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Posted in: Japanese grappling with high cost of death See in context

Did I miss something here? Have people made plans to die on specific dates all the way upto 2015?

I suppose it means they've already got enough bodies frozen (or in solution, or whatever they use) in storage to last them for the next four years.

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Posted in: Pearl Harbor survivors gather 69 years later See in context

For nearly a quarter of a century, the US Pearl Harbor survivors sponsored a baseball game with the Japanese pilots who dropped the bombs.

Really?? It takes 9 players to make a baseball team. Did that many Japanese naval aviators flying in Dec. 1941 survive the war?

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Posted in: 70,000 commuters delayed by quarrel over cell phone on train in Chiba See in context

The man who objected must have really got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. That said, what the h**l is so important it needs to be discussed on a moving train at 0640?

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Posted in: A global goodbye for Hikaru Utada See in context

She hasn’t said if the break is permanent or temporary.

Count on her making a triumphant return when she runs out of money.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks release gives hit list to al-Qaida, says U.S. See in context

I would not want to be seated proximate to Mr. Assange in a restaurant when the drone with his name on it descends from the clouds...

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Posted in: Retailer Don Quijote pulls Nazi outfit after complaint See in context

Well, this gets rid of the Hitler wannabees on a shoestring budget. For the determined purists, authentic SS collectibles are of course still available to those willing to pay in the hundreds of thousands, or millions, of yen.

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Posted in: Sumo wrestler arrested for attempted robbery in Fukuoka See in context

He probably needed the money to pay the vig on his gambling debts...

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Posted in: Which of Tokyo's commuter rail lines have the best babes and worst habits? See in context

So people who REALLY have a problem with the content never read it, because they KNOW what kind of stuff shows up in this section.

LOL@Fadamor -- but you just couldn't resist taking a peep, could you? I for one find it refreshing to see how readers of weekly magazines take pleasure in commiserating over human beings' many frailties.

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Posted in: A Japanese version of JFK's assassination See in context

Did he use a Mannlicher-Carcano sniper rifle purchased via mail order from Chicago for 19 dollars and change?

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Posted in: WikiLeaks loses major source of revenue See in context

Not everything civil servants do is insidious and conspiratorial. I for one would not want my private and/or business correspondence posted on this site. How many people are ready to say they could stand up to the entire cyberworld's scrutiny? Assange is an egotistical, self-righteous twit who I predict will come to an ignominious end in the not too distant future.

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Posted in: Nissan's Leaf See in context

Even if it sells, electric cars have no long-term future. I'd give them a decade at the most before self-generating technologies make the scene and make the Leaf obsolete.

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Posted in: Time for change See in context

Cleverly worded sign, in case anybody's interested. 無脳 (muno, brainless) is a pun on 無能 (muno incompetent).

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Posted in: 2 million Americans lose jobless benefits as holiday season arrives See in context

The bankers and stockbrokers are saying "let them eat cake" to the US the middle class. It would give me a world of satisfaction to see these fat cats suffer the same fate as Marie Antoinette. Let the armed struggle begin! Aux barricades citoyens!

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate up to 5.1% in Oct See in context

There was something in the vernacular yesterday about the percentage of jobs for school-leavers next spring is at the 40% level, at least 10 percentage points below the official figures.

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Posted in: 'Shallow-brained bureaucrats' crackdown on love hotels unlikely to thwart teen prostitution See in context

You would be surprised how many married couples use love hotels to get away from the family and spend some quality time together.

Yes, I would be surprised. Especially since the money for the room would have to come out of the wife's household budget. This "couples use it for privacy" fable is almost certainly an urban legend.

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Posted in: Happy birthday See in context

I have never liked Princess Kiko's fake smile and I always will.

Shouldn't that be, "and I never will"?

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Posted in: Is religion more of a destructive or benign force in the world today? See in context

Find me a religion that would politely refuse a monetary handout and I might consider investigating its belief system. (But seriously, don't waste your time.)

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Posted in: U.S., South Korea begin war games See in context

@Foxie, the term 'war games' was not created by the media, it was created by the military.

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Posted in: Sneak thief's book provides new revelations into larceny See in context

Maybe he'll get arrested during one of his book signing events...

But seriously, if there's no evidence with which to charge him --- in the form of stolen goods in his possession --- and since he almost certainly does not mention the specifics of his crimes in the book, what will the police be able to act upon?

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Posted in: U.S., South Korea begin war games See in context

There appears to be something inherent in the Korean national character that when they squabble amongst themselves, they try to drag as many other countries into their disputes as possible. It's enough to make one long for the days when they were a 'hermit kingdom' in the truest sense of the word.

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Posted in: Oregon bomb-plot suspect wanted 'spectacular show' See in context

The degree to which this success story is being loudly trumpeted to the media by law enforcement agencies suggests that they are soliciting a larger budget from the next session of the US Congress.

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Posted in: Caught! 'Catch-22' now an e-book See in context

I read it when it first came out. Once was enough. I wonder how many members of the present generation can relate to WW2 SNAFUS.

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Posted in: N Korea warns U.S.-S Korea drills pushing peninsula to brink of war See in context

Several stray dogs growled near destroyed houses.

Definitely N Korean operatives.

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Posted in: Sarah Palin: Serious 2012 contender or pretender? See in context

America politics has a long tradition of radicals hijacking their party (look at William Jennings Bryan or Barry Goldwater) and galloping off with the nomination. If Palin plays her cards shrewdly she might even win the nomination. A lot of pundits are predicting a third-party challenge in 2012, and if that drains away enough independents and Democrats, Palin could very well wind up in the White House. No matter who runs in 2012, the US clearly needs to abolish its antiquated electoral vote system and elect its presidents directly.

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Posted in: Bright and early See in context

It struck me that if it's really 3:00 a.m., then this is a terrible waste of energy. Who is out and about at such an ungodly hour, to justify leaving the lights on?

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Posted in: S Korea boost security after North warns of more attacks See in context

China is frustrated over the US support for Taiwan and uses North Korea as a counterweight. Appealing to China for cooperation is an exercise in futility.

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Posted in: Sneak thief's book provides new revelations into larceny See in context

gogogo@ the police will have to find him first. Why do you think he wrote the book under a pseudonym?

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Posted in: Obama says U.S. will defend South Korea See in context

What worries me is that little Kim may already have sold a couple of his homemade nukes to the middle eastern whackos.

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Posted in: What is the best way for the global community to deal with North Korea? See in context

Rabid dogs should be put down.

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Posted in: Tensions high after North, South Korea trade shelling See in context

but also makes fence-sitter Commie China feeling unpleasant.

Unpleasant?? Who do you think is behind all this in the first place??

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