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    • Question of the week: Do you consider Yuzuru Hanyu an idol? I’ve seen this suggested before, and I was talking to someone this week about alternative idols and she said she had heard the same as well.

      • Nikki ok

        I feel like poor yuzuru feeds weeb gay fantasies, like, all those weebs are all over him, especially on tumblr, it’s disgusting, they should leave this kid alone

        • Thomas

          Yuri on Ice did not help either, now everyone projects their perverted fantasies on him as if he were a character from that anime…

          • nothingsover

            This is so true. It’s already bad when people ship real life people because of characters they play but it’s worse in the case of Yuzuru because he has NOTHING to do with Yuri on Ice but these fans keep making it about him. I find that a lot of the foreign Yuri fans are particularly obsessed with this.

            • fyi

              “people ship real life people”
              Ronald ships YuzuJavi

              • nothingsover

                For the record, I don’t mind people shipping real life people with other people. I was talking about when people ship real life people due to characters they play, like if two actors/seiyu play a couple or ship they start shipping the actors themselves, even if they’re not close or shippy in real life.

          • Lara

            Omg yes, weebs are disgusting, i once wanted to check this yuzuru out cause a lot of people were talking about him and i didn’t understand what was all the fuss about him, and reading some of the comments about him from weebs was disgusting lol, this people have surely no interest whatsover for this sport, they act as if they really care to not sound like weebs but they do sound like the weebs they are, just by looking at their anime icons, they make me cringe so much…

          • ?

            oh my god, it’s not from yoi. it’s his crazy ass fans that make his life harder for him. stop trying to shift the blame from his crazy fans to some gay ice skating cartoon. hold the right people accountable, please.

            • Thomas

              I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say. I meant that YOI fans see him as some kind of real life Yuri and project their gay fantasies on him, not that the show itself is at fault.

              • nothingsover

                THIS. I’m friends with several YOI fans and they actually seem to think of Yuzuru as a real life Yuri and that’s the root of the problem.

                • Thomas

                  I think I’ve seen a Tumblr post once where people called him “the actual real life Yuri” -insert puke emoji-

                  • nothingsover

                    Urgh. I heard that people changed Yuzuru’s wiki page to say he was the real life Yuri or something. That type of stuff is weird and plain creepy. I don’t watch YOI but I’ve heard it’s a good show. Its fans however make me not want to watch it.

                    • lmao

                      that only happened once. you guys are over exaggerating everything as usual.

          • Ey Oo

            Ironically, Yuri K is actually more likely to have been based on Tatsuki Machida than Yuzuru.

        • Aza

          Speaking as a former figure skater: that kind of popularity is actually a dream come true, even if it does come with some fans who take it a bit too far.

          Figure skating is expensive as fuck and competitions, even the huge national ones, don’t typically pay enough to keep a skater going with coaches, practice sessions, boot and blade maintenance, travel costs, etc. Yuzuru also has year-round accommodation costs because he trains in a foreign country.

          A lot of skaters, even popular ones, end up having to quit because they can’t afford it. Many of those Olympic level skaters have had to make huge sacrifices to continue skating.

          Yuzuru’s status as an internet darling has made him hugely marketable. He’ll literally never need to worry about financing his skating career. For a skater, that’s absolutely huge.

          • Nikki ok

            it’s good that he’s popular, what I have a problem with is those weebs who fetishize him, it’s disgusting, they don’t care about skating, they only care about him matching their weeb yaoi fantasies, and I don’t think any of those weebs support him financially, maybe it’s different with his japanese fans

      • PigeonPop

        I personally do not but he’s definitely seen in that manner, and this sadly extends to Japanese skaters in general ever since the days of Miki and Mao when they were younger circa 2005~2006. You can just feel that the media is trying to continue this pattern with Marin now, but she’s done a good job being “hidden” for the most part (her sisters Miyu and Sara are on the verge of getting overexposed though).

      • yacchaitai

        I’ve never thought of him as an idol, but i guess anyone cute enough will be pushed into the idol zone.

      • MoreOfaHockeyFan

        No.
        As his main occupation is an athlete and not entertainer.
        People just treat him as they treat any other successful athletes who just happened to also have attractive face and seemingly good personality.

      • eplizo

        Nah. He’s just a popular athlete who has a very marketable image. Some people seem to treat him like one though lol.

      • tren

        So if people start considering Hanyu an idol does that mean he will no longer be considered a ‘real’ athlete, despite his achievements in the future? Can we expect to see him being dragged on Arama for being popular and winning? I mean Arama hates music idols and deems them unworthy of their achievements.

        The real Question of the week is: Is Ronald trying to set someone else up so he can get a warm and fuzzy feeling when he pontificates about how Hanyu only wins stuff ‘cos … you know ‘idol’.

        • I don’t know what you mean. But I’ve been saying how he’s past his peak for a while.

          • nala

            Why do a lot of people dislike you?

            • Because I don’t agree with them.

              • Eris_03

                LOLing hard everytime you say Yuzuru Hanyu’s already past his peak. It seems like you don’t understand a thing about skating.

