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Posted in: Hansen furniture: Simple beauty that’s built to last See in context

Hawkeye, the traditional way to pack a futon is to fold it into thirds by lifting one end and then concertina-rating it, if that makes sense . I got fairly good at that on my last trip to Japan, thanks to my mother in law!

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Posted in: Trump's march stirs growing sense of dread among U.S. Republicans See in context

Here in Australia, we have this thing called compulsory polling, (no, not voting) and boy, does it keep most of the kooks like trump from even getting a sniff of leadership.

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Posted in: 2 Taiwanese men arrested for stealing high-class motorcycles in Tokyo See in context

Harleys ain't high class, and that's what makes them so damn desirable.

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Posted in: Trump notches 3rd straight win in Nevada caucuses See in context

Today Nevada; Tomorrow, the Reichstag!

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Posted in: From heartthrob to Hollywood heavyweight, DiCaprio is Oscar-bound See in context

Next Onion article: White Actor to receive finally receive Oscar.

Seriously though, he's better than the wags suggest, even if I wanted someone to push him overboard as he said: "I'm the King of the World!"

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Posted in: Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan See in context

I watched some of his videos years ago. I don't remember exactly what he said but I do recall he had some good stuff. With the reaction he's generating, both positive and negative, he must be onto something. I'll certainly have another look later.

Better take your head out of there and give it a good clean first though, don't ya think?

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Posted in: Great escape See in context

Beautiful absurdity. Made even more exquisite by the fact that those participating are unlikely to see how funny it all is - much like the Roppongi construction workers doing early morning exercises in unison that I was lucky enough to see so many years ago. I love the Japanese and hope they never change!

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Posted in: Anna Tsuchiya announces her second divorce See in context

So she and her ex care more about themselves than their children. So what? they'll get over it...won't they?

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Posted in: Japanese cram school under fire over 'sexist' kanji text See in context

Some commentators here don't seem understand the concept of sexism. This was a textbook purportedly for female and male students alike. The fact that the examples given make women out to be willing sexual partners (But they all want it, don't they? Nudge nudge...), and at worst, objects of sexual ridicule, makes the publishers and their supporters (e.g. Some posters here) worthy of public ridicule themselves.

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Posted in: American action movie star Steven Seagal gets Serbian citizenship See in context

So he "was offered (the opportunity) to train Serbian special police forces in Aikido"? I'm amazed they didn't hire him to give acting lessons!

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Posted in: Should the statue of a girl dedicated to the memory of Korean women forced to work in Japanese military wartime brothels be removed from outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul? See in context

They are a childish, sad people.**

Thank you so much for this fair-minded assessment of an entire nation.

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Posted in: Self-cleaning toilet makes splash in Las Vegas See in context

Love the headline!

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Posted in: Takarazuka all-woman troupe producing musical about Abe Lincoln See in context

It's not really my cup of ocha, but you could argue that this is a chance for a least a small segment of Japanese society to learn about a democratic leader other than Abe.

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Posted in: Weight-loss resolution? Watch 'In Defense of Food' first See in context

Came to Japan to catch up with family two weeks ago. Have already lost 4 pounds. Wasn't just typical Japanese family fare, which pretty much matches what this guy recommends - walking everywhere hasn't hurt either!

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Posted in: Top 10 English words for 2015 according to users of Japanese online dictionary Weblio See in context

As japanese English goes, heavy buyer isn't too bad as an alternative to big spender, as it refers to the person doing the buying, and the word heavy is already used in English as a means of suggesting that something is being done to excess, e.g. heavy drinker/smoker. It is, however, a bit weird that it's being used when "rouhi" is already available. Cultural cringe, perhaps? I wonder if it actually refers to a stock market wolf?

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Posted in: Merriam-Webster declares 'ism' as word of the year for 2015 See in context

You'd think a bunch of dictionary publishers would know the difference between a suffix and a word. Decisions in the ****boardroom of Webster-Merriam must be made by a bunch of...wits - a suitable suffix, surely.

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Posted in: Japanese mom’s advice to daughter: Ask your boyfriend for many selfish things See in context

It's a poor philosophy introduced by a mystifying headline. Should a girl ask her boyfriend for a stack of cats? They are archetypical "selfish things", after all.

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Posted in: 5-year-old boy recovering after fall from 6th floor balcony See in context

Thank God they had a covered entranceway. I reckon it would have been a miracle if the poor kid had walked away uninsured, instead of suffering 'severe head and back injuries' that he may recover from.

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Posted in: Do you personally object to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or any of his cabinet ministers visiting Yasukuni shrine? See in context

Sorry, mod, I know. Guess my sarcastic smile emoji didn't come through.

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Posted in: Do you personally object to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or any of his cabinet ministers visiting Yasukuni shrine? See in context

Hey, shouldn't the third option be " I could care less"?????

Moderator: The correct expression is (and has always been) "I couldn't care less." Saying "I could care less" makes no sense at all.

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Posted in: Teen's slaying of Sydney police worker may have terror links See in context

Strangerland, I assume you're responding to Chop Chop, though your first sentence could be your opinion.It's hard to tell. Your final point is equally baffling, given that Chop Chop refers to Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus. That would make the majority of the "we" she or he refers to, non-"white", right?

I feel sorry for all involved, most especially the employee who was shot, and his family. I'm going to go out on a limb and spare a thought for the assassin's family, too. I'll bet they never wanted their son to be a "martyr".

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Posted in: Laputa hanging planter See in context

Hope they decide to sell these in Oz.

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Posted in: Indonesia scraps fiercely contested rail project in favor of slower train See in context

I see someone in the Dept. Of Transport submitted the Simpsons episode "Monorail" and the government saw sense.

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Posted in: Samba Carnival See in context

Samba originated in the U.S. , eh? Of course this photo may have been of the 1% of dancers not dressed in traditional Brazilian same get up, but I stand by my second sentence nonetheless. It's true no matter the situation!

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Posted in: Schools are being forced to use a textbook that was picked by officials who are out of touch with classrooms. The decision will likely lead to a decline in morale among teachers. See in context

Prioritise family values? How depressing for those poor teachers who just hate the thought of having to face well-brought-up students.

As for justifying the war, well, that's the Old Boys Club's favourite hobby, so no surprise there.

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Posted in: Johnny Depp's wife charged with smuggling dogs into Australia See in context

Some people may be glad to live with Rabies, but we don't want it in Oz. Let justice take it's course!

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Posted in: The gun control debate: Do you support the right of citizens to own and bear firearms? See in context

The "right" to bear arms? There is no such thing. It's merely a misnomer for the privilege to bear arms, which I support.

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Posted in: Following the murderous attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, “Je suis Charlie” — I am Charlie -- has gone viral around the world as a show of support for free speech. However, there is a See in context

Je ne suis pas Charlie. Je ne suis pas "anti-religious bigot" I mourn for the people who died, including the cartoonists, and abhore those murderers who gunned them down. However, fond of satire though I may be, there are some lines that should not be crossed. Accordingly, there is no way in hell I'll call myself Charlie when they mock what I believe in.

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Posted in: Commercial reminds Japan’s tired commuters about drawbacks of living far away from work See in context

I remember when I finally learnt to sleep on the train without lolling over everyone. I was so proud.

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Posted in: Jack Nicholson looking for one last big romance See in context

everton2,

I'dlike to speak for Jack as he's probably too busy to read JT: I would rather look like I do than think like you do.

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