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    Umm, you're all over the shop here. TV's in all...

    Umm, you're all over the shop here. TV's in all parts of Japan use the NTSC-J, you are thinking of frequency standards for electricity. There is a reason behind that, cookie if you are able to tell...
  2. I don't have time to read the entire English...

    I don't have time to read the entire English entry, but is there anything in particular that stands out?
  3. Poll: When over 98% of the population is Japanese I...

    When over 98% of the population is Japanese I think thats a statement that holds true in an overwhelming majority of cases.
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    Poll: Lately it has been people who make...

    Lately it has been people who make unfounded/unsourced comments (both positive or negative) based on hearsay or a single experience, also people who take any negative comments about Japan as some...
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    So close to the mark and you just don't realise...

    So close to the mark and you just don't realise it...



    Having a pharmacist does not mean they can fulfil prescriptions.



    The big chain drug stores tend to not carry prescription drugs,...
  6. Wow! I never knew that Japan was under so much...

    Wow! I never knew that Japan was under so much danger from the impending attacks from China, Korea, Burma, the Dutch East Indies, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore,...
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    I'd say it exists in Japan, and you can put it...

    I'd say it exists in Japan, and you can put it into specific groups too.

    At a young age you have dokyusei - people of the same "age". Because from kindergarten to the end of elementary school you...
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    You should have studied English in college, might...

    You should have studied English in college, might make your posts easier to read.
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    It hasn't got the slightest thing to do with the...

    It hasn't got the slightest thing to do with the company - its all about immigration. No degree, no work visa. No work visa - no work.
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    But these people aren't "teachers" - working in...

    But these people aren't "teachers" - working in an eikaiwa using fixed lessons based on textbooks with classes of 3 or less people, a vast majority of these people have not studied education or have...
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    The floodgates open! Sooo glad I'm as far away...

    The floodgates open!

    Sooo glad I'm as far away from the English teaching circuit as you can possibly get. I'm hoping for a removal of English as a compulsory topic by 2010.
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    And this is where the myth of Japan really falls...

    And this is where the myth of Japan really falls apart - many think that the official figures (which are pretty horrible already) are not the real figures, but just the 'best' estimate.

    The thing...
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    Most martial arts are done in school gyms - that...

    Most martial arts are done in school gyms - that means no a/c, no heating, and most of the time the best you can hope for is to leave a door open :(
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    My Granddad did it all the time, and when I did a...

    My Granddad did it all the time, and when I did a search to read some more about it I found lots of .co.uk sites with the exact same stuff ;)
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    No, because a mirror is flat - but a mirror ball...

    No, because a mirror is flat - but a mirror ball would work very well ;)
    Its not the reflection of the cat, but the reflection/refraction of light that does it. You are supposed to half fill a...
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    Thats not Japanese - they do that in Australia...

    Thats not Japanese - they do that in Australia and the UK as well ;)
  17. Been a while since I posted here :) I strongly...

    Been a while since I posted here :)

    I strongly believe that people are the same no matter what, and it comes down to culture and environment that determines their opinions and actions.

    To get...
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    I think he was the first "westerner" to be a...

    I think he was the first "westerner" to be a samurai, I bet foreigners from closer countries beat Adams to the title well before he got here.

    I have a really good book about him somewhere, went...
  19. Reading that post above there's something...

    Reading that post above there's something interesting, there's allot of things I see daily that disturb me on some level, one was from 3 weeks ago when I was riding the busy keihin-tohoku line back...
  20. I work in a Japanese office - I never meet...

    I work in a Japanese office - I never meet clients or customers, they never come into our office, yet we all wear suits. In Australia people in those situations either wear casual formal or casual....
  21. Intellectual doesn't have to be the meaning of...

    Intellectual doesn't have to be the meaning of life. Talking about food can be interesting and thought provoking.

    For example I have had some good conversations with people at work about food and...
  22. Well, Japanese try to not bring up topics that...

    Well, Japanese try to not bring up topics that other people may have a strong opposition to, thus politics is instantly out. When me and my friends talk about politics we abuse each other like you...
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    I think that Meiji represented a huge change...

    I think that Meiji represented a huge change socially and economically for Japan, a true revolution. Economically the 1950-1980's were very good to Japan, as well as having a positive global image.
  24. Most of the time I am the lone foreigner that's...

    Most of the time I am the lone foreigner that's made his way into a fully Japanese environment - be it at work or my hobbies, I sit back and listen to what's going on. Usually not much.

    For...
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    You better not come to Japan, thats called a...

    You better not come to Japan, thats called a manji (まんじ 卍) and its not too strange to see it around the place :)
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