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Old 2012-12-02, 06:38   Link #2601
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To be honest, I'm actually quite surprised to learn that out in the countryside of nowhere is where rich retired white guys flock to...Would have thought that would be more common in Kyouto or Kamakura
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Old 2012-12-02, 08:08   Link #2602
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Don't get me wrong, I've never been there. That's just the stereotype.
It's not like you'll see a tourist at every corner, just the tourism area I'm sure.
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Old 2012-12-02, 09:49   Link #2603
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To be honest, I'm actually quite surprised to learn that out in the countryside of nowhere is where rich retired white guys flock to...Would have thought that would be more common in Kyouto or Kamakura
Well, I'm not rich nor am I retired, but I don't like cities here in the US, so doubt I'd be particularly intrigued by them in another country, either. Countryside is where it's at.
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Old 2012-12-02, 13:13   Link #2604
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This reminds me of the 007 novel of You Only Live Twice where Blofeld escapes to Japan, buys a castle on some island, and turns it into a "Garden of Death" to attract suicidal locals.
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Old 2012-12-02, 21:06   Link #2605
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Maybe this was answered earlier in this topic, but my interest in it has been rekindled, if mostly due to the fact that I'm reading a certain light novel series and was reminded of this relatively over-used cliche in anime/manga:

In the high schools is the Student Council really that much of an important deal? Heck, even when there's an idol in a series there's always a line like "he/she is President of the Student Council, gets the best marks, etc." Maybe it's because I went to a relatively small high school but the most I ever saw the importance of having a student council was to approve the activities of other school clubs. Granted, the series I'm reading is Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, and the student council + public morals committee are the ones responsible for keeping students in line... but I assume this is something that really only happens in anime/manga/LNs, or at least depends on the series?
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Old 2012-12-03, 08:48   Link #2606
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In the high schools is the Student Council really that much of an important deal?
To my surprise, a thread on this topic does exist: Student councils in Japan.

The best answer is probably Tri-ring's (not least because he is Japanese and was once a regular contributor to this forum):
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I use to be a club president in Japan and deciding annual budget was a very democratic one.

At around September all club presidents files in next year's budget and assembles to a budget meeting to obtain their fair amount but like any budget the request is always more then the allocated budget so it becomes a debate on who cuts down on what.

The student council mediated and the ones I worked with never abused their given power since there was also a right for appeal to vote for no confidence.

What happens is all participants are given a sheet showing break down by clubs of last year's and this year's budget and negotiate till an agreement is reached in cutting each other's budget.

It depended on how good a negotiator the club president is being able to justify how the budget will be placed into good use. So the more people signing up to a club and/or better achievement at tournements meant more justification in obtaining budget allocation. It also meant that less approved club meant more money to go around.

So soliciting freshmen into a club during spring was no laughing matter and winning at tournaments was also a mandate to obtain budget.

It was sort of fun since it was a deduction game trying to out wit other clubs trying to search for holes within their logic and budget request for most clubs strategically placed 20% above target budget so when cut down the damage would be minimal.

I also did alot of class activities like class president and festival executive comittee working with again the student council.

The student council acted as mediators between school staffs and the students and did all the preperation for executive comittees to actually hammer out the details since it was their responsibility to obtain budget and rights for the students.
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Old 2012-12-03, 08:53   Link #2607
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I never thought being part of the Student Council was that complicated.. glad the only position I held was Sgt @ Arms and Escort..well in our place...

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Old 2012-12-03, 09:27   Link #2608
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Unfortunately, the student councils I know are made up mostly of a bunch of cliquish socialites whose intention is to be popular and famous in school rather than help the students. Cue mindless politics, time wasted, and a whole drama scene akin to a corporate boardroom.

And it is a standard report, even from those (obviously cosplayer-types, duh) who are part of it, that many seem to harbour some sort of dislike for otaku. Especially the type of "nerd" who raise "concerns" and challenge teachers during history lessons. Weirdly though, history teachers seem to love these students creating some sort of rift whenever a history teacher is given charge of the student council.

P.S I am not from the student council. I had friends who are in it, and whenever they sit down and talk about their own council mates, things are heard.
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Old 2012-12-08, 19:45   Link #2609
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Is Japan losing its cool?:

"Manga, anime, J-pop once it was all about Japan. But the country's efforts to
channel its 'cool' as part of a global soft power strategy may need a revamp amid
intense competition from Korea."

See:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-...osing-its-cool
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Old 2012-12-08, 20:22   Link #2610
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Is Japan losing its cool?:

"Manga, anime, J-pop – once it was all about Japan. But the country's efforts to
channel its 'cool' as part of a global soft power strategy may need a revamp amid
intense competition from Korea."

See:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-...osing-its-cool
I kinda agree with this. Many animes have many Koreans in the credits. A lot of these animes have quite good quality.. special the adult ones... Korean manwhas are good as well.
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Old 2012-12-08, 21:52   Link #2611
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I should certainly hope that manga and anime expand to become things that are produced in other countries as well... that would give the medium more diversity and vitality. There are some old Russian and Chinese animated films (mostly about folk tales) that were really good, how come they don't make them anymore...
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Old 2012-12-08, 22:56   Link #2612
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Korea and Japan have two different cultures when it comes to attractiveness.

Korea is more bishoujo centric, while Japan is more loli kawaii centric.

If anyone wanted something in the middle, just go for HK or TW girls.
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Old 2012-12-08, 23:00   Link #2613
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Hmmmmm......

Then what of Sumeragi?
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Old 2012-12-08, 23:05   Link #2614
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Hmmmmm......

Then what of Sumeragi?
A monster. Demoness. A disgrace to all hafu girls in the world.
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Old 2012-12-09, 02:26   Link #2615
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Bullying otouto is bad.

Imagine the sparkly puppy eyes he'll make when he cries. Can one withstand them ?
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Old 2012-12-09, 02:48   Link #2616
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Is Japan losing its cool?:

"Manga, anime, J-pop once it was all about Japan. But the country's efforts to
channel its 'cool' as part of a global soft power strategy may need a revamp amid
intense competition from Korea."

See:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-...osing-its-cool
I think one of the biggest reason why Japanese anime/manga industries are doing poor in the west is their inability to utilize internet properly. Seems the rise of torrent and illegal streaming did lot of damage for did damage for their western market. I am actually pretty curious how well Korean manwha will do (if they were ever to reach out to the west), currently their mainly focusing on webtoon. Because of this I think they might have easier time reaching the west as it doesn't have high cost compare to printing. I would actually like to see Japanese manga to go into similar direction but will be difficult for them to transit.

As for gaming, Japan is doing somewhat well. It is true there are some decline, like Final Fantasy doing worse than before. But people seem to forget that Nintendo is Japanese, and they were one of the most successful gaming company in the current generation. Also, Japanese gaming are successful, but in handheld format mostly. Games on DS have sold well and there were some incredible games on them as well.

And the success of K-pop, really Gangnam Style was just really abnormally. I really don't think K-pop will have much success in the future through out the world, then again what do I know.
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Old 2012-12-09, 02:58   Link #2617
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Japanese pop-cultural osmosis pretty much happened organically, since unlike Korean industries, which deliberately aim for spreading Korean soft power (with the motivation of beating Japan), Japan has never really had such motivation. For the most part, foreigners simply take the first initiative to hunt for Japanese pop-culture stuff, instead of Japan deliberately campaigning for spreading theirs. In this regard, Japan has been passive all the time.

And yes, I agree that K-Pop has been a bit over-rated.
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Old 2012-12-09, 03:21   Link #2618
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And yes, I agree that K-Pop has been a bit over-rated.
J-pop is actually hitting our music charts..in the Philippines. No, they're not all related to anime...

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Old 2012-12-09, 03:37   Link #2619
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I think one thing the Koreans should be well known for in the entertainment industry is their historical drama (which I find interesting and "rather" well sensationalised) and Starcraft.

Was at a gaming convention just now and had tried out the HOTS beta; they reserved one whole row of PCs solely for "Korean guests". It was not only a waste of space because there are no Korean diginaries around, it is also unfair because all the keyboards and mouse are in perfect functioning order.

Yes you heard me right - it is UNFAIR and LOPSIDED to provide a Korean Starcraft player a PC with WORKING peripherals when they are playing against people from other nationalities.
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Old 2012-12-09, 04:03   Link #2620
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Japanese pop-cultural osmosis pretty much happened organically, since unlike Korean industries, which deliberately aim for spreading Korean soft power (with the motivation of beating Japan), Japan has never really had such motivation. For the most part, foreigners simply take the first initiative to hunt for Japanese pop-culture stuff, instead of Japan deliberately campaigning for spreading theirs. In this regard, Japan has been passive all the time.

And yes, I agree that K-Pop has been a bit over-rated.
It is not even that K-pop is overrated. Sure K-pop is popular, but the way Korean media cover is downright cringe worthy.


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I think one thing the Koreans should be well known for in the entertainment industry is their historical drama (which I find interesting and "rather" well sensationalised) and Starcraft.

Was at a gaming convention just now and had tried out the HOTS beta; they reserved one whole row of PCs solely for "Korean guests". It was not only a waste of space because there are no Korean diginaries around, it is also unfair because all the keyboards and mouse are in perfect functioning order.

Yes you heard me right - it is UNFAIR and LOPSIDED to provide a Korean Starcraft player a PC with WORKING peripherals when they are playing against people from other nationalities.
YES! Historical Korean drama is the only Korean drama I truly like and respect.

And I have something shameful to tell, I suck at Starcraft .
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