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Posted in: New exhibition in Tokyo focuses on Japanese 'comfort women' See in context

sex slaves

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Posted in: Japan marks 72nd anniversary of its surrender in WWII See in context

IloveCoffee well written I need help writing an essay on similar topic please contact me cliff(at)cliffworks.net

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Posted in: 32nd anniversary of JAL jumbo jet crash observed See in context

Kitzrow - I may know you, I'm Cliff Woolley, I taught for JAL and JALCOS 15 years from around 1980 including during this tragedy. I took Kyu Sakamoto's widow and daughters to some musicals in Hawaii, we all cried our eyes out. Feel free to drop me a line at cliffworks.net.

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Posted in: Y40 mil stolen from tsunami-cracked bank vault in Miyagi See in context

I applaud the press for being honest, am tired of reading Japanese are superhumans, always polite and honest. Take it from this victim, there are good and bad folks in every country, no exceptions.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese celebrities featured in photos or stories on Japan Today frequently come in for a lot of derision from some readers? See in context

In my opinion the articles featuring Japanese celebs on JT contain no meat, no substance and are pure crap. Just posting Ms. Junko Tanaka has been appointed ABC Company Mascot of the year is not journalism, it's drivel. If JT spent a little time doing proper interviews, presenting their subject matter in an intelligent yet entertaining manner instead of insulting the intelligence of its readers, I'll bet more readers would be grateful, starting with me.

Moderator: We frequently carry in-depth interviews with Japanese celebs in the Entertainment/Arts section in Features and have done so for the past nine years.

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Posted in: U.S., Afghan troops ring Taliban stronghold See in context

Reading the headline I just thought US & Aghan troops gave their opponents a telephone call... Hello, Taliban stronghold?

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Posted in: Namie Amuro and troupe dance off against Maori haka for Coke ad See in context

I just wrote to Dr. Diamond, let's see if he will give us his thoughts. For the sake of discussion see URL to this article, it clearly states http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/namie-amuro-does-a-maori-war-dance-for-coke

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Posted in: Namie Amuro and troupe dance off against Maori haka for Coke ad See in context

Guns Germs & Steel is classified as science /history, not historical /fiction, was winner of Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize, no easy accomplishment. I will write to Jared Diamond and ask him.

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Posted in: Once-glamorous Ginza going from Park Avenue to Penny Lane See in context

goddog - where is your mansion? I'm looking to buy!

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Posted in: Namie Amuro and troupe dance off against Maori haka for Coke ad See in context

Using a Maori War Dance to prommote anything (but war) is barbaric. The Moriori's are groaning in their graves. In 1835, 900 Maori warriors armed with guns, clubs and axes, sailed to the Chatham Islands, butchered and ate the peaceful Moriori population who had renounced war, killing the entire race like sheep. A Maori conqueror explained, ‘We took possession, in accordance with our customs and we caught and killed all the people. Not one escaped. But what of that?’ Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs and Steel.

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Posted in: Namie Amuro and troupe dance off against Maori haka for Coke ad See in context

Glorifying war through dance and other art forms is a sign of the violent nature of man; to be attracted by such displays proves we haven't evolved.

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Posted in: Pachslot See in context

pachinko machines were originally made in the usa and exported to japan; one expert told me

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Posted in: Sefa Utaki in Okinawa offers glimpse into golden age See in context

Look at all the ridiculous concrete gravesites everywhere coating the earth, killing all growth. When a human body dies, let it go, cremate it and say goodbye. No need for egotistical monuments to the dead. Do your venorating at home.

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Posted in: Woman robbed at knife point in Chiba parking lot See in context

oh my word

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Posted in: Man attacked, robbed in elevator See in context

what a great advert for my english school - learn foreign language now, to identify lingo gaijin criminals are speaking! I will teach you how to underatand in 6 languages: Gimme Yo Money, Hands Up, I'm Robbin You Sucker, and throw in Yo' Mama for free. For additional fee I'll teach you how to reply to above in 6 languages.

