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Posted in: U.S. travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline See in context

Never going to visit the USA again. Ridiculous "security" and unsafe.

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Posted in: Afternoon swim See in context

Impressionist.

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Posted in: U.S. nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order for strike See in context

As a subordinate he cannot assume he is in full possession of the facts and so cannot determine what is illegal or not. He's not a lawyer either. While he's humming and haa-ing, China's missiles could be leaving their silos.

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Posted in: U.S. troops in Okinawa banned from drinking, restricted to base after fatal crash See in context

Almost every US soldier I've met is an alcoholic. There's a lot of boredom, booze is super-cheap and the drinking culture is pervasive and lauded as near-heroic. I'll bet there's a moonshine still cooking potatoes already.

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Posted in: Pilots flying high as airline travel increases See in context

I've read that there will be a massive shortage of pilots as their remunerations have been so poor and the entry costs so high that many abandoned a career as a pilot. Good luck filling that gap.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven Japan’s frozen hot biscuits are so good, they might make pancakes obsolete See in context

Due to the large scale retail trading law prohibiting supermarkets near my house and working late hours, I ate a lot of 7-11's food over 15 years in Japan. Now I have severe type II diabetes even though I never got fat. Nearly everything is ladeled with HFCS, even dishes that are meant to be savoury.

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Posted in: Toshiba execs under fire at shareholder meeting as loss forecast balloons See in context

2 years ago I bought a Toshiba Satellite notebook when in Japan. From day one the thing shorted out and rebooted every time I picked it up or pressed mildly on the trackpad. So flimsy the board warped inside. Removed the HDD and threw it on the bin. Never bought such junk in my life. Ironically, the HDD wasn't even Toshiba. HGST. Should have shorted the stock and made my money back.

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Posted in: Artificial intelligence creeps into daily life See in context

Suckerborg envisages a day when robots will read us the real news from approved sources and not all that fake, independent stuff.

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Posted in: City that inspired settings in hit anime 'yourname.' sees unbelievable boost in tourism See in context

@anotherexpat "Anyone ever calculated the price to be paid for escapism? Id guess the sky's the limit when there's no basis in reality. Maybe theyll start a religion."

They did. And you joined. It's called the internet.

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Posted in: New element See in context

I think the name they want is Gaijiniranaium

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Posted in: Abe says summit with Putin needed to resolve territorial row See in context

"Several tentative plans for a visit by Putin to Japan have been put off due to western concerns over Russia’s involvement in such crises."

Why is Japan being dictated to by Neocons like Nuland and Kagan? (A husband and wife team of US war mongers). Their interests are not Japan's. Get a frikkin' backbone.

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Posted in: Armed Chinese ship seen near disputed isles See in context

They knew the boat was Chinese because they had their left indicator on while steaming in clockwise circles..

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Posted in: Abe vows to make Japan world's safest country See in context

Unless there's a spike in the murder rate in Antarctica he's gonna have an uphill battle on his hands.

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Posted in: Helping firms to enter and expand in Japan See in context

I did some work for Boots when they tried to enter Japan. All their products were very expensive and very "meh" in interest value. Just common creams and lotions you could similarly get at any discount store. The only thing that sold like hotcakes was a little caramel-coloured bear with a Boots ribbon. When they shut up shop finally there was a black market for these bears. They became enormous status symbols for professional women in Aoyama and Harajuku. You'd see them even years later on desks in high-level corporate offices. Naturally Boots just stopped selling them.

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Posted in: LG Display plans multi-billion OLED plant See in context

Many people in Australia have these LG TV's. I've got a giant one only 2 years old in a furnished house. It pops and bangs loudly and take over 2 minutes to turn on. I visited a mining site and in the accommodation provided I found exactly the same thing with a smaller model. Total junk.

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Posted in: 150 more Clinton emails retroactively classified See in context

You don't set up your own personal email server from day one unless it's your intention to do something dodgy. Like sell out your position for cash and political favours. And then frantically wipe the servers so any investigating body has nothing for evidence. She's taken millions from Tata and Infosys, 2 of America's biggest H1-B visa mills and talks about Americans needing better employment.

She's taken millions from Saudi despots who behead women for sorcery.. and then spouts on about wmoen's rights.

