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Posted in: Man on nationwide wanted list for knife attacks arrested in Saitama See in context

I wonder how he caught up to his victims. That dude is one META-BO guy.

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Posted in: Are young males losing interest in commercial sex? See in context

The nerds are probably the only 20somethings using the H-Job and B-Job parlours. That and the Host dudes who want to knock one off after a night's work.

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

Dang! you nailed me with the 広辞苑。 一般=generally, most commonly....

I try not to let semantics get in the way of human interaction. Most of the time, at least.

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

dang! I'm not used to the spacing on this new design.

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

外人 is not a real word. It's an abbreviation of 外国人.

Japan is full of them, even on official documents. On a drivers liscense, one might have the following abbreviaitons.

普通二輪自動車=普自二 大型けん引自動車=けん引 原動機付自転車=原付 大型特殊自動車=大特 大型第二種自動車=大型二

<strong>Moderator: Readers, please refrain from posting too many kanji.</strong>

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

I know, it's very confusing. It took me years to wrap my head around it.

for example: 入手 means "to acquire" 手入 means "to care for, to maintain".

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Posted in: Do you consider the word "gaijin" racist? See in context

-yellowmellow

Actually, "外部の人" would mean something more like; "someone who came from outside".

The proper term for outsiders, or people who don't belong is "部外者". Hence the warning signs on restricted areas. "部外者進入禁止"。 外部 is used more as a term for the outer side of an object.

See the Japanese word for "surface damage" -"外部損傷"

外人=外国人 is the proper relation.

as in "person from foreign country".

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Posted in: British employee of Merrill Lynch Japan among 10 busted over cocaine use at nightclubs See in context

Typo,... Verily very....

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Posted in: British employee of Merrill Lynch Japan among 10 busted over cocaine use at nightclubs See in context

Very Merrily Lynched by the media?

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Posted in: Beer, beer-like shipments down for 2nd month See in context

I must be the culprit here... I switched to Kentucky Bourbon. Partly for the tax break on imported spirts, partly for my waistline.

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Posted in: British employee of Merrill Lynch Japan among 10 busted over cocaine use at nightclubs See in context

I heard a rumour that he was Merrilly Lynched....

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Posted in: 3 men found dead in car; police suspect lethal gas made from detergent See in context

Comedian Matsumoto Hitoshi is in hot water for remarks he made about the recent spate of detergent gas suicides on a radio show with Takasugi Kousei.

http://www.j-cast.com/m/2008/05/12019982.html

My crude translation:

Matsumoto Hitoshi: The news companies are having fun with the recent news. Countdown lists of how many killed themself today.... From now on, there should be no more news on this subject.

The more they bradcast this stuff, more people will start thinking, "maybe I want to kill myself too" and more people will.

In a way, maybe they are taking themselves out at the right time. I couldn't care less if these idiots want to kill themselves.

Takasugi Kousei: That's a good point, Matusmoto.

2chan was instantly flooded with complaints and commentary:

[Idiots!? Who do you think you are?] [This is worse than Koda Kumi's gaffe] [What do you mean perfect timing, Matsumoto is a scumbag]

[I totally agree] [Well, the news keeps saying Hydrogen Sulfide. They're giving people ideas] [He was going on a good rant up until then...]

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Posted in: American singer Jero to appear in TV ad See in context

They had Black people on this commercial series for years, I believe a Stevie Wonder tune gave this coffee brand it's name. It's also the same coffee that Tommy Lee Jones plugs.

Remember 3-4 years ago....

"Cause when I look inside my heart And it tells the truth to me Loud and clear my soul cries out It tells me what I need I need the Fire, Fire, Fire"

[Stevie Wonder takes a swig of "Fire" coffee at the edge of the Grand Cnayon. CGI flames burst fron his chest instantly.]

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Posted in: Crash See in context

I don't know the Engligh word for 下取り, when the dealer buys back your old car, and deducts the price from the new car.

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Posted in: Crash See in context

electric2004:

She would do a trade-off with the Porsche dealer for even the slightest cosmetic boo-boo, rather than have it repaired. Mostly side swiping on turns and superficial bumper damages.

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Posted in: Pioneer to introduce new portable car navigation system See in context

It's to make up for not having 50%+ tax rates like most of Europe.

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Posted in: Crash See in context

I once knew the daughter of a rich man, she bought a new Porsche amost every three months, everytime she got in a fender bender.

I suggested she buy a Volvo or Lexus as they don't dent as easy and have more safety measures, but she said, "they aren't cute".

