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  1. Poll: Dear members, I really do not want to...

    Dear members, I really do not want to (temporarily) close this thread due to personal attacks and irrelevant, hateful and emotional debates that keep on going in circles (cf. police thread), but...
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    Poll: Ouch, that's a whole lot of question marks,...

    Ouch, that's a whole lot of question marks, Frank. I have reinstalled the chat once again, but haven't found any solution yet. Won't be giving up though.
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    Poll: Finally took the test too: Tolerant You...

    Finally took the test too:


    Tolerant
    You scored 28!
    You are generally NOT race-minded,
    there may be a thing or two that you
    see as a race issue, but mostly,
    you are a very tolerant...
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    I believe that Maciamo has made his point clear....

    I believe that Maciamo has made his point clear. In the light of the most recent escalation in this thread, I am going to close the topic. I have also removed the offshoot discussion. If some members...
  5. Poll: On the other hand, how many European or American...

    On the other hand, how many European or American companies would hire for instance a Japanese national even if he/she were as qualified as competing local job applicants?

    I have heard a lot about...
  6. Not to contradict you or doubt your experiences,...

    Not to contradict you or doubt your experiences, just to put things in perspective. :-)



    Never happened to me in over two years and half a dozen of re-entries. Wish someone in the queue would...
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    Poll: I am not really fond of Mozilla/Firefox's...

    I am not really fond of Mozilla/Firefox's rendering engine (that Gecko thing). I have been using AM Browser (formerly known as Crazy Browser) since many years. It's basically a IE skin allowing...
  8. Most national legislations adhere to the...

    Most national legislations adhere to the territorial principle: all the crimes committed (by its own citizens or foreign nationals likewise) on national territories can be prosecuted. Some countries...
  9. As a matter of legal principle, national laws are...

    As a matter of legal principle, national laws are to be applied to every person within territorial borders, regardless of the person's nationality - unless international treaties or bilateral...
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    If you're in the mood for classy atmosphere, have...

    If you're in the mood for classy atmosphere, have a drink on the rooftop terrace of M on the Bund, offering a terrific view over the Bund and Pudong River. Excellent service, but do not order...
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    I concur. The best food I have had in Shanghai...

    I concur. The best food I have had in Shanghai was at restaurants I would have missed without my Chinese friends. Will never forget the bear stew I had in one of my favourite places serving Harbin...
  12. This is actually a global phenomomenon and not...

    This is actually a global phenomomenon and not restricted to the US or Japan. I remember that during the last election in my country the major parties recruited actors, TV announcers and athletes....
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    Having grown up in Middle Eastern countries I...

    Having grown up in Middle Eastern countries I felt at home in Shanghai from the moment I arrived in town. Perhaps it's not as modern as Tokyo, but definitely more dynamic. You can feel the pulsating...
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    Felt pretty bad. Our building wouldn't stop...

    Felt pretty bad. Our building wouldn't stop swinging. :relief:

    6.8 quake strikes northeastern Japan, tsunami warning issued

    Has just been updated to a magnitude of 7.2. 27 persons injured so...
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    Haydn's hymn used to be Austria's anthem until...

    Haydn's hymn used to be Austria's anthem until 1918 ("Gott Erhalte, Gott Beschuetze"), sung in the seven languages of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Germany "stole" the hymn after WWI.
    :-)


    The...
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    No, as the JT article indicated this seems to be...

    No, as the JT article indicated this seems to be more related to the recent tsunami of homicides/infanticides. While there is certainly a lot of hidden aggression and/or frustration in Japanese...
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    On a side note: the most comprehensive listing of...

    On a side note: the most comprehensive listing of Japanese embassies abroad is actually here (constantly updated)

    =>...
  18. A similar article was published in the printed...

    A similar article was published in the printed edition of the Daily Yomiuri on Sept. 11, saying that the Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment now mulls charging for ambulance services.


    :auch:

    In my...
  19. Thread: Street manners

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    What do you think about cyclists using their cell...

    What do you think about cyclists using their cell phones? Quite common here too.


    It is simply dangerous, hence the law. However, according to my observations Japanese have a cat-like antipathy...
  20. Thread: Street manners

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    Uh oh, biking with umbrella...? Please see the...

    Uh oh, biking with umbrella...? Please see the article I have just posted to the thread you linked...


    :-)
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    Excellent post, Maciamo. Sad, but so true. I...

    Excellent post, Maciamo. Sad, but so true.

    I would just like to relativise your legal examples. Judicial hypocrisy also exists in the so-called enlightened Western countries, in particular as far...
  22. Didn't Softbank recompensate its customers by...

    Didn't Softbank recompensate its customers by sending them each the incredible amount of 500 yen (!) for damages caused? :souka:
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    We occasionally purge the accounts of users who...

    We occasionally purge the accounts of users who failed to confirm their subscription. Unfortunately, a lot of users sign up under invalid or randomly checked email accounts.
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    Little community....??? That's a respectable...

    Little community....??? That's a respectable army of 5000 highly motivated JREFers, a force to be reckoned with, lolol.

    Banzai! :D
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    Sticky: Poll: According to legend, Christ wasn't crucified in...

    According to legend, Christ wasn't crucified in Japan, but died there peacefully at the age of 106. :D

    More info: Herai thread
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