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Posted in: Fans displeased with idol group’s debut single See in context

Printed on the ticket is the name of the member (and only that member) you can get the interaction with.

Ah lucky fellows who get to drop their pants and confess to their favorite ido--wait, wrong story. ;)

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Posted in: Is U.S. also spying on Japanese email, phone calls? See in context

Spying is universal (if you have a competent intelligence apparatus). From an intelligence point of view, if you're not part of the five eyes, you're not a friend. So the accusation of "friend-on-friend" is ridiculous.

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Posted in: Japan unveils biggest warship since World War II See in context

Interesting fact, this ship also has a well-deck. In US nomenclature, it's practically an amphibious assault ship (LHD, LHA) similar to the Wasp-class (the US Navy doesn't even call them carriers either, despite their carrier appearance and function).

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Posted in: Japan launches rocket with robot for space station See in context

I thought Robonaut 2 was the first robot in the ISS. Though I don't believe says anything.

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Posted in: 20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing See in context

'Claim' seems very natural to me. I hear it a lot on TV in the context of making a complaint. I've never heard anyone actually say 'laundromat', even though I do see it on signs sometimes. I always just say 'laundry'. My mother still says 'klaxon', heheh.

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Posted in: U.S. court calls Sea Shepherd modern-day pirates See in context

Interesting to see the ire and fury of some Japanese directed at the American people. As thought they cannot distinguish SS the organization from US the country.

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Posted in: U.S. Marine arrested for trespassing in Okinawa See in context

What's up with American servicemen going completely nuts when stationed in Okinawa? It seems like they are unable to control themselves more so than any other foreign post.

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Posted in: Japanese company advertises jobs online: 'We do not employ smokers' See in context

I absolutely hate the smoke. I can't imagine why anyone would smoke other than because of their nicotine addiction.

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Posted in: Pentagon says Iran fired on U.S. drone over Gulf See in context

Herve Nmn L'EisaNov 09, 2012 - 08:45AM JST

Would the US permit an other nation to fly drones in or near its airspace? Not a snowball's chance in the hotspot.

Russia did during the Cold War (when they were worse adversaries than Iran currently is) and still does today. US doesn't have a policy of shooting down Russian bombers, which are actually worse than drones.

Way to place your foot firmly in your mouth.

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Posted in: U.S. Air Force struggles with aging fleet See in context

I'm sure some things need replacing and fixing. But you can't paint them all with the same brush. Some of these aircraft are just good solid planes.

While you could argue that the F-22 is worth the high price, the F-35 program on the other hand has left us with a bad taste in our mouths. Even if the USAF did upgrade its entire fleet, I sincerely doubt the DoD's ability to come up with better replacement aircraft that aren't over-priced, over-engineered, and decades behind schedule.

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Posted in: Police probe claim U.S. serviceman punched 13-yr-old boy in Okinawan home See in context

Seems like in these cases involving US servicemen in Japan, alcohol is always involved. I wish I could say, just ban alcohol consumption in US military stationed in Japan, but it's not that easy. In my personal experience, military servicemen are the WORST drunks. The majority are very violent when they become inebriated.

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Posted in: Japan reportedly seeking exemption from U.S. sanctions on Iran See in context

If the US can not even give an assurance of support to Japan when it comes to those disputed islands, why should Japan be concern on Iran's trade embargo

Meanwhile in another article....

If Japan can not even give assurance of support to the US when it comes to international sanctions against Iran, why would the US be concerned on those disputed islands

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Posted in: Russia condemns U.S. human rights record See in context

Well there's a problem with that argument, T-Mack, because the US is not accusing Russia of things that Stalin did in the past.

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Posted in: Why Japan doesn’t give a Gangnam about PSY See in context

America loves a good dance song. Much like the Macarena of days of old, or more recently Party Rock. While it is indeed very popular among the mainstream, this is not a "Korea Boom" in America. It's the dance song of the month that everyone likes to make a parody of to post online.

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Posted in: French broadcaster apologizes to Japan over Fukushima gag See in context

I call this, the "Korea Effect". Now even Japan is also demanding apologies for every little thing.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador pledges full cooperation over alleged rape on Okinawa See in context

It seems like every time there is a US serviceman committing rape abroad, it seems to happen most frequently in Japan. The US has many more servicemen stationed in places like Germany and I can't remember the last time there was a rape case there. Very troubling, very inconvenient considering the political circumstances. You'd think military commanders would be doing more to control this problem.

