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Posted in: Tokyo Girls Collection See in context

what's the big deal with a picture of six men?

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

Heard mixed reviews for "The Cove". Some say it was chilling and very powerful, while others were saying it was kind of preachy.

You obviously don't know about the Japan branch of PETA

PETA can be crazy sometimes.

That's it. It's about Taiji. That's TAIJI.

Good point. I hope that the world understands that this killing is going on only in Taiji; not all of Japan. But unfortunately, after reading some comments of people who have seen the movie, many people are getting the wrong impression that all Japanese kill dolphins. I've even heard of some Internet posters shouting hate messages to all Japanese people for these actions. Sheesh!

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Posted in: Mixed emotions for Japan after women's team pursuit silver See in context

I simply stated that on the media I observed and read

Oh, sorry, browny1. For a minute, I thought you were talking about the Japanese coverage in general. Sorry. I agree, that in this article, the scope is very narrow and that in general you can find more mention of it in other Japanese news sources like the Japan Times, Daily Yomiuri, or Asahi Shimbun (which had several lines dedicated to mentioning the strong German team's come from behind effort in capturing the gold medal). Yes, it would be better if ALL media sources did it, but unfortunately this isn't a perfect world and at least other news sources are doing a better job than this article.

Which seems to be confirmed by the fact that the final event, the US vs Canada hockey final was not covered.

Uh, browny1, you obviously weren't watching it on NHK, because it was on. And there were several mentions of the hockey final early in the day on several TV stations with some highlights.

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Posted in: Mixed emotions for Japan after women's team pursuit silver See in context

Yeah browny1: seems like you are grasping for straws. Isn't it enough that the news reports say that so and so finished with the gold, silver, and bronze? After all, this article does say this:

But Daniela Anschutz Thoms, Stephanie Beckert and Katrin Mattscherodt came from behind at the death to defend Germany’s title,

Which does indicate to me that they recognize the fact that the German team had the will power and skill to come from behind and win. You also have to look carefully and see that this report was taken straight from the Associated Press, not some Japanese news agency like Kyodo News.

But I guess you want them to go out of their way to place them on some pedestal or something.

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Posted in: Canada tops Olympic standings in record gold rush See in context

To me, 10 golds is worth more than 11 bronzes, and I bet most will agree with me.

Exactly, Pukey2. Which is why anyone getting silver or bronze has every right to be upset and frustrated for not getting the gold. Only gold matters. Nothing else does.

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Posted in: Canada tops Olympic standings in record gold rush See in context

Congratulations Canada for getting the most gold. You may fall short of your goal, but since all countries have made goals of medals, many will fall short anyways. Some like the U.S. have exceeded expectations. The U.S. proclaimed that they would get 25 medals at the start and they have done so and more; so congrats should go out to them as well. But that's a part of the Olympics.

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Posted in: 49 states dusted with snow; Hawaii's the holdout See in context

They should ship some of that snow to Vancouver for the Olympics; they could use more of it.

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Posted in: Let the Games begin See in context

I love the Winter Games but I utterly hate that j-flag, reminds me of war and death,

But it beats the old rising sun Japanese flag (the one with the sun and ugly red beams. At least the current Japanese flag has more white color in it.

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Posted in: Let the Games begin See in context

A first for Japan! This is the first time that a Japanese woman has ever carried the flag into an Olympic stadium - although I don't think the Japanese media said anything about it.

Actually, it's a first for a Japanese woman in the "winter" olympics. Yawara once carried it in the summer games.

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Posted in: High stakes for Japan-S Korea World Cup warmup See in context

South Korean media have labeled Sunday’s East Asian Championships match at Tokyo as the “dismissal derby,”

Arrogant media.

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Posted in: Rival automakers expect to gain from Toyota's pain See in context

Time for Honda to take Toyota's place. I've always loved Hondas more anyway. Their Integra series continue to be the best looking and performing cars.

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Posted in: Japan Airlines rejects Delta; stays with American See in context

But seriously, at least American Airlines is better than Northworst.

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Posted in: Japan Airlines rejects Delta; stays with American See in context

I remember that Delta Burke joke, where it goes, "We love to fly Delta, and it shows" ...

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Posted in: Space shuttle blasts off on last night flight See in context

The amount of money spent on space exploration could feed a nation of people. Food for thought.

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Posted in: Sefa Utaki in Okinawa offers glimpse into golden age See in context

Twenty years ago, Okinawa was a peaceful green island

Yes, because of the human race, every green piece of this wonderful planet has been either covered by corporate greed (e.g. the monstrous concrete buildings built in places like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dubai, Malaysia, the U.S.) or cut down. Blame it on civilization.

