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Posted in: Kobayashi leaves jail after hot dog contest fracas See in context

Chestnut was gulping down Pepto Bismol during his interview. Another requirement of MLE? Chestnut is a puppet of MLE. Without Kobayashi, he has no competition and this sport will die if he doesn't put any effort into trying to set new records.

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Posted in: Kobayashi leaves jail after hot dog contest fracas See in context

After witnessing the drama involving Kobayashi, Chestnut said, “I feel bad for him.”

Yeah, right. Just 10 minutes before that Chestnut said in his "hero interview" that if Kobayashi was a real man he would be up on the stage, basically calling out Kobayashi. When Kobayashi decided to show Chestnut up (with the support of the crowd), the police stopped it. Would Kobayashi have put Chestnut and MLE in their place by eating way more than 54 hot dogs? Very likely, IMO.

Shame on Chestnut. Shame on MLE.

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Posted in: Anti-smoking 'monsters' have smokers on the run See in context

The smokers in Japan who ignore "no smoking" signs are one of my biggest peeves. It about time Japan started getting serious about passive smoking. This is more typical sensationalism from the tabloids Spa! and Shukan Post. And, what does Saito-san mean by no sound evidence?? Just trying to clear the air (pun intended).

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Posted in: Gossip girl See in context

Calling GG a popular drama is a stretch, unless you are only talking about among teenage girl viewers. It is said that this drama is only still on the air in the U.S. thanks to them recording the show with their DVRs.

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Posted in: What is your favorite movie with a twist ending? See in context

Any of the Rocky movies. Just kidding!

No Way Out

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Posted in: A good weekend See in context

I'm glad that the caption pointed out that these were female bank staffers. It was unclear from the picture what gender they were.

Now, now. It's also clear to me from the picture that they are counting money. Why not complain about that, too?

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Posted in: Kyoko Hasegawa returns to TV after taking year off See in context

And, don't forget the upcoming BeeTV cell phone drama, too! Welcome back, Hasekyon!

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Posted in: Five hot actresses to star in BeeTV’s cell phone drama See in context

150 million yen for a cell phone drama... How much is that per pixel?

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Posted in: Five hot actresses to star in BeeTV’s cell phone drama See in context

Aibu plays a woman who doesn't do any housework during three days of hard rain. Mizukawa plays an woman with bad luck. Koyuki plays a VERY beautiful woman. Yuka plays a woman with loose morals. Hasegawa plays a boring woman.

Interesting casting choices.

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Posted in: Five hot actresses to star in BeeTV’s cell phone drama See in context

5 minutes to look forward to every other day.

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Posted in: Five hot actresses to star in BeeTV’s cell phone drama See in context

She ends up staying there for three days, but doesn’t cook or clean, or even empty the ash tray.

Clearly, as the youngest, Aibu's character's duties are in the bedroom. Koyuki's character can empty the ash tray (a difficult, full-time job!), Yuka's character can do the cleaning, Asami Mizukawa's character can do the cooking, and Kyoko Hasegawa's character can do the bathing. Of course, all three older women share in the bedroom duties as well. Too bad for him it only rained for three days and his harem goes back down to four.

I'd like to see more romantic dramas like this!

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Posted in: Woman arrested for selling 1-yr-old daughter to man for obscene acts See in context

Some additional information from Sankei, not yet mentioned here:

The man paid the woman 20,000 yen (about $230). He had pornographic photos of other girls, too. He is unemployed.

The Sankei article says it happened in July, not October.

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/crime/091130/crm0911302046027-n1.htm

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/idn-cctld-implementation-plan-30sep09-en.pdf

The fact that entire Internet addresses will be in non-Latin alphabet is interesting. The websites could then be something like 任天堂.株式会社.日本

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

Sorry, of course I meant 任天堂.

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

My guess is that any website that decides to use a non-Latin alphabet URL is not targeting a readership of people who can't read the alphabet they chose for their URL. Existing websites probably aren't going to "switch over." More likely, a lot of websites (like in Japan, for instance), will create URLs in their native language in addition to their current "English" ones.

No one is saying you will HAVE to learn to input non-Latin alphabets, here. It'll be your free will to decide if you want to make the effort to visit a website that doesn't cater to your home alphabet. But, it is called the "World Wide Web" after all, so shouldn't we try to include more than just "our comfortable" part of the world into it? I'm sure many people will be happy to be able to find their websites much easier in the future.

Consider 天堂株. For Japanese, it is normal to write it in Japanese. To change it into the Latin alphabet, there is more than one way to write it. One says to write it as Nintendou, another says to write it as Nintendo. Confusing, right?

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

Welcome to the world that non-Latin alphabet writing people live in every day. They cannot write and search in their own language unless they download an IME (Input Method Editor) or somesuch.

The whole thing of being scared that it is not in their familiar alphabet just shows an unopenness and bias.

How many people here are fine with the URLs being only in Latin? Now, how many people here are fine with the URLs being only in Kanji? Somehow, I imagine most of the people who would be opposed to them being in Kanji are the ones who can't read it. Am I wrong? What ALPHABET used in URLs is not what makes the internet safer. Do you see my point yet? Can you not see how it being only in one language shows a favoritism toward those who can read that alphabet and a bias toward those who cannot? It's nice to hide behind the reasoning that it makes life more difficult. But, that is the real world. The whole world is not made up of English-reading people. I have nothing against making the internet more accessible to everyone. Stop your whining and download some language support packages already.

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

Do you really believe the child porn police are looking at the URLs to go after illegal websites? Right, they just Google "kiddie porn" and look for any URLs that are similar to "www.kiddieporn.com" and then go arrest the webmasters. Give me a break! Meanwhile those clever Japanese are gonna figure it out! They'll simply make a website www.子供ポルノ.com and escape all notice from the rest of the world because they are using their SECRET CODE (AKA "endemic language")!

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Posted in: Internet set for change with non-English addresses See in context

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4826898,00.html

I'm sorry, but people are mistaken if they believe that the current URLs are in English. Rather, they are written in the Latin alphabet. Take for example, the URL www.xamyo.com . What exactly is "English" there? Is it really going to matter if becomes written in Chinese characters instead? I say it makes complete sense to write it in the native alphabet.

Making URLs available in other alphabets doesn't help kiddie porn, either. Total red herring there.

I applaud this change. English-speaking people who cannot read in other alphabets need to stop complaining and make an effort to learn to read other alphabets.

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Posted in: Model citizens See in context

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0aa93yS4WB71u?q=models

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Posted in: Model citizens See in context

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0eX1eFn1bZ2aN

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Posted in: Noriko Sakai’s love triangle with best friend and husband See in context

Come on, it's from Shukan Post, after all, not Reuters! Take it with a grain of salt.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kissing woman during overnight bus trip in Shimane See in context

The actual text message was「隣の人は痴漢です。運転手に連絡して下さい」

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