                Breaking his own world record just showed that he IMPROVED . Adding a Quad Loop to his repertoire means he IMPROVED . Upgrading 4T-3T to 4S-3T means he IMPROVED. Do you want to know what happens when people are already way past their peak? THEIR FUCKING SKILLS DETORIATE! THEY DON’T IMPROVE! For the record, Yuzuru Hanyu’s spinning skills also improved. So, I don’t know why you’re pushing that he’s already past his peak.

                And 2 points? Puh-lease, Yuzuru was underscored the whole competition. He was robbed in the GOEs department. He hit all the bullet points to deserve a +3 GOE in almost all his jumps, but apparently, Fernandez’ and Shoma’s 3A (Hanyu’s 3A is textbook perfect btw) is better than his. The judges did everything they could just to hold back Hanyu. He would have scored 225-228 if he was judged fairly. Shoma, btw, was overscored. His pre-rotated quad flip has the same GOE as Nathan’s.

                Scores in figure skating has always been unreliable as some judges tended to be biased. If you have seen the protocols, you can see the scores are all over the place. One judge even gave Boyang a 90 on the PCs! Blasphemy, right? Also, Nathan Chen was given a PCSof 86 during the Four Continents despite having a seemingly empty program (Quads are not everything!), in comparison to that, Hanyu’s 2012 FS was just given a PCS of 79 despite being an “artsy” program. Heck, Evgenia Medvedeva having higher PC’s than Yuna and Mao in comparison is proof enough that judging in Figure Skating is unreliable.

                And basing on Hanyu’s performance this season, he won the two most prestigious competition this season. I don’t really understand why you’re implying that he’s giving a poor performance this season. Just because he’s not breaking records everytime he competes does not mean he’s not great anymore. He also came back from a bad injury that made him start training late. His earlier results was actually quite impressive despite starting training late. It’s just that people always expect him to be perfect, that they that he’s a human- a very sickly human in fact. But really, his bad skates are actually quite good, it’s not just his usual standards.

                Male figure skaters peak at 23-24, and Hanyu is only 22. Javier Fernandez’ was just starting when he was Hanyu’s age, and Hanyu was already a world medalist when he was only 17. He was already the Olympic Champion when he was Shoma’s age. People often forget that he is still very young because of how much he has achieved.

                Seriously, Ronald, the reason why you seem to hate him is because you want to act cool. You’re one of these people, whose like, “I have different views from other people, therefore I am a special snowflake! You people are so blinded, just sheeps following the herd! I know better than you, I’m so cool”

                And if you’re gonna still say that he already peaked, he’s probably gonna add the quad lutz next season.

          • PigeonPop

            That train of thought would have been understandable until the GPF. But to say he’s past his peak right after what he did at Worlds (not to mention his success rate with the 4Lo in the second half of the season) is a bit silly. If anyone’s past their peak out of the current top 6 it’s Javier, since he’s the only one who hasn’t upped their tech content from last season.

            • Patrick though…

              And I’m not that impressed by Yuzuru’s win. It was less than 2 points between him and Shoma.

              • PigeonPop

                Patrick successfully added and stabilized the 4S to his repertoire this season in addition to recording a new personal best in the SP. Javier has done neither (adding a new element / recording a new PB).

                I think it’s very impressive that Yuzuru overturned a six point deficit between him and Shoma from the SP–it’s a confirmation that there’s still a cushion between the two in terms of the types of mistakes they can afford to make.

          • CKL

            Just because someone hits your “popular things are icky” buttons doesn’t automatically make them past their point of relevance, Ronald.

            • luv

              CKL – I wish I could upvote this comment a million times.

            • I don’t have a “popular things are icky” view. For example, Hoshino Gen had one of the biggest songs of last year, but when have I ever said something bad about him?

          • HevRev

            I’m a little confused as to how someone can be past their peak after extending their own world record less than a month ago?

            • It was one event. I’m looking at the whole season.

              • HevRev

                True but people generally do have off seasons either before or during their peak, both individual sportsmen and teams. That he still managed to take the world title in a problematic season is a mark of quality, especially when his closest competitors at that event also scored highly.
                To suggest Hanyu is already past his peak is premature, he’s only 22 so we’ll have to wait and see if there is more to come from him yet. I don’t know how much further he can push the boundaries but we’ll see :)

              • Eris_03

                LOLing hard everytime you say Yuzuru Hanyu’s already past his peak. It seems like you don’t understand a thing about skating.

                Breaking his own world record just showed that he IMPROVED . Adding a Quad Loop to his repertoire means he IMPROVED . Upgrading 4T-3T to 4S-3T means he IMPROVED. Do you want to know what happens when people are already way past their peak? THEIR FUCKING SKILLS DETORIATE! THEY DON’T IMPROVE! For the record, Yuzuru Hanyu’s spinning skills also improved. So, I don’t know why you’re pushing that he’s already past his peak.

