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    At least, most Japanese incl. me and Chinese...

    At least, most Japanese incl. me and Chinese people are surely surprised at your sense of history.
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    Aren't 1. and 4. the cause of greed which they...

    Aren't 1. and 4. the cause of greed which they must learn from the present economic turmoil? The credit rating may be a fair system, but isn't it slightly unfair that you need to borrow money or...
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    What about the case of FrustratedDave? His case...

    What about the case of FrustratedDave?
    His case was about the bank issued credit card and the bank manager helped him.
    I don't know how often your friend goes to the gas station or don't know how...
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    I read quite an interesting case that a Japanese...

    I read quite an interesting case that a Japanese medical doctor in his 40, owing his house, feeding his family etc.. was rejected to get a cheap credit card. Of course, he has premium cards.

    The...
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    The OP, FrustratedDave, and other posters got...

    The OP, FrustratedDave, and other posters got their cards, so their stories must be good for people in similar situations, but only you know the case of your friend here.
    So all I can do is just a...
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    Yes, he is a good example. But nobody...

    Yes, he is a good example.



    But nobody knows how financially clean he was at the time of sad rejection.

    I don't know how many times my friends, rich or poor, forgot putting 1 yen more before...
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    1. Total years of continuous (full-time)...

    1. Total years of continuous (full-time) employment in the company then
    2. How many cards did he have then?
    3. Total debt incl. mortgage
    Your cases sometimes sound somewhat exceptional and/or...
  8. So the can story is just a story about the...

    So the can story is just a story about the cultural difference in usage of different languages. For some, it is an offensive story, for others, just a small talk.



    I cannot say anything about...
  9. A point of this thread is what not to say in...

    A point of this thread is what not to say in English in Japan, so not only English semantics, but different stories also apply here. The Can story is nothing but a small talk in Japanese after all.
    ...
  10. Right, but you intentionally forget the two...

    Right, but you intentionally forget the two words, "in English".

    Your next step may be to consider the semantics in both English and Japanese.

    ***snip***
    Just curious, but I am wondering how...
  11. Can I, if you defy me ? If yes, he/she may...

    Can I, if you defy me ?
    If yes, he/she may suggest to order fish
    If no, the guy may suggest something different.
    If you don't want fish then, the guy may order what you like.

    Do I like fish in...
  12. The supporting opinion is yours. What I don't...

    The supporting opinion is yours.

    What I don't understand is that you construct *snip* argument (I mean sounding a bit generalization), even after your co-workers actually show you quite different...
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    I don't know what you are trying to say, but as...

    I don't know what you are trying to say, but as far as I know, it (hiding or whatever you might call) is an effective way, empirically proven in some countries incl. European nations, to prevent...
  14. Poll: It is simply because the foreign relations are...

    It is simply because the foreign relations are based on the bilateral treaties, the treaties bind each government and the flag is not a personal one, but the official one.

    You are right that the...
  15. Poll: Grapefruit, how do you explain the following...

    Grapefruit, how do you explain the following history.

    1. The flag already exited in 1954 before the following peace treaties with Japan and China/Korea which ended the war and war-related...
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    So true. And probably patriotic Han Chinese...

    So true. And probably patriotic Han Chinese people may claim the Qin and the Tang dynasty were the great dynasties by the Han Chinese, but it is really hard to define what was the Han-Chinese ruled...
  17. Poll: This is the same that you intentionally ignore...

    This is the same that you intentionally ignore the fact that Japan did act as the leading model in the thread, Japan IN Asia VS Japan AND Asia.
    Before Japan agreed and normalized the diplomatic...
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    This is just my curiosity, but please ask your...

    This is just my curiosity, but please ask your husband what he calls the part between the burners in the following picture.
    I imagine that he may call it in his dialect, but his answer in Japanese...
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    If I were you, a flexible and gifted...

    If I were you, a flexible and gifted multi-lingual person, I would use my ranting power in the J-E language section here. I am sure that many people, esp., English speakers, greatly appreciate your...
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    There was a tax war, the Japanese translator of...

    There was a tax war, the Japanese translator of Potter books v. Japan tax authority.

    The tax office claimed:
    that she failed to declare over 3 billion yen;
    that her main business operation was...
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    Poll: A Ghibli-like news story

    A Ghibli-like news story
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    Sticky: I wondered where to post this, but I think it...

    I wondered where to post this, but I think it would be good to ease your frustration while driving in Japan.

    From June 1 on, the notorious cyclist manners will be persecuted here. Actually I...
  23. Poll: Just start a thread about it. I simply think a...

    Just start a thread about it.
    I simply think a restaurant is the place where you eat.
    And it is good of you to think that one unforgivable personal experience could allow your generalization.
  24. Poll: Chidoriashi, thank you. hanbun, ask your...

    Chidoriashi, thank you.

    hanbun, ask your mother, maybe in Canada, about the racial purity there.
    If Japanese Canadians were in need of the said purity, they all would have to come back to Japan....
  25. Poll: First, correct my English if it is right to use...

    First, correct my English if it is right to use the word, xenophobia, in a situation where someone, probably Japanese in your opinion, who speaks English in an English dominant country.
    I don't...
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