Shaolin7's past comments

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    Shaolin7

    I love Starbucks. Great coffee....and** an oasis of tobacco-stench-free air.**

    This is unfortunately exactly why I choose Starbucks over other places. The smoking culture remains heavily entrenched, in spite of the changes amongst younger generations. You can find a few non-chain spots with non-smoking, but they are far and few between; the places where they make the attempt to segregate smokers, the glassed-off sections are so ineffectual you end up stinking of smoke anyways, or smell the waft in the air.

    Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan

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    Shaolin7

    All that money, and still can't educate themselves about social graces and class. Yes, other Chinese expat communities residing outside China itself share many of the same complaints... you are certainly not alone, Japan. Some mainland Chinese have enough self-awareness to feel shame... most, however, think their money is enough, and sadly, societies everywhere encourage and perpetuate that sensibility by taking that money, gritted teeth or not.

    Posted in: The tourism business wouldn’t survive without Chinese customers, so we don’t want to complain about them. It’s 50/50, give and take. We appreciate them coming, but we wish that they would come with a little more cultural awareness.

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    Shaolin7

    Just because many of the 'Abe bashers' are non-Japanese, toshiko, does not necessarily invalidate their opinions on the matter -- you do realize there are non-Japanese residents with PR status, who have chosen to live, contribute and raise families in Japan? I'd still like to believe people can be proud of their countries of origin/residence, while maintaining the ability to cast a critical eye on its government and societal issues at large. Abe is not helping move the conversation forward, but he has mutual partners in this with Park Geun-Hye and Xi Jinping. Given the nature of politics in each nation, and the potential optics of one government facing its own after 'capitulating' or acceding to another nation's will, these issues will likely remain unresolved going forward.

    Posted in: Abe as unpopular as Kim Jong-Un, S Korean poll shows

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    Shaolin7

    The downward trend is good to see, however that is still far too much lost potential in all of those lives gone; every one of them counted in someone's life, somewhere along the line. It still remains a failing of society and the social structure that people feel there is no other solution, that there is no hope in this life. I cannot imagine they found their peace, but I can understand.

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    Shaolin7

    It's really nice to read good news like this and the other missing girl case for once, instead of the sad stories that show up far more often.

    Posted in: Missing 12-year-old girl turns up in restaurant car park

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    Shaolin7

    They had a quarrel and rightly so -- maybe they shouldn't have argued but who wouldn't have? So sick of hearing innocents getting ripped off, raped, murdered in these third world dumps, when they're providing income to locals they wouldn't normally receive. My heart goes out to the son's parents and to his wife, what an utterly heartbreaking story.

    Posted in: Parents return with ashes of honeymooner son murdered in Ecuador

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    Shaolin7

    It was certainly noticeable in Kichijoji. I'm glad it wasn't more serious, for everyone's sake.

    Posted in: M5.4 quake jolts Kanto region

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    Shaolin7

    There is little compliance for the women only cars on the Yamanote loop, particularly at Jiyugaoka where I'd usually get on. I didn't see many women getting visibly upset when guys would board -- quite often they were full, like any car, with a fairly even ratio. It's hard to adhere to the rule when, as others have pointed out, the rest of the cars are bursting at the seams.

    I don't disagree with the principle and the sentiment at all, but in practice it's not that pragmatic (particularly at peak times).

    Posted in: ‘Women only’ train cars: Is it a crime for men to ride in them?

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    Shaolin7

    At some point -- maybe not for a long time, but eventually -- all these corporations are going to run out of places to exploit cheap labour to maximize profit margins. Then what will happen? Workers will demand fair and equal payment in accordance with rising standards (and perpetually rising costs) of living, as is their absolute right to do so.

    To be frank, alot of this is driven by consumers i.e. you and I, demanding more and more for less, or seeking the cheapest price on literally everything bought and sold. People are unwilling to, and in many cases unable to afford, paying for locally sourced and produced goods. I only understand the nature of the game in its most crude element, so obviously you can't just blame Japanese companies -- but at what point will this give? It's hard to feel much sympathy for predatory businesses that take advantage and invest Iittle into these countries, which seems to be part of the spin in this article.

    Posted in: China less attractive to Japanese firms - but not because of riots

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    Shaolin7

    On a sidenote, China, or better to say the chinese government rather than the people, became interested in the islands only after crude oil and gas has been discovered in the seabed near the islands in the 60s, with the drillings being organised on initiative of Taiwan, which has recently been pushed aside and forgotten in this debate over the islands.

    Thank you for making that very salient distinction, Faulknen. All this sabre rattling and verbal skirmishing is to whip up a furor in the public when frankly, relatively few benefits will trickle down to the average citizen. The profits will sink into some multinational / public ministry's pockets, with little tangible benefit to the common man or woman. If people are going to debate this intelligently, it would be good to be mindful that's it's governments we are talking about here -- no need to be senseless and treat another human being like garbage just because they happen to be Japanese, Chinese, Korean... that is completely irrational.

    Nationals from each respective country need to understand this -- but as with most things involving human society in general, I don't think we can hold our collective breath on that one.

