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Robert DykesSep. 19, 2016 - 10:42PM JST
"27.3% of Japan’s total population."
That is insane! Especially when you think that the vast majority of these people sit inside their homes and their apt 99% of the time (sadly... watching oh so horrible "variety" TV.)
Posted in: No. of people aged 65 and over in Japan tops 34.6 million
Robert DykesSep. 18, 2016 - 10:08PM JST
Bam! Shots fired at Rio: "“From what I’ve seen from Tokyo so far, Tokyo has a very, very good chance of surpassing London and becoming the best Paralympics ever,”
Posted in: Paralympics could help remake Tokyo's narrow roads, doorways
Robert DykesSep. 13, 2016 - 01:52PM JST
This Mars chocolate commercial from the UK would NEVER air Japan. It humanizes disabled people very well. Its only 30 seconds long, but I feel an essay could be written on this short advert in terms of humor, breaking barriers, disabilities, etc.
Posted in: Poll shows most disabled people in Japan dislike 'inspirational' documentaries about disability
Robert DykesSep. 08, 2016 - 05:33PM JST
They finally listed it on Amazon Japan, but the official amazon price is nearly 49,000 yen when the official Sony announcement said 45,000 yen.
Word on the web is the Xbox Scoropio is is much powerful than this and plays 4K Blu Rays. I think Xbox will get some of the market share back with the Scorpio vs. Pro battle. Well.... everywhere, but Japan.
Rightsided: I went back to PC this year because of underpowered consoles and now this half-gen nonsense. It's glorious. I won't have to worry about scorpio now that MS exclusives are all coming to PC now. I am on the fence about the PS4 Pro. I will wait and see how PS VR turns out, a much cheaper alternative to the 120,000 yen the Vive commands in Japan.
Posted in: New PlayStation 4 products aim to keep Sony in lead
Robert DykesSep. 08, 2016 - 10:11AM JST
I am so done with Apple. I am totally getting a Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S8. Wait. Softbank Does not offer EITHER of those. The only Samsung phone they have is S5. TWO year old model. They don't even have last years S7 model. Awesome stick with SoftAppleBank or switch carriers. (Yes I know the Note 7 blows up, but after the recall, if you order one now, it is a new "fixed" model).
Sorry. As an audio snob, no way I am listening to music over bluetooth.
Posted in: Apple announcements: iPhone 7, Mario game, new watch, no headphone jack
Robert DykesSep. 05, 2016 - 12:03PM JST
"This is stupid. We're still in the beginning of september. They should start preparing for Halloween from the beginning of October"
Yeah. They have no Thanksgiving here. Let's be 100% honest. Western holidays here are 1% western influence from people living here and 99% Japanese commercialism. I mean good lord, they actually took valentines and found a way to DOUBLE it into two separate holidays! Truly amazing. KFC literally just made up some nonsense about people eating chicken on xmas as a tradition and people just said okay and now its basicly law to have fried chicken and a grocery store made to order triple price xmas cake. BUT the USA is really not much different. Modern Christmas as we know it can pretty much be traced back to Coke marketing campaigns. Hallmark anyone? So whatever. Its just the way the world works. Just try to enjoy whatever holiday, J or western, with the ones you love.
Posted in: Halloween season kicks off at theme parks, stores
Robert DykesSep. 04, 2016 - 11:09AM JST
As Jeff Lee said.
"Good article. Don't get me started on Japanese gyms."
100% this. Actual good article and don't get ME started on Japanese gyms. The stories I could tell from ONE gym alone is 3 times longer than this article. From the draconian rules to just straight up dangerous stuff. For example: one guy can make screaming yells as he loudly hits the kick boxing bag, but the guy next to him doing 500kg deadlifts can't make a squeak. The staff will yell at you if you don't use a "collar" on the bar bells but I also watched them sit idly buy while watching some new comer try to change the plates on a "safe" machine and he had no idea what he was doing and broke his finger! This place was a joke, 80% of the day nothing but a babysitting club for the elderly, after 5pm it was 5 times over capacity with over eager salary men and impossible to stick to any routine with such overcrowding.
