Posts Tagged: news



This is SUCH a common occurrence. While living in Japan I probably saw more business men looking at porn on the train than I did at home on my computer.

My favorite is the nearly-nude or occasionally actually-nude woman in the sports papers. You’ve got this guy nonchalantly reading horse racing results while a naked model stares out into the train car.

And my heart goes out to all the newscasters who, when they review the day’s headlines of all the newspapers (yes, that’s a thing - Japan has the most-read newspapers in the world last I checked), they have to point at a piece of paper with a giant photo of a woman and look right past it to the tiny sidebar which is the news story they’re trying to discuss.

Source: wfsp
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hey tumblr

i went on vacation for two weeks, so i’ve been quiet

but here’s an entire album of selfies i took during my trip


for the full set, check my facebook

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This story has been on the news a lot lately, because Mt. Gox is (was?) located in Tokyo. Every story spends twice as much time explaining bitcoins to the bewildered in-studio guests as it does the actual news event. But sadly, it’s all done with charts and diagrams.

Thank you, Taiwan.

(via rare-basement)

Source: nmatv
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Jon Stewart compares the media’s treatment of Justin Bieber and Rob Ford to the treatment of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

people seriously got mad at the athlete who won a football thing? fucking hell, america, what are you becoming in my absence?

(via trinandtonic)

Source: sandandglass





News Reporter Fired For Saying He Would F**k Missing Woman If They Ever Found Her


The soound that I justm ade

Holllyyyy shit

her expression should be the dictionary definition of “agape”

alas, this is a fake

Source: littlewanye

"The council originally considered the use of only TOEFL, an English proficiency test created in the United States to gauge English skills of foreign students and used by universities around the world. But it eventually decided to allow other tests after some council members pointed out TOEFL questions may be “too difficult.”"


If the international standard for measuring English proficiency is “too difficult,” just invent your own standards! Problem solved! Tell us what you’ve got lined up, Japan.

Benesse Corp., a major education business operator, is offering a test called “GTEC for Students.” Last year, 620,000 middle and high school students took the test, which meaures their proficiency in reading, listening and writing. The company plans to include questions to test their conversation skills sometime during the 2014 academic year.

Yes, this leading education firm is offering an English test that might include conversation skills “sometime during the 2014 academic year.” In the meantime, let’s just assume that reading and writing basic grammar is an accurate appraisal of language ability.

In related news, I’ll be drafting my own Japanese proficiency exam that might include a listening portion in 2016 - well after I pass it with flying colors, of course. Who wants to hire me? I’m fluent, apparently!

source: Companies race to develop English exams - The Japan News


A reporter came to one of my schools in December to watch a lesson and ask questions of the teachers. Today I discovered the issue in print with my face on the front page. Unfortunately, despite giving this guy a complete spelling of my name in English AND Japanese, the paper still misidentifies me as Daniel “fate” (ダニエルフェイト). So angry right now!

Also weird, the “quote” from me is not a real quote. I said something to that effect (in Japanese, naturally), but he fancied it up a bit. I had to consult a dictionary to read something attributed to me!

Also also weird, I am identified as “an American living in Ikeda.” The homeroom teacher is simply identified by name, not where he lives. I’m not in hiding or anything, but why is my place of residence news here?


That was my first thought when I read this head-scratching article in the Mainichi Daily News. The National Police Agency is quite literally arguing that because so many suspects confess to their crimes, there is no need to change how police interrogations are conducted. Nevermind that the “change” they are resisting is limited to recording said interrogations to prevent improper conduct. You know, stuff like torture.

Also, holy shit at that average interrogation time: 65 hours and 31 minutes?


Another Onion satire presumed to be real

Idiots on Facebook

Never underestimate the depths of ignorance. Notice how most of the links go directly to The Onion and not a re-blogger. Why bother redacting names from these images? If you’re so stupid you believe The Onion is a real news source, your identity should be broadcast publicly.

(via stfuconservatives)

Source: motherjones

Some of you have noticed I’ve been discussing matters of real estate on Facebook/Twitter as of late. It’s true, we’re looking to move out of our increasingly-cramped apartment. What you don’t know is that we’re not just looking to move across town - rather, the plan is to move across the country.

This was not the plan we had in mind when our quest started. Initially we contacted local agencies and visited a few properties in Ikeda, the city across the river from where we live now. Some were nice, some were disappointing, and a few were just empty plots upon which we could build our own house from scratch.

However, the events of March 11th have finally convinced me the time is right to relocate All Things Feit to the heart of the action. We’re trading Kansai for Kanto, West for East, ほんまに for マジっす.

Yes, we’ve moving to Tokyo.

Why Tokyo, and why now? The first question is the easiest to answer: Tokyo is where it’s at. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe. This is the area where I really, truly fell in love with Japan - not to mention my wife. But if I’m serious about wanting to become a writer or get involved with the video game industry, I’ve got to face the fact that all the major gaming events take place in Tokyo. That’s true even for the companies that are based in Osaka.

The second question is a little trickier. Maybe I’m being pig-headed, arrogant, or both, but it sickens me how people and firms are abandoning Tokyo (or Japan even) after the tremendous earthquake and tsunami that struck three weeks ago. Power outages make life in a the capital a little less convenient, sure, but there’s little to no real threat of radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors.

Presented with an opportunity both to advance my career and make a statement of solidarity with the shaken but stable Tokyo, I’ve decided the time is right to pack our bags. The fact that people are fleeing the area has also lowered prices, offering yet another incentive to take a chance.

Obviously, there are big questions that remain unanswered. Where, exactly, will we live? How will I support Mako & Go? What about my duties with the JET Programme? All of these will be addressed in time. For now, an adventure awaits!

For a Japanese version of this announcement, click here.