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Posted in: Japan's whaling ship gets halal certification See in context

Wow! So they might sell an extra 5 kilos a year of that foul, fatty, fish-stinky stuff a year. Maybe.

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Posted in: Foreign men sound off on difficulties of having a Japanese wife See in context

I'm awesomely happy with my wife (Japanese; for the record) and our relationship. We have a great life, a great future, 2 great kids, nice house on the hill, the list goes on and on. Sex? We do OK. We have 2 young boys so not a lot of energy left over at the end of the day. But we do get our freak on reasonably often. Fights? Hell yeah. But we get over it and move on. Marrying a Japanese woman, or rather this particular woman (irrespective of nationality), was the best move of my life.

I believe people create their own monsters.

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Posted in: Gov't distances itself from NHK head's 'comfort women' comment See in context

Totally unnecessary, totally uncalled for, nobody asked the question. He just pulled out a gun and shot himself in the foot. Quite possibly he even tried crossing his feet to save money on bullets. The man is a fool. A complete and utter fool.

I suppose the bright side to this is we are reading about it. It could have been deemed a 'state secret' and we'd never have heard about it.

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Posted in: Japan gives final approval to child abduction treaty See in context

I knew there would be a hook. Knew it. The Japanese simply cannot deal with foreign pressure without sliding in some sneaky back-door clause. Ah! Japan, so very special. Very special Japan.

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Posted in: Takeshi hopes to be included in 2020 Olympic opening ceremony See in context

It just hit me. The Tokyo Olympics will be a talento-orgy with regards to local TV. I can already see the little talento-box on the upper right side of the screen during the 100m dash.

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Posted in: Some ALTs have a background in education, while some never even studied a foreign language before. Some are doing it just to earn money, while other ALTs are working because they really want to teach See in context

From the Ministry of Educations point of view, were you to give foreigners full benefits then they would be expected to join a Teachers Union! Oh! what a can of worms that would be. Would they join the completely insane right wing union, or the slightly less mad left wing union??

Would they start to bring their zany foreign ideas to Japan?? Would they block vote to bring about change?? What happens if a foreigner gets to be a Principal?? Would he (most likely she, were it to ever happen) start hiring like minded foreigners into their school and start a foreign teacher run ghetto school??

Japanese Ministries, being renowned for their wild risk taking, will most likely be debating till long after we are departed this earth.

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Posted in: Some ALTs have a background in education, while some never even studied a foreign language before. Some are doing it just to earn money, while other ALTs are working because they really want to teach See in context

Stop treating ALTs like disposable dirt and you might get somewhere. Show them they can have a future as a real teacher with all the real teacher benefits (and downsides as well). But assume they are disposable and will ultimately leave and lo and behold, they will.

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Posted in: Most of the death-row inmates' files I read show they were in very unfortunate circumstances during childhood. It's almost like they had no choice but to lead their lives like this. See in context

Yep. That's about right. Most of them are 'broken' at some level. Uh! So should we just let the whole death penalty thing slide? What they really need is a hug.

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Posted in: Business lobby seeks to relax rules on foreign household helpers in Japan See in context

First world problems, to say the least.

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Posted in: U.S. advises airlines to comply with China air zone demands See in context

I declare my neighborhood the Land of WhoopdyWhoop. And I as the supreme leader pledge to shoot rubber bands at any aircraft flying overhead unless they call me.

Admittedly an extreme example, but at what point do you draw the line?

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Posted in: Tokyo costliest Asian city for expats See in context

Yeah Yeah. They go to each city and perform a set of tasks. One of which is 'take a taxi from the airport to the city center' and record the cost. Tokyo is skewed because Narita is like, 6000 kms from Tokyo. Then they check prices on renting a 2 bedroom apartment within X kms of the city center. So they go to Sunny Real Estate's scammy overpriced 'suitable for westerners' website where a 2 bedroom on Roppongi goes for JPY1,000,000 / month. And VIOLA, most expensive city in the world.

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Posted in: Proposal to triple taxes on K-cars raises concerns among rural drivers See in context

One point worth noting is that ALL non-kei taxes go towards road construction. It is a HUGE chunk of cash and jealously guarded by bureaucrats. An attempt to tap into it for other purposes toppled a Govt. a few years back.

On K-cars the taxes go to the local Govt. that collects them.

Bureaucrats being sneaky, greedy, horrid creatures by nature, will most likely be doing something sneaky, horrid and greedy with the increased taxes.