BAKA!!!

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Posted in: Rambo takes aim at Myanmar junta See in context

More impressive than "Terminator 3" at 60. -Less computer generated imagery, more diving from explosions.

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Posted in: Crash See in context

ToughGuyBanker: I hear ya on that, but in Japan, I have yet to meet a single person who owns a supercar that is actually worthy of it. Not saying all Japanese guys who own a car like this are unworthy, but for the most part, they just don't appreciate the sheer beauty, power and prestige of owning one. They just think they do.

So the yuppie bankers and real estate agents in Santa Monica are "worthy" of their 911's and Jags?

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Posted in: Multi-band atomic watch See in context

Hmm, my old Citizen Altessa Watch got 95% of those function and I bought it 8yrs ago.

Yes I'm sure it does. But, can it withstand a fall onto concrete from 25 feet. Or can it keep it's watertight seal at 20 feet of sea water. As, these are the requirements of a "G-shock" brand label.

The name G-shock wasn't for erotic subtlety, it actually means something.

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Posted in: Iran kicked out of defense show in Malaysia for exhibiting missile products See in context

HAhahahah!

Yu haf beeen taahgeted foh tehrminashun!

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Posted in: Roughed up by the cops in Shinjuku See in context

Although I'm usually neutral, I'm casting my lots in with the "No sympathy from me" crowd.

These women broke the law (twice) and reacted with about as much tact as a drunken Chris Farley.

Would they have reacted the same to Singaporean, Chinese, American, [insert country of choice here] cops?

Probably not.

The last fellow I saw refusing to show ID, yelling at a police officer in a foreign language, while attempting to escape on the show "COPS" had his head knee-grinded into the pavement. All the while 4 other officers twisted his arms in a fashion that would make MMA fighters wince.

That's right, there were 2 more officers there just to point guns at him and yell "Stop Resisting!!".

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Posted in: Name your 10 top movies of all time. See in context

Ben Hur

Shawshank Redemtion

Trainspotting

Fight Club

Star Wars IV (for it's techincal innovation)

Apocalypse Now

The Shining

I'll probably have a completely different list tomorrow, it depends on my current mood.

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Posted in: Which company or alliance makes the best cars? See in context

There's a reason why the Toyota Land Cruiser is the vehicle of choice for Mujahadeens in the Middle East and drug cartel guerillas in South America.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrk6vsb77xk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uc4Ksz3nHM&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfZDtC9kjVk&feature=related

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Posted in: China demands apology from CNN after commentator calls Beijing 'bunch of goons and thugs' See in context

The man is exactly right about China. The joke is that the US is also run by goons and thugs and what produces a lot of junk. Wonder if he would have enough of the round ones to say that on CNN.>

As long as the US go has been an independant country, there have been people calling the President, or his staff; Aholes, Idiots, SOBs, Dkheads, Thugs, Terrorists, Bastards, Perverts, and many more.

Some have even called the President of the US Satan himself. Not to mention pictures of Bush with a Hitler moustache or horns.

All this in public domain. I wonder how long someone would last in China if he did the equivalent.

How long would a "Michael Moore" last in China?

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Posted in: Bloodiest week this year for U.S. troops in Iraq See in context

A 1 for 20 kill ratio in Vietnam was too shocking for the American public. Now a 1 for 140 kill ratio in Iraq is proving too much ot handle. If you support the war, get used to it. People die in war. If you oppose the war, don't use the number of dead soldiers to back your cause. See above, It's war, people die. And it's just in bad taste to use soldiers who died bravely to sell a political viewpoint.

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Posted in: Kimutaku to be prime minister in new drama See in context

Great, is he gonna ban bad hair days now?

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Posted in: The hills of Chiba are calling See in context

"Don't bug you" waht iis worng wityh me todsay!!!

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Posted in: The hills of Chiba are calling See in context

Another thing, don't go during "Golden Week" or "O-bon".

And don't curse my name if you are fool enough to do so.

Just kidding! The campsite itself is not that popular. It's also a large area so there are always some secluded spots. It's the traffic and crowded breaks that kill. Like I mentioned above; there are only 2 main roads running down the Chiba coastline.

A few years back, it took me 7hours to do a usally 2hour drive from Chiba to Kamogawa. I take my summer vacation a week after Obon now.

But if traffic jams don't make bug you, go for it.

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Posted in: The hills of Chiba are calling See in context

Sorry, the wave size "fluctuates".

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