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Title: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Highwind Dragoon on March 04, 2010, 08:20:36 PM
http://kotaku.com/5484581/japan-its-not-funny-anymore

Damn...that doesn't sound like much fun at all.  :(
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Aridale on March 04, 2010, 09:34:18 PM
I agree with the first comment tl;dr
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: X on March 04, 2010, 09:51:42 PM
I agree with some of the things mentioned in there too. It's very true that the Japanese are serious when it comes to jobs. Their work ethic is literally off the scale! And it is because of this lack of R&R that they have THE highest suicide rate in the world that is matched only by America's crime and murder rate. Unreal!! Another issue is their school system. It's strict. Too strict even for most people. Right from the get-go the youth are put under the gun and made to conform to the expliced expectations of the society in which they serve. Also their parents expect them to make something of themselves otherwise they're a disapointment (there is such a thing as too much disciplin). And on part of working almost 24/7 non-stop is so they can earn just enough money to make end's meet (No wonder they commit suicide).

-X
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Mooning Freddy on March 05, 2010, 04:59:27 AM
Well, if that makes you feel good, there isn't anything happy where  I live either.
In the recent years, all of the comedy shows here are based 90% on black humor.
That's quite obvious, since all you could read about in the newspapers in Israel in those recent years is one of these topics:

-Iran's nuclear program
-Horrible car-accidents
-Grotesque crime and violence
-Corrupted politicians
-Terrorism
-How much the world hates us (MAJOR TOPIC)
-Celebrities nobody gives a shit about
-Arguments between the political Left and Right
-Self-criticism (MAJOR TOPIC)

Even the movie Israel sent to the foreign Academy Awards contest reflects this: the movie, Ajami, deals with the criminal wars inside the Arab communities in Israel, The hatred between the Jewish and Arab citizens, the lack of confidence of citizens in the Police forces,
and the Police forces' failure to deal with crime.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Gunlord on March 08, 2010, 12:04:23 AM
Some of the things the article complains about are reasonable (like super expensive living) but others, like the stuff about "bad anime" just mean he hasn't been looking hard enough--there's a lot of crap nowadays, but there's good stuff as well.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: X on March 08, 2010, 11:09:35 AM
Hey! That's also something I forgot to complain about...It's too expensive to live over there even for a middle class citizen. But they do still have good anime. In case you can't find any new anime that's good then simply look to classic anime that literally defined a generation.

-X
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: thernz on March 08, 2010, 12:46:40 PM
Japan drains my wallet when I import albums. :'(
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: PVG on March 10, 2010, 03:51:48 AM
And it is because of this lack of R&R that they have THE highest suicide rate in the world

Orientalist myth of the west.

Anyways, to comment on the blog: you know they call you a newbie when you are in the beginning phase of a random excitement. What's the word they call you when you turn into a bitter cynic and only remember "the good old days" of that random excitement? There is a lot of this type of gaijin in here, all they do is complain. I avoid them myself, since the whining isn't actually a morale boost.  ;D
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: JR on March 12, 2010, 12:02:35 AM
I read this last week (most of it), and it was really interesting. It was actually kind of nice to hear about the negatives of Japan, since nobody ever seems to talk about that. All you ever really hear about are their exports.

As far as stuff about Japan goes, it was great counterbalance to all the useless crap Brian Ashcraft posts about on that site. Seriously, I think I've had my fill of Ashcraft stories accompanied by pictures of busty action figures/anime girls/video game girls/Japanese women. I didn't know you could still be a weeaboo after living in Japan for an extended period of time.   :-X

Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Eric Roman on March 12, 2010, 02:58:44 PM
That bit about Chokokuro Cafe is exactly what happened to 2D CastleVanias after Symphony.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Jorge D. Fuentes on March 13, 2010, 04:56:22 PM
That's funny because it's true.

"Hey we tried this one thing and it was popular!"
"Yes, let's make EVERY SINGLE THING AFTERWARDS BE PRETTY MUCH THAT THING! :O"
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Kale on April 18, 2010, 08:32:23 PM
I'm in agreement with Anime, but it might just've been me seeing the animes and noticing it more and more as time goes by. I like Harem anime, the one where there's a guy with 29 girls to choose from, but recently, they have 20 a year and 19.9 of them suck. I'm still into manga a good bit though, haven't been a disappointment, atleast up to the point that I just more or less stop reading em.

I like the idea of smokign areas in restaurants... I don't smoke either. But if it's true that you have to pass the smoking section to get to the non smoking section... that's just stupid.

But anywho, there is too much to read.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: VGuyver on April 21, 2010, 03:55:29 AM
meh, so much of what he said is true. The ironic thing is that much of what he said, is indeed why japan's economy has been stagnant for the last 20 years. The other reason is lack of immigration... thus lack of new ideas, culture, and and perspective is being brought into japan to further evolve it. I definitely like this author.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Vampire Killer on June 24, 2010, 03:39:51 PM
Good lord could that rant be any longer. Is he attempting to compete with the bible in length?
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Highwind Dragoon on June 24, 2010, 08:29:48 PM
Then don't read it.  He can make his articles as long as he needs to.  8)
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Vampire Killer on June 26, 2010, 07:45:38 PM
Then don't read it.  He can make his articles as long as he needs to.  8)

I did read it though, but like 2 months ago.  Guy needs to just GTFO of Japan already if he hates it that much.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Jorge D. Fuentes on June 26, 2010, 09:42:42 PM
I don't think he hates it, but I think that he's taking the Weeaboos who think Japan is 'just about the best thing ever zomg" and taking 'em down a few pegs by pointing out some things that one will notice when one lives there.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: A-Yty on June 27, 2010, 06:03:01 PM
This article is good.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Slayer on July 13, 2010, 05:44:32 AM
I find it disturbing that it seems socially acceptable to deny the Rape of Nanking in Japanese society. KĊichi Sugiyama, the composer for the Dragon Quest series, for instance, is part of a Japanese historical revisionist group that denies it ever happened, among other disgraces of the Japanese empire.
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Highwind Dragoon on July 13, 2010, 06:37:54 AM
Now I don't know if I want to get dragon quest 6 and 9 after hearing that...  :-\
Title: Re: Japan: It's Not Funny Anymore
Post by: Donvermicelli on August 27, 2010, 09:33:13 AM
He has some valid points but most of it is just random non Japan related crap.
-You don't have to live in Japan to have a hard time being a vegan/vegetarian. his example with bread is exactly the same here (Netherlands) with a few exceptions but then you pay 5 times as much for the bread.
- They have non smoking sections? Over here Smoking is banned but every cafe etc ignores the ban, they have ashtrays on all of the tables and everyone is free to do as they please, at least there you'll have a place where you are not confronted by this.
- They rearrange stores? So what? again same here, it's called marketing, they place products that do not sell enough up front in an effort to get people to buy them.

- He starts off complaining that he liked the fact Japan had certain morals and values where people were polite, they stress that out in Japan, again so what? over here we have people beating up old folks who walk down the street. I'd rather have someone who forces himself to be polite to others than someone who is downright rude.
- The stereo type problem, don't we all have it? Racism and discrimination is abundant people do what they see fit to keep their own sense of security safe.
- The slot machine problem, the US has an entire city dedicated to it. It's called Vegas, other countries have similar places, people love to throw away their money with the false sense that they might be the lucky one to win the jackpot.

The problem I have with his article is that his problems are so general you can find them in every culture in the world in some form, his final note on how life is a game is simply true. If he cannot play by the rules then he should change them instead of complaining about them. Whining about stuff like that never led to anything.
And I guess I'll stop there before my post becomes as long as his.