Millions received from Likud racists to ensure more attacks on Arab nations.. while she talks about a more respected America internationally.

Schmoozes with Goldman Sachs for ginormous speaking fees.. and mumbles about the working stiff needing a fair break.

If you vote for her you'll get the owners you deserve.

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Posted in: Nissan paid CEO Ghosn Y1.035 bil last year See in context

Worth every penny.

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Posted in: 'We were awful,' says Pink Floyd's Waters on band's early days See in context

A lot of bands inspired by Floyd. Alabama Shakes most recently:

https://youtu.be/-oib0a2_itA?t=131

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Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams See in context

Lucas has to go a long way to make up for Jar Jar Binks...

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Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign See in context

If Madame AIPAC gets in then you should buy more shares in "defense" contractors. She is a puppet of the hardcore, right-wing zionists. And they want to see their surrounding Arab countries destroyed.

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Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English See in context

Mission Accomplished. The Japanese government knows full well how useless and off-putting their English syllabus is. That's the whole idea. They want to avoid the inevitable exodus and brain-drain if the population could reasonably speak an international language. There's no other reason for it.

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Posted in: Novartis Japan hit with suspension failing to report drug side effects See in context

Not surprised. I supported this company's IT dept. They treated the contractors like cr@p. Overworking them on a continual basis while refusing to pay overtime. Got a really bad vibe from this organisation.

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Posted in: Indonesian team raises tail of crashed AirAsia plane See in context

“The pings can only be detected within a radius of 500 meters..."

How old is the tech on these things? Maybe it's time to update the blackboxes?

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Posted in: Romney considering 3rd run for White House See in context

As a Chai Latte slurping, Birkenstock clad, Dirty F. Hippie I'd rather see Mitt as Prez that Madame AIPAC, the Wicked Witch of Wall Street. Better a genuine Republican than one who mouths leftish values while ramming home the Corporate elitists agenda.

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Posted in: FBI director gives new clues tying N Korea to Sony hack See in context

Having already officially told Obama that the N.Koreans did it, the FBI is now forced to triple down on the stupid and keep repeating the lie until enough people believe it in order to save several top ranking careers. Remember folks, all the MSM channels that uncritically regurgitated this pablum and learn to never trust them again (especially CNN).

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Posted in: Japan, wary of N Korea, works to secure infrastructure after Sony attack See in context

It wasn't the North Koreans who did SONY. The US State Dept. incompetence shines again.

http://fabiusmaximus.com/2014/12/20/rebuttal-holes-fbi-north-korea-sony-attack-74873/

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Posted in: Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books See in context

Sounds like this guy is an agent provocateur or at least a useful idiot. The only beneficiary of his ridiculous book would be Israel.

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Posted in: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana See in context

"Monsanto Co. suggested last year that some of the companys detractors may have intentionally planted the seeds."

I think it's more probably Monsanto is creating the facts on the ground with a "Johnny Appleseed" policy...

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Posted in: Citigroup seeking to sell Diners Club business in Japan with retail unit See in context

When I worked for Citibank in Japan I was told that 60% of all credit card loans in Japan where owned by Citibank. Unimat Ladies, DIC, all of these just fronts for the bank. So I think rumours of their "leaving Japan" are greatly exaggerated.

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Posted in: Police questioning man over kicking of visually-impaired girl See in context

I was coming home on a jammed Yamanote at about 6:15pm when I noticed this idiotically dressed girl get on. Wearing a neon pink skirt and with bleach yellow hair, she shoved rudely through a dozen commuters and ended up on the hanging strap next to me. I stared in disbelief at the side of her head and she never even turned to glance at me once. So cool was her manner. Each stop had her banging into me and I grew more and more furious. Noticing my outrage, two salarymen in front of us looked at me and her to-and-fro in a worried manner double-taking between this little beatch and myself. I felt they shared my bemusement at such rudeness. When I got to my stop I was urged by indignation to give her a massive shove in the back and send her sprawling for her manners. I sighed and relented and as I pushed by her I saw the cane she'd been holding in her other hand the whole time. She was blind. The two salarymen could see the cane, obviously. From their perspective, I must've looked like a nutcase.

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