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Posted in: Man chokes woman, steals her bag See in context

AtariAug. 17, 2014 - 05:16PM JST A male can be just as defenceless as a female. Don't be daft.

So why is it that we don't hear about guys being choked about having their bags stolen ? ?

IN GENERAL, women who walk alone are often targeted by muggers - denying that is as daft as the comment that you left.

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Posted in: Abe vows efforts to resume commercial whale hunt See in context

Please check how much mercury whale meat contains. I tried it once but that was before I bothered to check how toxic it was. Why would you promote something that's going to poison us? Why?

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Posted in: At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with 4 See in context

I don't get why people are saying their latest album was their worst. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. Embarrassing to say but this Englishman likes something that came from ...... France....

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Posted in: U.S. Pacific forces chief concerned over Japan-China tension See in context

Hey Strangerland,

Please stop the ''it's like two kids fighting'' analogies !! Kids don't fight over islands with nuclear weapons !

And by the way, as we keep getting reminded every bloody day now, China is over 5000 years old ..... - they know what they're doing ! They just don't play by our rules....

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Posted in: ANA pulls TV ad after online furor See in context

I didn't have a problem with the ad, but good on ANA for listening to the public.

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Posted in: Sunderland stun United in League Cup semifinal See in context

Maybe he let Mata go as a sign of good faith for when he starts asking for Rooney again at the end of this season ... I think the pressure is starting to pile up on Moyes now. I don't like Man U but I'm starting to feel sorry for them ...

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Posted in: Things Japanese women love (and hate) about Japanese and foreign guys See in context

GOOD BODY ? ? That's just so funny. So, would you like the obese American, or perhaps the hairy Englishman ?

Sometimes my wife asks me why I don't have a body like Brad Pitt.....

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

Glen, Hilton, 10 hours ago

It's funny, especially in view of my own big nose :). To the sensitive souls who were offended - Get over it!

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2542569/Nippon-airlines-sorry-racist-advert-pokes-fun-Westerners-big-noses-blonde-hair.html#ixzz2qztGFEmo Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Taken from the Daily Mail's website. 1085 people agree with him by the way.

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Posted in: ANA apologizes over racial stereotyping in new TV commercial See in context

That's a really lame commercial - fits in nicely with all the other lamo commercials on J-TV.

Now this one, on the hand, is a really good one !


Those Europeans sure know how to use humor !

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Posted in: Ecuador gov't offers $200,000 reward for killers of Japanese honeymooner See in context

****I completely agree with Globalwatcher on the point he made about Japanese people needing to be more aware when they travel.


The fact that it is a popular tourist city makes it even more important to an eye out for thugs and con-artists - that's where they all operate.

My Filippino friend always advises his students not to hail taxi's on the streets of Manila, so kind of taxi scam is something that goes on all over the world.

A quick search on the net and you can find all the dos and don'ts about traveling in Equador -

After reading this (below) , there's no way I would take my wife there -

ATMs: I use ATMs (usually in the mornings) that are attached to actual banks and preferably inside a guarded alcove. Once I make a withdrawal, which during long-term travel, is never less than US$100, I make a beeline back to my hotel and lock it away. Carrying large sums of cash on you, makes you a target. So take it out and stash it away.

Nightlife: Take official taxis. In Ecuador, call for one. In Peru, look for the official blue sticker on the side of the cab. Lock the doors and don’t accept additional passengers off the street. Travel in groups and never walk home alone, even if it is just a few blocks. Cabs are US$2, so do it. Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept them from strangers.

Bus Rides: Check low-value luggage below and ask the porter to keep an eye on your pack. Bring valuables on board with you. If the driver asks to take your bag, just say “arriba” and point to the seats. He’ll understand. Inside the bus, never put your bag on the top rack or even at your feet. The optimal place is in your lap. If someone leans over you to open the window, just keep your hand on top of your bag. If someone asks for the time, don’t be ashamed to decline assistance. On overnight buses, Neil and I use carabiners to link our bags together and to the seat. Brightly-colored ones signal would-be thieves that we mean business.

Walking Tours: Always ask the hotel desk and tourist office about walking around town. What streets should you avoid? Until what time is it safe to walk around? Are there certain trams/buses to avoid? In terms of hikes, I felt very safe walking around Otavalo and the tourist office encouraged our explorations. However in Vilcabamba, we were advised to stay clear of one specific trail. We did and all ended well, for us.

Overall, remember that the average person in Ecuador makes about US$400 a month. So when you bust out that iPod Touch or a crumpled wad of green backs, people will notice–sometimes the wrong type of people. Stay humble and don’t give anyone a reason to hurt you. Don’t walk home drunk and don’t leave your bag on the counter because you’re “just going to look over here for a second”. During our 3 months in Ecuador, I felt the most safe in Banos and Montanita while Quito and Guayaquil felt the most intimidating to me. Even locals there advised us to take care with our belongings. If something arises, don’t hold back your goods and cash. Give them over and walk away with your life. As I tell friends along the trail: “It just aint worth it, kid.”

