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Posted in: Christchurch quake may portend major seismic activity for Japan See in context

"Although it’s located 1,000 kilometers north of New Zealand, the recent eruption of the Shinmoedake volcano in Miyazaki Prefecture"

There's more than 1000 kilometers between Miyazaki Prefecture and New Zealand. Its roughly 8,800 kilometers between Tokyo and Auckland...

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Posted in: What is one habit that your significant other does or has that you can't stand but put up with anyway? See in context

I can't stand it when has a conversation with the dog in baby-talk and then lets it lick her lips while she makes a kissing noise. It makes me jealous, and I can't stand the thought of getting second-hand dog-germs.

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Posted in: In your experience, which country's tourists are the least well-behaved whenever you have seen them out and about? See in context

American servicemen on leave in Roppongi seem to be the worst behaved tourists I've seen. Once, one of them walked up behind me, at 10am in the morning, and said something about wanting to bash my head in. I didn't even know he was there at first.

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Posted in: China overtakes Japan in 2nd quarter as world's No. 2 economy See in context

One important thing to take into account is the calculation used for nominal GDP, which is explained in the article. The calculation uses the average USD exchange rates from the chosen period.

Comparing Q1 and Q2 2010, the yen weakened against the USD 1.54%, while the Yuan strengthened 0.06%.

So, using the exact same calculation for the first half of the year, instead of second quarter, Japan's nominal GDP is still higher than China's:

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T100816003200.htm

In my opinion the fact is that comparing nominal GDP of two different economies using US dollars is not very meaningful. We can do all kinds of other calculations that would put Japan on top if we wanted to. That's what one some people mean when they say "symbolic".

The Yen extremely strong right now relative to the dollar... This is probably going to give a huge boost to the next quarter's nominal GDP figure... Which could well end up being higher than China again in Q3. The point is, the exchange rate influence is very strong.

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Posted in: Is a strong yen against the dollar good for you personally? See in context

It's not good for me personally, because most of my income is from overseas.

My guess is its not likely to go beyond 85 yen / dollar, so if anyone wants unreliable currency trading advice, now is the time to buy yen!

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Posted in: PUFFY's Yoshimura marries just months after break-up See in context

Hottie? Argh. She looks like an eccentric old biddy.

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Posted in: Seven dogs bite five students in Mie school grounds See in context

I think they should be put down.

In New Zealand, under the Dog Control Act, any dog that bites a human or other domestic animal can be destroyed. I don't think there's a law like that in Japan, though.

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Posted in: Australian PM threatens legal action against Japan over whaling See in context

Has anyone here actually eaten it? I have, and I like it, so I want to eat it sometimes. If it didn't taste good, there would be hardly any demand for it.

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Posted in: Tough man Terence Lee loses street fight in Kanagawa See in context

Just as I thought!! Black belts in Aikido and Karate don't necessarily give you the ability to defend yourself. I really think all you get is a bad attitude and inflated confidence.

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Posted in: Can Cameron deliver Titanic results on 'Avatar?' See in context

I've seen the preview for this movie several times, and I have no interest in seeing it at all. Actually I think the big blue aliens are a "turn-off" - not appealing, I'd rather not look at them.

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Posted in: Numero Uno See in context

I don't think the purple and black one is a wedding dress. She's the designer. It is, however, extremely hot!

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Posted in: Jackson film not part of Sony's new 3-D vision See in context

If it looks as bad as every other 3D movie (including the one at the Sony building in Ginza), I won't be buying one. It hurts my eyes.

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Posted in: Gals See in context

You people are all just jealous of these pretty girls with unusual taste in fashion.

It really hurts my feelings when you all pigeon-hole people based on looks. I'm a good looking guy, and I can talk a girl's ear off!

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Posted in: Gals See in context

They might look alright, but going on a date with one of these would probably be about as interesting as watching paint dry.

Not if my imagination is anything to go by.