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Posted in: 3 pedestrians killed by car in Nagoya; driver, passengers flee See in context

happens a lot in japan these days

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. discuss ways to resolve custody disputes See in context

MeanRingo: I'm with you, I think I hate indecisive people, maybe even as much as I abhor opinionated folks.

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Posted in: How the rock-god tribute scene translates — or doesn’t — into Japanese See in context

The original members of Pink Floyd only sold 70% when they came here and played the Yoyogi Oympic Stadium but maybe local tribute acts playing small venues can get by. Any music played live is better than prerecorded, sampled, looped crap. Support live music.

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Posted in: Miniskirt Police to open their own theater in Tokyo See in context

Is this what we pay taxes for?

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Posted in: Student flees with body of 80-yr-old woman on car bonnet in Tochigi See in context

Disillusioned's comments are morbidly hilarious, thanks for cheering us up! The Japanese fellow who intentionally hit me with his car while I was walking home in a pedestrain zone, then jumped out, savagely assaulted me in front of Japanese eyewitnesses, left my body lying in the road & fled the crime scene, was found guilty of assault, fined 300,000 JPY of which I received nothing, and released. No jail time at all, no suspended sentence. go figure.

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Posted in: Maki Horikita steps up the pace See in context

Do any of the so called actors in japan ever study with acknowledged acting educators, pay their dues honing their craft in rep theater productions, get bit parts on TV, then perhaps the big screen, or are they all scouted at a very early age, given a little coaching and voila, are 'actors?'

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Posted in: Hokkaido man dragged 24 kilometers in fatal hit-and-run See in context

yes it is horrible and it gives food for thought about the fatal hit and run that occured in Yomitan Okinawa.

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Posted in: Chiba man arrested for kicking 2-year-old son in head See in context

chotto: I write from personal experience, was myself assaulted, kicked the head many times by a J thug, witnesses called 119, AZABU FIRE DPT dispatched the ambulance, for our area Meguro there are 4 different providers of ambulance services, 55SpeedRacer5; you are correct; kicking someone in the head, no matter how many times and how savagely, as the court proved in my case, is only assault, not attempted manslaughter. Such is the Japanese mockery of justice.

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Posted in: Falconry exhibition See in context

Falconers are extremely dedicated to their birds, can you imagine getting up at 0300 0400 every morning to walk your bird through the fields hunting for prey? All of the accessories used by J falconers are painstakingly made by hand. Mr. Susumu Takahashi had to court his Goshawks lovingly before they accepted him as their human 'mate,' and allowed him to build a nest in the aviary.

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Posted in: Falconry exhibition See in context

I wish JT would have posted a notice before the event. I took my kids years ago and it was excellent. For anyone interested have a read of Susumu Takahashi's book Sodatte, Taka No Akachan! Author Mr. Takahashi with help of his nurse wife, successfully artificially impregnated a goshawk, raised the chicks, helped them learn to hunt then released them near Mt. Fuji. Upon Takahashi san's death his wife attached tiny fragmenets of his bones to the talons of all his birds and released them all. RIP

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Posted in: Student held for hitting girlfriend with rock, and trying to strangle her See in context

I would like to know what constitutes 'attemped murde'r in Japan; smashing someone in face/head with rocks? stringing a rope acros a road? repeatedly kicking someone in head you punch them to the ground? have heard lots of rumors but who knos the actual law, the code?

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Posted in: Maryland girl murdered by registered sex offender See in context

sex offenders should have thier crime tattoed across the forehead.

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Posted in: Tears, prayers mark Asian tsunami anniversary See in context

what's sadder still is substantial amounts of money donated for relief have never reached the intended recipients and no one has been held accountable/ punished.

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Posted in: Bob Dylan to play in Japan next March See in context

Pump 24, yup the boss and his management insisted on these types of venues where they can stretch out musically and people can mill about freely with some seating avail.

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