                And 2 points? Puh-lease, Yuzuru was underscored the whole competition. He was robbed in the GOEs department. He hit all the bullet points to deserve a +3 GOE in almost all his jumps, but apparently, Fernandez’ and Shoma’s 3A (Hanyu’s 3A is textbook perfect btw) is better than his. The judges did everything they could just to hold back Hanyu. He would have scored 225-228 if he was judged fairly. Shoma, btw, was overscored. His pre-rotated quad flip has the same GOE as Nathan’s.

                Scores in figure skating has always been unreliable as some judges tended to be biased. If you have seen the protocols, you can see the scores are all over the place. One judge even gave Boyang a 90 on the PCs! Blasphemy, right? Also, Nathan Chen was given a PCSof 86 during the Four Continents despite having a seemingly empty program (Quads are not everything!), in comparison to that, Hanyu’s 2012 FS was just given a PCS of 79 despite being an “artsy” program. Heck, Evgenia Medvedeva having higher PC’s than Yuna and Mao in comparison is proof enough that judging in Figure Skating is unreliable.

                And basing on Hanyu’s performance this season, he won the two most prestigious competition this season. I don’t really understand why you’re implying that he’s giving a poor performance this season. Just because he’s not breaking records everytime he competes does not mean he’s not great anymore. He also came back from a bad injury that made him start training late. His earlier results was actually quite impressive despite starting training late. It’s just that people always expect him to be perfect, that they that he’s a human- a very sickly human in fact. But really, his bad skates are actually quite good, it’s not just his usual standards.

                Male figure skaters peak at 23-24, and Hanyu is only 22. Javier Fernandez’ was just starting when he was Hanyu’s age, and Hanyu was already a world medalist when he was only 17. He was already the Olympic Champion when he was Shoma’s age. People often forget that he is still very young because of how much he has achieved.

                Seriously, Ronald, the reason why you seem to hate him is because you want to act cool. You’re one of these people, whose like, “I have different views from other people, therefore I am a special snowflake! You people are so blinded, just sheeps following the herd! I know better than you, I’m so cool”

              • Eris_03

                Apparently, winning the most important events of the season means he did not perform well. The others must have performed horrendously as they did not win the GPF and World’s.

                BTW why are all my previous comments spammed?

      • guest

        Of course not.

    • Thomas

      This has nothing to do with J-pop (which I currently don’t listen to at all) but I’m really obsessed with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at the moment… :) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hkfSDSfxE4o

    • Haru Haru

      I love Nozomi Sasaki (so beautiful), and I read reports that she will be getting married to comedian Watabe Ken soon. He is is 16 years older than her but if she is happy with him then its fine. Does anyone know anything about him? I don’t follow Japanese variety shows so I don’t know much about him. Is she popular?

    • Kyle

      my copy of persona 5 is in another country (premium edition was sold out everywhere) and not being able to play is KILLING M E

      • Ryusenkai

        I’ve been playing with a friend since I don’t have a PS4 myself. Based on everything I’ve seen so far, you’re probably going to love P5 (provided you like the rest of the series).

      • Alex

        I loved P3 and P4 and thought they were outstanding games, yet P5 improved so many aspects (especially the dungeons) and little details that makes it the best chapter from the gameplay standpoint. The art direction is out of this world.

      • Thomas

        I ordered my Take your Heart edition from US amazon because it was sold out here after 10 minutes or so :’D

        • Enma

          Damn, where you able to get it at a good price or did you end up paying more? I really want the Take your Heart Edition but its $150 right now on Amazon. I had it in my cart for preorder but…..im a broke child….buuut im glad you guys were able to get it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2268c41dec11da53dc9253e56bda622da5e08f5c54e1174a48636505e991b01d.gif

          • Thomas

            In the end I paid about $90 (including shipping to Europe). Maybe you can find one in a local store? I was able to find Xenoblade X’s limited edition for $60 when it was sold out online.

    • Ichi

      Regarding her relationship with MatsuJun,

      Mao Inoue: Sorry, I would like to answer but it would cause inconvenience to everyone.

      Ugh why can’t they just flat out deny it if there is no relationship. This “rumour” has been going on for so long…

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8lEcwPUMAAyRMo.jpg

      • Mookie

        i wonder if their agencies have something to do with it

        but i don’t think people would be upset at them dating??? doesn’t mao have a good reputation

        • blegh

          “i don’t think people would be upset at them dating”
          There’s a huge maotsujun anti in intl arashi fandom. I don’t like how they talk down on Mao as if she’s an out of work actress, doesn’t deserve Jun and made her out to be opportunistic. I’m not even her fan or a shipper.

          • Nikki ok

            well she is unpopular and out of work so…

      • wut

        she’s just being considerate of Jun’s entitled fans lol

      • rey

        makes me think they are dating for real or else her answer would make no sense

        • ohno

          Jun’s gay, the dating rumors are a cover up. That’s why they’ve been allowed to run unchallenged for so long. Indeed it would be very inconvenient if she were to answer. not sure if I’m being sacastic or not lmao

    • 0704

      Does anyone know where I can download the movie Kimi no Na wa? I’ve been wanting to see it but I can’t find it anywhere.

