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    I think as several posters have already mentioned...

    I think as several posters have already mentioned several factors help with getting a credit card in Japan (and in other countries);

    1 steady employment

    2 work for a major company

    3 married...
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    frustrateddave said A little knowledge can be...

    frustrateddave said
    A little knowledge can be dangerous, and it can also save your life sometimes.

    frustrateddave said

    It would depend on the school. As Godemperorleto said, some people do...
  3. MadamePapillion posted This thread was...

    MadamePapillion posted

    This thread was forgotten for 2 years! As to marriage itself, it's more than an afterthought for some in Western countries (such a general concept). Many people, at least...
  4. I have to concur with FrustratedDave's comments...

    I have to concur with FrustratedDave's comments somewhat. My wife seems to think though, that people are progresively getting ruder in Japan (and not just in Tokyo. Of course, I could say that for...
  5. Just get out more, I'm sure you might. You might...

    Just get out more, I'm sure you might. You might want to consult some slang dictionaries as well.



    I didn't do any such thing. I just repeated what my wife said and I assume she had no reason...
  6. I'm sure you probably already know them. I didn't...

    I'm sure you probably already know them. I didn't hear exactly what was said, just providing my wife's translation. It was a somewhat heated arguement. I probably should have butted in with an "Oi,...
  7. Where are all the polite Japanese?

    I know that I have discussed on different threads about Japanese politeness, sometimes focusing on what is important such as keeping the 'wa', even if it means telling untruths that not even a child...
  8. Poll: Personally, I don't mind if they do it in the...

    Personally, I don't mind if they do it in the train. When they start doing it during class (not before or after), then I get annoyed.
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    I applied for a Saison card some years ago and...

    I applied for a Saison card some years ago and got it immediately. I don't know if having a Japanese wife with good credit helped or not.

    On a side note, my American ATT card was canceled (I...
  10. Poll: Funny that it is a myth written as history by...

    Funny that it is a myth written as history by Westerners!?:(
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    Poll: Actually I was thinking of 'The Complete Manual...

    Actually I was thinking of 'The Complete Manual of Suicide' written by Wataru Tsurumi. For living in Japan, it might be very useful.
  12. That is true to an extent, but some concepts held...

    That is true to an extent, but some concepts held by Japanese tend to be more widely held than in most other cultural groups I have met. Americans that haven't traveled abroad still tend to think the...
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    Poll: Huh? The inventor was Indian, so I am not quite...

    Huh? The inventor was Indian, so I am not quite sure how that would make it Western.






    It is, but it isn't. It holds the charms of a multi-asian population with Western values (Western...
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    Thanx Caster, that article was an interesting...

    Thanx Caster, that article was an interesting read.
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    Right, but the shehes are the only real public...

    Right, but the shehes are the only real public display you see of the gay community here. Kind of like the don't ask, don't tell policy mostly here. I don't think you'll see many Japanese 'running...
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    I would say it's still pretty underground, though...

    I would say it's still pretty underground, though there are some she-hes who play on the variety show circuit, but I don't think they are seen as 'average' citizens. I have heard from someone here in...
  17. Poll: This is a hot issue to discuss, and I've been...

    This is a hot issue to discuss, and I've been involved in it on two other forums in one form or another ("Dave's ESL cafe" and "Young Dudes' Guide to Japan"). This forum is certainly more balanced...
  18. Interesting statement. So since Japan signed the...

    Interesting statement. So since Japan signed the UN agreement and they still haven't (some time later)made any discrimination law(s) that is because;

    discrimination is not a big problem here...
  19. Interesting take on that, individualism. Perhaps...

    Interesting take on that, individualism. Perhaps it is not the individualism but the competitveness that often accompanies it that you dislike. Competition in Japan is waged in a different way, you...
  20. That's why, as an anti-individualism, I couldn't...

    That's why, as an anti-individualism, I couldn't go to Germany or the USA. For me it would be the same thing, though the language and several things are different. I hope that the World will always...
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    Doctors here tend to overprescribe, and a...

    Doctors here tend to overprescribe, and a minority of patients live in clinics and hospitals (tend to be elderly or later middleaged). My wife will suggest to see a doctor over bruises, which I'm...
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    I remember reading on a cat website that the...

    I remember reading on a cat website that the bottle trick was something originally discovered in Norway (or Finland). I have found it doesn't work on most cats, and I have never seen anyone with...
  23. What is morality?:p There is such a thing in the...

    What is morality?:p There is such a thing in the UK?
  24. Originally Posted by gaijinalways Taiko666...

    Originally Posted by gaijinalways


    Taiko666 posted

    My point is that all Western cultures are not alike, nothing more.:souka:
  25. Superficiality is difficult to measure sometimes,...

    Superficiality is difficult to measure sometimes, but the language issues seem to be way off base. Every language borrows words, and grammar varies from language to language. How people use a...
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