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Posted in: Man held over cyanide stolen from university, says he aimed to kill his father See in context


A warning to all the evil parents out there nagging their children to get jobs.

A warning to all the normal parents out there who let their 30-year-old children correctly know they should get jobs and stop sponging off their parents.

I fixed it for you.

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Posted in: Man arrested for violating anti-stalking law in Niigata See in context


...better lock this guy behind bars for good.

I'm not aware of any nation that sentences stalkers to life imprisonment. Seems a little harsh.

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Posted in: Toyota, Mazda, Subaru to develop new engines in hybrid push See in context


Yes, with Mazda, you'd want them to hybridize the efficient, high-compression engines they sell as "SkyActiv". 

Exactly. The fact they are even bringing the highly fuel-inefficient rotary engine into the discussion is puzzling.

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Posted in: Man arrested for violating anti-stalking law in Niigata See in context


It's a caregiver facility not a supermarket, if someone go there must be have some purpose.

The suspect, not the victim, is a caregiver. It doesn't say what the victim's occupation or workplace is.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested for stabbing man in Tokushima pachinko parlor parking lot See in context

I imagine the "acquaintance" was identified by the victim, and subsequently interrogated to identify the attackers.

I'm quite curious as to why the victim was set up like that. Robbery? Revenge? Unpaid debt? That's the interesting aspect of the story.

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Posted in: Toyota, Mazda, Subaru to develop new engines in hybrid push See in context

Subaru's Boxster and Mazda's Rotary engines both get terrible fuel economy. It would take hybridization just to get them to current levels of Toyota's most efficient ICE's.

It appears that Mazda and Suburu have the most to gain with this partnership. (And, I'm a big Mazda fan.)

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Posted in: Clean building See in context

Are you sure those aren't Tiger Tanaka's elite ninja commandos repelling down into Blofeld's secret lair?

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Posted in: When I saw the name tag ‘Wife of Fumio Kishida,’ I thought what is going on with Japanese society’s awareness of human rights? Didn’t anyone think something was wrong while preparing for the garden party? See in context

I doubt very much if the male spouses of the female dignitaries were wearing nametags with their first names omitted and replaced with "husband of..."

Sure, it's possible. But, I highly doubt it. And, I would really like to know what theirs did say.

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Posted in: Bodies of high school girl and adult male found in apartment bathroom in Chiba Prefecture See in context


The bathrooms are very small. I could not lie down on my bathroom floor or in the bath.

I can lay down on my ofuro room floor, and almost lay down in the tub. They're not all as small as yours.

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Posted in: Japanese mosquito coils taking bite out of malaria in Kenya See in context


Few people would sleep in a room with a smoker smoking all night but these coils are not much different.

They are for outdoor use.


@Moonraker You don't have to burn it in your house! You can put it outside the entrance of your house! That's what I do!

That's what everybody, or almost everybody, does.

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Posted in: Foreign thieves likely behind stolen Japan bonsai amid boom abroad See in context

The trees were traced after the owner put tracking devices on them...

That should be at the top of the list of security measures to take.

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Posted in: Man arrested for firing BB gun at 9-year-old boy in park in Gunma Prefecture See in context

“I have no recollection of the incident.”

How original!

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

A perfect example as to why regular people hate rich people.

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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context


Labeling a meat product as such but contains no meat is misrepresentation which is a breach of contract.

The donuts at Mr Donut are likely to be a party in legal proceedings…

I'm not sure you can sue a donut. Even in Japan.

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Posted in: Mister Donut apologizes for selling 'Meat Pies' that didn’t contain meat See in context

They should have advertised them as "Mete Pies", the same way Hostess Twinkies have "Creme Filling".

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Posted in: Two men arrested for attempted murder after bar fight Osaka last week See in context


Boys will be boys.

No. Thugs will be thugs. Real men don't behave as such.