    • PigeonPop

      Yet another cheating scandal, this time courtesy of FRIDAY~
      This time it’s between RIP SLYME’s SU (Kazuto Otsuki) who is married to Ai Otsuka and Shiori Enatsu, who I’m guessing is a fairly popular model since she’s an exclusive to Seventeen mag.

      http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/girls002/imgs/c/8/c80e6b5c-s.jpg

      • Haru Haru

        She is 21, and he is 42 wow…

        • ewh

          Very much the norm in Japan. That’s why every second TV drama is about some older man creeping on a school girl.

      • Ichi

        Are there more details on this scandal? How long has this been going on?

      • that’s interesting. maybe Ai allowed him to do this. who knows! x)
        also, just walking with a girls is no big deal. show me more, or nothing happened! :p

        oh well, let’s listen to some music: aisu×time

        xD

      • This is so upsetting. Doesn’t Ai and him have a kid or two together?

        Poor Ai.

    • wut

      lots of cheating scandals lately and we don’t see one article about it here..this site should be named aramajmusic instead

      • Haru Haru

        LOL. I know it really sucks we can’t the juicy gossip that is happening in the entertainment industry. I have to translate articles from girls ch, and Japanese news sites to figure out whats going on :'(…

        • wut

          it really sucks that majide2ch and minuskakugo are now defunct

          • Haru Haru

            I used to follow those websites all the time, and still go on minuskakugo to see if its running again :(. I love reading Japanese Netizens opinions on hot topics.

            • hi

              Me too :, the netizens comments were hilarious lol.

          • dear

            the owner of minuskakugo used to be a staff member at arama. too bad shes not active anymore

            arama is one the last, i used to like unleashthegeek for drama/movie news but now they are just a twitter who translate article titles only….<.<

            i wish i could help them but my english is bad lol

    • eplizo

      Any of y’all attended any Cherry Blossom Festivals this year (or are planning to). I think I’m going to go tomorrow since there’s finally one in my area. Hopefully it’s fun.

      • Sakura Harano

        Yup, I got the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Sakura Matsuri today to attend so that should fun.

    • HyperMoot .

      Babe, Abe Mao’s latest was released almost unnoticed on February 15. I didn’t check the figures but I doubt it sold more than 20k. Still listening to it.

    • hasawa

      GUESS WHO’S GOING TO A 3 MONTHS TRIP IN TANZANIA AND KENYA IN JULY???
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/498b05808702b30cf2f4324775f09371298e85e28194fc1047140e16778acb93.gif

      • hasawa

        Also i feel like this song/MV will be the main soundtrack & aesthetic of my travel

        (yea I’ve been pretty obsessed by this guy’s music since yesterday lol)

    • HyperMoot .

      A recent perf from “The Studio Sessions” by post-rock & neo-classical band Anoice. One of their very best I think. The intro is pretty long but from 3’30” the track builds up to a great finale

      • Kana Nishino

        Thank you for caring about talking music, you and @Ryusenkai are great.

        • HyperMoot .

          thx for your words but Ryusenkai is officially a contributor here, I’m not. Also, he’s a highly respectable and respected contributor, you’ll never see him join a flame or show disrespect, which is not the case with me. ;)

          • N

            Your Disqus comments are still >>>>>>>>> than Ronald’s. Who does do those things.

    • mao’s (coy?) response

      J: Will be you be getting married to Matsumoto-san soon?
      M: No, not at all.
      J: So, will you not be getting married to Matsumoto-san then?
      M: If I answer that, it will cause trouble so… there are things I’d like to say, but I’m sorry.

      The fact that she denied the first question, but didn’t answer the second one… I guess it does mean it’s possible they’re still getting married?

      I wouldn’t be surprised if she was getting frustrated though. It seems like she can’t walk her dog in peace without being ambushed by tabloid reporters asking her about Jun. If they weren’t dating though, I don’t see why she doesn’t just deny it.

      Also, for anyone interested, her response to a question regarding the Jun/Aya affair scandal:

      J: We heard you were depressed after reports about Matsumoto-san having relations with a female talent.
      M: Hahaha, what is that (lol). I’m surprised at how over the top people’s imaginations can be.

    • Incase

      Ronald posted a fashion article without the writer’s permission or proper credit (only mentioned the blog name not the writer) 3 days ago. People calling him out for the plagiarism. The page was deleted by arama (surprised/s) but conversation at disqus remains.
      https://disqus.com/home/discussion/aramajapan/who_is_driving_japanese_style/

      Just in case people missed the drama.

      • x

        To expand on this: the original article was by the Ashley Clarke company on the Business of Fashion blog. Ronald lifted large chunks verbatim and altered other bits by a few words/punctuation for reasons unknown. Presumably some of his own words were in there too. The only “credit” offered to the original writer(s) was a weak statement at the beginning of the post along the lines of “Business of Fashion asked these questions.” and a link at the bottom reading “Source”.

