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Posted in: Meet and greet See in context

It does look a bit odd. Hope he gave the emperor a firm hand shake. I hate to squeeze a tissue. And actually the emperor also wanted to bow, but due to evolution (emperors haven't bowed for thousands of years) their spines have fused. He can only move his head up and down and side ways.

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Posted in: Toyota discloses US findings on floor mats See in context

Couple of horrific accidents there. What I don´t understand is why it isn´t possible to set the range lever to neutral or turn off the ignition key on a runaway vehicle?

That seemed odd to me as well. If figured that if you step on the brake pedal, you could smother the engine. Anyway, on CNN they showed that when you want to cut the engine while driving, you must push-in the starter button for 3 seconds. Problem seems to be, that almost no Lexus driver knows this.

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Posted in: Shiga man arrested for calling 110 number more than 12,000 times See in context

Arrested? Sad day. For the phone company. Must be one of their most valued customers.

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Posted in: Royal relay See in context

Yeah, haha, let's show us some pictures of these posters here and have a good laugh. She's 7 for heavens sake.

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Posted in: Italian group claims to debunk Shroud of Turin See in context

The only thing you can be sure of, is that this shroud mumbo jumbo generates a lot of money for the Vatican.

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Posted in: 100-hour chicken curry See in context

I often cook (my own style) curry and it takes me less than half an hour. I got used to it. Throw a handful of raisins in the mixture as well. Curry cooked for 100 hours...I find it hard to believe, but that's what it says on the package. A 100 hours...One's digestive tract will have difficulty fishing any nutrients out of this stuff. In fact, the consistency and appearance must resemble the stuff that has already passed one's digestive system. It might smell like curry though.

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Posted in: What did you think of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's diplomatic debut on the world stage last week? See in context

After having seen it on the news so many times, I also started to think it went great. They let him wait for 20 minutes, probably due to the lengthy rants of other leaders. He said what he wanted to say. He spoke rather well English, although he had some trouble with the word "bridge", but he practised it and anyway, who cares. Something about 25% and leadership. And people were applauding his speech. Then the Japanese media interviewed a variety of folks in attendance, but nobody had been listening...

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Posted in: Man arrested for attempted murder after car chase and strangling ex-girlfriend in Chiba See in context

I think I would be arrested on the spot if I were to crack another person's rib. Why wait 4 or 5 days? No, the victim has to flee her home.

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Posted in: Campaigning See in context

Aso riding the train eh. Actually he was driven to the station by limousine and somebody else bought his ticket. He must be pretty desperate. Anyway, politicians excel in kissing the butt of the entire electorate. After the election, you won't see him ever in a train again.

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Posted in: 49-year-old Okinawa man kills mother for hiding TV remote control See in context

Wow, how sad and sick can it get. Murdered over something as trivial as a rimokon. His mother probably still had to baby-sit this fellow. Well, the state will from now on.

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Posted in: Knife-wielding man robs Aomori post office of Y10 million See in context

Well, I guess they have to. The other day I was waiting for my turn and the guy in front of me withdrew 8 million yen, in cash, at the counter, had it put in a paper bag and walked out. Lately many post offices employ a guard man, mostly people of retirement age. Don't know how much of a deterrent this would be when a knife wielding guy shows up though.

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Posted in: Hatoyama says Japan will stay nuclear-free if DPJ wins election See in context

Oh yeah? I wonder how these people would feel without the protection of the United States.

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Posted in: Pakistan Taliban leader Mehsud reportedly killed by U.S. missile See in context

I think they mentioned somewhere that two missiles were fired at that house simultaneously, so they must have had some good reason to believe this fellow was holed up there.

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Posted in: Cop held after caressing woman's underwear on balcony in Gifu See in context

If you are arrested as a cop here, you will most likely loose your job. Public servants here are supposed to be spotless. Don't know how it works, but in these cases you will read, that the cop has been suspended and that he resigned the same day. Looks nicer on your resume as well.

