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Posted in: Pushy French are world's worst tourists; Japanese are top: study See in context

A UK company? Surprise, surprise!

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Posted in: Pushy French are world's worst tourists; Japanese are top: study See in context

I don't think the sub-heading summarises the story. In any case, cultural stereotyping, like tipping, on question banks invariably leads to skewed results. Isn't this a German company? Surprise, surprise!

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Posted in: Australian town bans bottled water sales See in context

It's good to see grass-roots democracy at work.

They must be communists!

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Posted in: Mobs clash with police as ethnic violence spreads in China See in context

This is just the preview, folks. Remember Hu's role in Tianenmen Square?

He's coming back, and he's real angry!

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Posted in: Tokyo residents pedaling to work in increasing numbers See in context

I cycle because I live in a coastal city, with next to no public transport. It's actually a lot safer than back home, where I also cycled; because so many more drivers here also have cycling experience, and therefore tend to leave a bit of space for me, and because speeds are so much slower generally.

It's not all plain sailing, though. There is no cycling infrastructure, and no plans for any. Only the poor cycle, apparently.

No matter. I cycle safe, and have had no real problems. It's still a great way to travel.

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Posted in: Lux See in context

OneForAll

I agree wholeheartedly! I am similarly blessed.

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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context

ilikejapan69

Precisely!

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Posted in: Mixed results for Obama's first Moscow summit See in context

So they may have agreed to bin some old stock that's approaching it's 'use-by' date, perhaps to save some money.

Big deal. Doesn't change the fact that I live in a country with (US) nuclear weapons, and I'm surrounded by countries with them.

I don't feel any safer.

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Posted in: Truck thief gets away after crashing into five police cars in Chiba See in context

Keystone Cops training video available now! Get your copy quick!

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Posted in: Jackson's public memorial strikes a spiritual note See in context

Yawn

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Posted in: Innocence lost: the dark side of Akihabara See in context

Nobody from the west, particularly the US, can criticise Japan! How much of the internet porn is generated in the west? Most of it.

The age issue is a furphy. Most cultures of the world have a surprisingly low coming-of-age. Only in the rich west, does the mock outrage, and lectures on sexual morality confuse the issue.

The statistics in Japan on sex-related crime speak volumes.

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Posted in: Community shocked by teacher, wife busted for filming women in toilet See in context

How about you wait for a conviction, before venting your collective spleens?

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Posted in: Anti-drug poster featuring Yukie Nakama to go up at schools nationwide See in context

Or, maybe the sign was supposed to read: No.1 Drug

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Posted in: Should marijuana use be legalized? See in context

Of course it should be legal, but don't expect it anytime soon in Japan. What percentage of JT does the government control?

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Posted in: Australia: diplomacy, not courts best way to stop whaling See in context

Well summed-up Aussieooo.

The arguments for whaling are weak, to say the least! But the tactics of the paid lobbyists is to NOT address the kinds of points you raised. Instead they play a game of distraction, to keep the discussion away from these kinds of points. I must say, they do a very good job, and I have been drawn on many an occasion.

Although I'm extremely disappointed with the roll-back of the Australian's pre-election position, PM Rudd is at least a career diplomat. I believe he really does want to stop whaling, because there is enormous public support for such a position; they would not have made the pre-election promises if it were otherwise.

But until the whaling stops, I will continue to support Sea Shepherd.

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Posted in: Australia: diplomacy, not courts best way to stop whaling See in context

Aussieooo - Yes, and isn't it interesting how silent the Japanese media have been on the Yushin Maru #2! Including the pro-whalers here!

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Posted in: Australia: diplomacy, not courts best way to stop whaling See in context

So, Sea Shepherd just refuelled in Australia, eh? Not bad for a so-called "terrorist" group! But wait a minute, the Japanese whaling fleet are barred from entering Australian ports! The Yushin Maru #2 had to go to Indonesia for repairs.

How perplexing!

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Posted in: Do you support the tactics of environmental activists such as Sea Shepherd? See in context

Yes, I Sea Shepherd, because when they are around, the whaling stops. Hand-wringing and wailing by bloggers, politicians and journalists does little to stop the killing. But I would like to see a poll question about the morality of hunting endangered species, or of the quality of the so-called research, or of the millions in wasted tax-payers money!

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Posted in: What does Japan need to do in order to attract more tourists? See in context

Provide services, websites, timetables, maps, and the like, in languages other than Japanese. English, would be a good start, being the official language of more than 40 countries, and probably the major business language of the Asia Pacific. The English deficit in Japan, is breath-taking. And the arrogance of some officials, who still regard TOEIC scores as a reliable measure of English COMPETENCE, is perplexing, to say the least. Just ask the tourists!