Thank the lord I found a great private gym 5 minutes from work with 90% of all the equipement I could want which as many of you know first hand is WAY more than most gyms in Japan. They may not have a decline bench and 100x adjustable ultra double cable machine, but other than that they have enough gear to get my swole on. 6000 a month. I went on vacation one month and went to pay in advance. The sweet owners said "if you are not coming that month, don't worry about paying". My jaw hit the floor. Unheard of.
Good luck everyone in your journey to find a good gym, its feels like 95% of the battle sometimes.
Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide
Robert DykesAug. 25, 2016 - 11:58AM JST
Honestly asking what bikes do they even make domestically anymore? As far as I know just about ALL Honda motorcycle production has moved overseas. Heck... even the new Honda NSX is made in Ohio, USA.
Posted in: Honda resumes full production at quake-hit motorcycle plant
Robert DykesAug. 20, 2016 - 06:42PM JST
"May be other students will learn to chew their food instead of biting and swallowing without macerating their food."
Almost 10 people a DAY die from choking on food. Accidents happen.
Posted in: 10-year-old girl chokes to death on frankfurter
Robert DykesAug. 18, 2016 - 12:06PM JST
Uhhh... This is kinda a childhood dream to see them in concert. Its Japan, tickets will sell out in 3 seconds. They have a 45$ "fan club" you can join to get pre-sale. But they can sell out too. So no guarantee you get tickets that way either. doushio
Posted in: Guns N' Roses extends reunion tour to Japan, Australia
Robert DykesAug. 18, 2016 - 11:58AM JST
Well... If Japan made good pizza I would not have to buy it from Costco (imported). If Japan made good video games that did not cost 10,000 yen I would not have to import them for 45$ from Amazon in the USA. If Japan made decent TVs that were not overpriced I would not own a Korean made LG tv (which is reviewed higher than ANY Japanese made tv on the market). Lets see... Smart phones. Only two choices there. American designed chinese made iphone or Korean Galaxy. The list goes on and on and on. Make better stuff and make it cheaper. Japan loves Japan stuff and buys it up, but in the ten years I have been here I have noticed more and more every facet of Japan manufacturing catering more to the Japanese market and less and less to the what the rest of the world wants to buy. Cars are a perfect example, outside of the Japan no one wants to buy these boring utilitarian boxes that EVERY car manufacturer now produces in the millions.That is perfectly fine if you want to keep exports nice and low. Just like in Japanese politics, Japan is turning inwards again. More people and companies want the USA out, nationalism is on the rise. When you turn inwards, do you really think exports are going to succeed? Its a no brainer fellas. There is a reason Meji was a rocking awesome time in Japan, Sakoku came to an end. But hey, lets fight to bring Sakoku back and then whine about the consequences.
Posted in: Japan's trade shrinks in July; exports sink 14%
Robert DykesAug. 08, 2016 - 02:48PM JST
This should be bigger headlines! I don't even like baseball but this guy is amazing!
Only 30 people out of 18,000 MLB players have hit more than 3,000.
First Japanese player in the MLB to ever accomplish this.
Posted in: Ichiro gets 3,000th career hit in major leagues
Robert DykesJul. 25, 2016 - 09:18AM JST
The new teaser trailer is out and the CGI is horrible! What a shame. The swtiche over to a CGI Star Trek at the tail end of DS9 and in Voyager and people didn't even realize. In the new remaster of TNG everything is beefed up with CGI if not completly redone with CGI and it looks 100 times better. The Discovery trailer is on par with Babylon 5 CGI.
Posted in: New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery'
Robert DykesJul. 21, 2016 - 03:48PM JST
"robberies, traffic accidents and other mishaps". I get that these things may be P-Go related, but guess what? They happen anyway. People who don't have the common sense to not play a cellphone game while driving are not going to pay any heed to a PSA.
Go outside, be social and get some exercise and some much needed vitamin D or..... sit inside for anothe 10 years getting fat.
P-go is not my thing, but I think it is fantastic. That group of kids who lured and robbed some P-go players... seriously, they would have come up with some other dumb idea to rob somebody.
