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Posted in: Bored Japanese trucker gets kicks from Syria war tourism See in context

I expect we'll be reading about him later this year: "Japanese man killed in Syria".

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Posted in: 'Kin' chosen as kanji character best representing 2012 See in context

Kin is also the same kanji to represent the Korean surname Kim, e.g. Kim Jong-un.

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Posted in: ARROWS Tab F-05E tablet See in context

Not sure if the price is right or not...

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Posted in: Man brings virtual girlfriend to own wedding See in context

@iwatejay: who, Phoenix Wright?

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Posted in: Governor promotes Fukushima rice at Tokyo supermarkets See in context

The rice can easily be distributed to bento factories around the country. Coming soon to a conbini or supermarket near you!

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Posted in: Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls See in context

Yogi the Pedobear. This reminds me of the movie "Trust" which looked at online dating and rape. Only this is worse with human trafficking.

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Posted in: Carbonate water in 35 seconds See in context

I like carbonated water as a way to stay away from soft drinks. It's amazing when mixed with Calpis!

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Posted in: A Japanese suicide See in context

What a surreal story, very rare to experience. I guess the apartment is now "cursed" so the rent would be dirt cheap. Would any of you readers live there if you were apartment hunting? I'm not superstitious so I'd have no qualms about moving in.

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Posted in: Can men and women really be close platonic friends? See in context

Remember this is about close friends, not just light workplace friendships. Could you have a close platonic relationship with a member of the opposite sex?

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Posted in: What happens to Japanese porn stars after they retire? See in context

I think a greater concern is STDs. Doesn't every AV star end up with herpes?

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Posted in: Too old to drive - How to convince older drivers to give up their keys? See in context

We need to encourage older people to cycle more, like in Japan. That way they can still have some independence after quitting driving (i.e. go down the street to go shopping etc). It's also good for their health. Taking the bus just helps speed up their ageing process.

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Posted in: What Japanese women discreetly check out when on a hunt for a husband See in context

How about "Are your arms bigger than his?".

Those stick-figure guys might look like some manga characters but with no muscle mass whatsoever, it'll be you who has to carry the shopping to the car and do the housework.

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Posted in: Try cooking a Big Mac in rice cooker See in context

Elvis would be proud.

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Posted in: Tsunami 'miracle pine' cut down as part of project to preserve it See in context

Miraculously expensive pine!

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Posted in: Extra time See in context

What a weird mixture of French and English that banner has!

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Posted in: Apple event invites hint at iPhone 5 debut See in context

Perhaps people have it wrong, it's not iPhone 5, it's iPhone S (S standing for "Steve"). Or maybe iPhone 4SS. "S" and "5" are rather similar looking.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Comiket 82: What they like and don't like about Japan See in context

@SimondB: perhaps a large portion of the foreigners at Comiket came because they could speak English and expected to be able to speak in that language with other visitors and the manga artists. For people who can only speak their own language and not Japanese or English, they probably stayed home.

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Posted in: Police station chief apparently hangs himself in Niigata park See in context

Execution hangings are designed to break the neck, rendering the prisoner unconscious. In this case the poor guy probably strangled to death, NOT a nice way to go. RIP.

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' director Tony Scott jumps to death from LA bridge See in context

Jumping off bridges: highway to the danger zone. RIP.

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Posted in: With Assange inside, British police guard Ecuador embassy See in context

Will the embassy get a helicopter to fly above the embassy so Assange can climb a rope ladder into it and escape to freedom?

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Posted in: Female teacher arrested for photographing 11-year-old school girls naked See in context

@Tiger_In_The_Hermitage: I'm not sure, it might be like how criminals in Australia can get access to guns, even though we have gun laws. Perhaps these would-be pedo teachers will learn through online networks how to answer the psych tests in order to appear "normal".

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Posted in: Female teacher arrested for photographing 11-year-old school girls naked See in context

The ANN video reports that Yamakawa "has an interest in girls' chests", here "chests" being "mune" so it doesn't mean these girls have "beautiful breasts".

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Posted in: Interpol issues arrest notice for Sea Shepherd founder Watson See in context

To all those who donated to SS: how much of your donation went into securing bail for Mr Watson? Germany is very grateful for your donation to its country.

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Posted in: Big boys See in context

We shouldn't encourage elementary school-aged kids to become obese. If they were obese to start with, that's a different story, however.

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Posted in: Can't bear it See in context

How much can a polar bear?

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Posted in: Sea Shepherd founder Watson skips bail in Germany over Japan extradition fear See in context

If he skips bail now, he will never get bail again if he's caught.

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Posted in: Vietnamese postgraduate student stabbed at Osaka University See in context

This is an extraordinary incident, so I won't be surprised if there's an extraordinary reason behind it.

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Posted in: 42 India nuclear plant workers contaminated See in context

How safe is anyone really even if Japan gave up nuclear energy completely?

Good point @gyroman. For example, China has big earthquakes, and if a nuclear power plant accident happened, any radiation could drift towards Japan.

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Posted in: Bicultural javelin thrower Genki Dean fielding a media frenzy See in context

I've never heard of a Japanese guy with the name "Genki". If I had that name I'd want to change it.

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Posted in: Egyptian sumo wrestler says Ramadan fast 'no problem' See in context

Interesting that they refer to him by his real name. Doesn't he have a sumo name?

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