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Posted in: Yada's management says she, Oshio had been living apart See in context

I couldn't care less about these people, but couldn't the authorities handle these cases a bit more discreet. Talk about overzealous. It's terrible. No wonder that Ms. Kasai went "missing". I am already pissed when a fully uniformed cop shows up to check if I am still living on the address as stated on my paperwork. With the neighbours watching.

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Posted in: New NASA photos show Apollo leftovers on the moon See in context

Pictures? Here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html

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Posted in: Aki Hoshino frolicks on Kamakura shore for opening of Crocs beach house See in context

Oh, that is one big Croc between her legs. I didn't even notice. I was thinking about Aki, her inflated boobs and the sea. You know, how she would be nearly unsinkable. Amazing woman.

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Posted in: Beat Takeshi to make appearance in pilot of Shingo Katori’s new TV series See in context

Let me see, he is going to hit the cop over the head with a plastic hammer?

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Posted in: U.S. Embassy issues new warning over drink-spiking in Roppongi See in context

Hey, I didn't know this and I always watch NHK's special news feature, warning unsuspecting travellers of impeding danger. Maybe they can expand on this and list these dangerous joints. I do have heard though about these places in Roppongo where they charge(d) you 150.000 yen for a bottle of ordinary booze. Guess they refined their MO, so they don't have to deal with their "angry" clientele anymore.

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Posted in: Switching to virtual servers See in context

How about using a search machine? www.tsukaeru.net/ in Japanese or www.tsukaeru.net/en/ in English.

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Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies in hit-and-run while crossing street in Yokohama See in context

Actually, according to the news at least, this car barreled into a rather narrow one-way street, where this mom and kid happened to be walking. This driver would have hit anyone unlucky enough to be in that particular spot. I take a stroll through the city every evening and some drivers just don't give a hoot, especially taxi drivers. I've been hit once and nowadays I just hide behind a utility pole when I hear a speeding car approaching. As for the driver having heard nothing, I doubt that. The other day I heard a loud bang. Cat being hit by a car. You would notice hitting a child, but as I read often in the news, when people are supposed to take responsibility for their actions, they just run away.

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Posted in: 3,000 men pose as customers for opening of Aoki's Ginza store See in context

Pretty sad. What a weasels. Anyway, it's common knowledge that Aoki's clothing, all or part of it, is made in North Korea. Guess that as long as it's cheap, people don't care too much where it comes from.

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Posted in: All your movies on a single DVD See in context

Dr. Nakamatsu is frantically working on a plywood and/or cardboard prototype.

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Posted in: Homeless See in context

However, the police have been trying to discourage us.

Maybe these people are lumped together with pigeons and stray cats now?

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Posted in: Saitama train conductor assaulted after asking man to smoke in designated area See in context

What's next, they are going to report the crime before actually doing it? It just shows that alcohol is a far more dangerous drug than a little bit of wacky tobaccy.

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Posted in: Man arrested for wiping saliva on woman sleeping on train See in context

Which manga featured this hentai act I wonder. A 36 year old man. Hopeless case. Perhaps inflicting pain on this loser might set him straight.

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Posted in: Fire guts bus on Shizuoka expressway; 78 evacuated See in context

I'm disappointed that JT doesn't mention that it concerns a foreign made bus. NHK did. And no less the second foreign made bus that went up in flames.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s St Patrick’s Day Parade – It’s a long way from Tipperary See in context

Ok, so that must have been it. That the Japanese can't serve Guinness. When I took a sip I tought: this is how pi@@ must taste. You learn something everyday. For the rest, nice blokes those Irish, when they stay sober.

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Posted in: France to send huge nuclear fuel shipment to Japan See in context

Yes, there was a flurry of activity going on all over Japan. Notably the mayors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, as well as the various citizens groups were all up early this morning to respec. write letters and plan protests. Not.

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Posted in: Try to get a credit card in Japan See in context

Many years ago, applying for a credit card at my bank, I was told they could only issue me one if I had permanent residency. It was easier to get my permanent resident visa, than a credit card from my bank. However, at the time, Nicos gladly issued me one without all the hassle. Last year I opened a new bank account and they asked me if I wanted a VISA credit card with the new account. Only had to show my drivers license.

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