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    My wife gets them on various places on her body,...

    My wife gets them on various places on her body, usually after talking back.
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    Figured I'd keep this going. I had a card...

    Figured I'd keep this going. I had a card through Citi years ago. Never got the automatic deduction setup right (they didn't like my signature or some BS) so it was late by 2 weeks every time, and...
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    Clubs are *NOW* way more strict that basically...

    Clubs are *NOW* way more strict that basically any other establishment. Buying from a convenience store or bar shouldn't be a problem at all. The clubs basically want the cops off of them. There's...
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    My point is that many laws, discrimination being...

    My point is that many laws, discrimination being the main one, are rarely, if ever, enforced in Japan.
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    It is? The same way it's illegal for the police...

    It is? The same way it's illegal for the police discriminate by doing 'random' ID checks only on foreigners? The same way a real estate agent can simply stop a foreigner at the door and say,...
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    I don't know the characters, but ages ago when I...

    I don't know the characters, but ages ago when I was working in the office of a Business English school, there was a client w/ the last name of Kakusaka, which always generated an interesting giggle...
  7. Sticky: I'd put this on the good list. Nothing better...

    I'd put this on the good list. Nothing better than a nation of people that mind their own business and don't get up in your ***.



    Go to America for a while. Even more shocking.
  8. Poll: That's actually a brilliant idea. Never thought...

    That's actually a brilliant idea. Never thought about that.
    Any way to get out of the taxes when inheriting things like tax? (other than full on evasion, of course).
  9. I live in perhaps the worst mainly English...

    I live in perhaps the worst mainly English speaking place on Earth for that (Hawaii). You're lucky to find anyone working a full day. There's a restaurant with delicious food across the street. I...
  10. Hmmm.... I probably won't use 10, but: ...

    Hmmm....

    I probably won't use 10, but:

    -Punctual (definitely)
    -Abudantly fortefied with work ethics (uh... )
    -Kind
    -Unsympathetic

    That's all I can think. Why unsympathetic? Conclusions...
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    IN Shizuoka, if I thought ahead and got a...

    IN Shizuoka, if I thought ahead and got a bicycle, I could stay out until the shuuden, which was midnightish. It was a hefty ride bike on the bicycle, but doable, even in the cold. If I didn't have...
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    The furthest I've lived from the city was...

    The furthest I've lived from the city was Shizuoka. My family-in-law lives in the sticks of Shikoku. From what I have witnessed, my host father in Shizuoka, and my brother-in-law in Shikoku, both...
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    This is a pretty well quoted fact, hence my...

    This is a pretty well quoted fact, hence my original comment. If you want to refute it, you're going to be refuting a lot of statisticians,books, etc. If you want to take on that mountain, so to...
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    Building a house, raising a family -- doing...

    Building a house, raising a family -- doing things related to society basically.
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    First time I've seen geography stats that ignore...

    First time I've seen geography stats that ignore the "useable land area" statistic. I believe "half the land of california" in Japan is non-mountanous, and threfore "useable".
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    Many itmes have two prices. ō (the higher of...

    Many itmes have two prices. ō (the higher of the two) is the price w/ tax. As long as it's on there, you can have them both. If not, lots of people are breaking the law.
  17. I have to agree with ragedaddy. Is it shocking...

    I have to agree with ragedaddy. Is it shocking at all that of all the foreign langauges in the world, that Japan has adapted to the "richest" one of all?
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    It went from 3% to 5% in 1997... September I...

    It went from 3% to 5% in 1997... September I think. I was there on a study abroad, either just after it happened or when it happened. Still cheaper than 8% on my home town.

    EDIT: Looks like it...
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    This is a recent law. Before the law, there were...

    This is a recent law. Before the law, there were some products that had it before and after, but now, if I"m not mistaken, it is required to show at least the after tax price. I guess that would...
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    Maybe I'm biased b/c I come from a very bilingual...

    Maybe I'm biased b/c I come from a very bilingual state. Even in the northern parts of Texas, lots of police officers speak Spanish, as do hotel personel, super market managers, etc. Government...
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    Let's see. I ordered "Spaghetti Carbonara with...

    Let's see. I ordered "Spaghetti Carbonara with no meat" once and it came covered in bacon. Of course, I was reassured that it was "bacon --- not meat". I also ordered a Vegetable Gratin once after...
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    Happened to me. Keys can fall out of pockets. ...

    Happened to me. Keys can fall out of pockets. I'm not saying it's going to happen to everyone, but it can. Anyways, it was just an example of a time when you'd be screwed if you didn't speak the...
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    There's one important fact everyone seems to be...

    There's one important fact everyone seems to be overlooking. How many foreigners (even long term ones) drive in Japan? I don't know the exact number, but I'd bet my house it's no more than a small...
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    I guess that's why visitors bitch and moan all...

    I guess that's why visitors ***** and moan all the time about how they can't communicate with people. I even remember going to the immigration office when it was still in Shibuya and there not being...
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    I never got my bills in English except from...

    I never got my bills in English except from Citibank. I'm not really talking to live though - I'm talking about visiting, which is what the majority of foreigners due (for any country). You can't...
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