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Posted in: Man United, Spurs eye top four as 2014 dawns See in context

I would have said Tottenham would win this one, but seeing rooney will be in the line-up I think it could be close. 1-1 (a boring draw me thinks...)

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Posted in: China must retaliate for Abe's shrine visit, state media urge See in context

Novenachama, if I had known that you were female then I would have said something like ''What have you been smoking Lady?''

There was nothing crude or inappropriate about that comment. I used it to stress that I completely disagree with what you said.

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Posted in: China must retaliate for Abe's shrine visit, state media urge See in context


''people who hope to develop friendly relations with Asia''

What have you been smoking ? ? Japan does have friendly relations with most countries in Asia, with the exception of China and South Korea.

It doesn't matter what Japan does, in their eyes it will never be good enough.

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Posted in: China must retaliate for Abe's shrine visit, state media urge See in context

Yeah yeah yeah. Let's do something to distract the Chinese people from the real fundamental problems like pollution, infanticide, gender imbalance, income inequality, water shortages, ethnic tensions, corruption, ........ the list goes on and on and on and on.

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Posted in: Mother, three youths arrested over robbery in Kanagawa See in context

A bit of prison-time would probably do these kids a lot of good.

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Posted in: Children threatened with death if school doesn't cancel 'bonenkai' See in context

You know, this could have been a teacher who didn't want to attend because he/she had something better to do ...

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Posted in: Japan defense update to stress air, sea surveillance capabilities See in context

It's sad that it has to come down to an arms race, but a good defense is a strong offense, right ? Abe-san is 100% right to be increasing the arms budget - we're being naive if we think China is building their military for ''defensive'' purposes only - hopefully, America's shift back to Asia hasn't come too late.

It's been said before, but no other country has built up their military as fast as China has since the 1930s (Yes, that's right - since Japan and Nazi Germany) and we all know what happened next. By the way, I think Japan, through it's pacifist constitution, AND donations and financial developments in many countries HAS already attoned for it's past wrongs.

Also very interesting is the fact that countries who have a huge gender imbalance tend to be the ones that end up going to war.

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Posted in: U.S. advises airlines to comply with China air zone demands See in context

Can we at least all agree on one thing ?

When China decides (again unilaterally) to set up an ADIZ in the South (hate to say this but) 'China' Sea, the deniers on this site will agree that we were right and China is a big threat to peace and stablility in Asia ? ? ?

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Posted in: China sends planes into air zone after Japan, S Korea defy rules See in context

Kazuaki ShimazakiNOV. 29, 2013 - 09:38AM JST "The West won against the USSR because they were willing to sacrifice economic trade to enforce their containment. They are not willing to go as far for China."

That's a really good point. I didn't understand why we couldn't just pull business out of China until I watched the "death by China" documentary.

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Posted in: Imperial couple to visit India See in context

This is good news. We need to forge closer ties with our "friends" in Asia.

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Posted in: China sends planes into air zone after Japan, S Korea defy rules See in context

ZenpunNOV. 29, 2013 - 08:43AM JST "Abe said he will shoot down any PRC plane flied over Senkaku just a few weeks ago"

No, Abe-san didn't that. He approved a plan to shoot down unmanned foreign drones, which is completely different to what you're saying.

If you have a spare 10 minutes, have a read of the following article. Comical. http://midnightexpress2046.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/the-six-wars-to-be-fought-by-china-in-the-coming-50-years/

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Posted in: China sends planes into air zone after Japan, S Korea defy rules See in context

Things aren't going to change in this world until we can learn to share our resources. Japan's 100billion dollar investment into renewable energy is big step in the right direction. On another note, we need to stop doing business with China

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Posted in: Japan boosts military outlays to counter Chinese navy See in context

Appeasing China by 'simply giving them a couple of islands' isn't going to stop the commies from wanting more.

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Posted in: U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone See in context

Well, what did they expect America to say ?

There are only so many islands China can steal before other countries wake up and do something about it.


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Posted in: China tightening customs inspections for Japanese products See in context

China is using trade to blackmail Japan into giving up the rocks, just like the dirty Russians do with their natural gas.

The only thing this does is prove to the rest of the world that they are unreliable, untrustworthy trading partners.

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Posted in: China cleans up after anti-Japan protests See in context

Spot on with that one! Completely agree.

I have only one question for the China lovers - Apart from making cheap stuff, what good is China doing around the world right now?

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Posted in: Two elderly people dead after car plows into supermarket See in context

"CRASHED INTO THE FRONT OF A SUPERMARKET" - didn't have to read another word. I could tell from that one sentence that the driver was over 70, with a heavy foot.

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Posted in: Romney surges to double-digit lead in Florida See in context

How can anyone seriously vote for this guy ? ? He can't even look people in the eye. If this guy gets in, expect war, and more war, and then maybe more war after that, and American infrastructure to continue falling apart ...

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Posted in: Nishikori says he is 'still years off peak' See in context

It would be great to see a Japanese plater in the world top 10, but realistically, Nishikori's never going to get there.

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Posted in: Drink up See in context

No wonder the population of Japan is nosediving - nobody wants kids anymore, only d o g s !

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