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Posted in: Extra-wide microwave oven See in context

How about a decent-priced under the counter convection oven?

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Posted in: Hokkaido schoolgirl commits suicide, blaming bullying See in context

Kids often don't tell their parents, because they believe that if their parents get involved the situation may get worse - which may happen. So they feel that have no one to turn to. Teachers have no power. They cannot discipline their students. There is no policy for expulsion. J-teachers have their hands tied by federal law on education. The whole system needs to be changed.

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Posted in: Hokkaido schoolgirl commits suicide, blaming bullying See in context

Principal Fumio Suzuki described the incident as “truly heartbreaking” and said that it had affected him deeply. “I failed to properly check for signs of bullying,” he said.

Start charging these teachers and principals with contributing to the death of a student. Give the some jail time. Maybe something might change.

It's absolutely disgusting that these girls, and boys, are killing themselves. The adults must step up and help them. If the classes were a decent size (max 25 or so), and teachers had some power (to punish, expel, suspend) students, then the situation may begin to change.

Japan should be embarrassed - this kind of situation is total humiliation for Japan.

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Posted in: SAS to offer Internet onboard both short- and long-haul routes See in context

As usual, JAL/ANA will get onboard far too late.

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Posted in: Electric assistance bicycle See in context

What a cheap and handsome looking bicycle (not!).

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Posted in: How should airlines handle obese passengers? See in context

"pamelot at 08:53 AM JST - 14th November Can you smell the hate? First smokers, now fat people..."

No, not at all. No hate. I am totally tolerant of weighty people. However, when their fat overlaps into my space, that's where my tolerance ends. Why should I have to put up with someone's disgusting fat laying on my hands, legs, torso? Yeow, yuck!

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Posted in: How should airlines handle obese passengers? See in context

"Monkeyz at 09:28 PM JST - 13th November Now, let's be fair: Just because someone's fat does not make them a slob."

No, I don't care about them at all. BUT, when they are laying their fat on me - it's frankly disgusting. Why should anyone be allowed to lay their fat on me? They can tuck it in their own seat. Roll it over piggy.

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Posted in: How should airlines handle obese passengers? See in context

Disgusting, to have someone's fat laying on me throughout a flight. Absolutely disgusting. I work hard to keep fat off my body, by diet and exercise, and to have some lazy, fat slob laying their fat on me is a violation of my human rights.

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Posted in: Seibu Railways to introduce 'maid trains' See in context

Oh dear, chikan heaven.

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Posted in: Finnair starts offering passengers iPads See in context

Now, this is miles ahead of anything here in Japan.

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Posted in: JAL starts Premium Economy service on Narita-Bangkok route See in context

Price?

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Posted in: Grounding the JETs See in context

Almost the entire English teaching apparatus in Japan needs to be scrapped and totally overhauled. Japanese teachers of English need to be supported, and English classes should be taught in a professional manner. Currently, having 2-4 English classes a month is just absurd. Cut them out, or teach them right. Training Japanese teachers as real English teachers would go a long way to making the program respectable. J-students ridicule their English teachers, for good reason - most of them have no English ability, or very little, speaking Katakana-eigo at best. Get real, or get out of the English teaching business, and start Chinese classes, which is where the world is heading.

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Posted in: New Softbank lineup See in context

Yes, she is gorgeous, although about as "white rice" as a lady could be. Not a grain of genmai in her.

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Posted in: Taiji meeting on dolphin hunt set for Nov 2; public to be barred See in context

"Both sides will present their views at the meeting, which will be open to the media but not the general public, organizer Atsushi Nakahira said Wednesday."

And of course we know whose pocket the media are in, and totally fearful of the right-wing nuts.

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Posted in: Tokyo Sky Tree mascot Sorakara-chan introduced See in context

It's great! Retro, 40's, or 30's. The joke's on ... us. Can they really go with this?!?

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Posted in: Man arrested for throwing used condom at woman See in context

Another OIJ move - Only in Japan. Imaginative kinky boys here.

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Posted in: iPhone speaker system See in context

sorry, iPhone

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Posted in: iPhone speaker system See in context

And the iPod sitting on top looks like a sitting duck ready to picked off. How about making it look like an integral part of the system.

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Posted in: Sunset See in context

Perfect image of Japanese nature, wires blocking every calming view.

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Posted in: In Triumph See in context

Excellent spread. These breasts are ideal, won't stretch with age.

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Posted in: Too much katakana contributing to Japan's malaise See in context

Quote: that bane of so many English-speaking foreigners here, “katakana English.”

My Chinese friends hate it a lot more, cuz they don't know the English words, and have no way to find out what they are and look them up in a dictionary, rendering many sentences illegible.

So, as English speakers, we are a lot luckier than most foreigners in Japan. Just substitute romaji, put in the original words! Get rid of Katakana totally.

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Posted in: Make way for the Butt Police See in context

ie. The smoker said . . .

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Posted in: Make way for the Butt Police See in context

The smoke said, "I never smoke and eat at the same time because it's gross." Butt, he smokes when others eat, thoroughly grossing them out.

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Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king See in context

I think my years in central Europe, and many years out of N. American prepared me to return to Japan, where the machine runs smooth. I just don't have the time to mess with staff. I want to enjoy my company and food. When I go to the same restaurant time after time, it's different. At my favorite restaurant, I get a nice hug from the chef every time. Something I never got "back home."

DRogers: you have given some excellent rejoinders. Thank you for keeping up with your readers, very refreshing, and unusual here. Happy dining.

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Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king See in context

"space_monkey: The human touch is often lacking though but that's how Japanese like it."

Not only the Japanese. Many customers from outside the USA/Canada appreciate a professional attitude by the wait staff, as opposed to the fawning, tip-sucking performances by N. American wait staff. I am not a good friend of that wait person, I am a customer, paying money to eat, and I don't appreciate the ingratiating attitude of N. Am. wait staff.

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Posted in: Taiji kills dolphins but frees young See in context

Orphan dolphins have little chance of surviving. How about letting a couple mature dolphins go free with them?

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Posted in: Choosing a seat on a plane: Not just about legroom See in context

"Singapore Airlines to offer inflight Internet, email, SMS services"

Now if we could just get some legroom.

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Posted in: Ichihashi sends letter of apology to Hawker's parents See in context

Ah, how sweet of him.

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Posted in: Panasonic, Whirlpool subsidiary to plead guilty for price-fixing See in context

See, I told you we were paying too much!

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers pressure Japan on child custody rights See in context

Oh dear, what's poor lil Japan going to do? Bullied by China, now bullied by the US. Life's not getting any easier for the galapagos isles west.

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