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Posted in: Japanese newspapers look for new ways to survive See in context

Here's an article stating that the New York Times will start charging for its online content on a "metered" system:

http://www.mediaite.com/online/new-york-times-to-begin-charging-for-online-content-with-metered-system/

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Posted in: Japanese newspapers look for new ways to survive See in context

Sounds like the same problems facing newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times. Many of these have already started to charge for articles read and downloaded online, in order to survive in these rough economic times. Japan's newspapers would have to follow suit in order to survive too.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

This man felt that Canada was not good enough for him and chose to reject it in favor of Japanese nationality.

Good point. Wonder why Canadians pay such high taxes? It's because it goes to welfare for the vast number of unemployed Canadians. Obviously Mr. Heese understood that and decided to rid himself of that awful situation. I'm shocked when I hear my Canadian friends who go back to Canada (who all have a university degree), being forced to take minimum wage jobs like waitressing in diners. But then they tell me it's a lot more respectful than leeching off welfare.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

I want my kids to be able to get dual citizenship as I anticipate some advantage when choosing a university

As long as you are ready for them for a life filled with paying more taxes, certain travel restrictions based on multiple governments governing one's behavior, and having responsibilities such as jury duty required of you.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

Frankly speaking, dual citizenship doesn't appeal to me. For one thing, I'd hate to pay double the taxes, since the exemptions for double taxation do not apply everywhere, and is limited in terms of amount exempt. Then, there is the hassle of jury duty, which as a non-citizen of Japan, is something I'm glad I'm exempt from. Other pitfalls include being subject to possible travel restrictions, embargoes and sets of laws issued by multiple governments governing one's behavior domestically and while traveling abroad.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

Countries and territories that allow dual citizenship

Albania, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Transnistria, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Cape Verde, Chad, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Western Samoa

Unless you live in these countries, pity on you.

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Posted in: Foreign-born politicians put new face on Japanese officialdom See in context

I would NEVER trade in my passport for a Japanese one. You'll always be treated as an outsider.

So true. Any country I go to, I would never trade my American passport for that country's citizenship.

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Posted in: South Koreans dominate at sprint speedskating See in context

What dirty tricks?

I think the Koreans are angrier at the American short-track speed-skaters and their so-called "dirty tactics". Anyone remember the Anton Apolo Ohno incident from the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics? That really brought the ire of a nation against him.

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Posted in: 'Spider-Man' 4 delayed; Maguire, Raimi out See in context

Thor! Green Lantern! Captain America! and so many others now that Disney has bought Marvel.

Huh? Thor and Captain America belong to Marvel Comics (which now belong to Disney). However, Green Lantern was once a member of the Justice League which belongs to DC Comics, and is NOT a part of Marvel Comics. DC comics by the way, own the rights to notables like Superman, Batman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman.

I would love to see either a movie adaptation of either DC Comics' the Legion of Superheroes or the Brood storyline from the X-men along with the Shi'ar empire and the Starjammers.

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Posted in: Haiti's capital shattered by powerful earthquake See in context

The U.S. has responded, and now we await the France, Britain, Japan, China, Russia, and Italy responses.

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Posted in: Chiba man arrested for kicking 2-year-old son in head See in context

Terrible thing to do to anyone, let alone a child. I've seen it everywhere in the world I go and it never fails to horrify me. One thing that is different though, is that this kind of abuse is so common in the U.S. and several other countries I've been to and lived in that it never makes the headline news.

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Posted in: Japan beats Yemen 3-2 in Asian Cup qualifier See in context

I bet it was hard to play in the midst of violence, and with the thought that bombs and such could have been headed their way.

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Posted in: Wendy's closes its doors in Japan See in context

Gyudon is greasy, but so are chilli and fries. "Nimono" which is made from the sticky potato, lotus roots, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and chicken is much healthier and tastier. Had it for New Year's at Matsuya (a Japanese fast food chain ). Matsuya is tons better than Yoshinoya, McDonald's, Wendy's, or Mos Burger. The Nimono was served with some rice and a bowl of miso soup too.

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Posted in: Calif man kills dog, streaks, pours coffee on head See in context

Why is this common occurrence news?

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Posted in: Asada secures Olympic berth at Japan nationals See in context

Kim Yu-na is smart. She sticks to what she can do and stays away from the difficult stuff (e.g. she never does or attempts triple axels). As a result, she looks more relaxed and can perform within her capabilities. Her one weakness is that she can get rattled easily.

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