David Howell comments

Posted in: Trump faces first test in Iowa See in context

****I thought the US elections had already been fought and won on CNN.

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Posted in: Japan unveils 1st domestic-made stealth plane See in context

****The 1st stealth plane was the F117, one of which was shot down over Bosnia. It seems that when it rains they become visible.

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Posted in: Japan unveils 1st domestic-made stealth plane See in context

****I heard once that stealth technology actually ORIGINATED in Japan.

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Posted in: Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person? See in context

***What a load of BS. When the Japanese abandon honne and tatemae then THEY will become better people and have a positive affect on EVERYBODY, regardless of nationality .

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Posted in: 'Tis the season for Japan's handy hangover cures See in context

****Alka selzer was made in Japan 3 times but never caught on.

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Posted in: Twitter acts to curb 'abusive,' 'hateful' content See in context

****Just dont twitter tweet or twit.

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Posted in: Armed Chinese ship seen near disputed isles See in context

****Sink it. Immediately.

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Posted in: Don’t throw away the bones! How to make Japanese Christmas KFC soup See in context

****What about calories?

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Posted in: Japan gears up for foreign visitors with new interactive vending machine See in context

****Does this mean I can buy ビール in English?Will it actually taste like beer now?

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Posted in: 8 things you should never say to a Japanese person See in context

****I like US microbeers. Are they the same as root beer? English microbeers, unlike Japanese jibiiru do vary in flavour according to where they are brewed.

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Posted in: Scientists coax computers to think like people See in context

I would like to see 〃Computers coax scientists to think like people〃

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Posted in: 8 things you should never say to a Japanese person See in context

****Oldest . . . monarchy in the world? And I am King David MMM of Wales, and possibly Israel too. It was Edward I who cheated me out of my inheritance. But his dynasty ended on the rubbish heap anyway.

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Posted in: Engaging in damage control following a 'bonenkai' blunder See in context

****There are lots of people I would love to punch, preferably sober, and sorry, but all of them deserve it. We can just say they slipped.

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Posted in: An old scourge, syphilis, making a comeback See in context

****Believe me, condoms do not always work.

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Posted in: Craft beer comes of age in Japan See in context

****Pity they are all so expensive. Which is why I brew my own.

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Posted in: 6 types of Japanese people you’ll meet while living in Japan See in context

The "May I speak to you'on the trains was the worst. They must all be on different trains now, where the Gaijin are more polite than me. Or perhaps I don't get around as much. I DO remember the lady who gave me her seat in 2008 when I was using a walking stick.

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Posted in: 1st Japanese domestic passenger jet makes maiden flight See in context

Wait till the wings start drooping, then we'll have Concorde II.

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Posted in: Man arrested after hiding in drain to peep up skirts See in context

Why did he not at least get a hair cut first?

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Posted in: TV operators seek silver bullet to fight online rivals See in context

I thought everyone watched cable anyway.

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Posted in: 2 brothers arrested for throwing eggs from bridge at cars on Tomei Expressway See in context

In England I had eggs thrown at me when I was on a canal boat. No damage, but it beats getting rocks thrown at you. Those things can hurt if you don't keep a stiff upper lip and all that.

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Posted in: Police arrest older brother of 12-year-old Kyoto student over smoking marijuana See in context

Wish I could just afford it, not that I would dream of breaking the law, like driving too fast or pushing out of turn, or ... come to think of it what IS legal in Japan? I've been here too long to know (or care ).

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Posted in: 1st Japanese domestic passenger jet makes maiden flight See in context

How about calling it the "Taxsucker"or somesuch.

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Posted in: Ready or not, Japan on the way to becoming a nation of immigrants See in context

Spetals:in the 1970's it was almost impossible to find a landlord who would rent to a gaijin. Not without a sponsor.

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Posted in: Japan shows off naval power as U.S. signals wider engagement in western Pacific See in context

****A 248 m(813ft) ship a destroyer? Someone's having us on. Such a ship could easily operate the F35, in which case the ship would have an offensive capability. Who is going to invade Japan anyway? I'm sure the present SDF is quite capabale of repelling any threat-assuming their morale is up to it.

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Posted in: Underground Saitama: Explore Japan’s giant drain See in context

****Is that where all Tokyo's sewage goes?

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Posted in: Q&A: Gun control prospects in GOP-run Congress remain remote See in context

****Americans regard their guns as toys. Try taking their guns away and, like children, they start crying. Tis time Americans grew up and faced reality. I own 16 guns, but I'm schizophrenic. Which side of me would you like to believe?

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Posted in: Doctor punches patient in stomach after his third visit to ER in one night See in context

****I can't count the times I'VE wanted to punch the useless quack in the stomache.

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Posted in: What do Japanese men think about dating foreign women? See in context

****Greeks only do it 12 times a month ? When I was young it was more like 30 times. But never 28, 29,or 31.Seems the dates didn't suit me. Still it was nice while it lasted. After 30 years of marriage it dropped to 8 times. Still better than the Japanese average though.

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Posted in: Japan takes step toward having a 'normal' military See in context

****Why doesn't Mitsubishi build a fleet of aircraft carries? I'm sure Abe is planning to do so. The best kind of defence is offence, like D-Day 1944. Take the war to the enemy. So where is the SDF going to take its war?

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Posted in: Japan takes step toward having a 'normal' military See in context

****At last count the British Royal Navy had 19 warships, the Japanese 52. The British Army is down to 90000, the Japanese have 150000.The Air Self Defence Force operates more F15s than any other country outside the US. What more do they want?

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