    Posted in: Noda says China must protect Japanese citizens, companies as protests resume

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    Shaolin7

    Or perhaps he's just been laid off from work or the kid he put through uni can't find a job?! Why jump and assume he hates women?! The guy has issues indeed but we don't know what or why.

    Whatever the case may be, tmarie, there is still no justification for projecting his anger onto innocent people.

    Posted in: Woman, daughter attacked by man with scissors on Aichi street

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    Shaolin7

    Amen, Serrano. It's not only older people who are outside sketching, though they seem to have more free time naturally -- I've plenty of younger illustrator and designer friends who have their sketchbooks wherever they go, ready at hand. Maybe one of us has even sketched some of you, unbeknowst to either party!

    Posted in: Sketches

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    Shaolin7

    Let me assume your loved ones are safe, your career is intact and you have your home to return to at night. How can you say you are 'suffering'? People have lost more than homes, you do realize that. Parents, children, siblings, husbands and wives...let alone jobs / livelihood. No one said you aren't affected -- but could you honestly brook this argument to someone who has lost so much more than you, and not feel like a fool? Is the mental anguish of your tortured existence so terrible to bear?

    We hold very, very different perspectives on burden in life.

    Posted in: Thousands rally for Fukushima compensation, decontamination

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    Shaolin7

    I do wish the good people of Fukushima and all of us who have been hurt by the stupidity and greed of TEPCO will one day have JUSTICE!!!

    To equate the 'infringements' to your life in Tokyo proper with what many people in Tohoku have had to lose and endure is completely insulting to them. Please stop with your reactionary, over the top commentary, really. Unbelievable.

    Zichi, it will indeed be incredibly difficult to return to that point. The complexities of deciding compensation packages along with pushing forward the rebuild are not tasks this government appear up for -- as with most things government-related, anger at the slow moving, corrupt bureaucratic process is boiling over. May all the useless politicians reap what they sow.

    Posted in: Thousands rally for Fukushima compensation, decontamination

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    Shaolin7

    As Japan strives to recover the lost tourist $$, there are still many, many people in Tohoku struggling to carry on with life. While I understand the intentions of the government and sympathize, I reserve my greatest empathy for those in the northeast, who carry on quietly under tremendous burdens. This is not, unfortunately, a smart way of utilizing the tax dollars of the public -- no matter how much good will it may generate.

    Perhaps when people arrive on their own, they can be offered subsidized tours and multilingual guides, packages to see and experience the best of the culture, but the financial outlay in offering return airfare for 10000 people is just too high -- particularly in light of the struggles of everyday citizens affected by the March disaster, or those afflicted by the poor economic climate. Maybe they're hoping to offer the bulk of these packages to their Asian neighbours, which would be cheaper than flying them over in droves from farther locales? There must be a better way to use this money...

    Posted in: Japan to offer 10,000 free trips to foreigners to boost tourism industry

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    Shaolin7

    Kind of refreshing to see the girls comment for once, or at least have something to comment on, rather than the usual pandering you see from the males here on the Japanese female models / idols / talento -- and I say that as a guy! Congratulations Murofushi-san!

    Posted in: Hammer lock

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    Shaolin7

    Another sad and quiet tragedy unfolds. I'm glad to see some compassion being expressed; who knows what unspoken burdens people carry around. I like Cleo's comment about those contemplating suicide, taking time to get their affairs in order and as a ancillary benefit, truly sitting down to evaluate and think. A very great part of the problem though, is that people simply withdraw, something very easy to do in society nowadays. You can reach out and feel 'connected' to the world and to people via the myriad social streams available, but that doesn't feel to me like real engagement. A smile or even some expressed concern, verbal or not, can go a long ways to helping ease someone's state of mind and break down barriers; at the very least, it will provide a brief reprieve for a troubled soul. I hope people here look around with a bit more empathy; remember your own humanity, and reach out.

    I am so sorry for this poor soul and the people affected, particularly the poor driver who had to witness this.

    Posted in: Woman jumps in front of express train; body propelled into station

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    Shaolin7

    Amen, and I am glad this is coming from someone who worked inside an NGO and obviously has some idea of the structure and distribution channels. This money could be going directly to building new homes for the people in Tohoku, help them reclaim, salvage and rebuild some part of their lives when they have lost so very much. Get on it, you bloody self-serving bureaucrats and NGO hypocrites...

    Posted in: It's critical that the distribution process on the part of the Red Cross and local governments be not only speedy, but also transparent.

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    Shaolin7

    Anyways, while I can't say I have seen anyone openly reading the kind of manga this ordinance purports to ban, I remain leery about heavy handed government involvement in certain aspects; it's a pretty complex issue on the whole, that touches on problems larger than what it seems on the surface -- privacy, enforcement, freedom of expression etc. Agreed that the content of some manga are blatant in their appeal to the lowest common denominator though; puerile at the very least and far beyond disgusting in extreme cases.

    Posted in: Ishihara adamant on manga censorship ordinance

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    Shaolin7

    I still am stunned by that 30000~ of deaths, so many lives gone...I realize it's not the focus of the article but to me it remains a very sad and humbling note. Certainly an interesting study, and we can only hope contingencies will be made and planned for any future catastrophies (not really holding my breath on that one though).

    Posted in: March 11 quake freed hundreds of years of strain

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