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Posted in: N Korea says its missiles can strike U.S. mainland See in context

We know that NK leaders know that an attack (nuclear or otherwise) on American soil would be akin to giving the US military a blank check to exercise unrestricted warfare against North Korea and any Chinese "volunteers". There would be no moral debate about protecting some other country's democracy or getting rid of weapons of mass destruction. It would just be a legitimate, plain ol' war of self-defense.

They're just not quite at the level of mutually assured destruction. A bit one-sided for now.

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Posted in: Jackie Chan weighs in on China-Japan island dispute See in context

Jackie Chan was asked a question, and answered it honestly, whether you agree or disagree. He's not out there using his celebrity star power for political activist purposes. He's not trying to land on the islands. He went further to state that it didn't matter what he thought, humbling himself before an issue that he is powerless to have any meaningful input on, short of being Superman himself.

Was anybody expecting Jackie Chan to not side with his own country? I really do not agree with any kind of overreaction towards Jackie Chan's opinion. Many actors believe things that you wouldn't necessarily agree with, Jackie is no exception. I'm sorry if this robbed people of their innocence.

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Posted in: U.S. powerless to act against anti-Islam inciters See in context

Why are people quick to blame the filmmakers? Their freedom of expression is protected, however reprehensible it may be.

The murderous and violent reactions to the film is where the blame belongs.

To do anything against the filmmakers would be the same as saying "the violent reaction was justifiable." What madness is this logic? It is absolutely disgusting. Does anybody know what I mean?

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Posted in: New Hatsune Miku music video leaves world in tears See in context

I doubt the whole world knows who Hatsune Miku is in the first place.

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Posted in: Overseas edition of 'Prince’s Proposal' getting turned down by fans See in context

The thing I hate the most about the video game industry is "localization" because they do not just translate the games, they just love to changes many other things in the games. I really hate that, often times this creates a very inferior game.

I wish video game companies would stop doing such bad changes when they release a game overseas. Just a language translation is fine, no need to change anything else.

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Posted in: Top U.S. general blasts ex-officers for attacking Obama See in context

They are abusing their prior military service for political gain. Being retired doesn't allow them to do this because they're obviously using their military background.

This is very, very bad. A complete lack of unprofessionalism.

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Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 to win gold in women's soccer See in context

freakashow Aug. 10, 2012 - 12:11PM JST

Just goes to show that the Japanese had more class not to whine about missed calls than some other teams would.

Too bad japantoday comments lack the same level of class. Can't be happy at team USA for winning, always gotta tack something on those yankees.

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Posted in: Japan finishes with 38 medals, including 7 gold See in context

YubaruAug. 13, 2012 - 07:46AM JST

For a country with a population nearly double that of England

I'm sorry, but this "per capita" argument for olympic medals is poppycock. Yes, it does help, but only to a certain extent. Overall, it doesn't mean a damn thing and it would be used to diminish anyone's earned medal.

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Posted in: Phelps swims into history with 19th Olympic medal See in context

Well, he smoke marijuana that one time, but that's actually a downer, not an upper. Such a great athlete, he even handicaps himself.

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Posted in: 5 U.S. states get $250,000 federal grants for tsunami debris removal See in context

FadamorJul. 18, 2012 - 04:40AM JST

Japan cannot be considered negligent in the event of a tsunami and so is not required to foot the bill for the clean-up of whatever makes it to foreign soil. It's just basic common sense.

No one is suggesting that Japan foot the bill. I don't even know why we're having this conversation in the first place. You're fighting the invisible argument. Alaskan senator wants more money from the US federal government, not Japan.

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Posted in: 5 U.S. states get $250,000 federal grants for tsunami debris removal See in context

It's rather fascinating that the floating debris covers an area roughly three times the size of the contiguous United States. And that's without taking into account the huge amount floating trash that has already been collected in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

It's also worth noting that not all of the Japan debris will reach US shores, the majority of it will bounce back into the ocean and settle somewhere in the middle with the rest of the floating debris.

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Posted in: What’s the most popular website in the world? See in context

Google it? ググれ!

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Posted in: U.S. senator questions findings in Toyota probe See in context

That is true. Say what you will about "conspiracy theories" about "Japan bashing", but people actually died as a result of Toyota's faulty vehicles. You cannot argue against the death of innocent victims. Their deaths were not fabricated to boost the American auto industry, any such belief is absolutely disgusting and deserves condemnation.

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Posted in: Clinton says 'comfort women' should be referred to as 'enforced sex slaves' See in context

SchopenhauerJul. 11, 2012 - 08:19AM JST

Clinton! Don't forget that America had the legal slave system until the civil right legislation. It was not a long time ago.

Yes, the US had slavery. And you know what it's called in America? It's called SLAVERY. The United States does not use any euphemism when referring to slavery in public discourse, history books, or anywhere else.

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