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Posted in: Special K See in context

She kinda looks like him!

Go Kei!!

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Posted in: Bawling ex-lawmaker Nonomura indicted for fraud See in context

totally misplaced sympathy

I feel no sympathy for him. I just feel that the media's constant focus on this particular crime is deflecting the public's attention from bigger crimes/issues.

Who are these so-called "REAL crooks"?

Politicians/Bureaucrats who systematically cozy up to private business and waste trillions of yen of taxpayers money on wasteful public works projects in return for promises of amakudari upon "retirement".

Right wing LDP bigots (who have come into positions of power thanks to a continuing culture of nepotism in Japanese politics) who pressure the mass media into self-censorship with the aim of having their inherit racist views take root amongst the younger generations.

Ruling party officials who have misused/wasted the pension funds of millions of hard-working people over decades and then ask the very same people to take a hit through higher taxes/lower pensions while they continue to receive ridiculously high allowances/special pensions.

Mirai, please don't misinterpret my point. Of course this guy deserves to be punished. I just find it pathetic that this particular story dominates the news, talk shows and people's conversations for so long. It's sensationalism at its finest, and the bigger stories (that actually affect us more) are being buried.

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Posted in: Bawling ex-lawmaker Nonomura indicted for fraud See in context

8 million yen is nothing. This guy has paid the price many times over. He'll never get a another job.

How about focusing on the REAL crooks who are still in positions of higher power.

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Posted in: Delta joins bid to rescue bankrupt airline Skymark See in context

downtown is usually South and uptown usually North....so it depends on where you start.

That makes no sense to me at all.

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Posted in: Man jumps out of moving car after argument with girlfriend See in context

I have wanted to do that - more than once.

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Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle See in context

The way in wich this story was buried by the major Japanese media outlets yesterday is truly frightening. Either this is a prime example of self-censorship or the government is directly involved.

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Posted in: Japan held 0-0 by Singapore in Asian World Cup qualifier See in context

This is not a bad result for Japan. Even the major football powers in the world have hiccups just after the club season finishes. Players are in vacation mode and often not fit. Many of them are also wrapped up in contract negotiations. Albania beat France yesterday and Wales beat Belgium the day before.

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Posted in: S Korean court finds swimmer Tomita guilty of stealing camera See in context

Japanese showing remorse towards Korea for wrongdoings? Good luck with that.

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Posted in: Guinness World Record-breaking strawberry found in Fukuoka See in context

the lucky girl who got to have the first bite, it was “oishii” (delicious)!

Sounds like she has the talent to star on about a thousand different J-tv programs.

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Posted in: Give us a hug See in context

@Bogi: you also see European people, before a judo match, bowing. Nothing weird...

Not a good comparison. Contestants have to bow before and after matches in judo. It's part of the rules.

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Posted in: Give us a hug See in context

The important thing is being respectful to other people customs, even though you don't share them.

I agree. But something that I find very strange is the habit that Japanese soccer players have developed of hugging each other as if they were Southern Europeans or South Americans. I know it's not a bad thing, but it just seems really, really weird. I think it's good to be accepting of other customs when in a situation like the photo above, but J footballers hugging the hell out of other J footballers just seems so fake.

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Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet See in context

All she had to do was say loudly "No soap, no sex" - no problem

No. They're married, so I assume that's no longer a bargaining chip.

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Posted in: Royal runner See in context

Do you actually believe that ANYBODY could become a Prince's bodyguard?

I would be seriously concerned if I were to see you trying to have a go at my Sensei; he's only about 5'1" and looks just like a frail, old English trump (no joke).

I'm just saying, there are plenty of really big, scary looking martial arts experts. Give me one of those.

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Posted in: Royal runner See in context

If I were him, I'd be getting myself a bigger bodyguard than that little guy in the left!

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Posted in: Gov't to use sales tax hike revenue to expand welfare spending See in context

The old rich pensioners should be means tested before receiving the pension, if they are creaming it off the stock market, have a second home down in Izu, travel to Hawaii and drive a benz then do they really need the pension from the govt ?

If people haven't saved for their old age, that is their look out, why should my working family support people who have been irresponsible? If I had been financially irresponsible I would not expect a single yen from the government.

