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Posted in: Southern All Stars singer Kuwata apologizes over concert antics See in context

Well, it's a start.

Now, if he would only apologise for his terrible music, and for singing in that preposterous "Japanese-person's-idea-of-a-foreigner-singing-in-Japanese" voice ...

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Posted in: Abe vows to rewrite constitution, instill patriotism in schools See in context

With his well-documented stomach problems, there is actually a good chance that he will

follow through

. All joking aside, though, the man is a lunatic, and he will be instrumental in Japan's ultimate destruction.

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Posted in: Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride See in context

Barbaric practice!

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Posted in: Scientist predicts another major earthquake in Japan by 2017 See in context


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Posted in: 10 little-known rules for eating Japanese food See in context

I'm sorry, but all this talk about etiquette is rubbish ... in general Japanese table manners are atrocious. All that slurping, smacking your lips, eating with your mouth full and talking whilst eating.

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Posted in: Nationalist jailed for hate campaign against firm that used S Korean actress in ads See in context

Great news ! This guy's a nutjob, and a prominent member of a right-wing group called Kansai Team. Here's one of the videos ...


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Posted in: Ishihara wins Diet seat See in context

Nooooooooooooooo !!

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

Should be "dou" - bronze, really.

Japan won so many bronze medals at the Olympics, slipped to 3rd place in the world's largest economy, and has 3rd-rate politicians.

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Posted in: Ishihara calls for nuclear-armed Japan See in context

Nutcase !

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Posted in: DOCOMO launches real-time phone translation See in context

This app is really helpful. Another good it without having to study the words of the other side feel, has been merged with the voice activation level Koguni translated with Google.

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Posted in: Olympic closing ceremony will be 'camp and cheesy,' says music director See in context

They should just have MUSE playing live :-)

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Posted in: Beat Takeshi compares same-sex marriage with bestiality See in context

When I first started speaking Japanese, one of my goals was actually to be able to understand what Beat Takeshi said because I really loved his early films, and he's got really poor diction due to a motorbike accident.

Unfortunately, when I got to that level, I realised that he just isn't funny.

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Posted in: Ishihara wants to meet Noda to discuss Tokyo's purchase of Senkakus See in context

Japan : 1st rate country / 2nd rate economy / 3rd rate leadership.

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Posted in: Defense official voices fears over possible N Korea nuclear test See in context

I was wondering what all of this recent sabre-rattling from Japan was about ; un-founded fears about North Korea, missiles in Tokyo, David Cameron flying in with British arms industry salesmen ??

It looks like Japan is slowly unravelling its post-war pacifist constitution.


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Posted in: Doctors urge fewer tests, less costly treatments See in context

.... and what exactly does this have to do with Japan today ?

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Posted in: Karasia See in context

would! would! would! would! would!

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Posted in: TEPCO execs should face poverty over Fukushima, lawyer says See in context

I would hardy call this "social justice".

It's an action by a group of 42 very wealthy shareholders to try and claim losses.

It's been widely reported that one of the reasons that the Fukushima plant was unprepared for the events of the tsunami was because it had been subject to a cost-cutting drive under Tepco chief executive Masataka Shimizu. One of the effects of cost-cutting is to increase shareholder value.

To see this situation as "the people vs. Tepco" is incorrect. Rather than being "victims", as they are trying to portray themselves, I see the shareholders as being complicit in the meltdowns. If you make money from cost-cutting, you can't then start crying when a disaster happens due to the very same cuts that you profited from.

What I would call justice is suing the executives and giving the money to the real victims ; people who have lost their homes and businesses due to the radiation.

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Posted in: Japan slow to take anti-terror measures at nuclear plants See in context

"Japan is a safety country" ...

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Posted in: Japan's 10 most intractable problems See in context

"Since many single women are single mothers"

Completely untrue ...

"There are 340,000 abortions a year in Japan, many of them presumably on women for whom child-raising is an economic impossibility"

don't "presume", just the facts, please.


Doesn't anybody read anymore ?

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Posted in: Japanese passenger arrested in Hawaii for punching Delta flight attendant See in context

Anyone who has flown on an US-based carrier lately, and has had to go through the rigmarole of dystopian security procedures ; including, taking your shoes off, tasting your own baby's food ( to ensure that it is not a component of some sort of dirty bomb ), then having to deal with overweight, school marm flight attendants with bad manners who keep bumping into you (if you have the misfortune to be in an aisle seat ) with their more-than-ample, popeye-chicken-fed / age-discrimination-proof posteriors as they squeeze down the aisles ; which are gradually getting narrower as the airlines cram more and more seats in, in an effort to cut costs ; can have, at least, a modicum of compassion for this guy's predicament ...

... but I guess it's just easier to condemn the guy as an "oyaji", right ?

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Posted in: Japan trails international peers in social media-based marketing See in context

top-down management style = ( slow decision-making process X missing new ideas ) = getting left behind.

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Posted in: The X Factor See in context

Toshi sings really well, but, seriously, are all of the staff too scared to tell him that he looks like cheeseburger-era Elvis ?

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Posted in: Burger sharing See in context

I tried the Beef & Chicken with Lemon & Basil Salt Sauce one yesterday.

It was vile !

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Posted in: SMAP to release charity album See in context

¥200 yen is disgusting ... The fraction of profit they give away will be more than offset by the increased number of copies bought by people under the misapprehension that they are giving something to charity.

This is a particularly callous example of opportunism masquerading as altruism.

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Posted in: IAEA says nuclear safety must be improved; criticizes Japan for being lax See in context

The IAEA is a joke. They make recommendations, which countries and utility companies ignore because it would mean spending huge amounts of money.

The nuclear industry has always known that huge reactors are inherently unsafe, but have worked under the pretext that the possibility of an accident occurring were extremely slim. doh ....

There's a 1992 BBC documentary by Adam Curtis that gives some great background info on how we got into this situation.


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Posted in: AKB48 album sells over 600,000 copies in its first week See in context


some people just don't appreciate young girls making it big in a male dominated country.

That's a very strange way of putting it.

You do understand that AKB48 isn't a real group, right ? They are the "product" of a production company ( mostly oyajis ) and the girls are told what to sing, when to sing it, what to wear and what to say.

I mean, if you like them, good for you, but I don't think they're really doing that much for gender politics in Japan, unless they are posing in bikinis in an ironic, post-modern way.

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Posted in: Il Divo See in context

No, this doesn't look embarrassing at all, does it ?

Now if they had made the gaijin wear the funny chonmage the Japanese would have found it hilarious.

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Posted in: Korea’s popular beer Hite reaches Japan See in context

More beer = always a good thing.

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Posted in: Son arrested over murder of mother in Sendai See in context

When I saw the headline I though that it was about the president of Softbank ...

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Posted in: Woman arrested for abandoning body of baby boy in man's apartment See in context

That's really messed up ...

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