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Posted in: Gals See in context

Great photo! I loooove Shibuya girls.

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Posted in: Fur of the Year See in context

What I find ironic is that the same people who would find the animals that the fur comes from, "Gyyaaaaa Kawaii" are the ones who are walking around draped in their hides.

It's actually hypocritical. I share the "Gyaaaaa Kawaii" people's sentiment. So what if people like cute furry animals, and also like wearing fur? I love fur.

It's human nature to use animals for useful things.

I like furry animals, and also I like wearing fur. It's super warm, nice to touch, and I like the look of it.

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Posted in: Children's depression and suicide a worsening problem See in context

A disease? Come on now, you can't catch it. It's a condition.

Well I know what you mean, but it fits the definition of a disease. Can be called a disorder or condition as well. The point is, clinical depression is a medical problem.

There are usually two triggers, both of which people have mentioned above. The first is a physiological propensity for depression. The second is environmental / outside factors.

So, a person who has clinical depression is usually affected by both.

A person with the propensity for depression, but a very healthy and stable environment may never develop depression. So loving parents could certainly help, but it's not the only answer.

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Posted in: Somali pirates free 36 hostages after getting $3.3 million ransom See in context

Yeah I agree. Why not blow them up after handing over the (fake) money and getting the hostages back?

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Posted in: Swimsuit campaign girl See in context

Great photo! Reminds me why I love this country.

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Posted in: Autumn glow See in context

Personally I'm not a fan of this picture. Having such a large part of the foreground out of focus is quite distracting to me. I would've stopped it down to keep the foreground in focus, and cropped a lot, leaving the building and people directly in front of it.

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Posted in: Obama's bow to emperor causes outrage in Washington See in context

The U.S. President is, contrary to what Americans believe, not the king of the world. It appears his ego is also smaller than his countrymen's. It was just a gesture of friendship and respect.

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Posted in: Is chivalry dead on Tokyo trains? See in context

A male, especially gaijin, giving up his seat to any healthy looking woman is considered a blatant come-on. I've never done it, but I've chuckled to myself as other gaijin men, probably tourists, have tried to do this. Some of them were attempting to strike up conversations.

Japanese women are equally ill-mannered on trains. They push and shove, take up too much room, throw themselves through the closing doors. I always laugh at the ones who are convinced that every male within a one metre radius is trying to "chikan" them. The slightest contact, and they jump around with a look of horror. They're usually not that hot. Just 20 year old with bad attitudes.

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Posted in: Hawker family See in context

Personally I'd like to see him given the death penalty. I would feel slightly better if he was snuffed, if I were a family member.

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Posted in: S Carolina man gets 3 years in prison for sex with horse See in context

They said buggery!!!

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Posted in: Embracing the Japanese aesthetic See in context

...but a shame that things like kimono relate so little to how people live in modern japan now. need to build a modern identity for yourself as well...

Huh? I guess you're implying that Japanese people are hanging on to an image of themselves that is no longer relevant?

Kimonos are very much a part of modern Japan. Go to a wedding, you'll see guests wearing Kimonos alongside people in suits, western dresses, etc.

Most Japanese women I know wear one whenever they have a chance.

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Posted in: Twilight Zone See in context

Yeah those guys are really uncool. I'd definitely be relieving her of those shoes too.

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Posted in: The rules of hostessing See in context

First of all, hostesses do not sleep with their customers. Um, I bet to differ, speaking from considerable experience.

Hahaha! Why are there always people trying to tell me this.

I've slept with 3. Can I say that here? It's on-topic.

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Posted in: Busy bee See in context

Nice one! What model Canon camera did you use? I'm looking for a DSLR right now.

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Posted in: Maori dance See in context

Wow. Never seen one of those native New Zealand dances before... Yawn.

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Posted in: What do you think of the name Tokyo Sky Tree for the new tower under construction in Tokyo for terrestrial digital broadcasting? See in context

skai- tori-

It's more like "sukai tsurii".

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