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Posted in: Japanese inventor develops flying sphere drone See in context

Awesome, Japanese inventors always make the cool stuff.

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Posted in: AKB48 performing 3-day concert series at Seibu Dome See in context

Sub-acts associated with AKB48 now include SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, SDN48, OJS48, no3b Watarirouka Hashiritai, French Kiss, Not Yet and DiVA.

WTF.

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Posted in: Hawkers 'pleased' with life sentence for Ichihashi See in context

People are reading into the parole thing a bit too much, a lot of jumping to conclusions here. Check the (many) posts above stating that the possibility of parole is very low, average sentence of a mukichoueki is 30.1 years, etc., before you all go slating the Japanese legal system.

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Posted in: Vietnamese cafes in Calif too racy for some See in context

steve@CPFC

I can see your point in a way - these places are not at all classy as I said, but I would not necessarily label them a disgrace or whatever. It's not like it's a brothel or anything like that. Just out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on host bars and butler cafes, etc in Japan that cater to women? If a woman was to go there, would you feel sorry for the husband?

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Posted in: Vietnamese cafes in Calif too racy for some See in context

steve@CPFC; Possibly i would have gone to something similar in my teens and out with the lads on the beers. Thing is i grew up.

Is it just me, or is your argument totally negated with the statement above? Judging by your picture you are a mature gent now, but there are plenty of younger guys who would go to these places (as you said you may have done). These places are hardly the classiest places to hang around, but if you admit that you may have gone here when you were younger, you are not really in any place to criticise those who choose to do so before they "grow up." Time to put this little spat to bed.

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Posted in: 21% of young men stuck in poverty's slow lane See in context

Steve - the 1950s called, asking for you back. Both the husband and wife have THE SAME responsibilities in supporting their family these days. If both parents are working in jobs that are flexible in allowing them to go to pick kids up after school, etc., the family will be more financially stable than just you busting your ass 7 days a week.

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Posted in: Japan beats Germany to make Women's WCup semis See in context

"Living in a sexist world" or whatever doesn't really have anything to do with the lack of (real) interest in the women's game. I know we are enjoying a boom period with the World Cup now, but I doubt any of you will be following the domestic women's game next year. Unlike tennis, athletics and golf to an extent, people have only been exposed to the women's version for a very short period of time. The women's and men's games are very different styles - however to the vast majority of us, the women's game just seems like a much lower standard of the men's game. The men may be over-paid publicity whores, but that's the "football" we have all grown up with and enjoy. As much as I want to become a fan and support women's football, it just doesn't interest me like the men's game does. Not sexist - just a preference.

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Posted in: Gamba loans Usami to Bayern Munich See in context

Yeah, good player but as rockbuster says, strange to see they took a loan. As good as he is, I can't see a 19-year old player with little experience setting the Budesliga on fire in his first 6 months. That will most likely push his transfer fee down if Bayern decide to go for him. Bad business for Gamba, but maybe they'll be getting something in return. Good luck to Usami though - yet another promising young player produced by Japan.

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Posted in: Fried chicken enjoying boom in Japan See in context

Famichikin rules. That is all.

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Posted in: This way See in context

Kan can't smile in Japan - he would probably be roundly criticised by all the LDP for not taking his job seriously (oh, the irony) or something.

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Posted in: Facebook-Google rivalry intensifies with PR fiasco See in context

paulinusa - I think Facebook is at the stage now where it is pretty much irreplaceable. It isn't just the younger, internet-smart generation using it - people of all ages, and people who wouldn't necessarily have been interested in using the internet previously use it. Even if something better than Facebook crops up, the vast majority of people will just find it a bother to change when they have all their photos, friends, messages, etc., on Facebook already. The only thing I could see ruining FB now, is if they start charging for usage. I'm sure they wouldn't be stupid enough to do that though.

