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Posted in: DPJ says Amari graft accusations more serious than previous Abe setbacks See in context

Yubaru - you're right - the media is controlled look forward to some more celebrity scandals to divert our attention. Grrrr....

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Posted in: Amari says it'll take him a week to explain graft allegation See in context

...he's leaving the country and his offices will be abuzz with shredders and money laundering...

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Posted in: Idol group SMAP rumored to be splitting after 28 years See in context


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Posted in: Icy new year See in context

WilliB - maybe they get numb and can stay in the water... I don't know though.

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Posted in: Great white shark dies after 3 days in Okinawan aquarium See in context


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Posted in: Emperor wishes for world peace in New Year's greetings See in context

Great man!

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

Heavy drinking - but not heavy shopping...

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Posted in: A question for Aso See in context

I agree with papigiulio - he obvious wants to split real quick - gotta get back to partying...

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Posted in: Man dies after consuming caffeinated drinks over long period of time See in context

Red Bull and Monster drinks are so-called energy drinks, too - they can kill.

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Posted in: Abe vows to make Japan world's safest country See in context

Hmmmm... safe like North Korea? Put Japan in a bubble of protection like before? Keep out the foreign troublemakers... we go...

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Posted in: Japan bans French foie gras imports over bird flu virus See in context

No loss for me - I always thought it was disgusting - the texture and all - but after I found out how they do it - I was sure I'd never ever try it.

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Posted in: An interview with Tokyo Gov Yoichi Masuzoe See in context

He seems to be for the citizens... but his track-record with women leaves a lot to be desired.

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting junior high school girl in park toilet See in context

Thanks Sensato...I live close by. :(

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Posted in: Man arrested for sexually assaulting junior high school girl in park toilet See in context

Where in Tokyo was this?

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Posted in: Peekaboo See in context

I've been seeing more and more of this type of face cover...I'm not sure what to think.

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Posted in: Hands up See in context

Why not mean "we surrender"... we got caught... we're crooks and never had the citizens' needs as our priority...

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Posted in: Respect for the Aged Day See in context

I want to hurry up and turn 60 so I can avail of the discounted movie ticket to watch alone if I so wish. Y1000 is a good price. I hope they don't change the age to 63 any time soon. I also am wondering - what age is so called "aged", and how about a "senior"...I'm wondering.

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Posted in: Osaka junior high schools move up in national academic achievement tests See in context

Many local governments have expressed concern that disclosing test results school by school will create a hierarchy of schools and cause excessive competition.

This is already a problem. :(

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of 13-year-old girl; missing boy's body found See in context

I heard that the suspect kidnapped a child 13 years ago, but let them go... therefore he was able to do it again, this time with terrible results. So very, very sad.

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Posted in: 63% say Japan should stop apologizing over war: poll See in context

I don't think Japan needs to apologize to other countries any more. As I said in another post, the leaders need to apologize to the Japanese people for whitewashing its history and not telling the facts in history texts. The government should apologize for promoting war during the first half of the 1900's and keeping the country poor and sending off their boys to fight and die.

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Posted in: China says Japan should have made 'sincere' WWII apology See in context

Actually, I personally think that the Japanese government owes the Japanese people an apology as they have been the ones lied to and used:

Dear Citizens,

I am coming before you to lay it all out to you - this once - and only today. We the Japanese Government have lied to you, we are still lying to you and we will continue to lie to you. We have used you to fight our wars of aggression - and we have lied to you about what actually went on. Those countries in which we had invaded did not welcome us with big smiles and cheers - but went anyway. We told you we were setting them free from those European colonizers... hahahahahahaaa.... nope we hoped to bring them into our fold... forced them to learn Japanese and well... they know the truth. China and Korea will never accept our monetary apologies because they know full well that we don't tell the truth in our history books... we will NEVER tell the truth. You the Japanese citizens have been duped and will continue to be so... Banzai!

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Posted in: Paying respects See in context

It's true WA4TKG - if they hadn't have bombed Pearl Harbor, but then we'll never know. Japan was the invader, the antagoniser, and someone had to put a stop to it. It wasn't just 2 countries battling it out, they invaded several countries and territories... had to stop. Sorry it killed so many civilians but countless civilians died or were tortured in the countries Japan invaded...sorry for all the victims.


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Posted in: Paying respects See in context

I would hate to walk in their shoes. Having to represent the country that was responsible to such devastation is hard to live with. I do not judge the leaders of today for something that happened 70 years ago. Today is the day to not choose war. I respect that they are going and paying their respects, as opposed to not making an appearance. I respect the Kennedy family. JapanGal..your comment was just unnecessary.

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Posted in: 7 customs that Japanese people wish would just disappear See in context

I agree with all of the above.

How about:

The new-hires having to set out the blue sheet to reserve a good spot for the annual ohanami party. Feeling guilty to even ASK to take a vacation longer than 1 day. Writing and sending useless end-of-the-year cards to people who don't care if you do or not.

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Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks See in context

Actually, the only way the Japanese will willingly buy foreign produce (not Chinese) will be if they have those side-walk taste tests and people have to sample food not knowing where it comes from. When the majority say "oiiiiishiiiiiii" over and over for imported foods, they'll get the idea... but well, you gotta have some so-called "talents" give their 2 cents and then the whole country will follow... but I guess this will never ever happen in my life time...I must be dreaming.

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Posted in: Fire breaks out on 26th floor of hotel; 500 guests evacuated See in context

It's a restaurant:

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Posted in: Fire breaks out on 26th floor of hotel; 500 guests evacuated See in context


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Posted in: Packed pool See in context

No thanks for a crowded pool... yukkkk.

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Posted in: Abe chairs task force on Olympics with 5 years to go See in context

This morning my students said that the Japanese work better under pressure. So, in this case the pressure is time. Someone said there was a time factor with the other Tokyo Olympics in 1964. I just looked at the Wiki page for 1964 and it had this to say: Unfortunately, however, the construction projects resulted in some environmental damage, forced relocations for some residents, and loss of some industries. In addition, corruption by politicians and construction companies resulted in cost overruns and some shoddy work. Will history repeat itself?

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Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late See in context

They knelt outside the Tokyo Metro Government Building!? Wow, too bad someone didn't get a photo of that - it must have looked strange...

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