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  1. Poll: The same phenomenon can be seen in Ireland (where...

    The same phenomenon can be seen in Ireland (where there are four main TV stations; RTE 1 & 2, TV3 and TG-4).

    So let's go back to the example you cited - the "kyuukyoku no sentaku" - desperate...
  2. Poll: This is all very interesting, thanks Maciamo! :)...

    This is all very interesting, thanks Maciamo! :)



    Yes, although in an unofficial (tacit) fashion, I will make the claim that white lies are a veritable institution also in Ireland. One of its...
  3. Poll: Yes, I'm aware of that fact. I was just...

    Yes, I'm aware of that fact. I was just emphasizing (or trying to!) the perception that most people have of Irish and Japanese societies being polar opposites; it is my opinion that that is hardly...
  4. Poll: It was my impression that this was the "Love and...

    It was my impression that this was the "Love and Relationship Advice" forum; I've read the disclaimer sticky message, but I still apologize if I have offered unwelcome feedback, but surely if you...
  5. Poll: Thanks for the response Maciamo (I apologize for...

    Thanks for the response Maciamo (I apologize for not reading the earlier posts carefully enough; I'm at work and thus short on time!)

    There's one way to know if she'd been lying to you - have...
  6. Poll: Maciamo, it sounds to me like your issue is not...

    Maciamo, it sounds to me like your issue is not with your wife personally but the societal values that she was brought up in. Only you and she can be sure about how likely it is that she may cheat on...
  7. Poll: I personally object to the question - I think...

    I personally object to the question - I think freedom is something that we all should have as individuals, and conversely, it is not something we can "dispense" to our spouses. The most we can...
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    My husband visited three bank branches today, and...

    My husband visited three bank branches today, and not only did noone here (Ireland) know about new Japanese notes, but they all told him that they're not responsible for exchanging the old for new,...
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    I agree with everyone who's mentioned sex ed...

    I agree with everyone who's mentioned sex ed really being the best way to stave the activity. I'm not so sure about sexual morals really changing all that much in Japan though - rather, the strength...
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    Wasn't there a famous woman politician whose...

    Wasn't there a famous woman politician whose surname was Doi?

    I know a Mano-san (眞野)

    My mother's maiden name isn't too common, either though not exactly "rare" - Oyamada (小山田)
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    My uninformed impression was that in North...

    My uninformed impression was that in North America, at least, because a sanitation worker (garbage collection person)'s work is so unenviable they are generally paid very well by the municipal...
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    My original point was that taxes make money for...

    My original point was that taxes make money for government, and as bossel said, taxing is not overtly discouraging the public from drinking or smoking. The statement I was responding to was "Many...
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    Well, the Irish do not practice what the (Irish...

    Well, the Irish do not practice what the (Irish Catholic) Church preaches - take the two examples of 1) child abuse cases by priests which were completely overlooked until they couldn't hide this any...
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    I'd also be interested in hearing how Maciamo...

    I'd also be interested in hearing how Maciamo thinks "democracy" is in trouble in Japan. Every country faces political corruption, and I find multi-party systems to be preferable (even when the lines...
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    Interesting post, Maciamo - just had two comments...

    Interesting post, Maciamo - just had two comments to make:

    1) The examples 1,2, and 3 you gave for the "Japanese" definition of those concepts actually matches more closely what I see in Ireland...
  16. Actually Maciamo, I think CNN reporters do need...

    Actually Maciamo, I think CNN reporters do need to specify country for many cities because the CNN audience is so US-centric. I know in local (rural?) Canadian news, they'd always specify London as...
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    Regardless though, Japan won't accept multiple...

    Regardless though, Japan won't accept multiple citizenships if I recall correctly. My parents had to relinquish their Japanese status in order to become Canadians.
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    Poll: I think that all answers depend on something not...

    I think that all answers depend on something not covered in the poll explicitly - that is, the underlying expectations that you have regarding the relationship with the one you love.

    I had an ex...
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    @ Maciamo - ahh, I apologize - that was not...

    @ Maciamo - ahh, I apologize - that was not apparent to me. I'm not sure what a realistic count would be of Irish nationals living in Japan (long-term, over a year?) - although I believe you. As an...
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    BuSmo wrote: Wouldn't that be 80% of...

    BuSmo wrote:


    Wouldn't that be 80% of reported crime? I'm sure a lot of illegal activity occurs in every country where the rich and powerful can suppress it, or in cases like domestic abuse or...
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    While I'm not actually one of those "girls", I'll...

    While I'm not actually one of those "girls", I'll venture a guess and say that it's the act of thoughtfulness and the willingness to part with something that was presumably hard-earned (through work)...
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    All "yes" except where indicated

    Food

    Can you eat/Do you like (if you don't know what it is, then "no") :

    1) Sushi
    2) Natto - absolutely love it!
    3) Hijiki
    4) Oden
    5) Tofu
    6) Umeboshi
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