Do you understand how the pension system in Japan works? These people have all paid into the system. Don't you agree that they are entitled to at least what they contributed?? Perhaps you also propose that banks offer minus interest for people with mid-high incomes! If not, I do not understand your point at all.

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Posted in: Japanese girl dies in possible drowning at Guam beach See in context

Never take your eyes off your children in unfamiliar territory. Very few Japanese children have experience with swimming in the sea. Some may call this an accident, but I call it negligence.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki to skip 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' for first time in 15 years See in context

Maybe someone realised she can't actually sing.

Going by the lineup, I don't think so.

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Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested See in context

Even CNN reports celebrity scandals ahead of elections and war.

Even CNN? I agree with the point you're trying to make, but CNN is far from a good example.

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Posted in: Abe adviser calls for stimulus after 'shocking' GDP See in context

The fact that the country's leaders and experts all find this surprising is what disturbs me the most.

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Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years See in context

Many of the comments here suggesting that she was forced into this marriage/lifestyle are somewhat confusing. The expectations and sacrifices that one makes when marrying into the Japanese Imperial family are both clear and well-known. It is natural that that the Prince would be interested in a classy woman like her, but the decision to accept the proposal was made by Masako herself.

They ruined a good woman.

Who did? I have immense sympathy for her given the heartache she has suffered, but let's remember she was a 30 year-old adult when she made her decision.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping 5-year-old girl See in context

Highly likely she would have been killed. But, impossible to prove. Unfortunately, he'll get off lightly.

Dad, you've been given a second chance which you probably don't deserve. Don't EVER let her out of your sight again.

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Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park See in context

Why did the cops take the time to weigh this dropped load?

Can't beleive the police actually weighed it all!

Large amounts of non-burnable waste are weighed in Japan. Very standard.

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Posted in: Japanese baseball results See in context

Considering Hanshin just won the series, the story seems awfully played down, JT.

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Posted in: Nobody at subway station in Tokyo for first train after two staff oversleep See in context

Japan needs more news like this. Enough kidnappings and murders. I love this story!!

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Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

@Cleo

Why would any kid spend their time studying something that they are not tested on?

Because it's fun/interesting? When I was a kid I spent lots of time learning stuff that I wasn't only not going to be tested on, but that wasn't even in the school curriculum - because I found it interesting. Lookit all the kids today who will happily spend hours reading a comic book or playing a video game just to get to the end; that's not stuff they're going to be tested on. They do it because it appeals to them.

Gee Cleo, don't you think that's just a tad idealistic? I was a kid once too, and I memorized lots of fun stuff as did all the other kids. And when we were at school, we learned/memorized multiplication tables, periodic tables, historic facts etc because we needed it to pass tests and get grades, NOT because we thought it would benefit us 20 years later.

Make English (or maths, or history, or chemistry, or literature) as exciting to a kid as a Monopoly board or a video game, and kids will study without being nagged or tested.

Ah, the old "Japanese kids can't learn English because it's not fun" argument. Do we really need a world full of teenagers who don't take things serious unless they're "fun"? I'm all for kids enjoying school/learning, but no matter how "exciting" you make your English class, 99% of the 15-year olds would still rather be doing something else. The biggest motivation to study for teenagers all of the world is still the short-term goal i.e. passing tests (or the consequences of failing). That is why speaking should be included in tests.

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Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair See in context

Why would any kid spend their time studying something that they are not tested on?

Change the tests (i.e. include speaking) and all will be solved.

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Posted in: 47-year-old man arrested after body parts of missing 6-year-old Kobe girl found See in context

Whenever I see news like this (a lot), I can't help but feel that we have failed as a society. I hate the world we live in.

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Posted in: First ever exhibition dedicated to Oasis coming to Tokyo See in context

the mid-nineties wouldn't have been the same without them.

Agreed. It would have been a lot better.

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Posted in: TV announcer Mariko Oe to marry Monex billionaire Oki Matsumoto See in context

Perfect! When she's in her 50's, she'll be filthy rich, still hot and he'll probably be gone. Then she can marry me!!

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Posted in: Full bloom See in context

I've seen the film and I don't recall her being in it. I may be missing something, but why is she there?

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