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Posted in: Facebook wants to nudge you into 'meaningful' online groups See in context


Lonely maybe ?

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Posted in: 17-year-old youth arrested for using fake police badge, ID to try and get woman’s contact info See in context

Starting out young... Hope it doesn't go too far...

At least he is working part-time - that's better than being a "stay-at-home good-for-nothing" scrounging off his parents !

As Mike L says : just ask the girl out !

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Posted in: Idol unit disbands after male fan discovered to have personal relationship with…idol’s mom See in context

I have to agree with Ah_so it's nobody's freaking business...

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Posted in: Skeletonized body found in Kawasaki building See in context

How gruesome...

True, there are not many houses with basements in Japan, wewould have loved to have had one - minus any skeletons !

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Posted in: 14-year-old boy arrested for creating ransomware; 1st such arrest in Japan See in context

A 14-year-old boy in Osaka Prefecture

Just curious to know why Kanagawa/Yokohama are involved and not Osaka ?

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Posted in: The dementia time bomb: Aging Japan faces healthcare crisis See in context

@sensei258 : The very first thing I thought of when I saw that picture, was that he was choking her.

My own thoughts exactly... It's certainly not the first time we read such stories - if only Abe kept his word from time to time... "we will build more hospices for the elderly..." also : "We will build more "daycare" centres for the children of working parents..." The question is : WHEN ???

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Posted in: Taxi or rickshaw? See in context

At least a rickshaw "driver" can decide for himself if he has enough energy and stamina to do the job - I pity the poor horses when they are used to carry tourists around - they don't have any choice and I recently saw a picture (I don't remember where - maybe JT ?) of a horse lying exhausted on the road.

As Brian Wheway says :

these modes of transport is very environmentally friendly...

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Posted in: Clam crowder See in context

I would die of claustrophobia in a crowd like that ! (Luckily, it seems they don't expect too many foreigners to join them).

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Posted in: Marriage on the Rocks See in context

It was most definitely a "marriage on the rocks..."

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Posted in: Marriage on the Rocks See in context

We went through there on our honeymoon... (Unfortunately, didn't bring much "luck"...)

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs bill to allow 1st abdication of emperor in 200 years See in context

allowing princesses to stay in the imperial family after marriage could eventually pave the way for women to inherit the throne.

Since the first person to rule over Japan was Princess Himiko, I don't quite understand why they have decided women can no longer rule ? Especially since Dear Leader has been saying so much about women getting "more important roles" in society...

As for the Emperor's abdication - I would have thought he should be the first to decide whether or not he can allow himself to "retire".

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl becomes Japan's youngest lung recipient See in context



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Posted in: Gamba Osaka fined Y2 mil over fans hoisting banner resembling Nazi symbol See in context

Don't know if this is the same story but the one I saw had two Z's intertwined which is the symbol for many Japanese temples - the Swastika is two S's intertwined, not two Z's...

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Posted in: Low tide See in context

That's the spirit ! Almost looks like a picture from several decades ago when kids knew how to play outside, get dirty and thoroughly enjoy themselves - all WITHOUT a smart-phone...

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Posted in: Colorful camp See in context

I really MUST try to kick this habit of "misreading"... I read "Colourful CARP" and immediately thought : those are some "strangely shaped" fish...

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Posted in: Golden Week holiday travelers flood roads, train stations See in context

...while I am sitting comfortably at home, reading Japan Today and enjoying the peace and quiet, away from the "madding crowd"...

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Posted in: Flower harmony See in context

Beautiful !

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Posted in: Golden Week holidays get under way in Japan See in context

That's the problem with this country... Everyone SO excited about a "9 day holiday" - all during the same period - just doesn't make sense... At least in Europe one (usually) gets a whole month holiday when one chooses to go whenever/wherever they please without having to worry about "overcrowded transportation/hotels" etc. but... this is Japan - country securely anchored in its ancient habits...

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Posted in: Just in case See in context


I agree ! I haven't yet seen a house with a basement over here ! (It's the one thing we'd like to have "dug out" for us !)

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Posted in: Subway station target of malicious phone hoax See in context

Problem is, when there's a REAL emergency, they may hesitate to do anything... Reminds me of the story of the little boy who cried "WOLF" once too often...

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Posted in: 2 men killed by train in failed rail crossing rescue attempt See in context

Really sad...

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Posted in: Gunman kills estranged wife teaching class in Calif, then himself; 8-year-old student also dies See in context


can you tell us why you love guns?

Been hunting with my family since I was 6 years old. I love to hunt, it's a passion of mine, I don't think that's a bad thing, I can't kill a deer with a toothpick, right? I've always been around guns, my father was a collector and I had more than enough experience with them, I taught my kids how to use a rifle, but all in a very responsible manner, all licensed and all legal.

Ah ! At last I understand ! You love killing... This usually starts out with killing small animals and ends up with killing humans... No wonder you're so unpopular on these threads !

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Posted in: GINZA SIX See in context

Floating toadstools ?

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Posted in: High court upholds obscenity ruling against 'vagina artist' See in context


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Posted in: At least 47,000 evacuees still in temporary housing 1 year after Kumamoto quakes See in context


I was going to say much the same thing... but what else can one expect from our Dear Leader ? Talk about an egoist... he lives in a big house with all necessary comforts and "jets" around the world at taxpayer's expense, "giving" money (he doesn't have) to other countries... I feel a "shinzo-attack" coming on...

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Posted in: Severed crow head found on tree branch at Kobe school known for infamous 1997 murder See in context

I hesitated to make a comment but since I notice I'm not the only one to have read "COW" instead of "CROW" (in my case, it seems my "speciality" is very often "misreading" - especially titles...) I'll have to admit I have difficulty in "forgetting" the Kobe incident, especially since I used to live there... As others have said, this guy should be imprisoned for LIFE...

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Posted in: Pineapple man See in context


He may be out of a job by tomorrow

From what I've heard, he hadn't been able to get a job for about 30 years... this was a BIG breakthrough for him... we may not "enjoy" his "act", but I'm sure glad he's not starving... (with all those pineapples... !)

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Posted in: Veterinarians team up to help pets, livestock in time of disaster See in context

NO WAY would I ever leave an animal at home in case of an emergency ! They've got to be kidding !

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Posted in: Full bloom See in context

Beautiful ! Almost looks like "pink snow" (because the people are holding umbrellas...)

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