jovially "don't worry about it, it's because he's an old guy".

    LGBT, foreign, disabled, divorced, tattoos - as Sensei258 said above, it shouldn't be an issue as long as rent gets paid and neighbors aren't disturbed.

    Posted in: Housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords

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    HollisBrown

    "A 70.2% majority of Japanese people are satisfied with recent talks between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump"

    How can this be right - 100% of poll respondents were not privy to the content of the talks?

    "The support rate for Abe’s cabinet stood at 61.7% in the nationwide survey, up 2.1 points from the previous survey conducted last month"

    Seriously? What has Abe done in the last 30 days to warrant an increase in support? Only yesterday we had news that yet again his economic policy is a failure.

    How are the polls worded?

    'How would you describe your feelings about the recent talks between Dear Leader and Trump: a) Please inform the Government that, in the name of my/my husband's company, I'm completely dissatisfied; b) Carrot; c) Satisfied

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    HollisBrown

    Abe has completely failed.

    No doubt they'll try and spin this by blaming everything in the world, but the truth of the matter is simple: Abe has completely failed to deliver on his promises. His economic policy is nothing more than a buzzword and he needs to be replaced by someone with who has more realistic goals and can actually bring about change.

    Every day that Abe and his cronies remain in power, Japan will remain stagnant. Japan needs a political revolution.

    Posted in: Japan's economy grew 1% in 2016; slowed in Oct-Dec

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    HollisBrown

    Abe and his cronies have failed the people of Fukushima completely. It's absolutely disgusting. A stronger media and more people prepared to stand up for themselves is needed to hold these awful politicians to account.

    Posted in: Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

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    HollisBrown

    Typical nonesensical guff from the Japanese government as usual. So they want 2 years to plan things and organise calendars, and have meetings, and consider the name of the new era etc etc. and this can't be done on Jan 1 2019 because that day is too busy and it'd be confusing, so all efforts and plans will be made for Dec 2018...

    ...but what happens if he dies tomorrow, or God forbid on Dec 31 / Jan 1 2018?

    The government having any say in this whatsoever is just wrong. The Emperor should just announce he's retiring, whenever he wants to retire. If that is tomorrow then so be it. This reminds me of a company I worked for 15 years or so ago, where a sales lady wanted to quit but her boss said she couldn't. So she didn't.

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    HollisBrown

    Pathetic Piece of Absolute Pap - is, in my opinion, an accurate description of what PPAP is.

    It's the perfect example of how English is seen to be a joke by many in Japan. The PLLP follow up reinforces this - it's utter nonsense. Woe betide anyone who dares to try and make something using serious English - even a slightly amusing comedic sketch or song. It seems that you have to have pen drawn on your face, wear daft clothes, or dance around like a clown using words that don't much make sense to get away with using English.

    Where are the role models who kids at school can look at and say "cool, she can speak English. I want to be like her"? Why isn't it acceptable to speak a bit of English and appear intelligent? Look at the shows that get the movie stars / musicians / sportspeople on when they are in Japan promoting there new movie etc. The 'talent' in the studio are full of 'halfs' who can speak English - for example Becky. Why do they have Becky sitting quietly at the back and the host interviewing in Japanese with a translator helping? Just get Becky to do the interview in English and subtitle it, or get Becky to translate it herself.

    Maybe if stuff like this happened, English would be less of a joke, and people would realise that it's OK to speak decent English, or just TRY and communicate in half decent English in public.

    But in the meantime, we'll just get more PPAP, PLLP, and 'comedians' saying 'gets' and 'Yes fall in love' etc.

    Posted in: Piko Taro dances with candy, beetles, lemons and Japanese idols in new versions of 'PPAP'

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    HollisBrown

    "Don't pay them"! What kind of policing is this? Jeez.

    OK Mr. Policeman, how about if they come back with baseball bats, should the owner pay them then or not? If an owner who refuses to pay gets beat up (or worse) after locking up at 3am, will the police pay compensation?

    Just arrest and prosecute the gangs. Most of their identities are known.

    Posted in: Police patrol red light districts to chase out gangs ahead of year-end

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    HollisBrown

    I think it's more likely that there was something in or between the seat cushions where she was sitting.

    We've had incidents before of people putting needles and razor blades in food packaging.

    Check around where she was sitting.

    Posted in: Woman cut by blade on train in Tokyo

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    HollisBrown

    The lives of road users and pedestrians are worth a 90 yen discount on ramen in one restaurant in Aichi.

    Yep, that sounds about right Japan. Well done.

    Please update us on the negotiations surrounding drivers using their smartphones, and kids not wearing seat belts etc. 3 for 2 at Mr. Donuts? 10% off kaitensushi on Thursdays? 25,000 yen off funeral costs?

    Posted in: Police offer ramen discounts to elderly as incentive not to drive

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    HollisBrown

    Abe said: Alliances cannot function without trust. I am now confident that President-elect Trump is a trustworthy leader.

    After 90 minutes...with a sociopath? Really? That's a shocking statement from Abe.

    Posted in: Abe says he is confident of building trust with Trump after 90-minute meeting

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    HollisBrown

    This week, police handed out fliers and spoke to senior citizens seen behind the driver’s wheel in parking lots at local hospitals and other places at 97 locations nationwide, Fuji TV reported.

    Police said they wish to raising awareness among elderly people about the dangers of driving.

    So awareness was raised and the elderly listened politely - but the whole encounter was more than likely forgotten 500m down the road.

    Posted in: Police urge senior drivers to drive safely, voluntarily return licenses

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    HollisBrown

    Once you walk in the door to your domicile, the first thing you want to do is banish all thoughts of work-related problems. Sleep beckons. But to snuggle up in the futon, only to have one’s spouse dump on you with matters related to the household budget, or the kids schooling, is a surefire way of missing out on a good night’s rest.

    ...or instead of separate beds, how about a better work culture that means people can go home and have quality time with their families - time to discuss and deal with household matters; time to spend with the kids; time to relax before going to bed etc.

    This solution of having separate beds to improve sleep, is similar to the story yesterday of the apartment committee banning people from greeting each other in order to improve safety for their children. It completely ignores the main underlying problem (overworking in this case, and people not communicating enough in the first place yesterday).

    Posted in: Separate bedrooms best for a good night's sleep, expert advises

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    HollisBrown

    The elephant in the room is it's not just Pokemon Go that is going on inside cars. I regularly see people holding phones on the top of the steering wheel while driving, tapping away.

    Also, every week I see drivers reading comic books, kids standing on the passenger seat leaning on the dashboard, kids literally walking between front and rear seats rather than sitting down and wearing seat belts, and female drivers putting on make-up while traveling at speed.

    Preventing Pokemon Go from working in the car is a good thing, but lets not pretend that it's even scratching the surface of the main issues.

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    HollisBrown

    He wins the Nobel prize for medicine and presents Abe with a bottle of sake - why?

    Shouldn't it be the other way round?

    Posted in: For medicinal purposes

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    HollisBrown

    @Aly Rustom 12:28 - I know! I meant specifically in response to these latest figures. Abe always has an excuse for negative news. These figures yet again show that Abenomics isn't achieving anything - so I expect him to come out with more excuses next time he speaks publicly.

    Posted in: Consumer prices in Japan fall for 7th straight month

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