        The post was quickly called out as more or less being outright plagiarism. Ronald responded in his usual way.

        Also worth mentioning: there was a long comment at Disqus that detailed why this was plagiarism and how it could have been done so it wasn’t plagiarism. It got deleted within a few hours by either Ronald or Arama. So, this is basically being swept under the rug.

        Glad to see people aren’t letting it go.

        • PigeonPop

          >>Ronald lifted large chunks verbatim and altered other bits by a few words/punctuation for reasons unknown. Presumably some of his own words were in there too.

          Yikes. I didn’t notice this since I just went to the original article and didn’t compare the two. Did anyone bother to screenshot this? (And like I said previously, Arama delivering a Haruko Obokata moment!)

          • x

            Cached version is here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:MCp-vjQNkogJ:aramajapan.com/news/fashionnews/who-is-driving-japanese-style/73457/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

            I used a site to compare it to the original article (http://www.copyscape.com/compare.php) and it came back with ~60% being a direct copy. The rest had minor alterations (a word or some punctuation added, removed, or changed, mostly). The only genuinely original part of this was Ronald’s introductory paragraph.

            Honestly seeing this comparison just confuses me more. Ronald clearly spent a lot of time going over the article and making minor cosmetic changes to the text. He replaced a lot of “like” with “such as,” cut out occupational words (ex: removed the word “model” from “model Kiko Mizuhara” and the like), even changed the spelling on some words from British to American English???

            What the hell was the point of this.

            • PigeonPop

              Ah, thanks a bunch for the cache! This is just embarrassing, really.

        • Incase

          Tq for the additional infos.

          Not that I can’t let it go (my intention wasn’t mean spirited lol), I only knew about the thing 2 days ago via disqus suggestion and thought some might not know the disqus link survived deletion. Do not want posts similar to this happening again.

      • J-Pop

        Well, I don’t think there’s any need to complain about it now. People should be more calm when expressing their opinions, even if it is something that is irritating. One thing is to complain about something, but when the moment it is just to hate on someone is totally unnecessary. And I was the one who wrote the third most upvoted comment. Some Arama! Japan writers just hate on some acts to the point it’s just that, to hate, which is something people should complain about, but instead people write hateful comments on them instead of proper opinions.

        • nope

          One of Arama’s content writers (the one who works for an actual newspaper, no less) stole another blog’s article and is being allowed to continue on as if it didn’t happen.

          I think there’s plenty need to continue complaining.

        • Incase

          Aside from using expletives and name calling directed at Ronald, most of the comments were pretty clear with their points. Ronald technically did stole the article (posting without permission from the author), plagiarized it (edited the article, sloppy credit to the source) and diverted blame to arama readers for “forcing” him into thieving (since we were “pining” for the old arama lol). It’s only proper for Ronald to face the music for his stupid actions.

          • So I guess everyone on the internet is guilty since content is commonly shared in this way. Hell, even our content is. But are we on some misguided crusade in retaliation? No. I think when it boils down to it, people dislike me more than what I did. Some of the people posting in these comments follow me from site to site, and have for months, even making Reddit posts about me. Why? All because I think what I think about Japanese music. I’ll no longer be slandered in this way by people with a grudge.

            • hapi

              I believe you mean libeled, slander is verbal. And it’s neither if the accusations are true. You plagiarized 60% of someone else’s article, changed some of it to make seem original, got caught and deleted it to cover your ass. Now you want to play the victim. Karma’s a bitch.

              • I deleted nothing. I also never claimed the article as my own. In fact, I credited the source in the first sentence of the piece and linked to the original piece at the end.

                • hapi

                  So where is the article now? Did the original owners ask you to remove it? Why not simply link to the article if you so desperately wanted a fashion piece?
                  Changing words and phrases is a clear indicator that your intent was to make the article look original, so nice try but no cigar.

                • Missa

                  People have already explained repeatedly that your “credit” not properly done. I don’t know why you keep coming back to that like it’s a legitimate defense when it’s already been demonstrated that it isn’t.

                  Is it really so difficult to just own up to your mistakes? You fucked up. It happens. The only reason people are still talking about it is because you’re refusing to admit it was wrong and actually learn from it.

                • Ronald, you just do not understand, do you? You even stole the photos along with the article, and still, you think it was alright.

              • Kyle

                he didn’t delete the article I did. I was not aware of how close it was to the original. further editing to the article couldn’t be done due to how long it had already been up + other things that went on behind the scenes

                • hapi

                  Fair enough, good call on your part.

                  • Kyle

                    first and last time it will ever happen here

                • Missa

                  Why was it deleted, though? Ronald seems pretty adamant that it wasn’t plagiarism and I’ve never known Arama to delete just because an article causes controversy. So… why?

                  • Kyle

                    Already said I wasn’t aware of how close it was to the original. ideally I would have wanted it to be edited more but by the time I found out it had nearly been 24 hours, and as I already mentioned other things went on behind the scenes. also as co-owner I have the authority to remove something I don’t want on the site even if another staff member might not fully agree.

                    this is a different issue compared to past controversial articles because those were due to a writers opinion, and I’d never delete an article cause of that (unless it’s promoting extreme right wing politics, racism ETC. and I’m pretty sure those will always be avoided here)

                    • Missa

                      Fair enough. Thank you for the reply and for your action.