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Posted in: Japan to spend Y1 tril on public works for stimulus See in context

Seriously? What?? Spend more to save more!! It's hot outside, darling, turn up the heater.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel, ArcelorMittal to buy U.S. steel plant See in context

Another blow to the American worker and middle class. New negotiations will have them earning 30% less and be firmly on their way to becoming Mexicans.

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Posted in: Stalker who killed ex-girlfriend got address from city hall See in context

Mere days after we registered our marriage at the city hall we were bombarded with wedding company fliers and phone calls.

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Posted in: Workers slam TEPCO's shady recruiting process for Fukushima cleanup See in context

What would happen with direct hires is that as they age, all and any cancer would be attributed directly to TEPCO and they would be on the hook for compensation. However, if they fire through middlemen they are no longer responsible for future health issues. Especially if scumbag middlemen pay them in unmarked cash filled envelopes thus eliminating any aper trails. Imagine going to court 20 years down the road and trying to sue a company that no longer exists with no paper trail to follow??

Clever, in a evil sort of way. But that is how TEPCO roll their pimp game. Always have, always will.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog urges TEPCO to take drastic action on Fukushima See in context

Ahhh! to be King. You then get to make grand, sweeping statements with no specifics. "Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes. They can eat cake, what! what!! Put down that spear and speak English Man!"

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Posted in: Japan to seek Fukushima decommissioning ideas overseas See in context

Sound like: 'we are totally cluless and would like to steal your ideas'.

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Posted in: Rightwing message See in context

That has always been the fascist 'sell' point to win the hearts and minds of thugs. And it goes a little bit like this: 'You may be a loser, you may be dumb, you may have no girlfriend, you may hate fun. Join us and you will become a racial superman. Gifted with powers of superior genetics, you'll be able to rule the world'.

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Posted in: Bureaucrat suspended for insulting elderly tsunami victims on blog See in context

He did kind of tell it like it is. Some of the old towns were already dying. The Tsunami killed them. So, now.....they are dead.

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Posted in: Police carry out nationwide crackdown on dangerous driving See in context

Why is this not done everyday? Well, in a country where speed limits are stupid low. eg: 50 km/h on a 4 lane highway in the countryside. 30 km/h in town. Everybody speeds. Everybody. Little old lady in a Kei? Speeding. I shift out of second gear, on idle, and I am a law breaker. The cops could ping drivers all day long. They could make a fortune and bring the country to its' knees.

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Posted in: Going round in circles: Japan considers introducing roundabouts See in context

There is one in Asahikawa. It has had about 20 traffic lights added over the years and is confusing as hell. The sides of the road are littered with broken glass and tail lights.

I don't think it'd work so well.

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Posted in: Water filtering system at Fukushima - pros and cons See in context

TEPCO strike me as the type of people who would let an entire Nuclear Power Station burn down because jump starting a back up generator from a truck battery was 'not in the manual'.

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Posted in: TEPCO discovers pipe leaking radioactive water at Fukushima plant See in context

So, by TEPCO logic, if your car speedometer only goes up to 50 km/h you can never really be caught for speeding??

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Posted in: Japan should stop sending 'confusing messages' on Fukushima: IAEA See in context

I recall reading soon after the accident that groundwater was contaminated. I recall thinking "Hmm! that was awfully quick." seeing as groundwater contamination should take some time to show up. So, it wouldn't surprise me if the plant had been hiding all of it's little mistakes over the years.

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Posted in: Japanese men reveal costumes they want their girlfriends to wear See in context

Said a "35-year-old software engineer".

That about sums it up. NEEERDS!!!

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Posted in: PayPal keen on collaboration for cash-free future See in context

A cash free future with those percentage happy internet pirates at the helm?? No thanks.

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Posted in: Gasoline prices reach highest level since Oct 2008 See in context

'Insert convenient excuse here' should be the reason.

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Posted in: Water break See in context

All fun and majestic games till a colony moves into your neighborhood. Out go the nice twittering songbirds and entertaining squirrels and HELLO 5:00am wake up cawing, garbage ripped apart and bird crap everywhere.

Am currently battling these wing-ed demons with bottle rockets. Seems to be working.

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Posted in: Do you think the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe to fly in? See in context

Planes are fixed and repaired endlessly. It's the nature of a complex machine. However. My issue with the 787 is that component manufacture was farmed out all over the planet. While you can argue that all they are doing is making a part to exacting specifications and location is irrelevant, I take the words of a recently laid off 3rd generation Boing fabricator to heart. He said "there is more to plane fabrication than meets the eye, there is a lot of innate and trans-generational experience that is used to create a functional and durable part. This type of experience cannot be included in a spec sheet." Remember the Comet?! Square windows! great idea on paper.

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