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11/27/2014

Thanksgiving in Japan

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Thanksgiving Day* in Japan
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Check out the previous 3Yen reports on Japanese Thanksgiving including:

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11/25/2014

The myth of ’safe’ Japan in Tokyo funtown, Roppongi

Yakuza clubs and the Nigerians working this spiked-drink scam have been doing this for decades in so-called “safe” Japan. The Japanese police in Tokyo’s Roppongi district are often the ones who drag/dump/dispose of the drugged victims for the gangs.
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U.S. Embassy in Tokyo issues "drink spiking" warning for Roppongi, Kabukicho
The Tokyo Reporter | 2014nov25
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The warning also indicated that U.S. citizens have said they have been threatened with violence, including the brandishing of guns, or "beaten when they have refused to pay or hand over money."
News reports in February indicated that club Tunnel in Roppongi was the scene of successive incidents in which customers have been confined until they pay large sums of money.
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Nigerians: They’ll ruin your life by NateVenture, on Flickr

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American Citizen Services | Embassy of the United States Tokyo, Japan | November 25, 2014

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Drink Spiking in Roppongi
As reported in the crime section of our Country Specific Information for Japan, the Embassy continues to receive reports of drink spiking incidents in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, particularly near the Roppongi Crossing area.
We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness in entertainment districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho, as drink spiking incidents over the years have routinely led to robbery and occasionally resulted in physical and sexual assaults. In most drink-spiking reports, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been mixed with a drug, rendering the victim unconscious or dazed for several hours, during which time the victim’s credit card is stolen or used for large purchases. Some victims regain consciousness in the bar or club; other victims may awaken on the street or in other unknown locations.
U.S. citizens have also reported being charged exorbitant bar tabs in some bars and clubs in Roppongi, Kabuki-cho, and other entertainment and nightlife districts. Although firearms and brandishing knives in public are illegal in Japan, U.S. citizens have reported being threatened with gun or knife violence in such venues to pay bar tabs or withdraw money. U.S. citizens have also reported being beaten when they have refused to pay or hand over money.

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11/11/2014

I-sit-and-pee, I’m Japanese — the neverending story

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Japanese men who “sit down to urinate” increases to 36%! web-r25-logo
Yahoo News Japan / 2014.11.06
(goofy Google Translate)
—Japanese’s men opinions about urination at home in the toilet (study by TOTO, 500 adult men, ages 20-60)—

The investigation of the Japanese mens’ attitude about urination at home toilet.
Survey of Japanese homes with Western-style toilets, the “sit down to relieve oneself” faction has increased 36.1% from the last study in 2012 [33% sitters]…
Continues…yahoo-japan

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Previous reports sit-and-pee on the 3Yen include:

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11/10/2014

New Japanese prison is better than typical Japanese living conditions

According to Japanese postings on “2channel” offshoot, the new Asahikawa Prison is better than a typical Japanese net-citizen’s living conditions.


New Western-style private rooms with TV introduced for Asahikawa Prison’s aging inmates
Asahi.com | November 10, 2014 (gloriously goofy Google Translate)
Asahikawa Prison in Hokkaido, has introduced a private room with a bed for the inmates…which is the first in Japan’s prison system…Asahikawa Prison handles inmates sentenced more than 10 years…the prison accomdates many older inmates with recidivism issues. Considering the cold climate of the region and age of the inmates, the prison was remodeled with centrally-heated, Western-style, private rooms each with its own TV, and Western toilet and bed…continues…

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(Not shown is a Western-style toilet by the door)


Ok, ok, now for the-rest-of-the-story…What is upsetting Japanese on 2channel (2ちゃんねる / ni channeru) is that the Asahikawa Prison cells are better than their NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) accommodations.
That is, the standard room that a otaku lives in Tokyo or Osaka is not insulated, have central heating, does not have its own toilet, no bed, and it is never as clean as these new prison cells. Some of the anonymous comments on 2channel include:

  • “I want my own flat-screen television and electric kettle.”
  • “Nowadays I live in a 3-mat [4.6sqm] flophouse room without windows–When can I move into that comfy cell?”
  • “Could I have a stylish studio apartment with three meals and a everything-is-free environment?
  • I’ll go as soon as the Internet is introduced

The general consensus of the otaku commenters was that Asahikawa Prison would be better place to live if only an Internet connection was offered.

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Also refer to the previous 3Yen post (2013-09-10):

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11/7/2014

Japanese scientists succeed in making true salarymen

Dobu-nezumi (溝ねずみ) = lit. ditch rat
Dobunezumi is rather rude Japanese slang for salarymen dressed in monotonously grey suits.