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Posted in: How often do you use self check-outs at supermarkets and convenience stores? Do you prefer them over human checkout counters? See in context

I hate them with every fiber of my being. However, I will use them on occasion if the regular checkout lines are ridiculously long, or if they are the only option. I don't mind the self-pay machines on the staffed checkout lines, though.

I also don't mind the ones at Uniqlo that much, where no scanning is required. You just throw all your stuff in the pit, and it senses what's there. I assume the price tags have some kind of IC/RF capability.

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Posted in: 2 Chinese held for stealing 999 pairs of branded sneakers in Tokyo See in context

If the shoe fits...

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Cheese Cheese Double Cheeseburger makes a different ingredient stand out See in context


I just need to see where I can buy the buns!!!

Hamburger buns are sold in many supa here. They even have them with sesame seeds. You can also use English muffins or bagels, which I personally prefer to buns.

I have yet to find brioche buns like the type they use in the gourmet burger joints, though. I'd love to know where they get them.

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy suffers burns while watching parade See in context

I hope they somehow catch the psycho piece of crap who did this to that poor kid. I'm sure they'll be doing it again and again until caught.

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Posted in: Man arrested for putting girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in washing machine See in context

a self-proclaimed construction worker

Isn't the job of everyone mentioned in these articles "self-proclaimed"? How else is their job determined other than asking them, and them "proclaiming" the answer?

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Posted in: Man arrested over death of 19-year-old girlfriend in apartment in Osaka Prefecture See in context

I'm going to go ahead and assume she was breaking up with him.

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Posted in: 500 melons stolen from greenhouse in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context

Mr Kipling

"Vietnamese are usually active in Chiba, and Chinese criminals tend to be associated with different type of crime."

Even on JT there have been several stories in the last year of Vietnamese theft of fruits and livestock.

Do you know which nationality steals even more stuff in Japan than the Chinese and Vietnamese?

The Japanese.

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Posted in: 'Flying car' makes Tokyo debut at international tech event See in context

These types of vehicles are no more "flying cars" than Little Nellie, James Bond's one-man mini-copter in You Only Live Twice, or the Gyro-Copter in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior were flying cars. It's just a small helicopter.

Flying cars are what they had in Blade Runner or The Jetsons.

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Posted in: 500 melons stolen from greenhouse in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context


At his age it’s amazing he can keep track that there are that many let alone walking around. Farmers usually up at 5am and his age 4am. Wonder why he was so late to work

My besso is located in a farming community with tons of farm land and rice fields.

Almost everyone I see working them, or driving those little kei farm pickup trucks, are seniors. I don't recall seeing any young farmers and rarely any middle-aged people doing it.

The guy that takes care of the weeds and overgrowth in our yard and around the house is in his 80's. He does a better job than the two middle aged guys that do my main home's yard!

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Posted in: Toyama woman in her 70s loses ¥50 mil in gold investment scam See in context

How does someone who has managed to accumulate at least ¥50,000,000 do something so stupid? She must have inherited it.

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested for head butting police officer in Yamagata See in context

I've got "I don't remember doing that" in the excuse pool.

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Posted in: We want hunters to be able to fire in urban areas if the situation is right. See in context

When bears appear in urban areas, hunters are currently allowed to fire if police officers give the order.

Why couldn't the police officers themselves shoot? Better yet, why are there no tranquilizer guns like they use in the US and elsewhere, so the animals can be sedated and moved from populated areas without killing them?

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Posted in: Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns See in context

Kurokawa posted video footage on his YouTube channel, which has 250,000 subscribers...

Bingo. That's the entire reason for their moronic behavior, and running for office in the first place. They want to make videos, get clicks, and rake in that ad money from YouTube and possibly other online video sites. I wonder if their campaign fundraising records will be examined from the stuff the police took earlier in the week. I'll bet 100yen there's some shenanigans going on there too.

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Posted in: 500 melons stolen from greenhouse in Ibaraki Prefecture See in context


700 yen per melon.

I think that 350,000yen number might be off. I don't recall ever seeing a melon in Japan that only cost 700. That must be the wholesale price. Even then, it seems low.

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