            • Incase

              The internet usually retweet links. Not copy paste & edit the article, which even tumblrs know its rude to do so. There’s not even a polite gesture to compel your audience to read the rest at the source.

              Did I sound like I’m crusading in retaliation? I’m talking about my comments as anon ‘Incase’. Here we are in arama Open Post, a place where we are open to discuss whatever interest us. My interest is in this website content. I simply do not want to see another lazy crediting (or theft) over a complete reposting job.

              “I think when it boils down to it, people dislike me more than what I did.”
              I actually like you and appreciate your work here. Its fine if you want to repost your same old JapanTimes articles here, its directly associated to you, your buddies idc. That fashion article was laboriously written (aka long and in-depth) and I’m assuming you had no relation to the blog, it is just wrong to post it like that. It doesn’t matter who’s doing it.

              • PigeonPop

                The article being a double faux-pas is really what’s brilliantly horrible about this. Ronald keeps using the “I gave credit” defense and even if that were the case, still doesn’t excuse one from editing and shuffling the original material around like so many others rightly point out. BoF is of course copyright-protected, so…

                Thank goodness there are other contributors here who understand why this is a problem.

                • Incase

                  Unfortunately there are other contributor ( @hasawa:disqus ) and people like @nikkiok:disqus who can’t comprehend…..

      • Nikki ok

        why are you so full of hate against some random writer on the internet, that you have to mention it here again,it’s over, get a life and get over yourself

        • Incase

          Nah. I have nothing against Ronald but I don’t want the same thing happening again. Also it’s relevant to post it here since he blamed the theft on arama readers who often “pine” for aramadidnt format. @Ronald, we missed the fun diverse + gossipy posts like didntcomms had, but obviously not the stealing part.

          • Nikki ok

            You know, it’s alright to call someone out on something if they did wrong (You people called him out on that article’s comment section already), but calling him names and pretending he’s some devil because he made a mistake is ridiculous and uncalled for. Especially mentioning it again and again even here, that’s not “spreading awareness” that’s “hate” against someone.

            If you guys want different articles then how about learning japanese and applying as a writer here, but that’s probably more work than hating on someone, right :D

            • Missa

              I actually know Japanese and do translation work. I’d be quite happy to write articles about a variety of aspects of Japanese media.

              But I won’t apply to write for Arama precisely because Ronald is a writer here. I refuse to do work (particularly free work) for a site that condones behavior as unprofessional and now outright unethical as Ronald’s.

              You’re acting like you have some kind of moral high ground here, but you are literally defending a plagiarist right now. A few people calling Ronald some childish names doesn’t really compare to the fact that he stole someone else’s work and seems to have absolutely zero remorse about it.

              • Nikki ok

                oh wow congrats then, let’s all call the police on him, so that he gets what he deserves, he’s a monster…please, get over yourself

                • Missa

                  Why are you taking this so personally? Ronald certainly doesn’t seem to care, if his comments are any indication. I don’t think he needs you to defend his honor.

                  • Nikki ok

                    I don’t take it personal but it’s annoying to see people trying to hate on someone just for the sake of hating, y’all should chill, y’all pretend like he killed your families or something lol

                    it’s actually quite funny

                    • PigeonPop

                      What’s funny is you (and Ronald) being so brazen-faced in defending this act. Kindly see the cache provided in the thread below and perhaps go to your local library or college and learn about plagiarism?

                      • Nikki ok

                        “this act”, I’m laughing, did he kill your family, k boo boo whatever floats your boat
                        But seriously tho, you should def get a lawyer involved, I mean we can’t let him go just like this, now can we? He has to be punished, severely, for this act , sorry I wasn’t in my right mind before but now I realize what he actually did, this is unforgiveable, I’ll be with you guys and mention it in every article and post from now on so that the whole world knows about THIS ACT
                        thx for the laugh…also I won’t reply any of y’all anymore because y’all obviously can’t get over it, hope it fills your life and y’all write books about it :D bye bye

                      • luxie

                        You are so annoying…please stop.

                      • Nikki ok

                        Same to you :D

                      • guest

                        Nikki ok is probably some 14 year old high school bimbo who copy and pastes all school assignments from Wikipedia.

                      • Missa

                        Nah, she’s just thinks she sounds impressive right now and doesn’t realize how obnoxious she’s really being.

                        I don’t think she even really understands the point people are trying to make; she’s just reached a point where her name is attached to her “defend Ronald” nonsense and now she can’t back down without looking dumb.

                      • PigeonPop

                        Students and professionals alike literally get suspended or have their credentials revoked when they try to pull this off in academia, after all. This whole shtick has an actual name attached to it (i.e., Ronald Taylor of Japan Times), so of course some people will cry foul.