I honestly can't think of any true drawbacks to this exploding cultural phenomenon. The only PSA they need is "common sense, use some"... but honestly y'all, Japan kinda needs that anyway with people reading the newspaper while driving, biking with an umbrella in one hand and phone in the other, running red lights, and never looking when crossing the street.
Posted in: Gov't kicks off safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch in Japan
Robert DykesJul. 21, 2016 - 03:40PM JST
"I bought a house outside Japan 12 years ago ;the price has risen by 10% , as I also rented it out! I'll bank the profits next year by selling it.
Simple? You are in the minority. Every homeowner I know in Japan has explained to me how much their house instantly depreciates.
Just heard a fellow professor say he lived in his house 7 of the last 20 years. Houses in Japan are financial death sentences for most. or unless you need the space, i could not imagine a worst "investment". In the USA unless you stay in one place for 5 years or longer, houses are no the investment they used to be.
The New York Times has an excellent calculator to determine if you should rent or buy. It has plenty of variables you can enter. I think most would be surprised that renting is often the more financially secure option.
Posted in: No retiree left behind: Japan turns to riskier DIY pensions
Robert DykesJul. 21, 2016 - 09:45AM JST
"almost all working-age Japanese to join private defined-contribution retirement plans"
Just not those of us working for a University (private and public) or public schools. Like 95% of us.
If I understand this article correctly, they are referring to the J-401k, which is not really like the IRA in the USA at all, it molded after the British system (sorry the name escapes me).
As of this year, koumuin still can not open a 401-k account, and this includes employees of private and public universities. If you are an American, there are a few other confusing caveats you need to look up yourself because I am far from an expert. But while J-citizens can invents in what ever they want, Americans will get double taxed if you invest in American held stocks and secruites so you have to stick to Japanese stocks (not a deal breaker but its best to diversify) and foreign held mutual and index funds are super heavily taxed for US citizens.
I think the law has already passed, but will not be enacted until sometime next year that will allow university employees to invest in a j-401k. But its still not that great Americans. If you have a j-souse, its probably best to open a NISA and/or J-401k in their name if you are an American. If you move back to the USA and get them a green card, things get complicated again as they are not under IRS/USA tax law like you.
Robert DykesJul. 21, 2016 - 09:34AM JST
Any of that stimulus pack going to enter my NISA account?
Robert DykesJul. 17, 2016 - 09:29AM JST
IMHO the only decent J-TV is the VERY few educational programs.
Otherwise I see zero reason to force yourself to watch the other J-drama and J-comedy (variety) shows. Its hard enough to find decent shows from the USA!
Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner
Robert DykesJul. 13, 2016 - 09:05PM JST
JP post ROCKS! Seriously. 100 times better than USA post office.
Posted in: Japan Post embarrassed after passerby spots open post box in Chiba
Robert DykesJul. 02, 2016 - 11:27AM JST
"Just how much longer do you think it is going to take? It's been over 70 years"
We have all heard it 100000 times before. The rule of law in Japan is "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down".
Look how hard it is to change things in western culture even when we have loud screaming voices standing together. So unless whatever group, women in this case, ALL stand up with a MUCH MUCH louder voice or the Emperor himself comes down from his palace and states explicitly, I think we are going to see a very very very gradual change. It will, sadly, be another 70 years.
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Sep. 28, 2016 - 07:14PM JST
he got annoyed when the meter jumped up another 80 yen just as the taxi came…
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Sep. 28, 2016 - 07:13PM JST
Why is the government getting involved in an area that is the province of the private…
Posted in: Gov't to import 4,000 tons of butter to ease shortage
Trump did exceptionally well for a first time candidate
Interrupted 51 times during the debate. Now…
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Sep. 28, 2016 - 07:09PM JST
One of friends doesn't go home early because his Japanese wife repeatedly says, " Papa Moo".
Posted in: Gov't panel begins discussion on reforming work practices in Japan
Sep. 28, 2016 - 07:06PM JST
Wow what part of the article did you not read. My basis for my comment…
Posted in: Man charged with holding girl captive for 2 years denies part of charges
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