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Posted in: 5 cultural tips for taking photos in Japan See in context

Another cultural trai in Japan ragarding photos is that they don't mind puting up those clearly fake smiles which look like facial spasms - ie. form matters more than spontaneity and true feelings (substance). To answer the authors question - yes, we believe that there is a Japanese way of taking photos, because we can see for ourselves that almost all Japanese people take the same pose: in general, in their culture comformism (imitating others and doing as everybody does) and valuing form and ceremony are very important values (that are to me personnally irritating because all photos in this country look the same).

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Posted in: UK judge: Putin 'probably approved' killing of ex-KGB agent See in context

Putin "probably" ordered the killing of a Russian national who spied for Britain against his country. Tony Blair FOR SURE ordered the mass bombings of Yugoslavia and Iraq and killed thousands of innocent civilians.

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Posted in: Germany says many migrants falsely claiming to be Syrian See in context

Kabukilover: I suggest that such economic immigrants be told (and forced) to obey the law, which would mean that they have to legally apply for a German visa in their home country at a German consulate or embassy. Why? Because dozens of millions of people throughout the world have done so in the past decades. But then, that would entail seriously studying foreign languages (which takes at least 4 or 5 years) and another field (i.e., getting a degree in, let's say, engineering or molecular biology, medicine, etc) which takes 5 to 7 seven years, plus also finding someone in the destination country to write a letter of invitation (for study course or a job) for you, and a guarantee of future income (scholarship or salary), which one may manage to obtain, or never obtain at all. Western media, especially BBC, who constantly talk of immigrants as "desperate people who risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean waters" to me are absolutely ignorant of reality: it is actually much easier to risk it for several days and even to travel for a couple of months and enter illegally knowing that you will be accepted than to work and study for 7 or 10 years every day and still be uncertain whether you will be approved for a legal stay. And before you all start shouting at me how inhumane I am for putting laws above economic immigrants' suffering, let me tell you that I have survived three Balkan wars, lived for years on literally 10 dollars a month and managed to move abroad legally after 6 years of study and preparations, just like many of my friends. LAWS CANNOT APPLY FOR SOME AND NOT APPLY FOR OTHERS!!! Also, apart from the issue of obeying or not obeying laws, you cannot ask some to spend years and years of their life to gain all kinds of skills in order to gain something and then give the same or similar thing to others for free. THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBLE STANDARDS!!

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Posted in: Rally for hostage See in context

I am NOT Kenji and will never be because I would never leave a two-week old baby and another child of mine behind in order to seek fame in a naive attempt to personally free a person who half-consciously wanted to die anyway. Kenji was after excitment and fame, that is why he was recording his whole trip - he wanted to emerge out of it as a hero who personally saved someone and had a great story to tell to everyone, he wanted to shoot to fame, to win journalistic prizes, air time, etc. And what about the wife, children, his parents? What about his country which is now spending millions in order to organize his rescue and is being held hostage itself.

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