                        I actually hope Nikki ok is indeed a middle school child; anyone at or above high school age who doesn’t *get* why this is disastrous has my utmost pity.

                      • Missa

                        Well, I mean. Considering that this whole conversation is about a grown man working for a newspaper who doesn’t get it…

                      • Nikki ok

                        oh wow this hurt me now :( especially the wiki part

                      • guest

                        The question still remains. Do you understand what plagiarism is and why it is actually a serious issue? What Ronald did was not a mistake, it was a deliberate act to try and pass someone else’s work off as his own.
                        Your misguided attempts to defend him only served to make you look silly. It’s okay to admit you misunderstood. Unless, you really think it’s okay to steal other people’s work and put your name on it?

                      • cac

                        What if this is Ronald commenting?

                      • Incase

                        @nikkiok:disqus is an arashi fan (oh god help us fellow arashians. it hurts to reveal this..) and an Inoe Mao hater. She’s definitely not Ronald.

                      • cac

                        Oh okay just a thought lol

                      • It’s not, but the IP addresses have been checked and it appears that there are mainly two people fueling this whole thing. At times, they’re even replying to themselves to hype things up.

                      • Incase

                        Please do reveal who the same ones replying to themselves in this thread.

                      • I’m not going to say who is who, but there is someone here with six different names and one IP address.

                      • Incase

                        That wouldn’t be fair for us anons to be cleared off your accusation. I know I’m pretty consistent using ‘Incase’ exclusively for this thread. PigeonPop, Missa, and x don’t sound like the same person. Not sure about hapi.

                      • Two of those are the same person. I will say that.

                      • Incase

                        let me guess. hapi and x. So you were exaggerating saying there were mainly two people fueling this whole thing.

                      • Wrong. But this one person has left comments on this issue across different posts besides this one and the original one.

                      • Incase

                        Still you were exaggerating about mainly two people “fueling” it. there were more than a handful different anons participating in both related threads.

                      • No, but really. It was two people mainly with a few others dropping in.

                      • Incase

                        Stop being a child and just reveal it because at this point, no one’s believing you.

                      • Missa

                        Nah, it’s me and x. I’d forgotten that I’d meant to start using ‘Missa’ as a permanent nickname around here — I’ve used it a few times in the past but my natural inclination is just to stick something random in the name box. I remembered it after a few posts scattered around here.

                        I don’t think I’ve replied to myself, though? I’ve definitely been criticial of Ronald in the past though (and maybe a little excessively aggressive and/or trolly about it on occasion, I’ll own that).

                      • Incase

                        Tq for the revelation. I sometimes forgot I’ve used different name too or its a concious decision according to different thread theme. But I never replied to myself. That’s just low.

                      • Missa

                        For the sake of full disclosure I was also ??? from the the original post. And probably a few others?Honestly I don’t keep track.

                      • Incase

                        Well, don’t do that again especially when you’re addressing one similar topic.
                        In this case it’ll further fueled Ronald sense of victimization and is actually abusive.

                      • Missa

                        Yeah, you’re right. Honestly the name hopping has never been an intentional thing? Most of the time I just throw something random in there without thinking about it. I’ve been told before that my writing is distinctive (and somewhat condescending, but that’s another thing) so I guess I just assumed people would realize they were talking to the same person.

                        Either way I’m gonna try to stick with Missa from here on out. Sorry for the confusion and/or the thing where it was probably misleading.

                      • different guest

                        http://i.imgur.com/YxhCJAR.gif

                        unless you show receipts

                      • Nikki ok

                        All sarcasm aside and to put an end to this discussion, yes, I do understand, I just read the wiki for it, and no of course it’s not alright to steal other’s work but a) he put a source, do you really think a plagarist would put the source for everyone to see that they stole????
                        b) the article is already deleted
                        c) as far as I know the writers don’t get paid so he didn’t make any money out of the few hours the article was online
                        d) as I wrote before, calling someone out if they did wrong is fine but don’t be childish and overdramatic just because it happened to be a writer you can’t stand
                        e) Let it go

                      • Incase

                        a) he put a source, do you really think a plagarist would put the source for everyone to see that they stole????
                        The plagiarism is the only point of argument. However there was no permission granted by the owner of the article to be reposted or edited. Technically that’s stealing. “Fun fact: proper citation is more than just a link at the bottom of the page.” and what’s with the editing it? Its unethical to treat someone else’s hardwork like that.

                        b) the article is already deleted
                        Arama co-owner (thanks @185cms:disqus ) deleting the article further proves that this is not an acceptable code of conduct.

                        c) as far as I know the writers don’t get paid so he didn’t make any money out of the few hours the article was online
                        Aren’t you two (@hasawa too) familiar with the basic knowledge of blogging and reblogging etiquette? This is not about money but creator’s right.

                        d & e is n/a for me. I’m not even seeking for his apology for ridiculously blaming arama readers to justify his actions, nor do I care if he’d admit his fault.