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Posted in: Facebook-Google rivalry intensifies with PR fiasco See in context

AOL never connected with people. It was an ISP, news outlet, etc. Facebook connects people - if I didn't have Facebook, I would lose touch with the vast majority of my friends overseas. People don't use email to communicate with friends anymore - they use Facebook. It's integrated into the lives of people my age (25) so much, I very strongly doubt it will ever disappear. All Facebook need to do now is add voice & video chat, and that will be the end of Skype.

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Posted in: Nintendo's annual profit down 66% See in context

Poor old Nintendo thought the iPhone and smartphone gaming posed no threat to them. FAIL.

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Posted in: NHK to broadcast UK royal wedding live See in context

Well, debate away. Hey, Prince Andrew is a great asset for Britain's global image isn't he? Promoting UK business to sex offenders, known criminals, etc. Lovely advert for the country.

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Posted in: NHK to broadcast UK royal wedding live See in context

Bogart, here's another way of putting it. This Royal Wedding is set to cost the UK economy £5 billion, if you include the lost business as a result of the bank holiday. Still think the £620 million they are apparently bringing in is really significant?

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Posted in: NHK to broadcast UK royal wedding live See in context

I'd rather be sick on myself than watch that garbage.

People go on about the royals generating money for the UK economy - to be honest, I would rather the country didn't support this bunch of philistines and had less money. William and Harry are all right, but are you all really proud that people like Prince Charles and Philip represent the country?!

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Posted in: Trial of Lindsay Ann Hawker murder suspect Ichihashi to start July 4 See in context

Let's all hope this sicko gets what he deserves. This trial has taken too long to get started already.

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Posted in: TEPCO begins power blackouts See in context

Disillusioned - If these people who "don't read kanji" do not have the sense to at least remember their own address. I'm sure they will be forced to do so now.

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Posted in: 180,000 evacuated as nuclear plant crisis intensifies See in context

So many armchair critics on here. How about you all save your petty criticisms until another time? Concentrate on doing what you can to conserve energy and help out.

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Posted in: Mystery solved in death of legendary Japanese dog Hachiko See in context

Cats are definitely better than dogs. Some people think dogs being devoted is a good thing - to me it's like having an annoying little brother that won't go away, or a really needy girlfriend. Cats all the way for me.

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Posted in: Mystery solved in death of legendary Japanese dog Hachiko See in context

I'm waiting for somebody to post a comment criticizing Japanese scientists for wasting money and researching something so trivial.

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Posted in: Japan hosts visit by 5 Australian World War II POWs See in context

Nice to read some good news for a change. Really commendable attitude shown by these guys.

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Posted in: 'Cove' director gives free DVDs to Taiji residents See in context

It doesn't sound as though this is really being pushed on the Taiji residents. The guy just gave them free DVDs. You can't help but hear black vans blaring out all kinds of rubbish - at least with this the residents have the choice.

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Posted in: 'Cove' director gives free DVDs to Taiji residents See in context

it will be a much better world when people are content with believing what they believe without trying to push their beliefs on others

It's not really pushing a belief on them though...just showing them a documentary of what is going on in Taiji. It's up to the residents to decide whether to do something about it or ignore it.

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Posted in: Hayabusa shinkansen offers first class speed and service See in context

That isn't a totally outrageous price. I thought it would be way, way more.

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Posted in: Mitsubishi gets $34 million incentive for Memphis factory See in context

34 million for 281 jobs?

Yeah, I thought that wasn't many jobs too... Most Japanese factories only need people to check the machines though. Robots rule the workplace these days.

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Posted in: No. of people dying alone rises in 'no-relationship' society See in context

It's the same in all big cities - London is barely any different. Being obsessed with iPhones, computers etc., is hardly a Tokyo thing.

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Posted in: Tokyo man arrested for paying schoolgirls 30,000 yen to pose nude for photos See in context

killdamessenger, I think you're missing the point by a country mile. It was just a jokey remark.

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Posted in: Tokyo man arrested for paying schoolgirls 30,000 yen to pose nude for photos See in context

Zenny, you are quite clued-up on this...

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Posted in: Job seekers flop at impressing potential employers See in context

As people have mentioned, this isn't a problem limited to Japan and I'm sure this sort of thing is said about EVERY generation.

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