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    We all know the dubious nature of anecdotal...

    We all know the dubious nature of anecdotal evidence, but I'll say this anyway.....

    I passed the "over half my life in Japan" mark a few years ago and have known a small number of foreigners who...
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    Sticky: Poll: I don't have a high level business skill that not...

    I don't have a high level business skill that not one of the 123 million J-people here have....and I don't teach English.

    Lots of foreigners in Japan don't teach English.
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    I think a more proper question would be whether...

    I think a more proper question would be whether this collides with any religion you are a part of.

    I think from a Buddhist perspective it may be more correct to say he is "revered" rather than...
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    How would it be offensive? Google and...

    How would it be offensive?

    Google and Wikipedia are your friends, by the way.

    Since it is generally held that all sentient beings possess Buddha nature I don't think it matters if you're...
  5. I've never been to Antarctica but I've seen...

    I've never been to Antarctica but I've seen photos on the web and I must say that it isn't nearly as cold as I thought it would be.
  6. Alright then, back to your main point. The...

    Alright then, back to your main point.

    The wisest and most concise comment on the politeness situation I have ever heard in all the time I have been here came from a Canadian fellow who had been...
  7. Yeah, that's my whole problem; I've just never...

    Yeah, that's my whole problem; I've just never spent enough time where people were speaking Japanese. You conveniently ignored the "nearly two decades of working with Japanese truck drivers" part.
    ...
  8. No, I don't already know them. That's why I asked...

    No, I don't already know them. That's why I asked you to teach them to me. Your (English) version of what was said intimates that there was some Japanese vocabulary I have somehow managed to not run...
  9. I'd like for him to teach me the Japanese swear...

    I'd like for him to teach me the Japanese swear words.
  10. Poll: One little-known method of fighting against a...

    One little-known method of fighting against a ticket from a speed trap is to inquire if the officer operating the radar had the proper amateur radio license to do so. If he doesn't have the license,...
  11. Poll: Read it in Japanese: It says,...

    Read it in Japanese:



    It says, "kokumin".....not "ningen"
  12. Poll: They don't stop every bicycle coming down the...

    They don't stop every bicycle coming down the street. They grab one, give him the works, let him go, and stop another one. While they're busy, numerous other bicycles tool along past the check point...
  13. Poll: You misread my comment. Over the years I have...

    You misread my comment.

    Over the years I have on numerous occasions and in numerous places expressed the exact same sentiment you outlined above. My point is, and always has been, that one's...
  14. Poll: The Japanese police do stop Japanese on bicycles...

    The Japanese police do stop Japanese on bicycles and check for registration.

    I have numerous times seen cops standing in places with little or no foreigner traffic (bicycle or otherwise) and snag...
  15. Poll: The funny part, my Tennessee homie, is that the...

    The funny part, my Tennessee homie, is that the ones who complain the loudest and hardest about Japanese noticing they are foreigners (and treating them as foreigners) very often owe their ability to...
  16. Poll: That's laughable. Not only did I not justify or...

    That's laughable. Not only did I not justify or defend it....I didn't address it at all.



    I would hope that they don't care how long I've been here. You're the one who dragged out the tired...
  17. Poll: Could you kindly point out where we've been...

    Could you kindly point out where we've been justifying racist crap?

    Thank you.



    You do realize that some of the people you're talking to have spent longer than that in Japan just counting...
  18. Poll: I can't understand your taking exception to...

    I can't understand your taking exception to people taking notice of and treating you differently because of your race and gender. After all, it is by those two things alone that you choose to be...
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    It boils down a simple matter of "even though"...

    It boils down a simple matter of "even though" instead of "just because".

    I want to be able to live and work in Japan even though I am a foreigner...not just because I am a foreigner.

    You...
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    I think requiring some degree of Japanese proficiency as a condition for permanent residency would be just fine.
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    I don't isolate myself. I work in a Japanese...

    I don't isolate myself. I work in a Japanese company as the only non-Japanese person. My work environment is 100% Japanese. I have no real-life foreign friends or acquaintances, outside of...
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    An apt and often used phrase for describing...

    An apt and often used phrase for describing living in Japan as a foreigner, but not quite what I was talking about.
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    Irrelevant to my point, which was meant to be...

    Irrelevant to my point, which was meant to be taken in an abstract philosophical way rather than a concrete geographical way.

    When I was a kid growing up in West Tennessee, I lived on an island....
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    We all live on islands. It is just that some...

    We all live on islands. It is just that some islands aren't surrounded by water so we tend not to notice we're on them.
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    You're confusing [languages] and [methods of...

    You're confusing [languages] and [methods of representing them on paper].

    I'm no good at drawing pictures, so do be a good fellow and try to grok it right this time.
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