            • Incase

              I was not part of the discussion in that deleted post and only came across it via disqus suggestion around 2 days ago. So technically, not part of “mentioning it again and again”. Do I condone people calling him names? No. The comments looks repetitive but it was by different people. Adding to that, Ronald himself refused to understand his mistake but keep on repeating his “i credited” defense.

              I actually wanted to submit an application but looking at this, I’m second guessing myself.

          • But where was the criticism back on LJ?

            • Incase

              I’m one of the contributors in LJ days. There were.
              Also some of the contributors with ethics took the trouble to only post excerpts of the original content, actually asked for permission and italic our own additions. Some articles were actually taken down because there was no permission from the author (ie: cnnGo Erika Sawajiri article)

            • Tristan Odums

              I actually don’t know why I’m here this time, but this looks pretty bad. An apology is a good start because even at a one time offense, this endangers a lot for you. Even if it was simply “whatever a post for the site, no one is gonna care about it anyway” in intention, it doesn’t look good in the broader scope. This can hurt you elsewhere, and until this site becomes more reputable (which I feel it is) meaning you’ll have to be more careful about the posts here eventually- just try to be mindful right now anyways.

              I for one want you to have a successful career, I feel like you are at the point where you have to be put equal effort on all fronts or cut what you don’t feel is as important, for the sake of your time and well-being.

      • Did I claim it as my own? No. Did I credit the source? Yes. End of.

        • Incase

          Was permission granted by the owner before you posted? The crediting was sloppy at best. The only credit you gave was to the blog not the author, your little blurb had no distinctive separation from the original article (misleading tbh, as if you represented the blog) which could be easily fixed with italics. Not to mention the perplexing editing as pointed out by ‘x’

          Just giving you some concrete criticism.

          • The credits were the same as any other post on this site.

            • Incase

              You mean your other JapanTimes related article repost?

              Was permission granted by the fashion blog owner/author before you posted?

            • Missa

              You mean aside from your Japan Times teasers, which have a proper introduction and link to the actual article rather than reposting them. Which would have been the perfect way to share this article.

              Any other post is usually an original recap/opinion piece or a summarized translation, which is why a link to the source at the bottom is fine for those. In those circumstances, you’re not taking someone else’s words without indicating that you’re doing so.

              That’s not the case here. You took a LOT of someone else’s words, altered them (which is a whole other thing but let’s focus on one thing at a time here), and posted them without any distinction of what was yours, what was not, what was changed, etc.

              There’s a difference, Ronald. You have to be able to see that.

        • Missa

          You know, a lot of people would see this many people calling them out on something as a sign to examine their behavior and realize they maybe fucked up. Not double down and act as if they’re the victim.

          But then again, there was already a comment on the original post that pointed out, in detail, why you’re wrong here, and you deleted it instead of considering what it had to say.

          That, I think, speaks for itself.

          • I didn’t delete any comments on that post, or any other posts in regards to that article.

    • HyperMoot .

      finally bought a used copy of Haruka to Miyuki’s School of Lock ! DVD. I got all the vids from Vimeo long time ago, however I’m glad I added this to my collection. Haruka is not a powerhouse but her vocals suit the melancholy of the music perfectly well

      • No9

        I bought it when it first came out. I really loved that duo back then. I should probably check out their new music.

    • guest

      Katori Shingo also said that the kid is not his.

    • aisasami

      I know probably this question been asked over and over but do you think EXILE and their type of performances/songs can be a hit among US listeners? I was watching the National Cherry Blossoms Parade on FB today and saw that Exile Jr. from Project Taro performed. They were singing an English song that akin to an EXILE tune. However, the vocals were weak (they are still trainees, from what I learned) and I don’t think they would stand a chance in the USA.

      • Honestly, as much as I like some of the stuff by LDH acts, I can’t really see any Japanese pop act hitting it big overseas. There are all those amazing experimental and underground bands, that are very well known in their respective genres, and finally there are some more mainstream sounding rock acts (One OK Rock, Crossfaith, Coldrain and so on) that are getting widely popular outside the “Japan fan” audiences worldwide, but as for pop… I just don’t know if that will ever happen.

    • Guest

      Lol there seems to be more talk about Ronald, than any other news.

      • guest

        Well, I guess a lot of the questionable stuff Ronald does is starting to come back and bite him on the arse. His wanky, elistist attitude to music, dismissive treatment of critisism, sloppy writing etc.
        The plagiarism thing is a biggie though. It’s not just bad journalism, and I use that term in it’s broadest sense in relation to Arama, it’s criminal. Ronald, and just don’t seem to get that.

      • Missa

        I guess that’s what happens when you spend a few years acting like a narcissistic ass, steal someone else’s work, and then try to act as if you’ve done nothing wrong ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        Seriously, though. Ronald sort of dug this hole himself. People have been getting more and more fed up with his shit (this is not the first Open Post to get taken over by discussions/arguments over his behavior) and the plagiarism thing is just a new low that I don’t think anyone actually expected him to reach.

    • Zungya
      • circe154

        His eyes look like bad surgery.

      • club_banger

        No, it’s was at Koriyama City Culture Center.