Japanese scientists succeed in making true ‘Dobunezumi’

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The reason I called these transparent mice “true salarymen” is that ideal state for a Japanese person is to melt into the crowd of other Japanese—to be “transparent.”
For the 25 years I worked in fetid bowels of corporate Japan, the standard joke among my Japanese office mates was:

Q: What do you call a salaryman with an opinion?
A: Unemployed.


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11/2/2014

Train manners: Tokyo vs Paris

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Campaign against male violence in the Paris Metro
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Le Mode 2014/10/31– Google Translate

“The testicles are not crystal, they do not explode. The closure of the thighs is preferable.”
Notice to men who lounge about, legs apart, on the seats of the Paris Metro..The collective, Dare feminism, is launching a Takebackthemetro campaign and a petition on Oct. 31st.
“The subway’s atmosphere is hostile to women. According to a survey we conducted, three quarters of women are forced to develop coping strategies, adapt their own behavior, and carefully choose where they sit,” says Anne-Cécile Mailfert, on behalf of the association.
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10/30/2014

‘Check out my big club.’

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keystone copThe K.K.K., the Kanagawa Keystone Kops of the Kanagawa prefecture of Yokohama have a reputation of having the most cock ups for any of the Keystone Cops in Japan.
However, this latest Keystone Cop escapade takes the prize…

Chief of Kanagawa police molestation division arrested for groping teen
Tokyo Reporter | October 30, 2014
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested the head of a train molestation division for allegedly groping a teenage girl in Hiratsuka CityAt around 10:00 p.m., Hironori Nagasaki, a 30-year-old head patrol officer, is alleged to have approached the girl, a 19-year-old university student, inside a parking lot in front of JR Hiratsuka Station and fondled her body.
Nagasaki has reportedly admitted to the allegations. “I did a bad thing to her,” the suspect is quoted by police.
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Also refer the previous Keystone Cop reports on the 3Yen (2013-06-09):
   Police officer leaves loaded firearm in supermarket toilet and
   Police police station door smashed, baton stolen while officer sleeps inside

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10/28/2014

Japan: ‘good poo is born in a comfy place’

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As the 2020 Olympics approach, Japan is preparing for its big Olympic poo push…with signage reminding everyone of their toilet manners.

Toilet Japan.jimdo.com wants us to, said-openthink compassion is to clean the toilets in Japan.said-closed They also remind us that the Toilet Spirits—Shinto’s Benjo-gami, Suijin, Mawaya-no-kami, et al (Wiki) are waiting with retribution for poor manners.

View all the poo posters at Toilet Japan’s website: toilet-japan.jimdo.com


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10/19/2014

Japanese—all look the same?

Japanese people often say that Japanese girls look all the same and referred to them as Ryosangata Joshidaisei Ryousangata-Joshidaisei-kanji “mass production female university students” (details).

YuRa_galaxxxy’s tweet:
You think all they’re all the same person or is it just me?all-look-the-same

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"全員同一人物だと思うのは僕だけですか"
pic.twitter.com/BKSDJJcySv — ଘ遊月さん(ゆらっぱい)⚤✩‧₊* (@YuRa_galaxxxy) October 19, 2014

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Also refer my previous alllooksame reports:


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10/16/2014

Internet addiction continues to rise in Japan

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Japanese experts are blaming the the increasing quality of digital content and the plague of smartphone/keitai zombies (3Yen 2014-07-06) for the continuing increase of Net addicts, who often prefer the Internet over other essential activities such as sleeping (or sex).

Internet addiction rising in Japan
NHK WORLD Oct. 15, 2014
A panel of experts in Japan says more than 4.2 million people in the country are addicted to the internet…addiction is up 50 percent from the last survey 6 years ago.
Addiction is suspected when people neglect their work or household chores as a result of spending too much time online.
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Solution?
The Japanese government needs a crash program to provide all Internet junkies with the “iFeel_IM” — the “Virtual Hugging Vest” has been created at Toyohashi University of Technology.
As shown below, the “iFeel_IM” can simulate the feel of a hug or shrug using the tight vest and electronic sensors and vibrotactile actuators. The iFeel_IM’s website describes that the vest can provide hikomori/socially-isolated geek with: “The quickened thump of an angry heart beat, a spine-tingling chill of fear, or that warm-all-over sensation sparked by true love — all can be felt even as your eyes stay glued to a computer screen.”
iFeel_IM Affective Haptics in Emotional Communication..

For more about this perfect solution, refer to the previous report on the 3Yen (2010-04-10): sad iFeel_IM

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