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Posted in: Ainu rise up from the margins of Japanese society See in context

It's great to read a good news story. Be proud of your Ainu heritage.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

ihope2eatwhales - opposition to whaling is decreasing? Really! I don't know what planet you live on, but you are clearly not conversant with the relevant facts. I am afraid that I cannot continue this dialogue with you, as you clearly are unable to conduct yourself in a civil manner.....crazy Japanese, crazy Australians, crazy westerners, crazy Japanese. You should re-read your posts, it sounds as if the whole world is crazy, but you! I wish you well in your pursuits.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

ihope2eatwhales - opposition to whaling is decreasing? Really! I don't know what planet you live on, but you are clearly not conversant with the relevant facts. I am afraid that I cannot continue this dialogue with you, as you clearly are unable to conduct yourself in a civil manner.....crazy Japanese, crazy Australians, crazy westerners, crazy Japanese. You should re-read your posts, it sounds as if the whole world is crazy, but you! I wish you well in your pursuits.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

ihope2eatwhales - I do listen to arguments by pro-whaling people, but even they have changed their minds on whaling it appears. Shigeko Misaki, a former advisor to the Japan Whaling Association and the former counsel for the Institute for Cetacean Research, has recently called for an end to whaling, "whaling as a business hardly justifies the environmental costs." Also, city councilmen of Taiji have raised environmental and food safety concerns over the consumption of whale and dolphin meat, because of heavy metal contamination. Department of Fisheries own survey on whaling found that the majority of Japanese oppose whaling. So it appears that the Japanese do not speak with one voice on the issue of whaling, and that it's not just "crazy westerners" who oppose whaling. I do not deny you your right to desire and eat whale meat. But it seems that you have increasing opposition, in and out of Japan. I fervently hope that the environmental and economic costs of whaling will soon out-weigh any perceived benefits, real or imagined. I will continue to lend material, financial and moral support to those who can help make it happen sooner, rather than later.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

OssanULTRA - I never said Interpol issued warrants. I perhaps used the wrong article - maybe I should have said the warrant listed with Interpol. But the fact remains that there is no warrant for the three activists with Interpol at this time.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

thedeath - I would suggest that unless ihope2eatwhales stops calling everyone who has a different opinion to him "crazy", stop replying to him. He obviously has fixed views on the subject, and is indifferent, if not hostile, to anything else. It hardly makes for fruitful discussion.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

ihope2eatwhales - Your personal attacks on this forum are quite amusing - you cannot just call everyone crazy because they have a view different to your own! It's hardly a debate if you do and it weakens your credibility. I am happy to debate the topic of whaling, and I disagree with you entirely; it's up to you to convince me using reasoned argument and relevant facts, that the views I hold are wrong and worthy of change. I am quite conversant with the facts about whaling, and I draw my facts from a wide variety of sources. I remain to be convinced that you position is one I should adopt, but keep trying!

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

ihope2eatwhales - I noticed that you ignored the point about whaling in Japan being a tax-subsidized loss-making business. How is it fair for Japanese tax-payers to subsidize this mess? No matter, the loss will be repeated this year, and with it more negative publicity, in an election year!

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

Patrick Smash - I think you'll find that Sea Shepherd (and other conservation groups) will agree with you to a point. Traditional whaling in nearby waters is not something they object to, a quick check of their website will confirm this. I like your point about the distance travelled - what the Brits call "food miles". I'd like to see that info on whale meat packaging! Also, Aussies don't like the idea of whaling in their backyard for cultural and economic reasons: whaling watching is now part of Australian culture. It's also a multi-million dollar industry with a rosy future. Unlike the tax-subsidized loss-making disaster that is Japan's "research" whaling.

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

ihope2eatwhales - contacts, dear boy, contacts!

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Posted in: Japan seeks to arrest anti-whaling activists See in context

The Japanese authorities have yet to succeed in their request to have a warrant issued with Interpol, so comments about arrest, etc, are moot. Historically, there don't seem to be any convictions of anything the Sea Shepherd's crew have done, and they do not appear on any watch list, so it is a little odd to be calling them terrorists or criminals. However, there are a number of things the whalers get up to: violating CITIES, by killing and targetting endangered species; violating IWC regulations, by killing whales in a whale sanctuary; violating the Antarctic Treaty, by refuelling in Antarctic waters. While these are all contestable in court, if only any country had the guts to bring it on, they all seem to me to be rather more serious than throwing rotten butter, which is the substance of the Japanese warrant.

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